Monday, October 15, 2012

Shipyard Brewing Chamberlain Pale Ale

 Shipyard Brewing,  founded in 1994 in Portland, ME is the states largest brewery and it produces 17 varieties of  English style and seasonal ales. Shipyard, best known for their fall seasonal release "Pumpkinhead Ale", has managed to somehow gain a following by creating mediocre beers based on classic English profiles. In my opinion the only notable beer in Shipyard's arsenal is their "Blue Fin Stout", reviewed here back on 2/1/12. Chamberlain Pale Ale is labeled as a "classic" English style Ale. It pours golden in color with a white fizzy head. Brewed with Cascade, Fuggles and Tettnang hops, the beer lacks the aromatics you would expect to find in hop blend of that magnitude. Upon first tasting you'll be hit with an enormous amount of buttery malt character, almost toffee like and still no discernible hop presence. There is a mild bitterness, which reinstates my faith that there are actually hops in the beer. The malt is comprised of Two-Row British Pale, Chocolate and Crystal, but even that fails to produce any unique character.  Chamberlain just squeaks in on the sessionable chart at 4.8% ABV. Unfortunately that was the only plus this Ale provided me with.  Cheers! 


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