Shipyard Monkey Fist IPA - Shipyard Brewing Co.
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Reviews by ThisWangsChung:
2.36/5 rDev -29.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25
12 oz bottle into a nonic pint glass.
A: Pours a very murky dark copper color. The head is a fairly pretty one finger offwhite color with nicely even texturing and lacing. Retention isn't great, though.
S: At first, it seems like it has an okay amount of hops, both grapefruity and piny/peppery. After a while, the malt aroma pops up with strong caramel, biscuit, toffee, and even brown sugar. Malty, but actually pretty solid. Has Shipyard done it? Have they actually brewed a decent American IPA?
T: Erm...no. The malt backbone is not too bad here - a bit sweet, but it features nice flavors of brown sugar, nuts, and toffee; kind of like a strong ale in a way. However, the overuse of both crystal malts and buttery yeast hurts its quality. The finish is very bitter without any distinct hop flavors - actually, it might be a bit plasticky in flavor. If the malt profile hinders things, then the generic finishing bitterness ruins things utterly. Meh.
M: A bit on the coarse side through the maltiness, the carbonation, and the hop bitterness. The malts really prick the tongue in a slightly unpleasant way, and the hops are too astringent for their lack of flavors. At least it's not undrinkable.
O: I half-hoped for a okay American IPA here, what I got was a blah English strong ale. A pairing with sharp cheddar cheese could make this one more palatable, but I don't care to drink it again to find out. Seriously brewers, us IPA drinkers don't want generic bitterness and massive amounts of crystal malt in the name of 'balance', we want complex hop flavors with a nonintrusive malt backbone. Next!
Serving type: bottle
01-30-2013 21:31:09 | More by ThisWangsChung
More User Reviews:
4.16/5 rDev +24.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
Pours a cloudy burnt orange, with a moderate white head.
Aromas are of orange peel, leafy greens, caramel and mint tea.
Tastes of tea with an orange peel bitterness on the swallow.
Overall a slightly different IPA than what I've normally had, but I find it's uniqueness to be quite refreshing.
Serving type: can
07-24-2014 22:48:54 | More by BeerWatcher
Shipyard Monkey Fist IPA from Shipyard Brewing Co.
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