#4 Shipyard Smashed Blueberry

Now, before I get going on my long-winded review, I'll be honest. This is  beer I drank months ago. But this beer was so damn good, everything about it became an experience. And now I'm going to share my experience with you in great detail, until you hate me.

I didn't get pictures, because at that point, I wasn't a super famous blogger
Now, prior to this, I had only had 2 other brews from Shipyard Brewery in Maine. And of those two (Applehead & Pumpkinhead), I didnt enjoy one. So, I must have been feeling brave when I came across this in my local Stop & Shops craft beer shelf. Maybe it was the forgiving nature I have, or my love of blueberries. Or maybe the usage of the word "Smashed," because who doesn't love using that word? 

"I don't!"

Soon, after letting it chill, it was time. I poured it into my ever present Spider-Man pint glass and was blasted in the face by blueberry smell. Seriously, I was able to smell it across the room. Much like Mitch Hedberg and his cinnamon bun incense, this easily could give me false hopes. I would have sworn that someone was baking blueberry muffins in my house. And it looked fantastic. Pretty much no head and it was a very, very deep purple/blue/red color. All of those things combined made for a beautiful beer. I was already getting excited. I took my first sip, with almost no noticeable carbonation, this beer had a very full feel to it. And the taste was a 180 from the smell. I was almost expecting a super sweet, almost lambic taste, but nope! Instead I was pleasantly greeted with a deep, malty taste. A hint of vanilla. And blueberry. But the blueberry wasn't TOO overwhelming. This beer supposed to be a cross between a porter and a Scottish ale (sounds like a terrible craft beer joke), and I can see how they'd come to that. It felt like a porter, and the smell really does punch you in the face like a Scottish. No where was there a hint of any artificial or saccharine sweet tastes. This was just all around delicious.

So delicious, that I found myself longing for one tonight. So I suppose that perhaps I should give Shipyard another chance. Ah, forgiveness. I'm such a nice guy!

Shipyard Smashed Blueberry

ABV: 9.00

Smell: 4.5/5
Appearance: 4/5
Taste: 4/5
Feel: 3.5/5

Overall: 4/5

This beer pairs well with: Black Light Burns - Cover Your Heart


  1. Hey Jake,

    If you were a fan of this, definitely go for the Shipyard Smashed Pumpkin. Boozy, cinnamon, vanilla, spicy, malty... it did VERY well in our Pumpkin Tasting this year.



  2. Thanks for the recommendation, Tony! If I ever see it, I will definitely grab it! Thanks for taking the time to check out my blog!