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Shipyard Applehead - Shipyard Brewing Co.

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98 Reviews
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Reviews: 98
Hads: 402
Avg: 3.19
pDev: 44.2%
Wants: 8
Gots: 46 | 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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Photo of BeerManDan
4.47/5  rDev +40.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The smell of apples spices could knock your socks off. This was a very pleasant surprise. The taste was exactly what the aroma was. The apple and spices was very evident. There was apples and spices was well balanced. From the first to last sip or gulp showed a soft and mellow feel in the mouth. I ended up buying a case and enjoy every drop with friends.

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Photo of undeadozzy
4.33/5  rDev +35.7%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured from a tap, and has a very generic yellow-gold beer appearance. Some head, some lacing, but nothing really special.

S - Wow! Smells like I just poured myself a bowl of Apple Jacks! This smell is phenomenal, hedonistic really. The cues of apple and cinnamon are so profound I can literally taste them, and the beer hasn't even touched my lips yet, which is a great sign.

T - The taste. Could have more of the Apple Jacks taste, but it tastes very good overall. Beautiful apple and cinnamon clashing with some honey taste, maybe a little bit of bitter hops and a sweet golden malt. Very pleasant, but I really wish it had the wallop that the smell had.

M - Generic. Watery beery feeling, but I wasn't hoping for very much as most beers of this style rely more on taste and flavor than character.

O - A very good beer indeed, the good massively outweighed the bad, and made for one unique and very tasty beverage. The apple beer is a good alternative to the typical hard apple ciders I see popping up everywhere, and wow do they pack a lot more flavor than those ciders do. Definitely a must-try for any fan of hard cider or apple jack cereal, you will not be disappointed.

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Photo of jtaylor
4.16/5  rDev +30.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A great spring ale. Often mistaken for cider, this beer is lightly flavorful, delightfully crisp and tart just like the spring air. The appearance is clear and bright, however the ale leaves very little lacing around the glass. Not for the IPA crowd but a great tasty beer, especially for cider lovers.

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Photo of brstls4drmrs
4.12/5  rDev +29.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks maniacal82 for this one.

A - Pours a transparent blonde, straw-like color with a half inch white head. Good lacing occurrs and forms a perfect ring.

S - Scents of sweet spice like nutmeg and just a splash of clove. Apples and cinnamon in there too mixed with pear. Just a very pleasing scent that I could smell for hours.

T - Crisp, a little yeast with some spice mixed with a granny smith apple. Just without the tart aspect.

M - Feels crisp with medium carbonation and a slightly creamy finish.

O - A very nice brew. Would love a few more of these.

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Photo of rjplumer
4.06/5  rDev +27.3%
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.

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Photo of BierJager89
4.06/5  rDev +27.3%
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.

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Photo of Heatwave33
4/5  rDev +25.4%
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.

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Photo of Brent
4/5  rDev +25.4%
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.

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Photo of facundoCNB
3.97/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - clear golden yellow pour with a nice amount of head

S - sweet apples, cinnamon, yeast.. smells like apple cinnamon oatmeal

T - mostly cinnamon straight up with a nice wheat after taste.. makes it taste like the apple jacks cereal. this is great! apple flavor isn't overwhelming.. realy well balanced

M - crisp yet sweet, dry finish, light bodied, nice and fizzy.

O - this was a great idea for a beer. glad they went through with it. very refreshing and crisp, sweet but not TOO sweet, fruity but not TOO fruity.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.97/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle - $1.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia. Best Enjoyed Before: May 2012.

Appearance: Lightly hazy, dusky yellow in appearance with a slender, rather short-lived, white head.

Smell: Fairly sweetish aroma, lightly tart Red Delicious apples, with a generous blend of cinnamon and sugar and little, trifling hints of toast and bread.

Taste: Sweet, faintly biscuity pale maltiness with a thin, thin toasted edge to it. Sugary apples tossed with powdered cinnamon. Low hop character, bitterness. Flavors converge to form a taste of apple tart, Apple Jacks cereal, or apples & cinnamon oatmeal -- take your pick. Lightly tart, sweetish end.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium-plus carbonation.

Overall: Akin to their Pumpkinhead, as I'm sure anybody could guess (as well as my morningtime oatmeal), though carrying across more of its namesake flavoring. Refreshing and fairly light in alcohol, it delivered what I expected from it.

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Photo of chugalug06
3.93/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Very flat appearance. Awesome clarity. Slight orange in color with subtle red. Boring.

S - Very spicy. Much like apple cider. Could be a sugar bomb...

T/M - Very smooth apple, nothing is overwhelming. Tons of great spice. Cinnamon stands out along with cloves and ginger. Slight over carbonation. No bitterness and perfect sweetness, not strong.

O - Awesome brew! Can't wait for the imperial version, hopefully it comes. Another awesome shipment from Andyavalance, a great brew from a great trader. The GF loved it.

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Photo of jsisko01
3.93/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a clear, golden color with a centimeter thick head that dissipates quickly. The lacing is very nice.

Smell - An overbearing scent of cinnamon at first.. then after a few more whiffs it starts smelling like apple pie.

Taste - Very sweet, cinnamon being the most dominant flavor, along with ginger, nutmeg, and apples.

Mouthfeel - Light body with mild carbonation.

Overall - This was pretty good. Nice to try something different. It's not overly spicy like most similar beers. It kind of reminds me of a more mild winter warmer ale.

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Photo of syrupjoe
3.83/5  rDev +20.1%
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.

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Photo of mactrail
3.83/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Iif you like drinking your apple pie, this is the way to do it. Warm flavors, a faint hint of malt, and a pleasant tart apple taste. Golden amber in the tulip with some suds on top and along the glass. A slight bitter aftertaste so there must be some hops. Tastes more like the bitterness of cider apples along with the touch of acidity. Nice fruit aroma with a little too much spice.

It does have a nice pie crusty flavor. You can just taste the part of the crust where the juice gets baked on. What you can do with cinnamon! But at least it's not the overkill of a lot of holiday spiced ales. The apple flavor is quite decent as well.

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Photo of Brad007
3.82/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden color with a one-finger head into my glass. Resembles cider to an extent.

Hot apple pie in the nose. I kind of expected it as well. Not much of the wheat but it works as a base.

Ditto on the taste. Apple pie all the way. One of the things that I love most about apple pies are the crusts. Like Pumpkinhead, I can detect the crust. The spices are spot on too.

Lingering apple pie crust and perhaps cinnamon? Either way, it's a decent footprint.

A good beer only if you like something that doesn't even resemble beer. It's not a malt beverage but you can't taste anything other than the apple pie. Worth a try at the very least.

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Photo of vfgccp
3.82/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Nice, crystal clear, medium gold body. Thin white head with low retention and poor lace, but surprisingly lively carbonation in the glass.

S - Interesting. Soft floral cinnamon, a touch of nutmeg, and a light bready sweetness.

T - Bright carbonation, crisp acidity, and a sweet breadiness support a center of Macintosh apples and cinnamon. Apple Jacks cereal finish.

M - Great carbonation adds a lot to the medium/light frame.

O - Surprisingly good with great balance across both the flavor profile and mouthfeel. Really nice job for a brew below 5% abv.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.81/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.75

Blueberry earlier, apple now. Why are people concerned about my health? I am getting more than my fair share of fruit!

Another f**king screw-top! I am wasting my mad cap-popping skills on these things. This makes Woody angry, and much like the incredible Hulk, when I get angry, I become even stronger! Inverted pour from a bottle?!? That is indicative of just how angry it made me. The two-plus fingers of ecru foam popped and fizzed like I had poured myself a glass of pop. Color was a deep, golden yellow (SRM = > 5, < 7) with NE-plus quality clarity, allowing me to see into the future. My reverie was interrupted by the Unholy Trio of Mammon, Midas and Croesus, all of whom wanted a taste. I took a deep sniff and the apple odor was so prevalent that I thought of Golden Delicious and when I said this, they ripped the glass from my hands and began chugging it in earnest! Too much gelt for me, so I opened another for myself. Mouthfeel was thin and watery, but the taste was like apple pie! Apples, certainly, but underlain with (at least) cinnamon. Wild and completely unexpected! The finish was dry, mostly because of the spice, but this was a very pleasant drink on a hot summer's day. I would recommend this on a seasonal basis, like right now.

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Photo of Cavanaghty
3.79/5  rDev +18.8%
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.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.77/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a tumbler pint, the beer is a vibrant, crystal clear, golden yellow coloring. On initial pour, there is a low profile, foamy white head, but that disappears very quickly. The nose is reminiscent of fresh baked apple pie, with a heavy dose of cinnamon and a toasty, bready quality. Flavors are heavy on the cinnamon as well, giving the light bodied beer an initial sharpness to it. Apple serves as the backbone, and it tastes like more of the red variety, including Macintosh, Braeburn, and Gala. Very tasty, and the sweetness does a good job avoiding the realm of tart. The spicing and sweetness does shift to a slight syrupy character at the very end of the palate. The aftertaste is toasty, but pastry toasty as opposed to bread toasty, with slight cinnamon spice present. The finish is light and subtle, with a slow regression of flavors. Interesting brew, and more subtle and unique than I initially thought it would be when the beer was announced.

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Photo of Evansbeer
3.76/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

It was a good tasting FLAVORED beer.

It had green apple after tastes as well as notes of ginger and maybe even mint?? Very refreshing, and I would recommend it as a dessert beer.

Mind you, this beer isn't a hard cider, so it isn't super sweet or extremely carbonated, It is a flavored beer. I would buy it again for sure

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Photo of chefhatt
3.7/5  rDev +16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I poured this beer into a pint glass. It has a nice golden color body with a small fizzy head that disappears quickly. The smell is of granny smith apples. The taste is like a apple pie, apple flavor and some cinnamon on the back of the tongue. very easy mouth feel, well carbonated and overall a nice beer.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.69/5  rDev +15.7%

Appearance (3.5) : Pours a decent 1 finger head that quickly evaporates into a foamy ring. Body is like slightly opaque apple juice.

Aroma (3.5) : I smell a bucket of damp, mushy apples, with some of them that have gone bad in the bunch. That's probably the best I can describe it in all honesty. Could be because I just picked our apple trees in the back yard (first frost). Beyond that with more detail, there's some slight tart cinnamon, with some faint corn notes. Bouquet is medium strength.

Taste (3.75) : Tartness hits first with a classic lager taste right after, which fills out the majority of the body. At the tail end there's cinnamon and a slight flavor of candy gummi apple rings. Slight faint sourness on the finish. It's definitely not too sweet. For those who are shy of sweet apple beers, this is not one of them, so you're in the safe zone. Those expecting more sweetness will be disappointed, but in all honesty it's a beer, not juice cocktail.

Mouthfeel (3.25) : Zingy, zippy, carbonated, and crisp. Light bodied. The finish is dry and crisp.

Overall (3.69) : As far as fruit beers go, it's hard to find one that stands up to the definition of "craft". But this beer is pretty decent, and it probably gets a worse rep than it should. Shipyard Applehead is a beer you drink when you are in the mood for a beer, but also apples. This is not cloying or overly sweet, in fact it's more beer than it is apples. However if you want apples, it's there - and it will satisfy your craving for an apple flavored beer. I'd drink it again, I may even consider a six pack on sale. Decent brew. I feel like I've described this beer in the best ability I can. Gonna finish this one on the couch in front of the tube.

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Photo of shand
3.68/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bought this one because I enjoy a good cider. Not expecting much, but it was cheap anyway. Let's give it a shot. 12oz bottle into Sam Adams perfect pint.

Pours a slightly red-tinged golden color with a finger of head that immediately disappears. Huge, visible carbonation. The aroma actually works. Smells like apple pie. Not sure how I feel about drinking twelve ounces of it, but it smells good. You know what? This actually isn't bad at all. Strong cinnamon at first, which gives way to a solid apple taste, and finishes on a sweet candy apple note. Nice cleanliness on the finish. Again, I'm still not so sure on a huge glass, but it doesn't taste bad.

The mouthfeel is nice and light, with a bit of drying on the end. The drinkability does suffer here though, as expected. The first 4.5% alcohol brew that I'd ever call a sipper. I'd take a four or six ounce serving with gusto, but 12 ounces, or (god forbid) a whole pint is just too much. Overall, this is a lot better than I expected though. The concept actually works. Don't expect many "beery" flavors though, but it's surely a lot more complex and enjoyable than a Smirnoff Ice Apple Twist or what have you. Taken on it's own merits, it's a pretty good beer.

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Photo of SSSBR1509
3.67/5  rDev +15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Serving type: Samuel Adams perfect pint glass

Smell: Lots of apple and spice notes with a slight breadyness almost like a pie crust

Mouthfeel: Thin but not too thin very high carbonation making it really refreshing

Taste: There’s no bitterness in this beer, on the forefront of the pallet is the apple and spice notes followed by a almost apple pie crust taste( created by the wormwood yeast that ship yard uses)

Overall: a very refreshing session-able beer. it would pare great with bratwurst defiantly one of my favorite shipyard beers

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Photo of notchucknorris
3.62/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a clear pale golden color with a thin bubbly head. Looks a whole lot like apple cider.

S: Apple pie, spiced apples, cinnamon and pie crust. Not a whole lot of beer here but it's actually pretty nice.

T: Pretty much follows the smell. Tastes like an apple pie. Lots of sweet apple pie filling, spiced apple and cinnamon with some bready yeast and buttery pie crust on the finish. The yeast comes out a bit too much as this warms, but this was actually a pleasant surprise overall.

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Shipyard Applehead from Shipyard Brewing Co.
74 out of 100 based on 98 ratings.