Mandarina IPA | Saugatuck Brewing Company

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Mandarina IPAMandarina IPA

Brewed by:
Saugatuck Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Reviews: 10 | Ratings: 41
Photo of Vetbidder
3.58/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sort of a nice orange color and not very thick head. Smells of citrus juice and alcohol, slight melon. Flavors are a bit more confined compared to the nose with a citrus and alcohol mix with some caramel malt. Not much bitterness. This beer might not be very fresh as I'm not getting much depth in the flavor. Fairly lively carbonation. I'm not really loving this beer.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.79/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I purchased this bottle at Weis in Hummelstown -enjoyed chilled in a tulip.

The color is clear golden amber with thick off white head with fine bead, retention is very good with visible carbonation within. The smell is decent with mild citrus and herbal hop and light caramel with a slight oxidative quality. The feel is very good -moderately bitter with moderately high carbonation and mild sweetness with subtle alcohol in the back and light astringency.

The taste has an orange-like citrus quality in the hops with slight chalky and dry maltiness with subtle spice-like alcohol and hop bitterness with mild oxidation apparent with hint of floral hop flavor and subtle caramel malt accent with light astringency and mild alcohol as it finishes on the dry side. This is a very good IPA, just wish the orange in the mandarina popped more...Freshness may have been an issue but I would try this again on tap if available. This is a strong IPA worth trying for sure - does not drink like an 8% ale!

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Photo of woodychandler
3.8/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I am nearing the end of my Saugatuck B.C. excursion as a part of the Chez Woody Bottle Backlog eradication, but not the end of the eradication, sadly.

From the bottle: "Illustrated by @CrocodilesOutLate"; "Ale brewed with fresh mango, orange, lemon and lime."

Having Pop!ped the cap, I commenced a gentle pour since it is early & I did not feel like dealing with any potential mess. A vigorous in-glass swirl raised two-plus fingers of dense, foamy, tawny head that left a load of sticky lacing behind when it fell. Color was a slightly hazy Deep Amber/Light Copper to Copper (SRM = > 13, < 17). Nose was redolent with tropical and citrus fruit as well as underlain with caramel malt. Mouthfeel was medium. The taste was a fruit salad and I respectfully disagree with my friend, tone77, on this point. The flavors meshed together really well, but to the point that I could not distinguish one from another, despite a hint on the label! The caramel of the malt took off any bitter edge that the citrus may have contributed and made it dangerously easy to drink at 8.0% ABV. I tried rolling it around on my tongue, allowing it to warm in my mouth, but to no avail. I got a bit more of a citrus bite as a result, but nothing that I could parse as a particular fruit. Finish was semi-dry with the malt keeping all of the fruit in check. I find myself rather impressed by this brewery's offerings.

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Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tasted in a Spiegelau IPA glass from a 12 oz bottle on October 14, 2016. Ale brewed with fresh mango, orange, lemon and lime. Really dank hop flavor if you like that kind of thing. Pretty smooth for 8% abv if you can handle the dankness.

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Photo of tone77
3.43/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a bronze/orange color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of mango, oranges. Taste is resin, considerable bitterness, some light notes of citrus and mango. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a decent beer, but the flavors aren't meshing together like they should.

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Photo of Tone
3.59/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, dark copper color. 3/4 inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of alcohol, strong pungent hops, caramel malt, slight sweet malt, slight citrus, and yeast. Fits the style of an American IPA. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of pungent hops, hint of piney hops, sweet malt, caramel malt, hint of yeast, and alcohol. Overall, good appearance, but only average aroma, body, and blend.

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Photo of Chaz
3.86/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L - Pours a clear golden orange in color, topped with a medium-tan head. Looks great in the glass, as it should.

S - This is where this one shines, as the notes of fruit are abundant. Everything in the recipe is right up-front and center: Mango, lime, orange, and lemon! Beneath all of this is a more than just a touch of Mandarina Bavaria hop character.

T - Brisk and aromatic, all at once, on the first sip. Warming... unsurprisingly. The 8% is as un-subtle as the fruit profile is subtle on the tongue and palate. I'm catching much more of the hop (oily, bitter, fragrant) than I'd expected to.

In fact, aside from the HUGE blast of fruity over-the-topness on the nose, there's far less of the fruit character on the palate, and the hop bitterness is rather more assertive than the 69 IBU would suggest. It's bracing and cuts through whatever sweetness might be in its way.

To that end the finish is much more bitter than bitter-sweet, with lemon rind on the back end lingering and lingering. I like it!

F - Medium-full body, but with excellent drinkability

O - An 8% (double?) IPA infused with fruit is as far from ordinary as I get on a day-to-day drinking basis, but this one holds up to its intent of providing a pretty over the top hop and fruit experience.

Definitely worth a try and I'm glad I took the chance to grab this fresh sixer to share with friend who appreciate a bracing hop blast even more than me.

Bottled On: 070716

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Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 6/14/2016. Pours lightly hazy deep orange/amber color with a 1-2 finger dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice dense soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big tangerine, mango, peach, passion fruit, grapefruit, lemon, lime, orange peel, light pine, light caramel, toasted bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of juicy citrus/tropical hops, mango/citrus fruit, and moderate bready malt notes; with good strength. Taste of big tangerine, mango, peach, passion fruit, grapefruit, lemon, lime, orange peel, pine, light caramel, toasted bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Moderate pine/citrus peel bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of tangerine, mango, peach, passion fruit, grapefruit, lemon, lime, orange peel, pine, toasted bread, and floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a while. Very nice complexity, robustness, and balance of juicy citrus/tropical hops, mango/citrus fruit, and moderate bready malt flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance, and zero astringent hop flavors after the finish. Light-moderate dryness from bitterness, increasing through thew glass. Medium carbonation and medium-full body; with a very smooth, moderately sticky/resinous, and creamy/bready balanced mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice fruited DIPA. All around nice complexity, robustness, and balance of juicy citrus/tropical hops, mango/citrus fruit, and moderate bready malt flavors; very smooth and easy to drink for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
3.65/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Amber color with off-white head. Aroma has sweet malt and slight booze with earthy hops on top. Taste starts with caramel malt and earthy, resiny hops. Finish is quite hot with medium to high bitterness. Medium body with low carbonation. Overall it's a quite tasty DIPA. The only thing that bothers me is the alcohol intensity.

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Photo of psoriasaurus
2.5/5  rDev -30%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a deep orange. Average head - white, foamy and quickly dissipates. Teeny bit of lacing. Piney nose. Excessive pine/resin taste and booziness. Where's the Mandarin?

Overall, less than mediocre. There are many, many better American IPAs. Nothing to see here, move along.

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Mandarina IPA from Saugatuck Brewing Company
3.57 out of 5 based on 41 ratings.
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