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 undeadozzy
2.61/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Vigorous pour resulting in thick foamy head. Head dissipates and completely vanishes after several minutes, but leaves thick lacing on glass. Nice deep amber color.

S - Smells very floral. Picking up scents of caramel and an almost buttery scent, but it has a scent that is not one I would apply to an IPA.

T - Tastes like beer. Beer with a hoppy aftertaste. It's not a bad beer, but definitely not like the IPAs that I'm used to. It does have a nice aftertaste, but up front it's a blast of breadiness with a touch of hops.

M - Light, almost "greasy" feel. Feels like it clings to my mouth even after it's gone. The dryness after every sip is a tease, seeing as it doesn't have a taste to match the aftertaste.

O - Is a good beer. Not a very good IPA overall, but it tastes as though it's on the right track. In coming years, I hope the brewery reformulates it to bring it to its full potential.

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Photo of Caudalie
2.63/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Served in a 3 monts beer glass

A: nice amber color, rapidly fading white foam head

S: Pretty shy, reminiscent of hop, but a bit fade. Doesn't shine much. A bit of tea, and malt

T: pretty light, pretty short. Lacks intensity.

O: A really simple, and short IPA. Wouldn't buy again.

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Photo of vicsju1991
3.95/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass
A - pale amber colour, big two finger white head nice rentention, good lacing
S - lots of different bready malts
T - super malty with light hop bitterness on the end, delicious english IPA
M - creamy smooth, easy to drink
O - good english IPA,

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Photo of TechTriumph
2.93/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Best by: April 2012; Poured in a pint glass.

A - One inch off-white creamy and fluffy head; light copper/bronze colored; Clear appearance with visible carbonation; Small patches of lacing

S - Floral, herbal, and perfume-like aroma of hops; Butterscotch lingers in the background

T - Very floral, perfume-like taste up front that reminds me of bubble gum; Diacetyl buttery flavor is also noticeable beyond the floral/perfume characteristics; Taste becomes more leafy and vegetable-like at the end of the taste with diacetyl still present - this taste lingers on the palate; Somewhat bitter towards the end of the taste

M - Light to medium bodied; Moderate carbonation; Fairly smooth mouthfeel that's a little dry in the finish

O - I'm not sure of the last time I had an English IPA, but maybe I'm just not a fan of this style. This was just a brew that I could not get into. The floral/perfume aroma/flavor didn't pair well the distinct diacetyl presence. I might give this beer another try way down the road, but I'm going to look to other proven brews in the meantime.

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Photo of BeerKangaroo
2.98/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

In a pint glass:

A: copper to light amber colored body, pretty transparent, small white head that lasts throughout most the beer

S: fuggle hops with decent malts in the background

T: clean sweet maltiness, yet balanced with the hops

M: light to medium, sessionable, sticky finish, non-existent aftertaste

O: good for the style, only decent to me

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Photo of bigdeuce
2.57/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This is a pretty good looking pour with a light, thin coated lace that also rolls down the glass. The scent is non existent, although better than any of those "green bottled" imports. Just can't pick up much on the nose. A bit thin with a pretty smooth mouth feel and an easy to drink taste. Not sure this should qualify as an English IPA, not all that bitter. A bit over carbonated also. Some toffee like spiciness and a nice golden color on the pour. Not the best of micro brews, although not hard to digest.

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Photo of Kranders
3.49/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a nice clear golden color. I really couldn't get much of anything from the aroma, just kind of a blank slate. A little bit of sweetness upfront that melds into a sharp bitterness on the back end. The beer sits on the tongue a little longer than you'd expect. Nothing special, but I'd have it again.

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Photo of mvanaskie13
3.58/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip pint glass, color is copper to light amber, transparent with nice carbonation and bright white head that sticks around on top.

Smell is muted hop and malt mixture, nothing too strong, somewhat pleasant though.

Taste is clean, malt sweetness is quickly cleaned up by the hop bitterness but both work well.

Mouthfeel is just a touch on the bitter side, just right for an ipa of this type i think, nice lingering maltiness as well.

Overall, great flavors, good mouth presence, a solid english styple ipa.

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Photo of plehnus
2.65/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Aroma: Malts lightly roasted notes with a mixture of florally hops.

Appearance: Clear amber body with a thick fluffy white head.

Flavor: Bitter hops initially. Malty finish. Lots of light florally hops.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and fresh with a long and ever so slightly bitter aftertaste.

Overall: Pretty malty for an IPA. The limited floral and bitterness seem to prevent a complexity that might otherwise be welcome.

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Photo of taigor
3.48/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into regular pint glass.

A - Poured cloudy dark golden orange color with huge white head that slowly dissipated leaving lots of lacing around the glass.

S - Slight malts and hops with apple, caramel and grassy scents.

T - Very hoppy and bitter right off the start with alcohol presence and slightly fruity aftertaste.

M - Light bodied with very high carbonation.

O - In my opinion great appearance and smell but unbalanced and boozy flavor overall. I would not recommend it.

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Photo of bishopdc0
3.56/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Golden amber color with a big big head it laces very well.

The aroma is earthy hop mixed with a good dose of english malts. The end is definitly a mix of sweetness and ringwood.

The taste is a mix of bitter fuggles sweet malts and of corse ringwood. The taste is much flatter the I remember. A decent english ipa well rounder but noticably better on draft.

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Photo of vandemonian
3.75/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Shipyard IPA is a pleasant, if tame, English IPA.

A: Orange/yellow colour and a 5 mm head that fades pretty quick. 3.5

S: Woody resinous hops with some chlorine-like notes. 3.5

T: Malty with woody hops. The aftertaste is clean and slightly bitter. This is a pleasant brew. 4

M: Foamy. 4

O: 3.5

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Photo of manitouman84
2.88/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours gold with a slight haze and a nice thick pillowy white head. Mild hop aroma, grassy but nothing more. Tastes rather one dimensional, malt and caramel, mild bitterness, clean finish. Body is medium and finishes dry and crisp on the palate. Simple.

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Photo of titosupertramp
3.61/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pale gold in color, very clear. Nice three fingers of white head with lots of texture. The film has lots of larger bubbles and covers the top of the beer completely. Lots of sticky lacing around all edges of the glass.

S: Floral hops with pale, bready malts. To me, this smells an awful lot like a very good pilsner. That's not a knock, just an observation.

T: Tastes resembles the nose. Pleasant floral hops with sweet, bready malts. This is a pretty bitter beer, but the malts do a pretty good job of balancing things out.

M: Medium bodied, crisp and clean.

O: Shipyard IPA isn't earth shattering, but it is a solid, enjoyable beer. I'd drink it again.

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Photo of brentk56
3.88/5  rDev +17.9%
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 NightINgale
3.48/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

355ml/12 US fl.oz. bottle

A - Pours a slightly hazy, orange-gold body, with a fairly nice white head. Pretty good head retention. Looks more like an American IPA.

S - Smells floral, a little earthy and fruity. More of a Pale ale smell, thanks to Fuggles. Not really sensing any citrus or pine, which is okay, considering this is an English-style IPA.

T - Starts out with a strong bitter hop bite, with not much flavour to it. Then you will probably get apple and plum notes, together with a dry yet bready malt taste. Finishes dry and quite bitter, with a very subtle caramel note.

As the beer warms up, more flavours come out, including some nice floral hop notes, more caramel, and even a little bit of tropical fruits.

M - The mouthfeel is a little below the "Medium" mark. Very dry and fairly bitter. The alcohol shows just a little. Not bad for an IPA but not very pleasant either.

O - Overall, I'd still call it an interesting beer, since for some reason I can't completely fit it into neither American nor English IPA style. It tastes more like the latter yet feels like the former, minus the aromatic hop profile.

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Photo of KingPuuChuu
3.87/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this from a Beer Of The Month. Poured into glass.

Has a wonderful rich gold color. Pours a big head, which dies down throughout the session, leaving a great lace.

Heavy fuggles smell. Just brewed an all fuggles stout a few months ago, I love the scent. Smells grassy.

First taste is the bitter hops, along with some nice malty sweetness. Definitely low on the ABV, more bitter than sweet. There's a lemony honey aftertaste, which is lovely.

Mouthfeel is definitely on the bubblier side. I wouldn't drink this too fast.

All and all, I'd love to get some more of this.

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

Presentation: 12oz screw-top brown bottle, nice label, best by Sept. 2011...just gettin this one in in time...

Appearance: Slightly hazy dark golden beer with orange tinges, and a nice, long-lasting creamy ivory cap

Smell: Before I brewed an all-Fuggles best bitter, I wanted to see what this hop variety would be like all on its own. Earthy. Very earthy. With a bit of light fruitiness in the background as well. Hint of diacetyl perhaps as well. It smells 100% English, and this is what I was really hoping for from this beer.

Taste: In my opinion, this is very much in keepign with the English tradition of IPAs. There's a bit of toasty pale malt up front, followed by a light, herbal-and-earthy hop flavor, and then a big slap of lingering bitterness on the finish. The bitterness is actually fairly assertive, and lingers with you long after the swallow.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied

Conclusion: Far and away the most 'English-style' IPA I've ever had. I'm thinking that maybe that's why the ratings on here aren't very good, as we Yanks have been brought up on the American, C-hop variety. I don't love this, but it's really interesting and definitely something nice for a change. I think I will brew that Fuggles best bitter...

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Photo of greenmonstah
2.64/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle into pint glass best before Jan 2012

A - Light amber color with a finger of white head and plenty of bubbles pouring up from the bottom.

S - Sweet, with almost no hop character. I really don't pick much up here.

T - Just bitter, no hop flavor. Maybe a bit of grass, but it really isn't appealing. Slightly fruity malt sweetness dominates.

M - Medium body with a dry finish.

O - Overall it isn't a good beer, plain and simple. Average is the best I can call it, but it doesn't excite or interest me in any way. No aspect of this beer is worth noting, and it is not worth trying in any way. IT isn't actively bad, it's just a waste of time and money.

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Photo of Samp01
3.23/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a cloudy amber with a short lived white head.Aroma of caramel malt with some citrus floral hops and some light fruitiness. Taste is sweet malt, with some good hops and light fruity taste.Palate is medium body with moderate carbonation. Finish is sweet maltiness with some good citrusy floral hops to add balance. Overall not overally bitter and the aroma seems to dissipate quickly, not my favorite but a modestly good drinkable IPA.

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Photo of Tschnab
3.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a light orange color with a nice frothy head and good lace rings are left behind.

S- honey, hops, toasted grain, apricot.

T- more apricot, hops which I can only assume are typical of the fuggles flavor profile. No pine or citrus, just kind of malty with some bitterness. This reminds of of some ESB's I've had in England.

O- Unique but not the type of IPA that made me a IPA lover. Still glad I got to try it and understand the Fuggles hop traits.

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Photo of rickyleepotts
3/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I think my favorite part about this project is learning so much more about a beer than I would from reading the label. Sure, this beer says it's an IPA. I like IPAs, so I am sure I will like this beer. But to learn about the history of the beer and the brewmaster, and to learn that this beer has only been made for a few years is something you can't replace by grabbing a six-pack off the shelf. I also like learning that this beer has been rebranded already, having changed its name. Beer Advocate still lists this beer under both names, not considering the Shipyard Fuggles obsolete.

On to the beer… the beer pours like a typical IPA should. The head is quite thick, though… almost foamy. Perhaps that foam is getting in the way of the nose as it's pretty weak at first. After a few deep sniffs, it gets a bit better… but overall, the nose is pretty weak for a beer that packs 50 IBU. The head just sits there too, for a few minutes. Might as well see what this beer tastes like.

The head gets in the way at the start, and the mouthfeel is pretty solid. It's somewhat thick, which I assume is a cause of the head. The hops carry on through the back of the tongue, and then the aftertaste just sort of sits there for a second. It's not a typical IPA aftertaste. It's not bad, though… I am trying to find the word for it. After a few swallows with the beer fresh off the palate, the hoppy notes are still sticking around. I wouldn't call it tart… but its getting there.

My second taste isn't much better. I like the aftertaste enough, and the fact that the hops sit on the tongue, to want to rush through the beer and swallow as fast as I can. The aftertaste is worth buying a bottle of this brew. Not sure if I have had a Fuggle beer before… but I have never had a beer that tasted like this. Not an IPA anyway. It's not bad, but it's not good either. It's… it's just okay.

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Photo of chocosushi
3.77/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz->Sam Smith Pint

A ~ Pours dark golden with crystal clarity, bubbles clinging to the glass. Light lacing.

S ~ Honey, Apricot, Caramel, Leaf/Grass, Malt

T ~ Quite a bit of English-hops first off lending a leafy & fruity taste (apricot) with a touch of spice. . .Akin to lemon zest.
Malt lends toffee, wheat toast, & bread crust. Bitter finish.

M ~ Sweet & toasty. Light in body, but with
adequate bittering. Semi-dry & a little peppery too.

D ~ Hop-forward, & session-grade English IPA.
Drink if you're in the mood for a basic & tasty
portrayal of the style. Inexpensive, too.

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Photo of Flounder57
2.98/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Just got up to OOB and this was in the fridge. Had it before, but time to review it. The beer was poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: The beer poured a one finger head that reduced to a thin layer and left a little lacing on the glass. Lots of carbonation and the beer is clear with an orange yellow color.

Smell: Slight hop and malt profile. Not much else is going on here. I keep smelling, but can't seem to pull anything out of this beer. Very, very light aroma.

Taste: Same as aroma, light hints of hops and caramel malts. Followed by some slight bitterness. I feel bad for those English soldiers because this beer sees light on all profiles and watered down. I think I would have preferred the elite officers brew better.

Mouthfeel: The beer seems light and thin. Decently carbonated and just wish the beer on my palate would make up for it's other lackluster qualities.

Overall: I am not really sure about this one. Think I am used to American IPA's for a good reason. English ones do seem weaker and lighter just like the description. Would only drink if there nothing else available. Still plenty of other good Maine beers to sample.

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Photo of TheBigE5
3.26/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A - Slightly cloudy with a honey golden color

S - Balanced nose, you get both the malt and fuggle hops

T - SUPER hoppy, you get all the fuggle hops right up front. Really not much else there as far as taste. A little bit of sweetness at the end.

M - Not impressive

O - For my personal taste, i was not impressed by this beer. As a home brewer though i did enjoy the abundance and clarity of the fuggle hops in this brew. If i have a desire for fuggle, ill come right to this one.

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