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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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Photo of Brenden


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
Photo of illpass78


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
Photo of 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
Photo of JD_Lombardi


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
Photo of tone77


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
Photo of BierJager89


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
Photo of MarkQ617


2.79/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

This is my second beer by these guys. Kind of a cool idea as a follow-up to pumpkin head. Doesn't really work as well though. The apple flavor isn't very strong, which is probably a good thing, if you wanted that you could just go get a hard cider somewhere I suppose. Lighter copper color, apple aroma. Not for me.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2013 01:14:50 | More by MarkQ617
Photo of Treyliff

West Virginia

2.73/5  rDev -12.8%
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

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2013 01:07:02 | More by Treyliff
Photo of jtaylor


4.16/5  rDev +32.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2013 00:04:47 | More by jtaylor
Photo of curasowa

New York

3.25/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Clear, golden yellow color with a thin cap of head that fades quickly to a ring.

Aroma: Apples, cinnamon and clove; basically apple pie.

Taste: Crisp and tart up front, very cider-like. The spices shows up more on the back end leading to a fast and clean finish.

The Rest: Not bad, basically a spiced cider. I could see drinking a few on a nice, fall day.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2013 20:40:23 | More by curasowa
Photo of guardian55309


2.19/5  rDev -30%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2.25

its called applehead where is the apple nonexsistent instead we get horrible spice taste in a waterey beer wanted more. first beer from this brewery may never buy there products again.trying to get this to 250 charcters but cant say much didnt like this and will never buy it again app okay smell taste mouthfeel all poor

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2013 03:58:31 | More by guardian55309
Photo of RHWeir


1.74/5  rDev -44.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 2

It has the consistency of club soda and the stuff is fizzy. It has the taste of club soda with a few crumbs of apple pie. Overall, it comes across with a weaker apple but stronger cinnamon taste. It is hard to fathom why this ale was produced. Personally, I would rather have a nice slice of home made apple pie for dessert and wash it down with a European style pilsner.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2013 22:47:35 | More by RHWeir
Photo of 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
Photo of SPThirtyThree


3.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

An apple-cinnamon wheat? Not sure what to expect. Here goes...

A: Pours a crystal-clear, light orange with a half-finger of white head.

S: Cinnamon up front, with apple and wheat backing. Smells like a cinnamon apfelwine, with a subtle toasted malt. Loads of plum and raisin, but overall too much spice.

T: Dry, crisp, and it tastes like apple jacks cereal. Slightly sweet. Finishes with a hint of flowery hops.

M: Dry, crisp, with a medium body.

Overall, this beer's just okay. If you love wheat beers and spiced beers, this is right up your alley. The spice smell is a little unbalanced, and the flavor is mostly wheat, with just a hint of fruit.

Personally, I like apple-cinn things to be sweet, and just as Applejacks (cereal) isn't quite sweet enough to satisfy, I get the same overall feel from Applehead. Not that I would want this beer to be overly sweet, but the flavor is just underwhelming.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2013 01:30:29 | More by SPThirtyThree
Photo of SSSBR1509


3.66/5  rDev +16.9%
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

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2013 23:44:03 | More by SSSBR1509
Photo of angusdegraosta

New York

3.41/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The head fizzes out quick, but the smell has plenty of the cinnamon and nutmeg spice in it. Tastes like a dry apple pie, which is actually a good thing: too much sweetness would make it like a wine cooler. As it is, Applehead is actually a great alternative to an overly sweet wine cooler. The balance of apple and spice is excellent. There isn't much malt presence and the mouthfeel is predominately carbonation. What makes it fine are the apple flavor together with the cinnamon. There is only a slight hint of nutmeg, which is good. I recommend this on a warm day, maybe for a barbecue, as a nice quencher.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2013 05:03:27 | More by angusdegraosta
Photo of Evansbeer


3.71/5  rDev +18.5%
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

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2013 15:12:28 | More by Evansbeer
Photo of pmcadamis


3.58/5  rDev +14.4%
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?

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2012 18:06:05 | More by pmcadamis
Photo of Boto


3.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz. bottle: This one pours a hazy, darker golden color. There was a small white head on it that didn’t linger long. Spice is the main component of the aroma, almost a cross between apple and pumpkin pie. Some wheat notes also. The taste is different. Definitely a taste of crisp apples. A bit of wheat and cinnamon. It’s not bad, I’m just not sure I could drink too many of these.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2012 21:03:38 | More by Boto
Photo of draiiinage


3.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

12oz bottle ($1.50) poured into a tulip

A: Somewhat cloudy light golden hue, light bubbles. Little to no head, no lace.

S: Light malt with some spice upfront, not very complex. Only a hint of apple.

T: Tartness with a crisp background typical of lagers. Apple mostly on the back and aftertaste. Mildly sour aftertaste.

M: Thin, tart, crisp. Moderate carbonation.

O: Light beer with tart apple flavors. Interesting concept and worth trying once - just not something I would drink on a regular basis.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2012 02:13:14 | More by draiiinage
Photo of vfgccp

New York

3.85/5  rDev +23%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2012 22:48:16 | More by vfgccp
Photo of Brent


4/5  rDev +27.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2012 20:03:34 | More by Brent
Photo of TheSixthRing


3.3/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2012 01:23:39 | More by TheSixthRing
Photo of Cavanaghty


3.8/5  rDev +21.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2012 23:34:43 | More by Cavanaghty
Photo of rarbring


3.25/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A clear bronze colored brew, a pale white head that settles with little lacing. Some curtains.

Smelling cinnamon and apple sponge cake. Period.

Starting sweet, crunchy apple roasted cereal, apple juice and peel.

Medium carbonation, rather watery, a small body and a sour dry finish.

It sure is apple infused, with some cinnamon vibes. Better than apple soda, but not really comparable to a good cider.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2012 21:26:05 | More by rarbring
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Shipyard Applehead from Shipyard Brewing Co.
73 out of 100 based on 342 ratings.