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)

Brewed by:
Shipyard Brewing Co.
Maine, United States

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Reviews: 179 | Ratings: 590
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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Photo of NeedBeerHere
3.63/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours out with what looks like REALLY dark with a small beige head that dissipated quickly. Right Mouthfeel is between light and a little more than light, The mouthfeel is certainly not anything thick. Overall I love fruit beers and have never had a Blueberry one so this seems pretty OK. Definitely not something to get crazy over but what the heck.

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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 dananabanana
4.37/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: deep brown/ black. Half a finger of head, not very frothy, but sticks around.

S: distinctive blueberry scent from across the room. Up close, it smells of a rich and sweet chocolate-covered blueberry. A slight bitterness, perhaps coffee or dark chocolate.

T: quite sweet, but not as overwhelmingly sweet as it smells. More of that dark chocolate bitterness. Perhaps some other fruit notes, maybe cherry.

M: Good balance between smoothness and alcoholic burn.

O: great take on a fruit beer. Usually these are wheats, seldom do you see a dark fruit beer. But it really works.

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Photo of Jree261
4.23/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance-Almost opaque dark brown with hints of maroon looking through the glass. Eggshell to tan foam that dissipates quickly.

Smell-Undeniably and overwhelmingly blueberry. I can smell it from across the bar without even picking up the glass. When I do pick up the glass however, I get a good amount of tootsie roll chocolate underneath the fruit.

Taste-Follows the nose although in a different order. Chocolate and coffee on the front, ends with blueberry.

Mouthfeel-Hefty beer but what can I expect from a porter?

Overall-Good beer. The layering of flavors and aromas is impressive and the flavors and aromas themselves are vibrant and delicious.

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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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Photo of Boto
3.94/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle: This one pours an opaque, dark brown color. There was a small tan head that didn’t linger long. This has a nice nose. Blueberry, but not overly done. I also get some chocolate and coffee notes. The taste is good. Roasted coffee and chocolate, with a bit of sweet blueberry on top. A bit of bitterness too. Leans toward full bodied. Not your typical lighter summer light blueberry beer. I’ll be having this again.

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Photo of MDDMD
3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-deep brown color with a light tan head and some lacing

S-chocolate, blueberry, toffee, caramel malt

T-dark fruit, chocolate, dark roasted malt, brown sugar, blueberry, mild otter resin the finish

F-medium body with light to moderate carbonation, smooth

O-I really enjoyed this blueberry ale, nice complexity of flavor

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Photo of JWU
2.56/5  rDev -34.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

22oz. bottle poured into a tumbler glass.

A- a very dark brown, little light gets through, with a nice dense tan head. Head does dissipate fairly quickly.

S- some cocoa, blueberry, and candy sugar. Boozy, and overly sweet.

T- a big boozy mess. You would think that chocolate and blueberry would work, but it just doesn't. Overly sweet, with an aggressive bitterness on the back end to try and tame it. Nothing melds together, and nothing works about this beer.

M- Fairly thin for as dark as it is, a bit dry and almost metallic on the back.

O- Had high hopes for this, which were quickly crushed.

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Photo of MaineBrewing
3.64/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A -poured pitch black into chalice with a creamy off white to tan head.

S - pungent smell of blueberry, malt, alcohol, an almost cheese character. Bakers chocolate and roasted malt notes as well.

T - Porter up front, blueberry I'm the back. Nice malt profile with a nutty and roasted character. Notes of oak, reminiscent of a BA beer. Alcohol is present, nice bitterness from hops, finishes a little rough and not as smooth as I expected.

M - thick but not syrupy and finishes a little lighter. Ample carbonation to support this big beer. Alcohol isn't as warming but is certainly brash.

O - overall it is ok, probably one of the best things to come out of shipyard. It is a little harsh and would benefit a lot from a more smooth taste/feel. Good when you want something blueberry that is a porter vs lighter style which is common in these parts.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.7/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bomber from the Ottawa LCBO for 7$

Appearance - Dark brown colour with an average size fizzy beige head. I can't make out the amount of carbonation showing and there is some fair lacing. The head lasted for 4-5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, chocolate, blueberries

Taste & Mouth - There is a below amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, chocolate, and some roasted/toasted notes. There is also a bit of a coffee flavour and of course some blueberries. It ends with a chocolate malt aftertaste and some blueberry sweetness.

Overall - I'm not a huge fan of fruit beers, but this one is more like a porter with some blueberries mixed in.. so it isn't a pure fruit beer. It's well done for what it is. I won't rush out to buy more but I'm glad I gave it a try. Merry Xmas!

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Photo of KTCamm
4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 22 ounce bomber with foiled top into a perfect pint glass. Purchased over the summer, poured six months later.

Pours blueish dark with 1/4 inch fluffy foam. Blue/purpleish tan head. Boozy blueberry nose. Tartness. Taste is a gritty blueberry, with loads of alcohol. Gritty in a good way though. Grape skin taste. Quite hearty for a fruit forward beer. Some bite at the close. Very good, not your everyday blueberry offering.

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Shipyard Smashed Blueberry (Pugsley's Signature Series) from Shipyard Brewing Co.
3.91 out of 5 based on 590 ratings.
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