Bonehead Melon Head, The Colossal Ambition & Time Will Tell

Catharina Sour, Export Stout & Sour
5.9%, 6.3% & 3.9%

The mind is a powerful thing; just as I was thinking I hadn’t heard from Bonehead Brewing in a little while and wondered if they might be slowing down their typically diverse beer drops, all of a suddent these three arrive...

First up, Melon Head is a watermelon catharina sour and while you might assume that “catharina” refers to a cocktail or other drink that's been turned to beer (like I did), you’d be wrong (which I was). Instead, catharina sour is a common sight in Brasil with the wheat-based and fruited kettle sour beers quite similar to the more frequently sighted Berliner Weisse or gose styles but where the key difference is a higher ABV, with this one sitting at 5.9 percent. Also, unlike the modern twists on Germanic tradition, catharinas are actually meant to contain fruit and for Bonehead's entry, they've used watermelon to create an incredibly refreshing drop where tropical fruit is perfectly balanced by a lasting tartness and quite hefty palate weight.

Departing Brasil, Bonehead took to the seas for The Colossal Ambition, with the export stout a truly classic dark beer were both the can and the ABV hark back to an earlier, more swashbuckling, time when bigger beers were brewed to last great voyagers. Here, the ambition is 6.3 percent and it's filled with rich tones of dark chocolate, roasted malts and a slight licorice aroma while being buttressed by a lasting bitterness.

Back in sour territory is Time Will Tell, a Limoncello Spritz Sour. Fortunately, the brewery doesn’t have to wait for May’s Australian International Beer Awards with the since it's enjoyed success on its release by securing medals like the gold in the “Mum’s Choice Award” and silver for “Best Brewery Starting With The Letter B?”. The light, dry and refreshing sour is something of an antonym to a world filled with pastry sours where zesty lemon peel, sweet lemonade and herbal quality all lead into a sour finish. If you wanted a beer to pair with any pizza, then this is it (I know because I tried it).

Will Ziebell

Published April 2, 2024

Bonehead Brewing

86 Parsons Street
VIC 3031

Open Hours

Friday: 4pm to 11pm
Saturday: 1pm to 11pm
Sunday: 1pm to 8pm

Mon to Fri: 9am to 3pm

AIBA 2024 dinner B2 BONUS

More from Bonehead Brewing

Bonehead Brewing The Big Squeezy
Blood Orange IPA
Bonehead Brewing California IPA & Call Of The Cult
Cali IPA & Berry Gose
7.2% & 4.5%
Bonehead Brewing Hefeweizen & The West Coast Pop
Hefeweizen & West Coast IPA
5.2% & 6.9%
Bonehead Brewing Mega Powers & Down With The Ship
West Coast Pale & Cali Common
5.7% & 4.9%
Bonehead Brewing Button Mash
Triple Dry Hopped IPA
Bonehead Brewing Berried Alive Again
Berry & Vanilla Sour
Bonehead Brewing We Are Laughing & Tropical Escape
Mahogony IPA & Hazy Double IPA
7.0% & 8.5%
Bonehead Brewing Punk Not Monk & Gone Phishing
ESB & Cold IPA
5.5% & 6.4%
Bonehead Brewing Falling Leaves & The Myth
West Coast Red IPA & Coffee Vanilla Imperial Stout
6.8% & 10.4%
Bonehead Brewing To The Wolves & Innuendo
Nitro Irish Stout & Nitro Cherry Pie Sour
4.6% & 5.6%
Bonehead Brewing Business Time & Elation 2023
NZ Pilsner & Barrel Aged Sour
5.4% & 5.5%
Bonehead Brewing Fail Safe & Dry Hopder
Hazy Pale & IPA
6.3% & 6.7%
Mr West x Bonehead Brewing x D&K Grocery Go Kinako
Kinako Mochi Stout
Bonehead Brewing Regeneration & Faded Memories
English IPA
5.3% & 7.5%
Bonehead Brewing Rauchbier & Anarchy
Rauchbier & Black Cold IPA
5.0% & 6.2%
Bonehead Brewing Choke Berry’s New Sound, Traditional Bavarian Märzen & Electric
Chokeberry & Marshmallow Sour, Märzen & Fruited Gose
7.0%, 5.5% & 4.5%
Bonehead Brewing Elation (2022) & Distraction Ale (2021)
Barrel-Aged Sour & Barrel-Aged Belgian Strong Ale
5.5% & 11.0%
Bonehead Brewing Mum’s Pilsner
Czech Pilsner
Bonehead Brewing Revered Red Ale
American Red Ale
Bonhead Brewing Junior
Tropical Pale Ale