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Shipyard Applehead - Shipyard Brewing Co.

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72
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371 Ratings
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Ratings: 371
Reviews: 96
rAvg: 3.12
pDev: 22.44%
Wants: 7
Gots: 25 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Shipyard Brewing Co. visit their website
Maine, United States

Style | ABV
Herbed / Spiced Beer |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
Shipyard Applehead is a crisp, refreshing wheat ale with a delightful apple aroma and subtle cinnamon flavor.

(Beer added by: stonermouse on 12-10-2011)
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Reviews by Brent:
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Brent

Kentucky

4/5  rDev +28.2%

I feared an apple-flavored malt beverage, but I was surprised at how much I liked this beer. Light body but not watery. Apple flavor was, appropriately, predominant, with a baked-red delicious apple character that was complimented by light brown sugar and cinnamon notes. Some faint malt notes toward the end state a claim that the beverage is a beer. Interesting, but the sort of beer that you are happy to split and then move on to something else. I like this as an alternative to the pumpkin beers as a fall seasonal. Something tells me this would go great with a leftover turkey sandwich.

08-22-2012 20:03:34 | More by Brent
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Zakk

Florida

3.75/5  rDev +20.2%

08-14-2012 01:50:29 | More by Zakk
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lordofthewiens

Maine

2.65/5  rDev -15.1%

My ex-wife knows I'm not that much of a Shipyard fan, but she said she thought I would like this. I think this was another one of her cruel jokes.

Things started out OK. Gold color with a small white head.

Definite aroma of apple, as well as some spice. Fairly sweet.

It tasted like I was drinking an apple pie. I would rather eat one than drink one.

Sweet and cloying mouthfeel.

One and done.

03-18-2012 10:46:41 | More by lordofthewiens
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Doomcifer

Rhode Island

1.5/5  rDev -51.9%

07-30-2014 21:25:12 | More by Doomcifer
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tigg924

Massachusetts

3.15/5  rDev +1%

Had on tap at New World Tavern--Plymouth, served into a pint glass

Appearance: 1/2 inch head, straw yellow in color, clear, moderate carbonation

Smell: cinnamon, apples, and toasted malt

Taste: toasted malt, cinnamon, and caramel in the forefront . This could just as easily be called Cinnamon head..faint apples at the end..the after taste is where the apples shine--almost like a green Jolly Rancher

Mouthfeel: very sweet, moderate carbonation, light bodied, very clean

Overall: Normally I like session beers, but I feel this one could use the imperialization that their pumpkin beer did. That turned an undrinkable beer into a bold pumpkin ale. On the face of it, this is a lighter version of their pumpkin beer and with a slight touch of apple and even more cinnamon. It is way more drinkable than Pumpkinhead just because of its lightness and lack of any off tastes. I actually wish the sweet apple was brought out a bit more. This could be like 21st Amendment's Watermelon Ale if the fruity taste was allowed to shine. Instead what is left is a drinkable, but very easily passed over beer.

12-21-2011 15:51:48 | More by tigg924
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aquazr1

California

2.5/5  rDev -19.9%

02-09-2014 00:53:06 | More by aquazr1
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jisak74


4/5  rDev +28.2%

05-05-2012 09:49:13 | More by jisak74
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chudson1992

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev +12.2%

05-26-2013 21:51:12 | More by chudson1992
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Cavanaghty

Maine

3.8/5  rDev +21.8%

Poured from bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Darker amber almost carmel color. Little head with heavy lacing, and the head disappeared quickly.

Smell: Strong smell of cinammon and then apple, some hops could be smelled.

Mouthfeel/taste: Medium Bodied, not very smooth, but that might be due to the spices. Hop taste first followed by strong cinammon and apple. After taste is the same as if you just drank a hot apple cider.

Overall: not a bad brew, certainly not one of my favorites, but I will drink it if it is offered.

07-16-2012 23:34:43 | More by Cavanaghty
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standardcherry

Massachusetts

2.75/5  rDev -11.9%

06-12-2012 18:27:39 | More by standardcherry
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NilocRellim

Minnesota

3/5  rDev -3.8%

09-17-2012 22:43:01 | More by NilocRellim
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Hairrrrrrrr

Illinois

3/5  rDev -3.8%

03-21-2013 01:27:10 | More by Hairrrrrrrr
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briandaube

Delaware

3.25/5  rDev +4.2%

06-02-2012 20:52:58 | More by briandaube
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ryser2k

Pennsylvania

2.5/5  rDev -19.9%

09-10-2012 17:07:35 | More by ryser2k
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WVbeergeek

West Virginia

3.04/5  rDev -2.6%

Looks like a carbonated apple juice, I believe amongst the Johnny Appleseed Ales, the Red's Apple Ale, and the AB version of Shocktop this was the trailblazer amongst the recent trend. It pours with a fizzy white head quickly fading to nothing not much lacing on the sides of my glass. Aroma has sweet candy apple upfront with some cinnamon spice to blend into a pseudo apple pie mix, I could picture locals here dropping apple pie moonshine boilermakers into this one. The flavor is spice heavy with cinnamon sitting on the palate through each sip, and not fresh ground cinnamon the one that's been in your mom's spice cabinet since you were a kid. Mouthfeel is pretty well carbonated, tickles the back of your throat becomes a bit hard to swallow within the first few sips. Lighter bodied beer from Shipyard, at least I'm not getting their Allen Pugsley signature house yeast notes, aka no butter to speak of here. Overall not too impressed and not as appalled as I thought I was going to be, worth a shot and hell I would try the moonshine boilermaker at least once.

06-26-2014 02:47:37 | More by WVbeergeek
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Dfox09


3.75/5  rDev +20.2%

12-09-2012 02:46:01 | More by Dfox09
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tugg407

Florida

3/5  rDev -3.8%

01-06-2012 07:39:39 | More by tugg407
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johnyb

Florida

3/5  rDev -3.8%

05-22-2013 23:27:43 | More by johnyb
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acurtis

New Jersey

2.25/5  rDev -27.9%

03-31-2013 00:27:24 | More by acurtis
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Brenden

Ohio

3.29/5  rDev +5.4%

This one has a thin, wispy off-white head that struggles to develop but does just manage. It's not much, but it sticks around, a frothy foam sitting atop a perfectly clear and bright pale yellow brew. What's left on the glass is a bit of foamy something I wouldn't exactly call lacing along with some spots here and there.
I actually like the nose pretty well. They seem to have been going for apple pie, and they achieved that to a point. Pulpy white apple flesh with a bit of juice to it bounces off a caramel malt backbone (admittedly a little thin, though that's not as apparent in the aroma), while a bit of hot cinnamon adds the spicing.
It comes off as more of an apple strudel as some toastiness and dough come in with the caramel malts, though it has a cereal grain flavor that ends up making it taste more like apple jacks. Still, it works out pretty well altogether.
It is on the thinner side, not simply light-bodied but lacking a little. Crispness stays firm and consistent, keeping up nicely.

04-08-2014 20:05:46 | More by Brenden
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TheSixthRing

California

3.3/5  rDev +5.8%

Appearance - Pours a hazy golden hue with a white finger width head. Decent retention, resulting in a thick, sticky lacing.

Smell - Big whiffs of apple, with hints of cinnamon spice.

Taste - Tastes like fermented apple juice with an ample amount of cinnamon creeping in on the backend. Not much in the way of wheat or hop character. Sweet. Simple.

Mouthfeel - Light in body, with a decent amount of carbonation. Finishes fairly wet.

Overall - Meh. Fairly gimmicky. Doesn't have a whole lot of "beer" qualities about it. It's drinkable, but not necessarily all that enjoyable. Bought it because it's $3 a sixer at Trader Joe's.

08-08-2012 01:23:39 | More by TheSixthRing
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Griffith

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +28.2%

02-05-2012 18:53:39 | More by Griffith
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KenC

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -3.8%

03-20-2012 23:34:09 | More by KenC
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squezey

Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev +12.2%

06-29-2014 02:45:51 | More by squezey
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pmcadamis

Illinois

3.58/5  rDev +14.7%

A - Vibrant orange/peach colored brew with a small but nice looking off-white foamy cap.

S - Apple pie, cinnamon stick. Applesauce and mulled hot cider with lots of spice. I'm quite impressed!

T - Lots of cinnamon and cardamom. Very autumnal and festive. Sweet almost to the point of cloying, but a hint of grassy hops helps keep it fresh.

M - Chewy and medium bodied. Sugary. Feigns at dryness before resuming a sugary feel at the end.

Apple pie in a glass. Who doesn't love a good apple pie?

12-01-2012 18:06:05 | More by pmcadamis
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Shipyard Applehead from Shipyard Brewing Co.
72 out of 100 based on 371 ratings.