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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 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 TheSixthRing
3.33/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

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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 rarbring
3.23/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

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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 Danny1217
3.5/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a transparent orange with a medium sized white head that dissipates fairly quickly. Smells of cinnamon, nutmeg, and apple. Like an apple pie, really. Tastes similar. Apple is at the forefront. A bit of a sweet cinnamon and nutmeg taste as well. The wheat comes out almost like the pie crust. Should have just called this "apple pie beer". Feels somewhat thin with a lot of carbonation.

Apple pie isn't my favorite pie flavor, but it still makes for a decent beer. Really, this beer is almost like a cider in a lot of ways. Might try it again some time when the mood strikes.

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Photo of jzeilinger
3.11/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Pours a bright medium gold color, probably better described as the color of apple juice, a nice white fluffy head, and tons of carbonation.

S - Crackery malt, wheat, apples, cinnamon and nutmeg. This smells like something I'd rather have in the Fall.

T - Hits everything the nose did: cinnamon, apples, nutmeg, wheat, crisp malt and is pretty much applie pie in a glass. The aftertaste leaves a somewhat cloying cinnamon spice aftertaste that tastes artifical.

M - Light medium body, crisp, and the carbonation is a little sharp.

O - Doesn't taste like beer which would be good for those who like sweeter, lighter, and crisper beers. I do like how crisp it is but the artificial flavoring was too much, maybe dial it down and make it more subtle and infuse a little bitterness so the sugary sweetness isn't the dominating sensation. I'm not the appropriate audience for this product and as creative as it is, I had to dump it and scrub my palette.

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Photo of Onenote81
3/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a clear orange with no head at all. Nose is full of cinnamon and apples. It’s like apple pie in a glass. Crisp clean mouthfeel. Lots of spice up front - nutmeg, cinnamon, etc. Mildly tart apple on the finish. Not a bad dessert beer here, but not the best Apple Ale out there. I wouldn’t turn it down though.

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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 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 bark
2.45/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

The colour is gold (8 EBC), the liquid is cleat. The beer pours with a fizzing sound, building a two finger off-white head that slowly sinks to nothing, leaving no lacing.

The smell got some wheat sour notes, but it is dominated by the cinnamon flavours. Some red apples makes me think of apple pies.

The taste is dominated by the cinnamon. Hints of red apples, wheat flour and some artificial fruit flavours. The aftertaste brings even more of cinnamon, but also a touch of clean bitterness. The finish got some ripe apples, a mild sweetness and a somewhat metallic bitter hint.

The carbonation is strong yet short, the bubbles small. The liquid is dry and semi-smoot.

To me, this is a very odd beer. I guess that you have to be raised with this apple pie flavours to really appreciate it.

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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 Evil_Pidde
3.53/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: A lot darker pour than others I've had earlier in this style; amber. With a really larger white light but still compact head. Nice lacings.

S: Cinnamon and green apples up front, actually smells just like homemade applepie. Some mellow wheat in the back. A hint of nutmeg in the back.

T: Follows the nose, but with a little more wheat beer feel. Some ginger is also noticable.

M: Medium long aftertaste, bitterness besides the spices. Body is smooth and light while carbonation is mild.

O: Quite interesting, but not that great.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.48/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: two finger frothy head with some retention on a clear golden amber body.

S: apple cinnamon with some orange and wheat notes.

T: more cinnamon apple in the flavor throughout with intermixed wheat and a toasted malts.

M: light body and high carbonation. semi dry finish but still somewhat refreshing.

Overall: The apple is nicely applied and not too sweet. Not a regular beer to have often but I was expecting worse.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.05/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Best before 9/2012.

Pours a slightly hazy honey orange with a 1 inch foamy orange-white head that settles to an oily film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is somewhat like one of those apple flavored snack pies. Taste is of watery apple cider mixed with some overbearing cinnamon/clove spice flavors. There is a slightly bitter spice finish with each sip. This beer has a pretty good level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a middle of the road fruit flavored beer that is better than Pumpkinhead but not something I would to get again.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.12/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

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Photo of Dodo2step
3.27/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5


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.

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Photo of GeneralZod
2.56/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

It has a light yellow color that is transparent.
The head retains quite well.

It smells sweet, light malt and heavy on the cinnamon. Kinda reminds me of the cereal Apple Jacks. Except Apple Jacks smells better.

It is sweet and malty. Not very good, but not terrible either.

For a wheat ale, it is very watered down, but does have good carbonation and is slightly coarsed.

I do not like it. It was a great effort, but it simply does not taste good. Their Pumpkinhead is much better.

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Photo of jdhilt
2.42/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a one finger white head that vanishes quickly to a ring leaving no lace. Chrystal clear light amber color. Light carbonation and light-medium bodied. Strong spicy apple cider nose, flavor is similar - cinnamon apple cider and sweet. Checked the label to make sure I bought beer - says its an ale. Would make a good lawn mower beverage and not much else. $1.75 for a 12oz bottle from Bert’s Better Beers Hooksett, NH.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.77/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a conical Guinness pint in me gaff in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are very low; it sounds disgusting. Acquired at a local Trader Joe's.

Served refrigerator cold and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a three finger head of fair cream, decent thickness, and good retention - though the ABV is low. Colour is a transparent bright copper-gold. No yeast particles are visible.

Sm: Cinnamon and apple. Spicy. A bit like apple pie. Clove. A pleasant, unique aroma - but one that warns of artificial syrup. A strong aroma. No yeast.

T: Overly cinnamony, with some apple. Some spice - clove. Not the artifical syrup I feared. Sugary. The cinnamon is way overdone. Tastes like a cheap apple pie. No real layering. Not as bad as I feared. Neither complex nor subtle, but unique. Clean malts. I like it for what it is, but it ventures towards cider territory. How is this in any way a wheat ale?

Mf: Crisp. Smooth and wet. Tingly and coarse to a degree from the sugar cinnamon overload. Adequately carbonated. Too smooth on the finish.

Dr: Drinkable but the cinnamon appeal quickly fades, leaving a somewhat obnoxiously spicy beer. I wouldn't get this again, nor would I recommend it to friends. A decent beer for the price, but largely forgettable elsewise. It's unique, which makes it worth trying.

Trader Joe's offers better beers (Trader Joe's Vintage comes to mind).

A poor candidate for aging.

High C-

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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 Nerudamann
3.32/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Look – light golden color, clear, with good carbonation and about half a finger’s worth of foam that dissipates quickly.

Smell – due to the apples, it smells a lot like a cider, and perhaps it’s considered one? It smells like a spice ale otherwise.

Taste – much like the smell, it smells like a blend between an apple cider and a spiced apple ale. The spices are stronger than anything else.

Mouthfeel – pretty well balanced, but it does lean on the watery side.

Overall – not a bad-tasting brew…interesting, but not terribly appealing on a long term scale.

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Photo of MrHurmateeowish
3.42/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle purchased at Market Basket in Somersworth. Pours a hazy golden with less than a half inch of off-white head. Apple dominates the aroma. Sweet and sour apple dominate the flavor too, as expected, with spice notes as well. Medium-bodied with moderate carbonation. Sweet and pleasant, thus rather drinkable. A bit of a one note beer (which the name would suggest), but not bad overall.

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Photo of CuteZombieDoll
3.12/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Golden orange, same color as a hard cider

S- A strong cinnamon and hop aroma, not much of an apple smell

T- Initially a very strong cinnamon flavor followed by the (very) light taste of apple. I didn't taste any hops and hardly any malt. It's like a spiced, weak hard cider.

M- Kinda watery and highly carbonated.

O- Disappointing. Honestly, I got this since the liquor store was closing and I was curious. I was kinda hoping that this beer would have a light apple and cinnamon flavor with that lovely wheat element. The beer and apple aspect gets completely lost among the spices. It didn't taste offensive, but not one I will be buying again.

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Photo of thekevlarkid
3.38/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Out of a bottle this beer was a perfectly clear, golden color with one finger of slightly lemon-tinted head. The retention was good and it left lacing in spots of the sliding collar. The aroma was of apples, crystal malt, cookie dough and a hint of cinnamon. The flavors were indeed full of apples and cinnamon up front followed by a sweet malt center, some graininess from the wheat and then a finish where the cinnamon came back and seemed to linger. The whole experience was strangely like a cross between Apple Cinnamon Cheerios and beer. Curious. The mouthfeel was creamy, the body medium and the carbonation appropriate. An interesting fall beer but really more like a cider. Or a bowl of cereal.

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