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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

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Beer added by: xlperro on 07-01-2001

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Photo of EStreet20
2.9/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle bought as part of the Captain's Collection variety 12 pack poured into a shaker pint glass.

A - Pours a light golden color with a nice white two finger head.

S - Mild hoppy aroma and nothing else really.

T - Some hoppy bitterness but largely flavorless. Very watery tasting.

M - A bit watery on the mouth. Not much in the way of body at all.

D - The lack of body along with the pure bitterness with no balance are the demise of this one drinkability wise. I;ve obviously seen worse but I won't be picking this one up again.

Photo of akahn
3.17/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale copper-gold with a white head that lasts as a skim and leaves tall, wide sheets of lace.

Bready, biscuity malty aroma, with some delicate, sweet, floral hop notes. Nice. Some butter shows up in the nose as it warms.

Disappointing flavor. Weak malt body and very subdued hop flavor. For what I've heard is a diacetyl bomb, I didn't pick up much buttery or butterscotch (there is some odd slickness, though). Instead, though, there is a fairly unpleasant, slightly bitter, burnt grain hull flavor, that lingers along with a metallic/mineral thing. Tannins?

Though I don't find this to be a very good beer, it's inoffensive enough to have a few of.

Photo of brewseum
2.76/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Well,might as well dive in here-I've been a lurker long enough-

Bought near Cabela's super store here in Owatonna at 3 point Liquors.The first time I stopped in there,and I was pleasantly surprised.Scored some Victory Storm King Stout too-alas,a local store with "pick six" capabilities- but stay on topic here!

Mega carbonated-even with a tilted glass I poured it half full,then came back minutes later to try again.Poured an orangish cloudiness with a thick lacing that equalled the amount of beer.Not a strong smell-first taste brought a metallic hoppiness-more like a european IPA.

My adjectives are running thin-my local standard is Summit,and I'll stick to it rather than this.Nothing to crow about-maybe just cluck a little.

I'm sure I'll look back on this and laugh someday,but it won't be because its funny.I have a beer to finish now....

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

Presentation: 12 oz twist bottle (?), BBD of May notched on the label, poured into a pint glass. The label states announces the beer as a single-hopped (Fuggles) IPA.

Appearance: Poured a pale copper color, slightly darker in the middle than on the sides. Head formed about 1 finger and faded slowly into a film.

Aroma: Mild hops, a little faint.

Taste: Bitter up front, then a litle sweet and fruity in the middle. The finish is all bitter hops, a little too bitter for my taste.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, almost watery. The carbonation tingles the tongue nicely.

Overall: A decent IPA, worth a shot if you're a fan of the style. If you don't like bitter hops you probably won't care for it, though.

Photo of Drew966
2.35/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours a light copper color from a twelve ounce brown bottle. Head settled quickly. Smell is a mild hop aroma. Don't care much for the taste of this one. Not well balanced, and an aftertaste that I just don't care much for. I won't buy this again, and I won't recommend it to others.

Photo of Jcdolan
3.26/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 pack mixer

Poured a nice copper color with a nice frothy head. Lots of bubles rising throughout the body.

Smells of hops. I also detect some bitterness.

Tastes of minor hops with a very bitter taste afterwards.

I like how this beer feels in my mouth. Very carbonated and tingles nicely on the tounge. Once it hits the mouth it feels like it froths up. Very interesting.

This beer is drinkable but I've had much better. Still a good beer however.

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

As far as IPA's go, this one is mid range thus the straight 3's. It was a bit weak for the style but not so bad that it let the style down. The color was a cloudy light orange. The smell was semi-bitter. The taste was pretty good but seemed a bit watered down. There was a deffinate bitterness in the mouthfeel and it lingered in the aftertaste for quite a while. The drinkability was fair. I could find better representation of the style but overall not a bad beer. I would not mind having it again.

Photo of abcsofbeer
3.03/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle with a Oct '06 drink by date. I gave this one a very hearty pour and ended up with a massive head. Usually there is a warning to pour slowly on the bottle, but, not this one. I then noticed the yeasty sediment floating around in the pale orange color. The mammoth head is an off-white and frothy that leaved nice rings of lace. The carbonation appears high with a number of rising bubbles.

The aroma is mild citrus oil and not at all strong like most IPAs. The flavor is smooth and pretty carbonated. In fact, I detect little in the way of hops compared to most IPAs. I detect a good amount of carbonation in the taste with only mild bitterness. A fair beer, but, not very representative of the style.

Photo of jasonpeckins32
3.3/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden amber color with huge head retention.

The nose is of hops, but a little on the light side. Could use a little more umpf.

Tastes well of hops also, similar to the smell. A bit citrusy at first sip. Sublte bitterness notes here and there. Finishes quietly and a little bland.

The mouthfeel is a tad thin, but not bad by any means. Drinkability is fine as well. A pretty decent beer here, nothing real special, but worth a try if its cheap.

Photo of rebel1771
3.23/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale amber color with decent head. Aroma is almost non existent, barely notable are typical hop scents. Taste is a little thin with typical hop bitterness taking main stage along with buttery undertones and a bit of peppery spiceyness. An oily mouthfeel finishes out the brew. I am not a big fan of this brew, seems watered down, maybe in an attempt to attract macro drinkers. The English IPA is one of my favorite types of beer and it is a shame to see it watered down like this.

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

Not bad beer for something that's as easy to find around here as Bud or Miller. Pours a dark gold color. Smells a bit citrusy, taste is hops, citrus grapefruit tasting hops. It's actually not too bad. Mouthfeel is ok and the finish is still more citrus flavor. It may dominate in citrus flavor but it's not overwhelming nor does it taste like a fruit beer. It's nothing to get over excited about but a great session beer.

Photo of AlexJ
2.91/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This fuggles IPA pours pale yellow with a fluffy, loose, bone-white head that quickly settles into a shroud fed by constant uprising carbonation.

Aromas are mild, semi-sweet pale and cereal grains, dried cut grass, diactyl, and a wierd, skunky hop finish.

Flavor very much the same. Mildly hopped finish does in effect remind me of an English IPA, or at least a decent attempt at one.

Body just above light with active carbonation and a slightly coarse mouthfeel.

Thanks to Sulldaddy for the sample

Photo of UncleFlip
2.79/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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

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!

Photo of deejaydan
2.81/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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.

Photo of coasterfreak75
3.02/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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

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.

Photo of jmz62565
3.63/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of wedge
2.98/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of Bonhoeffer
3.24/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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

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.

Photo of tweeder263
2.71/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of DogFood11
2.55/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

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.

Photo of pjwilson
3.26/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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

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.

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