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:
718
Reviews:
287
Avg:
3.69
pDev:
14.91%
 
 
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17
Gots:
110
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Photo of Portertime
3.95/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I havn't had a Shipyard brew I havn't liked yet. I just love how this one pours: a rich orange honey color with a fine head and lots of tiny bubbles. The first smell was of apricots and a little piney hops. The taste wasn't as bold as I hoped for a double IPA but it was well balanced and surprisingly smooth for a 9.25% ABV. All in all a fine brew and very quaffable.

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Photo of Erice78
4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

Photo of abrand
4.3/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bomber poured into a tulip glass.

The Shipyard XXXX Ipa pours a copper color with a nice 2 finger head and sticky lacing on the glass. Smells of caramel and toffee with plenty of hops and grapefruit. The hops are very dominant in the nose. Taste is very bitter but delicious. Even with the bitterness it goes down very easy with a pleasant citrus fruit taste. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and pretty smooth. Drinkability is great. Delicious taste and plenty of bitterness.

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Photo of dwtyler
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

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

Photo of shagal
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of WeissBoy
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

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

Photo of mta11c
3.66/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of KarmicSkrambl8
3.61/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of npala86
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of StoicBeast
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of skubas86
4.31/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of twizzbeatz
3/5  rDev -18.7%

Photo of rinhaak
3.01/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at Sunset Cantina in Boston. Served in a tulip glass.

Pours a clear copper with a wonderful head that leaves behind a perfect lace. It's hard to get a better pour than this.

The nose is a little rotten, smelling of spoiled cherries, sweat, hay, and maple syrup. Not at all the hoppy nose I was expecting.

The mouth is pretty uninteresting. Lots of malts, this is fat more like a double pale ale than a double ipa. A tad syrupy and very boozy, it's a bit dark in the mouth with almost no hop presence. Surely they are there, I just can't fins them.

Overall a huge disappointment. Far too much alcohol foe not enough complexity of flavor. Don't bother.

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Photo of Trish
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of Daktyls
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of CaverDave
4.5/5  rDev +22%

Photo of anthony-martinez
4.2/5  rDev +13.8%

Photo of mpmcguire11
3.68/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SolomonGrundy
3.38/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

After watching the Giants' Championship parade, this is nice ale...Pours a rustic amber: very cloudy and rust colored...minimal carbonation can barely be seen through the haze and what started as a finger of nice, soapy head distilled into a small rim. Leaves slight lacing. Nose is loaded with apple notes - cider, some apple pie, some ripe Gravenstein fresh off the tree in late Summer (you West Coast locals will know what I'm talking about). Actually, it's like walking into the Twin Hills Apple Ranch...Well, at first taste, this is certainly a double/imperial IPA. Very huge hop notes before, during, and after the drink. The wondeful apple notes in the nose show up for an instant near the late middle/early-finish - they are fleeting. This 9.23% ABV brew masks the alcohol very well. Alcohol shows up near the end, and only a touch. This beer is good, but just falls short of the top tier IPAs. Just kind of missing some of the complexity inherent in the elite ales. Good beer, but in the mid-range price wise, so drinkability suffers slightly.

What I like most: The wonderful, West SoCo apple aroma.

What I like least: The lack of complexity in the falvor profile.

Verdict: Very good, but short of top tier in the big IPAs. Worth trying if you see it.

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Photo of hmmmbeer10
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of GFish
3/5  rDev -18.7%

Photo of zahara15
4.5/5  rDev +22%

Photo of irishevans
3.8/5  rDev +3%

Shipyard XXXX IPA (Pugsley's Signature Series) from Shipyard Brewing Co.
3.69 out of 5 based on 718 ratings.
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