Shipyard Monkey Fist IPA | Shipyard Brewing Co.

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Shipyard Monkey Fist IPAShipyard Monkey Fist IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Shipyard Brewing Co.
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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,040
Reviews:
152
Avg:
3.45
pDev:
15.07%
 
 
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13
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Ratings: 1,040 |  Reviews: 152
Photo of MikeZ9654
2.08/5  rDev -39.7%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Not very good

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Photo of twiggamortis420
2.09/5  rDev -39.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.75

22 oz bomber pours a hazed copper color with a frothy khaki head. Nice retention and lace...pretty good looking brew.

Nose is toasty malt, astringent alcohol and toffee. Not a good combo, IMHO. The hops are herbal to the point of medicinal.

Taste is a watery toffee maltiness blended with grassy, herbal hop bitterness that belies an almost eucalyptus-esque medicinal flavor...and it lingers. Who from Shipyard thought this was a good idea? That is the ultimate question...it tastes like caramelized nail polish remover. Ridiculous that Shipyard can make a buck off this, shame on me for not doing any research before dropping $3.99 on this abomination. Terrible. Drain pour...and I dont do many of those.

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Photo of braican
2.25/5  rDev -34.8%

Photo of Lebzilla
2.25/5  rDev -34.8%

Photo of HawkIPA
2.25/5  rDev -34.8%

Photo of fpeleato
2.25/5  rDev -34.8%

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
2.25/5  rDev -34.8%

Photo of zgunder
2.25/5  rDev -34.8%

Photo of starshockey9
2.25/5  rDev -34.8%

Photo of BrianBeers1030
2.28/5  rDev -33.9%

Photo of DavidLosAngeles323
2.3/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2

I bought 2 six packs of this brew. I will admit the reason was because of the picture, it's totally awesome come on a monkey... though I shortly did wish I would of have just gotten a couple beers instead. The smell is so strong of hops and berries it's not a good smell. The flavor was absolutely bitter more like a nasty wine than an ipa. Had it a bottle and glass both were bad. I would pass on this brew any day and go with a normal favorite.

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Photo of palealeale
2.35/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

Photo of beerthulhu
2.39/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A: Burnt orange coloring in the vessel with a strong sense of carbonation. The head is buff with pale yellowish tones, one finger high, and shows a moderate to good retention. Lacing is generous.

S: Aroma of sweet toffee and citrus mingle, some smore crackers, a lot of sweet character, with some dried honey toast and a spiciness of spruce. Buttered grains add sweetness.

T: The flavor was not as sweet nor complex as the nose. A bit coarse in delivery with no spectrum, was just a strong punch of hop bitterness that suffered from linear perception and a very, washy backing. The malt and body was really washy and thin, no malt support what-so-ever and finishes off like water. The hops are bittery dry, flowery citrus, but not in a tasty or appreciative way, just blunt, arrogant and straightforward like the drunken uncle with no sense of refinement.

M: Mouthful of course suffered the same fate as the flavor, a complete wash out, dry, bitter from the hops but ultimately ends in a washed out state of affair.

O: Overall washy body, lack of malt support and no spectrum of hop flavors or distinction makes this a complete bust. You just cant haphazardly throw a bunch of hops in a kettle and expect the beer fairies to wave thier magic wand and produce a good ipa. No malt support, no spectrum of flavor, washy, and a complete acceptable drain pour. I dont like to dish out the disrespect to often due to my love of beer, but the 2.0s are what beers like this are meant for. The visual and sweet smelling nose was one of the few decent points about this mess, it falls off a cliff there-after.

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Photo of khooke
2.42/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

From bottle, poured into pint glass.

A: golden orange/amber. pours with thin 1/2 finger head. leaves evenly dispersed lacing from head

S: pineapple, apple, fresh cut grass

T: malty, quite bitter, no aftertaste sweetness like from other American IPAs. Bitter lingers too much in mouth. Unplaceable funkiness in flavor, almost unpleasant - like just gone off sliced sandwich meat

M: bitterness is lasting from first taste through to aftertaste. lingers in mouth

Overall:ok, not great. Funkiness is kind of unpleasant. I wonder if the one I had had not travelled well? Would be prepared to try another one. The fruity notes in the aroma I loved, but the taste just didn't match up with the smell.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
2.42/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

12 oz bottle into a nonic pint glass.

A: Pours a very murky dark copper color. The head is a fairly pretty one finger offwhite color with nicely even texturing and lacing. Retention isn't great, though.

S: At first, it seems like it has an okay amount of hops, both grapefruity and piny/peppery. After a while, the malt aroma pops up with strong caramel, biscuit, toffee, and even brown sugar. Malty, but actually pretty solid. Has Shipyard done it? Have they actually brewed a decent American IPA?

T: Erm...no. The malt backbone is not too bad here - a bit sweet, but it features nice flavors of brown sugar, nuts, and toffee; kind of like a strong ale in a way. However, the overuse of both crystal malts and buttery yeast hurts its quality. The finish is very bitter without any distinct hop flavors - actually, it might be a bit plasticky in flavor. If the malt profile hinders things, then the generic finishing bitterness ruins things utterly. Meh.

M: A bit on the coarse side through the maltiness, the carbonation, and the hop bitterness. The malts really prick the tongue in a slightly unpleasant way, and the hops are too astringent for their lack of flavors. At least it's not undrinkable.

O: I half-hoped for a okay American IPA here, what I got was a blah English strong ale. A pairing with sharp cheddar cheese could make this one more palatable, but I don't care to drink it again to find out. Seriously brewers, us IPA drinkers don't want generic bitterness and massive amounts of crystal malt in the name of 'balance', we want complex hop flavors with a nonintrusive malt backbone. Next!

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Photo of liverbird17
2.42/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

This beer was pretty malty

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Photo of TBCE
2.43/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Tried this brew a couple times. Just plain don't think to highly of it. Very hoppy and dry, not necessarily a bad thing, but it got a burnt flavor to it that lingers.

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Photo of AdamPenna
2.44/5  rDev -29.3%

Photo of stickydankhop
2.44/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Ordered on tap from Seadogs Orlando. Flavor profile is too malty dumped with bitter hops enough to cause a gag reflex. My inexperienced friend took one drink and lost all ambitions to drink beer that night.

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Photo of scotorum
2.48/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

My experience was similar to one of the reviewers below who I think compared the taste to what one might imagine the taste when drinking nail polish remover.

I don't know what happened to this brew but it was so weirdly chemical-tasting that I drainpiped its butt after a few toxic sips. I speculated to myself that the monkey mentioned in the name might have just removed polish from her nails before thrusting her fist into the vat.

Perhaps that's how this one ages. More likely, there was a bad batch. All I know is it was unpalatable.

I didn't do my review in the usual BA format because I didn't want to belabor this tragedy, just explain why I gave it the lowest rating of anything I've reviewed so far on BA. I may eventually at least sip another to confirm whether I just got real unlucky with this particular example, which seems likely since most others here who have tried it have not been nearly as distressed by the taste.

Shipyard, I LOVE your Prelude and Chamberlain ales. But WT Monkey Fist F?

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Photo of TheLevi4000
2.5/5  rDev -27.5%

Photo of flayedandskinned
2.5/5  rDev -27.5%

Photo of macesq
2.5/5  rDev -27.5%

Photo of buzzy
2.5/5  rDev -27.5%

Photo of jkd03c
2.5/5  rDev -27.5%

Shipyard Monkey Fist IPA from Shipyard Brewing Co.
3.45 out of 5 based on 1,040 ratings.
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