Shipyard Black IPA - Shipyard Brewing Co.

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Shipyard Black IPAShipyard Black IPA

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Ratings: 224
Reviews: 35
rAvg: 3.48
pDev: 13.22%
Wants: 4
Gots: 51 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Shipyard Brewing Co. visit their website
Maine, United States

Style | ABV
American Black Ale |  6.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: TheManiacalOne on 12-01-2013

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Reviews by Flounder57:
Photo of Flounder57
3.62/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle was poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: This beer poured a one finger mocha head that reduced to a thin layer. It is a pitch black color with no visibility. Spotty lacing on the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Smokey, roasted, chocolate, earthy notes, and some citrusy hops.

Taste: Smells better than it tastes. The smoke is overbearing over the roasted, chocolate, earthy, and citrus hops. Lingering bitterness in the rear too.

Mouthfeel: Smokey, lingering bitterness, light bodied, and medium carbonation.

Overall: Pretty average black ale. I feel the smoke could be tsmed down a bit in exchange for more pine or citrusy hops I find in other black ales.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Cavanaghty
3.51/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Black with about one finger of beige head. Mild lacing on the glass.

Smell: Citrus, hops, malts and some coffee.

Mouthfeel/Taste: A little rought medium bodied. Taste of hops and citrus with hints of coffee and malts.

Overall: Interesting brew, to me it seems like they took an IPA and a Stout and mixed them together.

Photo of far333
3.44/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Black and opaque, a close look reveals streams of bubbles rising up from the bottom of the glass. A thick and rocky head of beige sea foam lingers loooong, receding very slowly and leaving oily legs of lace up the glass. Low aroma of cocoa and floral hops.

Rich flavor of darkly roasted malt, with roasty bitterness, some cocoa, understated hops, perhaps subtle English type, but seems too subtle for the style. Firm bitterness offsets the malt, but could be more from the roast malt than hops. Fruity esters rise up in the finish, perhaps from the Ringwood or English yeast that Shipyard is known for.

Powdery and tannic mouthfeel. Good beer overall, but feels more like a brown ale than black IPA.

Photo of chinchill
3.56/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle.

This is a well-crafted, centrist Black IPA with no apparent flaws (unless one wants to question the idea of a black IPA, as I do from time to time). Mildly bitter. Medium body and carbonation. Fine, tan head over an essentially black body.

Photo of biboergosum
3.66/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle, part of the mixed IPA 12-pack from Shipyard.

This beer pours a clear, very dark russet brown colour, with two fingers of puffy, densely foamy, and somewhat bubbly beige head, which leaves some attractive bonsai tree lace around the glass as it slowly and surely subsides.

It smells of roasted, yet kind of metallic bready caramel malt, wet ash, black licorice, pine needles, citrus floor cleaner, rather dry mocha, and a further leafy earthiness. The taste is bitter toasted dark bread, a bit of lean toffee sweetness, dry cocoa powder, black coffee, old pine forest floor, tart orange juice, and a hint of flinty warming alcohol.

The bubbles are fairly average in their workaday bearing, the body actually on the light side of medium weight, and not particularly smooth, but not egregiously edgy by the same token. It finishes quite dry, the blackened character looming and dooming this one for good.

A decent enough rendition of this Frankenstyle, the roasted and hoppy characters colliding and interfering just the right amount, methinks. Anyways, the overt dryness makes this drinkable, to a point - a point which I feel approaching as I consider the remainder of this bottle.

Photo of Fatehunter
3.84/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a finger of tan head on a black body.
The aroma is bursting with a perfect blend of roasted and burnt malt, coffee, lemons and pine. Wonderful.
The taste has a watery start, roasted malt middle and then picks up some big grapefruit and pine bitterness middle to end.
The texture is crisp.
The aroma is amazing and the taste isn't bad. Very enjoyable.

Photo of mtvolkens
2.39/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Still to date probably the worst beer I've had. Maybe I'm just not a black ale guy but this was gross.

Photo of puboflyons
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle. Dark brown pour with a modest tan head.

As I absorb the aromas I think "Porter" more than anything else. Good coffee malt character but little in the way of hops since it is meant to be an IPA.

Medium to better than medium body. Got some stones!

Each time I sip it I think "Porter" not "Black IPA" I expect hops but I get coffee. Oh yeah, there are hops that sneak in on the backside but not enough to make me thin IPA. It is highly drinkable but it does not match the style as far as I am concerned.

Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.3/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Shipyard Black IPA has a thin, beige head, a dark brown appearance, and some lacing web left on the glass. The aroma is of a rich, somewhat syrupy, dark bread, and the flavor is of that, with dark-roasted, slightly charred, malt, mild hop resin, low bitterness, and yeast. Mouthfeel is light to medium, and Shipyard Black IPA finishes semi-dry and easy drinking.


Photo of DrDemento456
3.89/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Don't really love Shipyard but it was hard to pass up a single for $1.79. Into a pint glass.
A - Looks rather good a deep dark almost porter like blackness and a 1/4 inch of mocha head that makes for some decent lacing. Pretty.
S - Mild cocoa, moderate roasts, and a bit of citrus rind like hops. Hope its balanced.
T - Huh it's rather good the hops are there but pretty much taking a backseat behind the roasts which also are mild and it leaves a sort of cocoa taste on the palate.
M - It's light to medium almost like an IPA.

Overall a very approachable take on the style totally worth trying to see if you like Black IPA's

Photo of illpass78
3.68/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle poured into a stout glass.

Appearance: Pours a deep black with a three-quarter-inch off white head. Heavy to moderate lacing. Held to the light, there's some dark brown as well.

Aroma: A nice mix of aromas. Smells of pine, hops, dark malts, burned toast, and a little coffee. Smells like a porter and like an IPA.

Taste: This beer has a pretty big, bold flavor. Hops and roasted malts are up front, and the burned toast taste is right there. This was a sipper for me. Drank one while watching a baseball game and it took me about 2.5 innings. Tastes like a combo of a porter and an IPA.

Mouthfeel: This beer was thicker than I'd expected. Slightly chewy in texture.

Overall: Pretty good stuff from Shipyard. It's kind of an IPA for the porter/stout crowd. It's not super aggressive in that tastes-like-lemon-Pledge way, but the hop bitterness is very forward. Fun change-of-pace brew.

Photo of gonzo000
3.66/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

very good offering overall. Taste was not as hoppy as I would have expected. Mouthfeel was excellent - very smooth.

Photo of silverking
3.26/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- deep garnet with one inch of creamy tan head. Great head retention, well defined rings of lacing.

S- citrus, and then a very roasted/burnt aroma. Somewhat smokey.

T- lemons, the whole fruit. Burnt, smokey, charred. Some chocolate in there as well, but it tastes burnt and there's no way around that. The finish is astringent and sour. I don't like that...

M- light, moderate carbonation, it wants to have a clean finish, but it sticks at the last second and gnaws at the back of my palate.

O- burnt...

Photo of cbutova
3.67/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A- Black bodied but some very dark brown hues can be seen around the tulip I poured this into. A creamy, foamy light tan cap rises to just over a finger with pretty good retention. A thick ring is left with pillows and islands while lacing is composed of plentiful spots and some sheets.

S- Semi-bitter medium-dark chocolate and notes of roast grains rounded out with citrus, pine and earthy hops. Toasty, nutty and sweet hints.

T- Fairly simple as in the nose and finds a balance between hops and roast grains. The malts deliver a mostly cocoa-driven profile with slightly bitter, milk chocolate brownies coming to mind. Toasted and nutty hints. This is placed against hops which have earthy, citrus, pine and herbal character. Yeasty dark fruits towards the end.

MF- Light-medium bodied with a moderately low carbonation. The overall texture of the beer is very slightly creamy and foamy. Finishes with a cocoa powder bitterness on the palate.

The cocoa powder feel is very strong and seems to grow with time. It is a nice cocoa feel but might get a bit too powerful for its own good. However, the hops chosen do a nice job working their way into the flavor to blend with the chocolate notes. After some time, a fruity yeast feel opens up and offsets the beer's flavor balance just a bit.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.46/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep black color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains roasted malts, earthy hops, some chocolate and some citrus.

T: The taste starts out bready with a hearty but not too heavy roasted malt character up front. Then some mild sweetness comes in from flavors of chocolate and citrus. The hops presence is strong but not overpowering and brings some balance. The after-taste is slightly bitter and slightly bready.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is dry and slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, it’s a decent beer but there are several other choices in the style that I would pick first.

Photo of 31Sam13
4.36/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A sort of gem in Shipyard's IPA lineup. Complex but subdued English flavor with a nice bitterness and a dark, chocolaty malty finish. Not overly hoppy, but well done.

Photo of predikit
3.74/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours dark brown, settles in the glass black, leaves a half inch light beige head that has decent retention.

Smell is mostly hoppy with some coffee.

Taste follows the nose, slightly sweet to start, hop bite kicks in for the middle, and a deep roasted coffee takes the finish, which is also very dry. Leaves a lasting bitter on the tongue that makes you want another sip.

Fairly light bodied, light-medium at most, clean mouthfeel, wouldn't call it smooth or crisp, but it leaves clean.

A good Black IPA, not the best I've had, but most certainly not the worst either.

Photo of lou50rp
3.58/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

It is black with a tan head and well carbonated
Very definite grapefruit smell overcomes all else
Taste starts off citrusy with heavy hops at the end, a little too heavy
Mouthfeel is good. Coating but not heavy with a tingle from the carbonation
An interesting ale, but will not be a regular in the fridge

Photo of MightyMonk
4.39/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This is a good beer.
I have not really been a fan of Shipyard Brewing but I tried this recently poured from a bottle and have become more of a fan. Living on the east coast there are several breweries that make good beer so Shipyard gets lost easily.
Pours very dark as expected
Nice head that has some nice hop aroma
Tastes malty yet hoppy and has a full mouthfeel
Have to rethink Shipyard

Photo of AndyAvalanche
3.47/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12 oz. bottle poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint Glass. Liquid comes out brown during the pour and a deep brown as it pools into the glass, looks black where it's deepest. Amber brown highlights when held up to the light. Nice tan frothy head with mostly small bubbles erupt on a hard pour. Better than average lacing and glass retention on this one. I do tend to tike the look of this style of beer.

I almost always like the smell of Black IPAs and no exception here. Some roasted malts, hints of bitter chocolate. Plenty of pine and citrus peel hops, very earthy. Pretty well balanced.

Taste is on par with the smell. Starts a little sweet, slightly bready and grainy, hints of chocolate. There's more citrus hops than expected based on the smell, not quite as earthy tasting either. Hops are present, but not too strong, they provide some decent balance to the flavor.

Mouthfeel is pretty good, an easy medium body to it, not too much of a lingering flavor. Decent carbonation level and reasonably smooth. A little dry and slightly earthy bitter finish. Pretty drinkable, this beer grew on me it grew on me after awhile. Not a bad beer from Shipyard, glad the Black IPA/American Black Ale style is growing and more brewers are trying it.

Photo of sirsteve42
4.25/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours black with a nice frothy tan head. Notes of pine and citrus and a huge mocha roast. Great mouthfeel. Extremely drinkable. Cheers

Photo of JV-NH
3.31/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Tastes like a stout with a hop bomb thrown in.....and i like this is probably the best shipyard ive had (don't care for most)...but it's no ipa.

Photo of MaineBrewing
4.03/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - Poured pitch black, completely opaque, only the slightest bit of light can get through when held to the light. One finger tan head with somewhat large bubbles, a sort of loose formation. Head was ever present with at-least a little foam and there was plenty of lacing on the glass.

S - Hop notes were bright from the can, but after the pour, they were more muddled. Still some slight pine and resin notes slightly waft through a big earthy malt tone resembling dark pumpernickel some chocolate as well. Also some off notes, sort of ruff around the edges.

T - The hops are only slightly present up front, but brashly bitter in the finish. I think the best part of this black IPA is the black part... the underlying notes of roasted barley, toffee, chocolate, and even a lingering coffee taste are what I enjoy in it. This is the taste that lingers and makes me want more.

M - Light bodied , lightly carbonated, sort of on the watery side.

O - Looking at it as an english style black IPA... this is pretty good. If you are expecting something like Sublimely Self Righteous or similar American style black IPAs with crazy dank hops you will be sorely disappointed. It is subdued on the flavoring hops yes, but still very bitter... this bitter is played against a very delicious and complex dark malt profile and it ends up being refreshing and enjoyable.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.61/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Best before 7/2014.

Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, char, and citrus zest aromas. Taste is much the same with cocoa and citrus zest flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of roast and hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a tasty but fairly intense roast and hop flavor.

Photo of Lare453
3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

Delicious, roasty, hoppy, awesome

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Shipyard Black IPA from Shipyard Brewing Co.
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