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RATINGS: 77   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.74/5   SEASONAL: Spring   IBU: 18   EST. CALORIES: 132   ABV: 4.4%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Melonhead joined the seasonal lineup of Shipyard’s headless horsemen in the Spring of 2013. This beer is a crisp, quenching ale with a refreshing essence of fresh watermelon.

Malt: Process Pale Ale, Whole Wheat, Munich Light
Hops: Willamette, Saphir
Yeast: Top-Fermenting English
Color: Golden
OG: 1048
Character: Refreshing essence of watermelon: a crisp, refreshing beer
Food Pairings: Cajun shrimp, mozzarella, pork,sausage, turkey,scallops, light fare, sushi
First Brewed: March 2013
Availability: March - June


3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
crossovert (10877) - Illinois, USA - JUN 24, 2016
355ml twist off. This smells and taste like and ipa version of those watermelon sour patch kids with the sour sucked off of them. Total gimmick but a far better execution than that new belgium garbage.

3.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
milewide (1990) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JUN 8, 2016
Fine watermelon aroma and taste. One of the best of this flavor that I have tried. Little hop contribution.

2.6
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
beer_rookie (329) - Arkansas, USA - APR 15, 2016
Bottle, one month out of date.

Pours a golden color. Well carbonated. Little head, no lacing. No retention. It is interesting color for a melon beer.

Aroma is very light. Somewhere between fake cantaloupe and fake honeydew.

Taste is light. The beer itself is probably okay, add the melon flavor and its not okay. Watermelon rind is present in aftertaste. More tart that I would expect.

Mouthfeel is light and watery. It is refreshing. Probably would be a good refresher after a hot day.

Overall, I’m highly disappointed. I expected a super refreshing, sweet fruity beer, and its not. Yes, my bottle is out of date, but I can’t imagine a huge drop off in watermelon taste. I would consider trying this again, but only if it were free. I would absolutely not buy this again.

2.4
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
basaywhat (167) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - APR 14, 2016
12 oz bottle. Pours clear copper gold with a very thin head. Taste like a honeydew melon. Slightly malty. Light body and low carbonation. This is just not that good!

2.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Cybercat (4848) - Georgia, USA - OCT 18, 2015
Pours a typical clear golden yellow with a thick eggshell head. Melon aroma reaches the nose first, rather sweet, while malt sneaks in upon a closer approach. Flavor blends watermelon and malty notes for a serviceable if not remarkable taste. Mouthfeel is on the thin side and not very fizzy. Not so hot, but could ease thirst.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
rumproasts (4777) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - OCT 3, 2015
bottle. Pale golden with one finger head. This is a simple, but decent beer. Light body with moderate watermelon and light hops. Watermelon beers are hard to get right. This one seems to get it right.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
anthony850 (453) - Andover, New Jersey, USA - SEP 22, 2015
Very smooth tasting with a reAl watermelon taste. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
superspak (4390) - Michigan, USA - SEP 12, 2015
12 ounce bottle into pint glass, best before 2/12/2016. Pours slightly hazy deep golden yellow color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that linger. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of big watermelon, strawberry, wheat, cracker, light honey, and light herbal hops. Okay aromas with big watermelon and light malt/hop notes; with decent strength. Taste of watermelon, strawberry, wheat, cracker, light honey, herbal, grass, and light pepper. Light herbal/spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of watermelon, strawberry, wheat, cracker, light honey, and herbal/grassy earthiness on the finish for a short bit. Good balance and solid robustness of watermelon, pale malt, and light earthy hop flavors; with good malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Moderate dryness after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and light bodied; with a very smooth, crisp, and clean finish that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with zero warming present after the finish as expected of 4.4%. Overall this was a very solid fruit beer. All around good balance and solid robustness of watermelon, pale malt, and light earthy hop flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A pleasantly enjoyable offering.

2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
j12601 (9526) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - AUG 25, 2015
Bottle around the pool on father’s day. Pours a relatively clear gold with a thin white head. Watermelon bubblegum on the nose. Medium bodied, more bubblegum, fake melon. Bubblegum, melon. Very sweet and fake, but not the worst thing on a hot day at the pool.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
tfontana (554) - Fremont, New Hampshire, USA - AUG 1, 2015
UPDATED: AUG 21, 2015 Bottle from Harvest Market, Bedford, NH. Aroma is fruity overall--yes watermelon but not exclusively so. Appearance is clear yellow with minimal head and no lacing. Taste is pleasant watermelon/fruit flavor--a measured amount, enough to have good flavor but not so much as to be overly sweet. Palate is light bodied with thin texture and soft carbonation. Overall, a nice tasting sweet refreshment that goes well in summer at a picnic or barbecue.


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