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

Log in or Sign up to start rating.
283 Reviews
no score
Send samples
Shipyard XXXX IPA (Pugsley's Signature Series)Shipyard XXXX IPA (Pugsley's Signature Series)

Brewed by:
Shipyard Brewing Co.
Maine, United States | website

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

For Trade:
View: Beers | Events
User Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Reviews: 283 | Ratings: 703
Photo of berley31
4.03/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured with a medium-copper body that is borderline red. Good clarity, with just the slightest amount of haze. Large, off-white sticky head that has excellent lasting power before finally slipping down to a full finger-size. Good lacing.

S: Very powerful with citrusy, American hops... grapefruit and orange seem to be the dominant fruits here.

T: High bitterness, with a long duration. Some malt is present, but the hops are the clear winners with the citrus still coming through. Alcohol presence is extremely light; barely noticeable at all.

M: Medium-bodied, fairly creamy, with average carbonation.

D: Easily my favorite Shipyard beer to date; passes the often-mediocrity of their other brews. Makes me want to seek out some more of the Pugsley-signature beers.

 773 characters

Photo of DosBeerigos
4.92/5  rDev +33.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

C. Clear as can be
H. Red-ish Orange; almost like a piece of copper
N. Hops, hops, and more hops (notes of citrus, pine, and some sweet aromas)

XXXX is quite like a party on my tongue. There are four different types of hops in this bad boy, and to balance out the bitterness there are four different types of malt. Now while I'm not a fan of malt, I am a fan of hops. I can't say anything bad about this beer, partially because my kindergarten teacher (Miss Buzzy) told me to never say anything bad about anyone or anything. Although even if I wanted to I couldn't. This is an amazingly well balanced IPA that if I could I would drink it all day, bathe in it, and then attempt to make sweet sweet love in it. YOU MUST TRY THIS BEER! Score; 4.97

 745 characters

Photo of cameraman
4/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

 879 characters

Photo of KFaulkner
3.57/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Unique Beer #0660

So, this was a delicious beer. What else can I say? It's a double IPA, it's big, it's bold, it's hoppy and it's strong. Is it tasty? Oh yeah - not the most balanced Imperial IPA I've ever had, but it a delicious entry in the long line of Imperial IPA's that every brewing is doing now.

What makes this one unique is two things - first, the brewer's face is on the back of the bottle. I thought this was weird. Was this his idea? Was he like "Hey, this beer is so awesome, I want you to slap my face on the back." I'm not faulting him for this, I'm glad he's proud of his beer and he wants credit for it just like an author would on the jacket of a novel. And then it has one of those foiley things on the top which really serves no purpose whatsoever except maybe to help justify the price tag.

Here's my biggest problem - this 22 oz. bomber was a twist-off. WTF? A 22 oz. twist off?? Really??? You know Pugsley, if we're buying beers of this quality, we probably own a bottle opener. Personally, I like using these bottles for homebrewing and it was a bit of a disappointment that I couldn't use this one - probably the first bottle over 12 oz. I've seen that is a twist off.

In fact, after drinking this beer - and at 9+% abv, understandably - I emailed Shipyard to complain about the twist-off.

I never got a reply, and why should I - all I did was complain about their bottle and it's too late now. But listen, if you're like me and you like to re-use these bottles - skip it. There are better Imperial IPA's out there so there's no reason to drop the 10 bucks or so on this bottle if you reuse them for homebrew.

Otherwise, give it a try.

 1,671 characters

Photo of Duhast500
3.42/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the tap into a tasting glass.

The color is a clear copper with a finger or two of foamy white head, some little lacing.

The smell is a little malty with some strong citrus flavor and some slight floral hop flavor as well.

The taste is sweet some nice malty flavor. As expected the hops come out to be heard. Citrus hop flavor does is present but is a bit muted. It mixes with a tangy, acidy flavor that is a bit bitter and make me clear my throat after a few sips.

The feel of this beer is medium bodies with some low carbonation. I was expecting a bit more of a fizz from a beer that was expected to be quite hoppy but the sizzle just did not seem to be there. I enjoyed this beer but I think there could be some tweaking to be done to make it a little more enticing.

 784 characters

Photo of sprucetip
3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

 1,277 characters

Photo of ROBORB
2.55/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

22 oz. bomber courtesy TheManiacalOne, thanks Mark!

This beer poured a dark, murky and very hazy brown amber with a 2 finger head. If I didn't know any better I would have guessed that someone just took a sample from a dirty pond and handed it to me. It had very good lacing throughout the sample however.

It smelled of old hops, faint citrus and malt. I couldn't get anything out of this beer.

The carbonation was slightly above medium carbonation. I found the taste to be very astringent and dry. There was no balance between the hops and the malts. I couldn't finish the entire bomber much less a whole pint.

I could not recommend this beer to anyone. It was unbalanced and overly hot.

 693 characters

Photo of Qsy
2.49/5  rDev -32.3%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Serving Type: Pint Glass

Appearance: Cloudy amber with little head, orange in color

Aroma: Lightly floral hoppiness, almost a urine smell... pretty gross

Taste: Bitter hops that dissipate quickly, malt balance, hides the high alcohol content well. Grapefruit and a smooth piney finish

Mouthfeel: Light carbonation, soft hops linger

Drinkability: Hidden alcohol content makes for an easier drinkability

 406 characters

Photo of barleywinefiend
3.65/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a mediium orange color with good carbonation and a small white head. Nose is big perfumey hops. Taste is big, floral, booze, hop oils. Mouthfeel is full, very floral, almost to much floral and over the top. Drinkability is ok but man it was tough for me to finish and I have had some pretty big IIPAs.

 308 characters

Photo of mikesgroove
3.8/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another new one for me I decided to pop open last night to try. This was the second big IPA of the night and really thought it held up quite well, served cold and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 12/31/2009.

The pour was more then decent with a light amber color and nice carbonation bubbling up towards the surface. Good bit of head on top reached a height of around two inches before settling back down to earth. Nice lacing on the sides. Aroma was lots of pine, bitter hops with a nice mix of light grain and a touch of bready malts coming through as it warms. Crisp, clean flavor here, with a body that was a touch lighter then I would have thought but the carbonation really seems to work quite well I believe. Clean hop notes come through up front very nicely with the first sip. Warming adds a nice touch of grassy flavor as well as bit of bready malt slicing through before it fades back into a nice and lightly dry finish that leaves me looking for more.

Overall very solid, drinks very well for the style and the abv is very well hidden letting it sip almost like a single ipa. Impressed with shipyard here.

 1,137 characters

Photo of stakem
3.73/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | 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 but I wish there was some date on the bottle so I could know how fresh this was and if it's age is the reason for the lack of hops in the nose.

 770 characters

Photo of claminat420
2.73/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A- poured a transparent copper color with a solid white two finger head.

S- malts with some weak hops

T- alcohol is hidden. malt pressence shoots in the beginning but not so much of a hop attack in the back.

M- medium bodied. not to shabby with the carbonation.

D- just one 22oz and i'm good.

Overall- overpriced!! overpriced!! and may i say overpriced??? this brew is one weak ipa for shipyard to try to pull off something fancy. the hops are weak and just has nothing really shining about the brew. personally it seemed to me they tried more on hiding the abv then bringing the hops to attention. just my opinion tho... i say stay away!!!

 645 characters

Photo of berebrando
3.33/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

found this bottle at hi times in costa mesa. I'm usually interested in any bottle labelled IPA. this bottle in particular caught my eye because I hadn't seen it befor. the label boasts strong hop and grapefruit. I sensed the grapefruit but the hoppy bitterness was lost in the sweet malt. it was a little sweet for my liking. nonetheless, at over nine percent, I enjoyed the whole twenty two ounces. this is probably not a brew i would buy again, but it was interesting to test out an IPA of the Maine variety

 509 characters

Photo of mikey711
3.21/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

A: Bright amber color with some carbonation that rises from the bottom of the glass. Minimal head of less than a quarter inch with out much retention but good rings are left behind with each sip

S: Very floral smelling with some caramel and a peppermint not that was slightly off putting.

T: Again the floralness is very present with a mild hint of pine. There is almost a watermelon perfumy type of taste that is not great. Also the caramel comes through pretty intensely as well.

M: Some fusal alcohol, but the body is very good along with the creaminess. Definitely the highlight of the beer

D: Somewhat of a letdown to be honest. There was nothing great about the beer except the body and creaminess. Not one to write home to mom about

 744 characters

Photo of bheilman
3.8/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Why the screw top? I shouldn't base my evaluation on the screw top, but I always feel it is a crappy way to present a beer, so my review is undoubtedly biased. It does have a good color. The head was decent for a high alcohol beer. The labeling and the gold fringe on the top were nice, but don't fit that screw top. The beer is decent for an IPA+ but it's not my favorite. The smell is nice, fresh and full of hops with an overall caramelesque scent. Taste is nothing special, does have a good citrus balance with some sweetness. Aftertaste is extremely citrus strong. Fairly drinkable for an IPA+, but I', not sure if it's worth the $9 I paid for it.

 652 characters

Photo of jdhilt
3.46/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a two finger white head that fades slowly to thin layer leaving a good lace. Almost clear amber color. Medium carbonation and medium bodied. Grapefruit hop nose. Flavor is sweet grapefruit hops with a piney hop finish. Higher ABV is hidden. $7.50 for a 22oz bottle from Smiley's Beverage Dover, NH.

 304 characters

Photo of Jayli
3.91/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Consumed 11/23

A: This beer pours a clear orange/deep copper color with a one finger of off white sudsy head. Head recedes quickly leaving a nice sheets of sudsy lacing.

S: Nose is of piney hops and grapefruit citrus, some caramel malts, and a hint of alcohol.

T: Taste is surprisingly more malty than I anticipated. Starts off with a nice dose of grapefruit citrus hops, touch of pine. Middle is filled out nicely with a strong caramel malts, decent malt backbone throughout this beer. Finish has a touch of hop bitterness and malty sweetness.

M: Medium body, medium carbonation, slightly oily with a dryer finish, long bitterness bite to the finish.

D: Well balanced, tasty, goes down easily. For a DIPA it's not a HOP bomb but a nicely balanced beer to enjoy.

 768 characters

Photo of MisterClean
4.33/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Mike Carey our local rep for bringing this beer to share.

A - Poured a dark copper with 2 fingers of orange-white head. Dissipated slow and left some nice lacing.

S - Wafts of caramel, citrus, and bittering hops.

T - Definitely some nectar-like esters, caramel, citrus, and bittering hops.

M - Full-bodied, well-balanced, and smooth. Good overall.

D - Great beer. An English IPA with American hops.

 413 characters

Photo of jmz62565
3.61/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear dark orange with a large tan foamy head with lacing that lasts. The smell is a little weak with some spices,orange peel,bread yeast,and alcohol. The taste is crisp with a real bitter hop flavor along with bread yeast,citrus hops,and a strong alcohol flavor. The m/f is good with all the flavors mixing pretty well. Not a bad beer,a little harsh,but another decent offering from Shipyard.

 401 characters

Photo of RoyalT
2.06/5  rDev -44%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Appearance - This poured a thick brown in color with a tinge of orange and almost no head at all. The liquid looked great but the top was AWOL.

Smell - There's some nice citrus hops in the nose but nothing too powerful. The surprise for me was the malt. I expect a big, juicy malt contribution to the DIPA nose and instead it's more like a strong English bitter.

Taste - Egad, this is more like en English Ale. The hops are herbal with some mild citrus notes but are way too small for the style. Where are the DIPA malts? This is supposed to be a big beer with a big malt base and it's toasty and putrid.

Mouthfeel - This is medium-bodied with some mild carbonation and an English bitterness that could kill a horse.

Sinkability - I don't know where all of the 4+ reviews are coming from; this beer was crap.

 812 characters

Photo of Blitzstyle
4.72/5  rDev +28.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured: from a 22oz bottel into a Dogfish sniffer.
Nice inch, inch and half of head. Really nice deep copper color.

Aroma: Great citrus grapefuitish smell to it. Smeels like it will have a big overpowering bite to it. Lingers nice on the glass extremly appealing!

Taste: Surprisingly smooth and sweet not at all what you would expect from the smell. Unusual, but quite pleasant taste. A very well balanced brew.

Mouthfeel: Not very over powering at all very nice and balanced. What a great beer

 497 characters

Photo of horshack7
4.33/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: From a 22 ounce bomber poured into a snifter is a stunning deep and dark copper mahogany colored beer. With about two fingers of head that leaves nice lacing behind.

Aroma: A solid hop aroma that is a little balanced but still has nice grapefruit notes. Nice esters given off from the hops with light alcohol notes roaming around.

Taste: This is quite a different and or unique double i.p.a. It's certainly a bit maltier than hoppy. It has a nice hop bitterness but it seems to have a little bit of a biscuity texture. The grapefruit notes are still like most of this style but the sweetness of it is a bit of a surprise to a pleasant degree. The mouthfeel is smooth with the carbonation bouncing all over.

Notes: This one is very interesting one of the more unique double i.p.a's I have ever had. Which is a good thing of course. Cheers

 852 characters

Photo of ReDave
4.2/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pretty thick frothy off white head that seems to linger a little with a lot of sticky lace.

Darker orangish amber color.

Aroma a little light some hops some pine..

taste yes different.. a different bitterness
nice.... some malt balance. grapefruit
kinda expensive for what it is.. good, different would and probably will buy again.
probably need to try the barleywine

This is good dipa, need more dipas in my life...
and this could be one of them. [if a little cheaper]

 473 characters

Photo of ZorPrime
4.22/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Tasted on September 4, 2009.

The beer is copper color looking, hazy with a nice head. Very good looking. The head is cloud looking and sticks to the glass well. Aroma is intense hops with citrus and notes of grapefruit. Same for the taste and the beer is well balanced. The taste stays in the mouth for quite some time which is very good IMO. Medium body.

 356 characters

Photo of linnet
3.78/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Deep amber colour, small thick off-white head, lacing although less than expected. Aroma is maltier than is usual for the style, of course hops is there as well, grapefruit, citrus and pine are the notes that I can find. There is also some strange metallic notes that I usually find in Shipyard's beers. Flavour is also less hoppy than is usual for a DIPA and reminds more of a well hopped IPA. Luckily the strange metallic notes found in the aroma is not present in the flavour and it is a Decent brew but sadly there is more bittering hop than aromatic which makes it lack complexity. Mouthfeel is average, small crisp bubbles.

 629 characters

Shipyard XXXX IPA (Pugsley's Signature Series) from Shipyard Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 283 ratings.
  • About Us

    Your go-to website for beer (since 1996), publishers of BeerAdvocate magazine (since 2006) and hosts of world-class beer events (since 2003). Respect Beer.
  • Return of the Belgian Beer Fest

    BeerAdvocate Brings its All-Belgian Fest to Portland, Maine on September 17, 2016. Tickets are on sale now.

    Learn More
  • Get the Mag

    Become a BeerAdvocate magazine print subscriber today.