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: 173   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.54   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 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 (5965) - 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 (4451) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
jtclockwork (10270) - , New Jersey, USA - MAY 4, 2010
Pale yellowish pour. Nose is malty hops. Taste is just lacking altogether. Rated 6/28/08

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 6/20
BREWMUSKCLES (2339) - 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 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 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 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
GT2 (9170) - 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.

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