- My Rating: [C], I gave it a (2.9 of 5) on Ratebeer.com
Melville’s Strawberry Craft Lager – Innis & Gunn, 4.1% ABV, 275 ml., (Edinburgh, Scotland)
on the back label:
“We have captured the mouth-watering flavours of Scottish Jubilee Strawberries by blending real fruit juice with our craft-brew lager. The resulting beer is full flavoured and deliciously refreshing. Purity of flavour is so important to us we never use juice from concentrate.”
- Style: (strawberry) Fruit Beer
- Taste: Strawberry puree mixed with a simple lager
- Where I got it : Brewery Creek / 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 3.5 years). Pours reddish-brown with a micro bits of suspended strawberry sediment, no head, a half ring retention, scattered mix of spread out slow and steady loose streams.
Nose: strawberry puree, jam-like (lvl-7)-pungency
Attack: tingly-soft crisp bite, strawberry fruity sweet impression
Mid-palate: bright (lvl-5-sweetness), slightly jammy-mostly authentic strawberry, conflicting subtle hop bitterness, barley malt background
Finish: artificial sweetener-like palate roughness
Summary: Decent bright fruity flavour but its severely lacking in any strawberry tanginess. It’s okay as a casual sipper to go along with a meal or a chill beer at the beach, but it lacks any real depth beyond mixing strawberry puree into a glass of lager.