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370. Shipyard Brewing Bourbon Barrel Aged Prelude Special Ale

Shipyard Bourbon Barrel Aged PreludePrelude has long been one of my favorite winter beers. I drank Prelude in college while others were drinking the cheapest beer they could find. When I saw Shipyard was releasing a Bourbon Barrel Aged version of Prelude I knew I had to try it. Fortunately Bier Cellar in Portland was able to put a bottle aside for me and I decided to open it today. This is a 750 ml cork and cage bottle with the year and bottle number on the label. Not sure how many bottles were produced but it is a 5 digit number so I assume there were a lot of bottles.

The beer pours a very dark brown with lots of bourbon aroma. Minimal carbonation and taste has a fair amount of bourbon flavor with a nice alcohol warmth. Be sure to let the beer warm slightly as it has a much more complex and enjoyable flavor. Overall this is a powerful beer that is entirely different from the original Prelude Special Ale. I only purchased one bottle of this beer but it certainly would be a good candidate for aging with its high ABV. Overall a really nice example of barrel aging and something you should try if you get a chance.
Pros:
Complex flavor
Cons: 

Alcohol Content: 9.5% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness):
Rating: ★★★☆
Brewers Website: Shipyard Brewing
Brewers Description: We are excited to announce the release of our new Bourbon Barrel Aged Prelude Special Ale! Our winter favorite has been enhanced by a 6 month stint in Bourbon Barrels which added smoky notes and a bourbon enhanced finish. This amped-up, 9.5% ABV, winter warmer will be available in select markets and in limited supply this December.

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317. Shipyard XXXX IPA

The Double/Imperial IPA category has some of my favorite beers including; Heady Topper, Hill Farmstead’s Ephraim, Maine Beer Company’s Lunch, Pliny the Elder and many many more. When I see one that I have not tried before I usually buy it hoping it will live up to those mentioned above. This one certainly was not one to add to my shortlist of favorites.

The beer looks promising with a deep amber color and thick off white head. Smell is not what I expect from an Imperial IPA but about what I expect from Shipyard. There was a lot of sweet malts and lots of butterscotch (typical of Shipyard) but very little in terms of hops. Taste is very much the same with a sticky sweetness that simply does not work in a big IPA.

Overall the beer was not terrible but I did not finish it due to the high ABV and sweetness.
Pros: Appearance
Cons: Butterscotch sweet flavor
Alcohol Content: 9.25% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): 60
Rating: ★★☆☆☆
Brewers Website: Shipyard
Brewers Description: XXXX IPA is a non-traditional American IPA with a brilliant copper color and the classic citrus nose of Cascade Hops. This beer demonstrates a unique balance of malt-inspired, delicate red grapefruit sweetness and lingering hop dryness. In 2009 XXXX IPA won Silver Awards at the United States Open Beer Championships and Stockholm Beer & Whiskey Festival.

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244. Shipyard Monkey Fist IPA

First you may notice the new glass from beerme. Had lunch with the owner on Friday and he gave me a glass, bottle opener and koozie. Click here to check out more merchandise including; t-shirts, glasses, stickers, etc. This is all high quality stuff from a local Maine small business.

Now to the beer – I enjoy the occasional beer from Shipyard. In Maine if you go to a wedding or conference you can almost always get Shipyard Export as an option. I rarely buy Shipyard beer but they have been advertising their new Monkey Fist IPA a lot, posting YouTube videos (link here) and really hyping this beer as something different. It is slightly different than other options from Shipyard but still only middle of the road in my opinion. Read more after the break

Pours a deep orange color with thin white head that leaves a fair amount of lacing on the glass. Aroma seems to have a bit of everything with grapefruit being the only standout; some spice, floral hops and a fair amount of malt. Taste follows with a decent amount of hops that are well balanced by the sweet malts. Like many other Shipyard beers there is just something different, I heard one person describe it as a buttery taste. Not sure that is it but there is something there that just seems a bit off. Overall this was an easy drinking IPA and better than most other options from Shipyard so I was not disappointed.
Pros: Easy drinking
Cons: Shipyard mouth feel/flavor
Alcohol Content: 6.9% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): ??
Rating:  ★★★☆☆
Brewers Website: Shipyard
Brewers Description: Shipyard Monkey Fist IPA is the genesis of a new generation of IPA. The traditional elements of classic English IPA have been redefined by American craft beer innovation. Like the image suggests, Monkey Fist is edgy, aggressive, and unique in style. This beer is brilliant copper in color and exploding with Warrior, Glacier and Cascade hop character but able to maintain a beautiful balance.

Monkey Fist: a knot tied at the end of a sailor’s rope to serve as a weight and make it easier to throw.
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152. Ringwood Brewery Old Thumper

I really was not sure what to expect from this one as it is an English beer brewed locally by contract with Shipyard Brewing Company in Portland, ME. The beer pours a nice copper with thin white head that has great retention. Aroma has a bit of caramel and yeast. Flavor was a solid Extra Special / ESB and went very well with the pizza I enjoyed last night. This was better than I expected however not in the top tier of beers. You would not be disappointed by this beer but at the same time probably would not go out of your way to find it again.
Pros: None
Cons: None
Alcohol Content: 5.8% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): ??
Rating:★★★☆☆
Brewers Website: Ringwood Brewery
Brewers Description: Ringwood’s most iconic beer was first brewed in late 1979 without a name. A competition in the local press inspired Joe Leedham from Broadstone, Dorset to come up with a suitable suggestion! It has won many awards but is best remembered for being voted Champion beer of Britain by Camra in 1988. Nose – Peppery, spicy aroma with hint of apples. Palate – Luscious balance of grain and hop in the mouth, bitter sweet finish with delicate fruit notes. Comments – Warm, rounded yet surprisingly delicate pale strong beer. Awards – The bottled version won gold at the British Bottlers’ Institute Competition in 1996 and silver in 1998.

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133. Shipyard Applehead Ale

I have been looking forward to this one for many weeks and found a 6-pack at Florian’s Market in Auburn over the weekend. The packaging and the label are great as they are with Pumpkinhead however the beer disappoints. Color is a light orange and pours almost flat with little to no head and it disappears entirely within seconds so no lacing. Aroma is of apple pie which seems strange for a beer and taste has a fair amount of cinnamon at first but finishes with a green apple candy flavoring that does not work well. I enjoy a couple of Pumpkinheads each year but will be passing on this one in the future. The only positive thing about this beer is that it is unique.
Pros: Aroma
Cons: Taste and aftertaste
Alcohol Content: 4.5% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): ??
Rating: ★☆☆☆☆
Brewers Website: Shipyard Brewing
Brewers Description: Shipyard Applehead Ale is a crisp, refreshing wheat ale with delightful apple aroma and subtle cinnamon flavor.

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104. Shipyard Prelude Special Ale

There are only a couple Shipyard beers that I enjoy and this happens to be one of them. The other is Pumpkin Head, although I can only take one of those on any given night. Prelude ale has a great dark amber color with a moderate head and some lacing. Aroma has a very sweet almost butterscotch smell to it and taste is smooth with plenty of malts but has a bit of hop bite at the end. This does not linger and is replaced with a bit sweetness. Overall this is a very good winter beer; hearty, slightly higher alcohol content and a beautiful winter scene on the label. I look forward to this one each winter and Shipyard did not disappoint in 2011.
Pros: Color, aroma, smooth balanced taste
Cons: Seasonal (if that can be considered a con)
Alcohol Content: 6.7% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): ??
Rating: ★★★☆☆
Brewers Website: Shipyard
Brewers Description: A rich, nutty, full bodies English Ale with an inviting amber hue and hoppy finish. Prelude has 6.7% alcohol volume, making this seasonal specialty the perfect winter warmer.

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68. Shipyard Brewer’s Brown Ale

It seems that all Shipyard beer have a very similar flavor. Not sure if they use the same hops across all styles of their beer but there seems to be a common flavor. I enjoy brown ales but this had to be one of my least favorite. Pours a dark brown as you would expect with a slight head that disappeared quickly. Aroma is OK but nothing special. Overall this was a disappointment which seems to be my experience with Shipyard beer.
Pros: Color
Cons: Lots of malt flavor
Alcohol Content: 5.4% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): ??
Rating: ★★☆☆☆
Brewers Website: Shipyard
Brewers Description: A full-bodied, dark brown ale made with 5 different malts and 3 varieties of hops. This bee has a nice, smokey taste up front and a smooth, full body finishing with a crisp hop bite at the back.
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59. Casco Bay Riptide Red

Another run of the mill red ale. I remember this beer being much better 10 years ago, either it changed when Shipyard purchased them or my tastes have changed. Appearance is great with a nice amber coloring and thick head that stays with you throughout. Aroma is solid and taste is not as sweet as some of the previous reds. Not a lot malt flavor or caramel but overall this is not a bad beer. Again I was hoping for better but I seem to review all the reds about the same.
Pros: Color
Cons: Was better before Shipyard bought them
Alcohol Content: 5.4% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): ??
Rating: ★★★☆☆
Brewers Website: Casco Bay Brewing (now owned by Shipyard)
Brewers Description: Our flagship, this Irish-Style Red Ale proudly won a gold medal at the 2000 World Beer Cup. A combination of 5 different malts and 3 hop varietals, carefully blended, results in a perfect balance. Full-flavored and medium-bodied, the Riptide Red provides surprising complexity for such an easy-drinking brew. The Riptide Red has an original gravity of 1.056 and a 5.4% ABV.
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58. Carrabassett Pale Ale

I’m not sure what it was about this beer that made it better than some of the other pale ales previously reviewed but it is. If someone asked me what a pale ale should taste like I would hand them a Carrabassett. Color is nothing special, not a lot of aroma either but the taste is simple yet satisfying. A bit of malt, some caramel flavors and even a bit fruity at times.
Pros: A perfect example of a pale ale
Cons:
Alcohol Content:
 ??% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): ??
Rating: ★★★☆☆
Brewers Description: Our flagship, this beer defines the classic, American-Style Pale Ale. We looked to the Pacific Northwest, rather than England, for our inspiration and our ingredients. Utilizing malt, hops, water, and most importantly yeast from the USA allowed us to create a balanced, highly drinkable beer. It’s no accident that the Carrabassett Pale Ale is our top-selling beer, year after year.
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53. Shipyard Blue Fin Stout

Not much of a stout drinker – in fact I think this is the first stout review. This is a good hearty beer with lots of flavor, unfortunately the primary flavor seems to be coffee and I am not a coffee drinker. The beer has a decent aroma, great color and pours with a nice tan head. If you like stouts or if you like Shipyard (I am not a fan of either) than give this one a shot. I am happy I only purchased a single so I do not have drink more.
Pros: Color
Cons: Coffee taste
Alcohol Content: 4.7% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): ??
Rating: ★★☆☆☆
Brewers Website: Shipyard
Brewers Description: Blue Fin Stout was first produced in August 1993. This is a classic Irish stout. Full-bodies, yet smooth and spectacular in appearance.
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