Melonhead
Shipyard Brewing Company

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Style:
Fruit and Field Beer
Ranked #949
ABV:
4.4%
Score:
73
Ranked #48,085
Avg:
3.15 | pDev: 21.27%
Reviews:
42
Ratings:
238
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Shipyard Brewing Company
 
Maine, United States
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Spring
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SCORE
73
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Photo of Tone
2.69/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 1.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Pours a clear gold color. 1/4 inch head of an off-white color. Slight retention and poor lacing. Smells of strong fruit, pale malt, and slight sweet malt. Fits the style of a Fruit/Vegetable Beer. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of strong fruit, pale malt, slight citrus hops, slight sweet malt, and a medicinal sharpness/metallic. Overall, weak appearance, aroma, body, and blend.

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Tone from Missouri, Feb 15, 2018
Photo of zubeala
3.91/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

This is a very refreshing fruit based beer. If you like lighter beers with a nice fruity after taste, this one will be a home run.
It is great at what it is brewed for. Crisp and clean.

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zubeala from Florida, Dec 29, 2017
Photo of jjamadorphd
3.51/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Shipyard is one of those brewers I really want to like more but it just falls short of my expectations...

Right out of the bottle it pours a nice burnt caramel color but the head simply doesn't want to form. The most appealing part of this brew is the smell - strong notes of melon, sweet, with only a distant hint of hops. The feel is mostly light, very watery, but otherwise good enough and the taste has a distinct flavor of watermelon but it only marginally blends well with the hops and malts. Overall, it's not a great beer but it certainly is one to have on hand by the pool or at the beach on a hot summer's day.

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Photo of DraconusDesanctus666
3.36/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

P- Poured from a 12 oz bottle,into a Funky Buddha snifter.Born on 03/07/2017.

L- Frothy white colored head that stands a half a finger tall,with low retention and minimal lacing.Gold colored body with good clarity.Low amount of carbonation.

S- On the nose I get mostly candied watermelon,with trace elements of sweet malt notes.For the most part it smells like a watermelon jolly rancher.

T- On the palate I get watermelon up front,sweet candied watermelon in the middle,and bready malt with wheat on the back end.

F- The mouth feel is thin with a watery texture,and medium to high amount of carbonation.Smooth on the finish.

This isn't a bad beer,but it's not really something I would drink all the time either.The watermelon has a bit of an artificial taste and smell to it.Not bad,but not great.But try it for yourself would be my recommendation.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.34/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

12oz bottle - so, another fruit beer whose only indicator of said fruit adjunct is, um, 'flavor', at the very end of the not so helpful ingredient list.

This beer pours a clear, medium golden yellow colour, with a teeming tower of puffy, finely foamy, and somewhat fizzy dirty white head, which leaves a bit of low-lying coral reef atoll lace around the glass as it quickly blows off.

It smells of candied watermelon and honeydew (think Starburst), those cellophane-wrapped sugary strawberry things, grainy pale malt, and a touch of earthy and unpleasantly musty green hop bitters. The taste is more of the same - sugary and candy-like watermelon, strawberry, and cantaloupe/honeydew fruitiness, some wan wheaten cereal malt, and pretty much nothing in the way of offsetting hop bitterness that is overt, but you gotta expect that it's there somewhere, in a quotidian background role.

The carbonation is quite forward in its palate-taunting frothiness, the body a decent middleweight, and mostly smooth, with a nice airy creaminess arising shortly after things start to warm up a tad. It finishes well off-dry, the mixed melon fruitiness barely wavering at all, y'all!

Overall, this is enjoyable enough, I suppose, if you've got a melon candy sweet tooth hard-on, or the like, and want it fawning all over yer brew. For the rest of us, however, I'll leave the sweet bonbons to my toddler, while daddy goes and kills a real beer, one with hops that are not at all ashamed to be a large part of the show.

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biboergosum from Alberta (Canada), Sep 10, 2016
Photo of NeroFiddled
3.88/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Shipyard Brewing Co. "Melonhead"
12 fl. oz. brown glass bottle, "B.O.02.26.2016" on 05.01.2016

Appearance: Clear deep gold. Full pillowy white head. Average retention/limited lacing.
Aroma: A slice of watermelon with the rind.
Flavor: Mainly watermelon, but with some other melons as well, and some golden malt. There's a note of sweetness, but it's not sweet. A firm bitterness comes through. Very much the same from start to finish, just diminishing.
Mouthfeel: Medium in body. Median, slightly lower than standard carbonation level.
Overall: Clean, pleasant, and refreshing. Sweetish but not over-done with about as authentic of a watermelon flavor as you can get - I've actually had a beer that was made with hundreds of pounds of crushed watermelon juices and it was no more authentic than this. It's not complex, but neither is it intended to be. No, this one-trick-pony does only one trick, but it does it well!

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NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania, May 01, 2016
Photo of basaywhat
2.14/5  rDev -32.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

12 oz bottle. Pours clear copper gold with a very thin head. Taste like a honeydew melon. Slightly malty. Light body and low carbonation. This is just not that good!

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basaywhat from Illinois, Apr 15, 2016
Photo of superspak
3.46/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, best before 2/12/2016. Pours slightly hazy deep golden yellow color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that linger. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of big watermelon, strawberry, wheat, cracker, light honey, and light herbal hops. Okay aromas with big watermelon and light malt/hop notes; with decent strength. Taste of watermelon, strawberry, wheat, cracker, light honey, herbal, grass, and light pepper. Light herbal/spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of watermelon, strawberry, wheat, cracker, light honey, and herbal/grassy earthiness on the finish for a short bit. Good balance and solid robustness of watermelon, pale malt, and light earthy hop flavors; with good malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Moderate dryness after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and light bodied; with a very smooth, crisp, and clean finish that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with zero warming present after the finish as expected of 4.4%. Overall this was a very solid fruit beer. All around good balance and solid robustness of watermelon, pale malt, and light earthy hop flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A pleasantly enjoyable offering.

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superspak from Michigan, Sep 19, 2015
Photo of SteveLimoncello
2.52/5  rDev -20%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This stuff is bad. Maybe I got a bad bottle but this had very taste going down...the taste I did have is a slight artificial chemical aftertaste for a bit after drinking.

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SteveLimoncello from Pennsylvania, Jul 31, 2015
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1.95/5  rDev -38.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Frankly, this beer was an impulse buy from the singles selection at my grocery store which I picked up to fill a six pack. Also frankly, I drank it out of the bottle so I have no idea of the color or appearance in the glass. The taste, however, I can vouch for, as well as the mouth feel. It is very well carbonated, with a nice fizzy zing, and that is the best thing about it. The artificial watermelon flavor was quite off putting, as was the sweetness. (Full disclosure: I have no sweet tooth at all.) The sweetness and artificial flavor are lingering in my mouth a half hour after drinking the beer.

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Photo of kyle7996
3.94/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Niche beer. On the fruity side bordering on beer tasting vs cooler. Has some essences of beer but the melon stands out strongly. Has a Shotgun Betty after taste. Almost a baseball card gum note that lingers. Different for sure if you like fruit beer you will enjoy at least one round. If you like more of a hops taste with essence of fruit maybe to sweet for you.

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kyle7996 from Tennessee, Jul 18, 2015
Photo of dbrauneis
3.11/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A: Pours a very lightly hazy medium honey orange in color with moderate to heavy amounts of active visible carbonation and a hint of amber + medium yellow highlights. The beer has a half finger tall foamy white head that reduces to a large patch of thin film covering the entire surface of the beer and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of artificial watermelon, not dissimilar to Jolly Rancher candies. Underneath there is a very light aroma of cereal grain malts.

T: Upfront there is a light flavor of cereal grain malts with a light amount of grainy sweetness. That is followed by moderate flavors of watermelon juice without too much sweetness and just a hint of Jolly Rancher artificial watermelon flavor. Minimal amounts of bitterness in the finish.

M: Light bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation.

O: Overall a decent summer beer but not one that I could have very frequently - there are other, more enjoyable to me watermelon beers available and they do not have that slightly artificial flavor/aroma.

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dbrauneis from North Carolina, Jun 28, 2015
Photo of Shaunbkgb
2.16/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Smells like one of those strawberry shortcake dolls my sister had in the 80s. The taste starts off with fake fruit that resembles red crushed up flintstone vitamins. The mid-palate is just weird. The finish does remind me that I'm drinking beer, but it seems like a miller lite or something. Not good.

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Shaunbkgb from Florida, Jun 17, 2015
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2.25/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Artificial watermelon "beer". It tastes like someone melted watermelon Jolly Ranchers in warm tap water, and then added MORE sugar into the mix on top of that. It's sickly sweet, at least for someone who doesn't possess much of a sweet tooth. You might as well not even be drinking beer, because this tastes nothing like one. I can see it being great for people who don't like beer, or who enjoy sweet ciders. Complete pass from me. I had to cut these with a lot of ice in order to get through the rest of the pack, because the flavor was too off putting for me.

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Cure_Tap from Massachusetts, Jun 11, 2015
Photo of bluehende
2.9/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The watermelon works with the wheat beer. I downgraded the beer due to a metallic taste I get. I also know I have a very low threshold for this flavor and get it in a lot of beers.

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bluehende from Delaware, May 13, 2015
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3.12/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Best enjoyed before: 10/2015.

Pours a hazy golden-orange with a foamy bone head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Tiny dots of lace drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of sweet grain, watermelon hard candy, and artificially flavored watermelon juice aromas. Taste is much the same with grain and watermelon hard candy flavors on the finish. There is a very mild amount of earth bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an average beer that is quite refreshing and easy to drink, but the watermelon aspects come through as candy like all around.

Serving type: bottle.

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UCLABrewN84 from California, May 12, 2015
Photo of Pumpkin-Head
3.36/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured from bottle into pint glass. Lots of bubbles equal a thin white head with no lacing. Strong nose of watermelon and malt that fell flat in the taste. Tastes more like a watermelon soda or wine cooler. Overall very drinkable on a warm day.

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Pumpkin-Head from Virginia, Apr 23, 2015
Photo of uvachief
3.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Draft into a pint glass. Pours a light orangish yellow. It's cloudy. Don't see bubbles like some other reviewers. Head was gone by the time I got it. No lacing. Smells extremely tropical and fruity. Cantaloupe and green melon (you know..that Crap on the salad bar that no one eats). None..Zero hops. Pure fruit. I'm worried before I sip. Tastes like a light lager full of melon. Sweet. Complete chick beer or something you would drink on a hot summer day. Not bad but not my cup of tea. This is something I would recommend to girls who want to "try" craft beer for the first time.

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uvachief from Virginia, Apr 23, 2015
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3.05/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Pours a light yellow color, smallish head that fades quickly, no lacing on the glass, constant bubbles rise from the bottom to the top so there's ample carbonation.

Smell is mostly sweet malt with with a light fruit aroma, not picking up any hops on the nose.

Taste is light and crisp, sweet malt throughout with a light fruit aspect, obviously melon-like flavors, not overly artificial or sugary, carbonation is on the high side but this is very helpful to keep it crisp and refreshing without any lingering stickiness.

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Photo of predikit
3.5/5  rDev +11.1%

Bought a single, I was a bit leery of this beer so didn't want to invest in a sixer.

I pop the top and sniff the bottle, I was not impressed. Very strong melon scent, but it seemed somehow artificial. I had the opportunity to try from Melon flavored Ramune from Japan, and it smelled just like that.

Pours a clear gold, almost no head to speak of, no lacing left on the glass.

The taste is something different. Rather than the sugar explosion I was expecting, it's almost savory. There's a tartness to it that I quite enjoy. Aside from the melon, I'm getting butter and corn, and possibly some cherry.

It's thin, small dazzle of carbonation before it's gone, leaves a slight residue that sticks around for a little while, but doesn't take away from the drink much.

Another surprise from Shipyard, get a pass score from me.

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predikit from Massachusetts, Oct 05, 2014
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3.05/5  rDev -3.2%

12 oz bottle.
Tasty but artificial watermelon flavor with strong hints of cherries and strawberries. I would not be surprised if this was actually crafted with natural watermelon but had cherry and strawberry added to bring out the fruitiness. In any case, it is quite fruity, as well as lightly sweet with just a modicu of tartness.

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chinchill from South Carolina, Sep 05, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +11.1%

I liked it !!. Color was a gold, no cloudiness. Smells like tart honeydew or watermelon. Taste is very nice with good carbonation. The flavor lingered in my mouth for quite some time. The balance between beer and melon was exceptionally nice. Overall, I think it should be drank very cold because as the beer heats up, the melon flavor becomes a little fake. Overall, a nice balanced beer and great flavor

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hophugger from Virginia, Aug 24, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -20.6%

To be fair, I'm not too into most fruit beers. But my husband, who likes anything sweet and fruity, couldn't resist picking up a bottle of this.

I wouldn't say that this beer was awful. But the flavor profile reminded me of Pez candies and not in a bad way either.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.21/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle - $2.29 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a clear, yellow body, a humble appearance, with a slim, very short-lived white head.

Smell: Smells like those watermelon Jolly Rancher candies first and foremost, with a thin cereal-hinted beer underneath.

Taste: Minimal pale malts, a bit of crunchy wheat accompanies the sweet, sugary watermelon flavor. Near nil hop character with just a teensy bit of balancing bitterness. Sweetish, watermelon-flavored finish with a small zip of suds and last minute twang of additive.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. A little over medium carbonation.

Overall: Nice melons!

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Photo of Madoog_Filesion
3.13/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

while i'm not able to completely distinguish all of the flavors in this, it has an overwhelming taste of artificial watermelon, sort of like lip smackers lip balm. it's still sitting in the back of my fridge and will be a last resort drink. I probably wouldn't buy it again

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Madoog_Filesion from Massachusetts, Jun 21, 2014
Melonhead from Shipyard Brewing Company
Beer rating: 73 out of 100 with 238 ratings