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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Added by Jason on 05-11-2011

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Photo of bookerandy
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of RickS95
4.63/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

By far the best looking fruit beer I've seen. I'm a fan of porters and stouts, and this is pitch black, with a moderate light tan head full of bubbles of all sized. Somewhat lacking in retention, when all is said and done there is a creamy film around the edges.

Smell is mostly of chocolate and dark roasted malts, some coffee to the side and the faintest hint of blueberry in the background. As it warms, vanilla seems to be involved as well.

Like in the smell, the blueberry is present, but not the major player, taking a secondary role instead. This is mostly a stout with it's chocolate/coffee/roasted flavors and the fruit playing a supporting role.

Very creamy, almost thick, fullish bodied. Sweet and coffee bitter at the same time.

Overall, this is as good a beer as I've had in a long time. It is a fruit beer, but I'd categorize it as a fruit stout. Despite the alcohol, it's well hidden and extremely easy to drink. Exceptional beer.

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Photo of jtierney89
3/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Deep brown color with crimson hues around the edges. Thin burnt sugar colored head. Smells, well, like blueberries. Subtle hints of sloe gin, currants, and anisette. Touch of coffee and sweet chocolate as well.

Flavor is extremely strange. Starts on the tip of the tongue almost like grape soda. Big belgian like body rolls across the tongue flashing sweeter flavors such as blueberries and currants. The flavor cuts out immediately on the back end of the tongue though to bitter black coffee and chocolate creating huge contrasting flavors.

While the nose smelt amazing. I didn't get enough of the blueberry in the beer. Along with this, the start and finish were two totally different monsters, and i mean tongue slapping monsters. From berry fruitiness to coffee bitterness and a faint hint of alcohol. The beer is unique and far more than quaff-able but it's just trying to stretch what flavors go together a bit too much.

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Photo of frosted33
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

Photo of bespin15
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of WynnO
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of Evil_Pidde
4.62/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Pours pitch black with a small tan airy head. Faint lacings.

S: Rich blueberry. Roasted dark malts, semi-sweet. Bitter hops.

T: Blueberries, rich oh how rich. Chocolate and coffee. Faint vanilla. Sweetness. Liqourice. Loaded with blueberries.

M: Aftertaste is long and bitter, also rich in blueberries. Body is full while carbonation is low.

O: This is a crazy, fantastic beer.

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Photo of MatthewWilde
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sample: 1 bottle 2011

A: Very deep red, moderate internal carbonation, not hazy, pours a short medium-brown head

S: Quite a complex nose, strong blueberry aroma, of course, mixed with traces of cocoa, vanilla, cinnamon, finishes with a bit of alcohol

T: Akin to the nose, complex, light blueberry, espresso, cocoa and vanilla, some citrus to finish, hardly any alcohol taste

M: Smooth and drinkable, light citrus/espresso (interesting) aftertaste, only slightly drying on the palate

O: Complex, unique, smooth, and delicious, but that being said, not perfect in execution

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Photo of FuturePilot
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of bcostner1
3/5  rDev -23.5%

Photo of vonnegut21
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of StoicBeast
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of haddyhustle302
3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of ale207
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of Profchaos20
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of rjpetrizzo
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of johnsilk
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of Snellgg5
5/5  rDev +27.6%

Photo of jsanford
3.23/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours black with brown highlights and a thin khaki head that settles to a slight haze.
S - Big blueberry aromas - similar to a blueberry muffin, actually. A touch of sweet, lightly roasted malt provides a sturdy backbone, but make no mistake, the blueberry is the star here. Fairly authentic as far as blueberry goes, but still not my favorite thing to put in beer.
T - Dark roasted malt, very bitter dark chocolate, and a lot of blueberry. Basically imagine a dark chocolate bar studded with dried blueberries and you have this beer.
M - Smooth and creamy, with a medium-full body and decent carbonation.
O - Not bad considering all this has going against it (it's got blueberries in it AND it's made by Shipyard). Still not my favorite application of blueberry to beer, but I was at least able to drink it.

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Photo of agreenman19
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of DaveD56
2/5  rDev -49%

Photo of Dbrag
2.75/5  rDev -29.8%

Photo of nate1357
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of drwolfe
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of JohnnyP3
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

Shipyard Smashed Blueberry (Pugsley's Signature Series) from Shipyard Brewing Co.
3.92 out of 5 based on 597 ratings.
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