Pugsley's Signature Series: Smashed Blueberry | Shipyard Brewing Company

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3.85/5
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603 Ratings
Pugsley's Signature Series:  Smashed BlueberryPugsley's Signature Series:  Smashed Blueberry
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Shipyard Brewing Company
Maine, United States
shipyard.com

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Jason on 05-11-2011

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#12,863
Reviews:
182
Ratings:
603
pDev:
14.81%
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Photo of brewduder
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of entenduintransit
4.44/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is only the second blueberry beer I've had and the first one was terrible, so I went into it with low expectations. But this is a pretty great beer.

The alcohol is pretty well hidden but you can tell it's there for sure.

The smell of blueberries is fairly strong and is less pronounced in the taste. You know those dark chocolate candies are infused with fruit? Yeah, it smells exactly like those, but with blueberry replacing the typical orange or raspberry. It sounds like kind of a novelty but it's actually really pleasant.

The initial taste is of chocolate and coffee and the blueberries come in near the end and dominate the aftertaste. Low carbonation and goes down smooth. This is basically a stout with a very fresh, light blueberry presence.

I probably wouldn't even call this a fruit beer, because the stout flavor is much more pronounced here, so it would make sense to label it as such or at least be a little bit more honest. This is hardly an "ale with natural flavor" (older bottles claim it as a "malt beverage"). But overall a really great offering.

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Photo of paulish
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ChrisCage
4.56/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- This one pours a dark brown-ish color with caramel/red hues! The head is very dense, starts out about two fingers thick and retains very well, settling into a thick film over the beer....it is tan in color itself! This is much too hard to tell the carbonation quantity but lacing is relatively good with most of the foam sliding back into the glass but there is a thin rope like amount of bubbles that cling! Decent looking for sure!

S- Wonderful aromas of blueberry pie and chocolate.....a hybrid between milk and dark. Underlying tones of bread yeast, pie crust, biscuit, and toasted sweet malt! There is just a hint of hop bitterness on the finish and the fruitiness of this one is very fresh and juicy! Overall this has a smell that is very dessert like....yummy!

T- This is quite interesting and comes across very well on the palate! The first taste was a bit of a shock, with the high alcohol content being dominant, but wait!.....the second and beyond tastings prove to show the true character.....initial flavors of chocolate/cocoa and freshly brewed coffee from the dark roasted malt, and a delayed fruity/blueberry sweetness shows up near the end, providing a well balanced flavor profile! The finish is just slightly of Earthy leaf from the hops and again, juicy blueberry that lingers on the palate! Quite impressive!

M/O- This is a solid medium bodied brew that leans toward full body, and the carbonation is tight and neat on the palate, allowing the flavors to really stick to the palate for long periods of time. After the initial burst, the alcohol smooths out and this becomes quite a creamy porter style beer! I would recommend but don't think it's a real session worthy beer.....definitely a nice beer overall!

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Photo of Phoodcritic
3.81/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kguard
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Latarnik
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MadeInTheMitten
3.08/5  rDev -20%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of mklisz
3.35/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of jrb378
4.17/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of CharlesK
3.62/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, best before 11/2015. Pours clear nearly opaque dark brown color with a 1-2 finger dense tan head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of blueberry, brown sugar, caramel, toast, brown bread, chocolate, cocoa, light coffee, light herbal, and roast/toasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of blueberry and dark/roast/bready malt notes; with good strength. Taste of blueberry, brown sugar, caramel, toast, brown bread, chocolate, cocoa, coffee, light herbal, and roast/toasted earthiness. Fair amount of herbal/roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of blueberry, brown sugar, caramel, chocolate, cocoa, coffee, and roast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice complexity, robustness, and balance of blueberry and dark/roast/bready malt flavors; with a good roasted bitterness/sweetness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a smooth, fairly creamy/sticky, and slightly chalky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warmth lingering after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice imperial fruit beer. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of blueberry and dark/roast/bready malt flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. The base beer felt like a cross between a stout and a brown ale. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of rcollyer
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of KWolf
4.79/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Full blueberry with hinys at malt and apparent alcohol on nose.
Medium full mouthfeel starts fresh blueberry and quickly goes through sweet malt, dark malt, berry wine and finishes with a hoppy, burnt coffee note.
As you warm the snifter with your hands the harsh notes mellow and sweeten a bit.
Strange yet exciting.

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Photo of DanforthPewter
4.04/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Beer4Baltimore
4.01/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of reop013
4.23/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of deNerval
3.66/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ALLISON01
4.08/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of alcohline_trip
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Kerrie
3.58/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BOOSTIEZ
3.39/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Erik-P
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of nelsonracite
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of SerialTicker
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
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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Pugsley's Signature Series: Smashed Blueberry from Shipyard Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.85 out of 5 with 603 ratings