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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 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 11millsown113

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +9.6%

11-26-2011 02:03:57 | More by 11millsown113
Photo of Boto


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

22oz. bottle: This one pours a clear, slightly orangish amber color. There was a bit of an almost tan head on it, that didn’t linger long but left some lacing. Nice nose. Citrus, some pine, sweet caramel malts in the background, some other fruits. A hint of earthiness and spices also. Body seems just a bit light for a DIPA. Good balanced taste, however. Bitter, yet a slight malt sweetness in the finish. Citrus, caramel malt and some pine notes dominate. It’s a pretty decent beer. Not the best DIPA I’ve had, but far from the worst.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2011 19:51:22 | More by Boto
Photo of beerman999999

New York

4/5  rDev +9.6%

11-23-2011 02:48:30 | More by beerman999999
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Rhode Island

4/5  rDev +9.6%

11-22-2011 01:54:29 | More by Burt
Photo of Rochefort10nh

New Hampshire

3/5  rDev -17.8%

11-21-2011 00:50:07 | More by Rochefort10nh
Photo of dogfishandi

New York

3.43/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle around fridge temp, poured into a snifter, split with friends.

pours out a fairly clear orange, copper color, slight off white head, maybe 1 finger or so. decent retention with some lace that sticks around.

mostly buttery and soapy malts in the aroma, really not much hops. this is a DIPA? maybe a slight herbal quality

definatly more of an english ipa thing going on, almost more malty than it is hoppy. a big buttery, semi-sweet maltiness, a bit of soapiness. light citrus and herbal hops barely break through. some bitterness, but definatly not on an IPA level.

does not feel nearly as big as 9.25%. medium body, nice feeling carbonation, but no resins or oily bitterness that ive come to love with this style.

i can see the whole english thing going on with the buttery malts and what not, but they really shouldnt call this a DIPA. the hops are hardly noticable.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2011 00:45:40 | More by dogfishandi
Photo of codynevels


4/5  rDev +9.6%

11-17-2011 21:35:32 | More by codynevels
Photo of CEDAMA


5/5  rDev +37%

11-17-2011 03:56:14 | More by CEDAMA
Photo of virinow

New York

4/5  rDev +9.6%

11-17-2011 02:08:15 | More by virinow
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New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +9.6%

11-16-2011 20:16:01 | More by Satchboogie
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4/5  rDev +9.6%

11-15-2011 21:17:28 | More by projhex
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North Dakota

4/5  rDev +9.6%

11-15-2011 19:34:48 | More by Wutz
Photo of reelmac


3.48/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I enjoyed the look and smell of this beer. It had an orange-copper color and a nice head. Smells of citrus were very present. For me the taste was a little overpowering. At 9.25% the alcohol taste was very present. The taste wasn't terrible, the citrus and sweetness was nice the alcohol taste was a bit strong and sort of dominated. I'm not huge into IPA's so maybe that's why I'm not a huge fan of this beer but this one was better than the other IPA's I've tried.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2011 21:55:40 | More by reelmac
Photo of Holland


2.78/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: looks a nice orange amber color with a decent head. Terrible pour at the bar, though.

S: smells of nice citrus and pine hops with a huge malt character and some sweetness. Tons of caramel and toffee.

T: taste is dominated by the caramel and sweetness. Tastes like a bad barleywine or wheatwine without the complex character. The hops take a back seat here.

M: not good. Medium-heavy body with lighter carbonation than I'd like. Definitely on the smoother side of the continuum.

O: not very drinkable at all. This is not one to ever have again. Too bad, I wanted to like it, but it's just a weird mix of flavors.

Serving type: on-tap

11-11-2011 03:32:39 | More by Holland
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...

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2011 04:19:06 | More by TMoney2591
Photo of Amsterdam


4.4/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It's funny, I was so amazed with the flavor of this beer that I rushed to review, but I can't say it has lasting head, and there isn't much of a hoppy aroma to rave about, and it's a little sweet . . . but damn it if this isn't a good beer.

The color, however, is a beautiful red amber and would look great in the right glass.

The taste is incredible, however. Nice tangy front end with a burst of hops in the middle mouth and a dry hoppy finish. It's a little sweet, but I feel the sweetness balances out the high ABV since high octane brews can be quite dry.

This beer has a lot of hops, but I like that they come through in the flavor in some subtle ways aside from the bittering, which shows an interesting hop schedule. Cascade was the perfect selection for the dry hopping since it adds citrus and pine. After the bitter finish, the malts, which are ever present, throw a warm, sweet blanket over the hops.

Unless you like, as I sometimes do, the odor of hops to spank you in the face while you drink, but you are one of those people who is never quite sure if you want to purchase an over-the-top IPA (does anyone make a beer to be drunk through a hop straw?) or go with something darker with more malts, I'm fairly sure you'll enjoy this beer.

One more note: this beer is meant to be served a little on the warmer side to allow the odors and tastes to blossom, but I found it more desirable at a very cold temperature.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2011 01:33:20 | More by Amsterdam
Photo of boyermi206


3.2/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance is good, very clear bright orange amber.

Smell is very malty sweet, not really picking up the hops they say are present.

taste is sweet, malty and not really hoppy slight alcohol bite at the end maybe.

mouthfeel is pretty good, heavy full and smooth.

Overall maybe worth a try but don't go out of your way to get this. I keep wanting to like Shipyard since they are local but they seem to produce average beers.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2011 18:01:03 | More by boyermi206
Photo of lacqueredmouse


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

Good to see a XXXX that isn't pronounced "fourecks", at least.

Pours a deep, copper amber colour, almost tending toward brown how deep it is. Head is formed of consistent but regular large bubbles of off-white, that dissipate to a foamy film on the top of the beer. Lacing is excellent. Looks decent.

Nose is smooth and crisp, with a good hoppiness in a generic, mild citrus and pine way, without doing anything out of the ordinary. Some smooth malt comes through to give it a touch of depth. It still reeks of "very generic IPA" to me, but at least it reeks of IPA of some kind.

Taste similar in character, giving a robust bitterness though the centre of the palate, but leaving an almost "I Am An IPA" template as it finishes. There's nothing innovative or especial about it, but it fulfills the expectations of the style well; moderate malt character, with a hoppy hit and clean bitterness on the back. Feel is full, but light.

Yep. You get what you pay for. Unfortunately, when you pay for something, you often hope that you'll get something better than what you pay for. And this isn't it: it's decent, but very generic.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2011 03:41:44 | More by lacqueredmouse
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 DrDemento456


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

Had this on tap at the Verona Rivertowne.

A - Pours a nice amber color with only a ring of sticky head (since they filled the 12oz glass to the rim)

S - Smell is kind of hoppy, more malt based with a sort of caramel soaked gram cracker kind of smell. I then took a sip.

T - I enjoyed it since it was smooth throughout but first sips were of a cold pint so I mostly got a sweet malt base of caramel soaked hops, but after it warmed bitter hops of citrus and pine flourished. Tasty.

M - The highest I expected was around 8 percent so to find it over 9 was very good indeed.

Overall I am glad my local pub had this on tap since it was a great tasting DIPA with some great hop bite. Would have it again or grab a bottle if cost was reasonable (7-8 dollars)

Serving type: on-tap

09-10-2011 05:21:15 | More by DrDemento456
Photo of rinhaak


2.95/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at Sunset Cantina in Boston. Served in a tulip glass.

Pours a clear copper with a wonderful head that leaves behind a perfect lace. It's hard to get a better pour than this.

The nose is a little rotten, smelling of spoiled cherries, sweat, hay, and maple syrup. Not at all the hoppy nose I was expecting.

The mouth is pretty uninteresting. Lots of malts, this is fat more like a double pale ale than a double ipa. A tad syrupy and very boozy, it's a bit dark in the mouth with almost no hop presence. Surely they are there, I just can't fins them.

Overall a huge disappointment. Far too much alcohol foe not enough complexity of flavor. Don't bother.

Serving type: on-tap

09-08-2011 22:37:40 | More by rinhaak
Photo of chefdaddy18042


4.33/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was impressed with the clarity of the beer. Very odd nose once poured out for an Imperial. Taste was reminiscent of grapefruit, good bitterness though matched with malt. The mouthfeel was average on the carbonation. Overall, woth a 4-pack. Don't expect a west coast imperial when you buy this, but it is definitely tasty and worth it if you are a hophead

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2011 22:18:28 | More by chefdaddy18042
Photo of brewski101


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

Had this one at a 'pint nite" - the pour was decent - about an inch or so of foam appearing slowly after the dispense. My first double IPA- so wasnt too sure what to expect. The flavor of the hops were a bit overbalanced by the maltiness for my taste. It does go down pretty easy despite the alcohol content.

Serving type: on-tap

08-27-2011 20:32:54 | More by brewski101
Photo of DAllspaw


3.9/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2011 03:29:34 | More by DAllspaw
Shipyard XXXX IPA (Pugsley's Signature Series) from Shipyard Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 545 ratings.