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Shipyard IPA - Shipyard Brewing Co.

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Shipyard IPAShipyard IPA

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BA SCORE
75
okay

862 Ratings
THE BROS
75
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Ratings: 862
Reviews: 503
rAvg: 3.25
pDev: 16.62%
Wants: 4
Gots: 35 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: xlperro on 07-01-2001)
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Reviews by russpowell:
Photo of russpowell
4.13/5  rDev +27.1%

BBD of Mar 06, tastes okay to me & not much different than othet times I've tried it. Good head retention and average lacing

Pours deep golden with a 3 fingers+ white fluffy head.

Smell: Slight pineyness & then floral notes. malt& honey comes through as it warms

Taste: Piney bitterness then malty fruityness. Finished frutty and lightly hopped

MF: Good balance and carbonation

Drinks pretty easy, a nice unassuming english-style IPA, drinks way easier than its strength. Didn't get any unpleasnt ringwood notes, only good ones!

russpowell, May 10, 2006
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.35/5  rDev +3.1%

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.

oberon, Mar 14, 2003
Photo of RoyalT
4.03/5  rDev +24%

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.

RoyalT, Mar 07, 2004
Photo of wesbrownyeah
3.38/5  rDev +4%

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.

wesbrownyeah, Aug 08, 2009
Photo of SIRIUS2
3.68/5  rDev +13.2%

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.

SIRIUS2, Apr 19, 2008
Photo of skybluewater
3.4/5  rDev +4.6%

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.

skybluewater, Jan 17, 2005
Photo of orbitalr0x
2.85/5  rDev -12.3%

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 carbonation...it 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.

orbitalr0x, Mar 22, 2005
Photo of markallmon
4.75/5  rDev +46.2%

markallmon, Today at 04:35 PM
Photo of drums4matt
4.05/5  rDev +24.6%

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.

drums4matt, Jun 22, 2009
Photo of lordofthewiens
3.4/5  rDev +4.6%

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.

lordofthewiens, Apr 23, 2006
Photo of Todd
2.6/5  rDev -20%

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.

Todd, Nov 26, 2002
Photo of generallee
3.65/5  rDev +12.3%

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.

generallee, Mar 29, 2011
Photo of bishopdc0
3.55/5  rDev +9.2%

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.

bishopdc0, Oct 27, 2011
Photo of TimoP
3.5/5  rDev +7.7%

TimoP, Nov 25, 2011
Photo of Doomcifer
2.5/5  rDev -23.1%

Doomcifer, Jul 30, 2014
Photo of Jason
3.95/5  rDev +21.5%

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.

Jason, Sep 01, 2002
Photo of merlin48
3.95/5  rDev +21.5%

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.

merlin48, Jul 28, 2004
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3/5  rDev -7.7%

ricochet173, Dec 18, 2011
Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
2.73/5  rDev -16%

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.

OldFrothingSlosh, May 05, 2003
Photo of livewire05
2.73/5  rDev -16%

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.

livewire05, Apr 08, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev +15.4%

chudson1992, May 26, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev 0%

Cavanaghty, Apr 26, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev 0%

innominat, Aug 05, 2014
Photo of kingcrowing
3.3/5  rDev +1.5%

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.

kingcrowing, Jun 18, 2010
Photo of ironlung
3/5  rDev -7.7%

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.

ironlung, Nov 17, 2008
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Shipyard IPA from Shipyard Brewing Co.
75 out of 100 based on 862 ratings.