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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

489 Ratings
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Ratings: 489
Reviews: 164
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 15.32%
Wants: 53
Gots: 58 | 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 Vec2267
3.33/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - black with a small tan head that retains well - impressive for the ABV

S - sweet, fructose pancake syrup (the fake stuff - not good maple syrup), some alcohol

T - fruit, booze, some chocolate and coffee at first but the big fruity aftertaste dominates as the bottle goes down

M - medium body

O - a dysfunctional marriage

This is an easy drinking dessert beer, sugary blueberry pie and coffee in a bottle. Nothing bad or offensive, but nothing that makes me want another bottle.

Photo of Reagan1984
3/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dull foamy tan head. Looks a bit like a barley wine with some ruby tones but it could be purple. Very dark in color. A tiny bit of sudsy lace.

Aroma at first was nice and definitely blueberry. Once in the glass it’s so much thicker and not nearly as pleasing. Almost a vinaigrette hint to it. (Turns out that flavor is not sour or vinegar like at all)

Man, I want to like this. I love blueberry and there have been several blueberry beers I’ve loved. But this just doesn’t work for me. Lots of burnt/charred malt flavors which take center stage and eventually give way to a subtle but present blueberry flavor. The two don’t really match in my estimation. The aftertaste is nice, but with the next sip comes that ash blast. A little sweetness up front might do some magic here.

Dry on the tongue, medium bodied.

I wish I liked it more.

Photo of zaphodchak
4.13/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Not a lot of head or lace here, body is a darkish brown, but not opaque.

Smells like a blueberry muffin with some alcohol ester.

Taste is actually really balanced-- sort of bitter dark chocolate and blueberry skins-- the bitterness is coming from hops, somewhat. Some bran on the finish. I don't really get any coffee though.

Mouthfeel is pretty standard.

Pretty neat-- quite balanced for what it is, and that's worth note.

Photo of bakerm3
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of MikeDATL
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of myzamboni
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of wizo
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of RandyKemka
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of djaeon
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of VtBeerRun
3.15/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

There is nothing wrong with this beer, just not what I was hopping for. If I get a blueberry beer I want it to be a good taste of blueberry. This just didn't do it for me. I'd rather take a quality pale ale and put fresh blue berries in it. Shipyard has some good beers, and this didn't taste bad, just didn't reach my expectations.

Cheers,
Dave

Photo of generallee
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of yesyouam
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Shipyard Smashed Blueberry is a solid dark brown ale with an espresso colored head that leaves very nice lacing on the glass. It has a strong aroma of fresh blueberries. It fills the room. It's full bodied, smooth and soft. It leaves the tongue like a smooth paste. The blueberry is detected right at the beginning of the sip, then a bitter resiny flavor takes over and hits with the intensity of whiskey. There's a long, bitter aftertaste of juniper and black pepper. Wow, this is maybe a little too intense for me. It's strong and it tastes even stronger than the ABV would indicate. 22 oz. feels like a commitment. This is the opposite of refreshing, but it works fine on a cold winter night.

Photo of AgentZero
2.95/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Dark brown beer, almost black in lower light. Tan head that faded to a bit of a ring and left some lace on the sides.

S - Smells like those fake blueberries that are in those cheap muffin mixes you buy. smells like blueberries, but then you realize there's something off and artificial about it.

T - Tastes like blueberry mix thrown into some milk. Some malts, that's about it.

M - Mouthfeel is like that of slightly carbonated milk. Heavier side of medium bodied with low carbonation.

O - Pretty average beer. A lot of other people hated it more than I do, but I didn't think it was horrible. Can't drink much and wouldn't ever seek it out, but I've had worse.

Photo of mbs11
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

Photo of buckyp
1/5  rDev -74%

Photo of Sean9689
2.8/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Bottle at our good beer/bad beer tasting. Poured into Bell's tulip.

A - Pours a darker brown/amber color, off-white head, thin collar.

S - Roasted malts, blueberry, marker. The blueberry notes really come though and remind me of blueberry muffins, with the roasted sweet malty notes.

T - Tastes like blueberry cough syrup and has an awful harsh medicinal finish. Hints of beer in there, some malty notes, but otherwise, just a nasty blueberry medicinal note.

M - Medium, light carbonation, alcohol is hidden well for 9%.

O - I would definitely drink this again if it was able to cure the common cold and/or help my cough, but as a beer, I'm going to pass. The other bright spot was the medicinal note hid the alcohol pretty well.

Lightly roasted malt notes that are a bit smoky with pleasant blueberry notes shining through nicely. Pours dark chesnut amber with an off white head. The flavor has almost no notes of the blueberry, a tad at the beginning come in nicely, then more of a light barleywine base with some sweet malts and a bit of the roasted porter flavor.

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.

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.

Photo of tugg407
2.5/5  rDev -35.1%

Photo of Puterguru
5/5  rDev +29.9%

Photo of laituegonflable
3.33/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very dark brown with colour up to the light. Head is good at first when poured, settles out to a thin crown. Beige colour, lace is alright. Looks good.

Smells mediciney. Phenolic, cherry notes, lots of vanilla sweetness. Pongy and a bit overpowering. Fruity and sickly sweet. Yeah, can't say I'm a fan.

Taste is similar, with that sickly sweet fruit flavour and a touch of coconut, but balances it out a bit better. Hint of glacé cherries, over thick roasty stouty notes. Very coconut and vanilla and very sweet. Bit too much; needs more roast to ground it. Otherwise not too bad, quite dry on the back that mellows out the sweet, medicinal front a bit.

Dry and boozey, with a hot alcohol note on the front. Otherwise quite smooth and good.

Wish I liked this more, but there's just too much residual sugar and it just tastes a bit flakey.

Photo of JMBSH
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of SolarMikey
3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This brew is very dark brown, with a strong aroma of not just blueberry, but blueberry muffin. Its taste has a porter-like darkness to it with chocolate notes, and the blueberry flavor is connected to the medium carbonation of the beer (those sensations go hand-in-hand during the experience). The dominant quality is fruity and tangy, though the finish is dry and just a bit hoppy. Mouthfeel is light, making this boldly-flavored beer surprisingly drinkable!

I recommend this beer primarily because it's different from any fruit beer I've ever tried, though the flavor is a lot darker than I usually prefer for berry-based fruit beers (hence the blueberry muffin quality as opposed to a more refreshing straight-up blueberry). Some good work by Shipyard, overall!

Photo of avaldivia
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of MaineMike
2/5  rDev -48.1%

Shipyard Smashed Blueberry (Pugsley's Signature Series) from Shipyard Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 489 ratings.