Shipyard Applehead | Shipyard Brewing Co.

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Shipyard AppleheadShipyard Applehead

Brewed by:
Shipyard Brewing Co.
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.

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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 pmcadamis
3.6/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Vibrant orange/peach colored brew with a small but nice looking off-white foamy cap.

S - Apple pie, cinnamon stick. Applesauce and mulled hot cider with lots of spice. I'm quite impressed!

T - Lots of cinnamon and cardamom. Very autumnal and festive. Sweet almost to the point of cloying, but a hint of grassy hops helps keep it fresh.

M - Chewy and medium bodied. Sugary. Feigns at dryness before resuming a sugary feel at the end.

Apple pie in a glass. Who doesn't love a good apple pie?

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Photo of shand
3.68/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bought this one because I enjoy a good cider. Not expecting much, but it was cheap anyway. Let's give it a shot. 12oz bottle into Sam Adams perfect pint.

Pours a slightly red-tinged golden color with a finger of head that immediately disappears. Huge, visible carbonation. The aroma actually works. Smells like apple pie. Not sure how I feel about drinking twelve ounces of it, but it smells good. You know what? This actually isn't bad at all. Strong cinnamon at first, which gives way to a solid apple taste, and finishes on a sweet candy apple note. Nice cleanliness on the finish. Again, I'm still not so sure on a huge glass, but it doesn't taste bad.

The mouthfeel is nice and light, with a bit of drying on the end. The drinkability does suffer here though, as expected. The first 4.5% alcohol brew that I'd ever call a sipper. I'd take a four or six ounce serving with gusto, but 12 ounces, or (god forbid) a whole pint is just too much. Overall, this is a lot better than I expected though. The concept actually works. Don't expect many "beery" flavors though, but it's surely a lot more complex and enjoyable than a Smirnoff Ice Apple Twist or what have you. Taken on it's own merits, it's a pretty good beer.

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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 chefhatt
3.7/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I poured this beer into a pint glass. It has a nice golden color body with a small fizzy head that disappears quickly. The smell is of granny smith apples. The taste is like a apple pie, apple flavor and some cinnamon on the back of the tongue. very easy mouth feel, well carbonated and overall a nice beer.

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Photo of Proteus93
3.55/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This didn't seem like something that would really be my style, but I was intrigued and bought it anyways... weird!

A: The appearance reminds me of apple juice, and I suppose part of that is a mental thing. It's a slightly deeper amber hue, but very crisp and clear and topped with the thinnest white lace

S + T: A smell not unlike an apple pie coming out of the oven. I could have maybe done with just a little less cinnamon spice, but that's a personal preference more than anything. Flavor highlights a little more apple and soft malts. It's got some qualities not unlike an apple cider, but is still clearly a beer.

M + D: I suppose it would make sense that it would be a refreshing beer, and that's certainly the case. Some of the food pairings suggested make it seem like a good beer for the season, but I really think this would be far more appropriate in warmer weather... maybe the end of summer, rolling into fall, while apples are coming into season. Nonetheless, a pretty decent beer, and worth at least a try!

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Photo of teromous
2.2/5  rDev -30.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A: The beer is a pale yellow, nearing an orange hue. The head is thin and white, which fades fast. No lacing.

S: There's no real scent. The only thing I pick up, is a faint cinnamon scent.

T: I get a lot of cinnamon flavor. I pick up a little bit of the apple flavor. It tastes like a highly spiced watered down cider. The aftertaste has an apple-chip flavor. It's not too bad, but it is below average for any kind of pale wheat ale. Even for an unclassified beer, it just doesn't have enough flavor.

M: Well the style says it's a pale wheat ale, but it doesn't have the pleasant wheat mouthfeel that normally is there. It is under-carbonated both in the mouth and visible in the glass.

O: I'm pretty disappointed with this beer. The flavor is nearly there, but everything else is just off. The worst part of it, is that I love cider...and I've had tons of ciders that have better body than this beer :(

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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 chugalug06
3.93/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Very flat appearance. Awesome clarity. Slight orange in color with subtle red. Boring.

S - Very spicy. Much like apple cider. Could be a sugar bomb...

T/M - Very smooth apple, nothing is overwhelming. Tons of great spice. Cinnamon stands out along with cloves and ginger. Slight over carbonation. No bitterness and perfect sweetness, not strong.

O - Awesome brew! Can't wait for the imperial version, hopefully it comes. Another awesome shipment from Andyavalance, a great brew from a great trader. The GF loved it.

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Photo of BeerManDan
4.47/5  rDev +40.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The smell of apples spices could knock your socks off. This was a very pleasant surprise. The taste was exactly what the aroma was. The apple and spices was very evident. There was apples and spices was well balanced. From the first to last sip or gulp showed a soft and mellow feel in the mouth. I ended up buying a case and enjoy every drop with friends.

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Photo of Bendurgin
1.49/5  rDev -53.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

I knew this would happen. I knew someone would leave on of these at my house or I would be stupid enough to buy it. My room mate grabbed me a bottle so thanks goes to Greg. Anyhow, I poured this into a pint glass; one I don't particularly care fore. Pours golden straw with a think cap of spritzy white head. Looks like beer.

Sigh, this has a sweet apple cider aroma with cinnamon and that signature disappointment aroma found in all Shipyard beers. This taste like apple crisp. But old apple crisp. Really old and poorly made. This also slightly resembles a beer with yeast and barley hops and such but those are really just afterthought.

This has a terrible feel. Mostly because of the taste.

This stuff is unholy. I don't think I'll finish this. It's just bad. Save your money gang.

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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 Dodo2step
3.27/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5


A-clear crisplight amber/goldenrod color. Minimal head and no lacing.

S- hints of apple, wood and strong in the malt area.

T- Strong in the front with apple spice. mixed with malts it doesnt complement each other too good. Its like biting into an apple air freshner.

M- sour and light bodied. Feel leaves more to be desired and less of the apple dominance.

O-After a few gulps it actually gets better but the dominance of the apple spice overrides the beer flavor.

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Photo of JizackFH
2.87/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - This beer pours an extremely clear light copper color. This has a 2-finger white sudsy head resting on top. The head doesn't have the best retention, and it leaves no lace behind on the glass.

S - The nose has big apple and spice presence. There are some light malt aromas, and a little bit of hop presence. There isn't much else going on here.

T - The taste pretty much follows the nose. This starts off with a big apple and cinnamon flavor. There is some light malt flavor and a little bit of hop presence near the back end. The flavors all seem to be a little bit muted. The finish leaves some lingering apple and spice behind on the palate.

M - This has a pretty light body and average carbonation. It goes down easy, and it has a pretty smooth feel to it. There is some initial sweetness, and a little bit of hop bitterness. A little bit of tingling from the spices is also present.

O - This has decent drinkability. It goes down easy, and I could easily have a few in a night. I really just expected more out of the flavor, and I really think it would have benefited if the body was more full. The end result of this beer is a mildly interesting, but overall mediocre beer. It is better than Pumpkin Head though.

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Photo of MoreThanWine
3.03/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a 1.5" champagne colored head of fine velvet, but within a couple minutes had completely dissipated. The body is a clear straw yellow, looks pretty much like BMC except more effervescent. The smell is essentially a mild apple cider juice. Taste is interesting. Yes it does have apple but more along the mostly dry alcoholic apple cider lines, and there's some spicing I think is nutmeg. More of a cider than a beer though. And the body is very light, but the apple and spice in the finish give it a pretty long finish. Anyway, not a star, but easily drinkable.

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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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Photo of Cavanaghty
3.79/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Darker amber almost carmel color. Little head with heavy lacing, and the head disappeared quickly.

Smell: Strong smell of cinammon and then apple, some hops could be smelled.

Mouthfeel/taste: Medium Bodied, not very smooth, but that might be due to the spices. Hop taste first followed by strong cinammon and apple. After taste is the same as if you just drank a hot apple cider.

Overall: not a bad brew, certainly not one of my favorites, but I will drink it if it is offered.

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Photo of illpass78
3.15/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Had a pint on tap at Jetty in Long Beach, N.Y.

Appearance: Pours a clear golden yellow with no head whatsoever. Looks somewhat cider-like.

Aroma: Apples, in your face. This beer's aromas are dominated by apples, unsurprisingly; it's kind of an apple-juice-like smell, though slightly less sweet. The ad copy for this beer says it has wheat malt, but it's not really present in the nose.

Taste: It's not bad; it's tart, rather than sweet, which is good, because a sweet apple beer would be a hard sell. It tastes kind of like a blend of apple juice and very light ale. Alcohol and hops are nonexistent, as is this supposed wheat.

Mouthfeel: It's pretty watery, but it's probably supposed to be.

Overall: I had this with an arepa and yucca fries and it was a decent complement to the meal. It's kind of an odd seasonal beer though; it doesn't seem to fit squarely into any one season. My thing with fruit beers is that I rarely get the urge to have them more than once. I don't want to disregard them all as "gimmicky," but at the same time, the big draw is a "What will this taste like?" curiosity. This one fits that profile. It's a fun change of pace, but it's mostly just so-so.

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Photo of Pintofbrown
3.44/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I had this apple beer in a glass stein.

Appearance- The slight white film the pour produces is very fizzy and full of exploding bubbles. What foam there is dies almost as quickly as it came.

The transparent body is chock-a-bock full of carbonation, no surprises there. The color is probably the best quality, a brightly burning golden-orange.

Smell- Not really any apple here, but there is a ton of cinnamon and snicker-doodle cookie dough. Just on those two scents alone it makes it worth it. Without that heavy malt smell, this nose would be a disaster.

Taste- The start of the drink imitates the nose perfectly, cinnamon and cookie dough malt. Hey! At about mid-drink there is actually some Red Delicious apple flavor that starts to come through.

Luckily, it does not taste like green apple extract or anything else offensive, just good old mashed apples. However, the finish is way too short and leaves the drinker pondering what they were even drinking in the first place.

Mouth feel- The body is of the lighter variety, and has enough carbonation to really lift the beer off the tongue. Also a little astringent though, thanks to that unbelievably short and watery finish.

Overall- This beer would probably be more than worthy had the apple flavor been kicked up a bunch. The cinnamon and cookie malt are a great starting point that really needs some assistance.

And a too short, watery finish is not the way to support what has been done.

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Photo of BierJager89
4.06/5  rDev +27.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Opaque golden with a thin white head.

S: Apples, orange, cinnamon and cardamom in the nose.

T: Apple, malt, orange and oddly enough, pie crust.

M: Medium bodied and smoothish.

O: Recommended if you like fruit beers. I certainly do enjoy the addition of fruit. To hell with the Reinheitsgebot. Definitely worth a try.

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Photo of BeerKangaroo
3.23/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Into a pint glass:

A: slight golden yellow colored body with a small white head that lasts barely three seconds

S: Granny Smith apples, cinnamon with a light wheat

T: previously mentioned flavors combine with some malts to make a decent combination

M: light, sessionable, crisp, light harshness on the tongue, apple aftertaste and finish

O: this is the apple version of Shipyard's "Pumpkinhead." Even though it is a bit like an "apple pie," it is easy to drink

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Photo of jsisko01
3.93/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a clear, golden color with a centimeter thick head that dissipates quickly. The lacing is very nice.

Smell - An overbearing scent of cinnamon at first.. then after a few more whiffs it starts smelling like apple pie.

Taste - Very sweet, cinnamon being the most dominant flavor, along with ginger, nutmeg, and apples.

Mouthfeel - Light body with mild carbonation.

Overall - This was pretty good. Nice to try something different. It's not overly spicy like most similar beers. It kind of reminds me of a more mild winter warmer ale.

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Photo of Brez07
1.58/5  rDev -50.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Finally got around to buying one of Shipyard's new fabulous creation. Still can't believe someone thought this was a good idea. 12oz bottle poured into a pint glass

A: Translucent with a few cascading bubbles. Light burnt orange in color. For a brief moment, there was a thin layer of head. Shockingly, this looks exactly like Pumpkinhead

S: Pumpkinhead and apple jacks... Clearly we have a winner here

T: Ha, they actually managed to make this worse than Pumpkinhead. Just. So. Bland. Watered down, nutmegy flavor is really the only thing I'm picking up. On the plus side, don't really get much diacteyl

M: Thin, watery. Slightly drying aftertaste

D: A wheat beer this is not. My only question is why. Why was this brewed? Why are people buying this? Shipyard is synonymous with fail

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Photo of curasowa
3.3/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Clear, golden yellow color with a thin cap of head that fades quickly to a ring.

Aroma: Apples, cinnamon and clove; basically apple pie.

Taste: Crisp and tart up front, very cider-like. The spices shows up more on the back end leading to a fast and clean finish.

The Rest: Not bad, basically a spiced cider. I could see drinking a few on a nice, fall day.

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Photo of MarkQ617
2.79/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

This is my second beer by these guys. Kind of a cool idea as a follow-up to pumpkin head. Doesn't really work as well though. The apple flavor isn't very strong, which is probably a good thing, if you wanted that you could just go get a hard cider somewhere I suppose. Lighter copper color, apple aroma. Not for me.

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