Shipyard Prelude Special Ale

Shipyard Brewing Co.
Portland, Maine
http://www.shipyard.com/

Grade: A-
6.8% ABV
Style: Winter warmer
Serve in: Pint glass

PRELUDE SPECIAL ALE

What a nice lil’ homey beer! I wasn’t really expecting too much, but it pleasantly surprised me as a solid winter warmer. Its deep red/maroon color, plus a sweet aroma of butterscotch, spices and pine, makes it feel like you’ve known this beer forever; wrapping you up in big malty flavors, cloves, a mild candied aspect, but nothing overwhelming, as well as a slight bitterness. This beer has a very light feeling, but that doesn’t cast shadow on any aspects. It’s very mellow and drinkable, and lives up to the warmer name, because I am floatin’.

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