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Shipyard Monkey Fist IPA - Shipyard Brewing Co.

Not Rated.
Shipyard Monkey Fist IPAShipyard Monkey Fist IPA

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BA SCORE
77
okay

623 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 623
Reviews: 114
rAvg: 3.35
pDev: 15.52%
Wants: 8
Gots: 31 | 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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beerthulhu

New Jersey

2.33/5  rDev -30.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2013 17:35:32 | More by beerthulhu
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ThisWangsChung

Maryland

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
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scotorum

Massachusetts

2.43/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

My experience was similar to one of the reviewers below who I think compared the taste to what one might imagine the taste when drinking nail polish remover.

I don't know what happened to this brew but it was so weirdly chemical-tasting that I drainpiped its butt after a few toxic sips. I speculated to myself that the monkey mentioned in the name might have just removed polish from her nails before thrusting her fist into the vat.

Perhaps that's how this one ages. More likely, there was a bad batch. All I know is it was unpalatable.

I didn't do my review in the usual BA format because I didn't want to belabor this tragedy, just explain why I gave it the lowest rating of anything I've reviewed so far on BA. I may eventually at least sip another to confirm whether I just got real unlucky with this particular example, which seems likely since most others here who have tried it have not been nearly as distressed by the taste.

Shipyard, I LOVE your Prelude and Chamberlain ales. But WT Monkey Fist F?

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2013 22:55:23 | More by scotorum
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TheLevi4000

New York

2.5/5  rDev -25.4%

08-04-2013 01:50:07 | More by TheLevi4000
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flayedandskinned

California

2.5/5  rDev -25.4%

10-14-2012 05:19:14 | More by flayedandskinned
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macesq

Pennsylvania

2.5/5  rDev -25.4%

06-15-2014 02:18:18 | More by macesq
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buzzy

Pennsylvania

2.5/5  rDev -25.4%

03-29-2013 22:58:00 | More by buzzy
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jkd03c

Florida

2.5/5  rDev -25.4%

09-15-2013 21:54:59 | More by jkd03c
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tjdrewry

Connecticut

2.5/5  rDev -25.4%

04-01-2014 02:07:30 | More by tjdrewry
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khargro2

Georgia

2.5/5  rDev -25.4%

08-07-2013 03:18:39 | More by khargro2
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bvlaminck

Pennsylvania

2.5/5  rDev -25.4%

09-21-2013 16:06:56 | More by bvlaminck
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drunkheathen

California

2.5/5  rDev -25.4%

08-24-2013 22:18:00 | More by drunkheathen
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Shandycan

Pennsylvania

2.5/5  rDev -25.4%

06-23-2014 22:41:00 | More by Shandycan
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bootdown21

Connecticut

2.5/5  rDev -25.4%

04-26-2013 00:44:47 | More by bootdown21
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lsummers

California

2.5/5  rDev -25.4%

04-12-2014 22:24:27 | More by lsummers
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HATS4BATS

Ontario (Canada)

2.5/5  rDev -25.4%

03-20-2014 01:39:00 | More by HATS4BATS
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Satchboogie

New Hampshire

2.5/5  rDev -25.4%

08-22-2013 21:43:26 | More by Satchboogie
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od_sf

California

2.5/5  rDev -25.4%

09-19-2013 16:05:41 | More by od_sf
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Crumpetsnbeer

Maine

2.5/5  rDev -25.4%

12-07-2013 20:54:52 | More by Crumpetsnbeer
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kelvarnsen

Ontario (Canada)

2.5/5  rDev -25.4%

01-27-2014 01:24:35 | More by kelvarnsen
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Zimm

New Jersey

2.5/5  rDev -25.4%

05-15-2013 17:48:25 | More by Zimm
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cnwillis31

Vermont

2.5/5  rDev -25.4%

05-04-2013 11:57:48 | More by cnwillis31
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vicg12

New York

2.61/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Not a very good IPA. The malts and the hops clash terribly, big let down on this beer. Head is good, two finger. Nice copper color, and pretty nice lacing. The biggest let down is just the taste. This beer is just a sub-standard IPA all around. It's almost not an IPA, although I'm not sure what I would call it. Starts off with a strong malty taste then abruptly ends and finishes with a gross, grasses, moldy hop taste. FAIL Shipyard.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2013 20:52:50 | More by vicg12
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Zakk

Florida

2.75/5  rDev -17.9%

06-15-2012 05:29:19 | More by Zakk
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Twifiter

Illinois

2.75/5  rDev -17.9%

10-20-2012 20:50:33 | More by Twifiter
Shipyard Monkey Fist IPA from Shipyard Brewing Co.
77 out of 100 based on 623 ratings.