MacTarnahan's Spine Tingler | Portland Brewing Company

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MacTarnahan's Spine TinglerMacTarnahan's Spine Tingler

Brewed by:
Portland Brewing Company
Oregon, United States

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.

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Ratings: 176 |  Reviews: 61
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

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4.21/5  rDev +10.8%
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!

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2.25/5  rDev -40.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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2.74/5  rDev -27.9%
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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1/5  rDev -73.7%

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