Bludgeon Yer Eye PA | Short's Brewing Company

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Bludgeon Yer Eye PABludgeon Yer Eye PA

Brewed by:
Short's Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

Style: American Black Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by dudecandle on 10-19-2010

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

Photo of Fanhitter
4.13/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on draft at Ashley's in Westland on 11-28-2012

Poured into a pint, this beer looks as sinister as a no-headed Guinness. Not quite as brown and muddy as far as looks go, but just as opaque. The meniscus of the pint is a thin layer of bubbles. The lacing on the side of the glass resembles a trashy garter belt after a big draw. Love it.

Smells of a musty, pruny hop character. Nothing spectacular as far as the nose is concerned, but a mild sweet aroma creeps in unexpectedly.

Tastes of a powerful murky hoppiness with a subtle caramel/basil flavor. I know it sounds weird, but the creamy aromatic nature works adversely with the heavy, dry maltiness. This is the risk/reward complex that I feel like a lot of Short's beers aim for, and flavor-wise, this is one of the best.

The mouthfeel is mild but robust; the hop note adds to the texture, but the subtle bubbling adds a small bite to the initial draw. It's easy drinking but a bit thorny; however, it works with a beer that drinks so easy.

Overall, this is one of my favorite seasonal beers from SHORTS. I'll admit, I like a lot of Short's, but I look forward to this one year after year, and this annual batch is great. I reccomend this beer to everyone who appreciates an experimental brew.

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Photo of StoutHunter
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked up a bottle of Short's Bludgeon Yer Eye PA last week for $1.89 at The Lager Mill. I had this beer when it was first released in bottles last year and I thought it was a pretty good Black IPA, since then I have tried much more of the style so I'm interested to see how this years release stacks up, so lets see how it goes. No visible bottling date, but I know it's pretty fresh. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a Short's imperial pint glass.

A- I really like the label on this beer, it's well done and pretty funny, it shows you how good of a sense of humor Joe Short has. It poured a nice slightly light black color that didn't let any light come through and it had two and a half fingers worth of fluffy darker tan head that died down to a thin layer that stayed till the end and left some nice rings of lacing. This beer looked really good the color was were it should be and head and lacing were better then expected, there's nothing wrong with it at all, it's a very good looking Black IPA.

S- The first thing I pick up is some nice hop aromas that smell pretty dank, there's some piney, floral, and citrus hops that comes together to make a pretty nice dank aroma with none of the hoppy aromas overpowering each other. After that comes the malts which are pretty roasted and impart a slight charred aroma followed by a little bit of chocolate and coffee, with a little bit of black licorice at the end. There's some very good balance in the aroma of this beer both the hops and the malts show up nicely and they play well off each other. This beer had a good aroma that was just what I'm looking for in the style.

T- The taste seems to be pretty similar to the aroma and it starts off with the malts which are nice and roasted and impart some slightly charred flavors along with some grainy, coffee, and chocolate flavors. After that comes the hops which impart some citrus, piney, dank, and resinous hop flavors with the citrus and pine seeming to stick out the most. Towards the end the hops impart a slightly higher amount of medium bitterness that is right where it should be and there's a roasty, citrus, and dank aftertaste that sticks around for a little bit. This beer has a good taste to it, the hops are nice and dank, the malts are roasty, and it has some really nice balance to it, I enjoy it.

M- Pretty smooth, slightly creamy, a little dry on the finish, medium bodied with a good amount of medium carbonation. The mouthfeel is good and it worked well with this beer, I have no complaints.

Overall I thought that this was a good beer and a pretty good representation of the style, it had everything I look for in the style with the balance that you don't find in a lot of Black IPA's. This beer had pretty good drinkability, it was smooth, the flavors held my attention nicely, and at 5% percent it doesn't wreck you which makes it pretty session able and it isn't overly bitter, I think two or three of these would be the right amount and it makes for a great beer to drink when the weather gets colder but you still want a nice dose of hops. What I liked the most about this beer was the balance it was very good and right where it should be, I also really liked the way this beer looked, from the label to the lacing this was one good looking beer. What I liked the least about this beer was that it's very limited, I could see this as a nice year round beer, I don't think any Michigan brewery's have a Black IPA in their year round line up and with the quality of this one I could see it being very popular. I would buy this beer again, I only got two bottles this year and that was a mistake, plus Short's just released their 2013 release schedule and this one was on the list you can bet I'll be getting at least a six pack next year. All in all I was pretty happy with this beer, it's a damn good Black IPA, and it has all the quality's that I look for in the style. Short's did a great job with this beer, the only Black IPA I like more than this is Arcadia's B Craft, but this one is pretty close to that and it's very well done. I hope they bring this beer back again and I would love to try the version that was brewed with spruce tips, it sounds like it could be pretty epic, keep up the good work Short's you guys are killing it.

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2.5/5  rDev -35.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of DrinkMoreBigBeers
3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured out almost dark as night with slight transparencies of dark burgundy in the sides of the glass. Nice two finger frothy tan-ish head with a mixture of big and small bubbles. Leaves above average lacing.

S - Can you say dank hops, fresh citrus and pine, sweet dark malts, a mild milk chocolate. This beer tends to change every time I smell it I pick something new up. No alcohol presence. Smell was great in the beginning and died down after a few minutes.

T - Bitterness of pine and citrus hops right up front in your face which tend to last throughout and even linger on the palate in the end. The dark malts come in mid palate to cut the hops presence but they really only come in for a few seconds to let you know this is not an ordinary IPA. No presence of alcohol.

M - Nice soft medium bodied beer with a good amount of carbonation. Pretty wet on the mouth.

O - A really pleasant beer from shorts that is perfect for holiday seasons with a fresh pine presence from the hops that get me thinking of a fresh cut Christmas tree. I will buy this again shortly while its style around. MMMM. Cheers!

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Photo of tectactoe
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a deep, deep brown, black in the middle. Thick, light-tan head, good staying power. Heavy pines and dank oils/resin on the nose - this one's gonna be good! Taste follows through with a nice dose of pine needles and oily hop resin. Slightly dank; bitter, but not as bitter as you'd expect from the heavy nose of hops. Malts follow through and become noticeable in the aftertaste. Toasty and caramely, they play nicely with the hops and provide an excellent balance to the brew. Slight watery in the taste after a few sips, might be due to the low ABV. Medium body, very, very slight stickiness, leaves the mouth a bit wet and watery. Nice helping of carbonation.

Solid brew! And only 5% ABV? Awesome! This one could be enjoyed all day. Nice helping of hops, resins, oils - enough to satisfy any hophead. Beautiful black color and the unique addition of slight caramel and roast flavors from the malts make this a very enjoyable beer.

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

Photo of axeman9182
3.6/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle courtesy of radio2525 in the Barrel Aged Goodness BIF. It was poured into my petite Duvel tulip.

Bludgeon Yer Eye pours almost completely black, but I'd swear it lightens a bit at the edges when it's backlit. Two fingers of khaki colored head comes together to fill out the glass, before slowly creeping down. A solid ring of lacing tops the glass, and it's still present, albeit spotty, underneath. The nose has a nice potent grapefruit kick, with just a bit of roast underneath. The flavor profile is not quite as hop dominant. There's a little bit of biscuit and carame, as well as a moderate coffee/roasty flavor. That's all interrupted by a bitterness that's noticeable, but not overly aggressive. The finish is citric, and as purely grapefruit as any hoppy beer I've had lately. The mouthfeel is just average, thanks to an overly chewy body. The carbonation makes a game of cutting through the malt and elevating the hop profile though. On one hand, Bludgeon Yer Eye falls in a weird spot where it's too malty to be a black IPA, and not full on malty enough to be a hoppy stout. On the other hand, that roastiness helps fill in the gaps from a fairly one-note hop profile. I think I liked this one more than the score indicates, it's a brew that defies easy categorization.

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

Bludgeon Yer Eye PA from Short's Brewing Company
3.86 out of 5 based on 276 ratings.
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