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 salvo
4.2/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured crystal clear amber with orange highlights into a chilled pint glass with an inch of light tan sticky head, dissipating to puffy islands of foam. Leaves significant lacing and pine stickiness down the glass. Bottle labelled best before "F 11."

Smell is biscuit sweetness with honey, vanilla, and molasses with just a slight hint of Christmas balsam and jasmine flower way in the background. Complex, indeed!

The taste starts all malt just below the threshold of "too sweet" but finishes bitter with mild alcohol burn and herbal/spicy hops. Hints of coriander seed. Next sip is more pronounced black pepper on the tongue with a sourness in the finish that I am quite enjoying, and again the suggestion of coriander. Subsequent sips are bitter and almost raspy in the throat. Delightful.

Quite complex both in the taste and smell; it's a big beer and the full bodied mouth feel -- chewiness, toothsome, even -- is appropriate but does bring down the "drinkability;" it's something to end an evening with, preferably with a good friend. Did not suffer on the thousand mile drive to the midwest.

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Photo of DoctorDog
4.2/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12oz. bottle into a snifter. "Best enjoyed before: M 11" notched on left side of the label.

A- Orange / copper, and fairly hazy. ~1 1/2 fingers of light tan head, which fades gradually to a island of bubbles.

S- Oranges/grapefruit/citrus, along with some tea-like notes provide a nice hop aroma. Solid backing of sweet caramel malt notes.

T- Big caramel sweetness is first up. Tea-like hop flavors with a touch of grapefruit provide a nice bitter counter-punch. Unique contrast from what I've grown to expect in a DIPA, and one that works. Very nicely done.

M- Moderate carbonation, with a medium-full feel. A bit syrupy.

D- Good. Solid smell and interesting, pleasing flavor, and the despite the fairly high ABV, drinks easy.

Future outlook: Not your everyday DIPA flavor profile, but one that I nonetheless thoroughly enjoyed. I'll probably pick this up again, and might even see how it hold up to a bit of aging.

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Photo of Knapp85
4.2/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out as a nice golden color. The head was thick and white in color. The lacing sticks pretty well to my glass. The smell of the beer had a pretty good hoppy aroma to it, very inviting. The taste of the beer has a solid malt backbone with some citrusy & floral hops. The mouthfeel is very drinkable, with a good carbonation. Overall I found this beer to be pretty impressive, I would eventually like to revisit this one again. I'd say it's worthy of trying.

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Photo of Sixofsigmas
4.17/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Copper fluffy head... Standard IPA'ish fair...

Caramel, sweet candy, brown sugar, orange zest/rind, bready....

Taste was completely different with notes of pine, grapefruit, sweet fruity pebbles, nice bitter finish with a touch of caramel to balance it all out. Boozy warmth.

Medium body, very smooth, resiny, good carb.

Amazingly sessionable... was disappointed I only got one.

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Photo of Casey10
4.13/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into challice.

A - Darker amber hue 1 to 1/2 finger foam into glass.

S - Mostly citrus smell is good

T - good little bit of pine and citrus here as well.

M - Pine and faint grapfruit a bit of bite not bad.

D - Given that this is a 9.25 ABV this is very drinkable and could drink a lof of these which is both good and scary - very smooth for a IPA of this nature.

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Photo of Wamesit
4.13/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a robust orange/amber with a good, but light, head that gives way to solid lacing.

S- Not as strong a hops presence as one might imagine; by that I might mean it isn't overpowering. Pale as well as some sweet, almost caramel, malts in the nose. Perhaps a hint of fruity yeast. Strong wave of alcohol in the back of the aroma.

T - Not what I expected. Taste follows the aroma pretty straightforwardly. Flavorful, rich and varied, but not what one expects in a DIPA. Balanced (perhaps too balance for the style) but delicious. The hops runs from a citrus front to a spicy back. Floral throughout as well. A solid spectrum.

M - Medium and chewy. I feared, based on the very light head, that this would be too carbonation for the rich style but it was perfect.

D - As a DIPA a hophead might feel let down but regardless of the unique take on the style this is a well-crafted, well-balanced, and well-done beer. Very drinkable but just watchout for the 9.25%!

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Photo of Gobzilla
4.12/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: poured a nutty amber with yellow highlights and half finger white head that had good sticky lacing.

S: floral hops, malts and caramel aromas with hints of sweet candy.

T: candy sweetness with a pleasent mild hop bitterness and hints of caramel, booze. It also has a decent malt balance as well.

M: oily medium body with good amount of carbonation that accents the flavors and has a mild bitter boozy finish.

D: a very enjoyable Ipa that didn't have an overwhelming amount of sweetness but does not live up to the xxxx in the hop punch.

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Photo of Patrick999
4.12/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pouring it into my Stone imperial pint - hard pour results in a couple thumbnails of foam. A little lacing down the sides, nice retention.

Very nice DIPA nose...apricot, grapefruit, orange marmalade, and a little buttered bread.

Well, there's no getting around the Ringwood yeast entirely....I was told this beer has very little diacetyl presence for a Shipyard beer. Largely, that is correct - I get much more of a pleasing citric hop taste than diacetyl. Yet, you're not getting around it entirely. Thankfully, the buttery taste doesn't prove as annoying here as in some other Shipyard beers....there's more going on. Big hops and substantial caramel malts relegate the Ringwood to a supporting role....I like it that way. Fairly complicated for a DIPA...there's a shedload of different hops and malts in here.

Aftertaste, I don't know what the F is up with my palate, but I swear I get a little cumin in the fairly long aftertaste. Weird, but not unpleasant.

Good slightly sticky, slightly resinous feel.

Apparently, this beer is the real thing. This is a quality East Coast DIPA. Shipyard never seems to be much of a BA favorite, myself included - but I have a feeling this beer will win some converts, especially from the balanced-DIPA adherents. Good job Mr. Pugsley.

I SWEAR there's cumin in the aftertaste. Agree?

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Photo of CorvetteMike
4.1/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From bottle to glass light amber color with nice head.
a: Light amber color, 1 finger width head
s: Malts, hops with a grapefruit smell
t: Sweet tasting IPA, some bitterness, slight aftertaste
m: Medium body, with a bitterness to it
o: Very good IPA, smoother than expected, some bitterness, but not overpowering
Purchased single bottle, but will buy a six pack next time.

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Photo of Zorro
4.1/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Found at the San Luis Obispo BevMo, must sample while I have the opportunity. Drank from a Stone Ruination glass.

Chill hazed dark amber colored beer with a tall off-white colored head. Dark enough this could be called red.

Smell is strong and malty with a woody and smoky aroma. Smells mostly of English styled hops herbal and earthy with a tobacco aroma. Spicy and woody describes this best. Smells very much like a super sized English Pale Ale.

Starts out Woody caramel with a dry butterscotch finish. Candy on wood with some smoke. A chest warmer but no NW Hop Bomb. Quite tame for the style, essentially an English Double IPA.

Mouthfeel is good.

Drinkability is where this beer really shines. This maybe be a over 9% beer but your tongue knows nothing about it. Essentially a tame and somewhat smoky English Style Barleywine in your glass. A different take on the Mega IPA from an English point of view.

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Photo of jyuhas
4.09/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - deep golden orange with some lacing

Smell - biscuit, caramel matliness; resiny, piney hops; nice balance of malt and hop aromas; but wine and light alcohol warmth play into the aroma as well

Taste - resiny hops dominating a good amount of bitterness, although the hops and caramel malts battle for the finish

Mouthfeel - nice full body with a creamy feel

Overall - pretty enjoyable beer with complex aroma

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.08/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Best Enjoyed Before: February 2011.

Appearance: Dispenses a clear, orange-amber body with a large, billowing, yellow-tinged head.

Smell: Largely fruity hop notes of passion fruit, pink grapefruit, and tangelos, with a light backing of fresh florals. Sweetish malty accents of hard butterscotch candies and honey-brushed bread.

Taste: Moderately sweet beginning of caramel, honey, and luscious butterscotch with a bready maltiness. Floral, tropical American hop character, boldly bitter, and with a minute spiciness. The firm maltiness revisits before the swallow. Touch of alcohol warmth on the bittersweet finish, though the sweetness drops out leaving the bitterness to endure in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation. Smooth, lightly chewy, lightly oily mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Fairly easy to drink all things considered. I found it to be a pleasant surprise from Shipyard, but for those preferring a more slackened malt profile and seeking a harder, harsher hoppiness might be disappointed with this.

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Photo of DrinkingDrake
4.07/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thin foamy head over a deep copper/red body.

Aroma is sweet caramel malts with peach and toffee. Very sweet and syrupy.

Very clean on the tongue the flavor really burst through once it gets past your palette. A little hop bitterness is felt upfront but it blends down to the toffee, honey brittle texture.

I poured this then unexpectedly got dragged away from it. Half hour later I come back the head hasn't changed. I drink half it the head doesn't change and it clings all the way down the glass.It's like pulling a curtain down the side of my pint glass.

Been drinking this beer for about 45m and realized I had been drinking it too cold. As it has warmed up the hop characteristics are extreme. I am tasting so many layers of hop characteristics you can really tell their is more than one variety at work here.

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Photo of DrewKid4
4.05/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

serving type: on tap from New England Brewfest

A: Dark amber in color with decent white head.

S: Besides a typical IPA smell, quite a few hints of sweeter ingredients like honey are involved.

T: Interesting for a dIPA to actually be quite sweet (in comparison to other IPAs) with hints of honey and caramel.

M: Full bodied and lots of flavor.

D: Smoother than most dIPAs, thus easier to drink.

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Photo of phiberoptik
4.05/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours thick and rich with a golden over copper color and a soapy head that dissipates quickly.

Wow... a stuffed nose could smell this one. Big malty backbone comes through. With a beer this big, that's what I expected. Sweet caramelly malt syrup, some pineapple and mango, and some floral hoppiness. My wife says "hibiscus".

No surprise of a strong malt presence takes over this beer, but there is definitely a balanced long bitter finish. Sweet tropical fruit notes come in and our of each sip as well. Nice warm throat after each sip.

Full bodied, viscous texture, great mouth coating, with just enough carbonation for as big as it is.

This is a big beer, and more malty than hoppy but delicious. I wouldnt drink too many of these though. Hides the alcohol well in taste, but not in effect. Definitely give this a try.

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Photo of WesWes
4.05/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a hazy amber color with a thick frothy off-white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a nice pale malt scent along with a very nice hop bouquet and that fruity yeast aroma. It's warm and rich with some caramel malt sweetness. The taste is good as well. It has a stiff hop bitterness along with a rich pale and crystal malt flavor. It goes down slow with a good deal of warmth in the finish. The hop character is well pronounced. The esters are present, but the hops eliminate most of them. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a very good beer. Shipyard is producing some fine ales. The Pugsley Series is the cream of the crop.

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Photo of heysuz
4.05/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Intro: 22 oz. poured into a pint glass. Shared with a friend.

Appearance: Dark amber color but cloudy, good amount of head with strong lacing that stayed with the beer throughout the sampling.

Smell: There was a good hop smell with some fruity almost citrus like aroma.

Taste: Strong hop note with coffee and mocha notes and some citrus undertones that culminates in a rich flavor.

Mouthfeel: Kind of dry with no after taste.

Drink: The 22 oz bomber disappeared pretty quickly. I would enjoy having it again.

Conclusion: It seems as though the beer got more enjoyable as the session progressed. By the end of the sample I was left wanting another. Will make a point to replenish my stock of this beer.

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Photo of Gambrinus1184
4.05/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served on-tap in a 10 oz. snifter @ the Corner in Litchfield, Conn.

A: Deep orange-amber with a rich, two-finger thick head of dense, creamy off-white foam. Retention is decent and lacing is quite nice.

S: Lush, fruity aroma with loads of apple, pear, citrusy notes and grassy, herbal hop scents.

T: Mellow, semisweet and caramel-like malt flavors hit first with a rush of dry, pine hops before a smooth, fruity malt complex washes over the palate. Bits of citrus, berry and floral notes come to rest in a herbal, grassy and clean finish with minimal alcohol sting and a mellow hop resin.

M: Smooth, full-bodied and slightly creamy, this IPA achieves incredible balance relative to it's strength.

O: A nice surprise that paired well with my BBQ bison burger with pepperjack and fried onions. The 9.25% ABV is masked incredibly well and the hops pull more punches than I'd have thought. A nice New England, East-Coast DIPA.

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Photo of Offa
4.05/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is a very good, well-rounded double IPA.

Copper with a creamy medium-big pale tan head slowly shrinking to a foamy ring, wisps, a little foamy lace.

Aroma is buttery caramelized toast, faint dried fruits (raisiny), citrus, herbal leafiness, juicy yeastiness, and overall a strong buttery toast character.

Taste is buttery, jammy toast and spicy-citrusy-leafy bitterness with strong toasty finish, juicy yeastiness, raisiny character, light alcoholic quality, a bit spicy. It is perhaps a touch on the sweet side, but not much, and is overall well-rounded with a good range of character and a good feel, slightly creamy-oily yet lively.

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Photo of bishopdc0
4.04/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this on my first trip to the SeaDog brew pub in South Portland.

It pours golden amber with little head true to a cask

The aroma is flora hops not over the top reminds me of dogfish 60 sweet citrus but with the trademark buttery aroma true to a Pugley beer nice

The taste is similar to the aroma it is sweet floral hops a nice citrus it is also full of crystal malts making a buttery taste it then finishes with a bitter end very light nice

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Photo of puboflyons
4.04/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle with an expiration date of December 2013. sampled on June 22, 2013.

It pours a handsome looking copper-amber with a long-lasting off-white delicate head. Regular carbonation.

The aroma is more malty and sweet than hoppy with a sort of citrus zing thrown in for good luck. The citrus is akin to pineapple.

The body is medium and basically pretty smooth.

The taste is also rather sweet and malty with a dose of citrus and a low to moderate bitterness at the end.

This beer does not get great reviews on BA it seems. I think people are missing the point. The XXXX stands for the fact that that they use 4 different hop varieties in the brewing process. It does not mean that it would be an extraordinarily bitter and hopped up beer.

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Photo of JAA
4.04/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice, opaque, burnt-orange/copper hue. Producing a one-finger pancake like head. No lacing. Head dissipates to a thin layer, capping the beer.

The bottle does have a nice label. A quadruple mast ship and shiny gold signature of Alan Pugsley on high quality paper.

I really have never gave Shipyard a second chance after trying their year-round crap. But hey, the store i was at had very little selection, so Shipyard got lucky.

Smells sweet and malty. A bit of orange and grapefruit permeate the nose.

Tastes smooth and well balanced. First off i noticed the caramel malts and metallic hops. After a few sips, the bitter hops come in. The orange and grapefruit character dominate from there on out. However the sweet caramel malt is everpresent in the background. Clean finish, balanced aftertaste. Quite tasty.

Mouthfeel is exceptional. Quite smooth and creamy. Perfect carbonation.

Drinkability is good. 9.25% ABV does limit the number of glasses in a session, but it is worth the money and i would but it again. Heck, i already did. I have another bomber in the fridge.

I'm not a real big fan of Shipyard, but they did this one right.

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Photo of flannelman808
4.04/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2011 update on a recent bottle...

A: Fairly light copper colored and pretty clear. A barely off-white sea foam head tops it off. Excellent head retention and lots of lacing. This stuff looks sticky as hell.

S: A soft lemon and orange pulp hits the nose followed by a brown sugary sweetness.

T: Sadly not quite what I remember this one being when I first had it... not as much fruity zest. However that said there is a tingly burst that hits the tongue (I think from lots of carbonation). Bitter notes are herbaceous and somewhat reminiscent of tea leafs.
There is a little bit of lemon zest someplace hidden in the back. Overall this is a very crisp clean beer. There is some sweet almost sugared toast like sweetness but it is very much in the background. This is almost "Dry" feeling more than it is overly bitter. Reminds me of a effing weird twist on a Triple in a way.

M: Carbonic tang

D: Rather High given the abv and overall crispness.

2009 notes...

Huge value beer!!! 7 bucks for a 1 pint 6 oz bottle I would pay 12 or more maybe and still be very pleased.

I haven't tried a double IPA that has impressed me this much in a while.

pours a deep amber red color, and has a frothy, bone white head. Good head retention, right from the start this looks like an epic beer.

on the nose I get malt and sugar, with some of those cascade hops in the background. But mostly it smells like sugar cane and citrus.

This beer is not as sweet as it would lead on... hooray! wow its freaking great. The citrus (mostly in the form of grapefruit for me) comes through strong. Also I get a really nice, strong (but not bitter and overwhelming) hop character. These two flavors cut the sweetness and leave the beer finishing dry (as a good double IPA should in my opinion). It is a glorious beer that will hold up to spicy food or is GREAT to have on its own.

Go get it , well worth the value....

oh and the drinkability is great as well, The alcohol is there but is very pleasant. And I feel like despite the 9.27%abv, that I could go through a few of these.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
4.03/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this in Federal Jack's, where it was listed as a seasonal at 9.65% ABV. Downstairs in the store, I bought a growler of it, which said it was a test batch for Pugsley's Signature Series, and was listed as 8.75% ABV. Anyway, this was a pretty good DIPA. Served in a 12oz tumbler, the beer was an amber color with a medium-sized ecru head and quite a bit of lacing. It had a strong citus aroma, and also a bit of pepper. Some sweet malt at first taste, quickly overrun with grapefruit. Little bit of spice to it. This beer was a mouthful, and very enjoyable.

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Photo of Sammy
4.03/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Strange Brew bartender: You want our cask, it just came on. A: Yes, whatever it is. This is the experience: Orange colour with a lot of lace already in a huge snifter (that's what he gave me). Aroma there is abundant and pleasing hops. Wickedly tasty balance,above average and creamy mouthfeel. I savoured every sip, as my wife stood by my side ever reminding me of our impending flight.

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