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

Shipyard XXXX IPA (Pugsley's Signature Series)Shipyard XXXX IPA (Pugsley's Signature Series)
719 Ratings
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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Todd on 03-20-2009

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Ratings: 719 |  Reviews: 288
Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of Daktyls
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of SeanDonahue
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Golden mixed with an amber color, about one finger head.

Aroma: Very hop heavy, major Cascade hops in this beer as it let off a piney aroma

Taste: Malty at the front of the tongue, hops take over in the middle of the mouth. Big piney notes in this beer. Aftertaste almost has a raisiny taste to it.

Overall: This is an outstanding beer, perfect for any season.

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Photo of paulish
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Crumpetsnbeer
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of rab53
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of Flounder57
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Second night of my Maine Stash. I have had this beer before on draft, but now have decided to enjoy this lovely 22 at home. Beer was poured into an imperial pint glass.

Appearance: Deep amber/orange color with a one finger head that has not reduced to nothing. Great retention. Also looks like there is a decent amount of carbonation and the clarity of the beer is good.

Smell: There are hints of pine, citrus, grapefruit, and very sweet malts. Smells so good I can't wait to try a sip.

Taste: Pine, grapefruit, sweet sweet malts, a little bitterness and booze towards the end which is produced by the hops and high OG. Plenty of booziness with all those sweet malts.

Mouthfeel: The beer was very delicious and smooth. Easy drinking and a little boozy. A little chewy towards the end and this is a full bodied beer with a medium amount of carbonation.

Overall: I have had this beer before and will have many more in the future depending whether it was a 22 or on draft. Highly recommeneded for any hophead considering the ammount of hops. I will be having more sometime in the future.

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Photo of TrickkyGangsta
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of Molnar
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of athomasPSU
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of MSDaub
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of KimenTshom
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of Leschber
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of Hoppaholic
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of robmoak
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.98/5  rDev +8.7%
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 ToasterChef
3.98/5  rDev +8.7%
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 RonaldTheriot
3.97/5  rDev +8.5%
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 trixdout
3.97/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.97/5  rDev +8.5%
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 chinchill
3.96/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle dated best before Jan. 2013 served in a pint glass. Pours a deep copper-amber with a tiny and fragile tan head.
Perhaps the most appealing aroma of any DIPA I've sampled, this XXXX ale has strong notes of vanilla and caramel that compete with the spice and citrus notes from the hops. The flavor reflects these notes and starts quite sweet, but the hop load quickly comes to the fore. From mid-taste on, there's no mistaking this for the dessert beer your nose leads you to expect. By the finish the flavor is at least moderately bitter with some grapefruit rind, although sweet caramel and vanilla linger on.

O: a fun DIPA in that there's a real contrast between the aroma and the flavor. Easy drinking for a DIPA, but the malt/hop ration will be too high for some hop heads.

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Photo of Portertime
3.95/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I havn't had a Shipyard brew I havn't liked yet. I just love how this one pours: a rich orange honey color with a fine head and lots of tiny bubbles. The first smell was of apricots and a little piney hops. The taste wasn't as bold as I hoped for a double IPA but it was well balanced and surprisingly smooth for a 9.25% ABV. All in all a fine brew and very quaffable.

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Photo of jzeilinger
3.95/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep amber color, creamy head, no carbonation, looks pretty darn good sitting here in my tulip glass!

Smell is an astringent citric butternut type of smell, definitely unique and the buttery character reminds my of a similar nuance in their regular IPA. The citrus aroma is tart and oily in the nose. There's also some pine going on.

Taste mirrors the aroma with the sweet astringent citrus flavor. There's also a little bit of a hop oil flavor and some nuttiness. (which is probably where that buttery nuance comes from)

Mouthfeel is creamy, wet, medium body and leaves a buttery nutty hop finish in the mouth.

Drinkability is very good. I could have a few of these with no problem at all, really enjoy the taste.

Nicely balanced and the tap version is so much better than the bottled version. I had this in the bottle a few months prior and wasn't overly impressed.

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Photo of beergod1
3.95/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear ruby/amber, decent beige head that eventually subsides. Aroma is sweet citrus and pine. There is a great balance of thick malt and bitter hops in this beer. Definitely more on the bitter side. A lot of pine and orange rind tastes, some sweet lemon. Great beer in my opinion, Not sure about the xxxx though. But Find this one if you like 2ipa's.

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Photo of Norfawkers
3.95/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A flavorful double IPA that isn't too sweet

Appearance: Clear copper with a light beige head

Smell: Fragrant malty; sweet

Taste: Maltiness up front with a hop kick, sweet/citrus in the finish

Mouthfeel: Lingering, bitter, dry finish

Drinkability: Versatile; may pair well with spicier or heavy meals.

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Shipyard XXXX IPA (Pugsley's Signature Series) from Shipyard Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.66 out of 5 with 719 ratings
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