Pugsley's Signature Series: XXXX IPA | Shipyard Brewing Company

Pugsley's Signature Series:  XXXX IPAPugsley's Signature Series:  XXXX IPA
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Average: 3.7 | pDev: 14.59%

Reviews: 292 | Ratings: 734

Ranked #3,810 American Imperial IPA and #35,215 overall.

ABV: 9.25% | Availability: Rotating

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Shipyard Brewing Company
Maine, United States

Pugsley's Signature Series:  XXXX IPAPugsley's Signature Series:  XXXX IPA
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Reviews: 292 | Ratings: 734
Photo of thekevlarkid
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Off the tap this DIPA was a light copper color with some amber highlights and perfect clarity. The khaki-colored, one-finger head retained itself well as a collar and left spotty lacing. The aroma was of citrus hops, orange rind, biscuity malt, musky malt and hints of grapefruit. More malty than your average DIPA. The flavors were solid and rather complex for this brewery. I tasted malty sweetness at first followed by grapefruit, pine, light notes of fruity esters, sourdough bread and a bitter, citrus-rind-like finish. Well balanced for the style. The mouthfeel was good but slightly oily, the body medium/full and the carbonation good. One of the best beers they make.

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Photo of far333
3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Honied apricot orange with a thick and dimpled beige head that lingers long.

Low aroma with pine and citrusy notes.

Flavoris hot upfront, seems masked by fusel vapors. Pine and grapefruit pith emerge as it oppens up. High bitterness paired with honied malt, pineapple and mango.

Mouthfeel is full, but a bit slick and slippery.

Average drinkability, seems too hot, not completely balanced, and tends toward a barleywine style at times.

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Photo of MrHurmateeowish
4.72/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

22oz screwtop bottle purchased at McKinnon's in Salem. Pours a deep crystal-clear amber with a good inch of slowly-dissipating off-white head that clings rather nicely to the side of the glass after it disappears. Aroma is dominated by leafy, minty, floral, citrussy (orange, lemon, grapefruit), with a slight bit of caramel and butterscotch. Citrussy, with a fair bit of caramel and butterscotch to balance it out. Notes of chocolate, mint, and grass also make their presence known as the beer disappears. Medium in body with a moderate but effervescent carbonation. A surprisingly easy drinker considering the abv and complexity. This beer went away far more quickly that I would have liked it to. A slam-dunk for Shipyard, no question, and possibly their best offering to date.

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Photo of Brad007
4.2/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice copper-amber color with a fluffy two-finger head that fades down to one-finger.

Aroma is full of floral, citrusy hops with a decent amount of bready malt in the nose.

Taste is full of citrusy hops with a hint of mint, caramel and heat from the alcohol. A bit rough at first but mellows out in the middle.

Mouthfeel is full of lingering citrusy hops, bready malt and alcohol heat. Tolerable.

This actually tastes like a DIPA and I gotta give Shipyard props on it. With some aging, it might be a bit more drinkable. Nothing wrong except that it's a bit boozy. Good beer overall.

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Photo of JAA
4.04/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice, opaque, burnt-orange/copper hue. Producing a one-finger pancake like head. No lacing. Head dissipates to a thin layer, capping the beer.

The bottle does have a nice label. A quadruple mast ship and shiny gold signature of Alan Pugsley on high quality paper.

I really have never gave Shipyard a second chance after trying their year-round crap. But hey, the store i was at had very little selection, so Shipyard got lucky.

Smells sweet and malty. A bit of orange and grapefruit permeate the nose.

Tastes smooth and well balanced. First off i noticed the caramel malts and metallic hops. After a few sips, the bitter hops come in. The orange and grapefruit character dominate from there on out. However the sweet caramel malt is everpresent in the background. Clean finish, balanced aftertaste. Quite tasty.

Mouthfeel is exceptional. Quite smooth and creamy. Perfect carbonation.

Drinkability is good. 9.25% ABV does limit the number of glasses in a session, but it is worth the money and i would but it again. Heck, i already did. I have another bomber in the fridge.

I'm not a real big fan of Shipyard, but they did this one right.

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Photo of cjgator3
3.89/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle

A- Pours a clear copper color with a huge creamy off-white head with great retention and lacing.

S- The aroma has a good grapefruit and piney hope with a good amount of malt and sweet caramel. Very balanced, and not one dimensional like some DIPAs can be. I would like to see a touch more hops but it is a very nice aroma regardless.

T- The taste like the aroma is very balanced for a DIPA. The taste starts with with a lot of malt and caramel with a nice dose of grapefruit in the finish. I'm a big fan of this one, it's a perfect balance between the malt and hops.

M- The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a perfect amount of carbonation.

D- Overall, I really enjoyed this beer. By far the best beer from Shipyard that I've tried. Highly Recommended!

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.98/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A deep and glowing amber, vibrant and inticing. An off-white and sticky, clumpy and very healthy head dissipates in moderate fashion. Lots of solid foam is left over and remains sticky. healthy.

The caramle scented malt hits first, smooth and buttery yeast effects, sweet, fruity hops with pineapple, strawberry and maple butter along side. Cedar and oak furniture in the back.

Mmmmm, a thick and full feeling malty heftiness gives off good complexity. Sweet bread and toffee gives it an authentic English flavor. The desne herbal bitterness follows all that very quickly with peppery and then fruity flavor's. pineapple and grapefruit is most obvious, with a clean and snappy finish. complex with a long, dry boozy finish. The very end is bitter with acorns and dried leaves. Herbal and dry with a spicey heat and dank sweet fruits is in good balance. the high alpha acids in the finish limit the drinkabilty slightly.

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Photo of flannelman808
4.04/5  rDev +9.2%
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 ppoitras
4.22/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle purchased as a single from Yankee Spirits, Sturbridge, MA. Gold foiled cap.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/2" beige head over the clear amber brew. Head recedes gradually, with ample lasting lace. Aroma is sweet and hoppy. Taste follows the nose, sweet upfront, equally as hoppy in the middle and through the close. Mouthfeel is soft and smooth, and drinkability is very nice. This one ends up being more like an English DIPA, or an American IPA, but an enjoyable brew nonetheless.

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Photo of smcolw
4.03/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Impressive head that starts five fingers thick. Recedes in a rocky fashion slowly leaving ample chunky lace markings on the glass. Attractive copper colored liquid with the slightly amount of haze.

Mild hop nose given that it is DIPA. Kudos for the balance. Attractive pine hop plug aroma with some crystal malt sweetness in the background.

Brief round, sweet malt flavor that is immediately driven away by the hop bomb...as to be expected. Above average body with decent carbonation. The malt shows up again in the swallow, followed by another blast of hop bitterness. True to style, form and taste; on the edge of extreme.

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Photo of StrangeBrewer76
4.3/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours a dark amber with a substantially long lasting foam top that sticks like laced window dressings all the way down.

my nose gets a nice harvest balance, malt and greens but subtle. even to my broken nose this is easily identified as quality.

tastes like a dipa, grassy and floral up front then big bitter and big malt balanced in the end with resonating resin on and on and on.

really great mouthfeel. the carbonation breaks up the viscosity to make this a beer and not a liquor. medium soft bubbles in the first impression and the crisp whip strikes at just the right time.

drinkability has gotten a bad name in recent days but despite that I have to say that this has serious drinkability. With a 9.25% this is a real achievement but perhaps that speaks more to my love of hops than Pugsley's greatness as a brewer, but that is not for me to say. De gustibus non est disputandum!

I'll get this again but I wish that this type of beer were the standard and not the XXXX uber-duber IPA.

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Photo of Casey10
4.13/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into challice.

A - Darker amber hue 1 to 1/2 finger foam into glass.

S - Mostly citrus smell is good

T - good little bit of pine and citrus here as well.

M - Pine and faint grapfruit a bit of bite not bad.

D - Given that this is a 9.25 ABV this is very drinkable and could drink a lof of these which is both good and scary - very smooth for a IPA of this nature.

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Photo of markskar
4.5/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've been looking out for this one since it was announced. Finally scored one!

A - Clear copper, nice head, good retention.

S - Strong citrus aroma, slightly piney, with a bit of a yeasty (bready, biscuity) aroma in the background--but the citrus dominates.

T - Complex and delicious flavors. In reading the label I found that malted wheat, among a sophisticated blend of other malts was included in the grain bill, and the result seems to be what sets this brew apart from most DIPA's I've had. Aside from the complex malt character, I'm getting a lot of grapefruit, with a wonderful hop experience that lingers nicely on the tongue, producing an explosion of flavors that seem to improve for several minutes after sipping.

M - Crisp and dry, with a pleasant hop sting that lingers on the tongue long after swallowing.

D - Each sip makes me want to sit and reflect upon it for a couple of minutes. I could just pound the whole glass it's so drinkable, but it is so much better savored.

Near perfect rating, will definitely buy again.

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Photo of quinlin
3.49/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - deep amber/red with a light head

S - very sweet straight off, floral, harsh bitter hops in the background

T - Sweet malt, floral, pine, hops linger on the finish

M - prickly carbonation at first then smooth, very round in the mouth(med/full body)

D - Yeah, I'd say its drinkable

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Photo of ToasterChef
3.98/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a standard pint glass from a chilled 22oz bottle. When poured into the center of the glass there is a lot of head. The beer's color is coppery and very, very clear (it's quite impressive how clear this beer is, considering how strong the taste is). The initial impression of this beer is hoppy. The aroma is almost entirely hops, as is the flavor. There is also a hint of pine to the taste. The label says there is an aroma of sweet grapefruit, which I recognized, but probably would not have noticed if it hadn't been pointed out to me. There is a slight coating of the mouth in each sip, but nothing too bad (not as strong as some Shipyard beers). This beer also taste and feels mch less carbonated than our pour lead us to believe; perhaps we removed a lot of the CO2 through pouring it into the center of the glass. Lastly, there is some alcohol to this beer (it's labeled as 9.25% ABV); it provides a nice warmthness without the harshness of a hard alcohol drink. Overall, I really enjoy this beer. I preferred the Barley Wine in the Signature Series, but this one is quite tasty.

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Photo of Gosox8787
3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this from a friend who works for Shipyard. He brought a bomber over for the game and we split it. I was definitely excited to get the chance to try this.

The beer was amber to brown with a beige, one finger head. The smell was highlighted by two distinct flavors. The hops presented themsleves in a bitter pine note and the yeast offered a unique spice. The flavor followed suit. The yeasty spice hit first and presented a tart taste. The hops followed and were extremely bitter. the pine was most predominant from them. The motuhfeel was dry, sticky and medium bodied. The carbonation offered a nice, crisp feel. Drinkability was decent. I cannot see having more than a bomber though due to the high ABV and the strong flavors.

Overall, I am not sure this is my favorite beer, but it is certainly unique and I enjoyed trying it. The yeasty spice note hit a bit strong and I would have liked to have a stronger citrus note from the hop presence. Certainly worth the try so you cna decide for yourself.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
4.03/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this in Federal Jack's, where it was listed as a seasonal at 9.65% ABV. Downstairs in the store, I bought a growler of it, which said it was a test batch for Pugsley's Signature Series, and was listed as 8.75% ABV. Anyway, this was a pretty good DIPA. Served in a 12oz tumbler, the beer was an amber color with a medium-sized ecru head and quite a bit of lacing. It had a strong citus aroma, and also a bit of pepper. Some sweet malt at first taste, quickly overrun with grapefruit. Little bit of spice to it. This beer was a mouthful, and very enjoyable.

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Pugsley's Signature Series: XXXX IPA from Shipyard Brewing Company
Beer rating: 84 out of 100 with 734 ratings