Monkey Fist | Shipyard Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Shipyard Brewing Company
Maine, United States
shipyard.com

Style: English India Pale Ale (IPA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.90%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by puboflyons on 04-25-2012

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#44,754
Reviews:
155
Ratings:
1,077
pDev:
15.09%
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3.72/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

And now, at last, the CANmulnation of the past few days' brewery horizontal that began on New Shipyard Beer Sunday (Week 672), an entry for The CANQuest (tm)! For those not in the know, a Monkey Fist is a chunk of lead around which clothesline is wrapped in a very specific way & then tied to a ship's mooring line to heave to the awaiting pier line handling team so that they can pull the much heavier mooring line from the ship to the pier. I spent over a year-and-a-half in the U.S.S. Fulton's (AS-11) Deck Department, watching as the Boatswain's (Bosuns) Mates made these things. Some people were really good & fast in their manufacture!

From the CAN: "India Pale Ale".

I was anxious for the Crack!, but given that this was a 16-fl. oz. Pint CAN, there was no ChANce of an inverted Glug. Instead, I just let it slowly Glug into the awaiting glass, forming two fingers of dense, rocky, foamy, tawny head with good retention all on its own. It left some great lacing in its wake & now I was ready to drink. Color was Deep Amber/Light Copper to Copper (SRM = > 13, < 17) with NE-quality clarity. Nose had a pronounced earthiness, almost as though this were a wet/fresh hop IPA. It was very much a malt-driven version of the style, so English IPA would be fitting. It was lightly citrusy with a lemony quality that made it all very evocative of tea. Mouthfeel suffered from the Shipyard blues since it was rather thin, a quality that I noticed in all of their beers of the past couple/few days. The taste was very earthy, slightly bitter, very tea-like. Finish was dry, but earthy & made for a very mellow finish to this horizontal. I understand from their website that they are revisiting & tweaking the recipe on this beer, so it may be ChANging in the near future. In the interim, I enjoyed it as is.

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3.5/5  rDev +3.6%
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3.63/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

One of those beers that I turned to after a big, boozy, unruly stout to refresh my palate and coax it back to life. And coax it did. Also one of those beers where you see the score and think - the BA community is one of discernible drinkers. That's a tough score right there.

Anyhoooow - drank straight from the bottle so assuming it looks nice (golden with a decent head?). Smell is more floral than piney, more malty than fruit-forward...and that's just fine. Pine, grapefruit shavings, hit of orange rind. Toasted malts beneath it all.

Subtle kick of alcohol warmth seals the deal and precedes a slightly watery finish. No lingering bitterness which would have been nice. Solid beer.

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4.05/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Decanted from a 12 oz (355 ml) bottle into a Weissbier glass; bottled on July 3, 2017 (but refrigerated since purchase).
A: Pours a cloudy orange amber with a one inch egg shell white head, good retention, and strong lacing.
S: Floral and fruity. Aromas of grapefruit and orange mingled with medium roast maltiness.
T: Citrus and spice flavors blend nicely with a white peppery bitterness.
M: Medium bodied with robust carbonation. Light bitter aftertaste.
O: This is a very nicely crafted IPA. To the eye, it more the NEIPA, and to the palate, more a WCIPA, but it certainly was enjoyable.

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Monkey Fist from Shipyard Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.38 out of 5 with 1,077 ratings