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Ballast Point Watermelon Dorado cans on the way

Ballast Point Watermelon Dorado cans

Ballast Point Watermelon Dorado, the brewery’s imperial IPA brewed with watermelon is already available in bottles. Next up, 12 ounce cans.

The brewery has been taking a few of their tried and true offerings, and nuancing them with everything from pineapple to peanut butter cups. Recently (or forthcoming) releases include Pineapple SculpinGrapefruit Sculpin, & Habanero Sculpin, and Mango Even Keel.

Ballast Point Watermelon Dorado is currently available nationally in bottles and draft.

This Double IPA is not one to back down from big flavors. Mash, kettle, and dry hopping blend to create a huge hop profile that is balanced with a blast of watermelon.

Ballast Point Watermelon Dorado is a 12 ounce bottle and draft offering. 12 ounce cans will be shipping nationally this summer.

Style: Imperial IPA (w/ Watermelon)
Availability: 12oz Cans, Draft. 12oz Bottles
Release (Cans): May/June, 2016

10% ABV

  • Jim Flapaskin

    All the fruit variants is clear that the new owner of Ballast Point is trying to expand their consumer base. I wish I were a fly on the wall in the conference room/phone-in meeting to hear the rationale of how they are going to get more women to drink their beer. “I say! What do women love? Fruity, sweet drinks! How do we get women to drink bitter beer? Add fruit to them of course!” I love Ballast Point as a brewery, but the creativity and passion may have died from this brand. One can not simply add other flavors to beer and pass it off as a different beer. Sure we can have some variants, of course! But for fucks sake there has to be a limit. They are making a mockery of the craft beer industry. Ballast Point: do us all a favor and create a new beer or even a fucking variant of your current line-up, but this time only use barley, hops, yeast and water. Show us you haven’t lost your creativity, please!

  • Eric Carter

    *Correction: Brewed with “Natural Flavors”. That can mean almost anything, but it most likely means that it’s not brewed with watermelon. I’m with Jim. Though, I don’t necessarily think they are marketing this to women.

    • j

      natural flavor means it comes from the source. watermelon juice, extract, puree, could all be considered natural flavor, but also IS watermelon.
      They probably aren’t throwing whole watermelons into the kettle, no.

      • Eric Carter

        Juice and puree are watermelon. If I tell someone I’m eating watermelon, I doubt they assume I’m eating the rind. If they do, I’ll probably ask them if they have been hit in the head recently. If they say no, I might ask them who the president is currently, if they have a history of stroke, if they have been drinking, how their marriage is going, and so on. Depending on how that goes, I may suggest seeking medical attention. Natural flavors can mean a world of things, and as watermelon mostly tastes like sweet water, I’m not sure that would translate very well in a beer, hence the “natural flavors”. If I brew a beer with mango puree, I say I brewed a beer with mango puree, not natural flavors. My point is that we don’t know what ingredients are in the beer, which bothers me on a couple of levels as a potential consumer.

        • j

          you can say what you want when you brew a beer, but the powers that be make them put “natural flavor” on the label if they use juice or puree or any processed form of watermelon.

          if it said “artificial flavor” you may have a point some would agree with, but in this case you are just looking for something to be bothered about when there is nothing.

          • Eric Carter

            So what distinguishes an artificial flavor from a “natural” flavor? Not much, according to Andrews. “The largest difference is that natural flavors are coming from natural sources — the original ingredient is found in nature and then purified and extracted and added back into the
            food.”

            But, that doesn’t necessarily mean the “natural flavors” in your blueberry granola bar are simply…crushed-up blueberries. Rather, they probably consist of a chemical originally found in blueberries, enhanced and added into your food in a lab.

            Here’s where it gets even muddier: Added flavoring, both natural and artificial, could contain anywhere from 50 to 100 ingredients. And all of the extra ingredients in flavors often aren’t as innocent as you’d hope they would be. “The mixture will often have some solvent and preservatives — and that makes up 80 to 90 percent of the volume [of the
            flavoring]. In the end product, it’s a small amount, but it still has artificial ingredients,” Andrews says.

          • Eric Carter

            Food altered in a lab with up to 100 ingredients sounds pretty natural to me. My point is that if you can’t brew a beer with watermelon, don’t fucking make watermelon beers. Make something else…Something with integrity… Something from the source…Otherwise, just make Dr. Pepper and call it a day.

          • Eric Carter

            Also, you assume they use juice or puree, and nowhere on the label does it state that information.

          • j

            if it’s “enhanced” then it’s not natural anymore.

          • Eric Carter

            That’s what she said?

      • Eric Carter

        Update after tasting this: Clearly artificial tasting as fuck. They achieved what they were going for with a watermelon IPA, and I wouldn’t want it to taste much different, because it would be boring as hell with real watermelon, but it tastes like Jolly Ranchers.