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Shipyard Melonhead | Shipyard Brewing Co.

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Shipyard MelonheadShipyard Melonhead
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Brewed by:
Shipyard Brewing Co.
Maine, United States | website

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.40%

Availability: Spring

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Added by Brad007 on 05-01-2013

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Reviews by ChainGangGuy:
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.21/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle - $2.29 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a clear, yellow body, a humble appearance, with a slim, very short-lived white head.

Smell: Smells like those watermelon Jolly Rancher candies first and foremost, with a thin cereal-hinted beer underneath.

Taste: Minimal pale malts, a bit of crunchy wheat accompanies the sweet, sugary watermelon flavor. Near nil hop character with just a teensy bit of balancing bitterness. Sweetish, watermelon-flavored finish with a small zip of suds and last minute twang of additive.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. A little over medium carbonation.

Overall: Nice melons!

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Photo of MikeC144
3/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of TTripp725
3.69/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jcorn
3.86/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SmellsofMahagony
2.75/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of tigg924
3.67/5  rDev +19.2%
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.

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Photo of asuburbanman
3.5/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of chudson1992
3/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of Janeinma
1.5/5  rDev -51.3%

Photo of Duff_Man
3.67/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.51/5  rDev +14%
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.

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Photo of chinchill
3.05/5  rDev -1%

12 oz bottle.
Tasty but artificial watermelon flavor with strong hints of cherries and strawberries. I would not be surprised if this was actually crafted with natural watermelon but had cherry and strawberry added to bring out the fruitiness. In any case, it is quite fruity, as well as lightly sweet with just a modicu of tartness.

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Photo of LXIXME
2.75/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of Arherring
3.5/5  rDev +13.6%

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.

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Photo of alcohline_trip
3.17/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of dtm_sub
3.18/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

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Photo of tdm168
3.29/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.88/5  rDev +26%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Shipyard Brewing Co. "Melonhead"
12 fl. oz. brown glass bottle, "B.O.02.26.2016" on 05.01.2016

Appearance: Clear deep gold. Full pillowy white head. Average retention/limited lacing.
Aroma: A slice of watermelon with the rind.
Flavor: Mainly watermelon, but with some other melons as well, and some golden malt. There's a note of sweetness, but it's not sweet. A firm bitterness comes through. Very much the same from start to finish, just diminishing.
Mouthfeel: Medium in body. Median, slightly lower than standard carbonation level.
Overall: Clean, pleasant, and refreshing. Sweetish but not over-done with about as authentic of a watermelon flavor as you can get - I've actually had a beer that was made with hundreds of pounds of crushed watermelon juices and it was no more authentic than this. It's not complex, but neither is it intended to be. No, this one-trick-pony does only one trick, but it does it well!

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Photo of Uzarnayme
2.32/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Photo of Larrydoherty
2.25/5  rDev -26.9%

Photo of thanides
3.79/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Good summer beer. Strong watermelon taste.

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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

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Photo of kingskot
2.25/5  rDev -26.9%

Photo of atlbravsrno1
3.25/5  rDev +5.5%

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Shipyard Melonhead from Shipyard Brewing Co.
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