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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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599 Ratings
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Ratings: 599
Reviews: 272
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 15.57%
Wants: 12
Gots: 39 | 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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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

ldhughes3, Feb 22, 2013
Photo of THECPJ
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

THECPJ, Jun 14, 2012
Photo of neil2me
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

neil2me, Jan 08, 2013
Photo of hosehead83
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a wine goblet.
Deep apricot in color, with a rather short, off-white head of foam.
Aroma-Sweet toasted malt, citrus note
Taste-Big malt profile, toasted malt, some citrus hops creep in but not enough to balance the big sweetness. OK, but much better double IPA's out there.

hosehead83, Aug 05, 2012
Photo of Dizzy242
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Dizzy242, Jan 25, 2014
Photo of BeerForMuscle
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Crisp, clear, copper/amber body glowing with a large bubbled half finger head.

S - Floral hops, warm rubbing alcohol, and some green spiced vegetal notes. Faint citrus peel with some sweet malt wafts.

T - The high abv is pretty noticable, with a bitter alcohol bite up front. Grainy alcohol stands out, with some hop bitterness and a mild floral hop presence. Not much complexity or subtleness here. A chest warming finish and bitter aftertaste.

M - Pretty raw on the palate, warming.

O - Tastes like an average IPA with grain alcohol poured in. Not very keen on this one at all. Aging may smooth the alcohol but I don't think the body or flavors can support the strength of this brew.

BeerForMuscle, May 30, 2012
Photo of mythaeus
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

mythaeus, Aug 11, 2013
Photo of marcdalke
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

marcdalke, Oct 07, 2012
Photo of ffejherb
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Hamilton's, San Diego, CA on 7/8/09. Served in a shaker pint.

A - Clear reddish/amber body with virtually no carbonation and flimsy beige head that quickly receded to a thin ring but deposited some thick, sticky ornate lacing around the glass.

S - This DIPA is heavy on the amarillo hops, I believe, giving the flavor a cat box-y character, unfortunately. There is also a significant waft of alcohol notes. Malt suggests lots of sweet caramel and toffee.

T - Sweet hops up front with a sweet caramel malt backbone. Pungent catbox hop character with some prickly piney, sappy hops in the middle. Finishes with a moderately warm alcohol presence.

M - Medium bodied with a syrupy texture and moderate carbonation. Finishes with a fairly long, lingering bitterness on the palate.

D - Not one of my favorite hop profiles by a longshot, but certainly not a bad DIPA if you like 'em hot and hoppy. However, this was too heavy on the catbox character for my personal tastes. And it definitely drinks like a 9%+ ABV brew. This sucker was really boozy, warm and tingly.

ffejherb, Jul 18, 2009
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.

ExtraStout, Dec 27, 2013
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.

TheSixthRing, Aug 03, 2012
Photo of Rob23
3.48/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Tastes better than it smells for sure.Slightly bitter at the end and also a bit too sweet to follow.All in all not bad.I enjoy the darker colored IPAs.Lacing is a bit weak also.Taste is good though to be paired with some fish tacos.3.5 out of 5 stars in my opinion.Nothing fancy but not terrible.I think the rating should be higher than 83.Possible 88-89 score.

Rob23, Jun 29, 2014
Photo of biggred1
3.48/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark, pumpkin tinted amber with a creamy tan head of dense foam that leaves sheets of lace on the glass. Butterscotch is the main component in the aroma here with some faint grapefruity, cascade notes in the background. The flavors are similar to the nose, this is a malt bomb. Huge butterscotch candy sweetness with just enough hop bittering to make it palatable and some boozy warmth in the finish, this is a good beer but not what I'm looking for in an Impy IPA. Full bodied and velvety smooth with mild carbonation. This one is a sipper for sure and it's starting to grow on me as it warms up a bit, but I still see this as more of a pairing beer than something that I would enjoy solo.

biggred1, Nov 25, 2010
Photo of Etan
3.48/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Spiegelau tulip. Sent to me as an extra by Valdieu2.

A: Pours a brownish-amber with a nice thick white head. Good retention and lacing.

S: Mildly fruity hop aromas with strong notes of butterscotch and sweet wheat bread.

T: Like the nose, mild fruity hop flavors (grapefruit, pungent piney bitterness) followed by heavy malty and yeasty notes of toffee, butterscotch, buttered biscuit. Slight spiciness and alcohol in the finish.

M: Tingly carbonation, medium-bodied.

O: I assume this was brewed with a ringwood yeast strain, which dominates the flavor profile. Not bad if considered more of an English DIPA, but not great.

Etan, May 14, 2012
Photo of jdhilt
3.48/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a two finger white head that fades slowly to thin layer leaving a good lace. Almost clear amber color. Medium carbonation and medium bodied. Grapefruit hop nose. Flavor is sweet grapefruit hops with a piney hop finish. Higher ABV is hidden. $7.50 for a 22oz bottle from Smiley's Beverage Dover, NH.

jdhilt, Nov 28, 2009
Photo of andrenaline
3.48/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pours a murky brown colour, finger of head with decent retention and some sporadic lacing.

S - Super sweet caramel and toffee with a musty oak finish.

T - Different flavour, and more reminiscent of a hopped up barley wine than a DIPA. Caramel malts dominate and some sour citrus notes linger. ABV is well hideen, however, it was a bit of a disappointment from the perspective of a DIPA.

M - Could use a bit of a carbonation lift as it comes across a bit syropy. Again, a bit disappointing.

O - I certainly had higher hopes for this one, and though the flavour might have been more well received for a barley wine, it was not the hop bomb I was hoping for in a DIPA.

andrenaline, May 04, 2011
Photo of reelmac
3.48/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I enjoyed the look and smell of this beer. It had an orange-copper color and a nice head. Smells of citrus were very present. For me the taste was a little overpowering. At 9.25% the alcohol taste was very present. The taste wasn't terrible, the citrus and sweetness was nice the alcohol taste was a bit strong and sort of dominated. I'm not huge into IPA's so maybe that's why I'm not a huge fan of this beer but this one was better than the other IPA's I've tried.

reelmac, Nov 13, 2011
Photo of MickeyHops
3.44/5  rDev -6%

MickeyHops, Aug 30, 2014
Photo of dogfishandi
3.43/5  rDev -6.3%
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 BeerSox
3.43/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber into nonic.

Slightly hazy honey color with a one finger eggshell white head, which is pretty dense and lasts for a long time. It eventually settles to a thin cap, leaving behind a wall of lacing.

Sweet citrus fights its way through some very heavy buttery aromas. A very faint toastiness comes from the malts.

Plenty of grapefruit and sharp citrus. The toasty malts give a little bit of a sweet caramel flavor. The diacetyl is back, giving a butterscotch quality to the overall flavor. Full bodied.

It taste like this one was dry hopped with a stick of butter. I think I would have enjoyed it more with the diacetyl turned down. It gets a little better when the beer gets warmer (55 degrees is a good temp for this one indeed, as the label suggests).

BeerSox, Aug 16, 2009
Photo of SebD
3.43/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: It has a nice deep golden/amber color to it. It has a nice off-white head that dies down moderately and leaves some nice lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of sweet caramelly malts, butterscotch and faint floral hops. Where the hell are the hops?

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a some sweet caramelly malts and butterscotch along with some piney resin and light floral hops.

Mouthfeel: It has a low carbonation with a decent overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with good flavors and aromas but not quite those of a double IPA.

SebD, Oct 04, 2012
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3.43/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a tulip glass.

A: Color is a dull orange/brown color with a thin 1/2 white head. Head disippated slowly, leaving some lacing.

S: Smell is rather subdued for a big IPA. Some citrus hops and earthy notes, but nothing that really jumps out. This is a big beer for such a mellow smell.

T: Hops are there, but not in your face. Some biscuity malt flavors along with some faint caramel notes. Finish is sweet with building heat. Just like the smell, the flavors are far more subdued than I would expect for this big of a beer.

M: Mouthfeel is fairly big with lots of sweetness, almost to the point of being oily. Medium carbonation.

D: This wasn't bad, but not quite up to what I expected. Call it XXXX, make it almost 10%, and throw some gold foil around the cap and I expect a little more. The hops are way too subdued for a big IPA. I wouldn't turn this down, but won't seek it out again.

oregonskibum, May 15, 2010
Photo of stickynotes
3.43/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From notes taken a few weeks ago.

Poured into tulilp.

Pours a clear, deep copper. A healthy brownish-white head with good retention sticks around.

Aroma is sweet malts, fruity hops apparent right from cracking the bottle, grapefruit, some booze. Sweet overall.

Starts bitter than sweet, some caramel, some citrus, a little pine. Overall not too bitter, I expected more hops. Apv is masked well, just a slight and pleasant warming toward the end of a sip.

This beer has a heavier mouthfeel with medium carbonation.

Overall this is a strange ipa to me, there is more sweetness than I expect but this is balanced alright with bitterness. Good for the price and a interesting brew.

stickynotes, Dec 01, 2011
Photo of FosterJM
3.43/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

1510th Review on BA
Bottle to Piraat Tulip

Best by 02/13
Purchased @ Bevmo Mira Mesa for $1.99

App- A nice pour with a ton of caramel browns and ambers intermixed with what I would say is an orbish orange color. A bit dark in the glass, but I find most DIPA @ 9% + get that way. The head was a solid 2 fingers of a off tan foam which looked a bit creamy like a guinness. Only a mild cling.

Smell- This is where this one let me down. The beer looked good but as a store in decline it took a huge drop. The hops were upfront and solid with a solid backing booze from the 9%. However on the back of that was just this very awkward Apple Juice and sweetness.

Taste- A big hoppy and boozy DIPA. As I remember before I started reviewing this one was overly sweet. By sweet I mean to me it tasted just like a caramel apple flavor IMO. Not infected apple intended. Semi balanced and needs to be less thick.

Mouth- A semi light-medium thick solid body with a ton of residual hops, sugar, caramel
The carbonation is a solid medium on this one.

Drink- I had this one as I said a long time ago before I started reviewing and it was just as I remember it. Slighty meh, with not much balance and overly sweet and boozy.

FosterJM, Sep 13, 2012
Photo of Duhast500
3.43/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the tap into a tasting glass.

The color is a clear copper with a finger or two of foamy white head, some little lacing.

The smell is a little malty with some strong citrus flavor and some slight floral hop flavor as well.

The taste is sweet some nice malty flavor. As expected the hops come out to be heard. Citrus hop flavor does is present but is a bit muted. It mixes with a tangy, acidy flavor that is a bit bitter and make me clear my throat after a few sips.

The feel of this beer is medium bodies with some low carbonation. I was expecting a bit more of a fizz from a beer that was expected to be quite hoppy but the sizzle just did not seem to be there. I enjoyed this beer but I think there could be some tweaking to be done to make it a little more enticing.

Duhast500, Feb 09, 2010
Shipyard XXXX IPA (Pugsley's Signature Series) from Shipyard Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 599 ratings.