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)
BEER INFO

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

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.25%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Todd on 03-20-2009

BEER STATS
Ratings:
718
Reviews:
287
Avg:
3.69
pDev:
14.91%
 
 
Wants:
17
Gots:
110
For Trade:
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Photo of MaineBrewing
4.27/5  rDev +15.7%
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 -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Prost76
3.63/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of sgregory
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Stignacious
3.78/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of GormBrewhouse
4.05/5  rDev +9.8%
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 -11.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of toca
4.04/5  rDev +9.5%
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 +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of williahd
3.66/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of raycoll
4.01/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Skrumpy
3.77/5  rDev +2.2%
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 +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mikr
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of crewfan1952
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Jenb225
4.76/5  rDev +29%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mikeg67
2.82/5  rDev -23.6%
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 jimpyle48
3.49/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled from bottle

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Photo of lost_sailor
3.88/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of NotoriousBAC
4.06/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of rodbeermunch
3.19/5  rDev -13.6%
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 Klister
3.54/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Gkruszewski
3.85/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of stevem1206
3.88/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25

Photo of claybob43
3.27/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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Shipyard XXXX IPA (Pugsley's Signature Series) from Shipyard Brewing Co.
3.69 out of 5 based on 718 ratings.
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