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Shipyard Applehead - Shipyard Brewing Co.

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342 Ratings
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Ratings: 342
Reviews: 94
rAvg: 3.13
pDev: 22.36%


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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WesWes

New York

3.51/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a golden color with a 1/2" fizzy white head that quickly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a sweet, apple pie aroma that boasts of pale malts and a good deal of apple character. The taste is average. It has a light, pale and wheat malt flavor along with a somewhat artificial apple pie taste. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate/good carbonation. This is an interesting beer that's worthy as a rotating seasonal.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2013 01:35:02 | More by WesWes
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AMCimpi

New York

3/5  rDev -4.2%

04-17-2014 17:17:10 | More by AMCimpi
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rmargeson

New York

3/5  rDev -4.2%

04-09-2014 23:57:15 | More by rmargeson
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Gator_Nation

Florida

3.5/5  rDev +11.8%

04-09-2014 02:17:55 | More by Gator_Nation
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Brenden

Ohio

3.29/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2014 20:05:46 | More by Brenden
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Shakydog68

New York

3.25/5  rDev +3.8%

04-07-2014 02:27:55 | More by Shakydog68
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David19457

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev +11.8%

04-05-2014 02:09:19 | More by David19457
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Dirk_Chappelle

New Hampshire

3.75/5  rDev +19.8%

04-05-2014 00:37:43 | More by Dirk_Chappelle
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hmmmbeer10

Florida

3/5  rDev -4.2%

04-03-2014 20:23:09 | More by hmmmbeer10
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Fettpopps

Massachusetts

1/5  rDev -68.1%

03-26-2014 01:24:38 | More by Fettpopps
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bakerbill

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -4.2%

03-18-2014 13:07:32 | More by bakerbill
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dbrauneis

North Carolina

2.75/5  rDev -12.1%

03-15-2014 19:31:17 | More by dbrauneis
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illpass78

Maine

3.16/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Had a pint on tap at Jetty in Long Beach, N.Y.

Appearance: Pours a clear golden yellow with no head whatsoever. Looks somewhat cider-like.

Aroma: Apples, in your face. This beer's aromas are dominated by apples, unsurprisingly; it's kind of an apple-juice-like smell, though slightly less sweet. The ad copy for this beer says it has wheat malt, but it's not really present in the nose.

Taste: It's not bad; it's tart, rather than sweet, which is good, because a sweet apple beer would be a hard sell. It tastes kind of like a blend of apple juice and very light ale. Alcohol and hops are nonexistent, as is this supposed wheat.

Mouthfeel: It's pretty watery, but it's probably supposed to be.

Overall: I had this with an arepa and yucca fries and it was a decent complement to the meal. It's kind of an odd seasonal beer though; it doesn't seem to fit squarely into any one season. My thing with fruit beers is that I rarely get then urge to have them more than once. I don't want to disregard them all as "gimmicky," but at the same time, the big draw is a "What will this taste like?" curiosity. This one fits that profile. It's a fun change of pace, but it's mostly just so-so.

Serving type: on-tap

03-07-2014 13:38:57 | More by illpass78
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Vinylboy20

New York

2.48/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Like a bunch of seltzer water with some apple juice in it, plus a bunch of cinnamon. Weak. Not a lot going on here. Nice smell. But if I really wanted a hard cider, I probably should've just got a hard cider. Not as good as their pumpkin ale. Have yet to be wowed by a Shipyard.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2014 01:27:20 | More by Vinylboy20
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starshockey9

New Jersey

2.5/5  rDev -20.1%

03-03-2014 04:07:58 | More by starshockey9
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dpgoblejr

New Hampshire

3.25/5  rDev +3.8%

02-23-2014 15:24:55 | More by dpgoblejr
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JD_Lombardi

Pennsylvania

2.86/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Shipyard does many other delicious beers, but they should leave the apple-centric to others who do it better. Oddly, this was dry enough to somewhat remind me of a white wine...and I don't usually go around thinking wine and beer taste the same.

Apple is the background flavor while cinnamon is heavy-handedly up front.

What makes this even more disappointing was that Shipyard released it as a winter seasonal...there is nothing winter about this and that distinction could have been used on something far more interesting.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2014 02:31:48 | More by JD_Lombardi
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aquazr1

California

2.5/5  rDev -20.1%

02-09-2014 00:53:06 | More by aquazr1
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tone77

Pennsylvania

3.49/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle/ Has a golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of cinnamon and apples. Taste is strong of cinnamon, maybe a little to much, some apples, easy drinking. Feels light in the mouth and although I would not want this on a regular basis, it makes for an interesting change of pace.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2014 22:43:39 | More by tone77
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BierJager89

California

4.05/5  rDev +29.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Opaque golden with a thin white head.

S: Apples, orange, cinnamon and cardamom in the nose.

T: Apple, malt, orange and oddly enough, pie crust.

M: Medium bodied and smoothish.

O: Recommended if you like fruit beers. I certainly do enjoy the addition of fruit. To hell with the Reinheitsgebot. Definitely worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2014 07:49:46 | More by BierJager89
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jaydoc

Kansas

3/5  rDev -4.2%

01-05-2014 17:32:16 | More by jaydoc
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DPB2262

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev +19.8%

12-29-2013 02:11:28 | More by DPB2262
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FrankShirley

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +27.8%

12-23-2013 13:57:40 | More by FrankShirley
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666_MPH

Massachusetts

2/5  rDev -36.1%

12-21-2013 00:53:21 | More by 666_MPH
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BodiesLexus

New York

3.5/5  rDev +11.8%

12-19-2013 04:00:47 | More by BodiesLexus
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Shipyard Applehead from Shipyard Brewing Co.
73 out of 100 based on 342 ratings.