Roak Brewing Co.

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American Pale Wheat Ale
Ranked #146
Ranked #27,922
3.79 | pDev: 10.82%
Roak Brewing Co.
Michigan, United States
Reviews: 6 | Ratings: 24 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of StoutHunter
3.81/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I picked up a bottle of Roak's Melonfest last week for $1.69 at The Lager Mill. I don't think I've had a beer brewed with cantaloupe before, but it sounds really interesting, so lets see how it goes. 2016 Vintage. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a Weizen glass.

A- The label looks nice, it goes well with the name and it's eye catching. It poured a slightly hazy golden color that took on more of a yellow color when held to the light with a finger and half worth of bubbly off white head that quickly faded to a thin ring that eventually faded away and it left just a little bit of spotty lacing behind. This is a nice looking beer, but I wish it had a little better head and retention.

S- The aroma starts off with a sliightly higher amount of medium sweetness with the malts being the first to show up and they impart a pale malt, grainy, wheat, bready and bread crust aromas with some doughy yeast showing up in the background. Up next comes a nice fruity aroma that is actually like a cantaloupe melon, it's not too strong, but the melon itself doesn't have too strong of an aroma, so that's to be expected. This beer has a good aroma, it's balanced and lives up to the name.

T- The taste seems to be similar to the aroma, but a little lighter and it starts off with a slightly higher amount of medium sweetness with the malts still being the first to show up and they impart the exact same aspects that they did in the aroma, but this time they are a little lighter and they are followed by that same doughy yeast aspect that I got in the aroma. Up next comes a light fruity flavors with just enough cantaloupe flavors to be noticeable, but it might bet hard to pin point it if I had it blind. On the finish there's a pretty light amount of bitterness with a wheat, grainy and slightly cantaloupe like flavor in the aftertaste. This is a pretty nice tasting beer, but I wish the flavors were just a little bolder, especially the cantaloupe.

M- Smooth, crisp, slightly refreshing, medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. The mouthfeel is pretty nice and it works well with this beer.

Overall I thought this was a pretty nice beer and a nice example of the style, i had to give them a little extra credit because Cantaloupe is light flavor that's a little complex, so I'm sure it's hard to get it to really stand out, but it showed up just enough to work well with the wheat beer base. This beer had nice drinkability, I could drink a couple of them, especially when it's warmer outside. What I like the most about this beer is the aroma, it was pretty nice and it was were the cantaloupe showed up the most. What I liked the least about this beer is that the cantaloupe didn't show up just a little more in the taste. I would buy this beer again when I'm in the mood for it and I would recommend it to anyone looking for a little bit of cantaloupe flavor in their wheat beer. All in all this was nice and it was a little better than I thought it would be. It's one of the better beers I've had Roak and I thought it was a nice example of the style. Nice job guys, this was a nice and unique tasting beer, keep it up.

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Photo of joe12pk
3.61/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

L - Very hazy, dark yellow. Foamy head linger for a a few moments. Good lacing.

S - Lemon and a little cantaloupe with minor grassy hops.

T - Taste follows nose. Hops are surprisingly strong, but pleasant.

O - I bought this at a close-out sale; there is no date on the bottle. This is a very good spring/summer selection. Light, refreshing, and hoppier than your average summer fare. If it were fresher, I would probably give it a higher score. If you can find this cheap, definitely buy a few.

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Photo of hardysf
3.57/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nothing to blow you away here. Hint of cantaloupe. Sweeter than average easy drinking wheat beer. great for the golf course or hanging out outside in the summer months.

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Photo of FaradayUncaged
3.79/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Light, dry hints of cantanloupe (you may nkt detect cantaloupe if you aren't looking for jf specifically) and very light on the wheat. Overall a very nice light, crisp summer sipper.

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Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled on 6/24/2015. Pours hazy golden orange color with a 2 finger dense and rocky white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice dense soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of mango, melon, pineapple, pear, lemon zest, orange peel, coriander, pepper, clove, wheat, cracker, light honey, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruit/spices, earthy yeast, and pale malt notes; with good strength. Taste of big mango, melon, pineapple, pear, lemon zest, orange peel, coriander, pepper, clove, wheat, cracker, light honey, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Light-moderate herbal bitterness/yeast spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of mango, melon, pineapple, lemon/orange peel, coriander, pepper, clove, wheat, cracker, and herbal/yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice robustness, complexity, and balance of fruit/spices, earthy yeast, and pale malt flavors; with a good malt/spice/bitterness balance and no cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately creamy, and lightly sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice fruited witbier style. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of fruit/spices, earthy yeast, and pale malt flavors; and very smooth and easy to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of justinp444
4.72/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy orange a shade lighter color as the label with a nice inch thick foamy white head. Smell of citrus, floral, grass, light cantaloupe notes, and sour patch kids (only way I can describe it). Taste is dry sweet and with a nice light cantaloupe flavor that blends in with bread-y malt and citrus grassy hops. Tons of melon-y fruit esters and a bit of bitter. Totally complex and fantastic, really blown away with this one. Carbonation is medium with a light to medium body and mouth feel.

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Melonfest from Roak Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 83 out of 100 with 24 ratings