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Shipyard XXXX IPA (Pugsley's Signature Series) | Shipyard Brewing Co.

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Shipyard Brewing Co.
Maine, United States | website

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.25%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Todd on 03-20-2009

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Photo of rpjordan
4.21/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Clear deep amber color. Strong hoppy aroma. Bold malt with strong caramel notes. Malts balance the intense hop bitterness well. Great mouth feel with long lasting hop and caramel finish. Overall a very nice imperial IPA to be slowly savored. I recommend serving around 55 deg F.

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Photo of FFreak
3.68/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Got this in Bar Harbor, Maine at the grocery for ~$7 22 oz bomber. Poured into glass. Pours a clear, dark amber color with a tall light tan head that dissipates slowly leaving very little lace. Aroma is dark, dried fruit, blueberries, bread and lots of malt. Taste contains berries, caramel, slight citrus and a huge malt backbone balanced by a fair amount of bitterness. Mouth is good. Overall, a big double IPA with a huge malt base and a good amount of bitterness. Not what I was looking for but it was pretty good.

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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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Photo of tekstr1der
4.33/5  rDev +17.3%
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!

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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 ericandanna2005
4.87/5  rDev +32%
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!

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Photo of 31Sam13
3.55/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Decent aroma with a nice mouth feel. Very hoppy with notes of apple and an understated sweetness. It is very drinkable. However, it has an aftertaste that I associate with some of the mediocre browns I've tried--a strange bitterness? Worth trying and many people I've shared with really like it.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.81/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Strong aroma is quite hoppy, with malty and subtle apple juice notes as well. It pours a clear tawny with a decent, if not persistent, light buff head. Seriously hoppy flavor has sweet fruity, woody and malty notes and just a touch of - varnish? That weird flavor, tho, diminishes as I drink. Barely bitter, not too sweet, satisfying if not outstanding. Smooth texture has good body and a fizz that strengthens when you send it downstairs. Hop to your nearest package store and see if they have it for sail.

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Photo of stephens101
3.37/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

A bright reddish-orange brew with awesome clarity. A fine, tan froth provides even more aesthetic pleasure.

Smells of caramel, citrus and rind.

Tastes sweet and oily with a hint of piney hops at the back and notes of rind in between. I can't place it exactly, but something is really off here.

Not really syrupy as much as just all over sticky. Has a creamy, medium body with a persistent alcohol heat.

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Photo of Steve_Tresnan
2.53/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Smell is caramel/sweet. Smells like a beer I won't like, but taste is slightly less malty than expected. Tastes a lot like my first home brew, with a twangy finish.

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Photo of gonzo000
3.63/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Hazy brown on the pour into a pint glass from a 22oz bomber. One finger white head was 1 finger high. A small head lasted throughout the beer. Lacing is consistent and lingering. Dry hops, brown sugar, and a bit of citrus is on the nose. Taste was thick. Grains and dry hopped syrupy taste. Mellower on the finish. Carmel notes sprinkle through as well. Mouthfeel is different. Creamy and syrupy thick at the same time. Alcohol is well hidden for a 9+ beer. This beer is good - if you like thicker beers it should bump up to very good.

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Photo of cbutova
3.72/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A- 12oz bottle from the mixed IPA pack poured to a snifter with a dark caramel, amber body and a pinky sized white cap. The head has a fairly thick foamy, creamy texture with good retention.

S- Citrus, zesty hops that also carry pine notes atop a somewhat, but not overly, malty base. Caramel and slightly toasty. Floral and slightly fruit as well.

T- Cascade hops deliver a floral and zesty hop emphasis to the beer's flavor. Also hop notes of pine, herbal and apricot. Malts provide a base with caramel, fresh cracked base grains, toast and biscuit notes. Slight yeast pale fruits and bread.

MF- Frothy, moderately creamy body with a medium-heavy thickness overall. The carbonation is very smooth and it lands in a medium-high level. Finishes with a slight warming and moderately bitter feel on the palate.

After reviewing this mixed pack of IPAs from Shipyard I am left happy with my $14 purchase for the 12-pack. A solid pack with a Black, English, Double and American IPAs. I think they deserve just a bit more credit.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.51/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle, the last part of the mixed case of IPAs from Shipyard.

This beer pours a clear, medium copper amber hue, with two fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and slightly bubbly ecru head, which leaves some decent frothing ocean swell lace around the glass as it slowly subsides.

It smells of sharp fresh pine needles, creamy, yet still bitter orange and grapefruit citrus, rather sweet caramel and toffee malt, and leafy, weedy, and well-perfumed hops, the alcohol bristling at the gate. The taste is more doughy, sweet caramel malt, one fairly enveloped in booze, a generic bitterness that is hard to parse into either green flora or citrus hop notes, and a more specific leafy, over-perfumed character.

The carbonation is fairly understated in its basically frothy demeanour, the body a decently solid medium weight, and more or less smooth, the alcohol trumping the hops for interference rights. It finishes off-dry, with a strengthening trend to the hoppy bitterness and drying booze esters.

Not a particularly enjoyable DIPA, it seems like once again, somebody on the East Coast tried to imperialize an English-style IPA, and you get this - a perfumed, acrid morass of a beer. It's not bad, but it is missing all the good things that make the American DIPA, well, good, and for that, I doubt that I would ever want to revisit this one.

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Photo of Topshelf-IPA
2/5  rDev -45.8%

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.

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Photo of mvanaskie13
3.43/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up while in Maine, poured into a snifter: color is dark copper, head is tan and presents 1/4 inch thick then dissipates to a top and ring on the glass with some nice lacing.

Aroma is heavy on the caramel and butterscotch like malt sweetness, hops are noticeable and piney, some light grapefruit rind.

Taste is similar to the aroma as its heavy sweetness presents early and lingers through the finish. Malt flavors are caramel, toast, and butterscotch. Hop flavors are more noticeable than the aroma with similar notes of piney, then citrus with some earthiness. A little too sweet for my preference.

Mouthfeel is not as cloying as the sweeter taste would suggest as the hopping level is high enough to dry the tongue out some, but still i think this beer could be tastier with less caramel and clean presence.

Overall the parts for a big dipa are all there, its just not my preference to have it be a touch sweeter in taste and heavy on the caramel.

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Photo of TheBrewo
3.32/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

We pour a bomber into our oversized tasting snifters, revealing a brew of ruby, caramel coloring. It holds a quickly evaporating half finger tall head of eggshell colored bubbles. Specks of lacing are noted, as is a thick haze that remains for the rest of the tasting. Carbonation appears to be extremely light. The nose gives notes of oily green olives, melty toffee sugars, rich caramel and light coffee maltiness, board chalk, vinyl plastics, chemical and medicinal phenols, big red cherry syrup fruitiness, soapy and gently citric hops, fusel booze, red wine vinegar, and mineral. The taste displays a malt bomb, if we’ve ever seen one!! The mouth meets huge notes of toffee and caramel maltiness, pale and amber grain grit, lemony, citric, and soapy hoppiness, synthetic lemon cleaner, ice and mineral, fermented red delicious apples, pink cotton candy, browned grass, chlorine, phenolic plastics, mustiness, sweet sun tea, clean molasses, and honey-rich, mead-like booziness. The body is chewy, and the carbonation is medium. The mouth is met with fullness, but otherwise lacks overt creaminess or frothiness. The palate is left dried with light astringency. The abv is appropriate, and the beer drinks as a faster sipper, right down the middle.

Overall, we were obviously pulled in by the “quad/XXXX” IPA label…very fancy indeed. Actually, it stems from British brewing convention, so the joke is on us. In all seriousness, however, this would be better suited as a quad, as it showcases an intense richness of malts that is atypical of anything in the IPA family. The numerous hops advertised on the bottle are hard to discern, but the bittering citric, floral quality of the cascades is apparent, but the subtleties of the other varietals are lost on us. Across the many IPAs/imperial IPAs we’ve sampled, this is amongst the maltiest we’ve encountered. That’s great if you prefer that type of beer stylistically, but we felt that the malts took too much of the picture away from the hops here, and we were left with something rather hollow and disproportionate.

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Photo of SKYY
3.34/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Deep amber color, translucent, not completely filtered. Easily pours a 1" head in a tulip glass. Head laces glass for the duration of the drink.

S: Booze. Smells just like an Olde English 800. There are aroma hops, but just not a lot of them, and they're overwhelmed by the "cheap malt liquor" smell.

T: If Olde English made an IPML, this is what I think it would taste like. Overwhelming malt flavor, underwhelming hop profile. Alcohol is too prevalent--it should be masked, or at least matched, by an ample amount of hops and better malts.

M: Good carbonation. Flavors linger for a long time. The cheap maltiness goes away soon, and the bitterness sticks around for a long time.

O: It's just too similar to a cheap malt liquor for me to drink this one again. I don't know what malts were used in the making of this beer, but they need to use your standard crystal varieties, and not whatever is in this thing.

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Photo of Rob23
3.46/5  rDev -6.2%
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.

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Photo of utfiero
3.25/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Color- color cloudy peachy. Medium head.

Aroma- candied tangerine.

Taste- Starts like a barley wine, very sweet and strong, then finishes with an intense tangerine peel tartness. I'm not a fan of this one.

Poured from 650 ml bomber into a Liefmans Goudenband glass (my preferred all purpose beer tasting glass). Tasted 12/31/12.

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Photo of HamdenHector
3.31/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A: somewhat hazy; bronze colored; less than 1 finger of off-white head that was gone in 2 minutes; minimal lacing;

S: caramel malt forward; alcohol; pineapple in the background;

T: sweet caramel malt all the way through; boozy; minimal bitterness;

M: medium to heavy bodied; light to medium carbonation;

O: too much malt flavor and sweetness for my taste;

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.64/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a finger of head on a clear dark straw colored body.
The aroma is floral, barnyardish and ripe grapefruit and apricot.
The taste heavy on the malt but the sweetness is contained by the lemon and pine bitterness. Good balance.
The texture is thick with moderate carbonation.
It's a big malty IPA.

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2.16/5  rDev -41.5%
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.

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Photo of argock
3.32/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle into a pinot noir wine glass. Best by Nov 14 notched on side of label and 3284 on bottle neck. Single purchased at Total Wine (Norwalk, CT).

A: Ruby-amber and clear with 1-finger of oatmeal-colored head with good retention and a widespread smattering of lacing.

S: Aroma is lacking with not much aroma -- mostly a bit of dark crystal malts and herbal, earthy, lightly floral hops. A light buttery note from the yeast.

T: Flavor is pleasant but uninteresting with some dark crystal malt sweetness and roastiness coupled with benign floral and herbal hopping. Yeast again brings some butteriness, and alcohol is light to well-hidden. Bitterness is light-moderate.

M: Smooth but lightly tacky and with medium-full body and relatively low carbonation.

O: A benign but boring beer with good ABV kick but not much else to say. Flavor fits the balanced DIPA style, but the hops are too subdued and crystal maltiness is too much or the style.

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Photo of drpimento
2.72/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

To me this is the perfect example of a beer that demonstrate the mechanics of craftsmanship, but missing the boat (subjectively) in aesthetics The beer has a fantastic foamy, frothy, thick, long lasting head and lots of lace. A nice clear deep amber color. The aroma starts to suffer from Cascade and flavor picks up on that and pushes it over the edge, giving it almost some putrid qualities. I'm no longer a fan of Cascade hops. Body reflects both aspects of this kind of beer in that in some ways is seems good, yet has characteristics of the Cascade hop. The final word is that overall, this is not a beer for me. I've tried to be objective in my score, but I'd never buy or sip this again.

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Photo of Mr-Cyphyr
4.5/5  rDev +22%
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.

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Shipyard XXXX IPA (Pugsley's Signature Series) from Shipyard Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 281 ratings.