Juicy Watermelon Watermelon Lime Ale | New Belgium Brewing

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Juicy Watermelon Watermelon Lime AleJuicy Watermelon Watermelon Lime Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing
Colorado, United States
newbelgium.com

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Summer

Notes / Commercial Description:
Formerly Heavy Melon

Hot summer nights, jam out to the cooling waves of Heavy Melon Ale, our newest seasonal track. Brewed with juicy watermelon and zesty lime peel, this crushable ale rips with a blast of melon notes. Ripened fruit aromas of melon, papaya and citrus climax with an enticing aroma, and set up an invigorating wash of fruity sweetness, grassy bitterness and the slightest touch of tartness. Super crisp and refreshing from start to finish, Heavy Melon Ale shreds through the summer heat.

Added by superspak on 12-27-2015

BEER STATS
Ratings:
639
Reviews:
148
Avg:
3.31
pDev:
15.41%
 
 
Wants:
7
Gots:
193
For Trade:
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Photo of JoeLev
3.27/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of bhawk1
3.5/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of TPZEM
3.01/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a very dark golden yellow, almost so dark it appears amber at first glance. Thick foamy head with lots of lacing and retention. Smells of slight citrusy hops with notes of pine and/or other woody hops, but really just smells like a standard pale ale. Very full-bodied mouthfeel; strong bitterness on the palate upon first taste, but mellows as it sits and post-swallow. Tastes of a very standard IPA; little sense of watermelon or lime zest. Overall, doesn't taste like a fruit-brewed beer; tastes more like a near-miss of an IPA-turned fruit beer. Could definitely be improved; slightly bland for the style. Was a bit disappointed by this beer.

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Photo of Keith27614
3.5/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of apartin
3.91/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of smakawhat
3.52/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

Brass gold yellow body color, quite a bit of clarity if some possible haze. Some slight carbonation but mostly a bit quiet on the rising bubbles. Head is a fluffy strong white, not bright though. Manages about two fingers with some retention, and a good bowled puck.

Aroma is relatively, well.. Normal. Hints at basic pale ale, maybe a little bit of citrus zest but pretty small. Clean and fairly neutral, kind of comes off more like a regular pale ale on the nose than some amped up fruit beer. Not sweet smelling that's for sure.

Palate is strangely ordinary. A bit wet bodied and watery but not terribly. Flavors seem to range to a neutral malt base, slightly sticky, mild sense of lime zest as well. A bit of a drying finish strangely. Very clean, not too gaseous either.

Bizarrely though, this really doesn't come off like a tasting fruit beer. There might be some sense of watermelon contributing to mouthfeel, but it comes off more like a neutral simple drinkable pale ale. In a way that's not so bad, but doesn’t really have flavors of lime or watermelon either.

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Photo of WorldFoodTraveler
3.1/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of dsreeves
3.44/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mrfrancis
3.31/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of OKbrew89
3.22/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of PJCarnell
3.49/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of scottfrie
2.74/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

12oz bottle into snifter.

A: Pours a deep golden with a thin off-white head that faded into a fuzzy collar. Wispy lace.
S: The nose is light with just hint of perfumey/floral fruit juice over notes of grainy wheat.
T: Light watermelon hints followed by creamy and grainy wheat and a kiss of lime. The finish is minerally and the aftertaste mildly bitter along with a lingering, slightly synthetic, yet slightly juicy, melon-like flavor.
M: Medium body, creamy and soft mouthfeel, with fluffy and slightly chewy carbonation.
O: Much lighter than expected. I can appreciate subtlety as opposed to cloying sweet synthetic fruit flavors, but the flavors in this were pretty bland.

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Photo of SaxmanRick
2.58/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Photo of Strigiform_Witness
3.44/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of KeyWestGator
3/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of kelseyr713
3.6/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mancavebeercouch
2.77/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of nobledust
2.86/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Jeromedepot
3.86/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kbuzz
3.01/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Photo of Schmaltz33
3.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of FriedSlug
3.75/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Not really my kind of beer but really well done for the style. A lighter golden beer with a white head that is thin and fades quickly, no lacing. The aroma is a bit malty with watermelon rind and a little bit of lime zest. The beer is pretty light in body with light carbonation. The taste of the grain, the white part of the watermelon rind and the hint of lime zest make this a pleasant and easy drinking beer that is refreshing for a hot day. I was surprised and pleased by this beer.

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Photo of freewill35
3.5/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of kitekid
3.49/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not quite sure what to make of this beer at first, perhaps I got hung up looking for the watermelon and lime (never really found either).
But ...
I enjoyed the beer a lot. Perhaps it was the 108 degree heat that helped make it so refreshing. Definitely a few more 6-packs of these in my future

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Photo of Erikshegda1994
3.65/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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