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Shipyard Black IPA | Shipyard Brewing Co.

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Shipyard Black IPAShipyard Black IPA

Brewed by:
Shipyard Brewing Co.
Maine, United States | website

Style: American Black Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.20%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by TheManiacalOne on 12-01-2013

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Reviews: 35 | Ratings: 260
Reviews by Flounder57:
Photo of Flounder57
3.62/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

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Photo of 31Sam13
4.36/5  rDev +18.8%
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.

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Photo of MightyMonk
4.39/5  rDev +19.6%
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

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Photo of Bear1964
4.17/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Mason jar showcased the thick jet black color and one finger dense tan head, nice lace hung on as the tasting went on. Aroma is full on hops which hides any roasted notes that might be had, that was about the only let down for this beer. Taste comes through big time with hops upfront and some burnt coffee bitter rounding out the roasted background, this beer has some balls to it and let's you know it. Mouthfeel is what you would expect for a Black IPA and again you know you're drinking something solid here, overall a really tasty and well done Black IPA.

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Photo of Tiernan
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of Herze
3.62/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of markallmon
3.76/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of joel_bou
3.12/5  rDev -15%

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of bishopdc0
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of Doomcifer
2.5/5  rDev -31.9%

Photo of Cavanaghty
3.51/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

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Photo of mkrass
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Photo of PressFastF0rward
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of far333
3.44/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

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Photo of doremite
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of chinchill
3.56/5  rDev -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.

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Photo of DarrellK
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of alcohline_trip
3.59/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of biboergosum
3.66/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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Photo of tdm168
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of Furbato
4.06/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of cjgator3
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of Fatehunter
3.84/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

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Photo of bmoraymond
3.51/5  rDev -4.4%

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Shipyard Black IPA from Shipyard Brewing Co.
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