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Shipyard IPA - Shipyard Brewing Co.

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Shipyard IPAShipyard IPA

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73
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889 Ratings
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Ratings: 889
Reviews: 505
rAvg: 3.25
pDev: 16.62%
Wants: 5
Gots: 45 | 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 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.

HardTarget, Mar 06, 2005
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.

smcolw, Feb 26, 2005
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!

francisweizen, Feb 04, 2005
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.

BrewMaster, Feb 03, 2005
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.

Southernbrew, Jan 19, 2005
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.

skybluewater, Jan 17, 2005
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.

stjarnflikka, Dec 01, 2004
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

oelergud, Nov 27, 2004
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.

Globetrotter, Nov 22, 2004
Photo of Hagbard
2.48/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This IPA seems paler than most IPAs...it is a pale golden color. A medium white head forms. There really isn't much to the aroma, some light florally hops are suggested, but never assert themselves. There really isn't much to this beer in the way of taste, either. Very faint floral hops with a small amount of bitterness. Diacetyl enters at the finish making the beer finish on the sweet side. Drinkability suffers as the beer warms because the diacetyl really asserts itself and dominates what little hops there were to begin with. Really, this isn't a very good example of the style.

Hagbard, Nov 18, 2004
Photo of twelvsies
2.42/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer didn't really seem to exemplify the IPA style at all. Average amber appearance, not a lot of head on this one. Basically not very exciting smell. I suppose I do smell some floral hops in there, which is a good sign, but nothing else really stands out besides an odd sweet and musty scent. Taste is very non-descript. This is a perfect example of a beer that is technically a microbrew but doesn't really have any qualities that make it that much more interesting than cheaper beers. I used to like this beer a lot for some reason but now my impression is that it really doesn't cut it in terms of style or overall taste. Too bad.

twelvsies, Nov 07, 2004
Photo of alexgash
3.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Light, golden-copper with a foamy, off-white head.
Aromas of wispy, sweet malts mingle with resiny, herbal, slightly metallic hops.
Light biscuit malt flavors up front with a touch of butterscotch. Moderate hops come in—pine cleaner, resinous, and a hint of citric bitterness. Medium bodied, lively feel (a little too lively). A fine, but not a great IPA.

alexgash, Nov 03, 2004
Photo of steinlifter
3.63/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a nice medium golden small sudsy head slight retention,

smell: sweet hops

taste: big hops up front, dry finish, slightly sweet aftertaste

mouthfeel: well carbonated, thin, and chewy

drinkability: I'd have to say good, for fans of hop profile beers, for me it was o.k, I may try it again.

steinlifter, Oct 27, 2004
Photo of Beersignal
3.1/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

One of these middle-of-the-road beers which leaves you thinking...''I'd drink this again... I guess''.

A nice amber coloured beer with peach flesh reflections through a crystal clear liquid. A short lasting head of white foam adorns the beer but is not abundant.

Clean smells of soft malt and fresh hops are defied by light notes of fruitbasket fruits in the prime of their ripeness. That's it.

A timid bead rises and releases more of the fruit and hops before I take my first taste. A nicely done combination of malt and cereal husks support the same fruitiness found in the nose. Firm, crunchy and dry texture close off the experience with a brief aftertaste.

Beersignal, Oct 07, 2004
Photo of masterbruewer
2.88/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a light golden color. Medium white head. Light swirling carbonation.

The smell was sweet malt, yeast and a little floral scent.

The flavor was champagne-y sweet followed by a strong hop punch. Two extremes are well represented, but I wouldn't call it balanced.

The mouthfeel is light but harsh and a little tangy.

About average on the drinkability scale.

masterbruewer, Sep 21, 2004
Photo of jvajda
4.1/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Golden-copper-orange tone and thick head.
Smell: Hop bitterness and fruitiness.
Taste: More bitterness than fruitiness makes this a different sort of IPA than I am used to. I guess that's the 'English' part of it. The hops are well balanced with malt.
Mouthfeel: Nice and creamy.
Drinkability: An intriguing IPA that makes me want to come back for more.

Note: On-tap at Shipyard Brewery.

jvajda, Sep 12, 2004
Photo of drewbage
3.73/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled from a bottle purchased in the old hometown of Orlando. Served in a straight side pint glass.

Big frothy meringue head light copper body

Grassy vegetable hop with a light woody with a slightly phenolic bite

Flavor is intensely hoppy with a sharp co2 bite eventually fading into a light english malt caramel.

drewbage, Sep 03, 2004
Photo of marburg
3.3/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bronzed amber beer. No one will stare into this glass looking for answers to the world's problems, but it gets my interest piqued well enough.

A bit of a wood oil slickness and creaminess to the nose. Mild esters and generic bitter smell with some floral qualities.

Certainly bitter, though so many IPAs are made with one of the hops that starts with a "C" that this one seems unique despite its blandness. Well carbonated and lively, it's certainly refreshing. Bits of lemon and berry tart drizzled in caramel. But then it's really just hops. You get the hint of complexity, but dry, grainy, hop oily intensity takes over. Hops is the word of the day. They're all over the backend of this beer. No harshness or alcohol to slow consumption. Goes down well.

marburg, Aug 30, 2004
Photo of connecticutpoet
4.2/5  rDev +29.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The one I had said it was "Fuggles IPA", but I am assuming it was the same as this one under a different name.

This was a yellow, clear ale with a good head that lasted for a while. It was not too dense, however.

The aroma was of light hops... a bit surprising for an IPA. I would have expected more hop bite in the nose.

The taste, however, had SERIOUS bite. It was VERY bitter, but was light and quite refreshing.

Mouthfeel was quite good for the style, and I will definately have this one again.

connecticutpoet, Aug 15, 2004
Photo of TPoling
3.98/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours amber with the beginnings of a nice head, but disipates all too quickly. Fuggles hops in the nose for a classic touch of the Brit ale from whence it came. Also a bit of light toast malt in the smell. Taste is as advertised through the olfactory with high hopping an nice malt backbone. There seems to be a bit of diacytal here, but it seems to add to the character rather than detract in this case.

TPoling, Aug 10, 2004
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
Shipyard IPA from Shipyard Brewing Co.
73 out of 100 based on 889 ratings.