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Shipyard IPA - Shipyard Brewing Co.

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Shipyard IPAShipyard IPA

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918 Ratings

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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 beveritt
2.53/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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.

Photo of treehugger02010
3.7/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of lehows
2.63/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

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

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.

Photo of MiScusi
3.75/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of Alstublieft
3.4/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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.

Photo of mattcrill
2.69/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of Neehan
3.68/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of mikesgroove
3.1/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

Photo of Saunapoika
3.94/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of afinepilsner
3.28/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of Padron4KM
2.63/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of Pooba001
2.44/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

Photo of williamherbert
3.97/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The color is a light, fizzy golden hue. Nice, nothing significant.

The smell has an unusual sweet, citrusy aroma, but with a bit of mint? It's inviting but totally unexpected from an IPA.

There is a sweet/sour flavor, but with hoppy undertones. A hint of bitterness. It seems more like a pale than a true IPA, but has a delicious flavor. Can't fault it for being slightly off-style when it's this drinkable. The hops, though, are definitely pale hops, not IPA hops. It has a slight spicy quality, almost with a smidgen of a winter warmer attached.

It feels fizzy, but easy drinking. The hops really only show up in the aftertaste, not the initial sip. I could drink quite a few of these. It's sweet and fruity, and while it isn't a traditional IPA, it's very good.

Photo of kennyo
2.65/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle, from brewery

pours a copper, crystal clear color with a white head that disapates fairly quick. Aroma, reminds me of my first homebrews with the Fuggle hops. Flavor is malts, hop bitterness, dry on the back of the throat.

Not a bad beer but also not a great beer. Too little of everything to be caled an IPA

Photo of billybob
2.36/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

When drank from the bottle it has too much carbonation. When poured it has a large off white head, slightly cloudy gold color, not much aroma. On first taste bitter and astringent not much else going on except for the hopp taste. I would not buy it for the price.

Photo of upgrdyrgrymttr
2.58/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

If you're in the mood to try and IPA that is not one, buy this. Virtually no hops to this, if anything quite a bit of malt. weak sauce. Pours with a decent head that quickly dissipates, leaving very little lace. The lack of an aroma, predicts the lack of flavor to come. There is a bit of banana coming through. Maybe the yeast was wrong. Just lacks that little something that makes ipa's special.This was very disappointing.

Photo of ByTor2112
3.52/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this on draft this weekend in Wilmington, NC. Had a nice pale color almost reaching a shade of Amber but light was low in the restaurant. A nice white head at first pour then it went down a thin ring but fluffed up nice with a swirl. Aroma was nice, full-on hops with some floral hop aroma. I was curious how this straight Fuggles IPA would be. First taste on the palate was almost astringent but mellowed quickly and finished nice. A little of the malt was detected but this IPA was hop driven with the malt being hard to come through, and that was good. I was in a hurry to finish this to get to a wedding but I believe this is quaffable for about 3-4 if the time permitted. Cheers

Photo of Gueuzedude
2.92/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Best By date January 2007, Sampled September 2006
Pours with a brilliantly clear amber color and is topped by an initially two finger thick, reasonably tightly beaded, light tan colored head. The beer is fairly well carbonated with a persistent stream of bubbles cascading up from the bottom. Ooh, Ringwood gone amuck, that is a funky aroma; it seems to be a mix of diacetyl, rancid butter, and ripe cheese. Underneath this are some toasty malt aromatics and a touch of herbaceous hops.

Up front this beer is a nicely hoppy brew; herbal hops and a persistent bitterness certainly fit the profile. As it passes through my mouth though the diacetyl becomes increasingly noticeable. Thankfully the flavor is not nearly as distinct as the aroma. Earthy hops, the bitterness, and some caramelized malt help to tame the diacetyl to a level that, dare I say it, almost makes this drinkable. The diacetyl adds a butterscotch note to this beer, as well as just a hint of rancid butter. It lingers on in the finish and combines with the bitterness to make this beer slightly astringent. This beer has a certain fruitiness to it as well, it reminds me a bit of berries. In fact after my palate gets used to the diacetyl a bit, I would guess that this beer used Fuggle hops (that sort of earth herbal combined with berry notes makes me think of this hop at least). An interesting beer, the aroma is over the top, mishandled Ringwood yeast, but the flavor is a bit more integrated.

Purchased: Plaza Liquors, Tucson, AZ

Photo of arnulfooxblood
3.55/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from 12 oz bottle.

Appearance--hazy copper color with 1 finger head.

Smell--Sweet with some floral notes

Taste/Mouthfeel--Sharp, although not unpleasant, at first, the sweet smell was misleading, nothing sweet here. Good dry hoppy taste. Good carbonation, which adds to the initial sharpness.

Drinkability--the sharpness would make it tough to stick with this one all night.

Photo of OStrungT
2.25/5  rDev -30.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

This beer pours a golden yellow color slightly brown. The head appears off white with a slight yellow tint, also it is thick and fluffy. It fades slowly, leaving a decent lacing.

This beer smells slightly hoppy. It has a slightly off aroma. It almost smells skunky. I am a little upset about that. I thought it was just the bottle I had, so I poured a second for this review.

This beer has a very slight hop flavor. Maybe I am just used to West Coast IPA's, but I think this one is rather weak. It also has a slightly skunky taste.

This beer leaves a very slight hop aftertaste. It is carbonated well.

I doubt this beer would be a great session beer. It tastes and smells off. I dont think I can drink the rest of the 6 pack.

Overall: I shouldnt have wasted my hard earned money. I was going to get a 6 pack of Stone IPA, and I saw this and hadnt had it before, so I thought "what the hell?" That is what I get for thinking.

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

Finger-thick khaki head with reddish amber body. Smell is overwelmingly floral and grassy hops. Tastes very hoppy (grassy, some floral) with hints of sweet malt. Despite the smell, the flavor is surprisingly balanced, albeit somewhat light. Surprisingly pleasant and drinkable for a Shipyard, and for a hoppy IPA. One of the better ones I've had from them - get a Brewer's Choice or Prelude over this one though.

Photo of kimcgolf
3.75/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours from the bottle to a bright orange-red color with off-white head tha t kingers through mid-glass and okay lacing. Strong hop aroma, with grass and a hint of citrus (grapefruit). Flavor is less fruit and more grassy hops. Palate is dry and somewhat bitter, although I found it to be a very enjoyable beer.

Photo of mutt
3.45/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into pint glass. nice golden brown color, so-so smell, light hops up front but will linger. even would consider it somewhat lighter than alot of pale ales. thought price was good. got this on a recommendation. turn out a winner in my book. try it.

Photo of Derek
4.07/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this at the Florida Tap Room (I don't recommend the Orlando location).

A: Copper-amber, off-white head, not much retention.

S: The aroma isn't overpowering, but it is pleasant. I guess this is what fuggles smell like (orange, fig & little floral). A little toffee & caramel from the malt. Fruity esters from the British ale yeast are apparant.

T: Pleasant hop flavour (orange & fig); quality maltyness (bread with a little caramel and toffee); refreshing, but not overpowering bitterness. Perfectly balanced.

M: Moderate body has a malty creamyness. Moderate carbonation.

D: Very good.

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Shipyard IPA from Shipyard Brewing Co.
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