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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87
very good

537 Ratings
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Ratings: 537
Reviews: 171
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 15.32%
Wants: 66
Gots: 90 | FT: 2
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Shipyard Brewing Co. visit their website
Maine, United States

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: Jason on 05-11-2011

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.42/5  rDev +14.8%
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.

Photo of metter98
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

Photo of Thorpe429
3.18/5  rDev -17.4%
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.

Photo of brentk56
3.89/5  rDev +1%
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

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.

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.

Photo of ygtbsm94
3.89/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Aroma of Blueberries, dark chocolate, roasted malt, faint coffee. Taste roasted malt, cocoa, Blueberries, hint coffee. Nice!

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

Photo of biboergosum
3.86/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle - once again, what's with the 'natural flavor', rather than just plain ol' blueberries?

This beer pours a clear, very dark brownish-amber hue, with four chubby fingers of puffy, lightly foamy, and somewhat bubbly beige head, which leaves some layered bramble bush lace around the glass as it slowly dissipates.

It smells like chocolate and blueberry ice cream mixed together - with a bit of roasted caramel malt, black licorice, ethereal cold coffee, and faint earthy, leafy hops. The taste is semi-sweet cocoa nibs, candied blueberry, grainy, slightly toasted caramel malt, cafe-au-lait, a touch of wet ash, plain weedy, floral hops, and a hovering, though generally laid-back alcohol astringency.

The carbonation is quite understated in its demure frothiness, the body a sturdy middleweight, and agreeably smooth, with a gentle creaminess evident from shortly after the get-go. It finishes on the sweet side, the main guest players' original ice cream allusions still well intact, with a softly cradling booziness.

Why, this is a hell of a lot better than I expected it to be - sure, the blueberries are fake-seeming, but when they're rolled into a confectionery stance, thoughts of farm field fresh go right out the window. And the suggestion of porter-like qualities are hard to ignore, what with the heavy malt, (not so sour) milky/creamy notes, and under the radar hops. If you like smashed blueberries, and getting smashed on blueberries, then this one is for you!

Photo of oberon
4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
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!

Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.17/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

Photo of oline73
4.04/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

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.

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought a bomber of this for $6.99 when back home in CT.. not sure why people are complaining about the price. Anyways, if you're buying this expecting a fruity beer, think again. Pours a jet black color, boozy smell. This is a porter first and foremost, with a touch of blueberry. I thought the flavors went together very well, but this one will sneak up on you for sure.. and its definitely a sipper. Tasty and worthy trying for sure if you can get your hands on it.

Photo of MasterSki
3.04/5  rDev -21%
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.

Photo of smcolw
4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
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.

Photo of chinchill
4.26/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

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)

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.

Photo of billab914
3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into a Shipyard glass. Almost black in color with a frothy tan head filling the top inch of the glass. Pretty good head retention to it as I drank it.

The aroma shows a good dose of the blueberry flavors mixing with a bitter-sweet chocolate, moderately roasty, porter like flavor. Pretty decent aroma overall for a blueberry flavored beer.

The taste has more of the blueberry coming through up front. Midway more of the bitter-sweet chocolate, roasty, slightly burnt flavors start to take over. The blueberry is pretty nice in that it doesn't overpower the beer.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with carbonation being moderate. Overall it was a pretty decent beer of the style. I liked how the blueberry was more of a complimenting flavor and I was happy it didn't overpower the beer.

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.27/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Shipyard Smashed Blueberry

Pours a dark amber brown, bordering black with a short livid off white head. Aroma is full of fresh blueberry with a little roasted malt in the background. In the taste, blueberry, roasted malt, alcohol and cooked vegetable with porter like notes. Aftertaste is mildly harsh. Flavors are unoffensive for the most part, and this is the strongest blueberry beer on the market according to ABV. Decent brew, big time blueberry flavor.

Photo of smakawhat
4.45/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass. BLUEBERRY BEER WAR!!!! 3 of 3!

Very light tan to cocoa light head uniform very nicely forming and even and tight. Perhaps about three solid fingers off the pour giving to a nice what looks black body but comes off as more dark brown walnut with gorgeous red hues on the edges.

Bouquet is a nice light blueberry but also a dominant malt and milk chocolate roastiness. Just wonderful.

Taste is a nice chocolaty malt backbone with a slight creamy feeling. Nice blueberry sweetness with a little bit of light sugars in the palate. Juicy. Coffee like roast character on the finish.

Overall, it's blueberry, chocolate cake, and roast coffee all rolled into one, with a drink in your hand. Some things I have from Shipyard are not good, this is NOT one of them, wonderful job here, great beer they made here.

Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.6/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Purchased from Healthy Spirits in San Francisco. Brought back to Sydney and shared with @tobeerornottobe and @LaitueGonflable.

Pours a deep but clear brown-black colour, with a moderate, but pretty filmy head of mocha to beige brown. Lacing is patchy and dotted. Body is pleasantly fluid and light, but holds masses of really nice tiny carbonation. Not bad at all.

Nose is genuinely wonderful. Big fresh blueberry notes, jumping off a roasty sweet basis. Slight acidity coming through, but it's subtle. The sweetness from the blueberries is extraordinary. It makes a really lovely aroma for the beer, and it works so well in the style.

I was afraid the blueberry character would be lost in the palate, but it's here and is strong, giving a freshness and sweetness and that classic blueberry acidity. But this is tempered and complemented wonderfully by the roasted grains, which sit underneath giving a subtle chocolate character and some bitterness to clean out the finish. It's a sophisticated palate, with fruit providing a twist and a starting point, but the beer itself providing the depth and complexity.

Absolutely lovely beer. Really well balanced, and genuinely, uncompromisingly interesting. The blueberries provide a really unusual and genuinely pleasant character, that (what's more) works really nicely in the basis of the beer itself.

Love it.

Photo of Zorro
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Disclaimer before I start I REALLY love Blueberries so I might not be as objective as I might be otherwise.

Viscous dark brown colored beer with a tall brown colored head.

Blueberries hit you the moment you pop the cap. Smells strongly of patent malt and blueberries. Smells a little floral and soapy with some smoke and coffee in the mix. Pretty much this is a Blueberry Porter by scent.

Starts out sweet and smoky with just a little blueberry. Bittersweet flavor but not intensely so. Blueberry is just a nuance to a quite well made Porter. No real nuances here just a good bittersweet ale.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall this is a good Porter with blueberries in it. If you buy it for the blueberry aspect you will be disappointed. Buy this as a quite good Porter.

Photo of jdhilt
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a three finger cream head that fades quickly to a thin layer leaving some lace. Deep mahogany almost black color. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Blueberry nose. Flavor is strong, slightly tart blueberry and some coffee. Higher ABV is hidden. $7.99 for a 22oz bottle from Market Basket Concord, NH.

Photo of biegaman
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Smashed Blueberry looks pretty intimidating for a fruit beer; it's so dark that even Darth Vader would be shaking, nevermind the typical fruit beer drinker! It's impossible to know how much colour the blueberries lent since the beer is so black and opaque. Even its head, which is thick and abundant, has a dark tint.

A spritz of blueberry came from just prying open the cap. Once settled in the glass the blueberry aroma grows to giant proportions and is accompanied by a roasty coffee-and-cream flavor. There are also other fruits present: dates, currants and prune. Alcohol isn't noticed outright but the beer's strength is impressed immediately.

Smashed Blueberry drinks like a specialty coffee; it must make an excellent after-dinner tipple. The flavor of blueberry is wonderfully pronounced (sometimes resembling blackberry) and mixes lovely with the coffee-and-cream backdrop. Despite the roastiness, blueberry tea also comes to mind (due to a good dollop of earthy hops).

We think of fruit beers as summer quenchers, but this offering is better suited to damp, chilly evenings. It is warming, bittersweet and heavy. Sweetness is derived more so from caramelized malts than the fruit (although the extract becomes saccharine). Hoppy floral hints resembling heather or juniper factor in before a sooty dark chocolate finish.

Smashed Blueberry may be the only beer with saccharine fruit extract that isn't likely to appeal to a mainstream audience. There's enough roasted malt and alcohol to overwhelm casual drinkers. There might also be enough porter-like qualities to force those who dismiss all fruit beers as pedestrian to reevaluate their stance. An interesting brew.

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Shipyard Smashed Blueberry (Pugsley's Signature Series) from Shipyard Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 537 ratings.