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Shipyard XXXX IPA (Pugsley's Signature Series) - Shipyard Brewing Co.

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Shipyard XXXX IPA (Pugsley's Signature Series)Shipyard XXXX IPA (Pugsley's Signature Series)

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651 Ratings
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Ratings: 651
Reviews: 281
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 15.3%
Wants: 14
Gots: 60 | FT: 0
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Shipyard Brewing Co. visit their website
Maine, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  9.25% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Todd on 03-20-2009

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Ratings: 651 | Reviews: 281
Reviews by Aaron_Ramson:
Photo of Aaron_Ramson
3.6/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Sweet fruit punch in the nose; pineapples and grapes with boozy wine scent, endin g with a little hop dankness. Taste is cheap sugar booziness and tons of bittering hops, probably in an effort to mask the foul adjunct taste. Oily mouthfeel and heavy carbonation. A disappointment.

More User Reviews:
Photo of RoyalT
2.06/5  rDev -43.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Appearance - This poured a thick brown in color with a tinge of orange and almost no head at all. The liquid looked great but the top was AWOL.

Smell - There's some nice citrus hops in the nose but nothing too powerful. The surprise for me was the malt. I expect a big, juicy malt contribution to the DIPA nose and instead it's more like a strong English bitter.

Taste - Egad, this is more like en English Ale. The hops are herbal with some mild citrus notes but are way too small for the style. Where are the DIPA malts? This is supposed to be a big beer with a big malt base and it's toasty and putrid.

Mouthfeel - This is medium-bodied with some mild carbonation and an English bitterness that could kill a horse.

Sinkability - I don't know where all of the 4+ reviews are coming from; this beer was crap.

Photo of NicMurray
4.38/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of my go to ipa's.

Photo of ExtraStout
3.49/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy amber orange color with a finger of yellow stained foam for a head. Fair amount of lacing on the glass. Nose is a very sweet smelling candy/fruity mixture of hops and malt. The malt aroma comes across as being caramel and something very similar to cotton candy. Hop aroma is hidden behind the malt but it comes through minorly as cascade's identifiable grapefruit scent.

Taste is malty sweet up front and slightly caramel-like with a nice lingering bitterness from the hops. The alcohol pokes through into the finish of the flavor as well, it is slightly astringent. Medium feel and low carb. Overall it's not bad, ABV saves it for me.

Photo of ROBORB
2.55/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

22 oz. bomber courtesy TheManiacalOne, thanks Mark!

This beer poured a dark, murky and very hazy brown amber with a 2 finger head. If I didn't know any better I would have guessed that someone just took a sample from a dirty pond and handed it to me. It had very good lacing throughout the sample however.

It smelled of old hops, faint citrus and malt. I couldn't get anything out of this beer.

The carbonation was slightly above medium carbonation. I found the taste to be very astringent and dry. There was no balance between the hops and the malts. I couldn't finish the entire bomber much less a whole pint.

I could not recommend this beer to anyone. It was unbalanced and overly hot.

Photo of lordofthewiens
4.03/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this in Federal Jack's, where it was listed as a seasonal at 9.65% ABV. Downstairs in the store, I bought a growler of it, which said it was a test batch for Pugsley's Signature Series, and was listed as 8.75% ABV. Anyway, this was a pretty good DIPA. Served in a 12oz tumbler, the beer was an amber color with a medium-sized ecru head and quite a bit of lacing. It had a strong citus aroma, and also a bit of pepper. Some sweet malt at first taste, quickly overrun with grapefruit. Little bit of spice to it. This beer was a mouthful, and very enjoyable.

Photo of bishopdc0
4.04/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this on my first trip to the SeaDog brew pub in South Portland.

It pours golden amber with little head true to a cask

The aroma is flora hops not over the top reminds me of dogfish 60 sweet citrus but with the trademark buttery aroma true to a Pugley beer nice

The taste is similar to the aroma it is sweet floral hops a nice citrus it is also full of crystal malts making a buttery taste it then finishes with a bitter end very light nice

Photo of Cavanaghty
3.55/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Reddish amber color, with an off white head, mild lacing on the glass.

Smell: Sweet honey, hops, citrus and pine.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Smooth medium bodied. Taste of honey, with bitter pine and hops, mild citrus.

Overall: Not a bad take on an Imperial IPA, the sweet honey like flavor is nice. I like it but it is not my first choice.

Photo of magictrokini
3.88/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours clear, oily orange-gold with a short-lived one finger white head. Thick lacing. Soapy pine hops with some caramel sweetness in the nose. Fortunately, the taste is much better. Pine, resin, pine oil, and more resin. No soap, very little earthiness. Some grapefruit and lemon, but more of the citrus zest than the actual fruit flavor. Good malt backbone doesn't get in the way but balances the hops nicely. Tart, dry finish. Very easy to drink, considering the ABV. Happy to finally try this one.

Photo of kingcrowing
3.1/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

22oz bomber poured into a 33cl Celebrator glass.

Pours a hazy amber with no head but a tiny light yellow rim. Nose is boozy sharp and bitter.

Taste is just like the nose hot and hoppy, and a bit unplesantly so. The alcohol is right up front and very hot. The hops are just coming in as bitterness and that's it, no floral hop flavor at all.

Photo of dogfishandi
3.41/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle around fridge temp, poured into a snifter, split with friends.

pours out a fairly clear orange, copper color, slight off white head, maybe 1 finger or so. decent retention with some lace that sticks around.

mostly buttery and soapy malts in the aroma, really not much hops. this is a DIPA? maybe a slight herbal quality

definatly more of an english ipa thing going on, almost more malty than it is hoppy. a big buttery, semi-sweet maltiness, a bit of soapiness. light citrus and herbal hops barely break through. some bitterness, but definatly not on an IPA level.

does not feel nearly as big as 9.25%. medium body, nice feeling carbonation, but no resins or oily bitterness that ive come to love with this style.

i can see the whole english thing going on with the buttery malts and what not, but they really shouldnt call this a DIPA. the hops are hardly noticable.

Photo of far333
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Honied apricot orange with a thick and dimpled beige head that lingers long.

Low aroma with pine and citrusy notes.

Flavoris hot upfront, seems masked by fusel vapors. Pine and grapefruit pith emerge as it oppens up. High bitterness paired with honied malt, pineapple and mango.

Mouthfeel is full, but a bit slick and slippery.

Average drinkability, seems too hot, not completely balanced, and tends toward a barleywine style at times.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.71/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A darker orange color, bordering on brown. Aroma was faint sweetness. No real hop aroma.

Taste, it is a large beer, big in every way, bitterness, old school alpha acid hops, and malt body, caramel, toffee. A slight amount of pine, citrus, maybe even cinnnamon? Something to give it a little spice, maybe it was pepper. A lot of beers doing the imperial English ipa thing lately, this one is a good start. Its not that its entirely English style, just the large amount of caramel and toffee? prolly mute out what could be a west coast ipa. Given its geography, it prolly is more receptive in its current form. A little pricey, this was $10 a 4 pack, but actually, since it was only in the biggies before that for like $8, this actually has come around to being a decent buy from a value perspective.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.4/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I would have never bought a bomber of this but to roll the dice on a 12 ounce beer from a brewery that I typically can't stand doesn't seem so wrong especially when it's a style of beer that I really like. Appears a glowing ruby copper color with a light beige khaki head forming thick with fine even lacing as it dwindles. Aroma has upfront citrus and earthy hop accents going on...not bad at the first few smells. The flavor howevery is soapy with hops and ringwood yeast notes, citrus pith with a blinding bitterness and hop pellet explosion. The tart Pugsley open fermentation system doesn't do it for me and this beer has an astringent perfume like finish about it. Mouthfeel the bitterness doesn't leave us, the carbonation is mellow and even definitely the best of the Shipyard lineup...Overall I have no need to revisit this beer.

Photo of chinchill
3.96/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle dated best before Jan. 2013 served in a pint glass. Pours a deep copper-amber with a tiny and fragile tan head.
Perhaps the most appealing aroma of any DIPA I've sampled, this XXXX ale has strong notes of vanilla and caramel that compete with the spice and citrus notes from the hops. The flavor reflects these notes and starts quite sweet, but the hop load quickly comes to the fore. From mid-taste on, there's no mistaking this for the dessert beer your nose leads you to expect. By the finish the flavor is at least moderately bitter with some grapefruit rind, although sweet caramel and vanilla linger on.

O: a fun DIPA in that there's a real contrast between the aroma and the flavor. Easy drinking for a DIPA, but the malt/hop ration will be too high for some hop heads.

Photo of linnet
3.78/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Deep amber colour, small thick off-white head, lacing although less than expected. Aroma is maltier than is usual for the style, of course hops is there as well, grapefruit, citrus and pine are the notes that I can find. There is also some strange metallic notes that I usually find in Shipyard's beers. Flavour is also less hoppy than is usual for a DIPA and reminds more of a well hopped IPA. Luckily the strange metallic notes found in the aroma is not present in the flavour and it is a Decent brew but sadly there is more bittering hop than aromatic which makes it lack complexity. Mouthfeel is average, small crisp bubbles.

Photo of Brenden
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

XXXX (which I assume is even more hardcore than XXX) is a thick and thickly clouded deep burnt orange color so dark that it's almost red, a bit like rust but brighter. A head about one finger tall forms and manages good retention, leaving a mix of patching and spotting in good quantity on my glass.
This is an extremely interesting DIPA and one that blurs the line between styles, making the drinker unsure of the difference between a big imperial IPA and a hoppy barleywine. Juicy hops with both citrus and tropical notes with a floral complement make up the hops profile, but malts are big here too, giving this brew even more sweetness. Alcohol is what I expect, a big warm kick, and pleasantly devoid of any fusel or ethanolic taint. This beer ultimately makes me think of candied grapefruit, if ever there was such a thing.
It flows very nicely and has a big, creamy, smooth body with a very nice consistent crispness carrying it along as well.
With a whole lot of competition in this style, Shipyard does it right.

Photo of biboergosum
3.51/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle, the last part of the mixed case of IPAs from Shipyard.

This beer pours a clear, medium copper amber hue, with two fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and slightly bubbly ecru head, which leaves some decent frothing ocean swell lace around the glass as it slowly subsides.

It smells of sharp fresh pine needles, creamy, yet still bitter orange and grapefruit citrus, rather sweet caramel and toffee malt, and leafy, weedy, and well-perfumed hops, the alcohol bristling at the gate. The taste is more doughy, sweet caramel malt, one fairly enveloped in booze, a generic bitterness that is hard to parse into either green flora or citrus hop notes, and a more specific leafy, over-perfumed character.

The carbonation is fairly understated in its basically frothy demeanour, the body a decently solid medium weight, and more or less smooth, the alcohol trumping the hops for interference rights. It finishes off-dry, with a strengthening trend to the hoppy bitterness and drying booze esters.

Not a particularly enjoyable DIPA, it seems like once again, somebody on the East Coast tried to imperialize an English-style IPA, and you get this - a perfumed, acrid morass of a beer. It's not bad, but it is missing all the good things that make the American DIPA, well, good, and for that, I doubt that I would ever want to revisit this one.

Photo of mdaschaf
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a standard pint glass

A: Pours a hazy dark amber/copper color. Half finger head, off white in color. Decent lacing down the glass.

S: Nice hop aroma, citrus fruits - mostly grapefruit. Also some pine. Get a lot more malt than expected.

T: Very earthy flavor, typical hop characteristics and citrus fruits. On the back end, lots of malt though. Heavy on the caramel and toffee.

M/D: Medium bodied, but a bit on the thinner side for the style. Nice carbonation and a nice bitter finish. I liked it, but might not have pegged it for a DIPA.

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.98/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A deep and glowing amber, vibrant and inticing. An off-white and sticky, clumpy and very healthy head dissipates in moderate fashion. Lots of solid foam is left over and remains sticky. healthy.

The caramle scented malt hits first, smooth and buttery yeast effects, sweet, fruity hops with pineapple, strawberry and maple butter along side. Cedar and oak furniture in the back.

Mmmmm, a thick and full feeling malty heftiness gives off good complexity. Sweet bread and toffee gives it an authentic English flavor. The desne herbal bitterness follows all that very quickly with peppery and then fruity flavor's. pineapple and grapefruit is most obvious, with a clean and snappy finish. complex with a long, dry boozy finish. The very end is bitter with acorns and dried leaves. Herbal and dry with a spicey heat and dank sweet fruits is in good balance. the high alpha acids in the finish limit the drinkabilty slightly.

Photo of jmz62565
3.61/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear dark orange with a large tan foamy head with lacing that lasts. The smell is a little weak with some spices,orange peel,bread yeast,and alcohol. The taste is crisp with a real bitter hop flavor along with bread yeast,citrus hops,and a strong alcohol flavor. The m/f is good with all the flavors mixing pretty well. Not a bad beer,a little harsh,but another decent offering from Shipyard.

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.48/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance - Pours a beautiful ruby amber with an off-white, finger width head. Average retention. Results in a lacing that's thin but sticky.

Smell - Smells of caramel malts and a touch of toffee, with only the faintest hint of hops lying beneath.

Taste - Taste is thick, caramel character complimented by a nice floral hop undertone. Finishes with just a touch of citrus bitterness. Good flavor... but 2IPA? I don't think so.

Mouthfeel - Medium to full bodied. Nice, tingly carbonation. Smooth and drinkable.

Overall - This is an IPA, let alone an 2IPA? drinks like an aggressive red ale, and that's how they should market it. Loses points for being misclassified.

Photo of Stigs
3.63/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, served in a standard pint glass...dated "enjoy by Mar 2011"

A - pours with a quarter inch of loose bubbly very light khaki colored foam. the beer is just slightly hazy, light copper in color. random walls of filmy lace down the glass.

S - spicy, earthy hops, picking up some pine and grapefruit...very present caramel and toffee malts...bordering a barleywine.

T - ripe melon and grapefruit, spicy earthy and light grassy hops...ample bitterness but turns sweeter at the midway point. caramel, toffee, finishes spicy with a mild alcohol kick.

M - a bit light and watery for the flavor profile, but nice light and playful carbonation. somewhat oily, finishes with lingering bitter pine and malty sweetness.

D - actually liked it, just not so much as a DIPA. grading it to style here. even my girlfriend liked it, and she hates IPA's (let alone doubles). i might pick up a couple more of these, and see how they do past the "drink by" date.

Photo of Sammy
4.03/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Strange Brew bartender: You want our cask, it just came on. A: Yes, whatever it is. This is the experience: Orange colour with a lot of lace already in a huge snifter (that's what he gave me). Aroma there is abundant and pleasing hops. Wickedly tasty balance,above average and creamy mouthfeel. I savoured every sip, as my wife stood by my side ever reminding me of our impending flight.

Photo of cjgator3
3.89/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle

A- Pours a clear copper color with a huge creamy off-white head with great retention and lacing.

S- The aroma has a good grapefruit and piney hope with a good amount of malt and sweet caramel. Very balanced, and not one dimensional like some DIPAs can be. I would like to see a touch more hops but it is a very nice aroma regardless.

T- The taste like the aroma is very balanced for a DIPA. The taste starts with with a lot of malt and caramel with a nice dose of grapefruit in the finish. I'm a big fan of this one, it's a perfect balance between the malt and hops.

M- The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a perfect amount of carbonation.

D- Overall, I really enjoyed this beer. By far the best beer from Shipyard that I've tried. Highly Recommended!

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Shipyard XXXX IPA (Pugsley's Signature Series) from Shipyard Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 651 ratings.