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MacTarnahan's Spine Tingler - Portland Brewing Company

MacTarnahan's Spine TinglerMacTarnahan's Spine Tingler

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BA SCORE
85
very good

162 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

(view ratings)
Ratings: 162
Reviews: 61
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 14.59%


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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JCarey

Delaware

2.78/5  rDev -26.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2014 20:12:38 | More by JCarey
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chinchill

South Carolina

3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2014 00:46:54 | More by chinchill
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msquared36

Ohio

3.48/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2014 19:03:39 | More by msquared36
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

3.74/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2013 01:15:26 | More by TheManiacalOne
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Wasatch

Utah

3.86/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2013 18:59:44 | More by Wasatch
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

3.99/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

one of the better American tripels ive had in some time. it has a hazy blonde color to it, faint caramel glows, and a half inch of white milky head. it smells like a farmhouse beer, or a wild ale, curiously yeasty for the style, and very bright and floral. I don't get the candy sugar or the light sweet malts in the nose at all, just a really intriguing yeast strain. the taste isn't nearly so far out, coming back within the conventions of the style. sweet pale and wheat malts on the front end, and a honey sweetness on the finish, without lingering any longer than necessary. the yeast isn't as fun as the nose indicated, but it does unite all elements quite well. my first beer from these guys, and I really enjoyed it. thanks to my mom for hooking it up, a nice first beer in their new home. good times.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2013 15:29:43 | More by StonedTrippin
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deadonhisfeet

Kentucky

3.94/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a Westmalle chalice. The beer pours out a slightly hazy yellow-orange color with about a half finger of fine white head that quickly dies down to a thin lacing. The nose carries some bready malt, banana-like fruity esters, and spicy clove-like phenols.

The beer is full-bodied and has a very traditional Tripel flavor. Sweet and fruity up front with malty fresh bread flavors as well as some citrus-like sweetness. Some spicy notes come in right in the wake of the opening sweetness and balance out the flavors very nicely. On the finish, you get a mild hit of bittering hops and a faint hit of alcohol that warms everything up nicely. Very well crafted Tripel.

Tripels are not my thing so I haven't had a lot of them. This one is much better than I expected it to be (I paid $2 for the bomber - an exceptional bargain). The flavors are a bit on the mild side and the spiciness, while nice, lacks the complexity that some of the better Tripels have. Still, a nicely brewed beer. Not too sweet or too spicy and just the right amount of booziness.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2013 23:29:11 | More by deadonhisfeet
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JuicesFlowing

Kansas

4.29/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2013 00:44:36 | More by JuicesFlowing
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deltatauhobbit

Maine

4.23/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy golden color, tinge of orange, decent sized bubbly head that fades super quick, no lacing on the goblet.

Smell has a nice aroma of banana and clove, fairly spicy to the nose, some bubblegum.

Taste has a nice sweet malt backing, good deal of Belgian candied sugar, banana and bubblegum have a nice presence, has a large citrus presence as well which is nice, hops are very muted with little bitterness but I'm not sad it's lacking in this beer, carbonation is very active and aggressive yet works, finishes semi-dry, alcohol is very well hidden.

Not bad for a bottle that's been discounted down to $2, I may need to pick up a few extras for the basement if there's any left.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2013 23:37:27 | More by deltatauhobbit
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constantine_272

Oregon

2.23/5  rDev -40.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

A: Extremely carbonated. Pale yellow and very clear. White slippery foam with good retention and small thing bubble texture.

S: Sweet melon and honey. Free range bacteria funk.

T: Wheat flavor up front with a lot of sweetness and some green apple. The Belgian fermentation funk follows up with a vengeance with a one-two punch with alcohol; too much for me. The green apple works, but the yeast flavor lingered way too long and didn't have anything to balance it out.

M: Tongue coating and oily. It leaves a long aftertaste with a little bit of steel flavor. Very thin in texture.

O: I like Belgian style beers but this took the style too far for my taste. This was brewed with way too much sugar and the yeast went hog wild. There is still a lot if residual sweetness as well. The over carbonation didn't sit well in my stomach either. I had high hopes for this beer, I was even in the mood for a Belgian ale, and I couldn't bring myself to like this one.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2013 05:55:00 | More by constantine_272
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nickfl

Florida

3.46/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours with one finger of loose, white foam on top of a clear, golden body. The foam settles rapidly and leaves little lace.

S - Clove and pineapple with a bit of pear.

T - Some cidery malt up front with a bit of pear flavor. Honey and clove in the middle with a transition to melon as the beer finishes. Lingering notes of honey, clove, thick malt and a touch of spicy hops.

M - A fairly thick body, moderately high carbonation, and a cloyingly sweet finish.

D - The head is sad, the aroma is kind of promising, but the flavor profile and excessive sweetness lock this in as a sub-par effort. Sadly, like many American examples of the style, it has too much malt character and way too much sweetness to be properly drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2013 06:29:34 | More by nickfl
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schoolboy

Ohio

4.21/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is tripel in the tradition of the tripels that fool you into thinking they are light. It pours a lovely light golden color, semi-translucent, with a fantastic pretty head. The head sticks with it too, like the best belgians. It keeps producing bubbles!

The taste is slightly thicker than the best of the style, but it's great. The yeasty taste is well balanced as is the sweet/tartness. Very interesting without being overly complex.

The aftertaste is similarly sweet and tart. Nowhere does it get too boozy - it would have been nice to see them make it just a tad stronger to see if it holds up, but it is extremely drinkable as it is. I will consume the entire bomber in short order.

Based on this I would have another of these and try others from this brewery (I am pretty sure this is my first MacTarnahan's).

PS - I am seeing others got bombers for $1 to $2! I would buy a large quantity for that price. I paid $6.99!

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2013 17:45:14 | More by schoolboy
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jsisko01

Michigan

2.73/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance - Pours a hazy, bright yellow color with a thin white head that leaves a nice lacing.

Smell - Has a sour funk to it.. along with citrus and coriander.

Taste - Very sweet, like sugar cane. Honey, some light spices, a sharp bitterness, and a somewhat strong alcohol bite.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with medium carbonation.

Overall - The honey is a little too strong and the alcohol bite isn't enjoyable. But maybe that's how this style of beer is supposed to be..? I don't know

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2012 05:10:51 | More by jsisko01
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Vilkes


1.28/5  rDev -66%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Bought this beer from a local bargain type supermarket. It seemed odd and out of place there. The style and Oregon brewery caught my attention.
I paid $1.54 for a 22oz bottle. I was like wow if this is good i'm coming back for all that they have.

I poured the beer into a large glass, three finger head and super sweet smell. The only thing I could think of after the first drink was steel reserve. This was horrible ghetto brew and in the right store apparently...very disappointed.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2012 00:25:23 | More by Vilkes
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ricchezza

Massachusetts

3.63/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a chalice glass. Color is somewhere between gold and sunflower. Highly carbonated; lot’s of tiny bubbles producing a nice white lingering head.

This beer is pretty close to what I expected as far as style guidelines are concerned. Taste and aroma is a balance of bitter/sweet from the pilsner malt and candi sugar. Subtle to moderate earthy hops to evenly round things out.
Though I mentioned balance, it is perhaps just a touch heavy on the candi sugar and very light on any discernable yeast character.
Faint hint of bubble-gum.
Smooth on the palate. Easily drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2012 14:29:16 | More by ricchezza
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mdaschaf

Washington

3.53/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a clear golden color with a two finger, white foamy head on top, great retention. Nice, sticky lacing clings to the glass.

S: A bit of lemon and green apple with some grainy malt. Very slight Belgian yeast aroma. A but of alcohol comes through.

T: Very light fruit ester flavors with a little bit of spice/yeast mixed in. Some light grainy/pale malt with a touch of alcohol coming through here as well.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

O: An average tripel, the alcohol coming through hurt a bit. At least it was only $1.99.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2012 01:40:08 | More by mdaschaf
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GarthDanielson

North Carolina

3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomer into a snifter, the beer is a bright, slightly hazed, corn yellow coloring with a thin, sparse, filmy white coating on the surface. Aromas of bready richness, a light and fruity sweetness, both citrus and banana, and spicings of clove, nutmeg, coriander, and pepper. Flavors are all over the palate on the initial tasting, covering every tastebud. Fruitiness turns a more tropical head, supporting the more peppery and slightly cayenne spicing that highlights it. Tangy sweet backbone also has touches of more traditional Tripels, such as caramel and old world fruits like date and fig, but overall this has an updated approach, with the spices controlling the puppet strings, so to speak. The spicy bite at the end of the palate continues to grow as you continue to drink, but never lingers behind to cause a long-standing burn. Impressive control of flavors. The carbonation level and spicing also help to keep the body light and smooth. Tangy fruit aftertaste, mostly the pineapple, banana, and melon, but again with a touch of the date and fig. The finish is clean and smooth, with only a slight buzz that lingers shortly after. Looking forward to having this accent a spicy dish in the very near future.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2012 00:32:33 | More by GarthDanielson
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Kendo

New York

4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured from the bomber into a Duvel tulip. Body is hazy golden-honey in color with a small white head on top. The occasional splotch of lacing clings to the side of the glass.

S: Definitely some barnyard funkiness going on here. Bubblegum sweetness and yeasty fruitiness, with a touch of lemony bitterness.

T: Follows the nose - modestly sweet malt and stone fruits - think apricots, ripe nectarines. Finishes with a lingering lemony bitterness that provides nice balance - in fact, it seems to become more bitter as it lingers on the palate in the aftertaste. Heat from the 8.5% ABV is felt in the belly.

M: Excellent mouthfeel - real nice Belgian-like airy-light fizziness that makes it seem lighter on the palate than it is.

O: Good stuff. Well worth the 99 cents I paid for the bomber. . . .

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2012 02:06:37 | More by Kendo
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tdm168

North Carolina

3.58/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - translucent gold with a short-lived white head

S - yeast, alcohol, some faint spice

T - fruit, alcohol, light malt, white grapes

M - warming alcohol, medium bodied, well carbonated

This is a pretty alcoholic. It's boozy. The flavor is simplistic. It's all booze with some fruity yeast notes. Ultimately, this is a simple, one-dimensional beer that I won't be having again.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2012 02:25:13 | More by tdm168
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smcolw

Massachusetts

3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Starts with a two-finger head, but it settles quickly to only rim lace. Some spots left on the glass. The color is golden with a minimal haze.

Sweet and sour nose. Some yeast bite. Some citrus rind even though I do not detect any significant hop. Light alcohol. Classic Tripel smell.

Rich, almost oily, body with a very high level of carbonation. It works. The flavor matches the smell, mildly sweet with a sour bite in the swallow. There is a small hop bite in the aftertaste. Notable alcohol warmth. No yeast in the taste.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2012 23:30:37 | More by smcolw
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BucannonXC5

California

3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22-oz. bomber into a pint glass at my house on July 30, 2012 (picked it up for $2.99 at KnB Wine Cellars in San Diego, Calif., on July 28, 2012). About two fingers of head. White, gray lacing. Light head/lacing with minimal retention.

Smelled banana, bubble gum, caramel, sweet candy, light cloves, pear and apples. Very nice.

Got a sharp taste of alcohol up front, but then went to a watery blah. Just when I thought it couldn’t get any worse, I was right. It got better with honey, caramel and pear. Really grew on me. Picked 4.0 over a 3.5.

Light body. Thin texture. Below average carbonation. Water, but long lasting finish.

Not a bad beer overall, especially for $2.99 for a bomber. I’d definitely try it again.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2012 05:24:04 | More by BucannonXC5
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CookstLiquor

British Columbia (Canada)

4.43/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2012 00:28:50 | More by CookstLiquor
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Pencible

Virginia

3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: This poured a clear light gold with moderate white head.
S: It smelled like grassy and waxy hops, with some sweet candi sugar and lemon zest and wild honey and alcohol.
T: It tasted like white wine and lemon zest, with some grassy hops and candi sugar and wild honey. It had a clean and sweet aftertaste with a little lingering sourness.
M: It was oily with lots of carbonation. Full and lively body.
D: This was an interesting tripel with good scent and unique zinfandel-esque taste. The body was nice and the finish was surprisingly mellow, so it was quite easy to drink. Not for aging, already nice fresh.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2012 19:17:24 | More by Pencible
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SouljaSaia17

Massachusetts

4.88/5  rDev +29.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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!

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2012 04:03:54 | More by SouljaSaia17
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Badssinblack

Maine

3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up at Roopers in auburn maine, 2 for $5. Unsure if this is just a promo price or old stock, but it is certainly delicious and I will be buying more!

Appearance - poured from bomber into chalice with thin maybe half finger loose head that disapated quickly, what remained was a very thin head with moderate lacing. Very crisp and clear with a light golden yellow color.
Nose - alcohol banana and cereal, no hope aroma.
Taste - yeast character dominates with notes of fruity ester/banana and very sweet. No hop character and low alcohol taste, very well balanced and on par for the style.q
Mouthfeel - average carbonation for the style, and somewhat thick/syrupy, and slightly warming.
Overall - surprised with this one, very balanced and enjoyable. Matched the style well, only real negative was the head retention.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2012 21:50:55 | More by Badssinblack
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MacTarnahan's Spine Tingler from Portland Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 162 ratings.