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Shipyard Applehead - Shipyard Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 380
Reviews: 96
rAvg: 3.11
pDev: 22.19%
Wants: 8
Gots: 27 | 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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Photo of barleyroad
1.8/5  rDev -42.1%
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.

barleyroad, Jan 12, 2012
Photo of BEERMILER12
3.18/5  rDev +2.3%
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

BEERMILER12, Jan 11, 2012
Photo of Burt
3.5/5  rDev +12.5%

Burt, Jan 10, 2012
Photo of Snellgg5
4/5  rDev +28.6%

Snellgg5, Jan 09, 2012
Photo of jilly425
3/5  rDev -3.5%

jilly425, Jan 09, 2012
Photo of VelvetExtract
3.13/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

VelvetExtract, Jan 08, 2012
Photo of chugalug06
3.95/5  rDev +27%
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.

chugalug06, Jan 08, 2012
Photo of DrSuds
3/5  rDev -3.5%

DrSuds, Jan 07, 2012
Photo of THECPJ
3.5/5  rDev +12.5%

THECPJ, Jan 07, 2012
Photo of adiamant1989
2.5/5  rDev -19.6%

adiamant1989, Jan 07, 2012
Photo of GarthDanielson
3.78/5  rDev +21.5%
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.

GarthDanielson, Jan 07, 2012
Photo of ale207
3/5  rDev -3.5%

ale207, Jan 06, 2012
Photo of tugg407
3/5  rDev -3.5%

tugg407, Jan 06, 2012
Photo of Perilousleigh
3.5/5  rDev +12.5%

Perilousleigh, Jan 02, 2012
Photo of Daktyls
3.5/5  rDev +12.5%

Daktyls, Dec 31, 2011
Photo of shand
3.7/5  rDev +19%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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.

shand, Dec 30, 2011
Photo of tsmiller7
2/5  rDev -35.7%

tsmiller7, Dec 29, 2011
Photo of williahd
4/5  rDev +28.6%

williahd, Dec 29, 2011
Photo of j89de
1.5/5  rDev -51.8%

j89de, Dec 25, 2011
Photo of amp138
1.63/5  rDev -47.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

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.

amp138, Dec 22, 2011
Photo of tigg924
3.15/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

tigg924, Dec 21, 2011
Photo of bluesplit63
4/5  rDev +28.6%

bluesplit63, Dec 18, 2011
Photo of morebeergood
2.1/5  rDev -32.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

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.

morebeergood, Dec 18, 2011
Photo of Reagan1984
3/5  rDev -3.5%

Reagan1984, Dec 17, 2011
Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.38/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

TheManiacalOne, Dec 16, 2011
Shipyard Applehead from Shipyard Brewing Co.
72 out of 100 based on 380 ratings.