Shipyard’s Export AleJuly 1, 2006
Available: AL, CA, CO, CT, DL, FL, GA, IN, IL, KY, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, NC, NH, NJ, NY, OH, PA, RI, SC, TN, TX, VA, VT, WI
Pouring a rich copper color, Shipyard’s flagship ale offers a full, apricot- and citrus-accented aroma with underlying notes of caramelly malt. For an ale intended as a session beer (as they style begets), we’re off to a good start. The body begins with a gentle fruitiness before the hops emerge to add a drying and mildly tannic bitterness, creating a full mouthfeel that’s in wonderful balance. A final session ale, indeed, but also a beer I’d enjoy with some old cheddar and crusty bread.
- Stephen Beaumont
A big, fruity ale aroma with little hop character. This golden-hued ale has lots of drinkability, with balanced and wonderful hop flavors that are somewhat earthy and British in character. Lively and vibrant, yet not assertive in the least. Would pair well with delicate occasions of the heart while willingly robust enough to stand up with pairings of the soul. Best served not excessively chilled.
- Charlie Papazian
The beer pours deep gold with a slight haze and a firm off-white head. The spicy-fruity nose (with its whiff of garden mint) is instantly recognizable as the famous Ringwood yeast. Broad, crisp hopping up front leads to a dry, toasty palate and an austere, bone-dry finish. Some earthy hops linger. A sturdy and reliable beer that shows its British roots clearly, this would make a particularly nice cask-conditioned pint. Slice up some rare roast beef and don’t spare the horseradish sauce.
- Garrett Oliver
Stephen Beaumont boarded his first plane at the age of 15 and hasn’t looked back since, obsessing about travel to the point that he gets nervous if he doesn’t have a ticket or two stacked on the corner of his desk. When he’s not running around in search of new taste experiences, he makes his home in Toronto, where a new cultural experience is only as far away as the next neighborhood.
Author of the New Complete Joy of Homebrewing, founder of the Great American Beer Festival and a Beer Examiner at www.examiner.com, Papazian is a leading voice in beer and brewing.
Internationally recognized brewer and expert on traditional beer, Garrett Oliver is the brewmaster of the Brooklyn Brewery and the author of The Brewmaster's Table.
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