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Bludgeon Yer Eye PA - Short's Brewing Company

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86
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Reviews: 73
Hads: 268
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 13.8%
Wants: 8
Gots: 29 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Short's Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Black Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: dudecandle on 10-19-2010

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Reviews: 73 | Hads: 268
Photo of phartman133
1.67/5  rDev -56.5%
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 (252 characters)

Photo of gogreen99
1.85/5  rDev -51.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

This beer was painful to drink very strong bitter tastes, unpleasant aftertaste with notes of coffee - not a coffee drinker. Very dark in color. Very strong coffee flavors and burnt beans tasted. Dark roast beer. Low malt beer. I would not recommend this beer - shorts has many better (284 characters)

Photo of ZachMcGinn
2.32/5  rDev -39.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

This beer is painful to drink. It has a very hoppy scents and flavor and attempts to include a coffee flavor as well. The mixture leads to an uncomfortable flavor of bitterness. Flavors of burnt beans and nature. A little to strong for my palate, but for those looking for a challenge. This would be a good one. (311 characters)

Photo of Jesswellick
2.62/5  rDev -31.8%
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 (279 characters)

Photo of david131
3.25/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a deep dark ruby red with some dark brown highlights. The light brown head is thin and splotchy.

S- Pine, grass, oats, and a bit of smoke and roastiness. Like a smoky Gumballhead.

T- Same as the aroma with a bit more emphasis on the roastiness. The bitterness is pretty apparent, in true Short's fashion.

M- A nice creamy mouthfeel right up front but it falls thin on the finish. There is a definite lasting bitterness and smokiness.

O- A very unique beer that is nice for something different but it is not something I would really seek out. (554 characters)

Photo of Beejay
3.35/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to RocPorterFanatic for this brew!

A: Pours as brown as the bottle, in the glass it is black with a tan head on the top of it.

S: Lots of pine, some grapefruit, and earthy resiny thing going on. All with a bready undertone. There is a hint of something in the finish that I am not in love with.

T: A slight pine flavor right at the beginning, followed by an almost metallic flavor. The finish is dark roasted grains. I feel like the smell was pretty good, but the flavor doesn't back it up much.

M: Medium in body, with decent carbonation.

O: Overall, it's ok. I wouldn't go out and buy a bunch of it. Another Short's beer that I am under-impressed by. (668 characters)

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.36/5  rDev -12.5%
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. (1,038 characters)

Photo of chicano4craft
3.4/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark brown, almost black, with reddish highlights in the light. A fingers worth of tan head. Good lacing. Looks the part.

Nose is resin and pine upfront. Then a big sweet roast kicks in. Very hoppy with burnt chocolate.

Taste is very bitter. Not any really flavor coming from the hops...just bitter. Malts try to tame the hops with some subtle chocolate and coffee. Dry finishing. Bitterness is overdone here. It's not off putting but it does distract.

Mouthfeel suffers from the dry finish. The carbonation is great.

Overall I did enjoy it. It's just not one of my favorites in the catagory. (602 characters)

Photo of Florida9
3.41/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a very dark brown, but appears jet black in the glass. Forms a sizable khaki colored head. Good retention and some light lacing.

S: Licorice and mint. Odd. There are some bright fragrant hops in there, but against the roasty malts, I guess it comes off as licorice.

T: Surprisingly sweet on the front end. More mint. Roasted malts, even a slight bit of char sits on the tongue. Cooca mixed with a piney hoppiness. Mild, but persistent, bitterness on the finish.

M: On the heavier side of medium in body with appropriate carbonation. However, the roasted malts give this beer a somewhat dirty, chalky feel.

O: Not sure what to think about this one. Too much of both, not enough of either. Than there is that weird minty flavor. All in all, not a bad beer, but not such a good one either. (803 characters)

Photo of MarkIntihar
3.46/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into my Bell's snifter.

A - Pours opaque black with a finger's worth of pale tan head. Nice looking for a Black IPA, but nothing earth shattering.

S - Very hoppy, floral up front, followed by a faint hint of burnt malts. Not overpowering on the nose, and a bit disappointing, to be honest.

T - SUPER hoppy and citrusy up front, with a nice hop dryness/bite to it. This citrus is followed by a bitter, roasted, burnt malt type of taste that is not very pleasant. Doesn't totally kill it, but not a great follow up to the hoppy start. Almost a dark licorice type of finish. Interesting, and much more complex than the smell.

M - As mentioned in the taste section, a nice hoppy bite to it to start, with a finish that almost dries your mouth. A bit strange, but not unpleasant.

O - A bit disappointed with this one, as I suppose I was expecting something more to the "black" part of the beer from Short's. Still a decent offering overall. (963 characters)

Photo of lochef81
3.47/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Why is Shorts such a hit or miss brewery? I never know if I'm getting an all star or a dud. This one lies somewhere in the middle. The appearance is an appealing near black with a thick tan head that gives way to a nice film and lacing. The aroma is a bitter blend of hops and dark roast coffee, but unfortunately neither seem particularly fresh. The mouthfeel is rather light for the style, closer to a porter than a black ipa. The flavor is pleasantly bitter with heaps of hops giving way to an abundance of bitter coffee. This ale is good but by no means anything outstanding. If you don't like bitter, don't even try. (621 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
3.48/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

black as night opaque liquid. You could tell it was not that thick though as there was some light getting through on the sides and bottom. A nice off white head formed on the top, maybe about two inches in height. Sticky and foamy it gradually relented and rested back down to about a half inch layer across the top and this hung around for the rest of the session.

pine aromas, Almost ripping the nose apart, very good indeed. Now there was some underlying roasted malts in there as well. Now to be honest this was nothing extraordinary, nothing really new, and nothing really absurd Somewhat sweet in the finish at first, but that lasts for all of about two seconds before your lips stick to your teeth and the dry bitterness kicked in. (739 characters)

Photo of warnerry
3.55/5  rDev -7.6%
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. (655 characters)

Photo of mactrail
3.55/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Black but lighter bodied hop fest. Truly full of hops, listed by the brewery at 145 IBU, if that's possible. A nice noseful of pine, hot resin in the flavor. Very bitter after a while, but it does moderate to near the drinkable level. Lower alcohol for an IPA variety at 5% ABV. This is so dark I would think you could taste the burnt malt, but it seems to be buried. Just the sourness of the charred barley comes through. Fine for the hop enthusiast, but a bit much for sipping. (479 characters)

Photo of oline73
3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had this on-tap at the brewpub. Poured into a sample glass.

Appearance: Pours black with a little light coming through at the edges when light hits it. There is a finger of light tan head that clings to the glass well.

Smell: Very mild smell. Citrus hops with some roast and a mild sweetness.

Taste: Citrus hops up front. The roast shows up in the middle with a very bitter finish. There is more roast in the taste than the smell.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with mild carbonation and a smooth, dry finish.

Overall: I thought the hops and roast were fighting each other a little bit. The bitterness in the finish was a little too bitter, but it was still a pretty good beer. (677 characters)

Photo of BBP
3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a thicker black than most BIPAs but not much. Head is decent as is lacing and sticks around for most of the drink.

The aroma is really bad, as much as the taste would suggest differently. I really can't think of a better way to describe the aroma than fecal matter. Luckily, it's light enough that it doesn't interfere with the drinking experience.

I found the taste was superbly balance, perhaps moreso than any BIPAs I've had to date. The malt and hops seemed to come to a perfect 50:50. While most BIPAs are hoppy stouts or IPAs with dark malt, I think this would be the consummate BIPA.

There's plenty of dark and roasty malt as well as it's share of pine and citrus, and they're all there immediately and in the aftertaste.

The mouthfeel is a bit light, but a tad full at the same time. Carbonation works its wonders without drawing any attention to itself and it hides its tracks as well. The finish is moderately dry and slightly sticky.

Overall, this was probably the most skillfully made BIPA I've had to date. I've had some that have had more flavor than this but I don't think anything comes close to the balance this one achieved. (1,158 characters)

Photo of axeman9182
3.6/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle courtesy of radio2525 in the Barrel Aged Goodness BIF. It was poured into my petite Duvel tulip.

Bludgeon Yer Eye pours almost completely black, but I'd swear it lightens a bit at the edges when it's backlit. Two fingers of khaki colored head comes together to fill out the glass, before slowly creeping down. A solid ring of lacing tops the glass, and it's still present, albeit spotty, underneath. The nose has a nice potent grapefruit kick, with just a bit of roast underneath. The flavor profile is not quite as hop dominant. There's a little bit of biscuit and carame, as well as a moderate coffee/roasty flavor. That's all interrupted by a bitterness that's noticeable, but not overly aggressive. The finish is citric, and as purely grapefruit as any hoppy beer I've had lately. The mouthfeel is just average, thanks to an overly chewy body. The carbonation makes a game of cutting through the malt and elevating the hop profile though. On one hand, Bludgeon Yer Eye falls in a weird spot where it's too malty to be a black IPA, and not full on malty enough to be a hoppy stout. On the other hand, that roastiness helps fill in the gaps from a fairly one-note hop profile. I think I liked this one more than the score indicates, it's a brew that defies easy categorization. (1,293 characters)

Photo of alpinebryant
3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pour is a dark chocolate brown. Not entirely opaque, I can see through at certain angles on this in a pint glass.

S: Aroma of a freshly bittered IPA with a healthy dosing of patent and other dark roast malts.

T: Taste is pretty bitter. I think this may be overly bitter when compared to the aroma hops that are present in here. Overall a slightly refreshing black ipa on a nice fall day after blowing leaves. The finishing taste is overwhelmingly bitter dark roasted malts. Toffee and a strong black licorice flavor are also ever present.

M: Medium body with a light carbonation.

O: Definitely more bitter and charcoal flavored than I like an American Black Ale to be. (676 characters)

Photo of corby112
3.67/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to lurchingbeast for sending this recently.

Pours a dark chesnut brown color that appears black in the glass with mahogany edges and a half finger beige head that quickly settles into a thin ring.  Minimal spots with some steaks of lacing.  

Slightly sweet aroma with a nice balance of earthy and citrus hops along with toasted/roasty malt.  Hints of pine needle and grapefruit, resinous hop oil countered by toasted makt with hints of chocolate, toast and licorice.  Finally a black ipa that smells more of hops.  Hopefully the malts are as tame in the flavor.

Medium bodied with a nice balance of dry, earthy hop bitterness and sweet roasted malt.  Not as hop dominant as the aroma suggest but the flavor is still strong.  Dry, floral, earthy and bitter up front with lots of sticky, dry, piny hops that are countered by hints of toast, coffee, chocolate, caramel, dark fruit and licorice.  Slight heat toward finish.  Again the malts are there but not overly sweet letting the hops do their thing.  Still I wish it was a bit more bitter with less malt.  That being said, it's one of the better examples of the style I've had. (1,150 characters)

Photo of womencantsail
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks for this one, Jeff.

A: The beer pours a dark brown color with a finger of off-white head.

S: Has that sort of funky aroma that a lot of black IPAs have. A decent bit of hoppiness, a bit of grass and pine. There is a light fruitiness, also a touch of fruit/plums. Maybe some chocolate, too.

T: Kind of sweet, a little bit of chocolate. Sort of hoppy, some sweet hop flavors, a bit of plum, some citrus hops, too. A light pine bitterness and a bit of roasted malt.

M: Medium bodied with a medium carbonation.

O: Not as hoppy as I would have liked, but pretty decent. (576 characters)

Photo of Franziskaner
3.69/5  rDev -3.9%
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. (442 characters)

Photo of Mebuzzard
3.72/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I"m glad to see this listed as an American Black Ale, rather than IPA. To me, the IPA means more hops, which would not cover this beer. It's a black ale for sure. Dark color, good head at first that dwindles to a thick collar.

Hoppy aroma, nothing very strong but clear evidence of piney hops. A slight chocolate and roasted characteristic underneath. Some citrus mixed in there to quell hop onslaught. Some hints of anise

Flavor is porter underneath. Cocoa, toffee and roasted biscuit. The hop flavor is there, but it grows more so than a usual English (old) porter. Pine and citrus battle to gain dominance, with pine winning ever so slightly. Lingering bite, albeit not all that strong. Seems a bit thin in the end. Like a light porter, with more hops. Perrty good (770 characters)

Photo of ahq514
3.72/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12 oz bottle into shaker glass.

Pours a deep brown with very little head. Little evidence of carbonation. Almost no lacing.

First thing that hits my nose is hops, floral, pine and subdued citrus. Also get some chocolate roast and deep caramel aromas.

I get a lot of dry roast and some coffee in the taste, not a whole lot of chocolate which I got in the nose, but some decent caramel flavors. Some bitter hops come through with mostly floral and pine hops. The bitterness fades away and the dry roast flavors stick in the mouth for awhile.

Mouthfeel is good. On the lower side of carbonation, but I don't mind that too much. Pretty medium bodied.

Overall this is a solid american black ale. Probably right smack in the middle of other ones I've had. Something off about it I can't pick up on, but fairly enjoyable overall. (840 characters)

Photo of webmanspidey
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle in a pint glass. This is a brownish black color with around half an inch of head. Smell is a mix of sweet honey, molasses, hops, and pine. Taste is a well balanced mix between caramelized malts and hops. This is easy to drink and tasty. (243 characters)

Photo of TheStove
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a tulip. Nice deep black color. Ridiculously opaque like a heavy stout with a nice white lingering head.

Smells of deep hops mellowed with a little malt. Nice, rich and smooth. Tasty substantial malt flavors come through initially. Many layers of malt, in fact, from rich, slight chocolate and sweet. It all finished off by a lingering malt flavor with a mix of hops, that fades from slightly citrus and floral to bitter. The hop flavors act as an excellent comparison to the malts as the drink goes down.

Enjoyable and almost more a hoppy stout. Stands up to the Speakeasy Butchertown Black ale that recently came out as a complex multi-layered IPA. Recommended. (691 characters)

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Bludgeon Yer Eye PA from Short's Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 73 ratings.