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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: 576
Reviews: 268
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 15.89%
Wants: 12
Gots: 36 | 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 jyuhas
4.08/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - deep golden orange with some lacing

Smell - biscuit, caramel matliness; resiny, piney hops; nice balance of malt and hop aromas; but wine and light alcohol warmth play into the aroma as well

Taste - resiny hops dominating a good amount of bitterness, although the hops and caramel malts battle for the finish

Mouthfeel - nice full body with a creamy feel

Overall - pretty enjoyable beer with complex aroma

jyuhas, Apr 28, 2011
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.

codfeast, Apr 27, 2011
Photo of BretSikkink
3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Alright, just popped the cap on my newest Pugsley's Series. I haven't been disappointed (or blown away) yet.

Dark, burnished orange color, not yet brown but a murky sort of coloring, fading to gold 'round the edges. Head is tanned, appears to be leaving nice lacing, and looks pretty good.

Holy diacetyl, batman. I had a stick of browned butter cooked into quinoa for dinner the other night, and this is shockingly close in terms of the buttery caramel aroma contents of XXXX. Hops play a distant second fiddle with only a hint of joys to come. I hope they come...

The hops are again subordinated to the malt notes of buttery diacetyl and caramel malt. Does that mean it's bad? No. While the hops are working for a brightness and serious bitterness, the malt and yeast notes are clawing back and taking what they can. This is called "balance", but I don't have to love it.

Definitely takes notes of English IPA and fuses it with unrestrained American can-do spirit, but that Shipyard yeast strain kinda jumps in the middle for me.

XXXX makes me think of American barleywine and British IPA mixed. Each of those beers enjoys a much richer mouthfeel than what I'm given here. Thin for both style and alcohol content. Could be better, but it is unique and tastes pretty decent.

BretSikkink, Apr 20, 2011
Photo of BucBasil
4.33/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured on tap at the Yard House in Long Beach. Review is from notes.

A: Dark orange/rusty color.

S: Balanced, bicuity malt over mostly floral and some piney hop notes.

T: Nice balance but still delivers a good kick. Fruity and slightly floral with a good dose of bready malt. This is what I look for in my IPAs

O: I could drink something like this all day. Great beer.

BucBasil, Apr 20, 2011
Photo of Gambrinus1184
4.05/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served on-tap in a 10 oz. snifter @ the Corner in Litchfield, Conn.

A: Deep orange-amber with a rich, two-finger thick head of dense, creamy off-white foam. Retention is decent and lacing is quite nice.

S: Lush, fruity aroma with loads of apple, pear, citrusy notes and grassy, herbal hop scents.

T: Mellow, semisweet and caramel-like malt flavors hit first with a rush of dry, pine hops before a smooth, fruity malt complex washes over the palate. Bits of citrus, berry and floral notes come to rest in a herbal, grassy and clean finish with minimal alcohol sting and a mellow hop resin.

M: Smooth, full-bodied and slightly creamy, this IPA achieves incredible balance relative to it's strength.

O: A nice surprise that paired well with my BBQ bison burger with pepperjack and fried onions. The 9.25% ABV is masked incredibly well and the hops pull more punches than I'd have thought. A nice New England, East-Coast DIPA.

Gambrinus1184, Apr 16, 2011
Photo of whatthehull
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a New Belgium snifter

A - Really nice amber/blood orange, 1 finger white head and lacing up and down

S - Fresh citrus, floral and tropical hops. Very Sweet. Yeast, nice malt, some molasses maybe? Pretty simple, yet very pleasant

T - As good as the smell, maybe a tad lighter than the smell. Everything is there. Very sweet up front, a nice calm bitterness in the backbone. Yeast is all the way through. The hops are bitter and sweet all the way through. Starts with citrus, then floral and then the tropical

M - Very lightly bubbled, a bit sticky, but not chewy. Nice carbonation all the way

D - For being almost %10 abv, can't taste the alcohol. Very nice and balanced. Super easy to drink.

Final thought - Price point at $8.00 sucks. If this beer was $5 or under. I would drink it daily

whatthehull, Mar 14, 2011
Photo of thenickgb
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

have had this beer a few times at tastings bought a bottle last year and cellar ,opened it last night and it has become darker yellow and creamy.
thick head
more zip on the hop on the back of the pallet
i recommend getting a bottle of this and sit on in for a year ,surprising difference
shop @ Bevmo!!

thenickgb, Mar 12, 2011
Photo of vapodge
3.9/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a Sam Adams glass

A - clear, solid amber; nice-sized head; good lacing holds up

S - citrus hops, but a little muted compared to what I was expecting

T - hops are much more present than in the nose; quite a bit of caramel malt; sweet rather than bitter

M - creamy for an IPA/DIPA; fairly high level of carbonation

D - easy to drink, hides its alcohol well; definitely my favorite Shipyard I've had; would've liked a little more tang from my hops, but this is a good IPA

vapodge, Mar 09, 2011
Photo of DovaliHops
3.33/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear amber color with a medium white head that disappears quickly. Scent is alcohol, malt, very little hoppiness, and a bit of skunkiness. I don't know what it is, but this smells nothing like a DIPA should smell like. It's on tap, but doesn't smell fresh at all. Taste isn't very fresh either, unless they intended for it to taste this way. There are definitely some hoppy flavors with a lot of grapefruit citrus. A lot of caramel malt and alcohol flavors. Mouthfeel is sticky. Drinkability is fair. Although this beer is not horrible, it was very disappointing.

DovaliHops, Mar 05, 2011
Photo of nickfl
3.63/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours with one and a half fingers of off white foam on top of a clear, copper-brown body. The head settles at an average rate and leaves light lace.

S - Caramel malt and toffee with some spicy, pine hops. Classic IPA aroma.

T - Toffee and biscuit malt notes up front with some sharp citrus and pine hop flavor. Some acidic caramel in the middle with moderate, sharp bitterness. The beer finishes with lots of pine and grapefruit hop flavor as well as dry caramel and toast.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - Not bad at all, it reminds me of SN Celebration in that it has a lot of pine flavor and pungent bitterness without the fruity, complex hop aromas that I think of as characteristic of modern IPAs. The aroma comes together quite nicely with good doses of both hop and malt that balance each other and leave the malt slightly more dominant. The flavor qualities are somewhat less successful, though it is still a drinkable beer. Bitterness is at the front of the experience with rich, but dry malt character backing it up. The dryness keeps the malt from ever really managing to balance out the bitterness though, and while there is accompanying grapefruit and pine flavor, bitterness is really the dominant characteristic. Good, but I will take a modern hop flavor/aroma oriented IPA over this any day.

nickfl, Mar 05, 2011
Photo of Rhettroactive
3.23/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

From bomber to pint glass on 2/28/11
*From notes

A big thanks goes out to SirRuss for this one - cheers!

A: Rich and cloudy copper haze. Sticky 2+ finger head on a standard pour. Attractive, sticky lacing.

S: Caramelized hops, tree resin and persistent alcohol.

T: It's somewhat sweet from the alcohol, with large amounts of burnt toffee. Minor impressions of hoppy bitterness finsih this one out.

M: Really thick and creamy. It's spot-on for the DIPA style, and considering what I feel is lacking in the taste, this give the brew a needed boost.

O: This is a good effort from Shipyard. I wasn't expecting a lot from this one, but it overachieves and made a fairly good impression. There are certainly better DIPA's out there, but in a pinch, this one will do.

Rhettroactive, Mar 02, 2011
Photo of Westsidebuddha
3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bought at Whole Foods (Arroyo Parkway) Pasadena, Calif.

Poured a dark brown/amber color with a very small head into a Steinlager glass. The smell of citrus is present as is a strong smell of hops. Taste of a light grapefruit hits the palate. The mouthfeel has a slightly dry feel. Drinkability is good and interesting. The different hops and malt seems to create a different taste for an IPA. Overall, a good beer.I was expecting something like a crazy hardcore hoppy taste since I saw the four X's on the bottle. Not as hardcore as I expected but a good beer to try. A three bottle to the head night.

Westsidebuddha, Feb 28, 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
Photo of claspada
3.3/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Aromas are overall mild with some caramel malt and orange citrus character. Honey, and herbal/piney hops make an appearance upon further analysis.

Taste follows the nose. Up front is sweet biscuit malt, with touches of honey. Finishes with an herbal hop bitterness. There are a slight butterscotch notes which become more apparent as this warms.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, slightly syrupy. Could use a touch more carbonation for me.

Overall, surprisingly English in character. Alcohol heat lingers in the long bitter finish. Let this one warm a little and the flavor becomes much more intense. Overall a slight letdown as I have been trying to find this one for a real long time so I over-hyped it in my mind I guess. Still very good.

claspada, Feb 18, 2011
Photo of heysuz
4.1/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Intro: 22 oz. poured into a pint glass. Shared with a friend.

Appearance: Dark amber color but cloudy, good amount of head with strong lacing that stayed with the beer throughout the sampling.

Smell: There was a good hop smell with some fruity almost citrus like aroma.

Taste: Strong hop note with coffee and mocha notes and some citrus undertones that culminates in a rich flavor.

Mouthfeel: Kind of dry with no after taste.

Drink: The 22 oz bomber disappeared pretty quickly. I would enjoy having it again.

Conclusion: It seems as though the beer got more enjoyable as the session progressed. By the end of the sample I was left wanting another. Will make a point to replenish my stock of this beer.

heysuz, Jan 29, 2011
Photo of beergod1
3.95/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear ruby/amber, decent beige head that eventually subsides. Aroma is sweet citrus and pine. There is a great balance of thick malt and bitter hops in this beer. Definitely more on the bitter side. A lot of pine and orange rind tastes, some sweet lemon. Great beer in my opinion, Not sure about the xxxx though. But Find this one if you like 2ipa's.

beergod1, Jan 28, 2011
Photo of PicoPapa
3.9/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle. Pours a rich mahogany color with a good sized head. Lots of lacing. Good hoppy aroma to this one. Pine and caramel aromas are most dominant. Taste is a strong hit of caramel upfront followed by some piney hops. There is a brown sugar flavor as well. This is one malty Imperial IPA. Only a slight bit of burn from the high ABV. Overall its a pretty solid Dipa and a bit different then most of the ones out there. Worth a second look.

PicoPapa, Jan 20, 2011
Photo of samyoung
3.6/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Visited Portland, ME and Shipyard Brewery in May 2010. Finally got around to drinking my 12 ounce bottle January 2011.

A - Looks great...deep amber color with a one-inch head.
S - Barley-ish hop smell, slightly stale with strawberry hues.
T - Classic English-IPA taste, not bitter, not citrus-y.
M - Smooth yet lacks thickness that most d-IPAs have.
D - Easy to drink at first but has a slight alcohol after-taste.

samyoung, Jan 15, 2011
Photo of charlzm
3.3/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Consumed January 12th, 2011 from an undated bottle. Served at about 45 degrees F in a standard pint glass.

Beer pours a clear but darkish honey/amber. A creamy 1.5 finger off-white head forms and provides foamy sheeting throughout the consumption.

Aromatic! Primarily citric hops, but there's a touch of pine hop as well. Smell subsided the warmer the brew became.

As far as flavor goes, there's good news and bad news. The good news is that the malt profile is here as advertised on the label: wheat and caramel malts are plainly discernible. Hops are the main draw here, though, and they provide piny and red grapefruit-like notes. Oh, and plenty of bitterness. There's also a mild peppery burn and a touch of solvent.

Mouthfeel is slightly thick and the tiniest bit oily. Carbonation is just ok.

The spicy near-burn and the solventy flavor make this one a little hard to take.

charlzm, Jan 13, 2011
Photo of dotsonjamesg
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I picked this up while vacationing in Florida at a beer bar called "World of Beer." Since this place can't maintain half their stock of beers on the menu, I finally found one they did have in stock; it was a bit frustrating. I have always been a little weary of Shipyard but since I don't live in a place that sells a lot of their specialty stuff, I thought I'd give this one a whirl.

Appearance: Poured a clear, amber/dark orange with an off-white head and light to moderate lacing.

Smell: Smell was slightly hoppy, rich with malts hinting of caramel flavors yet still maintains citrus scents and piney hops and maybe even a little nutty at the end.

Taste: The flavor is bitter and sweet, with flavors of butterscotch/caramel flavors yet still maintains a citrus foreground and piney hops and maybe even a little nutty and something I hadn't really tasted in a beer like this; almond.

Mouthfeel: Thick and semi syrupy but not so much to hinder it's drinkability.

Drinkability: Its not super rich or overpowering and the flavors are fairly complex, making it fun to drink.

I have never been a real fan of Shipyard's brews in the past. I have tried a lot of their mor common beers, like their hef, porter, and pale ale and I felt they were just okay. Shipyard's XXXX surprised me with it's complexity and I thought it was fun to drink. It also seems like everyone has a bit of a different take on how it tastes, which I think is pretty cool.

dotsonjamesg, Jan 11, 2011
Photo of TheTippler
3.35/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours with a thin head and a copper color. Mouthfeel has decent hop bitterness. This beer smells and tastes of sweaty socks, but in the most pleasant way possible. There is a metallic taste on the finish. This is one of the better beers I have tried from Shipyard.

TheTippler, Jan 04, 2011
Photo of bashiba
3.03/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a cloudy amber with a very light soap ring of tan head.

The smell was a strange mix of the classic shipyard Buttery Diacetyl and big herbal hops. Big nose and not bad, but definitely a bit odd.

The flavor of hops, very herbal and citrusy is very evident, but soon the bready malts along with that classic buttery shipyard house flavor along with some astringency takes over. There is some nice bitterness, but this beer is a bit lacking in good hop flavor.

The mouthfeel is slick and oily.

Overall its drinkable, but not great, I guess more like and English Double IPA, not really classic American Double in style.

bashiba, Dec 30, 2010
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 DrinkingDrake
4.05/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thin foamy head over a deep copper/red body.

Aroma is sweet caramel malts with peach and toffee. Very sweet and syrupy.

Very clean on the tongue the flavor really burst through once it gets past your palette. A little hop bitterness is felt upfront but it blends down to the toffee, honey brittle texture.

I poured this then unexpectedly got dragged away from it. Half hour later I come back the head hasn't changed. I drink half it the head doesn't change and it clings all the way down the glass.It's like pulling a curtain down the side of my pint glass.

Been drinking this beer for about 45m and realized I had been drinking it too cold. As it has warmed up the hop characteristics are extreme. I am tasting so many layers of hop characteristics you can really tell their is more than one variety at work here.

DrinkingDrake, Dec 23, 2010
Photo of brentk56
3.6/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: Magnificent looking, with a thick, foamy head sitting atop the clear amber liquid; copious lacing left behind

Smell: Butterscotch and hops; reminiscent of butter pecan ice cream

Taste: Butterscotch, up front, with a growing herbacious bitterness by mid-palate; after the swallow, the flavor swings to the malty side, with just enough bitterness to keep the malt in check; the bitter flavors do return in the aftertaste, however

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: I understand the Shipyard style and this is a good example of making a DIPA to conform to that approach; I just prefer a more attenuated IPA with less diacetyl

brentk56, Dec 20, 2010
Shipyard XXXX IPA (Pugsley's Signature Series) from Shipyard Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 576 ratings.