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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
Reviews:
99
Ratings:
405
Avg:
3.18
pDev:
44.03%
 
 
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Photo of tigg924
3.18/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had on tap at New World Tavern--Plymouth, served into a pint glass

Appearance: 1/2 inch head, straw yellow in color, clear, moderate carbonation

Smell: cinnamon, apples, and toasted malt

Taste: toasted malt, cinnamon, and caramel in the forefront . This could just as easily be called Cinnamon head..faint apples at the end..the after taste is where the apples shine--almost like a green Jolly Rancher

Mouthfeel: very sweet, moderate carbonation, light bodied, very clean

Overall: Normally I like session beers, but I feel this one could use the imperialization that their pumpkin beer did. That turned an undrinkable beer into a bold pumpkin ale. On the face of it, this is a lighter version of their pumpkin beer and with a slight touch of apple and even more cinnamon. It is way more drinkable than Pumpkinhead just because of its lightness and lack of any off tastes. I actually wish the sweet apple was brought out a bit more. This could be like 21st Amendment's Watermelon Ale if the fruity taste was allowed to shine. Instead what is left is a drinkable, but very easily passed over beer.

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Photo of bark
2.45/5  rDev -23%
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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Photo of Brad007
3.82/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden color with a one-finger head into my glass. Resembles cider to an extent.

Hot apple pie in the nose. I kind of expected it as well. Not much of the wheat but it works as a base.

Ditto on the taste. Apple pie all the way. One of the things that I love most about apple pies are the crusts. Like Pumpkinhead, I can detect the crust. The spices are spot on too.

Lingering apple pie crust and perhaps cinnamon? Either way, it's a decent footprint.

A good beer only if you like something that doesn't even resemble beer. It's not a malt beverage but you can't taste anything other than the apple pie. Worth a try at the very least.

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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 Brenden
3.3/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

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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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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 DrinkSlurm
3.24/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from bottle into tulip.
Golden color with no real head or lacing.
Smell is very nice. Cinnamon dominates, with apple aromas. Kind of like apple cider.
Taste is crisp at first, followed by cinnamon...leaving an apple flavor that lingers; again like an apple cider.
Overall, its not horrible, but its just average. Nice and unique for sure, but I wouldnt buy a whole 6-pack; at least not until the fall - if still available. I also think its strange that it was released in December through spring?? This is deff a fall brew!!

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

12oz. bottle: This one pours a hazy, darker golden color. There was a small white head on it that didn’t linger long. Spice is the main component of the aroma, almost a cross between apple and pumpkin pie. Some wheat notes also. The taste is different. Definitely a taste of crisp apples. A bit of wheat and cinnamon. It’s not bad, I’m just not sure I could drink too many of these.

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Photo of Treyliff
2.76/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

A- pours a clear golden-yellow color with a small fizzy white head, good retention after the pour

S- it smells like apple cider with a lot of cinnamon notes added, also picking up some funky sulphur aromas

T- seltzer water mixed with cinnamon powder, there is a touch of baked apple flavor that at least gives it some natural flavor, not picking up any beer flavors though

M- light-medium body with low carbonation, sweet, yet moderately dry finish

O- not a fan of this one. I'm all for fruit beers, but they should at least have some beer elements to them

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Photo of Brent
4/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I feared an apple-flavored malt beverage, but I was surprised at how much I liked this beer. Light body but not watery. Apple flavor was, appropriately, predominant, with a baked-red delicious apple character that was complimented by light brown sugar and cinnamon notes. Some faint malt notes toward the end state a claim that the beverage is a beer. Interesting, but the sort of beer that you are happy to split and then move on to something else. I like this as an alternative to the pumpkin beers as a fall seasonal. Something tells me this would go great with a leftover turkey sandwich.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
3.16/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A: Pours a slightly golden yellow color with about a fingers worth of head that bubbles and fizzes away very quickly

S: Slightly tart apples, cinnamon and some other spices, and a hint of wheaty malt

T: Starts off with the spices and slowly moves to the tartness of the apples. Both of these co-mingle into the aftertaste

M: Light bodied with too much carbonation

O: This is a great dessert beer that manages to mimmic apple pie with the spices and apples and is easy to drink, but as a stand-alone "pale wheat ale," this one is way off the mark. It is definitely more of a specialty beer that doesn't belong in any category, but could fit into the fruit beer section better than pale wheat ale. Certainly don't expect your typical American pale wheat ale when drinking this, because you won't find it anywhere in this beer

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Photo of hophugger
2.98/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Very light creamy aroma of apple juice. Average head and no lacing. Taste is slightly watered down and spice is a tad too much. Overall, this beer lacked any complexity

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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 Danny1217
3.5/5  rDev +10.1%
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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Photo of jsanford
1.88/5  rDev -40.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

12oz bottle poured into a Pint Glass. Clearly I'm a glutton for punishment.

A - Pours a clear, light gold with a creamy white head that settles to a decent haze.
S - Apples, cinnamon, and a touch of malt. This smells like applesauce, or perhaps a McDonalds Apple Pie. Not offensive, but definitely artificial smelling.
T - Pretty much what you'd expect from a Shipyard apple beer ; buttery diacetyl, watery grain bill, artificial apple flavoring, and dusty cinnamon & nutmeg. Not as retch-inducing as Pumpkinhead, but still pretty foul.
M - Light and watery, with a thin body and moderate carbonation.
O - Why do I keep doing this to myself? I've not yet had an enjoyable Shipyard brew, I dunno why I though a slapped-together *apple beer* would be any different. Avoid, unless you actually like Pumpkinhead for some reason.

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Photo of ordybill
2.78/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass.
Aroma- Fantastic aroma of apples, can't wait to taste
Appearance- Looks like a mix between apple juice and a lager. Has a small white head.
Taste- Completely disappointing. I actually feel cheated when I compare the aroma to the taste. You can taste cinnamon and maybe a hint of apple, but the beer flavor doesn't appeal to me.
Palate- This is a light bodied beer with moderate carbonation. The finish is dry and crisp.
Overall - This does not even compare to Shipyard's Pumpkin brew. I would not try this again nor recommend it to anyone unless they want to experiment with flavors

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Photo of TheSixthRing
3.33/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours a hazy golden hue with a white finger width head. Decent retention, resulting in a thick, sticky lacing.

Smell - Big whiffs of apple, with hints of cinnamon spice.

Taste - Tastes like fermented apple juice with an ample amount of cinnamon creeping in on the backend. Not much in the way of wheat or hop character. Sweet. Simple.

Mouthfeel - Light in body, with a decent amount of carbonation. Finishes fairly wet.

Overall - Meh. Fairly gimmicky. Doesn't have a whole lot of "beer" qualities about it. It's drinkable, but not necessarily all that enjoyable. Bought it because it's $3 a sixer at Trader Joe's.

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Photo of rarbring
3.23/5  rDev +1.6%
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 Onenote81
3/5  rDev -5.7%
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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Photo of morebeergood
2.11/5  rDev -33.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

I was at a company Xmas party, and there was an open bar. I figured I'd try a pint of this, because I knew that I'd never pay for this beer. Orange colored body, with very little head. Not much carbonation, and no lacing. Smelled like a glass of fruit punch, which is not attractive for a beer. Taste was overpowered by the flavor of fake apple concentrate. It completely dominated the beer, and made this beer a one-note joke. Mouthfeel was overly sweet. I don't know why Shipyard would release such a monstrosity of a beer. If they wanted to brew up a cider, then bottle a cider. An apple flavored beer just does not work.

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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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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 The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.69/5  rDev +16%

Appearance (3.5) : Pours a decent 1 finger head that quickly evaporates into a foamy ring. Body is like slightly opaque apple juice.

Aroma (3.5) : I smell a bucket of damp, mushy apples, with some of them that have gone bad in the bunch. That's probably the best I can describe it in all honesty. Could be because I just picked our apple trees in the back yard (first frost). Beyond that with more detail, there's some slight tart cinnamon, with some faint corn notes. Bouquet is medium strength.

Taste (3.75) : Tartness hits first with a classic lager taste right after, which fills out the majority of the body. At the tail end there's cinnamon and a slight flavor of candy gummi apple rings. Slight faint sourness on the finish. It's definitely not too sweet. For those who are shy of sweet apple beers, this is not one of them, so you're in the safe zone. Those expecting more sweetness will be disappointed, but in all honesty it's a beer, not juice cocktail.

Mouthfeel (3.25) : Zingy, zippy, carbonated, and crisp. Light bodied. The finish is dry and crisp.

Overall (3.69) : As far as fruit beers go, it's hard to find one that stands up to the definition of "craft". But this beer is pretty decent, and it probably gets a worse rep than it should. Shipyard Applehead is a beer you drink when you are in the mood for a beer, but also apples. This is not cloying or overly sweet, in fact it's more beer than it is apples. However if you want apples, it's there - and it will satisfy your craving for an apple flavored beer. I'd drink it again, I may even consider a six pack on sale. Decent brew. I feel like I've described this beer in the best ability I can. Gonna finish this one on the couch in front of the tube.

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Shipyard Applehead from Shipyard Brewing Co.
3.18 out of 5 based on 405 ratings.
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