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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: 550
Reviews: 266
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 15.85%
Wants: 12
Gots: 28 | 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 barleywinefiend


3.63/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: on-tap

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

South Carolina

3.78/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

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


3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

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


2.7/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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!!!

Serving type: bottle

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


3.35/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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

Serving type: bottle

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

New Jersey

3.2/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 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

Serving type: bottle

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


3.78/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2009 22:18:52 | More by bheilman
Photo of jdhilt

New Hampshire

3.48/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

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


3.93/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2009 01:49:33 | More by Jayli
Photo of MisterClean


4.35/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Mike Carey our local rep for bringing this beer to share.

A - Poured a dark copper with 2 fingers of orange-white head. Dissipated slow and left some nice lacing.

S - Wafts of caramel, citrus, and bittering hops.

T - Definitely some nectar-like esters, caramel, citrus, and bittering hops.

M - Full-bodied, well-balanced, and smooth. Good overall.

D - Great beer. An English IPA with American hops.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2009 02:23:04 | More by MisterClean
Photo of jmz62565


3.65/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear dark orange with a large tan foamy head with lacing that lasts. The smell is a little weak with some spices,orange peel,bread yeast,and alcohol. The taste is crisp with a real bitter hop flavor along with bread yeast,citrus hops,and a strong alcohol flavor. The m/f is good with all the flavors mixing pretty well. Not a bad beer,a little harsh,but another decent offering from Shipyard.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2009 22:30:28 | More by jmz62565
Photo of RoyalT


2.05/5  rDev -44%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Appearance - This poured a thick brown in color with a tinge of orange and almost no head at all. The liquid looked great but the top was AWOL.

Smell - There's some nice citrus hops in the nose but nothing too powerful. The surprise for me was the malt. I expect a big, juicy malt contribution to the DIPA nose and instead it's more like a strong English bitter.

Taste - Egad, this is more like en English Ale. The hops are herbal with some mild citrus notes but are way too small for the style. Where are the DIPA malts? This is supposed to be a big beer with a big malt base and it's toasty and putrid.

Mouthfeel - This is medium-bodied with some mild carbonation and an English bitterness that could kill a horse.

Sinkability - I don't know where all of the 4+ reviews are coming from; this beer was crap.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2009 02:26:40 | More by RoyalT
Photo of Blitzstyle


4.72/5  rDev +29%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured: from a 22oz bottel into a Dogfish sniffer.
Nice inch, inch and half of head. Really nice deep copper color.

Aroma: Great citrus grapefuitish smell to it. Smeels like it will have a big overpowering bite to it. Lingers nice on the glass extremly appealing!

Taste: Surprisingly smooth and sweet not at all what you would expect from the smell. Unusual, but quite pleasant taste. A very well balanced brew.

Mouthfeel: Not very over powering at all very nice and balanced. What a great beer

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2009 22:06:28 | More by Blitzstyle
Photo of horshack7


4.3/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: From a 22 ounce bomber poured into a snifter is a stunning deep and dark copper mahogany colored beer. With about two fingers of head that leaves nice lacing behind.

Aroma: A solid hop aroma that is a little balanced but still has nice grapefruit notes. Nice esters given off from the hops with light alcohol notes roaming around.

Taste: This is quite a different and or unique double i.p.a. It's certainly a bit maltier than hoppy. It has a nice hop bitterness but it seems to have a little bit of a biscuity texture. The grapefruit notes are still like most of this style but the sweetness of it is a bit of a surprise to a pleasant degree. The mouthfeel is smooth with the carbonation bouncing all over.

Notes: This one is very interesting one of the more unique double i.p.a's I have ever had. Which is a good thing of course. Cheers

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2009 23:58:50 | More by horshack7
Photo of ReDave


4.22/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pretty thick frothy off white head that seems to linger a little with a lot of sticky lace.

Darker orangish amber color.

Aroma a little light some hops some pine..

taste yes different.. a different bitterness
nice.... some malt balance. grapefruit
kinda expensive for what it is.. good, different would and probably will buy again.
probably need to try the barleywine

This is good dipa, need more dipas in my life...
and this could be one of them. [if a little cheaper]

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2009 02:03:53 | More by ReDave
Photo of ZorPrime

Quebec (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Tasted on September 4, 2009.

The beer is copper color looking, hazy with a nice head. Very good looking. The head is cloud looking and sticks to the glass well. Aroma is intense hops with citrus and notes of grapefruit. Same for the taste and the beer is well balanced. The taste stays in the mouth for quite some time which is very good IMO. Medium body.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2009 22:49:08 | More by ZorPrime
Photo of linnet


3.8/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Deep amber colour, small thick off-white head, lacing although less than expected. Aroma is maltier than is usual for the style, of course hops is there as well, grapefruit, citrus and pine are the notes that I can find. There is also some strange metallic notes that I usually find in Shipyard's beers. Flavour is also less hoppy than is usual for a DIPA and reminds more of a well hopped IPA. Luckily the strange metallic notes found in the aroma is not present in the flavour and it is a Decent brew but sadly there is more bittering hop than aromatic which makes it lack complexity. Mouthfeel is average, small crisp bubbles.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2009 11:08:00 | More by linnet
Photo of aubuc1


4.3/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured in to cylinder southampton glass at the lost kangaroo

pours a bright orange with a somewhat thin white head (( bad pour from barkeep).

bright smell of grapefruit and bitter hops.

great taste of citrusy hops and sweet malt backbone. not too bitter for all the hops.

mouthfeel is good and very drinkable considering the hops.

Serving type: on-tap

08-28-2009 20:13:07 | More by aubuc1
Photo of Norfawkers


3.95/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A flavorful double IPA that isn't too sweet

Appearance: Clear copper with a light beige head

Smell: Fragrant malty; sweet

Taste: Maltiness up front with a hop kick, sweet/citrus in the finish

Mouthfeel: Lingering, bitter, dry finish

Drinkability: Versatile; may pair well with spicier or heavy meals.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2009 15:41:23 | More by Norfawkers
Photo of japcmiller


4.38/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A very clear caramel color. Not too heady and not too bubbly either. Very lovely.
At the beginning the beer has a very dry and hoppy nose, but then that gives way to a sweet aroma. I can smell the roasted malt under it but it is very subtle and has a beautiful caramel smell almost as an after that.
The taste is so dry and hoppy everything that I love about a good IPA but it is almost smooth. It has a conifer flavor from the hops. But this beer being the powerhouse that it is is almost all hops. This is a very bitter beer but has a sweet undertones that dances on your tongue. This beer does not taste green at all, it has a very old taste too it.
This beer in all true IPA form is very dry, but as the beer moves though my mouth it finishes with an almost syrupy texture that stays on my tongue. I also love how the bitterness moves though out the whole time.
This beer is very drinkable. While some IPAs tend to be overpowing in the hoppeness, I think this beer has a great balance. It is a beer to be lingered over each sip and is not to be rushed. I had this for the 1st time at a bar in Boca Raton Fl, and was very excited to find it again. So I guess I would say that I would drink this beer again and again.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2009 00:50:30 | More by japcmiller
Photo of Patrick999


4.1/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pouring it into my Stone imperial pint - hard pour results in a couple thumbnails of foam. A little lacing down the sides, nice retention.

Very nice DIPA nose...apricot, grapefruit, orange marmalade, and a little buttered bread.

Well, there's no getting around the Ringwood yeast entirely....I was told this beer has very little diacetyl presence for a Shipyard beer. Largely, that is correct - I get much more of a pleasing citric hop taste than diacetyl. Yet, you're not getting around it entirely. Thankfully, the buttery taste doesn't prove as annoying here as in some other Shipyard beers....there's more going on. Big hops and substantial caramel malts relegate the Ringwood to a supporting role....I like it that way. Fairly complicated for a DIPA...there's a shedload of different hops and malts in here.

Aftertaste, I don't know what the F is up with my palate, but I swear I get a little cumin in the fairly long aftertaste. Weird, but not unpleasant.

Good slightly sticky, slightly resinous feel.

Apparently, this beer is the real thing. This is a quality East Coast DIPA. Shipyard never seems to be much of a BA favorite, myself included - but I have a feeling this beer will win some converts, especially from the balanced-DIPA adherents. Good job Mr. Pugsley.

I SWEAR there's cumin in the aftertaste. Agree?

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2009 20:57:03 | More by Patrick999
Photo of jeffjeff1


4.22/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was delicious. My girlfriend picked it up for me at work.

Appearance- amber color, beautiful head retention, good lacing

Smell- piney hops

Taste- Hops, malt, strong for an IPA(which I like)

Mouthfeel- medium bodied

Drinkability- very nice, I thoroughly enjoyed this as I usually do enjoy IPAs.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2009 00:25:16 | More by jeffjeff1
Photo of BeerSox


3.43/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber into nonic.

Slightly hazy honey color with a one finger eggshell white head, which is pretty dense and lasts for a long time. It eventually settles to a thin cap, leaving behind a wall of lacing.

Sweet citrus fights its way through some very heavy buttery aromas. A very faint toastiness comes from the malts.

Plenty of grapefruit and sharp citrus. The toasty malts give a little bit of a sweet caramel flavor. The diacetyl is back, giving a butterscotch quality to the overall flavor. Full bodied.

It taste like this one was dry hopped with a stick of butter. I think I would have enjoyed it more with the diacetyl turned down. It gets a little better when the beer gets warmer (55 degrees is a good temp for this one indeed, as the label suggests).

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2009 20:24:58 | More by BeerSox
Photo of baggio


4.05/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5


A: Amberish-golden with a creamy head and lots of lacing.

S: Citric notes, Caramel, Pine and a touch of alcohol.

T: Caramel, Malt, Citric notes, Alcohol, Biscuits, Pine.

M: Body is quite thin with a medium carbonation. A very balanced brew where both hops and malt are allowed to play togheter.

Certainly not the best DIPA i've had but it's easily the best beer produced by Shipyard. Very quaffable for such a strong beer and just very likeable. Sweet!

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2009 19:03:53 | More by baggio
Photo of hike20


3.9/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle. Pours a deep amber with a medium head. Aroma is a mix of hops and malt with a note of alcohol. Flavor follows the aroma except the alcohol taste is significantly stronger. I get notes of pine and resin. Note too bitter but does finish as I would expect. Mouth feel is a bit heavy but not too much so. Overall not bad at all, but I'd hope so since the guy's signature is on the label.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2009 22:57:44 | More by hike20
Shipyard XXXX IPA (Pugsley's Signature Series) from Shipyard Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 550 ratings.