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Mandarin NectarMandarin Nectar

Brewed by:
Alpine Beer Company
California, United States

Style: Herbed / Spiced 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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Photo of brentk56
4.42/5  rDev +29.2%
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

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Photo of Ninjakillzu
4.38/5  rDev +28.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Pint Defiance tulip. The body is a clear orange with no head. The aroma consists of orange and honey. The flavors are the same, but a bit subdued. Light bodied with mild carbonation.

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Photo of surfer4life
4.09/5  rDev +19.6%
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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Photo of mmapes
4.08/5  rDev +19.3%
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!

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Photo of BeerDawgs
4.07/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L - Amber with 1 finger of head, clarity, and a little bit of lacing left on the glass

S - Honey, sugar, slightly sweet

T - Lots of citrus flavors. Tangerines, oranges, honey, wheat, mandarin. Very enjoyable

F - Medium body and carbonation

O - Another good brew from Alpine. This one a little less hoppy.

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Photo of UncleJimbo
4.05/5  rDev +18.4%
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?).

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Photo of scottoale
4/5  rDev +17%
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.

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Photo of woodychandler
4/5  rDev +17%
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.

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Photo of cpetrone84
4/5  rDev +17%
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.

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Photo of ngeunit1
4/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours an almost clear amber-orange with a finger of frothy white head. The head fades down fairly quickly leaving behind a bit of lace.

S - Aroma is a mix of sweet malts with some honey, orange zest, and some light spice. There is a touch of floral smells as well.

T - Starts off with some orange and other citrus with some floral flavors and some light honey. Through the middle, some light spice and some sweeter honey. The finish is a mix of orange peel, honey sweetness, and some sweet malts.

M - Medium-light bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth with a sweet honey finish.

D - Very drinkable. Super sessionable. On the light side but still has some good flavors and very nice balance.

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Photo of PeprSprYoFace
3.98/5  rDev +16.4%
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.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.95/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pale orange with a nice head and a decent amount of lacing as it goes down. The smell is somewhat caramelized in the background, with some orange and a bit of sweetness up front. The taste is quite sweet, with a lot of orange and honey coming through. Fairly well-balanced, and another solid fruit offering from Alpine. Highly drinkable; nice and crisp.

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Photo of tpd975
3.95/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to SeaBass for this one.

A: Pours a nice light orange hue with a nice foamy white cap. Nice retention and spotty lace.

S: Wonderful aroma of oranges, flowers, and nice sweet honey.

T: Nice floral sweetness with light orange notes. Mild spice and some bready malt.

M: Light in body, good carbonation.

D: Nice sweet summer treat.

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Photo of mabermud
3.9/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This beer was poured into a standard pint glass from a 22 recently purchased from Alpine. I am confident this brew is fairly fresh.

A - The head appears standard white, with medium bubble density and thickness. The body is clear and golden in color. The appearance is nice and clean.
S - The smell is light, citrusy, and sweet.
T - The taste is also light, citrusy, and bright. There is sweetness throughout and tanginess at the backend.
M - The mouthfeel is easy, airy, and clean.
O - This is a nice summer beer for those hot, sunny days, when you need something that will not hold you down. This beer is nicely spiced and easy to drink. My wife and her girlfriend really enjoyed this brew during the afternoon. Simple drinking here...

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Photo of Gobzilla
3.9/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: poured a yellowish orange with a half finger head that had good sticky lacing on the glass.

S: wheat like aromas with hints of mandarins and honey in the nose.

T: crisp honey-mandarin like flavors with a combination of cirtus fruits and slight bitterness at the end of a sip.

M; light to medium body with decent amount of carbonation.

D: pretty sweet for my palate and probably could not drink a whole one by myself.

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Photo of parris
3.9/5  rDev +14%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Straw yellow, with average head retention.
Some citrus on the nose, but mostly grainy malt
Tastes kind of like a fruited malt liquor. Up front is a hint of very ripe Mandarin orange followed by lingering grainy honey
Medium bodied.

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Photo of Eriktheipaman
3.88/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a clear gold with white head and just a little lacing.

The smell is faint and very sweet. Im thinking its the honey coming through.

The taste is also on the sweeter side but not overpowering at all. Slight orange and a kind of dry coriander roasted nuts on the back. A nice touch of bitterness as well.

I really dig this beer and it would be perfect for a hot summers day!

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.87/5  rDev +13.2%
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 pat61
3.83/5  rDev +12%
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 ordybill
3.83/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 OZ bomber into a pint glass. The appearance is a clear orange to golden color with a small white head. The aroma is sweet citrus. The taste is orange with some beer. A very sweet brew. An interesting take on the herb/spiced beer category.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.81/5  rDev +11.4%
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 Deuane
3.8/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Bright medium orange with a small white head that left little lacing. A very sunny appearance.

S-Light orange, a little sweetness and a bit of clove-like spice.

T-Sweet, juicy orange and a spicy zing. All of this is rather light and completely unoffensive. I like it, flavourful and tasty.

M-Medium-light and bordering on the sticky side of things. Flavour is fairly short lived.

D-Great summer brew to replace malternatives. Nice, light, bouncy and flavourful. A thirst quencher type brew.

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Photo of soze47
3.8/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled at the Alpine Brewpub as part of a flight tasting. Review is from notes, tasted on 12/31/11.

Appearance: Golden orange color. Look well carbonated.

Aroma: Not a big nose, both malty and slightly spicy and hoppy.

Taste: Starts with citrus sweetness, finishes roasty and nutty.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: Very easy to drink. Light bodied and well carbonated, this one has a good amount of complexity.

Overall: Nice beer to reach for if you want something light bodied and nice citrus and slight sweetness.

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Photo of Dope
3.79/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Best by 8/16/16

A: A nice slightly hazy amber pour. Tall frothy light tan head. Head fades pretty quickly with light tendrils of lacing.

S: Sharp, sharp sweet aroma. Honey and lots of it. Sharp orange zest. Light spices.

T: Similar to the aroma. Sweet honey backing up a nice lightly bitter orange. Coriander for sure. Light spices otherwise, especially in the finish.

M: Smooth, creamy medium body.

O: Interesting brew. It reminds me sort of like a cream ale, just spiced and sweetened with honey. Maybe a Cream/Witbier hybrid? That's somewhat close I think.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
3.76/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle, best by Aug 04, 2016. Picked this one up from the local bottle shop. "Orange Blossom Honey Ale with Orange Zest and Coriander".

Poured into a Duvel tulip snifter.

A - Pours a slightly hazed golden honey orange body. About a finger of frothy soapy white head that falls to a soapy bubbly ring. Minor scattered spotty lacing. Appears aptly carbonated. Looks good for what it is.

S - Nose is simple, but pleasant. Notes of sweetened bready malt, orange zest, fleshy juicy mandarin oranges / tart Cuties zest, with sweetness from the honey. Perhaps some faint hints at white pepper on the end which must be the coriander? A pleasant aroma, but could definitely stand to be more vibrant and intense.

T - Taste is the same: smooth & creamy, minor tart / zest from the mandarin orange, notes of caramel, toast, brown bread, bread crust, sweetened orange blossom honey. An interesting, flavorful, yet subtle beer. Sweetened malt, bread crust, and orange blossom honey seem to be the main players. I don't detect any coriander / white pepper / spice notes on the taste.

M - The feel is smooth, crisp, sweet, bready, & clean. Dry, slightly bitter / hoppy finish, definitely beckons the palate for another sip. Medium-light bodied, with good drinkability at 6.50% abv.

Overall, an interesting orange blossom honey ale, reminded me a bit of the Coronado Brewing Orange Avenue Wit that i just tried recently. Not what i was expecting at all really - definitely a unique and interesting beer; one to be contemplated. Not sure why this has such low ratings either, i suppose people are just misled because they think this is an IPA going into this??

Alpine Beer Company Mandarin Nectar -----4/5.

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