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Watermelon Ale - The Phoenix Ale Brewery

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Watermelon Ale
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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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2/5  rDev -37.5%

gnaztee, Sep 08, 2014
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3/5  rDev -6.3%

chefbigjon, Aug 21, 2014
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2/5  rDev -37.5%

DiehardDevil42, Jul 26, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev +1.6%

rpsedillo, Jul 16, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -14.1%

DRTBrewster, May 22, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +9.4%

LXIXME, Apr 03, 2014
Photo of kerry4porters
1/5  rDev -68.8%

kerry4porters, Mar 23, 2014
Photo of DoubleJ
2.61/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Watermelon is one of my favorite everyday fruits, however my experience with watermelon beer is very limited. With a warm climate like Phoenix, it sounds like a refreshing concept, though this one-man journey won't reach a verdict under after my review. From a 12 ounce bottle, on to the beer:

A quick pour out of the bottle into a glass yields a hazy yellow-orange colored beer with carbonation bubbles which are just visible in the glass. A half-inch of head rests on top and retains well on top. I want to like the aroma, but I can't. The nose has a soft watermelon note, though it's more resemblant to such note found in sugar-free gum. Underneath that is a mediocre, slightly sweet wheat beer base.

I'm not wild about the flavor. Again, the watermelon note tastes like the watermelon flavored gum that I chew from time to time. Nothing special going on behind the scenes either. The best things I can say is that the beer doesn't have any major off-flavors and the beer is reasonably quick and easy to drink.

Not much going on inside Watermelon Ale. Its taste is not exciting, though technically it does fit the bill as a refreshing concept with its drinkability.

DoubleJ, Mar 19, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +9.4%

GraduatedCashew, Feb 24, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +17.2%

Garrett1008, Sep 08, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +9.4%

Camjmorton, Aug 05, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -14.1%

duceswild, Jul 08, 2013
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4/5  rDev +25%

djre4orm, Jun 13, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +17.2%

tzieser, Jun 01, 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 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 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
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3.5/5  rDev +9.4%

azdback, Jan 31, 2013
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4/5  rDev +25%

Auraan, Jan 11, 2013
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 RuckusDu
2.93/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thin white head on a cloudy orange body. Foam falls quick and leaves no lacing. I get more of a strawberry on the aroma. Some wheaty malts and cherries. Flavor has a little lager in it. There are notes of bread and maybe just a hint of watermelon. The mouth is pretty good. Nice carbonation and decent body.

Overall it is an easy drinking beer, but not a lot of watermelon. I like it but really nothing stands out to put it above everything else.

RuckusDu, Dec 05, 2012
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
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4.5/5  rDev +40.6%

lupercmda, Oct 25, 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
Photo of buffettfan
2.65/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I have never had a Watermelon beer before, so I was excited to try this one.

Poured from the bottle, into a wine glass.

Appearance, average, golden, clear. Not a lot of head, but what little was there, hung on and clung to the edge of the glass for a while.

Smell kind of like watermelon jolly rancher, mixed with what can only be discribed as either old watermelon, or watermelon rine. Somewhat sweet, and a tad sour....

Taste, about like the smell, and thats about all. Not a lot of "beer" flavor. Tasted more like a light lager, with Jolly Rancher flavor.

Not a bad beer, but I was left a little disappointed, and underwhelmed.

This would probably be a fun beer to have at a BBQ to pass around, let people try and comment on, start some conversations, but I won't be ordering this one while I am out anytime soon.

buffettfan, Jul 25, 2012
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Watermelon Ale from The Phoenix Ale Brewery
76 out of 100 based on 37 ratings.