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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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4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of raythealeman
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of FFreak
3.68/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Got this in Bar Harbor, Maine at the grocery for ~$7 22 oz bomber. Poured into glass. Pours a clear, dark amber color with a tall light tan head that dissipates slowly leaving very little lace. Aroma is dark, dried fruit, blueberries, bread and lots of malt. Taste contains berries, caramel, slight citrus and a huge malt backbone balanced by a fair amount of bitterness. Mouth is good. Overall, a big double IPA with a huge malt base and a good amount of bitterness. Not what I was looking for but it was pretty good.

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Photo of tenacioustomato
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of bound4er
3.35/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Purchased on a whim, which is usually a mistake. We'll see how it turns out.

A. Pours nicely with an amber appearance and a nice, two finger off white head that has nice retention.

S. Smells of malt, dank weeds (hops I assume) and spice (mainly pepper). Pretty nice overall.

T. Things turn south here - I am not sure what to make of this beer. There is a lot of malt and weedy, pine hop bitterness but nothing really that trips my trigger. Has a odd spritz to the finish.

M. Medium bodied with adequate carbonation.

O. Nothing I need to revisit - especially at $9 per bomber. I should have checked this out on BA before buying.

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Photo of Larrydoherty
4.5/5  rDev +23%

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3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of baggio
4.03/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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A: Amberish-golden with a creamy head and lots of lacing.

S: Citric notes, Caramel, Pine and a touch of alcohol.

T: Caramel, Malt, Citric notes, Alcohol, Biscuits, Pine.

M: Body is quite thin with a medium carbonation. A very balanced brew where both hops and malt are allowed to play togheter.

Certainly not the best DIPA i've had but it's easily the best beer produced by Shipyard. Very quaffable for such a strong beer and just very likeable. Sweet!

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3.6/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Ted
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of ExtraStout
3.49/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy amber orange color with a finger of yellow stained foam for a head. Fair amount of lacing on the glass. Nose is a very sweet smelling candy/fruity mixture of hops and malt. The malt aroma comes across as being caramel and something very similar to cotton candy. Hop aroma is hidden behind the malt but it comes through minorly as cascade's identifiable grapefruit scent.

Taste is malty sweet up front and slightly caramel-like with a nice lingering bitterness from the hops. The alcohol pokes through into the finish of the flavor as well, it is slightly astringent. Medium feel and low carb. Overall it's not bad, ABV saves it for me.

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Photo of RomaniIteDomum
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours mahogany with a white head that leaves nice lacing. The color is nice, but I think the head could use some improvement.

Smells sweet and herbal. Like tea. With a little fruit.

The taste follows. Something tea-like hanging around there that I can't place, but it tastes good. Sweet hoppy finish. Good balance between sweet and bitter.

Nice body, a little on the lighter side for me, though.

Interesting to say the least. Enjoyable, yes. It's kind of like a barleywine, but not.

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of Lerxst
3.23/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Best By date of Dec. 2011

A-Pours a clear amber with a nice one inch off white head that has good retention and leaves a good amount of lace all the way down.

S-A slightly sweet biscuity malt hits first, wisps of toffee, hops are there-citrus and floral with hints of pine-are muted and playing second fiddle here.

T-Substantial, slightly sweet biscuity malt backbone makes the initial impression. As with the nose, the hops are playing second fiddle-citrus with a bit more of a resinous flavor than in the nose, a bit earthy. But the back end and finish is sweet and malty.

M-Medium body with relatively light carbonation, slightly syrupy, slick and oily.

O-Not bad, but not particularly memorable either. If you like your DIPAs with a strong malt backbone, this one should be right up your alley, Personally, I prefer my DIPAs less on the sweet side and with a more formidable hop presence.

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Photo of cameraman
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer has a medium amber color in the glass, with half inch light beige colored head on top. The head sustains a tight ring around the glass as slowly laces down the sides.
A sweet malty fragrance jumps out at first scent, then a grass and pine fragrances take over. It all gradually blends to a sweet citrus scent, pineapple is the most dominant. The malt bursts out on the palate and lingers there for some time. At the halfway point a strong bitterness comes out, bringing earth and grass flavors, that lingers longer than the malt. The feel is very hearty, that thins out to a medium bodied texture and gradually growing to a fuller body. Wow, this beer has got to have the strongest malt flavor of an IPA I have ever had. The color is inviting, the aroma and taste are confusing, but good. The feel is hearty and plentiful, making this beer a good gateway beer to IPA's.

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Photo of Drinkerofales
4.5/5  rDev +23%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark orange-amber with a huge bubbly head that sticks to the glass. It has some cloudiness.

Smells of bright piney citrus hops and an undertone of the sweet malt. Gains a little booze smell as it warms.

Tastes of tangy grapefruit pow! Malt rides shotgun, while the hops control the whole flavor. Great balance of the two, just what I want from an IPA.

Good carbonation makes this a good drink, punchy up front and smooth bitter dry aftertaste makes me want to drink more, and I will.

This is what I want from a DIPA, great hops presence, malt in the background, a great tasting beer.


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Photo of blackcompg
2.53/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured from their 12oz bottle...

Appearance - Pours a finger of yellowish lite orange foamy head that recedes to a solid cap in a few minutes, color of the ale is a very hazy orange-red amber, mediocre webbed lacing left at the end of the session.

Smell - Ripe fruits, butterscotch, tropical fruit, fruit cake, slight funk.

Taste - Begins with a blast mix of floral hops, buttescotch and rum cake. I also get alot of over-ripe pit fruits, especially peach and plum. Just after midsip comes a rush of really over-ripe red grapefruit, to the point where there's a bit of moldy funk going on hear. Finish is bitter grapefruit zest and pith and some lingering off-floral hops and almost rotting sour fruits.

Mouthfeel - Nearly medium and almost creamy, medium carb cleanses the tongue with some really sharp edges actually, finish is both bitter and sour with a chalky dryness, also some alcohol heat.

Overall - I'm sorry, but this is just a terrible mess. No balance whatsoever, and some very hard punches. There are some really interesting flavors here, but this is NOT a DIPA in my opinion, far from it. This is sort of a madman's mixture of a saisson, belgian ale and a wee heavy - but it's not good at all. I'm going to try and finish this, as I hate to pour a beer down the drain. I really can't recommend this one.

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3.76/5  rDev +2.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of flannelman808
4.04/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2011 update on a recent bottle...

A: Fairly light copper colored and pretty clear. A barely off-white sea foam head tops it off. Excellent head retention and lots of lacing. This stuff looks sticky as hell.

S: A soft lemon and orange pulp hits the nose followed by a brown sugary sweetness.

T: Sadly not quite what I remember this one being when I first had it... not as much fruity zest. However that said there is a tingly burst that hits the tongue (I think from lots of carbonation). Bitter notes are herbaceous and somewhat reminiscent of tea leafs.
There is a little bit of lemon zest someplace hidden in the back. Overall this is a very crisp clean beer. There is some sweet almost sugared toast like sweetness but it is very much in the background. This is almost "Dry" feeling more than it is overly bitter. Reminds me of a effing weird twist on a Triple in a way.

M: Carbonic tang

D: Rather High given the abv and overall crispness.

2009 notes...

Huge value beer!!! 7 bucks for a 1 pint 6 oz bottle I would pay 12 or more maybe and still be very pleased.

I haven't tried a double IPA that has impressed me this much in a while.

pours a deep amber red color, and has a frothy, bone white head. Good head retention, right from the start this looks like an epic beer.

on the nose I get malt and sugar, with some of those cascade hops in the background. But mostly it smells like sugar cane and citrus.

This beer is not as sweet as it would lead on... hooray! wow its freaking great. The citrus (mostly in the form of grapefruit for me) comes through strong. Also I get a really nice, strong (but not bitter and overwhelming) hop character. These two flavors cut the sweetness and leave the beer finishing dry (as a good double IPA should in my opinion). It is a glorious beer that will hold up to spicy food or is GREAT to have on its own.

Go get it , well worth the value....

oh and the drinkability is great as well, The alcohol is there but is very pleasant. And I feel like despite the 9.27%abv, that I could go through a few of these.

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Photo of SenorHops
1.29/5  rDev -64.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.25

Had this on tap at a well respected craft beer establishement. Without a doubt, the worst DIPA I've ever had. A horrible sour taste. It tasted so horrible I couldn't muster more than two sips. All I could get from it was sour and malt with zero hop presence. An embarrasment of a beer.

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Photo of JWU
3.45/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

bomber bottle, poured into a straight sided glass.

A- translucent amber, with a puffy white head and retains and laces fairly well

S- some herbal hops, but mostly caramel and biscuity malts.

T- Some herbal/floral hops up front that are soon crushed by the malt bill. Quite english tastes of caramel and heavy breads. Ends sticky and bitter on the palette, but has a lingering sweetness that doesn't quite work. They cite cascade hops several times on the label, but I can't find the orange rind in this for the life of me.

M- Sweet and sticky, not really what I'm looking for in this style.

O- kind of a higher ABV/gravity version of HopDevil that is way to heavy on the malt bill. Strives for greatness, but just falls short in a jumbled mess.

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

Shipyard XXXX IPA (Pugsley's Signature Series) from Shipyard Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.66 out of 5 with 721 ratings
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