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)

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Shipyard Brewing Co.
Maine, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.25%

Availability: Rotating

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Photo of SenorHops
1.29/5  rDev -65%
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 -13%
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 biegaman
3.82/5  rDev +3.5%
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 -0.3%
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 -58%
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 -72.9%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1


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Photo of SebD
3.41/5  rDev -7.6%
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 hopsolutely
3.73/5  rDev +1.1%
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 -2.2%
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 peensteen
3.58/5  rDev -3%
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 -7.6%
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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Photo of BlurryVisi0n
4.03/5  rDev +9.2%
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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Photo of BeerKangaroo
3.51/5  rDev -4.9%
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 -9.2%
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 hosehead83
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%
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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Photo of TheSixthRing
3.48/5  rDev -5.7%
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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Photo of Slatetank
3.62/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I picked this up as part of a mix-a-six, enjoyed chilled from a willybecker.

The color is deeply hazed amber verging on copper with a quick to fall pale beige cap with overall avg bead and thin lace sticks. The smell is both fruity and herbal with moderately strong sweet scent of malt with slightly caramel essence with moderate alcohol in the nose. The feel is sweet and boozy for the most part with spicy and mildly bitter hop texture with moderate carbonation and warming semi-bitter and semi-dry finish.

The flavor has mild pine from the hops up front with light bitterness and herbal flavors with subtle fruity yeast taste that comes off as a light apricot with pear accent and subtle grapefruit fades in toward the middle with a citrus zest and sweet malt combination with mild caramel element and some dark sugar perhaps. The malt has a mellow toast quality with pepper and tangelo adding contrast, the alcohol finishes out the flavor in a not so mild way with light fusel and astringent hop tinge. The taste also seems strange with a prune/dried fruit element after the swallow. Overall it strikes me more as an English double IPA than American style with more malt and yeast that try to balance the hop bitterness and hop flavor is not as in focus. This is a good beer, but I would not seek it out.

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Photo of schoolboy
3.06/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I know that I am being picky today, but this AIPA has a number of problems. It really needs better balance. The malt is too out front - you know it is boozy.

The beer looks fantastic in the glass. But it is a dark, slightly bitter, syrupy taste. The aftertaste is a bit bitter, but not a good bitter.

I will not buy this one again - not recommended.

Ammendment - I accidentally bought it again and I dislike it even more.

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Photo of vfgccp
3.61/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Beautiful, crystal clear, neon copper apricot body. Fine white head with moderate retention and lace.

S - Bold and surprisingly sweet. Apricot, fresh bread and brown sugar.

T - Smooth caramel muffles a broad herbal bitterness. Huge bready malt builds through the center and lingers through at the finish.

M - Smooth full body. A shade thick.

O - The huge malt presence seems to overpower the hops, but the net effect isn't bad.

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

A - Crisp, clear, copper/amber body glowing with a large bubbled half finger head.

S - Floral hops, warm rubbing alcohol, and some green spiced vegetal notes. Faint citrus peel with some sweet malt wafts.

T - The high abv is pretty noticable, with a bitter alcohol bite up front. Grainy alcohol stands out, with some hop bitterness and a mild floral hop presence. Not much complexity or subtleness here. A chest warming finish and bitter aftertaste.

M - Pretty raw on the palate, warming.

O - Tastes like an average IPA with grain alcohol poured in. Not very keen on this one at all. Aging may smooth the alcohol but I don't think the body or flavors can support the strength of this brew.

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

Shipyard XXXX IPA has a very thick, cream-colored head and a somewhat hazy, amber appearance. Lots of thick lacing is noticed. The aroma is strong, with citrus, lots of breadiness, some sourness, and even alcohol. Taste is of alcohol, grapefruit, bitterness, bread, and somewhat cloying sweetness. Mouthfeel is medium to thick and soft, and Shipyard XXXX finishes dense, bitter, and mostly dry. Overall, this is an interesting IPA, and I think it’s worth trying.


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Photo of Cavanaghty
3.55/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Reddish amber color, with an off white head, mild lacing on the glass.

Smell: Sweet honey, hops, citrus and pine.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Smooth medium bodied. Taste of honey, with bitter pine and hops, mild citrus.

Overall: Not a bad take on an Imperial IPA, the sweet honey like flavor is nice. I like it but it is not my first choice.

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Photo of Nerudamann
4.27/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Look – hazy amber in color, with about half a finger’s worth of frothy light tan-colored foam that dissipates somewhat slowly.

Smell – interesting smell. It smells like a Belgian ale almost, but with a fruity tinge to it. Can’t pull out the grapefruit, but the fruity smell does seem to make sense then.

Taste – interesting taste as well, and much like the smell. A teeny bit of a musky quality at the start as it’s getting into the middle, then it takes a turn and you feel more of a smoky/fruity quality. The finish is bitter, as is the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel – pretty well-balanced, but does lean more on the watery side.

Overall – not a bad brew at all. Good-tasting and very interesting/thought-provoking.

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Photo of Etan
3.46/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Spiegelau tulip. Sent to me as an extra by Valdieu2.

A: Pours a brownish-amber with a nice thick white head. Good retention and lacing.

S: Mildly fruity hop aromas with strong notes of butterscotch and sweet wheat bread.

T: Like the nose, mild fruity hop flavors (grapefruit, pungent piney bitterness) followed by heavy malty and yeasty notes of toffee, butterscotch, buttered biscuit. Slight spiciness and alcohol in the finish.

M: Tingly carbonation, medium-bodied.

O: I assume this was brewed with a ringwood yeast strain, which dominates the flavor profile. Not bad if considered more of an English DIPA, but not great.

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

A: It's a darker amber IPA, almost into the red zone.

S: Not very strong, not very unpleasant, not very pleasant. I have a good sense of smell so I found it lackluster.

T: Super malty for an IPA. The hops leave very quickly, and I can't differentiate them as any particular type. It has the hoppy bite, but for a very brief moment before giving way to the malty body.

M: Well, not too bad. A little, um, fluffy? It's a bit syrupy but with as much head and malts, it's like eating frosted flakes.

O: I don't think I really enjoyed this one. It's an acceptable beer when there is nothing else to drink, certainly better than any adjunct, but falls pretty short for a quality IPA.

Disclosure: Had this one sitting around slightly longer than I should have, but I don't think that's the problem with it. It just isn't that great a beer.

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