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Shipyard Monkey Fist IPA - Shipyard Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 145
Hads: 974
Avg: 3.44
pDev: 15.12%
Wants: 11
Gots: 238 | FT: 1
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Shipyard Brewing Co.
Maine, United States | website

Style | ABV
English India Pale Ale (IPA) | 6.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: puboflyons on 04-25-2012

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Photo of plaid75
4.35/5  rDev +26.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a medium copper hue with a one finger frothy white head. There was very good retention and lacing.

The smell was dominated by a sharp peppery hop.

The taste was likewise hop driven with forceful peppery and balmy piney hops. Soft buttery malts detected as well Thankfully the house yeast did not dominate here.

The mouthfeel typical of the style.

Overall an excellent clean IPA. Substantial in body and flavor. Likely Shipyard's greatest beer to date. The name is a bit juvenile however.

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Photo of jdhilt
2.96/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pours a two-finger off-white head that fades slowly leaving a good lace. Clear amber color. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Grapefruit hop nose and flavor is grapefruit with hints of caramel, a lingering, bitter finish. $5.00 for a 22oz bottle from Market Basket Concord, NH.

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Photo of tone77
3.65/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

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Photo of beerthulhu
2.39/5  rDev -30.5%
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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Photo of puboflyons
3.97/5  rDev +15.4%
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.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.36/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tall can from the LCBO for $2.75

Appearance - Copper colour with an average size frothy off-white coloured head. There is a low amount of carbonation showing and there is some decent lacing on the sides of the glass. The head lasted for 5 minutes before it began to dissipate.

Smell - Malts, caramel, hops

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and most of the taste is made up of caramel and malts mixed with light hops. There is also some guava/strawberry/kiwi type sweetness.

Overall - A but of an odd tasting beer. Reminds me a bit of some of the euro takes on American IPA's I've had in the past. It's worth a try in my opinion, but not a repeat purchase with so many other great options out there.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%
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?

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Photo of Brad007
4.08/5  rDev +18.6%
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.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.72/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours a cloudy copper color. Huge frothy head. Very pretty. Head is of frothed milk. Head retains perfectly and leaves awesome lacing. This beer sure looks the part.

S-Interesting nose. Smells like an English IPA. Sweet and malty combined with pleasant floral hops. The florals are back by spicy hops too. This is not a very intense nose but it is pretty aromatic. I find it quite enjoyable.

T-Wow pretty tasty. More English than American in flavor. Florals are the main hop component. Sweetness is a perfect balance. Sweet rolls and spiced hops. Once again, the flavor is set to a good pitch but not very strong. With these flavors, I enjoy its lack of super-assertive flavor strength. Decent bitterness from some sneaky pine hops.

M-Pretty sessionable for 6/9% ABV. Bitterness lasts. Has nice carbonation.

O/D-Probably Shipyard's best six-pack beer. I enjoyed its English perspective. Sweetness is complex. Also the hop profile is unique. A bit pricey at $10.75 a six-pack but I am very glad I gave this beer a shot. This one is tasty and unique. Not your standard IPA.

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Photo of barnzy78
3.41/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, pours a hazy amber color. Fluffy off-white head holds good retention and leaves some nice chunky lacing on the glass. Aromas are citric hop, pine, malty caramel - pretty typical for an IPA. Tastes seem off balance at first. Loads of hops, pungent, grapefruit, pine, slightly herbal, but there is a sweet malty, caramely backbone there that tries to keep up with the hop overload. Mouth-feel is resiny and sticky hops, good carbonation. Overall, this one grew on me the more I drank. For being rather pungent and bitter, I though it was still pretty decent.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.57/5  rDev +3.8%
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).

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Photo of twiggamortis420
2.09/5  rDev -39.2%
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.

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Photo of AgentMunky
3.68/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into an Allagash cervoise glass.

A: Two fingers of fluffy head. Ruddy, clearish amber. Great lacing.

S: Nicely hopped, with a robustish malt base. A bit dull.

T/O: Aww, man. Not very good. Umm, the hops range between earthy (touch of herb or wild onion) and metallic, with a hint of pine and awkward citrus. I suspect I'm taking issue with the Glacier hops, which provide a bit more English influence (it's derivative of Kent Goldings, Brewer's Gold, Northern Brewer, and Bullion). Actually, now that I identify and shift my expectations a bit, it grows on me. The metal definitely goes away and the malt levels rise as carbonation diminishes, creating a changing, balanced beer. Drinkable and, if not recommended, pleasant.

M: Substantial and plain.

Notes
OG: 1.068
IBU: 65
ABV: 6.9%

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Photo of cbutova
2.98/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Best by February 2015.

A- 12oz bottle poured to a goblet with a copper-orange body. An off-white cap forms with a thick creamy consistency up to about one finger. Pretty good retention as a frothy island and medium ring deposit spotty lace with some webs.

S- Hops forward but medium caramelized malts and sweetness poke through. Bitter orange peel hops are the emphasis with earthy and herbal hints as well. Something comes of as very slightly metallic.

T- The theme of bitter orange zest citrus hops continues on here as well as the backing of them by medium Crystal grains that lend a light sweetness. Grapefruit pith, floral, pine resin with the yeast bringing light fruit notes.

MF- Medium thickness with a puffy, frothy texture with any agitation of the beer. Carbonation at a moderate level and the beer ends with a high bitterness relative to the body and flavor.

IPAs with caramel malt character can be good but this one is only decent. The heavily bitter citrus pith hops clash a bit with the sweetness and flavor of the grains. Just doesn't come off all that clean and seems a bit abrasive.

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Photo of Brenden
3.42/5  rDev -0.6%
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.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.45/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
3.45/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clean orange-ish color with an off white head. In the aroma, mellow citrus to pine hops. In the taste, a mellow hop and a balance maltiness, to a dry pine hop end. A small hop bite and a medium to lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a dry pine to small citrus hop in the aftertaste. A nice hop presence, yet still kind of malty.

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Photo of jzeilinger
4/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a clear copper color, nice white head, low carbonation.

S - Light tropical fruit rinds (oranges, mangos, pineapple), some pine, light peppery spice and biscuity malt.

T - Light tropical fruit underneath a sharp earthy, grassy, pine bitterness. Biscuity malt is buried all the way to the bottom as this is a very hop forward beer without that dominating buttery flavor that Shipyard is known for. The buttery aspect is indeed there in small quantities but is beat down by a hefty dose of hops.

M - Medium body and leaves a coating of earthy, grassy, pine on the tongue that lingers for a good long time.

O - This is one of the hoppiest Shipyard beers I've experienced and is quite enjoyable. IMO, MF deserves more love than the current overall score of "81". It slightly loses some of that hop edge as it warms up but overall, this is a beer that should satisfy alot of hop heads. I would have no qualms keeping this one on hand in my beer fridge.

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Photo of FLima
3.63/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Amber reddish color with a thick off white head with good retention and leaving a wall of laces.
Very light fruity aroma, a bit disappointing. Hints of papaya and some citrusy and malt sweetness.
Flavor is much more interesting, though with a controlled hoppiness. Notes of earthy and citrus hops, slightly toasted malts, peppery yeast, lemon and perfume. Dry and bitter aftertaste.
Light body with appropriate carbonation.
It felt to me like a mix of traditional British IPA with American Amber Ale and IPA.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
2.42/5  rDev -29.7%
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!

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Photo of EgadBananas
3.59/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This pours a very pretty dark mahogany. Light tan head of 3 fingers, fluffy, leaving lacing like a champ.

A slightly caramel malt forward IPA, with some flowery and spicy hops and a bit of mintiness.

Nice bitterness here, with some floral hoppiness, caramel and also some spicy hops.

Creamy, slick feel, some crispness with a medium body.

Shipyard can sit on shelves, but when it's fresh, it's definitely tasty enough.

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Photo of argock
3.26/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

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Photo of Jeffo
4.2/5  rDev +22.1%
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.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.49/5  rDev +30.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Shipyard Monkey Fist IPA has a thick, creamy, off-white head, lots of thick lacing left on the glass, and a hazy, orange-yellow-gold appearance, with bubble streams and a descending cloud after one swishes the bottom contents of the bottle. Some tiny brown specs are seen floating about. The aroma is of a full, piney, bready hop oil, and the flavor is of pine, hop oil, sugar, bread, bread crust, light brown sugar, toffee, grapefruit, and light caramel. Mouthfeel is medium, soft, and slick, and Shipyard Monkey Fist IPA finishes dry, bitter, and fairly drinkable. Overall, this is an outstanding beer! Get some soon!

RJT

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Photo of srandycarter
3.75/5  rDev +9%

Dislike the new system, btw. Not that anyone cares.

A - Murky orange, small near white head, some cling.

S - Malt, orange essence.

T - Yum. Big malt, huddled in by appropriate hops. Feels bigger than it is.

M - Medium body, great carb and balance.

D - Very drinkable.

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Shipyard Monkey Fist IPA from Shipyard Brewing Co.
79 out of 100 based on 145 ratings.