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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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542 Ratings
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Ratings: 542
Reviews: 265
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 15.89%
Wants: 12
Gots: 26 | 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

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Todd on 03-20-2009)
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markskar

New Hampshire

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2009 03:51:00 | More by markskar
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profondo

Sweden

4.5/5  rDev +23.3%

10-06-2012 21:50:19 | More by profondo
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Chopman50

California

4.5/5  rDev +23.3%

12-24-2011 20:52:52 | More by Chopman50
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Greywulfken

New York

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2012 23:43:02 | More by Greywulfken
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scotorum

Massachusetts

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2013 04:53:12 | More by scotorum
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silverking

Florida

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2012 23:20:34 | More by silverking
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Pintofbrown

Iowa

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2011 17:34:36 | More by Pintofbrown
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Amsterdam

Virginia

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2011 01:33:20 | More by Amsterdam
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yesyouam

New York

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

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2010 00:45:48 | More by yesyouam
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japcmiller

Florida

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2009 00:50:30 | More by japcmiller
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albern

Massachusetts

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2009 23:42:10 | More by albern
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MisterClean

California

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2009 02:23:04 | More by MisterClean
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Wasatch

Utah

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2010 23:41:20 | More by Wasatch
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PaculiarBrews

Florida

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2010 04:08:12 | More by PaculiarBrews
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BierJager89

California

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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-18-2014 18:01:20 | More by BierJager89
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BucBasil

South Carolina

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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-20-2011 00:18:30 | More by BucBasil
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dwilson01

California

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2010 06:05:09 | More by dwilson01
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chefdaddy18042

Pennsylvania

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

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2011 22:18:28 | More by chefdaddy18042
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MoreThanWine

Massachusetts

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2010 12:28:32 | More by MoreThanWine
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abrand

Illinois

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2010 03:41:56 | More by abrand
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aubuc1

Florida

4.3/5  rDev +17.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-28-2009 20:13:07 | More by aubuc1
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horshack7

Massachusetts

4.3/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: From a 22 ounce bomber poured into a snifter is a stunning deep and dark copper mahogany colored beer. With about two fingers of head that leaves nice lacing behind.

Aroma: A solid hop aroma that is a little balanced but still has nice grapefruit notes. Nice esters given off from the hops with light alcohol notes roaming around.

Taste: This is quite a different and or unique double i.p.a. It's certainly a bit maltier than hoppy. It has a nice hop bitterness but it seems to have a little bit of a biscuity texture. The grapefruit notes are still like most of this style but the sweetness of it is a bit of a surprise to a pleasant degree. The mouthfeel is smooth with the carbonation bouncing all over.

Notes: This one is very interesting one of the more unique double i.p.a's I have ever had. Which is a good thing of course. Cheers

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2009 23:58:50 | More by horshack7
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Bierman9

New Hampshire

4.3/5  rDev +17.8%
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

1235

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2010 20:34:08 | More by Bierman9
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lehows

New York

4.28/5  rDev +17.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-08-2010 14:57:11 | More by lehows
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ccrida

Oregon

4.28/5  rDev +17.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2010 06:39:53 | More by ccrida
Shipyard XXXX IPA (Pugsley's Signature Series) from Shipyard Brewing Co.
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