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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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Todd on 03-20-2009)
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Photo of Gobzilla
4.1/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: poured a nutty amber with yellow highlights and half finger white head that had good sticky lacing.

S: floral hops, malts and caramel aromas with hints of sweet candy.

T: candy sweetness with a pleasent mild hop bitterness and hints of caramel, booze. It also has a decent malt balance as well.

M: oily medium body with good amount of carbonation that accents the flavors and has a mild bitter boozy finish.

D: a very enjoyable Ipa that didn't have an overwhelming amount of sweetness but does not live up to the xxxx in the hop punch.

Gobzilla, May 29, 2010
Photo of jjh19
3.23/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: My bottle of XXXX IPA poured with a terrific head, quite bubbly and impressive. The color was orange with some bronze accents.

Smell: Fairly mild smell.

Taste: My first sip was fruity sweet. Not candy sweet but sweet for an IPA. Surprising. I would've expected (hoped) for more hops on the initial taste. The more surprising thing is, I never got a lot of the hops or dryness that was described. If anything, this left me wanting more of a hoppy balance. And I'm definitely not a hop-head!

Mouthfeel: A decent mouthfeel, medium body. Nothing out of the ordinary.

Drinkability: I found my bottle of XXXX IPA to be fairly meh. It looked great with the pour but after that, I can't say I'd recommend it. Perhaps my bottle wasn't a prime example of this Shipyard Ale.

jjh19, May 17, 2010
Photo of Drew966
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shipyard XXXX IPA pours orange in color with an off white head from a brown twenty two ounce bottle. The aroma is hoppy, piney and quite decent. The flavor is very hoppy too, alcohol also seems a bit noticeable but even so it goes down pretty easily. Much better than most of the offerings I've had from this brewery.

Drew966, May 16, 2010
Photo of PaculiarBrews
4.35/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I poured this from a bottle into a goblet, while my wife and her friends were sipping on the wine. This is a great sipping beer if you like the powerful & hoppy ones.

A- very nice golden amber

S- citrusy and a little bitter. Very attractive smelling

T- taste almost like it smells except for a bitterness that will slightly linger

M & D- Has a lot of complexity to my mouth. I bought the 22oz bottle but I think this would be best drank in a 10oz serving.

PaculiarBrews, May 15, 2010
Photo of oregonskibum
3.43/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a tulip glass.

A: Color is a dull orange/brown color with a thin 1/2 white head. Head disippated slowly, leaving some lacing.

S: Smell is rather subdued for a big IPA. Some citrus hops and earthy notes, but nothing that really jumps out. This is a big beer for such a mellow smell.

T: Hops are there, but not in your face. Some biscuity malt flavors along with some faint caramel notes. Finish is sweet with building heat. Just like the smell, the flavors are far more subdued than I would expect for this big of a beer.

M: Mouthfeel is fairly big with lots of sweetness, almost to the point of being oily. Medium carbonation.

D: This wasn't bad, but not quite up to what I expected. Call it XXXX, make it almost 10%, and throw some gold foil around the cap and I expect a little more. The hops are way too subdued for a big IPA. I wouldn't turn this down, but won't seek it out again.

oregonskibum, May 15, 2010
Photo of Shaw
3.4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I was happy to see this in a 12-ounce bottle. It's easier to deal with than a larger bottle.

Pours a light copper in color with a creamy head that doesn't vanish.

A light aroma of alcohol, hops and malt. Nothing much going on here.

The taste is a bit astringent on top of lightly bitter. Big alcohol flavors abound. Some malt sweetness.

The body is slick and smooth.

Overall this is just an average double IPA. I'm glad I only bought the single 12-ounce bottle.

Shaw, May 13, 2010
Photo of kingcrowing
3.13/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

22oz bomber poured into a 33cl Celebrator glass.

Pours a hazy amber with no head but a tiny light yellow rim. Nose is boozy sharp and bitter.

Taste is just like the nose hot and hoppy, and a bit unplesantly so. The alcohol is right up front and very hot. The hops are just coming in as bitterness and that's it, no floral hop flavor at all.

kingcrowing, May 09, 2010
Photo of kaseydad
3.95/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the 2010 Hayward Bistro DIPA Festival.

Amber colored pour with a small off-white head and nice lacing throughout the drink. Hoppy aroma with grapefruit and other citrus fruits with some malt also in there. Initial light grapefruit taste but it has a medicine-like taste as well with some hops on the swallow. Can't really put my finger on why I'm tasting medicine but I press on. Pretty thin mouthfeel but this went down easily even at 9.25%.

Overall I thought this was a good beer even with the slightly odd taste. I'm hoping to find this in a bottle to see if I can improve on this rating.

kaseydad, May 02, 2010
Photo of illidurit
3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a dark amber orange with a smallish tan head. Aroma is mainly caramel malts and lesser orange/grapefruit hop notes. Flavor is hugely malty, with a strong caramel note and also toffee and pudding accents. A bit of leafiness and citrus covers the tinge of alcohol. Not very hoppy but very bitter. More like an American barleywine. In fact I'd like it a lot better if it was classified as such, but the fact that the brewer really thought this was flavor-hopped enough to make it a double IPA (it's not) slashes points from its score.

illidurit, Apr 26, 2010
Photo of Durge
3.6/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This shows a hazy copper color with a big off-white colored head and thick chunky lacing. The aroma sniffs of sweet banana pine hops and malt. Some alcohol is notable. The flavor is nutty pine hops and maple malt. There's bubblegum alcohol and lots of sweetness if that floats your boat. It's a bit intense, medium-plus bodied, pretty tasty and moderately drinkable for the style. Definitely worth trying but not among my favorites.

Durge, Apr 25, 2010
Photo of ccrida
4.28/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

ccrida, Apr 17, 2010
Photo of misinformed
3.6/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

misinformed, Apr 16, 2010
Photo of lehows
4.28/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

lehows, Apr 08, 2010
Photo of jzeilinger
3.95/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

jzeilinger, Apr 01, 2010
Photo of tpd975
3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

tpd975, Mar 23, 2010
Photo of Bierman9
4.3/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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


Bierman9, Mar 23, 2010
Photo of CharlatanSin
4.03/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

CharlatanSin, Mar 23, 2010
Photo of Wasatch
4.35/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Wasatch, Mar 18, 2010
Photo of berley31
4.03/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

berley31, Mar 14, 2010
Photo of DosBeerigos
4.93/5  rDev +35.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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

DosBeerigos, Feb 24, 2010
Photo of cameraman
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

cameraman, Feb 13, 2010
Photo of KFaulkner
3.55/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

KFaulkner, Feb 11, 2010
Photo of Duhast500
3.43/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Duhast500, Feb 09, 2010
Photo of sprucetip
3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

sprucetip, Jan 16, 2010
Photo of ROBORB
2.55/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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.

ROBORB, Jan 15, 2010
Shipyard XXXX IPA (Pugsley's Signature Series) from Shipyard Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 576 ratings.