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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: 571
Reviews: 268
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 15.89%
Wants: 12
Gots: 35 | 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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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

jimmyjazzercise, Oct 01, 2013
Photo of Ernest78
3.25/5  rDev -11%

Ernest78, Apr 19, 2014
Photo of Norfawkers
3.95/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A flavorful double IPA that isn't too sweet

Appearance: Clear copper with a light beige head

Smell: Fragrant malty; sweet

Taste: Maltiness up front with a hop kick, sweet/citrus in the finish

Mouthfeel: Lingering, bitter, dry finish

Drinkability: Versatile; may pair well with spicier or heavy meals.

Norfawkers, Aug 28, 2009
Photo of SDtastentune
4.6/5  rDev +26%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Yellow ipa style, thin head great lace.

S - Smells of citrus hops, malts, and grapefruit, alcohol.

T - WOW, astringent alcohol, piny citrus malts, taste like super glue if I knew what that tasted like?? Very different DIPA than the norm.

M - Medium carbonation, great aftertaste.

D - Drinks kinda rough for a DIPA, but most are a little over the top right? This one might be in its own class of DIPA, not the norm for me... Way bitter alcohol astringent like. Wow gotta try this one again.

SDtastentune, Dec 27, 2010
Photo of nycwinter
4/5  rDev +9.6%

nycwinter, Jan 20, 2012
Photo of thomscottson
4/5  rDev +9.6%

thomscottson, Feb 13, 2013
Photo of 111213forlife
4.25/5  rDev +16.4%

111213forlife, Oct 05, 2013
Photo of projhex
4/5  rDev +9.6%

projhex, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of jw1978
3.25/5  rDev -11%

jw1978, Feb 15, 2014
Photo of DosBeerigos
4.93/5  rDev +35.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

C. Clear as can be
H. Red-ish Orange; almost like a piece of copper
N. Hops, hops, and more hops (notes of citrus, pine, and some sweet aromas)

XXXX is quite like a party on my tongue. There are four different types of hops in this bad boy, and to balance out the bitterness there are four different types of malt. Now while I'm not a fan of malt, I am a fan of hops. I can't say anything bad about this beer, partially because my kindergarten teacher (Miss Buzzy) told me to never say anything bad about anyone or anything. Although even if I wanted to I couldn't. This is an amazingly well balanced IPA that if I could I would drink it all day, bathe in it, and then attempt to make sweet sweet love in it. YOU MUST TRY THIS BEER! Score; 4.97

DosBeerigos, Feb 24, 2010
Photo of CGAR
3/5  rDev -17.8%

CGAR, Jun 05, 2013
Photo of Sixofsigmas
4.2/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Copper fluffy head... Standard IPA'ish fair...

Caramel, sweet candy, brown sugar, orange zest/rind, bready....

Taste was completely different with notes of pine, grapefruit, sweet fruity pebbles, nice bitter finish with a touch of caramel to balance it all out. Boozy warmth.

Medium body, very smooth, resiny, good carb.

Amazingly sessionable... was disappointed I only got one.

Sixofsigmas, Jun 10, 2011
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

trubeernick, Aug 10, 2010
Photo of jimbodude5
4/5  rDev +9.6%

jimbodude5, Dec 25, 2013
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4/5  rDev +9.6%

McLaughlin5350, Nov 30, 2011
Photo of robmoak
4/5  rDev +9.6%

robmoak, Nov 13, 2012
Photo of Jemonster
4.75/5  rDev +30.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

This is from notes.

A: Light rust color with thin off-white head. Medium level looking carbonation.

S: Strong floral hops and stone fruits. Sweet, sticky honey.

T: A pretty sweet tasting IPA. Seems like lots of dry hopping. Very floral again, with peaches and honey. Think mead. Lingering bitterness at the end. Heavily bittersweet, at both ends of the spectrum. Don't notice the high ABV.

M: Pretty viscous and heavy with light carbonation. The high ABV is not present here either.

O: This is great. Uncharacteristic of most IPA's but wonderful in it's own way. Taste with an open mind.

Jemonster, Jan 15, 2013
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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.

y2jrock60, Jan 21, 2014
Photo of Pugs78
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Pugs78, May 29, 2012
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.

johnnieoz, Jul 17, 2009
Photo of hurdjg
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

hurdjg, Apr 21, 2013
Photo of Chopman50
4.5/5  rDev +23.3%

Chopman50, Dec 24, 2011
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%!

Wamesit, Feb 26, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

eaphikap, Apr 20, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -11%

brandonati, Dec 16, 2012
Shipyard XXXX IPA (Pugsley's Signature Series) from Shipyard Brewing Co.
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