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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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BA SCORE
83
good

571 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 571
Reviews: 268
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 15.89%
Wants: 12
Gots: 35 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Shipyard Brewing Co. visit their website
Maine, United States

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

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Todd on 03-20-2009)
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Reviews by Aaron_Ramson:
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3.59/5  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.

Aaron_Ramson, Dec 06, 2013
More User Reviews:
Photo of RoyalT
2.05/5  rDev -43.8%
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.

RoyalT, Oct 18, 2009
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4.25/5  rDev +16.4%

beerhunter13, Nov 25, 2012
Photo of ExtraStout
3.49/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

ExtraStout, Dec 27, 2013
Photo of Zakk
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Zakk, Aug 14, 2012
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4/5  rDev +9.6%

npala86, Aug 07, 2013
Photo of tbryan5
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

tbryan5, Jan 19, 2013
Photo of ROBORB
2.55/5  rDev -30.1%
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.

ROBORB, Jan 15, 2010
Photo of lordofthewiens
4.03/5  rDev +10.4%
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.

lordofthewiens, Apr 01, 2009
Photo of csmartin6
3.25/5  rDev -11%

csmartin6, Apr 29, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -31.5%

TTripp725, Jul 08, 2014
Photo of bishopdc0
4.03/5  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

bishopdc0, Dec 09, 2010
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4/5  rDev +9.6%

aquazr1, Aug 01, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -31.5%

Motleydrunk56, Jun 26, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -24.7%

GreenMountainBoy, Jan 10, 2013
Photo of chudson1992
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

chudson1992, May 26, 2013
Photo of Cavanaghty
3.56/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

Cavanaghty, May 20, 2012
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3.9/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

magictrokini, Jul 30, 2009
Photo of kingcrowing
3.13/5  rDev -14.2%
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.

kingcrowing, May 09, 2010
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4/5  rDev +9.6%

virinow, Nov 17, 2011
Photo of dogfishandi
3.43/5  rDev -6%
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.

dogfishandi, Nov 21, 2011
Photo of far333
3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

far333, Jul 06, 2009
Photo of Sobertso
4.5/5  rDev +23.3%

Sobertso, Aug 16, 2012
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.71/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

Beerandraiderfan, Jul 03, 2010
Photo of WVbeergeek
3.35/5  rDev -8.2%
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.

WVbeergeek, Feb 11, 2012
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Shipyard XXXX IPA (Pugsley's Signature Series) from Shipyard Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 571 ratings.