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Shipyard Applehead | Shipyard Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
Shipyard Brewing Co.
Maine, United States

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

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Ratings: 407 |  Reviews: 99
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3.25/5  rDev +4.2%

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2.76/5  rDev -11.5%

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3/5  rDev -3.8%

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3.25/5  rDev +4.2%

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2/5  rDev -35.9%

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3.23/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

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Photo of undeadozzy
4.33/5  rDev +38.8%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured from a tap, and has a very generic yellow-gold beer appearance. Some head, some lacing, but nothing really special.

S - Wow! Smells like I just poured myself a bowl of Apple Jacks! This smell is phenomenal, hedonistic really. The cues of apple and cinnamon are so profound I can literally taste them, and the beer hasn't even touched my lips yet, which is a great sign.

T - The taste. Could have more of the Apple Jacks taste, but it tastes very good overall. Beautiful apple and cinnamon clashing with some honey taste, maybe a little bit of bitter hops and a sweet golden malt. Very pleasant, but I really wish it had the wallop that the smell had.

M - Generic. Watery beery feeling, but I wasn't hoping for very much as most beers of this style rely more on taste and flavor than character.

O - A very good beer indeed, the good massively outweighed the bad, and made for one unique and very tasty beverage. The apple beer is a good alternative to the typical hard apple ciders I see popping up everywhere, and wow do they pack a lot more flavor than those ciders do. Definitely a must-try for any fan of hard cider or apple jack cereal, you will not be disappointed.

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2.75/5  rDev -11.9%

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3.5/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a transparent orange with a medium sized white head that dissipates fairly quickly. Smells of cinnamon, nutmeg, and apple. Like an apple pie, really. Tastes similar. Apple is at the forefront. A bit of a sweet cinnamon and nutmeg taste as well. The wheat comes out almost like the pie crust. Should have just called this "apple pie beer". Feels somewhat thin with a lot of carbonation.

Apple pie isn't my favorite pie flavor, but it still makes for a decent beer. Really, this beer is almost like a cider in a lot of ways. Might try it again some time when the mood strikes.

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3/5  rDev -3.8%

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3.25/5  rDev +4.2%

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2.75/5  rDev -11.9%

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3.11/5  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.

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4.25/5  rDev +36.2%

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3/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

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4.47/5  rDev +43.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The smell of apples spices could knock your socks off. This was a very pleasant surprise. The taste was exactly what the aroma was. The apple and spices was very evident. There was apples and spices was well balanced. From the first to last sip or gulp showed a soft and mellow feel in the mouth. I ended up buying a case and enjoy every drop with friends.

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3.25/5  rDev +4.2%

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3.5/5  rDev +12.2%

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4/5  rDev +28.2%

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3.93/5  rDev +26%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a clear, golden color with a centimeter thick head that dissipates quickly. The lacing is very nice.

Smell - An overbearing scent of cinnamon at first.. then after a few more whiffs it starts smelling like apple pie.

Taste - Very sweet, cinnamon being the most dominant flavor, along with ginger, nutmeg, and apples.

Mouthfeel - Light body with mild carbonation.

Overall - This was pretty good. Nice to try something different. It's not overly spicy like most similar beers. It kind of reminds me of a more mild winter warmer ale.

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3.5/5  rDev +12.2%

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2.75/5  rDev -11.9%

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2.5/5  rDev -19.9%

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2.45/5  rDev -21.5%
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.

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1.75/5  rDev -43.9%

Shipyard Applehead from Shipyard Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.12 out of 5 with 407 ratings
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