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: 158   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 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
sebletitje (6326) - Enghien, BELGIUM - SEP 13, 2008
Bottle indicates Tropical Mango. The concept and idea of of Virgin Islands beer with tropical fruit such as mango was interesting. The final result is just disappointing. While the aroma is filled with mango, the taste is badly balanced. The beer should have the sweetness of the mango, and unfortunately it is counterblanced by too much hops bitterness, giving the beer a citrus fruit soda aspect.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
Palidor19 (2881) - Brandon, Florida, USA - SEP 6, 2008
The mango flavor itself is pretty decent but everything else just falls flat, taste too astringent and mildly soapy.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
nick76 (4145) - Tampa, Florida, USA - SEP 6, 2008
The aroma has mangos, malt, and not much else. The appearance is pale gold with a fairly nice head. The flavor is like the aroma with a soapy finish. The palate is thin. Overall I like the mango but the beer it’s built on is not good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
nimbleprop (4200) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - APR 22, 2008
On tap at Yesterday’s Ale House in Newport, RI. Orange gold color with a fruity aroma. Heavy mango and tropical fruit flavor with a dry, light finish. Mango beer? It’s honestly very drinkable, a great session beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dlovell2 (567) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAR 1, 2008
Ordered at the Tap Room at Mongoose Junction. Copper color. Mango aroma. Caramel malt and hops taste with a slight taste of Mango at finish. They did a good job of infusing a fruit into this brew. Excited to find out that Shipyard brews this beer for St. John Brewers. Didn’t think I was going to care for a mango beer but I enjoyed it all week!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
marcus (6015) - Sacramento, California, USA - FEB 22, 2008
This golden ale poured with a fluffy white head and a floral aroma. If this was intended to replace "watered down beer, " they surely didn’t succeed - it’s so thin you can see through it. There is a slight fruit flavor (mango?) and a slightly bitter hop finish, the key word being "slight."

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mshieldsm (2) - Davis, California, USA - FEB 18, 2008 does not count
Light, refreshing, highly fruity, distinct mango flavor, smooth finish, relatively sweet, recommend cold

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 4/20
beermeashiner (9) - USA - OCT 26, 2007 does not count
From the bottle on my honeymoon: hint of mango? Pretty much all I could taste was the mango. If they are the only two options, go for the Blackbeard.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 8/20
emerica56 (600) - Bristol, Rhode Island, USA - OCT 15, 2007
This a very pourly brewed pale ale. It has a very fast dissapearing head and a cloudy pale orange, amber color to it. It has a very floral and fruity smell with mild hops. As you drink it you expect something very complex yet you are sadly mistaken. It is very fruity with apricot and mango. The palate fades rather quickly leaving a nasty fruit flavor there.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
mjg74 (2459) - La Mesa, California, USA - SEP 26, 2007
Bottle from BevMo. Aroma is like a skunked lager somewhat masked by fruitiness. Somewhat refreshing when consumed really cold. Somewhat grainy and bitter with fairly strong fruit character.

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