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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
Reviews:
131
Ratings:
425
Avg:
3.42
pDev:
24.56%
 
 
Wants:
11
Gots:
37
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Reviews: 131 | Ratings: 425
Photo of RaulMondesi
3/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Ok... Raul only tasted it because he is here (at the brewery) and on the beat - a lil 5 ounce taster and out the door. Verdict? Not OJ guilty, but kind of like Robert Blake should have been. What we have here is a clean and more pure Blue Moon.

Raul did it once and he won't do it again.

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Photo of ThePorterSorter
3.61/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks merc for sharing

The bottle pours a clear amber with negligible head. The nose is relatively neutral with a hint of orange peel, honey, and spice. The taste is a boring with a similar drabness, very malt forward, touch of spice. My major complaint is that the beer is horribly under-carbonated, syrupy, reminds me of capri sun. Underwhelming beer that I'd probably pass on in the future

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Photo of kojevergas
3.67/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Served on-draught into a 5 oz taster at Alpine's pub. Expectations were high; I love Alpine. Reviewed from notes.

A: Pours a beige floater; no real head here. Body is a clear pale yellow-copper. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Sm: Nectary hops, honey, floral hops, apricot fruit, and pale malts. A mild strength aroma.

T: Nectary hops, apricot fruit and accompanying esters, clean pale malts, and a crisp clean malted barley finish. Tasty and crisp. Very well balanced. The apricot is wonderful. A bit of honey sweetness. No yeast character or alcohol comes through.

Mf: Crisp, clean, smooth, and wet. Ideal thickness and carbonation. Complements the flavour profile very well.

Dr: Incredibly drinkable. I'd have it again. Another solid offering from Alpine. Tasty stuff for the style. I quite like it. I'd recommend it to friends.

High B

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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 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 wd40
2.5/5  rDev -26.9%
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 t420o
3.65/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Alpine mandarin nectar

old review from oct. 2011

A- semi aggressive pour produces a 1 finger off white head that recedes rather quick leaving decent lacing. Body is a deep straw/gold color. 3.5

S- smells like a wheat beer with orange creamsickle. Not much else. Slight hint of lemon zest and honey. 3.5  

T- a very interesting beer I'm nit sure I've had many like it. It's got between a wit beer and wheat beer taste with an intersting mandarin orange/orange pez taste that isn't overbearing or fake tasting. It's an excellent compliment to the beer. There is a hint of some honey in there as well. Abv is very well hidden.  3.5 

M- good viscotity and carbonation. Above average. 4

O- this would be a great beer for a warm day or anytime your desiring something light in taste and refreshing. If buy this again.  4



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Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.58/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle thanks to Bdige.

Enjoyed on 4.23.12.

A - Pours a clear, medium orange with a one finger, off-white head that fizzes down quickly.

S - Malty and candy.

T - Rye bread, candy, ripe citrus fruit, almost like rice candy.

D - Good carbonation with a light body.

O - Light, but the flavors are a bit odd.

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Photo of notchucknorris
3.2/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap at Alpine

A: Pours a dark gold color with a thin white head. Pretty clean looking.

S: Definitely getting a lot of the orange blossom here with a lot of honey sweetness. Smells a bit sweet but nothing particularly offensive here.

T: Wasn't really a huge fan of this one. A LOT of sweetness, mainly like an orange syrup kind of sweetness with a lot of honey throughout. As it warms, it develops more of a yeast flavor. I probably wouldn't go for this again.

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Photo of Murrhey
3.19/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured on-tap at Alpine Beer Company in Alpine, CA. Reviewed from notes. Paired with a pulled pork sandwich and beer battered fries.

A- Thick white head, short retention. No lacing. Crystal clear orange color.

S- Light malts and citrusy smells. Smells sweet and honeyed. Honey, orange, sugariness.

T- Light, sweet flavor. Orange, honey, light malts and sugar.

M- Heavy carbonation, thicker feel. Wet.

O- Ok beer, very sweet and thick. Probably wouldn't buy in the store if I saw it.

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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 tobelerone
3.53/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

An easy drinker but an ultimately forgettable beer from a brewery that makes some of the finest IPAs in the world. This is not one I would go back to personally, if given the choice to have Nelson, Duet, or one of the other incredible hoppy Alpine creations. Mandarin Nectar is hazy orange with a good sized white head; nice retention, minimal lacing. Aroma of mildly sweet honey and oranges, a bit of biscuity malt. Flavor follows the nose; the orange citrus character is nice but not particularly big or bitter. In fact the hoppiness in general is pretty restrained. Honey is noticed but more on the subtle side; this is not an overly sweet beer.

Medium-light bodied with carbonation just a bit on the higher side. Fairly crisp and clean in the finish and overall mouthfeel. Good summer refresher I suppose. Again this wasn’t bad by any means but not all that memorable or exceptional.

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Photo of corby112
3.75/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Draft at the brewpub.

Pours a clear, dark golden yellow color with a half finger white head that quickly settles into a thing ring. Spotty lacing left behind.

Sweet citrus aroma with subtle spiciness and pale malts. Lots of orange peel along with apricot and other light fruits countered by some zesty coriander and bready yeast.

Medium bodied with a good balance of zesty spice, citrus sweetness and bready yeast. Not overly spicy or dominant/overpowering in any area. Really well balanced with honey sweetness, orange and apricot countered by spicy pepper and coriander notes.  Not overly complex but flavorful and very quaffable.

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Photo of pmarlowe
3.1/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Tulip glass.

A: Medium gold, a finger of pure white head which dissipates rather quickly to a ring of foam. Some streaks of lacing.

S: Sugary malt, honey, floral notes, orange cream.

T: Sweet orange, pale malt, creamy sherbert, a little floral and spice. Sweetness makes this flabby and so not very refreshing.

M: Medium body and medium-high carbonation.

O: So-so. Not particularly drinkable, which would be the one redeeming feature of this style of beer. I was also expecting more "mandarin" punch. I think it's funny how average Alpine's regular offerings are.

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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 iadler
3.15/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at the brew pub.

A- Pours a translucent light gold that leaves a few thin lines of lacing.

S- Light floral hops, herbal spices, mandarine, lemon, honey and some sweet bready malt.

T- Fairly sweet with honey, bready and caramel malt, mandarine jam, candied lemon peel, herbal spices and some floral hops.

M- medium carb and light body. Finishes sweet.

O- Not a bad beer, but pretty bland and boring from a brewery I really respect. I'll be sticking with their ipas.

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Photo of ehammond1
3.48/5  rDev +1.8%
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 scottfrie
3.76/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into SN imperial pint glass.

A: Pours a light golden-amber with a thin white head that quickly faded into a fuzzy scum that left a complex network of lacing down the glass.
S: Orange blossom honey dominates along with a good dose of bready yeast and pale malt.
T: Sweet notes of pale malts and cracked grains mixed with orange zest, orange blossom honey and a bit dry biscuit-like yeast dominate but I get some coriander as well. The finish has a touch sugary sweetness and the finish is full of sweet orange.
M: Slick and drying mouthfeel, medium-light body with thin carbonation.
O: A little sweet but I was really digging the flavor. Pretty good mouthfeel and overall refreshing and easy to drink. Far from my favorite Alpine beer but not bad all around.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
1.28/5  rDev -62.6%
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 MrVonzipper
3.46/5  rDev +1.2%
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 inlimbo77
3.38/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Alpine
Mandarin Nectar
22oz Bomber
Deschutes snifter
***Thanks barfdiggs for this one and TONs of other Alpines!

A: Pours a clear orange amber color. Basically no head. Some carbonation from bottom of glass. Some lacing.

S: Very bready smells. I get faint orange/mandarin smells behind it. But not what I was expecting. You get some sweetness from I'd assume the honey.

T: You get that breadiness all around. Basically no hop profile at all in this brew. You get lots of malt, and some fruit hints. Again, some honey notes are there on the back of the tongue. Eating with sushi...not best idea.

M: Light to medium bodied brew. Doesn't really quote the mouth.

O: I hate to say it BUT this is first brew from Alpine that I don't like. Maybe it's just not my style or it's just not that great. Either way, this is a swing and miss for Alpine.

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Photo of nickd717
3.74/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber from K&L.

Awesome appearance: clear brilliant golden in color with a lasting one-finger white head and excellent lacing.

Big orange zest on the aroma with some cream soda, honey, and sweet malt.

The flavor is rather big on cream soda with sweet pale malt, honey, and lots of orange zest.

Clean and crisp on the palate yet smooth and silky with medium-light body.

This is pretty good actually after not sounding like anything too interesting. Good for the style at least.

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Photo of regspeir
3.37/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From a 22 oz. bottle courtesy of a trade with hamilton23. Poured a light orange-yellow with small one-finger head which quickly disappeared. Little lacing observed. Nose was orange, lemon and some spice (coriander and nuttiness) and some belgian-like yeast. Taste was very sweet, with oranges and honey in the forefront. There is some hint of spice in the back but this beer stays on the same theme throughout — sweet. Since I love the hoppy offerings of this brewer, I was disappointed to find not much here. I felt like it should be syrupy, but actually it has a pretty light mouthfeel. It has very little carbonation (and seems to beg for more). Alpine has so many good beers but sadly this isn't one of them. I wouldn't go out of my way for another of these.

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Photo of broken22
3.7/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Cannot believe this is my first alpine beer company review. I have had many of their beers. I'm just lucky to be living in San Diego so they are pretty close.

Okay I'll get on with it so not to make anyone feel bad for not living here. :P So this thing pours out and creates a light white head that dies away fairly fast. Once its gone only a thin ring around the edge of the glass are the only hints there ever was a head. The color matches the name. Its an orange honey color. The beer smell very sweet. I can easily smell it even when my nose isn't in the glass. The beer smells of sweet honey with a little malt. Not much more to say about the smell so I'll get right to the taste. This beer is very light on the pallet. This is very much like the description says " light and refreshing". The flavor is much lighter than the smell. The flavor really only hits me on the back end. I cannot really taste it when the beer is in my mouth. I will have to use the description of light when it comes to overall mouth feel with a very nice amount of carbonation.

Overall this is just what alpine says this beer is supposed to be. A nice summer time beer to be enjoyed in the hot days. I like it and think its a nice beer I would have with some BBQ. Actually a nice duck salad would probably work great with this beer. Since this beer much lighter on the pallet I think it would pair really well. Since we are all feeling the heat this summer pick one up if you see it appreciating on you local beer store shelf.

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Photo of Phelps
3.58/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle into tulip.

Perfectly clear pumpkin-orange. A frothy half-finger head of grayish white becomes bit of film and medium ring.

The nose: smooth and softly sweet mandarin oranges, mostly. Some spices — coriander, perhaps. There’s also a very small bit of honey, but the aroma is mostly about the orange — which is fine. It's nice.

More beery flavors show up in the flavor. The soft sweetness of oranges melds with honey and biscuits — this is a bigger, sweeter malt presence. Clean finish.

Medium pinching carbonation inside a smooth, medium-light body. Bright and snappy, yet fairly heavy and substantial for light flavors within.

Alpine Mandarin is light and drinkable, but displays great orange flavors that keep it interesting. It could be more complex, but for a summer day, it’s quenching and does the job.

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Mandarin Nectar from Alpine Beer Company
3.42 out of 5 based on 425 ratings.
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