Island Time
Shipyard Brewing Company

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IPA - American
Ranked #6,874
Ranked #44,665
3.55 | pDev: 9.86%
Shipyard Brewing Company
Maine, United States
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Notes: Shipyard Island Time is an easy drinking session IPA built with a variety of Northwest hops which contribute to the grapefruit and pine nose and spicy hop finish. This refreshing IPA will transport you to your Island Time no matter where you are.
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AfricanPete14 from South Africa

3.29/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured a dark amber color with a thin head. Smelt of malt and citra hops. A little heavier than a normal session IPA and has a stronger malt profile than many as well. Finishes well.

Apr 24, 2020
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moodenba from New York

3.68/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Shipyard Island Time is called "session IPA" by the brewers. I think a better description would be a solid British style session pale ale. The body is a nice amber, and there is some malt body that is often missing in the modern IPA. The malt is accompanied by a good hop character. The 4.5% alcohol is a good level for those of us who might want to have two or three. This brew is an enjoyable session ale, and would go with a hearty meal as well.

Nov 19, 2019
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spectru from Florida

3.54/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Hazy, quite pale, thin white head; Has a good IPA smell; Not a lot of flavor for an IPA, with just a touch of that characteristic hoppy IPA bitterness; smooth mouthfeel, lightly carbonated. Not bad, certainly better than most mainstream American beers.

Feb 25, 2019
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FLima from Brazil

3.42/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Amber orange color with a thin head with good retention.
Aroma with notes of lime, pine extract, tangerine, grass, dough and some medicine.
Flavor with notes of medicine sourness, lemon concentrate, melon and white pepper. Dry and bitter aftertaste. Though, it feels lower than its 38 IBUs.
Light body with appropriate carbonation.
Although this Session IPA has Amarillo, Citra and Simcoe, I could swear it screams Sorachi. Green, spices and lime citrusy flavors predominating. Though it has a slight awkward tartness that may contribute to those notes. Was this a beginning of contamination?

Sep 03, 2018
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BEERMILER12 from Maine

3.62/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a golden amber color with 2 fingers of head that fades down to a decent cap

S: Some light spicy hops along with some citrus and pine. On the lighter side

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with some spicy and piney hops and picks up a light citrus. Yeasty undertones throughout. Finishes with lingering spicy hop

M: Light-medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: A solid session IPA that is super easy to drink and isn't watery

May 21, 2018
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WoodBrew from Ohio

3.77/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I tried this at the Marriott in Newport, Rhode Island. It poured a clear orangish with white head that is leaving a spotty lace. The scent had some citrus notes. The taste was nicely balanced and easy to drink with citrus presence. The mouthfeel is lighter in body with good carbonation. Overall it's a decent session ipa.

Apr 20, 2018
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chinchill from South Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 oz 2017 can.
Pours with a large foamy head over a hazy amber body.
Fruity and earthy hops dominate the aroma. The flavor is similar and relatively strong for a "session IPA".
Near medium body with medium+ carbonation.

Mar 21, 2018
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studerre from Georgia

2.36/5  rDev -33.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Listen I usually don't give negative reviews I'm the type of guy that likes to share the great beers I've drunken over the years but I gotta warn you to save your dollars on this one. It taste very corporate with a mass produced taste. I understand the alcohol content because it's a session but the beer just lacks anything that I can describe. It a beer I sold barely even put in the ipa class. I'm sorry guys but you gotta do better than this yes it's cheap but I can get Sierra nevada hop bullet dipa for the same price and it's 3 times better.

Mar 12, 2018
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

3.57/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

It is the auspicious occasion of New Beer Sunday (Week 672) & this will mark the opening salvo in a Shipyard B.C. horizontal for/by me today! Even better is the fact that it gives me an opportunity to do a back-to-back/side-by-side bottle vs. CAN review. You might think that I would have a bias towards CANs, but although I have an affinity for CANned beers, I also try to maintain a modicum of integrity & so sometimes, bottles win out. We shall see.

From the bottle: "Session IPA". This is important since it should be its own separate style. It is going to be tough to rate it to style when there are so many great AIPAs out there.

The first step is to Pop! the cap & I prefer to follow this action with a gentle pour, having made doing so my 2017 New Year's resolution. What began as a habit has become a vice, but I am finding it more pleasing than having to clean up a mess. Grr! It turned out to be one of those screwed-up screw-off caps! I had to muster self-control not to take out my frustration with an aggro pour, but I was able to restrain myself. It was just as well as this was a highly carbonated beer that initially filled my glass with eggshell-white foam before beginning to settle down. During the wait, I took note of its Golden-Amber (SRM = >5, < 7) color with NE-quality clarity & greeted The Gelt Gang of Mammon, Midas & Croesus as they appeared for a taste. The nose smelled like freshly-squeezed grapefruit juice & while that was great, it also made me mistrustful of what might come next. So many times, these session AIPAs are aroma-hop driven, but the taste does not follow the nose & I come away unfulfilled & disappointed. It is like a façade with nothing behind it, IMHO. The three-plus fingers of soapy, foamy, rocky, tawny head finally fell away, leaving loads of dense, sticky lacing in its wake. I was ready to drink! Mouthfeel was kind of thin, not exactly watery, but I wasn't impressed. The taste was marginally citrusy, nothing like nose. Boo hoo. It had a grapefruit & lemon bitterness, but it just seemed dialed down/back. The biscuit malt was a nice touch as a sweeter malt would have taken it in the wrong direction. Finish was dry, but I ended up feeling unfulfilled. YMMV.

And now, an entry for The CANQuest (tm)!

From the CAN: "Session IPA". I wish that they were more forthcoming on their labeling ...

At last, a Crack! & Glug, but a gentle one so as to be fair & balanced as I CANtinue to CANduct this CANparison. It was not as active as it had been coming from the bottle, so once it was sufficiently deCANted, an in-glass swirl was in order to raise two-plus fingers of soapy, foamy, rocky, eggshell-white head with moderate retention. Better! I CAN do without drama & waiting when it comes to drinking beer. Nose still had the pronounced grapefruit citrusiness, but now I also got notes of sweet orange. Color was Golden-Amber (SRM = > 5, < 7) with NE-quality clarity, causing The Gelt Gang to come running in from my living room where they were watching television. Mouthfeel was thin-to-medium, not watery, but not much beyond it, either. The taste had that same dialed-down/back flavor of muted citrusiness that just did not live up to its nose. It was not unpleasant, but it just lacked any Ooomph! How CAN I enjoy an AIPA when it just doesn't have any punch? I am a self-described, self-avowed hophead & this just did not do it for me. Finish was dry, pleasant, but not sustaining. One would have been enough, two was plenty.

Final analysis. CAN wins by a hair's breadth!

Jan 07, 2018
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Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania

3.16/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Picked up from Jim on Turkey Day.
Can BO 06.28.17, stored in his reefer, stored in my reefer at 42 degrees, served at 42 degrees in a hand washed and dried Jester King snifter.
Aroma – Some floral and citrus initially, giving away to malt.
Head – Large (Maximum 5.2 cm, aggressive pour), off white, medium density froth, average retention, diminishing to an irregular four to ten mm frothy ring fed by effervescence and multiple islands in the layer.
Lacing – None.
Body – Dark yellow, opaque, effervescent.
Flavor – Begins with a taste of old orange zest followed by some slightly bitter malt. No alcohol, no diacetyl.
Palate – Light, watery, lively carbonation.
Impression: A not-very-good session IPA, perhaps because it’s old but just as likely because it’s from Shipyard. Ordinarily I enjoy IPAs with a solid malt component but this one just isn’t very good.
Appearance 3.25, Aroma 3.5, Flavor 3, Palate 3.25, Overall 3.

Nov 26, 2017
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VoxRationis from New York

3.56/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Decanted from a 12 oz (355 ml) bottle into a conical pint glass; bottled on July 13, 2017 (but refrigerated since purchase).
A: Pours a slightly cloudy amber to light copper with a one inch egg shell white head, modest retention, and very strong lacing.
S: Floral. Aromas of canteloupe, papaya, and white pepper mingle with medium roast maltiness.
T: Melon and spice flavors blend nicely with very light bitterness.
M: Light to medium bodied with robust carbonation. Clean finish.
O: Not very fancy, but a nice, drinkable session. Would certainly have it again. I do not understand the low scores. Not every beer has to be “loud.”

Nov 24, 2017
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Kayakguy from Massachusetts

3.32/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Very little hop flavor despite a decent look and smell. Easy drinking but there are so many better Session IPA's on the market today. Would not try this one again.

Jul 14, 2017
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jzlyo from Iowa

3.74/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Aroma is sweet tropical fruit and spices. The flavor is tropical fruit, frui/mild berries, citrus, cracker malts and a dry/increasingly bitter finish.

May 10, 2017
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tone77 from Pennsylvania

3.49/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Despite zero agitation, this beer came oozing out, resulting in a golden color with a 1 1/2 inch head. Smell is of citrus, some pine. Taste is orange peels, lemons, light hints of pine. Feels medium/light bodied in the mouth and overall, I'm not a big fan of these IPA lights, but this one ain't bad.

Apr 15, 2017
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Slatetank from Pennsylvania

2.93/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

I tried this bottle chilled in a standard pint glass.
The color is pale golden with slight haze and thick white cream with lasting retention and fine bead. The smell is faintly fruity and herbal with a mild mineral almost medicinal scent. The feel is very dry with moderately high carbonation and bitterness that leaves the mouth dry with astringent hop textures.

The taste is better than the aroma lets on with a mild bitterness level and slight citrus in the flavor with light tropical and herbal aspect yet the yeast adds a flavor that I can only relate to brettanomyces with faintly horseblanket quality and very dry finish. This was not very enjoyable - the lack of malt and hop flavors that clash with the yeast made it close to a drain-pour to be honest but I soldiered through it. I do not recommend this since there are so many choices in this category available on the market currently.

Dec 27, 2016
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superspak from Ohio

3.9/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce can into pint glass, canned on 5/12/2016. Pours lightly hazy/cloudy golden yellow color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, peach, mango, lemon/orange peel, pine, light honey, toasted bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of citrus/tropical/pine hops and moderate bready malt notes; with good strength. Taste of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, peach, mango, lemon/orange peel, pine, light honey, toasted bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Moderate pine/citrus peel bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, peach, mango, lemon/orange peel, pine, toasted bread, and floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/tropical/pine hops and moderate bready malt flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance, and zero astringent hop flavors after the finish. Light-moderate dryness from bitterness, increasing through the glass. Medium carbonation and light-medium body; with a very smooth, crisp, moderately sticky/resinous, and grainy/bready balanced mouthfeel that is nice. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 4.5%. Overall this is a very nice session IPA! All around nice complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/tropical/pine hops and moderate bready malt flavors; very smooth, crisp, and easy to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

Aug 13, 2016
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mikeg67 from New Jersey

3.34/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the brewery. Pours golden with white head. Aroma is of citrusy hops, tropical fruit and bready malt. Body is medium and crisp. Citrusy hops, grain and some pears fill the mouth. Finish is long, dry. OK brew.

Jul 25, 2016
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Cavanaghty from Maine

3.84/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Hazy Amber with a thin white head.

Smell: Citrus and hops.

Mouthfeel/ Taste: Smooth medium bodied. Taste of sweeter citrus with a faint bitter aftertaste.

Overall: Excellent IPA. I would have this one again.

Jun 06, 2016
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puboflyons from New Hampshire

3.57/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle. Bottled 4/9/2016. Sampled on May 28, 2016.

The pour is yellow-amber underneath a modest, lingering white head.

This is a Session IPA and I was expecting more laid back aroma notes but the bready malts are offset nicely by the pine, grapefruit hop characters.

Light to medium, smooth body.

Same white bread and dough malt notes in the flavor and the grapefruit, grassy, and fruity hops are far more subdued than the aroma suggested. Still, it is very easy to consume.

May 28, 2016
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illpass78 from Maine

4.13/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

14 oz. on tap in a plastic cheater at Hadlock Field in Portland, Maine.

Appearance: Hazy good with a short white head. Good retention.

Aroma: Prickly hops, citrus, pine. Fresh, clean. Somewhat grassy.

Taste: Follows the nose. Bit of a graham cracker-like finish. Lemon and pine are up front. Tasty.

Mouthfeel: Refreshing. Good hot-day IPA.

Overall: One of the better beers I've had from the 'Yard. This was a bit risky because if it was bad, everyone would call it "Sh.I.T." (think about it). But it's a deftly executed low-ish alcohol IPA that doesn't sacrifice flavor. I'm ready to forgive them for those radio ads with the annoying steel drums.

May 28, 2016
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UCLABrewN84 from California

3.4/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Pours a murky gold with a foamy beige head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Small particles of sediment are seen suspended in the beer after the pour. Smell is of citrus fruit, citrus zest, graham cracker, pine needle, and earthy hop aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus zest, grapefruit juice, pine needle, earth, and slight butter flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp and dry mouthfeel. Overall, this is an above average beer that is light and drinkable, but the slight butter flavor is odd.

Serving type: bottle.

May 18, 2016
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Beer rating: 82 out of 100 with 103 ratings