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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: 647
Reviews: 280
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 15.34%
Wants: 13
Gots: 58 | 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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Ratings: 647 | Reviews: 280
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4/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of kojevergas
2.68/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

1 pint 6 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap covered in gold foil served into a N'Ice Chouffe stem beerflute in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Acquired at a Ralph's market nearby. Reviewed live. Expectations are average.

Paired with honey wheat pretzel braids. Served refrigerator cold but allowed to warm over time.

A: Pours a one finger head of nice cream, good thickness, and great retention for the high ABV. Colour is a light semitransparent amber with copper hues. Interesting for the style in that it's not just a clear copper. I'm sufficiently intrigued. No visible yeast particles.

Sm: Bittering and floral hop notes. Some cream. Butterscotch (diacetyl?). Toasted malts round out the character nicely. Very English IPA esque, mixed with the toasted malt body of a light winter warmer. I suspect Fuggles were used. (Consulting the label, I discover I'm wrong.) A clean, mild strength aroma.

T: Hoppy, with the bitterness coming through in the third act untamed by other notes. The climax holds the cream and floral hop notes, with the toasted malt occupying the beer from open to midpoint, filling out the body. The third act is comparitively empty. Some cream on the open, accompanied by a hint of straw. More like an English IPA than an American. I get a bit of grapefruit, but only hints. No alcohol comes through. No yeast (not that there should be). Some light caramelized malt. Both flavourfully and structurally imbalanced, but decently built. I enjoy it in a general sense. It's certainly neither unique nor special.

Mf: Smooth and wet, with some cream after the midpoint (texture-wise). A biteen overcarbonated. Too thick. Suits the flavours only generally.

Dr: Drinkable but not special or unique. I wouldn't have it again. A below average example of the style, largely due to its inability to balance the bittering hops of the climax and third act. IPAs are not about a hop or IBU competition; balance is still integral. Fans of the style will likely find something to like about it.


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4/5  rDev +9.6%

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1/5  rDev -72.6%

Photo of jlindros
3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tap at Sea Dog pub in northborough, MA.

Pours a big fluffy 1.5 finger head fades slowly with lacing over copper reddish orange hazy beer.

Nose has earthy hops, hints of citrus fruit and other fruity hops, some malts as well chewy syrupy reddish malts, caramel, toffee, etc, and some candy citrus earthy hops.

Taste comes on bitter and strong, earthy chewy almost candy hops, a flavor like hop extract, spicy hops but no real fruit this time. Then malts, sweet and a bit syrupy, candy, syrupy malts with a reddish copper and chewy malt flavor. Booze is masked by the sweetness and bitterness fairly decently at this point. Finishes still fairly sweet chewy and spicy hops and pretty bitter, little sticky, long lingering bitterness. Nice bitter earthy bite on the finish, bit of grassy herbal hops, and booze comes out some on the finish

Mouth is a bit heavier bodied, decent carb, just a hint of booze until it warms and then the booze kicks in a bit.

Overall not bad, lots of malts and hops but not a lot of hop flavor, booze is hidden well, no off or bad flavors.

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3/5  rDev -17.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

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

Poured from a bottle into a Sam Adams Breather

A: Poured a beautiful dark, clear amber, a small one-finger head that went away quickly. Thin lacing rings. I found this one by itself from Merinos..it could've been sitting there awhile

S: I got lots of plum and tropical fruit-- specifically pineapple. Some breadiness in there. Smelled pretty dang good to me

T: Close to smell. Lots of tropical fruit. Some alcohol on the back end and it finished pretty dry. Overall, I liked it considering its ABV

M: A little thin to me. Not much carbonation. As I said, I could've got an old one.

O: Pretty good, especially if you like fruity esters with your hops. Its does warm your core nicely. I'd definitely would not pass on one if offered.

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4/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of JAHMUR
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of SawDog505
3.89/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a 13 oz tulip glass. Pours a magnificent orange red with a 2 inch off white head that leaves globs of lacing all over the glass. Smell is tangerine, bread, carmel, and grapefruit. Taste is sweet in the start and bitter grapefruit in the finish. Body is large for the style, good carbonation, a touch on the dry side, and easy drinking for the large ABV. This drinks different than most DIPAs, the malty profile reminds me of 90 minute.

Photo of elec
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.4/5  rDev -6.8%
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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4/5  rDev +9.6%

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3/5  rDev -17.8%

Photo of jsanford
3.65/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a Pint Glass

A - Pours a clear, dark copper with a fluffy off-white head that settles to a thick cap, leaving lots of soapy lacing clinging to the glass.
S - Big nose of pungent floral hops, buttered bread, and sweet caramel malt. Not too shabby.
T - This is certainly a BIG beer. Loads of sweet caramel malt and buttery yeast hold their own with the moderately bitter pine resin and herb hops. Ultimately a nicely balanced beer, and the 9.25% ABV is hidden nicely. All that said, this still comes across a bit bland, but it's easily one of the better Shipyard brews I've had.
M - Creamy and smooth, with a medium-full mouthfeel and lowish carbonation. Finally, a Shipyard beer that isn't watery!
O - While this could certainly be a case of "In the Valley of the Blind..." considering my usual disdain for Shipyard, I found it to be an overall enjoyable beer. Not something I'll look for again, but nicely done.

Photo of JWU
3.45/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

bomber bottle, poured into a straight sided glass.

A- translucent amber, with a puffy white head and retains and laces fairly well

S- some herbal hops, but mostly caramel and biscuity malts.

T- Some herbal/floral hops up front that are soon crushed by the malt bill. Quite english tastes of caramel and heavy breads. Ends sticky and bitter on the palette, but has a lingering sweetness that doesn't quite work. They cite cascade hops several times on the label, but I can't find the orange rind in this for the life of me.

M- Sweet and sticky, not really what I'm looking for in this style.

O- kind of a higher ABV/gravity version of HopDevil that is way to heavy on the malt bill. Strives for greatness, but just falls short in a jumbled mess.

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3/5  rDev -17.8%

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 WrathsU
3.76/5  rDev +3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Brilliantly clear deep amber to medium brown in color. Off white thick head with long lasting retention.

S - Big dose of hops up front. Floral and perfume in fragrance, with a slightly pungent hit towards the end. Can't really get past the hops in aroma.

T - Sweet and perfume-y up front, in my opinion too much so. Pretty bitter throughout. Malt, toffee, and caramel also towards the back. Coats the tongue in a sticky bitter sweetness which is undesirable.

M - Medium bodied, alcohol warming, good carbonation.

O - Pretty good IPA. Lots of hop presence, just too much of a sweet floraly presence for my taste. Not enough of a malt backbone to help balance out the intense flavor of the hops.

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4.5/5  rDev +23.3%

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4/5  rDev +9.6%

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3/5  rDev -17.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

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Shipyard XXXX IPA (Pugsley's Signature Series) from Shipyard Brewing Co.
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