Shipyard low tide ale

Shipyard’s Low Tide is brewed by the Shipyard Brewing Company based in Portland Maine. For over 25 years this brewery has been creating a range of beers from IPAs to Brown ales and over the past few years have gone down the non-alcoholic route … in the guise of Low Tide.

Since 2013 the Marston Brewery has been producing Shipyard beers under license in the UK and at this current time, Low Tide is only available in the UK. This non-alcoholic beer is an American-style pale ale that is produced using naturally low levels of alcohol.

The question is, is Low Tide a damp squib or one to be hoisted on the main sails? Well, you’ll just need to read below to find out.

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Is Low Tide any good?


Well, Low Tide is far from my favourite alcohol-free ale. It isn’t too bad but not too great either … just mediocre. I think this is down to it being a fairly flat, muted affair. Sure, there are some bitter hop flavours and a background of sweetness but truth be told not much else.

Aroma & Appearance

When this ale is poured into the glass there are some subtle citrus flavours followed closely by hops. In the glass, you can see it has a medium amber colour with a rather faltering head. 

Bonus points

Note this is neither gluten-free or vegan-friendly. If you are outside the UK it is tricky to find but I’ll be surprised, given the popularity of alcohol-free beers, that it won’t come to the States soon.

Buy Shipyard Low Tide

At the time of writing, you can buy this non-alcoholic ale from quite a few supermarkets (or check Shipyard’s site itself). 

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Key information

– per 500ml

Type – Pale ale

Brewery  – Shipyard

Country – UK

Alcohol content – 0.5%

Calories – 85

Ingredients – water, malted barley, wheat, hops, yeast, lactose

Vegan friendly? – no

Gluten-free? – no

Availability UK/ EU – medium

Availability US/ CAN – very hard


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