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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: 46 | 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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Photo of JizackFH
2.87/5  rDev -10%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - This beer pours an extremely clear light copper color. This has a 2-finger white sudsy head resting on top. The head doesn't have the best retention, and it leaves no lace behind on the glass.

S - The nose has big apple and spice presence. There are some light malt aromas, and a little bit of hop presence. There isn't much else going on here.

T - The taste pretty much follows the nose. This starts off with a big apple and cinnamon flavor. There is some light malt flavor and a little bit of hop presence near the back end. The flavors all seem to be a little bit muted. The finish leaves some lingering apple and spice behind on the palate.

M - This has a pretty light body and average carbonation. It goes down easy, and it has a pretty smooth feel to it. There is some initial sweetness, and a little bit of hop bitterness. A little bit of tingling from the spices is also present.

O - This has decent drinkability. It goes down easy, and I could easily have a few in a night. I really just expected more out of the flavor, and I really think it would have benefited if the body was more full. The end result of this beer is a mildly interesting, but overall mediocre beer. It is better than Pumpkin Head though.

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Photo of syrupjoe
3.83/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a crystal clear rich golden color. No particulates. One finger eggshell white head.

Nose gives off metallic lager-y notes that are muted by vanilla, ginger, and cinnamon.

Taste is light, sweet, slightly buttery, and spicy with vanilla, cinnamon, ginger, and cardamom. Light hints of sour green apple. Also get notes of rice and cream. This is an incredibly different beer - slightly comparable to a pumpkin or spiced beer, but ultimately like nothing I've ever had before. Don't get any wheat here.

Moderate to low carbonation with a lightly sweet finish that leaves a bitter spice aftertaste. Moderate to thin mouthfeel.

Overall a very unique beer. Nothing I would drink on a regular basis but a nice compilation of complex flavors that form a rather drinkable brew.

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Photo of Brez07
1.58/5  rDev -50.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Finally got around to buying one of Shipyard's new fabulous creation. Still can't believe someone thought this was a good idea. 12oz bottle poured into a pint glass

A: Translucent with a few cascading bubbles. Light burnt orange in color. For a brief moment, there was a thin layer of head. Shockingly, this looks exactly like Pumpkinhead

S: Pumpkinhead and apple jacks... Clearly we have a winner here

T: Ha, they actually managed to make this worse than Pumpkinhead. Just. So. Bland. Watered down, nutmegy flavor is really the only thing I'm picking up. On the plus side, don't really get much diacteyl

M: Thin, watery. Slightly drying aftertaste

D: A wheat beer this is not. My only question is why. Why was this brewed? Why are people buying this? Shipyard is synonymous with fail

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Photo of DrinkSlurm
3.24/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from bottle into tulip.
Golden color with no real head or lacing.
Smell is very nice. Cinnamon dominates, with apple aromas. Kind of like apple cider.
Taste is crisp at first, followed by cinnamon...leaving an apple flavor that lingers; again like an apple cider.
Overall, its not horrible, but its just average. Nice and unique for sure, but I wouldnt buy a whole 6-pack; at least not until the fall - if still available. I also think its strange that it was released in December through spring?? This is deff a fall brew!!

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Photo of KyleIPA
3.55/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is a light golden to pale orange

Smell is very much of fall spices. Cinnamon and clove come through the most with slight apple.

Taste is also strong with the cinnamon and clove. Apple is present but not profound or on the front.

Mouthfeel was a little depressing as it wasn't very crisp or exciting. Lacked the carbonation feel.

A very tasty beer that reminds me of fall. Apple taste isn't really that strong. Cinnamon, clove, and rich malt really make this worth a try. Delicious but not a top runner.

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Photo of metter98
3.12/5  rDev -2.2%
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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Photo of Knapp85
3.42/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

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Photo of beerbiatchMD
2.73/5  rDev -14.4%
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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Photo of Proteus93
3.55/5  rDev +11.3%
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!

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Photo of Pintofbrown
3.44/5  rDev +7.8%
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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Photo of BeerKangaroo
3.23/5  rDev +1.3%
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

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Photo of barleyroad
1.93/5  rDev -39.5%
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.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
3.16/5  rDev -0.9%
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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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.12/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

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Photo of chugalug06
3.93/5  rDev +23.2%
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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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.77/5  rDev +18.2%
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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Photo of shand
3.68/5  rDev +15.4%
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.

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Photo of amp138
1.66/5  rDev -48%
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.

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Photo of tigg924
3.18/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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Photo of morebeergood
2.11/5  rDev -33.9%
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.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.37/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

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Photo of devildog1633310
1.48/5  rDev -53.6%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

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.

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Photo of stonermouse
2.72/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

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.

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