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

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

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RATINGS: 160   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.54   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
GG (2039) - NorCal, California, USA - SEP 4, 2009
I was suprised at how much I enjoyed this beer, and equally impressed at how the mango shows up. Some of my favorite IIPA’s have that tropical fruit/mango profile so to actually have it included in the beer was nice.

The beer pours out a deep gold color, clear with a hefty 2" white head. The aroma has the solid mango notes and some light malty sweetness. No hops detected to signify a pale ale, but the fruit was accounted for. Flavor had the same thing. Lots of juicy mangos on the flavor, light sweet bready malts on the palate with a bit of dirty penny.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
MullMan (1099) - New Jersey, USA - AUG 29, 2009
OK first off, I like mangoes. Salads, smoothies & lassies, salsa, coulis, you name it. But mango beer?? I knew this would be awful but I was drawn to it like a car accident you can’t look away from. don’t ask me why. the body is pale golden and mostly clear, the head is thick foamy white. the aroma is apricots that never sweetened, dried straw/grass, pale malts, and stale tropical fruit lifesavers. flavor is grainy, skunky pale lager malts, dry grassy apricots that were left refridgerated until they lost all good taste. Mangoes never taste this wrong. watery mouthfeel, finish is artificial banana and perfume, mostly dry. drink at your own risk!

2.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
jredmond (5213) - Manhattan, New York, USA - AUG 18, 2009
Pours a clear amber gold body, no head. The aroma is straight up mango. The flavor is somewhat offensive with strong notes of mango.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
blkitson (158) - Westerville, Ohio, USA - AUG 1, 2009
While on St.John, I had to try this. I’m not a big mango fan, but the hint of mango in this brew was very slight and very refreshing. Not a bad ale. Someone knows what they’re doing

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ibrew2or3 (6767) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JUL 29, 2009
Pours deep gold with moon cratered off white head. The aroma is pulsating disco scene mango with hints of malty sweetness. The is taste thin and refreshing with a bit of floral like hop bite and mango. The carbonation gives the mango a less sweet flavor than expected as it infuses a bit of harshness into the experience. It gets malty midway with a tad bit of grain and a dash of roastiness. Restrained mango notes allow the beer flavor to shine through.

2.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
USCBeerMan (109) - Columbia, South Carolina, USA - JUL 15, 2009
this beer isnt focusedon mango. a broader tropical fruit mixture is the main deal. pale ale pour slightly amber in color, sweet fruity aroma

2.1
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
DocLock (7703) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 14, 2009
Orangy coppery pour with nose of mango, peach, peppery. Tastes citric, with pronounced mango, peach, and some peppery hop notes, but this one stays fruity throughout. and gets a bit cloying late Sort of like a hybrid of a 4/5 fruity IPA and 1/5 tropical fruit wine cooler. I agree with the rater who said this was a chick beer.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
blklab2007 (1939) - Connecticut, USA - JUN 25, 2009
bottle poured a light amber in color with little head and plenty of fizz. aroma has sweet peach, mango, and fruits. flavor has no lack of sweetness, mango, peach, and a dose of pale malt. initially there was some real fruit but it became sweet and syrupy as the glass went on.

1.7
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
glennmastrange (2206) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - JUN 25, 2009
Bottle. Aromas of perfume, mango and peach. Head is small, wispy, white with fair lacing and is almost fully diminishing. Color slightly hazy pale orange. Flavor starts lightly sweet and moderately acidic, then finishes lightly sweet and acidic. Palate is light to medium, watery, with a lively carbonation and dry finish. An intriguing smell, but a completely flat taste, this is definitely a chick beer.

2.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
PorterPounder (5344) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JUN 21, 2009
Jacksonville, Fl. - Total Wines - 12 oz bottle. Pours a glinty medium to dark golden with a tight white head. Aroma of mangoes - slightly natural smelling. Flavor initially has the same mango twist to it but then it turns twangy and metallic. Steely, artificial mouthfeel. Had a choice of three of these VI brews to buy a six of - why did I pick this one!?


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