Shipyard Chamberlain Pale Ale

Chamberlain Pale Ale – Brewed by Shipyard Brewing Company out of Portland, Maine – 4.9% alcohol

This beer is the reason I bought the Shipyard variety pack. Not because I’ve had it before or knew what it tasted like, but because of General Joshua L. Chamberlain himself. My mother is a huge Civil War buff and I suppose I picked up quite a bit of it from her. After seeing the movie “Gettysburg“, General Chamberlain quickly became my favorite Civil War General. Funny enough, he’s played by Jeff Daniels (of Dumb and Dumber fame).

Enough about that, on to the beer. I found it to be weird, but in a good way. It’s a pale ale that isn’t very bitter or hoppy at all. In fact, it tastes like it’s about to have that coffee/dessert thing going on like a stout would, but then it just disappears. Strange, but very tasty.

I’m a fan (though I’m probably biased due to that handsome picture of General Chamberlain on the bottle). It’s a good beer to relax with and I think even my wonderful girlfriend likes it. If you never tried a pale ale and want to venture out, this is a good starting point, or stepping stone. Definitely would have this again.

Final Rating – (4 pints)

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