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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Reviews: 280
Hads: 674
Avg: 3.69
pDev: 23.58%
Wants: 14
Gots: 73 | FT: 0
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Maine, United States

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

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: Todd on 03-20-2009

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Reviews by thehyperduck:
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3.8/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

625 mL bottle from the LCBO; best before July 2013. This is a style I don’t get around to trying very often, but as a hophead, I am rarely displeased with them. Served slightly chilled, and poured into a tulip.

Pours a hazy amber-orange colour, topped with one finger of dense, creamy, off-white coloured head that gradually seeps away over the next few minutes, leaving behind a thin collar around the margin and a few wisps on the surface. Not much lacing initially, but subsequent pours generate copious smears of the stuff. Looks fairly effervescent. On the nose I am getting mostly butterscotch and pink grapefruit, a little pine, and suggestions of biscuits and lemon. The malts are quite prominent, but the hops are strong enough to pinpoint this as a DIPA vs. something else (e.g. barleywine).

Decent flavour, with the profile astutely balanced between sweetness and bitterness. The malty butterscotch and biscuit malts are strong contributors, but the pink grapefruit, pine sap and grassy notes of the American hops round everything out nicely, with some additional fruity apricot notes for added measure. Finishes with a bitter, herbal, almost woody note and a bit of heat from the ethanol. On the heavier side of medium-bodied, with the oily hops and very weak carbonation giving it a silky-smooth mouthfeel. Fairly drinkable for the style, but after a while the sub-par alcohol masking will probably bother the uninitiated.

Final Grade: 3.80, barely scratching out a B+. Shipyard’s XXXX IPA is a serviceable DIPA with no deal-breaking flaws, but in truth it possesses very little to distinguish it from other serviceable examples of the style. In short, I like this, but I could live without it. At 9.3% I expect a certain level of booziness - but this one has a bit too much heat for that percentage, and a serious lack of complexity/variety in flavour for that booze to integrate with and prevent it from becoming an annoyance. The hop flavours could also stand to be kicked up a notch, but as far as balanced DIPAs go, this is a well put-together example that drinks nicely. A brew that I might recommend to others, and would consider picking up again – though not really a priority. Decent value at its LCBO price point considering the lack of DIPAs and barleywines, and this batch should remain tasty for at least a few more months. Worth a try.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of RoyalT
2.06/5  rDev -44.2%
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.

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Photo of metter98
3.78/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is crystal clear amber in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high off white head that died down, leaving thick lacing on the surface, a collar around the edge, and webs of bubbles down the sides of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of biscuit and caramel malts are present in the nose.
T: Similar to the smell, the overall taste is mostly dominated by flavors of biscuity and caramel malts. There is just a slight amount of bitterness, but the hops mostly serve to mask any associated sweetness from the malts.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer tastes like an Imperial English India Pale Ale, if there was such a style since it isn't very hoppy. It is rather drinkable as it hides any traces of alcohol.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of beerhunter13
4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

Photo of NicMurray
4.38/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of my go to ipa's.

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Photo of ExtraStout
3.49/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

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Photo of Zakk
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of npala86
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of tbryan5
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of ROBORB
2.55/5  rDev -30.9%
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.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
4.03/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

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Photo of csmartin6
3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

Photo of Afroman
2.85/5  rDev -22.8%

Photo of TTripp725
2.5/5  rDev -32.2%

Photo of bishopdc0
4.04/5  rDev +9.5%
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

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Photo of aquazr1
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of Motleydrunk56
2.5/5  rDev -32.2%

Photo of GreenMountainBoy
2.75/5  rDev -25.5%

Photo of olradetbalder
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of chudson1992
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of Cavanaghty
3.55/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

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Photo of magictrokini
3.88/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

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Photo of kingcrowing
3.1/5  rDev -16%
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.

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Photo of virinow
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Brilliant ruby amber 1” frothy head, dissipates to thick film, and produces thick lace. S: Grassy, resiny, citrusy hops, malt, fruit. T: Very rich, caramelly malt, fruit flavors that balance the hop bitterness F: Medium to medium full body, medium carbonation, soft palate, clean and smooth. O: This is a damn fine DIPA

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Shipyard XXXX IPA (Pugsley's Signature Series) from Shipyard Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 280 ratings.