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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Photo of smcolw
3.95/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Rocky thick head that leaves extensive streaky lace. Dirty copper color.

Excellent fresh, raw and floral hop aroma--very inviting. Pale malt base nose.

Lots of raw hop bite almost immediately on tongue. Neutral body, with an above average carbonation level. An IPA lovers' IPA. Long aftertaste of peppery bitterness.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.94/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In a late breaking move, I have decided to taste anotehr beer during this beautiful afternoon. Monkey Fist, eh? That's an odd name for a beer, but I'm hoping the beer itself isn't. Labled with a best before date of December 2012. On to the beer:

Bronzed orange color with some bubbles running through. Hues of yelow at point of the color. As for that white puffy thing known as head, it's alright. It drops and stabilizes to a ½ inch ring of lace. The aroma may not scream typical IPA, but it sure is fun to whiff. You do get a splash of piney hops and some pleasant caramel, but what's surprising is the kick of peach-cranberry juice. And more of it. Is this an IPA with fruit by any chance? The label doesn't list a summary of itself, but I'm off to guess it out.

The taste doesn't make itself to be as fun as the aroma...initially. That said, it still is a fine choice to drink, and it only take a little time before that potential is realized. First comes tofee crisp and little resin. Then comes a strong fruity presence, similar to that cranberry-peach concoation from the aroma. The bitterness, bringing along with it some clean pine, start to creep in and finally wipe the palate clean of any lingering fruit or malt. The body is almost medium with some good, crisp carbonation, and a drinkability that also ranks well.

I like that. Ok, now I have the courage to research this beer. According to Shipyard's website, there is no added fruit to the beer, and Monkey Fist is named after a type of knot tied on a rope (my brother may know that). A bit of a pleasant surprise from Shipyard.

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Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, best before 11/25/2015. Pours slightly hazy orange/copper color with a 2 finger fairly dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of grapefruit, lemon zest, orange peel, citrus rind, pear, pineapple, pine, caramel, toasted bread, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of citrus/pine hops, fruity yeast, and dark/bready malt notes; with good strength. Taste of grapefruit, lemon zest, orange peel, citrus rind, pear, pineapple, pine, caramel, toasted bread, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Moderate amount of pine/citrus rind bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, lemon/orange peel, citrus rind, pear, pineapple, pine, caramel, toasted bread, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice robustness, compelxity, and balance of citrus/pine hops, fruity yeast, and dark/bready malt flavors; with a nice malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately sticky/resinous, and lightly creamy mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warmth lingering after the finish. Overall this is a very nice English IPA style. All around good robustness, complexity, and balance of citrus/pine hops, fruity yeast, and dark/bready malt flavors; and very smooth to drink for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of Kinger22
3.89/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours an amber color with a strong, bitter smell and a quickly dissipating head. The taste is very earthy and bitter, with some hints of pine. It's a low-carbonated beer.

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Photo of BuxMontBeerLover
3.83/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

No idea why all the low ratings...good but not top-notch IPA but way better than just an OK rating in my opinion. Loosen up BA being influenced by others ratings?

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Photo of jondeelee
3.81/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Monkey Fist IPA opens to a bright, citrusy, hoppy nose, full of pink grapefruit, grapefruit rind, and lemon oil, with lesser bits of dandelion stem, grass, mint, and eucalyptus in the background. Good levels of brown and confectioner’s sugar add sweetness to combat the bitter hops, and fruit esters bring in touches of orange, berry, and apricot. There’s also a light toast crust and cracker backing, somewhat helping to earth the beer. As a whole, the nose is heavily geared toward hops, which are present in a good variety and potency, showcasing a good selection. But as a whole, the beer seems fairly tame, edging out slightly in the hops, but not necessarily distinguishing itself from the field, and the sugars could have used a boost, especially in the fruit esters.

On the tongue, the beer is immediately hoppy, with pine resin, grapefruit rind, dandelion stem, lemon oil, mint, anise, and eucalyptus first and foremost, the flavors here much more bitter than they seemed on the nose. Brown sugar helps bring the bitterness into perspective, joined by small touches of orange, berry, and apricot fruit esters. Toast crust, cracker, and Grape Nuts cereal notes from the grains add more earthiness. Towards the end of the mouthful, as the sugars die off, the taste is largely hops, coming across as tart and, because of the lack of other notes, simultaneously watery. The aftertaste is a continuation of this hop-only note, the sugars and most of the grains having completely died off. Mouthfeel is medium-light to medium, and carbonation is medium.

Overall, there are good hop flavors in here, and especially for fans of the more bitter side of hops, there’s much in here to enjoy. The beer as a whole, however, feels watery and weak, as if a truckload of hops had been added to a rather standard ale.

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Photo of ssmack
3.81/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Celar reddish amber colour with half nche of yellowish head. The carbonation streams has 2 different speeds. Excellent lacing that almost covered the the side of the glass and great retention.

Mild aroma of citrus and fresh paint.

The taste is a burst of hops. Fpra; amd cotris (grapefruit and lemon) bitterness with an extra lick after about 30 seconds. More piney in the aftertaste. Left with a pit of bitterness at the very back of the mouth. Lingering taste hours later.

Medium feel.

A well-made American IPA with a variety of hop flavours.

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Photo of mylespetro
3.8/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours an orange copper colour with a hint of haze. About a finger of off-white head that dissipated fairly quickly but leaves plenty of lacing.
S - Dry, hoppy notes up front, pine, malts, hints of citrus. Barely detectable smell of alcohol.
T - Mild hop bitterness, pine and resin, citrus. Very easy-drinking for an IPA.
M - Lively carbonation, medium-sized bubbles that wake up the tastebuds.
O - A decent lively IPA that doesn't push the envelope.

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Photo of illpass78
3.79/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pint on tap at Salt Bay Cafe in Damariscotta, Maine, a terrific restaurant where you should go eat.

Appearance: Pours a mostly clear amber with a one-finger eggshell head. Lacing is moderate.

Aroma: Lots of hops in this one. Smells of hops, pine, grapefruit, and lemon. Some grass, too.

Taste: Lemon, grass, and grapefruit are right up front. Nice hoppy IPA. Some alcohol burn, too.

Mouthfeel: Drinkable and medium-bodied.

Overall: This is a nice, bitter, hoppy, flavorful IPA. I'd recommend it to any IPA fans. It's much hoppier and aggressive than their Fuggles IPA, which is also a nice offering. Shipyard does a lot of things well, and this is one of them.

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Photo of FlyingBull
3.79/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Had this brew on tap; poured into a pint glass.

Crystal clear dark yellow with a 1" tight white foam head that went to a skim after a few minutes. Nice lacing down the glass side.

Nice malt sweetness detected balanced by grapefruit and pine hop aromas.

Medium bodied with good carbonation

Nice malt and hop balance with flavors of rich earthiness coupled with malt and citrus flavors.

Overall, this was a very good example of a nice drinkable IPA. It had nice hop and malt aromas and flavors that were nicely balanced. I would have this again.

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Photo of Omnium
3.79/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle > Pint Glass
A - Pours a rustic yellow color, solid 1 finger head, good and thick with nice lacing.
S - A sweet hint of malt mixed with some strong hop smells, pine and floral being prominent, as well as some wheaty flour
T - Big bitter hops, some citurs, the flour taste is present here, not awful but different.
M - Bitterness hangs on to your pallate, but has a medium feel.
O - Not bad, I dont know why some people hate shipyard, they're a solid brewery to me, and this is a different, but good offering from them.

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Photo of hophugger
3.75/5  rDev +8.7%

I like this beer from Shipyard. I was drawn to this beer because of th cool label and I was not disappointed. A nice light brown-orange color with a beautiful head. The aroma is of slight malt and citrus, maybe orange or a hint of grapefruit. The taste is amazing with a hint of maltiness and citrus bitterness. The finish is a bit bitter, but a good bitter hop finish. One of my top 25 beers.....

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Photo of srandycarter
3.75/5  rDev +8.7%

Dislike the new system, btw. Not that anyone cares.

A - Murky orange, small near white head, some cling.

S - Malt, orange essence.

T - Yum. Big malt, huddled in by appropriate hops. Feels bigger than it is.

M - Medium body, great carb and balance.

D - Very drinkable.

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Photo of RockAZ
3.74/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bitter IPA, piney, burnt wood or dried pink grapefruits someone set fire to. Kind of a gritty dirt taste afterwards that lingered a long time. Did not really like this beer much, but it is hoppy, it is an IPA and some will like it. Not for me.

12 oz bottle poured into an imperial pint glass, tasted within 90 days of bottling.

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Photo of far333
3.73/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Crystal clear burnished bright copper colored with an orangey off-white thick and dimpled head that lingers very long. Low aroma of grapefruit, mint, orange rind and honey.

Flavors of sharp hops, full of ruby grapefruit, orange pith, piney notes, and an understated malt backbone. Pine lingers. Assertive bitterness.

Full mouthfeel, tingly, slight warming. Overall a tasty beer, very hoppy without the typical fruity or buttery flavors lent by the house Ringwood yeast. Much cleaner profile than I expected.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.72/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours a cloudy copper color. Huge frothy head. Very pretty. Head is of frothed milk. Head retains perfectly and leaves awesome lacing. This beer sure looks the part.

S-Interesting nose. Smells like an English IPA. Sweet and malty combined with pleasant floral hops. The florals are back by spicy hops too. This is not a very intense nose but it is pretty aromatic. I find it quite enjoyable.

T-Wow pretty tasty. More English than American in flavor. Florals are the main hop component. Sweetness is a perfect balance. Sweet rolls and spiced hops. Once again, the flavor is set to a good pitch but not very strong. With these flavors, I enjoy its lack of super-assertive flavor strength. Decent bitterness from some sneaky pine hops.

M-Pretty sessionable for 6/9% ABV. Bitterness lasts. Has nice carbonation.

O/D-Probably Shipyard's best six-pack beer. I enjoyed its English perspective. Sweetness is complex. Also the hop profile is unique. A bit pricey at $10.75 a six-pack but I am very glad I gave this beer a shot. This one is tasty and unique. Not your standard IPA.

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Photo of Arithmeticus
3.71/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured chilled in 4-oz taster, in shifts

A: orange copper, semicloudy; decent head; very good carb action; good amount of lacing
S: light aroma of hops (orange and citrus overtones)
T: the orange/citrus element really comes through; intense, and complex, with a nice alignment of sweetness and bitterness, but perhaps tipped against the malt side of the equation; no bass notes -- all treble (sharp, piercing flavor)
M: velvety, quite nice

A good, distinctive IPA

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Photo of Alohaneen
3.71/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First glance, I see a very golden, unclear beer. The color is appetizing. The smell is of sweetness or a type of honey. The taste is that of a true IPA but with unique flavors from the sweet honey. The finish, is complete and satisfying! This is a great beer!

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Photo of SSS
3.7/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A-Orange-brown in color with an off white head that is basically non existent
S-Subtle caramel, and mostly malt aroma, I cannot detect any hop besides perhaps Columbus
M-The mouthfeel on this one is light, carbonation is also light
T-Nice balance of sweetness and bitterness, with a slight peppery aftertaste. I also get a little stone fruit flavour, peach, plum and maybe even raisin
O-This is a decent IPA that could be contented as too bitter if it were an attempt at a crowd pleaser

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Photo of StoutElk_92
3.69/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours orange-red. Smells malty and hoppy. Tastes like caramel malts and tangerine grapefruit citrus hops. Slightly herbal and pretty malty. This is an unbalanced IPA that I appreciate, because it has just the right amount of hops to balance out the malty sweetness. One of my favorite Shipyard beers.

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Photo of AgentMunky
3.68/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into an Allagash cervoise glass.

A: Two fingers of fluffy head. Ruddy, clearish amber. Great lacing.

S: Nicely hopped, with a robustish malt base. A bit dull.

T/O: Aww, man. Not very good. Umm, the hops range between earthy (touch of herb or wild onion) and metallic, with a hint of pine and awkward citrus. I suspect I'm taking issue with the Glacier hops, which provide a bit more English influence (it's derivative of Kent Goldings, Brewer's Gold, Northern Brewer, and Bullion). Actually, now that I identify and shift my expectations a bit, it grows on me. The metal definitely goes away and the malt levels rise as carbonation diminishes, creating a changing, balanced beer. Drinkable and, if not recommended, pleasant.

M: Substantial and plain.

OG: 1.068
IBU: 65
ABV: 6.9%

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Photo of Act25
3.68/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

In the New England trending toward English style IPA.

A: 1 finger off white head on a deep reddish amber slightly hazy body. OK lacing and retention.

S: Even at cask temperature, too laid back with first caramel malts, then piney hops providing a citrus and earthy feel.

T: Follows smell, but more ample with piney, earthy, and grassy hop flavor. Malts are nicely represented. It's a bar beer.

M: Nice feel, good weight... medium body and moderate carbonation.

O: Piney IPA, full flavored. Well balanced.

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Photo of tone77
3.65/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a cloudy beige color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of tropical fruit, some hops. Taste is a good hop/malt balance, some bitterness, a bit of tropical fruits. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a solid beer.

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Photo of jesus808
3.64/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This is a quite peculiar beer. From the prestigious brewery and wonderfully fun label, it's assumed that this beer is going to shine. But sadly it never does. What works against this is that I've recently re-tried Long Hammer and Latitude 48, which are pretty darn good IPAs for the cost. I wanted, even expected more here, but got what I paid for: $5 bomber. Copper color, decent head, subtle lacing, and a solid piney flavor. The other elements are missed such as the citrus aromas so prevelent in American IPAs. Then again, the label says its a more UK style, so expect that when you pour this in your Masson jar.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.63/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber into a true pint, the beer is a deep, vibrant, copper-orange coloring with a chunky, frothy, uneven half inch of off-white head. Aromas of buttery biscuits and toast in the background giving rise to a citrus heavy hops presence, with a wet grass character, as well. Some caramel highlights on the nose, also. Flavors are roasted, with a strong caramel malt backbone that is quickly overwhelmed with a blast of wet, fresh hops that are resiny and peppery spiced. Strong and effervescent citrus characters of very tart grapefruit clean the palate and awaken the tastebuds. Very tasty and very well balanced. The increased carbonation and sharp citrus notes give the mouthfeel a bit of a thin, sharp kick towards the end of the palate. The aftertaste is tart and bitter grapefruit, as well as a good presence of hops that now display some cedar and pine characteristics. Quick, bitter, and resiny finish lets you know exactly what you've been drinking. Good, tasty beer.

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Shipyard Monkey Fist IPA from Shipyard Brewing Co.
3.45 out of 5 based on 1,035 ratings.
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