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

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

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406 Ratings
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Ratings: 406
Reviews: 159
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 15.98%

Brewed by:
Shipyard Brewing Co. visit their website
Maine, United States

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Jason on 05-11-2011)
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Photo of Chilly444


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
Photo of Durge


4.48/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Found at My Place in Newtown, CT this one is a thick black brown color with a decent tan head and very nice lacing. The aroma has a beautiful blueberry chocolate malt theme that is luscious with an impression of some lemony hop mixed in for good measure! Very nice. The flavor brings along an even bolder blueberry malt with deep berry sweetness and beautiful chocolate malt. I get a bit of a medicinal, Dr. Pepper mintiness and generally I find this to be a delicious concoction. Unusual perhaps but a beautiful and natural fruit combo in my book. The body is medium with modest but adequate carbonation for a somewhat resinous and luxurious feel. A definite hit for me, perhaps the best Shipyard I’ve had yet!

Serving type: on-tap

09-12-2012 17:50:37 | More by Durge
Photo of Damian


4.13/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank on-tap at Yard House, Boston, MA
Served in a cervoise

Dark brown/black in appearance. The liquid was topped by an enormous, frothy, bubbly, cocoa colored crown that slowly fell to a lasting film.

Just as I had hoped, the aroma was dominated by blueberries. Sweet and rich, like blueberry pie filling. Touch of roasted malts. Hint of vanilla. Some chocolate and coffee notes came through as well.

The flavor profile was unique. Perhaps not quite as blueberry forward as the nose, yet balanced and flavorful. Sweet caramel and roasted malts appeared up front. Blueberry notes came through in the center. Chocolate and coffee appeared as well. Touch of lactose-like sweetness. The finish was moderately dry and roasty. Slightly bitter, with just a touch of hops. At 9% ABV, I was astonished by how well this beer masked its alcohol strength.

The mouthfeel felt a bit thin and over carbonated initially. As the beer sat and the carbonation settled down, the liquid turned smoother and creamier.

I am usually disappointed by Shipyard's beers but this one was definitely quite interesting. I will have to seek out the other beers in their Pugsley's Signature Series.

Serving type: on-tap

08-18-2012 22:48:15 | More by Damian
Photo of bishopdc0


3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-20-2011 03:13:20 | More by bishopdc0
Photo of PorterLambic


4.5/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Arrives extremely dark blue/indigo(?) with a nice medium tan head that drops to a film fairly quickly. No lace.
Smell is malt and blueberry with a medicinal hop note and a hint of grass.
Taste is very similar with a noticeable blueberry presence to go with the malt and a balancing grassy hopness. A fermented, fruity alcohol note is there as well. Well balanced.
Full body with a very light effervescence. Somewhat warming with a mild astringency in the finish. Very good stuff, more so considering how hard it is to get blueberry to show up in the finished product. Good job.

Serving type: on-tap

08-25-2011 22:48:08 | More by PorterLambic
Photo of Brysky


4.08/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

S- on tap into a pint glass

A - Pours a very dark brown almost black with nice head that lasts

S - Smells very light of blueberries and more of the porter it is intended to be

T - was bit of a disappointment as I was expecting more blueberry as I would with the pumpkin in the smashed pumpkin but it was still pretty well rounded with a chocolate and coffee back

M - very nice carbonation all the way through that is perfect for the taste and not overwhelming

Overall this was a good beer and tastes like a porter should, I was just expecting more after having the smashed pumpkin

Serving type: on-tap

08-13-2011 18:27:52 | More by Brysky
Photo of rpm1956

New Jersey

4.53/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Asked the bartender for a sample, as I'm always leery of some "fruit" beers, and had never had a Shipyard brew. The nose was a faint, over ripen blueberry (very good) and was encouraging. The first taste was an coating of bittersweet chocolate, with a coffee afternotes.

Based on my first impressions, I asked for a glass (a 12 oz pour into a goblet.). The head was a nice quarter inch rich sienna forth that sustained in the glass during the entire quaff. In the larger glass the blueberry aroma was in more muted. The dark umber liquid was had a lovely silky mouthfeel and I noted a pleasant, slightly sweet maltiness the more drank. Overall a very pleasant interlude, and the fact that I'm vacationing in Maine in two weeks means a side trip to Portland to investigate Shipyard brews on their home turf.

Serving type: on-tap

08-11-2011 21:30:54 | More by rpm1956
Photo of Vanlingleipa


4.47/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Who is the mad scientist responsible for this brew? Billed as a fruit/porter/scotch ale hybrid, Smashed Blueberry is all that.

The scent of blueberries is powerful. I smelled it as the barkeep pushed my pint across the bar to me, the scent getting stronger as I lifted the glass to my mouth (almost no head by the time the beer reached me).

Unlike so many fruit beers, the taste of blueberries is pungent, balancing nicely with what my tongue initially perceived to be a brown ale, with a distinct chocolate smokiness following. There was little to no taste of alcohol.

A most unique and tasty beer.

Serving type: on-tap

08-01-2011 03:21:33 | More by Vanlingleipa
Photo of WesWes

New York

4/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-31-2011 09:41:19 | More by WesWes
Photo of DmanGTR

New York

4.43/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at World of Beer, Sarasota FL

Poured deep, dark brown with a scant off-white head. No lacing, but with a beer this high in alcohol, I'm not surprised. Garnet hues in the light. Very pretty. Unexpected color tones for a blueberry beer.

The blueberry is quite prominent. Not the fake kind either, I get a ton of sweet berries followed by a mysterious porter-like chocolate and very nice caramel/treacle undertones. Alcohol is not detected in the nose. Very inviting.

A sweet forefront of blueberries, blackberries, toffee, and barley. A blend of Belgian dark chocolate and toast follows, then finishing with blueberry dark chocolate and chocolate covered expresso beans. This is pretty much a blueberry imperial porter, but you'll never tell it's imperial because the alcohol is so well hidden.

A medium rich body akin to that of a nice English porter. Carbonation is well done, not too bitey, not too flat. It actually accentuates the body and brings out the fruity notes a bit.

Overall, a very well done beer. Flavors are assertive and well expressed, yet not overdone. Not cloying at all. This is one I will seek out. Thank you, Shipyard, for finally making a beer of which I am a huge fan. I will seek this out in bottled form.

Serving type: on-tap

07-28-2011 03:47:45 | More by DmanGTR
Photo of beer4colin


4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Union Brewhouse, the best taproom on Boston's South Shore.

I actually canceled my plans today so that I could come back and taste this beer again, it was so intriguing yesterday.

Pours very dark with a thin espresso colored head.

The aroma is blueberries and then some.

But the blueberries do not carry the taste. This is first and foremost a porter with the blueberries just adding the natural caramel sweetness. Calling this a fruit beer is very misleading.

Once again, like he has done with the Pugsley's Smashed Pumpkin and his take on Barleywine, Alan Pugsley has created on of the most amazing beers of the year here. Then flavors are complex, 9% ABV is there, but not boozy there and the flavors keep calling you back for more.

Serving type: on-tap

07-26-2011 21:20:37 | More by beer4colin
Photo of SunDevilBeer


3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-16-2011 01:04:47 | More by SunDevilBeer
Photo of sybilyang

New York

4.93/5  rDev +27.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

First thing first - you have to know what what you're getting into with this beer - It's not your traditional wheat or ale fruit beer. If you go in with those light, crisp expectations, you will be very shocked, likely disappointed, and probably frustrated.

This is not a light, summery fruit beer...even though it's blueberry. It's stout and porter like. If you've ever had fruit chocolates or a very fruity roast on your coffee beans, that's the closest comparable for this beer. This will not be a beer for everyone, and not a beer for most fruit beer drinkers. Try it if you like stouts and porters and are a bit tired of the heavy, smokey, toasty styles.

Dark, opaque, coloring. Not much foam/head on the pour.
Smooth, chocolate malts and light coffee-roast taste, perfumed with blueberries. The entire smelling, drinking process has wafts of blueberries - that's it; and that made it a fruity chocolate/coffee for me.

Would be great with a blueberry pastry like a blueberry muffin, scone...Don't really see it pairing with savory foods though.

Serving type: on-tap

06-06-2011 14:56:23 | More by sybilyang
Photo of MECove

North Carolina

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
Photo of TruePerception


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
Photo of Zarnold_Quigley


4.18/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

I could only find this beer in 2011-2012. It was simply amazing how well the blueberry coffee flavor came through. Strong content always helps of course. Hard to find a great fruit beer out there in general. Few I have had rival the balance reflected in this beer.

Is it still available anywhere?

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2014 16:43:45 | More by Zarnold_Quigley
Photo of NeedBeerHere


3.61/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours out with what looks like REALLY dark with a small beige head that dissipated quickly. Right Mouthfeel is between light and a little more than light, The mouthfeel is certainly not anything thick. Overall I love fruit beers and have never had a Blueberry one so this seems pretty OK. Definitely not something to get crazy over but what the heck.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2013 14:16:20 | More by NeedBeerHere
Photo of oberon

North Carolina

4.31/5  rDev +11.1%
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!

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2013 23:36:27 | More by oberon
Photo of dananabanana


4.38/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: deep brown/ black. Half a finger of head, not very frothy, but sticks around.

S: distinctive blueberry scent from across the room. Up close, it smells of a rich and sweet chocolate-covered blueberry. A slight bitterness, perhaps coffee or dark chocolate.

T: quite sweet, but not as overwhelmingly sweet as it smells. More of that dark chocolate bitterness. Perhaps some other fruit notes, maybe cherry.

M: Good balance between smoothness and alcoholic burn.

O: great take on a fruit beer. Usually these are wheats, seldom do you see a dark fruit beer. But it really works.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2013 01:17:49 | More by dananabanana
Photo of Jree261


4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance-Almost opaque dark brown with hints of maroon looking through the glass. Eggshell to tan foam that dissipates quickly.

Smell-Undeniably and overwhelmingly blueberry. I can smell it from across the bar without even picking up the glass. When I do pick up the glass however, I get a good amount of tootsie roll chocolate underneath the fruit.

Taste-Follows the nose although in a different order. Chocolate and coffee on the front, ends with blueberry.

Mouthfeel-Hefty beer but what can I expect from a porter?

Overall-Good beer. The layering of flavors and aromas is impressive and the flavors and aromas themselves are vibrant and delicious.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2013 00:02:29 | More by Jree261
Photo of StonedTrippin


4.24/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

a cross between a scotch ale and a porter with crushed maine blueberries, who does this?! awesome stuff here, and a real unique brew to say the least. it pours a blueberry juice stained light brown, lighter than a porter traditionally looks, with a faint pinkish glow and an inch of sudsy head. it smells awesome too, like fresh wild blueberries from the field or forest, with a hint of peat smoke on the malt and a smooth chocolate finish, complex and perfect really. faint wasps of runaway yeast and alcohol slow it down just a touch. the alcohol is invisible on the flavor though, and I was shocked to learn this was so high in abv. blueberries punctuate the smoked malt and cocoa notes just right, and excellent compliment to the rich earthy cereal notes. the berries ore obviously fresh, I get the tartness of the skins, the sweetness of the fruit, and an almost gelatinous feel from the pulp. less than full bodied, but still a rich beer. sugars from the berries go a little sweet in the finish, and the carbonation is right where it should be, mellow but persistent. overall this is one of the best shipyard beers out there, entirely different, and it worthy of great praise. the constant negative talk about shipyard can be put to rest with this brew, the barleywine, and of course the smashed pumpkin. a real treat this one if you can find it.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2013 03:14:02 | More by StonedTrippin
Photo of Boto


3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle: This one pours an opaque, dark brown color. There was a small tan head that didn’t linger long. This has a nice nose. Blueberry, but not overly done. I also get some chocolate and coffee notes. The taste is good. Roasted coffee and chocolate, with a bit of sweet blueberry on top. A bit of bitterness too. Leans toward full bodied. Not your typical lighter summer light blueberry beer. I’ll be having this again.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2013 21:37:24 | More by Boto
Photo of MDDMD


3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-deep brown color with a light tan head and some lacing

S-chocolate, blueberry, toffee, caramel malt

T-dark fruit, chocolate, dark roasted malt, brown sugar, blueberry, mild otter resin the finish

F-medium body with light to moderate carbonation, smooth

O-I really enjoyed this blueberry ale, nice complexity of flavor

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2013 23:19:02 | More by MDDMD
Photo of JWU


2.5/5  rDev -35.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

22oz. bottle poured into a tumbler glass.

A- a very dark brown, little light gets through, with a nice dense tan head. Head does dissipate fairly quickly.

S- some cocoa, blueberry, and candy sugar. Boozy, and overly sweet.

T- a big boozy mess. You would think that chocolate and blueberry would work, but it just doesn't. Overly sweet, with an aggressive bitterness on the back end to try and tame it. Nothing melds together, and nothing works about this beer.

M- Fairly thin for as dark as it is, a bit dry and almost metallic on the back.

O- Had high hopes for this, which were quickly crushed.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2013 01:15:28 | More by JWU
Photo of MaineBrewing


3.61/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A -poured pitch black into chalice with a creamy off white to tan head.

S - pungent smell of blueberry, malt, alcohol, an almost cheese character. Bakers chocolate and roasted malt notes as well.

T - Porter up front, blueberry I'm the back. Nice malt profile with a nutty and roasted character. Notes of oak, reminiscent of a BA beer. Alcohol is present, nice bitterness from hops, finishes a little rough and not as smooth as I expected.

M - thick but not syrupy and finishes a little lighter. Ample carbonation to support this big beer. Alcohol isn't as warming but is certainly brash.

O - overall it is ok, probably one of the best things to come out of shipyard. It is a little harsh and would benefit a lot from a more smooth taste/feel. Good when you want something blueberry that is a porter vs lighter style which is common in these parts.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2013 01:16:20 | More by MaineBrewing
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Shipyard Smashed Blueberry (Pugsley's Signature Series) from Shipyard Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 406 ratings.