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Shipyard Monkey Fist IPA - Shipyard Brewing Co.

Not Rated.
Shipyard Monkey Fist IPAShipyard Monkey Fist IPA

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142 Reviews
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Reviews: 142
Hads: 951
Avg: 3.43
pDev: 15.16%
Wants: 11
Gots: 225 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Shipyard Brewing Co. visit their website
Maine, United States

Style | ABV
English India Pale Ale (IPA) |  6.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: puboflyons on 04-25-2012

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Photo of Act25
3.68/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

In the New England trending toward English style IPA.

A: 1 finger off white head on a deep reddish amber slightly hazy body. OK lacing and retention.

S: Even at cask temperature, too laid back with first caramel malts, then piney hops providing a citrus and earthy feel.

T: Follows smell, but more ample with piney, earthy, and grassy hop flavor. Malts are nicely represented. It's a bar beer.

M: Nice feel, good weight... medium body and moderate carbonation.

O: Piney IPA, full flavored. Well balanced.

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Photo of StoutElk_92
3.69/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours orange-red. Smells malty and hoppy. Tastes like caramel malts and tangerine grapefruit citrus hops. Slightly herbal and pretty malty. This is an unbalanced IPA that I appreciate, because it has just the right amount of hops to balance out the malty sweetness. One of my favorite Shipyard beers.

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Photo of nyyfanatic213
3.43/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark copper out of the bottle. This is a throwback beer in many ways. Piney hops on the nose with some citrus notes, definitely English in style with a stronger malt presence than what has become the standard in IPA's today. Not much to speak of in terms of head or lacing. The major fault with this beer is that it's not as balanced as it could be; which is a trademark of the EIPA. The malt and hops do not so much compliment one another as they do battle for dominance.

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Photo of chicagoish
4/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours an Orangey Red colour (think cedar) topped by a 3 finger head that quickly dissipates to a think skim. Tons of lacing on the glass.

S- Citrusy Hop notes that are a classic representation of a West-Coast style IPA. Mild Pine notes.

T- Some citrus hops (lemon/grapefruit). Little bit of pine comes through

M- Medium mouthfeel. Low Carbonation

O- One of the better beers I've had from Shipyard.

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Photo of Hopamaniac
4.31/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Great IPA with a just right abv. I drink it in 32oz frozen mugs at Codys in Clearwater Fl...$2.50 a full pint! Love the look. Flavor, smell, hops, citrus flavors with a nice thick head that settles to a light rim for the entire time of your drink. Love this IPA but there are others out there that are better but the abv keeps you from drinking several and you if course pay more.

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Photo of lwillitz
3.61/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12-oz bottle into Belgian ale glass

A - cloudy body of deep orange under a 2-finger khaki head; nice lace

S - citrus and a touch of pine

T - fresh grapefruit, bready malt backbone, tropical fruits, touch of sweetness, floral notes, pine, dry finish

M - medium-bodied, medium carbonation

O - I would call this an average IPA.

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Photo of Beertsipper
3.31/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Copper color with very small head. Smell of citrus, hops, herbs. Taste is grapefruit, lemon, caramel, toffee, bread. Finishes a little dry. Heavy mouth feel. I've had better in this style. Not my favorite.

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Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, best before 11/25/2015. Pours slightly hazy orange/copper color with a 2 finger fairly dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of grapefruit, lemon zest, orange peel, citrus rind, pear, pineapple, pine, caramel, toasted bread, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of citrus/pine hops, fruity yeast, and dark/bready malt notes; with good strength. Taste of grapefruit, lemon zest, orange peel, citrus rind, pear, pineapple, pine, caramel, toasted bread, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Moderate amount of pine/citrus rind bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, lemon/orange peel, citrus rind, pear, pineapple, pine, caramel, toasted bread, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice robustness, compelxity, and balance of citrus/pine hops, fruity yeast, and dark/bready malt flavors; with a nice malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately sticky/resinous, and lightly creamy mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warmth lingering after the finish. Overall this is a very nice English IPA style. All around good robustness, complexity, and balance of citrus/pine hops, fruity yeast, and dark/bready malt flavors; and very smooth to drink for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of IIPAHOP
4.37/5  rDev +27.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle. Excellent IPA. Has a great full bodied taste. Great smell. Medium color and smooth going down. You have to love the name and the label. Hop Hop

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Photo of BuxMontBeerLover
3.83/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

No idea why all the low ratings...good but not top-notch IPA but way better than just an OK rating in my opinion. Loosen up BA raters...you being influenced by others ratings?

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Photo of stickydankhop
2.44/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Ordered on tap from Seadogs Orlando. Flavor profile is too malty dumped with bitter hops enough to cause a gag reflex. My inexperienced friend took one drink and lost all ambitions to drink beer that night.

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Photo of sjones5045
3.6/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

4/17/15 Tampa

An all around avg beer at best. Note that I did have this after a rather bad beer so this beer may have tasted better than it it by default. King of bland and pretty unremarkable.

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Photo of TBCE
2.43/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Tried this brew a couple times. Just plain don't think to highly of it. Very hoppy and dry, not necessarily a bad thing, but it got a burnt flavor to it that lingers.

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Photo of RockAZ
3.74/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bitter IPA, piney, burnt wood or dried pink grapefruits someone set fire to. Kind of a gritty dirt taste afterwards that lingered a long time. Did not really like this beer much, but it is hoppy, it is an IPA and some will like it. Not for me.

12 oz bottle poured into an imperial pint glass, tasted within 90 days of bottling.

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Photo of TheBierdimpfe
3.1/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Hazy pure amber color. Thick and foamy beige 2 finger persistent head with some nice activity.

Sharp aromas of fruity citrus and toasty bread like. Strong highly bitter flavors of smoky orange peel and clove. Slightly missing some freshness.

Medium slick body with average carbonation. Strong and long mouth puckering and astringent finish. Powerful smoky bitter mouth coating of cloves and orange.

Overall : It's like chewing an orange peel, interesting taste but way too bitter.

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Photo of 31Sam13
3.43/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very, very hoppy, without much else to be said. A very bitter, dry--almost burnt--aftertaste that left me scratching my head. Not bad but not a keeper.

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Photo of PorterPro125
3.52/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Serving Type: 500mL Can

A- Pours an Orangey Red colour (think cedar) topped by a 3 finger head that quickly dissipates to a think skim. Tons of lacing on the glass.

S- Citrusy Hop notes that are a classic representation of a West-Coast style IPA. Mild Pine notes.

T- This IPA is a hopbomb for sure. Not much other than citrus hops (lemon/grapefruit). Little bit of pine comes through

M- Medium mouthfeel with low carbonation.

O- Solid IPA and one of the better beers I've had from Shipyard. Tasty even with the high ABV.

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Photo of ssmack
3.81/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Celar reddish amber colour with half nche of yellowish head. The carbonation streams has 2 different speeds. Excellent lacing that almost covered the the side of the glass and great retention.

Mild aroma of citrus and fresh paint.

The taste is a burst of hops. Fpra; amd cotris (grapefruit and lemon) bitterness with an extra lick after about 30 seconds. More piney in the aftertaste. Left with a pit of bitterness at the very back of the mouth. Lingering taste hours later.

Medium feel.

A well-made American IPA with a variety of hop flavours.

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Photo of tekstr1der
3.21/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Draught. Pours deep amber with big clingy white head. Mild hoppy nose is matched by rather boring, slightly skunky taste. Underwhelming hoppinessess. This is on my don't-get-again list.

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Photo of Jeffo
4.2/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this one at the LCBO this past summer.

From a 16oz can into a snifter

APPERANCE: Pours a two finger, medium looking, creamy white head with very good retention. Clear burnt orange with lower levels of carbonation evident. Head slowly fades to a creamy foam cap and clings to the sides of the glass. A splotchy wisp and ring remain leaving dots of lacing down the glass.

SMELL: Pale malts, caramel, lots of grapefruit, honeydew melon and pineapple on the nose. Lots of fruity notes for sure. Could be a touch bolder, but this is really hoppy and fruity. Nice stuff.

TASTE: Pale malts, caramel and some honey sweetness up front, then some bitter hops and grapefruit at the swallow. Bold and lingering finish of lemon and grapefruit bitterness, honeydew melon, pineapple and piney bitterness as well. Very flavorful and bitter-sweet, with plenty of hop character all over the place. Great stuff.

PALATE: Medium body and medium levels of carbonation. Creamy smooth on the palate, goes down smooth and finishes slightly dry. Good feel as well.

OVERALL: Either this batch turned out like a gem or they've overhauled the recipe, because this is far, far better than the scores here would suggest. Or maybe canning really does make that big of a difference. Either way, I’m surprised it only scores a 3.34 here. Very good stuff. Solid malt backbone with lots of flavor and hop character here. A nice, creamy and smooth feel to support it all as well. A quality IPA that I would gladly drink again.

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Photo of Samp01
3.52/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slight hazy amber with a medium lasting beige head, mild lacing. Citrus and floral aroma with some sweet caramel malt, yeast and mildly fruity notes. Taste same as aroma with good bitterness on the end. Palate is a medium body, moderate carbonation. Finish has a good caramel malt character, yeast, mild fruity notes with a citrus floral hops bitterness on the end. Overall a good showing, decently balanced and good drinking.

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Photo of illpass78
3.79/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pint on tap at Salt Bay Cafe in Damariscotta, Maine, a terrific restaurant where you should go eat.

Appearance: Pours a mostly clear amber with a one-finger eggshell head. Lacing is moderate.

Aroma: Lots of hops in this one. Smells of hops, pine, grapefruit, and lemon. Some grass, too.

Taste: Lemon, grass, and grapefruit are right up front. Nice hoppy IPA. Some alcohol burn, too.

Mouthfeel: Drinkable and medium-bodied.

Overall: This is a nice, bitter, hoppy, flavorful IPA. I'd recommend it to any IPA fans. It's much hoppier and aggressive than their Fuggles IPA, which is also a nice offering. Shipyard does a lot of things well, and this is one of them.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.35/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle, part of the Shipyard mixed IPA pack. Hmmmm...maybe this is the reason Big Rock changed the name of their Monkey's Fist Royal IPA.

This beer pours a clear, medium copper amber hue, with three pudgy fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and bubbly beige head, which leaves some splotchy streaks of sudsy lace around the glass as it evenly subsides.

It smells of sharp lemon and orange citrus rind, pine needles, earthy yeast, bready, crackery caramel malt, and further leafy, sort of perfumed hops. The taste is rather bitter muddled citrus pith, acrid pine tree detritus, gritty pale and caramel malt, a still existent yeastiness, and earthy, weedy, leafy, and floral hops, the alcohol now manifesting more straightforwardly.

The carbonation is fairly edgy in its tight frothiness, the body a staunch medium weight, and not particularly smooth - hops, yeast, and alcohol alike ganging up as such. It finishes mostly dry, the same smoothness-killers lingering on for a spell.

A so-so Yankee IPA, the acridity not very well balanced by any malt attributes, and sort of too bitterly floral to be all that enjoyable. Eh, if that's your thing, great, but me, I'm happy to have procured just the single serving.

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Photo of cbutova
2.98/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Best by February 2015.

A- 12oz bottle poured to a goblet with a copper-orange body. An off-white cap forms with a thick creamy consistency up to about one finger. Pretty good retention as a frothy island and medium ring deposit spotty lace with some webs.

S- Hops forward but medium caramelized malts and sweetness poke through. Bitter orange peel hops are the emphasis with earthy and herbal hints as well. Something comes of as very slightly metallic.

T- The theme of bitter orange zest citrus hops continues on here as well as the backing of them by medium Crystal grains that lend a light sweetness. Grapefruit pith, floral, pine resin with the yeast bringing light fruit notes.

MF- Medium thickness with a puffy, frothy texture with any agitation of the beer. Carbonation at a moderate level and the beer ends with a high bitterness relative to the body and flavor.

IPAs with caramel malt character can be good but this one is only decent. The heavily bitter citrus pith hops clash a bit with the sweetness and flavor of the grains. Just doesn't come off all that clean and seems a bit abrasive.

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Photo of srandycarter
3.75/5  rDev +9.3%

Dislike the new system, btw. Not that anyone cares.

A - Murky orange, small near white head, some cling.

S - Malt, orange essence.

T - Yum. Big malt, huddled in by appropriate hops. Feels bigger than it is.

M - Medium body, great carb and balance.

D - Very drinkable.

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Shipyard Monkey Fist IPA from Shipyard Brewing Co.
79 out of 100 based on 142 ratings.