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: 177   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 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
WVHouseofBeer (930) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - MAY 14, 2009
Strong candy aroma and taste of mango with the flavor not being as strong as the aroma. Not much taste of hops or malt or anything except the fruit. Not a very good beer. LC

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
AgentSteve (1647) - SF Bay Area, California, USA - APR 2, 2009
Pours hazy golden with a thin white head. Nose is fruity citrus and bready malt. Same in the flavor with ta thin mouthfeel.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
Beershine (5218) - The Sunshine State, Florida, USA - MAR 29, 2009
Bottle, Zeke’s. Hazy amber with scant white head. Candy aroma is actually more like random Tropical Fruit Flavor than straight-ahead mango. The sweet mango flavor is summarily assaulted by the hops. Or is it the reverse? Regardless, a train wreck has occurred. These flavors do not belong together. A clash of flavors, a cacophony.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
501brewery (4) - New York, USA - MAR 27, 2009 does not count
I checked out "The Tap Room" and sampled both the Summer Ale and the Tropical Mango... both shared a crisp taste from beginning to end. However, I must say that the Tropical Mango really grew on me--I ended up having it with almost every meal, as it was available at all the good restaurants I ate at while in St John. I brought a case back with me on the airplane to JFK and waited at the bottom of the baggage ramp to catch it as onlookers laughed and enjoyed the moment. My friends love it. Now I’m trying to figure out how to get more. Its got a good body, a great aftertaste, and its the most refreshing beer I’ve ever had.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 7/20
Oakes (13536) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 27, 2009
Cloudy dull amber. Smells like mango extract candy. Tastes bad - the bitterness of the pale ale base really clashes with that mango syrup. Jeez - that does not work at all.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Junaos (1) - USA - MAR 22, 2009 does not count
This beer is definitely the best beer I’ve ever tried. A very smooth flavor, with strong undertones of mango, and a not-so-hopyy finish. 5 stars all the way.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
SHIG (3934) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - MAR 14, 2009
Bottle: Poured a hazy orange with a creamy off white head. Aroma is mango fruit. Taste is a mix of mango and watery grain.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jeremytoni (3013) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - MAR 11, 2009
From a bottle poured a pale amber color with a fair amount of head. Nice fruity flavor with a quick finish.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
changeup45 (1719) - Mount Dora, Florida, USA - FEB 15, 2009
Pours a golden-orange color with a decent intial off-white head. The aroma consists of a whole bunch of mango, guess they weren’t kidding. Flavor follows suit, blast of mango and some peaches up front, slightly sour, and the finish is bland and weak. Where are the hops? This gives me a whole bunch of fruit juice and that’s it. My wife said it tasted like a Coors or Michelob with Mango juice addded... hmmm, I think she might be onto something!

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
daknole (10279) - 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.

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