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Shipyard Applehead - Shipyard Brewing Co.

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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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Reviews by deltatauhobbit:
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deltatauhobbit

Maine

2.73/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clear light golden color, not much of a head, no lacing

Smell has a good amount of various spices, cinnamon, nutmeg, even a bit of allspice, any apple aromas are certainly lost behind the parade of spice.

Taste comes and goes quickly, the spicing slaps your tongue only to run away immediately, thin body, carbonation is crisp and refreshing.

Instantly forgettable, surprisingly Pumpkinhead blows this once out of the water, which is saying something.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2012 01:54:09 | More by deltatauhobbit
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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.