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3.8/5
Very Good
176 Ratings
MacTarnahan's Spine TinglerMacTarnahan's Spine Tingler
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Portland Brewing Company
Oregon, United States
macsbeer.com

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

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 %

Added by msubulldog25 on 02-26-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
61
Ratings:
176
pDev:
14.21%
Bros Score:
4
 
 
Wants:
8
Gots:
13
Trade:
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Ratings: 176 |  Reviews: 61
Photo of beerthulhu
3.33/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Lemon coloring with a pristine clarity on the first pour. A pearl white frothy head sits a finger at best with a fair rate of retention. A semi-strong carbonation factor is quick paced within, while the lacing is moderate.

S: Aroma is weak sour lemony musky grains is all I could gather. Some bread and wheat.

T: The flavor is spicy and warm, sharp orange sweetness, lemon and musky grains and wheat. Grain sweetness mixes with a spicy booziness and offers some banana and pear notes from the yeast.

M: Strong carbonation on the mouthful that quickly turns frothy and washy on the hold lacks crispness. Body is light.

O: Overall moderate experience. Sweet, warm and spicy and starts out well enough but a bomber may over stay its welcome. I would recommend splitting a bomber to kept things fresh and interesting as towards the end the flavor gets a bit mundane. Spine tingler is ok, certainly didn’t tickle my fancy let alone my spine but in smaller portions may become more enjoyable.

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Photo of martyl1000
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

Photo of HarmonMW
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of Nerudamann
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a snifter glass.

Look - light golden in color, with slow carbonation, and about a finger's worth of foam that dissipates quickly.

Smell - interesting smell, almost smells like a barbeque salt, but at the same time has elements of a yeasty smell.

Taste - much like the smell, there's a barbeque-like essence to it, but it does taste a bit more on the yeasty side. You can somewhat taste or tell the abv. Not a lot of bite, mostly sweet and smooth.

Mouthfeel - a little bubbly, but otherwise pretty well-balanced, leaning a little on the watery side.

Overall - interesting and thought-provoking. Good-tasting and definitely worth the try.

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Photo of Cdhess
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

Photo of DovaliHops
3.62/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a crystal-clear golden color with a medium white head that disappears instantaneously. Scent is very sweet with some candied sugar and green apple aroma. A little bit of bubble gum. As the beer warms, more bubblegum pulls through. Taste is initially somewhat floral...almost like potpourri. Some earthy characteristics with melon and green apple. A bit of alcohol with bubblegum and Belgian yeast. Very crisp and fruity. Mouthfeel is light bodied and highly carbonated. Drinkability is high. Overall, definitely not one of the best tripels, but a good effort.

Had to edit because after sipping on this for quite sometime, the taste morphs from quite enjoyable...to a little less enjoyable. There is a strange lingering aftertaste. Still a tasty beer though.

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Photo of cindyjeffsmith
3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance: Clear, between amber and straw color. Nice white head with lots of bubbles.
smell: Sweet and fruity. Some creamy fullness and nice hints of spice and a pinch of sour.
taste: Fruity sweetness up front almost immediately replaced with a dry finish. Not as full of complexity and balance as the nose.
mouthfeel: Lots of carbonation.
overall: A nice enjoyable tripel.

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Photo of XenonX
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of MoreThanWine
4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a 1.25" fine velvet custard head with medium lifespan. The body is a hazy yellow between straw and golden. I'd expected a little more from the smell but it does have some tropical fruit and hints at candied sugar. The taste far exceeds the smell with fig, butterscotch, the candied sugar, and even some vanilla hints. It has a medium rich body and a medium long finish. Quite enjoyed it.

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Photo of TCgoalie
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of murraymj
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of jacobdensford
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of jlindros
3.45/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of Brad007
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of pentasyllabic
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of RickS95
3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of brentk56
3.67/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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

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Photo of JackieTH
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of bluntedboywonder
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of Archemedies
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of mactrail
3.1/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

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4.75/5  rDev +25%

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

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!

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Photo of jaidenjb
4/5  rDev +5.3%

MacTarnahan's Spine Tingler from Portland Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.8 out of 5 with 176 ratings
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