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 mjr955201
2.2/5  rDev -33.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Over-priced. Let's start there with this product. First-time buying a Shipyard product, but won't be buying anymore in the future.

$16.50 for a 12-pack, expecting more at that price-point, when I usually purchase Harpoon IPA at $12.99. Big dissappointment. Felt like I had been HAD the first sip.

I will not be buying again in the future.

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Photo of hoplover82
3.43/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The one I had was a little past the best by date. It was a wee little oxidated.

Poured a clear, almost amber color with a medium off white head that persists well with good lace.

Aroma is too mild, not much hop aroma in this one. A little caramel malt shines. Minus points for that.

Flavor is kinda bland too. The hops used needs to be upped a lot to achieve quality shinage when using Fuggel. Just hints of floral hops in the flavor and some malts too. But still pretty bland.

Medium to lighter bodied, a little watery.

Drinkable, I guess. I couldv'e used a buble of more hops.

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

Very nice light amber with bubbly, rocky, head, as I would expect from Shipyard.

S-An interesting aged malt and grain nose, floral, summery, coastal, with a slightly diacetyl background.

T-This is unusual....Fruit, with a grains and barley, with the malt continuing in a bit of a taste that reminds me of sour hay, but not in a bad way. A very interesting beer.

M-Nothing too remarkable to report here. Shipyard does it well, and there is balance here.

D-So so...These guys are hands down my favorite brewery in Maine...Their beers provide the backdrop of some of my best summer memories...this is not one of their better efforts...but a fair Shipyard effort is worth a great effort of a lesser brewer.

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Photo of argock
3.1/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz brown bottle into a clear pint glass. Freshness date on back label.

A: Orange-gold with tall 2-3 finger creamy, light beige head with lots of lace and good retention.

S: Very musty and fruity with some buttery diacetyl aromas.

T: The taste is very unique, but that's not always a good thing. The overall flavor combines sweet apple, butterscotch, and herbal, spicy hops with a touch of saltiness that is a very strange and no wholly pleasant experience. THey are not usually flavors I would look for in combination in any edible item frankly.

M: Way too prickly with the carbonation while I think the body is fine for the English IPA style. Aftertaste is very crackery.

D: Not a beer to drink many of as the herbal hops clash with the salt and butter flavors.

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

Bought this 12oz bottle from Michigan and enjoyed in Ireland. Pours nice and amber color into glass with a fair amount of carbonation that leaves a small off-white head.

A little hoppy, and a little malty aroma with some floral hints. Not too strong.

Flavor isn't as hoppy as I would have expected and there is a bit of malt, bread and citrus in there with a slight hint of bitterness.

Body is medium and fairly smooth. Balance seems a bit off and towards the bitter, but not hoppy-bitter side. Slightly dry finish.

I could see how I could have multiples of this in one session, as it goes down smooth and isn't as hoppy or strong as some of the American IPAs.

Overall, this is a nice beer, but it doesn't quite do it for me like some other IPAs out there. That being said, I would definitely drink it again if it crosses my path to give it another shot!

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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 gciccarelli
3.53/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into Shipyard pint glass.

A - Pale yellow with good half-finger off-white head. Decent head retention. Leaves good lacing.

S - Malt overpowers the hop smell. Grains are noticeable as well.

T - Hop presence upfront with a malty finish. Leaves a slight sweet aftertaste rather than the bitter hop flavor you'd expect from an IPA. Certainly has more hop presence than you would have expected from the smell however...

M - Very good - just about the right amount of carbonation for an IPA in my opinion. Light to medium body...light, but not watery.

D - Could probably have a few of these without a problem.

A decent brew, especially if you don't think of it as an IPA and just as a solid beer in general.

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Photo of gford217
3.15/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a clear golden yellow with only a hint of amber in it. The small head doesn't last very long and leaves a modest ring and no lacing.

The aroma is full of toasted grains and some bready malts. There is not a lot of hops, maybe just a little earthy hop presence if any at all.

The taste has a little more of the earthy hops up front but it gives way to the toasted grains and faint malt presence.

The mouthfeel is light and pretty watery. The only bitterness I detected was of the off-putting variety and metallic.

This is not an IPA that I would want to try again and overall is an average beer for me.

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Photo of PhxHorn
3.31/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The color is a medium copper, with one finger of white head. Not much aroma, other than a trace of malt and a trace of hops to set it aside from Budweiser. Taste is more like an IPA, some malt and minimal hops. Carbonation is just about right. If this was a pale ale, it would be a solid entry, but as an IPA it's fairly wimpy. Still an enjoyable beer, just not the hoppy IPA that I tend to expect.

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Photo of kinger
3.23/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

At last a brew from Shipyard that doesn't have that familiar buttery flavor. This isn't too bad but doesn't hold it's own among some of the other common IPA's out there. Aroma is really bland, I can barely detect any type of hop bitterness, but a solid malt nose is there. Decent copper pour slightly orange hue with a medium-thin head and minimal lacing. Creamy and thick mouthfeel, good filling brew. Flavor is much better than the aroma but I wish there was more of a hop presence. Very drinkable, more of a pale ale in my opinion.

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

12oz longneck with drink-by date of 12/08

A: Hazy copper-orange with only the slightest head. Good c02. No lacing.

S: Fuggles& more Fuggles something strange as well, can't quite put my finger on it.

T: Oh man no wonder, it's an English ipa! I've never had one I've liked. This one is decent, I guess because its not brewed in england like the other's I've tried.

M: Pretty smooth. That malt hangs around a bit too much for my taste.

D: The best English Ipa I've tried so far (wich isn't saying much). I'll pass on this one for money, but if someone gave me one free, I woulden't turn it down.

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

12 fl. oz. bottle, bought at the Great British Beer Festival 2008 for takeaway. Amber colour, big head. Aroma of Fuggles hops, but surprisingly moderate. The flavour is dominated by Fuggles hops as expected, but there is also a noticeable malty sweetness. Some fruity notes and a piney and slightly soapy finish. The bitterness is fairly subdued for an American IPA.

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

A selection in the Shipyard variety pack picked up, albeit on sale, at the local supermarket. Twist off cap, smells crispy with a tart hoppiness like Goldings. Pours to a cloudy orange colour. Head is big bubble foamy and laces nicely. Taste is very different for an IPA although this is stated to be an English IPA. I guess now I see on the label that it's made with Fuggles. There isn't any hop bite but more like a hop grittiness that has a very flat bitterness at the end. This is very different. I can almost see this brew coming out of a wooden cask, it has that character. For the style it appears spot on. Without a doubt this would go great with some boiled lobstahs.

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Photo of acrawf6
3.22/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a slightly hazy orange amber with a small white head.

Smell. light bitterness with the hops, certainly seems to have a fuggle quality.

Taste. Flavor is mild in the characteristics, bitterness is there. small fruit flavors with a lemon tartness being a more dominant flavor. aftertaste is a little puckering, but not bad.

Mouthfeel is ok, pretty good balance, body is medium. Good level of carbonation.

Overall, a very average tasting beer. I dont find anything i love or hate about fact, i dont find too much to even talk about it. It's one that isn't offensive by any means, but not one with much character to make it stand out.

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

12oz. bottle into Troegs Hopback glass on 10/2/08

A - Slightly hazy amber/orange body with vigorous bubbles of carbonation and a huge foamy plume of thick, off-white head that finally settled after a few minutes into one finger of bubbly cap that left thin, web-like lacing around the glass.

S - Perfumy and floral hops, sweet caramel malt and a bit of mild spice mingle together to create a fairly straightforward aroma.

T - Flavor blends caramel malt and perfumy hops at the forefront with a splash of citrus. Finish is bready with a hint of mild dessert spices, molasses (strange for an IPA) and a slight earthy character. Hops are a bit subdued overall, with the malty character dominating the flavor profile in the end.

M - Medium body with smooth, watery texture and moderate carbonation. Finish is slightly dry and deposits a bit of hop oils on the palate.

D - I am a big fan of Fuggles hops and while this was tasty and drinkable, it ultimately didn't quite deliver the goods. The bottle may have been older than I had anticipated, because the notch appeared to indicate "best by" December 2007. This drank more like an ESB rather than an IPA.

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Photo of ajmoody76
3.82/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

bought in a pick a six. twelve ounce brown bottle. best before date january 2009. hazy light copper with a thin white head.

floral boquet. get some earthy hops in there also. no off odors.

earthy hop flavor. some malty sweetness to balance it out.

mid body. good carbonation. i like this one. nice to have an eipa with all the aipa's out there and in your face with hops. do not get me wrong though- i love hoppy beers. i will drink this again.

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

Taken from a Shipyard variety case and poured into a pint glass. Appears a clear amber with a white head and lacing.

I like Ringwood beers and English IPA's, but this beer is a little too mellow to be a great example of either. There are grassy hops up from in the aroma and flavor with the creamy and fruity Ringwood character. The finish is dry, as usual with Shipyard brews, and moderately bitter with peppery hops.

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

The beer is a clear golden orange with a thin white head. The aroma is moderate-high floral, earthy hop with a moderate sweetness. The flavor is moderate-high hop, medium-high bitterness yet balanced by a moderate sweetness. Carbonation and body are both medium. Overall a tasty British IPA, nice hoppiness, good change of pace from many American IPAs.

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Photo of stephens101
3.82/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This one pours a dark orange and is capped off by a one-finger tan head which recedes in a quick manner, leaving no lacing behind. Aroma reveals malts up front with a subtle hop essence quickly following. There's a little sweetness and sourness going on as well, and even some orange peel in the distant background. Tastes spicy, citrusy and malty with a decent hop-bite mixed in the fray. The way this IPA comes at your nose and palate is definitely different than many others, but I personally think the difference works here. Mouth-feel is light to medium bodied. It's not overly carbonated, but there's just enough there to keep a bit of crispness around. It goes down pretty smooth, with a very slight, almost indiscernible alcohol heat at the very back. If you're looking for a hop bomb, this isn't it. That being said, this is a pretty good drinker that has some complexities of taste and aroma that aren't overly bold, but make for a pretty good experience overall. This is the sleeper pick of the season so far.

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Photo of ectomorph
4/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a pint glass at taco Mac in Chattanooga...

A - Bright gold with a full 2 finger white head that sticks around.

S - Floral! Fuggles for sure.

T - Nice balanced IPA helping with the hot sauce. Hops all the way through with enough crackers to keep them in check.

M - Medium body and plenty of head. Always a good thing.

D - Moderate to high. I will have this one again.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
2.6/5  rDev -21%
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 fitzy84
3.38/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer poured with a hazy, burnt orange look with some minor lacing and a thin head. Aromas are a bit weak with typical hops and florals. Nothing too impressive. Taste had a somewhat metallic bitterness to it wrapped around the bitter hop characteristics. Decent mouthfeel helped make this a crisp, refreshing IPA. Overall, not too bad, but pretty average.

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Photo of Hullabaloo2
2.83/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Aroma - The aroma is mostly of the Fuggle hops; a little grassy. There is very little malt aroma that comes through. Some extremely subtle fruit esters.

Appearance - Gold color with a nice hop haze. The eggshell colored head poured an immense 3 finger width that slowly dissipated to about 1/2 finger width. Good lacing, and head retention.

Taste - Bitterness, and hop flavor are the first to blast the palate. While the hop flavor and bitterness is nice it seems that the brewers all but forgot about the malt. There is almost no backbone to back up the hops. A truly good IPA needs a malt back bone to carry the hops, and this beer just doesn't deliver.

Mouthfeel - Light body with a fairly low carbonation level. There is prominent bitterness all of the way through.

Overall Impression - Well, it's a good beer for educating your pallet for Fuggle hops! If you want to learn what Fuggle hops put into a beer this is a good source. Other than that it's a pretty disappointing IPA. There is almost no malt character to this beer, and because of it the body is lacking as well. Without an appropriate grain bill the hops will mostly contribute a considerable amount of bitterness creating a bitter bomb, and this at least approaching a bitter bomb. The hop flavor is there, but it is greatly reduced. A better grain bill would have brought the flavor and aroma out even better. I suppose my point is that this is a poorly designed beer. I would not recommend this beer other than for educational purposes.

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Photo of superdedooperboy
3.43/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy, deep amber in appearance with a nice full off-white head that dissolves slowly into a nice firm cap, leaving a thick white sheet down the side of the glass.

Herbal, floral notes dominate the nose, with ripe fruit mixing in as well.

More herbal, resinous hops grab hold on the tongue, mixing with a slight bit of sweetness and leading to a very dry, lingering finish. Hops are the leading player on the palate, but they are not so evident as to be overpowering, and indeed are less prevalent than in more powerful versions of the style.

Body is medium-full and smooth; drinkability is good, as the beer is, as stated, not so powerful as better, more powerful examples, and is therefore rather easy drinking. Alcohol content is not so high as to inhibit drowning in a few of these.

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Photo of dgallina
3.27/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce brown bottle notched with best-before September 2008.

Pours clear golden tan. A half-inch off-white head evaporates almost instantly, but leaves faint lacing. Smells of caramel malt and leafy fuggles hops, which develop a light apricot fruitiness. On the tongue, the beer is nutty and malty. Toasted grain and biscuit flavors are dominant. Gentle hop bitterness and hard water overtones appear in the finish. Mouthfeel is as expected; clean, with moderate chewiness and good balancing carbonation. A session-able traditional style pale ale. Doesn't begin to approach the greatness of the best examples.

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Shipyard Fuggles IPA from Shipyard Brewing Co.
3.29 out of 5 based on 975 ratings.
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