Shipyard Applehead | Shipyard Brewing Co.

Shipyard AppleheadShipyard Applehead
BA SCORE
18.9%
Liked This Beer
3.12 w/ 407 ratings
Shipyard AppleheadShipyard Applehead
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
Ranking:
#43,046
Reviews:
99
Ratings:
407
Liked:
77
Avg:
3.12/5
pDev:
22.12%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
9
Gots:
47
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 407 |  Reviews: 99
Photo of JAHMUR
2.5/5  rDev -19.9%

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.77/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a tumbler pint, the beer is a vibrant, crystal clear, golden yellow coloring. On initial pour, there is a low profile, foamy white head, but that disappears very quickly. The nose is reminiscent of fresh baked apple pie, with a heavy dose of cinnamon and a toasty, bready quality. Flavors are heavy on the cinnamon as well, giving the light bodied beer an initial sharpness to it. Apple serves as the backbone, and it tastes like more of the red variety, including Macintosh, Braeburn, and Gala. Very tasty, and the sweetness does a good job avoiding the realm of tart. The spicing and sweetness does shift to a slight syrupy character at the very end of the palate. The aftertaste is toasty, but pastry toasty as opposed to bread toasty, with slight cinnamon spice present. The finish is light and subtle, with a slow regression of flavors. Interesting brew, and more subtle and unique than I initially thought it would be when the beer was announced.

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Photo of Lare453
2.25/5  rDev -27.9%

Photo of malfunxion
2.5/5  rDev -19.9%

Photo of sendbeer
1.5/5  rDev -51.9%

Photo of tone77
3.53/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle/ Has a golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of cinnamon and apples. Taste is strong of cinnamon, maybe a little to much, some apples, easy drinking. Feels light in the mouth and although I would not want this on a regular basis, it makes for an interesting change of pace.

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Photo of beernads
2.75/5  rDev -11.9%

Photo of tommy5
3.75/5  rDev +20.2%

Photo of Nichols33
3.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of LoveStout
2.75/5  rDev -11.9%

Photo of WesWes
3.55/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a golden color with a 1/2" fizzy white head that quickly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a sweet, apple pie aroma that boasts of pale malts and a good deal of apple character. The taste is average. It has a light, pale and wheat malt flavor along with a somewhat artificial apple pie taste. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate/good carbonation. This is an interesting beer that's worthy as a rotating seasonal.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.2/5  rDev +2.6%
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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Photo of Zorro
3.45/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clear amber colored ale with a small white colored head.

Smell is sweet and a dead ringer for apple pie. No hops detected, just apple, cinnamon, and pie crust.

Starts out mildly sweet. The taste is exactly apple pie. Not as sweet as apple pie other than that it's apple pie in a glass.

Mouthfeel is light.

Overall this is an interesting novelty beer. This would of course be the perfect beer for apple pie.

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Photo of jzeilinger
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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Photo of Kelp
3/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Evil_Pidde
3.53/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: A lot darker pour than others I've had earlier in this style; amber. With a really larger white light but still compact head. Nice lacings.

S: Cinnamon and green apples up front, actually smells just like homemade applepie. Some mellow wheat in the back. A hint of nutmeg in the back.

T: Follows the nose, but with a little more wheat beer feel. Some ginger is also noticable.

M: Medium long aftertaste, bitterness besides the spices. Body is smooth and light while carbonation is mild.

O: Quite interesting, but not that great.

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Photo of tigg924
3.18/5  rDev +1.9%
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 jdhilt
2.42/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a one finger white head that vanishes quickly to a ring leaving no lace. Chrystal clear light amber color. Light carbonation and light-medium bodied. Strong spicy apple cider nose, flavor is similar - cinnamon apple cider and sweet. Checked the label to make sure I bought beer - says its an ale. Would make a good lawn mower beverage and not much else. $1.75 for a 12oz bottle from Bert’s Better Beers Hooksett, NH.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.12/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Apple-cider coloring has a neat clarity and a light spacious rise of effervesce. A dirty white frothy head is weak on the hold turning to a washy covering rather quickly. Minimum lacing.

S: Cinnamon toast with nutmeg and sugar and some warm apple pie filling best describes the aroma. Sweet and cloying, apple brown betties has a nice level of aromatic awareness smelling like a pumpkin pie spiced beer.

T: The flavor was sweet apple cinnamon toast, ginger, honey glaze and saffron. Very cloying as with the nose with a toasty sweet malt and a tart green apple finish.

M: Light to medium body, some syrupiness, flat carbonation and very sweet and spicy on the hold.

O: Overall an American pale wheat that drinks like a pale pumpkin. Very sweet and cloying as to limit repeats. All around average.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.12/5  rDev 0%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours clear honey in color. Absolutely zero head. Transparent and no lacing as well.

S-Smells quite like their Pumpkinhead beer. Cinnamon and caramel with an apple aroma. Really does smell just like Pumpkinhead though.

T-Definitely more apples in the flavor. Cinnamon Toast Crunch with sliced apples. Quite light and mellow. Caramel flavor with no real hop presence.

M-Light and watery with heaps of carbonation. Cinnamon and nutmeg spice flavors linger. Easy drinking. They didn't go overboard with the spices thank god.

O/D-Really not bad. Very mild and easy to imbibe. Just like Pumpkinhead but hey, the beer sells so why not wring out all the value you can with the gimmick.

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Photo of Immortale25
3.5/5  rDev +12.2%

Photo of DeadeyeOTDO
3.5/5  rDev +12.2%

Photo of Fettpopps
1/5  rDev -67.9%

Photo of costanzo_mike
3.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of bark
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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Shipyard Applehead from Shipyard Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 18.9% out of 100 with 407 ratings
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