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MacTarnahan's Spine Tingler - Portland Brewing Company

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MacTarnahan's Spine TinglerMacTarnahan's Spine Tingler

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164 Ratings

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Ratings: 164
Reviews: 61
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 14.59%
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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New York

3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

08-28-2014 15:20:22 | More by malfunxion
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New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

05-23-2014 21:18:04 | More by Latarnik
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North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

03-31-2014 22:18:56 | More by KevinGordon
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North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

03-30-2014 20:57:02 | More by Axnjxn
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2.78/5  rDev -26.3%

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.

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

3.8/5  rDev +0.8%

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.

02-21-2014 00:46:54 | More by chinchill
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3.48/5  rDev -7.7%

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.

02-09-2014 19:03:39 | More by msquared36
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4/5  rDev +6.1%

01-12-2014 13:06:00 | More by tjsmith910
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Manitoba (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

12-14-2013 17:48:35 | More by ptarmigan98
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4/5  rDev +6.1%

12-14-2013 04:56:58 | More by jaydoc
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4/5  rDev +6.1%

12-13-2013 20:24:10 | More by kdbjr1954
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South Carolina

4/5  rDev +6.1%

11-10-2013 02:38:36 | More by brauseboof
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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

11-10-2013 01:21:59 | More by Giggy
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3/5  rDev -20.4%

11-01-2013 17:16:24 | More by king75
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4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

10-26-2013 21:59:09 | More by Choooobee
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3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

10-06-2013 19:41:39 | More by ROGUE16
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Rhode Island

3.74/5  rDev -0.8%

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.

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

3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

09-04-2013 19:09:13 | More by kristougher
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3.86/5  rDev +2.4%

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.

08-11-2013 18:59:44 | More by Wasatch
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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

08-05-2013 15:30:26 | More by unclekeith
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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

08-04-2013 01:55:26 | More by jaxray8
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3.99/5  rDev +5.8%

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.

08-03-2013 15:29:43 | More by StonedTrippin
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4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

07-17-2013 17:20:34 | More by Wattie
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4/5  rDev +6.1%

07-01-2013 00:31:17 | More by wil19b85
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3.94/5  rDev +4.5%

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.

06-27-2013 23:29:11 | More by deadonhisfeet
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MacTarnahan's Spine Tingler from Portland Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 164 ratings.