Monkey Fist | Shipyard Brewing Company

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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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Ranking:
#42,305
Reviews:
158
Ratings:
1,091
pDev:
14.79%
 
 
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Photo of Shenk87
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of PMakowski
3.61/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12 Oz Bottle poured into glass
Look - Gold amber color with a medium foam head and some minor glass lacing
Smell - Very sweet and tropical, papaya, sugar cubes, pineapple, and resin.
Taste - Kind of sour upfront which is unusual for an IPA. Similar to the aroma with the tropical fruity hops except a lot more bitter grapefruit. The finish is somewhat bitter and woody. There's no information on the label as to how this is made and if it is bottle conditioned. It seems rather raw like it hasn't been filtered but not sure about that. Carbonation is medium-high.

Overall, there are certainly worse IPA's. I give my honest opinion of all beers without any biases but I have yet to have a beer from Shipyard that was exceptional or stood out in a good way. Grade is a B

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Photo of Tone
3.22/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.25

Pours a clear amber color. One inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of piney hops, strong citrus hops, tea, caramel malt, and cane sugar. Fits the style of an English IPA. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with a high carbonation level. Tastes of piney hops, citrus hops, tea, caramel malt, and cane sugar. Overall, good appearance, but too carbonated, off-blend, and oxidized.

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Photo of Reef
3.41/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Shipyard Brewport, Providence RI airport.
Hazy copper golden hue with a finger's white head, full curtains of lacing.
Bright citrus aroma, grapefruit, bread yeast.
Taste is a much less prominent citrus and light malts.
Light, approaching watery body; dry bitter finish, lasting carbonation.
Nice with food but not one I'd pick up bottled.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of npendres
3.37/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of robotic_being
3.49/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Bryant1985
3.06/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of Nunya
4.01/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of DavetotheB
3.92/5  rDev +16%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of alexsergio
3.15/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of brewnme
3.58/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of AleManDan
3.33/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of VivaTheHate
3/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of crackerjack57
4.29/5  rDev +26.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Mxsluis
3.52/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of edthehead
3.52/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BrewMaven
3.84/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Tjb14
3.31/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of GClarkage
3.53/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BenMorse
3.06/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of woodychandler
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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Photo of tdm168
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ManapuaMan
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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Photo of Latarnik
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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Monkey Fist from Shipyard Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.38 out of 5 with 1,091 ratings