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Shipwright Imperial British IPA | Relic Brewing Co

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Brewed by:
Relic Brewing Co
Connecticut, United States

Style: English India Pale Ale (IPA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.80%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by nebula1999 on 05-10-2012

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Ratings: 22 |  Reviews: 6
Reviews by dheacck11:
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3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a dark amber gold with fluffy 2 fingers of off white head.

Nose is potent, whiffs of orange, lemon, and honey.

Flavor leads with the same juicy citrus notes, especially lemon, but quickly morphs into a big grainy, malt ball. Astringent bitter hops on the finish.

Rather thick and full body, leaves a sharp feeling on the finish due to the dry hops.

An interesting ale. Almost has more qualities of a saison to me with the citrus notes, but not enough to call it one. Feels a little unbalance with the dry hop, big malt, and fruits.

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Photo of far333
1.2/5  rDev -68.8%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

Wow, what a mess. When I popped the cap, the CO2 release was like a sneeze. The bottle then started to push foam out the top all over the counter. I quickly tried to pour into a pint glass, and the foam rose over the top and slowly receded. The beer is murky and full of particulate matter that settles at the bottom. Smell is yeasty and slightly spicy. Flavor is extremely yeasty and one-dimensional. This one is either infected or the yeast is mutated and sub-performing. I'll get another bottle and edit this review, but for now wanted to document for others and the brewer that there is a potential quality control issue.

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Photo of StarWarsFan2185
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of grahuba
3.77/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ScottieD
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of nebula1999
4.29/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Classified by the brewer as a "Strong British IPA".

Poured from a classy 1/2 growler (32oz), it is a light copper ale that brightens towards the edge of the glass. Medium white head, fading to 1/4 inch.

Aroma is amazing. Candied sugar, bubblegum, peaches, faint apricot and other overripe fruits, birthday cake, sweet maltiness. Hops are there, but not familiar with these. Seem different than the usual West Coast notes.

Sweetness in the taste. Malt is very pronounced in its sweet character, but not cloying. Very inviting. Dryness from the hops kicks in late and is welcome. Glides past the tongue, very soft and smooth. Almost chewy towards the end of the glass. Has somewhat of a Belgian ale quality to it. Maybe not intentional, but I'm not complaining.

What an amazing beer. Never had anything like this. Unctuous. Leaves you with a sort of glow, and wanting more.

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Photo of Joev_84
4.42/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a hazy orange color that lightens to more of a yellow color at the outer edge of the glass. Nice white head that thins but stays present throughout.

S - More of a malty smell than I am use to when I think of IPA. The "British" must be the reason for this. The most prominent smell I noticed was of butter scotch. It was pleasant and inviting

T - Once again the butterscotch notes came through as I drank. There is a sweet maltiness and a slight alcohol taste which is expected from a beer of over 8%. At the back end of the drink the bitterness of the hops come through reminding you that you are in fact still drinking an IPA.

M - Surprisingly easy to drink for such a "big beer".

O - Yet another style of beer I have never had before. It was a pleasant surprise when I drank this style of IPA and was shown a completely different characteristic than the prominent hop taste and smell that one gets from the West coast style IPA.

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Photo of JTomczak
3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

Photo of bccrosley
2.25/5  rDev -41.4%

Photo of dcguitar
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of slim2043
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

Photo of raydogfresh
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

Photo of polishkaz
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of burningbeard
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of Durge
4.17/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A murky iced tea color with a fair off-white head that fades to a ring pretty quickly and leaves pretty minor signs of lace. The aroma offers a light lemon rye and toffee malt wheat grain. Pleasant. The flavor brings lemon iced tea with tobacco malt and herbal hops. There’s a root/licorice and lots of toffee-wheat. Another grainy triumph for Relic! This stuff is medium plus bodied with very modest but adequate carbonation. It brings a smooth, slightly dry feel. So nice to have a truly hoppy English IPA. I’m telling you, Relic is special, let’s support this excellent local brewer. Beautiful!

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Photo of ColForbinBC
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of enslighet01
4.75/5  rDev +23.7%

Photo of bootdown21
3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

Photo of pjs234
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

Photo of Gambrinus1184
3.97/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at Relic Brewing Co. in Plainville, Conn.

A: Brassy, orange-tinged amber color beneath a frothy, toffee colored head of foam. Ample carbonation left some decent lacing as well.

S: Juicy, sweet fruity notes jump forward with an almost nutty, toasted caramel malt scent. A waft of herbal, spicy and citrusy hops usher towards the nose with a whiff of booze as well.

T: Sweet, caramel malts coupled with a toasty grain flavor hit up front, revealing a little tangy yeast in the process. Then, a wave of complex hops hits the palate. Fruity esters, boozy notes, hints if pine and highly acidic, floral hops rush the palate. Finishes spicy and bitter with lingering, clean hop resins.

M: Fresh, biting, prickly and a bit hot with hop resins and residual alcohol. Sturdy malts legs supply ample body, though.

O: A darn tasty English DIPA clocking in over 8% ABV, Shipwright is one to be savored slowly for its fruity esters and at times, its palate-crushing IBUs. The liberal use of several high-alpha acid English hop varietals makes Shipwright a must try for the IPA enthusiast.

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of Ray7233
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

Shipwright Imperial British IPA from Relic Brewing Co
Beer rating: 3.84 out of 5 with 22 ratings
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