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Thomas Hooker Watermelon Ale - Thomas Hooker Brewing Company

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Ratings: 190
Reviews: 78
rAvg: 3.06
pDev: 22.88%
Wants: 3
Gots: 13 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Thomas Hooker Brewing Company visit their website
Connecticut, United States

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  5.10% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes/Commercial Description:
The light and crisp Ale has a hint of watermelon essence resulting in a very refreshing thirst quenching brew.

Our Watermelon Ale is sure to please a variety of palates lending itself to being the perfect summer treat.

(Beer added by: Hojaminbag on 09-08-2008)
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Reviews by confer:
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3.78/5  rDev +23.5%

A- Hazy dull gold with a fluffy billowy head.
S- When you first pop the cap the Jolly Rancher watermelon smell is extremely strong. It mellows as its poured.
T- It's different. The ale taste and the melon taste are both apparent. It is refreshing.
MD- I guess I'm in the minority on this one. It has a dry champagne like feel. I think this is an above average summertime quencher, and a great picnic beer.

08-12-2010 21:15:04 | More by confer
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Photo of Tiernan


3.25/5  rDev +6.2%

08-04-2013 00:26:40 | More by Tiernan
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1.5/5  rDev -51%

03-26-2013 01:13:00 | More by SuomiHobbit
Photo of tigg924


3.68/5  rDev +20.3%

Appearance: clear, pink straw , 1 inch head, high carbonation

Smell: watermelon jolly rancher, a bit of wheat

Taste: toned down watermelon jolly rancher

Mouthfeel: drinks like a watermelon would eat--big sweet start that mellow down as you approach the white rind portion, can feel the carbonation, medium-light bodied

Drinkability: Not sure if I am a fan of watermelon ales, but this one certainly hits the mark. It is good for the watermelon fruit style. A bit sweet for me, I think I could have one maybe two max.

07-10-2009 13:18:12 | More by tigg924
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3.25/5  rDev +6.2%

05-16-2012 15:55:37 | More by standardcherry
Photo of far333


2.7/5  rDev -11.8%

Clear apricot colored with streams of fine bubbles rising up to a bright white head of foam that quickly sizzles away.

Sweet aroma of some bready malt and yeastiness and a heavy dose of Jolly Rancher.

Very faint flavor, watery, notes of watermelon rind and grass, some floral highlights. Not too complex.

Thin and watery mouthfeel, but tingly in the finish.

Low drinkability for me, I suppose there are some people who would love this, and it probably serves a purpose and a market, but not for me.

05-22-2009 23:48:37 | More by far333
Photo of acurtis

New Jersey

2/5  rDev -34.6%

06-29-2013 18:26:25 | More by acurtis
Photo of NJpadreFan

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev +14.4%

Thomas Hooker- Watermelon Ale

A- Light copper brown with a small but solid head. Ringed lacing along the top of the pint glass.
S- Light sweet watermelon with carmelized grain malt.
T- Light sweet grainy malt with hints of watermelon and grassy hops.
M- Sweet and malty. Sugary with an earthy grassy hop finish.

Overall- Definitely crisp and refreshing in a hot packed bar. Nice maltiness, for a watermelon ale it had some backbone.

07-01-2009 22:41:05 | More by NJpadreFan
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3/5  rDev -2%

02-26-2014 15:12:47 | More by Griffith
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2/5  rDev -34.6%

07-13-2014 03:41:27 | More by squezey
Photo of socon67

New York

3.45/5  rDev +12.7%

Was eager to try this since I've been to the brewery in the fall.

Pours nice enough, with ample carbonation. Very strong smell of watermelon. Reminds me of a Jolly Rancher candy.

The taste is kinda bland. Honestly the Hooker Blond Ale is superior to this. Not bad, but you don't taste watermelon and the flavor of hops is muted somewhat.

It is a decent beer to drink in the summer, but not worth the extra effort to find.

06-24-2010 03:26:03 | More by socon67
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South Carolina

2/5  rDev -34.6%

08-10-2014 02:37:33 | More by Damian74Shensky
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2/5  rDev -34.6%

05-07-2013 23:36:44 | More by blknikon
Photo of SBXLII

New York

3.75/5  rDev +22.5%

Not sure how a beer can be compared to a ridiculously electric-colored soda, but this is definitely worth stocking for a barbeque with friends. Not overpowering, and not sickeningly sweet like the name may imply. It's perfect for ribs or anything off the grill, really. Hooker has noted the past two years that this uses natural flavor, and no longer artificial. Before it kind of had the aftertaste of a watermelon Laffy Taffy. If you see it, grab it. Definitely perfect for the summertime.

05-24-2011 20:36:08 | More by SBXLII
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4/5  rDev +30.7%

07-10-2012 12:41:43 | More by PaBeerLover
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2.45/5  rDev -19.9%

A - A lighter yellow. Am I high, or are there tiny green hues at the thin parts of the glass? Also, a thin head.

S - I popped the cap, and way before I was about to pour it, the smell jumped up my nose. I was really caught off guard. Upon further investigation, I have to admit, despite being impressed by it's strength, it doesn't really remind me of beer at all. It reminds me of candy, and kind of insincere.

T - O no. No no. I'm drinking this after an awesome Stone brewery beer. This... No thanks. Is it beer? You know, I think they might have traded the grains with watermelon. My advice to Hooker brewing, scrap this thing, the novelty is going to wear off soon enough for anyone who really enjoys beer. O god, I just burped, it's like I just burped Captain Crunch.

M - Very fizzy, approaching a flattish champagne. It's a bit too sharp I think, and it fades out pretty quick too.

D - Eww. It's like someone poisoned my lovely Hooker beer with synthetic high-fructose pharma-flavoring.

06-12-2010 01:21:56 | More by Echosolace
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New York

3.98/5  rDev +30.1%

Cloudy blonde with a sizable head and bits of lace here and there. A fairly active carbonation that keeps a good covering on top. A nice aroma of crystal malt and watermelon sweetness. It really does have a great summery aroma. Taste is surprisingly good with a crisp almost pilsner like cleaness in the overall malt character with a bit of ale like fruitiness that develops as the watermelon blossoms. Finish is clean and dry with a biscuity malt lingering as well as the lovely watermelon that is perfectly balanced. Feel is crisp and quenching with a perfect summer weight. A superb summer beer, from lawn mower to serious BBQ session ale this one is a great fit.

06-14-2012 01:54:57 | More by scootny
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1.04/5  rDev -66%

08-22-2014 16:07:25 | More by GmAn613
Photo of KTCamm

New Jersey

3.53/5  rDev +15.4%

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Not a winter beer for sure, but cleaning out the back of the fridge.

pours light orange copper with fizzy white foam that settles out. Punchy watermelon smell. Jolly rancher watermelon candy taste. Medium carbonation. The fruit taste is present throughout. Simple ale, dominated by that fruit flavor. Unique for sure, and not half bad for a novelty beer. But one is plenty.

12-16-2012 15:44:14 | More by KTCamm
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4/5  rDev +30.7%

04-29-2014 15:46:17 | More by ChrisChagnon
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3.39/5  rDev +10.8%

A big shout out to the legendary woodychandler for this beer. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a pale yellow color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is bursting with watermelon, jolly ranchers come to mind. Taste is mild compared to the smell. Some watermelon, a bit of wheat, light and subdued. Feels light in the mouth and overall a refreshing beer, but not something I would want a steady diet of.

07-15-2014 22:19:03 | More by tone77
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New York

3.75/5  rDev +22.5%

06-18-2013 01:45:39 | More by pjkelley82
Photo of puboflyons

New Hampshire

2.7/5  rDev -11.8%

Sampled on May 16, 2010. The pour was a pale yellow with a thin fizzy white head and limited lacing. The aroma of watermelon is noticeable as soon as the pour is complete and overpowering above everything else. A little light maltiness in there as well but it is really the watermelon scent that is going on. The mouthfeel is of average texture but also kind of creamy. Watermelon takes over the taste with a very thin and slightly dry hoppiness at the end. This is probably refreshing on a hot day but since I am not a big watermelon fan in the first place it is hard for me to reap praise on this one.

05-17-2010 01:33:07 | More by puboflyons
Photo of beerthulhu

New Jersey

2.5/5  rDev -18.3%

A: Pale, lemon pour is translucent with a dirty bread white head that was skim thin and quick to dissipate not leaving alot of adjectives or interest to write home about. Faint visible carbonation. meh.

S: Watermelon, more green flesh then red pulp. Smells like watermelon jolly rancher, artificial, though label claims otherwise. Moderate awareness.

T: Soda like flavor, rather shandy, the melon is there, but more green melon, and again jolly rancher like, sweetened type malting and dry. Candy like, artifical watermelon, dont care what the label says, with some cough syrup like dryness on the swallow.

M: Some carbonation, but quite mundane, light medium body, light syrupy with a warming of watermelon cough medicine.

O: Overall a novelty beer, i prefered 21st admendments take over this. Not something i would drink in multiples, as im guessing this is what it should of strived for, a crisp, lightly fruity like experience, but comes off artificial and rather candy like (jolly rancher). Not something i would find refreshing nor crisp even on a hot summer day, gimmicky. It is what it is, but like mentioned earlier, 21st amendment did a somewhat more respectable job if you must partake in the novelty aspect.

05-13-2013 22:51:42 | More by beerthulhu
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2/5  rDev -34.6%

08-16-2014 03:55:22 | More by diamondlie
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Thomas Hooker Watermelon Ale from Thomas Hooker Brewing Company
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