Maine: Export Ale, Shipyard, Portland

I got a little fancy the photo effects but this is one of my first favorite south of the border ales and the only US beer I ever saw listed anywhere as a “Canadian ale” but I am thinking this is very like Mendocino Eye of Hawk and Special London Ale from Youngs.

A rocky off-white head sits over orange-amber ale. Soft water and a lovely aroma of marmalade. Rich malty and a tad sweet, this is a very clean brew with a nice edge of twiggy hops cutting through. I swear I taste a salty tang which is not too odd given where Shipyard brews its beer. If you don’t like the ringwood yeast, you will find an odd note. I like the ringwood yeast.

One thought on “Maine: Export Ale, Shipyard, Portland”

  1. [Original comments…]

    Knut – January 12, 2006 5:27 PM
    Sounds like a beer I would like – because of the reference to Special London Ale. How strong is it?. Anyone know if this is available in Europe?

    max smith – March 11, 2006 9:28 AM
    Shipyard Export, IPA and Old Thumper are available in Nova Scotia’s private stores starting March 17th

    Alan – March 11, 2006 12:26 PM
    Woot-a-rama. That is excellent news except fot the fact that I am 1500 km to the west and left Halifax in 1992. Expect Shipyard IPA sipping to cause serious questions about the claims of Keiths.

    Scott R – December 31, 2006 9:02 PM
    FINALLY!!! Texas laws have changed and Shipyard is now available in the lonestar state. I lived in Maine for 9 years before moving to Texas. I love both places, but really missed not having Shipyard. Though Shiner Boch comes pretty close.

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