Pugsley's Signature Series: XXXX IPA | Shipyard Brewing Company

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Pugsley's Signature Series:  XXXX IPAPugsley's Signature Series:  XXXX IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Shipyard Brewing Company
Maine, United States
shipyard.com

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.25%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Todd on 03-20-2009

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#36,044
Reviews:
291
Ratings:
729
pDev:
15.03%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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18
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Photo of tpauer
3.71/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Radome
3.27/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tasted from a bomber bottle with a twist-off top (I haven't seen that before).

L - Deep copper color with brilliant clarity. Off-white head was 1/2 inch thick on initial pour and sank to a thin sheet of bubbles and thick, sticky lacing. On the dark side for a DIPA, but an attractive beer.

S - Aroma was malty and "old", lacking the fresh Northwest hops I expected from the description on the label. The hops aroma gave an aged impression. I could not find a date on the beer label, but I suspect this was an old example. The strongest aroma was of raisins and brown sugar, with an aged, almost stale impression. Based on the smell I would have guessed this was an English Old Ale or even a Barley Wine. There was nothing bad about the aromas, they were just unexpected for a US DIPA.

T - The flavors were right in line with the aromas: heavily balanced toward the malt, with a sweet, slightly aged impression. There was a strong raisin/prune flavor. The hops had a strong citrus and grapefruit flavor, but they were secondary to the malt. Very clean fermentation with no yeast character.

F - Medium to heavy body with low to moderate carbonation. Along with the sweetness, these contributed to the overly heavy, almost cloying impression. Medium hops bitterness. Light alcohol burn, especially considering the 9.25% ABV.

O - As an American DIPA, this was a disappointment; but purely as a beer experience, it was nice. I would have rated it very highly as an English Old Ale.

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Photo of edthehead
3.78/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Stofko1992
3.67/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of GClarkage
4.38/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jbexphys
3.57/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of VoxRationis
3.94/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Decanted from a 12 oz (355 ml) bottle into a Weissbier vase; bottled on 7/10/2017 and refrigerated since.
A: Pours a hazy copper color with a one half inch, off white head, fair retention and some lacing.
S: Fruity Bouquet. Aromas of honey, caramel, molasses, and cocoa predominate.
T: Palate follows the nose. Sweetness as from cane sugar overshadows but does not quite overwhelm bitterness.
M: Medium to full bodied almost like a barley wine. Thick in the mouth with overly sweet aftertaste.
O: Generally enjoyable interpretation of DIPA, if somewhat at edge of style.

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Photo of Wizzle32
3.56/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of hozersr
4.04/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Wheels2532
3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of OldeGolde
2.92/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Remember when sipping this, and I suppose most Shipyard IPAs (?), that they are going for the English style, which has a greater balance between malt and hops, and an earthier flavor. This one seems to hit that pretty well- it is STRONG and pretty SWEET, with a big, round taste and feel in the mouth. Malt seems to even overpower the hops. Definitely pretty syrupy. Not the bomb and I won't grab another (these will rock you fast), but not bad... for a twist-off top!

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Photo of MaineBrewing
4.27/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured a translucent copper with golden amber highlights, one finger head with a twinge of tan. The head dissipated slowly and stayed as an ever present frothy cap, surprising for a shipyard brew, as they tend to die out and appear flat. This helped it appear lively and fresh, although it did not leave any lacing.

S - The nose is malt forward with a deep sweet, sticky, and fruity aroma... more inline with a barleywine. Hops are present and peak around the malt with a fugglesque floral earthiness. It finishes with that signature diacytl yeast note.

T - The flavor is very complex and matches the aroma well. That sweet sticky malt creates notes of caramel, candi sugar, and slight molasses. It all comes together and balances well with the very earthy and floral English hop flavor. The finish is very bitter and quenching, slightly hot. The house yeast also brings an additional depth to the flavor with its buttery notes, as usual it tends to benefit a larger beer better than a smaller.

M - The mouthfeel is on par with what I would expect, its ample carbonation, sticky in feeling. Although it's not particularly well attenuated, the bittering hops are more than enough to allow it to finish on the dry side.

O - This overall is a great brew, it is the perfect example of a British style triple IPA, if that is a style. Its a change of pace from the ever present hop bombs in the category and brings you back to a simpler time where we stressed pushing boundaries less and instead sought to perfect the art of balance.

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Photo of ScottP
3.52/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Prost76
3.63/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of sgregory
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Stignacious
3.78/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of GormBrewhouse
4.05/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours dark orange with very little carbonation, smells good herb and citrus, taste is strong but no alchohal burn nice mix of malts and hop flavors. Thick mouthfeel but no lingering bitter or heat. A good beer

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Photo of BeerTest
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of toca
4.04/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I usually agree with the consensus, but I find this beer better than the ratings and reviews I have seen here. Maybe the answer is a lack of consistency, but drinking from a 12 oz bottle:
L: amber with nice lacing
S: citrus hops, malt, some fruit
T: relatively smooth, caramelly malt and light fruit flavors with a well balanced, slight bitterness
F: Medium body with light carbonation, clean and smooth
O: this is one of the better Shipyard IPA's, IMO

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Photo of Jjmj51
3.93/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of williahd
3.66/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of raycoll
4.01/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Skrumpy
3.77/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Dark amber color. Cloudy, with a thin, orange cream head. Streak lacing. Aroma is light fruit, tropical and citrus. Biscuit and caramel malt with hints of yeast. The flavor is grapefruit, orange honey and herbs. Caramel malt smooths things out. Full body, and fairly well balanced. A bit of alcohol in the dry finish, citrus and pine in the aftertaste. A solid beer with character - worth checking out.

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Photo of Larryqian
3.9/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mikr
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Pugsley's Signature Series: XXXX IPA from Shipyard Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.66 out of 5 with 729 ratings