Melville's Raspberry Craft Lager

Innis & Gunn
Formerly brewed at Banks’s (Marston’s)

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


on tap


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RATINGS: 64   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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maeib's rating

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
maeib (8749) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, - JUL 12, 2013
UPDATED: OCT 5, 2014 Bottled 06/07/13. A hazy red coloured beer with a pinky hue and an off-white head. A fruity raspberry infused lager. A pretty reasonable base beer with nice fruitiness makes this very palatable. Fruity and refreshing. Nothing wrong with this. Score 3.2
Subsequent ratings scored 3.2 and 3.3. Score unaltered

sulawang (1197) - - AUG 14, 2017
Visual: (cellared for 4 years). Pours dirty reddish-brown with no head, surfacing soda-like streams with a small island, bubbles clinging to the side of the glass.

Nose: strawberry puree, jam-like (lvl-7)-pungency

Attack: crisp, raspberry fruity impression

Mid-palate: fruity-jammy-tangy raspberry juice, slightly cloying (lvl-6-sweetness), background light malt

Finish: residual malt, subtle bitter hops, palate roughness

Summary: A pretty simple beer that hardly tastes like a beer except at the finish where the hops appear. Partially authentic but mostly jammy raspberry with just a touch of tang. Drinkable, a bit better than their strawberry [C], though I don’t really like the palate rough finish.

AleRider78 (1456) - Winchester, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 26, 2017
Pours a small amount of fizzy head. Has a pinkish light amber appearance, looks like juice. Weak lacing. Aromas are mild raspberry and barley malts. Flavours are fairly mild, mainly raspberry with slight sourness. Mouthfeel is sort of fizzy tingling. Medium carbonation. A bit too sweet but still not too bad.

Nilz (523) - 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’.

JorisPPattyn (10072) - 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.

Lagerboy (2239) - 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)

s_hartshorne (2814) - 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.

Beese (3210) - 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.

Atheist_Peace (1042) - 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.

ianwelby (1525) - 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.

cmacklin (1306) - 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.

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