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Shipyard Melonhead - Shipyard Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 157
Reviews: 28
rAvg: 3.11
pDev: 21.54%
Wants: 4
Gots: 42 | 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: 157 | Reviews: 28
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2.5/5  rDev -19.6%

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3.25/5  rDev +4.5%

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3/5  rDev -3.5%

Photo of kylehay2004
3.25/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.21/5  rDev +3.2%
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!

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.06/5  rDev -1.6%
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 WVbeergeek
3.51/5  rDev +12.9%
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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2.75/5  rDev -11.6%

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3.5/5  rDev +12.5%

Photo of chinchill
3.05/5  rDev -1.9%

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 Kelp
2.5/5  rDev -19.6%

Photo of iL0VEbeer
3.5/5  rDev +12.5%

Photo of Boone757
3/5  rDev -3.5%

Photo of GarthDanielson
2.58/5  rDev -17%
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 tone77
3.24/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

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3.25/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of Brad007
3.24/5  rDev +4.2%
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 puboflyons
3.44/5  rDev +10.6%
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 BeerForMuscle
3/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

So I bought this "beer", realizing it would likely be a funky one. Well, I was right. This beer smells like watermelon Jolly Ranchers and tastes like watered down, mass produced American style LITE Lager. I would not recommend this beer to anyone, at all.

Photo of Brenden
2.79/5  rDev -10.3%
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 VelvetExtract
2.95/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

A-Pours a crystal clear golden color. Head is a thin, white cap. Very mild lacing.

S-Big whiff of artificial watermelons. Smells like watermelon flavored candy. One of the more forceful watermelon aromas I have come across.

T-The flavor is better. The watermelon is less intense here. There is also a long, wheaty finish after the watermelon.

M-Light and bubbly. Isn't cloying, thankfully....but when it warms up, it gets close. Not crisp and its reasonably sweet on the finish.

O/D-Wasn't expecting much so therefore I was not disappointed. The first sip was the best and it got worse as time progressed.

Photo of tigg924
3.67/5  rDev +18%
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 thecheapies
2.22/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Golden beer. A little orange-y in its hue. Dead-headed. Started out with an inch or two, then fizzled out to nothing.

Syrupy sweet artificial watermelon and apricot. Very sugary. Like a sour watermelon gummi candy. Hints of orange and artificial peach. Yikes.

Fake watermelon again. Bubblicious gum, melon ring, and sugary herb tea. Too sweet. Light and watery. Barely beer. Difficult to handle.

Carbonated just fine. Body is super thin. Drinks like a cider. Not for me.

Regrettable purchase. Will pawn off to anyone else. Avoid.

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3.75/5  rDev +20.6%

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2.75/5  rDev -11.6%

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Shipyard Melonhead from Shipyard Brewing Co.
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