I’ve had imperial IPAs before. I’ve had watermelon beers before. I’ve even had flavored IPAs made by Ballast Point. But I’ve never had a watermelon IPA before so I decided to give this beer a try. Was this a wise decision?
There’s a reason I’ve never had a watermelon IPA before. You just don’t see them made. It doesn’t seem like a logical pairing. But did Ballast Point discover something we never knew we wanted? Is watermelon the next big thing to happen to IPAs?
I would say no. I don’t think watermelon and IPA fit together. Have you ever had a watermelon that wasn’t sweet? That’s the flavor you get when you add watermelon to beer. That doesn’t have to be a bad thing but it doesn’t work with an IPA. The bitter hops stifle any refreshing watermelon flavor and the watermelon distracts from the extreme bitterness you’re looking for in an imperial IPA.
I wouldn’t call this beer bad but it’s not great. It was an interesting experiment from Ballast Point but this is one not worth repeating. I will say that the watermelon addition did make this beer very easy to drink, especially for a 10% imperial IPA. But that’s not what you usually want out of an imperial IPA. Keep innovating Ballast Point. They can’t all be winners.