New Belgium Heavy Melon

Posted: November 9, 2016 in Fruit/Vegetable Beer, New Belgium Brewing, Reviews

I love mixing the flavors of watermelon and lime. Usually, I find it in a salad, but I was curious to try it in a beer.

heavymelon

ABV: 5%

Style: Fruit/Vegetable Beer

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Hot summer nights, jam out to the cooling waves of Heavy Melon Ale, our newest seasonal track. Brewed with juicy watermelon and zesty lime peel, this crushable ale rips with a blast of melon notes. Ripened fruit aromas of melon, papaya and citrus climax with an enticing aroma, and set up an invigorating wash of fruity sweetness, grassy bitterness and the slightest touch of tartness. Super crisp and refreshing from start to finish, Heavy Melon Ale shreds through the summer heat.”

Random: This is a summer seasonal.

This beer poured with a one finger, white head that dissipated quickly and left no lacing on the glass. A small crown was left on top of the clear, straw-yellow body. It had high carbonation to go with it. The nose had a lot of grain up front and a weird metallic smell. What it didn’t have was a lot of watermelon or lime. Before you think I’m having an old bottle, I actually reviewed this in June. The taste didn’t have the same metallic note, which was a positive. But, the taste had watermelon notes that reminded me more of the rind than the flesh. There was an artificial sweetener note and a tartness that I couldn’t specifically place as lime. There was a lot of grain in the taste as well. The body had medium thickness with was too heavy for the flavors with aggressive carbonation. It had a quick finish with the same watermelon rind. A single bottle was $1.66, which came to $.14 per ounce. Despite the affordable price, I will not be having this again.

Untappd Rating: 2.5/5.0

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