Now one of the largest craft breweries in the country, Shipyard Brewing has its roots in the picturesque seacoast village of Kennebunkport Harbor. In 1992, entrepreneur Fred Forsley and master brewer Alan Pugsley started Federal Jack’s Restaurant & Brew Pub, the birthplace of Shipyard ales. With an expansive portfolio of beers, Shipyard has something for everyone! Their Smashed Blueberry beer is one of the offerings from their “Pugsley’s Signature Series.”
The beer pours a deep dark, brown – almost black color. When viewed in the light there is a purple hue that emerges from the darkness. The one finger mocha colored head dissipates steadily and leaves behind minimal lacing.
Aromas of blueberry leap from the glass. The blueberry notes are both that of fresh blueberries and those of sweet cooked blueberries like those found in blueberry jam. Upon closer investigation, beneath the potent blueberry aromas, you will find notes of unsweetened baker’s chocolate, generously roasted coffee and a hint of char.
On the palate bitter chocolate and dark roasted coffee notes hit first and drown the taste buds in rich roasted goodness. There is distinct bitterness that is balanced by the sweet blueberry notes that emerge through the chocolate and coffee flavors. The hint of char from the bouquet makes a cameo on the palate as well. While the bouquet was dominated by blueberry, the palate definitely showcases the roasted notes of chocolate and coffee more than those of sweet fruit. Decent weight and great balance are both notable.
The Beer Buyer Overall Rating: 3.5 Pints out of 5
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