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Thomas Hooker Watermelon Ale - Thomas Hooker Brewing Company

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Reviews: 80
Hads: 210
rAvg: 3.22
pDev: 11.18%
Wants: 2
Gots: 24 | FT: 0
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Thomas Hooker Brewing Company visit their website
Connecticut, United States

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  5.10% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Hojaminbag on 09-08-2008

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.
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Photo of BranfordBound
3.09/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Had this one out of a 12oz bottle into a pint glass last night. Bottled on 6/29 was stamped on the neck. Golden color with decent clarity and a small head that surprisingly lasts a bit. Smell is really weird. Right off the bat it is instant watermelon Jolly Rancher and not much else. The first sip is overwhelming Jolly Rancher and it is cloying, but as it warms and your taste buds get used to it the watermelon subsides. Near the middle you get the cracker malts and sweetness and a touch of bitterness in the back-end. The candy like watermelon still remains upfront but isn't as prominent. The body is light but the flavor is simply too saccharine to ask for another. Worth trying once for the novelty, but if you've ever had watermelon Jolly Rancher candy then you know what this will taste like. (802 characters)

Photo of Slatetank
3.26/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

I tried this out of the bottle -4th of July 2015-poured chilled into a tumbler.

The color is golden with good clarity and thin white head with fine bead and no lace stickage. The smell is very sweet with watermelon aroma w/Jolly Rancher fruity candy type odor. The feel is light in body with moderately sweet feel with light malt and low bitterness with a mild and semi-dry finish.

The taste is tangy but not as sweet in taste as the smell with some mild fruity sweet flavor sort of watermelon candy taste with slight malt in the flavor adding balance with low spice from hop in the semi-dry finish. Overall I would not say it is bad or off, just a bit too candy-like with middle of the road take it or leave it result the synthetic watermelon flavor makes it less than great (778 characters)

Photo of WhiteHillsStore
2.44/5  rDev -24.2%

Think Jolly Rancher watermelon. Pours a pale yellow and the smell is just full of sugar. The taste is very sugary sweet and a taste that is more than comparable to artificial watermelon flavor. Not for me but I can see how some people would really like this one. (263 characters)

Photo of tone77
3.42/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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. (391 characters)

Photo of ColdWaffles
3.69/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Draft into a standard pint at Watkins Drinkery a month or so ago.

Looks like an adjunct lager with a bigger head. 3/5

Scent is of a watermelon Jolly Rancher. Oddly, I like it. 4/5

This is really refreshing. Watermelon is not overpowering, but it tastes especially "light" for an ale. 3.5/5

Thin but not too thin! Pretty refreshing overall, and I imagine it as either a perfect lawnmower beer or change of pace. 4/5

Personally, I found this better than my previous experiences with 21st Amendment's Hell or High Watermelon. 3.75/5

(Grammatically enhanced quick notes from Watkins Drinkery a while back) (607 characters)

Photo of illpass78
3.59/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a craft glass.

Appearance: Pours a hazy golden with a three-quarter-inch white head that swiftly recedes to film. Carbonation is heavy. No lacing at all. Looks like a lager or golden ale, with some wheat haziness.

Aroma: Hello, watermelon. This really, really smells like watermelon. Also some bubble gum and wheat and a little hop bitterness. I'm expecting a big watermelon punch from this. Alcohol is faint if it's even present. Also some citrus notes.

Taste: To my surprise, the watermelon taste is more of an accent. It definitely dominates the flavor profile, but it doesn't come across as severe as the aroma indicates. It's basically a decent wheaty golden ale with some watermelon kick. Kind of tastes like drinking a cream ale or golden ale while chewing watermelon gum. Not surprised to see wheat in the grain bill; it definitely has a wheaty backbone, which is good, because it prevents the watermelon flavor from being cloying. It's a sweet-tasting beer, but not to the point where it makes me recoil.

Mouthfeel: Light body, which adds to the light and refreshing profile. It has the level of depth that it should.

Overall: Maybe it's the fact that it's March 1 after a brutalizing February. Maybe it's because I've got Spring Training baseball on TV and I'm feeling ready for tones of summer. Maybe it's because I'm eating a delicious bowl of chili and this beer complimented it perfectly. But, I have to admit, I enjoyed this. I kind of wanted to not like it because fruit beer is pretty corny, but the refreshing nature of this beer beat back my cynicism. It's a nice warm-weather treat. Judge me. (1,643 characters)

Photo of jdhilt
3.05/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a two finger white head that fades quickly leaving some lace. Clear pale straw color. Good carbonation and light-medium bodied. Strong watermelon nose and flavor is almost sour watermelon. $2.99 for a 12oz bottle from Julio's Liquors Marlboro, MA. (253 characters)

Photo of chefhatt
3.97/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Paradise by the Slice
review from notes
drank on Friday June 21st 2013
Served in a pint glass, it has a gold color body with no head to it. The aroma was of sweet watermelon and wheat. The taste was sweet but not overpowering. Very nice watermelon flavor and the wheat came through on the finish. The mouthfeel was light. Over all i really liked this beer, quite refreshing. (384 characters)

Photo of woodychandler
3.53/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I CAN't believe what a fruity afternoon it has become! I just reviewed a Pineapple Hefeweizen for The CANQuest (TM) and now I am moving onto Watermelon Ale. SMH.

From the CAN: "Seasonal Release"; "Strangely Refreshing"; "This crisp and tasty Ale has a hint of watermelon essence resulting in a refreshing, thirst-quenching brew. Sure to become a Summertime favorite!"

I had forgotten just how much I miss the auditory aspect of the Crack! during my CAN hiatus. I have said repeatedly that one reason for the inverted Glug is the creation of head and the release of esters. In this case, I had three-plus fingers of rocky, bone-white head with decent retention that actually produced sticky lacing as it fell. Color was a Pale-Straw (SRM = 1- 2) with NE-quality clarity and I again found myself thinking about a beer that is lighter on the way in than on the way out. Speaking of esters, it was redolent with watermelon in terms of its nose. Mouthfeel was kind of thin and watery(melon). The taste was definitely watermelon, and while it was clearly not artificially flavored, it just seemed awfully strange. Finish was semi-dry, quite refreshing, and a good Summer beer. I thought that one was plenty, but there are lots of people who really dig fruit beers. As such, YMMV.


My original bottle review follows, date unknown.

I really like it when Hookers have watermelons! Let's get to the verbiage so that I can continue this further.

From the bottle: "More than a mouthful"; "Strangely refreshing"; "Ale with Natural Watermelon flavor".

There is a school of thought that says that more than a mouthful is a waste, but it all depends on what one is trying to accomplish, especially with a Hooker. I always feel refreshed after some strange and watermelons can go a long way towards a good time.

Right after my cap popped, I went with an aggressive pour so as to get my money's worth. I promise to be more gentle after this. I had a finger of bone-white head with excellent retention and the hazy, fizzy lemon-yellow color of the beer put me in mind of a silhouette of a lemon meringue pie. Nose really smelled like watermelon, not Jolly Rancher chemically-produced esters watermelon! I should not laugh, but I just could not help it. This is amusing in its strangeness. Mouthfeel was soft and the watermelon flavor was not as in-your-face as the nose had led me to expect. Instead, it seemed to be tempered by a biscuit malt taste which was the right way to go. This could have been way too sweet for enjoyment, but instead, it took on a light bitterness at the finish, reminiscent of biting too deeply and getting a taste of white rind instead of pink flesh. I liked it, but I am more inclined towards other fruit, so one was probably enough. Tasty, sure, but more of a novelty than something to sustain me. (2,817 characters)

Photo of tittymcj
2.69/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2.5

A: Golden body with very little head. Nothing on the glass at all after it settles down. Quite hazy.

S: Smells like sugar. Obviously they've tried to make it smell like watermelon, but it reminds me of watermelon sourpatch candy.

T: Tastes the same as it smells. Lots of sugary taste, but it feels artificial. It's very refreshing, if only for the extreme sweetness.

M: Very thin. Not much substance, and if not for the sweetness there'd be nothing enjoyable about the mouthfeel.

O: Tasty, but only if you enjoy sugar. Not a lof of traditional beer attributes here, so not for those who wouldn't enjoy a Mike's Hard Lemonade. (631 characters)

Photo of davey101
3.25/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Born on 3/22. 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Pours a dark yellow body with a cap of soapy white foam. Really solid lacing. Smells like a tamer watermelon jolly rancher. Taste is again of tame jolly rancher but it finishes with a touch of cereal grain. It's not artifical, just very sweet. Not over the top sweet though. Light and crisp, this is awfully drinkable and thirst quenching. Overall it is what it is, a watermelon beer. It's drinkability means a lot here. Solid hot weather candidate. (495 characters)

Photo of beerthulhu
2.5/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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. (1,226 characters)

Photo of KTCamm
3.54/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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. (414 characters)

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.47/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a golden-yellow color with a one finger white head. The head faded fast to leave only a very small amount of lacing.

Smell – The aroma was heaviest of a watermelon aroma. It is somewhat artificial, but not too bad. While the watermelon is dominating, there are lighter notes a wheat nature as well.

Taste – The taste begins with a malty wheat flavor. A wheat is a light background flavor for the watermelon flavor to sit upon. The watermelon starts out sweet and light and gets more intense in flavor toward the middle of the taste. As the taste moves on further it loses some of the watermelon sweetness as some light hop flavors come to the tongue. In the end a mildly sweet yet rather potent watermelon flavor is left on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – Te body of the beer is on the light to average side with a higher level of carbonation. Both are good for the sweet taste of the beer.

Overall – For a watermelon flavored beer it does have good watermelon flavor, but overall it is something I wouldn’t go out of my way to get. (1,106 characters)

Photo of ryan1788a5
3.05/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a New Belgium globe.

A: Pours a hazy golden yellow. Two inch white head settles into nothing but a thin wisp. Thin, delicate, and broken rings of lacing.

S: Big whiff of watermelon, concentrated and candy-like. Like a Jolly Rancher. Grainy malt scents in the background. Very faint kiss of floral hops.

T: Acute but indistinguishable hop bitterness up front. Cereal grains surge to the forefront shortly afterward. The grainy tastes subside momentarily as a wave of candy-like watermelon washes over the tongue. Very dry. Finishes with candy watermelon and grains working in tandem.

M: Light in body. Creamy and smooth with active, scrubbing carbonation. Crisp and refreshing.

O: It is what it is, I suppose, but it does nothing for me. A very average blonde ale loaded with concentrated watermelon flavor. (837 characters)

Photo of scootny
3.97/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (666 characters)

Photo of damzz
4.94/5  rDev +53.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Calling an ale watermelon means it needs to have that flavor and this does - in the nose and in the taste. The sweetness of the watermelon is balanced by the hoppy aftertaste or is it rind? Just kidding. Of the three watermelons I've tasted, this is tops. The 21st amendment, which I like, does not reach the heights of this brew. (330 characters)

Photo of barleyroad
4.1/5  rDev +27.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wow it smells like a Jolly Rancher, a real strong watermelon smell. The appearance is just about any other pilsner. As for taste, these guys hit it right as far as it goes on a watermelon ale. The taste is mild, way less that you think due to the strong smell. This the best melon beer we have sampled. Very clean off the mouth and is a great summer time beer. Fidge worthy in the summer months. Ladies will love this one too. Every once in a while you should have a liquid that taste like this. Bring on the BBQ and Hooker watermelon ale. (539 characters)

Photo of GreenGrowler
3.54/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is one weird beer. It smells like a Jolly Rancher, a real strong watermelon smell. It looks like just about any other pilsner. But then you taste it and there is just a hint of watermelon, really just in the after taste. But it kind of grows on you. Sip after sip it gets better and better. And then before you know it you've finished off the whole growler and are feeling good but weird, because you never thought you'd like it and you never thought you'd drink a whole growler. Now I haven't tried any other watermelon ales, and I'm sure there are better ones, but as my first taste of a watermelon ale this was pretty dawn good! and weird! (647 characters)

Photo of Oktoberfests
3.47/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not a big fan of fuit in beer. Unless it's blueberry. And even then, it can be hit or miss. The watermelon smell right after the bottle was opened was strong. But if faded after a while. This is a nice novelty beer, but nothing "special". (238 characters)

Photo of OtherShoe2
3.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours medium yellow with a foamy white head. No lacing, slight retention.

I smell watermelon rind and some thin jolly rancher candy. Some malt, but hard to find. Some mineral. Note: this is not overpowering in the fruit dept. Not horrific or over the top.

An ok balance of lighter malt and grain with the watermelon fruit. A bit artificial, but not overpowering. The malt, with light bitterness, tries to fight through. You get some grain, but that is about it. Finishes fairly clean.

Lighter bodied, good carbonation.

Eh. I wanted to try it. Kinda ok, but barely. You'd get bored (or sorry) if you had a six. In the end, I can read a label. You get what you get. Better than some, worse than others. (704 characters)

Photo of billab914
2.71/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle into my Mad Fox glass. It was a pale golden yellow color with a thin white head barely covering the top of the beer. Decent head retention to it as I drank it.

The aroma immediately reminds me of a pink starburst. The watermelon is definitely very present, but I seem to get a little strawberry to it as as well. It's sweet and almost candy like. The more I drink of it the more the pink starburst analogy seems to fit.

The taste is also pretty dominated by the candy like, strawberry and watermelon extract flavor. Again the pink starburst flavor is there, but more up front. I do get some pale, grainy malts in it as well that at least lets me know I'm drinking a beer.

The mouthfeel is light and carbonation is above average. Overall it was light and refreshing and could be drinkable on a hot day. I found it too sweet overall though and the fruity flavors seemed very fake and extract like. The pink starburst flavor was a little strange, but the pink ones are my favorite at least. (1,004 characters)

Photo of Yagman3000
3.94/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a growler into a pint glass.

Appears a golden yellow color but on the lighter side. Can faintly see through it.

Smells sweet and delicious. Very strongly of the mentioned "Jolly Rancher" watermelon. A slight bready butteriness comes through as well.

Taste is a tiny bit malty and bready up front that quickly turns to a sweet watermelon finish.

Mouthfeel is quick without much of a finish. It is a quencher for the summer months.

Overall a good light gun beer for the summer. Couldn't imagine having this if it was less than 88 degrees out. :) (565 characters)

Photo of Thads324
2.65/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a light and pale yellow. Lots of bubbles and a thick white head. Smells of watermelon candy and a hint of grainy grass. The flavor is much the same, with a light and sweet grain body, dominated by a cloying artificial tasting watermelon flavor. Mouthfeel is nice, light, crisp and well carbed to carry the flavor. Feel is probably the finest part of the beer.

I don't see how this stuff uses real watermelons. It tastes utterly artificial. A good beer if you want to pound candy juice in the sun...otherwise try 21st amendments. I can see how some people would adore this stuff though. (592 characters)

Photo of VelvetExtract
2.11/5  rDev -34.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Picked up a single in order to try my first 'Watermelon Beer'

A-Pours a very light golden blonde with nearly no haze. Small fizzy head appears then fades to a tight white cap. The lace is unreliable and light.

S-Yikes! This one smells exactly like a watermelon Jolly Rancher. Nearly overwhelming aroma of sugary, artificial watermelons. You really must focus in order to find any beer aspects behind the watermelon. Light grains and malts behind the candy flavor.

T-The taste is very odd. Not really hitting the right spot. The flavor of the watermelon is much more watery. The underlying aspects of the beer are more noticeable. Overall, intermingling of the flavors do not work well together. Thank god I didn't get a six pack (even though I wouldn't dare).

M-Oddly sticky. The body is heavier than expected. Just doesn't go down well.

O/D-Not a fan of this at all. Quite nearly a drain pour. Flavors do not mix correctly. Feel is off. Not good. (952 characters)

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Thomas Hooker Watermelon Ale from Thomas Hooker Brewing Company
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