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

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Added by Todd on 03-20-2009

BEER STATS
Ratings:
713
Reviews:
286
Avg:
3.69
pDev:
14.91%
 
 
Wants:
17
Gots:
110
For Trade:
1
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Ratings: 713 |  Reviews: 286
Photo of vfgccp
3.61/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Beautiful, crystal clear, neon copper apricot body. Fine white head with moderate retention and lace.

S - Bold and surprisingly sweet. Apricot, fresh bread and brown sugar.

T - Smooth caramel muffles a broad herbal bitterness. Huge bready malt builds through the center and lingers through at the finish.

M - Smooth full body. A shade thick.

O - The huge malt presence seems to overpower the hops, but the net effect isn't bad.

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Photo of mcsean
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of sailorastro
2.75/5  rDev -25.5%

Photo of cowboy83
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of BeerForMuscle
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Crisp, clear, copper/amber body glowing with a large bubbled half finger head.

S - Floral hops, warm rubbing alcohol, and some green spiced vegetal notes. Faint citrus peel with some sweet malt wafts.

T - The high abv is pretty noticable, with a bitter alcohol bite up front. Grainy alcohol stands out, with some hop bitterness and a mild floral hop presence. Not much complexity or subtleness here. A chest warming finish and bitter aftertaste.

M - Pretty raw on the palate, warming.

O - Tastes like an average IPA with grain alcohol poured in. Not very keen on this one at all. Aging may smooth the alcohol but I don't think the body or flavors can support the strength of this brew.

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Photo of drjman
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.97/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shipyard XXXX IPA has a very thick, cream-colored head and a somewhat hazy, amber appearance. Lots of thick lacing is noticed. The aroma is strong, with citrus, lots of breadiness, some sourness, and even alcohol. Taste is of alcohol, grapefruit, bitterness, bread, and somewhat cloying sweetness. Mouthfeel is medium to thick and soft, and Shipyard XXXX finishes dense, bitter, and mostly dry. Overall, this is an interesting IPA, and I think it’s worth trying.

RJT

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Photo of Pugs78
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of beernads
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of Shineonsolar
2/5  rDev -45.8%

Photo of KevieJames
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of Cavanaghty
3.55/5  rDev -3.8%
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 Nerudamann
4.27/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Look – hazy amber in color, with about half a finger’s worth of frothy light tan-colored foam that dissipates somewhat slowly.

Smell – interesting smell. It smells like a Belgian ale almost, but with a fruity tinge to it. Can’t pull out the grapefruit, but the fruity smell does seem to make sense then.

Taste – interesting taste as well, and much like the smell. A teeny bit of a musky quality at the start as it’s getting into the middle, then it takes a turn and you feel more of a smoky/fruity quality. The finish is bitter, as is the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel – pretty well-balanced, but does lean more on the watery side.

Overall – not a bad brew at all. Good-tasting and very interesting/thought-provoking.

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Photo of GrogEqualsCourage
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of Etan
3.46/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Spiegelau tulip. Sent to me as an extra by Valdieu2.

A: Pours a brownish-amber with a nice thick white head. Good retention and lacing.

S: Mildly fruity hop aromas with strong notes of butterscotch and sweet wheat bread.

T: Like the nose, mild fruity hop flavors (grapefruit, pungent piney bitterness) followed by heavy malty and yeasty notes of toffee, butterscotch, buttered biscuit. Slight spiciness and alcohol in the finish.

M: Tingly carbonation, medium-bodied.

O: I assume this was brewed with a ringwood yeast strain, which dominates the flavor profile. Not bad if considered more of an English DIPA, but not great.

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Photo of briandot
3.18/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: It's a darker amber IPA, almost into the red zone.

S: Not very strong, not very unpleasant, not very pleasant. I have a good sense of smell so I found it lackluster.

T: Super malty for an IPA. The hops leave very quickly, and I can't differentiate them as any particular type. It has the hoppy bite, but for a very brief moment before giving way to the malty body.

M: Well, not too bad. A little, um, fluffy? It's a bit syrupy but with as much head and malts, it's like eating frosted flakes.

O: I don't think I really enjoyed this one. It's an acceptable beer when there is nothing else to drink, certainly better than any adjunct, but falls pretty short for a quality IPA.

Disclosure: Had this one sitting around slightly longer than I should have, but I don't think that's the problem with it. It just isn't that great a beer.

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Photo of JohnSlaney
3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

Photo of Larrydoherty
4.5/5  rDev +22%

Photo of jimelee108
3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

Photo of eaphikap
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of ohtheguilt
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.97/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle pour shared at DarthKostrizer’s place.

Pours a clear orange with a bone colored head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of herbal hops, brown sugar, and some alcohol aromas. Taste is pretty sweet with some herbal hops and brown sugar up front and a malty finish. There is a mild amount of bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good but quite sweet DIPA.

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Photo of ThickNStout
2.41/5  rDev -34.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle from ABC Liquors (St Pete, FL). Served in a Southern Tier snifter. 

Pours deep orange with 2 fingers pale head. Decent lacing. 

Smells of biscuits and faint hops. A little lacking. 

Tastes a little off. There is a big bitter hop flavor initially with a sharp unfavorable astringent taste. It never really opens up or reveals any depth or character. The alcohol is much more present than in most other IPAs of similar abv. 

Medium feel with moderate to high carbonation. Slightly oily/ sticky with a long astringent aftertaste. 

I've had many subpar DIPAs but this one has to take the cake. It started out lookin nice but spiraled down from there. Admittedly age could be a factor (bottle indicates best by March 2012) but I sure don't plan to seek a fresh one to find out...

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Photo of macrosmatic
3/5  rDev -18.7%

Photo of drabmuh
3.18/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a snifter. Beer is orange with a mild haze, a big off white head, small bubbles, some lacing, moderate to low carbonation, looks good.

Aroma is mildly hoppy, a little sweet, some butterscotch comes through.

Beer is light to medium in body, pretty butterscotchy, a little sweet, a little dry on the finish, moderate bitterness, it was too buttery for me to finish the bomber, I won't be repeating this.

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Shipyard XXXX IPA (Pugsley's Signature Series) from Shipyard Brewing Co.
3.69 out of 5 based on 713 ratings.
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