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Shipyard Applehead - Shipyard Brewing Co.

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72
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380 Ratings
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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 beerthulhu
3.1/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Apple-cider coloring has a neat clarity and a light spacious rise of effervesce. A dirty white frothy head is weak on the hold turning to a washy covering rather quickly. Minimum lacing.

S: Cinnamon toast with nutmeg and sugar and some warm apple pie filling best describes the aroma. Sweet and cloying, apple brown betties has a nice level of aromatic awareness smelling like a pumpkin pie spiced beer.

T: The flavor was sweet apple cinnamon toast, ginger, honey glaze and saffron. Very cloying as with the nose with a toasty sweet malt and a tart green apple finish.

M: Light to medium body, some syrupiness, flat carbonation and very sweet and spicy on the hold.

O: Overall an American pale wheat that drinks like a pale pumpkin. Very sweet and cloying as to limit repeats. All around average.

beerthulhu, May 08, 2012
Photo of Kelp
3/5  rDev -3.5%

Kelp, Apr 27, 2013
Photo of sendbeer
1.5/5  rDev -51.8%

sendbeer, Dec 15, 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 Brad007
3.78/5  rDev +21.5%
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.

Brad007, Feb 08, 2012
Photo of THECPJ
3.5/5  rDev +12.5%

THECPJ, Jan 07, 2012
Photo of bark
2.45/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

The colour is gold (8 EBC), the liquid is cleat. The beer pours with a fizzing sound, building a two finger off-white head that slowly sinks to nothing, leaving no lacing.

The smell got some wheat sour notes, but it is dominated by the cinnamon flavours. Some red apples makes me think of apple pies.

The taste is dominated by the cinnamon. Hints of red apples, wheat flour and some artificial fruit flavours. The aftertaste brings even more of cinnamon, but also a touch of clean bitterness. The finish got some ripe apples, a mild sweetness and a somewhat metallic bitter hint.

The carbonation is strong yet short, the bubbles small. The liquid is dry and semi-smoot.

To me, this is a very odd beer. I guess that you have to be raised with this apple pie flavours to really appreciate it.

bark, May 30, 2012
Photo of tone77
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
Photo of vfgccp
3.85/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Nice, crystal clear, medium gold body. Thin white head with low retention and poor lace, but surprisingly lively carbonation in the glass.

S - Interesting. Soft floral cinnamon, a touch of nutmeg, and a light bready sweetness.

T - Bright carbonation, crisp acidity, and a sweet breadiness support a center of Macintosh apples and cinnamon. Apple Jacks cereal finish.

M - Great carbonation adds a lot to the medium/light frame.

O - Surprisingly good with great balance across both the flavor profile and mouthfeel. Really nice job for a brew below 5% abv.

vfgccp, Aug 26, 2012
Photo of Evil_Pidde
3.53/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: A lot darker pour than others I've had earlier in this style; amber. With a really larger white light but still compact head. Nice lacings.

S: Cinnamon and green apples up front, actually smells just like homemade applepie. Some mellow wheat in the back. A hint of nutmeg in the back.

T: Follows the nose, but with a little more wheat beer feel. Some ginger is also noticable.

M: Medium long aftertaste, bitterness besides the spices. Body is smooth and light while carbonation is mild.

O: Quite interesting, but not that great.

Evil_Pidde, May 12, 2012
Photo of Lare453
2.25/5  rDev -27.7%

Lare453, Oct 10, 2013
Photo of puboflyons
3.18/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

puboflyons, Mar 22, 2012
Photo of Brenden
3.29/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

This one has a thin, wispy off-white head that struggles to develop but does just manage. It's not much, but it sticks around, a frothy foam sitting atop a perfectly clear and bright pale yellow brew. What's left on the glass is a bit of foamy something I wouldn't exactly call lacing along with some spots here and there.
I actually like the nose pretty well. They seem to have been going for apple pie, and they achieved that to a point. Pulpy white apple flesh with a bit of juice to it bounces off a caramel malt backbone (admittedly a little thin, though that's not as apparent in the aroma), while a bit of hot cinnamon adds the spicing.
It comes off as more of an apple strudel as some toastiness and dough come in with the caramel malts, though it has a cereal grain flavor that ends up making it taste more like apple jacks. Still, it works out pretty well altogether.
It is on the thinner side, not simply light-bodied but lacking a little. Crispness stays firm and consistent, keeping up nicely.

Brenden, Apr 08, 2014
Photo of Griffith
4/5  rDev +28.6%

Griffith, Feb 05, 2012
Photo of BGsWo22
1/5  rDev -67.8%

BGsWo22, Mar 20, 2013
Photo of Reagan1984
3/5  rDev -3.5%

Reagan1984, Dec 17, 2011
Photo of Brent
4/5  rDev +28.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I feared an apple-flavored malt beverage, but I was surprised at how much I liked this beer. Light body but not watery. Apple flavor was, appropriately, predominant, with a baked-red delicious apple character that was complimented by light brown sugar and cinnamon notes. Some faint malt notes toward the end state a claim that the beverage is a beer. Interesting, but the sort of beer that you are happy to split and then move on to something else. I like this as an alternative to the pumpkin beers as a fall seasonal. Something tells me this would go great with a leftover turkey sandwich.

Brent, Aug 22, 2012
Photo of lordofthewiens
2.65/5  rDev -14.8%
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.

lordofthewiens, Mar 18, 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 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 tommy5
3.75/5  rDev +20.6%

tommy5, Sep 13, 2013
Photo of thecheapies
3.63/5  rDev +16.7%
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.

thecheapies, Mar 05, 2012
Photo of malfunxion
2.5/5  rDev -19.6%

malfunxion, Aug 31, 2014
Photo of Dope
3.03/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

Dope, Mar 01, 2012
Photo of Boto
3.1/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz. bottle: This one pours a hazy, darker golden color. There was a small white head on it that didn’t linger long. Spice is the main component of the aroma, almost a cross between apple and pumpkin pie. Some wheat notes also. The taste is different. Definitely a taste of crisp apples. A bit of wheat and cinnamon. It’s not bad, I’m just not sure I could drink too many of these.

Boto, Oct 12, 2012
Shipyard Applehead from Shipyard Brewing Co.
72 out of 100 based on 380 ratings.