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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:
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(Beer added by: Todd on 03-20-2009)
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Photo of hoppyhampy
3.38/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22 oz. bomber poured into a tulip glass. No freshness info. Deep amber color. Darker than just about every imperial IPA I have ever had. An inch and a half of head forms and quickly dissipates. Very little lacing. Good amount of carbonation throughout. The scent is almost equal parts malt and hops. It's kind of funny. You get the sense that this is an extremely hoppy beer, an impression that is magnified by the fact that you can detect the presence of resiny hops under a wave of very sweet malt. Pineapple dominates the nose but the hops give it a fresh, piny tinge. Full bodied but with the right amount of carbonation for such a big beer. I get orange and apricot in the taste. It exhibits what I consider the biggest problem with DIPAs that are 9% abv and greater: the heavy malt takes center stage instead of the hops and you get something that starts to taste like a strong ale or barley wine. As such I wish I had someone to split this bomber with. The hops in this one still have fairly fresh quality to them. They are still nice and resiny. But you get a very heavy dose of malt to go with it and a somewhat awkward roasted flavor to the resiny finish. Certainly not my favorite but not bad for a DIPA this big.

hoppyhampy, Aug 14, 2010
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 Stigs
3.63/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, served in a standard pint glass...dated "enjoy by Mar 2011"

A - pours with a quarter inch of loose bubbly very light khaki colored foam. the beer is just slightly hazy, light copper in color. random walls of filmy lace down the glass.

S - spicy, earthy hops, picking up some pine and grapefruit...very present caramel and toffee malts...bordering a barleywine.

T - ripe melon and grapefruit, spicy earthy and light grassy hops...ample bitterness but turns sweeter at the midway point. caramel, toffee, finishes spicy with a mild alcohol kick.

M - a bit light and watery for the flavor profile, but nice light and playful carbonation. somewhat oily, finishes with lingering bitter pine and malty sweetness.

D - actually liked it, just not so much as a DIPA. grading it to style here. even my girlfriend liked it, and she hates IPA's (let alone doubles). i might pick up a couple more of these, and see how they do past the "drink by" date.

Stigs, Aug 09, 2010
Photo of siradmiralnelson
3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into Tulip.

A. Poured 1 finger of head. Decent lacing. Golden orange color. Decent retention.

S. Hops. Piney hops. Some kind of fruit sweetness. Caramel malt.

T. Not very hoppy. Somewhat bitter. Has a strange fruitiness to it. Almost has a weird bubblegum taste.

M. Medium bodied. Medium carbonation. Fairly dry.

D. Goes down alright. Dont know if I would call it a DIPA, certainly didnt taste like one. Not great, but not bad. Most likely will not buy again.

siradmiralnelson, Aug 07, 2010
Photo of salvo
4.22/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured crystal clear amber with orange highlights into a chilled pint glass with an inch of light tan sticky head, dissipating to puffy islands of foam. Leaves significant lacing and pine stickiness down the glass. Bottle labelled best before "F 11."

Smell is biscuit sweetness with honey, vanilla, and molasses with just a slight hint of Christmas balsam and jasmine flower way in the background. Complex, indeed!

The taste starts all malt just below the threshold of "too sweet" but finishes bitter with mild alcohol burn and herbal/spicy hops. Hints of coriander seed. Next sip is more pronounced black pepper on the tongue with a sourness in the finish that I am quite enjoying, and again the suggestion of coriander. Subsequent sips are bitter and almost raspy in the throat. Delightful.

Quite complex both in the taste and smell; it's a big beer and the full bodied mouth feel -- chewiness, toothsome, even -- is appropriate but does bring down the "drinkability;" it's something to end an evening with, preferably with a good friend. Did not suffer on the thousand mile drive to the midwest.

salvo, Aug 03, 2010
Photo of emerge077
3.7/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle, April 2011 BBD.

Rich jewel tone amber, reddish orange. Decent skim at first, fading to a ring. Speckles of spotty lacing at its edges.

Deep malty aroma, very floral, dried orange peel. Not getting much else.

Warm malt blanket, receding bitterness, again floral and vaguely citrusy in the aftertaste. Drying in the finish, to be expected for 9.25%. Thick and rich feel, bursting with perfumed citrus hop notes, and a beast of a malt backbone. Sticky on the lips. Resiny dry finish. Going to try and finish this one, but it's not the easiest drinking DIPA. A bomber sounds like a chore...

emerge077, Jul 31, 2010
Photo of DoctorDog
4.22/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12oz. bottle into a snifter. "Best enjoyed before: M 11" notched on left side of the label.

A- Orange / copper, and fairly hazy. ~1 1/2 fingers of light tan head, which fades gradually to a island of bubbles.

S- Oranges/grapefruit/citrus, along with some tea-like notes provide a nice hop aroma. Solid backing of sweet caramel malt notes.

T- Big caramel sweetness is first up. Tea-like hop flavors with a touch of grapefruit provide a nice bitter counter-punch. Unique contrast from what I've grown to expect in a DIPA, and one that works. Very nicely done.

M- Moderate carbonation, with a medium-full feel. A bit syrupy.

D- Good. Solid smell and interesting, pleasing flavor, and the despite the fairly high ABV, drinks easy.

Future outlook: Not your everyday DIPA flavor profile, but one that I nonetheless thoroughly enjoyed. I'll probably pick this up again, and might even see how it hold up to a bit of aging.

DoctorDog, Jul 27, 2010
Photo of grub
4.2/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle topped with gold foil. sampled july 21/2010.

pours deep reddish amber with a bit of haze. the small cream coloured head drops fairly fast and leaves spotty lace.

aroma is great. grapefruit. orange and tangerine. bit of grapefruit. bit of pine. caramel and a bit of toffee. light alcohol. lightly toasted white bread. cracker. bit of biscuit. touch of herbal character too.

taste is good. grapefruit. candied orange and tangerine. bit of pine. light alcohol. lightly toasted white bread. biscuit. bit of cracker. caramel and a bit of toffee. medium bitterness level.

mouthfeel is good. right around medium body. medium carbonation level.

drinkability is great. nice balance. good hop depth. a tasty dipa.

grub, Jul 25, 2010
Photo of Viggo
3.65/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle, big thanks to grub for sharing.

Pours a light orange/coppery colour, slightly hazy, very thick and chunky white head forms and slowly settles down to a thick ring around the glass, thin layer, lots of lace spots stick all over the glass, looks good.

Smell is nice, big caramel malty notes, biscuit, brown sugar, lots of citrus/grapefruit, some light pine and floral, a bit of wood, light vanilla, slightly astringent and rough aroma, a touch of sherry fruitiness, alcohol, almost a touch of raisin.

Taste is nice too, nice and malty, caramel and some biscuity/bready malt, oak, a bit of vanilla, slightly boozy through the middle, sweet and fruity, a bit of raisin, grapes, cherry, nice bitter and woody finish.

Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied, slightly syrupy, medium carbonation, some warmth going down. Not too bad, feels a bit more barleywine like from the barrel, and the booze is a little hot but not bad. Thanks Russ!

Viggo, Jul 22, 2010
Photo of BB1313
3.1/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into a standard pint glass. Best before May 2011. Pours a beautiful dark honey color w/ amazing head and sticky lacing. Smell is very pungent w/ oranges. The taste matches, has an English influence. This is a very sweet brew, and becomes sweeter as it warms up. Thick syrupy mouthfeel. Drinkability is not the best.

This brew definitely is borderlining a barleywine. This is a solid effort, I suppose it depends on what you look for in a DIPA.

BB1313, Jul 17, 2010
Photo of jampics2
3.2/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. I've been craving the hops these days, let's hope this delivers!

Looks decent. An orangeish amber color with a white head that leaves decent lacing.

Nose doesn't keep the good streak alive. It's really, really bland smelling. The most notable smell is caramel malt. Some perfumey hops pretend to invade my olefactory, then about-face and march away. Left me scratching my head.

OK, what's going on here? This is a Double IPA, right? Tastes like a homebrew experiment gone wrong. Starts with sweet caramel and vanilla, then a slight citrus burst, followed by more malt, noticeable alcohol, and a bitter aftertaste. The beer has no true identity, as it's a malt heavy DIPA with very little favor hops - the floral qualities flash by while the early boil bittering hops fight the malt and eventually linger longer. If I was served this blind w/o any style description, I'd say it was either an aged strong English IPA or, more likely, an American Barleywine.

Mouthfeel is light to medium light. Really easy to drink and this beer does have flavor, but I expect a different approach to an Imperial IPA - it needs to focus on both ends of the spectrum of where hops can add taste. The early flavors - citrus, perfume, tropical, pine - are all nonexistent, instead a malty ride finishes with lingering bitterness. Just not a great beer IMO.

jampics2, Jul 16, 2010
Photo of HalfFull
2.83/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. The XXXX pours a clear copper in color with a finger of off white foam which shows moderate retention and lacing. Bit dark for my tastes but not unexpected from an East Coast IPA.

Nose is subtle and malt forward. Hops are subdued yet piney in nature. Best before April 2011 on the bottle so this is surely within its prime as for consumption. A 2.5 is a bit of a reach here nonetheless.

Taste is as expected from the nose and hardly DIPA-like yet not bad by any means. Citric malts dominate and are accompanied by some caramel and brown sugar. Yes brown sugar in a DIPA. But hey, it does hide the big ABV rather well. Feel is full and sweet and a bit overwhelming. Drinkability is limited to this one time as this beer is too sweet and too malty and too big for its own britches. If a DIPA should be out of balance, it should be so in the hops department in my view. This is an Old Ale as much as it is a DIPA and is completely devoid of any hop bitterness.

HalfFull, Jul 13, 2010
Photo of abrand
4.33/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bomber poured into a tulip glass.

The Shipyard XXXX Ipa pours a copper color with a nice 2 finger head and sticky lacing on the glass. Smells of caramel and toffee with plenty of hops and grapefruit. The hops are very dominant in the nose. Taste is very bitter but delicious. Even with the bitterness it goes down very easy with a pleasant citrus fruit taste. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and pretty smooth. Drinkability is great. Delicious taste and plenty of bitterness.

abrand, Jul 13, 2010
Photo of RomaniIteDomum
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours mahogany with a white head that leaves nice lacing. The color is nice, but I think the head could use some improvement.

Smells sweet and herbal. Like tea. With a little fruit.

The taste follows. Something tea-like hanging around there that I can't place, but it tastes good. Sweet hoppy finish. Good balance between sweet and bitter.

Nice body, a little on the lighter side for me, though.

Interesting to say the least. Enjoyable, yes. It's kind of like a barleywine, but not.

RomaniIteDomum, Jul 12, 2010
Photo of DrewKid4
4.05/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

serving type: on tap from New England Brewfest

A: Dark amber in color with decent white head.

S: Besides a typical IPA smell, quite a few hints of sweeter ingredients like honey are involved.

T: Interesting for a dIPA to actually be quite sweet (in comparison to other IPAs) with hints of honey and caramel.

M: Full bodied and lots of flavor.

D: Smoother than most dIPAs, thus easier to drink.

DrewKid4, Jul 07, 2010
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.71/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A darker orange color, bordering on brown. Aroma was faint sweetness. No real hop aroma.

Taste, it is a large beer, big in every way, bitterness, old school alpha acid hops, and malt body, caramel, toffee. A slight amount of pine, citrus, maybe even cinnnamon? Something to give it a little spice, maybe it was pepper. A lot of beers doing the imperial English ipa thing lately, this one is a good start. Its not that its entirely English style, just the large amount of caramel and toffee? prolly mute out what could be a west coast ipa. Given its geography, it prolly is more receptive in its current form. A little pricey, this was $10 a 4 pack, but actually, since it was only in the biggies before that for like $8, this actually has come around to being a decent buy from a value perspective.

Beerandraiderfan, Jul 03, 2010
Photo of WhiteOak
3.9/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- dark amber/brown. The head is a rich dark tan.

S- Big aromas of caramel candies, apricots, pina-colada, and honey rise from the glass.

T- Big, sweet, rich caramel malt. Bright oily citric hops. The malt flavor is nice, full, big, and sweet - and it is well balanced by the right amout of hop bitterness.

M, D- Viscous and full bodied, the drinkability is moderated accordingly.

WhiteOak, Jun 27, 2010
Photo of WestValleyIPA
3.35/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into my Zatec Fluted Glass. About a finger of head. A dark amber color typical of IIPA. Nice nose of sweet caramel, malt, floral hop, and alcohol. Definitely on the sweet malt side of things, alcohol is evident. Finish is weak, very watery. More carbonated than I'd expect from a 9+ beer. I don't imagine I could handle more than a 22 oz in one sitting.

WestValleyIPA, Jun 17, 2010
Photo of mithrascruor
3.3/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Callahan's, San Diego.

Pours a dark clear amber color with a big off-white head. Fairly floral aroma with some spices. Tastes of fruit (not just citrus, but also a lot of apples/pears), and hops spiciness. Not much bitterness, but there's a lot of bubble-gum in the aftertaste. Medium-bodied with moderate carbonation. Not a big fan of the taste here - too fruity and bubble-gum-y for a double IPA; they pretty much overpower the hop flavors. I'll pass next time.

mithrascruor, Jun 17, 2010
Photo of portia99
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a Dogfish Head signature glass.

A - Pours a clear, deep amber color with a finger of frothy cream colored foam with decent staying power. Head dies down after a couple of minutes. Some nice foamy lacing left on the sides of the glass.

S - Very citrusy up front especially grapefruit with an accompanying orange component. Some light caramel flavors and breadlike malty backbone. Overall balanced to the hoppy side but pretty well balanced.

T - Citrusy and a bit sweet - grapefruity flavors are the focus. Alcohol plays a big part in the flavor profile too and adds a slight warmth as well. Nice bitterness but not overwhelming - hops are focused more on flavor than bittering. 70 IBU's seems about right, but this is offset well by the malt - sweet, sugary, bready, caramelly flavors all blend and mellow the hop presence a bit.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation that tingles on the tongue and sides of the mouth. Low alcohol warmth lingers behind along with citrus, hoppy bitterness, and sweet malty flavors...all of which encourage another sip.

D - I think this might be my favorite Shipyard beer. Most having a very diacetyl heavy flavor profile which I'm not fond of, but this is much cleaner and a very tasty DIPA. Not the top example of the style, but very good and I defintely would not mind having another one of these, either right now or somewhere in the future.

portia99, Jun 16, 2010
Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.08/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Best Enjoyed Before: February 2011.

Appearance: Dispenses a clear, orange-amber body with a large, billowing, yellow-tinged head.

Smell: Largely fruity hop notes of passion fruit, pink grapefruit, and tangelos, with a light backing of fresh florals. Sweetish malty accents of hard butterscotch candies and honey-brushed bread.

Taste: Moderately sweet beginning of caramel, honey, and luscious butterscotch with a bready maltiness. Floral, tropical American hop character, boldly bitter, and with a minute spiciness. The firm maltiness revisits before the swallow. Touch of alcohol warmth on the bittersweet finish, though the sweetness drops out leaving the bitterness to endure in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation. Smooth, lightly chewy, lightly oily mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Fairly easy to drink all things considered. I found it to be a pleasant surprise from Shipyard, but for those preferring a more slackened malt profile and seeking a harder, harsher hoppiness might be disappointed with this.

ChainGangGuy, Jun 11, 2010
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Oriole orange with crystalline clarity and butterscotch borders. The upper one third of the glass is filled with a good looking lid of golden beige that features a softly dimpled surface and is no slouch at laying down lace.

The nose is strangely subdued with respect to hops. Oh, they're present all right, but not to the extent they should be in a DIPA. There's plenty of butter caramel, which probably means the flavor will follow suit.

Shipyard calls XXXX IPA 'a non-traditional American IPA'. Hey guys, could you be a little more traditional next time? This is not my preferred take on the style, given the flavor focus on malt rather than hops. The alcohol could be masked a little better too.

Too much toasted malt and butter caramel muddy up what might have been a big, bright, juicy hop fest. The grapefruitiness of Cascade (Warrior, Summit and Glacier were used as well) is barely appreciated. This stuff is almost as much American barleywine as DIPA.

There's still enough hop flavor and bitterness to earn above average scores for both taste and drinkability. Such will definitely not be the case when the 'best by' date of February 2011 has arrived. Waaay too optimistic. This strikes me as one of those ales that will go downhill fast... which is okay if you prefer sweetness.

The mouthfeel barely earns the 3.5. The first half of each mouthful is seamlessly smooth and creamy. The second half loses its mojo in a hurry and feels thinner than it should for the ABV.

Imperial Porter is the best of the three Pugsley's Signature Series beers that I've had so far. XXXX IPA might fit your preferred flavor profile for the style, but it doesn't fit mine. Still, when relatively fresh, this is reasonably enjoyable beer.

BuckeyeNation, Jun 10, 2010
Photo of OBeerMeGreatOne
3.93/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a solid amber with nice carbonation. I did a slow pour on this so not much of a head, the head that does develop leaves some webbed lacing behind. The smell is very dry with a bit of alcohol, some mild earthy notes and a tiny bit of citrus(?). I enjoyed the taste more than the smell. Still very dry and herbal with a slight medicinal twang. Not as filling as some of the sweeter versions of this style but not unbalanced at all. The medicinal aftertaste sticks around a little long but other than that, it's pretty nice. Much better than their Fuggles IPA. I'd grab a four pack of these on occasion.

OBeerMeGreatOne, Jun 10, 2010
Photo of Zorro
4.1/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Found at the San Luis Obispo BevMo, must sample while I have the opportunity. Drank from a Stone Ruination glass.

Chill hazed dark amber colored beer with a tall off-white colored head. Dark enough this could be called red.

Smell is strong and malty with a woody and smoky aroma. Smells mostly of English styled hops herbal and earthy with a tobacco aroma. Spicy and woody describes this best. Smells very much like a super sized English Pale Ale.

Starts out Woody caramel with a dry butterscotch finish. Candy on wood with some smoke. A chest warmer but no NW Hop Bomb. Quite tame for the style, essentially an English Double IPA.

Mouthfeel is good.

Drinkability is where this beer really shines. This maybe be a over 9% beer but your tongue knows nothing about it. Essentially a tame and somewhat smoky English Style Barleywine in your glass. A different take on the Mega IPA from an English point of view.

Zorro, Jun 02, 2010
Photo of yesyouam
4.4/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Shipyard XXXX IPA is a very clear, very dense, sparkling amber ale with a soft, dense, light khaki head that has excellent retention and lacing. It has a full, sweet floral aroma with notes of citrus and fresh baked cookies. It's full bodied and very smooth with a clean dry finish. It's full flavored and leaning a bit toward the malt. It's a touch sweet with notes of ruby red grapefruit and pine resin. It's earthy and peppery, with an ample bitterness that lingers for a little while. This is like an English Imperial IPA, if there is such a thing. It's like a mash-up between an IIPA and and English IPA. Very nice indeed

yesyouam, Jun 01, 2010
Shipyard XXXX IPA (Pugsley's Signature Series) from Shipyard Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 576 ratings.