Shipyard Applehead | Shipyard Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Shipyard Brewing Co.
Maine, United States
shipyard.com

Style: Herbed / Spiced Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
Shipyard Applehead is a crisp, refreshing wheat ale with a delightful apple aroma and subtle cinnamon flavor.

Added by stonermouse on 12-10-2011

BEER STATS
Ratings:
406
Reviews:
99
Avg:
3.18
pDev:
21.7%
 
 
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9
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Ratings: 406 |  Reviews: 99
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2.25/5  rDev -29.2%

Photo of kylehay2004
3.48/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: two finger frothy head with some retention on a clear golden amber body.

S: apple cinnamon with some orange and wheat notes.

T: more cinnamon apple in the flavor throughout with intermixed wheat and a toasted malts.

M: light body and high carbonation. semi dry finish but still somewhat refreshing.

Overall: The apple is nicely applied and not too sweet. Not a regular beer to have often but I was expecting worse.

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Photo of jaydoc
3/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.05/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Best before 9/2012.

Pours a slightly hazy honey orange with a 1 inch foamy orange-white head that settles to an oily film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is somewhat like one of those apple flavored snack pies. Taste is of watery apple cider mixed with some overbearing cinnamon/clove spice flavors. There is a slightly bitter spice finish with each sip. This beer has a pretty good level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a middle of the road fruit flavored beer that is better than Pumpkinhead but not something I would to get again.

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2.75/5  rDev -13.5%

Photo of Knapp85
3.42/5  rDev +7.5%
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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3.02/5  rDev -5%
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 metter98
3.12/5  rDev -1.9%
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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2.77/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a conical Guinness pint in me gaff in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are very low; it sounds disgusting. Acquired at a local Trader Joe's.

Served refrigerator cold and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a three finger head of fair cream, decent thickness, and good retention - though the ABV is low. Colour is a transparent bright copper-gold. No yeast particles are visible.

Sm: Cinnamon and apple. Spicy. A bit like apple pie. Clove. A pleasant, unique aroma - but one that warns of artificial syrup. A strong aroma. No yeast.

T: Overly cinnamony, with some apple. Some spice - clove. Not the artifical syrup I feared. Sugary. The cinnamon is way overdone. Tastes like a cheap apple pie. No real layering. Not as bad as I feared. Neither complex nor subtle, but unique. Clean malts. I like it for what it is, but it ventures towards cider territory. How is this in any way a wheat ale?

Mf: Crisp. Smooth and wet. Tingly and coarse to a degree from the sugar cinnamon overload. Adequately carbonated. Too smooth on the finish.

Dr: Drinkable but the cinnamon appeal quickly fades, leaving a somewhat obnoxiously spicy beer. I wouldn't get this again, nor would I recommend it to friends. A decent beer for the price, but largely forgettable elsewise. It's unique, which makes it worth trying.

Trader Joe's offers better beers (Trader Joe's Vintage comes to mind).

A poor candidate for aging.

High C-

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3.47/5  rDev +9.1%
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 WillieThreebiers
3.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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3/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of olradetbalder
2.25/5  rDev -29.2%

Photo of jlindros
2.95/5  rDev -7.2%
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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3.37/5  rDev +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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3.13/5  rDev -1.6%
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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2.75/5  rDev -13.5%

Photo of mactrail
3.83/5  rDev +20.4%
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 ChainGangGuy
3.97/5  rDev +24.8%
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 atrocity
2.5/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of vfgccp
3.82/5  rDev +20.1%
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.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.81/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.75

Blueberry earlier, apple now. Why are people concerned about my health? I am getting more than my fair share of fruit!

Another f**king screw-top! I am wasting my mad cap-popping skills on these things. This makes Woody angry, and much like the incredible Hulk, when I get angry, I become even stronger! Inverted pour from a bottle?!? That is indicative of just how angry it made me. The two-plus fingers of ecru foam popped and fizzed like I had poured myself a glass of pop. Color was a deep, golden yellow (SRM = > 5, < 7) with NE-plus quality clarity, allowing me to see into the future. My reverie was interrupted by the Unholy Trio of Mammon, Midas and Croesus, all of whom wanted a taste. I took a deep sniff and the apple odor was so prevalent that I thought of Golden Delicious and when I said this, they ripped the glass from my hands and began chugging it in earnest! Too much gelt for me, so I opened another for myself. Mouthfeel was thin and watery, but the taste was like apple pie! Apples, certainly, but underlain with (at least) cinnamon. Wild and completely unexpected! The finish was dry, mostly because of the spice, but this was a very pleasant drink on a hot summer's day. I would recommend this on a seasonal basis, like right now.

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3.5/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.05/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Looks like a carbonated apple juice, I believe amongst the Johnny Appleseed Ales, the Red's Apple Ale, and the AB version of Shocktop this was the trailblazer amongst the recent trend. It pours with a fizzy white head quickly fading to nothing not much lacing on the sides of my glass. Aroma has sweet candy apple upfront with some cinnamon spice to blend into a pseudo apple pie mix, I could picture locals here dropping apple pie moonshine boilermakers into this one. The flavor is spice heavy with cinnamon sitting on the palate through each sip, and not fresh ground cinnamon the one that's been in your mom's spice cabinet since you were a kid. Mouthfeel is pretty well carbonated, tickles the back of your throat becomes a bit hard to swallow within the first few sips. Lighter bodied beer from Shipyard, at least I'm not getting their Allen Pugsley signature house yeast notes, aka no butter to speak of here. Overall not too impressed and not as appalled as I thought I was going to be, worth a shot and hell I would try the moonshine boilermaker at least once.

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2.5/5  rDev -21.4%

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