Shipyard Melonhead | Shipyard Brewing Co.

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Shipyard MelonheadShipyard Melonhead

Brewed by:
Shipyard Brewing Co.
Maine, United States

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.40%

Availability: Spring

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Photo of fudsquat
1.95/5  rDev -36.9%
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 basaywhat
2.14/5  rDev -30.7%
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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Photo of Shaunbkgb
2.16/5  rDev -30.1%
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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Photo of thecheapies
2.22/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Golden beer. A little orange-y in its hue. Dead-headed. Started out with an inch or two, then fizzled out to nothing.

Syrupy sweet artificial watermelon and apricot. Very sugary. Like a sour watermelon gummi candy. Hints of orange and artificial peach. Yikes.

Fake watermelon again. Bubblicious gum, melon ring, and sugary herb tea. Too sweet. Light and watery. Barely beer. Difficult to handle.

Carbonated just fine. Body is super thin. Drinks like a cider. Not for me.

Regrettable purchase. Will pawn off to anyone else. Avoid.

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Photo of Cure_Tap
2.25/5  rDev -27.2%
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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Photo of iheartmyTHO
2.5/5  rDev -19.1%

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 SteveLimoncello
2.52/5  rDev -18.4%
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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Photo of GarthDanielson
2.58/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a bottle into a shaker pint, the beer is a pale, golden coloring that is crystal clear and has a ton of carbonation bubbling throughout. Sparse, filmy, white surface coating. Aromas of syrupy sweet watermelon...very similar to when you add Jell-O powder to the boiled water, and you get that really intense, sugary, sweet aroma. That's exactly what this smells like. Flavors are surprisingly not as sugary and overpowering as the nose would lead you to believe. There is a roasted grain backbone supporting a mild watermelon and honeydew blended sweetness. There is also a tangy, almost astringent kick at the end of the palate that is a bit unpleasant, amplified by the carbonation and thin, watery body. The aftertaste has a Jolly Rancher characteristic, with a filmy coating left behind. Cloying, lingering finish. This beer missed for me...jumbled and unbalanced.

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Photo of Brenden
2.79/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

This beer us a very clear and bright dark yellow that almost sneaks into amber territeory, with lots of spritzy bubbles rising well after the head has fallen. Speaking of, it's pure white and fizzy, rising to between a half and full finger and falling back down quickly. It looks more like a soda than a beer, but at least some big bubbles on the sides and wispy stuff in the middle remain, though they only have enough substance to leave tiny spots here and there.
Watermelon does come out in the nose, and pretty strongly. It has a candy-like sweetness at first, but that backs down for more tartness to come out. Some malts are also noticeable.
It is what it is, a refreshing, light, summer beer with fruit. Interestingly, it's much more identifiable as beer in the taste. Crackery malts form a foundation, though it's a little musty and grainy, and there's a floral note too. It's actually somewhat bitter, even. Some weird metallic note slides into the finish, but not too much, though an aspirin-like note follows it.
There's obviously focused on lightness and crispness, and that it has. It's a little weak and shallow, but it quenches the thirst.
Shipyard confuses me with their massive shifts in quality from one beer to another.

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Photo of bluehende
2.9/5  rDev -6.1%
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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Photo of VelvetExtract
2.95/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

A-Pours a crystal clear golden color. Head is a thin, white cap. Very mild lacing.

S-Big whiff of artificial watermelons. Smells like watermelon flavored candy. One of the more forceful watermelon aromas I have come across.

T-The flavor is better. The watermelon is less intense here. There is also a long, wheaty finish after the watermelon.

M-Light and bubbly. Isn't cloying, thankfully....but when it warms up, it gets close. Not crisp and its reasonably sweet on the finish.

O/D-Wasn't expecting much so therefore I was not disappointed. The first sip was the best and it got worse as time progressed.

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Photo of becktone
3/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3


Nose: Overwhelming aroma of watermelon Jolly Ranchers here. Definitely some kind of extant flavoring used. Its ok, but smells fake. Smells rather like one of those push pops, the kind that were in a triangular shape tube that you got at a fifth grade "family picnic' during school hours. Complete with footlong hotdogs and a slice of real watermelon. I mean could do better than this...its just "watermelon" flavoring so far as the world takes it in terms of candy. Sweet smelling, maybe some different citrus fruits in there if you really want to break it down...something very tropical...cant put a finger on it, but these are the things that we see as "watermelon" in candy. Very artificial.

Tongue: Tastes just like it smells, artificial... Actually it reminds me of the gas that they use to put you to sleep in the operating room hahahah. Not a bad beer by any means, just seriously dull and plain and no depth of pioneering here. I mean, how about instead of using a LD Carlson Fruit extract you actually use the real fruit? I'm not saying that is what is used here, but it tastes like it. Real fruit tastes different from those extracts and this tastes like extract...I can't imagine that this beer could get this sweet a watermelon taste from real watermelon...Anyhow; it goes down easy enough on a hot day.

Drinkabitliy: I can safely say go for Against the Grain Galangal Action. This is a far superior watermelon beer. It just does the watermelon flavor justice without being fake or candy-like. Easy drinking it again...? No, glad to have tried it but there is better out there for someone who is looking for a summer fruit inspired beer....Galangal Action.

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Photo of BeerForMuscle
3/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

So I bought this "beer", realizing it would likely be a funky one. Well, I was right. This beer smells like watermelon Jolly Ranchers and tastes like watered down, mass produced American style LITE Lager. I would not recommend this beer to anyone, at all.

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Photo of chinchill
3.05/5  rDev -1.3%

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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Photo of deltatauhobbit
3.05/5  rDev -1.3%
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 bmwats
3.05/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a nonic.

A: Golden hue. Pours a 1 finger, foamy, white head. Plenty of rising effervescence continues throughout. Settles pretty quickly. Pretty nice beer ring lacing.

S: A little grain, but mostly watermelon Jolly Rancher.

T: Light grain, and a slight bitter fruity note.

M: Light body. Crisp and refreshing character.

D: Session.

Atmosphere is pretty good. Nice, foamy, white head and some decent beer ring lacing. A little grainy with watermelon candy. Light bready flavor with a slightly bitter fruit. Overall, this is a decent quaff.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.06/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color with a short white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains sweet melons, light caramelized malts and a faint touch of hops.

T: There starts out very sweet with a strong watermelon flavor. Then some breadiness comes in from a thin malt character. The hops presence is very mild but brings some balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Flavorful, goes down ok, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, for the type of beer it’s not too bad but it’s not something I would want to drink unless my options were very limited.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
3.1/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

A: Pours a clear straw yellow color with a fingers worth of head that fizzles out within a minute

S: Starts out with quite a bit of the watermelon, and moves to a light artificial sweetness and some light maltiness. Definitely dominated by the watermelon, though

T: Follows the nose. Starts off strong with the watermelon and artificial sweetness, and then moves into a lightly bready maltiness and more artificial flavors

M: Light bodied with moderate-high carbonation

O: In all reality, it tastes like someone dropped a watermelon jolly rancher into a very light wheat beer and added some artificial sweetener. It is a very average fruit beer with a focus on people who like sweet fruity drinks. Not surprised with this offering after Applehead, although that was a bit better

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.11/5  rDev +0.6%
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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Photo of UCLABrewN84
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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Photo of Madoog_Filesion
3.13/5  rDev +1.3%
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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Photo of Carpentiere
3.14/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

This is strangely good. It is light....but has a lot of flavor. Also, unlike other fruited beers thes one actually retains the essence of what it is trying to portray: melon. This is a great summer-ish beer. I do think that with this would be enough. I think the flavor would get annoying if consuming a number of these at one setting.

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Photo of uvachief
3.15/5  rDev +1.9%
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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Photo of dtm_sub
3.18/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A- Off the pour it was a nice clear yellow/gold with about a 1 1/2-2 finger head that dissipated very quickly and left no lacing whatsoever. A lot of carbonation was visible as well.

S- Smelled of artificial watermelon(almost like sour patch candies) and a light wheat beer.

T- Not much watermelon at the beginning but about 1/4 of the way through the taste strengthened a bit. Still very artificial tasting.

M- A good amount of carbonation was present, but was very crisp.

O- Overall not too bad. I would probably pick up a 6 pack here and there, but not one I would keep on hand all the time.

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Photo of mooseisloose
3.21/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

This caught my eye in the super market on a sweltering day as potential for a good summer cooler. That said lets give it a whirl. Popping the top the smell is jolly rancher watermelon without a doubt with a bit of hops in the background. Pours to a bright yellow with a multi sized bubble head. Taste is as expected with a twist. Taste starts off sweet then get sweeter an melony but then it gradual is overtaken by a flat slight bitterness that builds in the back of the mouth and then the aftertaste is both sweet and flat mildly bitter. Very refreshing and different. Not a sessioner but a break from the ordinary.

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