Shipyard IPA - Shipyard Brewing Co.

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905 Ratings
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Ratings: 905
Reviews: 508
rAvg: 3.25
pDev: 16.62%
Wants: 5
Gots: 49 | 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:
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(Beer added by: xlperro on 07-01-2001)
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Photo of PatandDavid
2.68/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

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

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.

Photo of jjboesen
3.63/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of LiquidBreadMan
3.33/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of Tang07
3.15/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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...

Photo of SupaCelt
3.18/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.63/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

My glass is currently 10% beer and 90% head. The liquid is bright orangish gold and contains an otherworldly amount of uprushing carbonation. The humungous mass of foam is cream colored and is softly stiff, reminding me of the meringue-like heads that one often sees on a Belgian ale. Disordered patches of thick, bubble bath lace end up on the glass. It may not be a conventional look, but it's a good one.

Shipyard IPA doesn't have anywhere near a great IPA nose. It isn't even good. Nor does it reach the laughably low bar of average. Where the hell are the hops? It's hard to go wrong with Fuggles, but something is definitely amiss here. There's a sweet, soapy smell that doesn't belong. I have no idea what's causing it, but it's getting in the way of the hops. Or maybe it is the hops, who knows.

The flavor is interesting, but it isn't good. This rather... uh... unique take on the style doesn't appeal to me. Again, where the hell are the hops? Hey Shipyard, IPAs are about hops, so how about putting some in your IPA? There's a weird Granny Smith apple tartness that dominates, along with the same soapiness (now slight) that I noted in the nose.

It's acceptably malted with a pear/apple butter character that isn't welcome. The light-medium body contains waaay too much mouth tingle. Some aggressively carbonated beer seems flat by the second half of the bottle, but this one is still going strong.

A Fuggles-only IPA is a great idea. Too bad this Fuggles-only IPA doesn't come together into anything resembling good beer. As noted above, I'm extremely tolerant of this style since I love hops so much. Shipyard IPA, however, misses the mark. Back to the drawing board guys. And this time remember one word: hops.

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

Pours a clear copper color with a beautiful, rocky white head. The lace was particularly delicate and intricate. Relatively low carbonation. Good English hop aroma with a background of malt and just a bit of butterscotch. It’s a well balanced beer, with a touch of malt sweetness up front and a bitter finish. Medium body, with a little bit of a metallic feel. Really not a disappointing beer, it could be a little more interesting, but I found it satisfying.

Photo of Shultzerdugen
3.05/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. brown bottle with best enjoyed before date of D 04.

Poured clear dark straw with light copper tints. Clingy white head with a rocky shape.

Sweet buttery malts in the smell. Faint metallic smell and hints of light fruit.

Light and spritzy on the palate. Hops are bitter and nicely balanced. Finish is rich with malts and a bit of butter flavor. Becomes almost tingly on the roof of the mouth after some time.

Another American company brewing a UK IPA. Pretty blah. Not the stuff this dude is looking for.

Photo of ChrisBowers
3.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice amber from the bottle with a huge frothy head that looks excellent. Smell is fairly subdued for an IPA. Taste is also pretty subdued. Lots of fuggles hops, but nothing else. Not a very interesting or exciting IPA. I was somewhat disappointed in this beer. Brought it over for a BA brewing gathering, kinda wish I had picked up the Smuttynose or Yards. Not a bad beer, but very much in the middle of the road. I'm more of a malt head than a hop head, but when I drink an IPA, I want a really hoppy beer with lots of character. This didn't really have it.

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

Pours a light golden orange with a big buubly white head and plenty of streaming bubbles. Possibly poured a bit too vigorously. Smells of woody resins some floral spiciness, and some yeasty fruityness. Taste is of spicy fuggles hops , a bit peppery and lingering fruityness. Somewhat pilsener like. Crisp and dry on the tongue. Bottle says that it is brewed with fuggles only. Way too one dimensional to be interesting for long.

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

Best before D/04, but it still seemed fresh; nice clear orange pour with a massive bubble tan head. Could really smell the hops (bottle stated only one type used) and citrus, which came through nicely in the taste. Dry, hoppy, finish of course. Tangy, good medium body brew, may not have been hoppy enough, but could drink this most of the day and night.

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

Tried to figure out how this distinguished itself on 3/18/2005. 20-oz. imperial pint at Paddy’s, next door to the Redhook Brewery in Newington, NH.

Very thin wash of carbonation with a fair amount of stick going down. Amber to light copper hue with total clarity and no visible action. Soapy, somewhat dredged hop on nose with a hint of weird cilantro and some clover notes. Crumbly, vacuous hop bite on back of tongue; butterscotch, almost rancid, coats everything and is a low-level annoyance, though somewhat typical of many offerings from this company. Can’t recommend this one.

Photo of orbitalr0x
2.85/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours from the bottle a clear, light amber color with a big thick, frothy white head on top that takes its time receding and leaves patches of lacing on the glass. Impressive. Upfront aromas of spicy, grassy, herbal hops (only Fuggles per the label) along with hints of caramel sweetness and toasted cereal grains. Not really horribly appealing to me.

First sip brings a pale, slightly bready, caramel malt along with a grassy, herbal hop bitterness that follows down the throat. I get a hint of butterscotch on the back of the palate. The hop is nice and a change of pace...however this is otherwise not very impressive.

Mouthfeel is actually rather messy with way too much carbonation...it seems to foam up in my mouth and makes the process of drinking somewhat unenjoyable. This is not a beer I see myself drinking again...just not very exciting and a bit messy overall.

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

Coppery colour topped by off-white head. Decent retention and some lace on the sides of the glass. The grassy/floral hop aroma was quite mellow rather than having any harshness. This allowed some sweetness to come through. Quite interesting. Flavour was a combination of fruity sweetness and floral hop flavour with a fairly strong bitterness appearing towards the finish. A little earthy too. Medium body with slightly high carbonation. I found this to be more of a curiosity due to the claimed use of only fuggles in the recipe, rather than a straight-ahead English IPA. It made a great addition to an IPA tasting, giving a great contrast to the other beers on the panel.

12 oz. brown bottle with best before date on front label, no abv listed.

Photo of Pegasus
2.78/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Truly massive white cloudtop head, with lots of thick broken lacing. There are scattered streams of rather small bubbles. Overall, it must be said that this beer is severely overcarbonated.

Aroma: Surprisingly mild herbal and grassy hop notes and a faint note reminiscent of sweet cream, not typical for the style.

Taste: Slightly tart malt notes at the opening, midway through the taste metallic hop notes appear. Finishes with sharply bitter oily hop notes.

Mouth feel: Smooth, pleasant, and full.

Drinkability/notes: Seems to be quite off-style for an IPA.

Photo of HardTarget
3.05/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

First reviewed 3/6/05
Brown bottle with a best enjoyed before: N/05 (currently Mar/05) notes that it is a single hop IPA with Fuggles.
Aroma 2: Has that “dusty” aroma that I find difficult to describe. Hops are perfumed and floral, very atypical of most IPAs lacking the citric or pine bite.
Appearance 3.5: Massive 4 finger head with a gentle pour. The last bit of the bottle that sat for a good hour still foamed excessively; a definite flaw.
Flavor 3: Low hop taste for the style. Some biscuit and butter flavors and bit of cat; very out of character for an English IPA, not nearly toasty or rich as expected.
Mouthfeel 2.5: Slightly too carbonated, a bit fizzy.
Overall Impression 2.5: Off style IPA with some off flavors. Still, not a bad beer, just not what I expect from an IPA, English or otherwise. It’s good to push boundaries though. Wasn’t really interested in another, and I doubt I’d seek it out. A good beer to learn what Fuggles taste like, but not recommended for a session

Re-reviewed 11/6/05 (Forgot I had had it)
Bottle Inspection: F 06 notched (sampled N 05). Brown twisty that states a single hop IPA: Fuggles.

Aroma 3: Ok, that would be Fuggles. Almost a soapy undercurrent, not bad, hops smell perfumed. Smells almost like a “dusty” porter.

Appearance 3.5: Bright amber gold glass with a soapy head (must be where I got the smell). Head is a good quarter finger that laced daintily.

Flavor 3: Hops are a bit grassy and seem to be roughly half-way through the boil. Bitter isn’t too deep, but not enough aroma, just doesn’t seem “fresh” even though it’s a fresh bottle. Maybe I was just looking for some west coast “C” hops. This is a bit tea like.

Mouthfeel 3: Medium heavy body, lingering mouth coat, and touch oily.

Overall Impression 3: Quality English IPA. It would compliment curry or spicy Mexican food nicely.

Photo of smcolw
3.18/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Light amber and clear, very nice off-white head that leaves patches of lace.

For an IPA, this beer has an overly malty aroma--mostly oily alcohols and crystal malts.

Given the smell, surprisingly hoppy up front taste. The malt comes through on the swallow with an interesting swing to the bitter hop aftertaste. Fairly thin in body and highly carbonated, this brew is interesting but not quite up to expectations.

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

Light copper amber with a good small off-white head of foam, and decent lacing. Smell is way to sweet and fruity, perhaps I'm not a fan of over-the-top fuggles use! The aroma is one dimensional with no real raw "hoppiness" to be found. This is a UK IPA all the way, and to this boy, it is not even a very well made one. Ringwood runs wild throughout this making it muddled, and way too sweet! Mouthfeel is just decent, drinkability does not get better than average marks either. Interesting, but not for me!

Photo of BrewMaster
2.53/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Reddish-orange-gold color with a big, frothy white head on top. Very good retention of the head but there was some uneven and pitted settling of the head that was kind of weird.

Smell: This beer had an odd, fungal, cheese aroma. It basically smelled like ripened blue cheese. Definately not the aroma of an English IPA. Not a hoppy smell at all.

Taste: Interesting malty and fruity flavor with some bad metallic character to it. Ther was very little hop flavor or bitterness in this beer. It presented more malt than anything else which was just not right for an IPA. The flavors is malty and sweet and even has some trippel characteristics to it.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and fluffy on the palate with a light to medium body. Very well carbonated.

Drinkability: Decent flavor (except for the weird fungal smell) but not for an IPA. I was looking forward to enjoying an IPA after a long day but I was disappointed in this one.

Photo of Southernbrew
3.73/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours deep gold with a good sized sudsy head. Lacing hangs on the whole way down.

Aroma is mostly floral hops with a bit of a sugary sweetness and a faint fruitiness.

Medium-bodied with moderate carbonation. A blend of floral and spicy hops comes first that quickly moves to a nice bitterness. A touch of sweet fruit comes in faintly then leaves a dry, woody aftertaste.

A nice hoppy English IPA, one of the better versions of the style I've had.

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

Pours a rather light honey color. Not much lace, but fairly nice head. Smells malty, with a bit of citrus. Taste is a little better than I expected. It's a bit lemony, with a biscuity malt. Not a beer I'd drink on a regular basis, but one bottle once in a while wouldn't be a bad thing.

On the plus side, as the bottle states, this is a one-hop beer: Fuggles. So now I know what Fuggles specifically tastes like.

Photo of stjarnflikka
3.43/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours a totally clear and golden beer with a light carbonation, a somewhat thick foam.

Smell is weak, and mostly malty. There are traces of honey and a discrete sweetness.

Taste is pretty bitter with some sourness to it. Its malty and has a nice fruity sweetness to it.

This is an OK beer, i could drink many but its nothing that stands out.

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

Clouded pale golden body with a hint of copper. Good carbonation with a big rocky off-white head that has great retention but not much lace.
Fruity smell mingled with some yeast. grain, bread, barn dirt floor
Yeast and fruit on the palate. Banana and mild red apple with a lingering hop aftertaste that is mellow and mild. Good balance, malts with a faint spiced twang up front giving way to the easy-going hops
Some coating and slick feel, body is full and solid in that liquid kind of way.
Decent solid brew, easy to enjoy.

-Oelergud

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

Purchased at Total Wine in Northern Virginia, this is one of my survey of East Coast IPAs. Standard brown 12oz. bottle with a multi-colored label featuring a single hop cone. Label says this is a single-hop IPA - Fuggles. No other ingredient info. Best before November '04, I opened it on 11/22/04.

Pours a cloudy golden copper under a huge three finger white head that settles fairly quickly until it becomes thick film, then lingers forever, leaving some nice lacing. The nose is interesting, very much of sweet fruits but with a distinct tart twinge to it. The mouth is gently carbonated and somewhat light in body. Very interesting, unusual taste: fruity tartness and flowery bitter, all rolled into a musty sock. At first I thought it had gone bad, but the flavor profile grows on you as you sip down the glass. The finish is musty, with a touch of what seems like melon. Then the dry bitterness kicks in, not parched but dintinctive. While I can't say I'm crazy about it, this beer would make a good addition to an IPA tasting, as it is sooo different.

Shipyard IPA from Shipyard Brewing Co.
75 out of 100 based on 905 ratings.