Hell or High Watermelon (21st Amendment Brewery)

Style: Fruit Beer, Watermelon

4.9% ABV

17 IBU’s


Hops: Magnum

Bittering Hops: Columbus

Malts: Two-Row Pale, White Wheat

Yeast: Top Fermenting Ale Yeast

Other: Watermelon


Brewer’s Note: “Like Lady Liberty, we stand for independence and perseverance. In the pursuit of innovative beer, there is no obstacle too great. No journey too long. No fruit too gigantic. This American wheat beer is brewed with real watermelon, for a flavor that’s surprisingly crisp, dry and refreshing—summer in a can./ Hell or High Watermelon Wheat is our summer seasonal beer available from April through September in six pack cans and on draft. We start by brewing a classic American wheat beer, which undergoes a traditional secondary fermentation using fresh watermelon. A straw-colored, refreshing beer with a kiss of watermelon aroma and flavor.”


The beer’s can label is a work of graphic art.  I love the colors, I love the “cartooning” style, and the off kilter font looks amazing.  The 21st Amendment logo is a little boring compared with the rest of the label, but that is excusable, as it is a pretty cool logo on its own.  The can also packs a lot of text in right underneath the beer’s name, which is a little confusing and cluttered, but it does leave the rest of the can to display the beautiful graphic.  All in all, this can is a work of art and is completely worthy of the shelf.


The beer pours a clean, pale yellow with a hint of orange.  The beer forms a rocky head of slightly creamy white bubbles.  The beers body is nearly crystal clear with just a faint hazing, and the beer’s head leaves a lacing of sticky dry bubbles.  On the nose, the beer smells tart and citric with a nice sweet underlying melon scent that gives a touch of grassy hops.  There is also a slight jammy smell that is a part of the melon smell, but I assume that is just the fruit in the beer.  From the can, the sweet fruit is more pronounced with a touch of vegetal scents. On the tongue the beer tastes sweet with a light tartness and some lovely distinctions between the calmer sweet of the malt and the fruitier sweet of the melon.  In flavor the beer begins as sweet bread and then slowly moves into distinct bitter watermelon flavors, which is impressive.  There is a light citric tartness underlying the flavors, but the water melon builds into a big, sweet crescendo in the finish, leaving the aftertaste clean with a slight hint of lingering malt sweetness.  From the can it tastes more metallic and chemically from the can.  It definitely tastes better from the glass.  In the mouth the beer feels crisp and on the heavier side of light in body with a touch of citric spritz from the medium carbonation levels.  The mouth is left clean and a little tingly with some slight bitterness.  Overall, this a great crisp summer beer that incorporates the watermelon flavor beautifully.  It is not too sweet, just a touch tart, and just a touch bitter and is great to drink.  It is a great fruit beer with not too much overpowering fruit.  Try this beer.



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