Thomas Hooker Watermelon Ale - Thomas Hooker Brewing Company
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3.68/5 rDev +19.9%
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)
05-03-2014 21:38:42 | More by ColdWaffles
3.61/5 rDev +17.6%
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.
03-02-2014 00:47:49 | More by illpass78
3.05/5 rDev -0.7%
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.
10-08-2013 22:21:16 | More by jdhilt
Thomas Hooker Watermelon Ale from Thomas Hooker Brewing Company
72 out of 100 based on 188 ratings.