St. John Brewers - The Tap Room
Brewed at Shipyard Brewing Company

Style: Fruit Beer/Radler
Cruz Bay, St. John, United States Virgin Islands
Serve in Flute, Shaker


on tap

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RATINGS: 170   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.56   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
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The inspiration for Virgin Islands Pale Ale came when the beer’s creators, Kevin Chipman and Chirag ’Cheech’ Vyas, began home brewing on the island of St. John. Unsatisfied with the choices of mass produced, bland, watered down beer, the two set out to brew ales that had smoother flavors and a distinct hop finish. After brewing several batches of quality American and European style beers they developed a recipe that captured the essence and taste of the Caribbean. The finished brew, a light ale with a subtle exotic fruit nose and mild hop finish, is the ideal flavor for our tropical climate. Virgin Islands Pale Ale was born. Having created a perfect island ale recipe, the two would like to share their new brew with the Virgin Islands and its visitors. Whether you are enjoying a sunset, celebrating an island happy hour, or having a relaxing dinner, Virgin Islands Pale Ale is the refreshing beer to enjoy any moment.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
DrnkMcDermott (2855) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - SEP 13, 2009
12 bottle, trade with Daknole. Poured carefully into a large glass to find a big head of foam. Under that big fizzy head is a slightly dark golden beer color that we can pretend is pale ale. Smell is okay, basic fruit nose. There is mango here. It’s a mild flavored fruit, so it actually goes well in this beer, giving it a kind of warmly-fermented ale feeling. Beer character is not distinguished, but it lets the fruit work its way in. Just not too exceptional. Starts to taste like fruit extract after a while.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
Cletus (6354) - Connecticut, USA - OCT 13, 2009
Pours gold with a white head. Smells of the inside of a can of oranges and some wheat. Tastes metallic and sweet with some sryuppy hints on the finish.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
kennydiaz (352) - Manahawkin, New Mexico, USA - SEP 5, 2009
I do not know if I am drinking a beer or tropical sun block. Smells to sweet and taste to artificial.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
GT2 (8930) - San Diego County, California, USA - NOV 29, 2009
On tap. Pours a slightly hazy orange with a thin, white head that has little retention and leaves some spotty lacing. Aroma is perfume, potpourri, curacao, peach schnapps. Taste is watered down peach schnapps. A bit oily on the palate. Perfumey, peachy all around. A bit too chemical, artificial, contrived.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kitschy (326) - Nebraska, USA - FEB 27, 2010
Sampled on draft at peg’s on our 20th anniversary beer tour. Hazy gold color. smells like mandarin oranges. Tastes like mangoes and mandarins, plus malt and citrus finishing hops. I like it!

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 6/20
BREWMUSKCLES (2321) - New Jersey, USA - APR 18, 2010
true to fruit taste with no aroma to speak of. malty with tight small carbonation it is chalky and tangy. mostly apricot and overdone. no depth and no finish. sweet and unsatisfying. grilled a decent kosher hot dog with it.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
dimenhetfield (2487) - , Florida, USA - FEB 27, 2010
Light in color and taste. Fruity, mango aroma and taste. I’m not really into fruity beers and this one was too light to enjoy.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
jtclockwork (9685) - , New Jersey, USA - MAY 4, 2010
Pale yellowish pour. Nose is malty hops. Taste is just lacking altogether. Rated 6/28/08

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
Wiseblood (700) - Clarksville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 31, 2010
Pale gold body with a large white head. Lots of apricot. Flavor is sweet and bland, with no hops at all. Light, sweet, thin. Ok for a beach beer. Kinda watery and boring otherwise.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
NJBeerman013 (1052) - Hamilton Twp., New Jersey, USA - JAN 25, 2010
Pours light, orange golden in color with a big fluffy white head. Aroma is very fruity, mango makes a big appearance. Flavor is mostly light fruity, with a small hop bite. Finish is sweet and refreshing. I am going to need to try this again in the warmer months.

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