Shipyard Fuggles IPA | Shipyard Brewing Co.

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Shipyard Fuggles IPAShipyard Fuggles IPA

Brewed by:
Shipyard Brewing Co.
Maine, United States

Style: English India Pale Ale (IPA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of Murph
4.8/5  rDev +45.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a beautiful golden orange color with a nice creamy white head that slowly sinks to a film and leaves some lovely rings around the glass. The smell is all fuggles as the names suggest, intense english hops with just a hint of sweet malt. Beautiful creamy malt starts the brew off before it transitions into a nice mellow bitterness that the fuggles empart. Extraordinarily creamy and smooth and yet very crisp as well. This is one seriously drinkable brew. It is just getting better and better as it warms too. I have had two of my now favorite IPAs in the last couple of days. Thanks to the Bierman for the bier.

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Photo of wages
4.5/5  rDev +36.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - 4.5/5 - has a nice medium copper color with a one and a half finger white head that fades slowly. Some bubbles stream up the glass.

smell - 4.5/5 - big malty aroma. Can't pick anything else out.

Taste - 4.5/5 - nice earthy hop flavor stands out. A subtle malt flavor follows.

Mouthfeel - 4.5/5 - the right amount of carbonation (medium)let's the drinker focus on the flavor.

Overall - 4.5/5 - a good brew. I noticed the label says fuggles and I found out to be a create exercise in hop flavor exploration

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Photo of mempath
4.44/5  rDev +35%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours an orangey-amber tone with minimal lacing. very nice nose with the classic IPA maltiness full-house with a touch of hop, floral notes. this is a really interesting take on the english ipa...the massive maltiness is beefed up even more with the hops keeping things mysterious. none of the citrusy aspects come through but there is a definite 'bittersweetness' that is delivered. the perfect mouthfeel makes for a lusciousness and, thus, very drinkable. NOT THIN AT ALL. another session beer for sure.

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Photo of StevieW
4.35/5  rDev +32.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bright and clear copper, nearly orange in color. I gave it a hard pour to produce a thick foamy 1/2 inch fluffy white head. Head stayed nicely and fell down the glass. Perfectly balanced hop nose and some balanced citrus undertones. Taste was noticibly hoppy as expected, but not bitter or spicy like some others, more restrained flavors, IMO. Nice malty midsection, but really lacked the big biscuit IPA feel. Medium to light bodied, really crisp dry finish. Easy to drink a few of these at a time.

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Photo of yesyouam
4.32/5  rDev +31.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Shipyard IPA is a hazy golden ale with a dense, bubby, off white head that has excellent retention and lacing. The aroma is fruity and grassy with notes of crackers and black pepper. There is note that's almost smokey or ashy and a whiff of wet earth. It's medium bodied, soft, smooth and creamy. The finish is clean. It's good and bitter and the malt balances it out well. It's fruity, resiny and grassy. The aftertaste is of juniper and black pepper. It's so English and so sessionable.

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Photo of Sixpack595
4.25/5  rDev +29.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly coppery orange with generous white head. Sweet fruity hop aroma with a touch of diacetyl. Nice flavor, malty sweetness, butter, and fruity hops. Creamy mouthfeel with a very slight metalic finish. A good drinkin IPA, everything is balanced and goes down easy.

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Photo of UnionMade
4.25/5  rDev +29.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The beer pours forth from the beer engine frothy and clouded. Upon settling, it's a dark, ochrish amber, topped with a thick, creamy ivory head. Sticky laddering lacework. Excellent.
Aroma is very sweet and fruity, more in the vein of an ESB, with big estery apple and juicyfruit gum aroma. Some toasted malt, with a very slight margarine-like diacetyl aroma. Mild citric hops pop through, very subdued. I expected more hops, but this is fine with me. The esteriness is excellent, definitely yummy.
Flavor is much more hoppy, definitely more like an english styled IPA. Some oaky flavor coming through, with sweet toasty maltiness up front. Big estery fruitiness, with some phenolic thinnerlike sensation through your nose. Cidery apple, with a bit of pear and that distinct juicyfruit gum flavor. Hops come in towards the end, providing a citric, lightly piney taste. A pleasant kick, although mild and understated. Some apricot and under-ripened peach. Some citric tanginess in the aftertaste, with lingering esters and a touch of toasty malt. Medium to full bodied, with smooth, creamy cask conditioned carbonation. A light diacetyl margarine buttery flavor coming through, but very slight. Definitely made with ringwood yeast.
Not really what I expected from an IPA, more like a slightly hoppier ESB, but I'm certainly not complaining. Very much in the english style, what I imagine the original IPAs tasting like.

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Photo of Offa
4.23/5  rDev +28.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is a very tasty, enjoyable, if somewhat simple, IPA, and although American has a definite English quality about it.

Amber, it has a medium-large off-white head that is creamy and slowly shrinks to a thin permanent foam, leaving a little lace.

The aroma is fruit, unfiltered/unpasteurised apple juice, cittrus, and caramelly bread.

The taste is citrus, a fair amount of juice, a litle Turkish fruit molasses (pekmez), some leaves, and caramelly bread. It's tasty and the flavours, though not incredibly strong, are solidly strong and consistent with good balance of elements and enough complexity to keep it going. Bitterness just barely edges out the sweetness to dominate the finish lightly. it's highly drinkable.

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Photo of latercol
4.2/5  rDev +27.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

So this is a "Fuggles IPA"... Well what the Fug, I will give it a shot.

Looks, somewhat orangeish amber color. Head settled to a ring. Minimal lacing but nice looking nevertheless.

Smell is kind of wine like maybe a chardonnay? Very different from the west coast IPA Style. This smells good though, I cant fault it much.

Taste... These Fuggles hops have a unique flavor. Definitely like Dry White Wine. Not the citrus/pine tastes I have come to expect from IPAs but very good flavor. Again I can not fault it.

Feel is light to medium bodied and very refreshing.

Very drinkable I wish I had several more of these. This would be a great summer brew.

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Photo of MaineBeerMan
4.2/5  rDev +27.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice clear golden color with a good sized head of snowy white foam, leaves lots of sticky lace. Aroma of hops with a tendency toward earthiness witha bit of grapefruit rind thrown in. Well balanced flavor with a good citrusy hop start and a nice bit of caramel/toffee sweetness in the malt. I keep reading about the slick feel and buttery flavor of Maine beers with Ringwood yeast and I think after tasting this again, I may have found what everyone is talking about. This is not your typical IPA, but it is one of my favorites, big on the hops but the malt makes enough of an appearance to balance it just enough.

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Photo of Bierman9
4.18/5  rDev +27.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Shipyard IPA has a medium-to-dark golden color, and a hard pour produced a frothy, mousse-like head. Lots 'o lace down the glass! Hoppy nose all the way; not overpowering, but dominant. Grapefuit notes picked up. Taste was plentiful with hops, too. Not in your face like Hop Devil, but there nonetheless.... Citrussy-grapefruit picked up here, too. Good body, and real nice on the tongue. Decent brew!!

overall: 4.2
appearance: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | mouthfeel: 4.5 | drinkability: 4.5


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Photo of kunzbrew
4.17/5  rDev +26.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew pours a semi-hazy copper color, with a white fluffy head that does not stick around very long, but leaves a silky lace behind. Hops, hops, and more hops hit the nose very hard at first sniff. Not bad I like a lot of hops. Well I guessed it hops are strong on the palate also, which is quite nice. This beer has a copper finish which is not turning me away.


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Photo of ubenumber2
4.17/5  rDev +26.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz bottle into a snifter , best before Jan 13, nice "funky" color as my wife just said ,I get my color descriptions from her more and more and she doesnt "like" beer , says it all tastes the same, hazy cloudy golden color with a nice 1 inch head the lacing is there

Smell is fresh and clean , nothing overpowring , no citrus or grassy smell here, just a clean smell

Taste is clean to me , no a lot of hoppy flavor but a really nice bitter flavor, the malt flavor really comes through but finishes dry and a hint of spice , I was worried after reading reviews on this beer that I might not like it I was really suprised , Nice full body and the mouthfull is great. Tastes like a really refreshing bitter beer to me

Overall , Im not an IPA expert , heck I'm not an expert on anything , but from an IPA newb this one is different from most that I have tried , the grapefruit taste and smell isnt there , not overly spicy , I would buy this beer again , would be perfect for me for having while slaving over the grill on the back patio during a hot summer day

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Photo of connecticutpoet
4.15/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The one I had said it was "Fuggles IPA", but I am assuming it was the same as this one under a different name.

This was a yellow, clear ale with a good head that lasted for a while. It was not too dense, however.

The aroma was of light hops... a bit surprising for an IPA. I would have expected more hop bite in the nose.

The taste, however, had SERIOUS bite. It was VERY bitter, but was light and quite refreshing.

Mouthfeel was quite good for the style, and I will definately have this one again.

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Photo of kingchowchowwoof
4.15/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Just moved to Portland last night. Went out today and made my first beer purchase in my new home town. Picked up a 6pk. Poured two bottles into the only glass I brought with me on the move, a 28oz chalice. Apperance is really nice. Nice one finger head that slowly fades with slight lacing as the beer recedes. Color of a brand new penny. Nose is quite pithy with a bit of citrus towards the end. Taste follows the nose quite well. A dry hoppy flavor dominates with pine wood and needles. A slick hop oil adds to the flavor and is very well balanced with good carbonation in the mouthfeel. I am definitley going to fill up my glass again. I really like the beers that use single hop variety. You really realize what that hop does and notice it more when it is used with other hops. I also really like the prospect of sampling many more Maine beers!

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Photo of russpowell
4.13/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

BBD of Mar 06, tastes okay to me & not much different than othet times I've tried it. Good head retention and average lacing

Pours deep golden with a 3 fingers+ white fluffy head.

Smell: Slight pineyness & then floral notes. malt& honey comes through as it warms

Taste: Piney bitterness then malty fruityness. Finished frutty and lightly hopped

MF: Good balance and carbonation

Drinks pretty easy, a nice unassuming english-style IPA, drinks way easier than its strength. Didn't get any unpleasnt ringwood notes, only good ones!

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.13/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear gold. Nice off-white head. At first the nose was like a huge pile of wet grass clippings. Then it quickly went to a small pile. Flavor is a bit sweet with a salty bitter start and finish to it. Hops are there, but do not overpower or kick you in the mouth. Gives a balanced approach that some might consider thin or watered down. I just say it is what it is. Feel is just very slightly thicker on the liquid. Great level of carbonation caressing the tongue. Overall very drinkable. A different kind of IPA, but one well worth trying. Not a hop bomb.

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Photo of maccroz
4.12/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5


In another successful brew by the Shipyard posse, pronounced "Ship-yahhd", the IPA should please anybody who has a palate for a bitter yet crisp tasting ale.

While there is nothing groundbreaking about the appearance of this pour, like most other beers of this type it pours an attractive amber color with a light head. It produces an inviting hoppy aroma.

The taste is delightfully complex - fruity, hoppy, almost tannic. There is a very subtle sweetness that dissolves quickly and is replaced by a pleasant astringint bitterness on the back of the tongue. It's surprisingly refreshing for a beer crafted from so many fermentables.

Shipyard hit another homerun with this beverage. I strongly recommend you give it a shot.

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Photo of hollis092
4.12/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into pilsner glass.

Appearance - almost transparent amber with very beautiful beige creamy head. Retention is very good with slight lacing.

Aroma - slight hoppiness, as to be expected, hints of citrus (orange mainly). There is a slight hint of sweetness but is hardly noticable.

Taste - tastes of rich hops slight sweetness and bursts of citrus just as in the nose. This is a really mellow earthy beer.

Feel - fells quite nice on the tongue with a slight bitter finish that often overpowers the citrus and slight sweetness.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.11/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Appearance - orange and amber color. Big head at first reduces down to a solid cap and some random lace.

Aroma - light but stable malt, rather sweet and floral, almost candyish.

Taste - This is a rather interesting flavor. As others before have noted, the buttery malty base is balanced very nicely with the hops, which are well done in their own right. A bit floral here as well, but not overly bitter, very pleasant. That will pay off in drinkability points. A hint of grapefruit on the finish. A great spin on an IPA.

Mouthfeel - smooth, with nice and easy carbonation. Leaves a thin oily coating per the hops, again, very pleasant.

One of the most drinkable IPA's I've had. Looking forward to having a sixer of these in my fridge.

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Photo of JMScowcroft
4.11/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Look - Artwork is just OK. Pours golden and settles copper in the glass. Moderately fizzy and somewhat hard to see through. Weak head.

Smell - Smells like a hopfest, had me thinking this is going to be strong.

Taste - Heavy carbonation followed immediately by heavy hops. Creamy after that but quite a sting, in a good way.

Mouthfeel - Fades quickly, which is surprising but also pleasurable.

Drinkability - Very drinkable due to the good balance of ingredients.

Not perfect, but right up there as one of the best IPAs I've had to date.

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.1/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this one on tap at the blue Trout Grill in Keene, NH. This was also my very first IPA I ever had way back 1998.

This one is a clear golden-honey color with a wonderful creamy, thick all-white head that is much better formed when served on-tap. The retention was VERY slow for an IPA. a good looking brew.

The aroma is very nice, big-time herbalness, all spice and a slight spiciness in the hop with a mellow but noticable bready malt. The hop aroma is pretty pungent concidering I was a good foot away from it when I first caught a whiff.

From the tap this stuff is damn impressive. a rich, hardy, herbal, spiciness is abundant...a wonderful overall hop flavor that just seems to go down REAL easy. The malt balance is good too, a nice mellow, buttery-bready malt adds just the right balance. After work the two I had went down FAST. also paired very well with the BBQ Chicken sandwich I had.

This one being on-tap made it feel luxurious IMO, a wonderful creamy and smooth edge from the constant head mellowed out the nice big, crisp bite. Light to medium feel overall.

This one is not fruity, no pineapple or big cascade, west-coast style bite, just a very drinkable, herbal and spicey hardy flavor that went down easy.

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Photo of cokes
4.1/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I really like the Ringwood yeast in this one. Works wonderfully.
Pours a golden-brown body with a sizeable chalky white head.
Interesting nose of butterscotch and fruit perserves (grape and apple) coupled with metallic fuggles aromas.
Starts off with some hefty butterscotch tones. Turns fruity with apple and almost banana esters. Returns with a somewhat dry and grainy breadiness. Fuggles tie up the ending with subtle, yet soild floral bitterness.
Well balanced, but certainly not a hophead IPA.
Smooth and slightly airy body. Just a hair light. Still very good. Quaffable too.
I imagine this would be delightful on cask.

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Photo of PhantomVodoo
4.1/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Copper hued golden color with an off-white head.
Difficult to describe aroma. Bready malts and floral, earthy hops.

Taste is also difficult to describe. Shows a nice bready malt backbone. Good level of bitterness throughout. Crisp hop bite. Finishes well. Taste is unique, but enjoyable.

Good mouthfeel.
Very drinkable.

Overall, a good beer. Different. This seems like more of a pale
ale to me, but of course a lot of American IPA's are overhopped when looking at the true IPA style. This would make a nice session beer.

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Photo of jvajda
4.1/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Golden-copper-orange tone and thick head.
Smell: Hop bitterness and fruitiness.
Taste: More bitterness than fruitiness makes this a different sort of IPA than I am used to. I guess that's the 'English' part of it. The hops are well balanced with malt.
Mouthfeel: Nice and creamy.
Drinkability: An intriguing IPA that makes me want to come back for more.

Note: On-tap at Shipyard Brewery.

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