Shipyard Fuggles IPA | Shipyard Brewing Co.

Shipyard Fuggles IPAShipyard Fuggles IPA
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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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Added by xlperro on 07-01-2001

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Photo of wheatyweiss
3.3/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a nonic pit.

Pours a honey color with a one finger head that recedes to a cap and leaves a spotty, but ample lacing.

Aroma is of malt up front with a sweet and bready aroma. Malt is actually well represented in the aroma.

Flavor is malty sweet on the front, with a smallish hop back. There is a good amount of diacetyl flavor there. Hops in the middle give a bittering presence but that's about it, there is not depth to the hops. Finishes dry and bitter with little depth of flavor.

Mouthfeel is medium, carbonation is adequate and the drinkability factor is good to high.

Good....but forgettable.

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Photo of mralphabet
3.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into pint glass.

A: Cloudy and orange in color, about a 1/2 a finger of head with little lacing.

S: Nice balance of malt and hops... very pleasant...

T: I'm getting the hops right upfront with a nice malty finish. The bottle says IPA, but this is not a hoppy as any IPA I've had. I think the BA style is more correct English India Pale Ale. The aftertaste is slightly sweet with a little hops bitterness.

M: Light to Med bodied with the perfect amount of carbonation. Full enough to be there but to full to be refreshing...

D: I could have a few of these with no problem... Pretty good ABV.

I got this thinking it was a IPA, but got a nice surprise... I'm not a big IPA fan, but I'm trying to learn to love it... I'm finding English IPA is more up my alley... It's a decent brew, I'll keep an eye out for this one.

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Photo of illidurit
2.34/5  rDev -28%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle poured into a pint glass. Dark, amber-tinged gold with some chill haze and a modest light-beige head that quickly dwindles to a nebulous froth. Smells like an ESB, not an IPA. Earthy, bready, English malts and no hops to be found anywhere. Flavor is much the same. Tastes like Shipyard spiced this beer with bark and random leaves instead of hops. Solid bitterness and decent malt presence, but no appreciable hop flavor. Tannic and dry finish, overcarbonated. What on earth were they thinking?

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.8/5  rDev +16.9%
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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Photo of spointon
2.6/5  rDev -20%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

I poured this one from a 12oz brown bottle into a tulip pint glass.

A= Poured a mostly clear orange color with a thin white head that did not retain well or leave any lace to speak of.

S= Fair amount of malty sweetness in the aroma, plus some diacetyl, and weirdly floral hop notes. Lots of alcohol in the nose for the abv.

T= Too little malt sweetness and too little hop bitterness present. There was plenty of butterscotchy diacetyl though. Finish was almost painfully dry and astringent.

MF= Medium bodied with a decent carbonation crispness.

D= I hate to bash a craft brew but this just wasn't good. Too much diacetyl and in my opinion not enough caramel malt and earthy hops to be an English IPA.

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Photo of anchordrinker
3.87/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- Golden-orange and slightly hazy with not much head.

S- Orange-citrus with some sweet malty aromas.

T- I get hints of citrus, namely orange/lemony, some apple/fruitiness coupled with malty sweetness, followed by a slight bitterness.

M- Light, thin body with medium carbonation.

D- Extremely drinkable due to the relatively thin/light body. If that's a detriment to you I'd avoid this one, but I didn't mind.

Bottom line, if you're looking for a west-coast or typical american IPA, look elsewhere. If you want something more toned down and malty, you might want to try this.

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Photo of jadpsu
3.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy orange with a bountiful off white, beige head that has average lasting power.
Smell - fruity esters,citrus/orange aroma are most prominent. Also get some bready malts.
Taste is malty, dry along with a bitter after taste ane with hints of butterscotch.
Better than most but just a tad above the average IPA.

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Photo of gatornation
2.12/5  rDev -34.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

this IPA pours nicely..has the amber color of an ipa good head and lacing... downhill from this the smell is of kerosene i dont know what else i detect faint hops some malt.. the taste is just as bad no floral citrus no herb/hop just an old smelly/tastng beer that you stole from your dad when you were 16 .. this is the worse IPA Ive reviewed ..thank god i bought a single.. its a drainer dont try this one

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Photo of BigMike
2.11/5  rDev -35.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours a pale cloudy orange color with a two finger head.

Not much of a nose with this one. I get a light spicyness and light floral but not much else.

I don't know what to say about the flavor. Not really much of anything going on here. It's got a slight bitterness but nothing really i can put my finger on.

This is a really unimpressive beer. Overly carbonated and underflavored.

Not a good beer by any means.

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Photo of jonziefle
3/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Poured a golden/brown amber, with a one finger off-white head. Diminishes to a thin layer pretty quickly. Just a tick off clear, with a little visible carbonation. No lacing.

Smell: Smells of toasted malts and fruity like hops, but with a strange balance. Very earty, with almost a dirt like smell. Little bit of apple in there as well. Almost hints of pilsner malts as well.

Taste: Has a good bit of malts in the flavor with some hops, but not enough to balance out. The malts tend to linger for a bit. The hops actually are quite weak and lead to an overall bland taste. A buttery taste lingers near the end of the glass. I will say that it is more true to style then others I have had. Very average though.

Mouthfeel: Decent. Some bite up front, but pretty thin overall. Can't tell if the bite is from carbonation or something else. Moderately filling.

Drinkability: Very average for an English IPA, but it is true to style. The taste, malts and hops, are both just average and neither are strong enough. Not a bad beer, but not something I would try again.

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Photo of hollis092
4.12/5  rDev +26.8%
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 Onenote81
3.76/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy amber/gold with a good 2-finger width head on top. Retention is firm, and lacing is decent. Nice sticky globs on glass edge. Smells of malt with a hint of piney hops. Fresh breads scent in there as well.

Nice mellow smoothness characterizes this one well. Crisp, yet smooth enough to sip enjoyably. Well-balanced as an English IPA should be. Hops are there, but they are not in your face. Decent amount of bitterness, but enough malty sweetness to balance this perfectly. I wasn't expecting much from this brew, but I was pleasantly surprised. Recommend.

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Photo of PatrickJR
3.43/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into nonic pint glass.

A - Slightly hazy light amber with an orangish tint. A little more than 2 fingers of white head rise up quickly. Retention is decent before falling to a thick cap. Decent lacing.

S - Immediately there is a rush of tangerine and dirt. Not quite citrus, more like orange candy with a slap of sweet tangerine juice. The earthiness goes in and out and it smells pretty much like dirt. A buttery, almost salty aroma is present on the back end as well.

T - Quite similar to the nose. Early on the tangerine flavor is very prevalent with a hint of something plastic-like, almost rubbery. Strange, but not wholly unpleasant. A sweetness accompanies the tangerine but by mid palate the fruit is fading and the brew is drying out. Mild earthy notes mingle with the plastic flavor. Late palate reveals a touch of what I can best describe as buttered popcorn. A hard, pith-like bitterness wraps things up leaving lingering earthiness and bitter citrus peel.

M - Right on the edge of light and medium bodied. Though it seems thin, the ample/high carbonation provides a nice level of crispness. Ultimately I think the lighter, crisper approach of this brew works fairly well.

D - Unique and refreshing, this is still a bit of a challenge to drink. I can't say that I'm well versed in English IPAs, so I'm sure this has something to do with it. However, I wouldn't want another immediately but this is an interesting example of what IPAs can be without the traditional American hops being used.

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Photo of kshankar
3.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear orange color, small head with okay retention. Leaves a layer of foam on top and there is a good amount of carbonation visible.

Smells fine, albeit mild for an IPA.

Taste is fine..again, mild like the aroma. The hops come in the finish. Dry taste as well

Mouthfeel is light and goes down well

Drinkability is good. Tastes fine (I guess the mildness helps out, even though I do like the West Coast IPA's which are much more pronounced with hops). This is an IPA for someone who doesn't really like IPA's that much. A good start for someone like that as well.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.73/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a 12 fl. oz. bottle with an expiration date of Sep '09. Sampled on March 2, 2009.

A - a handsome looking amber tone with good clarity and a decent beige head that lingers for a majority of the session.

S - Not quite as powerful as most IPA's but you definitely notice the hoppy aroma. Still it feels kind of muted.

T - Also very mild for an IPA. Certainly the hops are the major part of the flavor but there's also something sweet in the background.

I am not an IPA fan but this is one that I could have more than others.

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Photo of zerofear13
3.63/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Interesting brew. I noted the "Fuggles" IPA label on the front. Poured out with a nice head. Nothing too impressive. As I licked the brim of the bottle to get the last drop, the pungent smell hit me from the bottle. The smell reminded me a lot of the Saaz hops found in a lot of pilseners. Very dry taste, which was unexpected, because between the dark color and the IPA label, didn't think it'd have that European lager taste to it. But alas, ENGLISH IPA. So there was that dry finish. And as for that hop flavor, to borrow a word from one of the Bros: eggy. Odd to classify something that, but it had a very dull, yolky taste.

I'd say, you could pass on this IPA if you're a real fan of American IPAs. But if you know you're a fan of that Saaz hops, dry pilseners flavors, but borderline that American boldness, give this a try. Personally, I'd pass next time.

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Photo of latercol
4.2/5  rDev +29.2%
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 BeerSox
3.64/5  rDev +12%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into nonic.

Slightly hazy amber hue with a thin tan head that falls to a thin rim along the glass. Little strings of lacing are on the glass.

Faint whiffs of lightly toasty malts and aromatic noble hops. A little bit of buttery diacetyl is obvious.

The malts create a biscuity base, and the diacetyl is obvious again. The hops add a little bit of bitterness to the finish, but they don't add a lot of flavor. Full bodied.

A decent English IPA. Even for an EIPA, it's a little light on the hop flavor, although the bitterness is there.

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Photo of chinabeergeek
2.98/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

one of our excursions during kate day, feb 9, 2009. on cask at the "coat of arms" english style pub in portsmouth, just down the street from portsmouth brewery. listed as "fuggles IPA" on the menu.

hazy, coppery amber. fluffy head fades slowly. lacing minimal.

grassy hop aroma, with faint toffee underneath. hints of yeast and estery apple. all this is quite subdued however.

flavor is full of grassy, leafy, very bitter fuggles hop. it completely overpowers the trace of toasted malt and any fruitiness from the yeast.

the body is light and not too watery, but the hop bitterness is further accentuated by the resins in the feel. the carbonation is nice and light though, as a cask should be.

where's the malt?! without any balance to the bitter hops, this is not very drinkable at all.

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Photo of Zraly
3/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Golden ale with one-finger head. Bottle notched for "Best By" April 09. Faint smell of hops.

Juicy, malty profile upfront. Butterscotch note in the middle with an earthy, floral hop finish. Slight astringent flavor on the palate in the aftertaste.

I was hoping for something a bit more, seeing the label advertises the use of Fuggles hops. While Fuggles isn't necessarily a hop head's first choice in adding flavor, and also while this is a "true to style" choice of hop for an English doesn't present the character I was anticipating. It's not bad by any means, but it isn't anything special either.

I might try this again on tap if I saw it. It would make for a nice beer to enjoy at a ballpark with a loaded hot dog.

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Photo of nichols8241
2.93/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

I poured a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. The beer had a cloudy deep yellow color.

The nose had slight a metallic smell. Nothing offensive, but not what I expected. Very little head and tiny carbonation bubbles.

The initial taste was crisp, bitter and refreshing; the aftertaste however, was odd, similar to eating raw grains.

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Photo of CityBoy1986
3.4/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass from a 12 oz. bottle.

The pour is a hazy dark golden colour. A nice head recedes into a thick film and leaves light lacing.

The nose is very flowery with hints of citrus. The flowers are still apparent in the taste, and the citrus and yeast flavours come out more than in the smell. The taste is rather bland.

The mouthfeel is light to medium without much carbonation. Drinkability is high, possibly because of the blandness.

It's not bad by any means, but I have had better from Shipyard.

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Photo of philipquarles
2.76/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a slightly hazy copper with a medium off-white head. Retention and lacing are what one would expect from an IPA. Aromas of fruity dishsoap are the first things to hit the nose, followed by a slightly grassy malt backing. Kind of bizarre and not very appealing. The taste is also unique, but in a more pleasant way, at least at first. Grassy, grainy malt character is balanced by faint hop bitterness. It's nice until the finish, where the dishsoap returns to coat the mouth and throat. Flavorful, yet slightly offensive.

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Photo of yesferro
3.71/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

found this for $4.99 for a sixpack, had no clue what I was getting into but I knew it couldn't be bad. I have had the pumkin beer and the prelude and those didnt really let me down.

Appearance: dark orange with about an inch of head, poored in my Troll Beer glass

Smell: I smelled yeast and it scared me, the smell might be stronger because this beer is about past its good date (hence the good price), it's really all I smell.

Taste: light citrus, some hops and odd a tad bit bitter. Still, the flavors are not too strong at all

Mouthfeel: This beer is certainly alive!

Drinkability: all the flavors in this beer are kinda weak, not hard to drink but you won't see me finnish this 6pack by myself.

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Photo of Bagman007
3.21/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served in a bottle poured into a pint glass.

A- Reddish/orange coloring with virtually no head at all.

S- Very hoppy scent, but not necessarily a strong scent.

T- Very hoppy and bitter beer, though it is a little sweet. Some what malty as well.

M- Very bitter and dry mouthfeel. Not very smooth at all.

D- Can't really have more than one or two of these is a sitting as it is a very bitter and dry beer.

Overall this is a pretty decent beer, but it is definitely very hoppy with a very dry finish.

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Shipyard Fuggles IPA from Shipyard Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 18.5% out of 100 with 976 ratings
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