Review - Shipyard Brewing Company's Chamberlain Pale Ale
"This classic English style pale ale is named after renowned Civil War hero Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain. The golden-copper color of this award winning beer is enhanced by Pale Ale, Crystal, and Chocolate malts. Chamberlain Pale Ale is dry and crisp upfront with an aromatic hoppy finish featuring Fuggles, Cascade, and Tettnang hops " -- Shipyard Brewing
Pours a medium golden color, settling a darker yellow to light amber hue, crowned by a healthy off-white frothy head with good retention. Fairly active body. Aroma is moderatly malty and doughy with virtually no hop presence. Initial taste is moderately bitter up front with a subtle hop profile, and stays bitter although adds in some malt sweetness at the finish. Light bodied, it has a watery texture and lively carbonation. Moderately bitter finish with some grassy, citrus lingering notes.
Good example of the British Pale Ale with subdued hop character in both the aroma and the taste, and a nice malt backbone.
Reviewed on November 23rd, 2008.