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Shipyard Smashed Blueberry (Pugsley's Signature Series) - Shipyard Brewing Co.

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Shipyard Smashed Blueberry (Pugsley's Signature Series)Shipyard Smashed Blueberry (Pugsley's Signature Series)

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175 Reviews
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Reviews: 175
Hads: 559
Avg: 3.92
pDev: 27.04%
Wants: 70
Gots: 101 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Shipyard Brewing Co. visit their website
Maine, United States

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: Jason on 05-11-2011

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Reviews by WesWes:
Photo of WesWes
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark brown/black color with a thick frothy tan head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has your typical porter scent; roasted, earthy black malts with some chocolate malt balance. The blueberry aroma is tart and refreshing. The taste is good as well. It has a solid malt base consisting of dry, earthy, roasted malts as well as some crystal/chocolate malts for some added sweetness. The blueberry character is mild and compliments the malt bill. It goes down smooth with little indication of this being a 9% abv beer. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a good to great fruit beer. It's a nice take on the porter style along with an adequate/not over the top blueberry addition.

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Photo of SerialTicker
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Best by 11-8-15, poured 6-12-15. Clearly, Shipyard wants you to drink this one as fresh as possible, despite its high ABV. I suppose you could try cellaring it, but I wouldn't bother.

Appearance: Aggressive pour into the glass didn't do much. Smashed Blueberry is a clear ruby black color. There's really no lacing to speak of, and only a very small khaki-colored ring around the glass.

Smell: Fantastic/as advertised. This smells primarily like smashed blueberries with some very nice roasty undertones. Really one of the best beers I've ever smelled. Nothing artificial smelling about this beer at all, just a load of blueberries on top of roasted malts.

Taste/feel: Frustrating sums this up. It definitely has a nice taste to it, but the smell had me hoping for so much more. The biggest drawback I think with this beer is the feel -- I really wish this were just an imperial stout so it was more rich. The body is moderate with this beer, and the carbonation is moderate-to-high, which sort of makes it drink like a sessionable fruit beer -- obviously, at 9%, this isn't a sessionable beer. That's what bothers me most about Smashed Blueberry, but it doesn't ruin the beer at all. The flavor is also a bit of a bummer, since its unlike the aroma. The blueberry's still there, but not in as huge of a way, as it's a bit muddled underneath the roasted malts. Sipping along, this drinks a lot like a 6% porter when -- personal preference, most likely -- I'd like it to be heavier and sweeter in the form of an imperial stout.

This is easily one of the better fruit beers I've had despite its shortcomings, and would both have it again and recommend picking it up... just prepare for a taste that just doesn't match in the incredible aroma.

EDIT: As this warms up, it develops a better flavor and changes fairly dramatically -- while I'm still disappointed that it's not a burly imperial stout, I'm bumping the taste by a quarter point. When it's warmed up the blueberry seems to come out more in the flavor, even offering a slight tartness. On top of that, a little bit of alcohol flavor slides in to make this drink more like a 9% beer ought to. Very nice beer -- definitely don't drink this one right out of the fridge. It's more impressive as it warms up. Upped the taste and overall ratings by a quarter point.

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Photo of oberon
4.33/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours into a standard pint glass a deep dark brown with a thinner light beige head atop,Iam a little surprised at the look,as the bottle says"between a scotch ale and a porter".Holy smoke the aroma is freakin amazing!Sweet and tart blueberries take over the room Iam in...just awesome,a bit of cookie dough is there as well as sweet alcohol as it warms.Flavors of sweet and mildy tart bueberries mixed in with chocolate,not overly sweet by any means there is a bit of roast and earth in the finish.I could never imagine I would rate fruit beer this high but man this beers rocks!

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Photo of beerhunter13
1.75/5  rDev -55.4%

Photo of t2grogan
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of bulldogg915
4.75/5  rDev +21.2%

Photo of SunDevilBeer
3.97/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Admittedly, I am not a Shipyard fan. I dislike the buttery diacetyl taste present in most of their beers.

I was at a bar recently an noticed this beer on draft. Curiosity got the best of me.

Half the value of this beer is in its appearance and smell. Black, and smell of buttery, caramelly blueberry. Kinda like blueberry pancakes.

The sweetness is subdued in the taste. This is more like a scotch ale with a blueberry essence. Very boozy, but not overwhelmingly so.

A really interesting beer. Glad I tried it.

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Photo of generallee
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of bishopdc0
3.82/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On Tap at the great lost bear.

The color is black with a slight lacing on the glasses edge.

The aroma is sweet blueberry wow the only beer that actually smells of blueberries and not a syrup and a slight malt and citrus

The taste is of a scotch ale starts with a slight sweet malt. The malt subsides and becomes a slightly roasted, the porter aspect of this beer. The blueberry lingers from beginning to end.

shipyard showing that blueberries can go in a beer.

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Photo of JakerLou
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of megamass
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of tigg924
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: 1/4 inch head, hazy, dark reddish-brown in color, high carbonation

Smell: blueberry, chocolate, earth, and roasted malt

Taste: deep roasted malt and coffee to start, with a very earthy middle, and the sweet but natural blueberries that shine through on the end.

Mouthfeel: heavy body, bitter in a malty roasty way with sweetness at the end, high carbonation

Drinkability: I am generally not a fan of Shipyard, but I have to give them credit with this one. I think this innovative brew is their best. I would get this one again. The bulk of the beer is a good Scotch ale. The blueberries really come through at the end and seem natural and not cloying. Somehow this works. Kind of like DarkHorse’s Tres with more of a Scotch base beer than a stout. I prefer DH’s better but this is certainly one I will come back to.

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Photo of olradetbalder
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of JohnnyBarman
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bomber from the Conestoga LCBO, enjoyed on a muggy afternoon with chocolate and fruit dessert. Label says this is in the porter style with some scotch ale characteristics as well.

Poured into my Duvel tulip. Dark chocolate in colour with chestnut around the edges. Decent head of foam, recedes into a thick ring. Some lacing. Nice looking porter, actually.

As soon as the bottle was opened, from about a foot away I got a potent whiff of blueberry pie - quite inviting. As my nose became accustomed to the blueberry blast, I was able to pick out semi-sweet chocolate and a bit of woodsiness.

I've long said that fruit beers always sound much better than they turn out to be, but I think I've finally found the exception. This brew really was quite enjoyable. The porter/scotch ale base was very nice, boasting some dark chocolate, oak/wood and cream flavors, while the blueberry flavor - while certainly potent - did not dominate the beer, save for in the aftertaste. The high ABV is well hidden - I would have put this at 6 or 7 tops if I hadn't already read the label. Creamy feel, thick bodied (!) and with light carbonation.

This is a great fruit beer because of two things. First, the two parts (fruit flavor and beer base) are done well and could survive on their own. Secondly, the fruit flavor accentuates the brew rather than overpower it, clash with it or be so faint as to fade into nothingness. Certainly worth a try.

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Photo of chudson1992
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of jondeelee
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smashed Blueberry opens with a nose that thankfully does not resemble blueberry jam or pie, which is a serious concern of mine with fruit beers. Instead, while there is a hint of fresh blueberries around the edges, the beer mainly smells of dark malts, which bring coffee and tobacco, as well as molasses and caramel. The malt aromas are of roughly the intensity that would be expected from a solid porter. The overall effect is something like a quality piece of blueberry pie served at a '50s diner, complete with a cuppa joe and just a faint hint of secondhand smoke drifting over from the far corner.

On the tongue, the beer is simultaneously porter, scotch, and blueberry, the flavors intermingling beautifully. The malts and hops bring coffee, vanilla, anise, and touches of ash and peat, as well as a hoppy pine-and-lemon bite, and the blueberries add just a smidgen of berry flavor, nicely complementing the darker malts. Hops do tend to gain in intensity as the sugars die off, and halfway through a mouthful held long enough on the tongue, a strong grapefruit flavor comes through. Right at the end, a strong chocolate malt note blasts out. The aftertaste is mainly porter flavors--chocolate malt, ash, and coffee--with small hints of blueberry sticking to the teeth. Mouthfeel is medium, and carbonation is medium.

Overall, this is quite good beer, and again thankfully does not resemble blueberry-based foods in any way. Instead, the blueberry sugars and esters provide a lovely counterpoint to the dark malt flavors, much like black coffee can taste lovely with berry pies. Recommended.

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Photo of Janeinma
3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of Sinnian
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of ehammond1
3.72/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle (2011)

Dark brown, nearly black, with what I want to say is purple highlights near the edges. Quickly forming, persistent khaki colored head and spots of lacing left down the glass.

The aroma is awash in fresh blueberries--authentic, juicy, and plump blueberries--quite stunning. There's also an underlying roasted malt and slight chocolate hint as well. This was my favorite aspect of this beer.

The blueberry flavor doesn't stand out quite as strongly as I thought it might after being floored by the aroma. The typical porter flavors are present--roasted malt, bittersweet chocolate, and of course, there is some dark blueberry flavor pushing through behind it all.

Medium to thick mouthfeel with somewhat low carbonation.

A decent blueberry ale, and I'm glad it wasn't overbearingly sweet. Above average.

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Photo of far333
3.96/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Inky black and opaque with a low head of oatmeal colored foam that settles out quickly and leaves some soapy bubbles. Aroma of roasted malt and toffee, with noticeable but well-balanced blueberry notes.

Rich flavors of dark malt, cocoa and coffee, laced with blueberry flavors that complement well. Not overdone, not too sweet, just a great balance and subtle yet pleasing complement to the porter flavors. Subtle floral hops ride beneath. Full and rich mouthfeel. This is a great beer that has achieved a perfect balance of flavors. This base porter would likely work well in the same proportion with other complementary flavors - raspberry, chipotle, etc. Well done.

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Photo of Duff_Man
3.73/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of hitshtwithsticks
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of williamjbauer
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of chinchill
4.26/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Opaque, even in full sun, but with mahogany edges. Tan head with very good retention.

A malty beer with plenty of natural blueberry aroma, more subtle blueberry flavor and a noticeable hops presence.
Superbly balanced flavor profile: bitter-sweet, as well as having an excellent level of blueberry.

Overall: An Imperial Blueberry Ale. Rich and flavorful without being at all challenging. One of the highlights of new (to me) beers at the 2011 HOTober Beer Fest.

(review tweeked with a 22 oz bottle drunk in Sept. 2013)

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Photo of Mpkeith29
2.75/5  rDev -29.8%

I'm not a good reviewer. In fact I probably suck and should be banned from voicing my opinion. Free speech prevents such action...

This beer reminds me very little of Blueberry anything. I love Wild Blue... The sweet Blueberries are delicious! I've been hoping to find something to top it. This ain't it.

It's good, don't get me wrong... But very few Blueberries were harmed in creating this stuff. Had it been called 'Chocolate covered Blueberries with coffee and porter/stout" at least I'd have known what to expect. I like it, for a pint. After that... I'd ask for a seltzer to cut the heavy flavors left in my mouth. Call it something other than "smashed Blueberry" (unless you were smashed when you named it). Sorry, this is a total fail for a Blueberry concoction.

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Shipyard Smashed Blueberry (Pugsley's Signature Series) from Shipyard Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 175 ratings.