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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 UncleFlip


2.78/5  rDev -14.5%

Honey-orange, just slightly hazy.

Smell is airy, light, and sweet. Just a hint of the hops, and a slightly heavier malt.

Flavour is thinner than expected, woody and slightly corny. There's a wee bit of spice near the end.

Mouthfeel is a bit watery, with a more-than medium carbonation up top.

Drinkable, yes. Good, not sure. I expect something heartier for an IPA, with a bit more hop character.

12-12-2005 02:42:42 | More by UncleFlip
Photo of NJpadreFan

New Jersey

2.28/5  rDev -29.8%

Shipyard IPA

Appearance- light hazy orange with a skimpy head that laced the glass and quickly disappeared.
Smell- not much. very light floral hops.
Taste- very VERY watery. a x-tremely watered down IPA. Light floral taste. The typical orange/ lemon rind flavor. Slight apricot mixed in like a #9.
Mouthfeel- water with an ever so slight bitter aftertaste.

Overall- Not a horrible offering but 1 that has so little flavor. The coors light of IPA's or step 1 into the wonderful world of IPA's!

11-25-2005 20:54:06 | More by NJpadreFan
Photo of deejaydan


2.83/5  rDev -12.9%

After hearing lots about this brew, I saw it at my good beer store, and decided to grab it. Pouring this beer into my pint glass was difficult as it was so foamy. Appearance is slightly cloudy with a lasting head on it, and lots of tiny bubbles rising up through the glass. Aroma is just so-so. I don't get much out if it, and usually, I get tons of aroma out of an IPA. Flavor is adequate enough, bitter, slightly earthy. Decent. I don't pick up any off flavors, and I'm chalking up the earthy flavor to the fuggles. Mouthfeel is decent, it's just okay. I think that sums up my overall feelings for this beer, it's just okay.

10-25-2005 21:13:21 | More by deejaydan
Photo of coasterfreak75

North Carolina

3/5  rDev -7.7%

The pour was a dark yellow with a three finger thick choppy head that slowly dissapated and left a white lace on the sides of the glass throughout the drink.

The smell was heavy in fruity sweetness with strong apricot tones, hidden in the rear of the nose was a slight hop spice.

The drink started with a quick taste of fruit followed by malt sweetness and a slight hop bite at the finish. The hops didn't linger like most IPA's. The taste of hops was gone as quickly as it showed up.

All and all not the greatest of IPA's but also not the worst. This would definately be a good choice for someone venturing into IPA's for the first time since the hops are not kick you in the mouth strong. Worth a try.

10-19-2005 00:42:04 | More by coasterfreak75
Photo of Zorro


3.45/5  rDev +6.2%

Pours a clear reddish orange colored ale with a not so shabby tan head.

Smell a bit malty and fruity like a British pale ale. A little bit of dark roasted malt is detectable, as is a tiny bit of smoke. Hops are of the herbal variety and not too strong.

Taste is mildly malty and sweet with a fairly matched herbal bitterness in the finish. Not really complex this really tastes more like an ESB but this is also probably a bit of West Coast taste bias. The stuff we call IPA is frankly over the top hop bombs that aren't even close to the original beer style. I won't fault this on the basis of style it is a tasty basic herbal hopped beer.

Mouthfeel is average.

Nice reasonably tasty beer here. Nothing special but I could see drinking this again if it were on sale and SNPA or Sam Adams was not.

10-13-2005 01:54:20 | More by Zorro
Photo of jmz62565


3.63/5  rDev +11.7%

A real nice dark amber color,but head is very small .This has a real dry hoppy taste.It sarts out with a little cinnamon and spices,but ends dry and hoppy.The mouthfeel is medium,not bad.This is a pretty good IPA,but there are other's better.One of Shipyards better beers.

10-10-2005 22:01:46 | More by jmz62565
Photo of wedge

North Carolina

2.93/5  rDev -9.8%

Clear golden-orange color with a lumpy head and lively carbonation. Ringwood yeast makes its presence known in the aroma, earthy hops. Taste is bitter but there seems to be too little flavor. Woody/earthy hops, dark tasting. Light bodied, well carbonated but harsh mouthfeel.

Less hoppy than an American IPA but without the balance of an English. Too sharp in the flavor. "The Single Hopped Ale" might not be complex enough for most. The fuggles just aren't enough for me. Pass.

10-02-2005 23:34:33 | More by wedge
Photo of Bonhoeffer


3.25/5  rDev 0%

12 oz bottle, marked best before 02/05. 7 months ago.

That's probably why this seemed pretty bland to me. A lot of hop character can dissipate in 7 months.

Head was ENORMOUS. I kept pouring slowly and it kept overwhelming me. I had to pour this in stages and wait a long time each time for the head to go down. Was very thick and fluffy and clung to the sides of the glass. I wonder if this had some wheat in it to achieve that effect.

Anyway, this was one timid IPA. Again, i assume because it was old. Hop character was there, but just barely. In a blind tasting i would have barely thought this qualified for a pale ale, much less an India pale ale, even of the modern, tepid, English variety.

Bought and consumed at Four Winds International Market in Pensacola, a place i now realize does a very poor job at keeping their stock fresh. But the sandwich. Ohhh the sandwich i ate to accompany this beer.

09-19-2005 14:36:35 | More by Bonhoeffer
Photo of HopGoblin


3.8/5  rDev +16.9%

Poured light copper with a nice white head. Sweet aroma with hint of the Fuggle hops. Light in body, with nice pine flavor and a slight candy sweetness. Nice lemon flavor comes through on the finish but the sweetness on the finish becomes a little overbearing. Tasty and easy drinking, a good example of the lighter side of the IPA world.

09-08-2005 06:43:09 | More by HopGoblin
Photo of tweeder263


2.7/5  rDev -16.9%

Poured out a hazy darker yellow brew with a huge head.Smells a bit wheatey followed by a bit o hop scent,,not really a great scent in my opinion.Tastes of medium hoppage and not enough malt to back it up.Mouthfeel pretty standard nothing great. Not a very good ipa try something else.

09-03-2005 01:55:40 | More by tweeder263
Photo of DogFood11


2.48/5  rDev -23.7%

WTF!! I am trying my best to be respectfull and thought at length how I would word this but damn this is just flat out a poor example of an english IPA.

It reminds me of a small beer. A second run over a mash to maximize profits.

Decent head and lacing is sticky for the most part. smelled some laid back hops and some light fruit (maybe bananna/plums) that is something sweet. first drink was water with some carbonation. Unbelievable because the smell is somewhat inviting but the taste just lays down like wet paper. watery mouthfeel and nothing to remember.

08-30-2005 03:30:33 | More by DogFood11
Photo of pjwilson


3.23/5  rDev -0.6%

i walk in the liquor store and they have rogue brutal bitter so i grab a sixer. it rings up as 11.99 plus tax. I ask the guy if he is serious, laugh and put it back in the fridge. Having never seen or heard of this beer and it being the more realistic price of 6.99 i do what i rarely do and grab a beer i have never heard of. I'm glad i did. No this beer is not to style....but i don't really knock beers for that if i enjoy them. Turns out this beer is from Maine...good i love to try as many East Coast beers as I can(rare to find them out here). This beer is made with all fugle hops(which are English)
A_ excellent pour, nice pale colour, good lacing and head. can't complain here.
Smell: weak point here...way too subdued..
Taste: The first taste throw me off. Have you tasted apple juice when you thought it would be orange juice and it threw you off and tasted gross for a second? (we all have haven't we? at grandmas) We'll this was like that at first because it doesn't really taste like an ipa. A bottle in..I really begain to enjoy it... It has a real dry malty taste. With a lite hop bite, just enough to keep me coming back for more. While nobody in the West would dream of releasing a beer this mild and calling it an ipa, it has a nice tangy flavor. It must be the Fuggle hop...at least this beer is good for home brewers and others who want to get to know the flavor of Fuggles. God isn't beer great..so many hop varities and so many flavors. (and hops ain't even half of it__)
Mouthfeel: Kinda scrachy. I;ve never said that before but it really scrapes your tounge. IT's good.
Drinkability: the beer's strongest point. What it doesn't have in complexity or body it makes up in going down like water. serisouly had 3 in 30 mins.... just pound these suckas. just a good session beer no doubt.
ok so i won't get this that often but I liked it for a change. Not an Ipa but sort of an easy drinking ale that defies description and goes down smooth.

re-review: the next day: like waking up in a bed next some ugly girl. this beer tastes downright bad in the light of day and i just had a second one. not recomended.

08-29-2005 05:40:00 | More by pjwilson
Photo of mentor


4/5  rDev +23.1%

Okay, I can't imagine an all Fuggles IPA as tasting good, but I'll keep an open mind. Bottle obtained from Liquor Mart (Colorado) and consumed the next evening. Pours a one finger light tan-yellow head over a nearly crystal clear copper liquid. Smells hoppy. Oranges, citrus in general, grassy co-humulone, copper, and just a hint of pine. Tastes hoppy pine and citrus. Some bitter and some co-ho, but not as much as I was expecting. There's an underlying sweet and ester fruity that supports the hops. Apricot, diacetyl, sour caramel malt, and iron. Yummy. Well balanced and tasty. Md body and lightly carbonated. Very nice offering.

08-22-2005 06:47:06 | More by mentor
Photo of Naes

New York

2.85/5  rDev -12.3%

This beers appearance is crystal clear and golden brown in color. It has a two finger head that’s white and has minimal lacing.

The aroma is dominated by hops, but has hints of citrus.

Its flavor is quite mild for an IPA. It’s hopy, but not bitter or full of bite. There is also a presence of malt that is not normally in an IPA. This would be a good introduction IPA for the ones who fear the hops.

There is a light mouth feel and is an easy going brew. It’s alright, but nothing spectacular.

08-17-2005 01:21:49 | More by Naes
Photo of Brian700


2.95/5  rDev -9.2%

This beer pours a light amber with a white head that fizzles down to a small ring around my glass. There isn't very much lacing going on.

The nose is very lacking for an IPA. It smells more like a weak APA. Mild hop aroma.

The taste is also lacking for an IPA. This is more of an APA in my book. There is definately some hop presence here but its not much more than an average pale ale. It has some malty sweetness.

The mouthfeel is alright. Medium body with medium carbonation.

It's not to bad but its kind of pushing it by calling it an IPA.

08-16-2005 23:33:31 | More by Brian700
Photo of klewis


2.9/5  rDev -10.8%

A: Nice, light golden color; frothy one finger head that stuck around for a while, but left very little lacing.

S: Notes of caramel and butterscotch. There's definitely some hops in the nose, but much less than its contemporaries.

T: Sweet malty taste on the tongue followed by a fleeting hop flavor and lots of astringincy in the finish.

M: Good amount of carbonation, but very light-bodied.

D: Not bad for the $6.99 I payed for the sixer, but there are much better IPA's to be had for just a buck or two more. This beer's saving grace is that it would be an excellent crossover beer for non-BA's or newcomers to IPA's due to the non-threatening presence of the hops.

08-09-2005 20:39:18 | More by klewis
Photo of GolgiIPAratus


2.88/5  rDev -11.4%

Sampled: 7.29.05

This beer has little visual characteristics that stand out. Usual head quantity for any liquid with carbonation, but dissipates quickly, leaving little to no lacing. Typical copper-orange sits under the surface.

The smell is metallic sweetness; twangs the nostrils a bit. Other than that it smells like the generic aroma of “beer”, nothing noteworthy.

A taste is slightly better than the look & smell lead you to believe about what you got yourself into. There's sweetness and tartness initially, followed and partially disturbed by a metallic flavor carried over form the nose. It wasn't a killer, but it certainly makes me feel like this is the last time I buy this beer (unless I'm waylaid in Maine and there's nothing else!). There are also some malts in this that reminded me of barley. The carbonation is light and it sits decently in the mouth.

It's easy to drink if it's the right temperature. The closer to room temp it gets, the better the flavor. Too cold and it's way too bitter and metallic. It's a Maine beer. I wasn't expecting much all the times I've drank it, and I didn't get much. But when you're in the middle of Hartland (25 minutes from Bangor…yeah) it's better than Bud Light.

08-09-2005 15:49:39 | More by GolgiIPAratus
Photo of tgbljb


3.73/5  rDev +14.8%

poured a moderate copper color with decent white head that fell to a thin ring. Smell is hoppy with not much malt present. Taste is nice and hoppy, as would be expected. Finish is dry and bitter. Good example of this type of beer but nothing spectactular.

07-24-2005 01:56:04 | More by tgbljb
Photo of beerceller99


3.15/5  rDev -3.1%

Has an amber color with a large airy head. Herbal, earthy smell. Light to medium bodied with light carbonation. Decent grainy, yeasty flavor with a medium intense bitterness to finish.
Easy to drink and real thirst quencher just like a glass of cold water. Thats the good, and bad thing about this beer.

07-14-2005 19:02:23 | More by beerceller99
Photo of PatandDavid


2.68/5  rDev -17.5%

Had on cask at Federal Jacks. Clear Amber, slightly tan low frothy head that did a nice job of clinging to the sides of my glass. Aroma was of warm butterscotch pudding. Tastewise, I picked up biscuity malt notes, a posssible citrusy hop finish, but yes, there was a butterscotch flavor in there as well. To end on a positive note, the beer was easy to drink.

07-08-2005 12:34:36 | More by PatandDavid
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2.63/5  rDev -19.1%

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.

07-05-2005 17:28:24 | More by BEERchitect
Photo of jjboesen


3.63/5  rDev +11.7%

My bottle, which was purchased during a recent trip to Portland (ME), poured a thick, spongy head that slowly melted, leaving a heavy lacing and a noticable floral hint. However, it's light amber color and mild hoppiness (and with Fuggles, no less) makes one think of an amber lager, rather than an English IPA. This beer, although drinkable, would not survive a trip to India (hence the designation of this style). Not bad beer that finishes quickly, but is forgotten even quicker.

05-24-2005 18:00:54 | More by jjboesen
Photo of LiquidBreadMan


3.33/5  rDev +2.5%

Shipyard brews are like my favorite basketball team: they show a lot of promise, but always tend to come up a little short of their billing. Shipyard IPA pours a hazy gold with a very thin head and (even thinner) lacing. An appetizing appearance indeed. The aroma, however, was nothing discernable. No bite. No fruitiness. The flavor was a pleasantly strange mixture of hops, bubble gum and banana, with a dry and hoppy finish. Actually, I like Shipyard IPA (just as I do the Dallas Mavericks), it just wasn't as good as I had expected.

05-17-2005 00:34:06 | More by LiquidBreadMan
Photo of Tang07


3.15/5  rDev -3.1%

Looked great pouring into a glass, smelled OK; light hop with some background malt, not overpowering.

It tasted OK, I didn't order another one as I usually do when I try new beers so I'd say that it was just OK.

So that's 4 OK's so far. I guess that's pretty telling. I was expecting something a bit more and didn't get anything that exciting.

The bottle could have been old because the deli where I got it has four friges full of micros and they still have winter brews available and it's the middle of May... The Chiller was lighted...

05-16-2005 23:41:36 | More by Tang07
Photo of SupaCelt


3.18/5  rDev -2.2%

This one is a bit weird.

Appearance: Honey colour with a big white head. Large yeasty chunks belch carbonation. This has some of the largest scale debris I have seen within the confines of a glass. Slippery lace struggles to stay perched on the sides of the glass.

Smell: This sucker reaks of some huge fruity esters. Like raw apples fresh of the tree. I never would have seen that coming. This guy has a nose nearly akin to cheap wine. The label proclaims fuggles as the sole participant from the hop realm. It really shows. Or doesn't show would be more appropriate. All I get are weird fruity wafts.

Taste: Hmm. Apples for certain. Grapes possibly. This is one strange brew. There is a very underpronounced bitterness underneath all of the fruitiness. The hopping is severely under done. The fuggles just do not cut the mustard here. Low alpha acid content barely comes through. The yeast esters run this program. IPA? hrumph...

Mouthfeel: The texture of this beer is alright. About medium in body. A slap too watery like fruit juice.

Drinkability: Well, are we talking fruit beer or IPA? For fruity beer it would be approaching acceptable. As far as IPA goes. No way. My bottle is slightly past the prime date. I really should try a fresher version. I would hypothesize that the lonely fuggle hops are still going to be less than substantial regardless of fresh or slightly ancient. Not very impressive for an India Pale Ale.

05-04-2005 05:34:04 | More by SupaCelt
Shipyard IPA from Shipyard Brewing Co.
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