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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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802 Ratings
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Ratings: 802
Reviews: 128
rAvg: 3.34
pDev: 15.57%
Wants: 8
Gots: 102 | 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 TheSevenDuffs
1.25/5  rDev -62.6%

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.

Photo of WoodBrew
3.75/5  rDev +12.3%

Photo of tone77
3.63/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3.5/5  rDev +4.8%

Photo of Lare453
3.5/5  rDev +4.8%

Photo of GraduatedCashew
3.5/5  rDev +4.8%

Photo of DrDemento456
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?

Photo of spinrsx
3.35/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Photo of ZEB89
3.25/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of twiggamortis420
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.

Photo of OWSLEY069
3.4/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

Photo of Durge
3.75/5  rDev +12.3%

Photo of puboflyons
3.98/5  rDev +19.2%
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.

Photo of barnzy78
3.43/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

Photo of Brenden
3.4/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

Photo of ROGUE16
3.25/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of thatoneguymike
3.25/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of Darkmagus82
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).

Photo of BeerForMuscle
3.25/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of smithj4
3.5/5  rDev +4.8%

Photo of EgadBananas
3.6/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

Photo of VelvetExtract
4/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.4/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

Photo of mhaugo
3.5/5  rDev +4.8%

Shipyard Monkey Fist IPA from Shipyard Brewing Co.
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