Tuesday, 4 March 2014

Melville's Raspberry Craft Lager

Melville's Raspberry Craft Lager comes from Edinburgh, Scotland, where it is crafted by the Innis & Gunn Brewing Company. Its tiny, 275mL bottles say "Refreshingly British", and it contains a feeble 4.1% alcohol.

The Raspberry Craft Lager has a decidedly unbeerlike pinkish-red hue, topped with a white head. It's pretty clear and fairly fizzy. It has a rich, raspberry aroma; one that is more sweet than tart. The flavour is huge on raspberry, but pretty thin on beer. The underlying lager is definitely more of a flavour platform than a standalone brew. There is, however, a faint bitter twist in the finish.

Sweet and crisp, this stuff is a very refreshing summer drink, but if you're in the mood for a beer, it might not totally fit the bill. At 4.1%, this stuff could definitely stand to be a bit stronger. The label suggested pouring it over ice. I opted not to, because ice in beer freaks me out, but I bet it'd be pretty decent. I've sampled many better raspberry beers, but  I've had worse ones too.

Rating: 6.5 out of 10.

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