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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Brad007 on 05-01-2013

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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 biboergosum
3.34/5  rDev +8.1%
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 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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Photo of superspak
3.46/5  rDev +12%
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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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 NeroFiddled
3.88/5  rDev +25.6%
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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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 ChainGangGuy
3.21/5  rDev +3.9%
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 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 WVbeergeek
3.51/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Pours pale golden orange with a slightly hazed body finely carbonated bubbles form in a large white head. Speckled sporadic lacing is left behind. Aroma has candy like notes of watermelon think Jolly Rancher, soft notes bready grains. Flavor is interesting rides the palate with sweet candy tones of watermelon, finishes with dry yeast notes and ample breadiness comes from the base ale weighing at 4.4% abv. Something about each sip becomes cloying, the sweet notes really hang on and it just becomes too much for me with each sip. There's a much cleaner yeast profile here than found in most Shipyard Ales. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied fine bubbled carbonation, like I said the natural flavoring weighs too cloying on my palate and leaves me not wanting to finish this particular offering. Definitely not an overall good sign when you don't want to finish the beer, this will be popular with the masses. The only other watermelon beer I've had has been from Roy Pitz their Watermelon Lager is much more drinkable than this one.

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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 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 tone77
3.24/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a golden color with a 1 inch head. Smell is strong of watermelon. Taste is a little off. Some melons, some odd flavors, not terrible but just so-so. Feels light in the mouth and overall an attempt at something unique, but this is a mediocre beer.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.44/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle with an expiration date of December 2013. Sampled on October 2, 2013 which is an unseasonable 80 degrees.

It has a slightly cloudy pale yellow pour with a quick bursting head that fizzles quickly.

Watermelon and grains lead the aroma on the nose with a touch of clean, crisp hops in the background.

Light and refreshing body.

I kind of like the watermelon forward sweet taste considering I am not a huge fans of fruit beers. But it comes across as quite refreshing on a hot day and easy to chug. Mild dry hop finish.

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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 tigg924
3.67/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: high carbonation, 1 inch head, clear, gold in color

Smell: toasted malt, light wheat, and melon

Taste: big sweet watermelon, some rind, some toasted malt, and sugar

Mouthfeel: sweet with slight bitterness, light body, high carbonation

Overall: If you like the other fruit beers from Shipyard, this one should not disappoint. I find this way better than the pumpkin, but not as good as the apple as the melon here is sweet but not overpowering. If I am going for a watermelon beer, it will still be 21st Ammendment's but this one is a solid beer for a summer's day.

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Photo of Brad007
3.24/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Pours a bright gold with a one-finger head into my glass. Very clear. Looks like apple juice to me but it is what it is.

I'm not sure if the watermelon is actually natural as it is very sweet, almost pucker-worthy in the nose.

You get a decent watermelon kick upfront that never really goes away. It fades just enough to reveal what is likely a base american pale wheat ale underneath with wheat notes in the middle.

Not TOO sweet toward the back as the base beer is given more of a chance to make an indent on the mouthfeel.

If you like beer with some kind of fruit flavoring added, then you might like this. It could work on a very hot day but then again, so could a decent pilsner. Your mileage may vary on this one.

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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 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 hophugger
3.5/5  rDev +13.3%

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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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 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 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 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 honestly...you 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 though....buy 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 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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