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

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722 Ratings
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:
No notes at this time.

Added by Todd on 03-20-2009

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#33,167
Reviews:
288
Ratings:
722
pDev:
15.03%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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18
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110
Trade:
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Ratings: 722 |  Reviews: 288
Photo of Sammy
4.03/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Strange Brew bartender: You want our cask, it just came on. A: Yes, whatever it is. This is the experience: Orange colour with a lot of lace already in a huge snifter (that's what he gave me). Aroma there is abundant and pleasing hops. Wickedly tasty balance,above average and creamy mouthfeel. I savoured every sip, as my wife stood by my side ever reminding me of our impending flight.

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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 acurtis
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

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 UCLABrewN84
3.97/5  rDev +8.5%
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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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

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2.75/5  rDev -24.9%

Photo of Knapp85
4.2/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out as a nice golden color. The head was thick and white in color. The lacing sticks pretty well to my glass. The smell of the beer had a pretty good hoppy aroma to it, very inviting. The taste of the beer has a solid malt backbone with some citrusy & floral hops. The mouthfeel is very drinkable, with a good carbonation. Overall I found this beer to be pretty impressive, I would eventually like to revisit this one again. I'd say it's worthy of trying.

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

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2.25/5  rDev -38.5%

Photo of metter98
3.78/5  rDev +3.3%
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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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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2.68/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

1 pint 6 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap covered in gold foil served into a N'Ice Chouffe stem beerflute in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Acquired at a Ralph's market nearby. Reviewed live. Expectations are average.

Paired with honey wheat pretzel braids. Served refrigerator cold but allowed to warm over time.

A: Pours a one finger head of nice cream, good thickness, and great retention for the high ABV. Colour is a light semitransparent amber with copper hues. Interesting for the style in that it's not just a clear copper. I'm sufficiently intrigued. No visible yeast particles.

Sm: Bittering and floral hop notes. Some cream. Butterscotch (diacetyl?). Toasted malts round out the character nicely. Very English IPA esque, mixed with the toasted malt body of a light winter warmer. I suspect Fuggles were used. (Consulting the label, I discover I'm wrong.) A clean, mild strength aroma.

T: Hoppy, with the bitterness coming through in the third act untamed by other notes. The climax holds the cream and floral hop notes, with the toasted malt occupying the beer from open to midpoint, filling out the body. The third act is comparitively empty. Some cream on the open, accompanied by a hint of straw. More like an English IPA than an American. I get a bit of grapefruit, but only hints. No alcohol comes through. No yeast (not that there should be). Some light caramelized malt. Both flavourfully and structurally imbalanced, but decently built. I enjoy it in a general sense. It's certainly neither unique nor special.

Mf: Smooth and wet, with some cream after the midpoint (texture-wise). A biteen overcarbonated. Too thick. Suits the flavours only generally.

Dr: Drinkable but not special or unique. I wouldn't have it again. A below average example of the style, largely due to its inability to balance the bittering hops of the climax and third act. IPAs are not about a hop or IBU competition; balance is still integral. Fans of the style will likely find something to like about it.

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Photo of dmorgan310
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of emerge077
3.68/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle, April 2011 BBD.

Rich jewel tone amber, reddish orange. Decent skim at first, fading to a ring. Speckles of spotty lacing at its edges.

Deep malty aroma, very floral, dried orange peel. Not getting much else.

Warm malt blanket, receding bitterness, again floral and vaguely citrusy in the aftertaste. Drying in the finish, to be expected for 9.25%. Thick and rich feel, bursting with perfumed citrus hop notes, and a beast of a malt backbone. Sticky on the lips. Resiny dry finish. Going to try and finish this one, but it's not the easiest drinking DIPA. A bomber sounds like a chore...

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3.63/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: Magnificent looking, with a thick, foamy head sitting atop the clear amber liquid; copious lacing left behind

Smell: Butterscotch and hops; reminiscent of butter pecan ice cream

Taste: Butterscotch, up front, with a growing herbacious bitterness by mid-palate; after the swallow, the flavor swings to the malty side, with just enough bitterness to keep the malt in check; the bitter flavors do return in the aftertaste, however

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: I understand the Shipyard style and this is a good example of making a DIPA to conform to that approach; I just prefer a more attenuated IPA with less diacetyl

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

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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3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

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2/5  rDev -45.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of chinchill
3.96/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle dated best before Jan. 2013 served in a pint glass. Pours a deep copper-amber with a tiny and fragile tan head.
Perhaps the most appealing aroma of any DIPA I've sampled, this XXXX ale has strong notes of vanilla and caramel that compete with the spice and citrus notes from the hops. The flavor reflects these notes and starts quite sweet, but the hop load quickly comes to the fore. From mid-taste on, there's no mistaking this for the dessert beer your nose leads you to expect. By the finish the flavor is at least moderately bitter with some grapefruit rind, although sweet caramel and vanilla linger on.

O: a fun DIPA in that there's a real contrast between the aroma and the flavor. Easy drinking for a DIPA, but the malt/hop ration will be too high for some hop heads.

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Shipyard XXXX IPA (Pugsley's Signature Series) from Shipyard Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.66 out of 5 with 722 ratings
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