Shipyard Applehead | Shipyard Brewing Company

Your Rating: None
Want it   Got it 
Shipyard AppleheadShipyard Applehead
407 Ratings
Shipyard AppleheadShipyard Applehead

Brewed by:
Shipyard Brewing Company
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

Bros Score:
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 407 |  Reviews: 99
Photo of WVbeergeek
3.05/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

 1,069 characters

Photo of Zombill
3.5/5  rDev +12.2%

Photo of JJChrist
2.5/5  rDev -19.9%

Photo of Jcohen20
3.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of Kyote0402
3.5/5  rDev +12.2%

Photo of LakerLeith
3.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of neil2me
2.5/5  rDev -19.9%

Photo of KevMo84
3.75/5  rDev +20.2%

Photo of Mphis
2.5/5  rDev -19.9%

Photo of lost_sailor
4/5  rDev +28.2%

Photo of mpenning13
1.5/5  rDev -51.9%

Photo of Dudon
3/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Aisha
3.5/5  rDev +12.2%

Photo of theoceantakesme
2.75/5  rDev -11.9%

Photo of ryanmcd
4.25/5  rDev +36.2%

Photo of lzepplin01
2.75/5  rDev -11.9%

Photo of AMCimpi
3/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of rmargeson
3/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Gator_Nation
3.5/5  rDev +12.2%

Photo of Brenden
3.3/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

This one has a thin, wispy off-white head that struggles to develop but does just manage. It's not much, but it sticks around, a frothy foam sitting atop a perfectly clear and bright pale yellow brew. What's left on the glass is a bit of foamy something I wouldn't exactly call lacing along with some spots here and there.
I actually like the nose pretty well. They seem to have been going for apple pie, and they achieved that to a point. Pulpy white apple flesh with a bit of juice to it bounces off a caramel malt backbone (admittedly a little thin, though that's not as apparent in the aroma), while a bit of hot cinnamon adds the spicing.
It comes off as more of an apple strudel as some toastiness and dough come in with the caramel malts, though it has a cereal grain flavor that ends up making it taste more like apple jacks. Still, it works out pretty well altogether.
It is on the thinner side, not simply light-bodied but lacking a little. Crispness stays firm and consistent, keeping up nicely.

 1,006 characters

Photo of Shakydog68
3.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of David19457
3.5/5  rDev +12.2%

Photo of Dirk_Chappelle
3.75/5  rDev +20.2%

Photo of hmmmbeer10
3/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Fettpopps
1/5  rDev -67.9%

Shipyard Applehead from Shipyard Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.12 out of 5 with 407 ratings
  • About Us

    Founded in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.