Juicy Watermelon

Colorado
United States
Juicy Watermelon by New Belgium Brewing Co.
Judges Ratings 
1 Review
92
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
37 / 40
Appearance:
6 / 6
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20
Description 

Brewed with watermelon and lime peel, New Belgium Brewing’s new seasonal release offers an approachable, fruit-infused ale. Juicy Watermelon Lime Ale is crisp, refreshing and juicy – the perfect option for beating back the summer heat. It has a bright fruity flavor and a thirst-quenching finish.

Profile

ABV: 
5%
IBUs: 
7
Hops: 
Nugget
Malts: 
Pale and Caramel 80
Judges Review 
John C. Tull's picture
Judges Rating:
92
Aroma:
22 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
37 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

29A – Fruit Beer

A light bready malt aroma with a hint of yeast can be detected. The fruit is subtle, with only a little berry aroma, and indistinguishable from what may occur from yeast alone. Although lime is indicated, along with watermelon, as an addition, I did not notice it. The beer has a straw color and is very clear. Some bubbles continue to rise and replenish the thin head with a light, wispy layer that slowly draws to the glass’s edge in a more pronounced ring. A watermelon flavor can be tasted, both fruity and pithy at the same time. The lime is used judiciously, and would not be detected by me if it was not a known ingredient. The malt tastes full and wheat-like, suggesting sweetness, but not at all cloying. The fruit and malt characters blend nicely and are refreshing. Carbonation provides a little carbonic bite, and the water has a slightly mineral character. The finish has a suggestion of nuttiness, from carbonation, water chemistry, alcohol or some mix of them all. Overall, a very quaffable summer ale with only a touch of fruit character is found in this beer. If you prefer some lighter beer fare for your summer activities in the outdoors, this is a very good one to try, especially if you want to break away from the typical light lager or American wheat beer.