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Shipyard IPA - Shipyard Brewing Co.

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Shipyard IPAShipyard IPA

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911 Ratings

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Ratings: 911
Reviews: 509
rAvg: 3.25
pDev: 16.31%
Wants: 5
Gots: 60 | 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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Photo of riversider76
3.11/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours amber. Nice head, fades into a good lace. Smell is nice,but weal. Hops with a bit of malt. Body is thin,almost watery. Taste is just alright. Hops up front with a malty finish.Fairly refreshing. This beer is by no means offensive, but not great either. It needs a little somthing more.

Photo of goschool
4.01/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The pour is darkish gold with a frothy white head that fades to a ring of lace after three quarters of the beer. The fruity and floral hop aromas are very English. Pine, citrus, and sweet malts are also in the nose. This tastes like a hoppier Fuller's London Pride, starting out with fruits, sweet malts and floral hops, followed by lots of grapefruity hop bitterness. The body is lively with carbonation, but in a good way, not in an overly prickly way. This is a very solid offering from a brewery I didn't expect a whole lot out of.

Photo of GClarkage
3.58/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

05/30/06- Purchased at Hi-Times Wine Cellars in Costa Mesa, CA.

Presentation- 12oz bottle. A best by date nothced on the side label. Poured into my Pike pint glass.

Appearance- Deep orange in color. Very lightly clouded. 3/4 inch head with light cobweb lace.

Smell- Blend of medium toasted malt and light citrus hops.

Taste- Super floral and herbal in nature. Maybe a touch of pine as well in the hops. Malt comes through first, followed by a pretty bitter hop backlash.

Mouthfeel- Medium carbonation, lasting bitterness.

Drinkability- Bit of a change of pace with the hop flavor. Decent enough brew though.

Photo of mobyfann
3.86/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Paid $1.59 for a single...

The beer pours with an excess of carbonation, took a handful of pours, a very hazy amber base, huge white head, great retention and nice lacing effects all the way down, a beauty. The beer has a very subtle hop aroma with a note of alcohol.

The taste is a strong full body feel, a tocuh of hop and sligh touch of alcohol, creamy finish from the head. The mouthfeel is incredible due to the creamy head finish, given the full-body feel, it works well. Drinakble to have another, but two is enough.

Final Thought: Very unique, The Shipyard brews a nice IPA!

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

Pours a clear golden with a good whitish head, lasting a few minutes, settling into a nice foam, with pretty good lacing. Aroma is more piney citris than floral, quite earthy, decent but nothing special. Taste is similar,, but with a good malt presense to back up the fair amount of hops. A very clean and crisp and quenchable beer, very nice to drink, which I would if it were available to me.

Photo of DarkerTheBetter
3.9/5  rDev +20%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Looks like I’m a year late on the “enjoy by” date. Some one will be notified about this for sure. Let’s see what we’re dealing with here…

This beer pours a foggy honey color with strawberry highlights. With a gentle pour, the head erupts out of my tulip, making a mushroom cap as it billows up over the rim. It took about six pours to fill my tulip, the head was so volatile. The head is a slightly manila white, very irregularly shaped and collapses rather quickly leaving behind some huge clumps of lace.

Smells of sour mossy fruits blended into a sharp hop dryness with a buttery, honey, lager-like quality emanating from the mix.

The flavor starts with a sweet pear juice and doughy honey with a crisp soda-like sourness but then picks up a very assertive bittering hops that have a healthy organic greenness to them. This bitter stays around for a while in the finish and gives me a chance to appreciate the leafy vegetable nature of this extremely dry hop.

The mouth feel is about medium bodied with a very silky feel to it. The carbonation isn’t nearly as chaotic as the huge head indicates, but rather small, unobtrusive and subdued.

This one’s very easy to drink and the assertive flavors really pack a punch that keeps the flavor with you longer than you would expect.

Photo of scottoale
3.78/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12fl.oz.brown bottle with a best enjoyed before:May,06. It pours a good lookin amber-gold with a healthy inch of long lasting, just off-white head. Good carbonation, tons of lace and the head stays for over half of the journey.

A sweet bubblegum of a malt nose, quite fruity with the Fuggles comming through green and grassy. It doesn't smell like a typical IPA, it smells pretty darn sweet.

The flavor on the other hand is really good. Fruity sweet malts with notes of bubblegum, pear, banana and then turns into a tangerine as the hops wind it down to a balanced, yet spicy bitter finish. I'll be, quite a flavorful IPA indeed!

Alcohol is well hidden for the ststed ABV, good medium body but the mouthfeel was a tad busy with the carbonation. None the less, this is an easy to drink, rather complex IPA that I will enjoy again in the near future, cheers to The Shipyard.

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

12 oz brown bottle. Picked it up since I like Fuggles.

Light amber color with great head. Nice aroma of Fuggles hops, somewhat citrus and a little earthy. Flavor is balanced in the English style with but pretty hoppy with a bit of malt sweetness in there. Mouthfeel is nice, medium to thin with healthy carbonation. All-in-all a very drinkable IPA that has nice hops character and balance at the same time.

Photo of russpowell
4.13/5  rDev +27.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

BBD of Mar 06, tastes okay to me & not much different than othet times I've tried it. Good head retention and average lacing

Pours deep golden with a 3 fingers+ white fluffy head.

Smell: Slight pineyness & then floral notes. malt& honey comes through as it warms

Taste: Piney bitterness then malty fruityness. Finished frutty and lightly hopped

MF: Good balance and carbonation

Drinks pretty easy, a nice unassuming english-style IPA, drinks way easier than its strength. Didn't get any unpleasnt ringwood notes, only good ones!

Photo of Phatz
3.85/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a transparent light amber with a large off white head. Mediocre lacing.

Smell: The nose is sweet and fruity. Slight gentle English hop aroma (maybe Fuggle hops) and a bit of woodiness.

Taste: This is a nice approachable IPA. It is gently but boldly bitter with a sweet hoppy flavor. A little bit buttery and earthy. Very well balanced malt & hops. Quaffable.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and a bit oily but it seems a bit thin in the center. dry finish.

Drinkability: This is a straightforward easy drinking sessionable beer. very drinkable.

Hope this is helpful.

Photo of Mandrake
3.92/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a bright copper with a thick white head that dissipates slowly and leaves fairly substantial lacing. Piles of bubbles clinging to the sides of the glass. Smells of citrusy hops and spices, with a slightly woody tone which is very pleasant. Taste is of oranges and grapefruit, loads of citrus and fruitiness, with a dry bitterness to finish it. Mouthfeel is crisp at first, but fades quite a bit as I drink, but not bad. Drinkability is very good. A unique IPA, and a very enjoyable one.

Photo of beveragecaptain
3.65/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle. Shipyard IPA pours out a pale orange color with a medium sized head. The aroma is butterscotch and spicy hops. The flavor starts off with a hit of butterscotch. Turns very fruity in the middle. There's no question this beer uses ringwood yeast. Finishes with a solid hoppiness, though not as much hop flavor as most American ipas. The mouthfeel is crisp. Pretty good drinkability. Overall, this is an enjoyable English style ipa.

Photo of soultrain
3/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into an Ommegang Chalice.

A-1/8 " head disappeared with the quickness, no lacing. It's orange.
S-Mild hops aroma, fuggles is what it says on the bottle, so i guess that's a mild fuggles aroma. Faint ringwood yeast aroma, too.
T-Tastes o.k., but i guess i prefer a citrus hop taste (Cascade) to the "English IPA" fuggles hop flavor. Strong tea-like tannic acid aftertaste leaves mouth with a chalk-dry feeling.
M-Fizzy carbonation, light body.
D-Goes down easy, but as the ringwood yeast becomes more apparent as it warms, it looses points IMHO.

CRUX: AVERAGE ENGLISH TYPE IPA I like the idea of a single hop IPA, and this one is o.k., i've certainly had much worse, just not my cup of tea, though I might get it again if I was in Maine.

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

The restaurant didn't have much to offer on draft. Couldn't remember having this before. Not a bad beer. It was a clear orange with a medium head that had good retention. Some lacing. It had a fresh floral scent and a nice hoppy taste with a little sweetness. I'd rate this as a middle of the road IPA.

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

Snagged from St. Germain's in La Jolla

Poured into a pint glass, where a perfect white billowy head generated over this clear orange brew. A whiff of hop aroma caught me off guard, as it was right out of the fridge. Slightly citrusy but very floral with toffee and very enticing. Nice brisk carbonation really hits the spot. Moderate butter flavor sets this IPA apart. Moderate level of bitterness. Straight clean bitterness that lingers a little bit. Finish is slightly dry. Body is light to medium.

Overall: An enjoyable buttery, English style IPA

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

Poured a decent clear golden orange with a medium white head that left fine lacing when it melted.
Aroma was malt and sweet citrus.
Taste is only mildly bitter from the hops...sweet malt assalts the tongue first, then the hops, then a gentle citrus dryness and bitterness. Overall though, I feel like it is too sweet for this style.
Mouthfeel is sort of thin due to a lack of carbonation.
Easily drinkable and nothing offensive...a pleasant brew but seeming sort of one dimensional. I enjoy a more complex IPA.

Photo of hero27
2.53/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle. Best before September 2006.

Crystal clear golden amber color. Not a "looker" by my standards. Thick butterscotch diacetyl aroma..IPA? Please..
Blatently too sweet to be considered a serious IPA..the ringwood flavoring doesn't blend well with the fuggles hops, and it gives a somewhat odd, crisp sweet taste. Proudly pronounces itself to be "The Single Hop IPA"..not sure why, perhaps they should have used some more hop strains here. Goes down ok due to no body and artificial-tasting flavors.. Needless to say, I wasn't too impressed with this one.

Photo of Viggo
3.53/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear golde, big white head forms, some nice lacing and good retention. Smell is sweet, with some light citrus and floral hops, little bit of caramel. Taste is caramel, with citrus and floral hops. Mouthfeel is light bodied with low carbonation. I think this is just fuggles, not too complex, but would be a solid session ale. Thanks DrJay!

Photo of maccroz
4.12/5  rDev +26.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5


In another successful brew by the Shipyard posse, pronounced "Ship-yahhd", the IPA should please anybody who has a palate for a bitter yet crisp tasting ale.

While there is nothing groundbreaking about the appearance of this pour, like most other beers of this type it pours an attractive amber color with a light head. It produces an inviting hoppy aroma.

The taste is delightfully complex - fruity, hoppy, almost tannic. There is a very subtle sweetness that dissolves quickly and is replaced by a pleasant astringint bitterness on the back of the tongue. It's surprisingly refreshing for a beer crafted from so many fermentables.

Shipyard hit another homerun with this beverage. I strongly recommend you give it a shot.

Photo of SilentSabre
1.54/5  rDev -52.6%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Not a very good example of the style. A very aggressive pour yields a head that should come from a typical pour. Fair head retention. Very sticky lacing. THAT looks nice...but that's really all it has going for as far as being visually appealing. Smells sweet like cake batter. Yes, I said cake batter. Absolutely nothing like an IPA. There may be a tiny trace amount of hops hiding in the very back of the smell. This is the most peculiar IPA I have ever had. There is some hop bitterness in the taste, but it's woven around a handful of other things that I cannot readily identify. Almost has a medicine like taste to it in the middle. So far, this is a terrible example of the style, IMO. The mouthfeel seems a bit heavy for the style, and the carbonation level is totally not where it should be. Perhaps there's someone out there who really enjoies this, but I absolutely do not care for this which I consider a pitiful excuse for the style.

Photo of dirtylou
3.8/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz single, Woodman's, best by 2/06

appearance: pours a pale golden straw colour with a big fluffy white head that retains itself pretty nicely...clear body, slightly bubbly

smell: grassy and herbal, slightly floral hop presence, nice fruitiness...apricot, pineapple, nectarine. a little woody, buttery and sweet toasted malt aroma

taste: nice hop presence...well spiced and pleasantly fruity -> apricot, pineapple, lemon peel, nectarine. sweet lightly toasted malt provides a strong balance, slightly peppery, oily, buttery biscuit taste. i'm not a huge fan of english ipa's but this is pretty good

mouthfeel: crisp and clean, medium body

drinkability: quite drinkable

Photo of Sammy
2.85/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pale yellow,some lace. Not much in aroma, understated taste. OK beer but weak IPA. Reasonable bitterness. Very fuggles, much sweetness to this. Some fruitiness, medicinal, metallic finish. Crispness, malty sweet and dryness, an OK drink. Thanks Dr. Jay.

Photo of Crosling
3.58/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Light gold color with a full, rocky head. Juicy and fruity fuggles hop aroma, herbaceous and slightly medicinal with hints of nectarine, pine, wood, forest and earth. A light hint of caramel is present in the aroma as well. Initially floral and herbaceous, weedy I must say. Mid-palate is a bit medicinal, with lemon and grapefruit flavors. Lingering stark hop flavor and bitterness and barely any malt to balance things out. Very hoppy and educational, considering it’s solely Fuggles.

Photo of Birdiebeagle
3.62/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle Pours a flat goden with a small fizzy white head. Lasts pretty well and produces decent lacing. Has a subtle hoppy aroma a little bit of light citrus and touches of sweet fruits. Has a decent carbination. A sharp taste . Has a light to medium body, with an alcoholic texture. Has a pretty good duration with a good aftertaste. This is pretty good but seems a little commercial. I like it though.

Photo of aforbes10
3.43/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

pretty normal looking and smelling IPA. reddish golden color, bubbly. mild hop odor with some malts detectable. taste is sweet with a hop flavor that is not overbearing. the sweetness is strange and hard to pin down, almost like a faint molasses taste. pretty smooth and good drinkability overall, though its just an average IPA.

Shipyard IPA from Shipyard Brewing Co.
75 out of 100 based on 911 ratings.