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)
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Shipyard Brewing Co.
Maine, United States
shipyard.com

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Jason on 05-11-2011

BEER STATS
Ratings:
592
Reviews:
180
Avg:
3.91
pDev:
14.83%
 
 
Wants:
79
Gots:
112
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Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of Texasfan549
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of kylehay2004
3/5  rDev -23.3%

Photo of jaydoc
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of spycow
3.25/5  rDev -16.9%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.42/5  rDev +13%
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.

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Photo of djrn2
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.24/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

a cross between a scotch ale and a porter with crushed maine blueberries, who does this?! awesome stuff here, and a real unique brew to say the least. it pours a blueberry juice stained light brown, lighter than a porter traditionally looks, with a faint pinkish glow and an inch of sudsy head. it smells awesome too, like fresh wild blueberries from the field or forest, with a hint of peat smoke on the malt and a smooth chocolate finish, complex and perfect really. faint wasps of runaway yeast and alcohol slow it down just a touch. the alcohol is invisible on the flavor though, and I was shocked to learn this was so high in abv. blueberries punctuate the smoked malt and cocoa notes just right, and excellent compliment to the rich earthy cereal notes. the berries ore obviously fresh, I get the tartness of the skins, the sweetness of the fruit, and an almost gelatinous feel from the pulp. less than full bodied, but still a rich beer. sugars from the berries go a little sweet in the finish, and the carbonation is right where it should be, mellow but persistent. overall this is one of the best shipyard beers out there, entirely different, and it worthy of great praise. the constant negative talk about shipyard can be put to rest with this brew, the barleywine, and of course the smashed pumpkin. a real treat this one if you can find it.

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought a bomber of this for $6.99 when back home in CT.. not sure why people are complaining about the price. Anyways, if you're buying this expecting a fruity beer, think again. Pours a jet black color, boozy smell. This is a porter first and foremost, with a touch of blueberry. I thought the flavors went together very well, but this one will sneak up on you for sure.. and its definitely a sipper. Tasty and worthy trying for sure if you can get your hands on it.

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3.78/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

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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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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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 oline73
4.04/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a goblet.

Appearance: Pours almost black with just a hint of light coming through at the edges. There is a finger of tan head that fades away to just a ring around the edge of the glass.

Smell: Really nice. The first thing that hits you is the smell of sweet, natural blueberry, go figure. In the background there is some roast, but the fruit really dominates.

Taste: There is a lot going on here. The blueberry hits the tongue first, but it's not nearly as dominant as it was in the smell. After that, there is a bitter roast that just comes out of nowhere, but it's a very welcome addition to the party. Finally, there is a hoppy blueberry finish with a hint of alcohol.

Mouthfeel: The body is just on the thick side of medium. The carbonation seemed to be a tad high, and the finish is a bit slick.

Overall: I really liked the flavor combination here. The roast with the fruit was well balanced. I would have another.

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2.48/5  rDev -36.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Bottle: Poured a dark brown and blue color ale with a medium size foamy head with average retention and some light lacing. Aroma of blueberry with light coughs medicine syrup and gross stale sugary notes. Taste is not the best of match between some chocolate and deep sweet caramel notes and blueberry with some stale fruit notes and gross sweet notes of residual sugars. Body is quite full with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Weird mix that really didn’t work out for me and I ended up drain-poured most of this bottle.

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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

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 Thorpe429
3.18/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a very dark brown color with a thin off-white head and just a spot or two of lacing. The nose carries some pretty heavy blueberry character. A light bit of roast and chocolate behind. Flavor is predominantly blueberry and is fairly one-dimensional. Not much other than blueberries. Touch of malt in the background. Medium body. Decent, but mostly just another fruit beer.

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Photo of oberon
4.33/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours into a standard pint glass a deep dark brown with a thinner light beige head atop,Iam a little surprised at the look,as the bottle says"between a scotch ale and a porter".Holy smoke the aroma is freakin amazing!Sweet and tart blueberries take over the room Iam in...just awesome,a bit of cookie dough is there as well as sweet alcohol as it warms.Flavors of sweet and mildy tart bueberries mixed in with chocolate,not overly sweet by any means there is a bit of roast and earth in the finish.I could never imagine I would rate fruit beer this high but man this beers rocks!

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Photo of ygtbsm94
3.89/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Aroma of Blueberries, dark chocolate, roasted malt, faint coffee. Taste roasted malt, cocoa, Blueberries, hint coffee. Nice!

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Photo of chinchill
4.26/5  rDev +9%
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 blueberry flavor and a noticeable hops presence.
Superbly balanced flavor profile: bitter-sweet, as well as having an excellent level of blueberry.

Overall: 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 with a 22 oz bottle drunk in Sept. 2013)

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