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Shipyard IPA - Shipyard Brewing Co.

Shipyard IPAShipyard IPA

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793 Ratings

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Ratings: 793
Reviews: 501
rAvg: 3.25
pDev: 16.31%

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

Style | ABV
English India Pale Ale (IPA) |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: xlperro on 07-01-2001)
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Photo of Bockrules

New Mexico

3.34/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

poured from the bottle into a pint glass

A - Pours a hazy, gold with some flakes in it (probably because I cellared it too long). Impressive, creamy, off-white tan head that is somewhat cone shaped. Head stays intact all the way down the glass. Leaves behind concentric rings of lacing and large splotches near the bottom.

S - Citrus hops and some crackers upon opening the bottle. In the glass orange zest, red apple, and light spices come out.

T - Malt with hints of apple upfront. The body is a apple cider with orange and spice on a slightly stale malt backbone. Strong sense of red apple as the beer passes over the back of the tongue leads to a very dry, overripe red apple finish.

M - Medium bodied with a slight chewyness that lingers on the palate even after swallowing. Moderate carbonation suits the beer nicely.

I was non to pleased with this beer considering all the hype it has received. The stale red apple finish is really just ruins the beer and makes me not want to take another sip. Part of the issue may very well be that this beer is 2 years beyond its best if enjoyed by date. I'll give a fresher bottle a go in the near future. However, after looking at other reviews, it seems my assessment is inline with what other observed.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2014 03:46:21 | More by Bockrules
Photo of Sam-VW

United Kingdom (England)

3.36/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

A- Poured into an Adnams Ghost Ship pint glass. Thick off white towards the darker side head. Good retention.

S- biscuit, malty, slight hop (Fuggles) but not very much compared to other American IPAs or indeed British IPA's.

T- More of a bitter malt taste than a hop kick. Still very tasty but it doesn't seem like an IPA.

M- Quite a thin feel, but it goes down very well. Session brew for sure.

I like this beer as a session brew, but I'm not sure it's a traditional IPA by British or American standards.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2014 17:04:20 | More by Sam-VW
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4.04/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a craft glass.

Appearance: Pours a hazy orange with a half-inch white head that dissipates to film fairly quickly. Carbonation average, lacing heavy.

Aroma: Some inviting aromas here. Smells like apricot, citrus, pine, hops, oranges, lemon and some faint grassiness.

Taste: Really tasty IPA. Piny hops and citrus are the dominant flavors. Enough complexity to keep you interested. It's not a mondo hop bomb, but it doesn't need to be.

Mouthfeel: Some enjoyable prickliness to go with a light-to-medium body. Smooth for an IPA.

Overall: One of the better straight-up IPAs I've had. Would drink again. Hits all the right notes.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2014 00:29:46 | More by illpass78
Photo of FLima


3.53/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Amber color with a one finger thick head with medium retention and leaving some laces.
Light aroma of English hops with fruity citrus notes and bready malt.
Similarly, bitter flavor of English hops (Fuggles as announced), notes of earth, grapefruit, tea bags, caramels and hint of herbs. Quite dry and bitter aftertaste.
Light body with appropriate carbonation.
This is definitely a traditional English IPA, don’t expect a kick ass hoppy American IPA. Though, interestingly its hops intensity seems to increase over time, rather than the opposite. Also, one can learn how to easily identify Fuggles hops

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2014 23:20:29 | More by FLima
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3.26/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Poured an orange-gold with a creamy white head. Head had great retention and lacing, aided by a steady stream of carbonation.

S- has an almost ESB smell, with light biscuit and fruit malt notes. I detected almost no hops.

T-again, more towards the ESB/pint of bitter than anything resembling an IPA, in either the US or England. Not a bad flavor (not mind-blowing) but it's not anywhere near an IPA.

M-thinner and lacking in the resiny feel of most IPAs

O-it's not a terrible beer, in and of itself, but it falls copmletely short as an IPA.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2013 00:46:51 | More by delta490
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New Jersey

3.73/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On tap in a pint glass.

A- Golden amber color with a 1-plus finger white colored head. Clean carbonation. Some sticky lacing.

S- Hoppy, citrus and earthy. Light malts. Pine.

T- Citrus start to finish. English biscuits and dry reads.

M- Chewy and tangy. Held back by that buttery thing.

O- I am a bit surprised by the low ratings. As an English IPA, it holds up ok for me. Drinkable and the right abv.

Serving type: on-tap

12-04-2013 02:07:42 | More by NiceTaps
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United Kingdom (England)

3.18/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

355ml Bottle: poured into a stemmed 'Yuengling' badged glass at home on 16th Nov 2013.

Golden amber body with a slight haze, on top a white covering of tight bubbles.

The nose was both citrus hoppy and mildly sweet molasses: this mixture carried on into the taste, sweeter than I expected from a US brewed IPA (with Fuggles). I enjoyed it but not sure it is 'true to style'.

Medium bodied, the alcohol hidden nicely and overall a fine, easy to drink IPA.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2013 10:48:55 | More by BlackHaddock
Photo of beergoot


3.79/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Golden body topped with a thick, creamy, chunky white head; thick, sticky rings of foam on the glass. Earthy, slightly pine-like scent with a good dose of lightly toasted malt. Big malt flavors; warm bread and caramel; smooth hop bitterness bringing closure at the finish. Medium-heavy body.

A warm, grainy English-style IPA with a subtle hop bitterness adding balance to the whole tasting experience. Certainly not a west coast hop aroma bomb, but delivering on the malt character and hop bitterness.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2013 20:23:09 | More by beergoot
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United Kingdom (England)

3.49/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: Pale amber, hazy, small tanned head, decent lacing. S: Apple, grapefruit, citrus. T: Fruity, gummi bears, high bitterness but just about stays balanced, earthy finish points to fuggles hop. M: Smooth, initial high carbonation faded, thick body. O: Maybe a few too many IBUs, OK but slightly lacking what a really good beer needs.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2013 20:36:07 | More by jonb5
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United Kingdom (Scotland)

3.23/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

355ml bottle from Morrisons Supermarket (£1.50):
Orange amber with a thin 2mm head with a foamy appearance and doesn't budge any over the opening minutes.

Malty and slightly bitter with some sweet caramel and earthy hops on top of that. There is a little sugar and some faint citrus cut for the most part the aroma is a subdued one.

Malty tasting but with a little more sweetness than the nose suggested. There is a nice mix of caramel and bitter hops that has a good balance and is backed up with some earthy hops and a little citrus and pine.

Bitter with earthy notes on top of a medium body and similar carbonation levels with a faint citrus tang to go with it. The finish continues the bitterness and is a dry one.

Definitely more English than American in style but a decent, easy going session beer that whilst not setting the world alight is still a good, solid effort from the Shipyard Brewery.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2013 08:57:44 | More by flyingpig
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Quebec (Canada)

3.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hearty gold with a creamy tan head that starts out tenaciously before clumpily fizzling out leaving a respectable 1/4-inch cap of head. Good retention; some isolated, stringy lacing.

Hoppy but smells more like a lager than an IPA to me. Some mellow cereal notes and a bit of yeast but mainly has a sour, beery alcohol smell with some earthy hops thrown in. Nothing to write home about.

Crisp and hoppy. Nothing too over-the-top, though. There is ALMOST a touch of grapefruit but on the whole it is pretty one-dimensional with respect to the hops. The tiniest medicinal tinge in the finish but not enough to be unpleasant. However, as you go, this gets worse and worse till eventually it feels like you prepetually have ground up aspirin in the back of your throat.

Light bodied and pleasantly carbonated. Decently creamy head. Smooth finish. Really sessionable palate-wise.

Not a bad beer; but not a good one either. I was definitely expecting a dud and it isn't one. It is not the best IPA I have ever had by a long stretch, but it is kind of nice how simple the flavors and everything are while still being easily identifiable as an IPA.
Good session brew. Not awful. I would have it again, but if I had other options (unfortunately I don't hahaha) I would go with an alternative.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2013 20:16:38 | More by TheDoctor
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3.23/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours with almost no head. Beer itself is a medium copper color, hints of reddishness. Very little in the nose here, I'm having a hard time picking up anything other than some mild maltiness. Taste is not overly bitter, this is fairly malty with relatively minimal bitterness, almost more like a bitter than an IPA? Mouthfeel is definitely what this one does best.

Probably would never buy this one again.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2013 13:38:49 | More by Bowdoinbeerboy
Photo of secondtooth


3.21/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a cloudy copper, with a nice large head and attractive lace. Good beginning.

Nose is floral and perfumey, and not too impressive.

Taste is hoppy but very mild. Brewed with Fuggles hops, this is an English-style IPA, and would easily pass for an American pale ale. Certainly not in the bigger, hop-bomb-style of most modern American IPAs, though. Easily session-worthy, but definitely a disappointment for an IPA nowadays.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2013 14:29:47 | More by secondtooth
Photo of IchLiebeBier


3.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Cloudy; orangish-amber; medium-sized, frothy head; long lasting

Aroma: Slight sweet caramel; faint citrus and hops; pretty subdued

Taste: Thin, creamy start with a quick zippy hop bite, but not overly pronounced; quickly fades to almost no lingering flavor; very slight bitterness in the aftertaste; refreshing, but not complex

Remarks: Did not score A, T, S, M at that time; disregard those scores

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2013 13:20:10 | More by IchLiebeBier
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3.39/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Served from the bottle and poured into a standard shaker glass. The beer pours with a good 1-2cm of bubbly head that dissipates rather quickly and leaves very minimal lacing on the glass. The color is a pale amber color that reminds me of some cheap sun-bleached orange fabric. The light penetration is pretty good with some mild chill haze that clears as the beer warms a little bit. The nose comes right out and introduces itself as a big glass of fuggles. It really is like opening a package of fuggles hop pellets. It is very earthy and very vegatal like a freshly dug carrot or radish. It wasn't an unpleasant smell at all. There was also some mild sweet caramel to the background as well, but the fuggles were all over it. The tast was again very earthy and vegetal, but more like zucchini bread than the aforementioned carrots and radishes. The bitterness was smooth and easy. Mouthfeel was super-dry and fairly bitter; maybe a little too far on the dry scale. As far as an IPA goes, this is very British given the excusive use of the Fuggles hops. I really enjoy the single hopped beer concept, and this IPA really does give you a full dose of fuggles so that I will always be able to find it in a beer. That said, the vegetal side of this hops really needs something with it to cool it off.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2013 16:08:44 | More by estlinska
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New Hampshire

3.04/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Beer pours a golden amber. Small head dissipating quickly, not a whole lot of lacing going on in the glass as you drink. Smell is a light toasted malt with some citrus with a small metallic note. Initial taste is a mildly bitter citrus, fairly thin. Generic IPA, nothing to write home about. Actually grabbed this one in Montreal, where they don't seem to know what IPA is, so it was a pleasant change of pace from the choices of Blonde/Red/Stout there.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2013 00:38:36 | More by Alexmc2
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2.91/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Aroma- pine and a bit vegetal. Someone else said rope. I'd go with that.
Appearance- standard, on the light side amber.
Taste- this beer tastes more like a strongly hopped lager than an ipa. Mild malt with some vanilla and then the fuggles coming forward. The hop is strong at the beginning, fades, and then comes back at the end. I found the finish better than the rest, probably because of the lingering hop.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2013 23:06:41 | More by DanK
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3.36/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Bottle poured into nonic

Three finger head, reduces to one finger in a minute

Appearance is amber to burnt orange

Smells of rope and pine

Tastes of hop, barley, and grain

Smells of rope and pine

Mouthfeel average

Overall, this is an ok beer. This is an IPA for people who want less of a hop bite.

I'd have it again on draught.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2013 23:09:21 | More by BierStein711
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3.55/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Purchased at Blanchards - 12oz bottle.

A: An orange-ish color, with a nice 2 finger head. Small amount of lacing.

N: Nothing very distinctive - small note of pine, with some caramel malts and grains.

T: Initial taste of the hops was short lived, and the finish seemed to be almost artificial. Honestly unsure what I was tasting. I wasn't displeased, but not overwhelmed.

M: Decent bodied beer with mild carbonation .

OVERALL: Nothing special. I have had better English IPAs and would go another direction next time.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2013 16:59:30 | More by BradMacMullin
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4.09/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Shipyard IPA has a thick, creamy, off-white head, a bubbly, hazy, orange-yellow appearance, and lots of lacing left behind. The aroma is of biscuity malts, cracker, sugar, and bread. Taste is of the same with some mild hop bitterness and caramel present. Mouthfeel is light to medium and soft, and Shipyard IPA finishes semi-dry and crisp. Drinkability with this one is quite high. Overall, this is very good. If you see it, buy it.


Serving type: bottle

01-19-2013 16:35:00 | More by RonaldTheriot
Photo of khooke


3.23/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

poured from bottle to pint glass

A: light yellow/orange/amber. thin tight head, some lacing on sides of glass as you drink

S: very light, yeasty sweet breadiness

T: hoppiness is distinctively British, like a typical English IPA. Hops are light and sweet, bitterness is mellow. Aftertaste is a very sweet, yeasty, bready flavor. Lingers a bit in the mouth, but its a good thing as its an enjoyable flavor

M: some carbonation, definitely more than a British Ale. This is like an American beer in terms of mouthfeel but British in terms of taste.

overall: Immediately suggests British Ale on first sip, and confirmed by mention of Fuggles hops on the label. This is far from the aggressiveness of the bitter, citrusy hops of American IPAs. It's more mellow, more drinkable, more approachable. It's not that exciting as beers go (I do like the aggressiveness of American IPAs), but it's drinkable and pleasant and worth a look. would be a great session beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2012 02:31:11 | More by khooke
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2.93/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured an over-carbonated 5 inch head, with an orangery amber color. Faint hop accented aroma, decent malt hop balanced flavor with a mildly bitter aftertaste. Body was a bit thin for an IPA. This was a very average IPA that was drinkable but nothing to merit a repeat purchase.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2012 12:20:26 | More by John1985
Photo of Treyliff

West Virginia

3.1/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- pours a bright copper color with a huge frothy and cloudy white head with pretty good lace.

S- not much there in terms of hops, maybe just a bit ofpine, picking up more of a buttery cream with a bit of metallic smell

T- the hops are there but not prominent, some sweet malt. Finishes slightly sour with a the buttery taste similar to the smell.

M- med-light body, medium carbonation, somewhat slick finish.

O- this one just seemed to be a little off balanced. Some if the flavors didn't quite mesh and seemed off the road of a traditional IPA.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2012 00:45:28 | More by Treyliff
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New Jersey

3.3/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into a pint glass.

Pours medium dark copper with 1/9th inch of white fizzy foam. Smells of grapefruit and pine. Taste is a full malty juicy front with a pine minty hop. Rind bitter remains. Decent mixed bitter. Alternatively mellow and firm. Good.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2012 11:28:49 | More by KTCamm
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3.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Great lacing right away that sticks around for a very long duration. Crisp looking amber color with a lot of translucent bubbles making their way up all around.

S: Doens't smell too strong, but the scent I'm getting is a bit citrusy, a bit floral, and a lot of pine and spice off the top.

T: Very malty from the moment it hits your tongue to the moment of swallowing. Leaves a pretty good aftertaste of cerebral citrus, apple, and heavy yeast. Probably the best aspect about the beer - everything else is sub-par for an IPA.

M: Regular/medium-bodied with a good feel as it goes down. Not too light, definitely worthy of a 3.5 here.

Overall: Not my favorite IPA but the first few drinks were very nice. I would recommend this to people who aren't too much of IPA snobs and who like a quality beer at a decent price. B-, good stuff.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2012 04:38:26 | More by Psilo707
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Shipyard IPA from Shipyard Brewing Co.
75 out of 100 based on 793 ratings.