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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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83
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609 Ratings
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Ratings: 609
Reviews: 272
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 15.62%
Wants: 12
Gots: 38 | 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 dwilson01
4.33/5  rDev +18.6%
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 -44.4%
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 +14.5%
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 +10.4%
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 +6.8%
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 +0.8%
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 -12.3%
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 +0.8%
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 -7.4%
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
Shipyard XXXX IPA (Pugsley's Signature Series) from Shipyard Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 609 ratings.