Mandarin Nectar | Alpine Beer Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Alpine Beer Company
California, United States
alpinebeerco.com

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
438
Reviews:
133
Avg:
3.43
pDev:
13.41%
 
 
Wants:
11
Gots:
38
For Trade:
2
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Ratings: 438 |  Reviews: 133
Photo of ConradKenney
1/5  rDev -70.8%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Photo of rodbeermunch
1.27/5  rDev -63%
look: 3.75 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Orange color, thin head. Aroma was putrid. Obvious infection.

Super concentrated diacetyl all over this one. So obvious, couldn't finish. Terrible. When I think of the biggest butterscotch meets open garbage dump beers, this one comes to mind. I have literally only drain poured .1% of all new beers I've tried, and this one fit the bill.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
1.28/5  rDev -62.7%
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 Tom-Peters
1.5/5  rDev -56.3%

Photo of tfidler
1.75/5  rDev -49%

Photo of IP-EH
2/5  rDev -41.7%

Photo of vfgccp
2.22/5  rDev -35.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Photo of bca115
2.25/5  rDev -34.4%

Photo of francisweizen
2.41/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Light orange amber, small white head with minimal lacing. aromas of chewable orange vitamins, a strange yeastiness, slight bready malts, and nearly non-existant hops. Taste is malty, with hints of honey and medicinal orange. Mouthfeel is light and ok, and drinkability is bad.

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Photo of jcalabre
2.49/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to xlperro for this brew:
Appearance: Mandarin Nectar looks remarkably like a pilsener. It has a yellow/gold color and a large, frothy, white head.
Aroma: The aroma was slightly earthy. I certainly could not detect the presence of mandarins or coriander. This was disappointing.
Flavor: A clean soft taste with a slight hint of mandarin.

This is definitely a thirst quencher, but I was expecting a bit more flavor.

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Photo of Birmz
2.5/5  rDev -27.1%

Photo of OC_Beer_Fan
2.5/5  rDev -27.1%

Photo of nrbw23
2.5/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of Dmitchsd
2.5/5  rDev -27.1%

Photo of wd40
2.5/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I was somewhat dissappointed not to smell and taste the orange zest and coriander and mountain breeze!
Not a particularly noteworthy beer. The appearence is a slightly cloudy amber color. The smell is slightly better than what I would expect from a macrolager. The taste has a little bit of honey in it which might be interesting if the rest of the beer was more solid. Because the rest of the beer is so lacking, the honey just seems like it's an attempt to hide the impurities and imperfections in the beer. The mouthfeel is pretty flat and unremarkable. Overall, I would not recommend this beer unless there was really nothing else around.

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Photo of Covocali
2.57/5  rDev -25.1%
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 Alieniloquium
2.61/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

650 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Deep orange. The color of honey, no surprise, I guess. Small white head. Thin collar.

Smell - Buckets of honey. Some citrus. Diacetyl.

Taste - Tastes like honey. Lots of honey, but not too sweet. Some citrus. And then diacetyl.

Mouthfeel - Medium body and medium carbonation.

Overall - It isn't that interesting to begin with, but the diacetyl is a deal breaker.

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Photo of pkalix
2.62/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

my first alpine beer! it kind of sucks...
like the other guy said- apricot color, not carbonated much, no head.
smells like a crappy brew.
sorry, I might just be in a piss-y mood, but this is rather bland with a funky aftertaste. why go into details? kind of novelty tasting.... harsh. very difficult to finish the entire bottle. 5 oz flight taster, sure; but never a 22oz bottle.... sorry guys... still cant wait to make the drive down to taste your good stuff...

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Photo of billshmeinke
2.67/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a mug.

Cloudy golden color with yeast at the bottom that looks kinda like some sand was dropped in there. A finger in a half white head that has good retention but not much lacing.

Basically smell like a wheat beer. Nothing really special there.

The taste is pretty similar. Light witbier flavor with hints of orange and coriander.

Light bodied with high carbonation. Pretty smooth.

Just kind of a not that great beer. I love Alpine's IPA/DIPAs, but this is the second non IPA/DIPA that I have tried by Alpine that just isn't that good.

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Photo of Reappropriated
2.75/5  rDev -19.8%

Photo of Sndvl1999
2.75/5  rDev -19.8%

Hints of orange. Flavor falls flat. Not their Alpine's best effort.

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Photo of The_Jerk
2.75/5  rDev -19.8%

Photo of cryptichead
2.75/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
2.75/5  rDev -19.8%

Photo of nanobrew
2.75/5  rDev -19.8%

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Mandarin Nectar from Alpine Beer Company
3.43 out of 5 based on 438 ratings.
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