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Shipyard Melonhead - Shipyard Brewing Co.

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165 Ratings
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Ratings: 165
Reviews: 34
rAvg: 3.13
pDev: 21.73%
Wants: 5
Gots: 48 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Shipyard Brewing Co. visit their website
Maine, United States

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  4.40% ABV

Availability: Spring

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Beer added by: Brad007 on 05-01-2013

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Ratings: 165 | Reviews: 34
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Photo of tigg924
3.67/5  rDev +17.3%
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.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.51/5  rDev +12.1%
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.

Photo of chinchill
3.05/5  rDev -2.6%

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.

Photo of Brenden
2.79/5  rDev -10.9%
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.

Photo of dtm_sub
3.18/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

Photo of hophugger
3.5/5  rDev +11.8%

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

Photo of tone77
3.24/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

Photo of puboflyons
3.44/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

Photo of iheartmyTHO
2.5/5  rDev -20.1%

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.

Photo of deltatauhobbit
3.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Pours a light yellow color, smallish head that fades quickly, no lacing on the glass, constant bubbles rise from the bottom to the top so there's ample carbonation.

Smell is mostly sweet malt with with a light fruit aroma, not picking up any hops on the nose.

Taste is light and crisp, sweet malt throughout with a light fruit aspect, obviously melon-like flavors, not overly artificial or sugary, carbonation is on the high side but this is very helpful to keep it crisp and refreshing without any lingering stickiness.

Photo of mooseisloose
3.21/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

This caught my eye in the super market on a sweltering day as potential for a good summer cooler. That said lets give it a whirl. Popping the top the smell is jolly rancher watermelon without a doubt with a bit of hops in the background. Pours to a bright yellow with a multi sized bubble head. Taste is as expected with a twist. Taste starts off sweet then get sweeter an melony but then it gradual is overtaken by a flat slight bitterness that builds in the back of the mouth and then the aftertaste is both sweet and flat mildly bitter. Very refreshing and different. Not a sessioner but a break from the ordinary.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.06/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color with a short white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains sweet melons, light caramelized malts and a faint touch of hops.

T: There starts out very sweet with a strong watermelon flavor. Then some breadiness comes in from a thin malt character. The hops presence is very mild but brings some balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Flavorful, goes down ok, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, for the type of beer it’s not too bad but it’s not something I would want to drink unless my options were very limited.

Photo of Pumpkin-Head
3.36/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured from bottle into pint glass. Lots of bubbles equal a thin white head with no lacing. Strong nose of watermelon and malt that fell flat in the taste. Tastes more like a watermelon soda or wine cooler. Overall very drinkable on a warm day.

Photo of predikit
3.5/5  rDev +11.8%

Bought a single, I was a bit leery of this beer so didn't want to invest in a sixer.

I pop the top and sniff the bottle, I was not impressed. Very strong melon scent, but it seemed somehow artificial. I had the opportunity to try from Melon flavored Ramune from Japan, and it smelled just like that.

Pours a clear gold, almost no head to speak of, no lacing left on the glass.

The taste is something different. Rather than the sugar explosion I was expecting, it's almost savory. There's a tartness to it that I quite enjoy. Aside from the melon, I'm getting butter and corn, and possibly some cherry.

It's thin, small dazzle of carbonation before it's gone, leaves a slight residue that sticks around for a little while, but doesn't take away from the drink much.

Another surprise from Shipyard, get a pass score from me.

Photo of bmwats
3.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a nonic.

A: Golden hue. Pours a 1 finger, foamy, white head. Plenty of rising effervescence continues throughout. Settles pretty quickly. Pretty nice beer ring lacing.

S: A little grain, but mostly watermelon Jolly Rancher.

T: Light grain, and a slight bitter fruity note.

M: Light body. Crisp and refreshing character.

D: Session.

Atmosphere is pretty good. Nice, foamy, white head and some decent beer ring lacing. A little grainy with watermelon candy. Light bready flavor with a slightly bitter fruit. Overall, this is a decent quaff.

Photo of GarthDanielson
2.58/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a bottle into a shaker pint, the beer is a pale, golden coloring that is crystal clear and has a ton of carbonation bubbling throughout. Sparse, filmy, white surface coating. Aromas of syrupy sweet watermelon...very similar to when you add Jell-O powder to the boiled water, and you get that really intense, sugary, sweet aroma. That's exactly what this smells like. Flavors are surprisingly not as sugary and overpowering as the nose would lead you to believe. There is a roasted grain backbone supporting a mild watermelon and honeydew blended sweetness. There is also a tangy, almost astringent kick at the end of the palate that is a bit unpleasant, amplified by the carbonation and thin, watery body. The aftertaste has a Jolly Rancher characteristic, with a filmy coating left behind. Cloying, lingering finish. This beer missed for me...jumbled and unbalanced.

Photo of uvachief
3.15/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Draft into a pint glass. Pours a light orangish yellow. It's cloudy. Don't see bubbles like some other reviewers. Head was gone by the time I got it. No lacing. Smells extremely tropical and fruity. Cantaloupe and green melon (you know..that Crap on the salad bar that no one eats). None..Zero hops. Pure fruit. I'm worried before I sip. Tastes like a light lager full of melon. Sweet. Complete chick beer or something you would drink on a hot summer day. Not bad but not my cup of tea. This is something I would recommend to girls who want to "try" craft beer for the first time.

Photo of bluehende
2.9/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The watermelon works with the wheat beer. I downgraded the beer due to a metallic taste I get. I also know I have a very low threshold for this flavor and get it in a lot of beers.

Photo of Carpentiere
3.14/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

This is strangely good. It is light....but has a lot of flavor. Also, unlike other fruited beers thes one actually retains the essence of what it is trying to portray: melon. This is a great summer-ish beer. I do think that with this beer....one would be enough. I think the flavor would get annoying if consuming a number of these at one setting.

Photo of Brad007
3.24/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Pours a bright gold with a one-finger head into my glass. Very clear. Looks like apple juice to me but it is what it is.

I'm not sure if the watermelon is actually natural as it is very sweet, almost pucker-worthy in the nose.

You get a decent watermelon kick upfront that never really goes away. It fades just enough to reveal what is likely a base american pale wheat ale underneath with wheat notes in the middle.

Not TOO sweet toward the back as the base beer is given more of a chance to make an indent on the mouthfeel.

If you like beer with some kind of fruit flavoring added, then you might like this. It could work on a very hot day but then again, so could a decent pilsner. Your mileage may vary on this one.

Photo of DR7Sauder
5/5  rDev +59.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Very light melon flavor. Very smooth.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.12/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Best enjoyed before: 10/2015.

Pours a hazy golden-orange with a foamy bone head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Tiny dots of lace drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of sweet grain, watermelon hard candy, and artificially flavored watermelon juice aromas. Taste is much the same with grain and watermelon hard candy flavors on the finish. There is a very mild amount of earth bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an average beer that is quite refreshing and easy to drink, but the watermelon aspects come through as candy like all around.

Serving type: bottle.

Photo of Madoog_Filesion
3.13/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

while i'm not able to completely distinguish all of the flavors in this, it has an overwhelming taste of artificial watermelon, sort of like lip smackers lip balm. it's still sitting in the back of my fridge and will be a last resort drink. I probably wouldn't buy it again

Photo of becktone
3/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Eye:

Nose: Overwhelming aroma of watermelon Jolly Ranchers here. Definitely some kind of extant flavoring used. Its ok, but smells fake. Smells rather like one of those push pops, the kind that were in a triangular shape tube that you got at a fifth grade "family picnic' during school hours. Complete with footlong hotdogs and a slice of real watermelon. I mean honestly...you could do better than this...its just "watermelon" flavoring so far as the world takes it in terms of candy. Sweet smelling, maybe some different citrus fruits in there if you really want to break it down...something very tropical...cant put a finger on it, but these are the things that we see as "watermelon" in candy. Very artificial.

Tongue: Tastes just like it smells, artificial... Actually it reminds me of the gas that they use to put you to sleep in the operating room hahahah. Not a bad beer by any means, just seriously dull and plain and no depth of pioneering here. I mean, how about instead of using a LD Carlson Fruit extract you actually use the real fruit? I'm not saying that is what is used here, but it tastes like it. Real fruit tastes different from those extracts and this tastes like extract...I can't imagine that this beer could get this sweet a watermelon taste from real watermelon...Anyhow; it goes down easy enough on a hot day.

Drinkabitliy: I can safely say go for Against the Grain Galangal Action. This is a far superior watermelon beer. It just does the watermelon flavor justice without being fake or candy-like. Easy drinking though....buy it again...? No, glad to have tried it but there is better out there for someone who is looking for a summer fruit inspired beer....Galangal Action.

Photo of BEERMILER12
3.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

A: Pours a clear straw yellow color with a fingers worth of head that fizzles out within a minute

S: Starts out with quite a bit of the watermelon, and moves to a light artificial sweetness and some light maltiness. Definitely dominated by the watermelon, though

T: Follows the nose. Starts off strong with the watermelon and artificial sweetness, and then moves into a lightly bready maltiness and more artificial flavors

M: Light bodied with moderate-high carbonation

O: In all reality, it tastes like someone dropped a watermelon jolly rancher into a very light wheat beer and added some artificial sweetener. It is a very average fruit beer with a focus on people who like sweet fruity drinks. Not surprised with this offering after Applehead, although that was a bit better

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73 out of 100 based on 165 ratings.