MacTarnahan's Spine Tingler - Portland Brewing Company
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3.45/5 rDev -8.5%
Pours a light fizzy head of 1/2 finger, fades semi quickly typical of 8.5%, very clear straw almost watery.
Nose is typical Belgian golden malts, light fruity esters from yeast and light floral spices, hint of bubblegum, apple and pair, hint of booze.
Taste starts with light cereal grains, light belgian malts, fruity esters with apple and pair but light, hint of chewy bubblegum and hint of metallic, light warming and slight tingly booze, hint of solventy, light wheat flavors, floral spices and hint citrus. Finish is light solventy very quick finish, slightly dry, hint of malts.
Mouth is med bodied, decent carb, light warming booze.
Overall meh, interesting flavors but some bubblegum and solvent, very light and slightly watery on the taste, finish is way too quick.
05-08-2012 13:15:34 | More by jlindros
4.03/5 rDev +6.9%
Pours a bright golden color with a decent one-finger head into my glass. Very good appearance.
Sweet with clove, spicy yeast and a hint or two of citrus in the nose. Been a while since I've had this style.
Raisin, clove and apple are the actual flavors that I detect. Add those to chewy malt and you have an interesting combination.
Lingering raisin and clove. Chewy malt. The works. Nothing out of the ordinary.
I like this. It may just be the ticket that I need to get back into reviewing Belgian ales.
04-27-2012 02:37:21 | More by Brad007
3.53/5 rDev -6.4%
A little light in color, golden straw, but the nice white head makes up for it. Good retention with solid lacing as the bubbles fall. Not quite clear.
Lots of pepper spice, grape, pear and candied sugar. Very champagne-like, you can almost smell the carbonation.
Tastes like it smells. Pepper and white grape dominate with only hints of the sugar. Slight alcohol in the swallow. Pilsner malts are obvious.
A bit rough around the edges, not real smooth. The spice is aggressive bringing some heat with it. A bit tart and mostly dry in the finish.
It's a sharp beer, not subtle and that keeps the score down a bit. Not as refined as a Belgian.
04-14-2012 03:57:21 | More by RickS95
3.65/5 rDev -3.2%
Appearance: Pours a crystal clear golden; for a Belgian style, the head was not particularly impressive though it did leave a few clumps of lace scattered here and there
Smell: Golden Delicious apples, cotton candy and spicy, herbal phenols
Taste: The apple flavor jumps out, up front, though it is not as sweet as in the aroma; by mid-palate, the spicy yeast phenols add a sharp twist; after the swallow, the sweeter elements start to come through, bringing the Candi sugar impact, though the phenols remain pronounced
Mouthfeel: Medium body with prickly carbonation; warmth in the gullet
Overall: A decent stab, but I am not crazy about the cumulative effect; a bit to sharp and phenolic; the alcohol is not particularly well disguised and the sweetness didn't meld well with the rest of the flavors
Thanks, mdaschaf, for the opportunity
04-14-2012 01:48:50 | More by brentk56
4/5 rDev +6.1%
Picked up a bomber while traveling through Nebraska.
Poured a glowing golden with a huge, white, pillowy, rocky head that persisted until the beer was drained.
Smell is all about yeast with banana, clove, green apple, coriander.
Taste is bananas and cloves along with green apple, pepper, crackers and bread, and sweetness reminiscent of bubble gum.
Body is medium with a creamy mouthfeel. Well carbonated. While not transcendent this is a pretty darn good tripel.
04-09-2012 03:19:42 | More by JackieTH
3.08/5 rDev -18.3%
Perfumey Belgian-inspired tripel. Clear golden in the Affligem chalice. Decent head, champagne bubbles, and a fairly coarse carbonation. Light floral and fruity aroma.
Rather appley, in fact I immediately thought of Boone's Farm apple wine. Sugary taste with a rough cider apple bitterness. A touch of an aspirin kind of bitterness. Aftertaste is quite unpleasant with the bitter and sweet together. Not much in the way of yeast or complex flavors. On the sharp side as the sugar subsides.
From the 22 oz bottle scored at Olive Tree Market in OB, San Diego.
04-01-2012 05:13:05 | More by mactrail
3.63/5 rDev -3.7%
Pale golden beer appears nicely in my St Bernardus chalice glowing golden honeycomb body with a bright white head forming thick. Aroma has some honeysuckle floral notes, deep mango, and tropical pineapple twang going on just a big ol' mess of fruit esters. Flavor is easily a bit tart with fruit notes, mango, tangerine, pineapple notes with a nice cereal grain accent and herbal hops in the finish with a thin layer of spice and alcohol booze going on. Mouthfeel is a bit sticky at times, but not cloying a bit hot with booze heat, but not over the top. Enjoyable take on a Belgian tripel without the finesse, your classic tripel tastes easy to drink without the big alcohol it goes down easy and creeps up on you.
03-30-2012 23:05:13 | More by WVbeergeek
3.85/5 rDev +2.1%
Aroma is not strong but still inviting, fruity, malty and a little yeasty. It pours a clear solar yellow with a thick, fluffy and rather persistent white head. Rich flavor has firm pear, banana and yeasty notes with a malty underpinning and a subtle alcohol nip. Lively, fizzy flavor gets the attention of your mouth and trachea - you can feel it all the way down to your tummy. A spine tingler indeed!
03-30-2012 20:28:33 | More by Cyberkedi
4.4/5 rDev +16.7%
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
3.15/5 rDev -16.4%
This one starts out with a bang, golden hued haze, bubbly with a high fluffy head. Aroma is pretty classic, heady yeast, sweet malt, maybe too sweet...sour and tangy fruit combo and slightly earthy.
The flavor also starts out really nice, a classic balance of heady, earthy, fruity yeast that adds layers of natural and wild flavor's but the malt is simply too much, with a hot overtone that is not hidden well by the other aspects. The yeast is also not exactly as complex as some other classic Abbey's or American-Belgian's from this style.
The feel once again, starts out active and lively and then as a short time goes by, it relaxes, the head dissipates and is gone. The yeast feel dies out too fast leaving only too much malt.
gotta pass on this one because there is way too many wonderful Belgian or Belgian-style Tripels out there.
03-15-2012 22:03:26 | More by GratefulBeerGuy
4.01/5 rDev +6.4%
Golden light beer with a tiny white head. Definite Belgium Hop and Yeast bouquet which was very pleasant.
Clean and very crisp with subtle pear/peach like overtones.
The finish was just as crisp as the start.
After tasting so many of the bigger stronger Belgium this was a pleasant surprise. Its a good spring beer.
03-09-2012 01:01:45 | More by rdilauro
MacTarnahan's Spine Tingler from Portland Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 164 ratings.