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Melville's Raspberry Beer | Innis & Gunn

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Melville's Raspberry BeerMelville's Raspberry Beer

Brewed by:
Innis & Gunn
Scotland, United Kingdom

Style: Fruit and Field Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.10%

Availability: Summer

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3.25/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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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3.41/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Pours a ruby red with a pinkish head that evaporates kinda like pop.

Sourish raspberries are the initial smell that hits the nose. Not sickly sweet though.

Initial taste from the bottle was very sweet...out of the glass it's much more balanced with a more refreshing sour finish...still raspberry sweet though. Probably couldn't have too many of these in a row before I got sick of it.

Mouthfeel is good for the abv...it's a nice light on the tongue beverage.

Overall I did like it but were I to pick out a fruit beer I would probably grab one that was less sweet. Def nice to try and if you like sweet you will probably love it.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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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3.28/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Thin-bodies and uninteresting. About as close to water as you'll find in a beer bottle.

Clear scarlett red brew under a short pink head. Looks like a soda. Everything about this beer is on the light side of things. Very subtle raspberry nose and taste. Finishes vaguely like a very light beer.

Essentially a beer cooler. Probably okay in the blazing heat if you're looking for something really easy going. You should be able to pound back a half dozen of these without any problem. Not as interesting as a raspberry gueze, for example, but probably not trying to be.

Revisited after a hot day and downed one of these nice and cold. Upgraded to decent enough patio beer.

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Melville's Raspberry Beer from Innis & Gunn
Beer rating: 3.44 out of 5 with 28 ratings