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Shipyard Applehead - Shipyard Brewing Co.

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72
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388 Ratings
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Ratings: 388
Reviews: 98
rAvg: 3.1
pDev: 22.58%
Wants: 9
Gots: 31 | 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 Proteus93:
Photo of Proteus93
3.55/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This didn't seem like something that would really be my style, but I was intrigued and bought it anyways... weird!

A: The appearance reminds me of apple juice, and I suppose part of that is a mental thing. It's a slightly deeper amber hue, but very crisp and clear and topped with the thinnest white lace

S + T: A smell not unlike an apple pie coming out of the oven. I could have maybe done with just a little less cinnamon spice, but that's a personal preference more than anything. Flavor highlights a little more apple and soft malts. It's got some qualities not unlike an apple cider, but is still clearly a beer.

M + D: I suppose it would make sense that it would be a refreshing beer, and that's certainly the case. Some of the food pairings suggested make it seem like a good beer for the season, but I really think this would be far more appropriate in warmer weather... maybe the end of summer, rolling into fall, while apples are coming into season. Nonetheless, a pretty decent beer, and worth at least a try!

More User Reviews:
Photo of Zakk
3.75/5  rDev +21%

Photo of lordofthewiens
2.65/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

Photo of Doomcifer
1.5/5  rDev -51.6%

Photo of tigg924
3.15/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of aquazr1
2.5/5  rDev -19.4%

Photo of olradetbalder
2.25/5  rDev -27.4%

Photo of jisak74
4/5  rDev +29%

Photo of chudson1992
3.5/5  rDev +12.9%

Photo of Cavanaghty
3.8/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of standardcherry
2.75/5  rDev -11.3%

Photo of NilocRellim
3/5  rDev -3.2%

Photo of Hairrrrrrrr
3/5  rDev -3.2%

Photo of briandaube
3.25/5  rDev +4.8%

Photo of ryser2k
2.5/5  rDev -19.4%

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.04/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of Dfox09
3.75/5  rDev +21%

Photo of tugg407
3/5  rDev -3.2%

Photo of johnyb
3/5  rDev -3.2%

Photo of acurtis
2.25/5  rDev -27.4%

Photo of Brenden
3.29/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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.

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.3/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of Griffith
4/5  rDev +29%

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3/5  rDev -3.2%

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3.5/5  rDev +12.9%

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Shipyard Applehead from Shipyard Brewing Co.
72 out of 100 based on 388 ratings.