Shipyard Monkey Fist IPA | Shipyard Brewing Co.

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Shipyard Monkey Fist IPAShipyard Monkey Fist IPA

Brewed by:
Shipyard Brewing Co.
Maine, United States

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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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.49/5  rDev +30.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Shipyard Monkey Fist IPA has a thick, creamy, off-white head, lots of thick lacing left on the glass, and a hazy, orange-yellow-gold appearance, with bubble streams and a descending cloud after one swishes the bottom contents of the bottle. Some tiny brown specs are seen floating about. The aroma is of a full, piney, bready hop oil, and the flavor is of pine, hop oil, sugar, bread, bread crust, light brown sugar, toffee, grapefruit, and light caramel. Mouthfeel is medium, soft, and slick, and Shipyard Monkey Fist IPA finishes dry, bitter, and fairly drinkable. Overall, this is an outstanding beer! Get some soon!


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Photo of Whitesheep
4.44/5  rDev +28.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

From a 6 pack picked up at a Circle K in Bedford NH. Decent price of $8.99. Didn't poor in a glass so no call on the look as I drank it from the bottle. Mine had a B.O. of 10.11.2016, which is "bottled on" not "bummer over" date, but why not just drink it as soon as you can anyway?

My kind of IPA. More like the West Coast style such as Stone and Lagunitas, but made in ME. Good bitter finish, nice citrus hints, good feel leaving you wanting more. I am sure I this will dehydrate me like Stone does, which is good for my BP and another good reason to open one more....

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Photo of IIPAHOP
4.37/5  rDev +26.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle. Excellent IPA. Has a great full bodied taste. Great smell. Medium color and smooth going down. You have to love the name and the label. Hop Hop

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Photo of plaid75
4.35/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a medium copper hue with a one finger frothy white head. There was very good retention and lacing.

The smell was dominated by a sharp peppery hop.

The taste was likewise hop driven with forceful peppery and balmy piney hops. Soft buttery malts detected as well Thankfully the house yeast did not dominate here.

The mouthfeel typical of the style.

Overall an excellent clean IPA. Substantial in body and flavor. Likely Shipyard's greatest beer to date. The name is a bit juvenile however.

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Photo of D-HopSupreme
4.35/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy, amber coloured body with a yellowish foamy head that pops up and down like cumulus clouds. The scent is heavy in pine and slight citrus rind, in particular, grapefruit and lemon. The taste is quite boldly bitter, with little notes of citrus coming through here and there, though not overpoweringly, as expected from an English IPA. The finish is smooth, with long-lasting freshness. This certainly wins the contest in terms of English IPAs for me.

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Photo of Hopamaniac
4.31/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Great IPA with a just right abv. I drink it in 32oz frozen mugs at Codys in Clearwater Fl...$2.50 a full pint! Love the look. Flavor, smell, hops, citrus flavors with a nice thick head that settles to a light rim for the entire time of your drink. Love this IPA but there are others out there that are better but the abv keeps you from drinking several and you if course pay more.

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Photo of Fernans
4.2/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I like this. I really, really liked this. A sessionable, real, IPA. Aroma of hops, cut flowers. Color of copper and unfiltered hazy. Taste rises to the occasion. A malty start, with the bitters follow up. Does everything simply right. Good work.

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Photo of Jeffo
4.2/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this one at the LCBO this past summer.

From a 16oz can into a snifter

APPERANCE: Pours a two finger, medium looking, creamy white head with very good retention. Clear burnt orange with lower levels of carbonation evident. Head slowly fades to a creamy foam cap and clings to the sides of the glass. A splotchy wisp and ring remain leaving dots of lacing down the glass.

SMELL: Pale malts, caramel, lots of grapefruit, honeydew melon and pineapple on the nose. Lots of fruity notes for sure. Could be a touch bolder, but this is really hoppy and fruity. Nice stuff.

TASTE: Pale malts, caramel and some honey sweetness up front, then some bitter hops and grapefruit at the swallow. Bold and lingering finish of lemon and grapefruit bitterness, honeydew melon, pineapple and piney bitterness as well. Very flavorful and bitter-sweet, with plenty of hop character all over the place. Great stuff.

PALATE: Medium body and medium levels of carbonation. Creamy smooth on the palate, goes down smooth and finishes slightly dry. Good feel as well.

OVERALL: Either this batch turned out like a gem or they've overhauled the recipe, because this is far, far better than the scores here would suggest. Or maybe canning really does make that big of a difference. Either way, I’m surprised it only scores a 3.34 here. Very good stuff. Solid malt backbone with lots of flavor and hop character here. A nice, creamy and smooth feel to support it all as well. A quality IPA that I would gladly drink again.

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Photo of mpedara429
4.2/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Clear and copper in color. Two fingers of off white head with spotty lacing.

S: Pretty big smell of caramel malt, buttery biscuit, and pine. A hint of booze in the smell.

T: Very similar to the nose. Some hints of floral and earthy notes as it warms. Good hop bitterness that is balanced out by the malt.

M: Medium body and medium carbonation. A little bit oily. Hoppy bitterness sticks in the mouth after it goes down.

O: Lots of times, beer can be about the price point. I would love to drink $3 dollar 12 oz.'ers all the time, but sometimes a $1 dollar beer can be enjoyable. For the approximate $1 price point this is a great beer and beats most of the competition.

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Photo of BeerWatcher
4.16/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a cloudy burnt orange, with a moderate white head.
Aromas are of orange peel, leafy greens, caramel and mint tea.
Tastes of tea with an orange peel bitterness on the swallow.
Overall a slightly different IPA than what I've normally had, but I find it's uniqueness to be quite refreshing.

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Photo of Steelocation
4.14/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I bought a 12 pack of this in 12oz bottles. I poured it into a pint shaped glass. The bottle read B.O.07.06.2016. If you look at the date, I'm reviewing this beer past the expiration.

Appearance: amber colored and lively. The beer was cloudy and had a brown tint.

Smell: sweet, herbal like smell. Very per-fumy and you can tell right away when you pour it into the glass.

Taste: well balanced but a strong IPA aftertaste.

Mouth-feel: well carbonated and crisp

Overall: I enjoyed the beer but would not drink this regularly. It was too fruity for me in terms of an IPA. Still, worth trying and buying every now and then.

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Photo of TerryW
4.13/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Wow! This is hands down one of the best smelling beers I've ever come across. Well done and worth a try just for the sake of its aroma. Very bright citrus with a nice musky sweetness. Sexy.

Good looking too. Moderate head gives way to a heavy film that provides very nice curtainy lace. Slightly hazy orange amber in colour.

Solid citrus to taste, very nice fruity hops, bitterness offset by firm malty sweetness. Lingering dry bitterness. Well made.

Quite impressive overall. Everything hangs together beautifully. Definitely worth a try.

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Photo of Jree261
4.11/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance-Foggy amber to gold on the edges with a tight eggshell foam.

Smell-Cool red and blue fruit with a hoppy grass aroma that isn't overpowering.

Taste-Bitter candy that gives way to raspberry and lemon citrus.

Mouthfeel-Hefty beer. Very filling but has a medium long finish that is quite nice.

Overall-Nose is exceptional. Flavor is good. Not bad at all.

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Photo of SSSBR1509
4.09/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smell: Very hoppy floral notes, Quite a bit of citrus notes following, not too much malt but its still there slightly

Mouthfeel: Slightly thick for an IPA, medium carbonation

Taste: very earthy and strong citrus notes, it has a slight maltness to it but the hops are defiantly on the forefront of the pallet

Overall: I like the strong hoppyness from this IPA i wish there was a bit more malt to balance it all out and make this beer more session-able. Its most definitely not my favorite IPA but its not the worst . Still a good beer over all

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Photo of BierJager89
4.09/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Hazy opaque golden with an off white head.

S: Nose is all papaya and tropical fruit, though a bit faint.

T: Grapefruit peel, papaya, tropical fruit and orange rind. Maybe a bit of pine.

M: Medium bodied and smooth for an IPA.

O: I love the tropical fruit, and wish it were a bit stronger. I also wish the nose weren't so faint, but I'd definitely recommend it.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
4.08/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a semi-hazy, orange amber with an off-white, 2 finger head. Excellent retention, resulting in a lace that's incredibly thick and with supurb stick.

Smell - Notes of apricot and citrus hops, with a subtle caramel undertone.

Taste - Starts with citrus and floral hops with a strong caramel malt underbelly providing an even balance throughout. Midtaste a touch of orange pith creeps in and tilts the the balance toward hop bitterness all the way through the finish and into the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Medium to full body, but soft and smooth on the palate. Almost creamy, and entirely drinkable.

Overall - Drinks much closer to a hybrid American/English IPA, with a soft mouthfeel and a good balance of malt sweetness to hop bitterness. Frankly, I'm miffed by the cumulative score this beer gotten here on BA. Yeah, it's not your classic American hop bomb, but it displays excellent balance, a nice, layered flavor profile, and a smooth, soft and entirely drinkable mouthfeel.

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Photo of Brad007
4.08/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Unusual name for an IPA. One would expect to be bludgeoned by a fistful of hops.

Copper with a frothy white head. Nothing special to note here. Good marks.

Grassy, piney hops with a bit of ringwood twang. Nothing extreme though.

It delivers on hops, walloping the tongue with a pine lash that lasts long enough to mask anything else.

It's strong enough to where even the alcohol warmth is apparent. Lingering bitterness.

More hops than the usual Shipyard pale ale/IPA? You bet. Balance? It's there but to an extent. Not bad for a Shipyard offering.

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Photo of DaveBar
4.02/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased at the LCBO $2.95 for a 473ml can.

Enjoyed in a standard draught glass at 5deg C

A- Excellent unfiltered IPA. Pours well with not much head but a nice film within a minute

S- WOW the citrus shines through. Sensational

T- Bitter bite off the hop then the citrus peel and hops come to life. Definitely quite a few different hops in this one. Not much cascade but a lot of other bitter hops.

M- Pretty good! Nice dry bite with excellent carbonation contrary to the lack of head

O- Very good. Looking forward to another of these. Good thing I bought 2!

Food Pairing

This wonderful IPA paired very well with... BBQ'd sausage. My nice home made hot Italian sausage paired very well with this hoppy light IPA.


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Photo of donmonkey1
4/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Cloudy orangish-copper, great thick foamy off white head, great lacing.

Smell: Grapefruit/citrus

Taste: Same as smell but with floral and a little pine added.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, would like a little more carbonation.

This is a fantastic beer. This would satisfy anybody with a hop cravin'.

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Photo of taez555
4/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Sea Dog brewpub in Northborough MA.

Pours a hazy opaque tan body with small white head.

Nose is nice a resiny and malt.

Taste is medfull bodied and very rich. Immediate big hop and resin grapefruit taste with firm caramel malt backbone. Lots of citrus rind, lemon, grapefruit peel, etc. Very bitter with a strong but balanced backbone. Ends with a lingering bitterness.

Nothing crazy, but a very solid DIPA. Id gladly have this again

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Photo of jzeilinger
4/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a clear copper color, nice white head, low carbonation.

S - Light tropical fruit rinds (oranges, mangos, pineapple), some pine, light peppery spice and biscuity malt.

T - Light tropical fruit underneath a sharp earthy, grassy, pine bitterness. Biscuity malt is buried all the way to the bottom as this is a very hop forward beer without that dominating buttery flavor that Shipyard is known for. The buttery aspect is indeed there in small quantities but is beat down by a hefty dose of hops.

M - Medium body and leaves a coating of earthy, grassy, pine on the tongue that lingers for a good long time.

O - This is one of the hoppiest Shipyard beers I've experienced and is quite enjoyable. IMO, MF deserves more love than the current overall score of "81". It slightly loses some of that hop edge as it warms up but overall, this is a beer that should satisfy alot of hop heads. I would have no qualms keeping this one on hand in my beer fridge.

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Photo of chicagoish
4/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours an Orangey Red colour (think cedar) topped by a 3 finger head that quickly dissipates to a think skim. Tons of lacing on the glass.

S- Citrusy Hop notes that are a classic representation of a West-Coast style IPA. Mild Pine notes.

T- Some citrus hops (lemon/grapefruit). Little bit of pine comes through

M- Medium mouthfeel. Low Carbonation

O- One of the better beers I've had from Shipyard.

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Photo of do_ob
3.99/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Bonnie & Reed's in Hollywood Beach. Piney and dank with lots of hop presence - nice drinking. Paired well with a blackened mahi sandwich and fries.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.97/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It pours golden-copper in color with a moderate head that diminishes after a few moments. The aroma begins on the malty side with a notable yeast element. The hops round out the scent in a pleasing way. The body was in the medium to bold range and fairly smooth. While the malts and yeast are more prominent on the nose the hops really roar into the picture during the sipping. The taste is highly hopped thanks to the Warrior, Glacier, and Cascade characteristics. This is a nice IPA from Shipyard.

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Photo of moodenba
3.95/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Shipyard Monkey Fist IPA Draft tasted at local mid-Long Island NY restaurant/bar in Feb. 2017. Chilled mug.

Aroma not initially apparent due to the cold temperature. Nice deep amber color with a good off-white head. Flavor was judged after some warming (about 45F). Very well balanced, robust flavor. Roasted malt initially balances a nice simple bitter hoppiness. Bitterness persists after swallowing.. Overall, a fine, more traditional, ale.

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