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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Photo of IchLiebeBier
3.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Cloudy; orangish-amber; medium-sized, frothy head; long lasting

Aroma: Slight sweet caramel; faint citrus and hops; pretty subdued

Taste: Thin, creamy start with a quick zippy hop bite, but not overly pronounced; quickly fades to almost no lingering flavor; very slight bitterness in the aftertaste; refreshing, but not complex

Remarks: Did not score A, T, S, M at that time; disregard those scores

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Photo of estlinska
3.38/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Served from the bottle and poured into a standard shaker glass. The beer pours with a good 1-2cm of bubbly head that dissipates rather quickly and leaves very minimal lacing on the glass. The color is a pale amber color that reminds me of some cheap sun-bleached orange fabric. The light penetration is pretty good with some mild chill haze that clears as the beer warms a little bit. The nose comes right out and introduces itself as a big glass of fuggles. It really is like opening a package of fuggles hop pellets. It is very earthy and very vegatal like a freshly dug carrot or radish. It wasn't an unpleasant smell at all. There was also some mild sweet caramel to the background as well, but the fuggles were all over it. The tast was again very earthy and vegetal, but more like zucchini bread than the aforementioned carrots and radishes. The bitterness was smooth and easy. Mouthfeel was super-dry and fairly bitter; maybe a little too far on the dry scale. As far as an IPA goes, this is very British given the excusive use of the Fuggles hops. I really enjoy the single hopped beer concept, and this IPA really does give you a full dose of fuggles so that I will always be able to find it in a beer. That said, the vegetal side of this hops really needs something with it to cool it off.

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Photo of Alexmc2
3.01/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Beer pours a golden amber. Small head dissipating quickly, not a whole lot of lacing going on in the glass as you drink. Smell is a light toasted malt with some citrus with a small metallic note. Initial taste is a mildly bitter citrus, fairly thin. Generic IPA, nothing to write home about. Actually grabbed this one in Montreal, where they don't seem to know what IPA is, so it was a pleasant change of pace from the choices of Blonde/Red/Stout there.

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Photo of DanK
2.94/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Aroma- pine and a bit vegetal. Someone else said rope. I'd go with that.
Appearance- standard, on the light side amber.
Taste- this beer tastes more like a strongly hopped lager than an ipa. Mild malt with some vanilla and then the fuggles coming forward. The hop is strong at the beginning, fades, and then comes back at the end. I found the finish better than the rest, probably because of the lingering hop.

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Photo of BierStein711
3.41/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Bottle poured into nonic

Three finger head, reduces to one finger in a minute

Appearance is amber to burnt orange

Smells of rope and pine

Tastes of hop, barley, and grain

Smells of rope and pine

Mouthfeel average

Overall, this is an ok beer. This is an IPA for people who want less of a hop bite.

I'd have it again on draught.

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Photo of BradMacMullin
3.56/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Purchased at Blanchards - 12oz bottle.

A: An orange-ish color, with a nice 2 finger head. Small amount of lacing.

N: Nothing very distinctive - small note of pine, with some caramel malts and grains.

T: Initial taste of the hops was short lived, and the finish seemed to be almost artificial. Honestly unsure what I was tasting. I wasn't displeased, but not overwhelmed.

M: Decent bodied beer with mild carbonation .

OVERALL: Nothing special. I have had better English IPAs and would go another direction next time.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.08/5  rDev +24%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Shipyard IPA has a thick, creamy, off-white head, a bubbly, hazy, orange-yellow appearance, and lots of lacing left behind. The aroma is of biscuity malts, cracker, sugar, and bread. Taste is of the same with some mild hop bitterness and caramel present. Mouthfeel is light to medium and soft, and Shipyard IPA finishes semi-dry and crisp. Drinkability with this one is quite high. Overall, this is very good. If you see it, buy it.


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Photo of khooke
3.11/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

poured from bottle to pint glass

A: light yellow/orange/amber. thin tight head, some lacing on sides of glass as you drink

S: very light, yeasty sweet breadiness

T: hoppiness is distinctively British, like a typical English IPA. Hops are light and sweet, bitterness is mellow. Aftertaste is a very sweet, yeasty, bready flavor. Lingers a bit in the mouth, but its a good thing as its an enjoyable flavor

M: some carbonation, definitely more than a British Ale. This is like an American beer in terms of mouthfeel but British in terms of taste.

overall: Immediately suggests British Ale on first sip, and confirmed by mention of Fuggles hops on the label. This is far from the aggressiveness of the bitter, citrusy hops of American IPAs. It's more mellow, more drinkable, more approachable. It's not that exciting as beers go (I do like the aggressiveness of American IPAs), but it's drinkable and pleasant and worth a look. would be a great session beer.

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Photo of John1985
2.92/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured an over-carbonated 5 inch head, with an orangery amber color. Faint hop accented aroma, decent malt hop balanced flavor with a mildly bitter aftertaste. Body was a bit thin for an IPA. This was a very average IPA that was drinkable but nothing to merit a repeat purchase.

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Photo of Treyliff
3.11/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- pours a bright copper color with a huge frothy and cloudy white head with pretty good lace.

S- not much there in terms of hops, maybe just a bit ofpine, picking up more of a buttery cream with a bit of metallic smell

T- the hops are there but not prominent, some sweet malt. Finishes slightly sour with a the buttery taste similar to the smell.

M- med-light body, medium carbonation, somewhat slick finish.

O- this one just seemed to be a little off balanced. Some if the flavors didn't quite mesh and seemed off the road of a traditional IPA.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.33/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into a pint glass.

Pours medium dark copper with 1/9th inch of white fizzy foam. Smells of grapefruit and pine. Taste is a full malty juicy front with a pine minty hop. Rind bitter remains. Decent mixed bitter. Alternatively mellow and firm. Good.

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Photo of Psilo707
3.43/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Great lacing right away that sticks around for a very long duration. Crisp looking amber color with a lot of translucent bubbles making their way up all around.

S: Doens't smell too strong, but the scent I'm getting is a bit citrusy, a bit floral, and a lot of pine and spice off the top.

T: Very malty from the moment it hits your tongue to the moment of swallowing. Leaves a pretty good aftertaste of cerebral citrus, apple, and heavy yeast. Probably the best aspect about the beer - everything else is sub-par for an IPA.

M: Regular/medium-bodied with a good feel as it goes down. Not too light, definitely worthy of a 3.5 here.

Overall: Not my favorite IPA but the first few drinks were very nice. I would recommend this to people who aren't too much of IPA snobs and who like a quality beer at a decent price. B-, good stuff.

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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 ckollias
3.53/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed this 12oz bottle out of a large pint glass.

A: Pours an orange-amber hue with a HUGE, white, frothy, 5-finger head that slowly dissipates down the glass leaving a nice trail and ending in a solid froth.

S: Grassy herbal hop aroma with a sweet malt background.

T: Herbal hop flavor from the fuggle hops with a nice malty background. Finishes on the dry side of tart.

M: Medium body and high carbonation.

O: Decent IPA – not my favorite hoppy beer. Fuggle hops alone just don’t cut it for me.

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Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.01/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A 355ml bottle with a BB of March 2013. Purchased from Booths not too long ago. The label mentions fuggles - implying that this is the only hop variety used in the brew.

Poured into a Sam Smith's pint glass. A rich golden-amber hue with faint haze and good carbonation. Forms a large head of creamy white foam with great retention; it slowly reduces to a surface layer. Aroma of subtle caramel malt with notes of earthy yeast and stewed hops. Slightly sweet, with hints of grass and a mild herbal quality. Little hop aroma to be discerned.

Tastes of mild caramel malt with a yeasty character and a dry finish. Notes of earthy yeast, stewed hops, grass and faint grain. A subtle, herbal bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth, dry and tingly, with decent body. Rather astringent. Aftertaste of stewed hops/herbs and yeast.

Meh - distinctly underwhelming. Where are the aromatic hops? It's just dry yeast and stewed herbs. It accurately captures the essence of certain English IPAs - namely the mediocre kind pumped out by the larger breweries. I suppose using only fuggles in the brew doesn't yield much character. This might well be the worst American-brewed IPA I've tried to date - give it a miss.

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Photo of Huffaroma
2.68/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle, 1/4" head,

Color is a bronze tone

Aroma slightly nutty with a decent amount of Fuggle hops

Taste not like your typical IPA more tame with the Fuggle hops blending with the malt. Doesn't really catch my attention.

Overall I probably won't try this again but if you want to try a IPA for the first time I would go with this one.

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Photo of tdm168
3.58/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - dark orangish amber with a half of an inch of loose, dense, off white head that has decent retention

S - bready malt and faint citrus

T - bready, mildly bitter, lightly herbal

M - medium bodied, smooth, well carbonated

This is a decent interpretation of the English IPA style. The Fuggle hops are ever present and lend a nice balance to the malt character. It's not offensive and it's easy to drink. I wouldn't turn this down in the future.

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Photo of schoolboy
3.38/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is another unexceptional brew from Shipyard. It doesn't seem completely right for the style and it doesn't seem right outside the style.

It looks like an IPA and smells a little weak. The taste is crisp with a bite that becomes more bitter as an aftertaste.

This fairly average brew is something I do not need to try again.

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Photo of SawDog505
3.16/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured into a 13 oz tulip glass. Pours a yellow orange, with a one inch white that leaves some thin patches of lace. Smell is biscuit, pine, grapefruit, and the signature ring wood yeast. Taste is all of that, very malty for my liking and why do they always use that yeast. It gives every beer they make the same taste and smell. Body medium, plenty of carbonation, a little dry in the finish, and easy drinking. It isn't a bad beer, but not a American IPA fans ideal.

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Photo of BB1313
1.75/5  rDev -46.8%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1

Best before October, 2012. 12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Pours and golden orange, slight haze, really nice fluffy white head and nice lacing and retention. Looks great, but unfortunately that's about it. I'll say it right now, this beer isn't good. I didn't have high expectations at all and I wasn't expecting much, but damn. I like fuggle hops too. The aromas are full of malts and has an astringent breadiness. Smells like a white cake. No hops present in the nose at all. Barely any hops in the flavors either. There's alot of diacetyl going on, which I usually really enjoy, but not in this case. There's a sweetness going on, but far from cloying. There's a decent spiciness, but the flavors seem pretty watered down. There's an earthiness which gives it some life, barely. This beer just isn't working for me. The mouthfeel isn't bad. It's on the lighter side with a nice amount of carbonation. Alcohol clearly goes unnoticed. Goes down easy, but not really enjoyable.

This makes poor IPAs I've had in the past taste like Hopslam. Reguardless of it being English or not.. it just doesn't do it. This is possibly the worst beer I've ever had. Definitely the worst score I've given on BA. I don't feel like this should be the worst beer I've ever had, but it's making a run for the title. It's far from offensive, but it's a HUGE slap in the face to the IPA style. Pass on this if you're ever considering giving it a shot. This is exactly why I buy singles.

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Photo of Mattamue
3.47/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle into a pint. June and 2012 expiration notches in the label.

a Thin bone-white head, 1/8th inch, with an aggressive pour, slight wispy lacing and mild carbonation.

s Pine and resin, slight floral undertones, a bare hint of mint.

t Pine and floral around the tongue, hits the roof of the mouth with a little malty sweetness, bitterness lingers in the aftertaste.

m Medium body, smooth and easily tasted.

o Malty for an ipa, pine bitter hops balanced well, would buy again, bot not for a true hop head craving.

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Photo of Morey
3.11/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

INFORMATION: 12oz bottle with best enjoyed before Oct. 2012 notched on the side of the label. The bottle doesn't say so, but apparently this in an English Style Ipa.

APPEARANCE: Pours an ever-so-slightly hazy copper-orange color, and is topped by almost two fingers of cream colored foam following a somewhat aggressive pour. Moderate lacing on the glass.

NOSE: Just a ton of caramel malts and grains in the initial smell. Not a whole lot in the way of pine or citrus here. Definitely smells English in nature. I guess that there's a bit of fresh cut grass and wet hops as well.

TASTE: Big wave of toasted malts and earthy grain up front which is followed up by what I can only describe as "wet paper bag". Thankfully, it passes... and a little bit of wet hop bitterness edges in about mid-palate. Unfortunately the hop flavors don't linger long and the finish is somewhat astringent and metallic.

MOUTHFEEL: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation and a stale earthy quality that coates the palate.

OVERALL: Average at best. I've had much better homebrewed IPAs.

Morey's Bottom Line: I'd probably drink it again, but I certainly wouldn't pay for it. If I'm hankering for an English Ipa, I'll be reaching for a Yards Ipa or even Sam Smith's.

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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 chinchill
3.45/5  rDev +4.9%
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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Photo of FanofHefe
2.39/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass; best by May 2012 on the label. Hazy dark yellow body with a nearly three-finger off-white head. Decent retention and lacing.

The aroma is very strong in floral and herbal notes. Does not bring out the normal citrus, pine, etc., notes expected from hops. But, it must be the Fuggle hops (listed on the label). A very light amount of a pear and sweet malt in the background.

The flavor is actually less than I expected from the aroma. A floral, butterscotch flavor dominates. A little malt in the finish. Not very tasty overall.

Light to medium texture in the mouthfeel. I've had other English IPAs that I liked, but this one is not one of them.

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Shipyard Fuggles IPA from Shipyard Brewing Co.
3.29 out of 5 based on 972 ratings.
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