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RATINGS: 362   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.23/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 47   EST. CALORIES: 201   ABV: 6.7%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
"This seasonal specialty is the perfect winter warmer.”

Prelude is a rich, nutty, full-bodied English ale with an inviting amber hue and hoppy finish.

First Brewed: December 1993
Available: November - December
Malt Style: 2-Row British Pale Ale, Crystal, Chocolate, Wheat
Yeast: Top-Fermenting English
Hops: Cascade, Tettnang, Fuggles, Goldings
Color: Deep Amber
IBUs: 47
OG: 1.070
ABV: 6.7%

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2.2
Ughsmash (7510) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 28, 2008
Bottle thanks to David! Poured medium tawny with an explosive cap of beige head and sticky rings of lace. The aroma picked up a lot of really weird stuff.. some sour fruity notes, a bit of cardboard, perfumey soap, peppery and cardamom spicage, and hibiscus. The flavor wasn’t any better.. some kind of darker spices, toffee, and sticky weird floral mixed with vegetal notes at the core with peppery and floral notes at the edges.. sticky ugliness on the finish. Medium-bodied, spicy, and likely infected. Ugly beer.

3.6
Radek Kliber (7487) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - MAY 10, 2011
Bottle 355 ml

Aroma soft yet rich aromatic woody blend of British hops, light fling of alcohol, rose, fruits , chocolate and sugars. 8-

Appearance dark amber with garnet hue, Medium beige top with some lace.4-

Flavor and Palate : medium light bodied. quiet hoppy brew this is. Nutty, woody with aromatic top. Quiet drinkable, darker character is shown on walls. Not the most refined but very easy going.

3.1
wlajwl (7115) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - DEC 26, 2011
Mild malty aroma with a bit of nuttiness to it. The flavor is nutty with a decent malty backbone. Several of the Shipyard ales I’ve had has been nutty in flavor, regardless of style, this was okay, passable but don’t really get why its like this on so many of their ales.

3.1
mansquito (6971) - Nueva York, New York, USA - NOV 25, 2009
On tap: Somewhat brownish color. Tannish head. Aroma was mostly of nutty malts. Tasted rather nutty with a whole lot of malts. However, I would argue that there were not enough... for the beer still had a somewhat boozy taste, regardless of the fact that there is not really that much alcohol in it. Got a few spices and all too. Body was medium as one would expect.

3
kramer (6908) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 16, 2013
Bottle. Pours a clear dark amber to chestnut body with a one finger frothy beige head that retained as a thin covering. The nose is malt driven with a lot of biscuity and slightly sweet caramel malt. Just a light bit of English hops. One of the better aromas from a Shipyard beer. The flavor is really a pretty good attempt at making a beer that doesn’t scream butter bomb like most Shipyard offerings. Somewhat sweet up front with just a light touch of their ’house’ character if you want to call it that. Finishes with a light touch of English hops, some nutty malt, and a little burnt caramel. Medium bodied with a slight clinginess on the finish. This isn’t all that bad.

3.4
ClarkVV (6893) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 14, 2004
UPDATED: NOV 8, 2005 2004 bottle. Good cherry-to-light burgundy appearance. Mostly filtered, with a light amount of haziness. Big off-white foamy head. Aroma of light cinnamon, dry toffee and a hint of goldings or something similar. Not tremendously powerful. Fruity and spicy beginning, with a dry almost nutmeg like spiciness. Gains some sweetness, and balance. I enjoyed the flavor and it wasnt all that boring, the biggest problem was that it just didnt pack enough flavor in it. Lightly dry, nutty finish, more spice and lightly toasted malt. Quite reminiscent of the Fullers Vintage Ale line (though not as full flavored, balanced or interesting) but it’s on the right track, and for being a year old, it tastes pretty good. Hops and a hint of brown sugar linger on the aftertaste as well as a bit too much bitterness and alcohol. This vintage (2004) has some definite aging potential, as this didnt seem to get watery at all.

3.4
5000 (6862) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - DEC 28, 2009
Bottle:   Fiery amber, quite clear, strong carbonation, decent sized head, foamy, so-so lacing.   Nose is primarily biscuity and nutty.   Reminds me of a toned down Hibernation Ale.   Pretty much the same on the tongue,

certainly biscuity, malty, bready, with soft nutty notes.   Seems like there is another very light spice in there.   Maybe a dash of ginger.   Warming, but not alcoholic.   Body and mouthfeel are moderate, somewhat full.

  Finish is a bit tangy, very minor astringency.   Perhaps its a bit green.   Other than its biscuity and nutty aftertaste, its a little minearaly on the tongue.   Yeah, this is a toned down Hibernation for sure, just

doesn’t really have all the heaviness and fruitiness that Hibernation does.   Not bad for a Shipyard.


2.6
vyvvy (6775) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 30, 2007
Another one from Shipyard that delivers like almost all the others. Pours bronze with a dense tan head. The aroma has light cinnamon, bit of butter and some bread. Medium / thin body with semi-sharp carbonation. The flavor starts with sharpness that’s very phenolic, light malt and over spiciness. The finish has sour licorice, mineral water and lots of astringency. Not one to seek out.

3.2
ben4321 (6769) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - MAY 13, 2009
November 2008 Beer of the Month Club
(Rating is from 12/19/08)




Overall Impression:
Kind of smokey and bitter, bit of a scotchy flavor to it, dark color.

3.3
obguthr (6729) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - FEB 5, 2012
Toffee and nutmeg nose. Clear tea, medium head, good lacing. Nutmeg and wood flavor within a tart malt base. Well balanced. Thin mouthfeel. Not bad at all.


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