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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Photo of oriolesfan4
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 Immortale25
3.5/5  rDev +10.1%

Photo of drwolfe
3.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of Jim_DemonDeacon
1.25/5  rDev -60.7%

Photo of DSlim71
3.5/5  rDev +10.1%

Photo of rpaine
4/5  rDev +25.8%

Photo of PeteRiz
2.25/5  rDev -29.2%

Photo of deltatauhobbit
2.76/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clear light golden color, not much of a head, no lacing

Smell has a good amount of various spices, cinnamon, nutmeg, even a bit of allspice, any apple aromas are certainly lost behind the parade of spice.

Taste comes and goes quickly, the spicing slaps your tongue only to run away immediately, thin body, carbonation is crisp and refreshing.

Instantly forgettable, surprisingly Pumpkinhead blows this once out of the water, which is saying something.

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Photo of zeff80
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 sevenmoist
1.5/5  rDev -52.8%

Photo of facundoCNB
3.97/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - clear golden yellow pour with a nice amount of head

S - sweet apples, cinnamon, yeast.. smells like apple cinnamon oatmeal

T - mostly cinnamon straight up with a nice wheat after taste.. makes it taste like the apple jacks cereal. this is great! apple flavor isn't overwhelming.. realy well balanced

M - crisp yet sweet, dry finish, light bodied, nice and fizzy.

O - this was a great idea for a beer. glad they went through with it. very refreshing and crisp, sweet but not TOO sweet, fruity but not TOO fruity.

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Photo of LiquidSanity
2.08/5  rDev -34.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Ap: Very pretty. Bright orange gold copper color with a foamy appearance. Tiny bit of head and lacing.

Ar: Apples of course with a nice spicy cinnamon. Gingerbread smell. Nothing unexpected. And not very pronounced. Faint.

Ta: It should be called cinnamonhead and not applehead. The cinnamon over powers the apple taste. It remains throughout and the apples are more of an aftertaste. Not very appealing and almost disgusting. Like a mediocre cider/champagne.

Mf: Thin, watery and faint. It's like cheap club soda that was left opened and becomes flat.

Ov: Bland, boring and not worth trying a second time. I let everyone else drink the rest. No thanks.

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Photo of Beejay
3.16/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: A golden amber color, much like the color of apple juice. Crystal clear with a nice, slightly not white head on top.

S: Cinnamon is the first thing that comes out. Cinnamon and nutmeg are really powerful in the smell. Behind the spices there is an apple cider smell, as well as a touch of toasty flavors. It smells a lot like one of those Christmas stores that stays open year round, and you are left to constantly wonder why the fuck anyone wants to buy cinnamon candles, nativity scenes, and snowy covered miniature towns in the middle of August.

T: Apple, bread, and cinnamon hit first. It tastes like a cold version of baked cinnamon apples. The middle has some bready notes, and the finish has a slight tart apple juice finish.

M: Light on the palate, crisp, and lots of carbonation.

O: Overall I don't think this is a bad beer, sure it may be a bit gimmicky, and over the top with spice, but I don't particularly mind it. It would be interesting as a theme beer, or perhaps to cook with. Unfortunately I don't see buying this beer regularly, more of an 'entertainment value' type of beer.

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Photo of thecheapies
3.59/5  rDev +12.9%
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.

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Photo of vencad
2.5/5  rDev -21.4%

Photo of jk3
3.5/5  rDev +10.1%

Photo of NJHopHeadBob
3/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of dasenebler
1.67/5  rDev -47.5%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

12oz, best by July 2012.

Clear gold with a thin bubbly head.

Aroma is cloyingly spicy, with notes of cinnamon and allspice. Slightly cider-like, but in the end it just smells like a scented candle. After a while, it almost gives me a headache.

Flavor is thin and light. Effervescent and grainy, with subtle notes of apple. Not too sweet or spicy like the aroma, but there's definitely hints of cake spices in there.

Overall this is as bad as Pumpkinhead. What an abomination. Still, Shipyard will probably make a killing off this beer.

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Photo of Dope
3.07/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

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3.5/5  rDev +10.1%

Photo of notchucknorris
3.62/5  rDev +13.8%
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.

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Photo of Lob
3/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of JedediahK
3/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of BeerMeBrah
3/5  rDev -5.7%

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3/5  rDev -5.7%

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