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 Lare453
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of malfunxion
2/5  rDev -42%

Photo of SadMachine
3.48/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

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 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 VeganUndead
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of Cynic-ale
3.25/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of IPAchris
3.36/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of a77cj7
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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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3/5  rDev -13%

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2.75/5  rDev -20.3%

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
1.25/5  rDev -63.8%

Photo of LoveStout
3.1/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

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3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

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 Nichols33
3/5  rDev -13%

Photo of redfox405
4/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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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Photo of puboflyons
3.97/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It pours golden-copper in color with a moderate head that diminishes after a few moments. The aroma begins on the malty side with a notable yeast element. The hops round out the scent in a pleasing way. The body was in the medium to bold range and fairly smooth. While the malts and yeast are more prominent on the nose the hops really roar into the picture during the sipping. The taste is highly hopped thanks to the Warrior, Glacier, and Cascade characteristics. This is a nice IPA from Shipyard.

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Photo of biegaman
3.38/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Monkey Fist has a great label but it's nothing compared to the beer itself; this IPA is an incandescent golden tone, with a caramelly, maple syrup complexion but shimmering flaxen-yellow highlights. Its head is thin but scattershots all over the glass. With an appearance like this you can't go wrong, right? Well...

The aroma is what I'd charitably call "peculiar". It smells something like a lemon- or pine-scented cleaning product. The citric oils and tree resins are expected - desired, actually - in an IPA but their presence in this bouquet is a little reminiscent of something from the Pine-Sol product line.

The flavour makes that turn to the unfavourable all but definite; the notion of lemon- and pine-scented cleaning product gets a little too real on the palate. It goes from mildly appealing to somewhat concerning - did this come from under the brewery's kitchen sink? Even the malts taste coated in a combination of honey and industrial-strength alcohol-based solvent.

Surprisingly, my palate adjusted to what turns out to be an alright, if unusual IPA. That said, others will be unable to look beyond the Pine-Sol semblance. But if viewed simply as an ultra-earthy - the ultra-ist possible short of chewing a mouthful of dead leaves and twigs - it's not at all out of line with the style's profile (though that detergent-like taste is downright nauseating).

Shipyard has yet to truly 'wow' me but they make some very good beers; I expected a lot more from Monkey Fist. It's a somewhat bizarre IPA that ironically makes the drinker feel like they're part of a science experiment - will I wake up tomorrow with a tail or an eleventh toe? Maybe Monkey's Fist is the lab monkeys' revenge? Either way, Maine offers far better IPAs than this.

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

Clear deeply amber colored beer with a small yellowish white head. This is on the dark end of IPA Orange.

Smell is malty and a little medicinal with a smoky scent a little like smoked beer. Herbal hop with a slight orange aroma to it. Lesser scents of tea and wood.

Starts out Woody with a mild bitter bite. Strong tea flavor. Bitter orange flavor with a slight burnt sugar taste. Malt flavor is slightly burnt caramel.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall this is an OK beer that is on medium end of the IPA Spectrum. Didn't blow me away but I will finish the bomber.

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3.25/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of jzeilinger
4/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a clear copper color, nice white head, low carbonation.

S - Light tropical fruit rinds (oranges, mangos, pineapple), some pine, light peppery spice and biscuity malt.

T - Light tropical fruit underneath a sharp earthy, grassy, pine bitterness. Biscuity malt is buried all the way to the bottom as this is a very hop forward beer without that dominating buttery flavor that Shipyard is known for. The buttery aspect is indeed there in small quantities but is beat down by a hefty dose of hops.

M - Medium body and leaves a coating of earthy, grassy, pine on the tongue that lingers for a good long time.

O - This is one of the hoppiest Shipyard beers I've experienced and is quite enjoyable. IMO, MF deserves more love than the current overall score of "81". It slightly loses some of that hop edge as it warms up but overall, this is a beer that should satisfy alot of hop heads. I would have no qualms keeping this one on hand in my beer fridge.

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Shipyard Monkey Fist IPA from Shipyard Brewing Co.
3.45 out of 5 based on 1,046 ratings.
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