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Shipyard Applehead - Shipyard Brewing Co.

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72
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386 Ratings
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Ratings: 386
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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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 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
Photo of Immortale25
3.5/5  rDev +12.5%

Immortale25, Mar 14, 2012
Photo of aztraz
3/5  rDev -3.5%

aztraz, May 05, 2012
Photo of KevMo84
3.75/5  rDev +20.6%

KevMo84, Jun 08, 2014
Photo of DrinkSlurm
3.2/5  rDev +2.9%
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!!

DrinkSlurm, Jan 22, 2012
Photo of jsanford
1.83/5  rDev -41.2%
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.

jsanford, Jan 31, 2012
Photo of notchucknorris
3.6/5  rDev +15.8%
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.

notchucknorris, Feb 28, 2012
Photo of vonnegut21
3.5/5  rDev +12.5%

vonnegut21, May 03, 2012
Photo of rarbring
3.25/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A clear bronze colored brew, a pale white head that settles with little lacing. Some curtains.

Smelling cinnamon and apple sponge cake. Period.

Starting sweet, crunchy apple roasted cereal, apple juice and peel.

Medium carbonation, rather watery, a small body and a sour dry finish.

It sure is apple infused, with some cinnamon vibes. Better than apple soda, but not really comparable to a good cider.

rarbring, Jun 28, 2012
Photo of jzeilinger
3.1/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Pours a bright medium gold color, probably better described as the color of apple juice, a nice white fluffy head, and tons of carbonation.

S - Crackery malt, wheat, apples, cinnamon and nutmeg. This smells like something I'd rather have in the Fall.

T - Hits everything the nose did: cinnamon, apples, nutmeg, wheat, crisp malt and is pretty much applie pie in a glass. The aftertaste leaves a somewhat cloying cinnamon spice aftertaste that tastes artifical.

M - Light medium body, crisp, and the carbonation is a little sharp.

O - Doesn't taste like beer which would be good for those who like sweeter, lighter, and crisper beers. I do like how crisp it is but the artificial flavoring was too much, maybe dial it down and make it more subtle and infuse a little bitterness so the sugary sweetness isn't the dominating sensation. I'm not the appropriate audience for this product and as creative as it is, I had to dump it and scrub my palette.

jzeilinger, Jun 11, 2012
Photo of Fettpopps
1/5  rDev -67.8%

Fettpopps, Mar 26, 2014
Photo of cliff1066
3.25/5  rDev +4.5%

cliff1066, Apr 29, 2013
Photo of KTCamm
3.5/5  rDev +12.5%
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.

KTCamm, Mar 17, 2012
Photo of thekevlarkid
3.35/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Out of a bottle this beer was a perfectly clear, golden color with one finger of slightly lemon-tinted head. The retention was good and it left lacing in spots of the sliding collar. The aroma was of apples, crystal malt, cookie dough and a hint of cinnamon. The flavors were indeed full of apples and cinnamon up front followed by a sweet malt center, some graininess from the wheat and then a finish where the cinnamon came back and seemed to linger. The whole experience was strangely like a cross between Apple Cinnamon Cheerios and beer. Curious. The mouthfeel was creamy, the body medium and the carbonation appropriate. An interesting fall beer but really more like a cider. Or a bowl of cereal.

thekevlarkid, Mar 24, 2012
Photo of Chugs13
2.75/5  rDev -11.6%

Chugs13, Mar 28, 2012
Photo of bigfnjoe
3/5  rDev -3.5%

bigfnjoe, Feb 09, 2012
Photo of Nichols33
3.25/5  rDev +4.5%

Nichols33, Sep 09, 2014
Photo of Burt
3.5/5  rDev +12.5%

Burt, Jan 10, 2012
Photo of NJBeer265
3.5/5  rDev +12.5%

NJBeer265, May 22, 2013
Photo of bostonryan
3.5/5  rDev +12.5%

bostonryan, Mar 29, 2012
Photo of Onenote81
3/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a clear orange with no head at all. Nose is full of cinnamon and apples. It’s like apple pie in a glass. Crisp clean mouthfeel. Lots of spice up front - nutmeg, cinnamon, etc. Mildly tart apple on the finish. Not a bad dessert beer here, but not the best Apple Ale out there. I wouldn’t turn it down though.

Onenote81, Jun 08, 2012
Photo of CraigTravor
3/5  rDev -3.5%

CraigTravor, Sep 03, 2014
Photo of RoryOMoore
3.75/5  rDev +20.6%

RoryOMoore, Apr 03, 2012
Shipyard Applehead from Shipyard Brewing Co.
72 out of 100 based on 386 ratings.