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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 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 11millsown113
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of Basshooker
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of GmAn613
3/5  rDev -17.8%

Photo of TheMaineBeerGuy
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of jimelee108
3.25/5  rDev -11%

Photo of BobMessina
4.2/5  rDev +15.1%

Photo of mta11c
3.66/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of zahara15
4.5/5  rDev +23.3%

Photo of ReDave
4.2/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pretty thick frothy off white head that seems to linger a little with a lot of sticky lace.

Darker orangish amber color.

Aroma a little light some hops some pine..

taste yes different.. a different bitterness
nice.... some malt balance. grapefruit
kinda expensive for what it is.. good, different would and probably will buy again.
probably need to try the barleywine

This is good dipa, need more dipas in my life...
and this could be one of them. [if a little cheaper]

Photo of Mattsk1
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of claminat420
2.73/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A- poured a transparent copper color with a solid white two finger head.

S- malts with some weak hops

T- alcohol is hidden. malt pressence shoots in the beginning but not so much of a hop attack in the back.

M- medium bodied. not to shabby with the carbonation.

D- just one 22oz and i'm good.

Overall- overpriced!! overpriced!! and may i say overpriced??? this brew is one weak ipa for shipyard to try to pull off something fancy. the hops are weak and just has nothing really shining about the brew. personally it seemed to me they tried more on hiding the abv then bringing the hops to attention. just my opinion tho... i say stay away!!!

Photo of OCSA_1978
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of JerseyHopHead
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of VALIS666
3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A well-crafted beer that unfortunately suffers in the most crucial part: taste. Pours a nice dark gold with dottings of lace, smells of pine, grass and mild citrus, but the taste is bitter and malty; common characteristics of a high ABV beer. I definitely need a big glass of water as a palate cleanser afterward as well.

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

Pours thick and rich with a golden over copper color and a soapy head that dissipates quickly.

Wow... a stuffed nose could smell this one. Big malty backbone comes through. With a beer this big, that's what I expected. Sweet caramelly malt syrup, some pineapple and mango, and some floral hoppiness. My wife says "hibiscus".

No surprise of a strong malt presence takes over this beer, but there is definitely a balanced long bitter finish. Sweet tropical fruit notes come in and our of each sip as well. Nice warm throat after each sip.

Full bodied, viscous texture, great mouth coating, with just enough carbonation for as big as it is.

This is a big beer, and more malty than hoppy but delicious. I wouldnt drink too many of these though. Hides the alcohol well in taste, but not in effect. Definitely give this a try.

Photo of JJChrist
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

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 DAllspaw
3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle into tulip.

Aroma is mostly pine a little grapefruit. Nice copper color and solid head. This isn't as fresh as it could be so not getting as much in nose but taste is very bready and malty. Dry tannin in finish

Really like the malt on this one lingers for awhile, just not the hop I was expecting so more one dimensional.

Photo of peacebone116
4.21/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was a very interesting beer! I picked up a bomber of this, not expecting it to be overwhelmingly fresh as it is from opposite coast as I am, but I believe to be pleasantly surprised. I poured this beer into a tulip glass, and here is a transcript of the tasting notes:

N: The nose hits right away during the pour! So much so, that I had to jot my nose notes down before I even got to the appearance. Let's face it: this takes precedence and the first thing that you notice. Notes of oily pine and slight lemon zest waft up and fill the area.

A: Now, back to the appearance: A deep copper color and a small, lingering head. A fair amount of carbonation continues to bubble up from the bottom of the glass, even after the beer had set for a few moments.

T/M: Not as overpowering as the nose would imply, but solid grassy (almost alfalfa-like) pine hits in the front. Oily texture coats the tongue. Slight almond or biscuit flavor that fades quickly, giving way to a flash of grapefruit aftertaste. For a 9.25% beer, this is very drinkable and dry; the term, "thirst quenching," comes to mind as I take a big sip on a warm summer afternoon.

Photo of dwilson01
4.32/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from a 12oz into an indian wells brewing co pint glass. The head is 1.5 fingers worth of creamy off white to yellow-gold colored, dissipates moderately leaving nice lacing on the glass. The body is a completely clear golden color with hints of a brown amber in there. Looks like a combination of maple syrup and honey.

The smell is straight floral hopping with some hints of bitterness to come. I get mango and banana for sure as well as the malty sweetness in the background.

The main body flavors follow directly from the smell, I get a distinct fruitiness from the hopping, apple, banana, and mangoes are all there and well represented. This is combined with a nice malt backing to provide a little sweetness and enhance the hopping while not detracting from it at all. The aftertaste gives me a nice bitter hop flavor as well as the hint of a hot alcohol addition, it is 9.25% which is very surprising when I go through the whole taste.

Great mouthfeel, the malt stays background in the flavor capacity but comes through here to provide a solid smooth creamy feels which slides down real easy.

Photo of WestValleyIPA
3.38/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into my Zatec Fluted Glass. About a finger of head. A dark amber color typical of IIPA. Nice nose of sweet caramel, malt, floral hop, and alcohol. Definitely on the sweet malt side of things, alcohol is evident. Finish is weak, very watery. More carbonated than I'd expect from a 9+ beer. I don't imagine I could handle more than a 22 oz in one sitting.

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4.5/5  rDev +23.3%

Photo of Ernest78
3.25/5  rDev -11%

Photo of Lldeegan
3.56/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy copper with orange highlights and a dense and frothy khaki head.
Sweet grain in the nose with a hint of bright citrus and other fruitiness with some lingering boozy notes.
Chewy malt flavors on the palate gives a sweetness upfront that crawls to a fruity and bitter hoppy finish. There are notes of apple, apricot, and a bit of earthiness with some bitter juicy grapefruit, followed by a syrupy sweet alcohol finish.
It is a heavy bodied beer, chewy yet bright flavors offset the heavy mouthfeel. This is really a redeeming beer after that Shipyard Pumpkin I had last year. The complex and perpetually unfolding flavors with each sip demand the next. Needless to say, the bottle went fast.

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