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MacTarnahan's Spine Tingler - Portland Brewing Company

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165 Ratings

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Ratings: 165
Reviews: 61
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 14.55%
Wants: 7
Gots: 7 | 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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4.88/5  rDev +29.1%

Did a sample taste of this awhile back and enjoyed it but wasnt about to pay $8 for a bomber. But my beer guy came through and I got a bottle for $3.

A: Carbonation is extreme that compliments the nice light straw color. Has a bright white 1 inch head that sticks around.

S: Has a belgian-style aroma that is complimented with banana, grassy notes and coriander. Slight hint of honey in the smell as well.

T: The taste shoots with tropical fruit, the banana flavor really shines through. A very nice triple, tastes like a saison, but without the bitterness. Lots of floral hops present.

M: Mouth feel is pleasant, very easy to drink and the carbonation really brings the flavor to the forefront.

O: I havent had many Triples at all, but if this is any indication of what to expect, I look forward to many more. This is a great beer!

07-17-2012 04:03:54 | More by SouljaSaia17
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4.75/5  rDev +25.7%

03-31-2012 05:19:06 | More by edwardkersh
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4.5/5  rDev +19%

12-15-2012 18:17:35 | More by Mtooman
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4.5/5  rDev +19%

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4.5/5  rDev +19%

09-16-2012 15:21:26 | More by WynnO
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4.5/5  rDev +19%

05-24-2012 06:16:49 | More by martyl1000
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4.5/5  rDev +19%

07-28-2012 05:07:26 | More by TubbyDullard
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4.5/5  rDev +19%

06-12-2012 23:17:41 | More by AgentMull
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4.5/5  rDev +19%

05-19-2012 22:59:33 | More by Cdhess
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New York

4.5/5  rDev +19%

07-30-2012 20:02:33 | More by OP7iK
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4.5/5  rDev +19%

03-14-2012 21:23:34 | More by Mullinger1980
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New York

4.5/5  rDev +19%

Appearance: Poured into a chalice. Gold color with quite a bit of carbonation (is it bottle conditioned?), but only about a one finger head.
Smell: To me it smells like Duvel Golden Ale a benchmark beer for the style. I am struck at the lack of head compared to Duvel which probably would have had a 3 finger head.
Taste: Quite nice, again comparing it to Duvel I would put it in a similar league. Pricewise this beer wins at $7 for 650 ml vs. $11 for 750 ml for Duvel.
Overall: Very good. I had never heard of this beer before buying it. I live in upstate NY and have never seen MacTanrahan's beer in this area (maybe I missed it?). I would definately seek it out again.

06-04-2012 01:15:25 | More by bigflatsbeerman
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4.5/5  rDev +19%

10-31-2012 20:49:25 | More by oxfordmini
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4.47/5  rDev +18.3%

Bomber poured into my large St. Feuillien goblet, Spine Tingler is a lightly hazed dark gold with a tight white head with decent last leaving foamy lace, fed by a steady stream of lazy bubbles.

Smell is very estery, overripe bananas, lychee. Love it.

Taste is also estery, the fruits but also some spiciness, just a very light hint of cereals and a whisper of alcohol, clean and tasty.

Mouthfeel is very creamy, medium-light bodied.

Drinkability is solid. I love big estery Belgians, and this one is also smooth and value priced. I think people have a negative bias towards all these Mac's specialty beers based on the low priced and the depth of flavor of their year rounders. But I've been impressed and have really enjoyed them so far, and this one is no exception. Well done!

05-03-2010 00:15:22 | More by ccrida
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British Columbia (Canada)

4.43/5  rDev +17.2%

Poured from a 650ml bottle. Featured a thin, off-white head. The colour was deep gold. Typical tripel aromas of bubblegum and tropical fruits. Great carbonation and lots of exotic rioe fruit notes on the palate. A little boozy, but a nice tangy finish. Loved it.

07-28-2012 00:28:50 | More by CookstLiquor
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South Carolina

4.4/5  rDev +16.4%

A: Poured from a bottle to a tulip glass. Had a yellow color and a clear consistency. There was a half inch of foamy, fairly long-lasting head. Not a whole lot of lacing.

S: A strong aroma of light fruit, yeast, and some malt.

T: Tasted of Belgian yeast, malt, phenols, fruit (citrus mostly), and some spices (pepper, e.g.). An excellent flavor: well-rounded, robust, easy to drink.

M: A highly carbonated beer with a prickly, lively finish. Medium-bodied.

O: One of the better examples of an American version of a Belgian-style beer. Very drinkable.

03-16-2012 13:05:01 | More by avalon07
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New Jersey

4.3/5  rDev +13.8%

Got this before it was released in nj from a brew rep, pumped to try it. Here it goes.

Wow. Brilliant looking beer. Super incredibly clear light gold color with about a fluffy 3 finger bright white head. Nose is big on banana, nuts, and clove with a touch of bubble gum. Some earthy notes are present as the beer breathes.

Wow. Damn, damn, damn good beer. Medium in body yet somehow feels fuller in the mouth due to the complexity and blending of the flavors. Drinks like one sturdy wave of flavor
over the tastebuds. Good carbonation, better than most tripels. Just enough to cut up the body without being over bearing. Classic Belgian flavors present like those present
on the nose but other unique flavors really give this beer a unique spin. Tart green apples with a touch of citrus and a more noticeable hop presence than most. In a good way
though, balances the beer so incredibly well. So incredibly clean as well.

This is an amazing tripel and I can't wait to get this on the shelves.

02-29-2012 05:04:10 | More by jtierney89
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4.29/5  rDev +13.5%

Poured into a balloon glass.

Look: Dark golden, almost orangish yellow body. Thick off white head recedes to a film, good world map lacing.

Aroma: Yeasty, sweet banana peel, malty.

Taste: Deliciosly sweet and smooth from malts, almost a bubblegum candy taste. Good amount of fruity banana comes through.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and mellow, very drinkable for 8.5%.

Overall: Quite simply, wonderfully sweet and smooth. Makes me want to explore more triples.

05-04-2013 00:44:36 | More by JuicesFlowing
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Manitoba (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

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MacTarnahan's Spine Tingler from Portland Brewing Company
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