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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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566 Ratings
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Ratings: 566
Reviews: 268
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 15.89%
Wants: 12
Gots: 32 | FT: 0
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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 ccrida


4.28/5  rDev +17.3%

Bomber poured into my Samuel Smith's imperial pint, XXXX IPA is clear orange with a big, tight off-white head with long last, leaving thick lace.

Smell is sweet, bit tropical citrus hops, passionfruit. I really like it, a nice purity to it.

Taste is also super fruity, nice lime notes from the hops, accentuating the sweetness of the alcohol, which would otherwise maybe be a flaw, but not so much here, although I'd just assume it wasn't there at all . Not much in the way of malt, a bit of biscuit, but this ones all about the citrus hop flavor, which I really love, especially because it's not overly bitter or malty.

Mouthfeel is oily, nice carbonation, lighter body, dry.

Drinkability is pretty good. I really love the hop flavor and aroma, light malt and low bitterness, but it's just a bit to hot. This could be a great DIPA if it were more like 8.25% ABV, or at least had a colder ferment.

04-17-2010 06:39:53 | More by ccrida
Photo of misinformed


3.6/5  rDev -1.4%

A- Poured a nice clear mid-range reddish-orange with an off-white 2 finger sized head. Active small bubble carbonation throughout. This beer left behind satisfyingly thick and solid curtains of lacing.

S- Alcohol and grain off the bat, but it settles down to sweet citrus and hops.

T- Like the smell my first few sips started with roasted grain, but quickly gave way to moderate hops. Slightly bitter, but some spice notes as it warms up. The flavor of this beer seems to disappear very quickly.

M- Medium bodied and slightly oily. Light carbonation. Dry with a bit of heat in the aftertaste.

D- Smooth and refreshing. A very nice, balanced IPA. It was a nice change from the west coast IPAs I am used to.

04-16-2010 05:18:23 | More by misinformed
Photo of lehows

New York

4.28/5  rDev +17.3%

Wow! On tap at The Tap Room on St. John, USVI. Poured into a snifter, it was a slightly hazy amber color with a perfect off-white head. Very nice aromas of citrusy hops but with some melted butter and toast notes. This IPA is incredibly smooth and well balanced, packed with hops, but buttery smooth as not to get "soapy". Definitely a must try if you see this on tap.

04-08-2010 14:57:11 | More by lehows
Photo of jzeilinger


3.95/5  rDev +8.2%

Pours a deep amber color, creamy head, no carbonation, looks pretty darn good sitting here in my tulip glass!

Smell is an astringent citric butternut type of smell, definitely unique and the buttery character reminds my of a similar nuance in their regular IPA. The citrus aroma is tart and oily in the nose. There's also some pine going on.

Taste mirrors the aroma with the sweet astringent citrus flavor. There's also a little bit of a hop oil flavor and some nuttiness. (which is probably where that buttery nuance comes from)

Mouthfeel is creamy, wet, medium body and leaves a buttery nutty hop finish in the mouth.

Drinkability is very good. I could have a few of these with no problem at all, really enjoy the taste.

Nicely balanced and the tap version is so much better than the bottled version. I had this in the bottle a few months prior and wasn't overly impressed.

04-01-2010 21:47:43 | More by jzeilinger
Photo of tpd975


3.68/5  rDev +0.8%

On tap at Mellow Mushroom.

A: Pours a nice amber like orange hue with a nice tall white head. Very nice retention and some nice sheets of lace all the way down the glass.

S: Caramel and biscuit malt. Lots of nice citrus hops to back it.

T: Nice bold sweet malts up front. Bready, caramel, with hints of toffee. The hops are mostly citric. Tasty but there is a bit of a plastic type quality hiding beneath.

M: Medium in body, smooth, nicely carbonated.

D: Pretty good minus the slightly off putting plastic notes.

03-23-2010 21:57:11 | More by tpd975
Photo of Bierman9

New Hampshire

4.3/5  rDev +17.8%

Bought this 22oz bomber today at Ayotte's for $8.49. Hope it's not a butterbomb... ;-)

Poured about 2/3 into an imperial pint glass. Color was a clear, striking copper. Had sporadic carbo within, steadily rising topside. Head was a light tan color, and fine and creamy, though short. Nice lacing was still left behind on the glass. Cascades are evident in the citrussy aroma, along with some toasty malt which goes along for the ride. Decent nose, though not overpowering. The body is medium to medium-plus, and the feel on the tongue is decently smooth, despite a light, airy feel. Still solid, so far.

The malts lend a pleasing level of sweetness to this offering, along with a slight Crystal sharpness. Hops are well represented, with the Cascade grapefruit signature being quite evident. Even with that in the tank, though, the hops aren't overly puckery; there's a touch of tangerine in there amongst the rindy, piney characteristics. Finishes fairly dry, with the grapefruit lingering nicely. I haven't cared for earlier Signature Series offerings, but this one exceeded expecations. A very nice DIPA, overall. Though that being said, I'd get a Smutty Big-A for $3 less 8 days a week. Prosit!!

look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | drink: 4


03-23-2010 20:34:08 | More by Bierman9
Photo of CharlatanSin


4.03/5  rDev +10.4%

Thanks again to Paul for bringing me this and the Imperial Porter. Cheers!

A: Pours a clear amber extremely far on the red side of the spectrum. The pour yields a nice one inch off-white head that settles into a ring and leaves big lacing. There's something about this beer...it shimmers. I can't explain why, but it's lovely.

S: Big and hoppy. The hop profile is nice and complex. Chiefly floral, but with a good dose of pine and a bit of citrus, too. Caramel makes an appearance to balance things out a bit.

T/M: A little sweeter than I'd have guessed from the nose, but plenty bitter to satisfy me. Similar to the smell, just slightly different proportions. The booze makes it self known somewhat, which is fine. Slightly thick for the style, with carbonation a little on the low side, but nothing too far off base.

D: Best Shipyard offering I've had by a wide berth. While it's not one of the top DIPA's I've had, I'd have no hesitation about buying one of my very own.

03-23-2010 03:53:33 | More by CharlatanSin
Photo of Wasatch


4.35/5  rDev +19.2%

Thanks goes out to ybnorml for this brew.

22oz. Bomber
Gold Foil

Pours a very nice thick clean/clear golden orange color, nice carbonation, very nice thick creamy one-finger plus off-white head, with some nice small islands and sticky lacing to follow. The nose is hoppy, with some malts, citrus, pines, slight spice note. The taste is nice and hoppy, nice little malt blend, nice touch of citrus/pine notes, with some spice note. Medium body, nice bitter/dry finish. Very drinkable, this is one pretty tasty DIPA, enjoying it.

03-18-2010 23:41:20 | More by Wasatch
Photo of berley31

New Brunswick (Canada)

4.03/5  rDev +10.4%

A: Poured with a medium-copper body that is borderline red. Good clarity, with just the slightest amount of haze. Large, off-white sticky head that has excellent lasting power before finally slipping down to a full finger-size. Good lacing.

S: Very powerful with citrusy, American hops... grapefruit and orange seem to be the dominant fruits here.

T: High bitterness, with a long duration. Some malt is present, but the hops are the clear winners with the citrus still coming through. Alcohol presence is extremely light; barely noticeable at all.

M: Medium-bodied, fairly creamy, with average carbonation.

D: Easily my favorite Shipyard beer to date; passes the often-mediocrity of their other brews. Makes me want to seek out some more of the Pugsley-signature beers.

03-14-2010 16:57:18 | More by berley31
Photo of DosBeerigos


4.93/5  rDev +35.1%

C. Clear as can be
H. Red-ish Orange; almost like a piece of copper
N. Hops, hops, and more hops (notes of citrus, pine, and some sweet aromas)

XXXX is quite like a party on my tongue. There are four different types of hops in this bad boy, and to balance out the bitterness there are four different types of malt. Now while I'm not a fan of malt, I am a fan of hops. I can't say anything bad about this beer, partially because my kindergarten teacher (Miss Buzzy) told me to never say anything bad about anyone or anything. Although even if I wanted to I couldn't. This is an amazingly well balanced IPA that if I could I would drink it all day, bathe in it, and then attempt to make sweet sweet love in it. YOU MUST TRY THIS BEER! Score; 4.97

02-24-2010 19:49:20 | More by DosBeerigos
Photo of cameraman


4/5  rDev +9.6%

The beer has a medium amber color in the glass, with half inch light beige colored head on top. The head sustains a tight ring around the glass as slowly laces down the sides.
A sweet malty fragrance jumps out at first scent, then a grass and pine fragrances take over. It all gradually blends to a sweet citrus scent, pineapple is the most dominant. The malt bursts out on the palate and lingers there for some time. At the halfway point a strong bitterness comes out, bringing earth and grass flavors, that lingers longer than the malt. The feel is very hearty, that thins out to a medium bodied texture and gradually growing to a fuller body. Wow, this beer has got to have the strongest malt flavor of an IPA I have ever had. The color is inviting, the aroma and taste are confusing, but good. The feel is hearty and plentiful, making this beer a good gateway beer to IPA's.

02-13-2010 03:26:28 | More by cameraman
Photo of KFaulkner


3.55/5  rDev -2.7%

Unique Beer #0660

So, this was a delicious beer. What else can I say? It's a double IPA, it's big, it's bold, it's hoppy and it's strong. Is it tasty? Oh yeah - not the most balanced Imperial IPA I've ever had, but it a delicious entry in the long line of Imperial IPA's that every brewing is doing now.

What makes this one unique is two things - first, the brewer's face is on the back of the bottle. I thought this was weird. Was this his idea? Was he like "Hey, this beer is so awesome, I want you to slap my face on the back." I'm not faulting him for this, I'm glad he's proud of his beer and he wants credit for it just like an author would on the jacket of a novel. And then it has one of those foiley things on the top which really serves no purpose whatsoever except maybe to help justify the price tag.

Here's my biggest problem - this 22 oz. bomber was a twist-off. WTF? A 22 oz. twist off?? Really??? You know Pugsley, if we're buying beers of this quality, we probably own a bottle opener. Personally, I like using these bottles for homebrewing and it was a bit of a disappointment that I couldn't use this one - probably the first bottle over 12 oz. I've seen that is a twist off.

In fact, after drinking this beer - and at 9+% abv, understandably - I emailed Shipyard to complain about the twist-off.

I never got a reply, and why should I - all I did was complain about their bottle and it's too late now. But listen, if you're like me and you like to re-use these bottles - skip it. There are better Imperial IPA's out there so there's no reason to drop the 10 bucks or so on this bottle if you reuse them for homebrew.

Otherwise, give it a try.

02-11-2010 19:09:35 | More by KFaulkner
Photo of Duhast500

Rhode Island

3.43/5  rDev -6%

Poured from the tap into a tasting glass.

The color is a clear copper with a finger or two of foamy white head, some little lacing.

The smell is a little malty with some strong citrus flavor and some slight floral hop flavor as well.

The taste is sweet some nice malty flavor. As expected the hops come out to be heard. Citrus hop flavor does is present but is a bit muted. It mixes with a tangy, acidy flavor that is a bit bitter and make me clear my throat after a few sips.

The feel of this beer is medium bodies with some low carbonation. I was expecting a bit more of a fizz from a beer that was expected to be quite hoppy but the sizzle just did not seem to be there. I enjoyed this beer but I think there could be some tweaking to be done to make it a little more enticing.

02-09-2010 18:16:40 | More by Duhast500
Photo of sprucetip


3.85/5  rDev +5.5%

Quite active, exceptionally clear copper/amber with moderate white head that mostly fades fairly quickly. It leaves ample lacing early, but it mostly washes away long before the sample is finished. Very attractive.

Some alcohol and a blast of mostly piny but also citrus fruity and floral hops, with some underlying caramel malty sweetness upon first inspection. The strength and composition of these elements vary during the sample, but nothing new emerges. By the end it seems a bit smoother and balanced. The booze is pretty strong.

Piny hope flavors and medium bitterness dominate but don't quite bury the big malty base. Again, the alcohol is strong, a bit too strong I think, and this also helps to subdue the malty sweetness that I work to find. It has a dry bitter finish that lingers.

Mild fizzy bite and some alcoholic warming and, on some swallows, even a bit of burn. The burn, bite and a general overly dry character detract somewhat from a fairly rich, full bodied brew with a pleasantly thick viscosity.

This is my favorite Shipyard offering yet, and a worthy IIPA, fi not in the elite tier. Fairly aggressive booze and bitterness give this one a bit of an attitude that some will like more than others. Adventurous hopheads are encouraged to give it a try.

01-16-2010 13:27:51 | More by sprucetip
Photo of ROBORB

North Carolina

2.55/5  rDev -30.1%

22 oz. bomber courtesy TheManiacalOne, thanks Mark!

This beer poured a dark, murky and very hazy brown amber with a 2 finger head. If I didn't know any better I would have guessed that someone just took a sample from a dirty pond and handed it to me. It had very good lacing throughout the sample however.

It smelled of old hops, faint citrus and malt. I couldn't get anything out of this beer.

The carbonation was slightly above medium carbonation. I found the taste to be very astringent and dry. There was no balance between the hops and the malts. I couldn't finish the entire bomber much less a whole pint.

I could not recommend this beer to anyone. It was unbalanced and overly hot.

01-15-2010 19:16:15 | More by ROBORB
Photo of Qsy


2.53/5  rDev -30.7%

Serving Type: Pint Glass

Appearance: Cloudy amber with little head, orange in color

Aroma: Lightly floral hoppiness, almost a urine smell... pretty gross

Taste: Bitter hops that dissipate quickly, malt balance, hides the high alcohol content well. Grapefruit and a smooth piney finish

Mouthfeel: Light carbonation, soft hops linger

Drinkability: Hidden alcohol content makes for an easier drinkability

01-13-2010 02:46:07 | More by Qsy
Photo of barleywinefiend


3.63/5  rDev -0.5%

Poured a mediium orange color with good carbonation and a small white head. Nose is big perfumey hops. Taste is big, floral, booze, hop oils. Mouthfeel is full, very floral, almost to much floral and over the top. Drinkability is ok but man it was tough for me to finish and I have had some pretty big IIPAs.

01-10-2010 01:33:50 | More by barleywinefiend
Photo of mikesgroove

South Carolina

3.78/5  rDev +3.6%

Another new one for me I decided to pop open last night to try. This was the second big IPA of the night and really thought it held up quite well, served cold and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 12/31/2009.

The pour was more then decent with a light amber color and nice carbonation bubbling up towards the surface. Good bit of head on top reached a height of around two inches before settling back down to earth. Nice lacing on the sides. Aroma was lots of pine, bitter hops with a nice mix of light grain and a touch of bready malts coming through as it warms. Crisp, clean flavor here, with a body that was a touch lighter then I would have thought but the carbonation really seems to work quite well I believe. Clean hop notes come through up front very nicely with the first sip. Warming adds a nice touch of grassy flavor as well as bit of bready malt slicing through before it fades back into a nice and lightly dry finish that leaves me looking for more.

Overall very solid, drinks very well for the style and the abv is very well hidden letting it sip almost like a single ipa. Impressed with shipyard here.

01-02-2010 01:17:07 | More by mikesgroove
Photo of stakem


3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Pours a hazy amber orange color with a finger of yellow stained foam for a head. Fair amount of lacing on the glass. Nose is a very sweet smelling candy/fruity mixture of hops and malt. The malt aroma comes across as being caramel and something very similar to cotton candy. Hop aroma is hidden behind the malt but it comes through minorly as cascade's identifiable grapefruit scent. Taste is malty sweet up front and slightly caramel-like with a nice lingering bitterness from the hops. The alcohol pokes through into the finish of the flavor as well, it is slightly astringent. Medium feel and low carb. Overall it's not bad but I wish there was some date on the bottle so I could know how fresh this was and if it's age is the reason for the lack of hops in the nose.

01-02-2010 00:55:18 | More by stakem
Photo of claminat420


2.7/5  rDev -26%

A- poured a transparent copper color with a solid white two finger head.

S- malts with some weak hops

T- alcohol is hidden. malt pressence shoots in the beginning but not so much of a hop attack in the back.

M- medium bodied. not to shabby with the carbonation.

D- just one 22oz and i'm good.

Overall- overpriced!! overpriced!! and may i say overpriced??? this brew is one weak ipa for shipyard to try to pull off something fancy. the hops are weak and just has nothing really shining about the brew. personally it seemed to me they tried more on hiding the abv then bringing the hops to attention. just my opinion tho... i say stay away!!!

12-25-2009 04:18:18 | More by claminat420
Photo of berebrando


3.35/5  rDev -8.2%

found this bottle at hi times in costa mesa. I'm usually interested in any bottle labelled IPA. this bottle in particular caught my eye because I hadn't seen it befor. the label boasts strong hop and grapefruit. I sensed the grapefruit but the hoppy bitterness was lost in the sweet malt. it was a little sweet for my liking. nonetheless, at over nine percent, I enjoyed the whole twenty two ounces. this is probably not a brew i would buy again, but it was interesting to test out an IPA of the Maine variety

12-24-2009 19:03:57 | More by berebrando
Photo of mikey711

New Jersey

3.2/5  rDev -12.3%

A: Bright amber color with some carbonation that rises from the bottom of the glass. Minimal head of less than a quarter inch with out much retention but good rings are left behind with each sip

S: Very floral smelling with some caramel and a peppermint not that was slightly off putting.

T: Again the floralness is very present with a mild hint of pine. There is almost a watermelon perfumy type of taste that is not great. Also the caramel comes through pretty intensely as well.

M: Some fusal alcohol, but the body is very good along with the creaminess. Definitely the highlight of the beer

D: Somewhat of a letdown to be honest. There was nothing great about the beer except the body and creaminess. Not one to write home to mom about

12-11-2009 23:29:08 | More by mikey711
Photo of bheilman


3.78/5  rDev +3.6%

Why the screw top? I shouldn't base my evaluation on the screw top, but I always feel it is a crappy way to present a beer, so my review is undoubtedly biased. It does have a good color. The head was decent for a high alcohol beer. The labeling and the gold fringe on the top were nice, but don't fit that screw top. The beer is decent for an IPA+ but it's not my favorite. The smell is nice, fresh and full of hops with an overall caramelesque scent. Taste is nothing special, does have a good citrus balance with some sweetness. Aftertaste is extremely citrus strong. Fairly drinkable for an IPA+, but I', not sure if it's worth the $9 I paid for it.

11-29-2009 22:18:52 | More by bheilman
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New Hampshire

3.48/5  rDev -4.7%

Pours a two finger white head that fades slowly to thin layer leaving a good lace. Almost clear amber color. Medium carbonation and medium bodied. Grapefruit hop nose. Flavor is sweet grapefruit hops with a piney hop finish. Higher ABV is hidden. $7.50 for a 22oz bottle from Smiley's Beverage Dover, NH.

11-28-2009 23:32:45 | More by jdhilt
Photo of Jayli


3.93/5  rDev +7.7%

Consumed 11/23

A: This beer pours a clear orange/deep copper color with a one finger of off white sudsy head. Head recedes quickly leaving a nice sheets of sudsy lacing.

S: Nose is of piney hops and grapefruit citrus, some caramel malts, and a hint of alcohol.

T: Taste is surprisingly more malty than I anticipated. Starts off with a nice dose of grapefruit citrus hops, touch of pine. Middle is filled out nicely with a strong caramel malts, decent malt backbone throughout this beer. Finish has a touch of hop bitterness and malty sweetness.

M: Medium body, medium carbonation, slightly oily with a dryer finish, long bitterness bite to the finish.

D: Well balanced, tasty, goes down easily. For a DIPA it's not a HOP bomb but a nicely balanced beer to enjoy.

11-24-2009 01:49:33 | More by Jayli
Shipyard XXXX IPA (Pugsley's Signature Series) from Shipyard Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 566 ratings.