Black IPA
Shipyard Brewing Company

Black IPABlack IPA
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IPA - Black / Cascadian Dark Ale
Ranked #529
Ranked #45,993
3.53 | pDev: 12.75%
Shipyard Brewing Company
Maine, United States
Black IPABlack IPA
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stcules from Italy

3.39/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Black, with a light brown foam, one finger, average.
In the smell light toaste dnotes, a bit of hazelnut, touches of cocoa, and fresh hoppy notes, citrussy.
The taste is less interesting, with american hop in the foreground.
Good long bitterness in the aftertaste, grassy notes, chicory.

Apr 05, 2017
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jdhilt from New Hampshire

3.41/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a three finger khaki head that fades slowly to a thin layer leaving some lace. Black color no highlights. Medium carbonation and medium bodied. Pine & citrus nose. Flavor follows pine, some citrus hops with hints of malt. Lingering bitter aftertaste.

Feb 11, 2017
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Bierliebhaber3 from Massachusetts

3.81/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This black IPA unsurprisingly pours a black color with an almost non-existent white head. The scent is quite pleasant and a bit complex. There is a nice balance of hop and malt notes in the scent with roast barley, dark chocolate, pine, and citrus coming through in approximately equal measures. All of the elements of the scent come through in the taste, but the malt and hop characters are not as balanced as the scent would have you believe. The IPA label definitely applies here and the hops kind of take over, although roast barley still fairly strong. This is especially true in the aftertaste. The body is medium. I am a fan of the black IPA category and I think that this is a pretty solid representative of the style though I would maybe like to see a little more in the way of malts come through in the flavor. As the beer warmed a little bit this actually seemed to happen though, so I actually preferred this beer cool rather than cold.

Jun 12, 2016
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FLima from Brazil

4.05/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Black color with red highlights and a thick dark beige head with good retention and leaving laces.
Nice aroma with citrusy notes of grapefruit, passionfruit, coffee, dark chocolate, licorice and Brazilian jabuticaba.
Delicious flavor with notes of roasted coffee beans, tons of dark chocolate, mild pine, caramels, lychees, plums and licorice. Dry and bitter aftertaste with lingering roasted and hoppy notes. Rounded 60 IBUs.
Light bordering medium body with appropriate carbonation.
Well-made American Black Ale; despite not being super intense, this has touch all the right notes for me. It goes from tropical to dark fruits to roasted notes, in any order. It is complex and still very refreshing and easy to drink. Worth trying.

May 16, 2016
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dasenebler from Maine

3.01/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

Shipyard Black IPA
12oz, coded “BB 04.18.16”

Pours a very dark brown with ruby highlights. Small tan head, average retention, spotty lacing. (3.5)

Aroma is malty and roasty, with dark fruit notes. Maybe some spicy hops. Not IPA-like, I don’t care what color it is. (2.5)

Flavor is roasty with a nice malt complexity. Prune, coffee, chocolate, light ash. Bitter and dry on the back. A touch estery. Some spicy and floral hop flavor not hinted at in aroma is evident, though still not IPA-level. Mouthfeel is dry on the back, but not lacking in the dextrin department through the middle. Maybe a bit harsh and tannic from all the roasted malt combined with the hopiness. (3.25, 2.5)

I wasn’t expecting a well-made IPA style from Shipyard, but this really isn’t a horrible offering. Despite missing the Black IPA mark by a good bit, this is a dark, dry and bitter beer with decent malt flavor and drinkability. By far the best Shipyard beer I’ve ever had. (3.25)

Oct 23, 2015
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stephens101 from Oklahoma

4.13/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jet black with a tall and craggy tan froth. Loads of tofee in the aroma with hints of pine and roasted chocolate too. Tastes of grain, burnt sugar, wood and pine. Fancy this one lurking in the shadows and then sneaking up on my taste buds and say "Gotcha!".

Oct 03, 2015
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mooseisloose from Florida

3.99/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Picked up a 6er at the local market. Shipyard never disappoints so let's give it a whirl. Smells of licorice and roasted malts. Pours to a deep brown barely translucent with a two finger dark beige head. Head stands well. Taste is a delicious deep roasted malt with on on par bitterness, consistent throughout to a dry clean finish that is more bitter. Mouthfeel spectacular. I think I found a new goth style. I would drink this anytime. A great sessioner even at 6.2% ABV. Like a stout with balls. Tasty.

Jul 29, 2015
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madnkrazy from Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cool beer. Not something i would drink a lot of but it's decent. It has a malty flavor you could grow to hate. Just like the illustration shows i think it's a pirate's brew.

Jul 05, 2015
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predikit from Massachusetts

3.74/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours dark brown, settles in the glass black, leaves a half inch light beige head that has decent retention.

Smell is mostly hoppy with some coffee.

Taste follows the nose, slightly sweet to start, hop bite kicks in for the middle, and a deep roasted coffee takes the finish, which is also very dry. Leaves a lasting bitter on the tongue that makes you want another sip.

Fairly light bodied, light-medium at most, clean mouthfeel, wouldn't call it smooth or crisp, but it leaves clean.

A good Black IPA, not the best I've had, but most certainly not the worst either.

Apr 27, 2015
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chinchill from South Carolina

3.56/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle.

This is a well-crafted, centrist Black IPA with no apparent flaws (unless one wants to question the idea of a black IPA, as I do from time to time). Mildly bitter. Medium body and carbonation. Fine, tan head over an essentially black body.

Apr 11, 2015
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pianoguy from Washington

3.27/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.25

A dark beer + an IPA... Two things I love.
Could this be the next resse's cup ?
Not quite...
but I gotta give em props for doing it !

12 oz bottle poured into a glass

Dark brown coffee color with an off white head.Nice lacing all the way down

I smell the that familiar musty, floral smell of an IPA . But it's faint, not very pronounced

Taste is complex..there is a lot going on here under the surface. But the intense hop flavor dominates a little too much and makes it hard to taste anything else. A very bitter aftertaste. Maybe a bit too bitter for my taste.

Mouth feel was outstanding ! not overly carbonated and very smooth. One of the bast things about this beer...

Overall . My hat's off to anyone that is trying to come up with a black IPA ! ...Just hope they keep trying... For those of my friends that enjoy beers like Hop Czar I would highly recommend this beer !

Mar 06, 2015
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RonaldTheriot from Louisiana

3.3/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Shipyard Black IPA has a thin, beige head, a dark brown appearance, and some lacing web left on the glass. The aroma is of a rich, somewhat syrupy, dark bread, and the flavor is of that, with dark-roasted, slightly charred, malt, mild hop resin, low bitterness, and yeast. Mouthfeel is light to medium, and Shipyard Black IPA finishes semi-dry and easy drinking.


Feb 22, 2015
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Bestinyourgirl from Maine

2.24/5  rDev -36.5%
look: 5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2

Very intense pine smell in the cup. Taste like of grass and odd note of Not the most bitter IPA I've tried, thankfully. Still not my kind of beer. Tried a sip and poured out the rest. Mediocre for my palate.

Feb 18, 2015
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31Sam13 from New Hampshire

4.36/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A sort of gem in Shipyard's IPA lineup. Complex but subdued English flavor with a nice bitterness and a dark, chocolaty malty finish. Not overly hoppy, but well done.

Feb 08, 2015
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MaineBrewing from Maine

4.03/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - Poured pitch black, completely opaque, only the slightest bit of light can get through when held to the light. One finger tan head with somewhat large bubbles, a sort of loose formation. Head was ever present with at-least a little foam and there was plenty of lacing on the glass.

S - Hop notes were bright from the can, but after the pour, they were more muddled. Still some slight pine and resin notes slightly waft through a big earthy malt tone resembling dark pumpernickel some chocolate as well. Also some off notes, sort of ruff around the edges.

T - The hops are only slightly present up front, but brashly bitter in the finish. I think the best part of this black IPA is the black part... the underlying notes of roasted barley, toffee, chocolate, and even a lingering coffee taste are what I enjoy in it. This is the taste that lingers and makes me want more.

M - Light bodied , lightly carbonated, sort of on the watery side.

O - Looking at it as an english style black IPA... this is pretty good. If you are expecting something like Sublimely Self Righteous or similar American style black IPAs with crazy dank hops you will be sorely disappointed. It is subdued on the flavoring hops yes, but still very bitter... this bitter is played against a very delicious and complex dark malt profile and it ends up being refreshing and enjoyable.

Feb 04, 2015
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Bear1964 from Nebraska

4.17/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Mason jar showcased the thick jet black color and one finger dense tan head, nice lace hung on as the tasting went on. Aroma is full on hops which hides any roasted notes that might be had, that was about the only let down for this beer. Taste comes through big time with hops upfront and some burnt coffee bitter rounding out the roasted background, this beer has some balls to it and let's you know it. Mouthfeel is what you would expect for a Black IPA and again you know you're drinking something solid here, overall a really tasty and well done Black IPA.

Feb 01, 2015
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MightyMonk from New Hampshire

4.39/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This is a good beer.
I have not really been a fan of Shipyard Brewing but I tried this recently poured from a bottle and have become more of a fan. Living on the east coast there are several breweries that make good beer so Shipyard gets lost easily.
Pours very dark as expected
Nice head that has some nice hop aroma
Tastes malty yet hoppy and has a full mouthfeel
Have to rethink Shipyard

Jan 27, 2015
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BeerSnobBrianPharmD from Tennessee

4.54/5  rDev +28.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured carefully from can, pitch black, nice tan head, great lacing, relatively subtle smell but hops discernable, tastes malty and hoppy in almost equal harmony with neither one being overpowering, moderate carbonation feel on palate, conclusion: impressive, easy to drink beer.

Jan 02, 2015
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JV-NH from New Hampshire

3.31/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Tastes like a stout with a hop bomb thrown in.....and i like this is probably the best shipyard ive had (don't care for most)...but it's no ipa.

Dec 17, 2014
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cbutova from Massachusetts

3.67/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A- Black bodied but some very dark brown hues can be seen around the tulip I poured this into. A creamy, foamy light tan cap rises to just over a finger with pretty good retention. A thick ring is left with pillows and islands while lacing is composed of plentiful spots and some sheets.

S- Semi-bitter medium-dark chocolate and notes of roast grains rounded out with citrus, pine and earthy hops. Toasty, nutty and sweet hints.

T- Fairly simple as in the nose and finds a balance between hops and roast grains. The malts deliver a mostly cocoa-driven profile with slightly bitter, milk chocolate brownies coming to mind. Toasted and nutty hints. This is placed against hops which have earthy, citrus, pine and herbal character. Yeasty dark fruits towards the end.

MF- Light-medium bodied with a moderately low carbonation. The overall texture of the beer is very slightly creamy and foamy. Finishes with a cocoa powder bitterness on the palate.

The cocoa powder feel is very strong and seems to grow with time. It is a nice cocoa feel but might get a bit too powerful for its own good. However, the hops chosen do a nice job working their way into the flavor to blend with the chocolate notes. After some time, a fruity yeast feel opens up and offsets the beer's flavor balance just a bit.

Oct 03, 2014
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biboergosum from Canada (AB)

3.66/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle, part of the mixed IPA 12-pack from Shipyard.

This beer pours a clear, very dark russet brown colour, with two fingers of puffy, densely foamy, and somewhat bubbly beige head, which leaves some attractive bonsai tree lace around the glass as it slowly and surely subsides.

It smells of roasted, yet kind of metallic bready caramel malt, wet ash, black licorice, pine needles, citrus floor cleaner, rather dry mocha, and a further leafy earthiness. The taste is bitter toasted dark bread, a bit of lean toffee sweetness, dry cocoa powder, black coffee, old pine forest floor, tart orange juice, and a hint of flinty warming alcohol.

The bubbles are fairly average in their workaday bearing, the body actually on the light side of medium weight, and not particularly smooth, but not egregiously edgy by the same token. It finishes quite dry, the blackened character looming and dooming this one for good.

A decent enough rendition of this Frankenstyle, the roasted and hoppy characters colliding and interfering just the right amount, methinks. Anyways, the overt dryness makes this drinkable, to a point - a point which I feel approaching as I consider the remainder of this bottle.

Sep 26, 2014
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puboflyons from New Hampshire

3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle. Dark brown pour with a modest tan head.

As I absorb the aromas I think "Porter" more than anything else. Good coffee malt character but little in the way of hops since it is meant to be an IPA.

Medium to better than medium body. Got some stones!

Each time I sip it I think "Porter" not "Black IPA" I expect hops but I get coffee. Oh yeah, there are hops that sneak in on the backside but not enough to make me thin IPA. It is highly drinkable but it does not match the style as far as I am concerned.

Sep 14, 2014
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silverking from Florida

3.26/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- deep garnet with one inch of creamy tan head. Great head retention, well defined rings of lacing.

S- citrus, and then a very roasted/burnt aroma. Somewhat smokey.

T- lemons, the whole fruit. Burnt, smokey, charred. Some chocolate in there as well, but it tastes burnt and there's no way around that. The finish is astringent and sour. I don't like that...

M- light, moderate carbonation, it wants to have a clean finish, but it sticks at the last second and gnaws at the back of my palate.

O- burnt...

May 30, 2014
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illpass78 from Maine

3.68/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle poured into a stout glass.

Appearance: Pours a deep black with a three-quarter-inch off white head. Heavy to moderate lacing. Held to the light, there's some dark brown as well.

Aroma: A nice mix of aromas. Smells of pine, hops, dark malts, burned toast, and a little coffee. Smells like a porter and like an IPA.

Taste: This beer has a pretty big, bold flavor. Hops and roasted malts are up front, and the burned toast taste is right there. This was a sipper for me. Drank one while watching a baseball game and it took me about 2.5 innings. Tastes like a combo of a porter and an IPA.

Mouthfeel: This beer was thicker than I'd expected. Slightly chewy in texture.

Overall: Pretty good stuff from Shipyard. It's kind of an IPA for the porter/stout crowd. It's not super aggressive in that tastes-like-lemon-Pledge way, but the hop bitterness is very forward. Fun change-of-pace brew.

May 18, 2014
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DrDemento456 from Pennsylvania

3.89/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Don't really love Shipyard but it was hard to pass up a single for $1.79. Into a pint glass.
A - Looks rather good a deep dark almost porter like blackness and a 1/4 inch of mocha head that makes for some decent lacing. Pretty.
S - Mild cocoa, moderate roasts, and a bit of citrus rind like hops. Hope its balanced.
T - Huh it's rather good the hops are there but pretty much taking a backseat behind the roasts which also are mild and it leaves a sort of cocoa taste on the palate.
M - It's light to medium almost like an IPA.

Overall a very approachable take on the style totally worth trying to see if you like Black IPA's

May 07, 2014
Black IPA from Shipyard Brewing Company
Beer rating: 81 out of 100 with 283 ratings