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Shipyard Monkey Fist IPA - Shipyard Brewing Co.

Shipyard Monkey Fist IPAShipyard Monkey Fist IPA

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556 Ratings
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Ratings: 556
Reviews: 105
rAvg: 3.34
pDev: 15.87%


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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Darkmagus82

Virginia

3.53/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a deep amber color with a two finger head of an off white foam. The head has a great level of retention, slowly fading to leave a good level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the beer is big of a grapefruit citrus hop, mixed with some tropical fruit aromas of tangerine and mango, giving a nice fruity aroma to the brew. Along with these smells are some cracker smells as well as a bit of a grassy and earthy smell, which mix with the fruity aromas to produce a quite nice smelling IPA overall.

Taste – The taste begins with a rather drier bready flavor mixed with a bit of a grassy and earthy hop as well as some flavors of a tropical fruit nature. The tropical fruits are heaviest of a tangerine flavor with a bit of a papaya and mango mixed within. The sweet flavors decrease as the flavor advances with some light caramel taking their place. With the transitioning of the sweet, so too comes some changes with the hop flavors. While some grassy and earthy hop are present upfront, these are lost rather quickly at the expense of a moderately bitter grapefruit taste. The grapefruit really dominates the end of the taste profile, with it leaving a rather bitter citrus flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the slightly chewier side with a carbonation level that is on the slightly lower side. A bit more carbonation may have been nice for the big blast of unbalanced grapefruit citrus hop that hits the tongue at the end of the taste, but while this may be so, the nice chewiness was good for upholding all the more subtle flavors at the front of the taste, producing an overall decent feel for the flavors of the brew.

Overall – A decent IPA overall with a mostly grapefruit citrus taste that seems to linger far after the beer has been swallowed. Nothing super fantastic, but still rather easy drinking and likely deserving of a better rating then most give ( at least in my interpretation of the brew).

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2014 01:38:07 | More by Darkmagus82
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utopiajane

New York

3.2/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

This poured hazy and darker orange with a fat head of off white foam that fell slowly enough and left some lace. Nose is pungent and bitter herbs with some dankness like marijuana. It had some sweet lemon peel very deep within it but the stiff herbal was dominant in the nose. The malt came across with a little sweetness in the nose and some nuttiness as it warmed . Bit of orange finally came out and some muted earthy pine.

Taste is bitter and grassy, pungent herbal with only a faint touch of spice. The dominant fruit is grapefruit and the pine is earthy and muted. Earthy all the way with some grapefruit pith and bitter, the rind of that fruit and some tart citrus overall. The malt never realized a significant caramel sweetness but did offer a bit of nutty flavor that seemed sour to me. There is orange but only as the beer warms quite a bit. The mouthfeel is good. A nice bit of malt to give some moderate mouthfeel, good carbonation to tickle and excite the palate and a bit of hop oil and resin to coat the palate . There is a bitter on this that is actually medium but appears pretty sharp because there is not any sweetness to contrast it.

This IPA had a balanced approach to it's body that was noticeable. The malt did it's best to stand firm against the powerful hops character but the hops won.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2014 13:48:01 | More by utopiajane
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BierJager89

California

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2014 05:37:25 | More by BierJager89
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mick303

Ontario (Canada)

3.41/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Really attractive colour, honey brown with a bit of ruby highlights, very hazy, great retention and lacing. 3.75
S- lemon, herbal hops, with a definite tropical edge, guava!! And passion fruit, papaya. Oozes tropical fruit goodness. 3.75
T- more tropical fruitiness, guava and passion fruit predominate, some dry nuttiness coming on the end, some raspberry, bitterness is balanced by the tons of fruitiness. Shows some crystal malt especially on the end. But this gets quite sweet.
M- a ton of scrubbing carbonation and creamy filling feel. Good pleasing full feel, lot of drying on the finish, rind like dryness. Feel is really frothy actually, not a big fan of this.
One of the more tropical and fruity IPAs in awhile, this really struggles to keep that in check, the syrupy sweetness and fruitiness mashes against the bitterness but they never really come together, it is a messy IPA with an overbearing tropical character and a cloyingly crystal character. I was initially impressed by this but then the beer started to give me a headache with how unbalanced it is, the piles of tropical fruit and crystal malt is a lot of sweetness to counter and the beer never really gets its act together, a bit overly carbed as well. I would say this is one that could be passed over, because there are so many amazing IPAs out there.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2014 03:24:05 | More by mick303
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beergoot

Colorado

3.04/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Honey-colored body with a thick, sticky white head. Heavy caramel aroma, almost butterscotch-like; faint spiciness beneath it all. More deep caramel in the flavor with a strong hop bitterness from the middle and building up in the aftertaste. Medium bodied; semi-dry finish.

This IPA is all over the place and not necessarily for the better. Looks great but smells funky and tastes even stranger. Too much caramel/butterscotch malt flavor overall. I won't say there is any bacterial infection with this, but the butterscotch tones are definitely upfront. It does hit you with a strong hop bitterness but there is very little hop aroma per se. Strange, since the listed hops on the bottle label (Cascade, Warrior, and Glacier) don't leave any real fruity or citrusy notes in either taste or smell. Drinkable but probably not a 'go-to' IPA for most.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2014 00:29:17 | More by beergoot
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Can: Poured a deep amber color ale with a relatively large foamy head with good retention and some good lacing. Aroma of bitter citrus hops with dry caramel malt notes. Taste is also dominated by dry and bitter hops with light citrus and earthy notes with some dry caramel malt notes also noticeable. Body is average with good carbonation. Not bad bit a bit too strong on the bitterness front. I think this would have been a great IPA back in 2006.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2014 19:44:30 | More by Phyl21ca
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stella77artois

New York

3.19/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 bottle poured into Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass.

A - Pours a dark amber, with a shade of red. Light red-amber when shown to light. A little on the flat side, took an aggressive pour to get a decent head. A good looking beer, though.

S - Genral hoppiness and bittnerness. Hint of sweet malts. Notice a bit of grapefruit and a unique chili powder/red pepper aroma. Not a bad smelling beer.

T - Not as good as the taste. Not neccessarily bland, just very average. The general bitterness is more straightforward. Don't notice much from the hops. Slightly sweet malts. Not much going on.

F - Drinkable and easy on the throat and tongue. But the blandish taste doesn't help with the mouthfeel.

O - A very run-of-the-mill IPA. Not offensive, nor neccessarily bad, just not that good. Pretty bland for an IPA. Nothing really begs for it to be drank again. I'd drink this again if it were offered, but I won't buy it.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2013 13:41:00 | More by stella77artois
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larryi86

Delaware

3.53/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass

A- A clear amber with a two finger off white head.

S- Citrus/grapefruit, herbal/tea notes, some wet grass, pale malts.

T- Close to the nose, but getting more of the wet green/onion flavor, getting some pine in the finish that helps make this better.

M- Fairly smooth, medium body.

O- Not bad, but I have had a lot of better IPAs. I wouldn't pass if it was given to me, but I don't see myself buying it again because there are plenty IPAs that I like better that I can find easily.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2013 00:35:23 | More by larryi86
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Plissken

Massachusetts

1.25/5  rDev -62.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

As a few other have said it had a very medicinal taste, a mediocre IPA mixed with dish detergent water. I hope it was a bad batch. But then again some people have different palates than others and it may not agree with mine. Not for me but I will say that I love the label!

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2013 17:09:26 | More by Plissken
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otterbearfla

Florida

3.56/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

3.5 fingers head

Appearance - medium amber opaque

Smell- light hops lavender

Taste - hoppy, lavender, orange blossom honey, lemon

Mouthfeel - medium weight with smooth finish

This is the kind of IPA I like for hot weather, and Indian and Cajun foods.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2013 03:10:30 | More by otterbearfla
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SpasmWaiter

Vermont

3.64/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is exactly what I expected from the advertised ibu's/ABV/hop listing. Tasted very fresh, exciting for an out of state IPA here in Vermont, with hops very much in the forefront of the flavor. The hops had a flavor I couldn't really place, and as I'm not too familiar with Glacier hops, I imagine that is probably where that flavor is coming from. Overall a tasty IPA, would seek out again.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2013 01:15:15 | More by SpasmWaiter
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Jree261

California

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2013 01:11:29 | More by Jree261
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scotorum

Massachusetts

2.43/5  rDev -27.2%
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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argock

Virginia

3.26/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle into a Samuel Adams Perfect Pint glass. No decipherable freshness date. Gifted from my neighbor Walker.

A: Very deep amber/copper with ample 1-finger of frothy beige head with good retention and a nice cuff of lace around the tops of the glass.

S: Aroma is light and balanced malt versus hops. The hops have a very piney, herbal aroma, sharp. The malt is light caramel and a little buttery, toffeelike.

T: The flavor is not bad, a lot of dank hops flavor especially in the finish. The was a pretty solid dose of caramel maltiness, bordering on too sweet. The hops don't have a lot of other character, they are pretty one dimensional. The finish is a little cardboardy and overly bitter.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. It has a slightly thick but slick feel.

O: Not an absolutely terrible beer with only the over dank and cardboard in the finish. The hops are not very well highlighted and are not too interesting. I would skip this in the future.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2013 03:43:25 | More by argock
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twiggamortis420

Texas

2.04/5  rDev -38.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.75

22 oz bomber pours a hazed copper color with a frothy khaki head. Nice retention and lace...pretty good looking brew.

Nose is toasty malt, astringent alcohol and toffee. Not a good combo, IMHO. The hops are herbal to the point of medicinal.

Taste is a watery toffee maltiness blended with grassy, herbal hop bitterness that belies an almost eucalyptus-esque medicinal flavor...and it lingers. Who from Shipyard thought this was a good idea? That is the ultimate question...it tastes like caramelized nail polish remover. Ridiculous that Shipyard can make a buck off this, shame on me for not doing any research before dropping $3.99 on this abomination. Terrible. Drain pour...and I dont do many of those.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2013 02:21:31 | More by twiggamortis420
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beerthulhu

New Jersey

2.33/5  rDev -30.2%
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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DrDemento456

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Damn looking at the reviews I could have did better. At least I didn't get a bomber :P

A - Well lacing in any sticky lacing this beer did give me a 1/2 inch of foam that stays around for a while. Somewhat a hazy amber brown much more hazy than your typical IPA.
S - Very lacing it smells of hops and malt but very faint, not one would expect for a beer. Hopefully it's at least bitter.
T - Muddled hops like an old batch of pellets and a touch of balancing malt that taste like caramel socks. This beer is not that great but easy to get down.
M - Light to medium is not a praise just because you can pound this almost 7% monster doesn't mean your mouth will hate you after.

Overall I agree with everyone this beer is semi- foul. Somewhat hop lacing and just balanced enough to chug. Shipyard why you hate flavor?

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2013 05:10:44 | More by DrDemento456
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curasowa

New York

3.15/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: Clear, copper color with one finger of head that fades with chunky lacing.

Aroma: Sweet malt, a little butter and a subdued hop aroma, mostly an earthy, woody smell with some lemon rind notes.

Taste: Here and gone before you know it. A bit of malt, some bitterness and then a fast and fairly clean, for an IPA, finish. A nice, full body upfront with a with an almost creamy mouth feel, then a strong kick of spicy hops before the quick finish.

The Rest: I'm not really sure how i feel about this one. It has a great, full-bodied malt base, which I like in an IPA, but the hop profile isn't very interesting. Decent, but not great.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2013 00:30:31 | More by curasowa
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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

3.19/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I poured this chilled into a mug from a 12oz brown botttle

The color is deep amber with significant haze and thick cream with very good retention and fine bead. The smell is very piney/fruity with slight hint yeast with citrus accent, there is a light band-aid tinge. The feel is tangy, astringent with medicinal and high amount of carbonations with malt support and light spicy dry finish.

This has more of an English IPA flavor with yeast tangy aspect both fruity and piney up front in the hop flavors yet slight caramel from the malt with astringency and medicinal qualities coming through near the end and grassy pine tinged hop flavor leading to a more astringent and band-aid-like flavor near the end. The beer is not horrible but not great, just consider the source and I give it a fair rating since I am familiar with the brand so I did not expect a west-coast hop bomb, but it has a lot of off flavors so only try this if you are curious

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2013 02:35:05 | More by Slatetank
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SPThirtyThree

Colorado

3.13/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

A: Pours 3 fingers of khaki head atop a copper orange, hazy beer. The cap settles in large, lacy globs.

S: Pine and citrus. Sweet and spicy, with notes of juniper, pineapple, caramel, raisins, and fig. Biscuity melanoidins are present, but also more harsh fusels, and I think also a hint of diacetyl. Warrior hops. The smell is good cold, but develops unpleasant notes at warmer temperatures.

T: Not as sweet or fruity as the nose suggested. It's fairly dry, with a sharp astringency from the hops. The first few sips taste just like eating a hop pellet, but thankfully, halfway into the beer, the flavor improves, as sweet, malty backbone finally peeks through.

M: Bitter, from the start through the aftertaste. Medium body, somewhat creamy.

Overall, the beer looks and smells delicious, but the taste is a letdown. It's harsh and unbalanced. It's definitely drinkable, but not memorable.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2013 22:55:30 | More by SPThirtyThree
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vicg12

New York

2.61/5  rDev -21.9%
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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SerialHiker

Illinois

3.53/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a darker caramel orange copperish color…a nice rich color, I can see some bubbles in the middle…head is a light khaki, creamy and thin, but consistent…(3.5/5)

Smell: English yeast galore with this one…piney, woodsy and citrus hops, particularly pink grapefruit, hit my nose next…overall though, this has a heavy aroma, full of that musty yeast smell…there’s almost like a taffy candy aroma without the sweetness (if that makes sense)…mild caramel, earthy malts round things out a bit…as it warms, a piney bite becomes more apparent…(3.75/5)

Taste: English yeast and piney hops bitterness hit the tongue right away and lasts through the after taste…there’s a noticeable pink grapefruit flavor and bitterness that sneaks up about half way through the taste and also extends into the after taste…this brew is very musty, earthy, mildly piney with a caramel and citrus lightness that keeps it from going too the extreme…though it’s boarderline…(3.5/5)

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body…kinda light on the carbonation as well…it’s doesn’t really fluff up much on my palate, though I do get some heavy dank/mild woodsy/light lemony residual bitterness…it’s got a heavy feel for having a light body, with dank/woodsy bitterness and earthy malt resting all over my palate...(3.25/5)

Overall: This is good, not great…the flavor, while at first I didn’t particularly like, has grown on me…could it be the 6.9% ABV? Maybe…classic English style IPA’s aren’t usually my bag, but this one has a pink grapefruit thing happening that I’m really digging…it gives some zest…it’s easy to recommend, though it may not be my favorite, I could easily drink a few of these in one sitting, laughing, talking over old trail stories…(3.5/5)

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2013 02:03:50 | More by SerialHiker
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CorvetteMike

Rhode Island

3.31/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

From bottle to glass copper color with nice head.
a: Copper color, 2 finger width head
s: Light pine smell
t: Malty taste, very bitter
m: Bitterness becomes stronger with each sip
o: Too bitter for my taste

Sampled this beer while on vacation in Florida, will not buy any more.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2013 02:57:00 | More by CorvetteMike
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TOhoy

California

2.9/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Being that I live in California and the IPAs here are extremely bitter, I've become a bit bias with IPAs. I expect a nice hoppy beer! This beer was a major let down! Not the usually IPA I'm used too. It was closer to a bud light the a nice hoppy/ bitter west coast IPA.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2013 15:20:27 | More by TOhoy
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jondeelee

Massachusetts

3.8/5  rDev +13.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2013 19:33:26 | More by jondeelee
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Shipyard Monkey Fist IPA from Shipyard Brewing Co.
77 out of 100 based on 556 ratings.