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Shipyard Applehead - Shipyard Brewing Co.

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394 Ratings
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Ratings: 394
Reviews: 100
rAvg: 3.11
pDev: 22.51%
Wants: 9
Gots: 39 | 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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Ratings: 394 | Reviews: 100
Photo of metter98
3.12/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: The beer is crystal clear light yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin yet dense white head that quickly died down and left a thick ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass and some lacing on the surface.
S: There are moderately strong aromas of cinnamon in the nose along with hints of apples.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste has flavors of cinnamon and some sweet apples. It’s similar to a pumpkin beer but with apples instead of pumpkins.
M: It feels rather light-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The beer goes down very easily because it is light-bodied and isn’t too sweet. Maybe it’s a good introductory beer for someone to try instead of hard cider.

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3/5  rDev -3.5%

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3.5/5  rDev +12.5%

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3/5  rDev -3.5%

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4/5  rDev +28.6%

Photo of Knapp85
3.42/5  rDev +10%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer was something I had seen on here and made sure to keep my eyes open for it at my local shops. I finally managed to find a bottle of it at Abe's in Bethlehem and was rather excited to try it. The beer poured out as a clear yellow color with a fizzy white head. There was some very light lacing and minimal retention. The look of the beer didn't seem like a wheat ale to me at all, it was much to clear looking. The smell of the beer had some apple and cinnamon aromas that got me past the average look of the beer. The taste of the beer was decent, the apple and spice flavors were pretty dominant. I wasn't a big fan of how the malted wheat came through in the aftertaste too much. The mouthfeel of the beer was very light, moderate carbonation, a little on the watery side. Overall I like Apple flavored ale and such. I enjoyed this one but it wasn't the best one out there honestly.

Photo of beerbiatchMD
2.73/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle into a stemless wine glass.

A: orangey copper in color with a finger of white head that recedes quickly. Minimal lacing.

S: Mostly cinnamon and artificial apple (like a glade spray). This is very reminiscent of Pumpkinhead.

T: again fall spice type flavor that includes cinnamon, clove, apple, pumpkin spice. Not a particularly bad taste but I'm not eager to drink again. Aftertaste is bitter and then semi sweet like an apple cider.

M: probably the worst aspect, not special at all. Has carbonation but just feels kind of meh. I think the cinnamon spices through it off a bit.

O: not a terrible beer but I'm not a fan. I do think they've accomplished what they've set out to do. I personally couldn't/wouldn't drink very many of these but I suppose it's easy drinking enough that people could. Don't recommend particularly.

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3/5  rDev -3.5%

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3/5  rDev -3.5%

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2.5/5  rDev -19.6%

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2.5/5  rDev -19.6%

Photo of Proteus93
3.55/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This didn't seem like something that would really be my style, but I was intrigued and bought it anyways... weird!

A: The appearance reminds me of apple juice, and I suppose part of that is a mental thing. It's a slightly deeper amber hue, but very crisp and clear and topped with the thinnest white lace

S + T: A smell not unlike an apple pie coming out of the oven. I could have maybe done with just a little less cinnamon spice, but that's a personal preference more than anything. Flavor highlights a little more apple and soft malts. It's got some qualities not unlike an apple cider, but is still clearly a beer.

M + D: I suppose it would make sense that it would be a refreshing beer, and that's certainly the case. Some of the food pairings suggested make it seem like a good beer for the season, but I really think this would be far more appropriate in warmer weather... maybe the end of summer, rolling into fall, while apples are coming into season. Nonetheless, a pretty decent beer, and worth at least a try!

Photo of Pintofbrown
3.44/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I had this apple beer in a glass stein.

Appearance- The slight white film the pour produces is very fizzy and full of exploding bubbles. What foam there is dies almost as quickly as it came.

The transparent body is chock-a-bock full of carbonation, no surprises there. The color is probably the best quality, a brightly burning golden-orange.

Smell- Not really any apple here, but there is a ton of cinnamon and snicker-doodle cookie dough. Just on those two scents alone it makes it worth it. Without that heavy malt smell, this nose would be a disaster.

Taste- The start of the drink imitates the nose perfectly, cinnamon and cookie dough malt. Hey! At about mid-drink there is actually some Red Delicious apple flavor that starts to come through.

Luckily, it does not taste like green apple extract or anything else offensive, just good old mashed apples. However, the finish is way too short and leaves the drinker pondering what they were even drinking in the first place.

Mouth feel- The body is of the lighter variety, and has enough carbonation to really lift the beer off the tongue. Also a little astringent though, thanks to that unbelievably short and watery finish.

Overall- This beer would probably be more than worthy had the apple flavor been kicked up a bunch. The cinnamon and cookie malt are a great starting point that really needs some assistance.

And a too short, watery finish is not the way to support what has been done.

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3.23/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Into a pint glass:

A: slight golden yellow colored body with a small white head that lasts barely three seconds

S: Granny Smith apples, cinnamon with a light wheat

T: previously mentioned flavors combine with some malts to make a decent combination

M: light, sessionable, crisp, light harshness on the tongue, apple aftertaste and finish

O: this is the apple version of Shipyard's "Pumpkinhead." Even though it is a bit like an "apple pie," it is easy to drink

Photo of barleyroad
1.93/5  rDev -37.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

Appearance is gold with a nice white foam. The smell is strong with apple and cinnamon, leaving out any hints of beer. Taste is very apple pie, reminds us very much of a cider. The feel on the mouth is very good leaving well and holding the flavor while drinking. Overall this is something you need to be in the mood for. If you are looking for Beer, we say skip the Applehead. This is a great holiday brew. A once in a while type drink. Not our thing.

Photo of BEERMILER12
3.16/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A: Pours a slightly golden yellow color with about a fingers worth of head that bubbles and fizzes away very quickly

S: Slightly tart apples, cinnamon and some other spices, and a hint of wheaty malt

T: Starts off with the spices and slowly moves to the tartness of the apples. Both of these co-mingle into the aftertaste

M: Light bodied with too much carbonation

O: This is a great dessert beer that manages to mimmic apple pie with the spices and apples and is easy to drink, but as a stand-alone "pale wheat ale," this one is way off the mark. It is definitely more of a specialty beer that doesn't belong in any category, but could fit into the fruit beer section better than pale wheat ale. Certainly don't expect your typical American pale wheat ale when drinking this, because you won't find it anywhere in this beer

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3.5/5  rDev +12.5%

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4/5  rDev +28.6%

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3/5  rDev -3.5%

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3.12/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours clear honey in color. Absolutely zero head. Transparent and no lacing as well.

S-Smells quite like their Pumpkinhead beer. Cinnamon and caramel with an apple aroma. Really does smell just like Pumpkinhead though.

T-Definitely more apples in the flavor. Cinnamon Toast Crunch with sliced apples. Quite light and mellow. Caramel flavor with no real hop presence.

M-Light and watery with heaps of carbonation. Cinnamon and nutmeg spice flavors linger. Easy drinking. They didn't go overboard with the spices thank god.

O/D-Really not bad. Very mild and easy to imbibe. Just like Pumpkinhead but hey, the beer sells so why not wring out all the value you can with the gimmick.

Photo of chugalug06
3.93/5  rDev +26.4%
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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3/5  rDev -3.5%

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3.5/5  rDev +12.5%

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2.5/5  rDev -19.6%

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.77/5  rDev +21.2%
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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Shipyard Applehead from Shipyard Brewing Co.
72 out of 100 based on 394 ratings.