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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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545 Ratings
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Ratings: 545
Reviews: 265
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 15.89%
Wants: 12
Gots: 27 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Todd on 03-20-2009)
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Photo of y2jrock60


3.43/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Hazy orange with a thin head that leaves no lacing.

S- Sweet malt, caramel, pine, and noble hop spicy aromas.

T- Sweet upfront followed by a spicy/piney biterness. It finishes a little dry.

M- Medium-thick bodied with low carbonation. Very sweet upfront but finishes dry.

O- A sweet malt forward IIPA, nothing outstanding, but not bad.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2014 01:09:12 | More by y2jrock60
Photo of Pugs78


4/5  rDev +9.6%

05-29-2012 03:19:07 | More by Pugs78
Photo of trubeernick


3.15/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Pour- Nice. Head was decent and came down in about a minute

Smell- Fresh and hoppy

Taste- Pretty good for a strong IPA. Doesnt feel like an over 9% beer. Pretty strong after taste in the mouth though..

Overall- Good beer, probably won't get another one, but love IPAs and trying new ones

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2010 02:21:44 | More by trubeernick
Photo of hurdjg


3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

04-21-2013 14:30:05 | More by hurdjg
Photo of johnnieoz


3.55/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22oz bomber - unknown bottling date.

A: Nice amber body with a sizable, lasting off-white head. Plentiful lacing.

S: The aromas are quite discrete: some citrus is there.

T: Well, the lack of smell was a good sign. It proved deceiving as the XXXX IPA has plenty of taste. A touch of pineapple, some grapefruit, mango and passionfruit are fruits that come to mind. There is dry, bitter finish as well. Refreshing.

M: Carbonation is good, but there is a bit of alcohol burn. A few more months would make this more amenable to my palate.

D: At 9.25% abv, this is a bit of a chore. The taste is good, so I wanted to drink rather than quaff. However, a buzz does set in rather quickly. In tandem with the alcohol burn, this makes its drinkability average as opposed to e.g. Avery's Maharaja, Ballast Point's Dorado, Russian River's Pliny the Elder or Coronado's Idiot.

All in all, most solid. The taste is rather unique due to the combination of Cascade, Warrior, Summit and Glacier hops plus Malted Wheat, Pale Ale, Crystal and Caramel malts. As such, it is well worth trying; and some DIPA Hopheads may find this the best of the bunch.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2009 01:46:14 | More by johnnieoz
Photo of Chopman50


4.5/5  rDev +23.3%

12-24-2011 20:52:52 | More by Chopman50
Photo of Wamesit


4.18/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a robust orange/amber with a good, but light, head that gives way to solid lacing.

S- Not as strong a hops presence as one might imagine; by that I might mean it isn't overpowering. Pale as well as some sweet, almost caramel, malts in the nose. Perhaps a hint of fruity yeast. Strong wave of alcohol in the back of the aroma.

T - Not what I expected. Taste follows the aroma pretty straightforwardly. Flavorful, rich and varied, but not what one expects in a DIPA. Balanced (perhaps too balance for the style) but delicious. The hops runs from a citrus front to a spicy back. Floral throughout as well. A solid spectrum.

M - Medium and chewy. I feared, based on the very light head, that this would be too carbonation for the rich style but it was perfect.

D - As a DIPA a hophead might feel let down but regardless of the unique take on the style this is a well-crafted, well-balanced, and well-done beer. Very drinkable but just watchout for the 9.25%!

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2011 03:54:50 | More by Wamesit
Photo of eaphikap


3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

04-20-2012 01:15:44 | More by eaphikap
Photo of brandonati


3.25/5  rDev -11%

12-16-2012 04:30:46 | More by brandonati
Photo of KFaulkner


3.55/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Unique Beer #0660

So, this was a delicious beer. What else can I say? It's a double IPA, it's big, it's bold, it's hoppy and it's strong. Is it tasty? Oh yeah - not the most balanced Imperial IPA I've ever had, but it a delicious entry in the long line of Imperial IPA's that every brewing is doing now.

What makes this one unique is two things - first, the brewer's face is on the back of the bottle. I thought this was weird. Was this his idea? Was he like "Hey, this beer is so awesome, I want you to slap my face on the back." I'm not faulting him for this, I'm glad he's proud of his beer and he wants credit for it just like an author would on the jacket of a novel. And then it has one of those foiley things on the top which really serves no purpose whatsoever except maybe to help justify the price tag.

Here's my biggest problem - this 22 oz. bomber was a twist-off. WTF? A 22 oz. twist off?? Really??? You know Pugsley, if we're buying beers of this quality, we probably own a bottle opener. Personally, I like using these bottles for homebrewing and it was a bit of a disappointment that I couldn't use this one - probably the first bottle over 12 oz. I've seen that is a twist off.

In fact, after drinking this beer - and at 9+% abv, understandably - I emailed Shipyard to complain about the twist-off.

I never got a reply, and why should I - all I did was complain about their bottle and it's too late now. But listen, if you're like me and you like to re-use these bottles - skip it. There are better Imperial IPA's out there so there's no reason to drop the 10 bucks or so on this bottle if you reuse them for homebrew.

Otherwise, give it a try.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2010 19:09:35 | More by KFaulkner
Photo of abgba121


2.1/5  rDev -42.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A: pours a hazy amber color with very thin head and very thin lacing as well

S: extremely sweet malts, almost too much, somewhat stale or rotten and yeasty. Not a pleasant smell at all. Very little hops whatsoever.

T: Almost equal to the smell, tons of malts with a weird rotten smell, no hops

M: medium body, low carbonation

O: not good at all, as I have experienced with all of shipyards brews so far. Very disappointed once again.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2011 03:35:52 | More by abgba121
Photo of RhodyNative


3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

11-09-2012 18:30:09 | More by RhodyNative
Photo of StrangeBrewer76


4.28/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours a dark amber with a substantially long lasting foam top that sticks like laced window dressings all the way down.

my nose gets a nice harvest balance, malt and greens but subtle. even to my broken nose this is easily identified as quality.

tastes like a dipa, grassy and floral up front then big bitter and big malt balanced in the end with resonating resin on and on and on.

really great mouthfeel. the carbonation breaks up the viscosity to make this a beer and not a liquor. medium soft bubbles in the first impression and the crisp whip strikes at just the right time.

drinkability has gotten a bad name in recent days but despite that I have to say that this has serious drinkability. With a 9.25% this is a real achievement but perhaps that speaks more to my love of hops than Pugsley's greatness as a brewer, but that is not for me to say. De gustibus non est disputandum!

I'll get this again but I wish that this type of beer were the standard and not the XXXX uber-duber IPA.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2009 01:10:45 | More by StrangeBrewer76
Photo of Sergeh


3.25/5  rDev -11%

06-20-2013 22:20:56 | More by Sergeh
Photo of Patsnsoxfan

New Hampshire

3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

09-04-2013 16:38:51 | More by Patsnsoxfan
Photo of KRG


3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

04-25-2014 22:21:06 | More by KRG
Photo of Blitzstyle


4.72/5  rDev +29.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured: from a 22oz bottel into a Dogfish sniffer.
Nice inch, inch and half of head. Really nice deep copper color.

Aroma: Great citrus grapefuitish smell to it. Smeels like it will have a big overpowering bite to it. Lingers nice on the glass extremly appealing!

Taste: Surprisingly smooth and sweet not at all what you would expect from the smell. Unusual, but quite pleasant taste. A very well balanced brew.

Mouthfeel: Not very over powering at all very nice and balanced. What a great beer

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2009 22:06:28 | More by Blitzstyle
Photo of meerkat2


3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

01-19-2012 12:55:27 | More by meerkat2
Photo of HomerS


4/5  rDev +9.6%

12-22-2012 17:28:50 | More by HomerS
Photo of hphilip456


3.25/5  rDev -11%

06-08-2013 00:29:27 | More by hphilip456
Photo of Robeerto89


4/5  rDev +9.6%

07-17-2012 20:26:27 | More by Robeerto89
Photo of codfeast


3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From my notes:

A: Amber in colour, thin head, light carbination

S: Sweet cream and cherry, floral

T: Sweet malt with a bit of alcohol and a kind of bitter finish.

M: light carbination, oily finish.

O: Absolutly nothing wrong with this beer just not near my favorite of the style. The candy store aroma a found a little strange. Not something I would buy again right away, but would try again should I happen into a pub that had it on draft.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2011 02:50:22 | More by codfeast
Photo of dragoondingus


3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

03-02-2013 02:10:45 | More by dragoondingus
Photo of Jammies


3.8/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - pours an orangish amber with about an inch and a half of foam. Great retention. Terrific lacing.

S - smoky and sweet with aromatic hops

T - light and caramelly taste but surprisingly well balanced

M - smooth. Hops do not linger

O - good beer. Really delivered from the moment it was poured.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2011 17:30:40 | More by Jammies
Photo of Hoppaholic


4/5  rDev +9.6%

01-12-2012 00:51:55 | More by Hoppaholic
Shipyard XXXX IPA (Pugsley's Signature Series) from Shipyard Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 545 ratings.