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Shipyard Monkey Fist IPA - Shipyard Brewing Co.

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Shipyard Monkey Fist IPAShipyard Monkey Fist IPA

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749 Ratings
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Ratings: 749
Reviews: 124
rAvg: 3.34
pDev: 15.87%
Wants: 9
Gots: 88 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: puboflyons on 04-25-2012)
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4.25/5  rDev +27.2%

CaverDave, Sep 28, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +27.2%

Lovely85, Jun 13, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +27.2%

Madrepore, Jun 17, 2014
Photo of Cloverlay
4.24/5  rDev +26.9%

Cloverlay, Sep 13, 2014
Photo of Jeffo
4.23/5  rDev +26.6%
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.

Jeffo, Oct 16, 2014
Photo of mpedara429
4.23/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Clear and copper in color. Two fingers of off white head with spotty lacing.

S: Pretty big smell of caramel malt, buttery biscuit, and pine. A hint of booze in the smell.

T: Very similar to the nose. Some hints of floral and earthy notes as it warms. Good hop bitterness that is balanced out by the malt.

M: Medium body and medium carbonation. A little bit oily. Hoppy bitterness sticks in the mouth after it goes down.

O: Lots of times, beer can be about the price point. I would love to drink $3 dollar 12 oz.'ers all the time, but sometimes a $1 dollar beer can be enjoyable. For the approximate $1 price point this is a great beer and beats most of the competition.

mpedara429, Nov 19, 2012
Photo of BeerWatcher
4.16/5  rDev +24.6%
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.

BeerWatcher, Jul 24, 2014
Photo of Brad007
4.13/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Unusual name for an IPA. One would expect to be bludgeoned by a fistful of hops.

Copper with a frothy white head. Nothing special to note here. Good marks.

Grassy, piney hops with a bit of ringwood twang. Nothing extreme though.

It delivers on hops, walloping the tongue with a pine lash that lasts long enough to mask anything else.

It's strong enough to where even the alcohol warmth is apparent. Lingering bitterness.

More hops than the usual Shipyard pale ale/IPA? You bet. Balance? It's there but to an extent. Not bad for a Shipyard offering.

Brad007, Jun 13, 2012
Photo of SSSBR1509
4.1/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smell: Very hoppy floral notes, Quite a bit of citrus notes following, not too much malt but its still there slightly

Mouthfeel: Slightly thick for an IPA, medium carbonation

Taste: very earthy and strong citrus notes, it has a slight maltness to it but the hops are defiantly on the forefront of the pallet

Overall: I like the strong hoppyness from this IPA i wish there was a bit more malt to balance it all out and make this beer more session-able. Its most definitely not my favorite IPA but its not the worst . Still a good beer over all

SSSBR1509, Apr 12, 2013
Photo of BierJager89
4.1/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Hazy opaque golden with an off white head.

S: Nose is all papaya and tropical fruit, though a bit faint.

T: Grapefruit peel, papaya, tropical fruit and orange rind. Maybe a bit of pine.

M: Medium bodied and smooth for an IPA.

O: I love the tropical fruit, and wish it were a bit stronger. I also wish the nose weren't so faint, but I'd definitely recommend it.

BierJager89, Feb 07, 2014
Photo of TerryW
4.1/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Wow! This is hands down one of the best smelling beers I've ever come across. Well done and worth a try just for the sake of its aroma. Very bright citrus with a nice musky sweetness. Sexy.

Good looking too. Moderate head gives way to a heavy film that provides very nice curtainy lace. Slightly hazy orange amber in colour.

Solid citrus to taste, very nice fruity hops, bitterness offset by firm malty sweetness. Lingering dry bitterness. Well made.

Quite impressive overall. Everything hangs together beautifully. Definitely worth a try.

TerryW, Feb 22, 2014
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4.09/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance-Foggy amber to gold on the edges with a tight eggshell foam.

Smell-Cool red and blue fruit with a hoppy grass aroma that isn't overpowering.

Taste-Bitter candy that gives way to raspberry and lemon citrus.

Mouthfeel-Hefty beer. Very filling but has a medium long finish that is quite nice.

Overall-Nose is exceptional. Flavor is good. Not bad at all.

Jree261, Jul 31, 2013
Photo of TheSixthRing
4.08/5  rDev +22.2%
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.

TheSixthRing, Oct 01, 2012
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4/5  rDev +19.8%

Phat_Borracho, Oct 02, 2014
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4/5  rDev +19.8%

ChickenBugg, Oct 08, 2012
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4/5  rDev +19.8%

pat_usher, Aug 05, 2014
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4/5  rDev +19.8%

tugdriver7, Jul 23, 2012
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4/5  rDev +19.8%

coopdog1000, Mar 17, 2014
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4/5  rDev +19.8%

DragonHead, Nov 04, 2013
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4/5  rDev +19.8%

DougGilley, Oct 05, 2014
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4/5  rDev +19.8%

javahead71, Oct 29, 2012
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4/5  rDev +19.8%

RussBeercier, May 14, 2014
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4/5  rDev +19.8%

sarajayne, Nov 18, 2012
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4/5  rDev +19.8%
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'.

donmonkey1, Oct 08, 2012
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4/5  rDev +19.8%

bcuz7, May 19, 2013
Shipyard Monkey Fist IPA from Shipyard Brewing Co.
76 out of 100 based on 749 ratings.