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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Shipyard Brewing Co.
Maine, United States

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Jason on 05-11-2011

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Photo of cindyjeffsmith
4.17/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

look: Pretty dark Ruby. Not opaque but pretty dark. Modest tan head.
smell: Rich sweet blueberries with roasty caramel.
taste: much like the nose though blueberry is much less pronounced. Slight bitterness in the finish.
overall: interesting unique beer and it works.

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Photo of tekstr1der
4.22/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Much more interesting than any other fruit beer I've tried, this one has some remarkable qualities. Pours dark brown with a tan head that lingers. Was not expecting that. Aroma permeates the room thoroughly. Amazing. On closer inspection the smell of fresh smashed blueberry melds with a firm cocoa presence. The flavor continues this chocolate-covered blueberry thing quite well, and as it warms the tart berry comes out more so. Finishes fairly dry with a lingering chocolate aftertaste.

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Photo of Treyliff
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a tulip
Best before 8/16/16

Pours a deep brown color with a one-finger foamy off-white head that has good retention. Smells of blueberry muffins, brown malts & a hint of vanilla. Tastes of sweet blueberry muffins, brown bread, sweet vanilla & fresh blueberries. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation with a foamy mouthfeel that turns creamy into the finish. Solid blueberry notes throughout with enough of a malty backbone to match up with the sweetness of the blueberry, well done

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

*Best by Nov. 2015* - baloney, this can handle a little age...ohhhhhh, screw-top. :(

Pours a surprisingly dark brown color. The head is a finger high and off-white in shade. Retention is bad, unfortunately - there's no lacing left on the glass, either. While it doesn't have a good look, I do like the relative darkness.

The first whiff of the aroma brings lots of blueberry. The base beer beneath the blueberry is heavy on the milk chocolate and caramel. There's also plenty of diacetyl, sadly (because Shipyard). Elements of this aroma, I really like - it doesn't come together into one cohesive whole, though.

Flavor-wise, the blueberry is more subtle. Another thing that's more subtle is the diacetyl presence. Though plenty of fruit notes open it up, the middle and end are loaded with dark chocolate, brown sugar, and caramel. It even finishes with touches of roast and espresso. The profile here seems a bit more cleanly structured, creating a surprising flavor balance. This is really tasty, surprisingly so in fact!

I love how it doesn't finish overly sweet. The roasted malts seem to dry things out nicely, as does the gentle prickle of alcohol. It is a little thin, though. It stops just short of being refreshing (which I always love out of a big dark beer!), but it drinks quite easily.

Shipyard's best beer, enough said.

3.5/5: This beer is pretty...*puts on sunglasses*...smashing YEAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH~

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Photo of CTbrew32
3.06/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Quick Review: A scotch ale/porter with blueberry sounds pretty good, but thats not what this was. The blueberry dominated the flavor with a tiny bit of chocolate flavor, but hardly enough. The scotch ale aspect of this is non existent. Its just short of bad, but there's needs to be way more balance between the three advertised components.

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Photo of therubicon
3.59/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Kind of boozy. Medium body. Tons of blueberry. Not as good as I remember, possibly cause I sat on these bottles for almost a year, a month past BB date.

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Photo of laketang
4.06/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

first vegi beer ( I think) poured dark and had a big mocha head

I get the blueberries first, and some floral notes

blueberry taste is up front,and milk chocolate notes play well together

finish is of course sweet blueberry, no carbonation.

good beer to have one of.

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Photo of entenduintransit
4.44/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is only the second blueberry beer I've had and the first one was terrible, so I went into it with low expectations. But this is a pretty great beer.

The alcohol is pretty well hidden but you can tell it's there for sure.

The smell of blueberries is fairly strong and is less pronounced in the taste. You know those dark chocolate candies are infused with fruit? Yeah, it smells exactly like those, but with blueberry replacing the typical orange or raspberry. It sounds like kind of a novelty but it's actually really pleasant.

The initial taste is of chocolate and coffee and the blueberries come in near the end and dominate the aftertaste. Low carbonation and goes down smooth. This is basically a stout with a very fresh, light blueberry presence.

I probably wouldn't even call this a fruit beer, because the stout flavor is much more pronounced here, so it would make sense to label it as such or at least be a little bit more honest. This is hardly an "ale with natural flavor" (older bottles claim it as a "malt beverage"). But overall a really great offering.

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Photo of ChrisCage
4.56/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- This one pours a dark brown-ish color with caramel/red hues! The head is very dense, starts out about two fingers thick and retains very well, settling into a thick film over the is tan in color itself! This is much too hard to tell the carbonation quantity but lacing is relatively good with most of the foam sliding back into the glass but there is a thin rope like amount of bubbles that cling! Decent looking for sure!

S- Wonderful aromas of blueberry pie and chocolate.....a hybrid between milk and dark. Underlying tones of bread yeast, pie crust, biscuit, and toasted sweet malt! There is just a hint of hop bitterness on the finish and the fruitiness of this one is very fresh and juicy! Overall this has a smell that is very dessert like....yummy!

T- This is quite interesting and comes across very well on the palate! The first taste was a bit of a shock, with the high alcohol content being dominant, but wait!.....the second and beyond tastings prove to show the true character.....initial flavors of chocolate/cocoa and freshly brewed coffee from the dark roasted malt, and a delayed fruity/blueberry sweetness shows up near the end, providing a well balanced flavor profile! The finish is just slightly of Earthy leaf from the hops and again, juicy blueberry that lingers on the palate! Quite impressive!

M/O- This is a solid medium bodied brew that leans toward full body, and the carbonation is tight and neat on the palate, allowing the flavors to really stick to the palate for long periods of time. After the initial burst, the alcohol smooths out and this becomes quite a creamy porter style beer! I would recommend but don't think it's a real session worthy beer.....definitely a nice beer overall!

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Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, best before 11/2015. Pours clear nearly opaque dark brown color with a 1-2 finger dense tan head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of blueberry, brown sugar, caramel, toast, brown bread, chocolate, cocoa, light coffee, light herbal, and roast/toasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of blueberry and dark/roast/bready malt notes; with good strength. Taste of blueberry, brown sugar, caramel, toast, brown bread, chocolate, cocoa, coffee, light herbal, and roast/toasted earthiness. Fair amount of herbal/roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of blueberry, brown sugar, caramel, chocolate, cocoa, coffee, and roast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice complexity, robustness, and balance of blueberry and dark/roast/bready malt flavors; with a good roasted bitterness/sweetness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a smooth, fairly creamy/sticky, and slightly chalky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warmth lingering after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice imperial fruit beer. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of blueberry and dark/roast/bready malt flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. The base beer felt like a cross between a stout and a brown ale. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of KWolf
4.79/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Full blueberry with hinys at malt and apparent alcohol on nose.
Medium full mouthfeel starts fresh blueberry and quickly goes through sweet malt, dark malt, berry wine and finishes with a hoppy, burnt coffee note.
As you warm the snifter with your hands the harsh notes mellow and sweeten a bit.
Strange yet exciting.

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Photo of SerialTicker
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Best by 11-8-15, poured 6-12-15. Clearly, Shipyard wants you to drink this one as fresh as possible, despite its high ABV. I suppose you could try cellaring it, but I wouldn't bother.

Appearance: Aggressive pour into the glass didn't do much. Smashed Blueberry is a clear ruby black color. There's really no lacing to speak of, and only a very small khaki-colored ring around the glass.

Smell: Fantastic/as advertised. This smells primarily like smashed blueberries with some very nice roasty undertones. Really one of the best beers I've ever smelled. Nothing artificial smelling about this beer at all, just a load of blueberries on top of roasted malts.

Taste/feel: Frustrating sums this up. It definitely has a nice taste to it, but the smell had me hoping for so much more. The biggest drawback I think with this beer is the feel -- I really wish this were just an imperial stout so it was more rich. The body is moderate with this beer, and the carbonation is moderate-to-high, which sort of makes it drink like a sessionable fruit beer -- obviously, at 9%, this isn't a sessionable beer. That's what bothers me most about Smashed Blueberry, but it doesn't ruin the beer at all. The flavor is also a bit of a bummer, since its unlike the aroma. The blueberry's still there, but not in as huge of a way, as it's a bit muddled underneath the roasted malts. Sipping along, this drinks a lot like a 6% porter when -- personal preference, most likely -- I'd like it to be heavier and sweeter in the form of an imperial stout.

This is easily one of the better fruit beers I've had despite its shortcomings, and would both have it again and recommend picking it up... just prepare for a taste that just doesn't match in the incredible aroma.

EDIT: As this warms up, it develops a better flavor and changes fairly dramatically -- while I'm still disappointed that it's not a burly imperial stout, I'm bumping the taste by a quarter point. When it's warmed up the blueberry seems to come out more in the flavor, even offering a slight tartness. On top of that, a little bit of alcohol flavor slides in to make this drink more like a 9% beer ought to. Very nice beer -- definitely don't drink this one right out of the fridge. It's more impressive as it warms up. Upped the taste and overall ratings by a quarter point.

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Photo of K-Dog
4.06/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wasn't expecting much from this beer. Boy was I pleasantly surprised. Great blueberry smell. Had a creamy stout taste and feel to it. Thought it could have used a little more blueberry flavor. Definitely exceeded by expectations.

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Photo of LazyBoy23
1.98/5  rDev -49.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Not a big fan. Smelled good but tasted bad. Very strong and tastes a lot with blueberries. It does not go down smooth, but it definitely hits you. It's high in alcohol content, so s beer you'll just have once.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.86/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle - once again, what's with the 'natural flavor', rather than just plain ol' blueberries?

This beer pours a clear, very dark brownish-amber hue, with four chubby fingers of puffy, lightly foamy, and somewhat bubbly beige head, which leaves some layered bramble bush lace around the glass as it slowly dissipates.

It smells like chocolate and blueberry ice cream mixed together - with a bit of roasted caramel malt, black licorice, ethereal cold coffee, and faint earthy, leafy hops. The taste is semi-sweet cocoa nibs, candied blueberry, grainy, slightly toasted caramel malt, cafe-au-lait, a touch of wet ash, plain weedy, floral hops, and a hovering, though generally laid-back alcohol astringency.

The carbonation is quite understated in its demure frothiness, the body a sturdy middleweight, and agreeably smooth, with a gentle creaminess evident from shortly after the get-go. It finishes on the sweet side, the main guest players' original ice cream allusions still well intact, with a softly cradling booziness.

Why, this is a hell of a lot better than I expected it to be - sure, the blueberries are fake-seeming, but when they're rolled into a confectionery stance, thoughts of farm field fresh go right out the window. And the suggestion of porter-like qualities are hard to ignore, what with the heavy malt, (not so sour) milky/creamy notes, and under the radar hops. If you like smashed blueberries, and getting smashed on blueberries, then this one is for you!

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Photo of far333
3.96/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Inky black and opaque with a low head of oatmeal colored foam that settles out quickly and leaves some soapy bubbles. Aroma of roasted malt and toffee, with noticeable but well-balanced blueberry notes.

Rich flavors of dark malt, cocoa and coffee, laced with blueberry flavors that complement well. Not overdone, not too sweet, just a great balance and subtle yet pleasing complement to the porter flavors. Subtle floral hops ride beneath. Full and rich mouthfeel. This is a great beer that has achieved a perfect balance of flavors. This base porter would likely work well in the same proportion with other complementary flavors - raspberry, chipotle, etc. Well done.

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Photo of Mpkeith29
2.75/5  rDev -29.7%

I'm not a good reviewer. In fact I probably suck and should be banned from voicing my opinion. Free speech prevents such action...

This beer reminds me very little of Blueberry anything. I love Wild Blue... The sweet Blueberries are delicious! I've been hoping to find something to top it. This ain't it.

It's good, don't get me wrong... But very few Blueberries were harmed in creating this stuff. Had it been called 'Chocolate covered Blueberries with coffee and porter/stout" at least I'd have known what to expect. I like it, for a pint. After that... I'd ask for a seltzer to cut the heavy flavors left in my mouth. Call it something other than "smashed Blueberry" (unless you were smashed when you named it). Sorry, this is a total fail for a Blueberry concoction.

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Photo of avwrite
3.8/5  rDev -2.8%

They weren't joking on the blueberry flavor. Though some beers advertised they are brewed with fruits, this one goes the whole nine yards. Comes out dark and thick. The blue labeling almost gives it a syurpy impression. Sweet and slightly bitter, and very heavy.

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Photo of brentk56
3.89/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a coffee brown color with a two-finger head that leaves streaks and dots of lacing behind

Smell: Blueberries and chocolate, with undertones of caramel and a hint of ash

Taste: Blueberries, up front, with caramel and chocolate tones developing in the middle; ashy and grainy, after the swallow with a rather thin finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: I have never been a fan of Shipyard but this beer peaked my curiosity and just as I thought I was going to really like it (the aroma and the front end were great) it fell apart in the finish; with a bit of tweaking this could be really good - as it is right now it has polarized the reviewers

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Photo of silverking
4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- pours a very dark, clear ruby with a thick khaki head. Excellent head retention, sheets of lacing.

S- blueberry jam and chocolate. It's pretty intense. It does smell sweet.

T- chocolate covered blueberries, coffee. Some hop bitterness is present in the finish along with a little alcohol.

M- full bodied, creamy, velvety carbonation. Warming finish.

O- thoroughly enjoyable.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
4.02/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Served on tap in a pint glass

Appearance – The beer is served a super and surprisingly dark brownish blue color with a one finger head of tan colored foam. The head has a decent level of retention, fading to leave a trace of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the beer massive of a blueberry smell. The blueberry is rather authentic with it giving a rather nice chocolate covered blueberry (with emphasis on the blueberry) smell when mixed with the lighter roasted, cocoa and coffee notes of the beer.

Taste – The taste begins with a big showing of a roasted malt and cocoa flavor with a rather strong showing of blueberry as well. The taste is drier upfront, but as the flavor advances, more and more blueberry flavor comes to the tongue sweetening up the brew a bit. As the blueberry upfront was of a more authentic flavor, as it intensifies more later in the taste profile, it takes on a more blueberry syrup nature. While the blueberry intensifies so too does the cocoa tastes, leaving a rather thick chocolate covered blueberry flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the thicker and more syrupy side with a carbonation level that is on the lower side. For the chocolate covered blueberry flavors of the brew both were fantastic creating a very dessert like feel.

Overall – Not overly sweet with a good blend of chocolate and blueberry, all while hiding the 9 % abv rather well. This is an interesting one and a good one to try.

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Photo of MECove
4.4/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Just enough carbonation to tickle.

A beautiful deep dark.

Although the initial flavor is too bitter, a twang that makes me smack my lips, the aftertaste is phenomenal. The longer, the more subtle, the sweet lingering undeniable blueberry... yum!

It hits you suddenly. A beer perfect as a dessert.

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Photo of TruePerception
3.65/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Shipyard's Smashed Blueberry, blueberry porter/scotch ale. 9% ABV. (Why is the foil glued on?)

A: A little less than half a finger of slightly tan head. Black, with a hint of a purplish berry hue. Golden brown in dimple.

S: Cooked blueberry, as soon as the bottle opens, liked in blueberry pancakes. I'm having trouble placing the secondary aroma, due to the power of the blueberry. Something earthy. There's a sweet makeup-y smell. A hint of smoke, perhaps. Ah. After sipping a bit, the earthy quality is charcoal!

T/MF: Interesting. It starts out dark, but without a distinct flavor. A bit of dark chocolate and char. Medium roast coffee. Blueberry comes as it settles in, and is quite light. Slight licorice before the finish. Finish is a faint blueberry and a light char, and lasts fairly long. The flavor is very light, actually.

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle, into a Belgian tulip glass.

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Photo of Chilly444
4.12/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pugsley you dog! This stuff is great.

A - Very deep blue/purple that is pretty much black. Amazing head that doesnt ever seem to leave. The lacing follows all the way through this one.

S - Best smelling beer I've ever come across. Not because I love the smell of blueberrys, but more because I think its crazy how I can smell this distinct flavor from 5 feet away from just one 9 oz glass.

T - Perfectly balanced between blueberry, dark malts, chocolate, and coffee. Its like a chocolate covered blueberry with 9%ABV. Those few flavors really balance the sweetness and bitters/malts to create a perfect beer that pairs wonderful with some of your favorite spring and fall foods. If you stumble upon it then try it! The reviews are really on point for this one. Great beer.

M - Great lacing, heavy body, wonderful taste. Even throughout start to finish.

O - Good work Shipyard/Pugsley. You really have a couple of wonderful gems.

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Photo of Zarnold_Quigley
4.17/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

I could only find this beer in 2011-2012. It was simply amazing how well the blueberry coffee flavor came through. Strong content always helps of course. Hard to find a great fruit beer out there in general. Few I have had rival the balance reflected in this beer.

Is it still available anywhere?

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