Shipyard Fuggles IPA - Shipyard Brewing Co.

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Shipyard Fuggles IPAShipyard Fuggles IPA

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Ratings: 934
Reviews: 515
rAvg: 3.25
pDev: 16.31%
Wants: 5
Gots: 80 | FT: 0
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:
Beer added by: xlperro on 07-01-2001

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Reviews by acrawf6:
Photo of acrawf6
3.22/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a slightly hazy orange amber with a small white head.

Smell. light bitterness with the hops, certainly seems to have a fuggle quality.

Taste. Flavor is mild in the characteristics, bitterness is there. small fruit flavors with a lemon tartness being a more dominant flavor. aftertaste is a little puckering, but not bad.

Mouthfeel is ok, pretty good balance, body is medium. Good level of carbonation.

Overall, a very average tasting beer. I dont find anything i love or hate about fact, i dont find too much to even talk about it. It's one that isn't offensive by any means, but not one with much character to make it stand out.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.33/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured kinda well golden/copper color I wasnt expecting as much as I got but it went fast.Smelled very hoppy to be expected,taste was very buttery never really had that in an IPA ,also a little piney notes in there.Not really anything spectacular but drinkable none the less.

Photo of RoyalT
4.03/5  rDev +24%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – The body was a gorgeous, thick and hazy dark orange with a white, foaming head.

Smell – This one is serious. This nose is something else. It is very pungent but not strong, if that makes any sense. There’s a clear malt base as well. The grapefruit notes are especially evident.

Taste – The taste starts off with some mild floral notes and then, BHAM!, the big grapefruity fuggles and sharp, distinct malts come on. This is not your typical big IPA kind of flavor. This is very different and original.

Mouthfeel – Dry and somewhat bitter with a medium body.

Drinkability – I won’t complain about the lack of complexity here since it is sold as a “single hop IPA.” This was a fascinating experience and a “must try” for any serious beer drinker.

Comments – I really enjoy different and unusual experiences, and this one surely fits the bill. A big thanks to xlperro for care packaging this one up to Seattle for me.

Photo of wesbrownyeah
3.36/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Shipyard IPA.

A- Slightly hued pale orange color with an inch of soap-like head that falls to a decent topper. Has excellent lacing that stick to the glass all the way down.

S- Yeasty nose with calm scents of orange peel, tangerine and mild alcohol.

T-M- Fresh grassy hop front followed by a lingering bitterness on the tongue. Also noted sweetness in the end. Taste like a light IPA beer. Smooth mouthfeel with nothing to hate about it. Fresh flavor.

D- Very drinkable my favorite shipyard so far...
Can be consumed in mass quantities, great dinner beer.

Photo of SIRIUS2
3.68/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

A: Whoa! Started pouring this one and whoosh! I instantly had about 3/4 of a glass of soapy white foam! After letting things calm down a bit, the color was an orange-ish gold color with a very slight haze. The head stayed with the glass for the duration and there was plenty of lacing down the glass.

S: A little light for an IPA, but it was still pleasant with those fuggles coming through. There are some grainy/malty aromas on the nose as well but they are very faint.

T: Interestingly, the balance of malt & hops hit first, with the hops coming through and filling out the finish. The finish definitely highlights the hop bittering as it lingers on for some time. A different take on an IPA for me, but pretty good just the same.

M&D: Mostly light with moderate carbonation. Satisfying and a little filling. Plenty enjoyable but I would have liked some more hops.

Photo of skybluewater
3.38/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a rather light honey color. Not much lace, but fairly nice head. Smells malty, with a bit of citrus. Taste is a little better than I expected. It's a bit lemony, with a biscuity malt. Not a beer I'd drink on a regular basis, but one bottle once in a while wouldn't be a bad thing.

On the plus side, as the bottle states, this is a one-hop beer: Fuggles. So now I know what Fuggles specifically tastes like.

Photo of orbitalr0x
2.86/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours from the bottle a clear, light amber color with a big thick, frothy white head on top that takes its time receding and leaves patches of lacing on the glass. Impressive. Upfront aromas of spicy, grassy, herbal hops (only Fuggles per the label) along with hints of caramel sweetness and toasted cereal grains. Not really horribly appealing to me.

First sip brings a pale, slightly bready, caramel malt along with a grassy, herbal hop bitterness that follows down the throat. I get a hint of butterscotch on the back of the palate. The hop is nice and a change of pace...however this is otherwise not very impressive.

Mouthfeel is actually rather messy with way too much seems to foam up in my mouth and makes the process of drinking somewhat unenjoyable. This is not a beer I see myself drinking again...just not very exciting and a bit messy overall.

Photo of drums4matt
4.05/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Grabbed a six-pack on my way home from work. The bottle art shows a really neat close-up of some fuggle hop flowers - purple and green beauties.
I poured one into a half-liter Golden Pheasant R-glass; it came out a murky, bronze-tinged, caramel color with a short, fat, biscuit-dough looking head. As the initial head fades it leaves feathery lacing around the glass.
The aroma is nice, but there is noticeable sugar sweetness present - perhaps due to the relatively low AA content of the fuggle with which this beer is exclusively hopped. There also is some alcohol present in the nose, surprisingly unmasked for a sessionable ABV beer. But one does get a nice sampling of the aromatic characteristics, however subtle, of fuggle hops. Within the English styling of this beer the overall smell holds up.
The taste of this one follows almost directly the smell. There's a little sweetness out front followed by the sensation of nice body and possibly a little chardonnay-like butter mouthfeel accompanied by some bready malt notes. The finish is dominated by the fuggles, although there is a persistent sugar aftertaste as well. It took me a couple of tastings to wrap my palate around the more British stylings of this beer, as I have grown to expect beers advertising "IPA!" to be CONSIDERABLY hopped by some high-AA hops. But after widening my palate some, I've very much come to appreciate this beer's display of the fuggle hop taste. It is really nice - there is a bit of tropical fruit chewing gum flavor mixed with some more bitter, citric- and tannin-like aspects.
Overall the mouthfeel of this is good. It has some slight drying properties that go interestingly well with the buttery diacetyl feel and combine tercially with a good amount of carbonation for a really refreshing drink. Sessionable for any fan of the hop.

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.38/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The restaurant didn't have much to offer on draft. Couldn't remember having this before. Not a bad beer. It was a clear orange with a medium head that had good retention. Some lacing. It had a fresh floral scent and a nice hoppy taste with a little sweetness. I'd rate this as a middle of the road IPA.

Photo of Todd
2.65/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Presentation: 12oz brown bottle. Freshness date on the side of the label. Not diggin' the new "IPA" shouting label ...

Appearance: Deep golden beer, touch of haze (goes away as the beer warms), crowned with a quickly settling, tight, creamy white lace with tentacles that cling to the glass.

Smell: Floral, perfume/estery, dry Bazooka bubble-gum. Mild, real mild, diacetyl in the background.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Smooth and creamy, light-bodied. Big grain tannin character that lends a cracked grain, earth, dry, husky flavour and feel on the palate. This is a very dry beer. A bit "dirty" in character.

Malt sweetness is quite low, although a bready pale malt flavour and malt body shows through as the beer warms up, along with a dab of buttery diacetyl. Hop flavour has hints of citric rind, salt and a mineral edge as it snaps at the palate. Bitter overall. Fruity esters and more soft bubble-gum-like flavours. Odd "eggy" sulfur flavour and "cheesey" hop flavour thrown in the middle. Dry grain tannins in the finish with a leafy hop note and touch of hop oil on the tongue -- finish is very unpleasant, seems like it'll never go way.

Notes & Drinkability: This is a tannin ridden beer, unbalanced, astringent, hard to swallow more than one and needs some cleaning up in my opinion. It's a dirty beer. On the right highway for the style, but took the wrong exit.

Photo of generallee
3.65/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a pint glass. There is a date noticing system on the side of the label.

Appearance: It pours into the glass a hazy orange amber color with a small quick fading white head on top. It settles out quickly and leaves a ring of lacing at the edge of the glass and a wispy thin island of foam in the middle. Lacing on the glass is spotty and slick.

Smell: For an IPA there aren't a lot of hops in the nose. I do get some mild leafy, herbal and earthy hop notes mixed evenly with a bready (bread crust) like maltiness.

Taste/Palate: Like the aroma it has a close balance with hops just edging the malt. The malt lays down some nice bready and biscuity notes with a light touch of caramel and butterscotch sweetness. Hops mix in right away but show up more towards the finish. They bring an herbal and earthy character to the mix along with a slight orange peel note and mild bitterness. It feels smooth and well balanced on the carbonation.

Notes: Overall easy drinking and balanced make for a nice basic English India Pale Ale.

Photo of bishopdc0
3.56/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Golden amber color with a big big head it laces very well.

The aroma is earthy hop mixed with a good dose of english malts. The end is definitly a mix of sweetness and ringwood.

The taste is a mix of bitter fuggles sweet malts and of corse ringwood. The taste is much flatter the I remember. A decent english ipa well rounder but noticably better on draft.

Photo of Jason
3.93/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Redbones BBQ

Creamy looking white lace and perfect clarity. Clean and crisp palate, nice uniform maltiness. Hops are clean and sharp with a woody earthy bite. Touch of buttery diacetyl towards the end which finishes mostly dry. Went very well with the catfish fingers.

Photo of merlin48
3.93/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On cask, at the Great Lost Bear on 7/20/04. Attractive, orange amber color with a minimal, ivory head that deposits some attractive patches of lace down the glass.

Aroma is subdued, with Fuggles hops and hints of pear and apple.

Creamy mouthfeel with soft carbonation and essence of oak.

The taste is very much like an English style IPA. Softly hopped with an herbal character, hints of buttery and bready malt, and a touch of caramelized pears. Finish is just slightly bitter with a slight lemonrind aftertaste.

Very good drinkability, especially as smooth as it is on cask.

Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
2.76/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Presentation: 12oz. amber bottle. Best by date of May-03.

Appearance: Poured a clear honey color. Minimal head but nice patchy lacing of the glass.

Smell: Not much here. Minimal aroma of citrusy/floral hops.

Taste: Harsh. I'm not sure if that's the right adjective, but that's what popped into my head. Like it was unrefined and waiting to havethe finishing touches put on it. Starts off OK, but there is a really astringent, "gravel"-like bitterness that takes over at the end. There's also a "smoky" taste the shows up right at the end that threw me. I'm not sure if perhaps multiple types of hops might make this a little more palateable, but it was tough to drink this one.

Mouthfeel: Average. Fairly creamy and medium-bodied.

Drinkability: The harshness of the beer makes the drinkability score suffer. A nasty coating of aftertaste lingers in the mouth, making me feel as though I need to rinse my mouth. Tough to finish this one.

Photo of livewire05
2.74/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

After taking a sip of this, I had to check the bottle again to make sure that I had grabbed the right bottle. Simply put, this doesn't strike me as an IPA. The hops were almost nonexistent on both the nose and in the taste. This isn't to say that it was a terrible beer - it just wasn't any sort of IPA that I'm familiar with.

Photo of kingcrowing
3.26/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a schlitz mug.

Pours a nice amber gold color with a very small head that fades fast. Nose is pretty lame, nonoffensive but very bland an weak.

Taste is actually quite good, it's sweet an bitter and it keeps the floral hop notes as well. It has that standard shipyard taste - house yeast? - which is ok. Overall a pretty easy drinking and approchable ipa.

Photo of ironlung
3/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz longneck with drink-by date of 12/08

A: Hazy copper-orange with only the slightest head. Good c02. No lacing.

S: Fuggles& more Fuggles something strange as well, can't quite put my finger on it.

T: Oh man no wonder, it's an English ipa! I've never had one I've liked. This one is decent, I guess because its not brewed in england like the other's I've tried.

M: Pretty smooth. That malt hangs around a bit too much for my taste.

D: The best English Ipa I've tried so far (wich isn't saying much). I'll pass on this one for money, but if someone gave me one free, I woulden't turn it down.

Photo of Bamabrew22
2.38/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

12oz brown bottle purchased in a six pack at Publix.

Pours a nice, golden hue with a robust, fluffy head which quickly shrinks down to about half a finger. Decent looking brew.

Smell was of a slight hoppiness and carbonation. Not as much hop aroma as I was expecting.

Taste was rather bland, lacked that "bite" that I'm used to with IPAs. Hints of malt with a noticeable, albeit small, hop bitterness.

Overall, this was a bit of a letdown. It was easy to drink, but it was lacking in what I was expecting from and IPA, especially and English-style IPA. Not a bad brew, just not the best.

Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.01/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A 355ml bottle with a BB of March 2013. Purchased from Booths not too long ago. The label mentions fuggles - implying that this is the only hop variety used in the brew.

Poured into a Sam Smith's pint glass. A rich golden-amber hue with faint haze and good carbonation. Forms a large head of creamy white foam with great retention; it slowly reduces to a surface layer. Aroma of subtle caramel malt with notes of earthy yeast and stewed hops. Slightly sweet, with hints of grass and a mild herbal quality. Little hop aroma to be discerned.

Tastes of mild caramel malt with a yeasty character and a dry finish. Notes of earthy yeast, stewed hops, grass and faint grain. A subtle, herbal bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth, dry and tingly, with decent body. Rather astringent. Aftertaste of stewed hops/herbs and yeast.

Meh - distinctly underwhelming. Where are the aromatic hops? It's just dry yeast and stewed herbs. It accurately captures the essence of certain English IPAs - namely the mediocre kind pumped out by the larger breweries. I suppose using only fuggles in the brew doesn't yield much character. This might well be the worst American-brewed IPA I've tried to date - give it a miss.

Photo of Thrasher
3.18/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

There seems to be a group of New England IPAs that are light in color, light in malt, and light in alcohol; this is one of them and goes alongside Tremont and Harpoon. I think the best New England IPA-type beer (that I have tried) is Magic Hat's Blind Faith, but this is an interesting offering if not exceptional. At 5.8% it is not exactly your traditional kick-ass IPA but solid enough. Also good for boning up on your beer flavors if you are interested in knowing what exactly Fuggles hops taste like (delicate and piney, in case you're wondering, without the sap/sugar that pine flavor implies) or Ringwood yeast for that matter (any Shipyard brew will do). Malts are almost indistinct but manage to temper the hops in the aftertaste. A crisp, dry beer, better as it warmed. Intriguing in the single hop aspect, but a more complex recipe could have resulted in a better beer. Not great, just ok.

Photo of far333
3.67/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Light copper colored with a creamy and bumpy beige head. Lots of lace as I sip. Smells of floral hops, some sweet toffee and malt, some pine, and some orange. Very smooth and easy mouthfeel. Flavor is tart and tingly, not powerful hops. Lots of orange peel and pine. Lingering bitter aftertaste slides into the back of the throat. Better than average, but I would choose many others first.

Photo of yankeeheel
2.1/5  rDev -35.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Let me say right off the bat that I love Shipyard....until this beer. Just a poor offering in this style. Yes IPA's a re hoppy and bitter, but this was just horrible. Mouthfeel was bad, taste was poor, maybe I got a bad bottle? Almost tasted unfinished. Think I'll stick to the export ale or old thumper.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.94/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

A dark yellow beer and a freshness date. Kinduva diacetylish offness to the aroma.

Taste, pretty restrained even for an English ipa style of a beer. Mild in every way, hops, malt, sweetness, bitterness, butteryness. A session beer I guess, regardless of its alcohol. An occasional hop blast (relatively speaking) comes through on this one. Some caramel.
Thought initially I was just getting old beer, now that they put the freshness date on the beer, I know the beer is just that way.

Photo of ADR
3.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Another Maine brewery finds its way to Minnesota...

Clear dark yellow/orange color with a nice and puffy yellow head of 1/2 an inch. Wide dripping laces. Herbal tea-like aroma, slight bit of anise and straw. Touch of diacetyl that works OK. Definitely hopped, but a moderate bitterness overall, especially late -- malts lurk in the background and don't assert much. Sure, this brew lacks an American amount of copious west coast grapefruit pith, but does make up for it in over use of Fuggles. Hops are not overwhelming but they do lend a harsh balsam presence. Crisp, but I can't go for this in a big way.

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Shipyard Fuggles IPA from Shipyard Brewing Co.
75 out of 100 based on 934 ratings.