Ballast Point Watermelon Dorado

Posted: August 24, 2016 in American Double/Imperial IPA, Ballast Point Brewing Company, Reviews

Sometimes I will get a beer, despite having heard from multiple reputable podcasts about how bad it is. This was one of those beers. I thought that it couldn’t possibly be as bad as everyone was saying. I was wrong…very wrong.


ABV: 10%

Style: American Double/Imperial IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Our Watermelon Dorado Double IPA is not one to back down from big flavors. Mash, kettle, and dry hopping blend to create a huge hop profile that is balanced with a blast of watermelon. The result is a refreshing brew that is all summer and no seeds.”

Random: The older I get, the more that artificial flavoring bothers me.

The beer poured with a one finger, pure white head that dissipated quickly and left a lot of lacing on the glass. The body was clear and dusky orange with lots of carbonation visible. The nose was liquid watermelon-flavored Jolly Ranchers. I left it for a few minutes, trying to pick something else up, but that was the only note that I got and man, was it strong. The taste was just terrible. It was a combination of the same watermelon Jolly Ranchers and strong, astringent booze. It reminded me of when I was in my early twenties and drinking watermelon martinis seemed like a good idea (there was also a significant amount of watermelon schnapps in there, which was equally gross in retrospect). There was some piney bitterness that didn’t complement the watermelon and came off as borderline medicinal. The body was thick and chewy with a lot of carbonation, but it couldn’t cut the strong, off-putting flavors. The finish was quick with pine and the same artificial watermelon note. A bottle of this was $2.50, which came to $.21 per ounce. This is a beer that I would avoid, even if it was free.

Untappd Rating: 2.5/5.0


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