I bought these beers for no other reason than I liked how they looked. This probably goes to highlight the importance of a good label and theme in selling beers. In any case, Jukebox have several beers along this musical theme, which all claim to be American influenced and very hoppy. Here are the first three…
Number 332 – Mélodie Sauvin
This is an American Wheat with quite an appealing aroma. It has quite an acidic tone and is very citrusy. I quite liked the taste of this – it had quite a bit of fizz and was therefore very refreshing with a strong hop aftertaste. The acidity and fruity flavour was quite sweet, which created a nice bitter-sweet balance. It’s a very good wheat beer. I’m giving it 7/11 for being good, accurate, worth the price, for drink-again-ability and recommend-ability and I would go out of my way in a heatwave for a bottle.
Number 353 – New Wave Milkshake IPA
This is another good beer.
The aroma brings out tropical fruits and is a little more bitter than the Mélodie, but it’s very appealing. To taste, this one is odd for an IPA, it has a creamy texture more akin to a malty beer – obviously coming from the ‘milkshake’ style. To me this is a good thing. I personally prefer maltier beers with a creamier texture so taking an IPA (a style that I don’t like so much) and giving it a texture that I like can only be a good thing. The tropical fruit aroma comes through a little in the flavour too giving this beer a nice balance of fruit, bitterness, hops and creaminess. An easy 7/11, for being good, accurate, worth the price, a little different, for drink-again-ability and recommend-ability and I would go out of my way for a bottle.
Number 354 – Classique
Finally, the Classique American pale ale. I don’t have any notes on this one because I was a little disappointed after having tried the Mélodie and New Wave Milkshake IPA.
There was nothing wrong with it, in fact it was a decent pale ale but just had nothing special about it. I gave it 4/11 – it’s fine, ok for the price, accurate and I may drink it again.
So Jukebox have a pretty good selection of beers so far – I will definitely be trying their Distortion, Double Distorsion and Jazz before the year ends.