Tonight starts out 5 day weekend. The wife and I are taking tomorrow off, Thursday is Thanksgiving, and of course we have the following day off from work as well. We have very little productive planned, and I’m hoping to spend a lot of quality time lost in beer! In particular, I’m kicking off a series of canned craft beer reviews.
The first beer in the series is 21st Amendment Hell or High Watermelon. My first 21st Amendment beer, and my first ever watermelon one as well.
The pour was fairly straight forward. For a 4.9% ABV wheat beer I got what I expected: light golden, slightly cloudy. However, not as much head as expected. The aroma was surprising as well…not a hint of watermelon whatsoever. I began to panic. Did I get a bunk can?
Taking the first sip, I was still worried. For the first second there’s no watermelon flavor. I’m thinking “WTF?!?!”. Then it hits you. BLAMO!!! Watermelon attack! The mouthfeel is tangy and I’m briefly taken back to my freshman year of college. I wasn’t drinking beer at the time. Instead, I was drinking Watermelon Jack Daniels Coolers (wine coolers). Yes, I openly admit it. Anyhow, the flavor and mouthfeel of this beer reminds me slightly of the coolers. About 100 times tastier though.
I wasn’t sure I was going to enjoy a watermelon beer. While it reminds me of a wine cooler, there is more beer than cooler involved. The beer is crisp and goes down easy. Good stuff. Not QUITE great, but close. Recommended.