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
Gots:
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3.75/5  rDev +17.9%

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3/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of kojevergas
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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Photo of brstls4drmrs
4.12/5  rDev +29.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks maniacal82 for this one.

A - Pours a transparent blonde, straw-like color with a half inch white head. Good lacing occurrs and forms a perfect ring.

S - Scents of sweet spice like nutmeg and just a splash of clove. Apples and cinnamon in there too mixed with pear. Just a very pleasing scent that I could smell for hours.

T - Crisp, a little yeast with some spice mixed with a granny smith apple. Just without the tart aspect.

M - Feels crisp with medium carbonation and a slightly creamy finish.

O - A very nice brew. Would love a few more of these.

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Photo of Nerudamann
3.32/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Look – light golden color, clear, with good carbonation and about half a finger’s worth of foam that dissipates quickly.

Smell – due to the apples, it smells a lot like a cider, and perhaps it’s considered one? It smells like a spice ale otherwise.

Taste – much like the smell, it smells like a blend between an apple cider and a spiced apple ale. The spices are stronger than anything else.

Mouthfeel – pretty well balanced, but it does lean on the watery side.

Overall – not a bad-tasting brew…interesting, but not terribly appealing on a long term scale.

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2/5  rDev -37.1%

Photo of MrHurmateeowish
3.42/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle purchased at Market Basket in Somersworth. Pours a hazy golden with less than a half inch of off-white head. Apple dominates the aroma. Sweet and sour apple dominate the flavor too, as expected, with spice notes as well. Medium-bodied with moderate carbonation. Sweet and pleasant, thus rather drinkable. A bit of a one note beer (which the name would suggest), but not bad overall.

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Photo of Dbrag
4.25/5  rDev +33.6%

Photo of bostonryan
3.5/5  rDev +10.1%

Photo of Chugs13
2.75/5  rDev -13.5%

Photo of radiantdesigner
3.5/5  rDev +10.1%

Photo of CuteZombieDoll
3.12/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Golden orange, same color as a hard cider

S- A strong cinnamon and hop aroma, not much of an apple smell

T- Initially a very strong cinnamon flavor followed by the (very) light taste of apple. I didn't taste any hops and hardly any malt. It's like a spiced, weak hard cider.

M- Kinda watery and highly carbonated.

O- Disappointing. Honestly, I got this since the liquor store was closing and I was curious. I was kinda hoping that this beer would have a light apple and cinnamon flavor with that lovely wheat element. The beer and apple aspect gets completely lost among the spices. It didn't taste offensive, but not one I will be buying again.

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Photo of BeerTaster727
3.75/5  rDev +17.9%

Photo of mzeld
4.25/5  rDev +33.6%

Photo of Shikitohno
4.5/5  rDev +41.5%

Photo of fonts30290
3/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of thekevlarkid
3.38/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

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2/5  rDev -37.1%

Photo of puboflyons
3.2/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

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3/5  rDev -5.7%

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3/5  rDev -5.7%

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3.5/5  rDev +10.1%

Photo of lordofthewiens
2.68/5  rDev -15.7%
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.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.56/5  rDev +11.9%
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.

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Photo of austinhensley
3.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Shipyard Applehead from Shipyard Brewing Co.
3.18 out of 5 based on 406 ratings.
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