Watermelon Ale
Boston Beer Works - Canal Street

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Ranked #742
Ranked #46,972
3.42 | pDev: 17.84%
Boston Beer Works - Canal Street
Massachusetts, United States
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GarthDanielson from Virginia

3.26/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Poured on-tap and served in a stemmed vase, the beer is a slightly hazed, copper gold coloring with a steady flow of carbonation and a frothy, bright white head. Aromas of syrupy/sugary sweet watermelon, with a slight toasted grain backbone. Flavors are toasty and smooth initially, with a biscuity backbone, followed by a sharp, sweet watermelon blast. The beer starts off smooth, but becomes watery quickly in mouth. Decent lacing left along the glass. Lightly sweet watermelon aftertaste, with a light, almost limp finish.

Jun 15, 2013
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ryan1788a5 from Massachusetts

3.55/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Pale straw yellow with great clarity. Creamy white head retains fairly well. Scraggly, foamy lacing.

S: very clean, neutral nose. Subtle scent of biscuity/cracker malt. Vague, hollow hops. Candy watermelon aroma.

T: Biscuity and doughy malt, slight hay. Light hop bitterness, but not much flavor. Watermelon essence is subtle and comes out toward the end. Slight watermelon rind tartness. Very clean. Not much of a finish, it's very abrupt.

M: Light bodied, very creamy and slightly full feeling. Carbonation hits a perfect level and doesn't have the blast that many others of this type do. Nice mouthfeel for what it is.

O: It doesn't come across sickly sweet or artificial as most watermelon beers do, so it's a win there. It's very clean and refreshing as well. It does exactly what it needs to do, and nothing more.

May 31, 2013
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tigg924 from Massachusetts

3.9/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap @ Hingham--served into a tulip

Appearance: moderate carbonation, 1/3 inch head, clear, straw yellow in color

Smell: big watermelon, light grain

Taste: very watermelon on top of a light pilsner

Mouthfeel: sweet with a touch of bitterness, light body, moderate carbonation

Overall: A lot better than I remember this being. If you get this without the fruit stuck in, the watermelon flavor pops more. I could have a couple of these. It is sweet without being too sweet. I would get this again.

Jul 16, 2012
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donkeyrunner from Massachusetts

2.71/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

At Beer Works because I missed my train...again.

Clear gold with absolutely no foam. It did have a watermelon wedge rimmed to the glass like a stuck shark's tooth though.

General sweet berry fizz aroma. No fruit in particular, it could be raspberry, strawberry and why not, watermelon.

Taste is fizzy watermelon with an uneventful blonde ale base. Tastes like something Sea Dog would brew.

The watermelon on the glass was the best part. I like to flick the edges of the watermelon rind so that it spins around like a top. Truth be told the bar for watermelon beer is set pretty low.

Sometimes you're just in the mood for a fruit beer and while not a particularly good beer, I enjoyed it just the same. On a breezy summer evening, after having just finished an 11 hour day of moving, and the Yanks/Sox on, it hit the spot.

Sep 03, 2011
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MMansfield from Canada (NS)

3.57/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap @ Fenway location.

Apperance: Light amber/blonde colour. Small white head that disappears quickly. Served with a large watermelon wedge on the glass.

Aroma: Fresh watermelon, but light and not cloying. Grassy and slightly sweet.

Taste: Watermelon very minimal, mostly sweet malt and a bit of bread.

Mouthfeel: Very light bodied.

Final Statement: I can't stress how light this is on watermelon. It actually wasn't too bad, but I wouldn't venture to it again.

Aug 03, 2010
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OtherShoe2 from Massachusetts

3.92/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice clear golden pint with a thin watermelon wedge. Some head, but gone in an instant.

Great watermelon aroma -- not that Jolly Rancher crap, but the real deal watermelon. A little hop and malt, but that's more of an afterthought.

Taste is: think--- a good lighter-style ale and then wham -- watermelon. Finishes a little sour. Don't get me wrong, it's not a bad thing.

Thin body with some carbonation.

This is the hot day fruit beer you have been looking for. You could knock these back all day, and if you bring a growler to a picnic, everybody will want some. A very decent fruit brew.

Jul 26, 2008
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Nutleybeer from New Jersey

3.82/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Maybe I am in the minority, seeing the past reviews, but I found this ale to be quite drinkable. I have only had a watermelon ale once before, it is rarely seen. But, this was a nice drink on a warm summer afternoon. I tried it as part of their sampler, then chose it for a full pint.

Served with a wedge of watermelon on the rim of the glass. It had a mild head with a clear golden color. It didn't smell overly sweet.

On first sip, the sweetness is not there. It takes a moment for the essence of the watermelon to hit. It coats your taste buds, then fades into the background once again as the graininess of the beer resumed control. What I found most enjoyable was the fact it was not too sweet, but rather a mild and controlled fruitiness.

Jul 07, 2008
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Dewey0603 from Connecticut

4/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden yellow with a nice white head and a slice watermelon.The smell is strong with sweet malt,floral scents,and watermelon. The taste,like the smell, has a sweet malt,floral,and fruit watermelon flavor. The m/f is very light with the flavors mixing well. This is a very refreshing summer beer,light and crisp, that will go down good after cutting the grass.

Jun 29, 2008
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NJpadreFan from New Jersey

2.5/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Salem Watermelon Ale

A- Light yellow almost clear with a small filmy head.
S- A sugary watermelon popsicle.
T- Watermelon italian ice with a touch of cherry. Flavor is watered down.
M- Watery and light, not much going on.

Overall- Not bad tasting just not much taste.

Jun 26, 2008
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Dogbrick from Ohio

3.13/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Sample at Beer Works Fenway: Definitely points for originality, as this is served with a wedge of watermelon. I am against be-fruited beers on principle but at least this is different. The beer itself is a pale golden color with columns of bubbles and a medium thin and fluffy white head that is gone fast. Fruity aroma with a touch of hops. Light and somewhat watery body with sweet watermelon flavor and not much else. The finish is sweet and fruity and short. A novelty to be sure but still better than a light macro.

Oct 11, 2007
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YonderWanderer from Colorado

4.19/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Light orange color, very clear. Nice head that dissipated quickly with little lacing. Serve it with a wedge of watermelon for a little extra flavor and effect.

S: Watermelons! Mild, but very evident. That's the main smell from start to finish.

T: This shines as a summer session ale on a hot day. The ale is well balanced with a nice subtle blend of malts and a tiny bit of hops, but the main taste here is watermelon. It's well balanced and blended, quite tasty.

M: Smooth, thinner body, but not watery. Medium carbonation.

D: Very drinkable, especially during the summer. A great beer from the Beer Works.

Jul 30, 2007
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BlueHammer from Connecticut

4.44/5  rDev +29.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap with a wedge of fresh watermelon! A light translucent yrllowish golden color with virtually no head. This beer is a nice mix of swet and sour provoding a nice balance I enjoy. I love the way the fruity watermelo flavor comes through. It is strong but not overpowering! What a nice, refreshing summer ale! It goes down very smoothly and hey, there's always that fresh fruit to complete your daily nutritional requirements!

Aug 14, 2006
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eheff from Massachusetts

2.22/5  rDev -35.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I know, I shouldn't have ordered a Watermelon Ale in the first place, but it was so tempting.

It arrived in an 16oz glass with a giant slice of watermelon hanging on the rim. It looked part ridiculous/part gross. I even took a photo--I wish I could upload it to share it with everyone. There is no head on the beer, and it's an awful light yellow color that resembles a Bud Light/Miller Lite.

After removing the watermelon so I can smell and drink it, I realize that it smells a lot like watermelon candies but it tastes pretty bad with a really bad fruity aftertaste. I realized partway through that it is as if someone cut a hole in the top and bottom of a watermelon and poured Bud Light through it. The beer that collected at the bottom would then be poured into a glass and served with a watermelon wedge. It's not very drinkable--I don't think anyone would want more than one.

This should teach me not to order strange fruity beers, but it probably won't.

Aug 13, 2006
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bjohnson from Massachusetts

2.47/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A: Pours a brillant clear golden color with no head. No head=no retention. No lace also. This came with a slice of watermelon, which was immediately taken off and discarded.
S: Huge watermelon jolly rancher notes. Overwhelming sugary and sweet--almost too much.
T/M: Tastes of sweet and sugary watermelon extract. This almost tasted like a watermelon soda with a tiny wheaty malt background, but very slight. Extra light with a low abv allows this beer to slide through the mouth as if it's a watermelon soda. Watermelon extract is too concentrated.
D: Not very drinkable, but I wasn't expecting much from this offering. Nice idea for a summer offering, but just not much there. Shared this one with eheff.

Aug 13, 2006
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Gavage from Nevada

4.02/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: crystal clear orange color with a 1" head that falls quickly. No lacing develops. Pint glass decorated with a watermelon wedge.

Smell: pleasant and mild watermelon aroma.

Taste: light maltiness and fruity sweetness dominated by watermelon tones. Very mild bitterness runds it out. I found this to be a refreshing fruit beer that doesn't seem fake.

Mouthfeel: lightly crisp from start to finish. Light in body. Refreshing. Pretty clean aftertaste.

Drinkability: I was surprised I actually enjoyed this. Maybe because it was my first beer after baking in the Boston heatwave. I'd have this again.

Aug 02, 2006
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umfskibum from Maine

4.04/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had a 22oz of this ale yesterday (7/17/06) at the Fenway BBW.

Presentation/Appearance: Served in a 22 oz glass garnished with a wedge of watermelon. Poured a straw/golden color with some carbonation, though less than one might expect from a fruit beer. Had a white head that vanished quickly, though there was some nice lacing that followed.

Smell: Very, very faint scents of malt and hops. This ale is dominated by a scent of watermelon. Though the smell is plesant, it is held back by smelling more of watermelon candy (think Jolly Rancher) than of fresh watermelon. The heavy scent may be in part due to the watermelon garnish on the glass.

Taste: Luckily, the "candy" scent didn't carry over into the drink. The flavor of the beer reminded me of fresh, ripe watermelon, and the taste was light, crisp and refreshing. Light hoppy flavor. Around the middle of the glass, a slight watermelon bitterness shines through to the finish.

Mouthfeel: Light and smooth. Carbonation is just perfect in the mouth.

Drinkability: Perhaps it was due to the 90+ degree heat, but this beer was unbelievably refreshing and went down smooth. Served nice and cool, I could drink a bunch of these before the taste of the watermelon did me in. I got the impression that, like a lot of fruit beers, the drinkability would suffer if this was served too warm.

Jul 18, 2006
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Sycodrummer from Massachusetts

1.9/5  rDev -44.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Had this from the BBW/Canal St. location. Served in there typical "small" size 16oz. pint glass the beer was a pale yellow color presented with very little to no head and no immediate signs of carbonation.

The smell was suprisingly only faint watermelon and it was more of a fake artificial watermelon flavor smell as oppose to a fresh watermelon. Very faint malt in the nose, but some good hop aroma coming thru. Perhaps some faint grain, and a bit of corn or rice as well.

The tatse was very marco lager right upfront. Faint malt with a grainy adjuct taste. A mild semi-artificial watermelon taste that had a sugary finish to it. Very mild hop character and all in all not I taste I enjoyed.

Very light on the palate with ample carbonation.

In short, I thought this beer tasted like drinking a BMC while having a watermelon Jolly Rancher. The taste left very little to want to come back to. For the first beer of my night, this one was a big dissappointment.

Sep 09, 2005
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MuddyFeet from North Carolina

3.58/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Came with a piece of watermelon. Made the mistake of eating it first and I could not find the watermelon flavor in the beer right of way. But when I could, it was very apparent. I was wondering how much watermelons were crushed for this beer. Very light bodied without much (if any) in the way of hops. Hops are very mild and slightly sweet. Poured very clear with just the slightest carbonation, almost fizzy in the mouth.

Jul 30, 2005
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mschofield from Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a pale medium gold, crystal clear with a one finger white head, and a giant chunk of watermelon stuck on the side of the glass - explaining the total lack of lacing and the quick death of the head.
Strong, sweet watermelon aroma, not much past that watermelon jolly rancher aroma.
Watermelon and grain taste, keep it cold because this is a beer that gets tough to drink when it warms.
Light bodied, and as easy to drink as watermelon flavored water.

Oct 01, 2004
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UncleJimbo from Massachusetts

3.33/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Sampled on tap at the Fenway location. Served with a wedge of watermelon fitted into the glass.

This beer poured a clear, not very fizzy yellow with thin white foam that actually left a bit of lace. The smell was a mild, slightly sweet watermelon aroma over a very, very thin smell of malt. The taste was lightly fruity (watermelon) with a touch of sweetness and very light maltiness and very, very light hop presence (IBU less than 15?). The mouthfeel was smooth and lightly creamy with very light body and low carbonation. The lightly fruity flavor lingered. This was an easy to drink beverage (assuming you like watermelon).

Jul 02, 2004
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TheLongBeachBum from California

4/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: I recently drank a pint of this beer after visiting the BA Stammtisch Festival. Before heading for Airport on the Monday, myself and fellow So.Cal. BA xlperro headed out to look at an old pile of bricks, which is the home of some Rounders playing dudes who wear red socks apparently. Being a Limey Soccer Hooligan type, I was much more interested in the Boston Beer Works opposite Fenway Park.

Appearance: It arrives with a very pale wishy-washy looking golden color. High carbonation from the Tap assists the retention of the almost perfectly white head. Some lacing and an extremely lucid appearance together with the streamers gave the beer an active healthy look.

Nose: I expected my nose to be red and covered in seeds after sticking by conk into this beer. Huge screaming Watermelon odors permeate the beer, head, nose and surrounding area. As we sat at the smallish front Bar near the row of Taps, I swear I could smell this as it was poured.

Taste: Lots of Watermelons start to finish, a whole pile of them. Fleshy feel at times, that perhaps borders on Watermelon perfume, but I liked it. Crisp feel helped by a spiky carbonation, which lends a feel of dissolving Watermelon on the tongue. Some bitterness in the end that is reasonably hoppy.

Mouthfeel: It has a clean tasting feel in the mouth, and the carbonation sits well on the tongue, and is very satisfying.

Drinkability: I have to add here that I enjoy the flavor of Watermelon and have a weakness for it. I once passed out after drinking half a bottle of lovely Watermelon flavored Genever in Belgium. So I may be biased, but I really enjoyed this Watermelon Ale. Having never tried one before, I can honestly say that I really found this to be very drinkable. I would have had another, but I wanted to try another one of the BBW brews before heading West, otherwise I would have done.

Overall: I expected something like the Peach Fuzz I had in the North Station Beer Works, one of those “once in a while, try it for a laugh beers”. But this was actually quite drinkable, and by no means sickly or overwhelmingly one-dimensional, the hops helped.
I enjoyed this very distinguished style of beer.

Oct 02, 2003
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taez555 from Vermont

4.18/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served with a slice of watermelon, this beer pours a clear yellow straw color with a very fine white head.

The nose is a bit hard to make out in the glass they serve it in. Some malt smells, but a frim watermelon smell is present. It might just be the huge slice of watermelon though.

The taste is pure watermelon. Light, crisp with an in your face mellow earthy hop. Not as citrusy as you migtht expect. Bitter and fruity. But what is really amazing is the texture, it's gritty and course, as if you're actually chomping on a slice of watermelon.

The beer starts really light but finishes with a lingering hop bitterness and flavor. Very interesting indeed.

Love it or hate it, this is a VERY unique and unusual beer. Not everyones cup of tea. But if you're looking to try a beer that tastes like watermelon, this hits the nail right on the head.

Jul 19, 2003
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marburg from Michigan

3.72/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Comes served with a slice of watermelon on the rim of the glass a la lemon-in-a-hefe. Maybe it was just the pink and green of the actual melon, but it was actually a little striking, visually, for something as simple as a pale, hazy ale. Ample head. HUGE watermelon nose. I tried and tried, and all I could come up with was "watermelon jolly rancher" with hints of sugary bubble gum. A little sweet and light up front -- not forceful -- but a big watermelon rind bitterness strikes at mid-palate. This very lively, well-carbonated brew finished with a slightly acidic bitterness. I could only drink half or one of these. The aroma alone is a little like being in Bath and Body Works with a girlfriend for an hour -- just overpowering. But it's good. I'd have it again.

Jun 29, 2003
Watermelon Ale from Boston Beer Works - Canal Street
Beer rating: 79 out of 100 with 72 ratings