It seems like yesterday we were welcoming our friends at New Belgium to the Garden State! Hailing from Fort Collins, Colorado New Belgium launched in NJ 2 short months ago. In operation since 1991, New Belgium is one of the fastest growing craft breweries in the US. Their lineup consists of two dozen year round, seasonal and specialty brews. Their latest seasonal release is a fruit ale named Heavy Melon, brewed with watermelon and lime peel.
The beer pours a clear golden yellow color with rich honeyed highlights. The one finger dense white head shows good retention. Once dissipated light lacing remains around the perimeter of the glass.
On the nose you’ll find enticing aromas of juicy watermelon along with cereal like malt. There is a hint of citrus but it is non-descriptive. A light herbal/grassy note can also be found mingling with the watermelon.
The first sip greets you with the same sweet cereal malts that quickly transition into notes of sweet, juicy watermelon. The watermelon notes continue to gain strength through the mid-palate and transition to a slightly bitter rind like note on the finish, which also features a hint of lime. There is the slightest hint at the herbal and grassy notes from the bouquet but the watermelon is definitely the star here.
What says summer more than a slice of juicy watermelon? This is a great refreshing summer beer that would pair perfectly with Monterrey Jack, burgers and dogs, cream puffs and all the guests at you next BBQ or picnic!
Beer Buyer Overall Rating: 3.5 Out Of 5 Pints