Brau Kunst Keller: Mandarina IPA (Germany: IPA: 6.1% ABV)
Visual: Cloudy yellow gold. Large white mounded head.
Nose: Tangerine. Vanilla custard. Moderate hop character. Lemon sherbet. Touch of greenery.
Body: Moderate to high bitterness and hops. Grapefruit and pineapple. Madeira orange. Prickly. Light vanilla sweetness.
Finish: Tangerine. Bitter hops. Digestives. Tart lemon. Toffee malt touch.
Conclusion: Ok, this is a beer that earns its name, or probably more appropriately, a hop that earns its name. This is basically bracingly bitter hops, made manageable by … well, ok it is more tangerine than mandarin for the most part to my limited knowledge, but still very orange. Ok, I just did some research, apparently tangerine is a close cousin of mandarin – so that explains that. That is also backed by a set of tart fruit hop notes which works very well to make a very big, and yet balanced, IPA.
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