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Thomas Hooker Watermelon Ale - Thomas Hooker Brewing Company

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Thomas Hooker Watermelon AleThomas Hooker Watermelon Ale

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Ratings: 191
Reviews: 78
rAvg: 3.05
pDev: 22.95%
Wants: 3
Gots: 14 | 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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Photo of semicharmedkind
3/5  rDev -1.6%

semicharmedkind, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of ghamel
3/5  rDev -1.6%

ghamel, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of damzz
4.95/5  rDev +62.3%
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.

damzz, Sep 23, 2011
Photo of barleyroad
4.1/5  rDev +34.4%
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.

barleyroad, Sep 21, 2011
Photo of GreenGrowler
3.5/5  rDev +14.8%
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!

GreenGrowler, Sep 01, 2011
Photo of Oktoberfests
3.48/5  rDev +14.1%
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".

Oktoberfests, Aug 26, 2011
Photo of OtherShoe2
3.25/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

OtherShoe2, Jul 31, 2011
Photo of billab914
2.7/5  rDev -11.5%
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.

billab914, Jul 16, 2011
Photo of Yagman3000
3.93/5  rDev +28.9%
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. :)

Yagman3000, Jul 15, 2011
Photo of Thads324
2.6/5  rDev -14.8%
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.

Thads324, Jun 23, 2011
Photo of VelvetExtract
2.1/5  rDev -31.1%
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.

VelvetExtract, Jun 14, 2011
Photo of OMGTheyKilkenny
4.47/5  rDev +46.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle into a Samuel Adams Boston Lager Glass.

A- Beer

S- Watermelon

T- Watermelon beer

MF- Beer

D- Served ice cold on a hot summer day, great. One or two is probably enough. Lives up to the boast on the label, "Strangely refreshing." Unpalatable if not cold.

OMGTheyKilkenny, Jun 07, 2011
Photo of PicoPapa
3.45/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle with a Bottled On Date of 2011-05-03. Had to give it a try. Pours a translucent straw color with almost no head. Smells like a watermelon blow pop. Very sugary sweet candy watermelon aroma. The flavor is as huge as the aroma made me think it would be. Certainly has a lot of that watermelon flavor but I thought it would be more. Maybe can taste some malts and grains but it mostly is like an adjunct lager with a sweet candy watermelon flavor to it. It's a weird beer and I couldn't drink it often, but it's not bad at all. Crisp, smooth and easy to drink even with the fruity taste. Overall, I have no issue with having this once in a blue moon(no pun intended).

PicoPapa, May 27, 2011
Photo of SBXLII
3.75/5  rDev +23%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

SBXLII, May 24, 2011
Photo of RDHerm
2.98/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy greenish yellow with yellow highlights. It actually looks a lot like Mountain Dew. Has a thin white head that dissipates immediately, leaving a thin ring that holds throughout and has surprisingly good lacing.

Smells really sweet, and the aroma of watermelon is overwhelming. It smells a lot like a watermelon Jolly Rancher. There are some hints of yeast and floral hops in there, but not much.

Not nearly as sweet or watermelon-flavored as the aroma would indicate. Watermelon is present, but there are also notes of wheat and floral hops. Not terribly complex, but better than expected.

Light in body and carbonation level. Smooth, crisp, and refreshing - exactly what you'd expect from a blonde ale.

A little strange, but an OK brew in it's own right. Not something worth going out of your way for, but the perfect way to add a little variety when you're looking for something you can suck down a few of on a hot afternoon,

RDHerm, May 17, 2011
Photo of rudzud
2.88/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked up on a whim at Julio's to complete a "mix a six" pack, wish I hadn't.

A - Poured into my Duvel tulip a crystal clear yellow pour with a fizzy half a finger head that rapidly faded to leave light white swirls.

S - Watermelon jolly rancher.

T - Sweet, fake watermelon jollyrancher flavour followed by some wheat and typical ale notes. Way too fake and too sweet.

M - Starts off with nice, high carbonation but quickly becomes lackluster and thin.

O - Just an average "watermelon" beer. I keep trying these hoping to find one I'll enjoy but nothing has really brought watermelon strong. Always the fake aroma and taste.

rudzud, May 16, 2011
Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.28/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Picked this up in Totowa via the single bottle because things are finally starting to warm up outside. I didn't expect much from this beer and after downing the contents of my pint glass relatively quickly, it's easy to see why I shouldn't have had high hopes for this. While this isn't bad at all, this is about as textbook as a "watermelon beer" can be.

Nothing memorable to the pour of this at all - looked like a typical Blonde Ale with just a hint of wheat in the hue and a moderate head that didn't last all that long. There was a bit of lacing as well and the smell was that of watermelon a bit of warm commercially produced cheese-like funk. There was the sweetness of bubble gum and cotton candy in the taste with watermelon on top of that. The latter note continued in the aftertaste but there wasn't hardly any wheat or other plant notes to be felt with the exception of a hint of straw. The malt was so unassuming that I couldn't feel it at all as to be expected, hops are absent here as well

I only had one bottle but if it was warm out, I could have had a few more. This almost feels like soda because of the lightness of the body and the subtle carbonation that can be felt. Session beers don't get more easygoing than this and even though this wasn't bad, it's unlikely that I'll be reaching for this again. It was worth a try once but there are much better and more full-bodied offerings that can be enjoyed during this time of the year.

JerzDevl2000, Apr 29, 2011
Photo of Knapp85
3.38/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a bottle of this one into a pint glass, it was a pale yellow color. Very clear looking body with a soapy white head. The aroma was pretty nice actually the watermelon was subtle enough that you could still pick up some of the malts in the brew. The flavor of this beer is good at first when it's right out of the fridge and still cold. The watermelon isn't overly sweet at that point and is kind of refreshing. As the beer warms up though it starts to get a little funky, This kind of turned me off from this brew. The mouthfeel was super light and highly drinkable for summer time. Just drink it fast.

Knapp85, Apr 16, 2011
Photo of Paxomaniac
3.55/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: This was my third time drinking this and I'd yet to actually get a good idea about what it looks like until now. The brown bottle gives it a darker yellow hue so I was definitely surprised to find it has a pale yellow color, not too unlike a belgian white.

S: The smell is what first attracted me, as a fairly young and new beer drinker, the reminiscent scent of watermelon candies was a pleasant one. The only drawback is that after the second and third time trying this beer, the smell of Jolly Rancher's isn't as novel as it was the first time, it gets a little tiring.

T: In contrast to the strong smell, the watermelon taste is light and leaves a faint but not overwhelming aftertaste of sweet and sour. Unlike some of the more fruity or commonly "girly" drinks, there's a good balance between the fruit and the average ale taste. The taste seems to get sweeter towards the middle of the bottle making for an overall pleasant drinking experience.

M: The carbonation initially comes on strong and then fades almost instantly. If it weren't for the alcohol content I might confuse it for a weak flavored watermelon soda. It has almost all of the trademarks of the average summer beer that I can see enjoying on a hot day. Still, nothing too remarkable about it, it's a little above average.

D: Refreshing and light. Unlike some beers I've had in the past I actually feel like I've had my thirst quenched. Definitely a slow drinking experience though due to the taste and carbonation making it impossible to chug it down comfortably. I think for the price ($8 for 6 pck.) it's worth trying. Definitely not my favorite beer I've had, but on a hot summer day I can see stocking up on this for a summer BBQ or just a relaxing night in front of the TV.

Paxomaniac, Nov 18, 2010
Photo of WesWes
3.28/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a pale gold color with a thin white head that fades to spotty lacing. The aroma is decent. I has a light pale malt scent along with a wonderfully fruity watermelon aroma. Yes, it's weak and watery, but the watermelon aroma is pretty damn refreshing. The taste, however is quite weak an devoid of character. It has a light pale malt taste along with a dry, artificial watermelon flavor. It goes down quick and easy with a thin, watery finish. The mouthfeel is decent. It is a low bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is your basic commercial fruit beer. It's nothing to get excited about, but it's enjoyable on a hot day.

WesWes, Sep 03, 2010
Photo of Casey10
3.73/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up at Tully's in Maine on the back up from York. I know Tully's has some nice beers there but just wanted something really different.

This beer delivers as being different. I swear I said Jolly Rancher once I smelled and tasted it, this is before I read the other reviews.

This is a sweet watermelon forward brew they are not kidding when they say more than a mouthful.

I liked it. It isn't the beer you need to hunt down or trade for but it is nice and if you are looking for something different give this one a try its really nice.

Casey10, Aug 21, 2010
Photo of confer
3.78/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

confer, Aug 12, 2010
Photo of dimenhetfield
3.68/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I'm down for a good fruit beer every now and again, but nothing could have prepared me for this experience (maybe a little too over the top). It says a "hint" of watermelon, more like a smack in the face of watermelon. That added with the intense carbonation it's almost like drinking a soda. Quite the drinking experience.

dimenhetfield, Aug 05, 2010
Photo of Bendurgin
2.78/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this one the other night. Pours a yellow golden pale color with a thin white head that vanishes quickly. I stuck my nose in this and thought it smelled like watermelon Jolly Ranchers. I enjoyed smelling it, but it just smelled like candy. I couldn't find any trace of beer aromas. The taste was much more mild than the smell. I could still primarily taste the watermelon but it was much more faint than what the aroma led me to believe it would be. I can taste some grains, but I don't know if it's my subconscious knowledge of knowing that it is an ingredient in beer trying to convince myself this is Kool-Aid. The mouth feel is good, light body with nothing really offensive. The flavor is what it is supposed to be I suppose and it is refreshing so this is any easy one to kick back.
Not a bad effort overall, but I think the watermelon beer is more of a novelty than anything. This just hardly reminds me of beer, even though I had to show my ID to get it.

Bendurgin, Aug 01, 2010
Photo of aahynick
2.73/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

40F in a pilsner glass

A- light copper with a fast dissipating head

S- faint watermelon aroma

T- mild flavor, very nondescript

M - just short of watery

D- this is nothing special. Not much flavor, very little aroma, and watery. Not worth paying for.

aahynick, Jul 20, 2010
Thomas Hooker Watermelon Ale from Thomas Hooker Brewing Company
71 out of 100 based on 191 ratings.