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Shipyard Applehead - Shipyard Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 98
Hads: 402
Avg: 3.19
pDev: 44.2%
Wants: 8
Gots: 45 | 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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Reviews: 98 | Hads: 402
Photo of puboflyons
3.2/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From the 12 oz. bottle dated Oct 12. Sampled on March 22, 2012. It pours golden yellow about the color of apple juice. The fizzy head erupts quickly and then diminishes. The aroma is really overwhelmed by apple crisp and cinnamon but at the same time there is a clean hoppiness in the rear. The body is about medium yet creamy and smooth. The taste is quite appled up with a semi-tart ending that rescues it a little. Too much apple for my liking but well-crafted nonetheless.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
2.68/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

My ex-wife knows I'm not that much of a Shipyard fan, but she said she thought I would like this. I think this was another one of her cruel jokes.

Things started out OK. Gold color with a small white head.

Definite aroma of apple, as well as some spice. Fairly sweet.

It tasted like I was drinking an apple pie. I would rather eat one than drink one.

Sweet and cloying mouthfeel.

One and done.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.56/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Got a single as part of a six-mix - glad to do so because a full set of six would be a lot to drink of this.

Pours light copper with fizzy white foam. Little lacing, and very little remains. Apple pie smell - apples, maple, brown sugar. Smooth taste - some tart open and then a sweet apple close. Cinammon in a big way. The spices really dominate the apples. Over time, the mouth gets weary.

The finish is in the spices and the apple pie. Its interesting - as if they took the pumpkinhead recipe and replaced the pumpkins with apples.

The less one drinks of this, the more they will like it. 12 oz was too much.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
3.02/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Not a huge fan of the Pumpkinhead, but this was in the fridge and free so.. I'll give it a try. Pours a cloudy yellow color, smells like apples and cinnamon. Taste is light to medium bodied.. first thought is liquid apple pie. Surprisingly, it still remains drinkable and I can see this being a polarizing beer with many haters. Interesting to say the least, seems like more of a gimmicky beer but it was a unique one to try. Different, not necessarily a good beer.

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Photo of deltatauhobbit
2.76/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clear light golden color, not much of a head, no lacing

Smell has a good amount of various spices, cinnamon, nutmeg, even a bit of allspice, any apple aromas are certainly lost behind the parade of spice.

Taste comes and goes quickly, the spicing slaps your tongue only to run away immediately, thin body, carbonation is crisp and refreshing.

Instantly forgettable, surprisingly Pumpkinhead blows this once out of the water, which is saying something.

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Photo of zeff80
3.47/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a cloudy golden orange with a small, thin head. It left little to no lacing.

S - It smelled of apple and apple pie spices. Nice cinnamon notes.

T - Tastes like a really nice spiced apple cider. Good blend of spices and sweet, crisp appple.

M - It was sharp and smooth. A light bodied ale with a clean, dry finish.

O - Seems out of place labeled as a wheat beer. But it is tasty for what it is. A nice apple beer.

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Photo of facundoCNB
3.97/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - clear golden yellow pour with a nice amount of head

S - sweet apples, cinnamon, yeast.. smells like apple cinnamon oatmeal

T - mostly cinnamon straight up with a nice wheat after taste.. makes it taste like the apple jacks cereal. this is great! apple flavor isn't overwhelming.. realy well balanced

M - crisp yet sweet, dry finish, light bodied, nice and fizzy.

O - this was a great idea for a beer. glad they went through with it. very refreshing and crisp, sweet but not TOO sweet, fruity but not TOO fruity.

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Photo of LiquidSanity
2.08/5  rDev -34.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Ap: Very pretty. Bright orange gold copper color with a foamy appearance. Tiny bit of head and lacing.

Ar: Apples of course with a nice spicy cinnamon. Gingerbread smell. Nothing unexpected. And not very pronounced. Faint.

Ta: It should be called cinnamonhead and not applehead. The cinnamon over powers the apple taste. It remains throughout and the apples are more of an aftertaste. Not very appealing and almost disgusting. Like a mediocre cider/champagne.

Mf: Thin, watery and faint. It's like cheap club soda that was left opened and becomes flat.

Ov: Bland, boring and not worth trying a second time. I let everyone else drink the rest. No thanks.

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Photo of Beejay
3.16/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: A golden amber color, much like the color of apple juice. Crystal clear with a nice, slightly not white head on top.

S: Cinnamon is the first thing that comes out. Cinnamon and nutmeg are really powerful in the smell. Behind the spices there is an apple cider smell, as well as a touch of toasty flavors. It smells a lot like one of those Christmas stores that stays open year round, and you are left to constantly wonder why the fuck anyone wants to buy cinnamon candles, nativity scenes, and snowy covered miniature towns in the middle of August.

T: Apple, bread, and cinnamon hit first. It tastes like a cold version of baked cinnamon apples. The middle has some bready notes, and the finish has a slight tart apple juice finish.

M: Light on the palate, crisp, and lots of carbonation.

O: Overall I don't think this is a bad beer, sure it may be a bit gimmicky, and over the top with spice, but I don't particularly mind it. It would be interesting as a theme beer, or perhaps to cook with. Unfortunately I don't see buying this beer regularly, more of an 'entertainment value' type of beer.

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Photo of thecheapies
3.59/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a yellowed gold color with an inch or so of white foam. The head has now receded and there's no stick to evidence that it was ever there. Just a soapy ring.

Nose full of heavily spiced apple pie filling. Apple flesh, clove, nutmeg, caramel, cinnamon, more clove, some allspice. I can sense the wheat malt acting as the base. Not much tang, more whispiness.

Tastes appley, cinnamon-y, and grainy. Pretty exceptional as a replication of an apple-dumpling-turned-beer. Pastry-like malt with all of the flakiness. Impressive, actually. Some wheaty grain, which is thin and clean. More spice overload. Tons of cinnamon and baking spices. Not super-crazy-sweet, but with sugars. Still beer-y. A little tin and canned veggie. The fruit is slightly tart versus juicy. One-sided, sure, but on-target (I believe) for what they were going for. I can imagine this being very marketable. Not my 'slice of pie' (see what I did there?), but on-point for a fruit-themed pale wheat. Above-average.

Thin and attenuated. A bit bubbly, too. Clean upfront, but with a little stank in the finish. Very drinkable, however.

I'm not going to diss. I'm not going to rate super high, either. Not my style, plain and simple. But, this would be an enjoyable spring or fall offering. Sessionable and crisp. If you really want to mull it over, there are nice little nuances amidst the imperfections. It's just a beer that drinks decent and tastes pretty good. Nothing more to it than that.

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Photo of dasenebler
1.67/5  rDev -47.6%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

12oz, best by July 2012.

Clear gold with a thin bubbly head.

Aroma is cloyingly spicy, with notes of cinnamon and allspice. Slightly cider-like, but in the end it just smells like a scented candle. After a while, it almost gives me a headache.

Flavor is thin and light. Effervescent and grainy, with subtle notes of apple. Not too sweet or spicy like the aroma, but there's definitely hints of cake spices in there.

Overall this is as bad as Pumpkinhead. What an abomination. Still, Shipyard will probably make a killing off this beer.

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Photo of Dope
3.07/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A: Pours like your typical crystal-clear apple juice, as long as you ignore the big fizzy white head atop it. Retention is decent, with a just a smattering of lacing.

S: Apples with strong cinnamon smell to go with it. Just a hint of wheat. Smells a lot like apple pie to be honest. Simple but honestly pleasant.

T: Artificial apple (like a jolly rancher) and some cinnamon. Some wheat that is really out of place, I almost gagged at the aftertaste. I can't even describe it. It just has an overly artificial flavor and doesn't really resemble actual beer. It's like apple pie soda basically.

M: Thin.

O: I will give Shipyard credit for trying something new, but it just doesn't work. The taste is just a combination of flavors that don't work together and I ended up drain pouring this one pretty quickly.

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Photo of notchucknorris
3.62/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a clear pale golden color with a thin bubbly head. Looks a whole lot like apple cider.

S: Apple pie, spiced apples, cinnamon and pie crust. Not a whole lot of beer here but it's actually pretty nice.

T: Pretty much follows the smell. Tastes like an apple pie. Lots of sweet apple pie filling, spiced apple and cinnamon with some bready yeast and buttery pie crust on the finish. The yeast comes out a bit too much as this warms, but this was actually a pleasant surprise overall.

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Photo of jlindros
2.95/5  rDev -7.5%
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

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Photo of Zorro
3.45/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

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Photo of mactrail
3.83/5  rDev +20.1%
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.

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Photo of Heatwave33
4/5  rDev +25.4%
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.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.97/5  rDev +24.5%
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.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.13/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

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Photo of Brad007
3.82/5  rDev +19.7%
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.

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Photo of rjplumer
4.06/5  rDev +27.3%
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.

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Photo of MoreThanWine
3.03/5  rDev -5%
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.

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Photo of teromous
2.2/5  rDev -31%
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 :(

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Photo of jsanford
1.88/5  rDev -41.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

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.

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Photo of Bendurgin
1.49/5  rDev -53.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

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.

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Shipyard Applehead from Shipyard Brewing Co.
74 out of 100 based on 98 ratings.