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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

475 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 475
Reviews: 163
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 15.32%
Wants: 50
Gots: 52 | FT: 2
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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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.43/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours an almost opaque super dark reddish-brown with a 1 inch tan head that settles to a film on the top of the beer. Random legs of lace form on the glass on the drink down. Smell is of chocolate covered blueberries mixed with blueberry glazed doughnuts. Taste is of roasted malt, coffee beans, dark chocolate, and dried blueberries. A minor roasty bitterness on the palate after each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp and bubbly mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good blueberry beer that is extremely stout like. This reminds me of Dark Horse Tres Blueberry stout.

UCLABrewN84, Oct 06, 2011
Photo of djrn2
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

djrn2, Mar 10, 2013
Photo of zestar
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

zestar, Aug 06, 2014
Photo of Thorpe429
3.15/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a very dark brown color with a thin off-white head and just a spot or two of lacing. The nose carries some pretty heavy blueberry character. A light bit of roast and chocolate behind. Flavor is predominantly blueberry and is fairly one-dimensional. Not much other than blueberries. Touch of malt in the background. Medium body. Decent, but mostly just another fruit beer.

Thorpe429, Jan 07, 2012
Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

acurtis, Aug 31, 2014
Photo of metter98
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is clear yet very dark purple in color and has a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high dark beige head that has good retention properties and never completely faded away.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of blueberries and chocolate in the nose.
T: The taste has flavors of blueberries and dark chocolate along with a bit of sweetness; hints of caramel and coffee are also noticeable in the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied, smooth and slightly thick on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: As a hybrid of a fruit beer, porter and scotch ale, this beer is rather interesting because it has a good balance between smells and tastes from each of the styles. The alcohol is well masked from the taste.

metter98, Aug 30, 2011
Photo of Texasfan549
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Texasfan549, Nov 10, 2012
Photo of brentk56
3.86/5  rDev +0.3%
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

brentk56, Jul 16, 2014
Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev +3.9%

kjkinsey, Nov 03, 2012
Photo of Phyl21ca
2.48/5  rDev -35.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Bottle: Poured a dark brown and blue color ale with a medium size foamy head with average retention and some light lacing. Aroma of blueberry with light coughs medicine syrup and gross stale sugary notes. Taste is not the best of match between some chocolate and deep sweet caramel notes and blueberry with some stale fruit notes and gross sweet notes of residual sugars. Body is quite full with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Weird mix that really didn’t work out for me and I ended up drain-poured most of this bottle.

Phyl21ca, Nov 19, 2012
Photo of mikesgroove
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

was surprised with this. my brother in law brought it up from florida and i tried it last weekend in a tasting glass.

poured out a dark brownish black like color that you could swear had something else going on in there. nice tight head formed on top.

aroma is charred malts, berries, hints of caramel and light vanilla and splash of berry. really comes in waves, at first i could pick it p quite nicely but it seemed to fade on me and then it was a nice malt driven porter like beer, interesting things going on here for sure. lots of fruit in the taste but it seemed odd in a way that is hard to place completely. smooth finish left little in the wake.

overall interesting and one of the better offerings from them

mikesgroove, Aug 03, 2011
Photo of jaydoc
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

jaydoc, Jan 05, 2014
Photo of kylehay2004
3/5  rDev -22.1%

kylehay2004, Jan 20, 2014
Photo of Knapp85
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Knapp85, Jul 20, 2013
Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle - $8.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a near black body with a tall, climbing, beige-hued head. The head eventually collapses, but never quite disappears.

Smell: Notes of modestly roasty coffee and chocolate with a good sweet-scented whiff of blueberries, trace of liquor, and hints of toast and a single, thin pat of sweet cream butter.

Taste: Malty notes of roasted barley, coffee, and baker's chocolate. Medium sweetness, initially, but it pushes a bit as you go along. Lesser hint of nutty caramel. Early-arriving alcohol warmth with a sip of shaky tart blueberry flavoring which, when joined by a hint of buttery diacetyl, gives the impression of blueberry pancakes washed down with a cup of bold coffee given a few drops of booze. Low herbal hop hints and bitterness. Drying, roasty finish with a final hint of that natural blueberry flavor and an astringent blip.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Moderate carbonation.

Overall: Fairly good and fairly interesting. Maybe, Burt Reynolds, maybe, occasionally, we CAN fruit the beer.

ChainGangGuy, Sep 20, 2011
Photo of oberon
4.31/5  rDev +11.9%
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!

oberon, Oct 27, 2013
Photo of JAHMUR
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

JAHMUR, Dec 04, 2013
Photo of SocalKicks
4/5  rDev +3.9%

SocalKicks, Mar 15, 2013
Photo of zeff80
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

zeff80, Feb 06, 2014
Photo of StonedTrippin
4.24/5  rDev +10.1%
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.

StonedTrippin, Aug 20, 2013
Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a mug glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color, with a thin light brown head that fades slowly and leaves a thin on the glass.

S: The aroma contains blueberries, roasted malts, coffee, vanilla and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out a little smoky with a hearty malt character up front that is quickly followed bursts of several different flavors such as coffee, chocolate, blueberries, vanilla and bourbon. There’s a little bit of an alcohol sting that comes in. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings a decent balance. I thought the blueberry flavor would be much stronger, but although isn’t subtle, it’s a bit subdued and works nicely for this beer. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Flavorful, goes down easily, not too filling, strong kick, the label claims that this beer is a “hybrid between a Porter and a Scotch Ale” which is pretty accurate. It’s a solid beer to drink for a while when you’re looking for something a little different.

TheManiacalOne, Nov 26, 2011
Photo of MasterSki
3.05/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Not sure who shared this one - Sean? Served in a Captain Lawrence tulip.

A - A half-finger of tan foam settles to a wispy partial cap, thin collar, and a few splotches of lace. Brown body with some reddish glints to it.

S - Smells like a combination of blueberry cough syrup and waxy Christmas chocolate. There's a faint vomit and alcohol note in the periphery.

T - Taste is a bit better as the off-flavors disappear, leaving behind the blueberry pie, and low-quality milk chocolate. Alcohol is better hidden here, but this is surprisingly bland for a 9% beer.

M - Medium-full body, lower carbonation, chewy and sticky texture, and light warming alcohol.

D - Fairly easy to drink for the high alcohol content, but too sweet for large quantities. The aroma is also slightly off-putting at this stage. Perhaps this was better in the summer, but at this point it's not something I'd want to drink again.

MasterSki, Jan 08, 2012
Photo of oline73
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a goblet.

Appearance: Pours almost black with just a hint of light coming through at the edges. There is a finger of tan head that fades away to just a ring around the edge of the glass.

Smell: Really nice. The first thing that hits you is the smell of sweet, natural blueberry, go figure. In the background there is some roast, but the fruit really dominates.

Taste: There is a lot going on here. The blueberry hits the tongue first, but it's not nearly as dominant as it was in the smell. After that, there is a bitter roast that just comes out of nowhere, but it's a very welcome addition to the party. Finally, there is a hoppy blueberry finish with a hint of alcohol.

Mouthfeel: The body is just on the thick side of medium. The carbonation seemed to be a tad high, and the finish is a bit slick.

Overall: I really liked the flavor combination here. The roast with the fruit was well balanced. I would have another.

oline73, Jul 31, 2011
Photo of WesWes
4/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

WesWes, Jul 31, 2011
Photo of smcolw
4.35/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Rich two-finger head which lasts a long time and leaves a blanket of lace. Deep brown color where a minimal level of light passes through.

Sour blueberry, almost like a yoghurt. Pleasant and distinct.

Excellent balance between the porter flavors of mocha and light hop, and the blueberry, which is muted unlike most. Solid body with a matching level of carbonation.

Outside of lambics, this may be the best "fruit" beer.

smcolw, Jun 13, 2011
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Shipyard Smashed Blueberry (Pugsley's Signature Series) from Shipyard Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 475 ratings.