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Shipyard IPA - Shipyard Brewing Co.

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Shipyard IPAShipyard IPA

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855 Ratings

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Ratings: 855
Reviews: 503
rAvg: 3.25
pDev: 16.62%
Wants: 4
Gots: 31 | 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 TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

2.58/5  rDev -20.6%

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.

03-27-2007 03:35:28 | More by TheManiacalOne
Photo of BurnsTau


2.35/5  rDev -27.7%

Pours slightly hazy light amber, decent head.

Slightly hoppy aroma, but I really couldn't discern much in taste or aroma in this beer. The hops were just flat and the maltiness didn't really balance well. There is also a strange chemical aftertaste to the beer that isn't very pleasant. Mouthfeel and carbonation were both good though, and the beer is pretty easy to drink.

This is not a very good IPA in my opinion, there are just too many great examples that are just as easy to get.

03-22-2007 08:25:58 | More by BurnsTau
Photo of JerzDevl2000

New Jersey

3.2/5  rDev -1.5%

Got this in a trade recently with a friend. I like hoppy beers and wanted to give this a shot, and I didn't know what to expect. After having Stone, Sierra Nevada, and Green Flash, I had high hopes that this would be a east coast version of the aforemetioned brews that I love. Unfortunately, this didn't have a lot of substance or flash to it...

The pour was a lot different than I pictured it - the beer was light, the head was frothy, and there was very little carbonation or bubbles to be seen. Sure, there's hops here, but they're very light and don't linger in an appetizing way. I couldn't detect any citrus or pine like so many IPA's I've sampled seem to have, and the only lingering note I felt was that of soap. This is very light and not addicting as I had hoped. Does it make this beer bad? Not at all, but when I see IPA, I prefer to have it hit me and wanting more, and not being something that I'd enjoy on a summer day with some food from the barbecue.

There's a few floral and grassy undertones to this, and maybe I'm just not used to the fuggle hops. This is an easygoing 5.80% ABV and worth a try once, just to get a range of the style. The orangish-amber hue of this beer is similar to that of my impression of this beer - light and close to the middle of the pack. Only worth a try if you're looking for something different from the big guys...

03-13-2007 07:00:50 | More by JerzDevl2000
Photo of awall422


2.6/5  rDev -20%

A bland offering.

The fuggles hops isn't enough to overcome the characteristic flavor imparted by the ringwood yeast.

I know it's not trying to be an American IPA, but I still can't imagine this is one of the better traditional IPA's out there.

Not something I'll buy again.

03-01-2007 16:14:49 | More by awall422
Photo of alehopman


3.88/5  rDev +19.4%

Deep gold color, produced 2" head when poured into nonic glass, head collapsed to 1/8" but perstisted with slight lacing. Carbonation level good for the style. Smell was an array of hops with citric/floral and spicy aromas represented, the classic advantage of the Fuggle being a bittering and aroma hop, Slight malt aroma. Taste was as smell advertised, I paricularly enjoyed the earthy Fuggles hop finish which lingered pleasingly. Good malt hop balance as evinced by English ales. I have been told most and or all of Shipyard ales are fermented with Ringwood yeast. If so it is not a distracting component here, contrary to the element it lends to Old Thumper. A great example of an English style IPA.

02-27-2007 16:56:03 | More by alehopman
Photo of Atron67


3.58/5  rDev +10.2%

A- the beer poured a dark amber with a thick foam that stayed pretty well, left a thick coating on the wall

S- the smell was a little grassy a bit of malt and some hops, a little boring and weak for an IPA

T- The grassy taste is there, but its enjoyable, has a good bitterness that hangs around for awhile, a little too long

M- has a medium body, pretty crisp,

D- a good beer that is re-drinkable, but nothing exceptional,

02-24-2007 04:39:52 | More by Atron67
Photo of zeff80


3.35/5  rDev +3.1%

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.

02-11-2007 04:08:59 | More by zeff80
Photo of meadhead


3.83/5  rDev +17.8%

The fuggle Bitter dry hop
with a mild "nutty" malt finish
and a subtle touch of sweetness

Pours a nice light orange -
- yellow
with a thin lace head

has a seemingly
slightly higher than average carbonation
which makes the drinkability pleasing

The aftertaste is decidedly
typical of an English IPA:
less aromatic
with the aforementioned
bitter vinous - nut malt
dominating the palatte

all around a good
example of this particular
single hop
English-style IPA
(so i imagine...)
a more conservative brew
Good stuff and all around relaxing ale

02-05-2007 07:54:49 | More by meadhead
Photo of Homebrew63

New York

4.03/5  rDev +24%

Holy HOPS Batman! This beer poured with a huge head (had to pour twice!) and had good lacing with a coppery well balanced color. The beer had a good nose and hit at the mid to back palate on mouth feel. It was a great purchase from the Shipyard family of beers that was not too over the top hop wise and had a good finish.

02-01-2007 02:15:15 | More by Homebrew63
Photo of bditty187


3.18/5  rDev -2.2%

Hazy, coppery-gold in hue with hints of bronze; standard IPA coloration but pleasant to look at nevertheless. Slightly off-white head, at the apex the foam was two fingers tall. Impressive head retention; the bubbles slowly faded to a soapy cap. The subsequent lacing was fairly widespread. Overall, this is a pleasant looking beer!

Sweet fruitiness, marshmallows… I detect a hint of butterscotch (very faint). Guess what else is faint? Yep. The hops. Where have all the Fuggles gone? (Did I just make a Paula Cole references? Jeez, that is so five years ago…). Back on track, the nose doesn’t say “IPA” to be. It almost has a Belgian fruitiness (I mean not really but kind of) but nothing else about this beer says anything. Boring.

Okay, the palate, at least, displays some hops with earthy bitterness, wood, and tea leaves. Warming alcohol in the middle; butterscotch, candied fruits, nuts, and biting earthiness finish the palate. Moderate malt profile, caramel sweetness is well-placed. Muddled but pleasant finish; really this isn’t a bad English-style IPA. I kind of like how only Fuggle hops are used. Compared to the other Shipyard beers I can get in Council Bluffs, IA this one is a keeper.

About medium in body, moderate carbonation, the mouthfeel is kind of slight and not really that filling. Workable.

I’ve tried this beer a couple times but I can’t foresee myself buying a six-pack of it. It is okay but there are much better IPAs, even English-style. Meantime IPA anyone? I’m glad I sat down and wrote a review. I purchased my bottle in Council Bluffs, IA as part of a mix & match six-pack. Worth a try.

01-30-2007 17:42:44 | More by bditty187
Photo of kingchowchowwoof


4.15/5  rDev +27.7%

Just moved to Portland last night. Went out today and made my first beer purchase in my new home town. Picked up a 6pk. Poured two bottles into the only glass I brought with me on the move, a 28oz chalice. Apperance is really nice. Nice one finger head that slowly fades with slight lacing as the beer recedes. Color of a brand new penny. Nose is quite pithy with a bit of citrus towards the end. Taste follows the nose quite well. A dry hoppy flavor dominates with pine wood and needles. A slick hop oil adds to the flavor and is very well balanced with good carbonation in the mouthfeel. I am definitley going to fill up my glass again. I really like the beers that use single hop variety. You really realize what that hop does and notice it more when it is used with other hops. I also really like the prospect of sampling many more Maine beers!

01-28-2007 01:54:15 | More by kingchowchowwoof
Photo of nairb80


3.83/5  rDev +17.8%

Shipyard's comes through again. They always brew great beer. I highly recommend any Shipyard brew and this one doesn't disapoint. The great experience starts when you pour it into your glass. Nice golden color that looks very appealing. With every sip this beer just gets better and better.

above average IPA.
highly recommended.

01-26-2007 17:26:14 | More by nairb80
Photo of beveritt


2.48/5  rDev -23.7%

Presentation: Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle into a standard pint glass. Label depicts some hop cones and calls this beer the Single Hop India Pale Ale. Best enjoyed before April 2007.

Appearance: Pours with 1.5 inch creamy off white head. This settles slowly, but never quite goes away. A thin layer of foam sticks around for the entire beer and sticks to the edges of the glass while sampling. The beer itslef is an orange amber with a slight chill haze.

Smell: Slightly sweet malt with grassy and herbaceous hop aroma.

Taste: Overriding grassy notes from the hops. Very slight bitterness at the end, but overall it tastes almost dry hopped with a not so spicy hop.

Mouthfeel: Average level of carbonation and body.

Drinkability: Not a huge fan, the hop flavor is there, but not in a good way. It tastes strongly of hops, but almost a vegetal, grassy flavor, vice all the wonderful things you can get out of hops. Skip it.

01-24-2007 02:49:36 | More by beveritt
Photo of treehugger02010


3.73/5  rDev +14.8%

I got this 12 ounze bottle at Tank's Taproom in Tampa, Fl. It poured a nice light yellow or gold. The head was decent size, but the retention was really fast, with only a bit of lace. The smell was pretty decent, and well blended yet hoppy enough. The smell had onnly hints of hops and nothing else. The mouth was nice and rigid. Solid IPA. Don't drink and review.

12-28-2006 22:03:01 | More by treehugger02010
Photo of lehows

New York

2.58/5  rDev -20.6%

Pours a pale yellow color with a foamy head that settles quickly. Light aromas of hops and citrus. Is this really an IPA? It tastes more like a decent pale ale to me. Hop presence is mild for what you'd expect from an IPA. It's sessionable, but if you want an IPA I would pass on this.

11-30-2006 16:50:35 | More by lehows
Photo of flexabull


3.4/5  rDev +4.6%

Pours with a huge head... a bit too big. Color looks nice though, bright orange, a bit hazy with obvious carbonation.

Smells sour, tart, and a bit bitter... some citrus is noted there too.

The flavors seem fairly true to the English style of an IPA. Beer tastes slightly sour, crisp, tart and dry... with a somewhat of an apricot like flavor lurking in there too. There is a hint of hoppy citrus like bitterness on the finish as well.

Mouthfeel is slightly above average, but not as good as some of the excellent English IPAs.

The low alcohol, and muted but good flavors make this a drinkable beer, but somewhat forgettable. Overall, an above average offering. I wouldn't turn this one down, but I wouldn't seek it out again either.

Thanks for the try Mikesgroove.

11-29-2006 05:15:01 | More by flexabull
Photo of MiScusi


3.78/5  rDev +16.3%

Not bad, pretty refreshing "Fuggles only" English style IPA. A nice contrast to some of the more extreme west coast (or American style in general) IPA's that I usually consume. Although less complex than some of your more mixed hop IPA's, the Fuggles give this beer just a nice simple general flavor that is refreshing. The mouthfeel is slighty thicker than a standard lager, and it has a nice balanced malt background that makes it a simple, yet solid beer.

11-26-2006 21:13:39 | More by MiScusi
Photo of Alstublieft


3.38/5  rDev +4%

a-looks great golden with slight hint of cloud, sticky white foam, head doesn't last that long. S-smells great, made me think it would be a kickass IPA T-it's a dry bitter golden spicy brew brewed of the earth M-this is where it starts shaking my chair, I'm on the fence even still. There are parts like these smooth high tones that I appreciate but the dry earthy spice thing was an unexpected combo D-session or don't touch again?

I can't decide. It just wasn't what I was expecting, particularly the bitterness. I would session the rest of them though. I got a sixer so no doubt I will drink them.

11-26-2006 00:08:19 | More by Alstublieft
Photo of mattcrill


2.73/5  rDev -16%

Bottle inspection: States that it's a "single hop Fuggles IPA"...yikes. Not sure about that. Best before "A 07" notched on the label. Enjoyed on "N 06". Thanks go out to the wifey for picking this one up as part of a "microbrew sampler" at World Market.

Aroma: Buttery yeasty funk. A Belgian character on the nose. A musty, earthy, wooden aroma.

Appearance: A cloudy honey colored pour with a sticky white head.

Flavor: Cidery crispness up front. Tart bitterness that lends itself to a touch of vinegar. Leafy, dry, powdery hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium to light bodied, high carbonation, and a dry finish.

Overall impression: Champagne-like. Interesting but I'm not sure. Either this brewer missed the mark on the English IPA or I just don't like English Ales. Probably a little bit of both in this case. Not recommended.

11-18-2006 22:32:36 | More by mattcrill
Photo of Neehan

North Carolina

3.73/5  rDev +14.8%

From the bottle, pours a light, hazy copper with a whispy, foamy head with very nice retention. The smell is lightly of citrusy fruits. This continues into the taste, with some nice tang and a pleasant aftertaste. Well-balanced and light on the carbonation. Drinkable, and a good choice for a session.

11-11-2006 04:26:16 | More by Neehan
Photo of mikesgroove

South Carolina

3.1/5  rDev -4.6%

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.

11-10-2006 00:50:10 | More by mikesgroove
Photo of Saunapoika


3.93/5  rDev +20.9%

This is an IPA worth a second and third tasting.

Appearance is a clean light amber color.

Aroma is strongly floral due to the evident Fuggels hops used.

Taste is of the Fuggels hops with a good bitter bite in the finish.

Carbonation matches well when served very cold and quaffed on a hot day resulting in a refreshing experience.

Overall, I really enjoyed this beer and would jump at the chance to have another one.

10-24-2006 02:02:06 | More by Saunapoika
Photo of afinepilsner


3.3/5  rDev +1.5%

12oz brown bottle

Shipyard IPA was a clear light amber color with a white head. The head had good retention and left some lacing behind. The aroma was balanced between malt and hops. The taste was more hops than malt with a dry, bitter finish. The body was medium with medium-high carbonation. Drinkability was average.

10-21-2006 22:42:50 | More by afinepilsner
Photo of Padron4KM


2.63/5  rDev -19.1%

12 oz bottle, date code notched on side of label.

Hazy amber with a thick tan head. Sticky lacing.

aroma is lightly floral, lightly fruity.

Flavor is fruity apple, and a touch of peppery spice.

Clean dry finish.

Not spectacular, but a decent beer. I certainly wouldn’t turn down another.

10-18-2006 06:44:37 | More by Padron4KM
Photo of Pooba001


2.4/5  rDev -26.2%

My first Shipyard beer, poured from 12oz. bottle to pint glass. Its a clear deep golden color, with good head that eventually dissipates to a thick lacing. Smell isn't as bright and hoppy as I'm used to from an IPA, it would seem this is more in the English IPA vein than American. There's floral aroma, sweetness, some grass, and a slight funk.

Taste is lightly hoppy, earthy, herbal, spicy, grassy. Learning later that this involved ringwood yeast the butterscotch hint is explained. Diacetyl was managed quite well actually, its a bit out of style, but not overwhelming. There are however some more tart and almost sour notes here that are wholly unappealing. There's very little here that I myself liking.

Mouthfeel is good, well carbonated, but not too much. Drinkability I have to rate low because I just didn't enjoy this beer and don't want another.

10-05-2006 00:55:38 | More by Pooba001
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