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: 621
Reviews: 272
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 15.62%
Wants: 12
Gots: 43 | 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 powdersoldier
4.5/5  rDev +23.3%

Photo of smcnulty1981
4.5/5  rDev +23.3%

Photo of Mr-Cyphyr
4.5/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow - a must for all strong IPA or strong American ale lovers. This rocked. Poured into my wide mouth, pint beer glass. Nice golden color ... 1st sip and let the flavors hit my mouth and waited on the finish. Hit is a great word, the hoppiness was there and hit a homer! And it just hung in there, well past the sip. This should be used as the definition of a strong IPA and the four X's is right on. As it warmed in the glass, the flavors staid well blended, with nothing tweeking my tongue, other than massive hops.

Most certainly a must for hop lovers, and not for the Miller or Bud crowd. This has flavor, bite, and a finish that is not forgotten.

Photo of markskar
4.5/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've been looking out for this one since it was announced. Finally scored one!

A - Clear copper, nice head, good retention.

S - Strong citrus aroma, slightly piney, with a bit of a yeasty (bready, biscuity) aroma in the background--but the citrus dominates.

T - Complex and delicious flavors. In reading the label I found that malted wheat, among a sophisticated blend of other malts was included in the grain bill, and the result seems to be what sets this brew apart from most DIPA's I've had. Aside from the complex malt character, I'm getting a lot of grapefruit, with a wonderful hop experience that lingers nicely on the tongue, producing an explosion of flavors that seem to improve for several minutes after sipping.

M - Crisp and dry, with a pleasant hop sting that lingers on the tongue long after swallowing.

D - Each sip makes me want to sit and reflect upon it for a couple of minutes. I could just pound the whole glass it's so drinkable, but it is so much better savored.

Near perfect rating, will definitely buy again.

Photo of profondo
4.5/5  rDev +23.3%

Photo of Mikedive21
4.5/5  rDev +23.3%

OMG- a great IPA. Right balance of taste and and hops. Hope this wonderful IPA continues.

Photo of Chopman50
4.5/5  rDev +23.3%

Photo of ioconnor
4.48/5  rDev +22.7%

Photo of Greywulfken
4.45/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: golden orange with a foamy head

S: citrus and pine

T: grapefruit, pine, citrus, hop; complex and balanced

M: sweetness and bitters temper one another, medium body, refreshing and satisfying

O: delighted with this purchase - my only other Shipyard ale was the Smashed Pumpkin, which I loved - clearly their Pugsley's signature series ales are worthy of consideration. I would highly recommend this beer. It is bright, floral, and hoppy, but with enough body and a high enough abv to be taken seriously. This is the most citrusy and piney - and in a real good way - beer I have ever had, and it also brings just enough sweetness to complement the astringency - a very sharp and delicious brew.

Photo of scotorum
4.45/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Impressive deluxe packaging with Alan Pugsley's signature in gold and gold foil over the capping. Suggests you are getting a lot of quality for only $5.

Poured into a Sierra Nevada IPA glass from the 22 oz. bottle.

a: Clear amber with an inch tall off-white head which receded to surface foam and dense lacing.

s: Pretty heavy caramel malt. Surprisingly malty aroma for a DIPA.

t: Malt and hop combo gives way to strong caramel malt flavor. Bitterness lingers at the sides of the tongue like it should for a good DIPA. High ABV (over 9%) is well concealed.

m: Moderate. Good body.

o: Like a very hoppy English bitter or real ale. In fact I'd call it an English style DIPA, and as such ideal for this guzzler. Hopheads who do not like such a strong caramel malt backbone might not go for this as well as I did. But I will definitely be buying more whenever I see it.

UPDATE 3/3/14: This is out in fourpacks now. YAY!!! The first bottle from mine is being consumed as I type. Best before Nov. 2014. Only thing I would change from my original review is, the color is a deep dark amber. Strong caramel malt aroma and flavor and powerful hop bite are both there as before. Am lowering my mouthfeel rating from 4.5 to 4.0, as it's not as silky smooth as a few DIPAs I've had since,. But other than that I stand by my originals.

Photo of silverking
4.43/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It pours a clear orange/red color with a tan head that thins out quickly, but leaves a thin layer of foam with excellent lacing. There is a well rounded spicy/floral hop aroma that dominates the nose, but the aroma of malt refuses to be overlooked. It has a creamy mouthfeel with medium/light carbonation. The spice carries over onto the palate with notes of citrus, mainly grapefruit with the slightest hint of lemon zest. There is a bitter-sweet finish that includes notes of dark chocolate and caramel, along with the aforementioned citrus flavors. In my opinion, this is a pretty fantastic IPA. It is well rounded with a lot of character. I will buy this again and I highly recommend this beer.

Photo of Pintofbrown
4.43/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this in a shaker pint.

Appearance- This quadruple X offering has an off-white, orange tinged head that cannot even muster complete coverage of the lid. The body is a solid amber with orange-gold highlights.

Smell- There is sweet citrus and a slightly grassy scent. There is some orange, cherry, honey, and even some mango. There is not much malt but it has a toffee feel to it.

The high alcohol is translated as a brandy-like smell. This is pretty fantastic!

Taste- This bitters up very nicely and is the first thing you notice on the first drink. And man is it sweet! There is some cherry and mango flavor mid-drink with plenty of toffee malt. There is also some brandy here.

The back end of the drink is full of piney hops. Man does it bitter this one up. Honestly, this is more like a barleywine than an IPA. I would like to see what a year or two of aging does to this one.

Mouth feel- It has a medium body and it is carbonated well. It is definitely dry and the mouth coating could be better.

Overall- This is a great DIPA that drinks very much like a fresh barleywine. The sweet notes of the drink make it great, and there is more than enough bitterness.

A better mouth feel would pretty much complete this beer. I say go for it. Definitely.

Photo of Amsterdam
4.4/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It's funny, I was so amazed with the flavor of this beer that I rushed to review, but I can't say it has lasting head, and there isn't much of a hoppy aroma to rave about, and it's a little sweet . . . but damn it if this isn't a good beer.

The color, however, is a beautiful red amber and would look great in the right glass.

The taste is incredible, however. Nice tangy front end with a burst of hops in the middle mouth and a dry hoppy finish. It's a little sweet, but I feel the sweetness balances out the high ABV since high octane brews can be quite dry.

This beer has a lot of hops, but I like that they come through in the flavor in some subtle ways aside from the bittering, which shows an interesting hop schedule. Cascade was the perfect selection for the dry hopping since it adds citrus and pine. After the bitter finish, the malts, which are ever present, throw a warm, sweet blanket over the hops.

Unless you like, as I sometimes do, the odor of hops to spank you in the face while you drink, but you are one of those people who is never quite sure if you want to purchase an over-the-top IPA (does anyone make a beer to be drunk through a hop straw?) or go with something darker with more malts, I'm fairly sure you'll enjoy this beer.

One more note: this beer is meant to be served a little on the warmer side to allow the odors and tastes to blossom, but I found it more desirable at a very cold temperature.

Photo of yesyouam
4.4/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Shipyard XXXX IPA is a very clear, very dense, sparkling amber ale with a soft, dense, light khaki head that has excellent retention and lacing. It has a full, sweet floral aroma with notes of citrus and fresh baked cookies. It's full bodied and very smooth with a clean dry finish. It's full flavored and leaning a bit toward the malt. It's a touch sweet with notes of ruby red grapefruit and pine resin. It's earthy and peppery, with an ample bitterness that lingers for a little while. This is like an English Imperial IPA, if there is such a thing. It's like a mash-up between an IIPA and and English IPA. Very nice indeed

Photo of japcmiller
4.38/5  rDev +20%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance:
A very clear caramel color. Not too heady and not too bubbly either. Very lovely.
Smell:
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.
Taste:
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.
Mouth:
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.
Drinkability:
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.

Photo of albern
4.38/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is one great IPA and what a treat it was! It pours a nice coppery orange color with a very thick off white creamy and thick head. Retention is awesome, and the beer laces like crazy with lots of billowing clouds around the glass. The nose ... wow, this is pure deciduous pine with tons of hoppy oils, hop esters, and hop resins. The nose on the beer is great. The taste is really nice as well. This beer is thick, really hopped up, oily in the mouth from the hop resins, with lots of creamy, bready, sweet malts underneath. This is a really well balanced double IPA with a very nice biscuity malt base that balances so nicely. The beer is modestly carbonated, thick, heavy, with some ABV in the throat, a touch boozy, and very piney hop. That defines the beer if anything else. This is well worth seeking out. L'Chaim.

Photo of MisterClean
4.35/5  rDev +19.2%
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.

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.

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.

Photo of BierJager89
4.34/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Translucent amber color with a slight red tint, and a light brown head.

S: Citrus, red apples, grapes, plums and cherries in the nose.

T: Flavor is bitter, but not too bitter, some apple, lemon, a slight hint of alcohol, but more than forgivable at 9.25 abv.

M: Full bodied, typical IPA carbonation, perhaps a bit smoother.

O: A great IPA, don't let it's rating fool you.

Photo of BucBasil
4.33/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured on tap at the Yard House in Long Beach. Review is from notes.

A: Dark orange/rusty color.

S: Balanced, bicuity malt over mostly floral and some piney hop notes.

T: Nice balance but still delivers a good kick. Fruity and slightly floral with a good dose of bready malt. This is what I look for in my IPAs

O: I could drink something like this all day. Great beer.

Photo of dwilson01
4.33/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from a 12oz into an indian wells brewing co pint glass. The head is 1.5 fingers worth of creamy off white to yellow-gold colored, dissipates moderately leaving nice lacing on the glass. The body is a completely clear golden color with hints of a brown amber in there. Looks like a combination of maple syrup and honey.

The smell is straight floral hopping with some hints of bitterness to come. I get mango and banana for sure as well as the malty sweetness in the background.

The main body flavors follow directly from the smell, I get a distinct fruitiness from the hopping, apple, banana, and mangoes are all there and well represented. This is combined with a nice malt backing to provide a little sweetness and enhance the hopping while not detracting from it at all. The aftertaste gives me a nice bitter hop flavor as well as the hint of a hot alcohol addition, it is 9.25% which is very surprising when I go through the whole taste.

Great mouthfeel, the malt stays background in the flavor capacity but comes through here to provide a solid smooth creamy feels which slides down real easy.

Photo of chefdaddy18042
4.33/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was impressed with the clarity of the beer. Very odd nose once poured out for an Imperial. Taste was reminiscent of grapefruit, good bitterness though matched with malt. The mouthfeel was average on the carbonation. Overall, woth a 4-pack. Don't expect a west coast imperial when you buy this, but it is definitely tasty and worth it if you are a hophead

Photo of MoreThanWine
4.33/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slow to rise 1" head which soon dissipates. Copper or hazy earth orange sort of color. Being an IPA (and having the XXXX desination) I expected to be almost overwhelmed by fresh piquantly bitter hops but that's not the case. I'd say the hops are very rich yet still not nearly as pronounced as many other IPAs. However, the richness of those hops combined with the oppulent mouthfeel still make his a truly great IPA.

Photo of abrand
4.33/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bomber poured into a tulip glass.

The Shipyard XXXX Ipa pours a copper color with a nice 2 finger head and sticky lacing on the glass. Smells of caramel and toffee with plenty of hops and grapefruit. The hops are very dominant in the nose. Taste is very bitter but delicious. Even with the bitterness it goes down very easy with a pleasant citrus fruit taste. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and pretty smooth. Drinkability is great. Delicious taste and plenty of bitterness.

Shipyard XXXX IPA (Pugsley's Signature Series) from Shipyard Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 621 ratings.