Monkey Fist | Shipyard Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Shipyard Brewing Company
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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Ratings: 1,079 |  Reviews: 155
Photo of Dwtucker90
4.25/5  rDev +25.7%

Photo of rmjacobson
4.25/5  rDev +25.7%

Photo of 5yabbdoo
4.25/5  rDev +25.7%

Photo of WillAndSarah
4.25/5  rDev +25.7%

Photo of Heff19
4.25/5  rDev +25.7%

Photo of Immortale25
4.25/5  rDev +25.7%

Photo of dsshuck
4.25/5  rDev +25.7%

Photo of Silberberg
4.25/5  rDev +25.7%

Photo of BarHop510
4.25/5  rDev +25.7%

Photo of VALIS666
4.25/5  rDev +25.7%

Photo of SDL1911
4.25/5  rDev +25.7%

Photo of CaverDave
4.25/5  rDev +25.7%

Photo of Lovely85
4.25/5  rDev +25.7%

Photo of tds101
4.25/5  rDev +25.7%

Photo of Madrepore
4.25/5  rDev +25.7%

Photo of Cloverlay
4.24/5  rDev +25.4%

Photo of Fernans
4.2/5  rDev +24.3%
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 +24.3%
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 +24.3%
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 Elpadrino42069
4.19/5  rDev +24%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of tuowl74a
4.16/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BeerWatcher
4.16/5  rDev +23.1%
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 +22.5%
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 +22.2%
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 +21.6%
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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Monkey Fist from Shipyard Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.38 out of 5 with 1,079 ratings