SHIPYARD BREWING COMPANY
“Shipyard first began in 1992 at Federal Jack’s Restaurant and Brew Pub in Kennebunk, which is one of Maine’s original brew pubs and working breweries. Within two years, demand for Shipyard beer outpaced the small operation and, in April 1994, businessman Fred Forsley and brewer Alan Pugsley opened the Shipyard Brewing Company in the heart of the waterfront in Portland, Maine on the site of the former Crosby Laughlin Foundry.”
- Black IPA (87 Points)
- Export Ale (73 Points)
- IPA (79 Points)
- Prelude (87 Points)
- Pumpkinhead (81 Points)
Pugsley’s Signature Series:
- Imperial Rye (89 Points)
- Smashed Pumpkin (90 Points)
- Smashed Blueberry (91 Points)
- XXXX IPA (90 Points)
BLACK IPA: 87 Points
This Black IPA (American Black Ale) is released seasonally in the Winter months in 12 oz. bottles.
Brewer’s Description: “Shipyard Black IPA is for the pirate in you. This is a dark black beer that combines a rich malty character with the crisp flavor and aroma of American Northwest hops. It’s a beer the legendary Blackbeard would have hoisted as he sailed the seven seas. It’s worth walking the plank for.”
My Description: Shipyard did a nice job creating a Black IPA that you can drink everyday for any occasion; the flavors are on point, the body is smooth, and overall it is an enjoyable beer. It pours a large, beige colored head with a great retention level and it leaves behind a nice amount of lacing. The aroma felt more like a porter than an IPA because the hop notes were faint and minimized by the dominating notes of roasted coffee malts and cocoa, as well as a hint of coffee. Black IPA is medium bodied with a moderate carbonation level and a dry finish. Robust and creamy, the body is smooth and satisfying. The flavor profile does taste like a Black IPA with welcoming pine hop notes and some earthy hops. A strong malt backbone and roasted coffee add to the flavor profile and the finish is the best part. The aftertaste is moderately bitter and a bit sharp but the lingering sweet/bitter note is amazing and forces you to take another sip. Overall, I would choose this as an everyday Black IPA no problem. It is best served around 50°F and pairs nicely with roasted chicken, grilled steak, or your favorite burger.
ABV: 6.2% Color: Black Sweetness: 2/10 Bitterness: 4.5/10
EXPORT ALE: 73 Points
This Blonde Ale is available year-round in 12 oz. bottles and cans.
Brewer’s Description: “The Shipyard Brewing Company’s flagship beer, is a full bodied ale, with a hint of sweetness up front, a subtle and distinctive hope taste, and a very clean and traditional finish.”
My Description: This beer just taste cheap; the flavors are bland, the quality is not there, and I got sick of it real quick. It pours a sub-par, off-white colored head with a weak retention level and it leaves behind no lacing. The aroma has notes of pale malts, some floral hints, and a touch of sweetness. Export Ale is medium bodied with a moderate carbonation and a semi-dry finish. Sweet notes upfront are accompanied by soft floral hints. The aftertaste is minimally bitter with a minor lingering lemon note. I feel this beer is too sweet to drink more than one. It is best served around 45°F and pairs nicely with fish & chips, grilled fish, or lobster.
ABV: 5.1% Color: Dark Gold Sweetness: 3/10 Bitterness: 1.5/10
IPA: 79 Points
This English Style IPA is available year-round in 12 oz. bottles.
Brewer’s Description: “This light copper single hop India Pale Ale is brewed only with the Fuggles hops. It has a smooth, dry, and crisp flavor with floral aroma and apple plum palate.”
My Description: Shipyard did a decent job with this ale; it is crisp, smooth, and sessionable. However, there are some trouble points as well; the hops taste too sharp and the flavors are somewhat subdued especially when trying to highlight a certain hop. It pours a large, off-white colored head with a great retention level and it leaves behind a good amount of lacing. The aroma is standard with notes of herbal/floral hops with some pale malt additions, it smells fairly clean. This IPA is medium bodied with a slightly higher carbonation level and a dry finish. A noticeable malt backbone delivers a sweet presence with a touch of biscuit notes. Herbal and earthy hops add to the flavor profile but only slightly. The aftertaste is moderately bitter with sharp lingering note that tastes stale and not very satisfying. As the beer warms, a minuscule sour note enters that I feel neutral about, it doesn’t add nor take away my opinion of the beer. Overall, this is a good session IPA when watching the game. It is best served around 45°F and pairs nicely with roasted chicken, grilled seafood, or mushroom burgers.
ABV: 5.8% Color: Copper/Orange Sweetness: 2.5/10 Bitterness: 4.5/10
PRELUDE: 87 Points
This English Strong Ale is released seasonally between November and December in 12 oz. bottles.
Brewer’s Description: “Prelude Special Ale is full-bodied in the true English Style. It’s a rich and nutty ale with a hoppy finish and an inviting deep amber hue.”
My Description: The first few minutes of drinking this ale, I wasn’t too impressed but as I got towards the middle of the glass this beer starting to grow on me. It has a good sized, beige colored head that fades to a thin film but holds leaving behind a decent amount of lacing. The aroma definitely malt forward with notes of caramel malt, hints of dark fruit, and it is a little nutty. Prelude is medium bodied with a moderate carbonation level and a dry finish. The texture is chewy and the alcohol is completely hidden. The flavor profile is clean enough and slightly nutty with notes of caramel malt and spices, which are subtle. The aftertaste is moderately bitter and a little harsh. Overall, this beer is pleasant and satisfying. It is best served around 50°F and pairs nicely with beef stew, roasted turkey, or a veggie pizza.
ABV: 6.7% Color: Dark Brown Sweetness: 2/10 Bitterness: 4/10
PUMPKINHEAD: 81 Points
This Pumpkin Ale is released seasonally in the months of September and October in 12 oz. bottles.
Brewer’s Description: “Shipyard Pumpkinhead Ale is a crisp and refreshing wheat ale with delightful aromatics and subtle spiced flavor.”
My Description: It has a decent, white colored head that fades quick to a film and holds for a while. However, it leaves behind a minimal amount of lacing. The aroma is pleasant and the pumpkin smell comes through nicely, this is accompanied by notes of pale malts and a touch of cinnamon. This beer is medium bodied with a moderate carbonation level and a dry finish. The flavor profile is where this beer takes an unwelcoming turn. The pumpkin flavor comes through nicely but it tastes almost artificial and too sweet. Plus, the actual beer flavors like malt are too weak and thin. Other flavors in this beer include a touch of sourness and subtle hints of pumpkin pie spices. The aftertaste is minimally bitter with a semi-creamy texture. Overall, this beer tasted like an alcoholic pumpkin soda and I did not want to drink a second bottle. It is best served around 45°F and pairs nicely with baked squash or chili.
ABV: 4.5% Color: Light Orange Sweetness: 3/10 Bitterness: 1.5/10
IMPERIAL RYE: 89 Points
This American Strong Ale is a limited release in 22 oz. bottles.
Brewer’s Description: “Imperial Rye is a spicy, golden red beer with a floral hop aroma. This beer is sweet up-front with a smooth, aromatic finish.”
My Description: Initially, I felt that the balance of the flavors was too conflicting but as the beer warmed up a bit and I drank more of it, I started to enjoy this ale. It begins with a large, off-white colored head with an excellent retention level that leaves behind spotty lacing. The aroma is welcoming with notes of floral hops, rye, tropical hops, and a hint of caramel. Imperial Rye is medium/full bodied with a moderate carbonation level and a dry finish. This beer is surprisingly smooth with an interesting balance between sweet and bitter. Upfront, there is a noticeable malt sweetness with notes of caramel and citrus hops that fades cleanly into an aftertaste that is moderately bitter and lingers slightly. There is a rye spice note that is always around and ties everything together nicely. The alcohol is beautifully hidden and creeps up slowly. Overall, this is a good beer that doesn’t necessarily bring out potent hop notes but does give a satisfying drinking experience. It is best served around 50°F and pairs nicely with Thai noodles, dry rubbed ribs, or strong cheese.
ABV: 9.5% Color: Dark Gold Sweetness: 3/10 Bitterness: 5.5/10
SMASHED PUMPKIN: 90 Points
This Pumpkin Ale is released seasonally in Autumn in 22 oz. bottles.
Brewer’s Description: “Smashed Pumpkin is a big-bodied beer with a light coppery orange color and pleasing aroma of pumpkin and nutmeg. The OG and final Alc./Vol. provide the structure and body. Pale Ale, Wheat and Light Munich Malts combine with the natural tannin in pumpkin and the delicate spiciness of Willamette and Hallertau Hops to balance the sweetness of the fruit.”
My Description: The complex batch of flavors in this ale work beautifully together to deliver a pumpkin beer that is smooth, tasty, and memorable. It begins with a decent, off-white colored head that fades quick to a ring and leaves behind a minimal amount of lacing. The aroma is on the sweeter side with notes of nutmeg, brown sugar, and malt. This ale is full bodied with a slightly lower carbonation level and a semi-dry finish. The alcohol is beautifully hidden behind the great pumpkin flavor that tastes genuine and fresh. There are also notes of malts and Autumn spices like nutmeg and cinnamon. There is also a welcoming pecan/nutty flavor that satisfies. The aftertaste is slightly bitter bringing great balance to this beer. It is best served around 55°F and pairs nicely with sharp cheese, beef and bean soup, or light desserts.
ABV: 9% Color: Copper/Orange Sweetness: 3/10 Bitterness: 2.5/10
SMASHED BLUEBERRY: 91 Points
This Fruit Ale is released occasionally in 22 oz. bottles.
Brewer’s Description: “This beer is a hybrid between a Porter and a Scotch Ale and has a rich mouth feel and a body of complex intensity. Upfront, there are distinct flavors of coffee and chocolate beautifully accentuated by the aroma of fresh blueberries. The finish features a delicate balance of sweet fruit and dry hops. This beer pairs well with glazed duck, ribs, barbeque, chocolate, and blueberry deserts. To fully experience all the flavors, Smashed Blueberry is best drunk at 55 degrees Fahrenheit.”
My Description: The beer is nicely constructed and flavorful. It pours a decent sized, beige colored head with a sub-par retention level and it leaves behind a minimal amount of lacing. The aroma is stout-like with notes of roasted malts and dark chocolate. The blueberries do shine through as well giving a good indicator of the flavors in this beer. Smashed Blueberry is full bodied with a lower carbonation level and a dry finish. The flavor profile is slightly complex with a strong chocolate taste playing center role in this ale. There are also notes of roasted malts, oak, earthy hops, and a touch of alcohol. The blueberries taste real good; upfront, it tastes like blueberry juice and in the aftertaste it changes into blueberry muffins, really nice. This beer is smooth and best served around 55°F and pairs nicely with roasted ham, baked turkey, or chocolate desserts.
ABV: 9% Color: Dark Brown/Maroon Sweetness: 2.5/10 Bitterness: 3/10
XXXX IPA: 90 Points
This Imperial IPA is released seasonally in 12 oz. and 22 oz. bottles.
Brewer’s 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. The OG and final Alc./Vol. provide the structure and body to balance the harmony of distinct flavors.Cascade, Warrior,Summit and Glacier hops are used for bittering and Cascade hops are added for dry hopping after fermentation. This hop blend is well balanced with malted wheat, pale ale, crystal, and caramel malts. To full enjoy all the flavors, this ale is best drunk at 55 degrees Fahrenheit.”
My Description: It begins with a decent, light beige colored head that holds a bit and leaves behind a minimal amount of lacing. The aroma is interesting because even though grapefruit hops are easily noticed, there is a sweetness that creeps in as-well. Caramel malt is also present. XXXX IPA is medium/full bodied with a slightly lower carbonation level and a dry finish. A thick caramel malt backbone holds up the pine and citrus hop flavors nicely. The alcohol is hardly noticed and the bitterness is smooth and not sharp. There is enough sweet malt notes to calm the moderately bitter finish. More pronounced hop flavors would help this beer taste even better. This is best served around 45°F and pairs nicely with blackened fish, Cajun dishes, or BBQ pork sandwiches.
ABV: 9.25% Color: Amber/Brown Sweetness: 3/10 Bitterness: 6/10