Thursday, October 22, 2015

Shipyard Brewing Co. Melonhead

I have to admit, I was a little apprehensive about this post. I tend to look for stuff that I might enjoy drinking or eating, though it doesn't always turn out that way. I've never had any requests for product reviews, especially from folks that haven't even seen my blog before. But, that's what happened when one of my coworkers heard I like to try oddly flavored foods and beverages and write sentences about them. I was given the task of trying out Shipyard Brewing Co's Melonhead, with the warning that it was "abso-fucking-lutely awful". Of course, I agreed to do it. Crap. Hey, at least I get a free beer out of it, right?

If you want to get technical, this is actually a spring beer. Since it's still rather warm out, and way too late in the month for the Halloween spirit to take over the blog, I'm going to let it ride. At least I put it in a large skull mug. That makes it suitable for Halloween, right? If you look closely, you'll find there is a more obvious link to the spooky holiday right on the label.

It's a large, green, melon-headed horseman! Now that's one scary dude! Trading in his pumpkin for a watermelon, this guy spends all of his time riding around...throwing beer at people? Wait, what did the headless horseman actually do? I know he was always after Ichabod Crane, but was that it? Did he bother anyone else? I should probably read a book sometime. I find it interesting that ol' Melonhead saw a need to wear a mask, where Pumpkinhead couldn't care less about people seeing his face. Maybe he was inspired by Zorro or the Lone Ranger. I would actually pay good money to hear someone say, "Who was that masked melon?" in a movie. Also, I just noticed that the background is the inside of a watermelon. Depending on how you look at it, it could either be a very magnified strawberry, or it could look like Melonhead is galloping away from a very large fruit explosion, holding his beer high in victory.

I really hate writing about stuff I don't like. So, when someone tells me that something is horrible, and that nobody should drink it, I worry about being too negative. I mean, I'm not going to sugar coat things, but I'm also not going to just outright put something down either. Today, I'm glad to say, there must be a difference in taste, because I actually liked Melonhead. I was fully prepared to tell you all just how awful this beer was, but I was disappointed in my lack of disappointment. I mean, you'd expect most fruit to have something of a fruity aroma. What I didn't expect was for it to smell like someone crammed a whole damn watermelon into a bottle. It reminded me of a Jolly Rancher wrapper. The scent isn't too strong, but there's enough to determine what flavor candy it came from. The surprises continued when I took my first sip. It wasn't bad. I was expecting more bitterness, but it's actually a very, very light and smooth drinking beer. Initially, the fruit didn't carry over into the actual flavor of the beer. Then I took a sip right after I ate a fun sized Kit Kat bar, and whoa, did that change things. From then on, every sip was full of melon. The flavor was reminiscent of a piece of Watermelon Bubblicious that had been chewed for a few minutes. There's still some flavor in there, but it's not so sweet that you'll think you're drinking a nasty ass malt beverage. Four Loko, that was directed at you.   I easily finished the first bottle, and almost popped open the second, but I think I'll save it for a while.

So, if you're looking for a nice refreshing beer that smells of Jolly Ranchers and tastes like Bubblicious, I heartily recommend Shipyard Brewing Co.'s Melonhead brew. Just watch out for the melon-headed man...doing whatever it is he does.

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