I originally picked up a six-pack of the Shipyard Summer Ale because of its catchy label. A lobster dressed as a sailor, drinking a mug of beer, while sitting on the beach?!?! That’s a pretty fantastic idea, if you ask me. This American wheat beer is Shipyard Brewing‘s summer seasonal and has a 5.1% ABV.
Shipyard Summer Ale is a traditional American wheat beer. With its inviting golden color, mellow malted wheat flavor and less-hoppy characteristics, it’s sure to please those looking for a clean, cool taste sensation on long hot summer days.
Summer Ale pours a golden sunshine color. Little to no carbonation is present, but it has a foamy white head. Lacing is quite apparent as well.
The nose is very mild. Originally, I only smelled the malt, but after a few more sniffs I picked up hints of banana and bubble gum. Interesting.
Summer Ale has mild tastes of cloves and malt. And that’s about it. This beer reminds me more of a pilsner than a wheat beer. It’s actually kinda bland and left me wanting more (from it, not of it).
Mouthfeel is light bodied, with a little bit of bite in the back-end. A slight, and I mean slight, warming sensation comes near the finish.
Shipyard Summer Ale is a misleading brew. It claims to be a wheat beer, but I barely got that at all in the tasting. I think of it as more of a pilsner or a light ale. It could be a good session beer because of its light body and easy drinkability, but sadly it’s lacking on the flavor side of the equation.
Overall: 4 out of 10
As a WHEAT BEER: 2.5 out of 10
On a slightly different note…I’m not sure if I got a bad six-pack or what, but my Shipyard Summer Ales were almost undrinkable straight from the bottle. When drinking from the bottle there was a heavy “glassy” taste in each drink. Once the beer was poured into a glass, and thus out of the bottle, it tasted a LOT better. Hopefully, for all other drinkers of this beer, I just got a bad batch of bottles. Might have to try this again come this summer time.