1. Extreme Beer Fest. March 20 & 21, 2015 in Boston, Mass. Join us!
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Thomas Hooker Watermelon Ale - Thomas Hooker Brewing Company

Not Rated.
Thomas Hooker Watermelon AleThomas Hooker Watermelon Ale

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
70
okay

195 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 195
Reviews: 78
rAvg: 3.05
pDev: 22.95%
Wants: 3
Gots: 15 | 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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 195 | Reviews: 78 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of psdriscoll
3/5  rDev -1.6%

psdriscoll, Jul 02, 2014
Photo of ttylicki
2.5/5  rDev -18%

ttylicki, Jun 29, 2014
Photo of beanoboy7
2/5  rDev -34.4%

beanoboy7, Jun 26, 2014
Photo of Halfbrother83
2.5/5  rDev -18%

Halfbrother83, Jun 26, 2014
Photo of Joestradamus91
3.5/5  rDev +14.8%

Joestradamus91, Jun 22, 2014
Photo of dbrauneis
2.75/5  rDev -9.8%

dbrauneis, Jun 22, 2014
Photo of paulish
3.25/5  rDev +6.6%

paulish, Jun 18, 2014
Photo of kmcdonald6809
2.5/5  rDev -18%

kmcdonald6809, Jun 16, 2014
Photo of bootdown21
1/5  rDev -67.2%

bootdown21, Jun 16, 2014
Photo of Budinetz
1.5/5  rDev -50.8%

Budinetz, Jun 03, 2014
Photo of AnthonySkatz
3/5  rDev -1.6%

AnthonySkatz, May 07, 2014
Photo of ColdWaffles
3.68/5  rDev +20.7%
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)

ColdWaffles, May 03, 2014
Photo of ChrisChagnon
4/5  rDev +31.1%

ChrisChagnon, Apr 29, 2014
Photo of Arrowhuntr
2.5/5  rDev -18%

Arrowhuntr, Apr 26, 2014
Photo of ZEB89
2.75/5  rDev -9.8%

ZEB89, Apr 23, 2014
Photo of SkinniePost
3.25/5  rDev +6.6%

SkinniePost, Apr 17, 2014
Photo of illpass78
3.61/5  rDev +18.4%
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.

illpass78, Mar 02, 2014
Photo of Griffith
3/5  rDev -1.6%

Griffith, Feb 26, 2014
Photo of TBuikus
3/5  rDev -1.6%

TBuikus, Feb 17, 2014
Photo of Mstezano
3/5  rDev -1.6%

Mstezano, Jan 02, 2014
Photo of dlindsay79
3/5  rDev -1.6%

dlindsay79, Dec 19, 2013
Photo of mpalestino
3/5  rDev -1.6%

mpalestino, Dec 15, 2013
Photo of jdhilt
3.05/5  rDev 0%
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.

jdhilt, Oct 08, 2013
Photo of cheesepuffs
3.5/5  rDev +14.8%

cheesepuffs, Sep 11, 2013
Photo of meghmmm
3.25/5  rDev +6.6%

meghmmm, Aug 18, 2013
Thomas Hooker Watermelon Ale from Thomas Hooker Brewing Company
70 out of 100 based on 195 ratings.