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

Shipyard XXXX IPA (Pugsley's Signature Series)Shipyard XXXX IPA (Pugsley's Signature Series)
719 Ratings
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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Photo of buzzarooski
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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

Bottle poured into a tulip glass

Pours a dark orangish amber color with an off white head.

Arouma is sweet with the presence of piney hops in the background.

Taste is a bit bitter with more sweetness than I would like. Slight alcohol presence.

First Shipyard brew and I wasn't that impressed. As a bomber this was almost a $10 beer and it just doesn't measure up to other DIPA's in this price range.

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Photo of reelmac
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I enjoyed the look and smell of this beer. It had an orange-copper color and a nice head. Smells of citrus were very present. For me the taste was a little overpowering. At 9.25% the alcohol taste was very present. The taste wasn't terrible, the citrus and sweetness was nice the alcohol taste was a bit strong and sort of dominated. I'm not huge into IPA's so maybe that's why I'm not a huge fan of this beer but this one was better than the other IPA's I've tried.

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

Poured from 12oz bottle into Tulip.

A. Poured 1 finger of head. Decent lacing. Golden orange color. Decent retention.

S. Hops. Piney hops. Some kind of fruit sweetness. Caramel malt.

T. Not very hoppy. Somewhat bitter. Has a strange fruitiness to it. Almost has a weird bubblegum taste.

M. Medium bodied. Medium carbonation. Fairly dry.

D. Goes down alright. Dont know if I would call it a DIPA, certainly didnt taste like one. Not great, but not bad. Most likely will not buy again.

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

Oriole orange with crystalline clarity and butterscotch borders. The upper one third of the glass is filled with a good looking lid of golden beige that features a softly dimpled surface and is no slouch at laying down lace.

The nose is strangely subdued with respect to hops. Oh, they're present all right, but not to the extent they should be in a DIPA. There's plenty of butter caramel, which probably means the flavor will follow suit.

Shipyard calls XXXX IPA 'a non-traditional American IPA'. Hey guys, could you be a little more traditional next time? This is not my preferred take on the style, given the flavor focus on malt rather than hops. The alcohol could be masked a little better too.

Too much toasted malt and butter caramel muddy up what might have been a big, bright, juicy hop fest. The grapefruitiness of Cascade (Warrior, Summit and Glacier were used as well) is barely appreciated. This stuff is almost as much American barleywine as DIPA.

There's still enough hop flavor and bitterness to earn above average scores for both taste and drinkability. Such will definitely not be the case when the 'best by' date of February 2011 has arrived. Waaay too optimistic. This strikes me as one of those ales that will go downhill fast... which is okay if you prefer sweetness.

The mouthfeel barely earns the 3.5. The first half of each mouthful is seamlessly smooth and creamy. The second half loses its mojo in a hurry and feels thinner than it should for the ABV.

Imperial Porter is the best of the three Pugsley's Signature Series beers that I've had so far. XXXX IPA might fit your preferred flavor profile for the style, but it doesn't fit mine. Still, when relatively fresh, this is reasonably enjoyable beer.

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

A - This beer pours a clear dark golden color. It has a nice 2-finger off-white head on it. The head has decent retention and leaves some nice lacing on the glass.

S - It smells of caramel malt and pine. I am also getting some fruity citrus as well.

T - It has a big caramel malt base and a nice amount of piney hops. I am also getting some notes of brown sugar and citrus. The finish has some lingering hoppy bitterness.

M - It has a medium body and medium carbonation. It goes down easy and has a creamy feel to it. It leaves some lingering bitterness stuck to the palate.

O - This has pretty good drinkability. It goes down easy and I could probably drink a few of these. Overall, I thought this was a pretty good beer, but pretty average for most of the DIPAs out there. I really think it could benefit from some more hop presence.

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

Photo of Drichard9
3.52/5  rDev -3.8%

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 thenickgb
3.52/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

have had this beer a few times at tastings bought a bottle last year and cellar ,opened it last night and it has become darker yellow and creamy.
thick head
more zip on the hop on the back of the pallet
i recommend getting a bottle of this and sit on in for a year ,surprising difference
shop @ Bevmo!!

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

Photo of biboergosum
3.51/5  rDev -4.1%
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 larryrestuccia
3.51/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of BeerKangaroo
3.51/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Into my chalice:

A: dark golden amber body that gives a one finger white head that slowly dies. Some light carbonation is seen rising slowly. Some light spider web lacing is seen around the sides of my glass.

S: nice combination of malt, spice and hops. Even though there isn't much else, it smells nice.

T: sweet through the malts and adds a bit of roastiness in the mix. The citrus comes out a bit more in the taste as well while the hops are slightly more subdued. There is a slight bitter finish.

M: medium to heavy with some slight harshness on the tongue, a little bit here and there, fairly high ABV wants to make it not as sessionable, but there is a bit of good sessionability to this one

O: this is pretty good for the style, and I would have this again.

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Photo of johnnieoz
3.51/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22oz bomber - unknown bottling date.

A: Nice amber body with a sizable, lasting off-white head. Plentiful lacing.

S: The aromas are quite discrete: some citrus is there.

T: Well, the lack of smell was a good sign. It proved deceiving as the XXXX IPA has plenty of taste. A touch of pineapple, some grapefruit, mango and passionfruit are fruits that come to mind. There is dry, bitter finish as well. Refreshing.

M: Carbonation is good, but there is a bit of alcohol burn. A few more months would make this more amenable to my palate.

D: At 9.25% abv, this is a bit of a chore. The taste is good, so I wanted to drink rather than quaff. However, a buzz does set in rather quickly. In tandem with the alcohol burn, this makes its drinkability average as opposed to e.g. Avery's Maharaja, Ballast Point's Dorado, Russian River's Pliny the Elder or Coronado's Idiot.

All in all, most solid. The taste is rather unique due to the combination of Cascade, Warrior, Summit and Glacier hops plus Malted Wheat, Pale Ale, Crystal and Caramel malts. As such, it is well worth trying; and some DIPA Hopheads may find this the best of the bunch.

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Photo of tbryan5
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of OBIrish24
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of socon67
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of jsnoek
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of jtierney89
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice amber hue with very good clarity and a crystal off white head. Nose is pretty subdued for a DIPA which is putting me off a bit but whats there is some ruby red grapefruit sweetness.

Huge body and incredibly subtlety, if thats good. The way to best describe the flavor is caramel covered grapefruit which doesnt sound good but its a unique and tasty combination. This beer has incredibly long finish and lingers with you for a while. Whats strange is that the malt is really the start of the show here with the hops acting merely as balance which it does so magnificently. The flavors all blend together to one incredibly tasty sip but this is not what hop heads are looking for in an IPA.

Caramel is the primary flavor.

I however do find it unique and it does stand out. Hop presence is there but it's only as important as the rest of the beer. A very tasty brew at 9.25%

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Photo of 4Socialanxiety
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a deep golden color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of cascade hops with loads of citrus and pine notes is dominant. Taste is also dominated by loads of citrus and pine notes with a dry caramel malt base. Body is about average with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. A bit too Cascade-centric for my own taste but well brewed and better then expected.

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Photo of mtbdonn
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of mmurphy525
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Shipyard XXXX IPA (Pugsley's Signature Series) from Shipyard Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.66 out of 5 with 719 ratings
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