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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

573 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 573
Reviews: 268
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 15.89%
Wants: 12
Gots: 36 | 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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Photo of Phloxy
1/5  rDev -72.6%

Phloxy, Feb 26, 2012
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1/5  rDev -72.6%

ctrichey, Feb 21, 2013
Photo of Ramsey
1/5  rDev -72.6%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

LITERALLY THE WORST BEER I HAVE EVER HAD. HANDS DOWN. IT TASTES LIKE SOMEONE DRAINED A DUMPSTER INTO A BOTTLE AND NAMED IT XXXX. IF YOU LIKE BEER THAT ACTUALLY TASTES GOOD DO NOT GO WITH THIS ONE. IT IS DOWN RIGHT TERRIBLE AND I DONT RECOMMEND IT TO ANYONE.

Ramsey, Oct 10, 2012
Photo of SenorHops
1.26/5  rDev -65.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.25

Had this on tap at a well respected craft beer establishement. Without a doubt, the worst DIPA I've ever had. A horrible sour taste. It tasted so horrible I couldn't muster more than two sips. All I could get from it was sour and malt with zero hop presence. An embarrasment of a beer.

SenorHops, Oct 19, 2012
Photo of Jdogg330
1.5/5  rDev -58.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

This has got to be the maltiest "IPA" I have ever had. Now admittedly I am a real 2XIPA/Imperial IPA lover, however this beer is not even on par with a Torpedo or Burning River, for that matter. Much sweeter, maltier, and darker than any IPA I have tasted. If your looking for a truthful IPA reach instead for a Southern Tier 2xIPA, Stone Ruinatuon, Great Lakes Brewing Companies Lake Erie Monster, Dogfish head's 90 minute, Siera Nevada's Hoptimum, Harpoon's Leviathan, or Bell's Hop Slam.

Jdogg330, Oct 12, 2012
Photo of crossovert
1.58/5  rDev -56.7%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

12 oz twist off. Best before 09/11.

This one pours an ever so boring pale amebr color with a foamy dull white head. It looks like 1000 different east coast IPAs out there.

The smell is not promising. It smells like hop flavored icing. It is mostly (artificial) lemon, lime, and citrus peel, all 3 saturated with sugar.

The flavor is just pure caramel, not much bitterness, there is some vegetal hops that come though in the end.

The mouthfeel has low carbonation and feels very thick.

It isn't good.

crossovert, Dec 06, 2010
Photo of sendbeer
1.75/5  rDev -52.1%

sendbeer, Dec 15, 2012
Photo of largadeer
2/5  rDev -45.2%

largadeer, Aug 22, 2013
Photo of IPAchris
2/5  rDev -45.2%

IPAchris, Mar 02, 2014
Photo of Shineonsolar
2/5  rDev -45.2%

Shineonsolar, May 24, 2012
Photo of Topshelf-IPA
2/5  rDev -45.2%

Moderate to dark copper in color. Intensely carbonated. Short lived head. Aroma not particularly strong or inviting. Alcohol content overpowers the flavor in this double IPA. Heavy on the malt...light on the hops. Finish was not smooth. A difficult ale to drink for this IPA fan even though as a local I have tried it several times. Giving Mr. Pugsley the benefit of the doubt, perhaps it is an acquired taste.

Topshelf-IPA, Aug 26, 2014
Photo of TheSandPeople
2/5  rDev -45.2%

TheSandPeople, Mar 26, 2012
Photo of Bendurgin
2.03/5  rDev -44.4%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

Best by April 2011. Seems as though it would be pretty fresh!

Poured this one into a tulip. The beer is a deep hazy orange color with a very thin white head that dissipates into almost nothing with minimal lacing very quickly. The smell is sweet, almost sickeningly. It has kind of a passion fruit aroma which I guess is a good smell, but not what I want from this. I'm looking for hops in the behind giant malt backbone. None to be found in the aroma. . .maybe I"ll taste em!

That was unfortunate. Hops are there but it is still lest than impressive. A bit bitter in the finish but what the hell is it with the sweet malts? I can't place my finger on what this is reminding me of but it's really not quenching my hop thirst. Mostly juicy citrus and sweet malts. Maybe I'd like this a bit more if it where called a different style.

The mouthfeel is nothing offensive but it's a bit heavy and syrupy. Very low drinkability for this one. It's getting poured.

Bendurgin, Sep 15, 2010
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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2.05/5  rDev -43.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

As a fan of IPA beers I like tasting all kinds of different ones, this one wasent bad going down but then came the nastyness... The after taste is like cough medicine, it's the type of beer that you have to drink holding your breath and chugging it in order to be able to keep it down. If you're a fan of this beer then good for you, all I'm saying is that I was not a fan and will never buy it again.

PROEDGEBIKER, May 11, 2014
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2.1/5  rDev -42.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A: pours a hazy amber color with very thin head and very thin lacing as well

S: extremely sweet malts, almost too much, somewhat stale or rotten and yeasty. Not a pleasant smell at all. Very little hops whatsoever.

T: Almost equal to the smell, tons of malts with a weird rotten smell, no hops

M: medium body, low carbonation

O: not good at all, as I have experienced with all of shipyards brews so far. Very disappointed once again.

abgba121, Oct 12, 2011
Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
2.25/5  rDev -38.4%

westcoastbeerlvr, Aug 22, 2013
Photo of ThickNStout
2.38/5  rDev -34.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle from ABC Liquors (St Pete, FL). Served in a Southern Tier snifter. 

Pours deep orange with 2 fingers pale head. Decent lacing. 

Smells of biscuits and faint hops. A little lacking. 

Tastes a little off. There is a big bitter hop flavor initially with a sharp unfavorable astringent taste. It never really opens up or reveals any depth or character. The alcohol is much more present than in most other IPAs of similar abv. 

Medium feel with moderate to high carbonation. Slightly oily/ sticky with a long astringent aftertaste. 

I've had many subpar DIPAs but this one has to take the cake. It started out lookin nice but spiraled down from there. Admittedly age could be a factor (bottle indicates best by March 2012) but I sure don't plan to seek a fresh one to find out...

ThickNStout, Apr 11, 2012
Photo of TTripp725
2.5/5  rDev -31.5%

TTripp725, Jul 08, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -31.5%

Motleydrunk56, Jun 26, 2014
Photo of blackcompg
2.5/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured from their 12oz bottle...

Appearance - Pours a finger of yellowish lite orange foamy head that recedes to a solid cap in a few minutes, color of the ale is a very hazy orange-red amber, mediocre webbed lacing left at the end of the session.

Smell - Ripe fruits, butterscotch, tropical fruit, fruit cake, slight funk.

Taste - Begins with a blast mix of floral hops, buttescotch and rum cake. I also get alot of over-ripe pit fruits, especially peach and plum. Just after midsip comes a rush of really over-ripe red grapefruit, to the point where there's a bit of moldy funk going on hear. Finish is bitter grapefruit zest and pith and some lingering off-floral hops and almost rotting sour fruits.

Mouthfeel - Nearly medium and almost creamy, medium carb cleanses the tongue with some really sharp edges actually, finish is both bitter and sour with a chalky dryness, also some alcohol heat.

Overall - I'm sorry, but this is just a terrible mess. No balance whatsoever, and some very hard punches. There are some really interesting flavors here, but this is NOT a DIPA in my opinion, far from it. This is sort of a madman's mixture of a saisson, belgian ale and a wee heavy - but it's not good at all. I'm going to try and finish this, as I hate to pour a beer down the drain. I really can't recommend this one.

blackcompg, Oct 21, 2012
Photo of CheapBeerBuzz
2.5/5  rDev -31.5%

CheapBeerBuzz, Aug 22, 2013
Photo of Qsy
2.53/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Serving Type: Pint Glass

Appearance: Cloudy amber with little head, orange in color

Aroma: Lightly floral hoppiness, almost a urine smell... pretty gross

Taste: Bitter hops that dissipate quickly, malt balance, hides the high alcohol content well. Grapefruit and a smooth piney finish

Mouthfeel: Light carbonation, soft hops linger

Drinkability: Hidden alcohol content makes for an easier drinkability

Qsy, Jan 13, 2010
Photo of LSUPT
2.53/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

12oz bottle with a best by date of May 2012 notched on the label, just showed up on shelves so I will assume this is not mistake. Served in a Duvel Green Tulip.
Crystal clear medium amber color with a 2” head with a slight beige tint that lasts for a pretty good amount of time leaving a decent amount of lacing.

Smell is weak, mostly getting alcohol and some caramel malt sweetness and oak.

Taste is way off. Strong alcohol presence and although there isn’t as much bitterness as I would like, the bitterness that is there adds to unwanted taste of alcohol. Again only some notes of caramel malt, oak and not much else. Mouthfeel is also off for the style in my opinion, about medium carbonation, which is too much for me, and the viscous feeling and alcohol presence isn’t good either.

Overall, it’s not the worst DIPA I’ve had but it certainly isn’t anything I would seek out again, although $11 for a 4-pack and $3 for a single ain’t too shabby.

LSUPT, Jul 01, 2011
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
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Shipyard XXXX IPA (Pugsley's Signature Series) from Shipyard Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 573 ratings.