Fuggles IPA | Shipyard Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Shipyard Brewing Company
Maine, United States

Style: English India Pale Ale (IPA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Fuggles is a single-hopped, dry, crisp ale that is wonderfully balanced and deceptively smooth.

Added by xlperro on 07-01-2001

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Ratings: 1,055 |  Reviews: 527
Photo of Sammy
2.85/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pale yellow,some lace. Not much in aroma, understated taste. OK beer but weak IPA. Reasonable bitterness. Very fuggles, much sweetness to this. Some fruitiness, medicinal, metallic finish. Crispness, malty sweet and dryness, an OK drink. Thanks Dr. Jay.

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3/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of Texasfan549
3.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of spycow
3/5  rDev -7.4%

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3/5  rDev -7.4%

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3/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of oriolesfan4
2.6/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bought as part of a mixed Shipyard 12 pack ($15.99/12)

One of the worst IPA's I've had, I didn't think it was possible to even like make a bad one. Very faint hops smell and an ever fainter taste of hops in this one. To add to this, it's a relatively low ABV for the style so this one doesn't have much going for it. Would not try again.

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Photo of t0rin0
3/5  rDev -7.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +15.7%

Photo of metter98
3.5/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is clear light amber in color and has a light amount of carbonation. It poured with a finger high frothy beige head that quickly died down into some lacing.
S: There are light aromas of floral hops in the nose.
T: The taste has flavors of bready and buttery malts; it has a moderate amount of bitterness that particularly stands out in the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied, crisp and slightly dry on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
D: I had no problem finishing this beer and could easily have a few of these in one sitting.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.63/5  rDev +12%
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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Photo of BEERchitect
2.63/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Sometimes I beleive that American Micros brew an "English IPA" because it either gives them permission to brew a weaker American IPA or to disquise a badly brewed American IPA. Shipyard's looks nicely copper to orange and has a monster chunky head that lingers. It smells floral with underlining aromas of light wine, pine, malt, slightly bready and tosty. Tastes lightly malty and flavored with hops. Has notes of cider, caramel, grass, and yeast. Goes a bit flat in the body and continues to water as metalic flavors increase into the finish. Finishes neutral and watery. Bittering hops linger a little while. Not my favorite IPA, but maybe a bargin for what it costs.

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3.25/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of zeff80
3.33/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out an orange/amber color with a two-finger head and nice Belgian lace.

S - It smelled of hops, but not overpowering.

T - It tasted grassy and of suble malt.

M - It was relatively crisp and smooth. A medium-bodied brew.

D - A nice English IPA, but not outstanding.

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Photo of superspak
3.68/5  rDev +13.6%
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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Photo of brentk56
3.88/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear golden/amber color with a couple of inches of foam; decent retention and plenty of lace

Smell: Fruity, almost strawberry in character, with a hint of earthy hops underneath

Taste: Bready, up front, with a developing fruitiness that is joined by the earthy, floral Fuggles hops at mid-palate; after the swallow, the hops take a back seat and the malt, by now moving in a graham cracker direction, drives the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: I was expecting not to care for this beer, not being a fan of the brewery's other offerings, but this beer surprised me and I actually enjoyed the interpretation of the EIPA style

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.8/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a clear bright orangey color ale with a large pure white foamy head with good retention and minimal lacing. Aroma of dry hops with nice notes of floral aromas also noticeable. Taste is also dominated by some dry English hops with nice floral aromas with light caramel malt backbone. Body is about average with good carbonation. Very well done with great usage of Fuggles hops.

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3.5/5  rDev +8%

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3.25/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of chinchill
3.45/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle served in a snifter.

Pours a typical amber color with a thin off-white head.
The aroma is quite malty for an IPA, athough spicy/earthy hops are evident. The taste follows the aroma in terms of malt/hop balance. For an IPA, the hops are way out of balance, with too few hops and a generous dose of malt.

The (English?) Fuggles hops have their own character, making this an interesting brew, although lacking the citrus and/or evergreen elements many expect in an Amer. IPA, but then this American made IPA is in the English style.

Medium-light body and carbonation. Semi-dry finish.

O: Perhaps better to think of this as a malt-rich APA. A good 'entry-level IPA for those intimidated or adverse to hoppy brews.

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3/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of vfgccp
3.04/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A- Great golden color, pure white head with amazing head retention and great lacing. Very surprising head on lace for an IPA, head stays intact almost like a nitro head. Very small bubble structure.

S- Light on aver all aroma. The smell is pretty one dimensional, there are hints of herbal and citrus hop smells. Notes of lime as well as an orange citrus smell.

T- Bright and bitter from beginning to end. There are touches of a watery flavor throughout the profile, but over all there is a huge bitterness throughout. The overall flavor is pretty one diminutional.

M- On the lighter side, the bitterness stays on the palate but NO smooth coating finish. Not a great mouthfeel.

O- Moderate drinkability, the lack of complexity in the flavor and the mediocre mouthfeel really detract fro this beers overall appeal. The look of this beer is truly amazing, but the look is not why we drink beers.

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3.5/5  rDev +8%

Photo of oberon
3.33/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured kinda well golden/copper color I wasnt expecting as much as I got but it went fast.Smelled very hoppy to be expected,taste was very buttery never really had that in an IPA ,also a little piney notes in there.Not really anything spectacular but drinkable none the less.

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Photo of nickfl
3.53/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Two fingers of frothy white head on a golden-copper colored body. The head settled quickly and leaves nice, sticky lace.

S - Musty english hops and yeast. Toasted malt and a little bit of sulphur.

T - Toasty and malty with some charred notes. Moderate, fruity hop flavor with lots of english yeast. The finish is full of toasty malt with moderate bitterness balancing.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - Reasonably drinkable with convincing english character, but the malt is muddy and heavy. A decent english IPA, but not really one worth coming back to.

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Fuggles IPA from Shipyard Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.24 out of 5 with 1,055 ratings