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 baklo
3.32/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.38/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Appearance - Pours slightly hazy and golden orange in color with a white, finger width head that dissipates quickly to reveal a mostly barren surface. A few tiny spots makes up what you might call lacing.

Smell - Mild, sweet orange aroma with hints of honey.

Taste - Moderate flavor, with mild orange and honey character. Really, that's it. Maybe some bready malt that evokes a vague, distant 'honey nut Cheerios' flavor. In other words, not much to write home about.

Mouthfeel - Light-bodied. Fair carbonation. Goes down easy enough with a lightly dry finish.

Overall - Light and.... drinkable? Certainly not much flavor, but decent enough to drink. At any rate, it's a steep price to pay for what you get in return.

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Photo of RyanK252
3.43/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a Green Flash Brewing Co pint glass

A: Pours deep golden amber with a kinda fizzy off white head that quickly settles to a thin layer and leaves just a little spotty lacing.

S: Honey, floral notes, citrus zest, coriander spice, and a little light yeastiness.

T: Orange zest and coriander jump out first, big honey sweetness, floral notes, and some grainy malt. It gets a bit too sweet after a while.

M: Medium body, moderate carbonation.

O: Kinda feels like a mix of a blonde, a cream ale, and a wit. It's not terrible, but I don't think I'd go for it again.

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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 epyon396
3.57/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of stephens101
3.7/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Bright reddish orange and a thin white froth.

Much honey, caramel and even candied apple in the aroma. Wondering where this one is taking me, but...

Nice mingling of fruit and honey sweetness with an afterthought of subtle citrus hops to balance. Gum and lingering spice too. Somewhat syrupy after awhile.

Medium but very easy.

Not my cup o' tea style-wise, and even if it were, I don't think this would be the one I was looking for.

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Photo of Gotti311
3.25/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of oline73
3.25/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Mebuzzard
3.48/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of capnamerica
3.88/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TomMorris
3.94/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of zeff80
3.31/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Lorihall1
3.92/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of jribeiro025
3.22/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.74/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bomber into a shaker pint, the beer is a bright, hazy, orange gold coloring with a thin, sparse, filmy head. Aromas of sweet orange, rich honey, and hints of coriander, with an overall candy-like feel to the nose. Flavors are orange forward, tart and sweet, with a subtle honey backbone, rich and earthy. Fairly balanced between the two characteristics, with the beer itself being a candy-sweet palate as a whole. Subtle hints of grassy hops, and the coriander spice is there if you dig deep for it. Light, crisp, effervesced body, with an orange candy aftertaste. Effervesced, crisp finish. Tasty beer.

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

Photo of slipperysoup
3.88/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of NateMac13
3.03/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of jsh420
3.33/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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

2016-05-27
22oz Alpine bottle served in a large mug. Best By 31 March 17. I'll try to rate it as an herbed/spiced beer, not as a straight IPA.

Pours slightly hazy amber with lots of carbonation but not very much head. Smell is almost lagery (maybe malt liquor aroma?) in its yeastiness. There's a little undertone of citrus. Floral. Moderately muted.

Taste is moderate on the malt liquor side, but something about this beer certainly reminds me of malt liquor. There's some of the advertised spiciness, a hint of citrus.

Mouthfeel is moderately light with strong effervescence. Overall, it's not a bad beer, but not a beer I'll buy again. I'm surprised Alpine has this in their lineup, based on the other ones I've tried.

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Photo of jschott75
3.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of russpowell
3.56/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an effervescent amber with 2+ fingers. Below average head retention & lacing

S: Nectarine, canned peaches

T: Follows the nose, white grape, a little orange up front. More of the same as this warms, a little dryness, getting as much peach as citrus getting a little orange rind bitterness. Finishes with canned orange slice sweetness, hints of orange rind bitterness

MF: Medium body, moderate carbonation , okay balance

Drinks alright, but nothing special here

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Photo of ChrisTota
2.93/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

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