Watermelon Ale | Boston Beer Works - Canal Street

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Boston Beer Works - Canal Street
Massachusetts, United States

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Summer

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Added by marburg on 06-29-2003

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Ratings: 72 |  Reviews: 23
Reviews by Nutleybeer:
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3.82/5  rDev +12.4%
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.

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Photo of BlueHammer
4.44/5  rDev +30.6%
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!

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Photo of tigg924
3.9/5  rDev +14.7%
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.

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Photo of heather625
3/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of NJpadreFan
2.5/5  rDev -26.5%
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.

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Photo of Dewey0603
4/5  rDev +17.6%
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.

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Photo of joeyjoey104
3.25/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Larrydoherty
4.25/5  rDev +25%

Photo of Reds76
3.25/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of Mudawg
4/5  rDev +17.6%

Photo of HattedClassic
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of Aexoonge
2.5/5  rDev -26.5%

Photo of umfskibum
4.04/5  rDev +18.8%
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.

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Photo of pfhanlon
4/5  rDev +17.6%

Photo of donkeyrunner
2.71/5  rDev -20.3%
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.

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Photo of WreckingBrew
4.5/5  rDev +32.4%

Photo of Boston_Steve
4/5  rDev +17.6%

Photo of Ropowers3
2.75/5  rDev -19.1%

Photo of eheff
2.22/5  rDev -34.7%
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.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.26/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

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Photo of Gavage
4.02/5  rDev +18.2%
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.

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Photo of YonderWanderer
4.19/5  rDev +23.2%
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.

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Photo of j89de
2/5  rDev -41.2%

Photo of Bassman2019
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of mdube0378
2.5/5  rDev -26.5%

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Watermelon Ale from Boston Beer Works - Canal Street
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