Samuel Smith's Brewery in Tadcaster, North Yorkshire, UK. Whew! The Melbourn Bros' brewery is described as being set in a time warp where they still use manually operated brewing equipment. There are even a few photos on the back label. The label is typical of the name brand and the size of this bottle is 18.7 oz or 550 mL.
I was expecting a much pinker beer, though there was definitely a red tint to this guy. Malty with a powerful fresh strawberry aroma, quite nice. The flavors start with strawberries, tart but with a light sweetness. There are also some secondary fruity cantaloupe flavors, very juicy. I love how this is going already! A definite yeast component makes sure you don't forget that this is still a beer, adding some flavor character. The carbonation is also spot-on, making the fruit flavors jump up and down in your mouth.
Is this beer a little one-dimensional? Yep. It starts to feel a little like a soda, sugary and not diet. However, the alcohol adds just the perfect little warming reminder that this is still a beer. Great body, terrific flavors. This is one of the best fruit beers I've ever had! Definitely check it out!
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