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

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

Brewed by:
Shipyard Brewing Company
Maine, United States

Style: American Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.25%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Reviews: 292 | Ratings: 734
Photo of illpass78
3.58/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bomber poured into a mason. Going to space this out over two servings.

Appearance: Amber with a big eggshell head. Fairly clear.

Aroma: Kind of herbal and grassy, along with malt sweetness in the background.

Taste: Lots going on here. Brown sugar, burned toast, booze. Some hops. Raisins. Caramel. Grass.

Mouthfeel: A slow sipper owing to the booziness.

Overall: Decent “big” beer, but a little bit odd. Almost seems like an ESB crossed with an IPA. The booziness overpowers the hops in a way that kind of impedes flavor. A decent offering, but some flaws are noticeable.

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Photo of Radome
3.27/5  rDev -11.6%
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 VoxRationis
3.94/5  rDev +6.5%
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 OldeGolde
2.92/5  rDev -21.1%
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 +15.4%
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 GormBrewhouse
4.05/5  rDev +9.5%
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 toca
4.04/5  rDev +9.2%
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 Skrumpy
3.77/5  rDev +1.9%
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 mikeg67
2.82/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

On tap at the brewery. Pours hazy amber with fluffy white head. Aroma is of citrusy hops, tropical fruit and caramel malt. Body is full and smooth. Citrusy hops, caramel malt, alcohol and ripe fruit fill the mouth. Finish is long and dry from alcohol. I did not enjoy the brew.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.19/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Comes in a dark orange position on the color spectrum. Almost leaning auburn. Head of 1/3". Where is the hop aroma?

Taste is another large imperial ipa without a lot of hop flavor, but immense bitterness and crystal malt caramel feels. This one also has toffee feels too. Hides the alcohol ok but its too one dimensional for my tastes and wallet. All them C and noble hop feels.

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Photo of rpjordan
4.21/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Clear deep amber color. Strong hoppy aroma. Bold malt with strong caramel notes. Malts balance the intense hop bitterness well. Great mouth feel with long lasting hop and caramel finish. Overall a very nice imperial IPA to be slowly savored. I recommend serving around 55 deg F.

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Photo of FFreak
3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Got this in Bar Harbor, Maine at the grocery for ~$7 22 oz bomber. Poured into glass. Pours a clear, dark amber color with a tall light tan head that dissipates slowly leaving very little lace. Aroma is dark, dried fruit, blueberries, bread and lots of malt. Taste contains berries, caramel, slight citrus and a huge malt backbone balanced by a fair amount of bitterness. Mouth is good. Overall, a big double IPA with a huge malt base and a good amount of bitterness. Not what I was looking for but it was pretty good.

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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +14.9%
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

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Photo of tekstr1der
4.33/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Surprised by the "low" ratings on this one. Glad I finally tried it. Pour is clear, golden-amber with thin, clingy top. Aroma is other-worldly, one of the most fantastic smells I've encountered - bready malt with wild berry and citrus. I spent most of my time with this thing with my nose in the glass! Flavor has malty start, a nice bitter bite in the middle, finishing pretty clean with a nice semi-sweet linger. Good stuff, this!

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Photo of BEERMILER12
3.64/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a golden copper color with 2 fingers of head that fades down to a decent cap

S: Spicy and citrusy hops up for along with plenty of crackery malt

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with some spicy hops and crackery malt and picks up some light citrus and fruity notes

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: A decent IIPA that is on the easier side to drink given the abv. Feels much more like strong English IPA, though

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Photo of metter98
3.78/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is crystal clear amber in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high off white head that died down, leaving thick lacing on the surface, a collar around the edge, and webs of bubbles down the sides of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of biscuit and caramel malts are present in the nose.
T: Similar to the smell, the overall taste is mostly dominated by flavors of biscuity and caramel malts. There is just a slight amount of bitterness, but the hops mostly serve to mask any associated sweetness from the malts.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer tastes like an Imperial English India Pale Ale, if there was such a style since it isn't very hoppy. It is rather drinkable as it hides any traces of alcohol.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of ericandanna2005
4.87/5  rDev +31.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Not enough love for this IPA! One of my favorite malty non-traditional DIPA's. Intoxicating smell and flavor that brings me back to this staple time and time again! Can't believe the low score...I guess some prefer the straw colored pine tree crap that is being passed off as "craft beer"...Shipyard XXX is a winner!

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Photo of 31Sam13
3.55/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Decent aroma with a nice mouth feel. Very hoppy with notes of apple and an understated sweetness. It is very drinkable. However, it has an aftertaste that I associate with some of the mediocre browns I've tried--a strange bitterness? Worth trying and many people I've shared with really like it.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.81/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Strong aroma is quite hoppy, with malty and subtle apple juice notes as well. It pours a clear tawny with a decent, if not persistent, light buff head. Seriously hoppy flavor has sweet fruity, woody and malty notes and just a touch of - varnish? That weird flavor, tho, diminishes as I drink. Barely bitter, not too sweet, satisfying if not outstanding. Smooth texture has good body and a fizz that strengthens when you send it downstairs. Hop to your nearest package store and see if they have it for sail.

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Photo of stephens101
3.37/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

A bright reddish-orange brew with awesome clarity. A fine, tan froth provides even more aesthetic pleasure.

Smells of caramel, citrus and rind.

Tastes sweet and oily with a hint of piney hops at the back and notes of rind in between. I can't place it exactly, but something is really off here.

Not really syrupy as much as just all over sticky. Has a creamy, medium body with a persistent alcohol heat.

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Photo of Steve_Tresnan
2.53/5  rDev -31.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Smell is caramel/sweet. Smells like a beer I won't like, but taste is slightly less malty than expected. Tastes a lot like my first home brew, with a twangy finish.

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Photo of gonzo000
3.63/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Hazy brown on the pour into a pint glass from a 22oz bomber. One finger white head was 1 finger high. A small head lasted throughout the beer. Lacing is consistent and lingering. Dry hops, brown sugar, and a bit of citrus is on the nose. Taste was thick. Grains and dry hopped syrupy taste. Mellower on the finish. Carmel notes sprinkle through as well. Mouthfeel is different. Creamy and syrupy thick at the same time. Alcohol is well hidden for a 9+ beer. This beer is good - if you like thicker beers it should bump up to very good.

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Photo of cbutova
3.72/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A- 12oz bottle from the mixed IPA pack poured to a snifter with a dark caramel, amber body and a pinky sized white cap. The head has a fairly thick foamy, creamy texture with good retention.

S- Citrus, zesty hops that also carry pine notes atop a somewhat, but not overly, malty base. Caramel and slightly toasty. Floral and slightly fruit as well.

T- Cascade hops deliver a floral and zesty hop emphasis to the beer's flavor. Also hop notes of pine, herbal and apricot. Malts provide a base with caramel, fresh cracked base grains, toast and biscuit notes. Slight yeast pale fruits and bread.

MF- Frothy, moderately creamy body with a medium-heavy thickness overall. The carbonation is very smooth and it lands in a medium-high level. Finishes with a slight warming and moderately bitter feel on the palate.

After reviewing this mixed pack of IPAs from Shipyard I am left happy with my $14 purchase for the 12-pack. A solid pack with a Black, English, Double and American IPAs. I think they deserve just a bit more credit.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.51/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle, the last part of the mixed case of IPAs from Shipyard.

This beer pours a clear, medium copper amber hue, with two fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and slightly bubbly ecru head, which leaves some decent frothing ocean swell lace around the glass as it slowly subsides.

It smells of sharp fresh pine needles, creamy, yet still bitter orange and grapefruit citrus, rather sweet caramel and toffee malt, and leafy, weedy, and well-perfumed hops, the alcohol bristling at the gate. The taste is more doughy, sweet caramel malt, one fairly enveloped in booze, a generic bitterness that is hard to parse into either green flora or citrus hop notes, and a more specific leafy, over-perfumed character.

The carbonation is fairly understated in its basically frothy demeanour, the body a decently solid medium weight, and more or less smooth, the alcohol trumping the hops for interference rights. It finishes off-dry, with a strengthening trend to the hoppy bitterness and drying booze esters.

Not a particularly enjoyable DIPA, it seems like once again, somebody on the East Coast tried to imperialize an English-style IPA, and you get this - a perfumed, acrid morass of a beer. It's not bad, but it is missing all the good things that make the American DIPA, well, good, and for that, I doubt that I would ever want to revisit this one.

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Photo of Topshelf-IPA
2/5  rDev -45.9%

Moderate to dark copper in color. Intensely carbonated. Short lived head. Aroma not particularly strong or inviting. Alcohol content overpowers the flavor in this double IPA. Heavy on the malt...light on the hops. Finish was not smooth. A difficult ale to drink for this IPA fan even though as a local I have tried it several times. Giving Mr. Pugsley the benefit of the doubt, perhaps it is an acquired taste.

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Pugsley's Signature Series: XXXX IPA from Shipyard Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.7 out of 5 with 734 ratings