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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
good

630 Ratings
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Ratings: 630
Reviews: 274
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 15.62%
Wants: 12
Gots: 49 | 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:
Beer added by: Todd on 03-20-2009

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Photo of abrand
4.3/5  rDev +17.8%
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.

Photo of StrangeBrewer76
4.3/5  rDev +17.8%
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.

Photo of Bierman9
4.28/5  rDev +17.3%
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 +17.3%
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 aubuc1
4.27/5  rDev +17%
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.

Photo of Nerudamann
4.27/5  rDev +17%
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.

Photo of beerhunter13
4.25/5  rDev +16.4%

Photo of Segelstrom
4.25/5  rDev +16.4%

Photo of jeffjeff1
4.25/5  rDev +16.4%
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.

Photo of DougGilley
4.25/5  rDev +16.4%

Photo of lehows
4.25/5  rDev +16.4%
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.

Photo of MikeOPFL
4.25/5  rDev +16.4%
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.

Photo of 111213forlife
4.25/5  rDev +16.4%

Photo of bobojuice
4.25/5  rDev +16.4%

Photo of Beer4Baltimore
4.25/5  rDev +16.4%

Photo of FremontBar
4.25/5  rDev +16.4%

Photo of fatterson71
4.25/5  rDev +16.4%

Photo of Parmesyani
4.25/5  rDev +16.4%

Photo of David_Oulashian
4.25/5  rDev +16.4%

Photo of Erice78
4.25/5  rDev +16.4%

Photo of redfox405
4.25/5  rDev +16.4%

Photo of Fejj
4.25/5  rDev +16.4%

Photo of RandyBoBandy
4.25/5  rDev +16.4%

Photo of DrBass
4.25/5  rDev +16.4%

Photo of americanbeerbuzz
4.25/5  rDev +16.4%
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.

Shipyard XXXX IPA (Pugsley's Signature Series) from Shipyard Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 630 ratings.