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Watermelon Ale - The Phoenix Ale Brewery

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37 Ratings
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Ratings: 37
Reviews: 12
rAvg: 3.2
pDev: 23.44%
Wants: 0
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
The Phoenix Ale Brewery visit their website
Arizona, United States

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-29-2011)
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Photo of lupercmda
4.5/5  rDev +40.6%

lupercmda, Oct 25, 2012
Photo of topfloor
4.43/5  rDev +38.4%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I have the priveledge of working 2 blocks from the brewery. They have a bar inside. You are literally sitting in the middle of a warehouse at the bartop amid the fermenters and plumbing. A unique experience. i have tried this brew on tap and from bottles.

There is something unique and highly attractive about this ale. Perhaps it's unique flavor and drinkability. Something about it brings me back to it over and over.

The appearance is similar to a lager with a bit of copper and pours with plenty of carbonation releasing up the glass but the head is eggshell white and lingers in waning patches on the surface.

The smell is unique. It is a transportation to new realms especially with eyes closed. I get notes of snow peas and blueberry with a slight clove note. The mind searches for the watermelon note but is not noticable. The nose is a touch sweeter on-tap with maybe a trace of watermelon.

Upon first sip you will notice that there is indeed a hint of watermelon but not the candy flavor rendition of it (I have my suspicions that the watermelon seeds are also used). The true slightly earthy and floral taste is backnoted with berries. The taste is light like that of a light beer with a touch of the yeast coming through. This is both in the bottled and tap variety. Trace malts and hops come through.

Carbonation is medium and the feel is light like a lager atthough it could be enjoyed at room temperature or ice cold.

My suggestion is to try it if you ever have the chance. It's not an infused beer and reveals it's complexity to those wanting to try an artist's rendition of new-age brewing.

topfloor, Jan 01, 2013
Photo of Rampage1
4.03/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: This fruit wheat beer has a nice hazy, straw yellow color. When poured it has a nice white head.

Smell: This has a nice, light watermelon smell. I could pick up on the fruity watermelon smell right away but not over powering by any stretch of the imagination. Has a slight tart smell to it as well. Great smelling, light beer.

Taste: Has a great watermelon flavor with a little wheat like taste in the back ground. Goes down way to easy. On a hot summer day in phoenix these will really be hitting the spot. Taste slightly like a watermelon jolly rancher but way lighter in the sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Nice amount of carbonation. Had the perfect amount of carbonation to deliver that nice watermelon flavor and stay light on the palate.

Overall: I have to say this a is winner. We need more sessionable beers like this in az. I am a sucker for fruit beers but also am somewhat picky. I don't want something very sweet but something that delivers great fruit flavor without being overpowered which is what this beer comes threw in spades on. Will be drinking this summer 2012 in AZ.

Rampage1, Dec 29, 2011
Photo of Auraan
4/5  rDev +25%

Auraan, Jan 11, 2013
Photo of fishguyac
4/5  rDev +25%

fishguyac, Mar 07, 2012
Photo of djre4orm
4/5  rDev +25%

djre4orm, Jun 13, 2013
Photo of DonDirkA
3.83/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Not my usual style. Fruit and wheat. However, it was 99 cents at work and its from AZ so I had to give it a try. Seems like a good mid-afternoon brew for the hot 105 degree day. Nose is bready, yeasty and slightly sweet. Theres a fruity scent but I can't really identify it as watermelon. It is very effervescent, which helps the refreshing flavor. It tastes bready, very much like any other wheat ale. The fruit flavor is much more mellow than I expected, its just a very slight sweetness. Again I have trouble placing the flavor as watermelon. Its good if you're into wheat ales, I mean I have had much worse. It just isn't my style. Kinda the opposite actually. For example when I bought this I also bought a Firestone Walker Wookie Jack unfiltered black rye IPA. This was just for the experience. It is a good refresher though.

DonDirkA, Jun 25, 2012
Photo of ronniebruner
3.8/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is the first ever watermelon ale I have tried. It has a wonderful aroma obviously of watermelon with a bit of watermelon rind in the taste. This beer is unique, and it pours a shiny yellowish color with a decent amount of lace and head. The taste is a little underwhelming compared to the smell and is slightly bitter with a sharp aftertaste. Not too bad, it's more of a novelty, but not bad at all.

ronniebruner, Mar 22, 2012
Photo of kp29
3.8/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy and clearly unfiltered copper gold. Foam rises up quickly but quickly dissipates leaving hardly any head at all.

Smell is interesting in that I don't pick up as much watermelon as I anticipated (although it is still there). Seems a little muddled though and I pick up some other scent I can't quite pin point.

Taste is very mild, light, and clean. Pick up hints of watermelon, some sweetness, a little wheat.

Very drinkable brew here not too sweet, I actually wish it had a little bit more watermelon flavor. A little watery but just makes it easy to knock back a few of these on a hot summer day...or really any day here in Arizona.

kp29, Apr 07, 2013
Photo of tzieser
3.75/5  rDev +17.2%

tzieser, Jun 01, 2013
Photo of dmorgan310
3.75/5  rDev +17.2%

dmorgan310, Jul 23, 2012
Photo of Garrett1008
3.75/5  rDev +17.2%

Garrett1008, Sep 08, 2013
Photo of mactrail
3.51/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A hazy warm amber color in the Duvel tulip. Handsome fine-grained foam with nice lacing. Funny smell. Overripe fruit, but I wouldn't say it smells like melon. Pleasant sudsiness with a substantial mouthfeel.

This tastes more like a Hefeweizen than an American Wheat. Quite rich and fruity, with flavors that remind me more of blackberries. Rather tart. Some dark flavors of earthy hops. Brewer says hops are Nuggets and rated 20 IBU. Slight bitter aftertaste. From the 12 oz bottle bought at AJ's Fine Foods in Chandler. Some sediment in the bottom.

mactrail, Apr 18, 2013
Photo of LXIXME
3.5/5  rDev +9.4%

LXIXME, Apr 03, 2014
Photo of Camjmorton
3.5/5  rDev +9.4%

Camjmorton, Aug 05, 2013
Photo of BillyRay
3.5/5  rDev +9.4%

BillyRay, Feb 27, 2012
Photo of GraduatedCashew
3.5/5  rDev +9.4%

GraduatedCashew, Feb 24, 2014
Photo of azdback
3.5/5  rDev +9.4%

azdback, Jan 31, 2013
Photo of arizcards
3.45/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a free bottle at the brewery in mid-March.

Beer poured a cloudy golden orange with little to no head.

Nose has slight hint of sweetness.

Taste is pale wheat ale with a watermelon Jolly Rancher.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and refreshing.

Overall not a bad brew, good to have while working in the yard. Reminds me of the old raspberry wheat ales i had 20 years ago - fun memories of getting into craft beer!

arizcards, May 20, 2013
Photo of rpsedillo
3.25/5  rDev +1.6%

rpsedillo, Jul 16, 2014
Photo of barczar
3.21/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy dark golden color with minimal white head that almost completely disappears.

Citrus, wheat, and watermelon comprise the aroma, coupled with a sweetness, the combination of which is initially reminiscent of jolly ranchers.

Citrus flavors of lemon and orange carry throughout the flavor profile, with a wheat backbone and bready malt accenting the slightly sweet watermelon notes. There's a bit of a dry finish.

Body is a touch watery, with spritzy carbonation.

Watermelon is definitely a star in this brew, but not overpowering. The citrus notes balance well, preventing it from becoming cloying. Nothing exceptional, but it would be refreshing on a hot day!

barczar, Dec 04, 2012
Photo of MrJolly
3/5  rDev -6.3%

MrJolly, Mar 29, 2012
Photo of chefbigjon
3/5  rDev -6.3%

chefbigjon, Aug 21, 2014
Photo of dorf
3/5  rDev -6.3%

dorf, May 24, 2012
Photo of yemenmocha
3/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours pale golden, very slight haze, thin white head. Nose was obviously watermelon, but a very artificial watermelon sort of aroma. Soft (from the wheat perhaps), easy drinking beer with modest amount of fruit. Nowhere near a Belgian lambic sort of fruity. Watermelon is more artificial than natural on the palate too. Candied quality with that fruityness carries into the finish. Very easy drinking, but also not very exciting. Great beer for youthful folks just getting into beer perhaps.

yemenmocha, Sep 28, 2012
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Watermelon Ale from The Phoenix Ale Brewery
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