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

Subtle milder fresh hop aroma. Sort of citrusy, with a nice sweetness in finish. Mild hop taste up front. A great beginner IPA, I'd say as its about as mild as I've had. Somewhat thin, but nice mild hop bitterness which fades quickly. Worth a try if you like milder IPA's.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
2.81/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured a deep golden color with lots of carbonation, nice white frothy head and thats about it. It was a very simple, the bottle boasts as the one hop IPA and it is. Had a sunkiness to it, like i find it mass brewed beers. No real care or originality it seemed. Pretty basic and not a good IPA. Did not enjoy at all. Flavor was bland, no real hops and no real tasting notes. Pass!

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

Nice initial head with decent retention. Orange color that is opaque.

Smell is slightly perfumy. Faint pale and crystal malts. Not that impressive.

The malt profile is basic. The bitterness is earthy and citrusy and not very agressive. Sort of rounded out and balanced for an ipa.

A little bit thin on the mouthfeel. Hop oils aren't overdone, actually they are perfect. But the malting doesn't provide adequate thickness.

Decently balanced and rounded out. I'll be lenient here as this would not make a bad session

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.1/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this one on tap at the blue Trout Grill in Keene, NH. This was also my very first IPA I ever had way back 1998.

This one is a clear golden-honey color with a wonderful creamy, thick all-white head that is much better formed when served on-tap. The retention was VERY slow for an IPA. a good looking brew.

The aroma is very nice, big-time herbalness, all spice and a slight spiciness in the hop with a mellow but noticable bready malt. The hop aroma is pretty pungent concidering I was a good foot away from it when I first caught a whiff.

From the tap this stuff is damn impressive. a rich, hardy, herbal, spiciness is abundant...a wonderful overall hop flavor that just seems to go down REAL easy. The malt balance is good too, a nice mellow, buttery-bready malt adds just the right balance. After work the two I had went down FAST. also paired very well with the BBQ Chicken sandwich I had.

This one being on-tap made it feel luxurious IMO, a wonderful creamy and smooth edge from the constant head mellowed out the nice big, crisp bite. Light to medium feel overall.

This one is not fruity, no pineapple or big cascade, west-coast style bite, just a very drinkable, herbal and spicey hardy flavor that went down easy.

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Photo of hwwty4
2.29/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured a 12oz bottle into a Chimay Chalice. Poured a hazy gold with a slight head that disappeared quickly but left a nice lacing down the glass. Aroma is almost non-existent. Slight hoppy/flowery smell but under whelming for sure. Taste is malt up front with a bit of hops at the tail of the beer with a slight earthy aftertaste. I would have thought this might have been sitting at the beer store for a long time, but I saw them offload it from the pallet and put it into the mix a six rack. I was surprised. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with light carbonation and a dry finish. I don’t think I will be looking for this again.

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Photo of biggmike
3.05/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured a deep orange color with decent white head that hung around for a while. Aroma was sort of hoppy, but just didn’t smell quite right. Flavor was a bit metallic and was not too impressive. Drinkability was low as I didn’t like the one I had. Mouthfeel was okay. Might have gotten a bad one, so I would try again.

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Photo of iceball585
2.91/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Golden yellow color, semi-clear, half finger thick fluffy head that lowered to a thin cover

S- Floral, yeast, sweet malts, bitter hops, fairly mild auroma

T- Citrus, flowery hops, grains, earthy, bready, pale malts, salty finish

M- Medium body, medium carbonation, fairly dry feeling w/ a bit of oils

D- Worth a try

This IPA is not one of my favorites but is still pretty decent. Not a lot of auroma and taste has a fairly salty finish.

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Photo of mltobin
3.45/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The appearance of this IPA selection from Shipyard is a hazy amberish color once poured into a glass.

The smell is nice and has hints of pine.
The taste is hoppy and refreshing.
MF is good but not great.
This beer is a solid one from this Maine brewer, whenever I am in Main, Rhode Island, or New Hampshire, I make sure to have a few pints from Shipyard.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.13/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear gold. Nice off-white head. At first the nose was like a huge pile of wet grass clippings. Then it quickly went to a small pile. Flavor is a bit sweet with a salty bitter start and finish to it. Hops are there, but do not overpower or kick you in the mouth. Gives a balanced approach that some might consider thin or watered down. I just say it is what it is. Feel is just very slightly thicker on the liquid. Great level of carbonation caressing the tongue. Overall very drinkable. A different kind of IPA, but one well worth trying. Not a hop bomb.

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Photo of deltatauhobbit
2.9/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy amber/golden color with a decent head.

The aroma is quite floral yet bready, can definitely make out the Ringwood.

The taste is very dry and lends itself to a bit too much bitterness. An IPA is supposed to have a lot of hops but this isn't a very balanced beer, could use a tad more malt, has a slight citrus taste contributed from the hops though. Surprisingly though, the beer is quite buttery considering the bitterness.

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

Purchased at Premier Wine & Spirits, in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Appearance: Pours an amber colour with fizzy white head, not much retention here.

Aroma: Quite fruity, sweet, a little flowery, a touch of diacetyl coming in there at the end.

Taste: Malt forward, not a very hoppy IPA at all. Fruity with some diacetyl. Medium bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Over carbonated. Light to medium bodied.

Final Statment: Definately in the English style. Not overly recommended.

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

Not sure what is going on with this experiment of using Fuggles only.

Appearance starts out great - yellowish to orange color, medium sized head with fine bubbles & lace.

Nose is sharp citrus.

Palate is razor sharp with malt in the background. Again the sharp citrus is there.

Finish is somewhat sticky and has that sharp acidity.

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Photo of dsa7783
3.29/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I was a huge fan of Shipyard's Pumpkin Ale and Prelude Winter Warmer... their IPA was good, but not great... The taste was peculiar... didn't seem like your typical IPA and lacked the hoppiness usually depicted in the style... a rather bitter finish detracted from the taste, although the appearance was very good with a nice bronze color and impressive head... aroma wasn't very IPA-like, although it wasn't bad... mouthfeel and drinkability were about average... not a bad brew, but nothing above and beyond... taste was slightly grapefruit-like, with slight caramel aftertones lingering behind a noticeably bitter finish... overall, a good beer... Recommended, but there are better examples of the style...

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

A very mediocre beer is there was one. As mentioned in other reviews, there is plenty of tartness without the corresponding hoppy bitterness, so one is left with the worst of both worlds. The beer is a pretty clear orangish yellow, some head, some retention, no lacing. The smell is a bit metallic, some tartness, but really nothing overly substantial or unique for aromas. There is a moderate amount of carbonation and this is a light bodied beer a bit on the watery end of the spectrum. The taste is quite bland. There is a tartness, as mentioned, but it is not particularly dry and enjoyable, definitely not hoppy and crisp, so where does that leave this beer? I'm afraid that it is just a mediocre, not very interesting, somewhat refreshing, poor imitation IPA that one would do better looking elsewhere for a more representative example of the style. As the beer settles in, there is an ever so slight tinge of malty fruits emerging, but nothing worth holding out for. The finish and aftertaste are as mediocre, unidimensional, and monochrome as the rest of the beer.

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Photo of pmatz2
2.53/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Got to be honest I'm not a big fan of the English IPA I like the American style much better. Overall this was drinkable, but not memorable. Mouth feel was slightly fizzy. Smell was very sour, taste wasn't very bitter, and there was a slightly sour aftertaste.

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Photo of NitroGen
3.68/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

P: 12 oz. Brown longneck bottle, Best if enjoyed before March 2008

A: poured a slightly hazy golden yellow with an intense white foam head that slowly lowered to a cover and lacing.

S: Green grains, bread yeast and slight fruit pith.

T: Slight tart and subtle hop hits the tongue and then the mouth with the same profile from start to finish.

M: Very smooth and gentle from start to finish. Nice aftertaste.

D: After becoming accustomed to smash mouth ‘brutal bitter’ American IPA’s this is a nice change of pace and defiantly would enjoy with as a session on a hot, warm or cold day.

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Photo of jwc215
2.98/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours slightly hazed orangish amber with a thick foamy head that fizzles and snaps down to a thin cover.

The smell is of Ringwood yeast, bread...and...a touch of Fuggles...a touch. Not a "bad" aroma, esp. if you are fond of Ringwood yeast.

The taste is pretty much the same. I thought that a single hop - Fuggles - would be interesting. But, though it does make an appearance it is held in check by the yeast. Bready and grainy, it barely has room to showcase its single hop character. There is a fair amount of bitterness to it, in a tinny way and with a restrained flavor. There is some buttery diacetyl, but it is held in check. Semi-dry, bitterish finish. Not a bad taste at all, but rather a disappointment if you are looking for an IPA with a Fuggles character, as would be expected.

Lighter side of medium bodied, at most. A soapy, tinny character lingers on the palate enough to be a bit irritating.

A rather wimpy IPA. The Fuggles hop barely noticeable, with controlling yeast and minor flaws. Not terrible, but not memorable except as a failure to be what it could be.

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Photo of MrHungryMonkey
3.91/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sweet and sour aromas waltz out’ the glass. Malt sweetness and hop citrus and bitterness I suppose. But there still smells like Lambic/Flanders yeast going on. Maybe it’s just all those Fuggles.

Medium straw/gold, good clarity. Great head – only there’s an eyelash floating on it; I’m sure it’s mine, it has to be…

Mmm, there’s that sour/bitterness. I guess it is just the hops, it’s really tart/musty/out-there. Hops overpower malt, but that’s surely okay. The bitterness and the growingly extreme grassy/earthy/dirty flavors were at first annoying, but are growing on me. This is a raw beast of a beer. Mmm yes, a subtle sweetness floats in and out amongst the addictive hop retch.

Seriously though, this is a good IPA. It’s out there. It’s real and edgy. It’s almost painful, but it’s ever so beautiful. It’s really like a Rothko painting. Take home message: this brew isn’t for you if you demand balance in your beverage.

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

Single bottle (12oz) poured into a standard pint glass.

A - Reddish bronze sort of coloration which settled with a fluffy full inch of head. Excellent retention, and it also laced rather well. Fairly impressive presentation.

S - Coppery and subtle citrus notes, orange and sour apple. Slight bit of hops in the nose, yet muted as expected.

T - I don't think it's skunked, but damn, this is not my sort of beer. I've had English IPAs before and didn't mind them at all, but this is far too bitter for my taste. Some sort of malt presence, and perhaps an oh so slight hop tinge, but mostly a sour, bitter burn.

M - Light to medium bodied, decent dry finish. Doesn't leave a bad aftertaste, so I can't knock them here. Good carbonation as well.

D - Low for me, it was rough fighting through this one. I will give them another try, just not anytime soon. Reminded me of an ESB I suppose, and those aren't necessarily my cup o' tea, but if they are yours, you might enjoy this one. If you're looking for an American sort of profile, however, beware. I know the difference, but some people have been caught off guard it seems.

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Photo of Gmann
3.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a rather light golden color with an average off-white head that dissipated fairly quickly into a decent cap. The smell is faint; I pick up some bready malt and a trace of hops. The taste is of toasted malt, which is a bit metallic, and bitter fruity/woody like hops. The feel is moderate and fairly crisp, finishes with a slight bitterness. A rather average brew, though I do like to try the single hop IPAs so I can get a sense of the different characteristics of that specific hop.

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

The beer poured a medium amber with some reddish highlights. Is a fluffy two-finger head that doesn't seem to be going anywhere too fast. The smell is a little malty with a slight hint of hops. The taste is crisp and refreshing with a little bit of sweetness and maybe even a little citrusy splash before the hops hit the palate. The aftertaste is nothing to write home about, and lingers for a while in a way that isn't entirely pleasant. This beer is fairly drinkable, and I found myself enjoying it to a point. It's not a horrible little IPA, but I doubt I'll pick it up again. Worth a try if you can find it, but don't expect much more than average.

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Photo of DoubleJ
2.42/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Single 12 oz bottle purchased for $1.33, this is "the single hop India Pale Ale" per label. On to the beer:

I poured perhaps a few ounces of this into my pint glass and got a half-glass of foam. This is where I wish this beer had poor head retention, I'm still waiting for it to go down so I can pour the rest of the bottle in and enjoy. After some manipulations, it forms a chilled-hazed orange with a head that retains well. That's the highlight of this beer, everything else misses the mark. It has a funky flavor of toffee and diacetyl, mixed with a moderate grapefruit taste to level it out. Slick feeling in the mouth, the beer feels good, but the aftertaste is questionable.

Notes: This beer pours way too foamy, is full of yeast by-products, and leaves a long, unspectacular aftertaste. Next time, I'll find something else.

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Photo of hiikeeba
3.8/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours up amber/gold with a thick fluffy head. Hazy.

S: Hop aroma is subtle. I didn't detect any malt aromas. It's pretty bland, nose-wise.

T: Hoop flavor starts off on front of the tongue and moves back, finishing with a bitterness on the back of the mouth. Fairly mild hop flavor, doesn't overpower the palate right away.

M: Not thin at all. Nice.

D: Very drinkable IPA. Not a session beer, but this is pretty mild if you want to knock back a few.

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Photo of nortmand
3.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Amber pour with a fluffy white head and a considerable haze.

Ripe plums and apples in the aroma with a bit of resinous hops.

Flavor not real clean. Rounded plumminess interacts with a harsh astringency. Too little malt to balance out the bitter end.

Light to medium bodied, an ok beer, but the flavors don't interact the right way for my tastes.

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Photo of peabody
3.17/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

pours out a clear reddish amber with one finger of white suds.
The aroma is very nice here with floral hops and pungent yeast with a slight grapefruit dry smell.
Taste is a dry/very dry bitterness. If you are a fan of E.S.B. then this is the beer for you. No sweetness to be found.
Mouthfeel is decent but that bitter wang sure does take you back a step or two.
It's ok but not my cup of beer.

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Shipyard Fuggles IPA from Shipyard Brewing Co.
3.29 out of 5 based on 974 ratings.
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