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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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BA SCORE
87
very good

459 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 459
Reviews: 162
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 15.54%
Wants: 43
Gots: 51 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Shipyard Brewing Co. visit their website
Maine, United States

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Jason on 05-11-2011)
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Reviews by ocelot2500:
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ocelot2500

Arizona

4.28/5  rDev +10.9%

Pours a deep brown with a tight off-white head, very much stout like.

Smells of blueberry muffins and some chocolate.

Tastes of the blueberries layered with roasted malt notes. Blueberries lead off with some tartness and then are topped with notes of chocolate, toffee, and some toasted bread. A fair amount of sweetness, but it adds to the blueberries and roasted notes all evening each other out. Alcohol comes through with a nice warming. At the end I am left with the blueberry tartness that started things off, which I happen to like.

Mouthfeel is medium-full with a smooth amount of carbonation.

Overall, I had no idea what to expect from this, but was very happy with it and will look for this again. This would be an interesting one to put some age on as well.

09-24-2011 23:47:38 | More by ocelot2500
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oberon

North Carolina

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
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beerhunter13

Ontario (Canada)

1.75/5  rDev -54.7%

07-30-2012 13:38:14 | More by beerhunter13
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bulldogg915

Wyoming

4.75/5  rDev +23.1%

04-03-2013 16:16:25 | More by bulldogg915
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SunDevilBeer

Massachusetts

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
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generallee

New York

4/5  rDev +3.6%

01-20-2012 15:24:19 | More by generallee
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bishopdc0

Maine

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
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JakerLou

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +3.6%

04-23-2013 00:39:40 | More by JakerLou
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megamass

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +3.6%

09-22-2013 15:38:20 | More by megamass
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tigg924

Massachusetts

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
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JohnnyBarman

Ontario (Canada)

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
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chudson1992

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +3.6%

05-26-2013 21:53:31 | More by chudson1992
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jondeelee

Massachusetts

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
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Janeinma

Massachusetts

3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

05-26-2013 22:28:32 | More by Janeinma
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Sinnian

Maine

4/5  rDev +3.6%

07-18-2013 21:13:07 | More by Sinnian
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ehammond1


3.68/5  rDev -4.7%

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.

09-26-2011 17:38:09 | More by ehammond1
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hitshtwithsticks

California

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

02-06-2013 09:11:35 | More by hitshtwithsticks
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chinchill

South Carolina

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
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stereosforgeeks

Virginia

4/5  rDev +3.6%

12-17-2012 22:26:46 | More by stereosforgeeks
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tugg407

Florida

2.5/5  rDev -35.2%

01-06-2012 07:41:55 | More by tugg407
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NMG318

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

04-19-2014 18:59:41 | More by NMG318
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SolarMikey

Michigan

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
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JMS1512

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

04-09-2013 16:42:49 | More by JMS1512
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caddybuyer

New Jersey

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
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rdilauro

Connecticut

3.85/5  rDev -0.3%

Poured like a dark chocolate porter. Big creamy white head that didnt stop..
But THEN....
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
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Shipyard Smashed Blueberry (Pugsley's Signature Series) from Shipyard Brewing Co.
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