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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: 630
Reviews: 274
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 15.62%
Wants: 12
Gots: 49 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Shipyard Brewing Co. visit their website
Maine, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  9.25% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: Todd on 03-20-2009

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Photo of Stinkypuss
2.93/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Shipyard XXXX IPA

Pours a rich mahogony, off white head and little lace. Big buttery diacetyl almost overwhelms the floral hops. The buttery notes come out more in the taste, coupled with some bitter American style hops adding grapefruit and orange zest notes. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and well carbonated. Overall, big English style diacetyl notes (not unexpected from Shipyard's crazy dominating ringwood yeast) and some hops. With a cleaner yeast strain this could have been alot more refreshing and less distracting. Even for an English style DIPA I found the hop presence to be rather muted.

Photo of Lerxst
3.23/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Best By date of Dec. 2011

A-Pours a clear amber with a nice one inch off white head that has good retention and leaves a good amount of lace all the way down.

S-A slightly sweet biscuity malt hits first, wisps of toffee, hops are there-citrus and floral with hints of pine-are muted and playing second fiddle here.

T-Substantial, slightly sweet biscuity malt backbone makes the initial impression. As with the nose, the hops are playing second fiddle-citrus with a bit more of a resinous flavor than in the nose, a bit earthy. But the back end and finish is sweet and malty.

M-Medium body with relatively light carbonation, slightly syrupy, slick and oily.

O-Not bad, but not particularly memorable either. If you like your DIPAs with a strong malt backbone, this one should be right up your alley, Personally, I prefer my DIPAs less on the sweet side and with a more formidable hop presence.

Photo of andrenaline
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pours a murky brown colour, finger of head with decent retention and some sporadic lacing.

S - Super sweet caramel and toffee with a musty oak finish.

T - Different flavour, and more reminiscent of a hopped up barley wine than a DIPA. Caramel malts dominate and some sour citrus notes linger. ABV is well hideen, however, it was a bit of a disappointment from the perspective of a DIPA.

M - Could use a bit of a carbonation lift as it comes across a bit syropy. Again, a bit disappointing.

O - I certainly had higher hopes for this one, and though the flavour might have been more well received for a barley wine, it was not the hop bomb I was hoping for in a DIPA.

Photo of americanbeerbuzz
4.25/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a 14oz stemless wine glass. Pours a gold with some copper tinges. A quarter inch head and lace. Has a mild hop aroma with some nice British notes. Flavor is subtle hops with mild bitterness and some lingering alcohol, hence the xxxx. Well rounded with smooth finish. Some lingering rich creaminess as well.

Photo of jyuhas
4.09/5  rDev +12.1%
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

Photo of codfeast
3.56/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

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.

Photo of BucBasil
4.3/5  rDev +17.8%
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.

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.

Photo of whatthehull
4.02/5  rDev +10.1%
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

Photo of thenickgb
3.52/5  rDev -3.6%
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!!

Photo of vapodge
3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
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

Photo of DovaliHops
3.29/5  rDev -9.9%
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.

Photo of nickfl
3.65/5  rDev 0%
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.

Photo of Rhettroactive
3.25/5  rDev -11%
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.

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.

Photo of Wamesit
4.13/5  rDev +13.2%
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%!

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.

Photo of heysuz
4.05/5  rDev +11%
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.

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.

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.

Photo of samyoung
3.63/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Photo of charlzm
3.35/5  rDev -8.2%
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.

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.

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.

Shipyard XXXX IPA (Pugsley's Signature Series) from Shipyard Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 630 ratings.