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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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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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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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Photo of PeteRiz
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +23%

Photo of peensteen
3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Lightly hazed amber colour, one finger of off white head, some lace as well. Smell is heavy on sweet malt, dank pine and concentrated hops, a bit of orange and citrus fruit, very much like an american barley wine and not a DIPA. Taste is quite malty with some concentrated hops, pine, lightly sweet fruit, a bit of butter, grapefruit and orange flavours. Lightly carbonated, slick and resinous, med-full body. Decent but thats about it, far from outstanding but drinkable none the less.

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

1510th Review on BA
Bottle to Piraat Tulip

Best by 02/13
Purchased @ Bevmo Mira Mesa for $1.99

App- A nice pour with a ton of caramel browns and ambers intermixed with what I would say is an orbish orange color. A bit dark in the glass, but I find most DIPA @ 9% + get that way. The head was a solid 2 fingers of a off tan foam which looked a bit creamy like a guinness. Only a mild cling.

Smell- This is where this one let me down. The beer looked good but as a store in decline it took a huge drop. The hops were upfront and solid with a solid backing booze from the 9%. However on the back of that was just this very awkward Apple Juice and sweetness.

Taste- A big hoppy and boozy DIPA. As I remember before I started reviewing this one was overly sweet. By sweet I mean to me it tasted just like a caramel apple flavor IMO. Not infected apple intended. Semi balanced and needs to be less thick.

Mouth- A semi light-medium thick solid body with a ton of residual hops, sugar, caramel
The carbonation is a solid medium on this one.

Drink- I had this one as I said a long time ago before I started reviewing and it was just as I remember it. Slighty meh, with not much balance and overly sweet and boozy.

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3/5  rDev -18%

Photo of TeamUgly
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of BlurryVisi0n
4.03/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a snifter glass.

Appearance: Hazy amber, Head is about 1/2" off the first pour that is h a slightly off-white.

Smell: Light yeast which is weird for most IPAs. Malty scent which I do find very appealing.

Taste: Very good, it is complex with being malty bitter, not too quite on the floral side but seriously addicting. It is a little bit of everything,..marzen-like, bark type of feel that makes you undeniably happy.

Mouth: Very smooth, normally I like the fight with some IPAs but this is a little different.

Overall: I gambled and won on this brew, malty and creamy with lots to brag about. It isn't one of my favorite Imperial IPA but is more than enough to satisfy the palates. Salud!

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4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

Photo of BeerKangaroo
3.51/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Into my chalice:

A: dark golden amber body that gives a one finger white head that slowly dies. Some light carbonation is seen rising slowly. Some light spider web lacing is seen around the sides of my glass.

S: nice combination of malt, spice and hops. Even though there isn't much else, it smells nice.

T: sweet through the malts and adds a bit of roastiness in the mix. The citrus comes out a bit more in the taste as well while the hops are slightly more subdued. There is a slight bitter finish.

M: medium to heavy with some slight harshness on the tongue, a little bit here and there, fairly high ABV wants to make it not as sessionable, but there is a bit of good sessionability to this one

O: this is pretty good for the style, and I would have this again.

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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 Sobertso
4.5/5  rDev +23%

Photo of johnyb
3/5  rDev -18%

Photo of Zakk
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of MSDaub
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of raythealeman
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of 4Socialanxiety
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of hosehead83
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a wine goblet.
Deep apricot in color, with a rather short, off-white head of foam.
Aroma-Sweet toasted malt, citrus note
Taste-Big malt profile, toasted malt, some citrus hops creep in but not enough to balance the big sweetness. OK, but much better double IPA's out there.

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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.48/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance - Pours a beautiful ruby amber with an off-white, finger width head. Average retention. Results in a lacing that's thin but sticky.

Smell - Smells of caramel malts and a touch of toffee, with only the faintest hint of hops lying beneath.

Taste - Taste is thick, caramel character complimented by a nice floral hop undertone. Finishes with just a touch of citrus bitterness. Good flavor... but 2IPA? I don't think so.

Mouthfeel - Medium to full bodied. Nice, tingly carbonation. Smooth and drinkable.

Overall - This is an IPA, let alone an 2IPA? drinks like an aggressive red ale, and that's how they should market it. Loses points for being misclassified.

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Shipyard XXXX IPA (Pugsley's Signature Series) from Shipyard Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.66 out of 5 with 723 ratings
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