Mangoes on the Run Mango IPA – Innis & Gunn (Edinburgh, Scotland)

TL:DR – “Hoppyish mango fruit, not super juicy. Bitterness takes over. Just okay.”

Mangoes on the Run Mango IPA – Innis & Gunn, 5.6% ABV, 500 ml., (Edinburgh, Scotland)

  • Style: (flavoured – Mango) – IPA
  • Taste: fruityish mango malty bitter hops
  • Where I got it : BC Liquor Stores
  • How much: $3 CAD – 500 ml., July 2018
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: No
  • Recommended: nah
  • What made an impression: detectable ipa and mangoness

Visual: Oversized aluminum can. Pours clear copper orange with a half island and ringed retention, steady micro streams.

Nose: bright fruity mango-citrus hop oils, very clean. (lvl-8)-pungency

Attack: crisp, background bitter

Mid-palate: (lvl-4-sweetness), mango fruity malt, stealth prominent bitter hops

Finish: persistent bitter hop

Summary: Decent integration of tropical hops and real mango flavour. Nothing particularly special, just overall solid.

Melville’s Ginger Beer – Innis & Gunn (Edinburgh, Scotland)

Melville’s Ginger Beer – Innis & Gunn, 4.1% ABV, 275 ml., (Edinburgh, Scotland)

on the back label:

We have captured the mouth-watering flavours of natural ginger by blending real stem ginger with our craft-brew lager. The resulting beer is deep, spicy and really packs a punch! Purity of flavour is so important to us we never use juice from concentrate.”

  • Style: Ginger Beer
  • Taste: Cane sugar cloying palate rough plain ginger light-medium burn
  • Where I got it : 16th St. Liquor / W.Vancouver
  • How much: $11 CAD (after 10% off) – 275 ml. x 4, September 2013
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: nope

Visual: (cellared for 4 years). Pours copper orange with a bit of fizz and no head, very thin ring, scatter very loose slow streams.

Nose: cane sugared ginger, slight musky. (lvl-6)-pungency

Attack: soft crisp, incoming artificial sweetener like roughness

Mid-palate: ginger root, light tangy (lvl-6-sweetness), liquid cane sugar

Finish: light-medium ginger heat, ginger rooty exhale mixed with light barley malt

Summary: Not much beer in the ginger beer, mostly sugary liquid sweet cane with ginger overtones. There’s a compounding cloying artificial sweetener-like palate roughness after every sip. Average. I’ve had plenty of non-alcoholic ginger beers with more fiery punch than this.

Ecaussinnes Archiduc de Nivelles – Brasserie Scåssenes (Ecaussinnes, Belgium)

Ecaussinnes Archiduc de Nivelles – Brasserie Scåssenes (formerly Brasserie d’Ecaussinnes), 6.2% ABV, 75cl., (Ecaussinnes, Belgium)

according to, “beer flavoured with limes” (makrut limes, I suspect)

  • Style: (lime) Spice/herb/vegetable Beer
  • Taste: Barley malt liquor sweet dominant gag reflex unclean
  • Where I got it : BC Liquor stores??
  • How much: ~$9 CAD, sometime in 2016
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: no don’t do it

Visual: Composite cork with a twisty steel cap top, quality hefty bottle. Pours clear light copper brown with smallish head, thick fine-bubbled retention, lots of clustered streams.

Nose: lemon tea, thick dense syrupy liquid lager barley malt. (lvl-7)-pungency

Attack: micro-fizzy-tingly CO2 crisp

Mid-palate: malt liquor, long (lvl-6-sweetness), tangy barley malt, hints of lemon tea

Finish: slight bitter makrut lime peel, persistent malted barley, gag reflex

Summary: I’m not digging this Belgian – way to malt liquor-ish heavy and an unclean dull citrus component. Not exactly refreshing either. Not my type of beer at all. Decent quality (texture, packaging, depth) but the flavour isn’t right for me.

Ginger Beard – Wychwood Brewery (Witney, England)


Ginger Beard – Wychwood Brewery, 4.2% ABV, 500ml, (Witney, England)

printed on the back label:

“A traditionally crafted beer infused with fiery root ginger to deliver a refreshing, spicy finish with a lot of bite.”


  • Style: (ginger) flavoured ale
  • Taste: ginger syrup light mold
  • Where I got it : BC Liquor Stores
  • How much: $3.50 – 500ml., sometime in 2014
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: heck no

Visual: Pours clear beer bottle brown with minimal head, a thin layer of ringed retention, micro bubbles, lots of fast clustered streams.

Nose: bursting bright sweetened ginger beer soda, malts mixed in. (lvl-8)-pungency

Attack: ginger syrup, immediate (8/10)-lvl sweetness

Mid-palate: (MAIN) candied ginger

Finish: veggie mold exhale, light ginger throat warmth

Summary: This is like drinking ginger syrup with alcohol, not good at all. It hardly resembles a beer nor a ginger beer soda. The only redeeming feature is the authentic ginger burn at the finish.