Shipyard Brewing Company

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IPA - New England
Ranked #3,003
Ranked #21,993
3.87 | pDev: 9.56%
Shipyard Brewing Company
Maine, United States
Very Good
Notes: Finder is the result of our ongoing search for new and innovative ways to brew the most flavorful styles of beer.

This mouthwatering New England Style IPA has a creamy mouthfeel. The Citra, Mosaic and El Dorado hops create a drinkable, juicy ale with flavors of grapefruit, orange peel and lemongrass. Finder finishes with a slight bitterness and notes of tropical sweetness.

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AlpacaAlpaca from New York

2.83/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

A transparent cash-in on a popular style, this beer is so amazingly bland that I couldn't tell you much about it at all. Does it taste like an NEIPA? I guess so. It checks that box and does nothing else.

Sep 30, 2019
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Zorro from California

3.36/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Cloudy orange with a off-white colored head. This is decidedly IPA Orange.

Smells strongly of citrus peels. Sticky resin smell and it smells more than a little like hemp oil. Lesser scents of pine and faintly of camphor.

Starts out sweet and earthy, certainly no IBU slap. Taste of pine and grapefruit. That is about it though this isn't that strongly flavored. Very mild ale.

Mouthfeel is OK.

Overall it is mild and easy to drink. I wouldn't refuse one if offered.

Jun 29, 2019
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patre_tim from Thailand

3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy gold with a bruised tinge, lots of carbonation and a half finger of white head.

Smells of peaches, coriander and tropical fruit.

Tastes of peaches, coriander, and a deep, dull bitterness.

Light body with lots of carbonation.

I got this in Redding, CA where I am drinking it Feb 24th, 2019.

Feb 25, 2019
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tone77 from Pennsylvania

3.77/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 16 oz. can. Has a golden/orange color with a 1 inch head. Smell is juicy, citrus. Taste is of citrus, pine, some notes of tea, a touch of malts, moderate bitterness. Feels medium/full bodied in the mouth and overall is an enjoyab;e beer.

Dec 16, 2018
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Squire from Mississippi

4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Rich hazy gold color with white cap.

Intense aroma of floral, citrusy hops with grapefruit and orange flowers.

Bright hop flavor in the flavor bringing out grapefruit, orange zest, then something richer like ripe honeydew melon without the melon sweetness. Hops are sharp enough to offset these flavors without intruding. Just before the finish hops show more bitterness but not unpleasantly so.

Medium texture with balancing carbonation.

I get the hazy, forward hop without bitterness taste profile. I even see why people like the style, so much in fact that copycats abound. I can't say whether this one is purebred or a feral cousin but it is a flavorful, complex, balanced brew that's a joy to drink.

Oct 30, 2018
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jlindros from Massachusetts

3.49/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Mild fizzy head, fades semi quickly, slight hazy slight clear sediment laden

Nose various citrus, orange zest lemon and tangerine, touch pineapple tropical, not a ton of pop

Taste gritty malt, wheat dough grist, husk, mild citrus and faint tropical, fair bitterness way more than it should

Mouth is med bod, gritty, decent carb

Overall eh, doesn't pop, too bitter malt and gritty

Sep 24, 2018
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BeerAndGasMasks from Virginia

4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the can, it pours a hazy amber with a modest head that sticks around a while. Lacing. Lovely scent of pine and some citrus in the nose. Lovely taste of pineapple/citrus in the mouth. Very nice IPA!

Aug 17, 2018
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superspak from North Carolina

3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

16 ounce can into tulip glass, canned on 4/17/2018. Pours very hazy/cloudy deep golden amber/light orange color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense and fluffy off white head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big grapefruit, tangerine, lemon, peach, pear, pineapple, apricot, passion fruit, mango, melon, guava, berries, citrus peel/rind, peppercorn, wood, pine, wheat, cracker, biscuit dough, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Very nice aromas with great balance and complexity of citrus/fruity/tropical/earthy hops and bready malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big grapefruit, tangerine, lemon, peach, pear, pineapple, apricot, passion fruit, mango, melon, guava, berries, citrus peel/rind, peppercorn, wood, pine, wheat, cracker, biscuit dough, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Light-moderate pine, citrus peel/rind, herbal, woody, grassy, peppery bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, lemon, peach, pear, pineapple, apricot, passion fruit, mango, melon, guava, berries, citrus peel/rind, peppercorn, wood, pine, wheat, cracker, biscuit dough, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a while. Very nice complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/fruity/tropical/earthy hops and bready malt flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance, and minimal lingering hop astringency after the finish. Lightly increasing dryness from lingering bitter/resins. Medium carbonation and medium-plus body; with a very smooth, creamy/bready/grainy, fairly sticky, and lightly resinous/rindy balanced mouthfeel that is nice. No warmth of 7%. Overall this is a very nice NEIPA. All around nice complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/fruity/tropical/earthy hops and bready malt flavors; very smooth and easy to drink with the modestly bitter/resinous/drying finish, not overly aggressive. Very juicy, dank, and earthy balanced hop complexity; nice bready malt backbone, with minimal residual sweetness from lingering dryness. More resinous/drying than I expected, but it's a really enjoyable attempt on the style. Loved the hop profile as expected.

Aug 11, 2018
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dzni from Virginia

3.44/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a can dated from June, I think.

Deep golden color, somewhat hazy, and thin head.
First smell that hits me is of white grape juice. Then citrus like grapefruit, and maybe some berries.
First taste that hits me are the piney hops, with just a hint of some sweet citrus (grapefruit?). Mostly just piney hops with a little sweetness.
Medium bodied and medium carbonation.
Overall, it's a fine beer. Taste isn't bad by any means, and I am enjoying drinking it, but with such a predominant bitter hops flavor and not much "juice" to speak of, I'm not sure I'd call this a NEIPA.

Jul 26, 2018
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AleManDan from California

4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Look: hazy but not entirely opaque. Lots of carbonation streaming up. Enticing.

Smell: lush orangey citrus but tamed...creamy. Once again enticing.

Taste: Mmm! More typical west coast style IPA bittnerness but true to the style it’s got a big juicy vibe without a strong bitter finish but upfront lots of juicy bittnerness to play against the soft mouthfeel and tamed hazy hop vibe.

Really good and a great hybrid between the typical piney citrus bitter WCIPA and the really subdued hazy style. Can looks cool to boot!

Jul 17, 2018
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RaphaelSC from Brazil

4.46/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Served from a can 7 months old;

A: Hazy orange, with a thick white head with great retention;

A: Strong grapefruit, with orange peel and lemongrass on the second plane, intense hoppy character;

T: Grapefruit, tangerine and orange, high bitterness and low citric sweetness. Medium body with high carbonation. Its bitterness is intense and lingering;

M:Citric and bitter, very low sweetness and a dry finish;

O: Refreashing, hoppy and bitter. This beer is juicy, but it is an american IPA, and although the hoppy flavors and smells are present, the bitterness is here too. With less alcohol than most NEIPAs, it is a good everyday NEIPA.

Jun 14, 2018
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illpass78 from Maine

3.81/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pint can poured into a tulip.

Appearance: Hazy orange. Short white head that dissipates quickly.

Aroma: Pine, mango, grapefruit, lemon. Fruity, hoppy.

Taste: Follows nose. Pretty bitter. Hop bitterness kind of overtakes the fruity notes. Not sure about this “smooth” business I see advertised on the can. Pretty prickly.

Mouthfeel: Bitter enough that it’s a slow sipper.

Overall: Pretty good but not spectacular hoppy IPA. Pleasant, but doesn’t approach Lunch or Heady.

May 18, 2018
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sjrider from California

3.87/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours an unfiltered looking orangey gold color with quickly dissipating white head and little to no lacing. Nose is a bit of citrus and some piney hops. Taste is similar with more hop bitterness. Rather weak for the style but not bad.

May 12, 2018
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TheBrewsky from California

3.79/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 16oz can into 16oz tulip glass. Canned on 2/22/18.

Look: Light amber in color. Has a slight unfiltered look, but doesn't qualify as "hazy." 1/2" head formation, with minimal lacing.

Smell: Bright citrus like grapefruit, orange, and lemon on the nose, with a piney/hoppy presence. Slight floral aroma on the beer as well. Mostly hops and citrus on the nose though. Pretty great smelling.

Taste: Hop profile dominant. Bitter in taste, reminding me of a traditional WC IPA, not NEIPA. Hops are dominant, with slight citrus taste. Some astringency in taste as well, but I can't pinpoint exactly what.

Feel: Medium in body, with high-ish carbonation. Not a soft mouthfeel as you would expect from NEIPA.

Overall: This isn't a terrible beer by anymeans, just not a good example of an NEIPA. If you like bitter brews as in WC IPAS (which I do), you'll enjoy this. As always, I am glad I was able to try it. Cheers!

Apr 06, 2018
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BEERMILER12 from Maine

3.79/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a lightly hazy red-orange color with 2 fingers of head that fades down to a thin cap

S: Some citrus and floral notes up front along with some bready malt

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with the citrus and floral hops and then picks up some earthy and bready undertones. Finishes with lingering light bitterness and bready malt

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. On the smoother side

O: An easy to drink IPA. Nothing special

Feb 24, 2018
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NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

3.99/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shipyard Brewing Company "Finder"
1 PINT can, "BO.11.21.2017"
$3.99 @ Total Wine & More, Cherry Hill, NJ

Notes via stream of consciousness: Pours a cloudy orange-amber body beneath a finger-thick head of pillowy off-white. The body looks like that of a hefeweizen. It's definitely juicy in the nose. I'm not sure exactly what fruits I'm finding yet as it's still a bit cold right out of the fridge, but it's juicy. There's definitely some orange and pineapple, and I think some grapefruit, but also a hint of berry as well. Hmmm... perhaps they've used some Mosaic. Ahh, yep, looked at the can, it's Citra, Mosaic, and El Dorado. Ahh, they note lemongrass on the label and I can see that as well. It's got some bitterness to it, not a whole lot, but more than many of the newer versions of juicy NEIPAs I've recently tasted; and there is some hop burn as well. It's smooth in the mouth though, medium bodied with a moderate, very fine-bubbled carbonation. Whoah! I just got a big hop burp - they certainly didn't skimp on this one. So, overall, what to say? It's pretty decent. It's definitely well brewed. The type of hops and level of bitterness, and the color and haze, those are all personal preferences dependent upon the drinker, so I can only give it good marks except that the head didn't really hold that well, and the lacing is fairly limited. Worth trying.

Feb 20, 2018
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dertyd from California

3.3/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours out a hazy dark golden color, with a fast disipating white head------------ the aromas are of grapefruit, Carmel malt and popuri-------------- the flavors are of vitamins, grapefruit, basil, sweet orange, and yeast, the beer has a medium mouthfeel with a bitter astringent finish--------------- overall this beer was ok, it's way to bitter and astringent for the style, there is a good pop of sweet citrus up front before it gets lost in the bitter finish-----

Feb 07, 2018
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TheSixthRing from California

3.73/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Canned 12/22/17

Appearance - Pours hazy and orange in color with a sandstone, finger width head. Fair retention, resulting in a thin, broken layer of suds. A few small spots make up the lacing.

Smell - Orange with lesser grapefruit and bready and yeasty undertone.

Taste - Starts with sweet orange notes, then a bit of bread and yeast come through. The finish turns bitter with grapefruit rind and pith. Slight spice. Aftertaste lingers with orange and grapefruit pith, and with a hint of grain.

Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied with light, tingly carbonation. Slick, easy drinker with a fairly crisp finish.

Overall - This is a hard one to judge. I really like this beer, but as a NE-Style IPA it's fairly unimpressive. It lacks ideal depth of juiciness, and instead hangs a lot of bitterness and malt in the finish. It really drinks more like a Classic West Coast IPA.

Feb 04, 2018
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Eamonn-Cummings3 from New York

4.19/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 16oz glass into a speiglau ipa glass.

Look is a hazy orange yellow with a thin off white head.

Aroma is herbal with a little lemon citrus.

Tast is much more intense than aroma. Bitter lemon and herbs with a slight orange sweetness.


Dec 30, 2017
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Greywulfken from New York

4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Featuring Citra, Mosaic, and El Dorado hops, Golden Promise and Cara Pils malts, rolled oats, and flaked wheat, and London III yeast; 12/1/17 canning with a 7% abv... Golden body, thickly hazed with fine particulate matter, under a finger or two of foam... Muted fruits on the nose suggested some citrus and tropical impressions, but also had a malty aroma... On the sip, the malts asserted more, with lots of freshly-hewn grain impressions among the big bitter hops... A rather "balanced" affair for an IPA, and presenting an overall earthy, woodsy character that was distinct from the majority of NEIPAs that come across like fruit smoothies. Feel was smooth and soft, with a rather full, rounded feel. While initially a little put off by the dulled fruitiness and forward grain profile, I was really diggin' on this beer as it drank down. Looking forward to another can.

Dec 29, 2017
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Choppin-Banana from New Hampshire

2.67/5  rDev -31%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Not very juicy as advertised....light color with small head .... good initial taste going to bitter at end... not very balanced .... would drink if given but not go out of my way to buy

Dec 26, 2017
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johnnnniee from New Hampshire

3.52/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sample at The Thirsty Moose Manchester.
Hazy deep yellow color without much of a head. Bready malt light butterscotch lots of pine citrus and resin. I hated it less than I thought I would, the diacetyl seemed restrained or overpowered by some of the other flavors.

Dec 18, 2017
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GratefulBeerGuy from New Hampshire

3.92/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pint can BO: 11/20/17 opened on 11/28/17

And yet another old school brewery enters the vast world of the "New England IPA".....

A burnt orange and gold color. A classicly white foam tower caps it of, the dissipation is rather quick for the style. Usually the foamy head last for the duration with really solud lacing. This one just scatters with no lace.

The aroma is very juicy, tropical smelling hops, herbals, rusty and or metallic undertones, rather sweet and dense malt thing under the hops. A very nice nose, not super complex but interesting.

The first sip is full of tropical-style fruity hops but quickly gives way to some serious, earthy, herbal and bitter hop notes. Dry, leafy and medicinal....bitters type effect. Straight grapefruit style bitterness and juicy tones. Slightly chalky and grainy mouthfeel with an almost full, but smooth edge to the body. Not as smooth or juicy as some, with more sharp edges and graininess, but still juicy overall. Grapefruit and lemongrass notes are spot-on. The Citra, Mosiac and El Dorado hops certainly deliver a unique juicy flavor with a more bitter effect than most NE ipa's have.

Only 8 days old from can to glass makes this one very fresh. A bit "green" with a bunch of high-toned hop effects that are unique and honestly pretty stange. At least it has a unique idenity amoung the vast plethera of NE's on the market right now. I'm assuming they are still using the signature house yeast known as "wormwood" for this one, which might explain some of the odd textures. I'm not picking up on any of the usual "buttery" English-style effects from that yeast, but I also havnt had a beer from Shipyard in many years. Perhaps the abundance of hops hides this yeast well, or maybe they chose a slightly less "funky" or neautral yeast.....? In any case, this one is well worth pondering for some of it's unique aspects. I like different.

Nov 29, 2017
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Reef from South Carolina

3.94/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap at the Shipyard bar at the Providence airport.
Murky golden haze, healthy finger's head. Spotty lacing.
Inviting orange and grapefruit scent
Light piney note also.
Citrus is the initial taste impression, then grapefruit pith, white pepper, pineapple.
Consistent carbonation, a little astringent on the back end, light body and dry finish.
Best beer I've had from Shipyard.

Nov 26, 2017
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jacktar1983 from Maine

4.96/5  rDev +28.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

My friend and I each had one of these at lunch yesterday - looking for something new in the scene. Went for it on a whim and were blown away.

-In a pint glass, on tap
-A hazy orange/gold pour
-Medium body
-The citrus jumps right up to your nose, but pleasantly. Hints of spice.

Finished it and could have had another. Not too dry, nor overly hoppy.

Looking for a place to pickup in cans!

Nov 08, 2017
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