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: 181   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.55/5   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 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
PorterPounder (6535) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JUN 21, 2009
Jacksonville, Fl. - Total Wines - 12 oz bottle. Pours a glinty medium to dark golden with a tight white head. Aroma of mangoes - slightly natural smelling. Flavor initially has the same mango twist to it but then it turns twangy and metallic. Steely, artificial mouthfeel. Had a choice of three of these VI brews to buy a six of - why did I pick this one!?

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
beerguy101 (5340) - Newark, California, USA - JUN 3, 2009
Tasted during the Nor Cal Beer Geek Tasting on 3/11/2009. This fruit beer poured a pale orange gold color from a 12oz bottle. Small to medium sized head. The aroma is mango, fruity and sweet, touch of butterscotch. A medium to light bodied fruit beer. The malts are fruity and sweet with a lot of ‘mango’, peach and apricot flavors. The hops are kind of citrusy. Guess this could work as a summer beer, the hop and fruit kind of clash together, but it’s a taste I can live with. I am more surprised it’s a Shipyard beer that does not reek of butterscotch and under-attenuated malts. Mouthfeel is a touch thin. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is fruity sweet.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
dnstone (2398) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JUN 1, 2009
This is a great ale for a hot day. Was pleasantly surprised by the subtle mango flavor, not realizing it was a "mango" beer before tasting. If you like Magic Hat #9 you will like this better. If you dont like #9, I still think you should give it a try.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Rusty (1545) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - MAY 17, 2009
Pours a pale orange with a white head. Aroma is mango and hops. Flavor is mango, hops, malt and watery. Nice touch of bitterness in and mango in the finish. Refreshing and interesting beer

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
WVHouseofBeer (947) - 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 (13966) - 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.

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