Shipyard Smashed Blueberry (Pugsley's Signature Series) - Shipyard Brewing Co.
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Reviews by thehyperduck:
4.38/5 rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
625 mL bottle from the LCBO. About a month ago I split a bottle of this with a friend, and we both agreed it was one of the best fruit beers we'd ever had. I wasn't sure when I'd see it again though, so I went out of my way to procure this bottle for review purposes.
Pours an opaque brownish-black colour, with deep red highlights next to the light - reminds me of blueberry pancake syrup. Topped with one finger of smooth, dense tan-coloured head that wilts away over a period of minutes, leaving behind a wispy film and thin collar. Not much lacing. The aroma is rich and intense, with heaps of roasted malts, tart blueberries, as well as some chocolate, espresso, blackcurrant and some booziness. Easily one of the best-smelling glasses of beer I've ever had.
The flavour is no less rich and luxurious than the nose - though the alcohol is perhaps a more significant factor. The heat actually works quite well with the backbone of burnt, roasted malts, coffee beans and the ever-present blueberry flavour - which is neither overbearing and obnoxious, nor half-heartedly weak. Dark chocolate and earthy, herbal hop notes become more prominent toward the finish. Some ethanol heat lingers into the aftertaste, alongside roasted malts and some light tartness. Medium-bodied, with some syrupy thickness, and restrained carbonation that keeps the mouthfeel fairly crisp. I could probably drink this fairly quickly, but at 9% I'd rather just sip it slowly.
Nearly every time I review a fruit beer, I mention that I am not a big fan of the style, mostly because of their tendency to be fizzy, one-dimensional, poorly integrated, and just not very beer-like in general. This one does not fit any of those stereotypes. The blueberry flavour (despite the fact that it is clearly an extract) is an absolutely perfect match for the underlying brew itself (which the label describes as a porter/scotch ale hybrid), and everything blends together virtually flawlessly.
Final Grade: 4.38, a brown-nosing A grade. Coming from someone who has never been very enthusiastic about fruit beer OR high abv beers in general - Shipyard Smashed Blueberry is really worth trying. This is an amazing fruit beer that is well worth the relatively high price (at least in this market). I might save another bottle and crack it open after Thanksgiving dinner - hopefully the LCBO will bring back the Smashed Pumpkin this fall too! Either one would be perfect as a dessert pairing.
Serving type: bottle
08-05-2012 05:48:14 | More by thehyperduck
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4.44/5 rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Just enough carbonation to tickle.
A beautiful deep dark.
Although the initial flavor is too bitter, a twang that makes me smack my lips, the aftertaste is phenomenal. The longer, the more subtle, the sweet lingering undeniable blueberry... yum!
It hits you suddenly. A beer perfect as a dessert.
Serving type: bottle
03-17-2014 23:52:24 | More by MECove
3.65/5 rDev -5.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Shipyard's Smashed Blueberry, blueberry porter/scotch ale. 9% ABV. (Why is the foil glued on?)
A: A little less than half a finger of slightly tan head. Black, with a hint of a purplish berry hue. Golden brown in dimple.
S: Cooked blueberry, as soon as the bottle opens, liked in blueberry pancakes. I'm having trouble placing the secondary aroma, due to the power of the blueberry. Something earthy. There's a sweet makeup-y smell. A hint of smoke, perhaps. Ah. After sipping a bit, the earthy quality is charcoal!
T/MF: Interesting. It starts out dark, but without a distinct flavor. A bit of dark chocolate and char. Medium roast coffee. Blueberry comes as it settles in, and is quite light. Slight licorice before the finish. Finish is a faint blueberry and a light char, and lasts fairly long. The flavor is very light, actually.
Poured from a 22 oz. bottle, into a Belgian tulip glass.
Serving type: bottle
02-26-2014 06:44:58 | More by TruePerception
4.1/5 rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Pugsley you dog! This stuff is great.
A - Very deep blue/purple that is pretty much black. Amazing head that doesnt ever seem to leave. The lacing follows all the way through this one.
S - Best smelling beer I've ever come across. Not because I love the smell of blueberrys, but more because I think its crazy how I can smell this distinct flavor from 5 feet away from just one 9 oz glass.
T - Perfectly balanced between blueberry, dark malts, chocolate, and coffee. Its like a chocolate covered blueberry with 9%ABV. Those few flavors really balance the sweetness and bitters/malts to create a perfect beer that pairs wonderful with some of your favorite spring and fall foods. If you stumble upon it then try it! The reviews are really on point for this one. Great beer.
M - Great lacing, heavy body, wonderful taste. Even throughout start to finish.
O - Good work Shipyard/Pugsley. You really have a couple of wonderful gems.
Serving type: on-tap
01-31-2014 16:51:19 | More by Chilly444
Shipyard Smashed Blueberry (Pugsley's Signature Series) from Shipyard Brewing Co.
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