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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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Reviews: 279
Hads: 669
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 15.8%
Wants: 13
Gots: 71 | 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 Amsterdam
4.31/5  rDev +17.4%
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. (1,436 characters)

Photo of BucBasil
4.3/5  rDev +17.2%
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. (372 characters)

Photo of ccrida
4.3/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber poured into my Samuel Smith's imperial pint, XXXX IPA is clear orange with a big, tight off-white head with long last, leaving thick lace.

Smell is sweet, bit tropical citrus hops, passionfruit. I really like it, a nice purity to it.

Taste is also super fruity, nice lime notes from the hops, accentuating the sweetness of the alcohol, which would otherwise maybe be a flaw, but not so much here, although I'd just assume it wasn't there at all . Not much in the way of malt, a bit of biscuit, but this ones all about the citrus hop flavor, which I really love, especially because it's not overly bitter or malty.

Mouthfeel is oily, nice carbonation, lighter body, dry.

Drinkability is pretty good. I really love the hop flavor and aroma, light malt and low bitterness, but it's just a bit to hot. This could be a great DIPA if it were more like 8.25% ABV, or at least had a colder ferment. (905 characters)

Photo of chefdaddy18042
4.3/5  rDev +17.2%
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 (356 characters)

Photo of abrand
4.3/5  rDev +17.2%
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. (481 characters)

Photo of StrangeBrewer76
4.3/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours a dark amber with a substantially long lasting foam top that sticks like laced window dressings all the way down.

my nose gets a nice harvest balance, malt and greens but subtle. even to my broken nose this is easily identified as quality.

tastes like a dipa, grassy and floral up front then big bitter and big malt balanced in the end with resonating resin on and on and on.

really great mouthfeel. the carbonation breaks up the viscosity to make this a beer and not a liquor. medium soft bubbles in the first impression and the crisp whip strikes at just the right time.

drinkability has gotten a bad name in recent days but despite that I have to say that this has serious drinkability. With a 9.25% this is a real achievement but perhaps that speaks more to my love of hops than Pugsley's greatness as a brewer, but that is not for me to say. De gustibus non est disputandum!

I'll get this again but I wish that this type of beer were the standard and not the XXXX uber-duber IPA. (995 characters)

Photo of Bierman9
4.28/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bought this 22oz bomber today at Ayotte's for $8.49. Hope it's not a butterbomb... ;-)

Poured about 2/3 into an imperial pint glass. Color was a clear, striking copper. Had sporadic carbo within, steadily rising topside. Head was a light tan color, and fine and creamy, though short. Nice lacing was still left behind on the glass. Cascades are evident in the citrussy aroma, along with some toasty malt which goes along for the ride. Decent nose, though not overpowering. The body is medium to medium-plus, and the feel on the tongue is decently smooth, despite a light, airy feel. Still solid, so far.

The malts lend a pleasing level of sweetness to this offering, along with a slight Crystal sharpness. Hops are well represented, with the Cascade grapefruit signature being quite evident. Even with that in the tank, though, the hops aren't overly puckery; there's a touch of tangerine in there amongst the rindy, piney characteristics. Finishes fairly dry, with the grapefruit lingering nicely. I haven't cared for earlier Signature Series offerings, but this one exceeded expecations. A very nice DIPA, overall. Though that being said, I'd get a Smutty Big-A for $3 less 8 days a week. Prosit!!

4.35
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | drink: 4

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Photo of MoreThanWine
4.28/5  rDev +16.6%
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. (425 characters)

Photo of aubuc1
4.27/5  rDev +16.3%
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. (334 characters)

Photo of Nerudamann
4.27/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Look – hazy amber in color, with about half a finger’s worth of frothy light tan-colored foam that dissipates somewhat slowly.

Smell – interesting smell. It smells like a Belgian ale almost, but with a fruity tinge to it. Can’t pull out the grapefruit, but the fruity smell does seem to make sense then.

Taste – interesting taste as well, and much like the smell. A teeny bit of a musky quality at the start as it’s getting into the middle, then it takes a turn and you feel more of a smoky/fruity quality. The finish is bitter, as is the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel – pretty well-balanced, but does lean more on the watery side.

Overall – not a bad brew at all. Good-tasting and very interesting/thought-provoking. (771 characters)

Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Brilliant ruby amber 1” frothy head, dissipates to thick film, and produces thick lace. S: Grassy, resiny, citrusy hops, malt, fruit. T: Very rich, caramelly malt, fruit flavors that balance the hop bitterness F: Medium to medium full body, medium carbonation, soft palate, clean and smooth. O: This is a damn fine DIPA (324 characters)

Photo of jeffjeff1
4.25/5  rDev +15.8%
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. (303 characters)

Photo of lehows
4.25/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Wow! On tap at The Tap Room on St. John, USVI. Poured into a snifter, it was a slightly hazy amber color with a perfect off-white head. Very nice aromas of citrusy hops but with some melted butter and toast notes. This IPA is incredibly smooth and well balanced, packed with hops, but buttery smooth as not to get "soapy". Definitely a must try if you see this on tap. (368 characters)

Photo of MikeOPFL
4.25/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The first thing you will notice is the beautiful dark, clear, copper/amber color with a 1/2" head that dissipates fairly quickly, but retains some sleight lacing on the glass. The smell and the initial taste is of butterscotch, with a smooth mouthfeel and a very bitter finish that lingers. This is a great, robust IPA that is not over the top and very drinkable. (363 characters)

Photo of americanbeerbuzz
4.25/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a 14oz stemless wine glass. Pours a gold with some copper tinges. A quarter inch head and lace. Has a mild hop aroma with some nice British notes. Flavor is subtle hops with mild bitterness and some lingering alcohol, hence the xxxx. Well rounded with smooth finish. Some lingering rich creaminess as well. (318 characters)

Photo of ZorPrime
4.22/5  rDev +15%
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. (356 characters)

Photo of ppoitras
4.22/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle purchased as a single from Yankee Spirits, Sturbridge, MA. Gold foiled cap.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/2" beige head over the clear amber brew. Head recedes gradually, with ample lasting lace. Aroma is sweet and hoppy. Taste follows the nose, sweet upfront, equally as hoppy in the middle and through the close. Mouthfeel is soft and smooth, and drinkability is very nice. This one ends up being more like an English DIPA, or an American IPA, but an enjoyable brew nonetheless. (510 characters)

Photo of grub
4.22/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle topped with gold foil. sampled july 21/2010.

pours deep reddish amber with a bit of haze. the small cream coloured head drops fairly fast and leaves spotty lace.

aroma is great. grapefruit. orange and tangerine. bit of grapefruit. bit of pine. caramel and a bit of toffee. light alcohol. lightly toasted white bread. cracker. bit of biscuit. touch of herbal character too.

taste is good. grapefruit. candied orange and tangerine. bit of pine. light alcohol. lightly toasted white bread. biscuit. bit of cracker. caramel and a bit of toffee. medium bitterness level.

mouthfeel is good. right around medium body. medium carbonation level.

drinkability is great. nice balance. good hop depth. a tasty dipa. (720 characters)

Photo of NuggetNectar22
4.22/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Great beer. This is a hop lovers dream.

A: Orangish amber. Nice head and terrific lace around the glass.

S: Hops, citrus.

T: This one doesn't disappoint. Hints of caramel with lots of hops. Not as hoppy as it smells. Well Balanced.

M: Nice mouthfeel. The hops don't linger.

O: This beer was delicious. If you like IPA's - it's a must try. (344 characters)

Photo of peacebone116
4.21/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was a very interesting beer! I picked up a bomber of this, not expecting it to be overwhelmingly fresh as it is from opposite coast as I am, but I believe to be pleasantly surprised. I poured this beer into a tulip glass, and here is a transcript of the tasting notes:

N: The nose hits right away during the pour! So much so, that I had to jot my nose notes down before I even got to the appearance. Let's face it: this takes precedence and the first thing that you notice. Notes of oily pine and slight lemon zest waft up and fill the area.

A: Now, back to the appearance: A deep copper color and a small, lingering head. A fair amount of carbonation continues to bubble up from the bottom of the glass, even after the beer had set for a few moments.

T/M: Not as overpowering as the nose would imply, but solid grassy (almost alfalfa-like) pine hits in the front. Oily texture coats the tongue. Slight almond or biscuit flavor that fades quickly, giving way to a flash of grapefruit aftertaste. For a 9.25% beer, this is very drinkable and dry; the term, "thirst quenching," comes to mind as I take a big sip on a warm summer afternoon. (1,147 characters)

Photo of t420o
4.2/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Semi aggressive pour produces a 1-1/2 finger head that dissapates rather quick leaving nice lacing. Beer is a hazy golden- with light brown hints. good looking beer.

S- Faint hop scent with a caramely malt balancing it out

T- The malt and hop balance is pretty good on this IPA, but I think for an "IPA" this is a little too malt forward. Initially tastes of grapefruit, orange zest, balanced by a very nice malt backbone. Very slight bitterness on finish. Not even the slightest hint of alcohol whatsoever, not even a slight heat, which is remarkable for a beer of 9.25% abv. This is a very good beer, but not a great representation of an IPA in my opinion. More like a srtong APA. But I'm not going to knock points off for not adhering to the style purely because I thought this was a very good, well balanced beer.

M- Very nice carbonation. Nice slick finish

O- A good beer but too malt forward. I like my hops to dominate in an IPA and this was not the case in this beer. Still an excellent beer though. (1,015 characters)

Photo of ReDave
4.2/5  rDev +14.4%
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] (473 characters)

Photo of silkcuzimirish
4.2/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a very clear copper orange color with slight off-white thick head.

S - Deep, sweet, caramel and molasses with lots of floral and citrusy hoppiness.

T - Hops are very present but more of a deep sweet as they are well balanced with a dark almost smokey malt flavor. Finish is nice and bitter with slight spice and alcohol heat.

M - Light mouthfeel, slightly sticky

O- Very well made IPA. Big beautiful and well balanced. (432 characters)

Photo of Brad007
4.2/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice copper-amber color with a fluffy two-finger head that fades down to one-finger.

Aroma is full of floral, citrusy hops with a decent amount of bready malt in the nose.

Taste is full of citrusy hops with a hint of mint, caramel and heat from the alcohol. A bit rough at first but mellows out in the middle.

Mouthfeel is full of lingering citrusy hops, bready malt and alcohol heat. Tolerable.

This actually tastes like a DIPA and I gotta give Shipyard props on it. With some aging, it might be a bit more drinkable. Nothing wrong except that it's a bit boozy. Good beer overall. (594 characters)

Photo of salvo
4.2/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured crystal clear amber with orange highlights into a chilled pint glass with an inch of light tan sticky head, dissipating to puffy islands of foam. Leaves significant lacing and pine stickiness down the glass. Bottle labelled best before "F 11."

Smell is biscuit sweetness with honey, vanilla, and molasses with just a slight hint of Christmas balsam and jasmine flower way in the background. Complex, indeed!

The taste starts all malt just below the threshold of "too sweet" but finishes bitter with mild alcohol burn and herbal/spicy hops. Hints of coriander seed. Next sip is more pronounced black pepper on the tongue with a sourness in the finish that I am quite enjoying, and again the suggestion of coriander. Subsequent sips are bitter and almost raspy in the throat. Delightful.

Quite complex both in the taste and smell; it's a big beer and the full bodied mouth feel -- chewiness, toothsome, even -- is appropriate but does bring down the "drinkability;" it's something to end an evening with, preferably with a good friend. Did not suffer on the thousand mile drive to the midwest. (1,101 characters)

Shipyard XXXX IPA (Pugsley's Signature Series) from Shipyard Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 279 ratings.