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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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Ratings: 630
Reviews: 274
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 15.62%
Wants: 12
Gots: 49 | 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:
Beer added by: Todd on 03-20-2009

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Photo of Jayli
3.91/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Consumed 11/23

A: This beer pours a clear orange/deep copper color with a one finger of off white sudsy head. Head recedes quickly leaving a nice sheets of sudsy lacing.

S: Nose is of piney hops and grapefruit citrus, some caramel malts, and a hint of alcohol.

T: Taste is surprisingly more malty than I anticipated. Starts off with a nice dose of grapefruit citrus hops, touch of pine. Middle is filled out nicely with a strong caramel malts, decent malt backbone throughout this beer. Finish has a touch of hop bitterness and malty sweetness.

M: Medium body, medium carbonation, slightly oily with a dryer finish, long bitterness bite to the finish.

D: Well balanced, tasty, goes down easily. For a DIPA it's not a HOP bomb but a nicely balanced beer to enjoy.

Photo of PCATD
3.92/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of beardedterror
3.92/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a clear light-red copper with a thick 2-finger head that lasts through the majority of the glass.

S - Very intense hop aromas, with citrus as the strongest. Floral and spicey notes linger in the background with a slightly earthy and piney finish. High amount of lacing over the entire glass.

T - Very bitter, but well suited to the style. Excellent hop flavors, very complex and well balanced with each other. Little to no malt flavors detected. Slight alcohol flavor and hotness detected, but not overpowering. Very long-lasting bitter bite to the finish.

M - Medium body with a decent amount of carbonation. Feels warm on the palate due to high alcohol content.

O - Solid IIPA. Good hop flavors and aromas.

Photo of Rybarra
3.92/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of champ103
3.93/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a beautiful clear dark orange color. A near perfect two finger white head forms with excellent retention. The foam gently recedes to a few centimeters that sticks throughout. Sticky spiderweb looking lace is left all the way down the glass. This is a looker.
S: Citrus hops up front that quickly mingles with caramel malts. Dark fruits in the middle and finishes with a light bitter grapefruit aroma. Well balanced, fairly simple, and not over the top.
T: Follows the nose with a nice citrus/orange flavor up front. A peppery spice with plenty of malt backbone. I think I am getting some ringwood as well. Though it is not over barring. Some passion fruits come out as this warms. A quick snap of hops in the finish that leaves a lingering bitterness. Again well balanced and enjoyable.
M/D: A medium to full body. A crisp and smooth snap of carbonation. Not hard to drink at all. The alcohol does show which makes this a slow sipper.

Enjoyable is the name of the game with this. Not over barring with the hops, but they are there. Plenty of balance that I like. A DIPA for the non hop head like me.

Photo of Portertime
3.95/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I havn't had a Shipyard brew I havn't liked yet. I just love how this one pours: a rich orange honey color with a fine head and lots of tiny bubbles. The first smell was of apricots and a little piney hops. The taste wasn't as bold as I hoped for a double IPA but it was well balanced and surprisingly smooth for a 9.25% ABV. All in all a fine brew and very quaffable.

Photo of jzeilinger
3.95/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep amber color, creamy head, no carbonation, looks pretty darn good sitting here in my tulip glass!

Smell is an astringent citric butternut type of smell, definitely unique and the buttery character reminds my of a similar nuance in their regular IPA. The citrus aroma is tart and oily in the nose. There's also some pine going on.

Taste mirrors the aroma with the sweet astringent citrus flavor. There's also a little bit of a hop oil flavor and some nuttiness. (which is probably where that buttery nuance comes from)

Mouthfeel is creamy, wet, medium body and leaves a buttery nutty hop finish in the mouth.

Drinkability is very good. I could have a few of these with no problem at all, really enjoy the taste.

Nicely balanced and the tap version is so much better than the bottled version. I had this in the bottle a few months prior and wasn't overly impressed.

Photo of beergod1
3.95/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear ruby/amber, decent beige head that eventually subsides. Aroma is sweet citrus and pine. There is a great balance of thick malt and bitter hops in this beer. Definitely more on the bitter side. A lot of pine and orange rind tastes, some sweet lemon. Great beer in my opinion, Not sure about the xxxx though. But Find this one if you like 2ipa's.

Photo of Norfawkers
3.95/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A flavorful double IPA that isn't too sweet

Appearance: Clear copper with a light beige head

Smell: Fragrant malty; sweet

Taste: Maltiness up front with a hop kick, sweet/citrus in the finish

Mouthfeel: Lingering, bitter, dry finish

Drinkability: Versatile; may pair well with spicier or heavy meals.

Photo of crvcac
3.95/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Deep golden color, nice carbonation/effervescence
Smell: Spicy aroma, hints of grapefruit and other herbal aromas
Taste: Sweet bitter hop character, firm malt base
Mouthfeel: Smooth, medium-heavy bodied, pretty big beer
Drinkability: Really enjoyed this one

Photo of kaseydad
3.95/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the 2010 Hayward Bistro DIPA Festival.

Amber colored pour with a small off-white head and nice lacing throughout the drink. Hoppy aroma with grapefruit and other citrus fruits with some malt also in there. Initial light grapefruit taste but it has a medicine-like taste as well with some hops on the swallow. Can't really put my finger on why I'm tasting medicine but I press on. Pretty thin mouthfeel but this went down easily even at 9.25%.

Overall I thought this was a good beer even with the slightly odd taste. I'm hoping to find this in a bottle to see if I can improve on this rating.

Photo of chinchill
3.96/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle dated best before Jan. 2013 served in a pint glass. Pours a deep copper-amber with a tiny and fragile tan head.
Perhaps the most appealing aroma of any DIPA I've sampled, this XXXX ale has strong notes of vanilla and caramel that compete with the spice and citrus notes from the hops. The flavor reflects these notes and starts quite sweet, but the hop load quickly comes to the fore. From mid-taste on, there's no mistaking this for the dessert beer your nose leads you to expect. By the finish the flavor is at least moderately bitter with some grapefruit rind, although sweet caramel and vanilla linger on.

O: a fun DIPA in that there's a real contrast between the aroma and the flavor. Easy drinking for a DIPA, but the malt/hop ration will be too high for some hop heads.

Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.97/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shipyard XXXX IPA has a very thick, cream-colored head and a somewhat hazy, amber appearance. Lots of thick lacing is noticed. The aroma is strong, with citrus, lots of breadiness, some sourness, and even alcohol. Taste is of alcohol, grapefruit, bitterness, bread, and somewhat cloying sweetness. Mouthfeel is medium to thick and soft, and Shipyard XXXX finishes dense, bitter, and mostly dry. Overall, this is an interesting IPA, and I think it’s worth trying.


Photo of trixdout
3.97/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.97/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle pour shared at DarthKostrizer’s place.

Pours a clear orange with a bone colored head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of herbal hops, brown sugar, and some alcohol aromas. Taste is pretty sweet with some herbal hops and brown sugar up front and a malty finish. There is a mild amount of bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good but quite sweet DIPA.

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.98/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A deep and glowing amber, vibrant and inticing. An off-white and sticky, clumpy and very healthy head dissipates in moderate fashion. Lots of solid foam is left over and remains sticky. healthy.

The caramle scented malt hits first, smooth and buttery yeast effects, sweet, fruity hops with pineapple, strawberry and maple butter along side. Cedar and oak furniture in the back.

Mmmmm, a thick and full feeling malty heftiness gives off good complexity. Sweet bread and toffee gives it an authentic English flavor. The desne herbal bitterness follows all that very quickly with peppery and then fruity flavor's. pineapple and grapefruit is most obvious, with a clean and snappy finish. complex with a long, dry boozy finish. The very end is bitter with acorns and dried leaves. Herbal and dry with a spicey heat and dank sweet fruits is in good balance. the high alpha acids in the finish limit the drinkabilty slightly.

Photo of ToasterChef
3.98/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a standard pint glass from a chilled 22oz bottle. When poured into the center of the glass there is a lot of head. The beer's color is coppery and very, very clear (it's quite impressive how clear this beer is, considering how strong the taste is). The initial impression of this beer is hoppy. The aroma is almost entirely hops, as is the flavor. There is also a hint of pine to the taste. The label says there is an aroma of sweet grapefruit, which I recognized, but probably would not have noticed if it hadn't been pointed out to me. There is a slight coating of the mouth in each sip, but nothing too bad (not as strong as some Shipyard beers). This beer also taste and feels mch less carbonated than our pour lead us to believe; perhaps we removed a lot of the CO2 through pouring it into the center of the glass. Lastly, there is some alcohol to this beer (it's labeled as 9.25% ABV); it provides a nice warmthness without the harshness of a hard alcohol drink. Overall, I really enjoy this beer. I preferred the Barley Wine in the Signature Series, but this one is quite tasty.

Photo of npala86
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of aquazr1
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of virinow
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of schoon
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of Brenden
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

XXXX (which I assume is even more hardcore than XXX) is a thick and thickly clouded deep burnt orange color so dark that it's almost red, a bit like rust but brighter. A head about one finger tall forms and manages good retention, leaving a mix of patching and spotting in good quantity on my glass.
This is an extremely interesting DIPA and one that blurs the line between styles, making the drinker unsure of the difference between a big imperial IPA and a hoppy barleywine. Juicy hops with both citrus and tropical notes with a floral complement make up the hops profile, but malts are big here too, giving this brew even more sweetness. Alcohol is what I expect, a big warm kick, and pleasantly devoid of any fusel or ethanolic taint. This beer ultimately makes me think of candied grapefruit, if ever there was such a thing.
It flows very nicely and has a big, creamy, smooth body with a very nice consistent crispness carrying it along as well.
With a whole lot of competition in this style, Shipyard does it right.

Photo of RomaniIteDomum
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours mahogany with a white head that leaves nice lacing. The color is nice, but I think the head could use some improvement.

Smells sweet and herbal. Like tea. With a little fruit.

The taste follows. Something tea-like hanging around there that I can't place, but it tastes good. Sweet hoppy finish. Good balance between sweet and bitter.

Nice body, a little on the lighter side for me, though.

Interesting to say the least. Enjoyable, yes. It's kind of like a barleywine, but not.

Photo of Robeerto89
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of northeastbrew
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Shipyard XXXX IPA (Pugsley's Signature Series) from Shipyard Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 630 ratings.