Watermelon Session IPA
Montauk Brewing Company

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Style:
American IPA
Ranked #6,234
ABV:
5%
Score:
84
Ranked #39,011
Avg:
3.6 | pDev: 10.83%
Reviews:
7
Ratings:
39
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Montauk Brewing Company
 
New York, United States
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Notes: There’s just something special about summers in Montauk: The sun, smiles, the endless good times. This highly refreshing brew combines delicious watermelon flavors with a crisp Session Ale that is perfect for sipping under the summer sun.
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Photo of MRI1292
3.58/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had a can (or two) that was brought from a friend visiting the state. Very impressed that the watermelon taste was not too sweet or artificial. Tasty IPA with notes of citrus, watermelon, and a mild maltiness. Light in body and great on a warm day. Unfortunately we were at a camp site with no glassware so drank from the can so no physical description.

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Photo of Billolick
3.67/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz can, with BB 1/27/2008 dating stamped on the bottom, comes in a light cardboard box, that tells me they do this cuz its better for the environment then the plastic ringed kinda devices...nice...eco concerned breweries are good in my book.

Pours pretty clear, typical looking amber, under a looser and initially large off white cap

Fruity sniff, with perhaps a whiff of watermelon

Lighter and quite pleasant with mostly some light and easy natured hop notes as well as ample soft bready malt notes,,,pleasing and balanced fruity sessioner, warm weather beer for sure..nothing amazing but still worth a try

FYI, the can has no mention of this being an "IPA", just called a session ale...

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Photo of EMH73
3.43/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear straw color with a half inch white head that left little lacing. Smells and tastes of watermelon (nothing overpowering and mildly artificial), tart watermelon rind, citrus fruit, crackery malt and a mild herbal presence. Light bodied, light carbonation, very mild bitterness, crisp.

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Photo of bwood06
3.57/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A buddy of mine and I were on our annual baseball trip in NYC this year so of course we were sampling as many local brews as possible. My wife ordered this one so, as is traditional, I got a few sips to review it.

This beer pours a clear, straw/light golden hue that is light in carbonation with a thin, white head that dissipates to only a white neck quite quickly. 3.75/5 The aroma has a definite artificial watermelon undertone, almost like a watermelon Jolly Rancher. Some herbal hop comes through as well as some light sweetness from stale white bread. 3.5/5 The flavor has that same artificial watermelon but it is more of an undertone here with the lightly sweet bread coming out quite nicely along with grassy and herbal hops. The hops are fairly light and provide a light bitterness that doesn't really linger after swallowing. 3.5/5 This is a crisp, clean, prickly, and lightly drying (does not linger) light bodied beer. It drinks really well and is great for a hot day. Carbonation is light as well. 4/5 I generally am not into fruited or flavored beers but this one is actually quite good and drinks very well. Both myself and my wife liked it. 3.5/5

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Photo of metter98
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A: The beer is clear yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger and a half high frothy white head that gradually died down and concisely left a layer of bubbles covering the surface and lots of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Light aromas of citrusy hops are present in the nose. These are replaced by light aromas of watermelon and cracker and grainy malts as the beer begins to warm up.
T: The taste has light to moderate flavors of watermelon along with notes of cracker grainy malts and citrusy hops. There is a light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. No crispness is detectable. The malts lend a little "roughness" to the mouthfeel.
O: I liked how the watermelon flavors in this beer were subtle and didn't detract from the taste, but I wasn't expecting to get so much of a malty base for a session IPA.

Serving type: can

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Photo of Gajo74
3.54/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

One of my favorite things to do after being outdoors on a hot summer day, besides drink a cold one of course, is to eat watermelon.
Montauk Watermelon Session Ale was enjoyed by me after a gym workout and a bike ride in the hot sun. From the can it pours a straw dark yellow, good clarity and visible carbonation. Not the greatest head, but a persistent frothy film that retains well.
I expected to smell the sweetness of watermelon pulp, however, I got more of the tartness from the watermelon rind. Other attributes of the aroma are that it is grainy, sweet, floral and with elements of fresh cut grass and hay.
As with the aroma, I expected to be hot with watermelon pulp, yet instead I got the flavors of rind and watermelon white seed. The toasted grain is present and provides a solid foundation. After a while, some of the watermelon pulp sweetness also comes to the fore, although it is subtle and not overdone. Furthermore, a light grassy hops presence adds some bittering balance.
Light bodied and with a crisp finish. This is a nice brew to have on hot days for refreshment. I'm glad they didn't overdue the watermelon. It was enjoyable overall, however, I'm not sure if it hit the mark on the IPA qualities; hops presence perhaps too much in the background. Nevertheless, it hit the spot at the moment I had it, although I'm not sure I would make a session out of it.

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Photo of cbutova
2.92/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Oh so I get the honor for the first review. First 90F day of the year for me up in the Northeast, summer certainly on the way and that seems like maybe the only appropriate time to bust out a watermelon IPA.

A- Pours with a mostly clear, medium golden body from the can into a pint glass. The white head shoots up to several fingers high with a very puffy consistency and good retention. Lacing is pretty much on an all time scale; huge and thick pillows of lace coat most of the vessel.

S- Not all that much going on here besides some malty hints and a slight touch of spicy and citrus hops. Cereal, cracker and a bit of caramelization are met by a generic hoppy aroma. Faint and kind of just like medium toast grains in the end.

T- Well, bring out the watermelon which was lacking in the aroma but is most definitely right up front here on the taste buds. On the authenticity scale, that watermelon flavor leans towards the flavoring side of things rather than fresh fruit and it comes with a bit of a juicy sweetness. Watermelon up front giving way to cracker, pale barley, yeast bread, spicy and herbal hops for a bit of balance. The malts aren't as substantial as in the aroma but feel kind of awkward up against that watermelon burst.

MF- Very light bodied with a medium-low level of carbonation. The puffiness from the head carries over and the brew feels very smooth because of this texture. Tiny bit of herbal bitterness.

Hmm, the watermelon flavor isn't even the problem here. It is a bit artificial feeling but is tolerable and somewhat tasty if you are into watermelon. The grains are just too strong and they don't play well with that watermelon flavor; it just feels awkward to taste grain and watermelon together.

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Watermelon Session IPA from Montauk Brewing Company
Beer rating: 84 out of 100 with 39 ratings