Shipyard Monkey Fist IPA

Shipyard Monkey Fist IPA

Brewed by: Shipyard Brewing Co.

Beer Classification and Specs

  • Style: IPA
  • Variation: American
  • Seasonal: No
  • ABV: 6.9%
  • IBU: 65

Label Trivia: A Monkey Fist is a knot tied at the end of a sailor’s rope to serve as a weight, making it easier to throw.

Brewer’s Notes and Ingredients

Monkey Fist IPA is edgy, aggressive, and unique in style. This beer is brilliant copper in color and exploding with Warrior, Glacier and Cascade hop character but able to maintain a beautiful balance.

Hops: Warrior, Glacier, Cascade

Malts: Pale Ale, Malted Wheat, Munich, Crystal, Caramalt

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First Impressions

Artwork: Very cool label. Vector cartoon artwork of an angry monkey with handfuls of fresh hops, and a monkey fist knot tied to his tail.

Color: Amber, pale red. Cloudy.

Aroma: Very hoppy.

The Tasting

Arrived in: 22 oz. Bottle

Served in: Glass

Shipyard Monkey Fist IPA is what I call a “traditional IPA”.

What makes it traditional you ask? Regardless of English vs American style, my traditional classification must meet the following criteria:

☑ Cloudy and/or darker-than-most IPAs in color

☑ Thicker consistency

☑ Extra hoppiness (yes, hoppiness is a word)

☑ Fluffy sea foam topper

I was actually surprised to see Monkey Fist was not classed as English style, for its darker color and heavier body.

Shipyard used 3 different types of hops to brew this beer, and Warrior’s characteristic bitterness is the most prominent on your tastebuds.

This IPA’s hop levels are not off the chart (exploding as the brewer put it), but they effectively combine for a subtly bitter, yet floral IPA flavor.

Final Score: 3.5/5


Shipyard Monkey Fist IPA met all of my IPA requirements, and frankly, what anybody should look for in an IPA. As a bonus, this was an educational beer – now I know what a monkey fist is. And knowing is half the battle, or something like that…

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