When I pulled Shipyard American IPA out of the LIDL 6 hoppy beer selection I'd just bought I was convinced that I'd already reviewed it, so much so I spent half an hour scouring this site looking for the review. Alas it was no where to be found, which means I must have drank it before I set up this site, ah well it's just a good excuse to have another. Shipyard Brewing Company are based in Maine USA, I've had a quick look around their site and established this is the only one of their beers I've heard of, but I can tell you from experience of visiting many pubs around the UK it's everywhere.
In this case Shipyard IPA comes in a pretty standard 500ml bottle with a nice picture of a boat at sea. It's clearly very proud to be American, aren't they all? And very proud of been a family run business. The beer comes with a very bog standard 5% alcohol content, which isn't a bad thing, it's just somewhere between the fun zone and a good beer for a session. Shipyard IPA pours a clear golden amber, with a pretty lame and quick to disappear head. It looks ok, just like pretty much every other American IPA, or most IPA's in general.
The aroma is pretty strong with plenty of citrus fruits and malts, really this smells like most other IPA's, which is a shame because I like to try and distinguish at least a little bit for you. Before taking my first sip I'm left feeling like this is going to be a very standard IPA, but the fact that it's so widely available gives me some hope that maybe, just maybe there's going to be something special in the taste. Sadly though the reality is that most beers that are this readily available are quite generic as they need to be able to sell in large quantities.
The taste is very much as you'd expect. There's an initial twang of hops and citrus, but ultimately it just disappears into the it's been done 1000 times before fruity, hoppy IPA mould. I'm not saying Shipyard American IPA is a bad drink, it's just really generic, and as a result it's really dull. If you're sat in a bar and it's a choice between a variety of lagers and this, as has happened to me on more than one occasion before, then go for it, at least it tastes of something. However if you're in a bar with a decent selection of IPA's available try something a little more adventurous. I'm going to give Shipyard American IPA 5 out of 10. It's not bad, it's just seriously boring.