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: 168   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 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
daknole (9608) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - JAN 23, 2009
bottle from total wine. Well this beer is very easy to describe. Take a crappy beer and drop a peach jolly rancher in it. There you have it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - JAN 21, 2009
Bottle. Poured a clear medium orange color with a fizzy white head. Fruity nose; kind of apricot-y, kind of mango-y. There were also whiffs of light caramel and cereal. I also smelled a detracting metallic note. Light to medium bodied and delicately sweet. Moderately carbonated with mild bitterness. Tasted of fruity cough syrup with a hint of white paper. Eh.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
fizzban (27) - whitehouse, New Jersey, USA - DEC 27, 2008
this beer was well below my expectations. I expected it to be full of flavor and have a hoppy finish but it fell flat on its face. tasted like coores lite with a squeze of mango in it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Collint (475) - Sylva, North Carolina, USA - DEC 9, 2008
Bottle from NJ, pours a light orange clear beer with a thin white head. Aroma is sweet like mango candy. Flavor is sweer clean and a little bit hoppy in the end. this is a great light beer. First discovered it while on a cruise in st.john, then later found it in NJ.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - DEC 8, 2008
What an inviting bottle. Pours like a pale ale, mango and peach comes out the nose and in the body as well. Very drinkable would get old quick but as a single serving not bad.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Jine (896) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - NOV 30, 2008
12 oz bottle. Basically a standard pale ale with some mango fruitiness thrown in. Would be good for hanging around the beach certainly, but right now it is frosty and frigid outside.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
GMUcrew7 (576) - Mason, Ohio, USA - OCT 12, 2008
Bottle in St Thomas, pours light amber color with an off white head. Aroma of sweet tropical fruits. Flavor is very fruity, mostly mango, with some bittering hops with a slight amount of malt and bread. Interesting beer, not really my thing, but not bad here on the beach.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
hayduke (3503) - Eureka, California, USA - OCT 7, 2008
Got the one from bhensonb. Poured a clear yellow with a small white foamy head and light lacing. Nose of sweet malts and tropical fruit. Fizzy mouthfeel. Fruity mango flavor and soda pop like finish. Drinkable but not very refreshing.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
kiefdog (1826) - Tampa, Florida, USA - SEP 28, 2008
12oz bottle from Total Wine (Tampa, FL). Pours a generally clear dark yellow to golden with a one finger bright white foamy head that settles quickly but still provides some lacing. Aroma is sweet, malt, mango, and ripe fresh fruit. Flavor is much of the same: fresh fruity and mango flavors overpower the sweet malt and bready notes. Light body with a crisp sweet finish.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
ABUSEDGOAT (2416) - California, USA - SEP 26, 2008
Duped! This was with all the tropical beers, I wanted a tasteless whatever beer from the tropics, not a poorly made fruit beer from Shipyard. Yellowish orange color, dominating apricot and mango aroma. Lighter bodied, drinkable but one dimensional.

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