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Mandarin Nectar - Alpine Beer Company

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Ratings: 237
Reviews: 91
rAvg: 3.41
pDev: 14.37%
Wants: 9
Gots: 11 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Alpine Beer Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Herbed / Spiced Beer |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
A Honey Ale with natural orange flavor. Spices used in a Belgian Wit beer, coriander and orange zest, complement the orange blossom honey used in this ale.
Draft & 22oz bottles.

(Beer added by: Gusler on 03-30-2003)
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5/5  rDev +46.6%

gordonbeersch, Nov 15, 2011
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5/5  rDev +46.6%

imyourhero21, Dec 07, 2011
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5/5  rDev +46.6%

Amyliz4, Nov 19, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +32%

Fettpopps, Mar 16, 2014
Photo of brentk56
4.43/5  rDev +29.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Arrives at the bar with a slightly hazy golden body and a white head that leaves good lacing

Smell: Just as advertised, it smells like mandarin orange perfume

Taste: Mandarin orange floral flavor with a smooth finish

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Awesome combinatino of flavor and quaffability; with the orange flavor, you could drink this stuff for breakfast and be happy the whole day

brentk56, Apr 02, 2006
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4.25/5  rDev +24.6%

kborning, Jun 22, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +24.6%

meangreenc, Jul 22, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +24.6%

Soto, Dec 25, 2013
Photo of mmapes
4.13/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours golden orange-yellow (or is that the power of suggestion talking)? Grainy, sweet high note on the finish but not overall too sweet. Long finish, particularly the orange and honey. Honey is noticeable; orange not so much. Long finish is like orange cream. Good!

mmapes, Oct 06, 2012
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4.1/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass from a 22oz bomber.

A - Pours a dark effervescent orange with a very small head.

S - Smells like a pale ale, some hoppiness to it. I can get some of the orange and I do get honey in the end. Spices include coriander, cinnamon and cloves.

T - Sweet, much sweeter than I expected from the nose. The start is some hops but is quickly overwhelmed by the honey. Orange is there but not overbearing. This is well balanced.

M - Creamy, medium body with medium to high carbonation. Nice warming and makes the mouth feel crisp and clean.

D - Very much so, I might have to for a growled next.

surfer4life, Apr 02, 2009
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4.05/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle, capped.

This ale poured a slightly hazy, light amber color with tall, fluffy, off-white foam that persisted. There was a strong carbonation from the bottom of the glass. The smell was a strong mandarin orange aroma with some malt. The taste was dominated by orange flavor, but there was also a good maltiness. It reminded me of an orange milkshake. The mouthfeel was smooth and creamy with medium body and strong carbonation. Fruity orange and malty flavors gave this a nice feel. This was a very enjoyable beer, and seems to have held up well stored at room temperature (perhaps it actually improved with age?).

UncleJimbo, Jan 16, 2007
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4.03/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is a very tasty beer from alpine. I could see drinking this after a hard days work and drinking the whole bomber and maybe even 2 if I didn't feel like drinking something else (which is rare)

Pours a clear golden. Nice white head formed but it's just a tiny ring now. No lacing. Very clear.

Aroma is a little like mandarins. Mostly honey malt. Smells a little bready too.

Dang. This is a good light beer. I could see drinkin this with buddies at a pub and drinking a couple pitchers because it goes down so easy. You can taste a little honey, citrus and a nice malt. Very tasty.

Mouthfeel is great. High carb like a light beer should.

Man I wish I could get more alpine brews closer to me. I could drink a pitcher of this at the bar easily.

PeprSprYoFace, Mar 19, 2010
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4/5  rDev +17.3%

TheRealDBCooper, Nov 16, 2011
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4/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz. brown bomber with large a single 2/3 wrap label and no freshness date or bottling code visable.

It pours a bright orange-gold in color with an off-white two-finger head that dissipates rather quickly. Good carbonation and just the slightest bit of sedimentary haze. Looks inviting.

Malty and sweet to the nose, a floral note of honeysuckle sweeps through at the end. Light spiciness as well. It has a bit of a macro malt- liquor smell to it, in it's sweetness.

Nice fruit/malt intro with the orange and coriander pulling through to the mid. Honey and a floral sweetness come in and give a honeysuckle nectar taste, then winds down to a crisp, clean finish with a trace of spice in the aftertaste on the tongue. Good Summertime thirst quencher here. The alcohol is not noticed in the taste or smell, but does come through a little warming towards the end.

Light to medium in body, interesting flavor, easy as pie to drink...a good solid offering from a great little brewery, get some.

scottoale, Feb 13, 2009
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4/5  rDev +17.3%

BrianTheBrewer30, Nov 14, 2011
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4/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My pour created two fingers' worth of rocky, eggshell-white head with nice retention. Color was deep gold with NE-quality clarity. Nose was both orange-citrusy and lightly spicy, like black pepper. Mouthfeel was medium with a light orange zest on the tongue. The label mentioned honey, but I missed out on that. The finish was dry with the peppery/coriander presence that I noted on the nose. Yum.

woodychandler, Jun 23, 2010
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4/5  rDev +17.3%

jaeone, Jul 09, 2014
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4/5  rDev +17.3%

djaeon, Jan 22, 2012
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4/5  rDev +17.3%

HIBC, Jan 17, 2013
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4/5  rDev +17.3%

mjr2377, Nov 17, 2011
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4/5  rDev +17.3%

Nightrain87, Sep 20, 2014
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4/5  rDev +17.3%

ProfessorX, Apr 03, 2012
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4/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pour is transparent golden orange with a creamy white head and some large bubbles. Nose is heavy pilsner grain, lightly toasted, with light notes of citric orange and a honey tinge underneath. Taste is more balanced, the honey gives it a creamy body and adds gently to the toasted grain. Also some caramel malt notes, sweet but well attenuated, with citrus notes and a bit of herbal hops. Very interesting beer, nicely balanced and well done.

cpetrone84, Oct 09, 2012
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4/5  rDev +17.3%

BrewtifulMind, Nov 15, 2011
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Mandarin Nectar from Alpine Beer Company
78 out of 100 based on 237 ratings.