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: 278
Hads: 667
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 15.8%
Wants: 13
Gots: 68 | 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

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Beer added by: Todd on 03-20-2009

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Photo of DosBeerigos
4.92/5  rDev +34.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

C. Clear as can be
H. Red-ish Orange; almost like a piece of copper
N. Hops, hops, and more hops (notes of citrus, pine, and some sweet aromas)

XXXX is quite like a party on my tongue. There are four different types of hops in this bad boy, and to balance out the bitterness there are four different types of malt. Now while I'm not a fan of malt, I am a fan of hops. I can't say anything bad about this beer, partially because my kindergarten teacher (Miss Buzzy) told me to never say anything bad about anyone or anything. Although even if I wanted to I couldn't. This is an amazingly well balanced IPA that if I could I would drink it all day, bathe in it, and then attempt to make sweet sweet love in it. YOU MUST TRY THIS BEER! Score; 4.97 (745 characters)

Photo of ericandanna2005
4.87/5  rDev +32.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Not enough love for this IPA! One of my favorite malty non-traditional DIPA's. Intoxicating smell and flavor that brings me back to this staple time and time again! Can't believe the low score...I guess some prefer the straw colored pine tree crap that is being passed off as "craft beer"...Shipyard XXX is a winner! (316 characters)

Photo of SSS
4.86/5  rDev +32.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Absolutely wonderful brew.

A-Orange bronze color
S-Pine, citrus hops goodness
T-Nice malt taste, with a slight bitter finish. Roasted flavors almost give a slight smokiness undertone. Milt citrus and pine taste.
M-Carbonation is perfect, not too bubble and the head stands up really well, nice and creamy.
O-This is a very nice surprise, I highly recommend. (358 characters)

Photo of Jemonster
4.73/5  rDev +28.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

This is from notes.

A: Light rust color with thin off-white head. Medium level looking carbonation.

S: Strong floral hops and stone fruits. Sweet, sticky honey.

T: A pretty sweet tasting IPA. Seems like lots of dry hopping. Very floral again, with peaches and honey. Think mead. Lingering bitterness at the end. Heavily bittersweet, at both ends of the spectrum. Don't notice the high ABV.

M: Pretty viscous and heavy with light carbonation. The high ABV is not present here either.

O: This is great. Uncharacteristic of most IPA's but wonderful in it's own way. Taste with an open mind. (592 characters)

Photo of Blitzstyle
4.72/5  rDev +28.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured: from a 22oz bottel into a Dogfish sniffer.
Nice inch, inch and half of head. Really nice deep copper color.

Aroma: Great citrus grapefuitish smell to it. Smeels like it will have a big overpowering bite to it. Lingers nice on the glass extremly appealing!

Taste: Surprisingly smooth and sweet not at all what you would expect from the smell. Unusual, but quite pleasant taste. A very well balanced brew.

Mouthfeel: Not very over powering at all very nice and balanced. What a great beer (497 characters)

Photo of MrHurmateeowish
4.72/5  rDev +28.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

22oz screwtop bottle purchased at McKinnon's in Salem. Pours a deep crystal-clear amber with a good inch of slowly-dissipating off-white head that clings rather nicely to the side of the glass after it disappears. Aroma is dominated by leafy, minty, floral, citrussy (orange, lemon, grapefruit), with a slight bit of caramel and butterscotch. Citrussy, with a fair bit of caramel and butterscotch to balance it out. Notes of chocolate, mint, and grass also make their presence known as the beer disappears. Medium in body with a moderate but effervescent carbonation. A surprisingly easy drinker considering the abv and complexity. This beer went away far more quickly that I would have liked it to. A slam-dunk for Shipyard, no question, and possibly their best offering to date. (780 characters)

Photo of SDtastentune
4.57/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Yellow ipa style, thin head great lace.

S - Smells of citrus hops, malts, and grapefruit, alcohol.

T - WOW, astringent alcohol, piny citrus malts, taste like super glue if I knew what that tasted like?? Very different DIPA than the norm.

M - Medium carbonation, great aftertaste.

D - Drinks kinda rough for a DIPA, but most are a little over the top right? This one might be in its own class of DIPA, not the norm for me... Way bitter alcohol astringent like. Wow gotta try this one again. (497 characters)

Photo of nectar14
4.55/5  rDev +24%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fair warning: I drank this beer after a TERRIBLE day at work. I don't know if that made it seem better that it actually is...

A: Gold/orange in color with 1 finger white head that dissipates fairly quickly.
S: Lovely nose of piny, citrusy hops. It doesn't blow you away on the nose with hops, but seems to be nicely balanced.
T: Outstanding. Maltiness and hoppiness complement each other perfectly and both linger together on the finish, though the hops last longer. Assertive, though not too aggressive.
M: Easy drinking and a great mouthfeel.

I'd drink this any day, good or bad. Fabulous stuff. (600 characters)

Photo of Drinkerofales
4.5/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark orange-amber with a huge bubbly head that sticks to the glass. It has some cloudiness.

Smells of bright piney citrus hops and an undertone of the sweet malt. Gains a little booze smell as it warms.

Tastes of tangy grapefruit pow! Malt rides shotgun, while the hops control the whole flavor. Great balance of the two, just what I want from an IPA.

Good carbonation makes this a good drink, punchy up front and smooth bitter dry aftertaste makes me want to drink more, and I will.

This is what I want from a DIPA, great hops presence, malt in the background, a great tasting beer.

DOA (601 characters)

Photo of Mr-Cyphyr
4.5/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow - a must for all strong IPA or strong American ale lovers. This rocked. Poured into my wide mouth, pint beer glass. Nice golden color ... 1st sip and let the flavors hit my mouth and waited on the finish. Hit is a great word, the hoppiness was there and hit a homer! And it just hung in there, well past the sip. This should be used as the definition of a strong IPA and the four X's is right on. As it warmed in the glass, the flavors staid well blended, with nothing tweeking my tongue, other than massive hops.

Most certainly a must for hop lovers, and not for the Miller or Bud crowd. This has flavor, bite, and a finish that is not forgotten. (653 characters)

Photo of markskar
4.5/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've been looking out for this one since it was announced. Finally scored one!

A - Clear copper, nice head, good retention.

S - Strong citrus aroma, slightly piney, with a bit of a yeasty (bready, biscuity) aroma in the background--but the citrus dominates.

T - Complex and delicious flavors. In reading the label I found that malted wheat, among a sophisticated blend of other malts was included in the grain bill, and the result seems to be what sets this brew apart from most DIPA's I've had. Aside from the complex malt character, I'm getting a lot of grapefruit, with a wonderful hop experience that lingers nicely on the tongue, producing an explosion of flavors that seem to improve for several minutes after sipping.

M - Crisp and dry, with a pleasant hop sting that lingers on the tongue long after swallowing.

D - Each sip makes me want to sit and reflect upon it for a couple of minutes. I could just pound the whole glass it's so drinkable, but it is so much better savored.

Near perfect rating, will definitely buy again. (1,040 characters)

Photo of Greywulfken
4.45/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: golden orange with a foamy head

S: citrus and pine

T: grapefruit, pine, citrus, hop; complex and balanced

M: sweetness and bitters temper one another, medium body, refreshing and satisfying

O: delighted with this purchase - my only other Shipyard ale was the Smashed Pumpkin, which I loved - clearly their Pugsley's signature series ales are worthy of consideration. I would highly recommend this beer. It is bright, floral, and hoppy, but with enough body and a high enough abv to be taken seriously. This is the most citrusy and piney - and in a real good way - beer I have ever had, and it also brings just enough sweetness to complement the astringency - a very sharp and delicious brew. (698 characters)

Photo of scotorum
4.45/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Impressive deluxe packaging with Alan Pugsley's signature in gold and gold foil over the capping. Suggests you are getting a lot of quality for only $5.

Poured into a Sierra Nevada IPA glass from the 22 oz. bottle.

a: Clear amber with an inch tall off-white head which receded to surface foam and dense lacing.

s: Pretty heavy caramel malt. Surprisingly malty aroma for a DIPA.

t: Malt and hop combo gives way to strong caramel malt flavor. Bitterness lingers at the sides of the tongue like it should for a good DIPA. High ABV (over 9%) is well concealed.

m: Moderate. Good body.

o: Like a very hoppy English bitter or real ale. In fact I'd call it an English style DIPA, and as such ideal for this guzzler. Hopheads who do not like such a strong caramel malt backbone might not go for this as well as I did. But I will definitely be buying more whenever I see it.

UPDATE 3/3/14: This is out in fourpacks now. YAY!!! The first bottle from mine is being consumed as I type. Best before Nov. 2014. Only thing I would change from my original review is, the color is a deep dark amber. Strong caramel malt aroma and flavor and powerful hop bite are both there as before. Am lowering my mouthfeel rating from 4.5 to 4.0, as it's not as silky smooth as a few DIPAs I've had since,. But other than that I stand by my originals. (1,330 characters)

Photo of silverking
4.42/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It pours a clear orange/red color with a tan head that thins out quickly, but leaves a thin layer of foam with excellent lacing. There is a well rounded spicy/floral hop aroma that dominates the nose, but the aroma of malt refuses to be overlooked. It has a creamy mouthfeel with medium/light carbonation. The spice carries over onto the palate with notes of citrus, mainly grapefruit with the slightest hint of lemon zest. There is a bitter-sweet finish that includes notes of dark chocolate and caramel, along with the aforementioned citrus flavors. In my opinion, this is a pretty fantastic IPA. It is well rounded with a lot of character. I will buy this again and I highly recommend this beer. (698 characters)

Photo of albern
4.42/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is one great IPA and what a treat it was! It pours a nice coppery orange color with a very thick off white creamy and thick head. Retention is awesome, and the beer laces like crazy with lots of billowing clouds around the glass. The nose ... wow, this is pure deciduous pine with tons of hoppy oils, hop esters, and hop resins. The nose on the beer is great. The taste is really nice as well. This beer is thick, really hopped up, oily in the mouth from the hop resins, with lots of creamy, bready, sweet malts underneath. This is a really well balanced double IPA with a very nice biscuity malt base that balances so nicely. The beer is modestly carbonated, thick, heavy, with some ABV in the throat, a touch boozy, and very piney hop. That defines the beer if anything else. This is well worth seeking out. L'Chaim. (823 characters)

Photo of Pintofbrown
4.42/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this in a shaker pint.

Appearance- This quadruple X offering has an off-white, orange tinged head that cannot even muster complete coverage of the lid. The body is a solid amber with orange-gold highlights.

Smell- There is sweet citrus and a slightly grassy scent. There is some orange, cherry, honey, and even some mango. There is not much malt but it has a toffee feel to it.

The high alcohol is translated as a brandy-like smell. This is pretty fantastic!

Taste- This bitters up very nicely and is the first thing you notice on the first drink. And man is it sweet! There is some cherry and mango flavor mid-drink with plenty of toffee malt. There is also some brandy here.

The back end of the drink is full of piney hops. Man does it bitter this one up. Honestly, this is more like a barleywine than an IPA. I would like to see what a year or two of aging does to this one.

Mouth feel- It has a medium body and it is carbonated well. It is definitely dry and the mouth coating could be better.

Overall- This is a great DIPA that drinks very much like a fresh barleywine. The sweet notes of the drink make it great, and there is more than enough bitterness.

A better mouth feel would pretty much complete this beer. I say go for it. Definitely. (1,264 characters)

Photo of PaculiarBrews
4.38/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I poured this from a bottle into a goblet, while my wife and her friends were sipping on the wine. This is a great sipping beer if you like the powerful & hoppy ones.

A- very nice golden amber

S- citrusy and a little bitter. Very attractive smelling

T- taste almost like it smells except for a bitterness that will slightly linger

M & D- Has a lot of complexity to my mouth. I bought the 22oz bottle but I think this would be best drank in a 10oz serving. (459 characters)

Photo of yesyouam
4.38/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Shipyard XXXX IPA is a very clear, very dense, sparkling amber ale with a soft, dense, light khaki head that has excellent retention and lacing. It has a full, sweet floral aroma with notes of citrus and fresh baked cookies. It's full bodied and very smooth with a clean dry finish. It's full flavored and leaning a bit toward the malt. It's a touch sweet with notes of ruby red grapefruit and pine resin. It's earthy and peppery, with an ample bitterness that lingers for a little while. This is like an English Imperial IPA, if there is such a thing. It's like a mash-up between an IIPA and and English IPA. Very nice indeed (626 characters)

Photo of japcmiller
4.37/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance:
A very clear caramel color. Not too heady and not too bubbly either. Very lovely.
Smell:
At the beginning the beer has a very dry and hoppy nose, but then that gives way to a sweet aroma. I can smell the roasted malt under it but it is very subtle and has a beautiful caramel smell almost as an after that.
Taste:
The taste is so dry and hoppy everything that I love about a good IPA but it is almost smooth. It has a conifer flavor from the hops. But this beer being the powerhouse that it is is almost all hops. This is a very bitter beer but has a sweet undertones that dances on your tongue. This beer does not taste green at all, it has a very old taste too it.
Mouth:
This beer in all true IPA form is very dry, but as the beer moves though my mouth it finishes with an almost syrupy texture that stays on my tongue. I also love how the bitterness moves though out the whole time.
Drinkability:
This beer is very drinkable. While some IPAs tend to be overpowing in the hoppeness, I think this beer has a great balance. It is a beer to be lingered over each sip and is not to be rushed. I had this for the 1st time at a bar in Boca Raton Fl, and was very excited to find it again. So I guess I would say that I would drink this beer again and again. (1,271 characters)

Photo of tekstr1der
4.33/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Surprised by the "low" ratings on this one. Glad I finally tried it. Pour is clear, golden-amber with thin, clingy top. Aroma is other-worldly, one of the most fantastic smells I've encountered - bready malt with wild berry and citrus. I spent most of my time with this thing with my nose in the glass! Flavor has malty start, a nice bitter bite in the middle, finishing pretty clean with a nice semi-sweet linger. Good stuff, this! (432 characters)

Photo of MisterClean
4.33/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Mike Carey our local rep for bringing this beer to share.

A - Poured a dark copper with 2 fingers of orange-white head. Dissipated slow and left some nice lacing.

S - Wafts of caramel, citrus, and bittering hops.

T - Definitely some nectar-like esters, caramel, citrus, and bittering hops.

M - Full-bodied, well-balanced, and smooth. Good overall.

D - Great beer. An English IPA with American hops. (413 characters)

Photo of Wasatch
4.33/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks goes out to ybnorml for this brew.

22oz. Bomber
Gold Foil

Pours a very nice thick clean/clear golden orange color, nice carbonation, very nice thick creamy one-finger plus off-white head, with some nice small islands and sticky lacing to follow. The nose is hoppy, with some malts, citrus, pines, slight spice note. The taste is nice and hoppy, nice little malt blend, nice touch of citrus/pine notes, with some spice note. Medium body, nice bitter/dry finish. Very drinkable, this is one pretty tasty DIPA, enjoying it. (529 characters)

Photo of horshack7
4.33/5  rDev +18%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: From a 22 ounce bomber poured into a snifter is a stunning deep and dark copper mahogany colored beer. With about two fingers of head that leaves nice lacing behind.

Aroma: A solid hop aroma that is a little balanced but still has nice grapefruit notes. Nice esters given off from the hops with light alcohol notes roaming around.

Taste: This is quite a different and or unique double i.p.a. It's certainly a bit maltier than hoppy. It has a nice hop bitterness but it seems to have a little bit of a biscuity texture. The grapefruit notes are still like most of this style but the sweetness of it is a bit of a surprise to a pleasant degree. The mouthfeel is smooth with the carbonation bouncing all over.

Notes: This one is very interesting one of the more unique double i.p.a's I have ever had. Which is a good thing of course. Cheers (852 characters)

Photo of dwilson01
4.32/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from a 12oz into an indian wells brewing co pint glass. The head is 1.5 fingers worth of creamy off white to yellow-gold colored, dissipates moderately leaving nice lacing on the glass. The body is a completely clear golden color with hints of a brown amber in there. Looks like a combination of maple syrup and honey.

The smell is straight floral hopping with some hints of bitterness to come. I get mango and banana for sure as well as the malty sweetness in the background.

The main body flavors follow directly from the smell, I get a distinct fruitiness from the hopping, apple, banana, and mangoes are all there and well represented. This is combined with a nice malt backing to provide a little sweetness and enhance the hopping while not detracting from it at all. The aftertaste gives me a nice bitter hop flavor as well as the hint of a hot alcohol addition, it is 9.25% which is very surprising when I go through the whole taste.

Great mouthfeel, the malt stays background in the flavor capacity but comes through here to provide a solid smooth creamy feels which slides down real easy. (1,108 characters)

Photo of BierJager89
4.32/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Translucent amber color with a slight red tint, and a light brown head.

S: Citrus, red apples, grapes, plums and cherries in the nose.

T: Flavor is bitter, but not too bitter, some apple, lemon, a slight hint of alcohol, but more than forgivable at 9.25 abv.

M: Full bodied, typical IPA carbonation, perhaps a bit smoother.

O: A great IPA, don't let it's rating fool you. (386 characters)

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Shipyard XXXX IPA (Pugsley's Signature Series) from Shipyard Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 278 ratings.