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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: 641
Reviews: 279
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 15.34%
Wants: 13
Gots: 54 | 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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Photo of silkcuzimirish
4.2/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a very clear copper orange color with slight off-white thick head.

S - Deep, sweet, caramel and molasses with lots of floral and citrusy hoppiness.

T - Hops are very present but more of a deep sweet as they are well balanced with a dark almost smokey malt flavor. Finish is nice and bitter with slight spice and alcohol heat.

M - Light mouthfeel, slightly sticky

O- Very well made IPA. Big beautiful and well balanced.

Photo of Knapp85
4.2/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out as a nice golden color. The head was thick and white in color. The lacing sticks pretty well to my glass. The smell of the beer had a pretty good hoppy aroma to it, very inviting. The taste of the beer has a solid malt backbone with some citrusy & floral hops. The mouthfeel is very drinkable, with a good carbonation. Overall I found this beer to be pretty impressive, I would eventually like to revisit this one again. I'd say it's worthy of trying.

Photo of LSUPT
2.52/5  rDev -31%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

12oz bottle with a best by date of May 2012 notched on the label, just showed up on shelves so I will assume this is not mistake. Served in a Duvel Green Tulip.
Crystal clear medium amber color with a 2” head with a slight beige tint that lasts for a pretty good amount of time leaving a decent amount of lacing.

Smell is weak, mostly getting alcohol and some caramel malt sweetness and oak.

Taste is way off. Strong alcohol presence and although there isn’t as much bitterness as I would like, the bitterness that is there adds to unwanted taste of alcohol. Again only some notes of caramel malt, oak and not much else. Mouthfeel is also off for the style in my opinion, about medium carbonation, which is too much for me, and the viscous feeling and alcohol presence isn’t good either.

Overall, it’s not the worst DIPA I’ve had but it certainly isn’t anything I would seek out again, although $11 for a 4-pack and $3 for a single ain’t too shabby.

Photo of Seanibus
2.88/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Intense and surprising. And I don't mean that as a good thing. It is in fact grainy and woody and lacking in the things that should make an American dipa worth looking for.

Poured a clear amber with a moderate head. The aroma is syrupy and raw, crude smelling, with malt and muddled earthy hops. The flavor is yeasty and wheat, with raw, unbalanced hops, a raw citrusy character with whiffs of pine and earth. The finish is oxidized, bitter, and grapefruity, with a lingering burn of alcohol in the throat. Overall, this is a crude, unrefined, and unpleasant beer.

Photo of woodychandler
3.22/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Transcribed from notes dtd Sa, 30 Oct 2010.

Zero head, period. Color was a gorgeous orangish-copper with NE-plus clarity. What a turn-around from yesterday when Imbiber was bemoaning cakes of yeast still in suspension and falling out. Raoul referred to this beer as "falling bright" and this was certainly it. Nose was so hot that my nose hairs sizzled! This was NOT a beer for the uninitiated or weak of heart. Mouthfeel was surprisingly smooth, but with a heat that would make a dragon envious. Finish was (literally) breathtaking. I was obviously out of practice. I usually enjoy such boundary-pushing beers, but given all of the other winners of the past couple of days, this was simply too much. Enjoy as you dare or see fit.

Photo of John_M
3.57/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Was in Portland Maine, and saw this at RSVP. While I've not been a huge fan of Shipyard beers, based on other reviews I saw on BA, I thought I'd give this a shot.

The beer pours a copper orange color with good, creamy head retention and decent lacing. The nose is likewise attractive and is easily this beer's best feature. I get a fruit basket of tropical fruit, including apricot, mango and canned fruit cocktail. There's considerable orange citrus as well, but I suspected right off that this beer would be on the sweet side. As expected, the flavor profile is East Coast IPA all the way, with the sweet malt completely overwhelming the hoppy bitterness in this DIPA. Also, while I get a goodly amount of hopppy bitterness in the finish, there's also a considerable alcoholic bite that I don't care for as well. The combination of sweet malt and noticeable alcoohol make drinking this beer very much a chore, and I ended up dumping my glass mid way through. Mouthfeel was medium boided to full, with a long, bitter, alcoholic finish.

What can I say... this is just not my cup of tea.

Photo of Sixofsigmas
4.17/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Copper fluffy head... Standard IPA'ish fair...

Caramel, sweet candy, brown sugar, orange zest/rind, bready....

Taste was completely different with notes of pine, grapefruit, sweet fruity pebbles, nice bitter finish with a touch of caramel to balance it all out. Boozy warmth.

Medium body, very smooth, resiny, good carb.

Amazingly sessionable... was disappointed I only got one.

Photo of joemcgrath27
3.33/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

from notes, and big props to my BA bud andrenaline for walking miles to a liquor outlet while on a business trip in order to bring back some new brews to share
A - super hazy burnt orange, nice tan head with lots of sticky lacing, looks like a winner
S - super sweet and woody with caramel, cedar, and light earthiness
T - heavy caramel maltiness, earthy and woody, light citrus hoppiness on the end, not bad but not really what I was expecting from and double IPA
M - thick full feel, but almost no carbonation, making the bitterness a little harder to swallow
O - not that it tastes bad, but it does not fit the style and the lack of carbonation taints the drinking experience, dissapointed

Photo of csiewert
3.8/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a clear amber color with a finger of off white bubbly head the retains fairly well and leaves a good amount of lacing. The aroma is strong with cascade and centennial hops, with a good amount of maltiness. The taste starts very malty sweet with some caramel notes and finishes with a hoppy bitterness. The mouthfeel is fairly smooth and a good balance of carbonation. Overall definitely worth a try.

Photo of JizackFH
3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - This beer pours a clear dark golden color. It has a nice 2-finger off-white head on it. The head has decent retention and leaves some nice lacing on the glass.

S - It smells of caramel malt and pine. I am also getting some fruity citrus as well.

T - It has a big caramel malt base and a nice amount of piney hops. I am also getting some notes of brown sugar and citrus. The finish has some lingering hoppy bitterness.

M - It has a medium body and medium carbonation. It goes down easy and has a creamy feel to it. It leaves some lingering bitterness stuck to the palate.

O - This has pretty good drinkability. It goes down easy and I could probably drink a few of these. Overall, I thought this was a pretty good beer, but pretty average for most of the DIPAs out there. I really think it could benefit from some more hop presence.

Photo of t420o
4.2/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Semi aggressive pour produces a 1-1/2 finger head that dissapates rather quick leaving nice lacing. Beer is a hazy golden- with light brown hints. good looking beer.

S- Faint hop scent with a caramely malt balancing it out

T- The malt and hop balance is pretty good on this IPA, but I think for an "IPA" this is a little too malt forward. Initially tastes of grapefruit, orange zest, balanced by a very nice malt backbone. Very slight bitterness on finish. Not even the slightest hint of alcohol whatsoever, not even a slight heat, which is remarkable for a beer of 9.25% abv. This is a very good beer, but not a great representation of an IPA in my opinion. More like a srtong APA. But I'm not going to knock points off for not adhering to the style purely because I thought this was a very good, well balanced beer.

M- Very nice carbonation. Nice slick finish

O- A good beer but too malt forward. I like my hops to dominate in an IPA and this was not the case in this beer. Still an excellent beer though.

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.

Shipyard XXXX IPA (Pugsley's Signature Series) from Shipyard Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 641 ratings.