Fuggles IPA - Shipyard Brewing Co.

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Fuggles IPA
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Ratings: 102
Reviews: 15
rAvg: 3.08
pDev: 22.73%
Wants: 2
Gots: 13 | 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: GarthDanielson on 07-22-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

This is an alias for Shipyard IPA, which is brewed with 100% Fuggles.
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Ratings: 102 | Reviews: 15
Reviews by CoalPorter:
Photo of CoalPorter
3.8/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a brown bottle into a pint glass, enjoy by date of Jan 2012

A - 1.5 fingers of pillowy eggshell head leaving some lacing
color is golden honey, quite clear and inviting, small carbonation bubbles are evident

S - very herbal hop nose, slightly sweet and musty champagne like aroma underneath

T - bitterness up front, with flavors of grass, lemon peel, apricot and quinine, not much malt to balance but still delicious

M - medium

O - an easy drinking IPA without the citrus-hop-slam of the west coast styles I will have to get my hands on some more.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Cavanaghty
4.42/5  rDev +43.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from tap into a pint.

Appearance: A slightly cloudy amber color with a small amount of white head that did not last long.

Smell: Sweet flowery type smell, I think. Honestly the smell was not what I expected from any IPA, could not nail down the smell, but it smelled good.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Medium to light bodied and surprisingly smooth. Taste was on the lighter side with a mild sweetness and good bitterness with it. Although I could taste the alcohol.

Overall: Very refreshing and enjoyable IPA. Haven't seen this one around much, but I will keep my eye out so I can have it again.

Photo of pBRale
2.93/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

From tasting notes 9-17-11
Poured into a snifter

Appearance: Clear pale amber pour, a 3-finger off white head that settles quickly and leaves traces of lacing here and there down the glass.

Smell: Not the typical American IPA smell I've grown accustomed to--there are some hops (mostly floral) and a strong malt presence in the nose.

Taste: The taste is a bit underwhelming for me. The flavor is primarily of earthy hops sustained by some toasty/bready malts that are not too prominent, and the finish is bitter and earthy.

Mouthfeel: Probably what least attracts me to this beer is the feel, which is pretty thin and watery. There is low to medium carbonation but not enough to give it a very crisp finish.

Overall: On the whole, this beer was not too impressive, but it was still okay. I wish it had a bit more variety/complexity in the flavor. Although I have more of this beer, I will likely give the rest away to a friend or something.

Photo of plaid75
4/5  rDev +29.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at The Lark, East Northport, NY.

Poured a light copper hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a zesty herbal hop and healthy dose of caramel and diactyl.

The taste initially consisted of an earthy burnt caramel, buttery toast and soft diacytl but slowly developed a spicy hop element.

The mouthfeel was typical of the style.

Overall a tasty ENGLISH style IPA.

Photo of IvoryFoxhole
3.23/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into tulip glass. Date on bottle says best by Oct/12, so this should be in good form (I always worry about freshness when it comes to IPAs)

A) Slow pour, as head explodes into a formidable foamy four-finger in short order, takes a long time to dissolve and leaves prety nice lacing. Beer as a deep copper, quite pleasant looking.

S) More muted than I would like. A bit of the piney hops come through, some sweet malt smells and maybe an odd bit of raisin. Not unpleasant, just not forward.

T) Like smell, so goes the taste. Some malts, a hint of caramel and raisin. No citrus that I can detect. Some piney bitterness on the finish. I'm in no way qualified to distinguish between Fuggles and other sorts of hops.

M) Moderate/medium-bodied. A fair amount of carbonation. Decent amount of bitterness on finish and somewhat dry.

O) It's not bad, but it just doesn't have a lot of flavor.

Photo of CHickman
2.94/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Beer Review from 11/21/12, on tap at The Lark in East Northport, NY: pours a hazy orange amber color with a small off white head that faded on the fast side, leaving minimal spotty lacing.

Smells of malt, roasted grains, biscuit, caramel, spices, herbs, cardboard and wet wheat bread; very bready and like an English IPA.

Tastes like it smells, with malt, roasted grains, biscuit, caramel, spices like allspice and pepper, herbs like tea leaf, yeast/cardboard, pizza dough, and wet wheat bread; seems to be a cinnamon aftertaste lingering that tastes like wet cardboard and nothing like hops, so this was disappointing even if it is an English-style IPA as there should be some hops present.

Mouthfeel is tart and bitter, with a medium body, average carbonation and a grainy cardboard aftertaste.

This was way too malty to be an IPA as I like them, and a big letdown; even for an English IPA this just had no hop punch and lacked any real balance. Avoid unless you like malty cardboard flavor and bland English IPA’s.

Photo of happy4hoppybeer
1.96/5  rDev -36.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Poured into shaker glass a pale golden-orange/light amber, with good 1-finger white head, leaving moderate traces of bubbly lacing. Decent retention. Looks OK.

My nose inhales notes of faint sweetness, bread-like grains and fruits. Not detecting a lot of hop character at all. A little sweet, barley perhaps, some fruit and grains. Very underwhelming.

Fairly light body of sweetness, some toffee-like malt showing, and tartness. Heavy carbonation. Some piney hops come in, faintly. Very thin body, kind of flat and watery at times.

Not liking this one at all. Very bland, boring and lacking even the most basic structure and flavors of a real American or even English IPA. Not recommended.

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.73/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a growler at the Shipyard in Eliot, ME. I poured the beer in a pint glass, and it pours with a huge, fluffy, white, big bubbled head. The head is roughly two inches, and rests upon a copper-gold coloring, which is crystal clear with little to no bubbles. Aromas are syrupy sweet butterscotch, with a good solid tone of a citrus/hops blend. The flavors are semisweet, with more of a caramel character. That is quickly whisked away on a hoppy and slightly boozey backbone, and a peppery and citrus sweet end flavor. The aftertaste is syrupy sweet again, with a blast of dry hops at the end. The finish is slick, a little dry, and puckers the mouth a bit. Pretty tasty!

Photo of beergod1
2.91/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear copper/orange with a white foamy head. Aroma has some subtle caramel malt and a mild Fuggles hop presence. But it seems to me Fuggles should be partnered with a couple of other hops, for more balance, but....I don't own my own brewery. Starts with some malty sweetness, with a nice fresh hoppy balance turning more dry toward the finish. There is a musty flavor I don't care for much. Not an IPA I will buy again.

Photo of utopiajane
3.06/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Pours hazy orange amber with a thin head that faded fast and left scant thin soapy lace. Nose is lemon citrus and lots of bread and caramel. Plenty of yeast on the nose for an ipa. Tiny bit of apple and floral as it warms and a touch of spice. Malt sweetness really deepens and opens up well as it warms. Taste is malt, cracker, grain and no real hop palate just an oily coating on the tongue to remind you that they should be in there. Has a yeasty quality and a floral aspect on the palate but it’s short lived and then the malt sweetness is what remains. Medium body with prickly carbonation that leaves a touch bitter with a malty grain aftertaste that is dry. It tasted cooked and and somewhat bland. It’s a very mild ipa that was not altogether unpleasant.

Photo of vfgccp
3.04/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A- Great golden color, pure white head with amazing head retention and great lacing. Very surprising head on lace for an IPA, head stays intact almost like a nitro head. Very small bubble structure.

S- Light on aver all aroma. The smell is pretty one dimensional, there are hints of herbal and citrus hop smells. Notes of lime as well as an orange citrus smell.

T- Bright and bitter from beginning to end. There are touches of a watery flavor throughout the profile, but over all there is a huge bitterness throughout. The overall flavor is pretty one diminutional.

M- On the lighter side, the bitterness stays on the palate but NO smooth coating finish. Not a great mouthfeel.

O- Moderate drinkability, the lack of complexity in the flavor and the mediocre mouthfeel really detract fro this beers overall appeal. The look of this beer is truly amazing, but the look is not why we drink beers.

Photo of soulfly1492
3.95/5  rDev +28.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Aroma: Easy to distinguish the English fuggles hops. Floral and bitter citrus. Also a moderate malt presende. Odd, smells like Munich malt.

Appearance: Deep orange / light brown. Moderate head is light tan. Great retention and intense lacing. Light haze.

Flavor: Definitely spot on with the English style IPA. Fuggle, but also a bit of sulfus in the aftertaste. This bottle is fresh, not sure where that came from. Malt is mild and bitter, definitely like the Munich variety, but not typical malt profile for an IPA.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body, moderate carbonation is felt on the tongue. Slick and oily, finishes about neutral.

Overall: Regreshing brew even on a very hot day. Nice balance of hops and malt.

Photo of Haybeerman
3.53/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Clear orange amber color. Poured a 3 finger fluffy white head with good retention to a 1 finger cap. Laced in thin rings.

S: Bready malt; slightly sweet. Citrus aromas; orange and lemon. Faint grassiness.

T: Much like the nose. Slightly resinous in the middle. Finishes dry with a sharp bitter.

M: Medium body. Moderate carbonation. Slightly resinous. Finishes dry on the palate with a bit of the sweet malt lingering.

O: Versus the floral IPA's this one comes through more in the bitter finish than the floral opening. Moderate ABV makes it fairly drinkable. You'll need to get West coast IPA out of your head to give it a fair try.

Photo of KrausenRingKing
3.2/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured with a slight haze with a nice head and good head retention. I got a very straight forward smell of malt- toffee - carmel and a hit of roasted malt. The hop aroma was more earthy as with faint citrus notes- as you should get from an all Fuggles ale . Bitterness was not as agressive up front as it was on the back end with a long lingering dryness. Hope flavor was again earthy-woody with a hint of citrus finish. If you aren't letting this beer warm up to at least 50 degrees prior to serving you are not getting all of the flavors and aromas from the beer. 55 is optimal serving temp for english style ales.

Photo of LiquidSanity
3.61/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Ap: Very beautiful copper brown amber color. Mild lacing with a tiny head that diminishes quickly.

Ar: Nothing impressive. A very dull and metallic smell. Cannot distinguish anything desirable through the smell.

Ta: While not overbearing, it is enjoyable. It isn't as hoppy as other IPAs. It is quite bitter with a slight bready hop flavor. I would mistake it for an APA instead. It's very bland with just a hint of hops but it easily becomes a sessionable beer as a result. A slight metallic aftertaste exists.

Mf: Smooth and mildly creamy. Nothing harsh or offensive. Goes down easy and isn't void of texture.

Ov: It is affordable and delicious but won't satisfy hop heads. It honestly is more along the lines of an APA versus IPA. This isn't a bad thing since you could easily drink a 6 pack and be perfectly satisfied. I'd crave this over an adjunct Lager if I wanted a beer to drink throughout the night or when watching a sporting event. There are many more options available that are far worse. Cheers!

Fuggles IPA from Shipyard Brewing Co.
72 out of 100 based on 102 ratings.