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Shipyard IPA - Shipyard Brewing Co.

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Shipyard IPAShipyard IPA

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915 Ratings

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Ratings: 915
Reviews: 510
rAvg: 3.25
pDev: 16.31%
Wants: 5
Gots: 70 | 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 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.

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

This beers appearance is crystal clear and golden brown in color. It has a two finger head that’s white and has minimal lacing.

The aroma is dominated by hops, but has hints of citrus.

Its flavor is quite mild for an IPA. It’s hopy, but not bitter or full of bite. There is also a presence of malt that is not normally in an IPA. This would be a good introduction IPA for the ones who fear the hops.

There is a light mouth feel and is an easy going brew. It’s alright, but nothing spectacular.

Photo of Brian700
2.93/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer pours a light amber with a white head that fizzles down to a small ring around my glass. There isn't very much lacing going on.

The nose is very lacking for an IPA. It smells more like a weak APA. Mild hop aroma.

The taste is also lacking for an IPA. This is more of an APA in my book. There is definately some hop presence here but its not much more than an average pale ale. It has some malty sweetness.

The mouthfeel is alright. Medium body with medium carbonation.

It's not to bad but its kind of pushing it by calling it an IPA.

Photo of klewis
2.93/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Nice, light golden color; frothy one finger head that stuck around for a while, but left very little lacing.

S: Notes of caramel and butterscotch. There's definitely some hops in the nose, but much less than its contemporaries.

T: Sweet malty taste on the tongue followed by a fleeting hop flavor and lots of astringincy in the finish.

M: Good amount of carbonation, but very light-bodied.

D: Not bad for the $6.99 I payed for the sixer, but there are much better IPA's to be had for just a buck or two more. This beer's saving grace is that it would be an excellent crossover beer for non-BA's or newcomers to IPA's due to the non-threatening presence of the hops.

Photo of GolgiIPAratus
2.83/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Sampled: 7.29.05

This beer has little visual characteristics that stand out. Usual head quantity for any liquid with carbonation, but dissipates quickly, leaving little to no lacing. Typical copper-orange sits under the surface.

The smell is metallic sweetness; twangs the nostrils a bit. Other than that it smells like the generic aroma of “beer”, nothing noteworthy.

A taste is slightly better than the look & smell lead you to believe about what you got yourself into. There's sweetness and tartness initially, followed and partially disturbed by a metallic flavor carried over form the nose. It wasn't a killer, but it certainly makes me feel like this is the last time I buy this beer (unless I'm waylaid in Maine and there's nothing else!). There are also some malts in this that reminded me of barley. The carbonation is light and it sits decently in the mouth.

It's easy to drink if it's the right temperature. The closer to room temp it gets, the better the flavor. Too cold and it's way too bitter and metallic. It's a Maine beer. I wasn't expecting much all the times I've drank it, and I didn't get much. But when you're in the middle of Hartland (25 minutes from Bangor…yeah) it's better than Bud Light.

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

poured a moderate copper color with decent white head that fell to a thin ring. Smell is hoppy with not much malt present. Taste is nice and hoppy, as would be expected. Finish is dry and bitter. Good example of this type of beer but nothing spectactular.

Photo of beerceller99
3.16/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Has an amber color with a large airy head. Herbal, earthy smell. Light to medium bodied with light carbonation. Decent grainy, yeasty flavor with a medium intense bitterness to finish.
Easy to drink and real thirst quencher just like a glass of cold water. Thats the good, and bad thing about this beer.

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
3.6/5  rDev +10.8%
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
3.29/5  rDev +1.2%
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
3.18/5  rDev -2.2%
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
2.64/5  rDev -18.8%
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
3.73/5  rDev +14.8%
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
3.06/5  rDev -5.8%
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
3.28/5  rDev +0.9%
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
2.86/5  rDev -12%
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
3.57/5  rDev +9.8%
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.

Shipyard IPA from Shipyard Brewing Co.
75 out of 100 based on 915 ratings.