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 ohtheguilt
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.97/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle pour shared at DarthKostrizer’s place.

Pours a clear orange with a bone colored head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of herbal hops, brown sugar, and some alcohol aromas. Taste is pretty sweet with some herbal hops and brown sugar up front and a malty finish. There is a mild amount of bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good but quite sweet DIPA.

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Photo of ThickNStout
2.41/5  rDev -34.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle from ABC Liquors (St Pete, FL). Served in a Southern Tier snifter. 

Pours deep orange with 2 fingers pale head. Decent lacing. 

Smells of biscuits and faint hops. A little lacking. 

Tastes a little off. There is a big bitter hop flavor initially with a sharp unfavorable astringent taste. It never really opens up or reveals any depth or character. The alcohol is much more present than in most other IPAs of similar abv. 

Medium feel with moderate to high carbonation. Slightly oily/ sticky with a long astringent aftertaste. 

I've had many subpar DIPAs but this one has to take the cake. It started out lookin nice but spiraled down from there. Admittedly age could be a factor (bottle indicates best by March 2012) but I sure don't plan to seek a fresh one to find out...

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Photo of macrosmatic
3/5  rDev -18.7%

Photo of drabmuh
3.18/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a snifter. Beer is orange with a mild haze, a big off white head, small bubbles, some lacing, moderate to low carbonation, looks good.

Aroma is mildly hoppy, a little sweet, some butterscotch comes through.

Beer is light to medium in body, pretty butterscotchy, a little sweet, a little dry on the finish, moderate bitterness, it was too buttery for me to finish the bomber, I won't be repeating this.

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Photo of jtierney89
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice amber hue with very good clarity and a crystal off white head. Nose is pretty subdued for a DIPA which is putting me off a bit but whats there is some ruby red grapefruit sweetness.

Huge body and incredibly subtlety, if thats good. The way to best describe the flavor is caramel covered grapefruit which doesnt sound good but its a unique and tasty combination. This beer has incredibly long finish and lingers with you for a while. Whats strange is that the malt is really the start of the show here with the hops acting merely as balance which it does so magnificently. The flavors all blend together to one incredibly tasty sip but this is not what hop heads are looking for in an IPA.

Caramel is the primary flavor.

I however do find it unique and it does stand out. Hop presence is there but it's only as important as the rest of the beer. A very tasty brew at 9.25%

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Photo of Greywulfken
4.45/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: golden orange with a foamy head

S: citrus and pine

T: grapefruit, pine, citrus, hop; complex and balanced

M: sweetness and bitters temper one another, medium body, refreshing and satisfying

O: delighted with this purchase - my only other Shipyard ale was the Smashed Pumpkin, which I loved - clearly their Pugsley's signature series ales are worthy of consideration. I would highly recommend this beer. It is bright, floral, and hoppy, but with enough body and a high enough abv to be taken seriously. This is the most citrusy and piney - and in a real good way - beer I have ever had, and it also brings just enough sweetness to complement the astringency - a very sharp and delicious brew.

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4/5  rDev +8.4%

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2.75/5  rDev -25.5%

Photo of TheSandPeople
2/5  rDev -45.8%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

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3/5  rDev -18.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

Photo of beardedterror
3.92/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a clear light-red copper with a thick 2-finger head that lasts through the majority of the glass.

S - Very intense hop aromas, with citrus as the strongest. Floral and spicey notes linger in the background with a slightly earthy and piney finish. High amount of lacing over the entire glass.

T - Very bitter, but well suited to the style. Excellent hop flavors, very complex and well balanced with each other. Little to no malt flavors detected. Slight alcohol flavor and hotness detected, but not overpowering. Very long-lasting bitter bite to the finish.

M - Medium body with a decent amount of carbonation. Feels warm on the palate due to high alcohol content.

O - Solid IIPA. Good hop flavors and aromas.

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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of KimenTshom
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of gungoat
4.5/5  rDev +22%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of creez
5/5  rDev +35.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

Photo of jaidenjb
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of kojevergas
2.68/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

1 pint 6 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap covered in gold foil served into a N'Ice Chouffe stem beerflute in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Acquired at a Ralph's market nearby. Reviewed live. Expectations are average.

Paired with honey wheat pretzel braids. Served refrigerator cold but allowed to warm over time.

A: Pours a one finger head of nice cream, good thickness, and great retention for the high ABV. Colour is a light semitransparent amber with copper hues. Interesting for the style in that it's not just a clear copper. I'm sufficiently intrigued. No visible yeast particles.

Sm: Bittering and floral hop notes. Some cream. Butterscotch (diacetyl?). Toasted malts round out the character nicely. Very English IPA esque, mixed with the toasted malt body of a light winter warmer. I suspect Fuggles were used. (Consulting the label, I discover I'm wrong.) A clean, mild strength aroma.

T: Hoppy, with the bitterness coming through in the third act untamed by other notes. The climax holds the cream and floral hop notes, with the toasted malt occupying the beer from open to midpoint, filling out the body. The third act is comparitively empty. Some cream on the open, accompanied by a hint of straw. More like an English IPA than an American. I get a bit of grapefruit, but only hints. No alcohol comes through. No yeast (not that there should be). Some light caramelized malt. Both flavourfully and structurally imbalanced, but decently built. I enjoy it in a general sense. It's certainly neither unique nor special.

Mf: Smooth and wet, with some cream after the midpoint (texture-wise). A biteen overcarbonated. Too thick. Suits the flavours only generally.

Dr: Drinkable but not special or unique. I wouldn't have it again. A below average example of the style, largely due to its inability to balance the bittering hops of the climax and third act. IPAs are not about a hop or IBU competition; balance is still integral. Fans of the style will likely find something to like about it.


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4/5  rDev +8.4%

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1/5  rDev -72.9%

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