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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

617 Ratings
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Ratings: 617
Reviews: 272
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 15.62%
Wants: 12
Gots: 42 | 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 KFaulkner:
Photo of KFaulkner
3.55/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Unique Beer #0660

So, this was a delicious beer. What else can I say? It's a double IPA, it's big, it's bold, it's hoppy and it's strong. Is it tasty? Oh yeah - not the most balanced Imperial IPA I've ever had, but it a delicious entry in the long line of Imperial IPA's that every brewing is doing now.

What makes this one unique is two things - first, the brewer's face is on the back of the bottle. I thought this was weird. Was this his idea? Was he like "Hey, this beer is so awesome, I want you to slap my face on the back." I'm not faulting him for this, I'm glad he's proud of his beer and he wants credit for it just like an author would on the jacket of a novel. And then it has one of those foiley things on the top which really serves no purpose whatsoever except maybe to help justify the price tag.

Here's my biggest problem - this 22 oz. bomber was a twist-off. WTF? A 22 oz. twist off?? Really??? You know Pugsley, if we're buying beers of this quality, we probably own a bottle opener. Personally, I like using these bottles for homebrewing and it was a bit of a disappointment that I couldn't use this one - probably the first bottle over 12 oz. I've seen that is a twist off.

In fact, after drinking this beer - and at 9+% abv, understandably - I emailed Shipyard to complain about the twist-off.

I never got a reply, and why should I - all I did was complain about their bottle and it's too late now. But listen, if you're like me and you like to re-use these bottles - skip it. There are better Imperial IPA's out there so there's no reason to drop the 10 bucks or so on this bottle if you reuse them for homebrew.

Otherwise, give it a try.

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.

Photo of beerhunter13
4.25/5  rDev +16.4%

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.

Photo of Zakk
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of npala86
4/5  rDev +9.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

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.

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.

Photo of csmartin6
3.25/5  rDev -11%

Photo of Afroman
2.85/5  rDev -21.9%

Photo of TTripp725
2.5/5  rDev -31.5%

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

Photo of aquazr1
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of Motleydrunk56
2.5/5  rDev -31.5%

Photo of GreenMountainBoy
2.75/5  rDev -24.7%

Photo of olradetbalder
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of chudson1992
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

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.

Photo of magictrokini
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.

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.

Photo of virinow
4/5  rDev +9.6%

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.

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.

Photo of Sobertso
4.5/5  rDev +23.3%

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