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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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598 Ratings
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Ratings: 598
Reviews: 271
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 15.57%
Wants: 12
Gots: 40 | 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 cjgator3
3.9/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle

A- Pours a clear copper color with a huge creamy off-white head with great retention and lacing.

S- The aroma has a good grapefruit and piney hope with a good amount of malt and sweet caramel. Very balanced, and not one dimensional like some DIPAs can be. I would like to see a touch more hops but it is a very nice aroma regardless.

T- The taste like the aroma is very balanced for a DIPA. The taste starts with with a lot of malt and caramel with a nice dose of grapefruit in the finish. I'm a big fan of this one, it's a perfect balance between the malt and hops.

M- The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a perfect amount of carbonation.

D- Overall, I really enjoyed this beer. By far the best beer from Shipyard that I've tried. Highly Recommended!

cjgator3, Jun 15, 2009
Photo of DAllspaw
3.9/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle into tulip.

Aroma is mostly pine a little grapefruit. Nice copper color and solid head. This isn't as fresh as it could be so not getting as much in nose but taste is very bready and malty. Dry tannin in finish

Really like the malt on this one lingers for awhile, just not the hop I was expecting so more one dimensional.

DAllspaw, Aug 20, 2011
Photo of PicoPapa
3.9/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

PicoPapa, Jan 20, 2011
Photo of Portertime
3.9/5  rDev +6.6%
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 bilyboy65
3.9/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Amber, like maple syrup and not the maple syrup from IHOP, but real maple syrup. Produces a good active head. Leaves a little lacing and film on the glass. Not really enough to mark a pull, but enough to add decor.

S: Has a wet hop scent to it.

T: Bitter, hoppy with a aftertaste that makes it work. Something about an imperial IPA that makes it taste really good. Really it's just a strong IPA though. Maybe it's the added alcohol flavor.

M: The body is medium/full without a lot of carbonation to tantalize the taste buds. Leaves a nice flavorful oil trail.

D: It's a full flavor beer that would really prevent me from having more than one bottle, but that one goes down fast.

bilyboy65, Aug 15, 2009
Photo of vapodge
3.9/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a Sam Adams glass

A - clear, solid amber; nice-sized head; good lacing holds up

S - citrus hops, but a little muted compared to what I was expecting

T - hops are much more present than in the nose; quite a bit of caramel malt; sweet rather than bitter

M - creamy for an IPA/DIPA; fairly high level of carbonation

D - easy to drink, hides its alcohol well; definitely my favorite Shipyard I've had; would've liked a little more tang from my hops, but this is a good IPA

vapodge, Mar 09, 2011
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.

hike20, Aug 15, 2009
Photo of WhiteOak
3.9/5  rDev +6.6%
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
Photo of Lucidious
3.89/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a "tall tulip" glass from Enegren Brewing Co.

A | translucent light amber color, 1 finger frothy head that lingered. Minimal lacing.

S | Cascade hops! Honey, biscuit, sweet with floral hops and a sensation of alcohol.

T | Sweet light malty start quickly broadens across the pallet. This is mellowed by the floral quality of the hops with a swelling bitterness. Very bitter lingering aftertaste, but very pleasant for a beer with such a doss of hops.

M| Silky smooth. Feels surprisingly thick given the appearance, but in a very pleasing way.

O | Looks great, smells fantastic, sips well and carries you on a wave of flavor that gently drops you off on buzzed beach. Successive sips taken quickly will build the alchol burn which can quickly dominate the flavor, however. I think that if they dialed back the abv and hops just a tad this would be the ultimate weekend-with-the-buddies-lets-have-a-couple beer, and as it stands its an amazing sip-for-hours beer.

Lucidious, Mar 23, 2013
Photo of DrDemento456
3.88/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at the Verona Rivertowne.

A - Pours a nice amber color with only a ring of sticky head (since they filled the 12oz glass to the rim)

S - Smell is kind of hoppy, more malt based with a sort of caramel soaked gram cracker kind of smell. I then took a sip.

T - I enjoyed it since it was smooth throughout but first sips were of a cold pint so I mostly got a sweet malt base of caramel soaked hops, but after it warmed bitter hops of citrus and pine flourished. Tasty.

M - The highest I expected was around 8 percent so to find it over 9 was very good indeed.

Overall I am glad my local pub had this on tap since it was a great tasting DIPA with some great hop bite. Would have it again or grab a bottle if cost was reasonable (7-8 dollars)

DrDemento456, Sep 10, 2011
Photo of beardedterror
3.88/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a clear light-red copper with a thick 2-finger head that lasts through the majority of the glass.

S - Very intense hop aromas, with citrus as the strongest. Floral and spicey notes linger in the background with a slightly earthy and piney finish. High amount of lacing over the entire glass.

T - Very bitter, but well suited to the style. Excellent hop flavors, very complex and well balanced with each other. Little to no malt flavors detected. Slight alcohol flavor and hotness detected, but not overpowering. Very long-lasting bitter bite to the finish.

M - Medium body with a decent amount of carbonation. Feels warm on the palate due to high alcohol content.

O - Solid IIPA. Good hop flavors and aromas.

beardedterror, Mar 20, 2012
Photo of Fitzy01
3.88/5  rDev +6%

Fitzy01, Today at 03:33 AM
Photo of SawDog505
3.88/5  rDev +6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a 13 oz tulip glass. Pours a magnificent orange red with a 2 inch off white head that leaves globs of lacing all over the glass. Smell is tangerine, bread, carmel, and grapefruit. Taste is sweet in the start and bitter grapefruit in the finish. Body is large for the style, good carbonation, a touch on the dry side, and easy drinking for the large ABV. This drinks different than most DIPAs, the malty profile reminds me of 90 minute.

SawDog505, Feb 15, 2012
Photo of sprucetip
3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
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 JDFish
3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a Sam Adams Breather

A: Poured a beautiful dark, clear amber, a small one-finger head that went away quickly. Thin lacing rings. I found this one by itself from Merinos..it could've been sitting there awhile

S: I got lots of plum and tropical fruit-- specifically pineapple. Some breadiness in there. Smelled pretty dang good to me

T: Close to smell. Lots of tropical fruit. Some alcohol on the back end and it finished pretty dry. Overall, I liked it considering its ABV

M: A little thin to me. Not much carbonation. As I said, I could've got an old one.

O: Pretty good, especially if you like fruity esters with your hops. Its does warm your core nicely. I'd definitely would not pass on one if offered.

JDFish, Feb 20, 2012
Photo of Boto
3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz. bottle: This one pours a clear, slightly orangish amber color. There was a bit of an almost tan head on it, that didn’t linger long but left some lacing. Nice nose. Citrus, some pine, sweet caramel malts in the background, some other fruits. A hint of earthiness and spices also. Body seems just a bit light for a DIPA. Good balanced taste, however. Bitter, yet a slight malt sweetness in the finish. Citrus, caramel malt and some pine notes dominate. It’s a pretty decent beer. Not the best DIPA I’ve had, but far from the worst.

Boto, Nov 23, 2011
Photo of Westsidebuddha
3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

Westsidebuddha, Feb 28, 2011
Photo of biegaman
3.83/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From the pour, Shipyard XXXX had the appearance of fresh-squeezed OJ: it was pulpy and thick, with a bright orange colour and showed no visible signs of carbonation (well, ok, a small ring of white around the glass). Into the light, however, it reflects tarnished copper and resembles less something from the smoothie bar than it does something from the antique shop.

I said the appearance resembled fresh-squeezed juice which, truthfully, was a bit of a stretch. The aroma, on the other hand, is a dead-ringer for real fruit, grapefruit and mango in particular. The glass exudes an almost tropical air, with enough lemon and orange zest to make eyebrows raise up (and likely cure raw fish). It also has a kind of resiny pine syrup scent that conceals the beer's true strength.

That this recipe was "malt-inspired" may be easy to believe when considered relative to other IPAs, but that fact isn't entirely obvious from the taste of things. Flavours of caramel corn and hard toffee are noted but come in fairly conservative doses. They could stand to be a little more forward; once the hop trigger is pulled on the finish it's all 'grapefruit rind' this and 'rose petal' that.

Lament if you will that XXXX IPA doesn't have the sunny, citric profile of other DIPAs, but don't write off the beer's hoppiness. 70 IBUs is nothing to scoff at. The finish is incessantly dry, leaving a remarkable birch bark-like taste. Besides, the buttery caramel note cowers in the presence of the earthy, herbal, zesty cones, to the extent that I'd almost wish for a bit more maltiness. The beer may be tall but it's far, far from stout.

Shipyard XXXX is a beer that has its papers; tasting notes, ingredients list, suggesting serving temp, food pairings, original gravity, even a history lesson about where the ale takes its name - will there be a test at the end? Nevermind the homework, all you need to know about this beer is that it's not in the same area code as the sunny, citric DIPAs but still worth a go if you appreciate hop-bombs of a more balanced nuance.

biegaman, Oct 15, 2012
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.

linnet, Sep 05, 2009
Photo of Jammies
3.8/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - pours an orangish amber with about an inch and a half of foam. Great retention. Terrific lacing.

S - smoky and sweet with aromatic hops

T - light and caramelly taste but surprisingly well balanced

M - smooth. Hops do not linger

O - good beer. Really delivered from the moment it was poured.

Jammies, Nov 26, 2011
Photo of TheSarge
3.8/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

When poured into a large pilsner glass, this brew makes for about three fingers of tan colored head. The body has a moderate amount of haze, and is dark copper in color.

The aroma is spicy spruce, with a nice toffee backbone.

The taste is rich with a caramel sweetness, along with metallic and grapefruit hops presence.

This feels a little thinner and less syrupy than I though, which is a good thing. That makes this a nice sipper. The alcohol is not masked too much, and warms the palate up a bit.

TheSarge, Oct 02, 2010
Photo of thehyperduck
3.79/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

625 mL bottle from the LCBO; best before July 2013. This is a style I don’t get around to trying very often, but as a hophead, I am rarely displeased with them. Served slightly chilled, and poured into a tulip.

Pours a hazy amber-orange colour, topped with one finger of dense, creamy, off-white coloured head that gradually seeps away over the next few minutes, leaving behind a thin collar around the margin and a few wisps on the surface. Not much lacing initially, but subsequent pours generate copious smears of the stuff. Looks fairly effervescent. On the nose I am getting mostly butterscotch and pink grapefruit, a little pine, and suggestions of biscuits and lemon. The malts are quite prominent, but the hops are strong enough to pinpoint this as a DIPA vs. something else (e.g. barleywine).

Decent flavour, with the profile astutely balanced between sweetness and bitterness. The malty butterscotch and biscuit malts are strong contributors, but the pink grapefruit, pine sap and grassy notes of the American hops round everything out nicely, with some additional fruity apricot notes for added measure. Finishes with a bitter, herbal, almost woody note and a bit of heat from the ethanol. On the heavier side of medium-bodied, with the oily hops and very weak carbonation giving it a silky-smooth mouthfeel. Fairly drinkable for the style, but after a while the sub-par alcohol masking will probably bother the uninitiated.

Final Grade: 3.79, barely scratching out a B+. Shipyard’s XXXX IPA is a serviceable DIPA with no deal-breaking flaws, but in truth it possesses very little to distinguish it from other serviceable examples of the style. In short, I like this, but I could live without it. At 9.3% I expect a certain level of booziness - but this one has a bit too much heat for that percentage, and a serious lack of complexity/variety in flavour for that booze to integrate with and prevent it from becoming an annoyance. The hop flavours could also stand to be kicked up a notch, but as far as balanced DIPAs go, this is a well put-together example that drinks nicely. A brew that I might recommend to others, and would consider picking up again – though not really a priority. Decent value at its LCBO price point considering the lack of DIPAs and barleywines, and this batch should remain tasty for at least a few more months. Worth a try.

thehyperduck, Dec 31, 2012
Photo of mikesgroove
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.

mikesgroove, Jan 02, 2010
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.

bheilman, Nov 29, 2009
Photo of csiewert
3.78/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a clear amber color with a finger of off white bubbly head the retains fairly well and leaves a good amount of lacing. The aroma is strong with cascade and centennial hops, with a good amount of maltiness. The taste starts very malty sweet with some caramel notes and finishes with a hoppy bitterness. The mouthfeel is fairly smooth and a good balance of carbonation. Overall definitely worth a try.

csiewert, Jun 03, 2011
Shipyard XXXX IPA (Pugsley's Signature Series) from Shipyard Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 598 ratings.