I thought I’d kick off American Craft Beer Week 2012 by trying something new. So I went to one of my local craft beer secret spots and looked over the shelves for something different. With a name like “Monkey Fist” it’s got to be good… Right? It has a red label and a monkey with a fistful of hops? So far, so good. 6.9% abv, still on the right track for me. Pacific Park Market had the 12 oz.bottles sold as singles, (usually a sign that they have limited quantities), so I grabbed a bottle and headed home anticipating my first sip.
Shipyard Brewing – Monkey Fist IPA – 6.9% ABV
Shipyard Monkey Fist IPA is the genesis of a new generation of IPA. The traditional elements of classic English IPA have been redefined by American craft beer innovation. Like the image suggests, Monkey Fist 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.
Monkey Fist: a knot tied at the end of a sailor’s rope to serve as a weight and make it easier to throw.
Malt: Pale Ale, Malted Wheat, Munich, Crystal, Caramalt
Hops: Warrior, Glacier, Cascade
Yeast: Top-Fermenting English
First Brewed: February 2012
Availability: Year Round
Available: 12oz Bottles, 22oz Bottles Keg
It pours a rich amber color with a nice fluffy head. It has a grapefruit nose with a bit of malt. But the fun ended there when after my first sip, I immediately spun the bottle around looking for an expiration date.
Best enjoyed before: D12
That’s December 2012, right? Houston, we have a drinking problem. It’s only May 2012 and this beer tastes skunked. Remembering my visit to beersensoryscience.com I quickly realize the proper term is “light-struck”. Either way, this one is a drain pour. I try to power through it with a couple more sips, because it looks really great in the glass and I hate to waste beer. Then I recall a poignant bumper sticker… “Life is too short to drink crappy beer!”
So down the drain it goes, along with the $2.29 it cost me for a single 12 oz. bottle. On the bright side, at least I hadn’t gone for a whole sixer. It’s a shame because this was my first beer from Shipyard Brewing and based on this experience I won’t be looking forward to my next Shipyard brew. I know that PPM stores their beer properly, so this was either a problem at the brewery or during shipping, ironic that their name is Shipyard.
1 cap from me. File this one away under “Skip it”.
Beer Soaked Erik