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Shipyard IPA - Shipyard Brewing Co.

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Shipyard IPAShipyard IPA

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869 Ratings

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Ratings: 869
Reviews: 503
rAvg: 3.25
pDev: 16.62%
Wants: 4
Gots: 36 | 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 jayb
3.38/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a dark orange/golden color brew. Largest head ive seen on an IPA. Lacing was nice, caked the sides of the glass. Sediment was visible in the glass. Aroma was not as citrusy as others ive had (mad hatter, two hearted) but the grapefruit scent was still there. Smelled a tid bit more spicy and bitter than other IPAs ive had. After smelling it, i imagined the taste would be more robust than it was. Taste was of light citrus, biscuits, and a bitterness that i cannot decide if it was appropriete for the style or unpleasant. Mouthfeel was light to medium and rather dry. To be honest this tasted like a macro stab at an IPA. Not as citrusy as others. The appearence and smell of the brew were Fantastic, but the taste left a little to be desired. i will still give this one a good rating, i did enjoy drinking it, i just got my hopes up a little more than i should. Nice stab, worth a shot no doubt.

jayb, Aug 10, 2004
Photo of anders36
3.63/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This IPA pours a a quite big and a bit sticky head, that disappears fast. The smell is a bit malty and a bit fruity. But the smell is a bit weak compared to other ipa's i have tried. It has some bitterness from the hops and a bit fruitiness. The aftertaste is quite long and bitter. But i like more bitterness in my beers. This is not a bad beer, but i like more bitter ipa's.

anders36, Aug 09, 2004
Photo of merlin48
3.95/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On cask, at the Great Lost Bear on 7/20/04. Attractive, orange amber color with a minimal, ivory head that deposits some attractive patches of lace down the glass.

Aroma is subdued, with Fuggles hops and hints of pear and apple.

Creamy mouthfeel with soft carbonation and essence of oak.

The taste is very much like an English style IPA. Softly hopped with an herbal character, hints of buttery and bready malt, and a touch of caramelized pears. Finish is just slightly bitter with a slight lemonrind aftertaste.

Very good drinkability, especially as smooth as it is on cask.

merlin48, Jul 28, 2004
Photo of WanderingFool
3.95/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This could be a nice IPA for folks afraid of the bitter hop monster beers that are out there. It pours a nice clear honey yellow color with a fizzy white head on top. The foam dissolves to a thick ring on the surface leaving a lot of lace on the glass as it goes down. An aroma of honey and dry malt hovers over the beer.

Each sip of this thin to medium bodied beer is light and refreshing. Flavors of honey, bubble gum, dry malt and biscuit are balanced nicely. A mild bittersweet honey/flower flavor is left on the tongue.

I found this beer to be quite drinkable and tasty. It almost reminded me of a pilsner more than an IPA due to it's biscuity taste, but the fuggle honey flavor lets you know that it's an ale.

WanderingFool, Jul 28, 2004
Photo of Hibernator
3.13/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer was served out of a 12 oz brown bottle in a pint glass. Freshness date was notched "best enjoyed" before 10/04.

I honestly think the label is obnoxious. The graphic design department could re-vamp these colors too. Reminds me of the fairly recent Red Hook quality decline in graphics. Anyways, on to the review of this beer...

The appearance is a bronze with minimal head and even smaller head retention for an IPA. Good lacings on the side of the pint glass. The label reads that this is a "single hop India Pale Ale." Fuggles being the hop of choice.

I smell some fruit and sweetness. Very Hubba Bubba bubble gum like presence in the scent of this brew.

Taste is enjoyable, but there are many other IPA's of this style that I would prefer over this one.

Hibernator, Jul 23, 2004
Photo of bark
3.8/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The colour is clear, bright amber. The small, white foam dissolves quite fast, while making a fizzing sound.

The smell is filled with... Malt! There are also tones of honey, treacle, diacetyl and a burned flavour.

The carbonation is fairly strong, which makes it feel more like pilsner or soda than ale.

The taste is dominated by an almost chemical maltiness with some strains of sweet, roasted flavours. The generous body is finished with a fine, very fresh bitterness with, again, some burned tones.

This is an interesting and really nice interpretation of the IPA concept. Yum-yum!

bark, Jul 14, 2004
Photo of CBFanWish
3.9/5  rDev +20%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sweet and flowery are the best words to describe this IPA. A strong presence of fugles make it clear that Shipyard isn't screwing around on this one. I enjoyed it. The colour was a hazy amber colour with a moderate to frothy head. Great beer to go with a couple burgers.

CBFanWish, Jul 09, 2004
Photo of bignick
3.43/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I really like the appearance of this beer. It is an orangey amber color with a nice white head of small bubbles. There was not as distinctive smell like there are in most IPAs. The taste starts with a combination of hops a little bit of malt to balance it out. The finish is very dry and somewhat harsh with fuggles hops dominating my tastebuds. This is a decent beer, but it lacks balance.

bignick, Jul 06, 2004
Photo of kbub6f
4/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Three fingers of yellowy, creamy, sticky head collapse pockily. Bridges of sticky lacing. The beer is clear gold... a little orangey. Soapy nose, wit hints of cream and roasty grains. Starts very floral and fruity. The middle is thinnish, not a lot of malt, some sweet fruit. Finish is hugely nutty and very hoppy bitter. More malt shows with temperature. A strong, grassy aftertaste. Nice. This is a good, fresh, nutty, soapy, hoppy, grassy IPA.

kbub6f, Jul 05, 2004
Photo of ppoitras
3.33/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12ozer bottle from a Captain's Collection 12-pack from Austin Liquors, Shrewsbury, MA.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a thick 1" slightly off-white head above the clear light amber brew. Laces well. Aroma is lightly of pale malts and hops, but not as much hops as I would expect an IPA, even an English style, should be. Maybe the Fuggles aren't known for their aromatic properties? Taste is initally of pale malts with shot of hops bitterness at the end that tries to steal the show. Mouthfeel and drinkability are acceptable. Not a bad brew, just had a bit more expectation from it.

ppoitras, Jun 29, 2004
Photo of Morris729
3.7/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours golden amber in color with a fluffy white head that has a fairly nice retention. Nose is rich caramel and butterscotch with floral hops apparent in the background—much less hop aroma than you’d typically expect from an IPA. Taste is right there with the aroma with lots of buttery diacetyl along with sweet caramel and toffee followed by some acidic citrus flavors of fresh lemon along with some bitter hops to balance out the finish. I generally prefer the more strongly hopped west coast style IPAs, but this brew was quite enjoyable, nevertheless.

Morris729, Jun 28, 2004
Photo of hobbes2112
3.1/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle Freshness Nov 2005

Pours a copper with impressive white head of small and medium bubbles.

Smell isn't very strong which suprised me since fuggles are typically used AS an aroma hop. After letting it warm up a tad I can smell "pine" as in pine-sol, but not real pine sap; something grainy or even ricey and that is about it.

Taste is not overwhelming but now I did expect that here. The hops are more subdued and let the malt show through. A dry and bitter finish still show up to play though, and I like that part. An all fuggles hop beer is a neat concept but I am not sure it really produces the fill taste that you get with more bittering agents. To me this just crys out for some Chinook hops, but now that is a different beer isn't it?

Mouthfeel is decent, the head and weight of the beer go together and the carbonation is about right for me.

Overall I rate this a medium drinkable beer, there isn't anything that really turns me off in the flavor, but the flipside of course is that there isn't really all that much calling out either. Might be a good transition beer for people who don't love hops quite so much though.

hobbes2112, Jun 07, 2004
Photo of blitheringidiot
2.9/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Released from a 12 oz. browner with a label indicating Single Hop Fuggles IPA. Whoa! That’s foamy! About 1” of beer to 5” of pillowy beige foam head into me pint. There is a notch for freshness on the side label indicating that this is the peak month & year. Five minutes later I’ve managed to get a ½ a pint of IPA.

A glowing orange pour with an appetizing looking tight solid coating. As SHIPYARD’s IPA goes down the head doesn’t just stick to the sides, while it leaves Styrofoam like clouds stuck to the sides.

There isn’t a huge scent of hoppy floral fruit. Actually seems to have a pilsner like scent.

There is a sharp bitterness towards lemon peel. Whew! That’s bitter. There is a dry aftertaste, and I mean dry. I guess I should have some more to wet the whistle. As it settles, more orange peel develops. After waiting nearly ten minute to get this foamer to come down, the zest is lacking.

Last swigs: Not really what an American IPA usually reminds me of. A bit more on the super dry lemon peel rind side as opposed to the delectable orange & grapefruit side. To be honest, I haven’t been able to recall any other Fuggles-only IPAs. It would be interesting to try a similar style to see how they match up.

Beer is good. Happy beering.

blitheringidiot, Jun 01, 2004
Photo of TastyTaste
3.98/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first beer from a state that has been highly advertised by Maine BA's. To the beer...
Very light copper color with a big white head that fades into a solid layer that sits atopt the beer, and goes up the sides of the pint glass. Smells of hops, but not as much as you'd expect, but it is still the dominant scent. A very dry hop flavor, this must be the "single hop fuggling" that was advertised on the bottle. Not as fruity as other IPA's, but still solid, without any off-flavors.

TastyTaste, May 23, 2004
Photo of Tballz420
3.95/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This brew is a dark gold color brew, with a bubbly white head on top. Good lace trails. Light hop scent, not as intense as your west coast hop monsters. Same thing for the taste, more of an english style IPA. Tasty fuggles hops, cereal grain. Some twang from the acidity. Not one of those beers that tastes like pure sap from the hop, but if youre looking for a more subdued beer with a solid hop flavor, this ones not bad.

Tballz420, May 21, 2004
Photo of Mitchster
3.33/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours out to a sparkingly clear copper, forming a tall whipped beige head with excellent retention and very solid lacing. Carbonation is mild to moderate, with the delicate bubbles dramatically presented in this lovely nectar. Despite appearing filtered, there is a small amount of sediment in the glass. The aroma is quite mild for an IPA....the Fuggles, of course, give it a very English aroma with cedar and rooty overtones (quite distinct from the oily, juicy, and sweet American hop varietys), followed by moderate distinct buttery diacetyl and alcohol. As it warms, I can smell honey. The mouthfeel begins spicy, is flittery upon the tongue, and has a peppery astringency in the finish with a medium body. Taste begins with herbal hop flavor, followed by a strong kick of alcohol, a mild malt body, very brief hint of metals, and a potent herbal bitterness that lingers and lingers. Somewhat mossy, astringent finish. Gets better with swirling and warming to knock out the carbonation and higher alcohols.

Didn't really care for this. Great looking brew, but the diacetyl and herbal/earthy flavors ruined it for me. If you're into English-style IPA's, then you may enjoy this. Fermented with a different yeast, this could be good.

Mitchster, Apr 21, 2004
Photo of Rumrunner
2.95/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle.

Utterly not impressed.

Pours a clear golden honey color. Not much head and a bit of lace. Nothing extra special about the appearance of this IPA. Scents are mild and nice. Some grain, barley and hops with a good balance on the nose.

Flavor? Whoops. I missed something. I don't mind an IPA not being a hop monster. In fact I enjoy English IPAs which are not as hoppy as our American versions, and I enjoy some of our American IPAs that are not bursting with hops or bitterness. This is a strange IPA in my opinion. It is more like a lager. I am not knocking lagers when I state that. It just does not taste like an IPA to me. Grains are the main flavor. Wheat and some hops give a taste here and there. Not much malt back bone and the mild flavors that appear are unbalanced. A clove taste is the final flavor left on the palatte.

Mouthfeel is weak and watery. It drinks easy because there is not much to this IPA. It is just too simple. An IPA for those who do not like IPAs.

Rumrunner, Apr 19, 2004
3.43/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Despite an aggressive pour, this beer produced little head, which dissipated rather quickly. What smell there is seems to be a sweet, candyish aroma. Not the nosy, floral bouquet of the typical cascade hopped IPAs that I cherish. This beer has more of an initial bitter, and less lingering than most IPAs.
Despite a lackluster head, carbonation is present, and contributes to an interesting mouthfeel. Smooth, snappy, fizzy...almost all of these, but not quite any of them.
Taste: I always like a good dose of hops, which this beer does deliver. The single hop fuggles offering is a new, interesting taste for me. But this beer seems just a bit out of whack, like it's missing a bit of malts. I can appreciate the fact that the beer was probably designed this way, in order to allow the fuggles to speak. However, overall the body is missing something, and the sweetness indicated by the nose was phantom. Nonetheless, a decent brew, worth pouring.

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

12oz. bottle poured into a nonick pint glass. It pours a clear bronze color with two fingers of head. There's a bit of lacing left on the glass. The smell is a nice piney hop scent, a hint of citrus aromas. Not too light, but not too heavy either. The taste is strikingly different than most IPAs I've had. The spicy hops hit you first, then a bready malty finish follows. It's almost backwards in flavor profile. The taste isn't bad either, just different. The mouthfeel is pretty strong and heavy for an IPA. The drinkability is pretty good too. A unique IPA.

SheepNutz, Apr 03, 2004
Photo of ViveLaChouffe
3.43/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very pale gold with a thin snow white head. Like most Shipyard products, lots of lace and fizzy. Smell is grassy malt and lots of floral hops. Citrus.

Taste is unbalanced. Grassy pale malt is way too light to stand up to the considerable hops. Like a golden ale very heavily hoppped. Very bitter. Thin and crisp (again, too thin)
with a long Fuggles hop aftertaste. I like bitter but there is nothing behind the hops to complement them. OK but not great. A great beer if you want to hone your tastebuds to recognize Fuggles.

ViveLaChouffe, Mar 24, 2004
Photo of Stimack
3.1/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

This brew pours to a golden/orange color with a little haze and has a nice white fluffy two finger head. The retention is very impressive as is the lacing through out the whole brew.

The aroma’s are of floral hop with some hints of fruit but is very faint.

It is a pretty smooth brew, though it would have more of a bitter bite! Notice citrus flavors along with a sweet malt flavor. Quite crisp but seems to be missing something in the finish. Not a bad brew, just seems to be missing something?

Stimack, Mar 08, 2004
Photo of RoyalT
4.03/5  rDev +24%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – The body was a gorgeous, thick and hazy dark orange with a white, foaming head.

Smell – This one is serious. This nose is something else. It is very pungent but not strong, if that makes any sense. There’s a clear malt base as well. The grapefruit notes are especially evident.

Taste – The taste starts off with some mild floral notes and then, BHAM!, the big grapefruity fuggles and sharp, distinct malts come on. This is not your typical big IPA kind of flavor. This is very different and original.

Mouthfeel – Dry and somewhat bitter with a medium body.

Drinkability – I won’t complain about the lack of complexity here since it is sold as a “single hop IPA.” This was a fascinating experience and a “must try” for any serious beer drinker.

Comments – I really enjoy different and unusual experiences, and this one surely fits the bill. A big thanks to xlperro for care packaging this one up to Seattle for me.

RoyalT, Mar 07, 2004
Photo of sulldaddy
4.03/5  rDev +24%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I pour this one at room temp into a snifter. A huge bright white head foams up even easier than I had expected. The color is a clear orange color and some small bubbles rise from the center of the glass.
Aroma is nice and citrusy with sour grapefruit hops dominating, but also a faint grassy scent is present. Sniffed for any hint of malt but didnt find any.
FIrst sip, gives me a light and creamy textured brew with average carbonation that tickles the roof of my mouth. The flavor is slightly sweet up front but a drying grassy hop flavor quickly takes over and covers my tongue like a sponge on a spilled drink. After every swallow I am very thirsty, therefore I of course drink more brew. Good way to move product and keep my palate happy!
Although not enormous or outstanding in aroma or flavor the overall effect is very pleasurable and i enjoy this brew thoroughly.

sulldaddy, Mar 03, 2004
Photo of pezoids
3.15/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer looks great, with a huge rocky and cream like head floating on a clear and golden orange sea of a well carbonated potation. Small aroma of sweet and fruity citrus hops – Nothing too special there. The taste is light with some bitter fruits. The finish is dry and peppery. Very light, nothing outstanding, drinkable. This beer is hopped entirely with English Fuggles, which give the beer a mellow and pleasant earthiness. Not bad.

pezoids, Feb 06, 2004
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.

pio, Jan 09, 2004
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