Shipyard Brewing Company

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IPA - New England
Ranked #2,271
Ranked #18,138
3.88 | pDev: 9.54%
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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Greywulfken from New York

4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
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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jzeilinger from Pennsylvania

4.15/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Many thanks to SawDog505 for this can.

A - Pours a hazy medium orange color with some floaties and a thick, cream colored lacing ring.

S - Dank hoppy, weedy/herbally, delicate tropical fruit, and spicy.

T - Very dank, spicy, weedy/herbally, and light tropical fruit hanging in the background. Lingering citrus, herbally, spiciness.

M - Medium body with delicate carbonation.

O - This is the best IPA I've ever had from Shipyard, hands down. Nicely done.

Nov 07, 2017
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Zorro from California

3.36/5  rDev -13.4%
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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NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

3.99/5  rDev +2.8%
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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GClarkage from California

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

Feb 17, 2018
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plaid75 from New York

4.02/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jan 27, 2018
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harsley from Massachusetts

4.09/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Jan 29, 2018
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TheManiacalOne from Rhode Island

4.17/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Nov 12, 2017
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tmac from New Hampshire

3.78/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Feb 11, 2018
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GratefulBeerGuy from New Hampshire

3.92/5  rDev +1%
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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guzzleacoldone from Ohio

3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

May 19, 2018
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johnnnniee from New Hampshire

3.52/5  rDev -9.3%
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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SlainteAlbanyNY from New York

3.59/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Jan 26, 2019
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jlindros from Massachusetts

3.49/5  rDev -10.1%
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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mattycasey from Massachusetts

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

Jan 08, 2018
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pkalix from California

4.02/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Feb 03, 2018
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O-Meg from New York

3.6/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Jul 22, 2019
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dbrauneis from North Carolina

3.99/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Feb 03, 2018
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tpauer from New Hampshire

4.02/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Feb 03, 2019
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oriolesfan4 from Maryland

3.64/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Dec 05, 2017
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puboflyons from New Hampshire

4.12/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

From the 16 oz. can that was canned on 10/12/17. Sampled on October 29, 2017.

It pours pretty close to what one would expect from a New England style IPA with a cloudy, pulpy looking amber-orange underneath a modest but lasting white head. More floaties as you finish pouring the can.

The aroma is alive with grapefruit, citrus notes, tropical fruit, spice, and a more muted white bread character.

The body is medium or better with a smooth texture.

The same tropical fruit and citrus characters plays up in the taste but the bitterness at the finish is quite significant. And dry!

Oct 29, 2017
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TheSixthRing from California

3.73/5  rDev -3.9%
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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selecter70 from Massachusetts

4.33/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wow. Great. And easy to get.

Nov 12, 2017
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larryrestuccia from New Hampshire

3.89/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Dec 12, 2017
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dzni from Virginia

3.44/5  rDev -11.3%
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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