Shipyard Smashed Blueberry (Pugsley's Signature Series) - Shipyard Brewing Co.
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Reviews by asabreed:
4.1/5 rDev +6.2%
Bomber into a Brooklyn tulip. Purchased with three other Signature Series brews at Shipyard in Portland.
Appearance: A Guinness-like darkness, where at first it seems maybe opaque, but it’s a deep dark red in the light, and when the glass is tipped, there’s a nice lighter crimson color coming through at the edges. A nice mocha-colored head doesn’t stay too terribly long, but leaves a nice ring around the body of the brew, and nice raindrops slinking slowly down the bulb of the glass.
Smell: A little colder, there’s a nice sense of fresh dough and yeast that rises above the malt aromas, and as it warms, the triumvirate of blueberry, chocolate, and mild coffee really get to work here. And even as it warms further, a more roasted and toasted and darkened sense of malts colors it a little more grain and husk-like than it was before, with faint citrus aromas also sneaking in from the hops. Overall, though, it’s a pretty wild bouquet, and one with a lot going on as the temperature increases and it warms to room temperature.
Taste: I’m not sure why they suggest to drink these Signature brews at 55 degrees, since that seems a little colder than I want it, especially since the nuances here seem to come out at a warmer temperature. It’s a sipper, to be sure, but if out of the fridge, and consumed over at least an hour or an hour and a half or so, that may be the best way to do this. Bright blueberries come at first, and they don’t seem like residual syrup, which I’m not sure isn’t the case as far as where that comes from. Backed by doughiness, grain, mildly acrid coffee, and some semi-sweet lighter chocolate, the finish combines all of those flavors, with a tinge of rind-like grapefruit and citrus hops, but this seems to be the very back end, letting those malt flavors, and the blueberry, be the centerpiece here. It’s actually pretty right on to describe this as a hybrid porter / scotch ale, since there are prevalent characteristics of both. I’m not sure a stout could work here, though I’m sure someone will try it, but it’s dark enough to be a sipper, and light enough not to have to take too terribly long to consume it.
Mouthfeel: For a 9% ABV brew, this feels more toward the lighter side of things. I almost want to say this is slightly watery, but really, I think it may be a testament to the carbonation levels, as everything’s balanced nicely. I think something darker than this would be tough to deal with as far as melding all the flavors well and not having one more dominant over the other, and if they experimented a lot here, whether they did or not I suppose, they got it right, and everything works with the flavors of the brew.
Drinkability: Finally: a blueberry beer worthy of the name. This, to me, seems like the best style here, instead of the lighter wheat or pale ale or lager that breweries often try to deal with, when most of them are residual syrups anyway, and don’t masquerade themselves as anything else remotely well. One of my favorite Shipyard brews, and I don’t know how long they’re making it, but if you find it, definitely try at least a bottle. I’m not sure if there’s anything I’ve had quite like this as far as a brew that uses blueberries, and fittingly enough, Shipyard, located in Maine, is the one to do it this well.
09-23-2011 02:19:33 | More by asabreed
More User Reviews:
4.31/5 rDev +11.7%
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!
10-26-2013 23:36:27 | More by oberon
3.95/5 rDev +2.3%
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.
07-16-2011 01:04:47 | More by SunDevilBeer
3.83/5 rDev -0.8%
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.
09-20-2011 03:13:20 | More by bishopdc0
4/5 rDev +3.6%
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.
07-21-2011 13:15:07 | More by tigg924
4.05/5 rDev +4.9%
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.
06-18-2012 01:14:12 | More by JohnnyBarman
4.22/5 rDev +9.3%
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.
11-11-2011 21:28:08 | More by jondeelee
3.68/5 rDev -4.7%
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.
09-26-2011 17:38:09 | More by ehammond1
4.24/5 rDev +9.8%
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 dluebery flavor and a noticeable hops presence.
Superbly balanced flavor profile: bitter-sweet, as well as having an excellent level of blueberry.
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 with22 oz bottle drunk in Sept. 2013)
10-04-2011 22:49:32 | More by chinchill
3.65/5 rDev -5.4%
This brew is very dark brown, with a strong aroma of not just blueberry, but blueberry muffin. Its taste has a porter-like darkness to it with chocolate notes, and the blueberry flavor is connected to the medium carbonation of the beer (those sensations go hand-in-hand during the experience). The dominant quality is fruity and tangy, though the finish is dry and just a bit hoppy. Mouthfeel is light, making this boldly-flavored beer surprisingly drinkable!
I recommend this beer primarily because it's different from any fruit beer I've ever tried, though the flavor is a lot darker than I usually prefer for berry-based fruit beers (hence the blueberry muffin quality as opposed to a more refreshing straight-up blueberry). Some good work by Shipyard, overall!
12-27-2011 03:08:40 | More by SolarMikey
4.33/5 rDev +12.2%
I absolutely loved the aged smashed pumpkin that I had last fall so I am expecting greatness from this one.
A-Cherry cola with garnet at the edges and a thick tan head that settles rapidly and laces decently. Near filtered clarity where light comes through.
S-Nose is blueberry, roasted chicory, mocha, and a slight soap note.
T-Wow!. The first thing that hits you is the nearly unholy decadence of the creaminess of this beer. Sweet blueberries and scotch ale clearly open the palate. Roasted mocha and chicory carry through from the nose, and mix with desiccated dark fruits and figs that lead to an astringent clean finish with a mild sting of finish hops that leaves almost a barrel-aged smoke residue on the palate. As this brew warms, it opens up in new ways, and the levels of flavor and complexity get more nuanced. Clearly a high abv brew, but never does the blueberry interfere with the experience or dominate it...it simply enhances it. Superb.
M-Well balanced mouthfeel, creamy with well balanced carbonation.
O-(the former "drinkability" category) This very much blew me away. Pugsley says this is a porter/scotch ale enhanced by blueberries and the whole clearly exceeds the sum of its parts. I can't help but think that this combination results in something very near a Belgian quad with a different yeast profile. Once in awhile I get surprised....this was the second beer this calendar year that blew me away (the first was Cigar City's Bolita Brown...but that is the subject of another review....)
08-06-2011 21:12:01 | More by caddybuyer
3.85/5 rDev -0.3%
Poured like a dark chocolate porter. Big creamy white head that didnt stop..
Even a few feet away from the glass, I could pick up the blueberry aromas. It was like being in a bakery where blueberry muffins, blueberry pancakes where just coming hot of the griddle.
I was ready to dive into a breakfast.
The taste was not as great as the aromas. It was very full and soft, like a round Porter.. No distinct hops or yeast or even barley.
It was just big and full.
The end was about as full. Normally, I always like a brew that starts and ends the same. Cant say it for this one. Only because I wasnt over excited about the start
As the beer goes down the glass, that amazing blueberry aroma starts to dwindle. I just wanted to refill the glass to get that aroma back.
Right now, I am just trying to figure, what would I pair this beer up in terms of food???? I think I will go back a bit and say, Blueberry pancakes, lots of melted butter and warm maple syrup....
03-13-2012 00:26:51 | More by rdilauro
Shipyard Smashed Blueberry (Pugsley's Signature Series) from Shipyard Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 459 ratings.