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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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474 Ratings
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Ratings: 474
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:
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(Beer added by: Jason on 05-11-2011)
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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.

lacqueredmouse, Nov 26, 2011
Photo of tpauer
5/5  rDev +29.9%

tpauer, Nov 26, 2011
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 jlordi12
2.5/5  rDev -35.1%

jlordi12, Nov 25, 2011
Photo of nh2032
4/5  rDev +3.9%

nh2032, Nov 25, 2011
Photo of kingstonma
5/5  rDev +29.9%

kingstonma, Nov 24, 2011
Photo of kielaf
3/5  rDev -22.1%

kielaf, Nov 22, 2011
Photo of RoryOMoore
4/5  rDev +3.9%

RoryOMoore, Nov 22, 2011
Photo of chugalug06
4.78/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Great tan foamy head. Brew stands very dark in color, could it be all the blueberries?

S - Lots of caramel and blueberries. Very sweet, but not sugary.

T - Sweet, but not overly sugary. Amazingly blueberry. Not induced blueberry, but actual blueberry. amazing how they made this taste SO good.

M - Wonderful. smooth. wet. great carbonation.

O - Amazing fruit brew. The best i've had. wonderful true berry flavor.

chugalug06, Nov 21, 2011
Photo of PEIhop
4/5  rDev +3.9%

PEIhop, Nov 20, 2011
Photo of peacehammer
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Fantastic sweet blueberry aroma. Dark pour, minimal head. Nice full body. Blueberry flavor is present from start to finish, but it doesn't take from the integrity of the beer. Toffee aftertaste.

I was very happy with this beer after it was strongly recommended to me from a few people. After not loving Smashed Pumpkin, it was nice to have a blueberry beer, that still held it's character.

peacehammer, Nov 19, 2011
Photo of suspect
3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle with gold foil around the cap into a Samuel Adams Perfect Pint glass.

A: Deep brown color. When held up to the light, you can see some lighter brown notes around the edges. Aggressive pout leads to a light tan, 1-finger head that disappears and leaves spotty but decent lacing. I ding this appearance based on style. Some of the best looking Fruit/Vegetable beers have been much prettier than this.

S: Light chocolate notes, decent amount of blueberry from what my nose is picking up. Lots of dark malts and a faint whiff of alcohol makes its way at the backend of the nose.

T: Very nice mix of malts, chocolate and tobacco. Nice bitterness added in from either the cocoa, coffee or hops, I can't tell which but it definitely balances out the malts. Somewhere in the middle-later stages of the taste is where the blueberries come into play and they are definitely delicious. ABV well hidden in the taste.

M: Medium body, nicely carbonated. Creamy coating leaves a nice aftertaste that definitely reminds me of the Scotch ale half of this hybrid.

O: A very nice beer overall but left something to be desired given the style and the name. This is a good beer and I'm glad I have two bottles but the novelty will probably disappear after I finish that one.

suspect, Nov 19, 2011
Photo of Yagman3000
3.3/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served from a 22 oz. bomber into an oversized glass stein.

Appears an odd shade. Mostly dark rich browns with a subtle purple tone underneath it.

Smell is way too understated for me. Even with agitating and swirling, I'm only picking up a mild chocolate.

I can taste the blueberry here and I'm really trying to. It has a pretty straight porter taste to it but not too strong on that regard. A bit dissapointing.

Mouthfeel is ok. I wish it carried a little more thickness to it, a bit of a warmer as the weather gets cold.

Overall a disappointment. Wish there was some trace of blueberry. False advertising! :(

Yagman3000, Nov 18, 2011
Photo of heffnate77
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

heffnate77, Nov 17, 2011
Photo of coreyfmcdonald
4/5  rDev +3.9%

coreyfmcdonald, Nov 17, 2011
Photo of DoctorB2B
1/5  rDev -74%

DoctorB2B, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of ColSanders123
5/5  rDev +29.9%

ColSanders123, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of Lawnboy33
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Lawnboy33, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of Adamostella
3/5  rDev -22.1%

Adamostella, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of jondeelee
4.22/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

jondeelee, Nov 11, 2011
Photo of rfgetz
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

rfgetz, Nov 11, 2011
Photo of danmcg62
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!

danmcg62, Nov 05, 2011
Photo of SpdKilz
4.43/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

SpdKilz, Nov 05, 2011
Photo of claspada
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

claspada, Oct 29, 2011
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.

jdhilt, Oct 22, 2011
Shipyard Smashed Blueberry (Pugsley's Signature Series) from Shipyard Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 474 ratings.