BigBen2120 (688) - Derry, New Hampshire, USA - AUG 17, 2009
22oz screwtop bottle purchased at McKinnon’s in Salem. Pours a deep crystal-clear amber with a good inch of slowly-dissipating off-white head that clings rather nicely to the side of the glass after it disappears. Aroma is dominated by leafy, minty, floral, citrussy (orange, lemon, grapefruit), with a slight bit of caramel and butterscotch. Citrussy, with a fair bit of caramel and butterscotch to balance it out. Notes of chocolate, mint, and grass also make their presence known as the beer disappears. Medium in body with a moderate but effervescent carbonation. A surprisingly easy drinker considering the abv and complexity. This beer went away far more quickly that I would have liked it to. A slam-dunk for Shipyard, no question, and possibly their best offering to date. SanfordBrewer (1574) - Sanford, Florida, USA - DEC 29, 2009
UPDATED: MAR 24, 2011 (br-btl gn-lbl 22oz, $10)mojorisn (26) - - NOV 7, 2012
lct-cpr, thin-lasting-wh-head, full-body, med-co2.
aroma: bready-biscuity-malt dark-citrusy-hops.
flavor: ^bready-biscuity-malt ^leafy-citrus-hops, hops are not super bitter or bright but blend right into the crml flavors (like candied hop cones).
I really enjoyed this beer, especially once it warmed up a bit.
I’ve also had this from cask at shipyard emporium, but it was not nearly as flavorful, and only deserving of a rating down in the 3.5 range.
An amazing brew. The first time I tried it I was a little disappointed. I was expected full-on hops and bitter, but was greeted with a sweet smooth malty thing. I just finished my fourth bottle (my first was a few months ago, not hours!) and it’s right up there for me now. It’s still very hoppy, but not too carbonated, and doesn’t shy away from it’s warming alcohol/sweetness. Notes of pine and bitter citrus, balanced with a raisiny and resiny thickness. Was almost gonna say hints of burnt raisins, but since when am I, or anyone else, in the habit of burning raisins? I guess there’s baking, but still, come on- mnurda (1285) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - AUG 28, 2011
Bottled sample from Happy HArrys. Absolutley loved this beer. Loved the cascade hops. Full of flavour. Cant wait to get more Sissio (1643) - Orsenigo, ITALY - JUL 4, 2017
Bottle at home. Dark copper, clear, cream orange head. Fulfilling sweet malts, caramel, spicy, nutmeg, red pepper, sweet red orange juice. Bitter sweet balance, butterscotch, complex taste with bitter lasting finish.
yesyouam (1016) - Fairport, New York, USA - MAY 31, 2010
Shipyard XXXX IPA is a very clear, very dense, sparkling amber ale with a soft, dense, light khaki head that has excellent retention and lacing. It has a full, sweet floral aroma with notes of citrus and fresh baked cookies. It’s full bodied and very smooth with a clean dry finish. It’s full flavored and leaning a bit toward the malt. It’s a touch sweet with notes of ruby red grapefruit and pine resin. It’s earthy and peppery, with an ample bitterness that lingers for a little while. This is like an English Imperial IPA, if there is such a thing. It’s like a mash-up between an IIPA and and English IPA. Very nice indeed tderoeck (9656) - Gent, BELGIUM - AUG 4, 2011
3/08/2011 1pt. 6Fl. Oz. bottle @ Klaas’ place (2011-367) Thanks to Klaas for sharing the bottle! jsmerig (1585) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 11, 2012
Copper red beer, very small yellowish head, unstable and non adhesive. Aroma: very fruity, peaches, passion fruits, some pineapple, very sweet, alcohol noticeable on warming up. MF: light carbon, full body. Taste: very fruity start, pretty sweet, malts, piny and resin notes, floral touches too, some wild honey and pineapple in the end. Aftertaste: yeast, hop bitters, fruity still, spices (rosemary & thyme), pretty dry ending but very balanced beer!
Pours a clear reddish amber with a thick foamy head. Aroma is candied malt with a hint of Banana and berry. Taste is interestingly well-balanced throughout the taste with sweet, tart and bitter notes appearing simultaneously. The finish is nicely crisp for this heavy an ale. And hints of grapefruit and oak linger.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone Hungarian_G (90) - - NOV 29, 2012
Pours a very nice amber with a frothy tan head and good lacing. Nice notes of citrus, pine and herbal hops over top of a strong caramel malt backbone and background notes of yeasty-bread and earth. For 70 IBUs it is actually quite sweet with lots of complex malt flavours; hops are still very present and very fragrant. Nice bitter, but balanced finish. Not overpowering; the alcohol is well hidden. A very nice IPA, more in the British than American style, and extremely drinkable! wyzzywyz22 (2108) - Wirral, Merseyside, ENGLAND - SEP 14, 2009
Bottle, Beer Ritz, Leeds.Poured a very appealing clear bronze colour with a medium sized creamy beige head which hung around. A lot of appeal in the aroma which had buckets of piney citric hops mixed with caramel malt. The resinous hops and caramel malts are tantalisingly prevalent in the flavour which I found myself enjoying in a very big way. The 9.2 abv barely registers on the alco-radar. Really lovely body and balance to this. Great lingering bitter finish. Top Class. I have friends in Maine I haven’t seen in 16 years.... Time for a visit methinks !