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Shipyard IPA - Shipyard Brewing Co.

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Shipyard IPAShipyard IPA

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820 Ratings

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Ratings: 820
Reviews: 502
rAvg: 3.25
pDev: 16.31%
Wants: 4
Gots: 17 | 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 pio


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

what a nice, big head. this head is just off-white with an orange tint, it was just under 2 inches in height. an active orange with amber tint liquid. clingy big bubble lace leaving fingers along the way.
the nose has a subdued citrus, a hint of candy and an earthier autmnal detritus note. the scent is not as forceful as i had expected but nice and mellow. not green, ripe. some good smelling caramel on the maltier end of things.
straight ahead flavor. terrifically bitter throughout. any fruiter aspects i felt a pear was crunching around in there. it's sour, tart, bitter and dry. the bitter stays on the clock afterhours to do a great job finishing for a dry palate. leaves you wanting more.
a filling yet light body that leaves little behind, clean. more than medium carbonation and as a side note it burps readily and with magnitude.
very good finish, great mouthfeel, ready availability...high drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2004 00:46:57 | More by pio
Photo of filabrazilia


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

Pours a clear light copper with a full beige head. Good lacing.

A hoppy aroma, but not much else.

The taste is nice with a good hop and malt balance. The fuggles, of course, are the only hops and add a nice flavor to the beer.

This is a nice medium bodied beer. The hops bite the tongue and leave a crisp dry finish.

This is a very drinkable beer, although I would prefer other IPA's. A nice offering from Shipyard Brewery.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2004 03:10:30 | More by filabrazilia
Photo of garymuchow


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

Aroma is grassy hops with a slight flowery and sweet quality. Overall nice.
Gold-reddish amber. Clear. One inch steady head. Some lacing.
Decent malt backing with medium to high hop bitterness. Grassy, bitter, very slight citrus. Bitterness pushing to sourness.
Some softness. Has a grapefruit feel, but not necessarily in the taste.
A little too bitter to sour, otherwise tastey. Decent malt balance.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2003 03:57:28 | More by garymuchow
Photo of Sixpack595


4.28/5  rDev +31.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly coppery orange with generous white head. Sweet fruity hop aroma with a touch of diacetyl. Nice flavor, malty sweetness, butter, and fruity hops. Creamy mouthfeel with a very slight metalic finish. A good drinkin IPA, everything is balanced and goes down easy.

Serving type: on-tap

12-17-2003 08:38:46 | More by Sixpack595
Photo of Lafe


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

This beer poured a beatiful clear straw color, and gave off a very fruity/spicy aroma. The use of only fuggles hops shines through this beer, perhaps better than it should have. The bitterness is evident, but not overwhelming. The hop flavor is well done, and shines for this beer (especially for Fuggles lovers). The malt base is adequate, and there is some estery fruitiness that complements the flavoring from the hops.

I'd almost class this beer as an APA done with British hops. However weird the style seems, though, this beer is an enjoyable one.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2003 06:26:34 | More by Lafe
Photo of HappyHourHero


4/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a thick foamy cream of wheat colored head. The beer is clear and orangey copper in color. There is a light aroma of stinky hops. The taste is of sweet hops, although they aren’t as potent as I’ve come to expect. I think this may be more of an English style IPA. The aftertaste is great, just a little bitterness that cuts into the sweet hoppy taste. I’d say this is about middle of the road as far as body is concerned, with a good amount of carbonation. A tasty IPA, I will definitely be drinking it more often.

Serving type: on-tap

11-19-2003 04:51:56 | More by HappyHourHero
Photo of ngandhi


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

Making a single hop brew is admirable. As a brewer, you intentionally cut your potential flavoring (and complexity) in order to highlight a particular flavor (and complexity). Even the many West coast ales so focused on loud citric, floral, and piney Cascade varieties use an array of hops in each brew to get at different nuances.

Medicinal strawberry/apple nose is followed up by a medium bitter, fruity ale reminiscent of tangerine rinds and dried apricot. Grainy/yeasty finish. The bittering is awakening; its strike is sharp and focused, but not jarring and indicative of a firm malt profile. The hopping is very British, lending the beer an off-the-wall ESB quality. Yet the light citrus and fruitiness remind us that this is, indeed, American.

Shipyard Fuggles IPA is an Old World meets New World brew with elements of pale ale, British bitter, and even has the dry fruitiness of some Belgian abbey ales. The single IPA leaves me wanting and though the malt profile does well to support the bittering, it's just plain uninteresting with an occassionally cloying honeyed sweetness. Short-medium grain and bitter hop finish.

Relax, relax.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2003 04:56:27 | More by ngandhi
Photo of waughbrew


3/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Very clear amber color, big beautiful head with decent retention, nice and sticky. Aroma is pretty small, with light caramel, butterscotch, cherry, and oily hops. Can something smell oily? I guess so. Taste is of oily hops, lemony flavors, bready malt, and a dry, slightly stinging finish. I like it and I believe it to be fairly true to the original style, but it is not that memorable. A good session beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2003 00:07:16 | More by waughbrew
Photo of Gusler


4.03/5  rDev +24%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A transparent golden copper color with a “Main Mast” sized head, the texture frothy, the color a bright white, and the residual lace a fine film to cover the glass. Hop floral nose, crisp and lemon like, hints of the malt that under lies the lovely aroma of hops, sweet start that is moderate in its feel on the palate. Finish is briskly acidic, the hops masterful in their spiciness, dry aftertaste and a good IPA, one that is pleasant and appealing.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2003 00:25:55 | More by Gusler
Photo of brewdlyhooked13


4.18/5  rDev +28.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Appearance - orange and amber color. Big head at first reduces down to a solid cap and some random lace.

Aroma - light but stable malt, rather sweet and floral, almost candyish.

Taste - This is a rather interesting flavor. As others before have noted, the buttery malty base is balanced very nicely with the hops, which are well done in their own right. A bit floral here as well, but not overly bitter, very pleasant. That will pay off in drinkability points. A hint of grapefruit on the finish. A great spin on an IPA.

Mouthfeel - smooth, with nice and easy carbonation. Leaves a thin oily coating per the hops, again, very pleasant.

One of the most drinkable IPA's I've had. Looking forward to having a sixer of these in my fridge.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2003 18:57:23 | More by brewdlyhooked13
Photo of RBorsato


3.88/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Solid golden color with small suspended particles, a nice full off-white head, good carbonation, and good lace. Big Fuggles hop aroma - no malt aroma detected. Decent balanced flavor with a definte hop presence but not overpowering bitterness at first. Light to medium bodied with a dry bitter finish esp. near the end of the pint glass.

A nice enough English IPA -- probably more so than the current English ones -- but not really my style of hops.

Label states: "The single hop India Pale Ale"

Per Beer Club notes:
Int'l Bittering Units: 50.0
Alcohol by Volume: 5.75%
Malts: Pale Ale, Crystal, Malted Wheat
Hops: English Fuggles

Best Before: Dec '03
Tasted: 09/23/03

($1.25 / 12 oz.)

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2003 17:26:01 | More by RBorsato
Photo of UnionMade


4.25/5  rDev +30.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The beer pours forth from the beer engine frothy and clouded. Upon settling, it's a dark, ochrish amber, topped with a thick, creamy ivory head. Sticky laddering lacework. Excellent.
Aroma is very sweet and fruity, more in the vein of an ESB, with big estery apple and juicyfruit gum aroma. Some toasted malt, with a very slight margarine-like diacetyl aroma. Mild citric hops pop through, very subdued. I expected more hops, but this is fine with me. The esteriness is excellent, definitely yummy.
Flavor is much more hoppy, definitely more like an english styled IPA. Some oaky flavor coming through, with sweet toasty maltiness up front. Big estery fruitiness, with some phenolic thinnerlike sensation through your nose. Cidery apple, with a bit of pear and that distinct juicyfruit gum flavor. Hops come in towards the end, providing a citric, lightly piney taste. A pleasant kick, although mild and understated. Some apricot and under-ripened peach. Some citric tanginess in the aftertaste, with lingering esters and a touch of toasty malt. Medium to full bodied, with smooth, creamy cask conditioned carbonation. A light diacetyl margarine buttery flavor coming through, but very slight. Definitely made with ringwood yeast.
Not really what I expected from an IPA, more like a slightly hoppier ESB, but I'm certainly not complaining. Very much in the english style, what I imagine the original IPAs tasting like.

Serving type: cask

09-19-2003 21:30:58 | More by UnionMade
Photo of goz


3.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light amber/coppery color, nice size off-white head that slowly diminishes, leaves good lacing. Aroma of funky fruitiness & butterscotch (probably from the ringwood yeast), and a medium floral hoppiness. Lots of butterscotch in the flavor, slight fruitiness in the middle, and a medium bitter ending. Body is medium, mild carbonation, and quite clean, non-lingering flavors.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2003 00:35:52 | More by goz
Photo of indiapaleale


2.73/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I have a feeling that because the head brewer at Shipyard is English, they aren't all about hops like most other American micros. They only use Fuggles hops, hence the name. It just doesn't have that kick. It looks like an IPA, but the stronger citrusy aroma isn't there and the mouthfeel is a bit more watery.

Serving type: on-tap

08-27-2003 22:28:11 | More by indiapaleale
Photo of beerinator


2.68/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Clear light brown hue, white head with ok retention.

Aroma: Bready with wiffs of spice. Aroma seems 'plain'.

Taste: Not too much upfront malty caramel in the flavor. The sweetness is overtaken by the bitterness early in the tasting. The aftertaste doesn't linger for long.

Notes: Beer tastes clean, but other than that nothing to write home about.

Serving type: on-tap

08-27-2003 13:42:30 | More by beerinator
Photo of Loki

North Carolina

3.93/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sampled on draught at The Florida Tap Room

Served a bronze color with a small white head. Not much lacing, but decent lines of lacing.

Aromas of hops and malt. The hops are very floral, with hints of spice that made me think of white pepper. Very inviting, very obvious Fuggles hops aroma.

Tastes of lightly sweet malt, then Fuggles hops, hops, and more hops. Not a hop bomb, but a nice hop punch. Very floral and herbal with a nice bittering and spice. Medium body and a nice crisp finish.

A very good IPA IMHO.

Serving type: on-tap

08-24-2003 14:55:26 | More by Loki
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2.03/5  rDev -37.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Let me say right off the bat that I love Shipyard....until this beer. Just a poor offering in this style. Yes IPA's a re hoppy and bitter, but this was just horrible. Mouthfeel was bad, taste was poor, maybe I got a bad bottle? Almost tasted unfinished. Think I'll stick to the export ale or old thumper.

Serving type: on-tap

08-03-2003 18:09:53 | More by yankeeheel
Photo of Wildman


3.48/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a copper amber color and formed a nice foamy off white head that left some lacticed lace as it subsided. Some small amount of carbonation is present. An aroma of hops, malt with a hint of carmel. The flavor was of hops, malt with a touch of caramel. A slightly bitter finish with a sudsy/soapy aspect. Not as hoppy as most American style IPAs and more of a session style.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2003 21:53:44 | More by Wildman
Photo of GreatPondBrewer


3.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Good session brew although I will agree with the general sentiment that it has been toned down from past runs. Poureds a clear copper with foamy eggwhite head and fairly decent lacing. Smell was honey bked malt smells and some subdued Fuggles(which in themselves are not strikingly bitter.) Taste was thin, crisp with more sweet malts and hops and a little astringent, with the hops adding some sour notes. Not quite tasty enough, and certainly a stab at a more English style IPA, but I have no problem drinking htem as they are pretty cheap and easy to find, and hey, who can go wrong with Maine?

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2003 03:07:05 | More by GreatPondBrewer
Photo of Brent


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

Color was a little on the light-side of bronze. First aroma was rather lemony, but after the first sip took on more of a flat hops aspect. Rather fizzy with thinish mouthfeel. Hopping was sufficient for the style, and, although not every IPA has to knock you on your butt with hops, this interpretation seemed to lack in depth of flavor. Sweet malt flavors present, and overall this beer seemes to strive for a traditional English style, but lacks a little horsepower to pull it off. Pleasant and drinkable, but not memorable.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2003 01:36:48 | More by Brent
Photo of aaronh


3.93/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark golden amber color, topped by a rather nice pillowy head that fades to a rocky layer of foam. Excellet lacing. The aroma is much sweeter than expected, with a slight frutiness and a hard to place subtle spiciness. The taste is mild, but still malty sweet. A vanilla cream feeling, like cream soda, sweeps over my tongue. The hops really kick in on the long finish. This beer is unlike anything else I've tried, and I like it. Sweet up front, bitter finish. Good creamy mouthfeel. Decent drinakbilty, but I think think the bitterness would be distracting as a session beer. I'm going to let this warm a bit while I go turn up the thermostat on the DBF.... Still impressively bitter on the finish. Not bad, but hurts the pure drinkability just a bit. A fine, unique beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2003 18:33:29 | More by aaronh
Photo of far333


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

Light copper colored with a creamy and bumpy beige head. Lots of lace as I sip. Smells of floral hops, some sweet toffee and malt, some pine, and some orange. Very smooth and easy mouthfeel. Flavor is tart and tingly, not powerful hops. Lots of orange peel and pine. Lingering bitter aftertaste slides into the back of the throat. Better than average, but I would choose many others first.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2003 18:07:38 | More by far333
Photo of marc77


3.53/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Light auburn in hue with a slight haze. Thick, dogged, bristly, ivory white head leaves muddled, brambly lace. Gentle, earthy, damp applewood like hop nose with faint hints of spruce. Mellow peach esters meld well with the stately light caramel presence in aroma. Well rounded, but a touch understated aromawise. Slightly burnt toffee like dark caramel malt derived sweetness initially in flavor is superceded by drying, tracely astringent hop bitterness. Stately butterscotch and underbaked biscuit egress mid palate along with an agreeable suggestion of peach marmalade, lending a homely contrast to the incipiently rough bitterness. Sufficiently dextrinous to facilitate an agreeably fluid, but slightly thin mouthfeel. Finishes with a suggestion of burnt toast and margarine. Shipyard IPA is a touch rough around the edges, but is an enjoyable brew nevertheless. The diacetyl presence actually serves to soften the slight astringency. A unique example. Thanks to Feloniousmonk for the bottle!

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2003 18:51:11 | More by marc77
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West Virginia

3.78/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Single hopped well appearance is a slightly hazy copper tone wtih a nice sized off white head. Generous amounts of trickled lacing and the aroma is packed with Fuggles characteristics piney, citrusy in nature very nice with a load of malt sweetness arising to balance out those tones. In the first sip the hop flavor struck me as different after a few sips the syrupy malt goodness mixed with hops does me just fine a bit unbalanced on the bitter side of things but all in all one very drinkable IPA in my opinion. Mouthfeel is a bit oily I suppose from the resins but the fluffy texture is brought on by the carbonation very good I could enjoy this one in any season very good example of an IPA. Bring on more Maine beers I think I need to visit there.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2003 12:36:59 | More by WVbeergeek
Photo of longpondbeerman


3.9/5  rDev +20%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is my wife's preferred IPA (I think she's inclined to support the local Maine economy) so I figured it was about time I reviewed it with a sense of purpose. It pours a basic copper color, a bit lighter than many IPA's I've sampled recently. A little off-white foam--but not much to speak of. The smell was interesting; it was hoppy for sure, but with a tart cranberry-like tint and an undertone of rope (hence: Shipyard?). Intrigued, I took a sip: it was far less assertive than I expected, and the ropiness was even more evident in the taste. I found the mouthfeel light and tantalizing, but the finish, frankly, was a tad dull--there was some overlay of maltiness, but I kept wishing for something to express itself boldly. Alas, no luck. That said, up here in Maine it's an affordable micro, so my drinkability rating is commensurately high.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2003 16:16:34 | More by longpondbeerman
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