Melon Wheat Ale
Shipyard Brewing Company

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Shipyard Brewing Company
Maine, United States
Fruit and Field Beer
Ranked #343
Ranked #27,121
3.34 | pDev: 14.67%
Sep 10, 2021
Aug 26, 2017
Melon Wheat AleMelon Wheat Ale
Notes: None
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3.64 by Blogjackets from Ohio on Sep 10, 2021
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3.45/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25
by Darkmagus82 from Texas

Poured from a can into a pint glass
Appearance – The beer pours a clear golden amber color with a tiny fizzy white foam. The head has fades super fast leaving only a light trace of lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell – The aroma of the brew is massive of a very sweet watermelon smell, almost watermelon jolly rancher like. Along with these smells comes a little bit of tart green apple and some wheat. Overall, very sweet and candy like in nature.
Taste – The taste begins far less sweet than I would have anticipated from the nose. The flavor begins with a rather strong wheaty taste that is matched by a moderate amount of a watermelon and watermelon rind like flavor. As the taste advances the watermelon flavor gets stronger, all while some light herbal flavors come to the tongue. Toward the end there is a touch of tart and an increase in some graininess and must, which in the end, leaves on with a lightly sweetened watermelon juice, somewhat musty, wheat taste to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the brew is medium in thickness with a medium carbonation. For the watermelon nature, a thinner body and higher carbonation would have been better, making for a more refreshing and crisper feel.
Overall – OK, but somewhat disappointing. I was hoping for something more refreshing…

Jul 17, 2021
3 by mpenske from California on Jul 12, 2021
2.5 by Dalkri from Massachusetts on Aug 28, 2020
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3.3/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
by bankboy66 from New Jersey

Smells and looks great but the taste lost me. It’s like an interpretation of watermelon candy. It’s not the worst thing but other breweries have done the watermelon beer better

Jul 18, 2020
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3.58/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by HoppingMadMonk from New Jersey

Around a medium body with about the same for carbonation.
Aroma is watermelon,lots of rind, wheat flour.
Taste is almost a little dry, heavy on the watermelon rind and fruit. Wheat does show up but some acidic,perfume artificial flavor is there as well

Jun 21, 2020
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1.94/5  rDev -41.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 1.75
by PMakowski from New Hampshire

12 Oz bottle poured into glass. I wish Shipyard would label the date bottled better, hard to find.
Look - fairly standard beer look. yellow color, small foam head and no lacing on glass.
Smell - very strong aroma of bubblicious or big league chew gum. that fake melon. I can already tell this beer was not made for a man.
Taste - Putrid. I mean, it's not even close to what i wanted. This fake melon flavoring, like watermelon flavored bubble gum. It is completely sweet and bursting with flavor. No beer flavor detected. Carbonated melon-flavored water. Body is medium.

Overall, thought i would give it a try. Shipyard seems to always be less good than i expected and this is no different. Grade is a D

May 28, 2019
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3.52/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
by puboflyons from New Hampshire

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle with no date on the label. Sampled on October 22, 2018.

It is a nice looking golden pour with good clarity, streaming carbonation bubbles, and a short lived white fizzy head. No lacing.

Big aroma of watermelon and melon with a more subtle toasted hay-like sensation. The fruity notes are biggest.

Light to medium mouthfeel.

The taste tends to be sweet and melony more than anything else and it overtakes any other wheat or sweet characters that might be down below. Ends mildly dry. Refreshing if you like beers with huge melon notes.

Oct 22, 2018
3.37 by tmadd from Massachusetts on Sep 10, 2018
3.85 by redsoxjim from Massachusetts on Jul 12, 2018
3.71 by AndrewAK from England on May 22, 2018
3.7 by Knapp85 from Pennsylvania on May 12, 2018
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3.58/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
by woodychandler from Pennsylvania

Welcome back to #WatermelonWednesday as I continue my campaign to #BumptheHump & celebrate the midweek workday in a more upbeat, pleasant manner. I was recently at the Wegman’s in Mechanicsburg, PA when I spotted this one & procured it with today in mind.

From the bottle: "43.6615 (deg.) N, 70.2553 (deg.) W". Ooh, as a retired U.S. Navy sailor, I LOVE when they talk Lat & Long to me! The house band on Diego Garcia was "Seven Degrees South" as in, of the Equator. Haha.; “Ale with Natural Flavors added”.

I Pop!ped the cap, only to be reminded once again that they use those screwed-up screw-off caps! Grrr. 8={} I alleviated some of my frustration by utilizing a heavy-handed pour. This actually worked in my favor as it created just under three fingers of dense, foamy, rocky, eggshell-white head with decent retention. Color was a pretty Golden-Amber (SRM = > 5, < 7) with NE-quality clarity, calling forth The Gelt Gang of Midas, Croesus & Mammon for a taste. Nose had the distinct smell of watermelon & this was good, especially since it can sometimes smell like Jolly Rancher candies. Mouthfeel was medium. The taste was pleasant, especially for a Watermelon Ale, which can go in just about any direction, in my exbeerience.

I have had some where the flavor was spot-on, but unabating, kind of like when my babysitter & her friend doused themselves in watermelon-scented perfume. It smelled right, but it refused to give up. I have had some where it was sickeningly, cloyingly sweet. I have also had some (Minhas!) where it just tasted like a chemically derived, liquid version of a Jolly Rancher & was not at all pleasant.

This one tasted of watermelon, but also allowed for a grainy wheat flavor to poke through, giving it a slightly piquant quality, along with a biscuit malt dryness. Finish was definitely dry & refreshing & would make a great addition to the cooler on a hot, humid summer’s day. I say this because their website seems to indicate that it is also being CANned.

Apr 12, 2018
3.5 by edthehead from New York on Sep 10, 2017
3.51 by TTripp725 from Pennsylvania on Aug 26, 2017
Melon Wheat Ale from Shipyard Brewing Company
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