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Shipyard IPA - Shipyard Brewing Co.

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Shipyard IPAShipyard IPA

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849 Ratings

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Ratings: 849
Reviews: 502
rAvg: 3.25
pDev: 16.31%
Wants: 4
Gots: 30 | 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%

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.

07-11-2002 20:31:59 | More by Murph
Photo of gwiedman1

New York

4.75/5  rDev +46.2%

04-27-2013 19:54:08 | More by gwiedman1
Photo of mattporter2


4.5/5  rDev +38.5%

12-27-2012 17:55:43 | More by mattporter2
Photo of DCH

New York

4.5/5  rDev +38.5%

06-12-2013 22:34:37 | More by DCH
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4.5/5  rDev +38.5%

04-08-2012 01:52:33 | More by amir
Photo of wages


4.5/5  rDev +38.5%

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

04-05-2012 02:30:38 | More by wages
Photo of rpaine

4.5/5  rDev +38.5%

03-12-2012 21:16:34 | More by rpaine
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4.5/5  rDev +38.5%

06-10-2012 19:12:00 | More by Heathenaxe
Photo of Stargazer2892

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +38.5%

07-16-2014 01:28:50 | More by Stargazer2892
Photo of mempath


4.45/5  rDev +36.9%

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.

09-19-2009 23:45:49 | More by mempath
Photo of StevieW


4.38/5  rDev +34.8%

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.

07-20-2002 13:43:04 | More by StevieW
Photo of yesyouam

New York

4.35/5  rDev +33.8%

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.

09-24-2009 16:04:13 | More by yesyouam
Photo of Sixpack595


4.28/5  rDev +31.7%

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.

12-17-2003 08:38:46 | More by Sixpack595
Photo of patburke36

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +30.8%

09-20-2012 21:24:29 | More by patburke36
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4.25/5  rDev +30.8%

01-11-2013 00:38:42 | More by msondel
Photo of UnionMade

New York

4.25/5  rDev +30.8%

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.

09-19-2003 21:30:58 | More by UnionMade
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4.25/5  rDev +30.8%

02-11-2013 21:53:10 | More by Kenro
Photo of Zachboler

4.25/5  rDev +30.8%

08-09-2014 04:39:44 | More by Zachboler
Photo of MaineBeerMan


4.22/5  rDev +29.8%

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.

11-07-2002 19:07:42 | More by MaineBeerMan
Photo of Offa


4.22/5  rDev +29.8%

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.

12-02-2008 19:39:33 | More by Offa
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4.2/5  rDev +29.2%

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.

08-15-2004 03:32:14 | More by connecticutpoet
Photo of latercol


4.2/5  rDev +29.2%

So this is a "Fuggles IPA"... Well what the Fug, I will give it a shot.

Looks, somewhat orangeish amber color. Head settled to a ring. Minimal lacing but nice looking nevertheless.

Smell is kind of wine like maybe a chardonnay? Very different from the west coast IPA Style. This smells good though, I cant fault it much.

Taste... These Fuggles hops have a unique flavor. Definitely like Dry White Wine. Not the citrus/pine tastes I have come to expect from IPAs but very good flavor. Again I can not fault it.

Feel is light to medium bodied and very refreshing.

Very drinkable I wish I had several more of these. This would be a great summer brew.

02-24-2009 02:08:37 | More by latercol
Photo of kunzbrew


4.2/5  rDev +29.2%

This brew pours a semi-hazy copper color, with a white fluffy head that does not stick around very long, but leaves a silky lace behind. Hops, hops, and more hops hit the nose very hard at first sniff. Not bad I like a lot of hops. Well I guessed it hops are strong on the palate also, which is quite nice. This beer has a copper finish which is not turning me away.


01-18-2003 19:26:46 | More by kunzbrew
Photo of ubenumber2


4.2/5  rDev +29.2%

Poured from 12 oz bottle into a snifter , best before Jan 13, nice "funky" color as my wife just said ,I get my color descriptions from her more and more and she doesnt "like" beer , says it all tastes the same, hazy cloudy golden color with a nice 1 inch head the lacing is there

Smell is fresh and clean , nothing overpowring , no citrus or grassy smell here, just a clean smell

Taste is clean to me , no a lot of hoppy flavor but a really nice bitter flavor, the malt flavor really comes through but finishes dry and a hint of spice , I was worried after reading reviews on this beer that I might not like it I was really suprised , Nice full body and the mouthfull is great. Tastes like a really refreshing bitter beer to me

Overall , Im not an IPA expert , heck I'm not an expert on anything , but from an IPA newb this one is different from most that I have tried , the grapefruit taste and smell isnt there , not overly spicy , I would buy this beer again , would be perfect for me for having while slaving over the grill on the back patio during a hot summer day

10-04-2012 15:16:48 | More by ubenumber2
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4.18/5  rDev +28.6%

Appearance - orange and amber color. Big head at first reduces down to a solid cap and some random lace.

Aroma - light but stable malt, rather sweet and floral, almost candyish.

Taste - This is a rather interesting flavor. As others before have noted, the buttery malty base is balanced very nicely with the hops, which are well done in their own right. A bit floral here as well, but not overly bitter, very pleasant. That will pay off in drinkability points. A hint of grapefruit on the finish. A great spin on an IPA.

Mouthfeel - smooth, with nice and easy carbonation. Leaves a thin oily coating per the hops, again, very pleasant.

One of the most drinkable IPA's I've had. Looking forward to having a sixer of these in my fridge.

09-29-2003 18:57:23 | More by brewdlyhooked13
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Shipyard IPA from Shipyard Brewing Co.
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