947: Shipyard IPA

Name: Shipyard IPA
Brewery: Shipyard Brewing
Country of Origin: United States
City & State: Portland, Maine
Style: English India Pale Ale (IPA)
Alcohol Content (ABV): 5.8%
First Brewed: 1997

Tasting Notes
Shipyard’s IPA is bright orange amber in color with a dense, tight ivory head. The hops impart grassy, herbal aromas to a primarily malty sweet nose. With a creamy, effervescent mouthfeel, the bitter flavors stoned out prominently and the finish is very dry and tart.

Ricky’s Thoughts
I think my favorite part about this project is learning so much more about a beer than I would from reading the label. Sure, this beer says it’s an IPA. I like IPAs, so I am sure I will like this beer. But to learn about the history of the beer and the brewmaster, and to learn that this beer has only been made for a few years is something you can’t replace by grabbing a six-pack off the shelf. I also like learning that this beer has been rebranded already, having changed its name. Beer Advocate still lists this beer under both names, not considering the Shipyard Fuggles obsolete.

On to the beer… the beer pours like a typical IPA should. The head is quite thick, though… almost foamy. Perhaps that foam is getting in the way of the nose as it’s pretty weak at first. After a few deep sniffs, it gets a bit better… but overall, the nose is pretty weak for a beer that packs 50 IBU. The head just sits there too, for a few minutes. Might as well see what this beer tastes like.

The head gets in the way at the start, and the mouthfeel is pretty solid. It’s somewhat thick, which I assume is a cause of the head. The hops carry on through the back of the tongue, and then the aftertaste just sort of sits there for a second. It’s not a typical IPA aftertaste. It’s not bad, though… I am trying to find the word for it. After a few swallows with the beer fresh off the palate, the hoppy notes are still sticking around. I wouldn’t call it tart… but its getting there.

My second taste isn’t much better. I like the aftertaste enough, and the fact that the hops sit on the tongue, to want to rush through the beer and swallow as fast as I can. The aftertaste is worth buying a bottle of this brew. Not sure if I have had a Fuggle beer before… but I have never had a beer that tasted like this. Not an IPA anyway. It’s not bad, but it’s not good either. It’s… it’s just okay.

Rating: 3/5

Sheryl’s Thoughts
I’m sleepy, and Ricky is making me do this late at night, so I can’t vouch for how good my review of this beer will be.  There, there’s your disclaimer.  Please keep it in mind.  Actually, I think the review will be find, it’s just taking me a minute to get going here.  Let’s move on.

Tonight’s beer looks kind of like a wheat beer in the glass, but I do know that it is actually an IPA.  It poured out as a golden yellow color, with a bit of an orange tint to it.  It looks a little carbonated, as there are tiny bubbles rising to the top of the glass.  It’s got a medium foamy head, and not very much of a strong scent at all.  Let’s see what it tastes like.

There is definitely that hoppy IPA taste in there, along with the aftertaste that sits on your tongue for a while.  The initial taste has a little bit of a citrus hint to it at first, and while it looks carbonated, you don’t taste it much when drinking the beer.  I do like it as far as IPAs go, I think because it has kind of a different taste from your typical IPA.  It’s still very hoppy, but to me is more light and flavorful than you would expect.  If I was in the mood for an IPA, I think I’d consider trying this one again.

Rating: 3/5

946 bottles of beer on the wall…

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