Shipyard Longfellow Winter Ale

Shipyard Longfellow Winter Ale

Rated 3.571 by BeerPals
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Brewed by Shipyard Brewing Company

Portland, ME, United States

Style:  Brown Ale

6% Alcohol by Volume

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This hearty winter warm ale is named in honor of American poet Henry Longfellow.

ID: 13592 Last updated 7 years ago Added to database 16 years ago

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Overall Rank2217
Overall Percentile95.3
Style Rank25 of 1045
Style Percentile97.6
Lowest Score3.2
Highest Score4.1
Average Score3.727
Weighted Score3.571
Standard Deviation0.297

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  • BLUESANDBARBQ 2568 reviews
    rated 3.5 7 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 7

    Bottle from bro-in-law. Weak brown pour, nice head and lacing. Chocolatey, sweet malty goodness, nuts, slight breadiness, light earthy hops, light sweet ending. Nice Winter Warmer.

  • JABAH 1780 reviews
    rated 3.6 11 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 7

    Bought this in a Captian's Collection variety pack. It's about average for a winter ale. Even though I have this rated slightly higher, I may prefer the flavor of their Brown Ale better. This one has more of a full flavor, both malts and hops, compared to the brown. It is also slightly spiced. I think I am just over Winter Ales though for this season. I may buy one more 12-pack of Samuel Adams Winter Lager as it's on sale for the superbowl...and I think I prefer that one too over this. But, this is a decent overall brew. Finding Shipyard kind of hit or miss though.

  • RJA 2975 reviews
    rated 4.1 12 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 9 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    A reddish-brown colored ale. A frothy whitish head upon pour. Settles into nice lacing. Complexity of sweet fruity esters with a balance of hops. The bitterin/floral essence of hops and roasted malt dominate the palate. Nice full body with smoothness that makes this a very drinkable brew. And it was a great price for the quality!

  • PHILB 2479 reviews
    rated 3.9 13 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    Bottle: Poured a deep clear brown color ale with a good size foamy head with some good retention and some minimal lacing. Aroma consists of strong caramel malt with some notes of toffee also discernable. Taste is also a nice mix between some roasted malt with distinctive notes of caramel malt with some toffee notes also discernable. Full body with good carbonation and no discernable alcohol. I know winter ale is not a style per say but this is what I consider a winter ale but still very enjoyable during hot summer days.

  • BOV 1743 reviews
    rated 4.1 14 years ago

    Aroma: 10 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    courtesy of Per Samuelsson - pours a dark ruby-brown colour under a voluptuous beige head; biscuity maltiness and some notes of banana; creamy mouthfeel and a high carbonation; medium-bodied and a robust bitterness; dry cookie-like, earthy finish - very good

  • ANTE 2674 reviews
    rated 3.6 14 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 7

    Oh, the first american bomber (22oz) bottle who made it to our dear Systembolaget. I just wish it would come from Stone or Avery or someting.. But here it is. It pours out in a very dark brown colour with ruby hints, topped with a firm tan-coloured head. A layer of butterscotch in the aroma over dark chocolate and subtle spicy hops. Once again the flavour is a tad to buttery for my tastes (as other brews from Shipyard) but the flavours behind the curtain is pretty delicate of black chocolate, nuts and dryish spicy hops. Bitter finish of dark chocolate, nut-shells and grass with a sweet buttery undertone. The best beer from Shipyard so far.

  • MTNOLE 68 reviews
    rated 3.9 15 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    This beer was part of a Shipyard Captains Collection and a nice surprise. Rich robust aroma heavily roasted. Pours with a medium head and a light tan color. The first sip I thought this was closer to a stout but as I got about half way though I could pick up different earth-fruit flavors. Nice lasting flavor will enjoy more in the future.

  • ARACAUNA 2100 reviews
    rated 3.7 15 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 6 | Overall: 8

    Very dark. Looks pretty much black. The head was light, but not white, and fizzy. Soon faded to nothing but the circle of bubbles caused by the scoring at the bottom of my Petrus Triple snifter. The nose is heavy on the apple peels. Caramel, apples and assorted fruits are dominate in the flavor, but there's a lurking char flavor that stirs things up a bit. A really interesting beer and I can't really say I've had anything like it.

  • EYECHARTBREW 1451 reviews
    rated 4.0 16 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    Of the many beers that I brought back from Maine, I was most interested in doing a vertical tasting comparison of the three Shipyard winter/holiday beers (Shipyard Winter, Shipyard Prelude, and Longfellow Winter).

    Overall, the Longfellow gets the prize for being the most agressive of the three -- in flavor at least. Said to be something of a Strong Ale or Barleywine, I would actually put this more in line with a Stout than anything else. Bitter backend, roasty frontend, and enough alcohol to makes things nice and mellow. In fact, this is much more interesting than the Shipyard stout, and the Longfellow would make a good replacement for the Shipyard Stout, if it were a little darker.

    Not my favorite of the three Shipyard winter/holiday ales, since it could use more...., well, more of everything (hops / spice / alcohol / malt, etc), but a dandy beer, regardless of the season.

  • LILKEM 380 reviews
    rated 3.2 16 years ago

    Aroma: 6 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 6

    This was good. I like my winter brews. Good spice and warmth feeling to it. Orange, grapefruit, ginger and cinnamon flavors give it depth with a little alcohol burn.

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