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MacTarnahan's Spine Tingler - Portland Brewing Company

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166 Ratings

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Ratings: 166
Reviews: 61
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 14.55%
Wants: 7
Gots: 8 | 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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Photo of Wattie
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

Wattie, Jul 17, 2013
Photo of wil19b85
4/5  rDev +5.8%

wil19b85, Jul 01, 2013
Photo of deadonhisfeet
3.94/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

deadonhisfeet, Jun 28, 2013
Photo of Carpentiere
2.5/5  rDev -33.9%

Carpentiere, May 30, 2013
Photo of mikeincharleston
3/5  rDev -20.6%

mikeincharleston, May 26, 2013
Photo of Kerrie
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Kerrie, May 23, 2013
Photo of somethingcreative
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

somethingcreative, May 17, 2013
Photo of srgj88
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

srgj88, May 14, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

FUwolfpacker, May 10, 2013
Photo of JuicesFlowing
4.29/5  rDev +13.5%
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.

JuicesFlowing, May 04, 2013
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4/5  rDev +5.8%

civicm87, Apr 21, 2013
Photo of alelover
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

alelover, Mar 26, 2013
Photo of deltatauhobbit
4.23/5  rDev +11.9%
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.

deltatauhobbit, Mar 15, 2013
Photo of constantine_272
2.23/5  rDev -41%
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.

constantine_272, Mar 10, 2013
Photo of nickfl
3.46/5  rDev -8.5%
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.

nickfl, Mar 05, 2013
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4/5  rDev +5.8%

TonyY, Mar 02, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

BamfBacon, Feb 11, 2013
Photo of schoolboy
4.21/5  rDev +11.4%
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!

schoolboy, Jan 27, 2013
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2.25/5  rDev -40.5%

Thorpe429, Jan 17, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -14%

GaryFields, Jan 17, 2013
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4/5  rDev +5.8%

StoutHunter, Jan 13, 2013
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4/5  rDev +5.8%

Peyton5410, Jan 01, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

Listers, Dec 26, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -14%

imthaschmidt, Dec 25, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

aflies, Dec 21, 2012
MacTarnahan's Spine Tingler from Portland Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 166 ratings.