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)

Brewed by:
Shipyard Brewing Co.
Maine, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.25%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Todd on 03-20-2009

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Photo of DrFunkenstein
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of tbarnett80
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of RhodyNative
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of petermethot
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of KevieJames
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of mattparsons
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of GoHabsGo
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of SuperHop18
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of TheMaineBeerGuy
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

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

Photo of cfadams17
3.76/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of sheenisgod
3.76/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of WrathsU
3.76/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Brilliantly clear deep amber to medium brown in color. Off white thick head with long lasting retention.

S - Big dose of hops up front. Floral and perfume in fragrance, with a slightly pungent hit towards the end. Can't really get past the hops in aroma.

T - Sweet and perfume-y up front, in my opinion too much so. Pretty bitter throughout. Malt, toffee, and caramel also towards the back. Coats the tongue in a sticky bitter sweetness which is undesirable.

M - Medium bodied, alcohol warming, good carbonation.

O - Pretty good IPA. Lots of hop presence, just too much of a sweet floraly presence for my taste. Not enough of a malt backbone to help balance out the intense flavor of the hops.

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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 DrStiffington
3.77/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of linnet
3.78/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Deep amber colour, small thick off-white head, lacing although less than expected. Aroma is maltier than is usual for the style, of course hops is there as well, grapefruit, citrus and pine are the notes that I can find. There is also some strange metallic notes that I usually find in Shipyard's beers. Flavour is also less hoppy than is usual for a DIPA and reminds more of a well hopped IPA. Luckily the strange metallic notes found in the aroma is not present in the flavour and it is a Decent brew but sadly there is more bittering hop than aromatic which makes it lack complexity. Mouthfeel is average, small crisp bubbles.

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Photo of metter98
3.78/5  rDev +2.4%
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 thecheapies
3.78/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Peach amber color with nice clarity. Lovely color. Inch of foamy topper. Great lacing.

Very resinous aroma. Dank pine, citrus (orange), and toffee sweetness. The malts get their share. Notes of caramel brittle, mild chocolate, and faint apple.

Drinks thinner on flavor, thicker with booziness, yet still bursting with oily dank hoppiness and the big bitterness levels that come with the territory. Somewhat less-sweet toffee and more mild chocolate comprise the malt offering. Lots of pine and citrus dominate. Grapefruit and bitter orange make up the fruitiness. Not too shabby.

Medium-bodied with a certain slickness. Surptisingly not that sticky. Also surprising is the mototing level of carbonation.

This works. It's not the greatest hop flavor that you get, but it's sturdy and looks damn fine in a snifter.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.8/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another new one for me I decided to pop open last night to try. This was the second big IPA of the night and really thought it held up quite well, served cold and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 12/31/2009.

The pour was more then decent with a light amber color and nice carbonation bubbling up towards the surface. Good bit of head on top reached a height of around two inches before settling back down to earth. Nice lacing on the sides. Aroma was lots of pine, bitter hops with a nice mix of light grain and a touch of bready malts coming through as it warms. Crisp, clean flavor here, with a body that was a touch lighter then I would have thought but the carbonation really seems to work quite well I believe. Clean hop notes come through up front very nicely with the first sip. Warming adds a nice touch of grassy flavor as well as bit of bready malt slicing through before it fades back into a nice and lightly dry finish that leaves me looking for more.

Overall very solid, drinks very well for the style and the abv is very well hidden letting it sip almost like a single ipa. Impressed with shipyard here.

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Photo of Dwinslow15
3.8/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of thehyperduck
3.8/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

625 mL bottle from the LCBO; best before July 2013. This is a style I don’t get around to trying very often, but as a hophead, I am rarely displeased with them. Served slightly chilled, and poured into a tulip.

Pours a hazy amber-orange colour, topped with one finger of dense, creamy, off-white coloured head that gradually seeps away over the next few minutes, leaving behind a thin collar around the margin and a few wisps on the surface. Not much lacing initially, but subsequent pours generate copious smears of the stuff. Looks fairly effervescent. On the nose I am getting mostly butterscotch and pink grapefruit, a little pine, and suggestions of biscuits and lemon. The malts are quite prominent, but the hops are strong enough to pinpoint this as a DIPA vs. something else (e.g. barleywine).

Decent flavour, with the profile astutely balanced between sweetness and bitterness. The malty butterscotch and biscuit malts are strong contributors, but the pink grapefruit, pine sap and grassy notes of the American hops round everything out nicely, with some additional fruity apricot notes for added measure. Finishes with a bitter, herbal, almost woody note and a bit of heat from the ethanol. On the heavier side of medium-bodied, with the oily hops and very weak carbonation giving it a silky-smooth mouthfeel. Fairly drinkable for the style, but after a while the sub-par alcohol masking will probably bother the uninitiated.

Final Grade: 3.80, barely scratching out a B+. Shipyard’s XXXX IPA is a serviceable DIPA with no deal-breaking flaws, but in truth it possesses very little to distinguish it from other serviceable examples of the style. In short, I like this, but I could live without it. At 9.3% I expect a certain level of booziness - but this one has a bit too much heat for that percentage, and a serious lack of complexity/variety in flavour for that booze to integrate with and prevent it from becoming an annoyance. The hop flavours could also stand to be kicked up a notch, but as far as balanced DIPAs go, this is a well put-together example that drinks nicely. A brew that I might recommend to others, and would consider picking up again – though not really a priority. Decent value at its LCBO price point considering the lack of DIPAs and barleywines, and this batch should remain tasty for at least a few more months. Worth a try.

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Photo of bheilman
3.8/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Why the screw top? I shouldn't base my evaluation on the screw top, but I always feel it is a crappy way to present a beer, so my review is undoubtedly biased. It does have a good color. The head was decent for a high alcohol beer. The labeling and the gold fringe on the top were nice, but don't fit that screw top. The beer is decent for an IPA+ but it's not my favorite. The smell is nice, fresh and full of hops with an overall caramelesque scent. Taste is nothing special, does have a good citrus balance with some sweetness. Aftertaste is extremely citrus strong. Fairly drinkable for an IPA+, but I', not sure if it's worth the $9 I paid for it.

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Photo of csiewert
3.8/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a clear amber color with a finger of off white bubbly head the retains fairly well and leaves a good amount of lacing. The aroma is strong with cascade and centennial hops, with a good amount of maltiness. The taste starts very malty sweet with some caramel notes and finishes with a hoppy bitterness. The mouthfeel is fairly smooth and a good balance of carbonation. Overall definitely worth a try.

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Photo of irishevans
3.8/5  rDev +3%

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