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RATINGS: 370   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
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
Suttree (6297) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 14, 2010
Butter, Again. I dont know why I bother with Shipyard beers. Tastes a little better than it smells, but geez...

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Zita (6276) - Assentoft, DENMARK - AUG 24, 2013
light sweet nuts aroma,golden, hazy, off white foam, light sweetness, lightly bitter, light body, oily feel, bitter,

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Boutip (6214) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 17, 2008
Bottle: Poured a clear medium copper color ale with a huge foamy head with some good retention and some good lacing. Aromas of huge caramel malt are totally dominating with a nice light hoppy touch. Taste is also dominated by that huge medium-sweet caramel malt with a light hoppy finish. Full body with great carbonation and no alcohol detectable. I really like the balance between the medium sweet caramel malt light hoppy notes, really refreshing and easily drinkable.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 14/20
obguthr (6184) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheBeerGod (6171) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - APR 18, 2005
Thanks to matta for the bottle! Ruby colored with a small tan head. Nose is light spice, hops, light caramel, raw nuts, and hints of alcohol. Taste is very nutty with spicy hops, creamy malts and light alcohol notes. A surprise that the alcohol comes through like this on a 6.8% beer. Light lingering hop bitterness and some mild sugary notes throughout. Body is moderately carbonated with a medium overall feel. Finishes with more spicy hops, light cocoa, nuts, and light brown sugar notes. Hint of caramel as well.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ben4321 (6144) - 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
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JPDIPSO (6094) - Wauwatosa, USA - DEC 4, 2002
Copper colored with a tall tan head. Sharp biting/malty aroma. Flavors of malt with a sharp bitterness almost tending to sourness. Definite butterscotch and hazelnut flavors, but then again there is that lactic/sour/bitter taste that distracts to much.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mansquito (6074) - 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.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
kaser (6073) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 31, 2015
Dark orange with white head. Sample pour at Shipyard in Portland, Maine. Every beer here I've had is gross. Tastes like someone mowed the lawn and fed me the grass

2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 7/20
jgb9348 (6055) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - DEC 23, 2008
Deep strong amber body with brown highlights and a thinnish tan head - nice! Aroma of roasted malt, a bit of spice, strong pit fruits and a bit of hops tucked in. Medium to Full-bodied; Super strong pungent and bitter maltiness coupled with metal and bitter malt - not too pleasant. Aftertaste shows some more malt, cardboard, metal, nuts and a tiny amount of pit fruits. Overall, this one is a bit too strong and astringent, showing some metallic flavours and off-tastes much more than another of this style. I sampled this twelve ounce bottle purchased from Olivers Beverage in Albany, New York on 22-December-2008, sampled a day later.


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