Mandarina IPA
Highland Brewing

Mandarina IPAMandarina IPA
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IPA - American
Ranked #4,415
Ranked #24,610
3.83 | pDev: 9.4%
Highland Brewing
North Carolina, United States
Very Good
Mandarina IPAMandarina IPA
Notes: An adventure-loving and aromatic orange IPA. Brewed with German Mandarina Bavaria and Hull Melon hops, and bold, juicy oranges. Expect intense citrus and tropical notes with a crisp, bright nish from this palate-pleaser!

IBU: 35
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Franziskaner from Missouri

3.69/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Copper colored with a faintly hazy complexion. There’s a fingernail of off white around the rim and covering three quarters of the top. Light lacing. The aroma is of mandarin oranges. I’m tasting very bitter mandarin orange flavor. The mouth is moderately dense and resinous.

Jan 02, 2021
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ArchimedesSox from Georgia

3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Slightly hazy golden color, large white head, really good lacing
S: Orange, pine
T: Bitter hops, slight orange flavor
M: Light to medium, dry, crisp
O: Not as balanced as I would like, I was slightly taken aback by the dry crispness that I experienced. Interesting beer for sure.

May 03, 2020
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Singlefinpin from North Carolina

4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drinking this from a can poured into a pint glass.
Appears golden, big white foamy head.
Smells citrusy.
Taste follows the nose.
Mouth feel is medium for the style.
Overall a nice IPA that I would definitely order again.

Feb 25, 2020
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chinchill from South Carolina

3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz can with a May 2019 canning date.
Pours with an oversized, foamy white head that has good retention and that leaves ample lacing.
Slightly dank, orange and hop aroma.
The flavor is better and cleaner than the aroma suggests. Just the right amount of mandarin orange flavor to go south the hops. Near medium bitterness for the style but leaning towards the low end.

Jan 29, 2020
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donspublic from Texas

3.91/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from can into tulip, good 2 finger cream colored head, good retention and lacing. Golden in the glass, slight chill haze. Smells beautiful, like scratching the skin of a navel orange and smelling it, great orange on the nose. Mild malt sweetness on the front, some orange on the palate, somewhat one note thru the beer, finishes with a mild bitterness. This is a good casually drinking, not to adventurous on the palate, not too bitter on the finish. I just wish the nose on this would have translated to a beer with a little more personality

Jul 31, 2019
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Griffin2 from Virginia

3.81/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz can dated 5/23/19 into a Willi Becher pint glass.
L - Poured a clear amber color with a slight white head.
S - Smells of oranges.
T - Slight taste of oranges.
F - Medoim body and carbonation.
O - Another easy drinking IPA from Highland. I really enjoyed this beer. Perfect for drinking while grilling.

Jul 27, 2019
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Buckeye55 from North Carolina

3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A clear yellow pour. Finally a non-hazy IPA. Nothing against hazy, but a nice change of pace. Smells and tastes of orange/citrus. No hop bitterness till the tail end. Just short of outstanding.

May 11, 2019
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jadpsu from Georgia

3.62/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours clear and golden in color with an off-white, near 2 finger width head. I thought retention was pretty good.

Aroma: Orange peel and bread.

Taste: Some bitterness, some orange but also some grapefruit that adds tartness.
4th selection from a Highland variety pack that very little variety as each one was very close in character and substance to each other.

Dec 21, 2018
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TheSixthRing from California

3.72/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Canned 08/30/18

Appearance - Pours clear and golden in color with an off-white, near finger width head. Sub-par retention results in a thin, broken layer of suds with a thin ring encircling the edge of the glass. Lacing consists of some broken webbing and spotting.

Smell - Strong, bright orange aromas; tangerine / mandarin orange.

Taste - Follows the nose. Bright orange upfront and throughout, with a bit of orange oil coming through in the finish. Maybe some indistinct malt sweetness, but not much else.

Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied with moderate, tingly carbonation. Slick in texture. Drinks easy enough with a slightly dry finish.

Overall - Orange essence overload? Not terrible but incredibly one-dimensional, so it lacks balance. Honestly, I wouldn't be sad if I never try this again.

Nov 08, 2018
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Buck89 from Tennessee

4.09/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: a nice amber color with moderate haziness and a medium-sized white head. Some lacing in the glass.
Aroma: tangerines, oranges, tropical fruit. Faint bready malt.
Taste: as expected from the nose. Bright citrus notes with underlying floral hop bitterness and a restrained malt backbone. I like the fruity notes from the hops and not from fruit additions.
Feel: medium carbonation and body.
Overall: a nice representation. Great flavor from just the hops, which I like.

Oct 13, 2018
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Phyl21ca from Canada (QC)

3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Can: Poured an amber color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of citrusy hoppy notes with some light mandarin notes also perceptible. Taste is also mostly dominated by citrusy hoppy undertones with some mandarin notes and light bitterness. Body is about average with good carbonation. Enjoyable citrus IPA.

Sep 11, 2018
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WoodBrew from Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I got a can of this off the single shelf at my local Giant Eagle. It poured a hazy golden with white head that is not leaving much lace. The scent had hints of bitterness and mandarin. The taste had that overprimed twang with hints of orange peel mixed in. The mouthfeel was lighter in body with good carbonation. Overall its an ok beer.

Aug 12, 2018
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russdwright from North Carolina

4.01/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer has a lovely honey-like color with a nice head that quickly dissipates. While the nose has hints of citrus, the bitterness seems to overpower those citrus notes. Honestly, I get more of the bitterness associated with grapefruit than I do the sweetness associated with "fresh zesty orange". I tried it because I love New Belgium's Citradelic IPA; unfortunately, this one leaves me lacking.

Jun 09, 2018
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brentk56 from North Carolina

3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours clear amber with just a slight chill haze; the head is very thin and doesn't leave much of a trace

Smell: Orange pulp and pith

Taste: Orange flavors abound, with a floral juicy front end and a pithy middle, the flavors do a nice job lingering into the finish

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Been a while since I had a Highland beer; as I remember them, they are always solid if not exciting

Apr 28, 2018
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jettjon from Florida

3.79/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From a 12 oz can into my Sam Adams “perfect pint” glass, clear yellow color with a thick white head that fades at a fairly rapid clip down to a moderate cap and collar of clingly white lace. Nose of dry, moderately hoppy citrus in the realm of grapefruit but will close to nil sweetness. Taste delivers promised citrus hops bite however has some attenuation of sweet malt. Mouth is slightly crisp without being bubbly and is quite quenching. Enjoyable to drink. Not too hoppy but definitely in American-style IPA territory, while remaining drinkability and 5% ABV. Nice effort, would try again.

Apr 15, 2018
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Pencible from Virginia

4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew had a nice citrus scent and taste. It was not very bold, but it was not too bitter either, so it was really easy to drink. Nothing special, but enjoyable.

Dec 30, 2017
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jkrich from Florida

3.77/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a freshness dated 12 oz. can: clear, orange-honey hue with a quickly fading white head of foam.

The only disappointing part of this ale - very mild and subtle aroma of fruit.

Despite the aroma, this is a very flavorful ale of mangos, marmalade, passion fruit and yes, oranges. The hop profile is perfect with not a hint of undesirable bitterness that often plagues some IPAs. The citrus is indeed a "palate-pleaser" as the can states.

The ale has a very smooth mouthfeel and enough carbonation to keep it refreshing. The lingering semisweet tropical fruit/malt profile lingers on the palate.

I am very pleased with this one and only regret that I have not tried it before. I have yet to be disappointed with this brewery.

Oct 01, 2017
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Gavage from Nevada

3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: orange with a 2" head that slowly recedes.

Smell: mild orange aroma.

Taste: caramel, oranges, mango, and a hint of woody / pine late.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Crisp throughout. Refreshing.

Overall: an easy to drink IPA, a definite change up for the brewery from its older staple offerings.

Aug 29, 2017
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Retroman40 from Florida

3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured out an orange-amber color with a very creamy and persistent head. The smell and taste were fruit with some malt with a strong presence of orange and other citrus. Very sweet. Very smooth mouthfeel and a good carbonation level. With its moderate alcohol content this could be a great hot weather beer for hanging by the pool or grilling.

Aug 17, 2017
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metter98 from New York

3.71/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is hazy yellowish orange in color. It poured with a large patch of white bubbles on the surface and a narrow collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of orange and tangerine hops are present in the nose along with hints of honeydew melons.
T: The taste follows the smell and starts off with citrusy flavors of oranges and tangerines and finishes with light hints of melon. Only faint amounts of bitterness are perceptible.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and slightly crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer has an interesting mix of aromas and flavors from the hop varieties but is hardly bitter unlike most IPAs.

Serving type: can

Jul 29, 2017
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SmokySignals from North Carolina

4.64/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured 12 oz. bottle (filled on 5/17) into pub glass

A little darker gold than a pilsner, with a quick pale white head dissipating to thin film and ring. Fractions of lacing around glass.

Fresh citrus aromas from German Mandarina Bavaria and Melon Hull hops and actual American oranges - it's great for summer. Malty aromas follow along.

Taste follows suit, with a nice zest and brightness. Crisp, to say the least. Clean, fizzy delight and a perfect intro to the IPA style. At 5% abv, it's perfectly slammable for some hot weather activity. Not a malty beer by far, but doesn't claim to is who we thought it was...a really great orangey ipa!

Jul 01, 2017
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ordybill from Georgia

3.87/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the tap into a 20 OZ mug at the Taco Mac in Atlanta. The appearance is a nearly clear gold color with a medium sized white head. The aroma is full of oranges and some pine. The taste is slightly on the bitter citrus side.

Jun 01, 2017
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PASTOR_at_DAChurch_of_IPA from South Carolina

4.42/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've tried quite a number of tangerine IPA and grapefruit IPA and always enjoy them, especially as sessions, on really hot days, and when out on the water. Mandarina has a very different taste than the tangerine IPA; it is brewed with orange. The artwork on the can is pretty cool. It could stand to be a bit more carbonated and more bitter, but the aroma is intoxicating and the body light and crisp. Most citrus IPA are too sweet, Mandarina isn't. This beer is an excellent choice for an active day in the summer, if your wallet can afford it. It also makes for a great breakfast. This beer also hails from Asheville NC, which is dope

Mar 17, 2017
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BEERchitect from Kentucky

4.04/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

In capturing all the glory of orange flavor in IPA, the Highland team embark upon the entire fruit- juice, pulp, pith and peel all represent well in a dry, crisp and clean ale with a serious hop bite.

Madarina IPA's unassuming pale gold pour crowns with a creamy froth with no indication of the bitterness within. But on pass of the nose and the senses come alive as those mandarin orange, lemon, melon, herb and grassy scents flood the nose. Light caramel and a modest stream of honey coat the tip of the tongue with a malty, savory and lightly toasted taste that buffers against the hops that are gaining steam.

As the sweetness fade on the middle palate, the hops take firm control, stemming from its perfumy scent and translating to a perfumy orange taste. Coriander, orange peel, orange juices and orange pith all seem to be of the heavy pulp variety as the influence of all things tangerine, mandarin and blood orange take center stage. Pithy bitterness and the grassiness of a fresh mowed lawn couples with that of lemon verbena for an herbal, cedar and sassafras-like bite.

Medium light on the palate, the IPA dries out wonderfully to allow for utmost refreshment and drinkability. But those orange peel and pith pectins and bitternesses challenge the tastebuds the deeper and longer that the ale permeates the late palate. A long, herbal and bitter aftertaste trails into those heavy perfume flavors.

Mar 17, 2017
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Billolick from New York

3.69/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz can..."filed 2/4/17" on the bottom

Lighter Amber, minor haze, slight off white head, leaving quickly and leaving just a few strands and bits of lacing.

Mild nose of tangerin/orange pith

Light and easy drinking ale, not sure why they call it an IPA cuz, it's pretty light on hop presence....pleasant enough....would work on a hot day/on the beach/on a boat...decent beer in a can...can't go too wrong

Mar 14, 2017
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