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Juicy Watermelon

June, 2017
Judges Rating: 
22 / 24
6 / 6
37 / 40
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.