Shipyard Smashed Blueberry (Pugsley's Signature Series) | Shipyard Brewing Company

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Shipyard Smashed Blueberry (Pugsley's Signature Series)Shipyard Smashed Blueberry (Pugsley's Signature Series)
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Shipyard Smashed Blueberry (Pugsley's Signature Series)Shipyard Smashed Blueberry (Pugsley's Signature Series)

Brewed by:
Shipyard Brewing Company
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 carteravebrew
3/5  rDev -22.1%

Photo of hayesjw
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of Durge
4.47/5  rDev +16.1%
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 Jeffreytmoore
5/5  rDev +29.9%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of rusty3335
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

Photo of Gambrinus1184
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of abrodsky
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of thegerm87
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of hopsolutely
3.82/5  rDev -0.8%
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 +3.4%
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 lmundane
4/5  rDev +3.9%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of grittybrews
4/5  rDev +3.9%
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 +7.8%
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 +3.1%
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 +9.1%
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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Photo of Pintofbrown
4.07/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

You bet I got Blueberry smashed in a nonic pint glass.

Appearance- This Shipyard brew pours like a Coca-Cola, dark brown and slick. Thankfully, not a furious torrent of fizzy bubbles. I'm impressed by the black body, with only the tiniest sliver of ruby highlights.

The foam looks smooth and frothy, with about a half-finger in width. The color is still that dark cola brown. It is retaining well after many sips.

Smell- I get some notes of caramel malt and a little bit of alcohol heat. Everything else is blueberry! Not an actual blueberry, but certainly more like a blueberry pie filling. I am still impressed that it is so distinct.

Taste- It starts to fall off just a little on the palate. As the drink starts, I get some coffee roast, a little burnt, and a bit of dark chocolate.

Then comes some alcohol heat that is not exactly out of place, much like what you would find in a strong and peaty wee heavy. Blueberry? Well, there is a little bit there, but it comes out REALLY strong in the finish.

I wonder for a second if I had been eating blueberry pie while drinking this beer.

Mouth feel- I like the feel. I don't love it, but I like it. The beer fills up the mouth with a nice medium body. However, I would like a little more stick and a slightly smoother feel at the back of the throat.

Overall- This is the best blueberry stout I have had. Is there room to put even MORE blueberry in this beer? Certainly. The nose could have a little more, and the palate could back off on the heat to let the fruit come through.

As it is, I definitely enjoyed this beer, and would seek it out again. Next stop six packs? Make it so Shipyard. Make it so.

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Photo of jmarsh123
3.77/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown with a minimal beige head and little lacing.

I can smell the blueberries from several feet away. Smells like a fresh blueberry cobbler with a little roasted malt.

Strong blueberry flavor as well. A little bit of roasted malt along with it, but the fruit is prevalent.

Light mouthfeel with medium carbonation. This could use a bit more thickness.

Blueberry tastes like it's slightly artificial, but this is one of the few blueberry beers I've had that actually tastes distinctly like blueberries. Not world class, but still an enjoyable beer.

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of beertunes
3.38/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Despised 22oz bottle poured into 10oz goblet. Poured a very dark brown, almost black, color with about a half-inch of tan head that had OK retention and lacing that also featured lots of clinging bubbles on the side of the glass.

The aroma was dominated at first by a huge blueberry blast. After a few moments some light grain showed through, along with a bit of roast. The taste was pretty much the same, with the sweetness of the berries overpowering everything else. Good thing I like like blueberries. In addition, there was a noticeable alcohol taste and the roast aspect was also much bolder.

The body was good, solid without being heavy or sticky. Drinkability was OK for a sweet, 9%ABV brew. Overall, a good, but not great, brew. Worth checking out due to a low price at Trader Joes.

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Photo of thehyperduck
4.39/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

625 mL bottle from the LCBO. About a month ago I split a bottle of this with a friend, and we both agreed it was one of the best fruit beers we'd ever had. I wasn't sure when I'd see it again though, so I went out of my way to procure this bottle for review purposes.

Pours an opaque brownish-black colour, with deep red highlights next to the light - reminds me of blueberry pancake syrup. Topped with one finger of smooth, dense tan-coloured head that wilts away over a period of minutes, leaving behind a wispy film and thin collar. Not much lacing. The aroma is rich and intense, with heaps of roasted malts, tart blueberries, as well as some chocolate, espresso, blackcurrant and some booziness. Easily one of the best-smelling glasses of beer I've ever had.

The flavour is no less rich and luxurious than the nose - though the alcohol is perhaps a more significant factor. The heat actually works quite well with the backbone of burnt, roasted malts, coffee beans and the ever-present blueberry flavour - which is neither overbearing and obnoxious, nor half-heartedly weak. Dark chocolate and earthy, herbal hop notes become more prominent toward the finish. Some ethanol heat lingers into the aftertaste, alongside roasted malts and some light tartness. Medium-bodied, with some syrupy thickness, and restrained carbonation that keeps the mouthfeel fairly crisp. I could probably drink this fairly quickly, but at 9% I'd rather just sip it slowly.

Nearly every time I review a fruit beer, I mention that I am not a big fan of the style, mostly because of their tendency to be fizzy, one-dimensional, poorly integrated, and just not very beer-like in general. This one does not fit any of those stereotypes. The blueberry flavour (despite the fact that it is clearly an extract) is an absolutely perfect match for the underlying brew itself (which the label describes as a porter/scotch ale hybrid), and everything blends together virtually flawlessly.

Final Grade: 4.39, a brown-nosing A grade. Coming from someone who has never been very enthusiastic about fruit beer OR high abv beers in general - Shipyard Smashed Blueberry is really worth trying. This is an amazing fruit beer that is well worth the relatively high price (at least in this market). I might save another bottle and crack it open after Thanksgiving dinner - hopefully the LCBO will bring back the Smashed Pumpkin this fall too! Either one would be perfect as a dessert pairing.

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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