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Shipyard Fuggles IPA - Shipyard Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 506
Hads: 939
rAvg: 3.31
pDev: 15.41%
Wants: 5
Gots: 86 | 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

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Beer added by: xlperro on 07-01-2001

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Reviews: 506 | Hads: 939
Photo of Sammy
2.85/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pale yellow,some lace. Not much in aroma, understated taste. OK beer but weak IPA. Reasonable bitterness. Very fuggles, much sweetness to this. Some fruitiness, medicinal, metallic finish. Crispness, malty sweet and dryness, an OK drink. Thanks Dr. Jay. (253 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.5/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is clear light amber in color and has a light amount of carbonation. It poured with a finger high frothy beige head that quickly died down into some lacing.
S: There are light aromas of floral hops in the nose.
T: The taste has flavors of bready and buttery malts; it has a moderate amount of bitterness that particularly stands out in the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied, crisp and slightly dry on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
D: I had no problem finishing this beer and could easily have a few of these in one sitting. (555 characters)

Photo of brentk56
3.88/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear golden/amber color with a couple of inches of foam; decent retention and plenty of lace

Smell: Fruity, almost strawberry in character, with a hint of earthy hops underneath

Taste: Bready, up front, with a developing fruitiness that is joined by the earthy, floral Fuggles hops at mid-palate; after the swallow, the hops take a back seat and the malt, by now moving in a graham cracker direction, drives the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: I was expecting not to care for this beer, not being a fan of the brewery's other offerings, but this beer surprised me and I actually enjoyed the interpretation of the EIPA style (681 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
2.63/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Sometimes I beleive that American Micros brew an "English IPA" because it either gives them permission to brew a weaker American IPA or to disquise a badly brewed American IPA. Shipyard's looks nicely copper to orange and has a monster chunky head that lingers. It smells floral with underlining aromas of light wine, pine, malt, slightly bready and tosty. Tastes lightly malty and flavored with hops. Has notes of cider, caramel, grass, and yeast. Goes a bit flat in the body and continues to water as metalic flavors increase into the finish. Finishes neutral and watery. Bittering hops linger a little while. Not my favorite IPA, but maybe a bargin for what it costs. (670 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.8/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a clear bright orangey color ale with a large pure white foamy head with good retention and minimal lacing. Aroma of dry hops with nice notes of floral aromas also noticeable. Taste is also dominated by some dry English hops with nice floral aromas with light caramel malt backbone. Body is about average with good carbonation. Very well done with great usage of Fuggles hops. (391 characters)

Photo of biboergosum
3.63/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, from a Shipyard mixed IPA pack currently available in Alberta.

This beer pours a clear, pale copper amber hue, with two fingers of puffy, tightly foamy, and slightly chunky dirty white head, which leaves some decent rainforest treetop lace around the glass as it gently subsides.

It smells of acrid earthy yeast, pithy generic citrus rind, tart apple skin, crackery pale malt, and a touch of boozy pine, like furniture cleaner. The taste is biscuity caramel and bready pale malt, acerbic apple and muddled citrus, an indistinct earthy spiciness, and weedy, leafy, and somewhat perfumed hops.

The carbonation is fairly light and fluffy in its straight-up frothiness, the body a stoic medium weight, with a few minor catches and snags in its otherwise plain as the day is long smoothness. It finishes quite dry, the biscuity, crackery malt in collusion with the lingering earthy, leafy, and floral noble hops.

An approachable, and eventually drinkable old-world IPA, the hops veering towards perfume territory, rather than citrus orchards having sex with pine forests. Simple as that, and I'm glad I got to try an example of this style made stateside. (1,169 characters)

Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.64/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

My glass is currently 10% beer and 90% head. The liquid is bright orangish gold and contains an otherworldly amount of uprushing carbonation. The humungous mass of foam is cream colored and is softly stiff, reminding me of the meringue-like heads that one often sees on a Belgian ale. Disordered patches of thick, bubble bath lace end up on the glass. It may not be a conventional look, but it's a good one.

Shipyard IPA doesn't have anywhere near a great IPA nose. It isn't even good. Nor does it reach the laughably low bar of average. Where the hell are the hops? It's hard to go wrong with Fuggles, but something is definitely amiss here. There's a sweet, soapy smell that doesn't belong. I have no idea what's causing it, but it's getting in the way of the hops. Or maybe it is the hops, who knows.

The flavor is interesting, but it isn't good. This rather... uh... unique take on the style doesn't appeal to me. Again, where the hell are the hops? Hey Shipyard, IPAs are about hops, so how about putting some in your IPA? There's a weird Granny Smith apple tartness that dominates, along with the same soapiness (now slight) that I noted in the nose.

It's acceptably malted with a pear/apple butter character that isn't welcome. The light-medium body contains waaay too much mouth tingle. Some aggressively carbonated beer seems flat by the second half of the bottle, but this one is still going strong.

A Fuggles-only IPA is a great idea. Too bad this Fuggles-only IPA doesn't come together into anything resembling good beer. As noted above, I'm extremely tolerant of this style since I love hops so much. Shipyard IPA, however, misses the mark. Back to the drawing board guys. And this time remember one word: hops. (1,736 characters)

Photo of zeff80
3.33/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out an orange/amber color with a two-finger head and nice Belgian lace.

S - It smelled of hops, but not overpowering.

T - It tasted grassy and of suble malt.

M - It was relatively crisp and smooth. A medium-bodied brew.

D - A nice English IPA, but not outstanding. (279 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
3.1/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poors amber with a huge head, that lingers not very long, little lacing.This beer looks alive almost, so much carbonation. Smells very fresh and hoppy. Not overly strong, but nice and subtle. Taste is good, not as flavorful and bitter as I would of liked, but not bad either. Finishes better then it starts, Feels very fizzy going down, crisp, and again lots of carbonation. I would recommend this as a try, almost tastes like a lite IPA. Again this is good, not great, but I could drink alot of them, not a sipping beer. (521 characters)

Photo of oberon
3.33/5  rDev +0.6%
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. (275 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.63/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pours a clear, orange-copper body with a fizzy, frothy, white head.

Smell: Basic pale maltiness with a sweetish quality to it, along with a funky, musky Fuggles scent and touch of spice.

Taste: Pale malts with a fleeting honeyish, caramel-flavored sweetness. Peppery, floral, musky hops with a medium bitterness. Funky Ringwood flavors. Hint of grain on the crisp finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-low carbonation.

Drinkability: None too pleasant, and with an entire world of India Pale Ales out there, there's just no reason to revisit this one. Not recommended. (586 characters)

Photo of nickfl
3.53/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Two fingers of frothy white head on a golden-copper colored body. The head settled quickly and leaves nice, sticky lace.

S - Musty english hops and yeast. Toasted malt and a little bit of sulphur.

T - Toasty and malty with some charred notes. Moderate, fruity hop flavor with lots of english yeast. The finish is full of toasty malt with moderate bitterness balancing.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - Reasonably drinkable with convincing english character, but the malt is muddy and heavy. A decent english IPA, but not really one worth coming back to. (589 characters)

Photo of TheManiacalOne
2.58/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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

A: The beer is a light orange color with a large foamy white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is weak overall and contains a little bit of hops and some caramelized malt.

T: The taste starts out malty with a little sweetness and very light flavors of tea and caramel. A very mild and subdued hops presence follows with a pale bitterness. The after-taste is a mild combination of sweetness and hops bitterness.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium-to-heavy carbonation, finish is clean and dry.

D: Not too tasty, goes down ok, slightly filling, it’s a decent representation of the style, but it’s not a beer that I would want to drink unless my choices were extremely limited. (790 characters)

Photo of oriolesfan4
2.6/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bought as part of a mixed Shipyard 12 pack ($15.99/12)

One of the worst IPA's I've had, I didn't think it was possible to even like make a bad one. Very faint hops smell and an ever fainter taste of hops in this one. To add to this, it's a relatively low ABV for the style so this one doesn't have much going for it. Would not try again. (338 characters)

Photo of Jason
3.93/5  rDev +18.7%
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. (281 characters)

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.13/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear gold. Nice off-white head. At first the nose was like a huge pile of wet grass clippings. Then it quickly went to a small pile. Flavor is a bit sweet with a salty bitter start and finish to it. Hops are there, but do not overpower or kick you in the mouth. Gives a balanced approach that some might consider thin or watered down. I just say it is what it is. Feel is just very slightly thicker on the liquid. Great level of carbonation caressing the tongue. Overall very drinkable. A different kind of IPA, but one well worth trying. Not a hop bomb. (563 characters)

Photo of russpowell
4.13/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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! (544 characters)

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.78/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Single hopped well appearance is a slightly hazy copper tone wtih a nice sized off white head. Generous amounts of trickled lacing and the aroma is packed with Fuggles characteristics piney, citrusy in nature very nice with a load of malt sweetness arising to balance out those tones. In the first sip the hop flavor struck me as different after a few sips the syrupy malt goodness mixed with hops does me just fine a bit unbalanced on the bitter side of things but all in all one very drinkable IPA in my opinion. Mouthfeel is a bit oily I suppose from the resins but the fluffy texture is brought on by the carbonation very good I could enjoy this one in any season very good example of an IPA. Bring on more Maine beers I think I need to visit there. (753 characters)

Photo of smcolw
3.14/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Light amber and clear, very nice off-white head that leaves patches of lace.

For an IPA, this beer has an overly malty aroma--mostly oily alcohols and crystal malts.

Given the smell, surprisingly hoppy up front taste. The malt comes through on the swallow with an interesting swing to the bitter hop aftertaste. Fairly thin in body and highly carbonated, this brew is interesting but not quite up to expectations. (419 characters)

Photo of feloniousmonk
3.62/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: clear, light amber color, with a large, flowery, off-white head. Aroma: sweet and fruity, sharp with citrus, grapefruit, orange, apricot, pineapple, even? With a little tartness, too. Quite a unique aroma profile, but I've never been too familiar with the Fuggle variety.
On the palate, a dizzying display of hops, quite a nice, tasty blitz of bitterness, which remains for quite some time on the lips and tongue.
Body is light, compared to the hop attack, and could benefit from more maltiness, methinks. Not quite on par with livelier IPAs.
Very drinkable, and so far my favorite Shipyard offering. (616 characters)

Photo of chinchill
3.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle served in a snifter.

Pours a typical amber color with a thin off-white head.
The aroma is quite malty for an IPA, athough spicy/earthy hops are evident. The taste follows the aroma in terms of malt/hop balance. For an IPA, the hops are way out of balance, with too few hops and a generous dose of malt.

The (English?) Fuggles hops have their own character, making this an interesting brew, although lacking the citrus and/or evergreen elements many expect in an Amer. IPA, but then this American made IPA is in the English style.

Medium-light body and carbonation. Semi-dry finish.

O: Perhaps better to think of this as a malt-rich APA. A good 'entry-level IPA for those intimidated or adverse to hoppy brews. (730 characters)

Photo of jwc215
2.98/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours slightly hazed orangish amber with a thick foamy head that fizzles and snaps down to a thin cover.

The smell is of Ringwood yeast, bread...and...a touch of Fuggles...a touch. Not a "bad" aroma, esp. if you are fond of Ringwood yeast.

The taste is pretty much the same. I thought that a single hop - Fuggles - would be interesting. But, though it does make an appearance it is held in check by the yeast. Bready and grainy, it barely has room to showcase its single hop character. There is a fair amount of bitterness to it, in a tinny way and with a restrained flavor. There is some buttery diacetyl, but it is held in check. Semi-dry, bitterish finish. Not a bad taste at all, but rather a disappointment if you are looking for an IPA with a Fuggles character, as would be expected.

Lighter side of medium bodied, at most. A soapy, tinny character lingers on the palate enough to be a bit irritating.

A rather wimpy IPA. The Fuggles hop barely noticeable, with controlling yeast and minor flaws. Not terrible, but not memorable except as a failure to be what it could be. (1,082 characters)

Photo of WesWes
3.48/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer maintains a nice off-white head, but lacks in it's hop aroma. The single hop, Fuggles, offers not only a poor hop flavor, but also a bitter, musty aroma. The color is traditional among IPA's, pale yet slightly higher in lovibond than a pilsner, noting the use of a crystal malt (probably a 20L-40L). It is incredibly drinkable with a low-med body. This is not one of my favorite beers. It lacks all the key ingredients of a good IPA; elevated alcohol, a strong hop flavor, a strong and destinctive hop aroma . IPA's are supposed to be for the beer snob.They are for people who like hops, not the mainstream Budweiser drinker. Be creative. It looks as though they spent as much time formulating this recipe as they did in creating it's label, which in my opinion is absolutely horrible, especially from a noteworthy brewery such as The Shipyard. "Two Thumbs Down!" (872 characters)

Photo of GClarkage
3.58/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

05/30/06- Purchased at Hi-Times Wine Cellars in Costa Mesa, CA.

Presentation- 12oz bottle. A best by date nothced on the side label. Poured into my Pike pint glass.

Appearance- Deep orange in color. Very lightly clouded. 3/4 inch head with light cobweb lace.

Smell- Blend of medium toasted malt and light citrus hops.

Taste- Super floral and herbal in nature. Maybe a touch of pine as well in the hops. Malt comes through first, followed by a pretty bitter hop backlash.

Mouthfeel- Medium carbonation, lasting bitterness.

Drinkability- Bit of a change of pace with the hop flavor. Decent enough brew though. (625 characters)

Photo of tdm168
3.58/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - dark orangish amber with a half of an inch of loose, dense, off white head that has decent retention

S - bready malt and faint citrus

T - bready, mildly bitter, lightly herbal

M - medium bodied, smooth, well carbonated

This is a decent interpretation of the English IPA style. The Fuggle hops are ever present and lend a nice balance to the malt character. It's not offensive and it's easy to drink. I wouldn't turn this down in the future. (448 characters)

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Shipyard Fuggles IPA from Shipyard Brewing Co.
76 out of 100 based on 506 ratings.