Bludgeon Yer Eye PA - Short's Brewing Company

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233 Ratings
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Ratings: 233
Reviews: 70
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 13.21%
Wants: 7
Gots: 19 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Short's Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Black Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: dudecandle on 10-19-2010)
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Reviews by GRPunk:
Photo of GRPunk
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a nonic pint.

A- A moderate pour left a 1-finger, light brown head atop a rich, mahogany body. The head sustains at a nice, foamy lace and leaves fantastic sticky webs about the glass.

S- Wonderful, resiny hops rush forth as the bottle pops creating a citrus and earthy scent that seems really fresh and clean. A little warmth brings out an underlying grainy aroma that offers the slightest chocolate and light smoke. Relieved that it wasn't too hop centric.

T- Very hop-centric at first. Lots going on within the hoppiness like citrus, grass, and herbal flavors. Light, grainy flavor peeks through on further inspection, bringing a needed balance. Warmth increases the malt profile suggesting a little chocolate and cereal (cocoa puffs?). A the while, this is still a hoppy beer. It is labeled a Black IPA after all.

M- Moderate carbonation and body. Slight, grainy texture is pleasant.

O- I initially thought this was just a one-dimensional hop bomb. Glad it wasn't. Just enough from the malts to keep it in balance. It's really an easy drinker. I could put back more than a few in a single sitting. Short's has definitely moved up the ranks of my favorite breweries with consistently solid traditional beers to compliment their ongoing experimental stuff. Which is an American Black Ale? Let the debate begin.

More User Reviews:
Photo of tectactoe
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a deep, deep brown, black in the middle. Thick, light-tan head, good staying power. Heavy pines and dank oils/resin on the nose - this one's gonna be good! Taste follows through with a nice dose of pine needles and oily hop resin. Slightly dank; bitter, but not as bitter as you'd expect from the heavy nose of hops. Malts follow through and become noticeable in the aftertaste. Toasty and caramely, they play nicely with the hops and provide an excellent balance to the brew. Slight watery in the taste after a few sips, might be due to the low ABV. Medium body, very, very slight stickiness, leaves the mouth a bit wet and watery. Nice helping of carbonation.

Solid brew! And only 5% ABV? Awesome! This one could be enjoyed all day. Nice helping of hops, resins, oils - enough to satisfy any hophead. Beautiful black color and the unique addition of slight caramel and roast flavors from the malts make this a very enjoyable beer.

Photo of warnerry
3.55/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours deep brown with one finger of tan head. Head dissipates pretty quickly, but leaves good lacing behind.

S - Quite piney initially, with roasted and some faint chocolate malts coming through. There is a little bit of sweetness in the chocolate aroma. A bit of funk as well.

T - Starts out with big pine hops, but the roasted and chocolate malts begin to take over halfway through. Finishes with more bitter hops and dry, bittersweet chocolate. Aftertaste is quite floral.

M - Medium mouthfeel. Very resinous. Finishes pretty clean and dry with lingering bitterness.

O - Not my favorite style, but this is one of the better black ales I've had.

Photo of mikejonze
3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

Photo of Franziskaner
3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Jet black in color and no light is going to get through. A minimal wisp of beige foam. The hops are dominant in the aroma but there's almost a bit of a sweetness as opposed to bitterness. The taste is pretty sweet from the dark malt at the front of the palate and then followed quickly with an intense bitterness from the hops. That has some true staying power. The mouthfeel is pretty smooth with the bitterness really prickling your tongue.

Photo of goast8127
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of lnashsig
4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Many thanks to GordianKnot for the chance to try this one. Poured from bottle into DFH snifter. Pours a pitch black creamy pour, nice off white fluffy head with great retention. Smell- nice citrus hops, roasted malt. Taste- awesome hops presence here- it creates prickly bitterness, followed by nice citrus and tropical hops, followed by that mocha, roasty finish. This one is a winner. Mouthfeel is really nice and creamy- full bodied for sure, esp more evident as it warms.

I would seek out again for sure, and thanks again for the chance to taste!

Photo of GilGarp
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle served cool into a pint glass.

Bludgeon Yer Eye PA is a very dark brown color with redish highlights and good clarity. The head is thick and sticky leaving nice lace behind.

Aroma is both hoppy and roasty in almost equal measure. It's like coffee with a squeeze of orange.

Flavor is pretty intense with a big roasty malt backbone and lots of citrusy hops. Just like the style should be with a nice blend of stout and IPA.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and nicely carbonated. Very bitter but with enough sweetness to give some balance.

Overall a really nice example of the style.

Photo of dmorley21
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of danp14
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of phartman133
1.6/5  rDev -58.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.75

Very dark beer that smells like coffee and nature. Once you take a sip you will get an overwhelming taste of coffee. It is a very thick beer and it will leave a very strong after taste in your mouth. Not my favorite beer at all. I really don't enjoy it

Photo of dirtylou
4.43/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

on-tap, Brickhouse - Madison

from notes

appearance: served in a shaker pint, dark mahogany body, quickly dissipating tan head

smell: piney hops - very green, charred malts, roasty, smoke

taste: really great - instantly one of my favorite black ipas...lush evergreen, dark chocolate, char, smoke, burnt malts, heavy roasted dark malts.

mouthfeel: rich medium body

overall: nice

Photo of prototypic
4.33/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bludgeon Yer Eye is a dark, chocolate brown color. It’s not opaque. Backlighting reveals some burgundy highlights throughout. It’s topped with a nice tan head that stands over a finger tall. It’s somewhat slow to recede and leaves a sticky web of lace trailing down the glass.

The nose is good. It starts out with a rush of piney and citric hops. Grapefruit and mango are noted. They smell mostly of pine though. There are some dark malt scents. It smells like a mix of roasted malts and cocoa. They’re secondary to the hops. No doubt about that. More chocolaty scents emerge late. They don’t exactly smell sweet. Alcohol is masked well. Doesn’t come through strong at all.

The flavor is excellent. Hops attack the palate immediately and have a strong piney, resiny flavor. There are some citric grapefruit and mango flavors, but pine rules the day. It is quite bitter and dry. The hops work very well with the dark malt base. Roasted malts are the base, but are complemented by cocoa and bittersweet dark chocolate. It all works together to produce a really nice flavor. Alcohol is barley noticeable. Finishes bitter, dry and very roasty.

Bludgeon Yer Eye has a medium body and light carbonation. It is nice, smooth, and easy to drink. I wouldn’t say it’s creamy, but it goes down extremely easy. Several bottles would definitely be possible.

To date, I’ve been really impressed with Short’s Brewing Company. Bludgeon Yer Eye isn’t exactly one of their trailblazing beers, but it’s definitely a high quality American Black Ale (or whatever you want to call it). I think the aggressive hops are the most impressive aspect. They’re full of flavor, but somehow complement the dark malts rather than overshadow them. Works really well. If you haven’t had the opportunity to try this one, it’s definitely worth seeking out.

Photo of Jesswellick
2.58/5  rDev -33.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

Very strong coffee aroma and taste. Strong bitterness leaves unpleasant after taste. Not very enjoyable for someone that prefers lighter beers. Hard to drink more than a taste. Also has a burnt after taste with a maltiness that is unrounded. Not a fan, an acquired taste for sure

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.38/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip. Thanks to MarcatGSB for this bottle.

Appearance - The bottle opens with hardly a hiss and pours a deep brown body that looks black in the glass with a small off-white head. The head is gone in a flash and there's no lacing at all. It doesn't look all that alive.

Smell - A hop aroma of pine and a ton of grass. Roasted malts behind are an afterthought to the hops.

Taste - Grassy and earthy hops up front. Strong grassy flavors that aren't very appetizing, but drinkable. It's followed by a malt bill that backs it up surprisingly well. It's a smooth transition to chocolate malt and a slightly bitter finish.

Mouthfeel - Low carbonation on this one. Medium bodied and it's pretty drinkable. If the grassy hops had made it bitter, it would be tough to put away, but it's more in the front of the flavor.

Overall - Not bad, but not great. Black ales are tough. They're so difficult to balance. This one had unbalanced flavors that managed to work well together. Surprising, but still not a favorite.

Photo of rolandboy
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of beergorrilla
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

Photo of mzeld
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

Photo of Acuity
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

Photo of ScottRansom
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of cates1tg
5/5  rDev +29.5%

Photo of kirkse
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

Photo of Rostie
3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

Photo of md655321
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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Bludgeon Yer Eye PA from Short's Brewing Company
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