Melon Head | Picaroons Traditional Ales

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Brewed by:
Picaroons Traditional Ales
New Brunswick, Canada

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Summer

Notes / Commercial Description:
A crisp pale ale infused with natural watermelon extract that has a cat on the label. A new cat every year, in fact, as we host our annual Melonhead Cat Contest every spring in which we literally receive thousands of cat pictures from around the country to [email protected]

Added by berley31 on 06-01-2010

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Ratings: 36 |  Reviews: 12
Photo of rcartwright
3.08/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of ewpass
3.6/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy gold with small head. Titular watermelon is sweet on the nose and shows up again as fruitiness on the finish. Light-bodied with a great label.

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Photo of Lewnanny
3.81/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Nice beer,

Made in Fredericton near my hometown and it a must for everyone.

The watermelon subtile taste make this one perfectly tone and refreshing.

This one will be part of the beer I like to have once in a while

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Photo of sdm9465
3.46/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of AndrewC
3.44/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mikebu
2.84/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Photo of groleau
3.56/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of TheBierdimpfe
3.55/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Hazy golden color with moderate activity. Slightly foamy white 2 finger head that last 5 minutes, with a bit of lacing legs.

Aromas of melon and fruits, veggies, and bubble gum. Flavors of fruits including melon, lemon, caramel, sweet roasted grains, noble spices. Highly sugary, but not too syrupy, with a faint sharpness. Bready and a little grassy.

Slick light body with prickly carbonation. Light and short finish, ending with a fruity feel, roasted malts, and a lingering burnt caramel feel.

Overall a good quality craft. Nice fruity flavors with good freshness. A little faint and thin, needs more body. Great summer beer and accessible.

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Photo of PorterPro125
3.28/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Serving Type: 500 mL Bottle

A- Pours a clear Light Golden colour topped by a nice, thick white head with excellent lacing. Not much in the way of lacing.

S- Light and sweet fresh watermelon. Very intriguing.

T- Sweet Candy Watermelon that changes over to a mushy, overripe Watermelon real quick. Wasn't able to gather anything other than the Watermelon because of how simply revolting it was. You almost have to take a break to clear your palate in between drinks. In the spirit of respect towards beer, I pushed through this one til the end.

M- Light body and high carbonation. Refreshing, if it wasn't for the taste.

O- Since Watermelon beers are one of the most difficult fruit beers to make well, I was a little relaxed on the rating. Not a great beer but it does have some potential. Hopefully Picaroons will tweak it for next year.

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Photo of cam477
3/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Electros
3.47/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of CurtisD
3.27/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Corson
3/5  rDev -12.5%

Photo of byronic
3/5  rDev -12.5%

Photo of lgmol
4/5  rDev +16.6%

Photo of polloenfuego
3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of Bruinsbunny
4.5/5  rDev +31.2%

Photo of fostachild
2/5  rDev -41.7%

Photo of biboergosum
3.54/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle. No description on the label, so I guess all we have to go on in discerning what kind of melon we're to expect here is from that pissed-off looking, watermelon-helmeted kitty.

This beer pours a clear, bright pale golden yellow hue, with three fingers of puffy, densely foamy, and somewhat bubbly eggshell white head, which leaves some awkward swan profile lace around the glass as it evenly subsides.

It smells of overripe watermelon, the kind that is mushy rather than crisp when you sink that butcher's knife into it, with a certain candied character to boot, pastry-adjacent pale cereal malt, and very little else. The taste is still big on the candied and fruity watermelon, but tempered enough to let the underlying grainy cereal malt strut its sugary stuff, along with a faint earthy, leafy hoppiness.

The carbonation is quite active in its pestering frothiness, the body medium-light in weight, and generally smooth, a certain flinty edginess arriving from the ether, it would seem. It finishes on the sweet side, but not overly so, enough of the fruit acids apparently working undercover to keep this out of the Slurpee Zone.

Not a bad tasting fruit beer, but watermelon is a notoriously difficult one to get across after being put through the ringer of the brew cycle. It does work here, mostly, but if my mind and palate hadn't been seeded with that information, I would have just been spinning around in circles, trying to pin the admittedly heady fruitiness on something, at least. Anyways, ok, overall.

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Photo of DreamDeath
3.5/5  rDev +2%

Photo of TT--Cashout
3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of deonreds
3.5/5  rDev +2%

Photo of StomachUlcers
3.5/5  rDev +2%

Photo of randylangford
4/5  rDev +16.6%

Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.48/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Single bottle brought back from the brewery and shared at a recent tasting. May have been that I had the first in the evening after a few other brews, and the second bottle was on the patio and was the first beer of the evening. Hated it the first time, liked it the second so I'll go with the second!

Poured into a small tasting glass. Light golden-blonde in colour, clear, and with a good sized head that recedes into a thick ring.

Nose is certainly watermelon - at some points it reminds me of an overripe slice, and others like watermelon flavored gum. A bit of citrus, wheat malt as well.

Similar taste as in the nose. Watermelon is certainly present, less pronounced near the finish, but the initial hit is watermelon. Finishes thin and a bit dry.

Thin bodied, feels like a pale wheat ale.

It tastes like watermelon - what else can I say, other than it is worth a try for the experience alone.

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Melon Head from Picaroons Traditional Ales
Beer rating: 3.43 out of 5 with 36 ratings