CBC Mandarina Best Bitter | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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85
very good
28 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Pennsylvania, United States
victorybeer.com

Style: English Bitter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.30%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by Oakenator on 04-06-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
28
Reviews:
7
Avg:
3.84
pDev:
10.94%
 
 
Wants:
2
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Ratings: 28 |  Reviews: 7
Photo of zeeke
2.43/5  rDev -36.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Was expecting an actual English Bitter. This beer is more akin to another west coast pale ale. Way, way too bitter, no malt character, all hops in the face, on the palate, and all over the finish. I will be so happy when American breweries learn how to make English style beers. This ain't it. If you want a low abv American style pale ale, you'll like this not-an-English bitter.

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Photo of seedyone
2.75/5  rDev -28.4%

08/04/13 On tap at Rattle n Hum. Not sure what going on here. I'm a bitter fan but this one seems to have both feet out of the box. There's fruitiness in there but I can't figure which one. Citrusy...maybe grapefruit...but shy. IMO when playing in that sandbox you've got to step up, otherwise....Lots of flavor but just not my favo' flav...gnome' sayin'.

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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of thecheapies
3.74/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Nice amber-y blood orange color. Lip of head keeps coverage, although short in height. Okay.

Pine and orange from the hops. Slightly tea-like with toasty aromas from the malts. Even a slight coffee bean aroma. Strange, but good.

English malts deliver toasted grain and a bitter coffee flavor, all the while, that Mandarina hop is pushing orange rind, pine, and herbal notes right at the forefront. Tea notes didn't translate, but there is a woody green leafiness from the hops. Great finishing bitterness. Almost earthy near the end.

Medium carbonation. Body is lighter and crisp. Picks up some added burp in the end.

Decent bitter. Really just excited about more Mandarina hop. This works, though.

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of metter98
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

On-tap at Bronx Ale House, Bronx, NY

A: The beer is slightly hazy yellow in color and has no visible carbonation. It poured with a half finger high off white head that gradually died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and a collar around the edge.
S: Moderate aromas of fruity hops and yeast are present in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and is quite fruity with hints of citrus and bitterness.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is quite sessionable as it's packed with flavors but very easy to drink.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.06/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Victory CBC Mandarina Best Bitter

LOOK: Clear deep gold, white head laces well
SMELL: Orange citrus, grainy malts
TASTE/FEEL:, Nice citrus zest, faint grapefruit, minty herb. Biscuity malts, just a hint of toffee. Solid bitterness but well balanced. More or less light bodied, smooth and crisp.
OVERALL: This is a very good session ale. Fresh, flavorful and easy drinking. If this was a regular offering I would buy six packs. Very solid.

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CBC Mandarina Best Bitter from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
3.84 out of 5 based on 28 ratings.
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