Shipyard Applehead - Shipyard Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 399
Reviews: 102
rAvg: 3.11
pDev: 22.19%
Wants: 8
Gots: 42 | 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:
Beer added by: stonermouse on 12-10-2011

Shipyard Applehead is a crisp, refreshing wheat ale with a delightful apple aroma and subtle cinnamon flavor.
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Reviews by rjplumer:
Photo of rjplumer
4.06/5  rDev +30.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Apple and cinnamon aroma right off the bat. Clear solid amber color with a one finger head than goes down fast. The apple and cinnamon are not surprisingly in the flavor too though not overwhelmingly. Faint sourness in the middle which then trails off to a clean finish. High carbonation gives it a refreshing mouth feel. Worth a try.

More User Reviews:
Photo of lordofthewiens
2.68/5  rDev -13.8%
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 tigg924
3.18/5  rDev +2.3%
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 Cavanaghty
3.79/5  rDev +21.9%
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 WVbeergeek
3.05/5  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 Brenden
3.3/5  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
3.33/5  rDev +7.1%
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 pmcadamis
3.6/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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?

Photo of Heatwave33
4/5  rDev +28.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle to a Cigar City Snifter.

Color: A golden yellow which almost looks like apple juice. With a white head that did not last long at all.

Smell: Cinnamon up front followed by apples then some malts on the end.

Taste: Same as the aroma.

Mouthfeel: Great carbonation, smooth with a light dry finish.

Overall: Reminds me a little bit of a white wine. This brew is like an apple pie with a lot of carbonation and malt. I enjoyed it but could not drink more than one at a time. Bought a six pack for the wife. She enjoyed it as well. Cheers.

Photo of ordybill
2.78/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass.
Aroma- Fantastic aroma of apples, can't wait to taste
Appearance- Looks like a mix between apple juice and a lager. Has a small white head.
Taste- Completely disappointing. I actually feel cheated when I compare the aroma to the taste. You can taste cinnamon and maybe a hint of apple, but the beer flavor doesn't appeal to me.
Palate- This is a light bodied beer with moderate carbonation. The finish is dry and crisp.
Overall - This does not even compare to Shipyard's Pumpkin brew. I would not try this again nor recommend it to anyone unless they want to experiment with flavors

Photo of Kegatron
3.13/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a crystal clear gold, with a solid finger of foamy bright-white head. This retains with a thin frothiness which leaves back a robust enough looking cascade of spotty lace. The aroma smells like straight up apple juice, backed by doughy sugars and some light spice notes, like nutmeg or cinnamon. Maybe a touch of butter along the back as well. Nothing too complex overall.

The taste is more of the same, with juicy apple flavor, doughy grains, and spices, which are undercut by crisp citric hops down the middle of the profile. The finish is dry with the leftover flavors of Ringwood yeast, mainly fruit and butter, hanging on the palate. The mouthfeel is lighter-medium bodied and crisp feeling up front before getting much creamier along the back. This is very silky feeling overall in the mouth and suites these flavors well.

This was decent for what it is. My only real complaint is that the yeast gets to be a bit too intrusive in the taste at times (shocking, I know). This isn’t bad or anything but it’s probably not something that I’d be buying a whole six-pack of either.

Photo of KTCamm
3.56/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Got a single as part of a six-mix - glad to do so because a full set of six would be a lot to drink of this.

Pours light copper with fizzy white foam. Little lacing, and very little remains. Apple pie smell - apples, maple, brown sugar. Smooth taste - some tart open and then a sweet apple close. Cinammon in a big way. The spices really dominate the apples. Over time, the mouth gets weary.

The finish is in the spices and the apple pie. Its interesting - as if they took the pumpkinhead recipe and replaced the pumpkins with apples.

The less one drinks of this, the more they will like it. 12 oz was too much.

Photo of Treyliff
2.76/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

A- pours a clear golden-yellow color with a small fizzy white head, good retention after the pour

S- it smells like apple cider with a lot of cinnamon notes added, also picking up some funky sulphur aromas

T- seltzer water mixed with cinnamon powder, there is a touch of baked apple flavor that at least gives it some natural flavor, not picking up any beer flavors though

M- light-medium body with low carbonation, sweet, yet moderately dry finish

O- not a fan of this one. I'm all for fruit beers, but they should at least have some beer elements to them

Photo of tone77
3.53/5  rDev +13.5%
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.

Photo of puboflyons
3.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From the 12 oz. bottle dated Oct 12. Sampled on March 22, 2012. It pours golden yellow about the color of apple juice. The fizzy head erupts quickly and then diminishes. The aroma is really overwhelmed by apple crisp and cinnamon but at the same time there is a clean hoppiness in the rear. The body is about medium yet creamy and smooth. The taste is quite appled up with a semi-tart ending that rescues it a little. Too much apple for my liking but well-crafted nonetheless.

Photo of beerthulhu
3.12/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Apple-cider coloring has a neat clarity and a light spacious rise of effervesce. A dirty white frothy head is weak on the hold turning to a washy covering rather quickly. Minimum lacing.

S: Cinnamon toast with nutmeg and sugar and some warm apple pie filling best describes the aroma. Sweet and cloying, apple brown betties has a nice level of aromatic awareness smelling like a pumpkin pie spiced beer.

T: The flavor was sweet apple cinnamon toast, ginger, honey glaze and saffron. Very cloying as with the nose with a toasty sweet malt and a tart green apple finish.

M: Light to medium body, some syrupiness, flat carbonation and very sweet and spicy on the hold.

O: Overall an American pale wheat that drinks like a pale pumpkin. Very sweet and cloying as to limit repeats. All around average.

Photo of Beejay
3.16/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: A golden amber color, much like the color of apple juice. Crystal clear with a nice, slightly not white head on top.

S: Cinnamon is the first thing that comes out. Cinnamon and nutmeg are really powerful in the smell. Behind the spices there is an apple cider smell, as well as a touch of toasty flavors. It smells a lot like one of those Christmas stores that stays open year round, and you are left to constantly wonder why the fuck anyone wants to buy cinnamon candles, nativity scenes, and snowy covered miniature towns in the middle of August.

T: Apple, bread, and cinnamon hit first. It tastes like a cold version of baked cinnamon apples. The middle has some bready notes, and the finish has a slight tart apple juice finish.

M: Light on the palate, crisp, and lots of carbonation.

O: Overall I don't think this is a bad beer, sure it may be a bit gimmicky, and over the top with spice, but I don't particularly mind it. It would be interesting as a theme beer, or perhaps to cook with. Unfortunately I don't see buying this beer regularly, more of an 'entertainment value' type of beer.

Photo of Dodo2step
3.27/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

P- AOH

A-clear crisplight amber/goldenrod color. Minimal head and no lacing.

S- hints of apple, wood and strong in the malt area.

T- Strong in the front with apple spice. mixed with malts it doesnt complement each other too good. Its like biting into an apple air freshner.

M- sour and light bodied. Feel leaves more to be desired and less of the apple dominance.

O-After a few gulps it actually gets better but the dominance of the apple spice overrides the beer flavor.

Photo of jsanford
1.88/5  rDev -39.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

12oz bottle poured into a Pint Glass. Clearly I'm a glutton for punishment.

A - Pours a clear, light gold with a creamy white head that settles to a decent haze.
S - Apples, cinnamon, and a touch of malt. This smells like applesauce, or perhaps a McDonalds Apple Pie. Not offensive, but definitely artificial smelling.
T - Pretty much what you'd expect from a Shipyard apple beer ; buttery diacetyl, watery grain bill, artificial apple flavoring, and dusty cinnamon & nutmeg. Not as retch-inducing as Pumpkinhead, but still pretty foul.
M - Light and watery, with a thin body and moderate carbonation.
O - Why do I keep doing this to myself? I've not yet had an enjoyable Shipyard brew, I dunno why I though a slapped-together *apple beer* would be any different. Avoid, unless you actually like Pumpkinhead for some reason.

Photo of Proteus93
3.55/5  rDev +14.1%
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!

Photo of metter98
3.12/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: The beer is crystal clear light yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin yet dense white head that quickly died down and left a thick ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass and some lacing on the surface.
S: There are moderately strong aromas of cinnamon in the nose along with hints of apples.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste has flavors of cinnamon and some sweet apples. It’s similar to a pumpkin beer but with apples instead of pumpkins.
M: It feels rather light-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The beer goes down very easily because it is light-bodied and isn’t too sweet. Maybe it’s a good introductory beer for someone to try instead of hard cider.

Photo of Brent
4/5  rDev +28.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of syrupjoe
3.83/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a crystal clear rich golden color. No particulates. One finger eggshell white head.

Nose gives off metallic lager-y notes that are muted by vanilla, ginger, and cinnamon.

Taste is light, sweet, slightly buttery, and spicy with vanilla, cinnamon, ginger, and cardamom. Light hints of sour green apple. Also get notes of rice and cream. This is an incredibly different beer - slightly comparable to a pumpkin or spiced beer, but ultimately like nothing I've ever had before. Don't get any wheat here.

Moderate to low carbonation with a lightly sweet finish that leaves a bitter spice aftertaste. Moderate to thin mouthfeel.

Overall a very unique beer. Nothing I would drink on a regular basis but a nice compilation of complex flavors that form a rather drinkable brew.

Photo of deltatauhobbit
2.76/5  rDev -11.3%
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.

Photo of barleyroad
1.93/5  rDev -37.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

Appearance is gold with a nice white foam. The smell is strong with apple and cinnamon, leaving out any hints of beer. Taste is very apple pie, reminds us very much of a cider. The feel on the mouth is very good leaving well and holding the flavor while drinking. Overall this is something you need to be in the mood for. If you are looking for Beer, we say skip the Applehead. This is a great holiday brew. A once in a while type drink. Not our thing.

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Shipyard Applehead from Shipyard Brewing Co.
72 out of 100 based on 399 ratings.