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: 182   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.

MullMan's rating

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
MullMan (1099) - New York, USA - AUG 29, 2009
OK first off, I like mangoes. Salads, smoothies & lassies, salsa, coulis, you name it. But mango beer?? I knew this would be awful but I was drawn to it like a car accident you can’t look away from. don’t ask me why. the body is pale golden and mostly clear, the head is thick foamy white. the aroma is apricots that never sweetened, dried straw/grass, pale malts, and stale tropical fruit lifesavers. flavor is grainy, skunky pale lager malts, dry grassy apricots that were left refridgerated until they lost all good taste. Mangoes never taste this wrong. watery mouthfeel, finish is artificial banana and perfume, mostly dry. drink at your own risk!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
drsordr (1868) - Loveland, Ohio, USA - DEC 18, 2015
Bottle pour hazy avg gold with thin white head. Nose big mango, slight metallic, some citrus. Taste similar to nose with mostly mango and fruit juice. Reasonable refreshing after day of hiking and snorkeling.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
60minuteman (1145) - West Chester, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 2, 2015
Bottle. Aroma of lemon, orange, mango, grassy malt, earthy hop and yeast. Flavor is earthy, pale hop, and artificial tropical fruits. Mildly bitter, too sweet but vastly smooth.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
rjplumer (836) - Foxboro, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 25, 2015
Pleasant light mango aroma. Deep golden body with a mild haze. Started with a finger thick head but fades quickly to a thin covering. Strong mango flavor with a mild bitter bite. Thin bodied and well carbonated feel.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
ClassyBeagle (374) - New Jersey, USA - AUG 23, 2015
From NOTES. Holy mango infused! Tastes more like a wine cooler than a beer...

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 11/20
Japalo (1586) - DENMARK - AUG 6, 2015
Bottle@virgin island brewery. Small head Amber clear. Synthetic mango notes. Very tropical. Dry sweet. Light body. Interesting but not for me.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
DrinkinWell (389) - - JUN 8, 2015
Pours a clear orange, little to no head or lacing. Hefty mango and pineapple aromas. Somewhat oily mouthfeel. Dull fruity flavors, bland aftertaste. Not very appealing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Leafs93 (1987) - Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 12, 2015
Pours gold with a small white head out of the bottle. Aroma is mango, caramel and mango. Taste is sweet with some light tartness. Light bodied and easy to drink...but the taste turns about halfway through and becomes increasingly cloying.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
GTAEgeek (1665) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - MAY 9, 2015
12 is. bottle from Buck’s Wholesale on Virgin Gorda, BVI. Copper color, with some seltzer bubbles, but no head. Strong mango nose, with some juniper, cloves, and corn syrup. Sweet and malty, with a pretty awful bitterness. Light body, sticky, and acidic. This was a slightly promising beer from the initial nose, but was unpleasant and difficult to drink.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
RRistow12 (531) - Lewis Center, Ohio, USA - MAY 9, 2015
Tasted from tap. Pours a clear amber with white head. Aroma is mango and other tropical fruits. Taste is pretty sweet with obviously mango. Minimal bitterness. Some caramel and tropical fruit tastes as well. Needs a little more bitter bite. Overall below average for pale ale but average for a fruit beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 2/20
ffaoe (373) - Moorestown, New Jersey, USA - APR 25, 2015
nice mango aroma. golden and clear with a fast fading head. slight mango flavor but overall taste is sharp, almost metallic

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