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 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 SKYY
3.34/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Deep amber color, translucent, not completely filtered. Easily pours a 1" head in a tulip glass. Head laces glass for the duration of the drink.

S: Booze. Smells just like an Olde English 800. There are aroma hops, but just not a lot of them, and they're overwhelmed by the "cheap malt liquor" smell.

T: If Olde English made an IPML, this is what I think it would taste like. Overwhelming malt flavor, underwhelming hop profile. Alcohol is too prevalent--it should be masked, or at least matched, by an ample amount of hops and better malts.

M: Good carbonation. Flavors linger for a long time. The cheap maltiness goes away soon, and the bitterness sticks around for a long time.

O: It's just too similar to a cheap malt liquor for me to drink this one again. I don't know what malts were used in the making of this beer, but they need to use your standard crystal varieties, and not whatever is in this thing.

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Photo of joemcgrath27
3.33/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

from notes, and big props to my BA bud andrenaline for walking miles to a liquor outlet while on a business trip in order to bring back some new brews to share
A - super hazy burnt orange, nice tan head with lots of sticky lacing, looks like a winner
S - super sweet and woody with caramel, cedar, and light earthiness
T - heavy caramel maltiness, earthy and woody, light citrus hoppiness on the end, not bad but not really what I was expecting from and double IPA
M - thick full feel, but almost no carbonation, making the bitterness a little harder to swallow
O - not that it tastes bad, but it does not fit the style and the lack of carbonation taints the drinking experience, dissapointed

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Photo of berebrando
3.33/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

found this bottle at hi times in costa mesa. I'm usually interested in any bottle labelled IPA. this bottle in particular caught my eye because I hadn't seen it befor. the label boasts strong hop and grapefruit. I sensed the grapefruit but the hoppy bitterness was lost in the sweet malt. it was a little sweet for my liking. nonetheless, at over nine percent, I enjoyed the whole twenty two ounces. this is probably not a brew i would buy again, but it was interesting to test out an IPA of the Maine variety

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Photo of mithrascruor
3.33/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Callahan's, San Diego.

Pours a dark clear amber color with a big off-white head. Fairly floral aroma with some spices. Tastes of fruit (not just citrus, but also a lot of apples/pears), and hops spiciness. Not much bitterness, but there's a lot of bubble-gum in the aftertaste. Medium-bodied with moderate carbonation. Not a big fan of the taste here - too fruity and bubble-gum-y for a double IPA; they pretty much overpower the hop flavors. I'll pass next time.

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Photo of TheBrewo
3.32/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

We pour a bomber into our oversized tasting snifters, revealing a brew of ruby, caramel coloring. It holds a quickly evaporating half finger tall head of eggshell colored bubbles. Specks of lacing are noted, as is a thick haze that remains for the rest of the tasting. Carbonation appears to be extremely light. The nose gives notes of oily green olives, melty toffee sugars, rich caramel and light coffee maltiness, board chalk, vinyl plastics, chemical and medicinal phenols, big red cherry syrup fruitiness, soapy and gently citric hops, fusel booze, red wine vinegar, and mineral. The taste displays a malt bomb, if we’ve ever seen one!! The mouth meets huge notes of toffee and caramel maltiness, pale and amber grain grit, lemony, citric, and soapy hoppiness, synthetic lemon cleaner, ice and mineral, fermented red delicious apples, pink cotton candy, browned grass, chlorine, phenolic plastics, mustiness, sweet sun tea, clean molasses, and honey-rich, mead-like booziness. The body is chewy, and the carbonation is medium. The mouth is met with fullness, but otherwise lacks overt creaminess or frothiness. The palate is left dried with light astringency. The abv is appropriate, and the beer drinks as a faster sipper, right down the middle.

Overall, we were obviously pulled in by the “quad/XXXX” IPA label…very fancy indeed. Actually, it stems from British brewing convention, so the joke is on us. In all seriousness, however, this would be better suited as a quad, as it showcases an intense richness of malts that is atypical of anything in the IPA family. The numerous hops advertised on the bottle are hard to discern, but the bittering citric, floral quality of the cascades is apparent, but the subtleties of the other varietals are lost on us. Across the many IPAs/imperial IPAs we’ve sampled, this is amongst the maltiest we’ve encountered. That’s great if you prefer that type of beer stylistically, but we felt that the malts took too much of the picture away from the hops here, and we were left with something rather hollow and disproportionate.

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Photo of argock
3.32/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle into a pinot noir wine glass. Best by Nov 14 notched on side of label and 3284 on bottle neck. Single purchased at Total Wine (Norwalk, CT).

A: Ruby-amber and clear with 1-finger of oatmeal-colored head with good retention and a widespread smattering of lacing.

S: Aroma is lacking with not much aroma -- mostly a bit of dark crystal malts and herbal, earthy, lightly floral hops. A light buttery note from the yeast.

T: Flavor is pleasant but uninteresting with some dark crystal malt sweetness and roastiness coupled with benign floral and herbal hopping. Yeast again brings some butteriness, and alcohol is light to well-hidden. Bitterness is light-moderate.

M: Smooth but lightly tacky and with medium-full body and relatively low carbonation.

O: A benign but boring beer with good ABV kick but not much else to say. Flavor fits the balanced DIPA style, but the hops are too subdued and crystal maltiness is too much or the style.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
3.31/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Wow, from great to blah on the ratings here. Pours great! Caramel/orange/brown bright body with an off-white, tan head. Thick and rocky.

Oh. Sweet caramel and molasses aroma. Hops are in there; some pine and grapefruit, but quite faint...or over powered. Ooof. Sweet. Like a hoppy Wee-Heavy.

Yeah, taste is sweet too. The caramel and malt just beat down the hops, they don't stand a chance. It's frustrating to know hops are there...but can't quite enjoy them

Alcohol has more bite to it in the end than the hops. I can see this being a good beer. But it's no A2IPA imho. Not sure, maybe aging this would be ok since the hops are beaten anyway.

Couldn't finish the bottle. Sad. Too sweet, too boozy for me.

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Photo of HamdenHector
3.31/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A: somewhat hazy; bronze colored; less than 1 finger of off-white head that was gone in 2 minutes; minimal lacing;

S: caramel malt forward; alcohol; pineapple in the background;

T: sweet caramel malt all the way through; boozy; minimal bitterness;

M: medium to heavy bodied; light to medium carbonation;

O: too much malt flavor and sweetness for my taste;

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Photo of claspada
3.3/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Aromas are overall mild with some caramel malt and orange citrus character. Honey, and herbal/piney hops make an appearance upon further analysis.

Taste follows the nose. Up front is sweet biscuit malt, with touches of honey. Finishes with an herbal hop bitterness. There are a slight butterscotch notes which become more apparent as this warms.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, slightly syrupy. Could use a touch more carbonation for me.

Overall, surprisingly English in character. Alcohol heat lingers in the long bitter finish. Let this one warm a little and the flavor becomes much more intense. Overall a slight letdown as I have been trying to find this one for a real long time so I over-hyped it in my mind I guess. Still very good.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.3/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a tumbler.

Does Shipyard's "X" system correspond to that used on old-timey moonshine jugs? I sure as hell hope so! *slaps knee like old-timey hillbilly stereotype* ..ahem... Anyway, this stuff pours a clear rusty amber topped by a finger of relatively short-lived off-white foam. The nose comprises spicy greens, dry pine needles, light grass, lighter biscuit, and rich caramel underneath it all. The taste seems to focus on the spicy greens and pine needles, which have somehow regained their former luster since last we interacted. A small rush of dry toffee comes in near the end, but it just doesn't get its job done: the hops go uncut and run amok. (Note: This is occasionally a good thing, but this is more bland riot than organized revolution...if that makes sense...) The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a dry, sticky finish. Overall, an okay DIPA, but the hops don't really bite as much as they bludgeon. Frankly, I prefer to be bitten...

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Photo of DovaliHops
3.29/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear amber color with a medium white head that disappears quickly. Scent is alcohol, malt, very little hoppiness, and a bit of skunkiness. I don't know what it is, but this smells nothing like a DIPA should smell like. It's on tap, but doesn't smell fresh at all. Taste isn't very fresh either, unless they intended for it to taste this way. There are definitely some hoppy flavors with a lot of grapefruit citrus. A lot of caramel malt and alcohol flavors. Mouthfeel is sticky. Drinkability is fair. Although this beer is not horrible, it was very disappointing.

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Photo of Omnium
3.27/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Bomber > Pint Glass

A - Amber color with a finger of fizzy off white head, no lacing.
S - Unpleasant aroma, lots of toffee, biscuit and slightly burnt caramel malt, some candied orange, slight pine, and alcohol.
T - Extremely sweet, wayyy too much malt, thats all you really get in here, some grapefruit and sweet orange, and there's a lot of booziness to it. Even a tad soapy.
M - Somewhat smooth, but definitely some alcohol burn.
O - Not good, too much malt sweetness and not enough bitterness.

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Photo of jjh19
3.26/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: My bottle of XXXX IPA poured with a terrific head, quite bubbly and impressive. The color was orange with some bronze accents.

Smell: Fairly mild smell.

Taste: My first sip was fruity sweet. Not candy sweet but sweet for an IPA. Surprising. I would've expected (hoped) for more hops on the initial taste. The more surprising thing is, I never got a lot of the hops or dryness that was described. If anything, this left me wanting more of a hoppy balance. And I'm definitely not a hop-head!

Mouthfeel: A decent mouthfeel, medium body. Nothing out of the ordinary.

Drinkability: I found my bottle of XXXX IPA to be fairly meh. It looked great with the pour but after that, I can't say I'd recommend it. Perhaps my bottle wasn't a prime example of this Shipyard Ale.

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Photo of Rhettroactive
3.25/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

From bomber to pint glass on 2/28/11
*From notes

A big thanks goes out to SirRuss for this one - cheers!

A: Rich and cloudy copper haze. Sticky 2+ finger head on a standard pour. Attractive, sticky lacing.

S: Caramelized hops, tree resin and persistent alcohol.

T: It's somewhat sweet from the alcohol, with large amounts of burnt toffee. Minor impressions of hoppy bitterness finsih this one out.

M: Really thick and creamy. It's spot-on for the DIPA style, and considering what I feel is lacking in the taste, this give the brew a needed boost.

O: This is a good effort from Shipyard. I wasn't expecting a lot from this one, but it overachieves and made a fairly good impression. There are certainly better DIPA's out there, but in a pinch, this one will do.

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Photo of utfiero
3.25/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Color- color cloudy peachy. Medium head.

Aroma- candied tangerine.

Taste- Starts like a barley wine, very sweet and strong, then finishes with an intense tangerine peel tartness. I'm not a fan of this one.

Poured from 650 ml bomber into a Liefmans Goudenband glass (my preferred all purpose beer tasting glass). Tasted 12/31/12.

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Photo of boyermi206
3.23/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance is good, very clear bright orange amber.

Smell is very malty sweet, not really picking up the hops they say are present.

taste is sweet, malty and not really hoppy slight alcohol bite at the end maybe.

mouthfeel is pretty good, heavy full and smooth.

Overall maybe worth a try but don't go out of your way to get this. I keep wanting to like Shipyard since they are local but they seem to produce average beers.

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Photo of Lerxst
3.23/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Best By date of Dec. 2011

A-Pours a clear amber with a nice one inch off white head that has good retention and leaves a good amount of lace all the way down.

S-A slightly sweet biscuity malt hits first, wisps of toffee, hops are there-citrus and floral with hints of pine-are muted and playing second fiddle here.

T-Substantial, slightly sweet biscuity malt backbone makes the initial impression. As with the nose, the hops are playing second fiddle-citrus with a bit more of a resinous flavor than in the nose, a bit earthy. But the back end and finish is sweet and malty.

M-Medium body with relatively light carbonation, slightly syrupy, slick and oily.

O-Not bad, but not particularly memorable either. If you like your DIPAs with a strong malt backbone, this one should be right up your alley, Personally, I prefer my DIPAs less on the sweet side and with a more formidable hop presence.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.22/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Transcribed from notes dtd Sa, 30 Oct 2010.

Zero head, period. Color was a gorgeous orangish-copper with NE-plus clarity. What a turn-around from yesterday when Imbiber was bemoaning cakes of yeast still in suspension and falling out. Raoul referred to this beer as "falling bright" and this was certainly it. Nose was so hot that my nose hairs sizzled! This was NOT a beer for the uninitiated or weak of heart. Mouthfeel was surprisingly smooth, but with a heat that would make a dragon envious. Finish was (literally) breathtaking. I was obviously out of practice. I usually enjoy such boundary-pushing beers, but given all of the other winners of the past couple of days, this was simply too much. Enjoy as you dare or see fit.

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Photo of mikey711
3.21/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

A: Bright amber color with some carbonation that rises from the bottom of the glass. Minimal head of less than a quarter inch with out much retention but good rings are left behind with each sip

S: Very floral smelling with some caramel and a peppermint not that was slightly off putting.

T: Again the floralness is very present with a mild hint of pine. There is almost a watermelon perfumy type of taste that is not great. Also the caramel comes through pretty intensely as well.

M: Some fusal alcohol, but the body is very good along with the creaminess. Definitely the highlight of the beer

D: Somewhat of a letdown to be honest. There was nothing great about the beer except the body and creaminess. Not one to write home to mom about

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Photo of wangbruins
3.21/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Smooth pour without much head and a nice deep amber color but not as dark as I thought it would be

S- Usual and some sugar and cherry

T- Brown sugar taste, very sweet, with a smokey ending

M- Smoother and lighter than I expected. Not as bold and not as much but either.

D- Easy to drink but the high ABV would make that tough

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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 jampics2
3.21/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. I've been craving the hops these days, let's hope this delivers!

Looks decent. An orangeish amber color with a white head that leaves decent lacing.

Nose doesn't keep the good streak alive. It's really, really bland smelling. The most notable smell is caramel malt. Some perfumey hops pretend to invade my olefactory, then about-face and march away. Left me scratching my head.

OK, what's going on here? This is a Double IPA, right? Tastes like a homebrew experiment gone wrong. Starts with sweet caramel and vanilla, then a slight citrus burst, followed by more malt, noticeable alcohol, and a bitter aftertaste. The beer has no true identity, as it's a malt heavy DIPA with very little favor hops - the floral qualities flash by while the early boil bittering hops fight the malt and eventually linger longer. If I was served this blind w/o any style description, I'd say it was either an aged strong English IPA or, more likely, an American Barleywine.

Mouthfeel is light to medium light. Really easy to drink and this beer does have flavor, but I expect a different approach to an Imperial IPA - it needs to focus on both ends of the spectrum of where hops can add taste. The early flavors - citrus, perfume, tropical, pine - are all nonexistent, instead a malty ride finishes with lingering bitterness. Just not a great beer IMO.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.19/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Comes in a dark orange position on the color spectrum. Almost leaning auburn. Head of 1/3". Where is the hop aroma?

Taste is another large imperial ipa without a lot of hop flavor, but immense bitterness and crystal malt caramel feels. This one also has toffee feels too. Hides the alcohol ok but its too one dimensional for my tastes and wallet. All them C and noble hop feels.

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Photo of trubeernick
3.18/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Pour- Nice. Head was decent and came down in about a minute

Smell- Fresh and hoppy

Taste- Pretty good for a strong IPA. Doesnt feel like an over 9% beer. Pretty strong after taste in the mouth though..

Overall- Good beer, probably won't get another one, but love IPAs and trying new ones

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Shipyard XXXX IPA (Pugsley's Signature Series) from Shipyard Brewing Co.
3.69 out of 5 based on 710 ratings.
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