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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Photo of Krakistophales
4.54/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours really dark plum color with a bit of a chocolate colored head that recedes quickly

S: Fantastic smell. At first it's an aroma of caramel malt and vanilla, which follows into a slightly cinnamon scent, all with a tartness of blueberries. Kind of like rochefort 10's aroma.

T: Interesting that it's different than the smell. At first it starts off with huge, distinct coffee and chocolate notes, then it moves into an oak dryness in the middle, and finishes with a hoppy and blueberry flavor. Excellent taste.

O: This one blows me away much like smashed pumpkin does. I'm interested in shipyard now. Will definitely buy again.

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Photo of BeerForMuscle
3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - Burgundy brown, with a deep porter body. Solid, creamy, micro carboation head. Semi sticky.

S - Smokey, roasty and robust. Tangy fruit and yeast notes akin to a schwarzbier or black ale. Malt syrup sweetness and dark sugary notes.

T - Deep, brown sweetness. Heavy malt base here, with sweet malt and warming alcohol. Hints of fruit acidity and fruit skin, but none a definite blueberry. Roasty and dry with a definite peat smoke in the back end.

M - Warming abv present but appropriate and well blended into this hyrbid style. Semi dry in the finish.

O - A solid porter-scotch, with a deep malty profile. Nice spiced flavors and alcohol kick. Didnt pick up any real presence of blueberry though.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
4.33/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into a pilsner glass, the beer is extremely dark. It poured with a three inch head that looks dense and small bubbled, and it quickly settles into a ring of film. The body is a nearly opaque dark brown coloring, with ruby highlights. The aromas are a darkly sweet blend of blueberry fruit, coffee, and a bit of cocoa nib. Flavors are more coffee than anything else, but the blueberry is definitely strong there, as well. Amazing flavor blend. It's like dipping a blueberry muffin in your morning coffee. The aftertaste is more of the fruit character, but also some of the bitterness from both the chocolate and coffee characters. The finish lingers a bit, which is good because you get a long blast of the fruit and coffee, extremely balanced and just shy of amazing. Very well put together brew, both in body and flavors!

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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.71/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a luscious, barely transparent chocolate brown with a fairly thick and fluffy light tan head. Aroma is overwhelmingly of blueberry and somewhat sweet, with subtle malty and earthy notes - not very beer-like, but I LOVE blueberries. Flavor has a malty core with a strong and fruity-sweet blueberry overtone, as well as nutty and caramel hints. At least blueberry does not dominate the flavor the way it does the aroma. Texture has average body and a fair amount of fizz, leaving a tingly, blueberry finish.

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Photo of metter98
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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Photo of mountdew1
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into an imperial pint glass. Was a very dark brown/black color, that has a slight bluish purple tinge to it. Poured with a 2 finger light mocha brown head. Head faded to nothing but a thin layer that had no real cling. Aroma was strongly of blueberry syrup or gum. Sweet, with just a hint of lactose. Taste was a bit like a sweet barley wine. A bit of a kick to it, but not overly syrupy. Blueberry was much more subtle, came as a finishing note to each sip instead of being overpowering. Felt good in the mouth. Slightly carbonated, thick enough to coat, reminded me of a blueberry juice type consistency. Overall a very good beer. Price takes it down a bit as its a bit pricey.

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Photo of JizackFH
3.62/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - This beer pours a very dark blueberry juice red. This has a small short-lived light tan head on it. The head has no apparent lacing, just a small floating ring of foam resting atop the beer.

S - Mmm, a nice dark blueberry smell right off the bat. There is definitely some alcohol notes present, but not in a harsh way by any means. There is also some bready notes as well as some roasted malt.

T - Very interesting flavor profile here. It is like a roasty chocolatey brown ale with blueberries mixed in. The blueberry isn't some crappy artificial blueberry flavor either, It comes across as nice and fresh. There is some bourbony alcohol quality to it as well. The finish leaves some lingering roastiness, blueberry, and some booziness.

M - This has a full body and lower carbonation. It goes down easy and has a rich and creamy feel to it. There is quite a bit of roasted bitterness here, along with some alcohol warmth.

O - This has good drinkability. It goes down easy and has a nice unique flavor. This is definitely one of the more interesting beers I've had recently. I definitely never had anything quite like it. Overall, I enjoyed it, and I would recommend giving it a shot.

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Photo of indiapaleale
4.3/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - first impression is "wow, this is dark. Why didn't anyone tell me this was going to be a dark beer?". Dark brown in appearance with about an inch of off-white head.

S - i want blueberry! Okay, I definitely get some blueberry but its not some lame artificial blueberry. This smells like a solid high ABV brown ale that has some serious blueberries mixed into the mash. I could be wrong, it could be syrup, but that would make me sad. C'mon Maine!

T - sweet, malty, tangy and all that. This tastes like a solid, strong brown ale with some real blueberry flavor mixed in. It has a bit of that ringwood quality (buttery) that Shipyard is known for but it works well with this beer. I like the mix of malty and blueberry.

O - overall this is a solid brew. Nothing over the top and at 9% the blueberries are not the defining factor. Probably one of the top 3 best beers I've had from Shipyard and that is coming from a former resident of Maine.

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Photo of hippityhophead24
4.82/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: pours a dark violet color with a light brown, creamy head.

Smell: well…the name says it, blueberries. At 9% there is a slight booze aroma with chocolate malt aromas as well. I can tell this is definitely a dessert beer.

Taste: The flavors all came at me at once. It was almost like a chocolate juicy blueberry coffee crème cheese cake. I want to eat a piece of cheesecake and dip it in this beer.

Mouth feel: Silky smooth on the tongue. Not too thick, nice carbonation.

Overall: My mind was blown...or smashed...or blownberried...ok enough.. with this one. It has a lot of flavors going on with it. Nice mouth feel. Great smell. Nice beautiful color with great looking frothy creamy head. Would be great as a dessert beer.

Glassware: 22oz bottle split between to goblets

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Photo of PorterLambic
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Arrives extremely dark blue/indigo(?) with a nice medium tan head that drops to a film fairly quickly. No lace.
Smell is malt and blueberry with a medicinal hop note and a hint of grass.
Taste is very similar with a noticeable blueberry presence to go with the malt and a balancing grassy hopness. A fermented, fruity alcohol note is there as well. Well balanced.
Full body with a very light effervescence. Somewhat warming with a mild astringency in the finish. Very good stuff, more so considering how hard it is to get blueberry to show up in the finished product. Good job.

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Photo of SFC21
3.8/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber shared with the wife, poured into Chimay chalices.

A - Pours an opaque reddish brown with no head.

S - Booze makes its presence known. First whiff gives the sense of blueberry liqueur. Some roasted coffee notes along with some fresh cut wood and muddled blueberries.

T - Roasted malts, dark chocolate, coffee, and of course blueberry. The blueberry seems to blend in nicely with all of those other flavors rather than dominate them, which is welcomed.

M - Medium body with little carbonation.

O - The blueberry seems to play more of a complementary role rather than featured billing, which is the reverse of what I anticipated. Different than what I expected but I warmed up to it as I drank it. An interesting variation, definitely worth a try.

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Photo of Digimaika2
4.09/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a pitch black with a deep violet tinge to it. A healthy single-finger of creamy head that quickly recedes to a ring. Can't detect much lacing down the glass. Carbonation noticeable at the surface.

S: ...Blueberries!, quite a bit of dark chocolate, roasted malts, and bittersweet caramel & molasses qualities. Delicious aromas. Reminds me of chocolate covered blueberries.

T: Roasted malt and some blueberry but picking up more of a concord grape taste. Tasting some espresso, which was unnoticeable to me in the smell, and a bit of dark chocolate but was expecting more of it from the aroma. With the generous carbonation this is taking on a bit of a fruit spritzer feel (Welch's grape soda?) but not a bad thing, rather adds a crisp and refreshing dimension. There's a burnt/firewood-like finish to it which is very nice. Alcohol nicely hidden.

M: Possibly a little on the thin side, but still pleasing. Generous carbonation but I feel it adds to the style (doesn't detract).

D: Would love to drink another. One of the better "fruit beers" I've had. I'm liking the creativity Shipyard took with this style. I feel this is giving off a bit of a porter/stout vibe, which would probably make it even better drinking in those colder months.

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Photo of Ghenna
4.62/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Opened the bottle, immediate and huge aroma of blueberries; could be smelled even from 2 feet away. Literally the scent output of a glade air freshener (but blueberry/beery). Pours black though, with a light brown head.

As mentioned earlier, this is a blueberry scent factory from afar. In the glass it is blueberry, roasted/chocolate malt, and a bit of booze bringing up the rear.

Big roast and stout flavor up front- not at all overbearing though. Well balanced roast and cacao flavor. The essence of the berries permeates the taste though to the end, sort of there and sort of not. I guess I'd call it (no homo) ephemeral.

I find myself really wowed by this beer my wife snagged. Despite my never thinking of pairing these berries with a stout, this fuckin' works. This is definitely a beer that can bring noobs into the fold, and one that embittered craft drinkers can appreciate for its masterful blending of froofroo and seriousness. The 9% is an added bonus. Will definitely be buying a few extra bottles while it is available- suggest you guys do the same.

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Photo of Philousa
3.32/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a dark reddish brown with nearly no head. Tons of blueberry in the nose, with light hops and sweet caramel. Malty flavor up front with tons of blueberry. Fades to chocolate bitterness to balance the malt. Silky feel in mouth, not too heavy, similar to a porter.

This is definitely different than what I expected and I actually like a fruit beer for once. Although it was better than most raspberry or peach beers out there, I still wouldn't have it often, but it's good to mix up the pace while not totally throwing off your palate.

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

S- on tap into a pint glass

A - Pours a very dark brown almost black with nice head that lasts

S - Smells very light of blueberries and more of the porter it is intended to be

T - was bit of a disappointment as I was expecting more blueberry as I would with the pumpkin in the smashed pumpkin but it was still pretty well rounded with a chocolate and coffee back

M - very nice carbonation all the way through that is perfect for the taste and not overwhelming

Overall this was a good beer and tastes like a porter should, I was just expecting more after having the smashed pumpkin

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Photo of rpm1956
4.53/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Asked the bartender for a sample, as I'm always leery of some "fruit" beers, and had never had a Shipyard brew. The nose was a faint, over ripen blueberry (very good) and was encouraging. The first taste was an coating of bittersweet chocolate, with a coffee afternotes.

Based on my first impressions, I asked for a glass (a 12 oz pour into a goblet.). The head was a nice quarter inch rich sienna forth that sustained in the glass during the entire quaff. In the larger glass the blueberry aroma was in more muted. The dark umber liquid was had a lovely silky mouthfeel and I noted a pleasant, slightly sweet maltiness the more drank. Overall a very pleasant interlude, and the fact that I'm vacationing in Maine in two weeks means a side trip to Portland to investigate Shipyard brews on their home turf.

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Photo of BeerResearcher
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz dark brown bottle. No freshness date.
Served in a Piraat snifter.
The color is an unusual purple-hued dark mahogany. Minor particles of what I assume is blueberry pulp floats in a thin layer just beneath the tannish head.
Smells of mixed berries, roasted malt, resinous hops and boozy alcohol blend together. A slight floral scent inches forward. The smell of blueberries is there, but not jumping out.
The flavors mirror the aromas. Certainly fruit cup loaded with tart blueberries is upfront. Fruited vodka and mixed hops mingle with a solid malty taste. The sweetness is just about right.
I should be sipping and swigging, but find myself slugging and gulping. Oh oh!
Not at all what I expected...and that's good for my tastes.
Good job Alan Pugsley! Very bold brew!

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Photo of smakawhat
4.45/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass. BLUEBERRY BEER WAR!!!! 3 of 3!

Very light tan to cocoa light head uniform very nicely forming and even and tight. Perhaps about three solid fingers off the pour giving to a nice what looks black body but comes off as more dark brown walnut with gorgeous red hues on the edges.

Bouquet is a nice light blueberry but also a dominant malt and milk chocolate roastiness. Just wonderful.

Taste is a nice chocolaty malt backbone with a slight creamy feeling. Nice blueberry sweetness with a little bit of light sugars in the palate. Juicy. Coffee like roast character on the finish.

Overall, it's blueberry, chocolate cake, and roast coffee all rolled into one, with a drink in your hand. Some things I have from Shipyard are not good, this is NOT one of them, wonderful job here, great beer they made here.

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Photo of capella
4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Smashed blueberry pours into a deep deep dark purple/blue color. No light permeates through. Head quickly recedes as traces of lacing are present at the top. So far, so good. I'm really enjoying the appearance of this.

I get an initial whiff of blueberries. I sniff again & then I smell a subtle sweetness that reminds me of blueberry pie. I smell the "scotch ale" factor a tad bit.

Tastes like a very tart blueberry pie. I'm tasting something slightly bitter. There is a hint of alcohol with each sip I taste.

Carbonation is higher than I had expected, however it goes down fairly easy. The porter-like body of the beer is complemented by the tartness of the berries. Mmm. Pretty yummy. Tingles the senses a bit.

Overall, I really enjoyed this beer. I'm not a fan of scotch ales however the combination of the two styles (porter & scotch ale) really stands out in my mind as it brings out the best qualities of the fruit used in this beer. Delish. Hopefully I can try the Smashed Pumpkin :-D

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

Defintly interesting. I get the porter/scotch description. Fair enough. This is a great dessert beer. Lots of scotch ale qualities with a healthy helping of raw blueberry flavors. Very dry finish no residual sweetness what so ever which was nice. Grab a piece of chocolate cake or cheesecake. This is the perfect dessert or cold weather beer.

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Photo of caddybuyer
4.3/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I absolutely loved the aged smashed pumpkin that I had last fall so I am expecting greatness from this one.

A-Cherry cola with garnet at the edges and a thick tan head that settles rapidly and laces decently. Near filtered clarity where light comes through.

S-Nose is blueberry, roasted chicory, mocha, and a slight soap note.

T-Wow!. The first thing that hits you is the nearly unholy decadence of the creaminess of this beer. Sweet blueberries and scotch ale clearly open the palate. Roasted mocha and chicory carry through from the nose, and mix with desiccated dark fruits and figs that lead to an astringent clean finish with a mild sting of finish hops that leaves almost a barrel-aged smoke residue on the palate. As this brew warms, it opens up in new ways, and the levels of flavor and complexity get more nuanced. Clearly a high abv brew, but never does the blueberry interfere with the experience or dominate simply enhances it. Superb.

M-Well balanced mouthfeel, creamy with well balanced carbonation.

O-(the former "drinkability" category) This very much blew me away. Pugsley says this is a porter/scotch ale enhanced by blueberries and the whole clearly exceeds the sum of its parts. I can't help but think that this combination results in something very near a Belgian quad with a different yeast profile. Once in awhile I get surprised....this was the second beer this calendar year that blew me away (the first was Cigar City's Bolita Brown...but that is the subject of another review....)

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Photo of ktrillionaire
4.55/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Big thanks to CoastieSimon for bringing this over. The brew pours a deep brown-black hue and is topped with a fairly big mocha head, depositing rings of lace and generally appearing like a good Stout or Porter. The nose suggests blueberry intensely and immensely from an arm's length, but as I get up to the glass, it is much more sublime or intricately nuanced than initially expected. There are delicious roasty notes of cappuccino, toffee and molasses as well as a fair share of jammy and vinous dark fruit in addition to the berry notes. The roasty, toffee- and coffee-tinged elements of the brew are more directly experienced in the flavor, although blueberry is still a significant feature. Great balance and a creamy mouthfeel round out the overview of this exceptional take on a fruit beer.

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Photo of gdrydenc
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Let me start out by saying that calling this a fruit beer is wrong my eyes. It says right on it that it's a porter and scotch ale with blueberry flavor. So I'll treat it as such.

A - Pours a dark brown with caramel head that sits at the top for quite some time before relaxing to just a thin halo for the duration.

S - Smells, well, like a porter and a scotch ale with a bit of blueberry. So, as they described it, it's spot on.

T - Well, taste is exactly what I would expect. The blueberry is present, but faint. The porter section is delicious, a bit of coffee and a bit of chocolate. The scotch runs through with a bit of smokiness.

M - The carbonation is spot on with this beer. It's enough to totally fill your mouth with the flavor, without overwhelming with carbonation.

Overall, this is a cool beer. Like I said, calling this a fruit beer is just wrong. Calling it what it is, this is a good beer.

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

was surprised with this. my brother in law brought it up from florida and i tried it last weekend in a tasting glass.

poured out a dark brownish black like color that you could swear had something else going on in there. nice tight head formed on top.

aroma is charred malts, berries, hints of caramel and light vanilla and splash of berry. really comes in waves, at first i could pick it p quite nicely but it seemed to fade on me and then it was a nice malt driven porter like beer, interesting things going on here for sure. lots of fruit in the taste but it seemed odd in a way that is hard to place completely. smooth finish left little in the wake.

overall interesting and one of the better offerings from them

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Photo of badboyrsl84
3.97/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown with a white head that dies down to a lacing around the beer.

Smell- sweet malt, roasted chocolate and oh yes blueberries. Nothing smells super strong and all the smells are faint.

Taste- money!! It tastes like a well cooked blueberry muffin. I get more of a roasted malt, blueberries, and a back end of chocolate with hints more of blueberries.

Overall- its a very well done beer by ship yard, but the smashed pumpkin is still my favorite of the series.

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Shipyard Smashed Blueberry (Pugsley's Signature Series) from Shipyard Brewing Co.
3.91 out of 5 based on 591 ratings.
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