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Shipyard Black IPA - Shipyard Brewing Co.

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Shipyard Black IPAShipyard Black IPA

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Ratings: 209
Reviews: 33
rAvg: 3.48
pDev: 13.51%
Wants: 4
Gots: 40 | 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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Ratings: 209 | Reviews: 33
Reviews by Kendo:
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3.9/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Poured from the bottle into a Harpoon pint glass. Body is black, with a half-finger foamy, tannish head on top. Leaves a good amount of lace.

S: Modest roast and modest piney, earthy hops with a touch of citrus. Though it's not a terribly strong nose, it hits the right notes for a Black IPA, boding well.

T: First impression is the roast and general bitterness; second impression is the thin feel. There's a foundation of roasted malt, charcoal and ash. Piney and earthy hops finish it, along with a slight presentation of metallic bitterness. Wee bit of chocolate malt on the finish. Lingering aftertaste is bitter, however - a blend of metallic, piney and roasty.

M: A little too thin - gives a slightly watery impression, which detracts from the overall presentation. Carbonation is modest and the feel is pretty smooth.

O: Shipyard beers haven't really impressed me, so my expectations were low, but other than the thin mouthfeel and metallic sense, this one is pretty solid and hits all the right notes for a Black IPA. Personally I like a little more chocolate malt and more citrusy hops, but the overall effort here is satisfying. I'm surprised to be enjoying this as much as I am.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Tiernan
3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of joel_bou
3.12/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.53/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of bishopdc0
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

Photo of Doomcifer
2.5/5  rDev -28.2%

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 mkrass
3.85/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Photo of PressFastF0rward
3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

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 doremite
3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

Photo of DarrellK
3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of alcohline_trip
3.59/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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 tdm168
3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of cjgator3
3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

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 bmoraymond
3.51/5  rDev +0.9%

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 Kevincredible
3/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of Kmlund
3/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of JKama
3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

Photo of lzepplin01
3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of TheSamKuehn
3.85/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

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Shipyard Black IPA from Shipyard Brewing Co.
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