Melville’s Raspberry Craft Lager

Innis & Gunn
Brewed at Banks’s (Marston’s)

Style: Fruit Beer
Edinburgh, Scotland
Serve in Flute, Shaker


on tap


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RATINGS: 63   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.86/5   EST. CALORIES: 123   ABV: 4.1%
We have captured the mouth-watering summer flavours of Glen Ample raspberries by cold pressing the berries to extract their juice. Cold pressing takes time, but it preserves the sweet, vibrant flavours of freshly picked strawberries and makes juice that is far superior to mass produced cocentrates. We then blend this juice with a special beer brewed only with British malt, hops, yeast and water.

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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Nilz (507) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - MAY 19, 2015
Pinky ruddy colour with a thin head. Strong raspberry aroma though somewhat dry. Taste, sweetish raspberry, honey, some bitter finish and a little sour note. Pleasant if a little ’pop-like’.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
JorisPPattyn (9713) - Ursel, BELGIUM - NOV 23, 2014
Thick, dense pink head over pinkish to terracotta beer, well- but lazily carbonated. Raspberry jam, caramel, frying oil, currant leaf. Initially somewhat bitterish raspberry/fruity flavour, ending in sweeter raspberry jam. Light MF, feels well-carbonated, finish has some syrupy slickness. Not bad, but the Glen Ample blurb fails to convince me. More’s the pity.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Lagerboy (2080) - British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 1, 2014
275 ml bottle @ the Voyager Bistro. Clear lighter berry red, fine fading pink foam. Pleasant pungent raspberry fruity aroma. Sweet berry fruity taste, verging on cloying, faint trace of malt and not much else. Average carbonation, light bodied, no hopped. Nice enough desert beverage. MLF (More Lagerboy Friendly)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
s_hartshorne (2714) - wakefield, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - JUN 19, 2014
Bottle quality save. Aroma is raspberry. Hazy red colour halo white head. Taste is sweet raspberry jam some malts and ok tart bitter finish. Medium body. Decent.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Beese (2570) - Watford, Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - JUN 18, 2014
Bottle from Tesco. Poured a bright pink, with a light pink head that rapidly dissipated like a soda. Aroma of raspberry syrup, some candy sugar and straw in there. Flavours were dominated by similar fake raspberries. I didn’t find this to be totally undrinkable, but only because I quite like raspberry flavour.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
Atheist_Peace (981) - Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA - JUN 4, 2014
Hazy dark pink pour with a fairly minimal head that leaves a ring of lace after mere seconds. Smells like raspberry concentrate with just the barest hint of beer underneath. Moderately sweet palate with a nice texture but that’s about the best part of this beer. It tastes mostly like raspberries, more fresh than the concentrate on the nose but there’s really nothing else going on here.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ianwelby (1245) - SCOTLAND - MAY 30, 2014
Pink, slightly hazy beer with a thin, filmy head. As you’d expect, raspberry is the main aroma and flavour but it’s balanced a lot better than these beers often are. It’s not sugary and sickly and beneath the raspberry flavour it does still taste like beer. Not something I’d want a lot of but the odd one on a sunny day would do nicely.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
cmacklin (1011) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 25, 2014
275 ml bottle. Pours a clear pale red with a small, short lived pink head. Strong, sweet raspberry aroma. Sweet flavour of sugary raspberry. Light body with a sticky, watery texture and soft carbonation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Philym (1003) - St Neots, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - MAY 14, 2014
Appearance: Clear red/pink with pinky 2 finger thick head. Aroma: Raspberry, biscuit, pepper, grassy. Taste: Medium bitterness with low/medium sweet and sourness. Palate: Thick coarse texture, light body, average carbonation, abrupt raspberry, and then bitter finish. Comments: Tasty enough and refreshing, with a glass lace.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
Reimer96 (1743) - Alberta, CANADA - APR 27, 2014
Pours a clear pinkish color with a fizzy white head. Aroma of raspberries and sweet sugar. Taste is much of the same and and like the strawberry one except the raspberries are more natural tasting rather than a concentrate bit the sweetness still dominates any beer characteristics.

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