Name: Hell of High Watermelon Wheat Beer
Brewery: 21st Amendment Brewery
Country of Origin: United States
City & State: San Francisco, California
Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer
Alcohol Content (ABV): 4.90%
First Brewed: 2002
The color is pale straw with subtle, tart, fruity aromas. The fruit flavors are likewise subtle, giving just a hint of their presence, so the overall effect is simply refreshing and the beer is very easy to drink. The finish is clean too, with jut a pleasant lingering tartness.
This beer has been sitting in the fridge for quite some time. We landed this beer in a trade, and it is the only beer from 21st Amendment Brewery on the list. I have had a few other beers from them, including the Fireside Chat, the Back in Black and the Lower Deboom, the first canned barleywine ale. We actually tried that at a beer festival last year. It was really good, and I love seeing a brewing company that only cans trying to experiment with stuff like that.
I played golf today, and had a Bud Light and a Bud Light Lime on the golf course. I wish they served craft beer like this on the golf course. I am sick of talking about it. Let’s drink!
In the Glass: The beer looks boring in the glass. It poured and looks like a domestic. Oh, speaking of domestic beers, I had a bottle of Fortune earlier tonight. It was gross. Don’t waste your time. All these big brands are trying to produce a “craft” beer and are failing miserably. It had a hint, and I mean a HINT of bourbon flavor to it. Past that, it was gross! I poured it down the drain. However, it was darker than this beer.
Also, I am drinking a bottle of Widdershins at the same time. That is an oak aged barleywine ale from Left Hand Brewing and while it smells pretty good, doesn’t deliver on flavor and overall complexity.
Nose: I get a hint of watermelon here, I must say. I was surprised they use watermelon extract in this and not actual watermelon. Sort of like the Bell’s Cherry Stout using cherry extract and not actual cherries. It will make a different taste. However, when we visit this brewery I will order one simply to see it served with a wedge of watermelon.
I am also picking up a slight tart aroma here. Not sour, but it wants to be. Do you think it tastes like watermelon?
Flavor: Weird. It does. I will warn you. I don’t like the flavor of watermelon. But this tastes like watermelon juice! Do they even make such a thing? If they did, this is what it would taste like. It’s not bad, but I just don’t care for that flavor. I bet this would taste great on a hot summer day. But man. Just not my thing. It has a weird mouthfeel, too.
Mouthfeel: It isn’t very carbonated, and has a weird mouthfeel. Almost like I am drinking mouthwash, or something. I mean, I don’t nor have I ever tried to drink mouthwash. But that is a unique mouthfeel and I will be glad when my sample is gone. I am not even sure I will finish it. Meh.
Aftertaste: The aftertaste lingers with the same watermelon flavor that I had at the beginning. Imagine the flavor you get when you eat a piece of watermelon candy. That finish, that bitter almost sour finish, is what this beer is giving me. Not the good sour, but the “I need another drink and a drink of something else” sour. I really wanted this to be good, too.
The other beers I have had from this brewery have been pretty good. Also, looking at the brewery, it looks like a cool place to hang out. But this beer did NOT deliver. That’s too bad.
Hell or High Watermelon Wheat Beer – The can says: “NA”
Ok, the first thing I have to say about this beer is about the name. It’s called “Hell or High Watermelon”. So I have to say, that I actually hate watermelon. Or any kind of melon. But, I have had watermelon beer before (from Phoenix Ale Brewery) that wasn’t half bad. So let’s hope this one is okay too.
It looks pretty weak in the glass. It’s pale yellow with lots of bubbles, so it kind of looks like a domestic. Not a good start. It had a lot of head when poured out, but that’s dissipated pretty quickly. It smells like bread, with just the slightest hint of watermelon. Let’s see what it tastes like.
It tastes like a domestic, with watermelon. Wow, so the look and name are pretty much right on. Considering I don’t like watermelon or domestic beers, you would think this one wouldn’t stand a chance, right? Oddly enough, the combination of the two is better than either one by themselves. But still, definitely not my favorite. The beer is ok, but definitely still not one I’d pick given the choice.