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Shipyard IPA - Shipyard Brewing Co.

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Shipyard IPAShipyard IPA

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Ratings: 887
Reviews: 505
rAvg: 3.25
pDev: 16.62%
Wants: 5
Gots: 45 | 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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Photo of Murph
4.83/5  rDev +48.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a beautiful golden orange color with a nice creamy white head that slowly sinks to a film and leaves some lovely rings around the glass. The smell is all fuggles as the names suggest, intense english hops with just a hint of sweet malt. Beautiful creamy malt starts the brew off before it transitions into a nice mellow bitterness that the fuggles empart. Extraordinarily creamy and smooth and yet very crisp as well. This is one seriously drinkable brew. It is just getting better and better as it warms too. I have had two of my now favorite IPAs in the last couple of days. Thanks to the Bierman for the bier.

Murph, Jul 11, 2002
Photo of markallmon
4.75/5  rDev +46.2%

markallmon, Sep 14, 2014
Photo of jaredtp
4.75/5  rDev +46.2%

jaredtp, Sep 20, 2014
Photo of gwiedman1
4.75/5  rDev +46.2%

gwiedman1, Apr 27, 2013
Photo of mattporter2
4.5/5  rDev +38.5%

mattporter2, Dec 27, 2012
Photo of DCH
4.5/5  rDev +38.5%

DCH, Jun 12, 2013
Photo of amir
4.5/5  rDev +38.5%

amir, Apr 08, 2012
Photo of wages
4.5/5  rDev +38.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - 4.5/5 - has a nice medium copper color with a one and a half finger white head that fades slowly. Some bubbles stream up the glass.

smell - 4.5/5 - big malty aroma. Can't pick anything else out.

Taste - 4.5/5 - nice earthy hop flavor stands out. A subtle malt flavor follows.

Mouthfeel - 4.5/5 - the right amount of carbonation (medium)let's the drinker focus on the flavor.

Overall - 4.5/5 - a good brew. I noticed the label says fuggles and I found out to be a create exercise in hop flavor exploration

wages, Apr 05, 2012
Photo of rpaine
4.5/5  rDev +38.5%

rpaine, Mar 12, 2012
Photo of Heathenaxe
4.5/5  rDev +38.5%

Heathenaxe, Jun 10, 2012
Photo of Stargazer2892
4.5/5  rDev +38.5%

Stargazer2892, Jul 16, 2014
Photo of mempath
4.45/5  rDev +36.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours an orangey-amber tone with minimal lacing. very nice nose with the classic IPA maltiness full-house with a touch of hop, floral notes. this is a really interesting take on the english ipa...the massive maltiness is beefed up even more with the hops keeping things mysterious. none of the citrusy aspects come through but there is a definite 'bittersweetness' that is delivered. the perfect mouthfeel makes for a lusciousness and, thus, very drinkable. NOT THIN AT ALL. another session beer for sure.

mempath, Sep 20, 2009
Photo of BobMessina
4.4/5  rDev +35.4%

BobMessina, Sep 29, 2014
Photo of StevieW
4.38/5  rDev +34.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bright and clear copper, nearly orange in color. I gave it a hard pour to produce a thick foamy 1/2 inch fluffy white head. Head stayed nicely and fell down the glass. Perfectly balanced hop nose and some balanced citrus undertones. Taste was noticibly hoppy as expected, but not bitter or spicy like some others, more restrained flavors, IMO. Nice malty midsection, but really lacked the big biscuit IPA feel. Medium to light bodied, really crisp dry finish. Easy to drink a few of these at a time.

StevieW, Jul 20, 2002
Photo of yesyouam
4.35/5  rDev +33.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Shipyard IPA is a hazy golden ale with a dense, bubby, off white head that has excellent retention and lacing. The aroma is fruity and grassy with notes of crackers and black pepper. There is note that's almost smokey or ashy and a whiff of wet earth. It's medium bodied, soft, smooth and creamy. The finish is clean. It's good and bitter and the malt balances it out well. It's fruity, resiny and grassy. The aftertaste is of juniper and black pepper. It's so English and so sessionable.

yesyouam, Sep 24, 2009
Photo of Sixpack595
4.28/5  rDev +31.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly coppery orange with generous white head. Sweet fruity hop aroma with a touch of diacetyl. Nice flavor, malty sweetness, butter, and fruity hops. Creamy mouthfeel with a very slight metalic finish. A good drinkin IPA, everything is balanced and goes down easy.

Sixpack595, Dec 17, 2003
Photo of patburke36
4.25/5  rDev +30.8%

patburke36, Sep 20, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +30.8%

msondel, Jan 11, 2013
Photo of UnionMade
4.25/5  rDev +30.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The beer pours forth from the beer engine frothy and clouded. Upon settling, it's a dark, ochrish amber, topped with a thick, creamy ivory head. Sticky laddering lacework. Excellent.
Aroma is very sweet and fruity, more in the vein of an ESB, with big estery apple and juicyfruit gum aroma. Some toasted malt, with a very slight margarine-like diacetyl aroma. Mild citric hops pop through, very subdued. I expected more hops, but this is fine with me. The esteriness is excellent, definitely yummy.
Flavor is much more hoppy, definitely more like an english styled IPA. Some oaky flavor coming through, with sweet toasty maltiness up front. Big estery fruitiness, with some phenolic thinnerlike sensation through your nose. Cidery apple, with a bit of pear and that distinct juicyfruit gum flavor. Hops come in towards the end, providing a citric, lightly piney taste. A pleasant kick, although mild and understated. Some apricot and under-ripened peach. Some citric tanginess in the aftertaste, with lingering esters and a touch of toasty malt. Medium to full bodied, with smooth, creamy cask conditioned carbonation. A light diacetyl margarine buttery flavor coming through, but very slight. Definitely made with ringwood yeast.
Not really what I expected from an IPA, more like a slightly hoppier ESB, but I'm certainly not complaining. Very much in the english style, what I imagine the original IPAs tasting like.

UnionMade, Sep 19, 2003
Photo of Kenro
4.25/5  rDev +30.8%

Kenro, Feb 11, 2013
Photo of Zachboler
4.25/5  rDev +30.8%

Zachboler, Aug 09, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +30.8%

AlpacaAlpaca, Oct 13, 2014
Photo of MaineBeerMan
4.22/5  rDev +29.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice clear golden color with a good sized head of snowy white foam, leaves lots of sticky lace. Aroma of hops with a tendency toward earthiness witha bit of grapefruit rind thrown in. Well balanced flavor with a good citrusy hop start and a nice bit of caramel/toffee sweetness in the malt. I keep reading about the slick feel and buttery flavor of Maine beers with Ringwood yeast and I think after tasting this again, I may have found what everyone is talking about. This is not your typical IPA, but it is one of my favorites, big on the hops but the malt makes enough of an appearance to balance it just enough.

MaineBeerMan, Nov 07, 2002
Photo of Offa
4.22/5  rDev +29.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is a very tasty, enjoyable, if somewhat simple, IPA, and although American has a definite English quality about it.

Amber, it has a medium-large off-white head that is creamy and slowly shrinks to a thin permanent foam, leaving a little lace.

The aroma is fruit, unfiltered/unpasteurised apple juice, cittrus, and caramelly bread.

The taste is citrus, a fair amount of juice, a litle Turkish fruit molasses (pekmez), some leaves, and caramelly bread. It's tasty and the flavours, though not incredibly strong, are solidly strong and consistent with good balance of elements and enough complexity to keep it going. Bitterness just barely edges out the sweetness to dominate the finish lightly. it's highly drinkable.

Offa, Dec 02, 2008
Photo of connecticutpoet
4.2/5  rDev +29.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The one I had said it was "Fuggles IPA", but I am assuming it was the same as this one under a different name.

This was a yellow, clear ale with a good head that lasted for a while. It was not too dense, however.

The aroma was of light hops... a bit surprising for an IPA. I would have expected more hop bite in the nose.

The taste, however, had SERIOUS bite. It was VERY bitter, but was light and quite refreshing.

Mouthfeel was quite good for the style, and I will definately have this one again.

connecticutpoet, Aug 15, 2004
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Shipyard IPA from Shipyard Brewing Co.
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