Shipyard XXXX IPA (Pugsley's Signature Series) | Shipyard Brewing Co.

Shipyard XXXX IPA (Pugsley's Signature Series)Shipyard XXXX IPA (Pugsley's Signature Series)
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Shipyard XXXX IPA (Pugsley's Signature Series)Shipyard XXXX IPA (Pugsley's Signature Series)

Brewed by:
Shipyard Brewing Co.
Maine, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.25%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Todd on 03-20-2009

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Ratings: 719 |  Reviews: 288
Photo of JPadilla
3.6/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Aaron_Ramson
3.6/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Sweet fruit punch in the nose; pineapples and grapes with boozy wine scent, endin g with a little hop dankness. Taste is cheap sugar booziness and tons of bittering hops, probably in an effort to mask the foul adjunct taste. Oily mouthfeel and heavy carbonation. A disappointment.

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Photo of hakedr
3.6/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of Beer21
3.59/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of polloenfuego
3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of viegasr
3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of kylehay2004
3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: amber and clear

S: mild grapefruit, some hops

T: bittersweet hops, sweet on the front end and finishes dry. Little pine.

M: moderate carbonation, medium bodied.

Overall: the flavors in this one are very variable. Its hard to grasp one flavor before the next enters which defines this complex hoppy beer. I like this ones complexity though the taste is a little off for me.

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Photo of peensteen
3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Lightly hazed amber colour, one finger of off white head, some lace as well. Smell is heavy on sweet malt, dank pine and concentrated hops, a bit of orange and citrus fruit, very much like an american barley wine and not a DIPA. Taste is quite malty with some concentrated hops, pine, lightly sweet fruit, a bit of butter, grapefruit and orange flavours. Lightly carbonated, slick and resinous, med-full body. Decent but thats about it, far from outstanding but drinkable none the less.

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Photo of John_M
3.57/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Was in Portland Maine, and saw this at RSVP. While I've not been a huge fan of Shipyard beers, based on other reviews I saw on BA, I thought I'd give this a shot.

The beer pours a copper orange color with good, creamy head retention and decent lacing. The nose is likewise attractive and is easily this beer's best feature. I get a fruit basket of tropical fruit, including apricot, mango and canned fruit cocktail. There's considerable orange citrus as well, but I suspected right off that this beer would be on the sweet side. As expected, the flavor profile is East Coast IPA all the way, with the sweet malt completely overwhelming the hoppy bitterness in this DIPA. Also, while I get a goodly amount of hopppy bitterness in the finish, there's also a considerable alcoholic bite that I don't care for as well. The combination of sweet malt and noticeable alcoohol make drinking this beer very much a chore, and I ended up dumping my glass mid way through. Mouthfeel was medium boided to full, with a long, bitter, alcoholic finish.

What can I say... this is just not my cup of tea.

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

Photo of KFaulkner
3.57/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Unique Beer #0660

So, this was a delicious beer. What else can I say? It's a double IPA, it's big, it's bold, it's hoppy and it's strong. Is it tasty? Oh yeah - not the most balanced Imperial IPA I've ever had, but it a delicious entry in the long line of Imperial IPA's that every brewing is doing now.

What makes this one unique is two things - first, the brewer's face is on the back of the bottle. I thought this was weird. Was this his idea? Was he like "Hey, this beer is so awesome, I want you to slap my face on the back." I'm not faulting him for this, I'm glad he's proud of his beer and he wants credit for it just like an author would on the jacket of a novel. And then it has one of those foiley things on the top which really serves no purpose whatsoever except maybe to help justify the price tag.

Here's my biggest problem - this 22 oz. bomber was a twist-off. WTF? A 22 oz. twist off?? Really??? You know Pugsley, if we're buying beers of this quality, we probably own a bottle opener. Personally, I like using these bottles for homebrewing and it was a bit of a disappointment that I couldn't use this one - probably the first bottle over 12 oz. I've seen that is a twist off.

In fact, after drinking this beer - and at 9+% abv, understandably - I emailed Shipyard to complain about the twist-off.

I never got a reply, and why should I - all I did was complain about their bottle and it's too late now. But listen, if you're like me and you like to re-use these bottles - skip it. There are better Imperial IPA's out there so there's no reason to drop the 10 bucks or so on this bottle if you reuse them for homebrew.

Otherwise, give it a try.

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Photo of brewski101
3.56/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this one at a 'pint nite" - the pour was decent - about an inch or so of foam appearing slowly after the dispense. My first double IPA- so wasnt too sure what to expect. The flavor of the hops were a bit overbalanced by the maltiness for my taste. It does go down pretty easy despite the alcohol content.

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Photo of Lldeegan
3.56/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy copper with orange highlights and a dense and frothy khaki head.
Sweet grain in the nose with a hint of bright citrus and other fruitiness with some lingering boozy notes.
Chewy malt flavors on the palate gives a sweetness upfront that crawls to a fruity and bitter hoppy finish. There are notes of apple, apricot, and a bit of earthiness with some bitter juicy grapefruit, followed by a syrupy sweet alcohol finish.
It is a heavy bodied beer, chewy yet bright flavors offset the heavy mouthfeel. This is really a redeeming beer after that Shipyard Pumpkin I had last year. The complex and perpetually unfolding flavors with each sip demand the next. Needless to say, the bottle went fast.

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Photo of ZEB89
3.56/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of codfeast
3.56/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From my notes:

A: Amber in colour, thin head, light carbination

S: Sweet cream and cherry, floral

T: Sweet malt with a bit of alcohol and a kind of bitter finish.

M: light carbination, oily finish.

O: Absolutly nothing wrong with this beer just not near my favorite of the style. The candy store aroma a found a little strange. Not something I would buy again right away, but would try again should I happen into a pub that had it on draft.

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Photo of Cavanaghty
3.55/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Reddish amber color, with an off white head, mild lacing on the glass.

Smell: Sweet honey, hops, citrus and pine.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Smooth medium bodied. Taste of honey, with bitter pine and hops, mild citrus.

Overall: Not a bad take on an Imperial IPA, the sweet honey like flavor is nice. I like it but it is not my first choice.

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

A- Poured a nice clear mid-range reddish-orange with an off-white 2 finger sized head. Active small bubble carbonation throughout. This beer left behind satisfyingly thick and solid curtains of lacing.

S- Alcohol and grain off the bat, but it settles down to sweet citrus and hops.

T- Like the smell my first few sips started with roasted grain, but quickly gave way to moderate hops. Slightly bitter, but some spice notes as it warms up. The flavor of this beer seems to disappear very quickly.

M- Medium bodied and slightly oily. Light carbonation. Dry with a bit of heat in the aftertaste.

D- Smooth and refreshing. A very nice, balanced IPA. It was a nice change from the west coast IPAs I am used to.

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Photo of Klister
3.54/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of h4ger
3.54/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of far333
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Honied apricot orange with a thick and dimpled beige head that lingers long.

Low aroma with pine and citrusy notes.

Flavoris hot upfront, seems masked by fusel vapors. Pine and grapefruit pith emerge as it oppens up. High bitterness paired with honied malt, pineapple and mango.

Mouthfeel is full, but a bit slick and slippery.

Average drinkability, seems too hot, not completely balanced, and tends toward a barleywine style at times.

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Photo of mdaschaf
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a standard pint glass

A: Pours a hazy dark amber/copper color. Half finger head, off white in color. Decent lacing down the glass.

S: Nice hop aroma, citrus fruits - mostly grapefruit. Also some pine. Get a lot more malt than expected.

T: Very earthy flavor, typical hop characteristics and citrus fruits. On the back end, lots of malt though. Heavy on the caramel and toffee.

M/D: Medium bodied, but a bit on the thinner side for the style. Nice carbonation and a nice bitter finish. I liked it, but might not have pegged it for a DIPA.

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Photo of VALIS666
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A well-crafted beer that unfortunately suffers in the most crucial part: taste. Pours a nice dark gold with dottings of lace, smells of pine, grass and mild citrus, but the taste is bitter and malty; common characteristics of a high ABV beer. I definitely need a big glass of water as a palate cleanser afterward as well.

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Photo of BretSikkink
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Alright, just popped the cap on my newest Pugsley's Series. I haven't been disappointed (or blown away) yet.

Dark, burnished orange color, not yet brown but a murky sort of coloring, fading to gold 'round the edges. Head is tanned, appears to be leaving nice lacing, and looks pretty good.

Holy diacetyl, batman. I had a stick of browned butter cooked into quinoa for dinner the other night, and this is shockingly close in terms of the buttery caramel aroma contents of XXXX. Hops play a distant second fiddle with only a hint of joys to come. I hope they come...

The hops are again subordinated to the malt notes of buttery diacetyl and caramel malt. Does that mean it's bad? No. While the hops are working for a brightness and serious bitterness, the malt and yeast notes are clawing back and taking what they can. This is called "balance", but I don't have to love it.

Definitely takes notes of English IPA and fuses it with unrestrained American can-do spirit, but that Shipyard yeast strain kinda jumps in the middle for me.

XXXX makes me think of American barleywine and British IPA mixed. Each of those beers enjoys a much richer mouthfeel than what I'm given here. Thin for both style and alcohol content. Could be better, but it is unique and tastes pretty decent.

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Photo of illidurit
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a dark amber orange with a smallish tan head. Aroma is mainly caramel malts and lesser orange/grapefruit hop notes. Flavor is hugely malty, with a strong caramel note and also toffee and pudding accents. A bit of leafiness and citrus covers the tinge of alcohol. Not very hoppy but very bitter. More like an American barleywine. In fact I'd like it a lot better if it was classified as such, but the fact that the brewer really thought this was flavor-hopped enough to make it a double IPA (it's not) slashes points from its score.

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Shipyard XXXX IPA (Pugsley's Signature Series) from Shipyard Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 50.3% out of 100 with 719 ratings
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