Shipyard Winter Ale

Shipyard Winter Ale

Rated 3.228 by BeerPals
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Brewed by Shipyard Brewing Company

Portland, ME, United States

Style:  Amber Ale

5.3% Alcohol by Volume

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The Shipyard Ale is a non-traditional, full bodied American red ale. The warm coppery red color, combined with distinctive wheat malt flavors and hoppy characteristics, are perfect for the season. Winter Ale is made up of 5 different malts and 5 different hops, creating a complex flavor. Available November - March.

ID: 10144 Last updated 16 years ago Added to database 17 years ago

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Overall Rank15115
Overall Percentile68.1
Style Rank263 of 1244
Style Percentile78.9
Lowest Score2.8
Highest Score4.1
Average Score3.259
Weighted Score3.228
Standard Deviation0.349

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  • FARGINGBASTIGE6 1476 reviews
    rated 3.0 11 years ago

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

    A well-balanced winter beer. Pours a nice copper color - decent head and lacing. Good blend of maltiness and hoppiness. Slightly spicy. Not a bad beer, but just kinda average in every respect - nothing stood out good - or bad.

  • PHISHPOND417 3045 reviews
    rated 3.4 14 years ago

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

    Pours a dark cloudy amber color, head is fairly small, off white and creamy. Smooth lightly roasted malts with a hint of spice. melony fruit on the nose, sweet with a hint of pumpkin.

  • MHOT55 158 reviews
    rated 2.9 14 years ago

    Aroma: 6 | Appearance: 6 | Mouthfeel: 5 | Flavor: 6 | Overall: 6

    good balance between hops and malt sweetness. Little bit medicinal taste. Not too bitter nor too sweet. copper color, good head, thin body. Pretty much a plain, ordinary brew.

  • DOULOS31 1349 reviews
    rated 2.8 14 years ago

    Aroma: 6 | Appearance: 5 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 5 | Overall: 6

    Golden brown, very little head. Very strong peach presence in both aroma and flavor, with a bitter hoppy finish. Too darned sweet...really sweet. I'm not sure I could drink more than one of these.

  • FOAMDOME 505 reviews
    rated 2.8 14 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 5 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 3 | Overall: 6

    KCC Rnd 3. 12 oz. brown bottle. Poured with an inch thick cream colored head. Excellent lacing and decent head retention. Clear, bronze color. Aroma is nice, sweet, a little butterscotch is detected, and as it warms, the alcohol presence becomes more pronounced. The mouthfeel is slick and oily, adding to the body's perceived fullness. Not too bitter, not too sweet, it goes down like cough syrup. The aftertaste contains some off-flavors and is oddly bitter. A nice warming brew.

  • ANTE 2674 reviews
    rated 3.2 15 years ago

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

    Copper coloured with a thick white head. Caramel, hazelnuts and spicy hops in aroma. Toffee, nuts and caramel in flavour. Later, the hoppy flavour come ( small citrus notes, spices and burnt leaves). Nutty finish. Thin body though.

  • MMOONSHAKERR 195 reviews
    rated 3.1 15 years ago

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

    Copper color with a small head. not much aroma....some sweet malts. Taste is ok, i was for hoping for some spice...none that i could detect. Lots of caramel malt flavor balanced well with the choice of hops. a hoppy finish. kinda plain.

  • CLASH 2576 reviews
    rated 3.3 15 years ago

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

    A grape filled caramel aroma. A copper colored pour with a moderate head. The flavor is caramel, grapes, and toffee. A very malty session brew but not bad for an amber. Overall its a pretty good beer.

  • AFKONAIM 38 reviews
    rated 3.3 15 years ago

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

    I normally do not like ales, and really only tried this because it was handed to me by my uncle to drinking on Christmas eve. After the first couple of sips, I actually enjoyed it and drank 3 more by the end of the night. It was also relatively fresh from the brewery because I was in Maine.

  • ARACAUNA 2100 reviews
    rated 4.1 15 years ago

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

    Similiar dry grainy head as the Prelude, but this time over a deep reddish brown glowing body. The Aroma is a bit lemony and sharp with contrast with the soft butterscotch of the yeast and caramel of the malt. The Flavor is warm and earthy. They did a good job of blending the diacetyl of the yeast with the similar flavors of the malt. A hint of alcohol warmth lurks underneath. Very biscuit-like. Mouthfeel is a bit dry and fibrous, but not overly carbonated.

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