IrishBoy (3889) - Bakersfield, California, USA - OCT 1, 2014
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Draft at Lengtthwise the Pub. Nose is watermelon and bubblegum with lots of fruitiness. Lightly hazy yellow with a small white head. Flavor is sweet and fruity.
biirusaikou (811) - - SEP 14, 2014
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Strong watermelon candy character. Somehow tastes quite artificial, a bit like a watermelon medicine, kills most of the wheat flavors, not a great balance.
Dogbrick (8683) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - AUG 31, 2014
2.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Sample at Freakin’ Frog. Hazy orange color with a thin white head that evaporates quickly to an outer ring. Spotty lacing. Aroma of watermelon candy and malt. Light-bodied with flavors of watermelon Jolly Rancher and malt and nothing else. The finish is sweet with an artificial watermelon aftertaste. Below average overall.
obguthr (4100) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - JUL 27, 2014
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Watermellon jolly rancher nose. Hazy amber, thin head. Tart with equal parts of artificial watermelon flavor and wheat, maybe a little more of tge latter as this was pretty beery. Refreshing. I normally deduct points for artificiality but with watermelon, the real thing makes it worse. No deductions, no bonus points.
GoufCustom (880) - HONG KONG - JUL 8, 2014
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
On-tap at Roundhouse Taproom in SoHo, Central and kindly shared by WheatKing. Thanks, Adam!
Cloudy hazy honey orange colour with some dirt-like yeast sediments; Razor-thin head and soapy white foam which fades in 40 seconds; Small sticky lacing with zero carbonation; Very sweet and artificial aroma of jolly rancher-like watermelon, with light perfume, cream and sugar; Mid to light sweet taste of very thin ale malt, with non-sweet watermelon, molasses notes, bitter hops and light grass; Close to light body, watery palate; Mouth feel is really watered-down, almost non-sweet watermelon jolly rancher. Low hops and mild ale taste, no wheaty tartness. A bit unreal, like a Session IPA infused with fake melon aroma but the flavor does have some fleshy melon taste. Strange… Hoppiness is no aroma, and light grass in taste. Bitterness is notable and quite sharp for a long and quite astringent finish; Quite dry after taste. Very easy and melon-like to mouth.
Comments: There’s is no bottle version for this one. So for a draft, it’s too thin (wheated?) and watery. Yet, aside from the sugary jolly rancher nose, its taste is quite fruity, albeit more on the hard white melon skin than the sweet red flesh. If as a fruity Session IPA, it’s barely okay.
WheatKing (1306) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 8, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap at the Roundhouse, Hong Kong. Pours straw, no head. Nose is watermelon, no wheat, surprisingly real. Flavour is watermelon, very light, some pale grain, hops are there slightly for balance in the finish to take the edge off the sweetness. Slight alc feeling in the finish. Wouldn’t drink regularly but not bad.
Tmoney99 (11095) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUN 16, 2014
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Draft sample. Poured hazy orange color with an average fizzy white head that diminished quickly with minimal lacing. Moderate sweet fruit aroma. Medium body with a thin smooth texture and soft carbonation. Medium sweet melon flavor with sweet melon finish of moderate duration. This beer did meet my low expectations.
DrSilverworm (6981) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUN 6, 2014
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Taster on tap at Yard House Cincinnati. Clear golden color. Thin white head. Some loose lace. Bartender tells me "You know what? It smells like watermelon, it does not taste like watermelon." Watermelon is a pretty mild flavor to use in beer, though. Indeed, smell is big watermelon, but it’s clearly unnatural. Like watermelon bubblegum or candy. Tastes not bad, but like syrups are used in this. Moderate sweet taste. Medium body. Sort of soft, light to moderate carbonation. OK, artificial-tasting fruit beer. Candy-beer, basically.
brokensail (11612) - Orange County, California, USA - APR 18, 2014
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap @ Beachwood BBQ. Hazed orange pour with some white foam. Smells like watermelon jolly ranchers. That’s pretty much it...sugary, sweet, watermelon flavoring. Tastes just the same. Not much to say about this one. Watermelon candy/flavoring all the way.
mcberko (7244) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 22, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Lost Coast, pours a cloudy dark golden orange with a small white head. Aroma is pungent watermelon all the way - wow - never had a more robustly watermelon nose. Flavour is just as impressive, bringing out a wonderful watermelon bite. Amazingly refreshing, with a robustly watermelon quality. Excellent stuff.