Shipyard Smashed Blueberry (Pugsley's Signature Series) - Shipyard Brewing Co.
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Reviews by asabreed:
4.1/5 rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
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.
Serving type: bottle
09-23-2011 02:19:33 | More by asabreed
More User Reviews:
3.86/5 rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Appearance: Pours a coffee brown color with a two-finger head that leaves streaks and dots of lacing behind
Smell: Blueberries and chocolate, with undertones of caramel and a hint of ash
Taste: Blueberries, up front, with caramel and chocolate tones developing in the middle; ashy and grainy, after the swallow with a rather thin finish
Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation
Overall: I have never been a fan of Shipyard but this beer peaked my curiosity and just as I thought I was going to really like it (the aroma and the front end were great) it fell apart in the finish; with a bit of tweaking this could be really good - as it is right now it has polarized the reviewers
Serving type: bottle
07-15-2014 23:27:36 | More by brentk56
4.08/5 rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
A- pours a very dark, clear ruby with a thick khaki head. Excellent head retention, sheets of lacing.
S- blueberry jam and chocolate. It's pretty intense. It does smell sweet.
T- chocolate covered blueberries, coffee. Some hop bitterness is present in the finish along with a little alcohol.
M- full bodied, creamy, velvety carbonation. Warming finish.
O- thoroughly enjoyable.
Serving type: bottle
06-25-2014 23:46:56 | More by silverking
4.04/5 rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Served on tap in a pint glass
Appearance – The beer is served a super and surprisingly dark brownish blue color with a one finger head of tan colored foam. The head has a decent level of retention, fading to leave a trace of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell – The aroma of the beer massive of a blueberry smell. The blueberry is rather authentic with it giving a rather nice chocolate covered blueberry (with emphasis on the blueberry) smell when mixed with the lighter roasted, cocoa and coffee notes of the beer.
Taste – The taste begins with a big showing of a roasted malt and cocoa flavor with a rather strong showing of blueberry as well. The taste is drier upfront, but as the flavor advances, more and more blueberry flavor comes to the tongue sweetening up the brew a bit. As the blueberry upfront was of a more authentic flavor, as it intensifies more later in the taste profile, it takes on a more blueberry syrup nature. While the blueberry intensifies so too does the cocoa tastes, leaving a rather thick chocolate covered blueberry flavor to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the thicker and more syrupy side with a carbonation level that is on the lower side. For the chocolate covered blueberry flavors of the brew both were fantastic creating a very dessert like feel.
Overall – Not overly sweet with a good blend of chocolate and blueberry, all while hiding the 9 % abv rather well. This is an interesting one and a good one to try.
Serving type: on-tap
06-18-2014 00:37:04 | More by Darkmagus82
Shipyard Smashed Blueberry (Pugsley's Signature Series) from Shipyard Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 447 ratings.