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Shipyard IPA - Shipyard Brewing Co.

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Shipyard IPAShipyard IPA

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825 Ratings

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Ratings: 825
Reviews: 502
rAvg: 3.25
pDev: 16.31%
Wants: 4
Gots: 21 | 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 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
Photo of WVbeergeek

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
Photo of zerk


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

Pours a clear copper with a thin white head that leaves behind rings of lace.

It has a hoppy herbal aroma with some toasted malt thrown in.

Flavor begins malty with some caramel and nut, then becomes bitter with a sharp note of herbal, earthy fuggles.

Has a rough and oily mouthfeel with a medium body.

A very well done English-style IPA.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2003 10:35:51 | More by zerk
Photo of nomad


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

A pale oranged gold color, this beer's soft white head was firm and flat. Barely supported by tiny bits of carbonation, though it did have some nice lace and a long side-wise stain.

Smell was faint but of fruit, some hop leafiness, and some golden malt. Hardly what the name and taste would be presumably complemented with, this beer's smell was very weak. But the taste was of a tasty bitter: big, hearty, fruity, dryly bitter, and sourly acidic. The malt was buried underneath but undoubtedly present. Gave off a very light toastiness, too.

A whole lot of hops of only one kind though - interesting but not bad. Lack of yeast is a big minus. I wonder of it’s pasteurised?

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2003 09:44:17 | More by nomad
Photo of WesWes

New York

3.48/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer maintains a nice off-white head, but lacks in it's hop aroma. The single hop, Fuggles, offers not only a poor hop flavor, but also a bitter, musty aroma. The color is traditional among IPA's, pale yet slightly higher in lovibond than a pilsner, noting the use of a crystal malt (probably a 20L-40L). It is incredibly drinkable with a low-med body. This is not one of my favorite beers. It lacks all the key ingredients of a good IPA; elevated alcohol, a strong hop flavor, a strong and destinctive hop aroma . IPA's are supposed to be for the beer snob.They are for people who like hops, not the mainstream Budweiser drinker. Be creative. It looks as though they spent as much time formulating this recipe as they did in creating it's label, which in my opinion is absolutely horrible, especially from a noteworthy brewery such as The Shipyard. "Two Thumbs Down!"

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2003 05:58:32 | More by WesWes
Photo of feloniousmonk


3.6/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: clear, light amber color, with a large, flowery, off-white head. Aroma: sweet and fruity, sharp with citrus, grapefruit, orange, apricot, pineapple, even? With a little tartness, too. Quite a unique aroma profile, but I've never been too familiar with the Fuggle variety.
On the palate, a dizzying display of hops, quite a nice, tasty blitz of bitterness, which remains for quite some time on the lips and tongue.
Body is light, compared to the hop attack, and could benefit from more maltiness, methinks. Not quite on par with livelier IPAs.
Very drinkable, and so far my favorite Shipyard offering.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2003 17:14:33 | More by feloniousmonk
Photo of jeffboo


3.65/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A nice orange color with puffy white foam. The aroma is of spicy,earthy hops maybe a hint of citrus in there too. The flavor of spicy,earthy hops with a subdued malt flavor. The finish is a fine bitterness and dry. An interesting ale for fuggles hop tasting.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2003 11:57:12 | More by jeffboo
Photo of OldFrothingSlosh


2.73/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Presentation: 12oz. amber bottle. Best by date of May-03.

Appearance: Poured a clear honey color. Minimal head but nice patchy lacing of the glass.

Smell: Not much here. Minimal aroma of citrusy/floral hops.

Taste: Harsh. I'm not sure if that's the right adjective, but that's what popped into my head. Like it was unrefined and waiting to havethe finishing touches put on it. Starts off OK, but there is a really astringent, "gravel"-like bitterness that takes over at the end. There's also a "smoky" taste the shows up right at the end that threw me. I'm not sure if perhaps multiple types of hops might make this a little more palateable, but it was tough to drink this one.

Mouthfeel: Average. Fairly creamy and medium-bodied.

Drinkability: The harshness of the beer makes the drinkability score suffer. A nasty coating of aftertaste lingers in the mouth, making me feel as though I need to rinse my mouth. Tough to finish this one.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2003 16:23:42 | More by OldFrothingSlosh
Photo of Darkale


2.6/5  rDev -20%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Copper-orange in color, with a rocky, uneven and thick tan head that does not last. Good lacing. I did not detect much of an aroma at all.

Great initial hops bite. Slightly chewy but that does not last. Taste becomes thin, citrusy, almost watery. Odd -- it starts as an IPA, tastes like a thin pale ale for a while, and ends up bitter.

Brisk at first. Malty sense is lighter than I would like. By the time you've finished it, all you remember is a tacky kind of sourness. I did not want more than one.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2003 06:22:02 | More by Darkale
Photo of BierReise


2.95/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12oz Bottle: Not one of my favorite IPA's, bitterness overwhelms hop flavor. Small head dissapeared quickly and only slight lacing of glass. Malt presence also subdued due to bitterness. Slight aftertaste in back. I've had the IPA on draught and that is much better than this one in a bottle.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2003 09:31:15 | More by BierReise
Photo of BeerBuilder


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

Pours to a copper color with an off-white head. It leaves a good amount of lacing when sipped down. The aroma is fruity, and grainy; somewhat spicy. The flavor is fruity, peppery, and grainy. It flows to a hoppy, dry finish. It has a hop bitterness that sticks with you. It is a pretty good medium bodied IPA. It is not over the top in the hop department.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2003 08:41:51 | More by BeerBuilder
Photo of tavernjef


3.6/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Color is a pale golden yellow with a small foamy white head about a finger high, lots of stringy lace. Smells faintly of musty fruit and floral hop. Taste is mild, mostly floral slightly citrusy hops that are dullish but bright. Its a bit uneven, but its crisp and breadish, quite smooth and easy. Lacks a bit of hop character for an IPA, its more closer to a pale. Feel is medium-light with a buttery body and slight bittering dry hop in the finish. Its very drinkable and overall pretty good.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2003 17:53:45 | More by tavernjef
Photo of PhantomVodoo


4.1/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Copper hued golden color with an off-white head.
Difficult to describe aroma. Bready malts and floral, earthy hops.

Taste is also difficult to describe. Shows a nice bready malt backbone. Good level of bitterness throughout. Crisp hop bite. Finishes well. Taste is unique, but enjoyable.

Good mouthfeel.
Very drinkable.

Overall, a good beer. Different. This seems like more of a pale
ale to me, but of course a lot of American IPA's are overhopped when looking at the true IPA style. This would make a nice session beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2003 20:34:42 | More by PhantomVodoo
Photo of Scooter77


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

Pours a slightly hazy copper color with a medium, white bubbly head. The head fades away quickly, leaving a very thin lace. The hops are the first aroma that hit’s the nose intermixed with orange and lemon peel. The taste is very hoppy. Floral hops are definitely the dominator here making it extremely bitter. A mild tanginess of citrus fruit is also very apparent. The finish was light and very dry. This was a decent IPA, I could take it or leave it.

Serving type: on-tap

04-10-2003 04:37:33 | More by Scooter77
Photo of jackndan


2.65/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Shipyard Fuggles IPA: a fairly deep amber color, that is very clear. Head is a good inch and a half with very good staying power. Nice rich and hoppy aroma, with a little medicine if you breath deeply enough. This beer has such rough edges, and more than a little battle between the hops and the malts. Predominate taste are the somewhat harsh malts, with a little bit of butter toffee flavors. Not a real well made IPA.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2003 20:19:23 | More by jackndan
Photo of Thrasher


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

There seems to be a group of New England IPAs that are light in color, light in malt, and light in alcohol; this is one of them and goes alongside Tremont and Harpoon. I think the best New England IPA-type beer (that I have tried) is Magic Hat's Blind Faith, but this is an interesting offering if not exceptional. At 5.8% it is not exactly your traditional kick-ass IPA but solid enough. Also good for boning up on your beer flavors if you are interested in knowing what exactly Fuggles hops taste like (delicate and piney, in case you're wondering, without the sap/sugar that pine flavor implies) or Ringwood yeast for that matter (any Shipyard brew will do). Malts are almost indistinct but manage to temper the hops in the aftertaste. A crisp, dry beer, better as it warmed. Intriguing in the single hop aspect, but a more complex recipe could have resulted in a better beer. Not great, just ok.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2003 19:32:19 | More by Thrasher
Photo of edchicma


3.68/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I'm not a great fan of the bitter taste of this type of beer. However, this offering has some merit. The smell belies its bitter quality, actually it smelled rather mild. The taste was bitter and tart, but it wasn't that bad with an aftertaste that lingered and in the end wasn't too bad at all. Recommend, especially for those who like a bit of biiterness than lingers nicely.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2003 15:44:40 | More by edchicma
Photo of ADR


3.3/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Another Maine brewery finds its way to Minnesota...

Clear dark yellow/orange color with a nice and puffy yellow head of 1/2 an inch. Wide dripping laces. Herbal tea-like aroma, slight bit of anise and straw. Touch of diacetyl that works OK. Definitely hopped, but a moderate bitterness overall, especially late -- malts lurk in the background and don't assert much. Sure, this brew lacks an American amount of copious west coast grapefruit pith, but does make up for it in over use of Fuggles. Hops are not overwhelming but they do lend a harsh balsam presence. Crisp, but I can't go for this in a big way.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2003 11:33:55 | More by ADR
Photo of oberon

North Carolina

3.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured kinda well golden/copper color I wasnt expecting as much as I got but it went fast.Smelled very hoppy to be expected,taste was very buttery never really had that in an IPA ,also a little piney notes in there.Not really anything spectacular but drinkable none the less.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2003 14:40:55 | More by oberon
Photo of mzwolinski


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

Aroma is yeasty, with an aggressive and unique flowery hop boquet, and a hint of butterscotch. In appearance the beer is dark gold, slightly hazed, with a massive head. Flavor is fruity, with a bit of wheat character. It finishes with a slight buttery diacetyl character and a nice, tight hop flavor throughout. Slight toffee aftertaste. Medium bodied, this beer has a very interesting flavor/aroma profile for an IPA -- definitely an East Coast interpretation. Nevertheless, a very robust and interesting character. Good!

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2003 17:11:52 | More by mzwolinski
Photo of cubedoggy


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

I drink this one straight from the bottle, so I can't tell you much on color.

It is readily available in Boston, so it's relatively inexpensive and better than almost anthing else out there (save Hop Devil). It has a good hoppy flavor with a nice, refreshing citrus finish. It's less dry than some others (ibid) but less sweet than Harpoon. I hope to try this one on draught somewhere soon so I can judge it there, but as long as the 12-packs are $10, I'll probably be staying home!

Seriously, this is a great year-round brew, particularly good in the warmer months. Another plus here is that Shipyard stamps the "Best By" date on the outside of the box, so you don't get excited only to open up a skunk farm.

This is a big problem in Boston. A lot of package, er, liquor, er, stores where you can buy beer have tried to get into the microbrew niche market, but 4 out of 10 times the beer is past its prime. Trust me, I've had enough bad ale to know what's good.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2003 21:03:09 | More by cubedoggy
Photo of kunzbrew


4.2/5  rDev +29.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew pours a semi-hazy copper color, with a white fluffy head that does not stick around very long, but leaves a silky lace behind. Hops, hops, and more hops hit the nose very hard at first sniff. Not bad I like a lot of hops. Well I guessed it hops are strong on the palate also, which is quite nice. This beer has a copper finish which is not turning me away.


Serving type: bottle

01-18-2003 19:26:46 | More by kunzbrew
Shipyard IPA from Shipyard Brewing Co.
75 out of 100 based on 825 ratings.