Watermelon Funk

American Wild Ale 21st Amendment Brewery


Watermelon Funk, an American Wild Ale brewed by 21st Amendment Brewery.

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Watermelon Funk is an American Wild Ale brewed by 21st Amendment Brewery, and for the purposes of this craft beer review, the ale was served in a snifter from a can.


The ale pours a somewhat cloudy orange with an inch-thick cap of fizzy white foam that bubbles away rapidly.


A faint aroma delivers a scent of watermelon with a touch of sour yeast.


The palate begins with a cracker wheat body, spiced with coriander and pepper. Transitions to a mild note of funk, and tart notes of green apple, lemon and watermelon juice. A relatively high ABV is well hidden.


A fizzy feel has a medium-light body with prickly carbonation.


Unfortunately, this brew doesn’t bring the “funk” expected for the style and instead plays it safe with a brew crafted to appease the masses. But while its use of lactobacillus is minimal, the beer still drinks easily and makes for a nice refresher on a hot afternoon.

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About the American Wild Ale

The American Wild Ale is a sour ale that makes use of “wild” yeast strains or bacteria. These include Brettanomyces, Lactobacillus, and Pediococcus. The result is a brew whose flavor and aroma are often described as “funky”. The style encompasses a broad range of beers with varying characteristics that don’t fit neatly into one of the European sours.