Rocky Ridge Watermelon Ace

Style
Watermelon Pale Ale
ABV
6.2%
Bitterness
65 IBU

Rocky Ridge’s Ace pale ale is a mainstay for the South West brewer: a straightforward, albeit higher in alcohol content than most, Australian pale ale that's seen a few fruity variants along the way, now joined by this watermelon twist on the original.

That said, Watermelon Ace is a pale ale first, fruit beer second. With a little help from the team at Refresh Juice in Perth, Rocky Ridge found a new home for a stack of watermelons that weren’t sold at market and instead were destined for landfill. As a result, 600 litre of freshly pressed juice was added for a secondary ferment, making up 15 percent of the fermentables in a beer designed with easy-drinking in mind. A slight drop in IBU from the standard Ace further enhances drinkability and boosts a melon freshness that's adequately paired with Aussie hops.

Watermelon plays a strong supporting role in this fresh and fruity APA, with some acid and pithy bitterness present, but fresh hops are still the star in this long-time staple. Though the watermelons may have been destined for landfill, it's unlikely this waste-conscious number will struggle to find its way into fridges; maybe don’t add it to your breakfast juice, though...

Jono Outred

Published June 13, 2020

Name
Rocky Ridge Brewing Co
Address

10 Marine Terrace
Busselton
WA 6280

Phone
0406217247
Open Hours

Mon to Thurs: 11am to 7pm
Fri & Sat: 11am to 8pm
Sunday: 11am to 7pm

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