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

Shipyard XXXX IPA (Pugsley's Signature Series)Shipyard XXXX IPA (Pugsley's Signature Series)
BA SCORE
50.3%
Liked This Beer
3.66 w/ 719 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:
#32,232
Reviews:
288
Ratings:
719
Liked:
362
Avg:
3.66/5
pDev:
15.03%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
18
Gots:
110
Trade:
1
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Photo of RhodyNative
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of adamdanger
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of 071reeda
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of cfalovo97
3/5  rDev -18%

Photo of IPALOVER
2.83/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer is definitely in the style of a British IPA, so expect a Double British IPA, not an Imperial American IPA. The bottle description does not mention that it is a British IPA, so I was a bit surprised. I actually like the hop bitterness on the finish, but that's about it. A very average Imperial IPA, and not up-to-par with the American Imperial IPAs that I prefer (Gubna, Hoptimum, Maharaja). I actually enjoyed it the longer it sat and approached room temperature; when it was ice cold it was almost undrinkable and had a metallic taste. As I've worked my way through it I was able to tolerate it, but will never have one again.

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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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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 CAMRAhardliner
3.21/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

another DIPA at the Lcbo? Awesome!

The pour reveals a clear, dark copper liquid with a froamy, ivory head that lasts a long time. Patches and trails of lace cling to the glass. The aroma is of pralines, field berries, christmas cake and some light herbal hops. The taste malt forward with a butterscotch, nutty and doughy character. Fruity yeast esters also show. A herbal, floral hop character provides good balance but never overshadows the malt. Medicinal alcohol is too prominent, it distracts from the interplay between malt and hops. The mouthfeel is medium-lightish with a moderate carbonation. Finish is boozy and lightly bitter.

This DIPA is restrained on the bitterness and hop character. Not my cup of tea really, and the alcohol is too prominent.

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Photo of MightiestBeard
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of mtbdonn
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of WeissBoy
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of MonkeyStain
3/5  rDev -18%

Photo of Molnar
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of biegaman
3.82/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From the pour, Shipyard XXXX had the appearance of fresh-squeezed OJ: it was pulpy and thick, with a bright orange colour and showed no visible signs of carbonation (well, ok, a small ring of white around the glass). Into the light, however, it reflects tarnished copper and resembles less something from the smoothie bar than it does something from the antique shop.

I said the appearance resembled fresh-squeezed juice which, truthfully, was a bit of a stretch. The aroma, on the other hand, is a dead-ringer for real fruit, grapefruit and mango in particular. The glass exudes an almost tropical air, with enough lemon and orange zest to make eyebrows raise up (and likely cure raw fish). It also has a kind of resiny pine syrup scent that conceals the beer's true strength.

That this recipe was "malt-inspired" may be easy to believe when considered relative to other IPAs, but that fact isn't entirely obvious from the taste of things. Flavours of caramel corn and hard toffee are noted but come in fairly conservative doses. They could stand to be a little more forward; once the hop trigger is pulled on the finish it's all 'grapefruit rind' this and 'rose petal' that.

Lament if you will that XXXX IPA doesn't have the sunny, citric profile of other DIPAs, but don't write off the beer's hoppiness. 70 IBUs is nothing to scoff at. The finish is incessantly dry, leaving a remarkable birch bark-like taste. Besides, the buttery caramel note cowers in the presence of the earthy, herbal, zesty cones, to the extent that I'd almost wish for a bit more maltiness. The beer may be tall but it's far, far from stout.

Shipyard XXXX is a beer that has its papers; tasting notes, ingredients list, suggesting serving temp, food pairings, original gravity, even a history lesson about where the ale takes its name - will there be a test at the end? Nevermind the homework, all you need to know about this beer is that it's not in the same area code as the sunny, citric DIPAs but still worth a go if you appreciate hop-bombs of a more balanced nuance.

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

600ml Bottle from the Ottawa LCBO for 8$

Appearance - Clear copper colour with an average size fizzy/frothy beige coloured head. There a low amount of carbonation and there is some decent lacing. The head lasted for 4-5 minutes.

Smell - Malts, hops, caramel, grapefruit

Taste & Mouth - There is a below average amount of carbonation and I can taste hops and malts mixed with buttery caramel. There is also some brown sugar mixed with a slight amount of grapefruit sweetness, and some anise. It ends with a fairly hoppy aftertaste.

Overall - A good amount of hops, but I can see how others have compared it to a cross between a barley wine and a DIPA. Still a very good beer, just don't expect any vibrant fruity/juicy/hoppy flavours.

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Photo of Jdogg330
1.55/5  rDev -57.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

This has got to be the maltiest "IPA" I have ever had. Now admittedly I am a real 2XIPA/Imperial IPA lover, however this beer is not even on par with a Torpedo or Burning River, for that matter. Much sweeter, maltier, and darker than any IPA I have tasted. If your looking for a truthful IPA reach instead for a Southern Tier 2xIPA, Stone Ruinatuon, Great Lakes Brewing Companies Lake Erie Monster, Dogfish head's 90 minute, Siera Nevada's Hoptimum, Harpoon's Leviathan, or Bell's Hop Slam.

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Photo of Ramsey
1/5  rDev -72.7%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

LITERALLY THE WORST BEER I HAVE EVER HAD. HANDS DOWN. IT TASTES LIKE SOMEONE DRAINED A DUMPSTER INTO A BOTTLE AND NAMED IT XXXX. IF YOU LIKE BEER THAT ACTUALLY TASTES GOOD DO NOT GO WITH THIS ONE. IT IS DOWN RIGHT TERRIBLE AND I DONT RECOMMEND IT TO ANYONE.

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Photo of marcdalke
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of RedAleMan
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of bigox420
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of profondo
4.5/5  rDev +23%

Photo of SebD
3.41/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: It has a nice deep golden/amber color to it. It has a nice off-white head that dies down moderately and leaves some nice lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of sweet caramelly malts, butterscotch and faint floral hops. Where the hell are the hops?

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a some sweet caramelly malts and butterscotch along with some piney resin and light floral hops.

Mouthfeel: It has a low carbonation with a decent overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with good flavors and aromas but not quite those of a double IPA.

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Photo of JB58
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of hopsolutely
3.73/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A pleasant surprise! Recent LCBO release dated solely "best before July 2013", but drinking it fresh due to some negative feedback on hop profile freshness elsewhere. Personally I agree with the DIPA classification rather than considering it a barley wine, so am enjoying this bottle despite the pronounced alcohol warmth.

Pours a dusty copper with a creamy head that leaves an impressive amount of residual lacing. Small bubbles and lack of oiliness make a pleasant mouthfeel, although the alcohol burn is strong enough to actually qualify in this category as well. Malt forward aroma of caramelized and toffee tones is followed by a pleasantly hop-forward taste. Very cursory initial sweetness has citrus "c" elements before progressing into a malt body that transitions quickly to the bitter hop finish. A finish that may indeed linger to next week from what I can presently tell...

Not “stunning”, but impressive. It’s pricey and not a beer I'd buy often, but a decent beer that I'll definitely hope to see again next year.

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Photo of beergoot
3.61/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Crystal clear amber body with a thick, chunky head. Sweet caramel malts are the main smell. Sweet and rich malt flavor with a complimentary bitterness and fairly noticeable alcohol heat. Medium body.

A good imperial IPA. Nothing exceptional, but definitely comes through with the high malt profile, relatively high ABV (with associated boozy taste), and strong hop bitterness. A noticeable hop aroma was lacking, but other than that, a good overall effort.

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Shipyard XXXX IPA (Pugsley's Signature Series) from Shipyard Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 50.3% out of 100 with 719 ratings
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