Shipyard Smashed Blueberry (Pugsley’s Signature Series)

This is a review I typed up before vacation. I picked this up at the beer store because I hadn’t seen any beers from the Signature Series around. Plus, I’m a big blueberry fan…

ABV: 9%

Style: Fruit/Vegetable Beer

Trivia: According to brewery website, “This beer is a hybrid between a Porter and a Scotch Ale. This beer 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. ”

Random: I’m hoping to update the blog tonight with a few reviews I did on vacation. Let’s see how that goes…

The brew poured with a one and a half finger tan head on a dark brown body. The head dissipated slowly and left no lacing on the glass. There wasn’t any visible carbonation due to the color. The nose was incredibly intriguing. I got some coffee and a hint of blueberry. The taste was probably unlike any beer I’ve ever had. I can see why they said that the beer was in between a porter and a scotch ale. Initially, I got some coffee, maybe a hint of chocolate and some bitterness. The blueberry was really an afterthought. A few sips in, I started getting a bit of blueberry at the end that lingered to the finish. The finish was length, also with some bitterness. The body was thick with moderate carbonation. The booze only made an appearance on the end with a bit of warming. Honestly, this was not what I was expecting from this beer just by looking at the name. When you see a fruit beer, you think that the fruit is going to overtake the palate. Instead, this beer presents how much variance can be in the style and allows it to be a player in the beer, not completely overtake it. This is definitely worth a try if you can find it.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0

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