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:
443
Reviews:
134
Avg:
3.43
pDev:
13.41%
 
 
Wants:
11
Gots:
40
For Trade:
2
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Ratings: 443 |  Reviews: 134
Photo of Beernoobie
3.42/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of buzzy
3.25/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of AmeriCanadian
3.45/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of MattyG85
4/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of krl2112
3.4/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Ciocanelu
3.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Golden color with lots of sediment. Aroma is citrusy and floral with some sweet malt in the background. Taste is really underwhelming, not much going on. Just some clean malt sweetness and a slight floral note.

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Photo of Josbor11
3.55/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of djrn2
3.15/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of ssimpson89
3.75/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Pro_Magnon
3.56/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of gspeer711
3.81/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of John_Beeryman
3.23/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of rydev24
3.62/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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 BEERchitect
3.81/5  rDev +11.1%
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 arizcards
3.68/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Picked up a bomber from Tempe Bevmo in mid-April for $7.99. Best by 04 Aug 16. Been stored in the Beer Fridge since acquisition.

Beer poured orange with a smallish white head that is barely hanging on.

Nose is malt based with hints of citrus and honey.

Taste is very easy drinking. Malts, honey, and oranges blend nicely together to form a pleasant quaff. There is enough hopping going on to keep the sweetness on an even keel.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and pretty smooth.

Overall this is not a bad beer, definitely would recommend it if you are looking for an easy drinker for inexperienced palates.

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Photo of pat61
3.83/5  rDev +11.7%
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 Tyecko
3.57/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of OmahaKF
3.12/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Smell is light citrus, orange peel, lager-like aroma, and honey. Taste is a hint of honey, very bready malt, tangerine, and a spiced note. This was sweeter than expected. I'm a big fan of their hoppy beers but not a fan of this one.

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Photo of FreshButterbeer
3/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of avalon07
3.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

L: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had an orange-ish color and a mostly clear texture. There was a small amount of foamy head that quickly dissipated. No real lacing to speak of.

S: A decent, but not great aroma of orange, malt, and some spices.

T: Tasted of a fair amount of malt, orange, honey, a little bit of coriander, a faint floral quality, a bit of pepper, and other light citrus notes. Not a lot of dynamism in the flavor here. It had the potential, but there isn't enough orange and spices to make it effective.

F: A fair amount of carbonation with a somewhat smooth finish. Light-bodied.

O: Definitely a disappointing effort from Alpine. This one is kind of misfire.

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Photo of ordybill
3.83/5  rDev +11.7%
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 EMV
2.87/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Poured from a bomber into a lagunitas mason glass.

L: Pours a clear medium golden amber color. Thin white head. Modest lacing.

S: Floral and sweet... citrus.

T/F: Taste is flowery and malty... off-honey sweetness. Herbal... too much coriander. Citrus present. Biscuity... zesty mouthfeel with good carbonation. Finish is semi-sticky and sweet.

O: Not a big fan of this beer... the flavors didn't work for me and it was hard to finish the bomber. Won't be getting it again.

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Photo of Wer34truh
4.06/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Mandarin Nectar from Alpine Beer Company
3.43 out of 5 based on 443 ratings.
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