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

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Reviews: 176
Hads: 564
Avg: 3.91
pDev: 27.11%
Wants: 70
Gots: 101 | FT: 1
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Shipyard Brewing Co.
Maine, United States | website

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 StonedTrippin
4.24/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

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Photo of Boto
3.94/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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Photo of MDDMD
3.95/5  rDev +1%
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

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Photo of JWU
2.56/5  rDev -34.5%
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.

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Photo of MaineBrewing
3.64/5  rDev -6.9%
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.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.7/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bomber from the Ottawa LCBO for 7$

Appearance - Dark brown colour with an average size fizzy beige head. I can't make out the amount of carbonation showing and there is some fair lacing. The head lasted for 4-5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, chocolate, blueberries

Taste & Mouth - There is a below amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, chocolate, and some roasted/toasted notes. There is also a bit of a coffee flavour and of course some blueberries. It ends with a chocolate malt aftertaste and some blueberry sweetness.

Overall - I'm not a huge fan of fruit beers, but this one is more like a porter with some blueberries mixed in.. so it isn't a pure fruit beer. It's well done for what it is. I won't rush out to buy more but I'm glad I gave it a try. Merry Xmas!

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Photo of KTCamm
4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 22 ounce bomber with foiled top into a perfect pint glass. Purchased over the summer, poured six months later.

Pours blueish dark with 1/4 inch fluffy foam. Blue/purpleish tan head. Boozy blueberry nose. Tartness. Taste is a gritty blueberry, with loads of alcohol. Gritty in a good way though. Grape skin taste. Quite hearty for a fruit forward beer. Some bite at the close. Very good, not your everyday blueberry offering.

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Photo of SkeeterBoganski
3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - extremely dark, off brown head at less than a quarter inch, some lacing present

S - I smell the blueberry right up front, but a deeper sniff yields cocoa, toffee, some dark chocolate too

T - cocoa, chocolate, malty, a bit of coffee, the perfect amount of blueberry flavor; Maple City Roasters makes a blueberry coffee and this is an exact match in beer form

M - it's really smooth considering the blueberry punch, but that typically tart mouthfeel quickly dissipates while the dark malt takes over

O - this is a really tasty version of a blueberry beer wo being cloyingly sweet or unbalanced from the fruit infusion; it's dark and tastes dark...in the sense that this is a legit stout first and foremost and a fruit beer second.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
2.48/5  rDev -36.6%
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.

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Photo of BlurryVisi0n
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a wellington glass.

Appearance: Superior dark brown but definitely not opaque. Tan head is minimal maybe 1/4" off the body.

Smell: Deep berry scent complimented with a bitter chocolate scent.

Taste: This beer has a complexity that tell s a story. It's bitter, but has a fruity sweet to it that you will absolutely love. Coffee bean notes pretty evident and blueberry tingling your palates.

Mouth: Medium carbonation and incredibly smooth. The bitterness makes you feel that this is an infused stout but then how it finishes makes you think it's really what it is.

Overall: Well made brew, one of the few Fruit beers I would recommend after a meal. Yes it will probably compliment a dessert pretty well but after a T-Bone this was the dessert. Salud!

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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.89/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a perfect pint.

3.5 A: Deep brown color, almost black. Two fingers of frothy tan head. Retention is decent for the ABV and a short ring of lacing is left.

4.5 S: Holy fuck the blueberries! I would say that this is the first blueberry beer I've had that didn't half ass the blueberries. Blueberries in this are potent as hell and I love it. Lightly smoky with coffee, caramel, and toffee notes. Good amount of sweetness to complement the massive blueberry nose. Smells wonderfully fruity and that is that.

4.0 T: Blueberries aren't fruit twin level fruitiness in the taste, but are still way more potent than the vast majority of blueberry beers. The balance between berries and base beer gets shifted more to the base beer. Coffee, caramel, and roastiness are the most prominent flavors. Tart blueberry next. Toffee, grainy malts, a bit of chocolate, toastiness, and a moderate bitterness follow. Earthy and lightly citrusy hoppiness. Overall, pretty good.

3.0 M: The mouthfeel is the weakest link in this beer. Medium body with moderate, but biting carbonation. Lacking creaminess. Not as smooth as I'd like, but sufficient.

3.5 D: Pretty good blueberry beer. Buying this just to smell is rewarding enough, but drinking it ain't bad either. Shipyard has put out a lot of stinkers over the years, but this isn't one of them.

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Photo of joemcgrath27
4.12/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big up to andrenaline for including this in our latest cross country trade
A - deep burgundy black, thumb of tan head retained very well and left consistent lacing
S - coffee, cocoa, mild peat earthiness, and a lingering scent of blueberry that you get as soon as the bottle cracks and lasting through the finish
T - big cocoa and roasted coffee up front, some peat and woody/earthy flavours, and the blueberry has a fruity and medicine like quality throughout, with a touch of boozy heat
M - slightly heavy, lightly chalky with a light dry finish
O - this is a big beer in every sense, the contrast of malty, fruity, and peat works for me, maybe not for everyone but i could drink this all day, which is probably not a good idea since the high octane is very well hidden

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Photo of KarlosT
2.95/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Had this beer at the Amesbury Beer Festival on Sep 22 2012.

Most of the beers were served from bottles into small 3oz plastic pixie cups.

Although I took notes on the 20+ different beers that I tried, it is difficult to remember all of the details associated with each beer. My apologies to readers of these notes. However, I did pay attention to my overall scores, and noted what I thought were unique positives and negatives w/ each beer.

Note that for me:
< 2.5 = probably would not finish the beer
3.0 = drinkable beer, but likely would not buy again or look for
>3.5 = will try to buy again in the future

For a bit of a beer snob, I tend to like several fruity beers (blueberry, BlueMoon). This beer started out real interesting. Aroma was quite good, with strong coffee and blueberry notes. The appearance was great, reminding me of a heavy imperial stout.

At first, I thought the taste of the coffee and blueberry worked. But that after-taste put me off. Perhaps a bit too bitter and strong. Didn't end up finishing my 3oz sampler.

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Photo of rappmann
2.13/5  rDev -45.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Purchased a 625 ml bottle at the local liquor store

Upon opening this beer, i got a huge whiff of blueberry in my face, which made me really happy. It smelled fantastic, like real blueberries. It poured wonderfully, with 1.5 fingers of off white creamy head that dissipated pretty quickly.

Sadly, for me, that is where the goodness ended. This beer had very little of that delicious blueberry smell, and was just not my cup of tea. I thought it was terribly balanced, and really fought to finish the bottle.

Glad i picked it up to try, but i will be avoiding this one from now on.

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Photo of Durge
4.47/5  rDev +14.3%
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!

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Photo of hopsolutely
3.82/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an inky black with violet edges to the glass when held up to the light. Minimal coffee coloured head has good retention and laces nicely. Mouthfeel is slick, with a marked alcohol burn at the finish.

At opening the bottle's aroma was overwhelmingly "blueberry-forward", but roasted malts become more obvious now that the beer has opened up. Although the fruit is present throughout all aspects of the taste, there are elements of chocolate and vanilla in there as well which complement it nicely. A surprisingly dry finish, with a pleasantly lingering bitterness.

Although the high ABV will make this only an occasional treat, a beer I'm glad to have tried and would recommend to other stout drinkers.

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Photo of liamt07
3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from the LCBO, 625ml into a tulip.

Midnight blue.black with a tan head of a couple fingers. Great retention and lacing. Nose has a load of blueberry pancakes/muffins, a bit of chocolate. Sweet but the blueberry notes become a bit more artificial once the beer opens up. Still quite aromatic nonetheless. Taste has more blueberries, a little softer, more chocolate and darker sweet malt flavours. Sweet fruity finish, just a smidgen of alcohol. Medium full body and light lingering roast. My first foray with a blueberry flavoured beer, and I'm quite impressed - quite a good drink.

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Photo of grittybrews
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured dark brown with a finger of khaki head. Big, sweet aroma of blueberries and a touch of vanilla.

Moderate carbonation and a thick, full mouthfeel. Tastes like a chocolate-covered blueberry with some roasty caramel and vanilla in the background.

Touch of alcohol warmth on the finish. Fun brew, but the blueberry element becomes overpowering and somewhat artificial-tasting after a while and I couldn't quite finish my glass.

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Photo of Damian
4.15/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

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Photo of Kromes
3.97/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Founders snifter glass. Dark brown in color with a thin brown head that dies down to a thin line of soapy bubbles. Sweet roasted malt, chocolate and blueberry pie filling aroma. The initial taste is sweet roasted malt and toffee with a lactose sweetness to it. This mixes with a blueberry flavor that is kept in check. The alcohol warmth and hop bitterness show up a little in the finish along with a lingering roasted malt and slight blueberry flavor. Feel is medium bodied and smooth. The underlying Porter/Scotch ale mixes well with the blueberry flavor.

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Photo of mick303
4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a big head, which leaves a slightly tan-orange film and lace. Very dark in colour, dark-brown to black with maybe a slight purple tinge.

Aroma is of strong blueberry cobbler with a light spice edge to it. Also notes of roast coffee, chocolate. Alcohol esters are also present.

Taste is initially of dry blueberry flavour and thick caramel malt, achieves a nice balance. Not too sweet, with a bit of cinnamon/clove spice. Malt maintains a good presence, hop bitterness comes a bit more toward the end, leading to a finish which has dried blueberries, toasted malt and strong bitterness.

Mouthfeel are a pleasant carbonation. Malt combines for a nice balanced bitter feel. Alcohol is well hidden and quite drinkable, the body is medium-full. Seems to work.

Interesting stuff. Wasn't 100% what to expect. It keeps a strong bitterness and strong ale maltiness. It grows on you. Blueberries have a strong presence, particularly on the nose, but don't completely overpower the ale. Also not too sweet, more a dry bitter maltiness. This style is touch and go, but they've done a good job with this one, worth a try.

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Photo of Pintofbrown
4.07/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

You bet I got Blueberry smashed in a nonic pint glass.

Appearance- This Shipyard brew pours like a Coca-Cola, dark brown and slick. Thankfully, not a furious torrent of fizzy bubbles. I'm impressed by the black body, with only the tiniest sliver of ruby highlights.

The foam looks smooth and frothy, with about a half-finger in width. The color is still that dark cola brown. It is retaining well after many sips.

Smell- I get some notes of caramel malt and a little bit of alcohol heat. Everything else is blueberry! Not an actual blueberry, but certainly more like a blueberry pie filling. I am still impressed that it is so distinct.

Taste- It starts to fall off just a little on the palate. As the drink starts, I get some coffee roast, a little burnt, and a bit of dark chocolate.

Then comes some alcohol heat that is not exactly out of place, much like what you would find in a strong and peaty wee heavy. Blueberry? Well, there is a little bit there, but it comes out REALLY strong in the finish.

I wonder for a second if I had been eating blueberry pie while drinking this beer.

Mouth feel- I like the feel. I don't love it, but I like it. The beer fills up the mouth with a nice medium body. However, I would like a little more stick and a slightly smoother feel at the back of the throat.

Overall- This is the best blueberry stout I have had. Is there room to put even MORE blueberry in this beer? Certainly. The nose could have a little more, and the palate could back off on the heat to let the fruit come through.

As it is, I definitely enjoyed this beer, and would seek it out again. Next stop six packs? Make it so Shipyard. Make it so.

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Photo of jmarsh123
3.77/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown with a minimal beige head and little lacing.

I can smell the blueberries from several feet away. Smells like a fresh blueberry cobbler with a little roasted malt.

Strong blueberry flavor as well. A little bit of roasted malt along with it, but the fruit is prevalent.

Light mouthfeel with medium carbonation. This could use a bit more thickness.

Blueberry tastes like it's slightly artificial, but this is one of the few blueberry beers I've had that actually tastes distinctly like blueberries. Not world class, but still an enjoyable beer.

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Photo of beertunes
3.38/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Despised 22oz bottle poured into 10oz goblet. Poured a very dark brown, almost black, color with about a half-inch of tan head that had OK retention and lacing that also featured lots of clinging bubbles on the side of the glass.

The aroma was dominated at first by a huge blueberry blast. After a few moments some light grain showed through, along with a bit of roast. The taste was pretty much the same, with the sweetness of the berries overpowering everything else. Good thing I like like blueberries. In addition, there was a noticeable alcohol taste and the roast aspect was also much bolder.

The body was good, solid without being heavy or sticky. Drinkability was OK for a sweet, 9%ABV brew. Overall, a good, but not great, brew. Worth checking out due to a low price at Trader Joes.

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Photo of thehyperduck
4.39/5  rDev +12.3%
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: 4.39, 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.

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Shipyard Smashed Blueberry (Pugsley's Signature Series) from Shipyard Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 176 ratings.