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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Added by puboflyons on 04-25-2012

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Photo of nickfl
3.75/5  rDev +8.7%

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 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 nathanmiller
3/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of smithj4
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

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 millerbuffoon
2.75/5  rDev -20.3%

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 drewone
2.75/5  rDev -20.3%

Photo of paulish
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of ZEB89
3.25/5  rDev -5.8%

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 Gkruszewski
3.75/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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 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 thatoneguymike
3.25/5  rDev -5.8%

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 WoodBrew
3.75/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of BeerForMuscle
3.25/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of jgunther71
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of JAHMUR
3/5  rDev -13%

Photo of rolltide8425
3.6/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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 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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Shipyard Monkey Fist IPA from Shipyard Brewing Co.
3.45 out of 5 based on 1,052 ratings.
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