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.

Koshihikari Echigo Beer – Echigo Beer Co. (Niigata, Japan)

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Koshihikari Echigo Beer – Echigo Beer Company, 5% ABV, 500ml, (Niigata, Japan)

from ratebeer.com:

“(Translated from the Japanese on the can) We’ve used the delicious water and Koshihikari rice that Niigata’s nature has provided and made this in a German-style decoction mash. This is a dry beer with a crisp palate and finish. ”

  • Style: (rice) Flavoured Lager
  • Taste: Crisp bite barley malt liquor sweet but smooth
  • Where I got it : BC Liquor Stores
  • How much: $5.50 – 500ml., May 2015
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: not for flavour

Visual: Pours golden orange with a sizeable foamy head, a 1mm layer of ultra fine retention, lots of spread out steady streams.

Nose: bright and sweet barley malts, trace  (lvl-3)-pungency

Attack: super crisp bite

Mid-palate: (lvl-4)-gentle sweetness, (MAIN) cereal grain, faint barley malt

Finish: liquid malt adjunct sweet finish.

Summary: I’m guessing the sweetness comes from the rice. 100% a meal beer; not a whole lot of flavour but does a good job of cleansing the palate.

Mojito Pilsner – Storm Brewing (Vancouver, BC, Canada)

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Mojito Pilsner – Storm Brewing, 5% ABV – 1L., (Vancouver, BC, Canada)

-Another one of their crazy one-off brainstorms! Who doesn’t like mojitos? Add it to beer and you’re sure to get something special. Here goes…

  • Style: (mint, lime) Flavoured Lager
  • Taste: Lime sweet malt cinnamon subtle mint soft bitter hops
  • How much: $8 – 1L, bring your own bottle (March, 2015)
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: yes

Visual: (growler fill) Pours light hazy pale orange with a small head, thin lacing, very thin ringed micro retention, not that many but steady micro streams.

Nose: fragrant lime oil, smells like fresh squeezed. Mojito indeed. (lvl-6)-pungency

Attack: a burst of lime oil, very crisp

Mid-palate: (lvl-5)-sweetness, (MAIN) lime, cinnamon, caramel malt, hopped bitterness,

Finish: soft mint, lingering soft bitter hops, gentle sweet malt finish.

Summary: Because of this beer I just had a revelation that lime peel and barley malt together brings out the “cinnamon” flavour to palate; It’s both interesting and intriguing. A very drinkable and easy-going beer, though not particularly full-bodied.

Tricycle Grapefruit Radler – Parallel 49 Brewery (Vancouver, BC, Canada)

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Tricycle Grapefruit Radler – Parallel 49 Brewery, 3.5% ABV – 355ml., (Vancouver, BC, Canada)

on the back of the can:

“The European drink of champions. Tart grapefruit juice and a crisp lager combine for a thirst-quenching summer hybrid – it’s like rocket fuel for leisure time.

Ingredients: pilsner and munich malts, vanguard hops, yeast, grapefruit juice from concentrate, citric acid, sodium benzoate.”

  • Style: Fruit Beer/Radler
  • Taste: Plain grapefruit juice lingering peel bitterness
  • How much: $12 – 6x355ml,
  • Where I got it: BC Liquor Stores
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: no

Visual: Aluminum can. Pours cloudy juice-like luminescent pinkish-peach, very fast dissipating small head, zero retention, a couple of small bubbles surfacing.

Nose: grapefruit juice, faint lager malts. (lvl-4)-pungency

Attack: juice consistency, incoming juice + sour

Mid-palate: very sour, medium tart, (MAIN) pink grapefruit juice, malt

Finish: soft bitter peel, grapefruit acidic harshness, grapefruit juice finish.

Summary: Very low carbonation, grapefruit dominates, barley takes a back seat. Since the juice was from concentrate, there’s not much complexity in the juice either. Too simple.

Pomgrenade Pilsener – Storm Brewing (Vancouver, BC, Canada)

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Pomgrenade Pilsner – Storm Brewing, 5% ABV – 1L., (Vancouver, BC, Canada)

  • Style: (Pomegranate) Flavoured Lager
  • Taste: Barley malt pomegranate bitter hopped crisp lager
  • How much: $8 – 1L, bring your own bottle (January, 2015)
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: pass

Visual: Pours clear light copper brown with a pinkish hue, quickly dissipating head, thin ringed retention, several slow steady streams.

Nose: pomegranate, minor apple, a touch of yeast, fruity sugars. (lvl-5)-pungency

Attack: crisp, incoming pomegranate fruitiness

Mid-palate: light fizzy, (lvl-5)-sweetness, (MAIN) pomegranate, barley malt, bready

Finish: mild tartness, light sour, subtle bitter soft hops w/ bite finish.

Summary: Acceptable and drinkable, but no real pronounced flavours or awesomeness. Everything is mild and tempered.

Cariboo Honey Lager – Pacific Western Brewing (Prince George, BC, Canada)

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Cariboo Honey Lager – Pacific Western Brewing, 5.5% ABV, 355ml., (Prince George, BC, Canada)

from the Cariboo.com website:

“Hey you like beer? Our Cariboo Honey Lager is A beer. The beer itself is made with the same hops and malt as our classic recipe, but we add real BC honey from the Cariboo region. Brewed for everyone who likes a drinkable beer in any form – from craft maniacs to the everyday Joe drinking on the job – we got the Honey Boo to make Winnie The Pooh say Woopty Woo.

Tasting Notes

Just a hint of honey gives this beer nice body and it will leave you tracing your glass with your finger craving more. We crafted a lager with just a hint of sweetness not an overbearing honey flavor. Paired it with all foods especially when you have the munchies because this honey doesn’t interrupt Game Time when it’s Go Time.”

  • Style: (Honey) Flavoured Lager
  • Taste: Crisp honey sweet malt barley
  • Where I got it : BC Liquor Stores
  • How much: $8/6pack – 6x355ml., October 2014
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: no, too boring

Visual: Pours clear copper brown with barely any head, a super thin layer of retention, not that many sluggish streams.

Nose: light molasses malt, a touch of fishiness. (lvl-4)-pungency

Attack: crisp, honey

Mid-palate: (lvl-5)-sweetness, fizzy mouthfeel, (MAIN) honey, malt, barley,

Finish: light yeasty, no-length, almost non-existent hops, crisp honey-sweet malt finish.

Summary: Pretty basic and drinkable, with a definite honeyed profile. Not that exciting in terms of texture, flavour or depth.

Weeping Reaper Blood Orange Helles Bock – Dead Frog Brewery (Aldergrove, BC, Canada)

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Weeping Reaper Blood Orange Helles Bock – Dead Frog Brewery, 7% ABV, 650ml., (Aldergrove, BC, Canada)

on the front left-side label:

“A haunting golden lager with an inviting hint of blood orange. A warm golden lager with a splash of citrus and slight caress of fruity hop flavour and aroma. Premium European malts and hops result in a brew that’s light in colour but not in body with a perfectly balanced finish.”

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  • Style: (Blood Orange, Helles Bock) Flavoured Lager
  • Taste: hoppy bitter pith/peel weedy rough malt
  • Where I got it : BC Liquor Stores
  • How much: $5.50 – 650ml., October 2014
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: no

Visual: There’s the grim reaper on the label, setting the mood for October. Pours light whiskey brown without much head, a thin layer of micro CO2 retention, lots of clustered active streams.

Nose: faint orange oil, hints of malty sweetness. (lvl-3)-pungency

Attack: subdued incoming bitter hops

Mid-palate: (lvl-4)-sweetness, (MAIN) blood orange bitter pith from the peel, sweet + tangy malts, weedy/dandelion

Finish: sharp bitter peel hoppy bitterness, rough finish.

Summary: Something in the mids just doesn’t sit well on the palate. The bitterness is like overly steeped lemon/lime peel. The pith bitterness + hops = gag reflex. Do not like. Doesn’t go well with a meal.