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Shipyard Applehead - Shipyard Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 371
Reviews: 96
rAvg: 3.12
pDev: 22.44%
Wants: 7
Gots: 25 | 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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Rhode Island

3/5  rDev -3.8%

02-10-2012 01:07:19 | More by Bito401
Photo of ChainGangGuy


3.98/5  rDev +27.6%

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.

02-10-2012 00:01:27 | More by ChainGangGuy
Photo of bigfnjoe


3/5  rDev -3.8%

02-09-2012 22:57:34 | More by bigfnjoe
Photo of Kegatron


3.13/5  rDev +0.3%

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.

02-09-2012 20:02:17 | More by Kegatron
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2.5/5  rDev -19.9%

02-08-2012 19:59:27 | More by JAHMUR
Photo of Brad007


3.78/5  rDev +21.2%

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.

02-08-2012 04:23:32 | More by Brad007
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3.5/5  rDev +12.2%

02-07-2012 04:23:48 | More by nickbarry
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4/5  rDev +28.2%

02-05-2012 21:06:40 | More by speracado
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4/5  rDev +28.2%

02-05-2012 18:53:39 | More by Griffith
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Rhode Island

4.05/5  rDev +29.8%

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.

02-05-2012 05:28:13 | More by rjplumer
Photo of MoreThanWine


3.03/5  rDev -2.9%

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.

02-05-2012 02:04:52 | More by MoreThanWine
Photo of teromous


2.23/5  rDev -28.5%

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 :(

02-04-2012 04:33:40 | More by teromous
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4/5  rDev +28.2%

02-02-2012 17:43:13 | More by rsant
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2.5/5  rDev -19.9%

02-02-2012 05:14:38 | More by lemonlime311
Photo of jsanford


1.83/5  rDev -41.3%

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.

01-31-2012 04:06:19 | More by jsanford
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2.5/5  rDev -19.9%

01-30-2012 04:22:26 | More by Lawnboy33
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2.5/5  rDev -19.9%

01-30-2012 00:40:45 | More by Goldfishman
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3/5  rDev -3.8%

01-28-2012 02:34:25 | More by DrStevenPoop
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3.5/5  rDev +12.2%

01-27-2012 03:58:59 | More by jskennedy
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New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +28.2%

01-25-2012 17:11:47 | More by jski
Photo of Bendurgin


1.43/5  rDev -54.2%

I knew this would happen. I knew someone would leave on of these at my house or I would be stupid enough to buy it. My room mate grabbed me a bottle so thanks goes to Greg. Anyhow, I poured this into a pint glass; one I don't particularly care fore. Pours golden straw with a think cap of spritzy white head. Looks like beer.

Sigh, this has a sweet apple cider aroma with cinnamon and that signature disappointment aroma found in all Shipyard beers. This taste like apple crisp. But old apple crisp. Really old and poorly made. This also slightly resembles a beer with yeast and barley hops and such but those are really just afterthought.

This has a terrible feel. Mostly because of the taste.

This stuff is unholy. I don't think I'll finish this. It's just bad. Save your money gang.

01-25-2012 03:40:41 | More by Bendurgin
Photo of JizackFH

New York

2.88/5  rDev -7.7%

A - This beer pours an extremely clear light copper color. This has a 2-finger white sudsy head resting on top. The head doesn't have the best retention, and it leaves no lace behind on the glass.

S - The nose has big apple and spice presence. There are some light malt aromas, and a little bit of hop presence. There isn't much else going on here.

T - The taste pretty much follows the nose. This starts off with a big apple and cinnamon flavor. There is some light malt flavor and a little bit of hop presence near the back end. The flavors all seem to be a little bit muted. The finish leaves some lingering apple and spice behind on the palate.

M - This has a pretty light body and average carbonation. It goes down easy, and it has a pretty smooth feel to it. There is some initial sweetness, and a little bit of hop bitterness. A little bit of tingling from the spices is also present.

O - This has decent drinkability. It goes down easy, and I could easily have a few in a night. I really just expected more out of the flavor, and I really think it would have benefited if the body was more full. The end result of this beer is a mildly interesting, but overall mediocre beer. It is better than Pumpkin Head though.

01-23-2012 12:10:59 | More by JizackFH
Photo of syrupjoe


3.85/5  rDev +23.4%

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.

01-23-2012 06:06:05 | More by syrupjoe
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3/5  rDev -3.8%

01-23-2012 03:21:53 | More by JmBrkr
Photo of Brez07


1.55/5  rDev -50.3%

Finally got around to buying one of Shipyard's new fabulous creation. Still can't believe someone thought this was a good idea. 12oz bottle poured into a pint glass

A: Translucent with a few cascading bubbles. Light burnt orange in color. For a brief moment, there was a thin layer of head. Shockingly, this looks exactly like Pumpkinhead

S: Pumpkinhead and apple jacks... Clearly we have a winner here

T: Ha, they actually managed to make this worse than Pumpkinhead. Just. So. Bland. Watered down, nutmegy flavor is really the only thing I'm picking up. On the plus side, don't really get much diacteyl

M: Thin, watery. Slightly drying aftertaste

D: A wheat beer this is not. My only question is why. Why was this brewed? Why are people buying this? Shipyard is synonymous with fail

01-22-2012 19:06:56 | More by Brez07
Shipyard Applehead from Shipyard Brewing Co.
72 out of 100 based on 371 ratings.