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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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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

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Beer added by: Jason on 05-11-2011

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Photo of d1ucb4u
4.97/5  rDev +29.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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.

Photo of Portertime
4.42/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of fatmcb1
3.62/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of THECPJ
4.32/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.


Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.42/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of chinchill
4.26/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

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)

Photo of Duff27
3.92/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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!

Photo of brotherloco
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of ehammond1
3.72/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle (2011)

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.

Photo of ocelot2500
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of asabreed
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.17/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of bishopdc0
3.82/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of AleEvangelist
4.57/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of aasher
4.47/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Yet another beer on my quest to tick every blueberry related creation that the beer world has to offer, except for Blabaer. This one looks promising. Finally a blueberry beer I can take seriously!

This bottle arrived today courtesy of BrewerB, thanks Brian! Kudos to you sir for knocking off one of my wants. It was so random, I never even thought about it being a possibility for this package haha. It pours a dark, dark chestnut brown in color with amber highlights and a one finger, very smooth and creamy beige colored head. It looks like a legit and smooth drinker. When I popped the cap I instantly got a nice dose of blueberry cobbler. It wasn't cloying and is surprisingly very authentic. Just what I wanted! Aside from the heap of blueberries you get a nice soft blend of dark roasted malts, light chocolate, and some toffee. I could smell this all day. The flavors are a perfect mix of sweet, yet not overdone and very authentic blueberries, light coffee, cream, roasted malts, and chocolate. Dear god I couldn't have imagined it to be much better. I could pour this on my ice cream. My grandparents would love this just because they love cobbler and coffee. It drinks medium to full in body and drinks more like a stout, which is perfect. Overall this beer was everything I wanted it to be. I actually never thought it could be this good. Great beer to sit back and enjoy to yourself. Thanks again Brian, you hit this one on the head!

Photo of Krakistophales
4.54/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours really dark plum color with a bit of a chocolate colored head that recedes quickly

S: Fantastic smell. At first it's an aroma of caramel malt and vanilla, which follows into a slightly cinnamon scent, all with a tartness of blueberries. Kind of like rochefort 10's aroma.

T: Interesting that it's different than the smell. At first it starts off with huge, distinct coffee and chocolate notes, then it moves into an oak dryness in the middle, and finishes with a hoppy and blueberry flavor. Excellent taste.

O: This one blows me away much like smashed pumpkin does. I'm interested in shipyard now. Will definitely buy again.

Photo of BeerForMuscle
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Burgundy brown, with a deep porter body. Solid, creamy, micro carboation head. Semi sticky.

S - Smokey, roasty and robust. Tangy fruit and yeast notes akin to a schwarzbier or black ale. Malt syrup sweetness and dark sugary notes.

T - Deep, brown sweetness. Heavy malt base here, with sweet malt and warming alcohol. Hints of fruit acidity and fruit skin, but none a definite blueberry. Roasty and dry with a definite peat smoke in the back end.

M - Warming abv present but appropriate and well blended into this hyrbid style. Semi dry in the finish.

O - A solid porter-scotch, with a deep malty profile. Nice spiced flavors and alcohol kick. Didnt pick up any real presence of blueberry though.

Photo of GarthDanielson
4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into a pilsner glass, the beer is extremely dark. It poured with a three inch head that looks dense and small bubbled, and it quickly settles into a ring of film. The body is a nearly opaque dark brown coloring, with ruby highlights. The aromas are a darkly sweet blend of blueberry fruit, coffee, and a bit of cocoa nib. Flavors are more coffee than anything else, but the blueberry is definitely strong there, as well. Amazing flavor blend. It's like dipping a blueberry muffin in your morning coffee. The aftertaste is more of the fruit character, but also some of the bitterness from both the chocolate and coffee characters. The finish lingers a bit, which is good because you get a long blast of the fruit and coffee, extremely balanced and just shy of amazing. Very well put together brew, both in body and flavors!

Photo of Cyberkedi
3.71/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a luscious, barely transparent chocolate brown with a fairly thick and fluffy light tan head. Aroma is overwhelmingly of blueberry and somewhat sweet, with subtle malty and earthy notes - not very beer-like, but I LOVE blueberries. Flavor has a malty core with a strong and fruity-sweet blueberry overtone, as well as nutty and caramel hints. At least blueberry does not dominate the flavor the way it does the aroma. Texture has average body and a fair amount of fizz, leaving a tingly, blueberry finish.

Photo of metter98
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is clear yet very dark purple in color and has a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high dark beige head that has good retention properties and never completely faded away.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of blueberries and chocolate in the nose.
T: The taste has flavors of blueberries and dark chocolate along with a bit of sweetness; hints of caramel and coffee are also noticeable in the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied, smooth and slightly thick on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: As a hybrid of a fruit beer, porter and scotch ale, this beer is rather interesting because it has a good balance between smells and tastes from each of the styles. The alcohol is well masked from the taste.

Photo of mountdew1
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into an imperial pint glass. Was a very dark brown/black color, that has a slight bluish purple tinge to it. Poured with a 2 finger light mocha brown head. Head faded to nothing but a thin layer that had no real cling. Aroma was strongly of blueberry syrup or gum. Sweet, with just a hint of lactose. Taste was a bit like a sweet barley wine. A bit of a kick to it, but not overly syrupy. Blueberry was much more subtle, came as a finishing note to each sip instead of being overpowering. Felt good in the mouth. Slightly carbonated, thick enough to coat, reminded me of a blueberry juice type consistency. Overall a very good beer. Price takes it down a bit as its a bit pricey.

Photo of JizackFH
3.62/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - This beer pours a very dark blueberry juice red. This has a small short-lived light tan head on it. The head has no apparent lacing, just a small floating ring of foam resting atop the beer.

S - Mmm, a nice dark blueberry smell right off the bat. There is definitely some alcohol notes present, but not in a harsh way by any means. There is also some bready notes as well as some roasted malt.

T - Very interesting flavor profile here. It is like a roasty chocolatey brown ale with blueberries mixed in. The blueberry isn't some crappy artificial blueberry flavor either, It comes across as nice and fresh. There is some bourbony alcohol quality to it as well. The finish leaves some lingering roastiness, blueberry, and some booziness.

M - This has a full body and lower carbonation. It goes down easy and has a rich and creamy feel to it. There is quite a bit of roasted bitterness here, along with some alcohol warmth.

O - This has good drinkability. It goes down easy and has a nice unique flavor. This is definitely one of the more interesting beers I've had recently. I definitely never had anything quite like it. Overall, I enjoyed it, and I would recommend giving it a shot.

Photo of indiapaleale
4.3/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - first impression is "wow, this is dark. Why didn't anyone tell me this was going to be a dark beer?". Dark brown in appearance with about an inch of off-white head.

S - i want blueberry! Okay, I definitely get some blueberry but its not some lame artificial blueberry. This smells like a solid high ABV brown ale that has some serious blueberries mixed into the mash. I could be wrong, it could be syrup, but that would make me sad. C'mon Maine!

T - sweet, malty, tangy and all that. This tastes like a solid, strong brown ale with some real blueberry flavor mixed in. It has a bit of that ringwood quality (buttery) that Shipyard is known for but it works well with this beer. I like the mix of malty and blueberry.

O - overall this is a solid brew. Nothing over the top and at 9% the blueberries are not the defining factor. Probably one of the top 3 best beers I've had from Shipyard and that is coming from a former resident of Maine.

Photo of hippityhophead24
4.82/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: pours a dark violet color with a light brown, creamy head.

Smell: well…the name says it, blueberries. At 9% there is a slight booze aroma with chocolate malt aromas as well. I can tell this is definitely a dessert beer.

Taste: The flavors all came at me at once. It was almost like a chocolate juicy blueberry coffee crème cheese cake. I want to eat a piece of cheesecake and dip it in this beer.

Mouth feel: Silky smooth on the tongue. Not too thick, nice carbonation.

Overall: My mind was blown...or smashed...or blownberried...ok enough.. with this one. It has a lot of flavors going on with it. Nice mouth feel. Great smell. Nice beautiful color with great looking frothy creamy head. Would be great as a dessert beer.

Glassware: 22oz bottle split between to goblets

Photo of PorterLambic
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Arrives extremely dark blue/indigo(?) with a nice medium tan head that drops to a film fairly quickly. No lace.
Smell is malt and blueberry with a medicinal hop note and a hint of grass.
Taste is very similar with a noticeable blueberry presence to go with the malt and a balancing grassy hopness. A fermented, fruity alcohol note is there as well. Well balanced.
Full body with a very light effervescence. Somewhat warming with a mild astringency in the finish. Very good stuff, more so considering how hard it is to get blueberry to show up in the finished product. Good job.

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