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Watermelon Laimas

May, 2016
Judges Rating: 
22 / 24
5 / 6
35 / 40
9 / 10
Overall Impression: 
17 / 20

The drinker is greeted with a light watermelon core aroma followed by a light bready, grainy, honey-like maltiness. The watermelon aroma comes across as fresh, with a slight candy-like character as it warms, but it becomes a significant contributor in the flavor, again slightly candy-like, with a light bready, honey-like sweetness that pushes through into the medium-sweet finish. The medium-low hop bitterness and low carbonation does help to create a sensation of dryness on the palate, but it falls short of being a truly crisp Kolsch-like finish. Watermelon can be difficult to integrate into a beer, but this is pretty well done. Higher carbonation and less residual sweetness would really help this beer become more quaffable, but it still works as thirst quencher at the end of a hot summer day.