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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
Brewed by:
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 crvcac
3.95/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Deep golden color, nice carbonation/effervescence
Smell: Spicy aroma, hints of grapefruit and other herbal aromas
Taste: Sweet bitter hop character, firm malt base
Mouthfeel: Smooth, medium-heavy bodied, pretty big beer
Drinkability: Really enjoyed this one

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.

Photo of champ103
3.93/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a beautiful clear dark orange color. A near perfect two finger white head forms with excellent retention. The foam gently recedes to a few centimeters that sticks throughout. Sticky spiderweb looking lace is left all the way down the glass. This is a looker.
S: Citrus hops up front that quickly mingles with caramel malts. Dark fruits in the middle and finishes with a light bitter grapefruit aroma. Well balanced, fairly simple, and not over the top.
T: Follows the nose with a nice citrus/orange flavor up front. A peppery spice with plenty of malt backbone. I think I am getting some ringwood as well. Though it is not over barring. Some passion fruits come out as this warms. A quick snap of hops in the finish that leaves a lingering bitterness. Again well balanced and enjoyable.
M/D: A medium to full body. A crisp and smooth snap of carbonation. Not hard to drink at all. The alcohol does show which makes this a slow sipper.

Enjoyable is the name of the game with this. Not over barring with the hops, but they are there. Plenty of balance that I like. A DIPA for the non hop head like me.

Photo of MShloss
3.92/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not your typical American DIPA. The taste is more malty than hoppy. Drinks more like a strong ale/barleywine. Very tasty though.

Photo of PCATD
3.92/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of beardedterror
3.92/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

Photo of Rybarra
3.92/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of Jayli
3.91/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

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 bilyboy65
3.9/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

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.

Photo of cjgator3
3.89/5  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!

Photo of Metalmaniac915
3.89/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of SawDog505
3.89/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

Photo of Lucidious
3.89/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

Photo of magictrokini
3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours clear, oily orange-gold with a short-lived one finger white head. Thick lacing. Soapy pine hops with some caramel sweetness in the nose. Fortunately, the taste is much better. Pine, resin, pine oil, and more resin. No soap, very little earthiness. Some grapefruit and lemon, but more of the citrus zest than the actual fruit flavor. Good malt backbone doesn't get in the way but balances the hops nicely. Tart, dry finish. Very easy to drink, considering the ABV. Happy to finally try this one.

Photo of DAllspaw
3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

Photo of Fitzy01
3.88/5  rDev +6.3%

Photo of vapodge
3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
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

Photo of hike20
3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

Photo of OBeerMeGreatOne
3.86/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a solid amber with nice carbonation. I did a slow pour on this so not much of a head, the head that does develop leaves some webbed lacing behind. The smell is very dry with a bit of alcohol, some mild earthy notes and a tiny bit of citrus(?). I enjoyed the taste more than the smell. Still very dry and herbal with a slight medicinal twang. Not as filling as some of the sweeter versions of this style but not unbalanced at all. The medicinal aftertaste sticks around a little long but other than that, it's pretty nice. Much better than their Fuggles IPA. I'd grab a four pack of these on occasion.

Photo of DrDemento456
3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
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)

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.

Photo of JDFish
3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

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.

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