Fuggles IPA
Shipyard Brewing Company

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English India Pale Ale (IPA)
Ranked #365
Ranked #47,857
3.26 | pDev: 16.26%
Shipyard Brewing Company
Maine, United States
Fuggles IPAFuggles IPA
Notes: Fuggles is a single-hopped, dry, crisp ale that is wonderfully balanced and deceptively smooth.
Reviews: 527 | Ratings: 1,055 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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3.08/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at The Good Life in Massapequa... Medium gold color with a finger of ivory foam... Remarkably unremarkable beer - had some grain and fruit impressions, maybe muted citrus among them, and a little bit of earthy pine... Medium body felt a bit tacky and sluggish? I'm a finisher, but I left half of this in the glass.

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Greywulfken from New York, Sep 22, 2017
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2.89/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

On a bit of an IPA ride lately I brought this home as part of a pick six and was eager to give this one a try. Poured a medium/dark opaque orange with a nice white head but the head didn't last. Had a nice smell but not the hoppy smell that most IPA's have. Just a average earthy smell could not pick up any citrus at all. Taste was nothing special. Slight bitterness with a dry almost metallic finish. Feel was not unpleasant but far from what I was hoping for. The fuggle hop certainly is not what Im used to in an IPA . Overall I was not real impressed but again it was not what I have been used to in an IPA.I haven't tried a lot of English IPA's so maybe my rating is a little harsh. Not bad but not my favorite.

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chuckpalka from Illinois, Jul 12, 2016
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3.05/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A very, very average IPA. It pours a hazy copper with a slim head. The scent is subtle hints of earth. The taste is lacking in hop presence a little for an IPA. Overall it's an average beer - nothing too fancy.

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Kinger22 from Virginia, Jun 09, 2016
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2.69/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Darker yellow, 1/3" white head. Gotta love freshness dates. Aroma was whoof, dog shit and butter diaectyl like notes, even if not huge.

Taste was mild in every regard, hops, malt, d infection, earthiness. Not impressed.

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3.68/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, best before 1/2/2016. Pours slightly hazy orange/amber color with a 2 finger dense and rocky off white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice dense soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of lemon zest, orange peel, wood, plum, pear, apple, light pepper, pine, honey, light caramel, toasted bread, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of earthy hops, fruity yeast, and bready malt notes; with solid strength. Taste of lemon zest, orange peel, wood, plum, pear, apple, light pepper, pine, honey, light caramel, toasted bread, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness. Good amount of piney/spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon/orange peel, wood, pepper, pine, plum, pear, apple, honey, toasted bread, and herbal/grassy hop earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Nice complexity, robustness, and balance of earthy hops, fruity yeast, and bready malt flavors; with a good malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light-moderate dryness after the finish from bitterness. Some mild but acceptable levels of diacetyl present in the aromas and flavors. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately sticky, and lightly creamy/bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a nice English IPA style. All around good robustness, complexity, and balance of earthy hops, fruity yeast, and bready malt flavors; and very smooth and easy to drink. This was a bit fruitier than I’d prefer, but was not horribly off balance either. A nicely enjoyable offering.

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superspak from Michigan, Sep 26, 2015
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3.53/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

P: Clear golden amber pour with a frothy light head dissipates quickly leaving a good bit of lacing on the top.
A: Earthy, malty, subtel hops and caramel.
T: Earthy, mild citrus- lemon. Some hops and malt
M: Dry, acrid, very little bitterness.
O: Old school IPA. The fuggles lend a different twist to today's IPA.

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Tilly from Kentucky, Sep 17, 2015
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3.75/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Clear veiled amber color. Creamy beige 1.5 finger head lasting around 10 minutes. Strong legs with some powerful activity.

Pleasant aromas and flavors of fruits, citrus, grains, toffee, floral and herbal spices. Strong apple taste being more sweet than sour, with a earthy feel. Crisp, well intensified and good flavors.

Creamy medium body with nice carbonation. Short and faint finish ending with a bitter smoky clove like mouth feel.

Overall : Good freshness and pleasant flavors, but slightly thin and a faint finish. Accessible being a sweet IPA, not too spicy and quite clean.

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TheBierdimpfe from Quebec (Canada), Mar 23, 2015
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2.45/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

The absolute epitome of mediocrity...although I have come to expect this from Shipyard as of late. The only thing unique about their line of IPA's is that their is an apple, pear quality in some of them that hits the right note sometimes. Very, very, very subtle...my mind making up for better days with the brew? Not bad, but not going to grab except in a pinch.

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31Sam13 from New Hampshire, Feb 10, 2015
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3.56/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Solid brew. Good ipa. Not as bold and hippy as west coast ipa's but has some solid malt and caramel tastes. Very refreshing for an ipa if you've been drinking a lot of hopper beers due to how it carries the hops. Triceratops love this shot.

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3.63/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, from a Shipyard mixed IPA pack currently available in Alberta.

This beer pours a clear, pale copper amber hue, with two fingers of puffy, tightly foamy, and slightly chunky dirty white head, which leaves some decent rainforest treetop lace around the glass as it gently subsides.

It smells of acrid earthy yeast, pithy generic citrus rind, tart apple skin, crackery pale malt, and a touch of boozy pine, like furniture cleaner. The taste is biscuity caramel and bready pale malt, acerbic apple and muddled citrus, an indistinct earthy spiciness, and weedy, leafy, and somewhat perfumed hops.

The carbonation is fairly light and fluffy in its straight-up frothiness, the body a stoic medium weight, with a few minor catches and snags in its otherwise plain as the day is long smoothness. It finishes quite dry, the biscuity, crackery malt in collusion with the lingering earthy, leafy, and floral noble hops.

An approachable, and eventually drinkable old-world IPA, the hops veering towards perfume territory, rather than citrus orchards having sex with pine forests. Simple as that, and I'm glad I got to try an example of this style made stateside.

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biboergosum from Alberta (Canada), Sep 24, 2014
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3.58/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Second bottle of this from an IPA mix-pack by Shipyard recently purchased.

A- 12oz bottle pours to a goblet with a deep golden body that is mostly translucent. A thick, creamy white head forms up to one finger with pretty good retention. The head leaves a thick frothy ring and small islands. Lacing starts with big sheets and is followed by plentiful webs and drizzle.

S- Certainly displays English character with medium fruity esters exhibited by the yeast. Hops also follow the UK-style with an emphasis on earthy, grassy, fruity and floral tones. Hints at crystal malts.

T- For me the main players in the flavor are grassy hops, light fruits and medium caramelized grains. Other notes that come to mind are floral, earthy, herbal tea, fresh cracked UK base grains, apple, dried light fruits and citrus zest.

MF- Crisp light-medium body overall with a silky, creamy consistency. Carbonation is towards the high end but smoothed out by the texture on the palate. Finishes with an herbal bitterness.

For me, this is a better example of an English IPA than their Monkey Fist is of an American IPA. Herbal, grassy hops over a medium malt and fruity yeast base. It doesn't come together amazingly but nothing glaring is wrong here.

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cbutova from Massachusetts, Sep 24, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -0.3%

poured a nice dark tan color with a good head that lingered awhile. Aroma was light but did catch abit of malty hops smell. taste was good with malt up front and a decent hop finish. Wanted a little more from this beer, it was a little laid back !!. There was a little citrus that came through. Overall, excellent balance but not enough of the hops came through for me

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hophugger from Virginia, Aug 24, 2014
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3.37/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a light brownish/tan color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is kind of mild, a bit of malts. Taste is also light for the style, malts up front, hops at the finish. Some caramel, and just a bit dry. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is drinkable and decent, but nothing special.

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tone77 from Pennsylvania, Jul 05, 2014
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3.37/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

poured from the bottle into a pint glass

A - Pours a hazy, gold with some flakes in it (probably because I cellared it too long). Impressive, creamy, off-white tan head that is somewhat cone shaped. Head stays intact all the way down the glass. Leaves behind concentric rings of lacing and large splotches near the bottom.

S - Citrus hops and some crackers upon opening the bottle. In the glass orange zest, red apple, and light spices come out.

T - Malt with hints of apple upfront. The body is a apple cider with orange and spice on a slightly stale malt backbone. Strong sense of red apple as the beer passes over the back of the tongue leads to a very dry, overripe red apple finish.

M - Medium bodied with a slight chewyness that lingers on the palate even after swallowing. Moderate carbonation suits the beer nicely.

I was non to pleased with this beer considering all the hype it has received. The stale red apple finish is really just ruins the beer and makes me not want to take another sip. Part of the issue may very well be that this beer is 2 years beyond its best if enjoyed by date. I'll give a fresher bottle a go in the near future. However, after looking at other reviews, it seems my assessment is inline with what other observed.

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Bockrules from New Mexico, Apr 10, 2014
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3.34/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

A- Poured into an Adnams Ghost Ship pint glass. Thick off white towards the darker side head. Good retention.

S- biscuit, malty, slight hop (Fuggles) but not very much compared to other American IPAs or indeed British IPA's.

T- More of a bitter malt taste than a hop kick. Still very tasty but it doesn't seem like an IPA.

M- Quite a thin feel, but it goes down very well. Session brew for sure.

I like this beer as a session brew, but I'm not sure it's a traditional IPA by British or American standards.

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Sam-VW from United Kingdom (England), Mar 26, 2014
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4.05/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a craft glass.

Appearance: Pours a hazy orange with a half-inch white head that dissipates to film fairly quickly. Carbonation average, lacing heavy.

Aroma: Some inviting aromas here. Smells like apricot, citrus, pine, hops, oranges, lemon and some faint grassiness.

Taste: Really tasty IPA. Piny hops and citrus are the dominant flavors. Enough complexity to keep you interested. It's not a mondo hop bomb, but it doesn't need to be.

Mouthfeel: Some enjoyable prickliness to go with a light-to-medium body. Smooth for an IPA.

Overall: One of the better straight-up IPAs I've had. Would drink again. Hits all the right notes.

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Photo of FLima
3.53/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Amber color with a one finger thick head with medium retention and leaving some laces.
Light aroma of English hops with fruity citrus notes and bready malt.
Similarly, bitter flavor of English hops (Fuggles as announced), notes of earth, grapefruit, tea bags, caramels and hint of herbs. Quite dry and bitter aftertaste.
Light body with appropriate carbonation.
This is definitely a traditional English IPA, don’t expect a kick ass hoppy American IPA. Though, interestingly its hops intensity seems to increase over time, rather than the opposite. Also, one can learn how to easily identify Fuggles hops

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FLima from Brazil, Jan 23, 2014
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3.27/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Poured an orange-gold with a creamy white head. Head had great retention and lacing, aided by a steady stream of carbonation.

S- has an almost ESB smell, with light biscuit and fruit malt notes. I detected almost no hops.

T-again, more towards the ESB/pint of bitter than anything resembling an IPA, in either the US or England. Not a bad flavor (not mind-blowing) but it's not anywhere near an IPA.

M-thinner and lacking in the resiny feel of most IPAs

O-it's not a terrible beer, in and of itself, but it falls copmletely short as an IPA.

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delta490 from Virginia, Dec 20, 2013
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3.73/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On tap in a pint glass.

A- Golden amber color with a 1-plus finger white colored head. Clean carbonation. Some sticky lacing.

S- Hoppy, citrus and earthy. Light malts. Pine.

T- Citrus start to finish. English biscuits and dry reads.

M- Chewy and tangy. Held back by that buttery thing.

O- I am a bit surprised by the low ratings. As an English IPA, it holds up ok for me. Drinkable and the right abv.

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NiceTaps from New Jersey, Dec 04, 2013
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3.16/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

355ml Bottle: poured into a stemmed 'Yuengling' badged glass at home on 16th Nov 2013.

Golden amber body with a slight haze, on top a white covering of tight bubbles.

The nose was both citrus hoppy and mildly sweet molasses: this mixture carried on into the taste, sweeter than I expected from a US brewed IPA (with Fuggles). I enjoyed it but not sure it is 'true to style'.

Medium bodied, the alcohol hidden nicely and overall a fine, easy to drink IPA.

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BlackHaddock from United Kingdom (England), Nov 26, 2013
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3.77/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Golden body topped with a thick, creamy, chunky white head; thick, sticky rings of foam on the glass. Earthy, slightly pine-like scent with a good dose of lightly toasted malt. Big malt flavors; warm bread and caramel; smooth hop bitterness bringing closure at the finish. Medium-heavy body.

A warm, grainy English-style IPA with a subtle hop bitterness adding balance to the whole tasting experience. Certainly not a west coast hop aroma bomb, but delivering on the malt character and hop bitterness.

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beergoot from Colorado, Nov 24, 2013
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2.56/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Pours a decent enough burnished bronze body with minimal white head
the issues and reson for the low mark is a marked stomach acid in the aroma and flavour that gives the beer an unfortunate puke slant

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EmperorBevis from United Kingdom (England), Nov 01, 2013
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3.49/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: Pale amber, hazy, small tanned head, decent lacing.

S: Apple, grapefruit, citrus.

T: Fruity, gummi bears, high bitterness but just about stays balanced, earthy finish points to fuggles hop.

M: Smooth, initial high carbonation faded, thick body.

O: Maybe a few too many IBUs, OK but slightly lacking what a really good beer needs.

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jonb5 from United Kingdom (England), Oct 27, 2013
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3.23/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

355ml bottle from Morrisons Supermarket (£1.50):
Orange amber with a thin 2mm head with a foamy appearance and doesn't budge any over the opening minutes.

Malty and slightly bitter with some sweet caramel and earthy hops on top of that. There is a little sugar and some faint citrus cut for the most part the aroma is a subdued one.

Malty tasting but with a little more sweetness than the nose suggested. There is a nice mix of caramel and bitter hops that has a good balance and is backed up with some earthy hops and a little citrus and pine.

Bitter with earthy notes on top of a medium body and similar carbonation levels with a faint citrus tang to go with it. The finish continues the bitterness and is a dry one.

Definitely more English than American in style but a decent, easy going session beer that whilst not setting the world alight is still a good, solid effort from the Shipyard Brewery.

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flyingpig from United Kingdom (Scotland), Oct 07, 2013
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3.36/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hearty gold with a creamy tan head that starts out tenaciously before clumpily fizzling out leaving a respectable 1/4-inch cap of head. Good retention; some isolated, stringy lacing.

Hoppy but smells more like a lager than an IPA to me. Some mellow cereal notes and a bit of yeast but mainly has a sour, beery alcohol smell with some earthy hops thrown in. Nothing to write home about.

Crisp and hoppy. Nothing too over-the-top, though. There is ALMOST a touch of grapefruit but on the whole it is pretty one-dimensional with respect to the hops. The tiniest medicinal tinge in the finish but not enough to be unpleasant. However, as you go, this gets worse and worse till eventually it feels like you prepetually have ground up aspirin in the back of your throat.

Light bodied and pleasantly carbonated. Decently creamy head. Smooth finish. Really sessionable palate-wise.

Not a bad beer; but not a good one either. I was definitely expecting a dud and it isn't one. It is not the best IPA I have ever had by a long stretch, but it is kind of nice how simple the flavors and everything are while still being easily identifiable as an IPA.
Good session brew. Not awful. I would have it again, but if I had other options (unfortunately I don't hahaha) I would go with an alternative.

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TheDoctor from Quebec (Canada), Jul 10, 2013
Fuggles IPA from Shipyard Brewing Company
Beer rating: 75 out of 100 with 1055 ratings