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Shipyard IPA - Shipyard Brewing Co.

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Shipyard IPAShipyard IPA

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Ratings: 918
Reviews: 511
rAvg: 3.25
pDev: 16.31%
Wants: 5
Gots: 72 | 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:
Beer added by: xlperro on 07-01-2001

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Ratings: 918 | Reviews: 511
Photo of trackstar1043
3.01/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a hazy wheat orange with a rocky 1 in head and stick lacing only for the first 2 in of glass.

S - Smells much for like a Pale Ale than an IPA, there is a lack of spice and hops that I am so accustomed to.

T - Just like the nose the absence of extra hops and a mix of spices kills this IPA, there are earthy tones and a hint of sweet malts. A slight tang of citrus and a small bit of hops at the end.

M - Med bodied, higher carbonation for a lively feel, clean finish.

D - Not worthy of being called an IPA, much closer to a Pale Ale in flavor and aroma, but other than that there is nothing wrong with this one.

Photo of elniko
3.2/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from bottle into Stella glass

A: Average looking IPA, not much head at all. Moderate carbonation.

S: Just slightly fruity on the nose, not terribly strong. Not objectionable, average.

T & M: Pretty solid example of English IPA, hoppy bitterness definitely there. Mouthfeel solid as well with the carbonation providing a little bite.

D: Drinkable although I definitely prefer American IPAs. I would say this beer is the definition of an average English IPA.

Photo of cvstrickland
3.01/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

12-ounce bottle with a best-by date clearly notched poured into a pint glass yields a pale copper body with steady active carbonation that builds into a three-finger billow of soft off-white soapy foam that dies down to a constantly-fed sheet and leaves patchy lacing.

Smells sweet, with a zing of citrus, and earthy, mild hops.

The beer is tart and juicy-- a little more sourly than crisply, but not bad. At serious issue is the violent carbonation that masks the flavor profile and sudses away the mouthfeel in a wash of stinging bubbles. As the furious foaming dies down, some caramel emerges, as does a note of earthy bitterness that simply isn't big enough to lock down the overarching tart, sweet thinness of this drink. Perhaps more "PA" than "IPA", but not an evil creature, just a little wimpy one that's way too fizzy for it's own good.

That's the bad news.

The good news is that all those so-called 'flaws' make it exceptionally drinkable; even if probably doomed to mediocrity by its bastard heritage of being an American-made English India Pale Ale (uh... AEIPA??)

Photo of AChamberlain
3.22/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a hazy honey color with a thin offwhite head. Not much lacing. Nothing too special, but not bad. Fuggle hop aroma, mild. The flavor is nothing impressive, but the mild hops are nice. Not off putting, not tasty. I guess a sort of "classic" IPA flavor. Good bitter flavor at the back. I'll notch it up a half point for that. Nice body and mouthfeel. Overall nothing impressive. I would have again if I were looking for something easy to drink and not too hoppy.

Photo of almychristopher
3.36/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pours a nice deep golden color with a decent head. The head fades but never goes away. The smell is fuggles as advertised, but not as rich as I would have hoped for. The beer gives a decent hop flavor with a good bit of bitterness, but once again not the level that I would really look for in a good IPA. The reason the head is not going away with time is evident in the mouthfeel, heavily carbonated with a decent malty feel. I don't think that I'll go out of my way to look for this one, but I'd love to see it on tap at the bar. Thanks for the beer

Photo of dasenebler
3.33/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Came to the table with a small head that didn't really stick around. Color was golden, looked like a good lager (it's an IPA though). Smelled of mild hops, some malt going on-- not very strong compared to other IPAs I've had. Drank nicely, but without a very complex flavor. Overall, okay flavor (would like to see some more floral and hop bitterness) but very drinkable for an IPA. Went down pretty easy and fairly quickly. Good.

Photo of dashirey
2.89/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer came in my beer of the month selection a few months ago. Finally got around to reviewing it.

A - Hazy yellow on the edges and copper in the middle. Loads of carbonation bubbles rising to the thick pillowy head that poured nearly two finger high.

S - Opened the bottle and I smelled bread. After the pour not much there besides a hint of a metallic smell, not a lot of hops.

T - Pretty mild meaning - not a whole bunch of hops. Bottle claims "The single Hop IPA"... they could have used more than just a singular hop in the beer...ha ha. Just kidding, just not much going for it.

M - Stinging carbonation at first. Carbonation simmers later in the pint. Fairly smooth/creamy after loss of initial carbonation.

D - Pretty easy drinking after carbonation has faded. Would drink another, but not search it out as a must have.

Photo of Shiloh
3.88/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very pretty IPA with a nice flowing crown. Deep yellow in colour with a three finger head and plenty of frisky carbonation leading to a mountainous glass cling and moderate lace.
The aroma is light of hop flowers and the body is lighter than anticipated, medium at best.
Mouthfeel is creamy.
The taste is to the hops, however not as potent as expected. Hops are prevelent throughout with a slight malty sweetness to back.
There is a very nice, minor hoppy aftertaste.
A very nice moderate IPA.

Photo of SIRIUS2
3.68/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of JEdmund
1.86/5  rDev -42.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Clear, light orange/yellow; little to no carbonation bubbles; 1/2" head

Not impressive...smells like malt liquor strangely and unfortunately enough

Taste & Mouthfeel
Somewhat fruity and very low on hops; overall very flat and one-dimensional; disappointing

I normally don't pitch beers, but I did with this one. There's not much flavor here, but what is present is very unpleasant. I know they were going for an English style IPA, but this is just so lifeless and borderline offensive. I think they fell short of their goal.

Photo of beeragent
3.88/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a medium copper, forming a thick ½ inch off-white head. Medium spots of lace slide down the glass. The aroma is a noticeable hop presence, but with more buttery malt aroma coming through. The taste is strangely dominated by the malts. Smooth delicious caramel flavor up front, and finishing with a slight citrusy hop flavor. Smooth mouthfeel, with a light aftertaste of the hops. Good flavor and ABV. Make for a very drinkable ale. Overall, this was a very tasty beer, but by no means what I would expect from an IPA.

Photo of JMScowcroft
4.11/5  rDev +26.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Look - Artwork is just OK. Pours golden and settles copper in the glass. Moderately fizzy and somewhat hard to see through. Weak head.

Smell - Smells like a hopfest, had me thinking this is going to be strong.

Taste - Heavy carbonation followed immediately by heavy hops. Creamy after that but quite a sting, in a good way.

Mouthfeel - Fades quickly, which is surprising but also pleasurable.

Drinkability - Very drinkable due to the good balance of ingredients.

Not perfect, but right up there as one of the best IPAs I've had to date.

Photo of gmuller
3.23/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

To be fair I should indicate first that this 6-pack appeared to be sitting on the shelf for longer than I would have let it. Here goes...

Appearance: Reasonably pretty beer, though the massive head with soap sized bubbles detracted from it a bit. WAY over-carbonated. I could barely pour it without developing a 3 inch head on it that refused to go away.

Smell: Nice, clear springtime smell. The name of the beer biased me into thinking about grabbing a pint on the docks before long day of fishing. No, it doesn't smell like fish.

Taste: A bit boring after the few gulp. I was hoping for more "IPA" flavor but came up short. Tasted linear, without a lot of character, and then I realized it was made with a single hop.

Mouthfeel: Over-carbonated. Dense with bubbles and not the crisp bite I expect from an IPA.

Drinkability: I would have another, perhaps even to just make sure I didn't get a bad batch. I think even with a new bottle though I wouldn't be all the impressed.

Photo of johndakar
2.83/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. brown bottle hard poured into an american pint glass. Bottle dated best by May 08, reviewed March 08.

A- Off white head that didn't stick around very long. Copper in color. Medium to low carbonation with very little beading.

S- Not a very noticable aroma. Slightly citrusy.

T- Almost not an IPA in my opinion. The malt way overbalanced the hops to the point that I really doubt the label. Could just be a bad bottle.

M- Very light. Faintly spicy after five minutes waming up. Not very carbonated.

D- Not a beer that I'll repeat, though if I'm in Maine I'll try to get it fresh on tap.

Overall, I'm not sure if this was just a bad bottle or just the low end of the IPA scale. I've got five more bottles, so I'll update if there's a difference.

Photo of armock
3.33/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured a copper color with an off white head that leaves lacing

S - Is of sweet hops some malt

T - Is of hops upfront a little citrus amd some malt in the back

M - This has a medium body with medium carbonation

D - This is a beer that I could drink all night it has a good taste thats easy to enjoy worth trying

Photo of Wasatch
3.88/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to jwc215 for this brew.

Best By: May 2008

Pours a nice clean/clear darl golden yellow color, nice carbonation, nice one-finger plus creamy off-white head, lots and lots of nice sticky lacing follows. The nose is malty, hoppy, with some caramel. The taste is malty/hoppy, bitter, and caramel. Medium body. Drinkable, this is a tasty IPA, glad to have had a chance to try it. Thanks Joe.

Photo of jdmorgan
3.38/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This IPA was poured into a pilsener glass and was a dark gold color with a two-finger white head.

The smell had a definate hop aroma with a bit of soft malt present as well. The taste was a bit too dominated by carbonation at first, but cleared to a medium/high hop flavor and bitterness with a medium body in the background. It was a good taste, but something felt empty about it. The consistency was medium and the carbonation was medium/high.

This was a good IPA and was quite true to style. The single hop recipe was unique as well. I could probably drink a few of these in a row before wanting something else. All in all, something just seemed unbalanced or empty about it. Give it a try and see what you think.

Photo of tardiffism
3.47/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy amber color, good head retention, with lace clinging to the glass as one drinks. The haze clears a bit as it warms.

Aroma is slightly skunky, bitter, not the usual sweetness of hops you expect in an IPA.

Some malty sweetness, a kick of bitterness from the hops, and a crisp, somewhat burnt aftertaste. Nothing really exciting.

The mouthfell is smooth, round, but light. The carbonation is actually a bit distracting.

All in all, I think this a rather unbalanced brew. The bitter and slightly burnt flavors would be fine if together with more sweetness, aroma, and body, but alone they make this beer sub-par for IPAs.

Photo of neenerzig
4/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass. This beer is a clear, medium golden/copper color with an orange hue. White, fluffy head is only about 1/4 inch thick when poured and quickly settles to a nice fluffy surface layer and good lace. Good retention once it settles, but the head is pretty small to start with. Malts, hops, and a bit of sweet spice make up the smell here. Malty sweet upfront with a bit of a biscuity flavor followed by some floral/citrusy hops. Nice balance betweent he sweetness and biterness. not as biter as most IPA's I am used to but still very enjoyable. Has a crisp and smooth, medium bodied mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Easy to drink. A good beer all in all.


Photo of JDV
3.77/5  rDev +16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Subtle milder fresh hop aroma. Sort of citrusy, with a nice sweetness in finish. Mild hop taste up front. A great beginner IPA, I'd say as its about as mild as I've had. Somewhat thin, but nice mild hop bitterness which fades quickly. Worth a try if you like milder IPA's.

Photo of barleywinefiend
2.81/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured a deep golden color with lots of carbonation, nice white frothy head and thats about it. It was a very simple, the bottle boasts as the one hop IPA and it is. Had a sunkiness to it, like i find it mass brewed beers. No real care or originality it seemed. Pretty basic and not a good IPA. Did not enjoy at all. Flavor was bland, no real hops and no real tasting notes. Pass!

Photo of jasonjlewis
3.48/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice initial head with decent retention. Orange color that is opaque.

Smell is slightly perfumy. Faint pale and crystal malts. Not that impressive.

The malt profile is basic. The bitterness is earthy and citrusy and not very agressive. Sort of rounded out and balanced for an ipa.

A little bit thin on the mouthfeel. Hop oils aren't overdone, actually they are perfect. But the malting doesn't provide adequate thickness.

Decently balanced and rounded out. I'll be lenient here as this would not make a bad session

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.1/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this one on tap at the blue Trout Grill in Keene, NH. This was also my very first IPA I ever had way back 1998.

This one is a clear golden-honey color with a wonderful creamy, thick all-white head that is much better formed when served on-tap. The retention was VERY slow for an IPA. a good looking brew.

The aroma is very nice, big-time herbalness, all spice and a slight spiciness in the hop with a mellow but noticable bready malt. The hop aroma is pretty pungent concidering I was a good foot away from it when I first caught a whiff.

From the tap this stuff is damn impressive. a rich, hardy, herbal, spiciness is abundant...a wonderful overall hop flavor that just seems to go down REAL easy. The malt balance is good too, a nice mellow, buttery-bready malt adds just the right balance. After work the two I had went down FAST. also paired very well with the BBQ Chicken sandwich I had.

This one being on-tap made it feel luxurious IMO, a wonderful creamy and smooth edge from the constant head mellowed out the nice big, crisp bite. Light to medium feel overall.

This one is not fruity, no pineapple or big cascade, west-coast style bite, just a very drinkable, herbal and spicey hardy flavor that went down easy.

Photo of hwwty4
2.29/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured a 12oz bottle into a Chimay Chalice. Poured a hazy gold with a slight head that disappeared quickly but left a nice lacing down the glass. Aroma is almost non-existent. Slight hoppy/flowery smell but under whelming for sure. Taste is malt up front with a bit of hops at the tail of the beer with a slight earthy aftertaste. I would have thought this might have been sitting at the beer store for a long time, but I saw them offload it from the pallet and put it into the mix a six rack. I was surprised. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with light carbonation and a dry finish. I don’t think I will be looking for this again.

Photo of biggmike
3.05/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured a deep orange color with decent white head that hung around for a while. Aroma was sort of hoppy, but just didn’t smell quite right. Flavor was a bit metallic and was not too impressive. Drinkability was low as I didn’t like the one I had. Mouthfeel was okay. Might have gotten a bad one, so I would try again.

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Shipyard IPA from Shipyard Brewing Co.
75 out of 100 based on 918 ratings.