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RATINGS: 275   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.53   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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Smashed Blueberry is the newest beer in Shipyard Brewing Company’s Pugsley’s Signature Series line. This beer is a hybrid between a Porter and a Scotch Ale and has a rich mouth feel and a body of complex intensity. Upfront, there are distinct flavors of coffee and chocolate beautifully accentuated by the aroma of fresh blueberries. The finish features a delicate balance of sweet fruit and dry hops. This beer pairs well with glazed duck, ribs, barbeque, chocolate, and blueberry deserts. To fully experience all the flavors, Smashed Blueberry is best drunk at 55 degrees Fahrenheit. More about the beer: Malt: Pale, Crystal, Chocolate, Roasted Barley, Light Munich, Torrified Wheat Hops: Summit, Tettnang, Cascade Yeast: Top-Fermenting English Color: Dark Brown OG: 1.087 ABV: 9.0% Availability: 22oz Bottles, Kegs

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
otakuden (1783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - NOV 30, 2011
Appearance: pours the color of liquid blueberry. Smashed blueberry skins, stems included. Swirls with a collar.
Nose: blueberry smoothie and blueberry muffins. Like grabbing a handful of fresh blueberries then squeezing them, the juices and pulpy remains squishing through your fingers. Hershey’s chocolate in the back – melted atop blueberries. Generic rustic quality in the back.
Palate: thin and watery in the middle. Blueberry water and grape water in the middle. Hard burnt acrid chalky finish. Tannic and leathery in a very bad stale way. Painfully bitter blueberry and grape skins. Raw boozy finish.
Final Thoughts: wow. Not good at all. I couldn’t finish my glass much less the bottle – both went down the drain. Based on the ratings, maybe I had a bad bottle...but what I tasted in this one is what I tasted and it was bad. Am willing to give it another try if someone wants to donate a bottle.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Braudog (5832) - Glenville, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 21, 2011
Bottle. Pop! ... And instantly wafts a bushel full of blueberries to the olfactory glands! Wow. Pours a deep, dark midnight blue (pretty!), with a thin but gluey head. The aroma settles into a sweet sugary thing in the glass, but this drinks damn near like an alcoholic blueberry juice. Now, you gotta like blueberries. My wife, she hated it, but then she doesn’t care for blueberries. Me? I could drink this for breakfast. Outstanding. (#4363, 11/21/2011)

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
zach8270 (3502) - Henrietta, New York, USA - NOV 17, 2011
(bottle - 22 oz) Dark brown pour with a thick brown head. Big and huge natural blueberry aroma. Very tart and sweet and has a bit of a smell of blueberry bagels. Flavor is strong and tart blueberries at the start with a smooth malt and roasted coffee middle. The blueberries are the star of the show though and they shine through. Chocolatey malts on the finish with that nice and peppery blueberry twang. Really good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Marsiblursi (3021) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - NOV 12, 2011
(Bottle) Pours black with a pale brown head. The aroma holds berries and roast up front with undertones of blueberry ice cream, black currant candy, ripe cherries, latte and creamy milk chocolate. Undertones of ginger/vanilla/clove/gingerbread and caramelized nuts. Simple but sexy. The flavour is light sweet, light to medium bitter and tiny acidic. Tones of chocolate roast, caramel, blueberries, vanilla and other subtle spices and berries. The mouthfeel is clean, round, creamy and soft with a light to medium carbonation. Mild roast with earthy and grassy hops on the finish alongside a lingering blueberry note. Medium bodied. I don’t pick up any of the diacetyl house flavour in this beer. The best beer from this brewery IMO.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
drjay44 (2671) - Salida, Colorado, USA - NOV 9, 2011
650 ml. bottle. Pours a medium, beige head, with some lacing, over a clear, light reddish brown (SRM 30) body....nose is heavy blueberry initially, gradually which becomes less intense in the glass, chocolate, coffee, touch of ginger.....taste is blueberry, chocolate, lighter coffee, finishing with a medium slightly sweet,spice bitterness....mouth feel medium to thick, alcohol hidden, carbonation makes for a very creamy sensation. This is a deftly done Fruit Beer. Yes, the blueberry is very present in both aroma and flavors, but the malt back bone is big, powerful and helps balance the fruit. F.G. is about 1.019. Fruit Beers are an acquired taste. BJCP 8/3/14/4/7

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
AirForceHops (3295) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - NOV 6, 2011
22 oz bottle. Used a Weizen glass. Deep mahogany color, lively carbonation which leaves a thin off white head sitting on the surface. Nose is roasted malt and mild coffee. I don’t get blueberry at all. The flavor is an interesting mix of what the commercial description says. Malt and smoky peat is what people should be getting here. ABV is masked well. I have a strong feeling this brew would translate VERY different on draft. I only get a mild blueberry in the finish as an afterthought. The berry is there but very faint in the finish. This gets points for being different and creative. I don’t this this should be labeled as a fruit beer. A solid brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
onceblind (4328) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 5, 2011
GABF 2011. Murky dark dark purple, small lasting off-beige head. Aroma from a mile away. Nose of blueberry, sweet bready malt, and sugar--kinda smells like pie. But the taste was not as good as pie, unfortunately. Has some blueberry, some fruity bitterness, lots of sweetness from fruit and dark malts, but is overall kinda uncomplex.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
arondee (568) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - OCT 24, 2011
UPDATED: NOV 16, 2011 Pours a dark black color with a small off-white head. Aroma is blueberries and vanilla. The taste is chocolate, blueberries, vanilla, and alcohol. For the price I was expecting more although this is a lot better then their smashed pumpkin its still not amazing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 22, 2011
22oz. Bottle: Aroma of malt, chocolate, blueberry, light roasting, and light caramel. Poured very dark brown/ruby in color with a small, tan head that diminished but lasted throughout. Clear. Sparkling. Flavor is medium sweet. Tastes of malt, blueberry, cocoa, slight roasting, slight vanilla, and some herbalness. Medium body. Slick, then dry texture. Average carbonation. Slick, then lightly sticky texture. Average carbonation. Malt, cocoa, blueberry finish is lightly sticky and dry. 9%ABV is completely hidden throughout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jimhilt (2413) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - OCT 22, 2011
Pours a three finger cream head that fades quickly to a thin layer leaving some lace. Deep mahogany almost black color. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Blueberry nose. Flavor is strong, slightly tart blueberry and some coffee. Higher ABV is hidden. $7.99 for a 22oz bottle from Market Basket Concord, NH.

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