Shipyard Smashed Blueberry (Pugsley's Signature Series) - Shipyard Brewing Co.
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4.22/5 rDev +9.3%
Smashed Blueberry opens with a nose that thankfully does not resemble blueberry jam or pie, which is a serious concern of mine with fruit beers. Instead, while there is a hint of fresh blueberries around the edges, the beer mainly smells of dark malts, which bring coffee and tobacco, as well as molasses and caramel. The malt aromas are of roughly the intensity that would be expected from a solid porter. The overall effect is something like a quality piece of blueberry pie served at a '50s diner, complete with a cuppa joe and just a faint hint of secondhand smoke drifting over from the far corner.
On the tongue, the beer is simultaneously porter, scotch, and blueberry, the flavors intermingling beautifully. The malts and hops bring coffee, vanilla, anise, and touches of ash and peat, as well as a hoppy pine-and-lemon bite, and the blueberries add just a smidgen of berry flavor, nicely complementing the darker malts. Hops do tend to gain in intensity as the sugars die off, and halfway through a mouthful held long enough on the tongue, a strong grapefruit flavor comes through. Right at the end, a strong chocolate malt note blasts out. The aftertaste is mainly porter flavors--chocolate malt, ash, and coffee--with small hints of blueberry sticking to the teeth. Mouthfeel is medium, and carbonation is medium.
Overall, this is quite good beer, and again thankfully does not resemble blueberry-based foods in any way. Instead, the blueberry sugars and esters provide a lovely counterpoint to the dark malt flavors, much like black coffee can taste lovely with berry pies. Recommended.
11-11-2011 21:28:08 | More by jondeelee
4/5 rDev +3.6%
Pours a dark brown with some hints of purple, disappointingly thin cap of brown bubbled, gone quickly. Scent leads with strong blueberry before solid roasted malt profile takes over, notes of char and baking chocolate. Taste again leads with lightly tart blueberry before hitting the malts - nice amount of baking chocolate and strong char character - odd fruity and medicinal cough drop like taste at the end. Also tasted best cold - more berry and less off-notes. Fuller side of medium bodied, dry finish. A good offering with some minor off-notes that keep this from being rated higher.
11-11-2011 14:22:29 | More by rfgetz
4/5 rDev +3.6%
A-Pours a deep, dark blackish blue with a nice khaki color head. This beer doesn't look a thing like I thought it would. I'm pleasently surprised.
S-Really sweet blueberry scent, almost smells like blueberry syrup. There's almost a sugary, choclately smell in there as well. Various types of malt are mixing in too.
T-Very thick malty flavor with very thick blueberry flavor. Mild hop bitterness at the back of the tongue. Nice flavor to this beer.
M-Real thick, syrupy feel in the mouth. Mild bitterness.
O-I am very impressed with this one. Really exceeded my expectations. Easy drinking, solid flavor, smooth taste. Well done Shipyard!
11-05-2011 02:26:15 | More by danmcg62
4.43/5 rDev +14.8%
A big thanks to HoppySuds for this beer. Cheers!
Appearance – Pours into a sniffer with an opaque dark chocolate color. Slight brown color is seen around the edges of the glass. A finger of mocha colored head is achieved with a moderate pour that dissipates quickly leaving little lacing.
Smell – Wow. Open the bottle and you immediately smell blueberries. And we are not talking about fake blueberries, but ripe, plump, juicy blueberries. I am honestly quite amazed. [edit – I realized what this smells like – somewhat like the blueberry filled pies as a child…which is ironic seeing as that stuff is probably really fake but I still get a lot of legitimate blueberry aromas). Slight chocolate, coffee, and caramel.
Taste – Fantastic. You can rip on Shipyard as much as you want, but this is a pretty good porter. Begins with heavy blueberry flavors which melds wonderfully with the chocolate and coffee flavors. A hint of tartness, roasted malts, and bitterness.
Mouthfeel – Medium bodied, moderate carbonation.
Overall – VERY glad I traded for this. I had this on my “wants” list for a while and finally decided to seek it out. I love a good porter when it gets cold (though I am more of a sour fan) and was intrigued by the description (and pretty good ratings) of this beer. I honestly feel this beer should be rated better but people have a preconceived notion that Shipyard sucks. This is a really good fruit flavored porter and I will be trading for another in the near future. No alcohol flavor or burn. Very well put together and done. Yes it is a bit one dimensional with the blueberry flavor, but hot damn if it isn’t tasty.
11-05-2011 00:51:57 | More by SpdKilz
3.98/5 rDev +3.1%
Pours a dark, dark brown with a creamy khaki head. Ruby highlights are noticeable along the edges of the snifter. Not much lacing is left as the inch or so of head recedes.
Aromas begin with blueberry and dark roasted malts initially. I am immediately reminded of black blueberry coffee. As it warms the blueberry continues to emerge along with lots of bitter baker's cocoa and some lesser caramel maltiness.
The tastes begin with chocolaty dark malt mixing with some lighter raisiny sweet maltiness. A hint of vanilla underneath complements the blueberry that absolutely permeates the brew wonderfully but play second fiddle to the dark malt flavors. While the flavors are amazingly complex they are quite solid. A nice berry dark fruitiness mixed with a roasted malt backbone.
The mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation. Finish is smooth and yet slightly dry and bitter from the substantial roasted malt backbone of this beer. Alcohol is an afterthought here, really well balanced for such a high ABV.
Overall I was pleasantly surprised with this beer as I did no know what to make of a fruit/Scotch/Porter hybrid, but it all works; I think because dark malts and dark fruit flavors just blend amazing together. While I had to really search for the Scotch ale flavors compared to the porter dark roasted flavors, they do exist and make a really quality beer. Shipyard has been real hit or miss for me, but this works. Definitely recommended if you happen to come across it.
10-29-2011 01:34:28 | More by claspada
4/5 rDev +3.6%
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.
10-22-2011 22:19:39 | More by jdhilt
3.95/5 rDev +2.3%
Pours black with a nice brown head. Almost like a dark porter.
Smells of chocolate and the blueberries diffidently come flying out. Malty and more dark tangy blueberry smell.
Taste is very different they I had assumed. It's really nice. Malty, chocolate with a light finish of tangy blueberry. This is not a fruity lambic or sour beer. It's malty, and deep, with 9% ABV that gives it some balls.
Overall I was impressed with this beer. It was a nice change up from the IPAs or IRS's or even just a good change from all of the Belgian trippels and quads. I was really looking for their smashed pumpkin beer but found this one instead and just went for it.
10-18-2011 21:50:13 | More by HoppySuds
4.08/5 rDev +5.7%
After seeing this for $12.99 I had to grab a bottle at Giant Eagle for $9.99.
A - Pours a very dark red, almost pitch black except for some slight hue at the bottom of the glass. Head is a creamy mocha color that is a 1/2 inch and creamy.
S - Faint at first but as it sits and warms up I get a nice baked pie smell of fresh blueberries. Porter qualities of chocolate and roast are there but are a bit overwhelmed by blueberry.
T - Starts off with a little roast but mostly chocolate flavors but man is this stuff creamy! I do get a mild bit of fruit right next to very mild hops but as expected it's not so much of an "in your face" sweet fruit or tart it's just mixed in. As it warms I get more roast but it never really steals the show.
M - Medium bodied but has a slick creamy mouth-feel.
Overall I liked this hybrid ale but didn't really get my moneys worth in my opinion. I understand these one off's tend to be a bit more expensive to produce but the price point really makes it one and done.
10-16-2011 23:27:21 | More by DrDemento456
4.22/5 rDev +9.3%
Originally I shared a bottle of this beer with my buddy Scott, at City Beer Store here in SF. It was damn good, highly memorable, but I didn't do an official review. Have stocked up on a few bottles before it disappears from the shelves and am sitting down for an 'official' tasting. Here goes…
Poured into the 2011 SF Beer Week tulip, this brew is a deep reddish brown with a 2-3 finger light tan foam that's holding up well and leaving lacing behind as it recedes.
Strong aroma of blueberry cobbler up front with chocolatey undertones. Alcohol is certainly noticeable but restrained and smooth. Caramel sweetness lies in wait for the patient nose.
Initial dark roasty malt flavors hint at extra dark chocolate, smoky charcoal and espresso. After the initial roasty flavors, the palette is treated to a wonderful blueberry, syrupy sweet fruitiness. Hop flavors aren't making much a presence but bitterness is there and keeps the beer from being off-kilter. Medium-finish with a lingering blueberry cobbler.
Medium bodied with a moderate carbonation.
Overall this is one of the most interesting fruit beers I've sampled to-date. The dark roast flavors pair up well with the blueberry cobbler-like fruits. Absolutely delicious.
10-16-2011 03:53:10 | More by BrewerB
4.08/5 rDev +5.7%
Shipyard Smashed Blueberry tastes like a fruity chocolate stout. The smell is amazing but the aftertaste disappoints.
A: Brown/red colour and a 5 mm that lasts very well. 4.5
S: Chocolate and blueberry. Really delicious. 5
T: Malty chocolate with some tangy fruit character from the blueberry. Very strong flavour. Bitter grainy finish. 4
M: Fizzy. 3.5
10-16-2011 03:18:11 | More by vandemonian
4.97/5 rDev +28.8%
I must admit, I was a little skeptical, blueberries in a porter? I was curious as to how the blueberry flavor was going to end up without being hidden by the porter profile of the beer.
I loved it, I found if full of flavor, good blueberries, with good thick smooth mouthfeel, without a strong alcohol aroma or flavor.
I wish I could find more.
This beer had inspired my to try and brew a robust blueberry porter like this.
10-11-2011 16:56:25 | More by d1ucb4u
4.43/5 rDev +14.8%
I will be tasting Shipyard Brewing Pugsley’s Signature Series “Smashed Blueberry” also look for “Smashed Pumpkin”. The blueberry blue bottle tells the story of this 9.0% ABV blueberry powerhouse. It is a hybrid between a Porter and a Scotch Ale, an intriguing combination. It is being served chilled in my Guinness tumbler.
Appearance: Pours a coffee brown with a massive Coke colored head (not Coke itself but the foam that results from pouring a warm Coke).
Nose: It smells very much like fresh blueberry pie. There are hints of a baked crust and jammy fruit. Coffee from the Porter lingers in the background. Violet Beauregarde flashes in my mind.
Taste: Not overly blueberry, in fact the fruit flavor hovers in the background to accentuate the forward coffee flavors. Hop presence sticks to the front of the tongue while the blueberries gush for a pleasant finish. A burst of coffee returns with every exhale. As it warms up the Scotch Ale is more prevalent. Slight chocolate and caramel notes flash in and out of the blueberry essence.
10-09-2011 02:38:52 | More by Portertime
3.6/5 rDev -6.7%
Bomber poured into a wine glass
Pours dark brown with a tan half finger head. No lacing.
There is a very strong blueberry scent, followed by chocolate and roasted malt.
Roasted malt is most prevalent in taste. Blueberries are also certainly present, but it is more difficult to distinguish.
Bubbly, strong carbonation is present. Mouthfeel is on the lighter side, with a dry finish.
This is quite different than any other fruit beer I have had. Seems almost like a cross between a stout and a fruit beer. Also, the carbonation is a bit over done. Glad to have tried it once, but wouldn't seek it out again.
10-09-2011 02:11:25 | More by fatmcb1
4.33/5 rDev +12.2%
Reviewed from notes:
Appearance: dark brown black with 1 finger tan head
Smell: blueberry, coffee, chocolate, malts
Taste: coffee, blueberry, dry finish
Mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium body
Overall: a very nice blueberry beer. Paired well with the coffee and chocolate malts. Defiently recommend this brew.
10-07-2011 18:20:56 | More by THECPJ
4.43/5 rDev +14.8%
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.
10-06-2011 03:33:08 | More by UCLABrewN84
4.24/5 rDev +9.8%
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)
10-04-2011 22:49:32 | More by chinchill
3.93/5 rDev +1.8%
A dark brown beer with a short head, little lacing. Appearance is nothing to write home about.
Smells like a blueberry donut from Donut World! Hi PTMcB! ;)
Big time sweetness and blueberry. Can't find the hops. Prett one dimensional but I'm a fan. Boozyness is about rght.
Medium mouthfeel.overly carbonated perhaps.
Favorite Shipyard to date. " It tastes how we thought it would taste." Recommended to big blueberry fans and also scotch ale fans. Thanks a ton stupac2!
10-01-2011 01:36:54 | More by Duff27
4/5 rDev +3.6%
22oz bomber. No date, but I know this is a fairly new brew. Served in a goblet at cellar temperature.
Pours very dark brown, mostly opaque. Small beige head settles to a ring. Bits of lacing disappear quickly.
Very interesting aroma on this. Chocolate malt stands out big, followed quickly by strong blueberries. Some spicy yeast and alcohol.
Taste is drier and not nearly as sweet as the nose. Blueberry juice emerges in the middle and carries on through the finish. Given that it's surrounded by pretty strong flavors, the blueberries sit more in the background and don't overpower the flavor. Roasted coffee bitterness emerges in the finish along with a solid dose of spicy alcohol. Lingering chocolately malt and berry aftertaste.
Medium-full body with medium carbonation. A slick mouthfeel.
09-28-2011 04:56:08 | More by brotherloco
3.68/5 rDev -4.7%
Dark brown, nearly black, with what I want to say is purple highlights near the edges. Quickly forming, persistent khaki colored head and spots of lacing left down the glass.
The aroma is awash in fresh blueberries--authentic, juicy, and plump blueberries--quite stunning. There's also an underlying roasted malt and slight chocolate hint as well. This was my favorite aspect of this beer.
The blueberry flavor doesn't stand out quite as strongly as I thought it might after being floored by the aroma. The typical porter flavors are present--roasted malt, bittersweet chocolate, and of course, there is some dark blueberry flavor pushing through behind it all.
Medium to thick mouthfeel with somewhat low carbonation.
A decent blueberry ale, and I'm glad it wasn't overbearingly sweet. Above average.
09-26-2011 17:38:09 | More by ehammond1
4.28/5 rDev +10.9%
Pours a deep brown with a tight off-white head, very much stout like.
Smells of blueberry muffins and some chocolate.
Tastes of the blueberries layered with roasted malt notes. Blueberries lead off with some tartness and then are topped with notes of chocolate, toffee, and some toasted bread. A fair amount of sweetness, but it adds to the blueberries and roasted notes all evening each other out. Alcohol comes through with a nice warming. At the end I am left with the blueberry tartness that started things off, which I happen to like.
Mouthfeel is medium-full with a smooth amount of carbonation.
Overall, I had no idea what to expect from this, but was very happy with it and will look for this again. This would be an interesting one to put some age on as well.
09-24-2011 23:47:38 | More by ocelot2500
4.1/5 rDev +6.2%
Bomber into a Brooklyn tulip. Purchased with three other Signature Series brews at Shipyard in Portland.
Appearance: A Guinness-like darkness, where at first it seems maybe opaque, but it’s a deep dark red in the light, and when the glass is tipped, there’s a nice lighter crimson color coming through at the edges. A nice mocha-colored head doesn’t stay too terribly long, but leaves a nice ring around the body of the brew, and nice raindrops slinking slowly down the bulb of the glass.
Smell: A little colder, there’s a nice sense of fresh dough and yeast that rises above the malt aromas, and as it warms, the triumvirate of blueberry, chocolate, and mild coffee really get to work here. And even as it warms further, a more roasted and toasted and darkened sense of malts colors it a little more grain and husk-like than it was before, with faint citrus aromas also sneaking in from the hops. Overall, though, it’s a pretty wild bouquet, and one with a lot going on as the temperature increases and it warms to room temperature.
Taste: I’m not sure why they suggest to drink these Signature brews at 55 degrees, since that seems a little colder than I want it, especially since the nuances here seem to come out at a warmer temperature. It’s a sipper, to be sure, but if out of the fridge, and consumed over at least an hour or an hour and a half or so, that may be the best way to do this. Bright blueberries come at first, and they don’t seem like residual syrup, which I’m not sure isn’t the case as far as where that comes from. Backed by doughiness, grain, mildly acrid coffee, and some semi-sweet lighter chocolate, the finish combines all of those flavors, with a tinge of rind-like grapefruit and citrus hops, but this seems to be the very back end, letting those malt flavors, and the blueberry, be the centerpiece here. It’s actually pretty right on to describe this as a hybrid porter / scotch ale, since there are prevalent characteristics of both. I’m not sure a stout could work here, though I’m sure someone will try it, but it’s dark enough to be a sipper, and light enough not to have to take too terribly long to consume it.
Mouthfeel: For a 9% ABV brew, this feels more toward the lighter side of things. I almost want to say this is slightly watery, but really, I think it may be a testament to the carbonation levels, as everything’s balanced nicely. I think something darker than this would be tough to deal with as far as melding all the flavors well and not having one more dominant over the other, and if they experimented a lot here, whether they did or not I suppose, they got it right, and everything works with the flavors of the brew.
Drinkability: Finally: a blueberry beer worthy of the name. This, to me, seems like the best style here, instead of the lighter wheat or pale ale or lager that breweries often try to deal with, when most of them are residual syrups anyway, and don’t masquerade themselves as anything else remotely well. One of my favorite Shipyard brews, and I don’t know how long they’re making it, but if you find it, definitely try at least a bottle. I’m not sure if there’s anything I’ve had quite like this as far as a brew that uses blueberries, and fittingly enough, Shipyard, located in Maine, is the one to do it this well.
09-23-2011 02:19:33 | More by asabreed
4.15/5 rDev +7.5%
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.
09-20-2011 19:05:24 | More by ChainGangGuy
3.83/5 rDev -0.8%
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.
09-20-2011 03:13:20 | More by bishopdc0
4.55/5 rDev +17.9%
Smashed Blueberry achieves what others only dream of. A truly successful concoction.
Appearance: While I musty admit, I served this beer most recently in the dark, I have seen it before, and the darkness is truly awe inspiring.
Smell: I reserve a 5 score for beers that truly master the aspect of beer they are taking on. Seriously, Shipyard. I cannot smell this beer without saying, "Whoa"... Absolutely fantastic. All aspects of blueberries are present in this aroma. I can smell the sweetness, the tartness, even the grassiness of the stem and leaves. Absolutely fantastic. Blueberries all the way.
Taste: This beer is something truly special. Nothing comes close. I've had blueberry stouts that I have enjoyed, but nothing close to this. Maltiness mixed with a perfect falvor of blueberries. Sweet, slight sourness, and blueberries from start to finish. Slight alcohol burn permeates and lingers through the finish and beyond. My head is spinning.
Mouthfeel: Because I feel you should always find something the beer can improve....the mouthfeel of this beer is a LITTLE thin. Honestly, it's the only aspect of this beer that I THINK they might be able to improve. It really isn't bad, but if I had to pick SOMETHING.
Overall: This beer succeeds at giving me a blueberry beer more than any other I've tried. Many beers end up being too sweet...cloyingly so. The Shipyard does not. The Shipyard really delivers fresh blueberries into a fantastic beer, with enough alcohol to really spin you onto your keister. I love this beer, and can't wait to try it again.
09-18-2011 03:26:17 | More by AleEvangelist
Shipyard Smashed Blueberry (Pugsley's Signature Series) from Shipyard Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 456 ratings.