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

A - extremely dark, off brown head at less than a quarter inch, some lacing present

S - I smell the blueberry right up front, but a deeper sniff yields cocoa, toffee, some dark chocolate too

T - cocoa, chocolate, malty, a bit of coffee, the perfect amount of blueberry flavor; Maple City Roasters makes a blueberry coffee and this is an exact match in beer form

M - it's really smooth considering the blueberry punch, but that typically tart mouthfeel quickly dissipates while the dark malt takes over

O - this is a really tasty version of a blueberry beer wo being cloyingly sweet or unbalanced from the fruit infusion; it's dark and tastes the sense that this is a legit stout first and foremost and a fruit beer second.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
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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Photo of BlurryVisi0n
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a wellington glass.

Appearance: Superior dark brown but definitely not opaque. Tan head is minimal maybe 1/4" off the body.

Smell: Deep berry scent complimented with a bitter chocolate scent.

Taste: This beer has a complexity that tell s a story. It's bitter, but has a fruity sweet to it that you will absolutely love. Coffee bean notes pretty evident and blueberry tingling your palates.

Mouth: Medium carbonation and incredibly smooth. The bitterness makes you feel that this is an infused stout but then how it finishes makes you think it's really what it is.

Overall: Well made brew, one of the few Fruit beers I would recommend after a meal. Yes it will probably compliment a dessert pretty well but after a T-Bone this was the dessert. Salud!

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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.89/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a perfect pint.

3.5 A: Deep brown color, almost black. Two fingers of frothy tan head. Retention is decent for the ABV and a short ring of lacing is left.

4.5 S: Holy fuck the blueberries! I would say that this is the first blueberry beer I've had that didn't half ass the blueberries. Blueberries in this are potent as hell and I love it. Lightly smoky with coffee, caramel, and toffee notes. Good amount of sweetness to complement the massive blueberry nose. Smells wonderfully fruity and that is that.

4.0 T: Blueberries aren't fruit twin level fruitiness in the taste, but are still way more potent than the vast majority of blueberry beers. The balance between berries and base beer gets shifted more to the base beer. Coffee, caramel, and roastiness are the most prominent flavors. Tart blueberry next. Toffee, grainy malts, a bit of chocolate, toastiness, and a moderate bitterness follow. Earthy and lightly citrusy hoppiness. Overall, pretty good.

3.0 M: The mouthfeel is the weakest link in this beer. Medium body with moderate, but biting carbonation. Lacking creaminess. Not as smooth as I'd like, but sufficient.

3.5 D: Pretty good blueberry beer. Buying this just to smell is rewarding enough, but drinking it ain't bad either. Shipyard has put out a lot of stinkers over the years, but this isn't one of them.

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Photo of joemcgrath27
4.12/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big up to andrenaline for including this in our latest cross country trade
A - deep burgundy black, thumb of tan head retained very well and left consistent lacing
S - coffee, cocoa, mild peat earthiness, and a lingering scent of blueberry that you get as soon as the bottle cracks and lasting through the finish
T - big cocoa and roasted coffee up front, some peat and woody/earthy flavours, and the blueberry has a fruity and medicine like quality throughout, with a touch of boozy heat
M - slightly heavy, lightly chalky with a light dry finish
O - this is a big beer in every sense, the contrast of malty, fruity, and peat works for me, maybe not for everyone but i could drink this all day, which is probably not a good idea since the high octane is very well hidden

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Photo of KarlosT
2.95/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Had this beer at the Amesbury Beer Festival on Sep 22 2012.

Most of the beers were served from bottles into small 3oz plastic pixie cups.

Although I took notes on the 20+ different beers that I tried, it is difficult to remember all of the details associated with each beer. My apologies to readers of these notes. However, I did pay attention to my overall scores, and noted what I thought were unique positives and negatives w/ each beer.

Note that for me:
< 2.5 = probably would not finish the beer
3.0 = drinkable beer, but likely would not buy again or look for
>3.5 = will try to buy again in the future

For a bit of a beer snob, I tend to like several fruity beers (blueberry, BlueMoon). This beer started out real interesting. Aroma was quite good, with strong coffee and blueberry notes. The appearance was great, reminding me of a heavy imperial stout.

At first, I thought the taste of the coffee and blueberry worked. But that after-taste put me off. Perhaps a bit too bitter and strong. Didn't end up finishing my 3oz sampler.

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Photo of rappmann
2.13/5  rDev -45.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Purchased a 625 ml bottle at the local liquor store

Upon opening this beer, i got a huge whiff of blueberry in my face, which made me really happy. It smelled fantastic, like real blueberries. It poured wonderfully, with 1.5 fingers of off white creamy head that dissipated pretty quickly.

Sadly, for me, that is where the goodness ended. This beer had very little of that delicious blueberry smell, and was just not my cup of tea. I thought it was terribly balanced, and really fought to finish the bottle.

Glad i picked it up to try, but i will be avoiding this one from now on.

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Photo of Durge
4.47/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Found at My Place in Newtown, CT this one is a thick black brown color with a decent tan head and very nice lacing. The aroma has a beautiful blueberry chocolate malt theme that is luscious with an impression of some lemony hop mixed in for good measure! Very nice. The flavor brings along an even bolder blueberry malt with deep berry sweetness and beautiful chocolate malt. I get a bit of a medicinal, Dr. Pepper mintiness and generally I find this to be a delicious concoction. Unusual perhaps but a beautiful and natural fruit combo in my book. The body is medium with modest but adequate carbonation for a somewhat resinous and luxurious feel. A definite hit for me, perhaps the best Shipyard I’ve had yet!

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Photo of hopsolutely
3.82/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an inky black with violet edges to the glass when held up to the light. Minimal coffee coloured head has good retention and laces nicely. Mouthfeel is slick, with a marked alcohol burn at the finish.

At opening the bottle's aroma was overwhelmingly "blueberry-forward", but roasted malts become more obvious now that the beer has opened up. Although the fruit is present throughout all aspects of the taste, there are elements of chocolate and vanilla in there as well which complement it nicely. A surprisingly dry finish, with a pleasantly lingering bitterness.

Although the high ABV will make this only an occasional treat, a beer I'm glad to have tried and would recommend to other stout drinkers.

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Photo of liamt07
3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from the LCBO, 625ml into a tulip.

Midnight with a tan head of a couple fingers. Great retention and lacing. Nose has a load of blueberry pancakes/muffins, a bit of chocolate. Sweet but the blueberry notes become a bit more artificial once the beer opens up. Still quite aromatic nonetheless. Taste has more blueberries, a little softer, more chocolate and darker sweet malt flavours. Sweet fruity finish, just a smidgen of alcohol. Medium full body and light lingering roast. My first foray with a blueberry flavoured beer, and I'm quite impressed - quite a good drink.

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

Poured dark brown with a finger of khaki head. Big, sweet aroma of blueberries and a touch of vanilla.

Moderate carbonation and a thick, full mouthfeel. Tastes like a chocolate-covered blueberry with some roasty caramel and vanilla in the background.

Touch of alcohol warmth on the finish. Fun brew, but the blueberry element becomes overpowering and somewhat artificial-tasting after a while and I couldn't quite finish my glass.

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Photo of Damian
4.15/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank on-tap at Yard House, Boston, MA
Served in a cervoise

Dark brown/black in appearance. The liquid was topped by an enormous, frothy, bubbly, cocoa colored crown that slowly fell to a lasting film.

Just as I had hoped, the aroma was dominated by blueberries. Sweet and rich, like blueberry pie filling. Touch of roasted malts. Hint of vanilla. Some chocolate and coffee notes came through as well.

The flavor profile was unique. Perhaps not quite as blueberry forward as the nose, yet balanced and flavorful. Sweet caramel and roasted malts appeared up front. Blueberry notes came through in the center. Chocolate and coffee appeared as well. Touch of lactose-like sweetness. The finish was moderately dry and roasty. Slightly bitter, with just a touch of hops. At 9% ABV, I was astonished by how well this beer masked its alcohol strength.

The mouthfeel felt a bit thin and over carbonated initially. As the beer sat and the carbonation settled down, the liquid turned smoother and creamier.

I am usually disappointed by Shipyard's beers but this one was definitely quite interesting. I will have to seek out the other beers in their Pugsley's Signature Series.

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

Poured into a Founders snifter glass. Dark brown in color with a thin brown head that dies down to a thin line of soapy bubbles. Sweet roasted malt, chocolate and blueberry pie filling aroma. The initial taste is sweet roasted malt and toffee with a lactose sweetness to it. This mixes with a blueberry flavor that is kept in check. The alcohol warmth and hop bitterness show up a little in the finish along with a lingering roasted malt and slight blueberry flavor. Feel is medium bodied and smooth. The underlying Porter/Scotch ale mixes well with the blueberry flavor.

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Photo of mick303
4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a big head, which leaves a slightly tan-orange film and lace. Very dark in colour, dark-brown to black with maybe a slight purple tinge.

Aroma is of strong blueberry cobbler with a light spice edge to it. Also notes of roast coffee, chocolate. Alcohol esters are also present.

Taste is initially of dry blueberry flavour and thick caramel malt, achieves a nice balance. Not too sweet, with a bit of cinnamon/clove spice. Malt maintains a good presence, hop bitterness comes a bit more toward the end, leading to a finish which has dried blueberries, toasted malt and strong bitterness.

Mouthfeel are a pleasant carbonation. Malt combines for a nice balanced bitter feel. Alcohol is well hidden and quite drinkable, the body is medium-full. Seems to work.

Interesting stuff. Wasn't 100% what to expect. It keeps a strong bitterness and strong ale maltiness. It grows on you. Blueberries have a strong presence, particularly on the nose, but don't completely overpower the ale. Also not too sweet, more a dry bitter maltiness. This style is touch and go, but they've done a good job with this one, worth a try.

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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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