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.

MullMan's rating

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
MullMan (1099) - New Jersey, 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 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
thorongil2 (1078) - , Ontario, CANADA - APR 12, 2014
(bottle) clear light amber colour with a medium tall white head; aroma of mango, grain; clean and refreshing flavour with a long light bitter finish

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
TYearby (7) - New Prague, Minnesota, USA - APR 10, 2014 does not count
It is hard for me to rate a beer this low when I love the tap room on St. John. The beer isn’t bad by any means. It has a crisp taste of fruit, but is a little dry for a fruity beer. This brewery has some very good beers and even though this is the staple, it is just ok for me. However, it tastes better than any of the other beers in the Caribbean and I have been to 10 different islands. Cheers!

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
RobertDale (2920) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - APR 8, 2014
12 ounce bottle at World of Beer Dadeland in Miami. Pours a light gold with a small white head. Aroma of tropical fruit. Taste is tropical fruit. Sweet with a pertfume like taste. Had much worse from this part of the world.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Headbanger (2974) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - APR 5, 2014
12oz bottle 1/29/14 (St. Thomas)-Pours orange with a small white head. Aroma of mango, malt, and slight hops. Taste of mango and weirdness. This light bodied brew had a lot of nothing going on but did fill a need in the hot sun.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 8/20
nealblind (511) - Seattle, Alabama, USA - FEB 17, 2014
Gold pour some head. Strong aroma of mango. Tastes strongly of mango essence. Not very sweet: good. Dry for a fruit beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
eelbasher (285) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 15, 2013
Golden pour with a small white head. Aroma bursting with mango and tropical fruit. Smells awesome! The flavor does not follow. Flowers and fake mango....what a mess. Not enjoyable at all. Light body and crap flavor. Drain!

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 3/20
Imaena (1701) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 5, 2013
Bottle. This is a really bizzare beer. Not much going on but some weird aromas.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
BlowOffTube (388) - Michigan, USA - NOV 19, 2013
Not good, but drinkable, but I don’t waste beer. Weird body and carbonation to this one. Orange pour, white head. Sweet tropical fruit aroma. Sticky body with some weird fruit extract. Brewed very far away from St. John...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Butters (3684) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - NOV 5, 2013
At the stop and go in Puerto Rico. Smells and tastes of fake mangos. Like candy. Some carbonic bite. Not good, but certainly not bad. I definitely wouldn’t seek it out again. But it could certainly be much worse.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
NielsenRatings (8273) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 1, 2013
Bottle @ home, courtesy of Drewface. Thanks! Pours a hazy bright orange appearance with an off white head. Spritzy, fake mango Kool Aid, tangy, cane sugar aroma. Fairly sweet, cane sugar, fake fruity, mango, orange, bubblegum flavor that finishes actually pretty bitter with some herbal grassy elements. I guess it doesn’t finish like fruit juice, but it sure isn’t that good either. I’d take IC Light Mango over this any day of the week.

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