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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

464 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 464
Reviews: 162
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 15.54%
Wants: 45
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Jason on 05-11-2011)
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Photo of peacehammer
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%

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 -4.7%

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 -14.5%

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
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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

heffnate77, Nov 17, 2011
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

coreyfmcdonald, Nov 17, 2011
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1/5  rDev -74.1%

DoctorB2B, Nov 16, 2011
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5/5  rDev +29.5%

ColSanders123, Nov 15, 2011
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

Lawnboy33, Nov 14, 2011
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3/5  rDev -22.3%

Adamostella, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of jondeelee
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.

jondeelee, Nov 11, 2011
Photo of rfgetz
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.

rfgetz, Nov 11, 2011
Photo of danmcg62
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!

danmcg62, Nov 05, 2011
Photo of SpdKilz
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.

SpdKilz, Nov 05, 2011
Photo of claspada
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.

claspada, Oct 29, 2011
Photo of jdhilt
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.

jdhilt, Oct 22, 2011
Photo of HoppySuds
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.

HoppySuds, Oct 18, 2011
Photo of DrDemento456
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.

DrDemento456, Oct 16, 2011
Photo of BrewerB
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.

BrewerB, Oct 16, 2011
Photo of vandemonian
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

O: 3.5

vandemonian, Oct 16, 2011
Photo of d1ucb4u
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.

d1ucb4u, Oct 11, 2011
Photo of Portertime
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.

Portertime, Oct 09, 2011
Photo of fatmcb1
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.

fatmcb1, Oct 09, 2011
Photo of THECPJ
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.

Cheers,
TheCPJ

THECPJ, Oct 07, 2011
Photo of UCLABrewN84
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.

UCLABrewN84, Oct 06, 2011
Photo of chinchill
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)

chinchill, Oct 04, 2011
Shipyard Smashed Blueberry (Pugsley's Signature Series) from Shipyard Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 464 ratings.