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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: 641
Reviews: 279
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 15.34%
Wants: 13
Gots: 54 | 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

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Beer added by: Todd on 03-20-2009

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Photo of Rhettroactive
3.25/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

From bomber to pint glass on 2/28/11
*From notes

A big thanks goes out to SirRuss for this one - cheers!

A: Rich and cloudy copper haze. Sticky 2+ finger head on a standard pour. Attractive, sticky lacing.

S: Caramelized hops, tree resin and persistent alcohol.

T: It's somewhat sweet from the alcohol, with large amounts of burnt toffee. Minor impressions of hoppy bitterness finsih this one out.

M: Really thick and creamy. It's spot-on for the DIPA style, and considering what I feel is lacking in the taste, this give the brew a needed boost.

O: This is a good effort from Shipyard. I wasn't expecting a lot from this one, but it overachieves and made a fairly good impression. There are certainly better DIPA's out there, but in a pinch, this one will do.

Photo of Westsidebuddha
3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bought at Whole Foods (Arroyo Parkway) Pasadena, Calif.

Poured a dark brown/amber color with a very small head into a Steinlager glass. The smell of citrus is present as is a strong smell of hops. Taste of a light grapefruit hits the palate. The mouthfeel has a slightly dry feel. Drinkability is good and interesting. The different hops and malt seems to create a different taste for an IPA. Overall, a good beer.I was expecting something like a crazy hardcore hoppy taste since I saw the four X's on the bottle. Not as hardcore as I expected but a good beer to try. A three bottle to the head night.

Photo of Wamesit
4.13/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a robust orange/amber with a good, but light, head that gives way to solid lacing.

S- Not as strong a hops presence as one might imagine; by that I might mean it isn't overpowering. Pale as well as some sweet, almost caramel, malts in the nose. Perhaps a hint of fruity yeast. Strong wave of alcohol in the back of the aroma.

T - Not what I expected. Taste follows the aroma pretty straightforwardly. Flavorful, rich and varied, but not what one expects in a DIPA. Balanced (perhaps too balance for the style) but delicious. The hops runs from a citrus front to a spicy back. Floral throughout as well. A solid spectrum.

M - Medium and chewy. I feared, based on the very light head, that this would be too carbonation for the rich style but it was perfect.

D - As a DIPA a hophead might feel let down but regardless of the unique take on the style this is a well-crafted, well-balanced, and well-done beer. Very drinkable but just watchout for the 9.25%!

Photo of claspada
3.3/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Aromas are overall mild with some caramel malt and orange citrus character. Honey, and herbal/piney hops make an appearance upon further analysis.

Taste follows the nose. Up front is sweet biscuit malt, with touches of honey. Finishes with an herbal hop bitterness. There are a slight butterscotch notes which become more apparent as this warms.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, slightly syrupy. Could use a touch more carbonation for me.

Overall, surprisingly English in character. Alcohol heat lingers in the long bitter finish. Let this one warm a little and the flavor becomes much more intense. Overall a slight letdown as I have been trying to find this one for a real long time so I over-hyped it in my mind I guess. Still very good.

Photo of heysuz
4.05/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Intro: 22 oz. poured into a pint glass. Shared with a friend.

Appearance: Dark amber color but cloudy, good amount of head with strong lacing that stayed with the beer throughout the sampling.

Smell: There was a good hop smell with some fruity almost citrus like aroma.

Taste: Strong hop note with coffee and mocha notes and some citrus undertones that culminates in a rich flavor.

Mouthfeel: Kind of dry with no after taste.

Drink: The 22 oz bomber disappeared pretty quickly. I would enjoy having it again.

Conclusion: It seems as though the beer got more enjoyable as the session progressed. By the end of the sample I was left wanting another. Will make a point to replenish my stock of this beer.

Photo of beergod1
3.95/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear ruby/amber, decent beige head that eventually subsides. Aroma is sweet citrus and pine. There is a great balance of thick malt and bitter hops in this beer. Definitely more on the bitter side. A lot of pine and orange rind tastes, some sweet lemon. Great beer in my opinion, Not sure about the xxxx though. But Find this one if you like 2ipa's.

Photo of PicoPapa
3.9/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle. Pours a rich mahogany color with a good sized head. Lots of lacing. Good hoppy aroma to this one. Pine and caramel aromas are most dominant. Taste is a strong hit of caramel upfront followed by some piney hops. There is a brown sugar flavor as well. This is one malty Imperial IPA. Only a slight bit of burn from the high ABV. Overall its a pretty solid Dipa and a bit different then most of the ones out there. Worth a second look.

Photo of samyoung
3.63/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Visited Portland, ME and Shipyard Brewery in May 2010. Finally got around to drinking my 12 ounce bottle January 2011.

A - Looks great...deep amber color with a one-inch head.
S - Barley-ish hop smell, slightly stale with strawberry hues.
T - Classic English-IPA taste, not bitter, not citrus-y.
M - Smooth yet lacks thickness that most d-IPAs have.
D - Easy to drink at first but has a slight alcohol after-taste.

Photo of charlzm
3.35/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Consumed January 12th, 2011 from an undated bottle. Served at about 45 degrees F in a standard pint glass.

Beer pours a clear but darkish honey/amber. A creamy 1.5 finger off-white head forms and provides foamy sheeting throughout the consumption.

Aromatic! Primarily citric hops, but there's a touch of pine hop as well. Smell subsided the warmer the brew became.

As far as flavor goes, there's good news and bad news. The good news is that the malt profile is here as advertised on the label: wheat and caramel malts are plainly discernible. Hops are the main draw here, though, and they provide piny and red grapefruit-like notes. Oh, and plenty of bitterness. There's also a mild peppery burn and a touch of solvent.

Mouthfeel is slightly thick and the tiniest bit oily. Carbonation is just ok.

The spicy near-burn and the solventy flavor make this one a little hard to take.

Photo of dotsonjamesg
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I picked this up while vacationing in Florida at a beer bar called "World of Beer." Since this place can't maintain half their stock of beers on the menu, I finally found one they did have in stock; it was a bit frustrating. I have always been a little weary of Shipyard but since I don't live in a place that sells a lot of their specialty stuff, I thought I'd give this one a whirl.

Appearance: Poured a clear, amber/dark orange with an off-white head and light to moderate lacing.

Smell: Smell was slightly hoppy, rich with malts hinting of caramel flavors yet still maintains citrus scents and piney hops and maybe even a little nutty at the end.

Taste: The flavor is bitter and sweet, with flavors of butterscotch/caramel flavors yet still maintains a citrus foreground and piney hops and maybe even a little nutty and something I hadn't really tasted in a beer like this; almond.

Mouthfeel: Thick and semi syrupy but not so much to hinder it's drinkability.

Drinkability: Its not super rich or overpowering and the flavors are fairly complex, making it fun to drink.

I have never been a real fan of Shipyard's brews in the past. I have tried a lot of their mor common beers, like their hef, porter, and pale ale and I felt they were just okay. Shipyard's XXXX surprised me with it's complexity and I thought it was fun to drink. It also seems like everyone has a bit of a different take on how it tastes, which I think is pretty cool.

Photo of TheTippler
3.35/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours with a thin head and a copper color. Mouthfeel has decent hop bitterness. This beer smells and tastes of sweaty socks, but in the most pleasant way possible. There is a metallic taste on the finish. This is one of the better beers I have tried from Shipyard.

Photo of bashiba
3.03/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a cloudy amber with a very light soap ring of tan head.

The smell was a strange mix of the classic shipyard Buttery Diacetyl and big herbal hops. Big nose and not bad, but definitely a bit odd.

The flavor of hops, very herbal and citrusy is very evident, but soon the bready malts along with that classic buttery shipyard house flavor along with some astringency takes over. There is some nice bitterness, but this beer is a bit lacking in good hop flavor.

The mouthfeel is slick and oily.

Overall its drinkable, but not great, I guess more like and English Double IPA, not really classic American Double in style.

Photo of SDtastentune
4.57/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Yellow ipa style, thin head great lace.

S - Smells of citrus hops, malts, and grapefruit, alcohol.

T - WOW, astringent alcohol, piny citrus malts, taste like super glue if I knew what that tasted like?? Very different DIPA than the norm.

M - Medium carbonation, great aftertaste.

D - Drinks kinda rough for a DIPA, but most are a little over the top right? This one might be in its own class of DIPA, not the norm for me... Way bitter alcohol astringent like. Wow gotta try this one again.

Photo of DrinkingDrake
4.07/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thin foamy head over a deep copper/red body.

Aroma is sweet caramel malts with peach and toffee. Very sweet and syrupy.

Very clean on the tongue the flavor really burst through once it gets past your palette. A little hop bitterness is felt upfront but it blends down to the toffee, honey brittle texture.

I poured this then unexpectedly got dragged away from it. Half hour later I come back the head hasn't changed. I drink half it the head doesn't change and it clings all the way down the glass.It's like pulling a curtain down the side of my pint glass.

Been drinking this beer for about 45m and realized I had been drinking it too cold. As it has warmed up the hop characteristics are extreme. I am tasting so many layers of hop characteristics you can really tell their is more than one variety at work here.

Photo of brentk56
3.63/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: Magnificent looking, with a thick, foamy head sitting atop the clear amber liquid; copious lacing left behind

Smell: Butterscotch and hops; reminiscent of butter pecan ice cream

Taste: Butterscotch, up front, with a growing herbacious bitterness by mid-palate; after the swallow, the flavor swings to the malty side, with just enough bitterness to keep the malt in check; the bitter flavors do return in the aftertaste, however

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: I understand the Shipyard style and this is a good example of making a DIPA to conform to that approach; I just prefer a more attenuated IPA with less diacetyl

Photo of Blakaeris
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours burnt orange with a mild creamy tan head that quickly dissipates.

Aroma is overall mild. Some caramel malt and orange citrus character. Honey, and herbal hop make an appearance.

Taste is what the nose described. Up front is sweet biscuit malt, with touches of honey. Definite diacetyl butterscotch. Then an oak quality appears with accompanying vanilla notes. Alcohol warmth brings an interesting component. Finishes with an herbal hop bitterness and lingering tobacco quality.

Mouthfeel medium bodied, slightly syrupy.

Overall, surprisingly English in character. Alcohol heat lingers in the long bitter finish. Let this one warm a little and the flavor becomes much more intense.

Photo of bishopdc0
4.04/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this on my first trip to the SeaDog brew pub in South Portland.

It pours golden amber with little head true to a cask

The aroma is flora hops not over the top reminds me of dogfish 60 sweet citrus but with the trademark buttery aroma true to a Pugley beer nice

The taste is similar to the aroma it is sweet floral hops a nice citrus it is also full of crystal malts making a buttery taste it then finishes with a bitter end very light nice

Photo of crossovert
1.59/5  rDev -56.4%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

12 oz twist off. Best before 09/11.

This one pours an ever so boring pale amebr color with a foamy dull white head. It looks like 1000 different east coast IPAs out there.

The smell is not promising. It smells like hop flavored icing. It is mostly (artificial) lemon, lime, and citrus peel, all 3 saturated with sugar.

The flavor is just pure caramel, not much bitterness, there is some vegetal hops that come though in the end.

The mouthfeel has low carbonation and feels very thick.

It isn't good.

Photo of biggred1
3.46/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

Photo of shand
3.44/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

Photo of rowingbrewer
2.87/5  rDev -21.4%
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.

Photo of mdaschaf
3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

Photo of SolomonGrundy
3.38/5  rDev -7.4%
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.

Photo of akorsak
3.4/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

Photo of Mebuzzard
3.31/5  rDev -9.3%
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.

Shipyard XXXX IPA (Pugsley's Signature Series) from Shipyard Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 641 ratings.