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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

495 Ratings
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Ratings: 495
Reviews: 166
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 15.32%
Wants: 57
Gots: 62 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Shipyard Brewing Co. visit their website
Maine, United States

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Jason on 05-11-2011

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5/5  rDev +29.9%

Photo of laituegonflable
3.29/5  rDev -14.5%
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
3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
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%

Photo of Bosmar
5/5  rDev +29.9%

Photo of Exiled
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of soulfly1492
4.18/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Aroma: Takes one quick sniff to realize that this is going to be good. Bold, sweet blueberries, chocolate, raisins, mild bitterness, a light layer of crisp hops. Some alcohol finally detected through quick short sniffs.

Appearance: Pitch black, even when held up to a bright light. Pours a tall light brown head. The head is very thick and fluffy. Lots of lacing.

Flavor: Very pleasant blueberries, chocolate, coffee, mild anise, mild hop bitterness at the end. A bit of that complex bitter taste associated with scotch. Some alcohol shows up after the sweetness, about the same time as the bitterness shows up.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied. Very heavy, but the carbonation thins it out a bit, giving it a choppy, chunky feel. Some warming from the alcohol.

Overall: Bold and smooth. Very drinkable considering the bold and complex flavor. The blueberry is refreshing at first, but goes into the background as the other flavors take over the palate. One of the smoother experimental brews I've had.

Note: 22 oz. bottle

Photo of rab53
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of TrickkyGangsta
5/5  rDev +29.9%

Photo of dwoolley1
5/5  rDev +29.9%

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 bluntedboywonder
5/5  rDev +29.9%

Photo of metalgdog
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of kayrex
5/5  rDev +29.9%

Photo of CheezyBlaster
2.96/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This beer is a no-go for me. I've defended Shipyard in the past. However, through the mediocre fuggles IPA and awful, awful beers like that Pumpkinhead rubbish everyone buys, Shipyard isn't what it used to be . . . or my memory is cloudy. I notice that BA tends to like this one, but I cannot agree.

Nose: Blueberry with a hint of blueberry. Dark roasted malts dipped in blueberry flavored syrup. Can't get past it.

Dark roasted malts take shape as coffee and some dark chocolate/cocoa, but really blueberry-atized -like that sickening blueberry compote they put on pancakes in shitty diners. Booze on the finish. Some unwelcome diacetyl. The blueberry is really sickening after a point. I enjoyed their cider-like brew with smashed pumpkin, but this stuff is not my fave by a long shot. Pass!

Photo of heyta
5/5  rDev +29.9%

Photo of InspectorBob
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of danbar
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of Rollzroyce21
4/5  rDev +3.9%

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 tpauer
5/5  rDev +29.9%

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 jlordi12
2.5/5  rDev -35.1%

Shipyard Smashed Blueberry (Pugsley's Signature Series) from Shipyard Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 495 ratings.