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Melville's Raspberry Beer - Innis & Gunn

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Melville's Raspberry BeerMelville's Raspberry Beer

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BA SCORE
79
okay

29 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 29
Reviews: 6
rAvg: 3.39
pDev: 17.7%
Wants: 2
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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United Kingdom (Scotland)

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  4.10% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: jazzyjeff13 on 06-19-2011)
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A 275ml clear glass bottle with a BB of May 2012. The label states that this is a blend of cold-pressed Scottish raspberry juice with beer, and that it should be served over ice.

Poured into a Guinness pint glass (without ice). A clear reddish-pink colour with good carbonation. Forms a small, frothy head of white foam that disappears rapidly. Aroma of sweet raspberries with a hint of acidity, and an undertone of light, oaky beer (or perhaps it's skunked, but the smell is odd).

Tastes primarily of sweet raspberry juice with a light beer flavour in the background. Strong fruit notes and a hint of light malt. Faint undertones of stewed hops and oakiness/skunk. Slightly tart. Mouthfeel is crisp and prickly, which suits the style. Aftertaste of sweet fruit/oak.

Well, it's OK but no masterpiece. This is the second of these I've tried and there are many better fruit beers out there. Too sweet, one-dimensional, and I don't like the 'oaky' character in the background. If a fruit beer is what you're looking for then pick up something Belgian, as it's virtually guaranteed to be an improvement on this.

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275ml bottle. Made with Scottish Glen Ample raspberries, which after a cursory investigation, look exactly the same as raspberries grown on this side of the pond.

This beer pours a clear, medium salmon amber hue, with two fingers of foamy, somewhat bubbly pale pink head, which leaves a low ebbing wash of lace around the glass as it slowly sinks away.

It smells of mixed berry fruit - raspberry, blackberry, strawberry - a bit of cooked plum, bready, kind of doughy malt, a mild acetic tartness, and earthy, mildly leafy hops. The taste is more fruit salad berry flavour - rather muddled, with the raspberry not really dominating as one might expect, but at the same rate, allowing for more balance. A fairly sturdy pale malt underlies it all, the sourness from the nose mostly wafted off, and the soft drying earthiness plodding ahead.

The carbonation is pretty sedate, the body a sticky medium weight, and generally smooth, fruit roll-up style. It finishes well off-dry, the fruity sweetness abetted by the lingering flat pale malt, a touch of plain mustard, and little else to the contrary.

Not a bad fruit beer, and pretty hefty for a lager, but it seems lacking an extra edginess, perhaps this is a legacy of my Belgian fruit lambic indulgences. Not something I could see myself putting back in more than the one conveniently wee bottle I've procured, I'm afraid.

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A clear pinkish orange with a short lived finger of light pink foam that leaves a few polka dots for lace

S smells of sweet raspberries with a hint of ketchup, not sure If I'm just losing it but I get a hint of ketchup levels of vinegar

T sweet jammy raspberry without the ketchup, very straight forward but decent

M light bodied, a few bubbles with a fruity raspberry aftertaste

O not a whole lot of traditional beer notes in this one but it would work for a Summer swiller

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Melville's Raspberry Beer has, to no surprise, a Grenadine-like complexion. For anyone unable to read a label, the fact that this is a fruit beer will be plainly apparent off the bat. Though it might smell and taste like it, the raspberry beer has much more transparency and a brighter colour than raspberry jam (just as many bubbles and as much head too, mind you).

While the aroma has enough raspberry flavour to conjure to mind frozen yogurt or a store-bought jam, it doesn't have the decadent fruit flavour to induce salivation. It smells of real raspberries and nothing else (save maybe sugar and pectin), but the allure just isn't there.

Though it is not without many faults, Melville's Raspberry Beer at least steers clear of having the artificial and gargantuan sweet flavour of so many other fruit beers. In some regards, a more saccharine taste might have been preferred, if only to give me more to write about. As is, it's a rather tiresome and straightforward raspberry jam flavour.

Still, I'll take an unexciting fruit beer over one that's synthetically stimulating. This has a more natural honeyed sweetness, one that doesn't overstay its welcome on the palate; there's no confusing this beer with juice, much less some kind of 'cocktail'. Still, this makes a weak hot-weather quencher and there's no way it could stand up to chocolatey desserts.

During the months of June-September, I can't get enough of raspberries. Raspberry beers, however, unless we're talking lambics, is another story altogether. While I appreciate that Melville's Raspberry Beer uses real fruit juice (not from concentrate) I've had beers that offer much more vivid fruit qualities by the same means. Hardly worth consideration.

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Melville's Raspberry Beer from Innis & Gunn
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