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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Added by xlperro on 07-01-2001

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

Finger-thick khaki head with reddish amber body. Smell is overwelmingly floral and grassy hops. Tastes very hoppy (grassy, some floral) with hints of sweet malt. Despite the smell, the flavor is surprisingly balanced, albeit somewhat light. Surprisingly pleasant and drinkable for a Shipyard, and for a hoppy IPA. One of the better ones I've had from them - get a Brewer's Choice or Prelude over this one though.

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Photo of kimcgolf
3.75/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours from the bottle to a bright orange-red color with off-white head tha t kingers through mid-glass and okay lacing. Strong hop aroma, with grass and a hint of citrus (grapefruit). Flavor is less fruit and more grassy hops. Palate is dry and somewhat bitter, although I found it to be a very enjoyable beer.

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Photo of mutt
3.45/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into pint glass. nice golden brown color, so-so smell, light hops up front but will linger. even would consider it somewhat lighter than alot of pale ales. thought price was good. got this on a recommendation. turn out a winner in my book. try it.

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Photo of Derek
4.07/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this at the Florida Tap Room (I don't recommend the Orlando location).

A: Copper-amber, off-white head, not much retention.

S: The aroma isn't overpowering, but it is pleasant. I guess this is what fuggles smell like (orange, fig & little floral). A little toffee & caramel from the malt. Fruity esters from the British ale yeast are apparant.

T: Pleasant hop flavour (orange & fig); quality maltyness (bread with a little caramel and toffee); refreshing, but not overpowering bitterness. Perfectly balanced.

M: Moderate body has a malty creamyness. Moderate carbonation.

D: Very good.

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Photo of allengarvin
3.93/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours out an amber-gold color, quite clear, with an airy head of froth atop it. Rather grassy hop nose, with light, toasty malt, maybe just a touch soapy. Good maltiness, toasted with a very light caramel note, fairly fruity yeast character for an IPA, with a big burst of grassy, woody hop flavor. Bitterness is on the moderate-high level for an English IPA. Soft mouthfeel, kinda chewy.

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Photo of PBRstreetgang
2.9/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy pale orange. The head is over three fingers, dense and creamy showing good retention and sheets of lacing. Weak nose, some very mild english hop aroma and faint toasted pale malt. Soft but sweet start, a blank pale malt flavor. Simple sweet flavor balances well with a medium dose of fuggle hop flavor, hebal and mild. Dry aftertaste, with a lacking hop bitterness. Medium light body with high, almost excessive carbonation. Finishes with a dry and herbal hop flavor that fades quickly. Fairly drinkable yes, but quite a tame IPA even by english standards.

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Photo of mmmbeer
3.78/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. with October notched on the label. It pours a hazed copper with some sediment and very active carbonation leading up to a huge tan head that is very sticky and subsides unevenly, leaving a cone of meringue foam in the center. Smells vinous with some kinda berries (grape, raspberry?), and perfumy, almost phenolic medicinals and maybe a stale quality. The taste is about the same, with mild fuggles and citric hops, a mild to medium bitterness, buttery/caramel malts, alcohol, and hints of lemon. It is a bit dry with a medium body and some hop oils linger for a while. Not a great IPA, but fairly drinkable and tasty enough.

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

Poured a slightly hazy amber with a nice light tan sticky head.

Smell was just a light bit of floral piney hops.

Taste had a decent bit of pine and hop flavor up front with a mild bit of diacetyl butteryness and grain.

Finishes watery and slick.

Overall a substandard IPA.

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Photo of Blakaeris
3.03/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours clear golden apricot. Head is thick but dissipates quickly leaving moderate lacing.

Smell is piney citrus with a mild mustyness that seems to indicate an off flavor. Overall the nose is not as hop aggressive as I had expected.

Taste is domonated by floral hop. However overall flavor is rather mild for an IPA, reminds me of an ESB. The odd mustyness still remains, but is greatly diminished. Mild tart flavor in the finish.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied. Absolutely no hop oil residue.

Not an impressive beer. Flavors don't quite seem to meld together, and could stand to have stronger hop influence. The sour tart and musty flavors are a distraction to the hop experience. This beer is drinkable, but there are so many IPA's that are better.

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

Pours a solid amber with a solid white head. Good retention and a lot of lacing in the glass as it dissipates. Nose is less hoppy and more flowery than I'd expect. Pleasant. Some citrus fruit and spiciness here. Not a cascade hop thing goin' on here, I assume. Palate is more assertive with the hops than the nose, followed by that flowery/citrusy taste as well. Decently balanced hop/malt profile. Mouthfeel is light/medium light and well carbonated. I like this one, and would sample again. I've had better IPA's of course, but truly a decent brew.

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

This 12 oz. beer was past it's best by date (1/05) when reviewed. However, I believe the aging had improved this one. Very impressive head. I had to stop pouring this one before the bottle was empty or it would have spilled over the top-- very heady. It looked like a rootbeer float, it was 3/4 foam! After it settled I had a cloudy pumpkin colored body and an off white creamy head.

Smell was green and hoppy. Also cooked oats? The most unusual smelling IPA I've ever had. Not a bad smell, but different.

Tasted of fruity yeast. Dried apricots and arugula. Malty sweetness contained the Fuggles hops. Mildly bitter with a shallow finish. Not disappointing.

Texture was smooth and creamy but easy to drink. I would easily have more than one.

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Photo of riversider76
3.11/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours amber. Nice head, fades into a good lace. Smell is nice,but weal. Hops with a bit of malt. Body is thin,almost watery. Taste is just alright. Hops up front with a malty finish.Fairly refreshing. This beer is by no means offensive, but not great either. It needs a little somthing more.

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Photo of goschool
4.01/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The pour is darkish gold with a frothy white head that fades to a ring of lace after three quarters of the beer. The fruity and floral hop aromas are very English. Pine, citrus, and sweet malts are also in the nose. This tastes like a hoppier Fuller's London Pride, starting out with fruits, sweet malts and floral hops, followed by lots of grapefruity hop bitterness. The body is lively with carbonation, but in a good way, not in an overly prickly way. This is a very solid offering from a brewery I didn't expect a whole lot out of.

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

05/30/06- Purchased at Hi-Times Wine Cellars in Costa Mesa, CA.

Presentation- 12oz bottle. A best by date nothced on the side label. Poured into my Pike pint glass.

Appearance- Deep orange in color. Very lightly clouded. 3/4 inch head with light cobweb lace.

Smell- Blend of medium toasted malt and light citrus hops.

Taste- Super floral and herbal in nature. Maybe a touch of pine as well in the hops. Malt comes through first, followed by a pretty bitter hop backlash.

Mouthfeel- Medium carbonation, lasting bitterness.

Drinkability- Bit of a change of pace with the hop flavor. Decent enough brew though.

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Photo of mobyfann
3.86/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Paid $1.59 for a single...

The beer pours with an excess of carbonation, took a handful of pours, a very hazy amber base, huge white head, great retention and nice lacing effects all the way down, a beauty. The beer has a very subtle hop aroma with a note of alcohol.

The taste is a strong full body feel, a tocuh of hop and sligh touch of alcohol, creamy finish from the head. The mouthfeel is incredible due to the creamy head finish, given the full-body feel, it works well. Drinakble to have another, but two is enough.

Final Thought: Very unique, The Shipyard brews a nice IPA!

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Photo of objectivemonkey
3.88/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden with a good whitish head, lasting a few minutes, settling into a nice foam, with pretty good lacing. Aroma is more piney citris than floral, quite earthy, decent but nothing special. Taste is similar,, but with a good malt presense to back up the fair amount of hops. A very clean and crisp and quenchable beer, very nice to drink, which I would if it were available to me.

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Photo of DarkerTheBetter
3.9/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Looks like I’m a year late on the “enjoy by” date. Some one will be notified about this for sure. Let’s see what we’re dealing with here…

This beer pours a foggy honey color with strawberry highlights. With a gentle pour, the head erupts out of my tulip, making a mushroom cap as it billows up over the rim. It took about six pours to fill my tulip, the head was so volatile. The head is a slightly manila white, very irregularly shaped and collapses rather quickly leaving behind some huge clumps of lace.

Smells of sour mossy fruits blended into a sharp hop dryness with a buttery, honey, lager-like quality emanating from the mix.

The flavor starts with a sweet pear juice and doughy honey with a crisp soda-like sourness but then picks up a very assertive bittering hops that have a healthy organic greenness to them. This bitter stays around for a while in the finish and gives me a chance to appreciate the leafy vegetable nature of this extremely dry hop.

The mouth feel is about medium bodied with a very silky feel to it. The carbonation isn’t nearly as chaotic as the huge head indicates, but rather small, unobtrusive and subdued.

This one’s very easy to drink and the assertive flavors really pack a punch that keeps the flavor with you longer than you would expect.

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Photo of scottoale
3.78/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12fl.oz.brown bottle with a best enjoyed before:May,06. It pours a good lookin amber-gold with a healthy inch of long lasting, just off-white head. Good carbonation, tons of lace and the head stays for over half of the journey.

A sweet bubblegum of a malt nose, quite fruity with the Fuggles comming through green and grassy. It doesn't smell like a typical IPA, it smells pretty darn sweet.

The flavor on the other hand is really good. Fruity sweet malts with notes of bubblegum, pear, banana and then turns into a tangerine as the hops wind it down to a balanced, yet spicy bitter finish. I'll be, quite a flavorful IPA indeed!

Alcohol is well hidden for the ststed ABV, good medium body but the mouthfeel was a tad busy with the carbonation. None the less, this is an easy to drink, rather complex IPA that I will enjoy again in the near future, cheers to The Shipyard.

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

12 oz brown bottle. Picked it up since I like Fuggles.

Light amber color with great head. Nice aroma of Fuggles hops, somewhat citrus and a little earthy. Flavor is balanced in the English style with but pretty hoppy with a bit of malt sweetness in there. Mouthfeel is nice, medium to thin with healthy carbonation. All-in-all a very drinkable IPA that has nice hops character and balance at the same time.

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

BBD of Mar 06, tastes okay to me & not much different than othet times I've tried it. Good head retention and average lacing

Pours deep golden with a 3 fingers+ white fluffy head.

Smell: Slight pineyness & then floral notes. malt& honey comes through as it warms

Taste: Piney bitterness then malty fruityness. Finished frutty and lightly hopped

MF: Good balance and carbonation

Drinks pretty easy, a nice unassuming english-style IPA, drinks way easier than its strength. Didn't get any unpleasnt ringwood notes, only good ones!

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Photo of Phatz
3.85/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a transparent light amber with a large off white head. Mediocre lacing.

Smell: The nose is sweet and fruity. Slight gentle English hop aroma (maybe Fuggle hops) and a bit of woodiness.

Taste: This is a nice approachable IPA. It is gently but boldly bitter with a sweet hoppy flavor. A little bit buttery and earthy. Very well balanced malt & hops. Quaffable.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and a bit oily but it seems a bit thin in the center. dry finish.

Drinkability: This is a straightforward easy drinking sessionable beer. very drinkable.

Hope this is helpful.

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Photo of Mandrake
3.92/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a bright copper with a thick white head that dissipates slowly and leaves fairly substantial lacing. Piles of bubbles clinging to the sides of the glass. Smells of citrusy hops and spices, with a slightly woody tone which is very pleasant. Taste is of oranges and grapefruit, loads of citrus and fruitiness, with a dry bitterness to finish it. Mouthfeel is crisp at first, but fades quite a bit as I drink, but not bad. Drinkability is very good. A unique IPA, and a very enjoyable one.

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Photo of beveragecaptain
3.65/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle. Shipyard IPA pours out a pale orange color with a medium sized head. The aroma is butterscotch and spicy hops. The flavor starts off with a hit of butterscotch. Turns very fruity in the middle. There's no question this beer uses ringwood yeast. Finishes with a solid hoppiness, though not as much hop flavor as most American ipas. The mouthfeel is crisp. Pretty good drinkability. Overall, this is an enjoyable English style ipa.

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

Poured into an Ommegang Chalice.

A-1/8 " head disappeared with the quickness, no lacing. It's orange.
S-Mild hops aroma, fuggles is what it says on the bottle, so i guess that's a mild fuggles aroma. Faint ringwood yeast aroma, too.
T-Tastes o.k., but i guess i prefer a citrus hop taste (Cascade) to the "English IPA" fuggles hop flavor. Strong tea-like tannic acid aftertaste leaves mouth with a chalk-dry feeling.
M-Fizzy carbonation, light body.
D-Goes down easy, but as the ringwood yeast becomes more apparent as it warms, it looses points IMHO.

CRUX: AVERAGE ENGLISH TYPE IPA I like the idea of a single hop IPA, and this one is o.k., i've certainly had much worse, just not my cup of tea, though I might get it again if I was in Maine.

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

The restaurant didn't have much to offer on draft. Couldn't remember having this before. Not a bad beer. It was a clear orange with a medium head that had good retention. Some lacing. It had a fresh floral scent and a nice hoppy taste with a little sweetness. I'd rate this as a middle of the road IPA.

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Shipyard Fuggles IPA from Shipyard Brewing Co.
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