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MacTarnahan's Spine Tingler - Portland Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
85
very good

167 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 167
Reviews: 61
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 14.29%
Wants: 7
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Portland Brewing Company visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
Tripel |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes/Commercial Description:
The third of four in a new series of specialty beers (introduced 2009-10), available March through May.

Malts: Pilsner Malt, and Wheat
Hops: Northern Brewer, and Perle
Other: Candied Sugar
IBU: 23
ABV: 8.5 %

(Beer added by: msubulldog25 on 02-26-2010)
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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

st9647v3, Nov 11, 2014
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4/5  rDev +5.8%

lochef81, Oct 15, 2014
Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle into chalice, no bottle dating. Pours fairly crystal clear golden amber color with a 1 finger dense and fluffy white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of apricot, lemon, pear, apple, light banana, clove, pepper, herbal, grass, candi sugar, bread, light bubblegum, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast, pale malt, and earthy hop notes; with good strength. Taste of big apricot, lemon, pear, apple, light banana, clove, pepper, candi sugar, bread, herbal, grass, light bubblegum, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Good amount of earthy yeast spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of apricot, lemon, pear, apple, light banana, clove, pepper, herbal, grass, candi sugar, bread, light bubblegum, and herbal/yeast earthiness on the finish for a short bit. Fairly dry after the finish. Damn nice complexity and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, pale malt, and earthy hop flavors; with a great malt/spiciness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, crisp, and slightly bready mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent tripel! All around great complexity and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, pale malt, and earthy hop flavors; and very smooth and crisp to sip on for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

superspak, Oct 07, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

wrightst, Sep 01, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

malfunxion, Aug 28, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

Latarnik, May 23, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

KevinGordon, Mar 31, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Axnjxn, Mar 30, 2014
Photo of JCarey
2.78/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

Golden-orange, pretty clear for style but still hazy. Soft white head that doesn't stick around for long. Fruity, tannic on the nose. Tastes and feels more like a soda, especially with the carbonation. Fruity, with no lingering bitterness. Dry sweetness, no warming alcohol sensation. Would not buy again.

JCarey, Feb 25, 2014
Photo of chinchill
3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

650ml bottle served in a Belgian snifter.

Pour is hazy and golden with a good head and very good lacing.

Aroma: mildly fruity and lightly spicy with a substantial light grain base.

Flavor: moderately fruity with hints of banana and clove, and a less obvious presence of light malts.

Feel: lively but appropriate carbonation; medium body.

O: fine American version of this Belgian style.

chinchill, Feb 21, 2014
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3.48/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Golden orange color. Light lacing.

Strong smell but not over powering. Citrus is the predominant scent.

Nice smell but the taste is better. Yeast flavor is up front. A little more citrus flavor than a typical triple. Almost no spiciness.

Mouthfeel is the highlight of this beer. Good carbonation. Makes the beer feel airy.

Not the best triple, but a good beer. Especially for the price. Worthy of a spot in the rotation.

msquared36, Feb 09, 2014
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4/5  rDev +5.8%

tjsmith910, Jan 12, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

ptarmigan98, Dec 14, 2013
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4/5  rDev +5.8%

jaydoc, Dec 14, 2013
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4/5  rDev +5.8%

kdbjr1954, Dec 13, 2013
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4/5  rDev +5.8%

brauseboof, Nov 10, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Giggy, Nov 10, 2013
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3/5  rDev -20.6%

king75, Nov 01, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

Choooobee, Oct 26, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -14%

ROGUE16, Oct 06, 2013
Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.74/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color, with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains Belgian yeast, fruits, caramelized malts, some spice and some hops.

T: The taste starts out with sweet flavors of caramel, spices, apples and citrus. Then some breadiness comes in from Belgian yeast and a hearty but not too heavy malt character. There’s also a bit of an estery bite. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, it’s a solid beer but there are others in the style that I would choose first.

TheManiacalOne, Sep 23, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

kristougher, Sep 04, 2013
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3.86/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22oz. Bomber

Poured into a chalice a very nice cloudy golden yellow color, nice carbonation, with a nice one-finger fizzy white head, which leaves a nice oil slick in the middle of the glass. The nose is malty, with some nice yeast notes, slight bannana note, coriander. The taste is slightly sweet, malty, yeasty, with some nice fruit notes, and spice. Medium body. Overall a very nice brew.

Wasatch, Aug 11, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

unclekeith, Aug 05, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

jaxray8, Aug 04, 2013
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MacTarnahan's Spine Tingler from Portland Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 167 ratings.