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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83
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621 Ratings
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Ratings: 621
Reviews: 272
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 15.62%
Wants: 12
Gots: 43 | 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:
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(Beer added by: Todd on 03-20-2009)
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Photo of Sammy
4.03/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Strange Brew bartender: You want our cask, it just came on. A: Yes, whatever it is. This is the experience: Orange colour with a lot of lace already in a huge snifter (that's what he gave me). Aroma there is abundant and pleasing hops. Wickedly tasty balance,above average and creamy mouthfeel. I savoured every sip, as my wife stood by my side ever reminding me of our impending flight.

Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of spycow
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.98/5  rDev +9%
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 djrn2
2.75/5  rDev -24.7%

Photo of zestar
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of acurtis
3.25/5  rDev -11%

Photo of GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of olradetbalder
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of kjkinsey
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of brentk56
3.6/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: Magnificent looking, with a thick, foamy head sitting atop the clear amber liquid; copious lacing left behind

Smell: Butterscotch and hops; reminiscent of butter pecan ice cream

Taste: Butterscotch, up front, with a growing herbacious bitterness by mid-palate; after the swallow, the flavor swings to the malty side, with just enough bitterness to keep the malt in check; the bitter flavors do return in the aftertaste, however

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: I understand the Shipyard style and this is a good example of making a DIPA to conform to that approach; I just prefer a more attenuated IPA with less diacetyl

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a deep golden color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of cascade hops with loads of citrus and pine notes is dominant. Taste is also dominated by loads of citrus and pine notes with a dry caramel malt base. Body is about average with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. A bit too Cascade-centric for my own taste but well brewed and better then expected.

Photo of kylehay2004
3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: amber and clear

S: mild grapefruit, some hops

T: bittersweet hops, sweet on the front end and finishes dry. Little pine.

M: moderate carbonation, medium bodied.

Overall: the flavors in this one are very variable. Its hard to grasp one flavor before the next enters which defines this complex hoppy beer. I like this ones complexity though the taste is a little off for me.

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

Oriole orange with crystalline clarity and butterscotch borders. The upper one third of the glass is filled with a good looking lid of golden beige that features a softly dimpled surface and is no slouch at laying down lace.

The nose is strangely subdued with respect to hops. Oh, they're present all right, but not to the extent they should be in a DIPA. There's plenty of butter caramel, which probably means the flavor will follow suit.

Shipyard calls XXXX IPA 'a non-traditional American IPA'. Hey guys, could you be a little more traditional next time? This is not my preferred take on the style, given the flavor focus on malt rather than hops. The alcohol could be masked a little better too.

Too much toasted malt and butter caramel muddy up what might have been a big, bright, juicy hop fest. The grapefruitiness of Cascade (Warrior, Summit and Glacier were used as well) is barely appreciated. This stuff is almost as much American barleywine as DIPA.

There's still enough hop flavor and bitterness to earn above average scores for both taste and drinkability. Such will definitely not be the case when the 'best by' date of February 2011 has arrived. Waaay too optimistic. This strikes me as one of those ales that will go downhill fast... which is okay if you prefer sweetness.

The mouthfeel barely earns the 3.5. The first half of each mouthful is seamlessly smooth and creamy. The second half loses its mojo in a hurry and feels thinner than it should for the ABV.

Imperial Porter is the best of the three Pugsley's Signature Series beers that I've had so far. XXXX IPA might fit your preferred flavor profile for the style, but it doesn't fit mine. Still, when relatively fresh, this is reasonably enjoyable beer.

Photo of mikesgroove
3.78/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another new one for me I decided to pop open last night to try. This was the second big IPA of the night and really thought it held up quite well, served cold and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 12/31/2009.

The pour was more then decent with a light amber color and nice carbonation bubbling up towards the surface. Good bit of head on top reached a height of around two inches before settling back down to earth. Nice lacing on the sides. Aroma was lots of pine, bitter hops with a nice mix of light grain and a touch of bready malts coming through as it warms. Crisp, clean flavor here, with a body that was a touch lighter then I would have thought but the carbonation really seems to work quite well I believe. Clean hop notes come through up front very nicely with the first sip. Warming adds a nice touch of grassy flavor as well as bit of bready malt slicing through before it fades back into a nice and lightly dry finish that leaves me looking for more.

Overall very solid, drinks very well for the style and the abv is very well hidden letting it sip almost like a single ipa. Impressed with shipyard here.

Photo of Knapp85
4.22/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out as a nice golden color. The head was thick and white in color. The lacing sticks pretty well to my glass. The smell of the beer had a pretty good hoppy aroma to it, very inviting. The taste of the beer has a solid malt backbone with some citrusy & floral hops. The mouthfeel is very drinkable, with a good carbonation. Overall I found this beer to be pretty impressive, I would eventually like to revisit this one again. I'd say it's worthy of trying.

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
2.25/5  rDev -38.4%

Photo of SocalKicks
3.25/5  rDev -11%

Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.08/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Best Enjoyed Before: February 2011.

Appearance: Dispenses a clear, orange-amber body with a large, billowing, yellow-tinged head.

Smell: Largely fruity hop notes of passion fruit, pink grapefruit, and tangelos, with a light backing of fresh florals. Sweetish malty accents of hard butterscotch candies and honey-brushed bread.

Taste: Moderately sweet beginning of caramel, honey, and luscious butterscotch with a bready maltiness. Floral, tropical American hop character, boldly bitter, and with a minute spiciness. The firm maltiness revisits before the swallow. Touch of alcohol warmth on the bittersweet finish, though the sweetness drops out leaving the bitterness to endure in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation. Smooth, lightly chewy, lightly oily mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Fairly easy to drink all things considered. I found it to be a pleasant surprise from Shipyard, but for those preferring a more slackened malt profile and seeking a harder, harsher hoppiness might be disappointed with this.

Photo of largadeer
2/5  rDev -45.2%

Photo of biboergosum
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

Photo of emerge077
3.7/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle, April 2011 BBD.

Rich jewel tone amber, reddish orange. Decent skim at first, fading to a ring. Speckles of spotty lacing at its edges.

Deep malty aroma, very floral, dried orange peel. Not getting much else.

Warm malt blanket, receding bitterness, again floral and vaguely citrusy in the aftertaste. Drying in the finish, to be expected for 9.25%. Thick and rich feel, bursting with perfumed citrus hop notes, and a beast of a malt backbone. Sticky on the lips. Resiny dry finish. Going to try and finish this one, but it's not the easiest drinking DIPA. A bomber sounds like a chore...

Photo of TMoney2591
3.28/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a tumbler.

Does Shipyard's "X" system correspond to that used on old-timey moonshine jugs? I sure as hell hope so! *slaps knee like old-timey hillbilly stereotype* ..ahem... Anyway, this stuff pours a clear rusty amber topped by a finger of relatively short-lived off-white foam. The nose comprises spicy greens, dry pine needles, light grass, lighter biscuit, and rich caramel underneath it all. The taste seems to focus on the spicy greens and pine needles, which have somehow regained their former luster since last we interacted. A small rush of dry toffee comes in near the end, but it just doesn't get its job done: the hops go uncut and run amok. (Note: This is occasionally a good thing, but this is more bland riot than organized revolution...if that makes sense...) The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a dry, sticky finish. Overall, an okay DIPA, but the hops don't really bite as much as they bludgeon. Frankly, I prefer to be bitten...

Photo of JAHMUR
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.35/5  rDev -8.2%
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.

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Shipyard XXXX IPA (Pugsley's Signature Series) from Shipyard Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 621 ratings.