About a week and a half ago, we were treated to a can of this, courtesy of Deron, to taste alongside bottles of homebrew; wheat and a watermelon wheat clone. Three of us at here popped open the can from 21st Amendment and were quite surprised. Rather than watermelon, we all tasted a heavy amount of squash. I was rather disappointed but couldn’t help but wonder, maybe this was just an old can or something?
21st Amendment Brewery had a feeling they could change my mind on this beer and make me a believer, so they sent me a freshly brewed 6-pack to see if I would have a better experience. I most certainly did.
21st Amendment Hell or High Watermelon tasted so good the second time around that I wish I had had some throughout the entire summer. I hope someday soon the 21st Amendment brews will be readily available in the Buffalo area soon.
21st Amendment Hell or High Watermelon – 4.9% ABV Wheat Beer
Appearance: Cloudy, sun-kissed straw colored with 3 fingers of fluffy, white head. The height disappeared rapidly but left a nice film over the surface, which lasted as long as there was beer in my glass.
Aroma: Sweet wheat, malt and yeast are prevalent here. There is a whisper of fruit in the aroma as well, which would definitely be attributed to the watermelon.
Taste: Crisp, refreshing and very drinkable. A great tasting summery wheat flavor enhanced by the sweet, thirst quenching watermelon and backed by a slightly bready malt. No hint of squash at all in this one. So tasty, it will be tough to keep from polishing off the entire 6-pack myself.
Mouthfeel: Medium-light with a crisp, refreshing carbonation that’s spot on. There are so many bubbles that I feel full after drinking it, so I immediately wanted to pop open another can. Hell or High Watermelon’s body is perfect for sessioning.
Actually, everything about this makes it a perfect session brew; light watermelon flavor without being overwhelming, low ABV and a smooth, thirst quenching body. Couldn’t ask for more.
I can’t thank 21st Amendment Brewery enough for sending this along. You certainly changed my mind on the watermelon wheat. I urge anyone else who’s had a similar experience to my first squashy one to try a fresh can as well.
Oh, and if you ever come upon on 21st Amendment Monk’s Blood, make sure to pick some up. It’s a deliciously complex Belgian Strong Dark Ale that I also recommend.
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