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Thursday, July 30, 2009

Chamberlain Pale Ale

Dead Soldier
Where to Dig Up More About This Beer
Chamberlain Pale Ale
Shipyard Brewing Company
86 Newbury Street
Portland, ME USA
Est. 1994

Brain Damage Quotient = 4.9 % ABV
Fluid Oz. = 12.0

Postmortem Brew Review
Translucent copper-golden color.
Malt and hops balanced in aroma.
Slight chocolate flavors present.
Caramel colored frothy head with ringed lacing on glass.
Hops punch at the end of each sip.
Crisp, medium body. 

Grim Reaper's Eulogy
One look at the label and I knew it would be good. This truly 'dead soldier', one Bvt. Maj. Gen. Joshua Laurence Chamberlain was also once the Governor of Maine (1866-70), and President of Bowdoin College (1871-85). Oh yeah...he is also a Medal of Honor recipient. Yawn. I suppose that's a pretty nice resume. But personally, I think that foam-catcher 'stache is his most impressive accomplishment. Just take a look at that bad-ass mustache!

Better still were the liquid contents under "The Little Round Top" on the bottle. For you Civil War history buffs out there, this is the famous Gen. Chamberlain that held off the Alabama Regiment on the left flank at Gettysburg. He thinned out the men of the 20th Maine to hold the line for control of the hill. Speaking of thin, there is nothing thin about this ale. It is as solid in taste as the soldier it is named after.

So keep your powder dry and defend your thirst...Lord knows there were plenty of 'dead soldiers' at the Battle of Gettysburg.

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