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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: 641
Reviews: 279
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 15.34%
Wants: 13
Gots: 54 | 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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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of JDFish
3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a Sam Adams Breather

A: Poured a beautiful dark, clear amber, a small one-finger head that went away quickly. Thin lacing rings. I found this one by itself from Merinos..it could've been sitting there awhile

S: I got lots of plum and tropical fruit-- specifically pineapple. Some breadiness in there. Smelled pretty dang good to me

T: Close to smell. Lots of tropical fruit. Some alcohol on the back end and it finished pretty dry. Overall, I liked it considering its ABV

M: A little thin to me. Not much carbonation. As I said, I could've got an old one.

O: Pretty good, especially if you like fruity esters with your hops. Its does warm your core nicely. I'd definitely would not pass on one if offered.

Photo of StoicBeast
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of JAHMUR
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of SawDog505
3.89/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a 13 oz tulip glass. Pours a magnificent orange red with a 2 inch off white head that leaves globs of lacing all over the glass. Smell is tangerine, bread, carmel, and grapefruit. Taste is sweet in the start and bitter grapefruit in the finish. Body is large for the style, good carbonation, a touch on the dry side, and easy drinking for the large ABV. This drinks different than most DIPAs, the malty profile reminds me of 90 minute.

Photo of elec
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I would have never bought a bomber of this but to roll the dice on a 12 ounce beer from a brewery that I typically can't stand doesn't seem so wrong especially when it's a style of beer that I really like. Appears a glowing ruby copper color with a light beige khaki head forming thick with fine even lacing as it dwindles. Aroma has upfront citrus and earthy hop accents going on...not bad at the first few smells. The flavor howevery is soapy with hops and ringwood yeast notes, citrus pith with a blinding bitterness and hop pellet explosion. The tart Pugsley open fermentation system doesn't do it for me and this beer has an astringent perfume like finish about it. Mouthfeel the bitterness doesn't leave us, the carbonation is mellow and even definitely the best of the Shipyard lineup...Overall I have no need to revisit this beer.

Photo of ZethOfTheNorth
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of BrewtalAlement
3/5  rDev -17.8%

Photo of jsanford
3.65/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a Pint Glass

A - Pours a clear, dark copper with a fluffy off-white head that settles to a thick cap, leaving lots of soapy lacing clinging to the glass.
S - Big nose of pungent floral hops, buttered bread, and sweet caramel malt. Not too shabby.
T - This is certainly a BIG beer. Loads of sweet caramel malt and buttery yeast hold their own with the moderately bitter pine resin and herb hops. Ultimately a nicely balanced beer, and the 9.25% ABV is hidden nicely. All that said, this still comes across a bit bland, but it's easily one of the better Shipyard brews I've had.
M - Creamy and smooth, with a medium-full mouthfeel and lowish carbonation. Finally, a Shipyard beer that isn't watery!
O - While this could certainly be a case of "In the Valley of the Blind..." considering my usual disdain for Shipyard, I found it to be an overall enjoyable beer. Not something I'll look for again, but nicely done.

Photo of JWU
3.45/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

bomber bottle, poured into a straight sided glass.

A- translucent amber, with a puffy white head and retains and laces fairly well

S- some herbal hops, but mostly caramel and biscuity malts.

T- Some herbal/floral hops up front that are soon crushed by the malt bill. Quite english tastes of caramel and heavy breads. Ends sticky and bitter on the palette, but has a lingering sweetness that doesn't quite work. They cite cascade hops several times on the label, but I can't find the orange rind in this for the life of me.

M- Sweet and sticky, not really what I'm looking for in this style.

O- kind of a higher ABV/gravity version of HopDevil that is way to heavy on the malt bill. Strives for greatness, but just falls short in a jumbled mess.

Photo of ralphw56
3/5  rDev -17.8%

Photo of Swim424
3.11/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

poured from a bottle into gorden biersch glass

A-clear amber with lots of carbonation bubbles. smell head sits on top.

S- smells of a sort of dull malt with a bit of hops.

T-Very flavorless malt. sweet but flavorless. Lots of hops, which is good, but the actual malt flavor isnt that good. dont really know how to describe it. can definitely taste the high ABV.

MF-a bit creamy smooth with a hoppy aftertaste.

O-very average. not the worst i have had but nothing I would care to have again.

Photo of WrathsU
3.76/5  rDev +3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Brilliantly clear deep amber to medium brown in color. Off white thick head with long lasting retention.

S - Big dose of hops up front. Floral and perfume in fragrance, with a slightly pungent hit towards the end. Can't really get past the hops in aroma.

T - Sweet and perfume-y up front, in my opinion too much so. Pretty bitter throughout. Malt, toffee, and caramel also towards the back. Coats the tongue in a sticky bitter sweetness which is undesirable.

M - Medium bodied, alcohol warming, good carbonation.

O - Pretty good IPA. Lots of hop presence, just too much of a sweet floraly presence for my taste. Not enough of a malt backbone to help balance out the intense flavor of the hops.

Photo of ng85
4.5/5  rDev +23.3%

Photo of nycwinter
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of tedho21
3/5  rDev -17.8%

Photo of meerkat2
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of rjlCO
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of Offa
4.05/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is a very good, well-rounded double IPA.

Copper with a creamy medium-big pale tan head slowly shrinking to a foamy ring, wisps, a little foamy lace.

Aroma is buttery caramelized toast, faint dried fruits (raisiny), citrus, herbal leafiness, juicy yeastiness, and overall a strong buttery toast character.

Taste is buttery, jammy toast and spicy-citrusy-leafy bitterness with strong toasty finish, juicy yeastiness, raisiny character, light alcoholic quality, a bit spicy. It is perhaps a touch on the sweet side, but not much, and is overall well-rounded with a good range of character and a good feel, slightly creamy-oily yet lively.

Photo of Hoppaholic
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of CGMLS3
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of jsulko
3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a tulip glass

Pours a dark orangish amber color with an off white head.

Arouma is sweet with the presence of piney hops in the background.

Taste is a bit bitter with more sweetness than I would like. Slight alcohol presence.

First Shipyard brew and I wasn't that impressed. As a bomber this was almost a $10 beer and it just doesn't measure up to other DIPA's in this price range.

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a tumbler pint, the beer is a bright, vibrant, copper-gold coloring with a slightly hazed appearance. Light, fluffy, white, big bubbled head that settles in to a solid quarter of an inch. Aromas are rich in malt sweetness, with a caramel and toffee blending, and subtle, sweet, resiny hops. The beer's flavors are tangy and sour malt, with a dark and roasted hoppiness that blend very well. Overall robust flavors ride a mid-body, which leads directly into a toasty, slick, and resiny aftertaste. The beer has a fairly quick finish, with a slight linger to the bitterness from the hops. Cleans up well for the boldness of the flavors. Good brew.

Photo of tugg407
3/5  rDev -17.8%

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