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Shipyard Applehead - Shipyard Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 383
Reviews: 97
rAvg: 3.11
pDev: 22.51%
Wants: 8
Gots: 28 | 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:
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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3/5  rDev -3.5%

BeerMeBrah, Feb 25, 2012
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3/5  rDev -3.5%

SHCC, Feb 25, 2012
Photo of jlindros
2.9/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had on tap at the Sea Dog pub in Northborough, MA.

Clear pale golden delicious apple colored, very small fizzy head as the beer is filled to the brim.

Nose has apple fruit, like apple pie, sweet apple filling and cinnamon, light bready crusty malt, bit sweet sugary, not much actual beer aroma underneath.

Taste starts with cinnamon galore but that could be because they put sugar and cinnamon on the rim even though I specifically asked not to. Then fruity apple, like apple juice and pie filling, other pie or potpourri spices, candy, sugar, sweet flavors, hint of bready malt is the only thing that lets you know this is actually a beer. A slight yeast flavor comes through. The finish gets a slight bitter hop flavor, hard to tell what hop as the sweetness and apple flavors really linger as well as the cinnamon, with a sticky mouth.

Mouth is med to lighter bodied, decent carb, sticky.

Overall pretty much a ladies beer (no offense to the real beer drinking women), barely any actual beer in there just apple juice, cinnamon, and sugar, giving a bit of an apple pie

jlindros, Feb 24, 2012
Photo of Hoppaholic
4/5  rDev +28.6%

Hoppaholic, Feb 22, 2012
Photo of bronzebuddha
3/5  rDev -3.5%

bronzebuddha, Feb 20, 2012
Photo of Cluker
2/5  rDev -35.7%

Cluker, Feb 19, 2012
Photo of Zorro
3.45/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clear amber colored ale with a small white colored head.

Smell is sweet and a dead ringer for apple pie. No hops detected, just apple, cinnamon, and pie crust.

Starts out mildly sweet. The taste is exactly apple pie. Not as sweet as apple pie other than that it's apple pie in a glass.

Mouthfeel is light.

Overall this is an interesting novelty beer. This would of course be the perfect beer for apple pie.

Zorro, Feb 19, 2012
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3/5  rDev -3.5%

bootsandbeer, Feb 15, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +12.5%

SmokeyJoesCafe, Feb 14, 2012
Photo of uconn126
5/5  rDev +60.8%

uconn126, Feb 11, 2012
Photo of mactrail
3.85/5  rDev +23.8%
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.

mactrail, Feb 10, 2012
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.

Heatwave33, Feb 10, 2012
Photo of Bito401
3/5  rDev -3.5%

Bito401, Feb 10, 2012
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.98/5  rDev +28%
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.

ChainGangGuy, Feb 10, 2012
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3/5  rDev -3.5%

bigfnjoe, Feb 09, 2012
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.

Kegatron, Feb 09, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -19.6%

JAHMUR, Feb 08, 2012
Photo of Brad007
3.78/5  rDev +21.5%
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.

Brad007, Feb 08, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +12.5%

nickbarry, Feb 07, 2012
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4/5  rDev +28.6%

speracado, Feb 05, 2012
Photo of Griffith
4/5  rDev +28.6%

Griffith, Feb 05, 2012
Photo of rjplumer
4.05/5  rDev +30.2%
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.

rjplumer, Feb 05, 2012
Photo of MoreThanWine
3.03/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a 1.5" champagne colored head of fine velvet, but within a couple minutes had completely dissipated. The body is a clear straw yellow, looks pretty much like BMC except more effervescent. The smell is essentially a mild apple cider juice. Taste is interesting. Yes it does have apple but more along the mostly dry alcoholic apple cider lines, and there's some spicing I think is nutmeg. More of a cider than a beer though. And the body is very light, but the apple and spice in the finish give it a pretty long finish. Anyway, not a star, but easily drinkable.

MoreThanWine, Feb 05, 2012
Photo of teromous
2.23/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A: The beer is a pale yellow, nearing an orange hue. The head is thin and white, which fades fast. No lacing.

S: There's no real scent. The only thing I pick up, is a faint cinnamon scent.

T: I get a lot of cinnamon flavor. I pick up a little bit of the apple flavor. It tastes like a highly spiced watered down cider. The aftertaste has an apple-chip flavor. It's not too bad, but it is below average for any kind of pale wheat ale. Even for an unclassified beer, it just doesn't have enough flavor.

M: Well the style says it's a pale wheat ale, but it doesn't have the pleasant wheat mouthfeel that normally is there. It is under-carbonated both in the mouth and visible in the glass.

O: I'm pretty disappointed with this beer. The flavor is nearly there, but everything else is just off. The worst part of it, is that I love cider...and I've had tons of ciders that have better body than this beer :(

teromous, Feb 04, 2012
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4/5  rDev +28.6%

rsant, Feb 02, 2012
Shipyard Applehead from Shipyard Brewing Co.
72 out of 100 based on 383 ratings.