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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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640 Ratings
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Ratings: 640
Reviews: 115
rAvg: 3.35
pDev: 15.52%
Wants: 8
Gots: 36 | 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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Photo of smcolw


3.95/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Rocky thick head that leaves extensive streaky lace. Dirty copper color.

Excellent fresh, raw and floral hop aroma--very inviting. Pale malt base nose.

Lots of raw hop bite almost immediately on tongue. Neutral body, with an above average carbonation level. An IPA lovers' IPA. Long aftertaste of peppery bitterness.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2012 17:50:54 | More by smcolw
Photo of beernads


3/5  rDev -10.4%

07-03-2013 09:09:21 | More by beernads
Photo of Billolick

New York

3.4/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2012 02:44:01 | More by Billolick
Photo of dbrauneis

North Carolina

3.2/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a murky medium golden orange in color with some creamsicle colored highlights and light to moderate amounts of gentle visible carbonation. The beer has a three quarter finger tall slightly creamy beige head that slowly fades to a very thin film covering the entire surface of the beer with a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate amounts of yeasty (Belgian) aromas with much lighter amounts of citrus hops and pine hops.

T: Starts out with a moderate amount of pale malts and just a bit of sweetness. Next there are light to moderate amounts of citrus/lemon and pine hops. Moderate amounts of lingering bitterness. Moderate amounts of yeast as well.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly sticky in the finish.

O: This is an OK beer but tastes a little more like a Belgian IPA than an American IPA - though that might be because of the yeastiness.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2012 02:43:19 | More by dbrauneis
Photo of DrunkinYogi


3.25/5  rDev -3%

07-27-2014 21:27:10 | More by DrunkinYogi
Photo of jdhilt

New Hampshire

2.95/5  rDev -11.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2012 22:21:19 | More by jdhilt
Photo of Zorro


3.5/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear deeply amber colored beer with a small yellowish white head. This is on the dark end of IPA Orange.

Smell is malty and a little medicinal with a smoky scent a little like smoked beer. Herbal hop with a slight orange aroma to it. Lesser scents of tea and wood.

Starts out Woody with a mild bitter bite. Strong tea flavor. Bitter orange flavor with a slight burnt sugar taste. Malt flavor is slightly burnt caramel.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall this is an OK beer that is on medium end of the IPA Spectrum. Didn't blow me away but I will finish the bomber.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2012 01:00:09 | More by Zorro
Photo of DoubleJ


3.95/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In a late breaking move, I have decided to taste anotehr beer during this beautiful afternoon. Monkey Fist, eh? That's an odd name for a beer, but I'm hoping the beer itself isn't. Labled with a best before date of December 2012. On to the beer:

Bronzed orange color with some bubbles running through. Hues of yelow at point of the color. As for that white puffy thing known as head, it's alright. It drops and stabilizes to a ½ inch ring of lace. The aroma may not scream typical IPA, but it sure is fun to whiff. You do get a splash of piney hops and some pleasant caramel, but what's surprising is the kick of peach-cranberry juice. And more of it. Is this an IPA with fruit by any chance? The label doesn't list a summary of itself, but I'm off to guess it out.

The taste doesn't make itself to be as fun as the aroma...initially. That said, it still is a fine choice to drink, and it only take a little time before that potential is realized. First comes tofee crisp and little resin. Then comes a strong fruity presence, similar to that cranberry-peach concoation from the aroma. The bitterness, bringing along with it some clean pine, start to creep in and finally wipe the palate clean of any lingering fruit or malt. The body is almost medium with some good, crisp carbonation, and a drinkability that also ranks well.

I like that. Ok, now I have the courage to research this beer. According to Shipyard's website, there is no added fruit to the beer, and Monkey Fist is named after a type of knot tied on a rope (my brother may know that). A bit of a pleasant surprise from Shipyard.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2012 22:44:48 | More by DoubleJ
Photo of biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

3.38/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Monkey Fist has a great label but it's nothing compared to the beer itself; this IPA is an incandescent golden tone, with a caramelly, maple syrup complexion but shimmering flaxen-yellow highlights. Its head is thin but scattershots all over the glass. With an appearance like this you can't go wrong, right? Well...

The aroma is what I'd charitably call "peculiar". It smells something like a lemon- or pine-scented cleaning product. The citric oils and tree resins are expected - desired, actually - in an IPA but their presence in this bouquet is a little reminiscent of something from the Pine-Sol product line.

The flavour makes that turn to the unfavourable all but definite; the notion of lemon- and pine-scented cleaning product gets a little too real on the palate. It goes from mildly appealing to somewhat concerning - did this come from under the brewery's kitchen sink? Even the malts taste coated in a combination of honey and industrial-strength alcohol-based solvent.

Surprisingly, my palate adjusted to what turns out to be an alright, if unusual IPA. That said, others will be unable to look beyond the Pine-Sol semblance. But if viewed simply as an ultra-earthy - the ultra-ist possible short of chewing a mouthful of dead leaves and twigs - it's not at all out of line with the style's profile (though that detergent-like taste is downright nauseating).

Shipyard has yet to truly 'wow' me but they make some very good beers; I expected a lot more from Monkey Fist. It's a somewhat bizarre IPA that ironically makes the drinker feel like they're part of a science experiment - will I wake up tomorrow with a tail or an eleventh toe? Maybe Monkey's Fist is the lab monkeys' revenge? Either way, Maine offers far better IPAs than this.

Serving type: can

12-08-2013 23:44:05 | More by biegaman
Photo of drewone


2.75/5  rDev -17.9%

05-28-2012 04:19:36 | More by drewone
Photo of plaid75

New York

4.35/5  rDev +29.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2012 01:31:41 | More by plaid75
Photo of 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
Photo of mdaschaf


3.1/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-29-2012 21:10:49 | More by mdaschaf
Photo of Kelp

New Hampshire

3/5  rDev -10.4%

04-27-2013 20:06:22 | More by Kelp
Photo of dmorgan310


3.25/5  rDev -3%

06-08-2013 03:34:32 | More by dmorgan310
Photo of Brad007


4.13/5  rDev +23.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2012 23:56:15 | More by Brad007
Photo of johnnnniee

New Hampshire

2.98/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap today at the Portland Pie Co.
Comes to the table a deep amber color with a decent sized off white head that shows moderate retention and lacing. Smells of bitter citrus with a bit of butterscotch and a caramel. Wow the flavor is something else all right. Intensely bitter citrus with lots of sweet caramel and butterscotch. Medium to thin body with a moderate level of carbonation and a bitter harsh citrus did I say bitter mouthfeel. I really don't know why this company is still in business. This is an aggressively bitter IPA reminiscent of the mid 90's when micros were trying to one up each other in the IBU wars. Very harsh bitterness with lots of astringency to go around too much buttery ringwood character and not enough hop aroma. Late hops should be used more here as well as a diacetyl rest.

Serving type: on-tap

07-15-2012 18:30:50 | More by johnnnniee
Photo of liamt07

Ontario (Canada)

2.75/5  rDev -17.9%

11-10-2013 15:36:18 | More by liamt07
Photo of GarthDanielson

North Carolina

3.65/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber into a true pint, the beer is a deep, vibrant, copper-orange coloring with a chunky, frothy, uneven half inch of off-white head. Aromas of buttery biscuits and toast in the background giving rise to a citrus heavy hops presence, with a wet grass character, as well. Some caramel highlights on the nose, also. Flavors are roasted, with a strong caramel malt backbone that is quickly overwhelmed with a blast of wet, fresh hops that are resiny and peppery spiced. Strong and effervescent citrus characters of very tart grapefruit clean the palate and awaken the tastebuds. Very tasty and very well balanced. The increased carbonation and sharp citrus notes give the mouthfeel a bit of a thin, sharp kick towards the end of the palate. The aftertaste is tart and bitter grapefruit, as well as a good presence of hops that now display some cedar and pine characteristics. Quick, bitter, and resiny finish lets you know exactly what you've been drinking. Good, tasty beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2012 01:57:43 | More by GarthDanielson
Photo of GraduatedCashew


3.5/5  rDev +4.5%

09-23-2013 17:25:12 | More by GraduatedCashew
Photo of TheSevenDuffs

Ontario (Canada)

1.25/5  rDev -62.7%

12-14-2013 02:33:58 | More by TheSevenDuffs
Photo of DrDemento456


3.5/5  rDev +4.5%
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
Photo of OWSLEY069


3.4/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2012 16:17:30 | More by OWSLEY069
Photo of twiggamortis420


2.04/5  rDev -39.1%
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
Photo of Hopheadjeffery


3.5/5  rDev +4.5%

08-13-2013 16:04:14 | More by Hopheadjeffery
Shipyard Monkey Fist IPA from Shipyard Brewing Co.
77 out of 100 based on 640 ratings.