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Shipyard Applehead - Shipyard Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 385
Reviews: 97
rAvg: 3.11
pDev: 22.51%
Wants: 9
Gots: 29 | 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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3.75/5  rDev +20.6%

Dirk_Chappelle, Apr 05, 2014
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3/5  rDev -3.5%

hmmmbeer10, Apr 03, 2014
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1/5  rDev -67.8%

Fettpopps, Mar 26, 2014
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3/5  rDev -3.5%

bakerbill, Mar 18, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -11.6%

dbrauneis, Mar 15, 2014
Photo of illpass78
3.16/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Had a pint on tap at Jetty in Long Beach, N.Y.

Appearance: Pours a clear golden yellow with no head whatsoever. Looks somewhat cider-like.

Aroma: Apples, in your face. This beer's aromas are dominated by apples, unsurprisingly; it's kind of an apple-juice-like smell, though slightly less sweet. The ad copy for this beer says it has wheat malt, but it's not really present in the nose.

Taste: It's not bad; it's tart, rather than sweet, which is good, because a sweet apple beer would be a hard sell. It tastes kind of like a blend of apple juice and very light ale. Alcohol and hops are nonexistent, as is this supposed wheat.

Mouthfeel: It's pretty watery, but it's probably supposed to be.

Overall: I had this with an arepa and yucca fries and it was a decent complement to the meal. It's kind of an odd seasonal beer though; it doesn't seem to fit squarely into any one season. My thing with fruit beers is that I rarely get then urge to have them more than once. I don't want to disregard them all as "gimmicky," but at the same time, the big draw is a "What will this taste like?" curiosity. This one fits that profile. It's a fun change of pace, but it's mostly just so-so.

illpass78, Mar 07, 2014
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2.48/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Like a bunch of seltzer water with some apple juice in it, plus a bunch of cinnamon. Weak. Not a lot going on here. Nice smell. But if I really wanted a hard cider, I probably should've just got a hard cider. Not as good as their pumpkin ale. Have yet to be wowed by a Shipyard.

Vinylboy20, Mar 04, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -19.6%

starshockey9, Mar 03, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev +4.5%

dpgoblejr, Feb 23, 2014
Photo of JD_Lombardi
2.86/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Shipyard does many other delicious beers, but they should leave the apple-centric to others who do it better. Oddly, this was dry enough to somewhat remind me of a white wine...and I don't usually go around thinking wine and beer taste the same.

Apple is the background flavor while cinnamon is heavy-handedly up front.

What makes this even more disappointing was that Shipyard released it as a winter seasonal...there is nothing winter about this and that distinction could have been used on something far more interesting.

JD_Lombardi, Feb 12, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -19.6%

aquazr1, Feb 09, 2014
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3.49/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle/ Has a golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of cinnamon and apples. Taste is strong of cinnamon, maybe a little to much, some apples, easy drinking. Feels light in the mouth and although I would not want this on a regular basis, it makes for an interesting change of pace.

tone77, Feb 08, 2014
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4.05/5  rDev +30.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Opaque golden with a thin white head.

S: Apples, orange, cinnamon and cardamom in the nose.

T: Apple, malt, orange and oddly enough, pie crust.

M: Medium bodied and smoothish.

O: Recommended if you like fruit beers. I certainly do enjoy the addition of fruit. To hell with the Reinheitsgebot. Definitely worth a try.

BierJager89, Feb 06, 2014
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3/5  rDev -3.5%

jaydoc, Jan 05, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +20.6%

DPB2262, Dec 29, 2013
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4/5  rDev +28.6%

FrankShirley, Dec 23, 2013
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2/5  rDev -35.7%

666_MPH, Dec 21, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +12.5%

BodiesLexus, Dec 19, 2013
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2.79/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

This is my second beer by these guys. Kind of a cool idea as a follow-up to pumpkin head. Doesn't really work as well though. The apple flavor isn't very strong, which is probably a good thing, if you wanted that you could just go get a hard cider somewhere I suppose. Lighter copper color, apple aroma. Not for me.

MarkQ617, Dec 16, 2013
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2.25/5  rDev -27.7%

Bjlps, Dec 09, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -11.6%

Crumpetsnbeer, Dec 07, 2013
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2.73/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

A- pours a clear golden-yellow color with a small fizzy white head, good retention after the pour

S- it smells like apple cider with a lot of cinnamon notes added, also picking up some funky sulphur aromas

T- seltzer water mixed with cinnamon powder, there is a touch of baked apple flavor that at least gives it some natural flavor, not picking up any beer flavors though

M- light-medium body with low carbonation, sweet, yet moderately dry finish

O- not a fan of this one. I'm all for fruit beers, but they should at least have some beer elements to them

Treyliff, Nov 05, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -11.6%

Kruja5, Nov 02, 2013
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3/5  rDev -3.5%

TR0219, Oct 17, 2013
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3/5  rDev -3.5%

VinsanityDiesel, Oct 15, 2013
Shipyard Applehead from Shipyard Brewing Co.
72 out of 100 based on 385 ratings.