Mandarin Nectar | Alpine Beer Company

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Mandarin NectarMandarin Nectar

Brewed by:
Alpine Beer Company
California, United States

Style: Herb and Spice Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Fresh organic orange zest and cracked coriander complement the orange blossom honey used in this ale. Like a mountain breeze through the citrus trees. 1.060 OG 6 IBU

Added by Gusler on 03-30-2003

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Ratings: 444 |  Reviews: 134
Reviews by surfer4life:
Photo of surfer4life
4.09/5  rDev +18.9%
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.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of BEERchitect
3.81/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Having a lot of fun in the brewhouse, the brewers at Alpine embark on a floral, fruity and whimsical ale that has all the hallmarks of a great IPA... except it's not an IPA at all. Its sweet honey character carries the load and heightens the fruit and fauna remarkably well.

Even with an orange-amber pour, the light foggy ale carries a delicate and short foam cap. Bursting with succulence, the nose is bright with orange blossom, honeysuckle, citrus, honey and an overall scent of the orchard. As the honey drips on the front of the tongue, its succulent sweetness also shares light caramel, cashew and a lightly toasted malt savory character.

As the taste blooms on the middle palate, an herbal tea-like flavors pulls forth. Like southern sweet tea, a hint of lemon verbena, sassafras and lemongrass add a somber offset to the sweetness but without interfering with the delicate honey, citrus and floral flavor that's already established. Mild bitterness is restrained but with a grassy, spicy undertow.

Medium-bodied and trending crisp and fresh, the beer more and more begins resembling an American amber ale but with generous flower and honey overtone. Finishing delicate like croissant and baklava, a citrusy aura proves alluring and even seductive in the beer's waning moments.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.87/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

surprised this is getting so little love. its definitely sweet, almost artificial citrus to it, very orange forward, like the canned mandarins, or even more like orange tictacs , which is maybe a little unflattering in the beer. i can see it going both ways, on one hand sweet and artificial, but on the other hand pungent and intense and distinct, and perhaps it is all from the hops, and if so, maybe its more a critique of the varietal than it is of the beer itself. hard to say, because this one is so new to the scene. i get such true orange though that there has to be fruit in this, the bitterness of the peel and that zesty first bite thing, its tropical and true, but also very sweet, and the residual sugar is a big turnoff for me, and it really limits how much of this i want to consume. well made like all the alpine stuff, and really pretty distinct as they go, there is nothing quite like this, but its not my favorite bit of their work. somewhat belgian in here for a moment, but like a wit meets an ipa, its an odd style. if it was a bid more on the dry side it would be a lot better, but its cool as it is, deserves more credit here for sure.

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Photo of RoyalT
2.77/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance – This one is light orange in color. The head is nice and foamy but the liquid itself looks really cheap, like water with a few drops of orange food coloring in it.

Smell – There's a light, orangy hop aroma here with a little bit of pine but otherwise not much else to be had.

Taste – This one went South quick. The light orange hops turned into rotten orange peel and the flavor profile picked up a harsh medicinal quality.

Mouthfeel – This Fruit Beer is light-bodied and tangy in a bothersome way.

Sinkability – I love their Pure Hoppiness, but this tangy, medicinal effort by Alpine Beer left me cold.

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Photo of woodchipper
3.02/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a bomber "best by 04 AUG 2016". Wow, I really wanted to like this. Pours nice, medium head. Smell is horrid. Really. Taste is dialectal remnant. Just blows it for me. No hint of any of the suggested citrus. Oddly, mouth feel is pretty good. Waste of money time and glass.

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Photo of Dmann
3.25/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer was kind of a let down concitering how great the Alpine Pure Hoppiness is. It poured a golden color with little to no head that left no hint of lace down the glass. The smell was very hard to get, but it was mostly of sweet honey and a hint of orange. The flavor was average at best with a big sweet malt flavor and a good dose of honey as well. The orange flavor was quite subdued as was any hint of hops. The mouthfeel was very flat and could have used a little more carbonation. This is a pretty easy drinking, non offensive beer though(my girlfriend actually liked it and she hates all beers) but quite borring for me. Pass.

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Photo of JakerLou
3.46/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Altenor
3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of magictrokini
2.92/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours predominately gold with some orange highlights. Great citrus aroma of oranges. Some bread and grass as well. Subtle orange taste over a bready malt backbone. Tastes kind of candy-fake instead of fresh oranges. Some honey and spice, similar to a wit. Refreshing, but lacking.

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Photo of pat61
3.83/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L: Pours clear light amber with rapidly rising bubbles under a rocky light cream colored 1” foam collar that takes 3 minutes to reduce to 1/3 its original size.

S: Citrus, orange, spice and honey aromas. Alcohol is barely perceptible, malt light bread aromas, yeast esters barely detectable.

T: Tangerine orange biscuit flavors with some mild honey. Hop flavors are low, hop bitterness is medium low, sweetness is medium to medium low. Has a slight tang on the finish. More honey presence as it warms.

F: Medium light body, high carbonation, no astringency, medium finish.

O: Refreshing and drinkable but a little thin and boring.

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Photo of ehammond1
3.48/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle (2011)

Alpine Beer Company
Alpine, CA

Clear orange and golden with a very thin off-white head. This beer leaves sheets of lacing down the glass.

A very sweet, syrupy, floral, and citrusy aroma.

An authentic and juicy mandarin orange flavor along with honey sweetness. This is a sweet beer, and almost overly so. Simple and uncomplicated.

Thin to medium bodied with low carbonation.

A sweet orange and honey ale. Some might think this is too sweet, and I'm almost in that group. Alpine makes far better offerings to have this one again.

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Photo of MattyG85
4/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Cynic-ale
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
1.28/5  rDev -62.8%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Poured out a pretty light orange, a shade lighter than their ipa offerings. Aroma was horrible. Obviously something was wrong, as Alpine consistently makes some of the best smelling offerings in the world. This was obviously diacetyl, but in the most potent concentration I've ever come across (or my BA dad who also suffered from this beer's massive flaw).

Taste, could only gather one taste, and had to pour the rest out. Absolutely disgusting. I've had some D-ctyl bombs before, but this was the imperial nuclear daisy cutter of all diacetyl bombs.

I hope it was just an aberation from these guys, weird something like this would ever leave the brewery. Weird stuff, first the slight diacetyl with Emerson this summer, and then to be followed by this failure. I guess I'll stick w/ their world class ipa's from here on out (and Raven's Odin or vice versa).

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Photo of chinchill
3.33/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

On tap at the brewpub in Alpine.

Appearance: Clear amber with a small and short-lived head. No lacing.

Aroma: mild light malt with a hint of honey.

Flavor: sweet but not cloying. Light bready malts with a hint of honey.

Feel: Light body with near medium carbonation.

O: a fine honey ale

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Photo of SPRichard
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of NickyT
3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of tappangordo
3.52/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of OKbrew89
3.54/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Note: I'm rating this as an IPA because I think it's more accurate than calling it a fruit beer.
On tap. Poured into a pint glass. Well carbonated, orange-golden body with a fingernail head that has minimal retention. Aroma of citrus and floral hops. Not getting any spices and minimal fruit in the nose. Smooth body of slightly bitter hops, citrus, and some wheat before hops flash again at the end. Medium body and medium-high carbonation with no aftertastes.
I really thought this was an alright IPA, not a fruit beer. It wouldn't be something I buy again, but it is interesting. It makes me think of a hopped up Magic Hat #9.

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Photo of Reappropriated
2.75/5  rDev -20.1%

Photo of Johnny58
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of Covocali
2.57/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Not much flavor would not drink again

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Photo of mdaschaf
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of MrVonzipper
3.46/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clear amber color with a decent white head. Fair retention and lacing.

Nose is surprising weak. I was definitely looking for some orange/mandarin or honey like sweetness and I'm not getting any of that. Maybe a touch of pale malt and cold odorless orange peel.

Flavor is just like the nose. I got no mandarin. Maybe as the beer warms there is a touch of orange peel. Again there is pale malt but no distinguishing characteristics. It vaguely tastes like a lighter Fat Tire.

Mouthfeel is light bodied with med-high carbonation.

Overall it's very drinkable and not a terrible beer. There is just absolutely nothing special or distinguishing about it. I think they need to revise the recipe because they have so many other amazing beers.

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Photo of Futbolmanby
3.56/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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Mandarin Nectar from Alpine Beer Company
Beer rating: 3.44 out of 5 with 444 ratings