Shipyard Monkey Fist IPA - Shipyard Brewing Co.

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Shipyard Monkey Fist IPAShipyard Monkey Fist IPA

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BA SCORE
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876 Ratings
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Ratings: 876
Reviews: 140
rAvg: 3.35
pDev: 15.22%
Wants: 9
Gots: 164 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Shipyard Brewing Co. visit their website
Maine, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: puboflyons on 04-25-2012

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Ratings: 876 | Reviews: 140
Reviews by donmonkey1:
Photo of donmonkey1
4/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Cloudy orangish-copper, great thick foamy off white head, great lacing.

Smell: Grapefruit/citrus

Taste: Same as smell but with floral and a little pine added.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, would like a little more carbonation.

This is a fantastic beer. This would satisfy anybody with a hop cravin'.

More User Reviews:
Photo of TheBierdimpfe
3.1/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.45/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not a big Shipyard fan, but thought this might be worth a try.

In a pint glass the beer was a bright copper color with a thick off-white head. The head dissipated quickly, and left a lot of lace.

Hoppy aroma. Floral and grassy, some citrus. Sweet malt background.

The aroma didn't quite translate into the taste. Mostly a floral, perfumy taste. A tiny bit of grapefruit, and a little bit of sweet bread.

OK beer, a little bit better than average.

Photo of bishopdc0
3.23/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pick up one of these as a local new beer to try.

Poured into my pilsner glass, not sure why i chose it but there you go. The beer is pale amber in color with a dense white head. As I move it around the head floats and remains.

The aroma is sweet spicy hops with hints of caramel malts. The aroma isn't over the top but very pleasant.

The taste is a a classic english style ipa. The flavor is an initial burst of earthy hops. The hops remain and there is a spicy flavor that pokes in as the beer finishes. The end is bitter but is smooth. Not my favorite ipa but a good example of the style.

Photo of Billolick
3.45/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle, "best enjoyed before" dating notched onto the side of the label.

Pour is clear and lighter amber, under a moderate eggshell head. leaves fine strands of lace on the glass.

Bready nose, I also pick up some nutty notes, tea and some herbal hoppy notes, quite the complex nose!

On the palate, its more tea, more herbal notes, some mint. Also a hint of soap and some vegatal slightly off putting notes.

Ehh, some thing definatly seems off here. With so many quality IPA's out there I doubt I'd go for this one again.

Photo of jondeelee
3.81/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Monkey Fist IPA opens to a bright, citrusy, hoppy nose, full of pink grapefruit, grapefruit rind, and lemon oil, with lesser bits of dandelion stem, grass, mint, and eucalyptus in the background. Good levels of brown and confectioner’s sugar add sweetness to combat the bitter hops, and fruit esters bring in touches of orange, berry, and apricot. There’s also a light toast crust and cracker backing, somewhat helping to earth the beer. As a whole, the nose is heavily geared toward hops, which are present in a good variety and potency, showcasing a good selection. But as a whole, the beer seems fairly tame, edging out slightly in the hops, but not necessarily distinguishing itself from the field, and the sugars could have used a boost, especially in the fruit esters.

On the tongue, the beer is immediately hoppy, with pine resin, grapefruit rind, dandelion stem, lemon oil, mint, anise, and eucalyptus first and foremost, the flavors here much more bitter than they seemed on the nose. Brown sugar helps bring the bitterness into perspective, joined by small touches of orange, berry, and apricot fruit esters. Toast crust, cracker, and Grape Nuts cereal notes from the grains add more earthiness. Towards the end of the mouthful, as the sugars die off, the taste is largely hops, coming across as tart and, because of the lack of other notes, simultaneously watery. The aftertaste is a continuation of this hop-only note, the sugars and most of the grains having completely died off. Mouthfeel is medium-light to medium, and carbonation is medium.

Overall, there are good hop flavors in here, and especially for fans of the more bitter side of hops, there’s much in here to enjoy. The beer as a whole, however, feels watery and weak, as if a truckload of hops had been added to a rather standard ale.

Photo of far333
3.73/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Crystal clear burnished bright copper colored with an orangey off-white thick and dimpled head that lingers very long. Low aroma of grapefruit, mint, orange rind and honey.

Flavors of sharp hops, full of ruby grapefruit, orange pith, piney notes, and an understated malt backbone. Pine lingers. Assertive bitterness.

Full mouthfeel, tingly, slight warming. Overall a tasty beer, very hoppy without the typical fruity or buttery flavors lent by the house Ringwood yeast. Much cleaner profile than I expected.

Photo of AngryPenguinBrewCo
3.03/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap in a Leinenkugel's (of all things) pint glass.

A- Copper color with a thin foamy head that did not last very long.

S- Resiny with some hop bitterness

T- Overwhelming earthy pine and resin flavors. Lack of any real malt character to balance the sharp bite, no citrus undertones.

M- Medium carbonation, relatively bitter and mild alcohol presence.

O- I personally prefer more of a citrus hop presence, or some sort of balance. Its hard for me to fairly rate a beer with such a heavy pine flavor, and I am not sure how fresh the keg I sampled was. Seems to be well executed for what it was and I was not able to detect any real "off flavors".

Photo of Brenden
3.42/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Riverhead BWW on 5/24; notes are thorough

It's a dark orange, nearly red in its deepest parts. The head is a filmy tan one after dropping from about one finger's height. It deposits some patchy and spotty lace.
The aroma isn't heavy in strength (though it's not light), but it is heavy with yeast and dankness. Lots of citrus comes out with it, though, some woody herb, caramel, breads, and brown sugar-like notes complementing.
The flavor brings out an interesting but almost abrasive spiciness, and something almost with a chemical note to it rides the earthiness. It still has the citrus, wood, dank leaf, and yeast with relief from the brown sugar, caramel and toffee notes of the malts.
The feel is semi-dry in a medium body, crispness coming in and falling just at the end, while smoothness is moderate throughout.

Photo of CloudStrife
3.58/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Twist off.

A: Pours an slightly opaque darkened goldish copper with a 2.5 finger head. Turns rocky after a few minutes leaving a little lacing. Only a little bit if visible carbonation. Head lasts as a nice covering.

S: Has a fairly malty aroma, not as hop forward as most IPA's. More of a dark fruity smell from the malt.

T: Not overpowering in the hops category as most IPA's at this level. However that does make it fairly balanced. Does keep a nice lingering hop aftertaste reminding you its an IPA.

M: Pretty smooth, with an easy drinking feel. Sneaks up on you a little. Average carbonation. Not too sticky of a mouthfeel.

Overall would be a great introduction into IPA's. Reminds me more of a light yet hoppy red ale.

Photo of rdilauro
3/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I try to make a habit in not reviewing any beer that I dislike or have nothing good to say about it.
I've enjoyed my Shipyard brews in the past so I was anxious to give this one a try.

It poured a bit of a rusty golden amber with small average head. There was a definite aroma of hops with this one. With my first sip, I could feel and see Hops.... but as the beer finished, that bitterness turned me into a flowered fruity sweetness. Not that the beer was sweet, but it was too fruity for my inkling.

Photo of biboergosum
3.35/5  rDev 0%
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.

Photo of mdaschaf
3.11/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had on tap at Flatbread Pizza in Portsmouth NH.

A: Monkey fist was a dark amber/copper color with a small off-white head that had decent retention and left some thin lacing.

S: A little bit of citrus, rather nondescript though, a little orange. There was some caramel and a little bit of bread.

T: Not as hop forward as I was hoping, they seemed a little faded really. The caramel was forward with the light citrus and grass taking a back seat.

M: Medium bodied with medium carbonation.

O: Was hoping for a bit better, it was just ok. Have had pale ales that are hoppier, including one earlier the same day I had this beer.

Photo of TheSixthRing
4.08/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a semi-hazy, orange amber with an off-white, 2 finger head. Excellent retention, resulting in a lace that's incredibly thick and with supurb stick.

Smell - Notes of apricot and citrus hops, with a subtle caramel undertone.

Taste - Starts with citrus and floral hops with a strong caramel malt underbelly providing an even balance throughout. Midtaste a touch of orange pith creeps in and tilts the the balance toward hop bitterness all the way through the finish and into the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Medium to full body, but soft and smooth on the palate. Almost creamy, and entirely drinkable.

Overall - Drinks much closer to a hybrid American/English IPA or maybe even an ESB, with a soft mouthfeel and a good balance of malt sweetness to hop bitterness. Frankly, I'm miffed by the cumulative score this beer gotten here on BA. Yeah, it's not your classic American hop bomb, but it displays excellent balance, a nice, layered flavor profile, and a smooth, soft and entirely drinkable mouthfeel.

Photo of Roguer
3.6/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Second try on tap, different location. A little bit warmer than I prefer.

A - Dark, reddish copper. Thin head (less than a finger), reasonable carbonation.

S - Strong hints of grapefruit, a nice balance between sweet and bitter. Little else.

T - Bitter and mildly sweet grapefruit, very well-balanced against some caramel malts. Definitely not a bad flavor, but it's a stretch to call it "outstanding."

M - Not a beer I wanted to chew on (despite the citrus notes). It wasn't a bad mouthfeel, it just occupied an uncomfortable middle ground where I didn't feel like drinking it quickly, but also did not feel like allowing it to linger in my mouth.

O - Not a great beer at its typical price point; usually if this is on tap, a better IPA is also on tap. It's absolutely worth a try; it reminds me of a less hoppy, less malty Stone (similar flavor profile, just less of everything).

Photo of sfprint
3.08/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Reddish orange, little rising carbonation or head. transparent
S: Amber warmth but mild to moderately hoppy, there's also a weird molassas/cough medicine sort of smell
T: Bitter tang in the aftertaste, it's mostly just bitter with a semi dirty hop flavor (german style). Not sweet, piney or citrusy. :(
M: Mouth puckering with little carbonation.
O: Okay. Lacks most of the qualities I like in an IPA, but still okay

Photo of sjones5045
3.6/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

Photo of Archy
3.5/5  rDev +4.5%

A drinkable IPA with plenty of grapefruit punch - not overly aggressive, but certainly present. Not too shabby.

Photo of hophugger
3.75/5  rDev +11.9%

I like this beer from Shipyard. I was drawn to this beer because of th cool label and I was not disappointed. A nice light brown-orange color with a beautiful head. The aroma is of slight malt and citrus, maybe orange or a hint of grapefruit. The taste is amazing with a hint of maltiness and citrus bitterness. The finish is a bit bitter, but a good bitter hop finish. One of my top 25 beers.....

Photo of randallpink
3.57/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A - pours a medium copper colour with a 2 inch, off white head which lasts forever. leaves patchy lacing along the side of the glass (mostly at the top). shows low carbonation.

S - moderately yeasty, sweet smelling, passionfruit, red berries, red licorice, tropical citrusy fruits, malty caramel, baked bread, pear, a little resiny as it warms

T - lemony citrus & grapefruit, caramel and fresh bready malt, some earthy hops, licorice tasting (reminds me of twizzlers), slightly medicinal taste hits me every once and a while, there's something just a little strange about this beer that I can't seem to put my finger on it...it definitely has some good flavours but something is throwing it off.

M - light to medium body, soft carbonation, some alcohol present. sweet when it hits the tongue and has an extremely quick and harsh shift to the bitterness of the hops. initially creamy & medium sweet, which quickly changes to bitter, and finishes with a harsh bitterness and dry. slightly astringent on the finish as well.

O - a drinkable beer, but there was something a little off about it. maybe it's just my taste, as it was quite difficult for me to pick out what it was that was bothering me. it looks great off the pour but didn't quite live up to the aesthetics this time. it did have an overly red licorice smell and taste which i couldn't seem to get out of my head. it's an interesting attempt at the IPA, and while I wouldn't go out of my way to seek this one out again, I may give it another try down the road if the time is right

Photo of DaveBar
4.02/5  rDev +20%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased at the LCBO $2.95 for a 473ml can.

Enjoyed in a standard draught glass at 5deg C

A- Excellent unfiltered IPA. Pours well with not much head but a nice film within a minute

S- WOW the citrus shines through. Sensational

T- Bitter bite off the hop then the citrus peel and hops come to life. Definitely quite a few different hops in this one. Not much cascade but a lot of other bitter hops.

M- Pretty good! Nice dry bite with excellent carbonation contrary to the lack of head

O- Very good. Looking forward to another of these. Good thing I bought 2!

Food Pairing

This wonderful IPA paired very well with... BBQ'd sausage. My nice home made hot Italian sausage paired very well with this hoppy light IPA.

Enjoy

Photo of tone77
3.65/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a cloudy beige color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of tropical fruit, some hops. Taste is a good hop/malt balance, some bitterness, a bit of tropical fruits. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a solid beer.

Photo of Samp01
3.52/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

Photo of puboflyons
3.97/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It pours golden-copper in color with a moderate head that diminishes after a few moments. The aroma begins on the malty side with a notable yeast element. The hops round out the scent in a pleasing way. The body was in the medium to bold range and fairly smooth. While the malts and yeast are more prominent on the nose the hops really roar into the picture during the sipping. The taste is highly hopped thanks to the Warrior, Glacier, and Cascade characteristics. This is a nice IPA from Shipyard.

Photo of beerthulhu
2.39/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A: Burnt orange coloring in the vessel with a strong sense of carbonation. The head is buff with pale yellowish tones, one finger high, and shows a moderate to good retention. Lacing is generous.

S: Aroma of sweet toffee and citrus mingle, some smore crackers, a lot of sweet character, with some dried honey toast and a spiciness of spruce. Buttered grains add sweetness.

T: The flavor was not as sweet nor complex as the nose. A bit coarse in delivery with no spectrum, was just a strong punch of hop bitterness that suffered from linear perception and a very, washy backing. The malt and body was really washy and thin, no malt support what-so-ever and finishes off like water. The hops are bittery dry, flowery citrus, but not in a tasty or appreciative way, just blunt, arrogant and straightforward like the drunken uncle with no sense of refinement.

M: Mouthful of course suffered the same fate as the flavor, a complete wash out, dry, bitter from the hops but ultimately ends in a washed out state of affair.

O: Overall washy body, lack of malt support and no spectrum of hop flavors or distinction makes this a complete bust. You just cant haphazardly throw a bunch of hops in a kettle and expect the beer fairies to wave thier magic wand and produce a good ipa. No malt support, no spectrum of flavor, washy, and a complete acceptable drain pour. I dont like to dish out the disrespect to often due to my love of beer, but the 2.0s are what beers like this are meant for. The visual and sweet smelling nose was one of the few decent points about this mess, it falls off a cliff there-after.

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Shipyard Monkey Fist IPA from Shipyard Brewing Co.
77 out of 100 based on 876 ratings.