Heavy Melon

Colorado
United States
New Belgium Beer Heavy Melon
Judges Ratings 
1 Review
85
Aroma:
21 / 24
Flavor:
35 / 40
Appearance:
5 / 6
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
16 / 20
Description 

This super crisp and refreshing American-Style Fruit beer is brewed with juicy watermelon and zesty lime peel. Ripened fruit aromas of melon, papaya and citrus offer an invigorating wash of fruity sweetness, grassy bitterness and the slightest touch of tartness.

Profile

ABV: 
5.0%
IBUs: 
14
Hops: 
Nugget
Malts: 
Pale, Caramel 80
Judges Review 
Jason Johnson's picture
Judges Rating:
85
Aroma:
21 / 24
Appearance:
5 / 6
Flavor:
35 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
16 / 20

This Fruit Beer pours a crystal clear, deep golden color with a small fizzy head with mediocre retention. In the aroma, I get a distinct grainy malt aroma with some noticeable melon and citrus from the watermelon and lime. What is unexpected is that the herbal and spicy tones work well in concert with the fruit. Unfortunately, the grain aroma doesn’t seem to pair well with the fruit though. I picked up some light watermelon, a bit more lime, and raw, grape-nutty cereal malt flavor. It’s a bit of an odd combination for me that does not seem to meld together very well. The grain flavor clashes with the fruit, and I believe a softer malt profile would serve the beer better. The herbal hops start to come through near the finish and actually complement the fruit. The mouthfeel is light, effervescent and moderately creamy. I can see this being appealing to some people, but the odd combination of grape-nutty grains and melon/lime just seemed a bit disjointed to me.