Pugsley's Signature Series: XXXX IPA
Shipyard Brewing Company

Pugsley's Signature Series:  XXXX IPAPugsley's Signature Series:  XXXX IPA
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Shipyard Brewing Company
Maine, United States
IPA - Imperial
Ranked #2,440
Ranked #25,230
3.66 | pDev: 15.03%
Dec 05, 2021
Mar 20, 2009
Pugsley's Signature Series:  XXXX IPAPugsley's Signature Series:  XXXX IPA
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3.75 by rfreed from Washington on Dec 05, 2021
4 by zotzot from Vermont on Sep 04, 2021
5 by Dalkri from Massachusetts on Mar 01, 2021
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2.87/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75
by 1009 from Massachusetts

The best quality of this heavy duty IPA is the it's nice amber color. But, tohen you are hit by a storm that appears to have hit the Shipyard hard. A sniff of this will warn you of what you are about to embark on as the alcohol is definitely apparent. You are then in the midst of the storm without a life preserver as you fight back the waves of each sip. It goes down hard and really no satisfying taste. Once at the end of the bottle, you have made it to the eye of the storm and the treacherous waters calm, but only for a moment as the 9.25% kicks in and you embark again on dangerous waters. However, a beer with heavy horsepower if you need one.

Jul 26, 2020
3 by TallGuyCM from California on Jun 24, 2020
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3.07/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.75
by PMakowski from New Hampshire

12 Oz bottle poured into glass
No date on bottle, which already lowers the overall score. How can they omit the date?? Would guess based on others beers in the variety pack, around 5 months old.
Look - amber color, somewhat hazy and some sediment. Medium foam head and some glass lacing
Smell - sweet and bready. Not much in the way of hops. Orange rind, slight cinnamon.
Taste - It's almost too sweet. It is probably oxidized because very little hop character. Alcohol is very present. A big malt bomb without much in the way of flavor. It's offputting to some degree because of the lack of IPA taste and high alcohol taste. Carbonation is medium and body is heavy.

Overall, not pleasant and not sure even how old this is which is very disappointing. Even fresh, i don't think it would be very good. Of all the Imperial IPA's i have had, this one masks the alcohol the least. Grade is a C

Apr 28, 2020
3.5 by njbusa from New Jersey on Jul 25, 2019
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3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by illpass78 from Maine

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.

May 18, 2019
3.5 by brittanylicious from Indiana on Apr 20, 2019
3.45 by Bitburger from Vermont on Mar 30, 2019
3.41 by DavetotheB from Pennsylvania on Aug 18, 2018
3.68 by brewnme from Maine on Jul 22, 2018
3.71 by tpauer from New Hampshire on Jun 16, 2018
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3.27/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by Radome from Florida

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.

Jun 09, 2018
3.78 by edthehead from New York on May 10, 2018
3.67 by Stofko1992 from Pennsylvania on Mar 07, 2018
4.38 by GClarkage from California on Feb 18, 2018
3.57 by jbexphys from Maryland on Jan 01, 2018
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3.94/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
by VoxRationis from New York

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.

Nov 25, 2017
3.71 by Wizzle32 from Pennsylvania on Nov 21, 2017
4.04 by hozersr from Pennsylvania on Nov 19, 2017
3.85 by Wheels2532 from Pennsylvania on Nov 19, 2017
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2.92/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3
by OldeGolde from Maryland

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!

Aug 23, 2017
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4.27/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by MaineBrewing from Maine

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.

Aug 04, 2017
3.52 by ScottP from New Hampshire on Jul 29, 2017
3.63 by Prost76 from New Hampshire on Jul 14, 2017
3.75 by sgregory from Connecticut on Jun 18, 2017
3.78 by Stignacious from New York on Jun 11, 2017
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4.05/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by GormBrewhouse from Vermont

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

May 17, 2017
3.25 by BeerTest from Florida on May 03, 2017
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4.04/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by toca from Connecticut

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

Apr 29, 2017
3.93 by Jjmj51 from Rhode Island on Apr 09, 2017
3.66 by williahd from Maine on Feb 19, 2017
4.01 by raycoll from New York on Dec 29, 2016
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3.77/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by Skrumpy from Oregon

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.

Dec 10, 2016
3.9 by Larryqian from China on Nov 26, 2016
4 by mikr from New Jersey on Nov 15, 2016
4 by crewfan1952 from Ohio on Sep 12, 2016
4.76 by Jenb225 from New Hampshire on Aug 14, 2016
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2.82/5  rDev -23%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5
by mikeg67 from New Jersey

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.

Jul 25, 2016
Pugsley's Signature Series: XXXX IPA from Shipyard Brewing Company
Beer rating: 83 out of 100 with 741 ratings