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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by puboflyons on 04-25-2012

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.53/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Best before 1/2013.

Pours a murky dark orange with a foamy khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Thin rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, brown sugar, and some citrus zest aromas. Taste is much the same with an alcohol kick on the finish. There is a medium amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is drinkable but basic in my opinion.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.58/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: 2 finger off white head on a deep crimson hazy body. Nice lacing.

S: caramel malts, with hops providing a mild citrus and earthy hops.

T: very piney with earthy and a slightly grassy hop flavor. Malts are mild but nicely represented.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall: typical piney IPA but full flavored. Well balanced.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

decent ipa. pours clear and orange, with a big white head that leaves hefty lacing. the nose is sweet hops, some floral notes and some warm fruit as well, but hops are the dominant aroma. the flavor too is on the sweet end of the hop spectrum. light pale malt profile comes in beind the hops. the flavor would be better without so much residual sugar, this beer felt way too sweet and not enough bitter to be a good american ipa, but it isnt bad, just sort of fruit juicy. feel isnt as crisp as id like it as a result, but the carbonation is good and the body is a sticky medium. nothing special here, but its priced cheaply and the abv makes it a good bang for your buck beer. people hate on shipyard, but i dont think any of their beers are that bad.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.53/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured out as a clear golden color with a white head on top. The lacing is sticky and had a decent retention. The smell of the beer is hoppy, with a bit of malt on the nose as well. The taste of the beer has a sharp hop bitterness to it, with just a touch of malts in there too. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a nice amount of carbonation. Overall this IPA was more impressive than I expected it to be. Probably one of Shipyards best beers I would have to say.

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Photo of metter98
3.53/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is very hazy yellowish amber in color. It poured with a quarter finger high head that died down and consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: There are aromas of yeast and caramel malts in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the taste is quite yeasty and has flavors of caramel, toffee and malty sweetness. Only a light amount of bitterness is present. Hints of alcohol become perceptible as the beer warms up.
M: It feels medium-bodied and slightly sticky on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer seems to taste a little more like a Belgian IPA compared to an American IPA as it is maltier and has more yeast.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.35/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle, part of the Shipyard mixed IPA pack. Hmmmm...maybe this is the reason Big Rock changed the name of their Monkey's Fist Royal IPA.

This beer pours a clear, medium copper amber hue, with three pudgy fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and bubbly beige head, which leaves some splotchy streaks of sudsy lace around the glass as it evenly subsides.

It smells of sharp lemon and orange citrus rind, pine needles, earthy yeast, bready, crackery caramel malt, and further leafy, sort of perfumed hops. The taste is rather bitter muddled citrus pith, acrid pine tree detritus, gritty pale and caramel malt, a still existent yeastiness, and earthy, weedy, leafy, and floral hops, the alcohol now manifesting more straightforwardly.

The carbonation is fairly edgy in its tight frothiness, the body a staunch medium weight, and not particularly smooth - hops, yeast, and alcohol alike ganging up as such. It finishes mostly dry, the same smoothness-killers lingering on for a spell.

A so-so Yankee IPA, the acridity not very well balanced by any malt attributes, and sort of too bitterly floral to be all that enjoyable. Eh, if that's your thing, great, but me, I'm happy to have procured just the single serving.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Can: Poured a deep amber color ale with a relatively large foamy head with good retention and some good lacing. Aroma of bitter citrus hops with dry caramel malt notes. Taste is also dominated by dry and bitter hops with light citrus and earthy notes with some dry caramel malt notes also noticeable. Body is average with good carbonation. Not bad bit a bit too strong on the bitterness front. I think this would have been a great IPA back in 2006.

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Photo of zeff80
3.54/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a clear, copper color with a one-finger, off-white head of foam. It left some sudsy trails of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of pine and burnt toast maltiness.

T - Very malty and sweet. Some toasty notes with a strong piney bitterness.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied IPA.

O - This is okay. A little too malty for my taste.

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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 mactrail
3.23/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Clear amber in the tall glass with a big head. A light floral scent with some lime peel. Hops in the nose with more of a resin smell. Quite light bodied with lots of carbonation. Very tart on the tongue and a little woody or astringent.

Very distinct grapefruit in this one, though less of the terminally bitter peel. Citric and slightly sweet to complete the grapefruit flavor. The aftertaste is just like chewing on grapefruit section membranes, and lasts long after you've finished sipping.

To me, it's more drinkable than a lot of IPAs, but it's a lighter style for sure. An unusual variation that wears thin for me. 22 oz bottle from Litticker's in Ocean Beach.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

On-tap 5/18/2012 at Doherty’s East Ave Irish Pub, in Pawtucket, RI served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep golden brown color with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thin on the glass.

S: The aroma contains caramelized malts, some hops and some citrus.

T: The taste starts out with a harsh bitterness that lacks the hops flavor that an IPA should have. Then a hearty malt character comes in along with some caramel and citrus sweetness but there’s not much balance. The after-taste is slightly bitter.

M: Crisp but not smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Not very tasty, doesn’t go down well, not too filling, decent kick, not the best representation of style, this is flat out not a very good beer.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.21/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a murky medium golden orange in color with some creamsicle colored highlights and light to moderate amounts of gentle visible carbonation. The beer has a three quarter finger tall slightly creamy beige head that slowly fades to a very thin film covering the entire surface of the beer with a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate amounts of yeasty (Belgian) aromas with much lighter amounts of citrus hops and pine hops.

T: Starts out with a moderate amount of pale malts and just a bit of sweetness. Next there are light to moderate amounts of citrus/lemon and pine hops. Moderate amounts of lingering bitterness. Moderate amounts of yeast as well.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly sticky in the finish.

O: This is an OK beer but tastes a little more like a Belgian IPA than an American IPA - though that might be because of the yeastiness.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.19/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I poured this chilled into a mug from a 12oz brown botttle

The color is deep amber with significant haze and thick cream with very good retention and fine bead. The smell is very piney/fruity with slight hint yeast with citrus accent, there is a light band-aid tinge. The feel is tangy, astringent with medicinal and high amount of carbonations with malt support and light spicy dry finish.

This has more of an English IPA flavor with yeast tangy aspect both fruity and piney up front in the hop flavors yet slight caramel from the malt with astringency and medicinal qualities coming through near the end and grassy pine tinged hop flavor leading to a more astringent and band-aid-like flavor near the end. The beer is not horrible but not great, just consider the source and I give it a fair rating since I am familiar with the brand so I did not expect a west-coast hop bomb, but it has a lot of off flavors so only try this if you are curious

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Photo of womencantsail
3.08/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear orange color with a tall off-white head. The nose is grassy and a touch vegetal. Not off to a good start. Some sweet malt in the form of bread and toffee. Light citrus peel on the finish. The flavor is also somewhat vegetal and grassy. Fairly bitter, a touch of metal, and some bread. Straw, light toffee, and some toasted malt. Really just an unimpressive hop profile and beer.

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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 TMoney2591
2.84/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

Sounds like what I call my--

We interrupt this poor, crude joke for a semi-serious review. This stuff pours a lightly hazy auburn-amber topped by a finger of off-cream foam. The nose comprises pine sap, mild menthol, light Connecticut tobacco, rubber, and a touch of sweet toffee. The taste focuses on the pine, the tobacco, and the toffee, though some vinyl pops its head in from time to time as well. The body is a light-leaning medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a drying finish. Overall, this IPA seems to wanna try too hard, but instead ends up failing more than anything. The hops are strong, but they're dirty- and rubbery-tasting, making the whole experience a generally negative one.

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Photo of mdaschaf
3.11/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had on tap at Flatbread Pizza in Portsmouth NH.

A: Monkey fist was a dark amber/copper color with a small off-white head that had decent retention and left some thin lacing.

S: A little bit of citrus, rather nondescript though, a little orange. There was some caramel and a little bit of bread.

T: Not as hop forward as I was hoping, they seemed a little faded really. The caramel was forward with the light citrus and grass taking a back seat.

M: Medium bodied with medium carbonation.

O: Was hoping for a bit better, it was just ok. Have had pale ales that are hoppier, including one earlier the same day I had this beer.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is pretty tangy and citric-centric IPA. The hop tones aren't as prevalent as I would like and the whole thing comes out as unbalanced and not as good as an IPA should be. Decent to drink and comes out as drinkable, but not really all that great. Once and that's it for me.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.01/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap today at the Portland Pie Co.
Comes to the table a deep amber color with a decent sized off white head that shows moderate retention and lacing. Smells of bitter citrus with a bit of butterscotch and a caramel. Wow the flavor is something else all right. Intensely bitter citrus with lots of sweet caramel and butterscotch. Medium to thin body with a moderate level of carbonation and a bitter harsh citrus did I say bitter mouthfeel. I really don't know why this company is still in business. This is an aggressively bitter IPA reminiscent of the mid 90's when micros were trying to one up each other in the IBU wars. Very harsh bitterness with lots of astringency to go around too much buttery ringwood character and not enough hop aroma. Late hops should be used more here as well as a diacetyl rest.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.62/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Shipyard Monkey Fist IPA, Shipyard Brewing Company, Portland, Maine.

I haven't anything from Shipyard in quite a long time. What caused me to buy this one? Maybe it's the Monkey. Everyone loves monkeys, and I'm certainly not immune. Although it's a bit too pervasive in the beer world. There are actually two beers out there called "Monkey Knife Fight IPA". I'm not sure which one is supposed to be "the good one". But, back to Shipyard…

Hazy, coppery/amber coloring, big, white head, slims down slowly, leaves lace.

Aroma: Particularly pungent hoppiness, plenty of grapefruit, citrus, pine, all the usual suspects. Aggressive, lively, likable.

Taste: In the mouth, all that and more. Bitter, even tart, hop attack fairly pummels the palate. The mouthfeel and the texture is a bit too thin to sustain the assault, however. It all comes of as watery, to it's disadvantage. There's a funky twist to this, something from the yeast, as well as hops, perhaps. Here's a bottle where I could use some gobbledygook, for I'd love any kind of additional information.

A bit too acerbic and astringent in the finish. Lighter than medium bodied. hmmm, it's not bad, really, but I'm having a hard time liking it.

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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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Photo of Billolick
3.45/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle, "best enjoyed before" dating notched onto the side of the label.

Pour is clear and lighter amber, under a moderate eggshell head. leaves fine strands of lace on the glass.

Bready nose, I also pick up some nutty notes, tea and some herbal hoppy notes, quite the complex nose!

On the palate, its more tea, more herbal notes, some mint. Also a hint of soap and some vegatal slightly off putting notes.

Ehh, some thing definatly seems off here. With so many quality IPA's out there I doubt I'd go for this one again.

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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 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 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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