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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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BA SCORE
83
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598 Ratings
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Ratings: 598
Reviews: 271
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 15.57%
Wants: 12
Gots: 40 | 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 biggred1
3.48/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark, pumpkin tinted amber with a creamy tan head of dense foam that leaves sheets of lace on the glass. Butterscotch is the main component in the aroma here with some faint grapefruity, cascade notes in the background. The flavors are similar to the nose, this is a malt bomb. Huge butterscotch candy sweetness with just enough hop bittering to make it palatable and some boozy warmth in the finish, this is a good beer but not what I'm looking for in an Impy IPA. Full bodied and velvety smooth with mild carbonation. This one is a sipper for sure and it's starting to grow on me as it warms up a bit, but I still see this as more of a pairing beer than something that I would enjoy solo.

biggred1, Nov 25, 2010
Photo of shand
3.4/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a nonic.

Appearance: Pours a deep hazy amber-red with a fingers' worth of head that goes away quickly. Lacing is poor.

Smell: Hops, booze, apples, and malts.

Taste: Damn, this is a boozy IPA. The booze comes in more or less right away, The hop flavors are basically subdued by the massive booze and the malt backbone, if I cover my nose while sipping I get almost no hop flavor, it's all in the nose. It's pretty decent tasting, just don't come in here expecting a DIPA hop bomb.

Mouthfeel: Thick enough for how boozy it is, and fairly highly carbonated.

Drinkability: This is pretty drinkable for the ABV, it comes on a little boozy but doesn't leave a boozy aftertaste.

This is a pretty solid ale, but I can't put it on the table with some of the hoppy DIPA greats. Don't come expecting a hop bomb. As I tend to grade by styles, I almost wanted to rate the taste lower on this one, but that'd be selling the beer just a bit short. It's more of an imperial pale ale.

shand, Nov 24, 2010
Photo of rowingbrewer
2.78/5  rDev -24%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22 into a point glass

appearance- a reddish copper collor with a nice thick head

smell- a very nice hop smell with hints of pine

taste- there was a bit of a build up for this one, with those 4x's on the bottle I was expecting more than just a 9.25% IPA I was expecting big hop flavor and bitterness, both hop flavor and bitterness were lacking, and the malt character stole the show.

mouthfeel- had a nice malt character and slight sweetness to it, just not what I was looking for in an imperial IPA

Drinkability- a good drinking beer, just didnt hold up to the style.

rowingbrewer, Nov 19, 2010
Photo of mdaschaf
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a standard pint glass

A: Pours a hazy dark amber/copper color. Half finger head, off white in color. Decent lacing down the glass.

S: Nice hop aroma, citrus fruits - mostly grapefruit. Also some pine. Get a lot more malt than expected.

T: Very earthy flavor, typical hop characteristics and citrus fruits. On the back end, lots of malt though. Heavy on the caramel and toffee.

M/D: Medium bodied, but a bit on the thinner side for the style. Nice carbonation and a nice bitter finish. I liked it, but might not have pegged it for a DIPA.

mdaschaf, Nov 16, 2010
Photo of SolomonGrundy
3.3/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

After watching the Giants' Championship parade, this is nice ale...Pours a rustic amber: very cloudy and rust colored...minimal carbonation can barely be seen through the haze and what started as a finger of nice, soapy head distilled into a small rim. Leaves slight lacing. Nose is loaded with apple notes - cider, some apple pie, some ripe Gravenstein fresh off the tree in late Summer (you West Coast locals will know what I'm talking about). Actually, it's like walking into the Twin Hills Apple Ranch...Well, at first taste, this is certainly a double/imperial IPA. Very huge hop notes before, during, and after the drink. The wondeful apple notes in the nose show up for an instant near the late middle/early-finish - they are fleeting. This 9.23% ABV brew masks the alcohol very well. Alcohol shows up near the end, and only a touch. This beer is good, but just falls short of the top tier IPAs. Just kind of missing some of the complexity inherent in the elite ales. Good beer, but in the mid-range price wise, so drinkability suffers slightly.

What I like most: The wonderful, West SoCo apple aroma.

What I like least: The lack of complexity in the falvor profile.

Verdict: Very good, but short of top tier in the big IPAs. Worth trying if you see it.

SolomonGrundy, Nov 04, 2010
Photo of akorsak
3.4/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A cask pull, the strongest ale in the line-up.

A: The DIPA is tea-hued, a warming autumnal brown. Head is minimal.

S: The nose is hoppy, overpowering at times, with ample booze. The fullness and strength are unable to hide anywhere.

T: Again, the booziness takes a starring roll, threatening the topple the rest of the ale. The strength, along with the extra malts and hops, is very heavy. Hops, a citrusy dimension, have moments of brilliance, melding with the bready malts and lower carbonation levels. Overall though, the beer is a little too strong to really dig into.

M: The mouthfeel, softened by the cask, is still quite strong. I'd approach a bomber with caution.

D: At 9%+, this is not a slow sipper. The cask dimension is nice, a twist from the same old.

akorsak, Nov 02, 2010
Photo of Mebuzzard
3.3/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Wow, from great to blah on the ratings here. Pours great! Caramel/orange/brown bright body with an off-white, tan head. Thick and rocky.

Oh. Sweet caramel and molasses aroma. Hops are in there; some pine and grapefruit, but quite faint...or over powered. Ooof. Sweet. Like a hoppy Wee-Heavy.

Yeah, taste is sweet too. The caramel and malt just beat down the hops, they don't stand a chance. It's frustrating to know hops are there...but can't quite enjoy them

Alcohol has more bite to it in the end than the hops. I can see this being a good beer. But it's no A2IPA imho. Not sure, maybe aging this would be ok since the hops are beaten anyway.

Couldn't finish the bottle. Sad. Too sweet, too boozy for me.

Mebuzzard, Oct 16, 2010
Photo of Lldeegan
3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy copper with orange highlights and a dense and frothy khaki head.
Sweet grain in the nose with a hint of bright citrus and other fruitiness with some lingering boozy notes.
Chewy malt flavors on the palate gives a sweetness upfront that crawls to a fruity and bitter hoppy finish. There are notes of apple, apricot, and a bit of earthiness with some bitter juicy grapefruit, followed by a syrupy sweet alcohol finish.
It is a heavy bodied beer, chewy yet bright flavors offset the heavy mouthfeel. This is really a redeeming beer after that Shipyard Pumpkin I had last year. The complex and perpetually unfolding flavors with each sip demand the next. Needless to say, the bottle went fast.

Lldeegan, Oct 07, 2010
Photo of TheSarge
3.8/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

When poured into a large pilsner glass, this brew makes for about three fingers of tan colored head. The body has a moderate amount of haze, and is dark copper in color.

The aroma is spicy spruce, with a nice toffee backbone.

The taste is rich with a caramel sweetness, along with metallic and grapefruit hops presence.

This feels a little thinner and less syrupy than I though, which is a good thing. That makes this a nice sipper. The alcohol is not masked too much, and warms the palate up a bit.

TheSarge, Oct 02, 2010
Photo of WesWes
4.05/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a hazy amber color with a thick frothy off-white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a nice pale malt scent along with a very nice hop bouquet and that fruity yeast aroma. It's warm and rich with some caramel malt sweetness. The taste is good as well. It has a stiff hop bitterness along with a rich pale and crystal malt flavor. It goes down slow with a good deal of warmth in the finish. The hop character is well pronounced. The esters are present, but the hops eliminate most of them. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a very good beer. Shipyard is producing some fine ales. The Pugsley Series is the cream of the crop.

WesWes, Sep 26, 2010
Photo of crvcac
3.95/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Deep golden color, nice carbonation/effervescence
Smell: Spicy aroma, hints of grapefruit and other herbal aromas
Taste: Sweet bitter hop character, firm malt base
Mouthfeel: Smooth, medium-heavy bodied, pretty big beer
Drinkability: Really enjoyed this one

crvcac, Sep 24, 2010
Photo of Fish113d
3.68/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle, it pours a dark copper color with about 1" of khaki colored head that clings nicely to the glass even as it dissipates some.

Citrus fruits (grapefruits) and biscuits hit my nose right away. Not as bitter as expected. A bit of alcohol phenols also hit my nose and make it tickle just a bit. Nothing too flashy.

Sweet "citrusy" flavors (orange peel mainly) with a bit of cane sugar hitting my palate first. I'm thinking this would age fairly well. Some cascade hops is apparent and the finish is a bit drying with lots of grapefruit flavors.

Was expecting a fuller body than it gives, but body is still medium. Not as dry as expected, but balance is very nice. A bit of alcohol comes through nicely at the end.

Overall, a nice IPA. Was expecting a bit "more" since it was called the XXXX and I figured that meant it is "uber-kick-ass", but not quite that great. However, a decent IPA.

Fish113d, Sep 24, 2010
Photo of dbossman
2.58/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Bright ruby/brown and bubbly with a consistent one inch head that sits beautifully on the beer for quite a while; lacing is great--especially considering the style

S: So much going on it's almost too much--not quite a mess but maybe close; loads of citrus, grapefruit, and pine along with a candied sugary crustiness; all on top of a roasted malty/grainy quality; alcohol burns a bit and this is pretty sweet; I also detect a chlorine/chemical presence that adds to the whole jumbled weirdness

T: Alcohol hits the taste buds first--almost a pungent rubbing alcohol quality; the over-the-top sugary mess hits next, followed finally and thankfully by the hop presence--tea leaves and lemon rind mostly; but the sweet, sickly sour and soapy flavors hit you at the end of the drink, making this fairly difficult to continue drinking; there are moments here but all in all this a big mess

F: Not too bad mouth feel though it's a bit oddly sticky on the roof of the mouth

D: The alcohol presence and the mess of the flavors--particularly in the aftertaste make this beer a one and done; although it's not horrific, there are so many better DIPAs out there that I'm probably one and done with this one forever

dbossman, Sep 19, 2010
Photo of MoreThanWine
4.33/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slow to rise 1" head which soon dissipates. Copper or hazy earth orange sort of color. Being an IPA (and having the XXXX desination) I expected to be almost overwhelmed by fresh piquantly bitter hops but that's not the case. I'd say the hops are very rich yet still not nearly as pronounced as many other IPAs. However, the richness of those hops combined with the oppulent mouthfeel still make his a truly great IPA.

MoreThanWine, Sep 18, 2010
Photo of dwilson01
4.33/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from a 12oz into an indian wells brewing co pint glass. The head is 1.5 fingers worth of creamy off white to yellow-gold colored, dissipates moderately leaving nice lacing on the glass. The body is a completely clear golden color with hints of a brown amber in there. Looks like a combination of maple syrup and honey.

The smell is straight floral hopping with some hints of bitterness to come. I get mango and banana for sure as well as the malty sweetness in the background.

The main body flavors follow directly from the smell, I get a distinct fruitiness from the hopping, apple, banana, and mangoes are all there and well represented. This is combined with a nice malt backing to provide a little sweetness and enhance the hopping while not detracting from it at all. The aftertaste gives me a nice bitter hop flavor as well as the hint of a hot alcohol addition, it is 9.25% which is very surprising when I go through the whole taste.

Great mouthfeel, the malt stays background in the flavor capacity but comes through here to provide a solid smooth creamy feels which slides down real easy.

dwilson01, Sep 16, 2010
Photo of Bendurgin
2.03/5  rDev -44.5%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

Best by April 2011. Seems as though it would be pretty fresh!

Poured this one into a tulip. The beer is a deep hazy orange color with a very thin white head that dissipates into almost nothing with minimal lacing very quickly. The smell is sweet, almost sickeningly. It has kind of a passion fruit aroma which I guess is a good smell, but not what I want from this. I'm looking for hops in the behind giant malt backbone. None to be found in the aroma. . .maybe I"ll taste em!

That was unfortunate. Hops are there but it is still lest than impressive. A bit bitter in the finish but what the hell is it with the sweet malts? I can't place my finger on what this is reminding me of but it's really not quenching my hop thirst. Mostly juicy citrus and sweet malts. Maybe I'd like this a bit more if it where called a different style.

The mouthfeel is nothing offensive but it's a bit heavy and syrupy. Very low drinkability for this one. It's getting poured.

Bendurgin, Sep 15, 2010
Photo of peacebone116
4.18/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was a very interesting beer! I picked up a bomber of this, not expecting it to be overwhelmingly fresh as it is from opposite coast as I am, but I believe to be pleasantly surprised. I poured this beer into a tulip glass, and here is a transcript of the tasting notes:

N: The nose hits right away during the pour! So much so, that I had to jot my nose notes down before I even got to the appearance. Let's face it: this takes precedence and the first thing that you notice. Notes of oily pine and slight lemon zest waft up and fill the area.

A: Now, back to the appearance: A deep copper color and a small, lingering head. A fair amount of carbonation continues to bubble up from the bottom of the glass, even after the beer had set for a few moments.

T/M: Not as overpowering as the nose would imply, but solid grassy (almost alfalfa-like) pine hits in the front. Oily texture coats the tongue. Slight almond or biscuit flavor that fades quickly, giving way to a flash of grapefruit aftertaste. For a 9.25% beer, this is very drinkable and dry; the term, "thirst quenching," comes to mind as I take a big sip on a warm summer afternoon.

peacebone116, Sep 14, 2010
Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.03/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep golden brown color, with a large foamy off-white head that fades very slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains caramelized malts, floral hops and some citrus.

T: The taste starts out sweet with strong flavors of caramel and citrus that are quickly followed by a significant alcohol sting. Then a mild hops bitterness for the style comes in along with a hearty malt character to provide some balance. The after-taste is sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, strong kick, decent representation of style, this is described on the label by the brewer as "anon-traditional American IPA" and it certainly lives up to that. While it has all of the 2IPA qualities, it's the blend of those qualities that makes this beer a bit different than others in the style. Overall, it's a good beer that is worth drinking for a while, just don't expect a typical 2IPA hop-bomb.

TheManiacalOne, Sep 09, 2010
Photo of Portertime
3.9/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I havn't had a Shipyard brew I havn't liked yet. I just love how this one pours: a rich orange honey color with a fine head and lots of tiny bubbles. The first smell was of apricots and a little piney hops. The taste wasn't as bold as I hoped for a double IPA but it was well balanced and surprisingly smooth for a 9.25% ABV. All in all a fine brew and very quaffable.

Portertime, Sep 06, 2010
Photo of DaveHS
3.68/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Chestnut amber with an inch or so of foamy tan head. Leaves moderate sticky lacing.

S-Very malty.Bread grains, caramel, light orangey citric notes.

T-I suspect this might not be very fresh. Can't find a bottle date, but this does not reflect what I would expect from the average DIPA. More malts than hops for sure. That being said, it's pretty nice. Bready sweetness paired with a lightly astringent, citric hop bitterness. Simple and well done, but lacking in the hop department.

M-medium bodied, with low to medium carbonation.

D-I want to try a fresh one, so I guess I will be drinking this again.

DaveHS, Aug 31, 2010
Photo of wangbruins
3.2/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Smooth pour without much head and a nice deep amber color but not as dark as I thought it would be

S- Usual IPA...flowers and some sugar and cherry

T- Brown sugar taste, very sweet, with a smokey ending

M- Smoother and lighter than I expected. Not as bold and not as much but either.

D- Easy to drink but the high ABV would make that tough

wangbruins, Aug 30, 2010
Photo of VelvetExtract
3.68/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Looks good. Amber with laced filled head.

S-Nothing too bold. Balanced betweenhops and malts. Pretty generic.

T-Mildly hoppy, good malt dose. Sweet tasting IPA.

M-Pretty slick. Medium body.

D-Alcohol is masked well. Like most aspects of this beer, it is decent but unspectacular.

VelvetExtract, Aug 20, 2010
Photo of hoppyhampy
3.38/5  rDev -7.7%
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 -13.9%
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 -0.8%
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
Shipyard XXXX IPA (Pugsley's Signature Series) from Shipyard Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 598 ratings.