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:
715
Reviews:
286
Avg:
3.69
pDev:
14.91%
 
 
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17
Gots:
110
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Ratings: 715 |  Reviews: 286
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%

Photo of Cyberkedi
3.81/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Strong aroma is quite hoppy, with malty and subtle apple juice notes as well. It pours a clear tawny with a decent, if not persistent, light buff head. Seriously hoppy flavor has sweet fruity, woody and malty notes and just a touch of - varnish? That weird flavor, tho, diminishes as I drink. Barely bitter, not too sweet, satisfying if not outstanding. Smooth texture has good body and a fizz that strengthens when you send it downstairs. Hop to your nearest package store and see if they have it for sail.

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Photo of biegaman
3.82/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From the pour, Shipyard XXXX had the appearance of fresh-squeezed OJ: it was pulpy and thick, with a bright orange colour and showed no visible signs of carbonation (well, ok, a small ring of white around the glass). Into the light, however, it reflects tarnished copper and resembles less something from the smoothie bar than it does something from the antique shop.

I said the appearance resembled fresh-squeezed juice which, truthfully, was a bit of a stretch. The aroma, on the other hand, is a dead-ringer for real fruit, grapefruit and mango in particular. The glass exudes an almost tropical air, with enough lemon and orange zest to make eyebrows raise up (and likely cure raw fish). It also has a kind of resiny pine syrup scent that conceals the beer's true strength.

That this recipe was "malt-inspired" may be easy to believe when considered relative to other IPAs, but that fact isn't entirely obvious from the taste of things. Flavours of caramel corn and hard toffee are noted but come in fairly conservative doses. They could stand to be a little more forward; once the hop trigger is pulled on the finish it's all 'grapefruit rind' this and 'rose petal' that.

Lament if you will that XXXX IPA doesn't have the sunny, citric profile of other DIPAs, but don't write off the beer's hoppiness. 70 IBUs is nothing to scoff at. The finish is incessantly dry, leaving a remarkable birch bark-like taste. Besides, the buttery caramel note cowers in the presence of the earthy, herbal, zesty cones, to the extent that I'd almost wish for a bit more maltiness. The beer may be tall but it's far, far from stout.

Shipyard XXXX is a beer that has its papers; tasting notes, ingredients list, suggesting serving temp, food pairings, original gravity, even a history lesson about where the ale takes its name - will there be a test at the end? Nevermind the homework, all you need to know about this beer is that it's not in the same area code as the sunny, citric DIPAs but still worth a go if you appreciate hop-bombs of a more balanced nuance.

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Photo of Jammies
3.83/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - pours an orangish amber with about an inch and a half of foam. Great retention. Terrific lacing.

S - smoky and sweet with aromatic hops

T - light and caramelly taste but surprisingly well balanced

M - smooth. Hops do not linger

O - good beer. Really delivered from the moment it was poured.

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Photo of Critters
3.83/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TheSarge
3.83/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

When poured into a large pilsner glass, this brew makes for about three fingers of tan colored head. The body has a moderate amount of haze, and is dark copper in color.

The aroma is spicy spruce, with a nice toffee backbone.

The taste is rich with a caramel sweetness, along with metallic and grapefruit hops presence.

This feels a little thinner and less syrupy than I though, which is a good thing. That makes this a nice sipper. The alcohol is not masked too much, and warms the palate up a bit.

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Photo of Boto
3.83/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz. bottle: This one pours a clear, slightly orangish amber color. There was a bit of an almost tan head on it, that didn’t linger long but left some lacing. Nice nose. Citrus, some pine, sweet caramel malts in the background, some other fruits. A hint of earthiness and spices also. Body seems just a bit light for a DIPA. Good balanced taste, however. Bitter, yet a slight malt sweetness in the finish. Citrus, caramel malt and some pine notes dominate. It’s a pretty decent beer. Not the best DIPA I’ve had, but far from the worst.

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Photo of Braz
3.84/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DrDemento456
3.85/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at the Verona Rivertowne.

A - Pours a nice amber color with only a ring of sticky head (since they filled the 12oz glass to the rim)

S - Smell is kind of hoppy, more malt based with a sort of caramel soaked gram cracker kind of smell. I then took a sip.

T - I enjoyed it since it was smooth throughout but first sips were of a cold pint so I mostly got a sweet malt base of caramel soaked hops, but after it warmed bitter hops of citrus and pine flourished. Tasty.

M - The highest I expected was around 8 percent so to find it over 9 was very good indeed.

Overall I am glad my local pub had this on tap since it was a great tasting DIPA with some great hop bite. Would have it again or grab a bottle if cost was reasonable (7-8 dollars)

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Photo of sprucetip
3.85/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Quite active, exceptionally clear copper/amber with moderate white head that mostly fades fairly quickly. It leaves ample lacing early, but it mostly washes away long before the sample is finished. Very attractive.

Some alcohol and a blast of mostly piny but also citrus fruity and floral hops, with some underlying caramel malty sweetness upon first inspection. The strength and composition of these elements vary during the sample, but nothing new emerges. By the end it seems a bit smoother and balanced. The booze is pretty strong.

Piny hope flavors and medium bitterness dominate but don't quite bury the big malty base. Again, the alcohol is strong, a bit too strong I think, and this also helps to subdue the malty sweetness that I work to find. It has a dry bitter finish that lingers.

Mild fizzy bite and some alcoholic warming and, on some swallows, even a bit of burn. The burn, bite and a general overly dry character detract somewhat from a fairly rich, full bodied brew with a pleasantly thick viscosity.

This is my favorite Shipyard offering yet, and a worthy IIPA, fi not in the elite tier. Fairly aggressive booze and bitterness give this one a bit of an attitude that some will like more than others. Adventurous hopheads are encouraged to give it a try.

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Photo of JDFish
3.85/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a Sam Adams Breather

A: Poured a beautiful dark, clear amber, a small one-finger head that went away quickly. Thin lacing rings. I found this one by itself from Merinos..it could've been sitting there awhile

S: I got lots of plum and tropical fruit-- specifically pineapple. Some breadiness in there. Smelled pretty dang good to me

T: Close to smell. Lots of tropical fruit. Some alcohol on the back end and it finished pretty dry. Overall, I liked it considering its ABV

M: A little thin to me. Not much carbonation. As I said, I could've got an old one.

O: Pretty good, especially if you like fruity esters with your hops. Its does warm your core nicely. I'd definitely would not pass on one if offered.

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Photo of Westsidebuddha
3.85/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bought at Whole Foods (Arroyo Parkway) Pasadena, Calif.

Poured a dark brown/amber color with a very small head into a Steinlager glass. The smell of citrus is present as is a strong smell of hops. Taste of a light grapefruit hits the palate. The mouthfeel has a slightly dry feel. Drinkability is good and interesting. The different hops and malt seems to create a different taste for an IPA. Overall, a good beer.I was expecting something like a crazy hardcore hoppy taste since I saw the four X's on the bottle. Not as hardcore as I expected but a good beer to try. A three bottle to the head night.

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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 OBeerMeGreatOne
3.86/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a solid amber with nice carbonation. I did a slow pour on this so not much of a head, the head that does develop leaves some webbed lacing behind. The smell is very dry with a bit of alcohol, some mild earthy notes and a tiny bit of citrus(?). I enjoyed the taste more than the smell. Still very dry and herbal with a slight medicinal twang. Not as filling as some of the sweeter versions of this style but not unbalanced at all. The medicinal aftertaste sticks around a little long but other than that, it's pretty nice. Much better than their Fuggles IPA. I'd grab a four pack of these on occasion.

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Photo of magictrokini
3.88/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours clear, oily orange-gold with a short-lived one finger white head. Thick lacing. Soapy pine hops with some caramel sweetness in the nose. Fortunately, the taste is much better. Pine, resin, pine oil, and more resin. No soap, very little earthiness. Some grapefruit and lemon, but more of the citrus zest than the actual fruit flavor. Good malt backbone doesn't get in the way but balances the hops nicely. Tart, dry finish. Very easy to drink, considering the ABV. Happy to finally try this one.

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Photo of DAllspaw
3.88/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle into tulip.

Aroma is mostly pine a little grapefruit. Nice copper color and solid head. This isn't as fresh as it could be so not getting as much in nose but taste is very bready and malty. Dry tannin in finish

Really like the malt on this one lingers for awhile, just not the hop I was expecting so more one dimensional.

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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 Fitzy01
3.88/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of vapodge
3.88/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a Sam Adams glass

A - clear, solid amber; nice-sized head; good lacing holds up

S - citrus hops, but a little muted compared to what I was expecting

T - hops are much more present than in the nose; quite a bit of caramel malt; sweet rather than bitter

M - creamy for an IPA/DIPA; fairly high level of carbonation

D - easy to drink, hides its alcohol well; definitely my favorite Shipyard I've had; would've liked a little more tang from my hops, but this is a good IPA

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Photo of hike20
3.88/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle. Pours a deep amber with a medium head. Aroma is a mix of hops and malt with a note of alcohol. Flavor follows the aroma except the alcohol taste is significantly stronger. I get notes of pine and resin. Note too bitter but does finish as I would expect. Mouth feel is a bit heavy but not too much so. Overall not bad at all, but I'd hope so since the guy's signature is on the label.

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

Photo of cjgator3
3.89/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle

A- Pours a clear copper color with a huge creamy off-white head with great retention and lacing.

S- The aroma has a good grapefruit and piney hope with a good amount of malt and sweet caramel. Very balanced, and not one dimensional like some DIPAs can be. I would like to see a touch more hops but it is a very nice aroma regardless.

T- The taste like the aroma is very balanced for a DIPA. The taste starts with with a lot of malt and caramel with a nice dose of grapefruit in the finish. I'm a big fan of this one, it's a perfect balance between the malt and hops.

M- The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a perfect amount of carbonation.

D- Overall, I really enjoyed this beer. By far the best beer from Shipyard that I've tried. Highly Recommended!

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Photo of Metalmaniac915
3.89/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of SawDog505
3.89/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a 13 oz tulip glass. Pours a magnificent orange red with a 2 inch off white head that leaves globs of lacing all over the glass. Smell is tangerine, bread, carmel, and grapefruit. Taste is sweet in the start and bitter grapefruit in the finish. Body is large for the style, good carbonation, a touch on the dry side, and easy drinking for the large ABV. This drinks different than most DIPAs, the malty profile reminds me of 90 minute.

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Shipyard XXXX IPA (Pugsley's Signature Series) from Shipyard Brewing Co.
3.69 out of 5 based on 715 ratings.
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