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Brewed by:
Shipyard Brewing Co.
Maine, United States | website

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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Avg:
3.45
pDev:
39.42%
 
 
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Photo of Samp01
3.52/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slight hazy amber with a medium lasting beige head, mild lacing. Citrus and floral aroma with some sweet caramel malt, yeast and mildly fruity notes. Taste same as aroma with good bitterness on the end. Palate is a medium body, moderate carbonation. Finish has a good caramel malt character, yeast, mild fruity notes with a citrus floral hops bitterness on the end. Overall a good showing, decently balanced and good drinking.

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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 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 cbutova
2.98/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Best by February 2015.

A- 12oz bottle poured to a goblet with a copper-orange body. An off-white cap forms with a thick creamy consistency up to about one finger. Pretty good retention as a frothy island and medium ring deposit spotty lace with some webs.

S- Hops forward but medium caramelized malts and sweetness poke through. Bitter orange peel hops are the emphasis with earthy and herbal hints as well. Something comes of as very slightly metallic.

T- The theme of bitter orange zest citrus hops continues on here as well as the backing of them by medium Crystal grains that lend a light sweetness. Grapefruit pith, floral, pine resin with the yeast bringing light fruit notes.

MF- Medium thickness with a puffy, frothy texture with any agitation of the beer. Carbonation at a moderate level and the beer ends with a high bitterness relative to the body and flavor.

IPAs with caramel malt character can be good but this one is only decent. The heavily bitter citrus pith hops clash a bit with the sweetness and flavor of the grains. Just doesn't come off all that clean and seems a bit abrasive.

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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 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 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 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 DenisKolkin
3.3/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

473 ml can served cold into a pint glass. Purchased from LCBO for $2.75 CDN.

Appearance - slightly hazy orange and copper coloured beer. A finger and a bot of rocky head and a plethora of effervescent bubbles. Good retention and nice spidery lacing around the glass.

Smell - plenty of citrus and some sweet caramel underneath. Almost a bit of a banana aroma in there too. The nose isn't quite as pungent as I would like.

Taste - creamy flavor kind of a vanilla or caramel that dominates up front before going to banana and milk strangely, before a rush of very bitter citrus and pine flavours take over.

Mouthfeel -really creamy at first, then the carbonation goes away and the beer finishes incredibly dry. The creaminess is interesting, but offset by the extreme dryness.

Overall - some different things going on, the creaminess and nearly milk flavor is arresting, otherwise pretty conventional. I feel like this could be really good, but the two contrasts, the creaminess with hint so milk and bananas just can't be in harmony with the dry finish and citrus taste. Work a try if just for a different feel on this style.

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Photo of BucBasil
3.47/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Bought at Terroir in Shanghai China. Poured from the 330mL bottle into a pint glass.

S: More English in IPA style, being more balanced with plenty of toasted bread and caramel but also containing a good amount of sappy hop and citrus.

T: Bitter sappy hop and some grapefruit. Some balancing bread but overpowered by the hop notes. Not too bad. Some spice in there as well.

Overall: A good, if typically unbalanced IPA. I might pick this up again here, but there are so many other things that I would rather have for the price.

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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 Brenden
3.42/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Riverhead BWW on 5/24; notes are thorough

It's a dark orange, nearly red in its deepest parts. The head is a filmy tan one after dropping from about one finger's height. It deposits some patchy and spotty lace.
The aroma isn't heavy in strength (though it's not light), but it is heavy with yeast and dankness. Lots of citrus comes out with it, though, some woody herb, caramel, breads, and brown sugar-like notes complementing.
The flavor brings out an interesting but almost abrasive spiciness, and something almost with a chemical note to it rides the earthiness. It still has the citrus, wood, dank leaf, and yeast with relief from the brown sugar, caramel and toffee notes of the malts.
The feel is semi-dry in a medium body, crispness coming in and falling just at the end, while smoothness is moderate throughout.

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Photo of AngryPenguinBrewCo
3.03/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap in a Leinenkugel's (of all things) pint glass.

A- Copper color with a thin foamy head that did not last very long.

S- Resiny with some hop bitterness

T- Overwhelming earthy pine and resin flavors. Lack of any real malt character to balance the sharp bite, no citrus undertones.

M- Medium carbonation, relatively bitter and mild alcohol presence.

O- I personally prefer more of a citrus hop presence, or some sort of balance. Its hard for me to fairly rate a beer with such a heavy pine flavor, and I am not sure how fresh the keg I sampled was. Seems to be well executed for what it was and I was not able to detect any real "off flavors".

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Photo of NiceTaps
3.51/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle in a pint glass.

A- Clear blood red color, thin head. Fat and spotty lacing. Lightly carbonated look.

S- Caramel malt aroma mostly. There's very little hop presence. Toasty, sweet.

T-Bready red ale, toasty. The flavor works, but not as an IPA. It's quite malty until the end, then there's some light hop flavor.

M- Sturdy malt body with light carbonation. A touch of hop bitterness in the lingering finish.

O- I like the beer's flavor, but I've had mild English IPAs with more hop bite than this. That's why my overall number is below the others.

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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 sfprint
3.08/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Reddish orange, little rising carbonation or head. transparent
S: Amber warmth but mild to moderately hoppy, there's also a weird molassas/cough medicine sort of smell
T: Bitter tang in the aftertaste, it's mostly just bitter with a semi dirty hop flavor (german style). Not sweet, piney or citrusy. :(
M: Mouth puckering with little carbonation.
O: Okay. Lacks most of the qualities I like in an IPA, but still okay

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Photo of RobbDogg
3.17/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a dark amber. Starts with a creamy feel and mild hop fruit. Ends with a long bitter aftertaste. My wife didn't hate it, which usually means it is not a spectacular IPA. A solid, drinkable offering that I would try again in the absence of better draft offerings.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.57/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a deep amber color with a two finger head of an off white foam. The head has a great level of retention, slowly fading to leave a good level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the beer is big of a grapefruit citrus hop, mixed with some tropical fruit aromas of tangerine and mango, giving a nice fruity aroma to the brew. Along with these smells are some cracker smells as well as a bit of a grassy and earthy smell, which mix with the fruity aromas to produce a quite nice smelling IPA overall.

Taste – The taste begins with a rather drier bready flavor mixed with a bit of a grassy and earthy hop as well as some flavors of a tropical fruit nature. The tropical fruits are heaviest of a tangerine flavor with a bit of a papaya and mango mixed within. The sweet flavors decrease as the flavor advances with some light caramel taking their place. With the transitioning of the sweet, so too comes some changes with the hop flavors. While some grassy and earthy hop are present upfront, these are lost rather quickly at the expense of a moderately bitter grapefruit taste. The grapefruit really dominates the end of the taste profile, with it leaving a rather bitter citrus flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the slightly chewier side with a carbonation level that is on the slightly lower side. A bit more carbonation may have been nice for the big blast of unbalanced grapefruit citrus hop that hits the tongue at the end of the taste, but while this may be so, the nice chewiness was good for upholding all the more subtle flavors at the front of the taste, producing an overall decent feel for the flavors of the brew.

Overall – A decent IPA overall with a mostly grapefruit citrus taste that seems to linger far after the beer has been swallowed. Nothing super fantastic, but still rather easy drinking and likely deserving of a better rating then most give ( at least in my interpretation of the brew).

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Photo of utopiajane
3.23/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

This poured hazy and darker orange with a fat head of off white foam that fell slowly enough and left some lace. Nose is pungent and bitter herbs with some dankness like marijuana. It had some sweet lemon peel very deep within it but the stiff herbal was dominant in the nose. The malt came across with a little sweetness in the nose and some nuttiness as it warmed . Bit of orange finally came out and some muted earthy pine.

Taste is bitter and grassy, pungent herbal with only a faint touch of spice. The dominant fruit is grapefruit and the pine is earthy and muted. Earthy all the way with some grapefruit pith and bitter, the rind of that fruit and some tart citrus overall. The malt never realized a significant caramel sweetness but did offer a bit of nutty flavor that seemed sour to me. There is orange but only as the beer warms quite a bit. The mouthfeel is good. A nice bit of malt to give some moderate mouthfeel, good carbonation to tickle and excite the palate and a bit of hop oil and resin to coat the palate . There is a bitter on this that is actually medium but appears pretty sharp because there is not any sweetness to contrast it.

This IPA had a balanced approach to it's body that was noticeable. The malt did it's best to stand firm against the powerful hops character but the hops won.

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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 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.

Enjoy

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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 randallpink
3.57/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A - pours a medium copper colour with a 2 inch, off white head which lasts forever. leaves patchy lacing along the side of the glass (mostly at the top). shows low carbonation.

S - moderately yeasty, sweet smelling, passionfruit, red berries, red licorice, tropical citrusy fruits, malty caramel, baked bread, pear, a little resiny as it warms

T - lemony citrus & grapefruit, caramel and fresh bready malt, some earthy hops, licorice tasting (reminds me of twizzlers), slightly medicinal taste hits me every once and a while, there's something just a little strange about this beer that I can't seem to put my finger on it...it definitely has some good flavours but something is throwing it off.

M - light to medium body, soft carbonation, some alcohol present. sweet when it hits the tongue and has an extremely quick and harsh shift to the bitterness of the hops. initially creamy & medium sweet, which quickly changes to bitter, and finishes with a harsh bitterness and dry. slightly astringent on the finish as well.

O - a drinkable beer, but there was something a little off about it. maybe it's just my taste, as it was quite difficult for me to pick out what it was that was bothering me. it looks great off the pour but didn't quite live up to the aesthetics this time. it did have an overly red licorice smell and taste which i couldn't seem to get out of my head. it's an interesting attempt at the IPA, and while I wouldn't go out of my way to seek this one out again, I may give it another try down the road if the time is right

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Photo of mick303
3.43/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Really attractive colour, honey brown with a bit of ruby highlights, very hazy, great retention and lacing. 3.75
S- lemon, herbal hops, with a definite tropical edge, guava!! And passion fruit, papaya. Oozes tropical fruit goodness. 3.75
T- more tropical fruitiness, guava and passion fruit predominate, some dry nuttiness coming on the end, some raspberry, bitterness is balanced by the tons of fruitiness. Shows some crystal malt especially on the end. But this gets quite sweet.
M- a ton of scrubbing carbonation and creamy filling feel. Good pleasing full feel, lot of drying on the finish, rind like dryness. Feel is really frothy actually, not a big fan of this.
One of the more tropical and fruity IPAs in awhile, this really struggles to keep that in check, the syrupy sweetness and fruitiness mashes against the bitterness but they never really come together, it is a messy IPA with an overbearing tropical character and a cloyingly crystal character. I was initially impressed by this but then the beer started to give me a headache with how unbalanced it is, the piles of tropical fruit and crystal malt is a lot of sweetness to counter and the beer never really gets its act together, a bit overly carbed as well. I would say this is one that could be passed over, because there are so many amazing IPAs out there.

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Photo of beergoot
3.06/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Honey-colored body with a thick, sticky white head. Heavy caramel aroma, almost butterscotch-like; faint spiciness beneath it all. More deep caramel in the flavor with a strong hop bitterness from the middle and building up in the aftertaste. Medium bodied; semi-dry finish.

This IPA is all over the place and not necessarily for the better. Looks great but smells funky and tastes even stranger. Too much caramel/butterscotch malt flavor overall. I won't say there is any bacterial infection with this, but the butterscotch tones are definitely upfront. It does hit you with a strong hop bitterness but there is very little hop aroma per se. Strange, since the listed hops on the bottle label (Cascade, Warrior, and Glacier) don't leave any real fruity or citrusy notes in either taste or smell. Drinkable but probably not a 'go-to' IPA for most.

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Shipyard Monkey Fist IPA from Shipyard Brewing Co.
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