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Shipyard Melonhead - Shipyard Brewing Co.

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141 Ratings
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Ratings: 141
Reviews: 22
rAvg: 3.08
pDev: 21.75%
Wants: 3
Gots: 35 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Shipyard Brewing Co. visit their website
Maine, United States

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  4.40% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Brad007 on 05-01-2013)
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3.5/5  rDev +13.6%

Arherring, Jul 16, 2013
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3/5  rDev -2.6%

MikeC144, Jun 29, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -10.7%

SmellsofMahagony, May 26, 2014
Photo of tigg924
3.68/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: high carbonation, 1 inch head, clear, gold in color

Smell: toasted malt, light wheat, and melon

Taste: big sweet watermelon, some rind, some toasted malt, and sugar

Mouthfeel: sweet with slight bitterness, light body, high carbonation

Overall: If you like the other fruit beers from Shipyard, this one should not disappoint. I find this way better than the pumpkin, but not as good as the apple as the melon here is sweet but not overpowering. If I am going for a watermelon beer, it will still be 21st Ammendment's but this one is a solid beer for a summer's day.

tigg924, Jun 03, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +13.6%

asuburbanman, Aug 09, 2014
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3/5  rDev -2.6%

chudson1992, May 26, 2013
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1.5/5  rDev -51.3%

Janeinma, Jun 01, 2013
Photo of WVbeergeek
3.49/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Pours pale golden orange with a slightly hazed body finely carbonated bubbles form in a large white head. Speckled sporadic lacing is left behind. Aroma has candy like notes of watermelon think Jolly Rancher, soft notes bready grains. Flavor is interesting rides the palate with sweet candy tones of watermelon, finishes with dry yeast notes and ample breadiness comes from the base ale weighing at 4.4% abv. Something about each sip becomes cloying, the sweet notes really hang on and it just becomes too much for me with each sip. There's a much cleaner yeast profile here than found in most Shipyard Ales. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied fine bubbled carbonation, like I said the natural flavoring weighs too cloying on my palate and leaves me not wanting to finish this particular offering. Definitely not an overall good sign when you don't want to finish the beer, this will be popular with the masses. The only other watermelon beer I've had has been from Roy Pitz their Watermelon Lager is much more drinkable than this one.

WVbeergeek, Aug 01, 2013
Photo of Brenden
2.79/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

This beer us a very clear and bright dark yellow that almost sneaks into amber territeory, with lots of spritzy bubbles rising well after the head has fallen. Speaking of, it's pure white and fizzy, rising to between a half and full finger and falling back down quickly. It looks more like a soda than a beer, but at least some big bubbles on the sides and wispy stuff in the middle remain, though they only have enough substance to leave tiny spots here and there.
Watermelon does come out in the nose, and pretty strongly. It has a candy-like sweetness at first, but that backs down for more tartness to come out. Some malts are also noticeable.
It is what it is, a refreshing, light, summer beer with fruit. Interestingly, it's much more identifiable as beer in the taste. Crackery malts form a foundation, though it's a little musty and grainy, and there's a floral note too. It's actually somewhat bitter, even. Some weird metallic note slides into the finish, but not too much, though an aspirin-like note follows it.
There's obviously focused on lightness and crispness, and that it has. It's a little weak and shallow, but it quenches the thirst.
Shipyard confuses me with their massive shifts in quality from one beer to another.

Brenden, Jul 31, 2013
Photo of dtm_sub
3.19/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A- Off the pour it was a nice clear yellow/gold with about a 1 1/2-2 finger head that dissipated very quickly and left no lacing whatsoever. A lot of carbonation was visible as well.

S- Smelled of artificial watermelon(almost like sour patch candies) and a light wheat beer.

T- Not much watermelon at the beginning but about 1/4 of the way through the taste strengthened a bit. Still very artificial tasting.

M- A good amount of carbonation was present, but was very crisp.

O- Overall not too bad. I would probably pick up a 6 pack here and there, but not one I would keep on hand all the time.

dtm_sub, May 31, 2014
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2.25/5  rDev -26.9%

Larrydoherty, Aug 06, 2013
Photo of hophugger
3.5/5  rDev +13.6%

I liked it !!. Color was a gold, no cloudiness. Smells like tart honeydew or watermelon. Taste is very nice with good carbonation. The flavor lingered in my mouth for quite some time. The balance between beer and melon was exceptionally nice. Overall, I think it should be drank very cold because as the beer heats up, the melon flavor becomes a little fake. Overall, a nice balanced beer and great flavor

hophugger, Aug 24, 2014
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2.25/5  rDev -26.9%

kingskot, Jul 04, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev +5.5%

atlbravsrno1, Aug 01, 2014
Photo of tone77
3.2/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a golden color with a 1 inch head. Smell is strong of watermelon. Taste is a little off. Some melons, some odd flavors, not terrible but just so-so. Feels light in the mouth and overall an attempt at something unique, but this is a mediocre beer.

tone77, Aug 31, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev +5.5%

pjkelley82, Jul 03, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -18.8%

Drtfinelli, May 08, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Elicoleman, Aug 29, 2014
Photo of puboflyons
3.45/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle with an expiration date of December 2013. Sampled on October 2, 2013 which is an unseasonable 80 degrees.

It has a slightly cloudy pale yellow pour with a quick bursting head that fizzles quickly.

Watermelon and grains lead the aroma on the nose with a touch of clean, crisp hops in the background.

Light and refreshing body.

I kind of like the watermelon forward sweet taste considering I am not a huge fans of fruit beers. But it comes across as quite refreshing on a hot day and easy to chug. Mild dry hop finish.

puboflyons, Oct 02, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +13.6%

Std73, Jul 25, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +13.6%

Cloaked_Phantom, Jan 01, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -10.7%

mobrockman, May 30, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -18.8%

LJWalker, Sep 24, 2013
Photo of iheartmyTHO
2.5/5  rDev -18.8%

To be fair, I'm not too into most fruit beers. But my husband, who likes anything sweet and fruity, couldn't resist picking up a bottle of this.

I wouldn't say that this beer was awful. But the flavor profile reminded me of Pez candies and not in a bad way either.

iheartmyTHO, Aug 24, 2014
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3/5  rDev -2.6%

jsanford, Jun 23, 2013
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Shipyard Melonhead from Shipyard Brewing Co.
72 out of 100 based on 141 ratings.