MacTarnahan's Spine Tingler - Portland Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
85
very good

169 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 169
Reviews: 61
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 14.29%
Wants: 8
Gots: 10 | 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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3.25/5  rDev -14%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +19%

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4.5/5  rDev +19%

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4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of jsisko01
2.73/5  rDev -27.8%
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

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3/5  rDev -20.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +19%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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1/5  rDev -73.5%

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1.28/5  rDev -66.1%
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.

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3.63/5  rDev -4%
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.

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of mdaschaf
3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

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3.25/5  rDev -14%

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3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

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4.5/5  rDev +19%

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4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
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. . . .

MacTarnahan's Spine Tingler from Portland Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 169 ratings.