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Shipyard IPA - Shipyard Brewing Co.

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Shipyard IPAShipyard IPA

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885 Ratings

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Ratings: 885
Reviews: 505
rAvg: 3.25
pDev: 16.62%
Wants: 5
Gots: 44 | 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 pmatz2
2.53/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Got to be honest I'm not a big fan of the English IPA I like the American style much better. Overall this was drinkable, but not memorable. Mouth feel was slightly fizzy. Smell was very sour, taste wasn't very bitter, and there was a slightly sour aftertaste.

pmatz2, Dec 24, 2007
Photo of NitroGen
3.68/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

P: 12 oz. Brown longneck bottle, Best if enjoyed before March 2008

A: poured a slightly hazy golden yellow with an intense white foam head that slowly lowered to a cover and lacing.

S: Green grains, bread yeast and slight fruit pith.

T: Slight tart and subtle hop hits the tongue and then the mouth with the same profile from start to finish.

M: Very smooth and gentle from start to finish. Nice aftertaste.

D: After becoming accustomed to smash mouth ‘brutal bitter’ American IPA’s this is a nice change of pace and defiantly would enjoy with as a session on a hot, warm or cold day.

NitroGen, Dec 19, 2007
Photo of jwc215
2.98/5  rDev -8.3%
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.

jwc215, Dec 12, 2007
Photo of MrHungryMonkey
3.93/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sweet and sour aromas waltz out’ the glass. Malt sweetness and hop citrus and bitterness I suppose. But there still smells like Lambic/Flanders yeast going on. Maybe it’s just all those Fuggles.

Medium straw/gold, good clarity. Great head – only there’s an eyelash floating on it; I’m sure it’s mine, it has to be…

Mmm, there’s that sour/bitterness. I guess it is just the hops, it’s really tart/musty/out-there. Hops overpower malt, but that’s surely okay. The bitterness and the growingly extreme grassy/earthy/dirty flavors were at first annoying, but are growing on me. This is a raw beast of a beer. Mmm yes, a subtle sweetness floats in and out amongst the addictive hop retch.

Seriously though, this is a good IPA. It’s out there. It’s real and edgy. It’s almost painful, but it’s ever so beautiful. It’s really like a Rothko painting. Take home message: this brew isn’t for you if you demand balance in your beverage.

MrHungryMonkey, Dec 07, 2007
Photo of PhageLab
2.88/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Single bottle (12oz) poured into a standard pint glass.

A - Reddish bronze sort of coloration which settled with a fluffy full inch of head. Excellent retention, and it also laced rather well. Fairly impressive presentation.

S - Coppery and subtle citrus notes, orange and sour apple. Slight bit of hops in the nose, yet muted as expected.

T - I don't think it's skunked, but damn, this is not my sort of beer. I've had English IPAs before and didn't mind them at all, but this is far too bitter for my taste. Some sort of malt presence, and perhaps an oh so slight hop tinge, but mostly a sour, bitter burn.

M - Light to medium bodied, decent dry finish. Doesn't leave a bad aftertaste, so I can't knock them here. Good carbonation as well.

D - Low for me, it was rough fighting through this one. I will give them another try, just not anytime soon. Reminded me of an ESB I suppose, and those aren't necessarily my cup o' tea, but if they are yours, you might enjoy this one. If you're looking for an American sort of profile, however, beware. I know the difference, but some people have been caught off guard it seems.

PhageLab, Nov 13, 2007
Photo of Gmann
3.28/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a rather light golden color with an average off-white head that dissipated fairly quickly into a decent cap. The smell is faint; I pick up some bready malt and a trace of hops. The taste is of toasted malt, which is a bit metallic, and bitter fruity/woody like hops. The feel is moderate and fairly crisp, finishes with a slight bitterness. A rather average brew, though I do like to try the single hop IPAs so I can get a sense of the different characteristics of that specific hop.

Gmann, Nov 10, 2007
Photo of TheTrevor
3/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer poured a medium amber with some reddish highlights. Is a fluffy two-finger head that doesn't seem to be going anywhere too fast. The smell is a little malty with a slight hint of hops. The taste is crisp and refreshing with a little bit of sweetness and maybe even a little citrusy splash before the hops hit the palate. The aftertaste is nothing to write home about, and lingers for a while in a way that isn't entirely pleasant. This beer is fairly drinkable, and I found myself enjoying it to a point. It's not a horrible little IPA, but I doubt I'll pick it up again. Worth a try if you can find it, but don't expect much more than average.

TheTrevor, Nov 03, 2007
Photo of DoubleJ
2.42/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Single 12 oz bottle purchased for $1.33, this is "the single hop India Pale Ale" per label. On to the beer:

I poured perhaps a few ounces of this into my pint glass and got a half-glass of foam. This is where I wish this beer had poor head retention, I'm still waiting for it to go down so I can pour the rest of the bottle in and enjoy. After some manipulations, it forms a chilled-hazed orange with a head that retains well. That's the highlight of this beer, everything else misses the mark. It has a funky flavor of toffee and diacetyl, mixed with a moderate grapefruit taste to level it out. Slick feeling in the mouth, the beer feels good, but the aftertaste is questionable.

Notes: This beer pours way too foamy, is full of yeast by-products, and leaves a long, unspectacular aftertaste. Next time, I'll find something else.

DoubleJ, Nov 01, 2007
Photo of hiikeeba
3.83/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours up amber/gold with a thick fluffy head. Hazy.

S: Hop aroma is subtle. I didn't detect any malt aromas. It's pretty bland, nose-wise.

T: Hoop flavor starts off on front of the tongue and moves back, finishing with a bitterness on the back of the mouth. Fairly mild hop flavor, doesn't overpower the palate right away.

M: Not thin at all. Nice.

D: Very drinkable IPA. Not a session beer, but this is pretty mild if you want to knock back a few.

hiikeeba, Sep 29, 2007
Photo of nortmand
3.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Amber pour with a fluffy white head and a considerable haze.

Ripe plums and apples in the aroma with a bit of resinous hops.

Flavor not real clean. Rounded plumminess interacts with a harsh astringency. Too little malt to balance out the bitter end.

Light to medium bodied, an ok beer, but the flavors don't interact the right way for my tastes.

nortmand, Sep 14, 2007
Photo of peabody
3.15/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

pours out a clear reddish amber with one finger of white suds.
The aroma is very nice here with floral hops and pungent yeast with a slight grapefruit dry smell.
Taste is a dry/very dry bitterness. If you are a fan of E.S.B. then this is the beer for you. No sweetness to be found.
Mouthfeel is decent but that bitter wang sure does take you back a step or two.
It's ok but not my cup of beer.

peabody, Sep 08, 2007
Photo of pmcadamis
3.05/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A - Holy shit! There is no beer! It's all head! Normally prodigious heads score big points in my book, but this is a little much. It looks pretty cool one the beer starts to form underneath this giant feather pillow of foamy cream. It's honestly a nice looking head that pits and pops as it takes on a less foamy and more rocky appearance. The brew itself is a transparent (maybe slightly hazy) apricot hue, and that massive head leaves giant washes of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

S - All fuggles huh? Well, this should be educational! The nose is extremely flowery like an old lady's perfume, or a springtime stroll through an English garden. It's a bit musty and earthy, with loads of green apple (smells like the green apple thats inside of a caramel apple...does that make sense?) and that adds to the garden vibe that I'm getting here. The malt notes are all tough sourdough bread....I like that! This seems a little mundane for an IPA though...very British.

T - Soapy and cloyingly buttery flavors abound, with some overripe (bad) orange flavors. Tastes a lot like eating some citrus fruit that has passed it's prime. I taste rotten green apples. The earthy characteristic carries over from the nose, and the sourdough bread is there too. If this is what straight up fuggles taste like, then they definitely need to be blended with other cultivars to make a good IPA.

M - Good hop oil feel, but where is the ultra-hoppy taste? This is medium to full bodied and slick in the mouth. Carbonation is very restrained (which is odd given the godzilla head).

D - I really don't care for this one. It smells pretty good...like a fresh flower bed, but it tastes a bit soapy and chemical-y. Educational for sure...I learned that fuggles hops should be used as a backup singer or keyboard player, not the as the solo acapella singer.

Note: Don't swish this stuff around to vigorously in your mouth....it will expand forcefully and out of your nose.

pmcadamis, Aug 29, 2007
Photo of TheSarge
2.1/5  rDev -35.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This is the worst interpretation of an IPA I've ever had. It's time to rethink this recipe. The only decent thing about this brew was its appearance, which produced a good amount of head and had a clear amber colored body.

The aromas were lacking the traditional grassy/piny characteristics. Mostly there was a weak malty, toffee like, aroma. Nothing else really stood out.

The tase is very watery and weak. Pretty much just a buttery toffee like taste, and the hops were hardly detectable.

Again, please rethink this recipe. We know Shipyard is a well established brewery, but do us a favor. Either change your proportions of ingredients or rename this an ESB and you may be on par with this one.

TheSarge, Aug 26, 2007
Photo of mshallah
4/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Started drinking Fuggles IPA from the start back when it had a green label and fuggles wasn't in small print. Light amber with a bubbly head. Very sticky with lots of lace. Good carbonation visible. Aromas of buttery caramel from the ringwood yeast and the malt. Subtle floral hop aroma. Tastes similar to many Shipyard/ringwood brews with a sticky, buttery, caramel malt base, but with plenty of bittering hops to tame it. Floral hops come through with every sip. Wonderful ale fruitiness(juicy fruit) from the start to the middle with a bittersweet finish. Mellow hop bite even by English IPA standards but flavorful none-the-less. Plenty going on to keep it interesting. Light to medium mouthfeel goes well with the smooth carbonation. An underated brew because it's compared to American style IPA hop bombs. Try it again and appreciate this beer for what it is.

mshallah, Aug 24, 2007
Photo of BeardedSquash
3.45/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I picked this up because a friend of mine recently shared his plans with me for brewing a primarily Fuggle IPA. I thought it sounded odd, since I think of porters and stouts when I think Fuggle hops. I looked like an dumb ass when I saw this in the store.


A: Crystal clear brassy body with a good 3/4" head that kicks around for a few minutes before departing in a thin layer of brussells lace.

S: Not much hop aroma here. I'm used to a bold bright citrus nose, but this is surprisingly muted. Fuggles. Fresh water waves, drift wood and dried flowers.

T: A heavy woodsy flavor, again, english hops. Grainy and astringent, but the malty sweetness isn't very pronounced. Firmly acidic throughout, the flavors bounce between bitter, earthy and bready before leaving a slightly sour aftertaste. Personally, I could go for some more dextrins on the palate.

M: Medium body, not very active. A little oily on the teeth.

D: All around a fairly quaffable beer, but it could benefit from a boost in the ole' grain bill. If nothing else, it's a good reminder that Cascade is a new variety, not around when the first barrels were shipped off to India. British hops keepin' it real. Brew it up Matt.

BeardedSquash, Aug 24, 2007
Photo of jettjon
3.2/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a 12 oz bottle marked best enjoyed before “Jan 07,” consumed on 8/4/07, well past the freshness date. Into my Sam Adam’s glass (thanks, guys!), a 2-finger brownish head with some sediment evident in the pour caps a slightly dusky, coppery orange liquid with lively carbonation. Head fades slowly, leaving plenty of sheet-like lace. Nose is soapy, corny, grainy, and malty with no hops. Bready malt. Disappointing for an “IPA.” Tastes of plain bready malt and a touch of piney hops. Finishes on a malty-sweet, light hops note. Mouth is full with middle-heavy carbonation. Smooth and wet with crisp carbonation. Drinkability is decent, more to me akin to a modest APA than an IPA of any sort.

Overall: Consumed 7 months past its best by date, this one has not aged well. Very little hops character. I think I’ll try a fresher sample. As is, a rather subdued IPA, more like a subtle pale ale.

jettjon, Aug 09, 2007
Photo of wagenvolks
3.13/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle into a tulip glass...best by July 2007.

Pours a burnt amber color, transparent, with a full-fledged off-white head on top. Good retention and some decent lacing ensue. The aroma has a decent boquet for an English IPA: oily-sweet hops mixed with notes of toffee, berry, butterscotch, and tart apple.

Flavor is overpowered by the bubbles: let this one sit a few minutes after pouring. Afterwards, an underwhelming arrangement of piney hops, metallic tinges, rye malts, and a bit of leather greet the tastebuds. It's not awful, but it's not even close to what I expect from an IPA. The mouthfeel is incessantly carbonated at first; it reminds me of drinking cola with a mouthfull of sweet tarts. A light body gives way to a crisp, bitter aftertaste and the net effect is near-refreshing, but not quite. Bottom line: I'll be passing up this one next time.

wagenvolks, Aug 05, 2007
Photo of mnapier
3.9/5  rDev +20%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Service Temperature, 40 degrees. Service Glassware, 12 ounce German Balloon Glass.

On the appearance this orange & clear India Pale Ale has promise. Advertised as a single hop IPA, I pour around 8 ounces of it into the glass and start the promise of reviewing the white headed with little lace beer.

Swirling this around I smell initially notes of citrus and a subtle pine. I can admire the mild honey aroma mingling in with mustiness.

Giving the glass a small taste, I detect the smallest amount of yeast, as well as the citrus previously introduced in the aroma. Continuing my swallow I detect a mild hop bitterness on both sides of my tongue, maybe a touch too much malt though. Overall mouthfeel is medium but courses to a mild.

A drinkable summer beer for sitting outside and staring out at the sky.


mnapier, Jul 31, 2007
Photo of barknee
3.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Medium amber with a never-ending vortex of carbonation rising from the center of the glass, this shipyard product has the distinctive nose of Fuggles, as this is the only variety of hops used to brew this beer. With this being the case, don’t expect to be blown away with the typical over-the–top assault by hops that you experience with most IPA’s, especially those that are brewed with a wide variety of hops. You will have a beer with a finely tuned and well-defined hop essence that only this variety could emanate; sorta’ like you would experience with a single malt scotch rather than a blend of scotch. Warm nose of marshmallow, moss and fresh hay; bready and slightly yeasty. A well-mannered and understated IPA with a nicely delineated level of bitterness that makes for effortless quaffing with none of the associated turbulence that one might have from consecutive consumption of more well endowed IPA’s. A winner due to its distinctive and non-conformist flavor profile. This beer is a stray from the fray of overweight and overabundant IPA’s on the market today. Clearly worthy of your time and attention.

barknee, Jul 27, 2007
Photo of BattleRoadBrewer
3.8/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served cold in "Boston Lager" glass from 12 oz amber bottle.

Excellent pour, dark color (colour--since they're shooting for an English IPA?), tan foamy head.

Musty hop nose, with note of crystal malt.

Flavor is balanced between the crystal malt and Fuggle hops.

Mouthfeel is good, a bit effervescent with balanced bitterness, but doesn't have that cask ale feel you'd wish for.

Seems to be an underrated beer, surprised the combined score is only an 80, I would have guessed it would be closer to 88. Definitely should try it if you're and English IPA fan, though this one may be a little too bitter and too carbonated for the style.

BattleRoadBrewer, Jul 17, 2007
Photo of beachbum1975
2.7/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A: Poured into a traditional pint glass. Appeared a clear, orangy-copper with a heavy amount of white and big bubbled foamy head, which remained well.

S: Bready (baking soda) with hints of metal, sweet malts and traces of hops.

T: Light-bodied. The majority of the flavor was an unappealing bitter taste with little to no hops, trailing with an apple-like finish. Rather bland, to me (but I have never been a huge fan of English IPAs).

M: Highly carbonated, even fizzy - thin and light.

D: Not worth falling in love with - average at best. Nothing stood out to me, in fact it was rather dull and one dimensional.

beachbum1975, Jul 08, 2007
Photo of atsprings
3.9/5  rDev +20%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a crisp orange with a decent head that was slow to diminish. The aroma had a good earthiness to it, but was not that strong. The taste was fairly well balanced with light citrus hops balancing well with sweet malts. The beer was light and refreshing. Overall this is a very decent IPA, nothing spectacular, but certainly enjoyable.

atsprings, Jul 01, 2007
Photo of jessecollins
3.93/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Lots of head after pouring into glass. Beautiful golden/amber color.

S: Sweet. Mild hops but still enticing.

T: Stronger hops than what I was expecting after the mild hop smell. Typical IPA taste. Dry. Nice aftertaste.

M: Nice feel. Creamy. Sweet. Bitter. Good IPA.

D: Easy to drink. Could tear threw these pretty quick.

Overall, I enjoyed this beer. I am a self proclaimed IPA fan so you might disagree if you do not like IPAs.

jessecollins, Jul 01, 2007
Photo of Bamabrew22
2.35/5  rDev -27.7%
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.

Bamabrew22, Jun 26, 2007
Photo of 1fastz28
2.63/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

pours like a macro lager, a light gold color with a mild head, smell is non existant almost, water and corn with a very slight hopness. taste is ok, doesn't even taste like an ipa though. maybe i got some kinda wierd lager ipa or something. not very impressed overall

1fastz28, Jun 17, 2007
Shipyard IPA from Shipyard Brewing Co.
75 out of 100 based on 885 ratings.