Shipyard Applehead - Shipyard Brewing Co.
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3.78/5 rDev +21.2%
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.
01-07-2012 01:47:57 | More by GarthDanielson
3.7/5 rDev +18.6%
Bought this one because I enjoy a good cider. Not expecting much, but it was cheap anyway. Let's give it a shot. 12oz bottle into Sam Adams perfect pint.
Pours a slightly red-tinged golden color with a finger of head that immediately disappears. Huge, visible carbonation. The aroma actually works. Smells like apple pie. Not sure how I feel about drinking twelve ounces of it, but it smells good. You know what? This actually isn't bad at all. Strong cinnamon at first, which gives way to a solid apple taste, and finishes on a sweet candy apple note. Nice cleanliness on the finish. Again, I'm still not so sure on a huge glass, but it doesn't taste bad.
The mouthfeel is nice and light, with a bit of drying on the end. The drinkability does suffer here though, as expected. The first 4.5% alcohol brew that I'd ever call a sipper. I'd take a four or six ounce serving with gusto, but 12 ounces, or (god forbid) a whole pint is just too much. Overall, this is a lot better than I expected though. The concept actually works. Don't expect many "beery" flavors though, but it's surely a lot more complex and enjoyable than a Smirnoff Ice Apple Twist or what have you. Taken on it's own merits, it's a pretty good beer.
12-30-2011 03:22:48 | More by shand
1.63/5 rDev -47.8%
I am not sure what compelled me to check this out other than the fact that I sort of like Pumpkinhead. I have it once a year, a few weeks before Halloween to get it out of my system so I can appreciate some of the better pumpkin beers that are around. Before I drank Applehead, I approached it with the same sort of curiosity and was assuming that I wouldn't have much more than the one pint.
I was right.
This beer tastes similar to Pumpkinhead, but is about a hundred times sweeter. Getting through the pint was very tough. My palette was being assaulted from all angles by the same stuff I would get in a quick coffee shop chai, but carbonated, and with that beer aftertaste. It was not good. The beer looked promising too. Very dark and brown for a wheat ale. Looked very mysterious. Looks can be deceiving.
I'd give Applehead the green light just as long as you can brush and mouthwash completely afterwards, unless you enjoy the feeling that your teeth might rot out of your head. It's just way too over the top, and not in a good way.
I'll stick with my yearly Pumpkinhead.
12-22-2011 03:50:34 | More by amp138
3.15/5 rDev +1%
Had on tap at New World Tavern--Plymouth, served into a pint glass
Appearance: 1/2 inch head, straw yellow in color, clear, moderate carbonation
Smell: cinnamon, apples, and toasted malt
Taste: toasted malt, cinnamon, and caramel in the forefront . This could just as easily be called Cinnamon head..faint apples at the end..the after taste is where the apples shine--almost like a green Jolly Rancher
Mouthfeel: very sweet, moderate carbonation, light bodied, very clean
Overall: Normally I like session beers, but I feel this one could use the imperialization that their pumpkin beer did. That turned an undrinkable beer into a bold pumpkin ale. On the face of it, this is a lighter version of their pumpkin beer and with a slight touch of apple and even more cinnamon. It is way more drinkable than Pumpkinhead just because of its lightness and lack of any off tastes. I actually wish the sweet apple was brought out a bit more. This could be like 21st Amendment's Watermelon Ale if the fruity taste was allowed to shine. Instead what is left is a drinkable, but very easily passed over beer.
12-21-2011 15:51:48 | More by tigg924
2.1/5 rDev -32.7%
I was at a company Xmas party, and there was an open bar. I figured I'd try a pint of this, because I knew that I'd never pay for this beer. Orange colored body, with very little head. Not much carbonation, and no lacing. Smelled like a glass of fruit punch, which is not attractive for a beer. Taste was overpowered by the flavor of fake apple concentrate. It completely dominated the beer, and made this beer a one-note joke. Mouthfeel was overly sweet. I don't know why Shipyard would release such a monstrosity of a beer. If they wanted to brew up a cider, then bottle a cider. An apple flavored beer just does not work.
12-18-2011 04:56:20 | More by morebeergood
3.38/5 rDev +8.3%
On-tap 12/11/2011 at Doherty’s East Ave Irish Pub, in Pawtucket, RI served in a US tumbler pint glass.
A: The beer is a deep gold color with a thin white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin on the glass.
S: The aroma contains cinnamon up front along with apples, light caramelized malts and a touch of hops.
T: The taste likewise starts out with a big burst of cinnamon followed by flavors of apples and caramel. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings some balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.
M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.
D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, decent representation of style when you consider that it’s simply Pumpkinhead only with apples instead.
12-16-2011 02:26:12 | More by TheManiacalOne
1.48/5 rDev -52.6%
As a disclaimer, I love Shipyard, and always will, but... my Lord, oh Mainers from my north, what were you thinking?
The pour gave little to no head, the smell was less apple and more of a stale cider. The slight apple after taste is the best thing I can say about this very dry attempt at a apple ale.
12-12-2011 14:16:31 | More by devildog1633310
2.65/5 rDev -15.1%
Offered a bottle at a party, and couldn't pass up the opportunity to try this potential mess of a brew. Keeping as open of a mind as possible, I poured into a Sam Adams glass.
Pretty pale pour with a solid, regenerating head. Carbonation is a bit heavy.
Aroma is apple-forward, as expected, with some generic fall spice as well. It could definitely be confused with a dry hard cider just by smell.
The taste is dominated by apple and sweetness. Good golly, this thing is sweet, with a touch of granny smith apple sourness. This is a liquified Jolly Rancher. The only thing that differentiates it from a cheapie hard cider is the super-carbonation, and the fact that it finishes clean and not at all sticky like a Cider Jack or some other sugar bomb cider.
Again, the clean finish and lack of stickiness was surprising, but it seems to clean up nice. It tastes like a Jolly Rancher, but doesn't leave your teeth hurting with sugariness.
This beer will certainly appeal to a certain crowd. It's a curious brew, and not one that I will revisit.
12-10-2011 21:39:16 | More by stonermouse
Shipyard Applehead from Shipyard Brewing Co.
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