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


on tap

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RATINGS: 180   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.54   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
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 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
jimhilt (2473) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - SEP 17, 2010
Pours a one finger white head that fades quickly to a ring leaving traces of lace. Clear pale amber color. Light-medium carbonation and light bodied. Light mango and hop nose. Flavor is tart mango with some hops. $2.00 for a 12oz bottle from Barb’s Beer Emporium Concord, NH.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
TaktikMTL (6428) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 13, 2010
Bouteille de 12 oz achetée dans un dépanneur d’Old Orchard Beach, ME. Arôme: Odeur de mangues et de pêches. Apparence: La couleur est dorée avec une moyenne densité de bulle. Présence d’un mince col mousseux et d’une fine dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Gôut de mangues et de pêches avec une pointe d’agrumes. Longue durée de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture légèrement huileuse. Faible effervescence en bouche. Légère présence de pêches en arrière goût. (Rating #3225)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
hbmason (1086) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - AUG 29, 2010
12 oz. this beer actually suprised me. refreshing mango pale ale. I went into this with a bad attitude and came out a believer. A drinkable refreshing pale ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Travlr (16423) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 10, 2010
33 cl bottle. Hazy golden color, small white head, solid lacing. Aroma of fresh fruit. Taste is very malty, with slightly sour mange entering at the middle. Finish is a bit sour and a bit bitter. Hi carbonation. Full body. Not bad.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BeerHawk (1810) - Huntsville, Alabama, USA - JUL 31, 2010
Bottle. Poured a hazy pale with a white head. Aroma of mango and a grain background. The flavor found mango and citrus with a hint of grain and wheat. Light body, light bitterness throughout, and a mango aftertaste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
MaBeer1972 (1472) - Taunton, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 23, 2010
On tap at Doherty’s in Pawtucket. Light copper color with no head. Light carbonation. The aroma is very fruity, like juicy fruit gum. The flavor is the flavor is surprisingly tart and not overly sweet. Hop finish is distinct. Not a bad fruit beer, a good chick beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Strangebrewer (996) - Chatham, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 8, 2010
bottle. Poured a hazy orange-amber with a white cap. Very candied peach-mango fruit aroma. Medium bodied, average carbonation. Definetly a sweet mango flavour with a touch of dry hops. A very refreshing beer made for summer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - JUN 28, 2010
In the bottle. Clear dark gold with a thin white head. HUGE orange mango aroma. Fizzy palate. Chalky finish. Odd fake chemical fruit flavors. Why are Shipyard beers so sucky?

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Braudog (6024) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JUN 26, 2010
Draft at Mr. Beery’s in Sarasota. Light color with a thin top. Big sweet aroma you’d expect. The mango flavor is nice and subtle. This is a refreshing beer on a summer day, but not too light and girly. Good compromise beer. (#3928, 6/25/2010)

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
ben4321 (4833) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JUN 21, 2010
Location: 12 oz bottle from Buy Rite - Jersey City, 6/21/10

Aroma: Nose is pretty much all mango flavored candy, and not much else
Appearance: A clear golden-orange color with a small white head and a lot of movement in the glass
Flavor: Taste is sweet up-front, quickly turning into a flavor that can only be described as "off"
Palate: The body is fairly light, with a lot of carbonation causing an overly tingly mouthfeel
Overall Impression: It’s like 100 degrees outside today in NJ, so it seemed like as good a day as any for a beach-style beer. Anyway, this is beach-style, but not really much of a beer. I have to admit, I do kinda like the smell of mango candy, but this stuff just tastes off. Skip it.

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