Bright Tangerine Sparkling Ale

Virginia
United States
Bright Tangerine Sparkling Ale, Devils Backbone Brewing Co.
Judges Ratings 
1 Review
82
Aroma:
21 / 24
Flavor:
34 / 40
Appearance:
5 / 6
Mouthfeel:
7 / 10
Overall Impression:
15 / 20
Description 

Dry. Tangerine. Effervescent. These words don’t really pop in your head when you think of beer, but then again, there’s nothing quite like Bright Tangerine Sparkling Ale. This brew is low calorie, gluten removed, with a dry and bubbly finish. The kicker is we load it up with heaps of natural tangerine flavor, making it a little brighter than your average ale!

Profile

ABV: 
4.8%
IBUs: 
21
Hops: 
Amarillo
Malts: 
Pilsner, Pale Wheat, Acidulated Malt
Judges Review 
Michael McGuire's picture
Judges Rating:
82
Aroma:
21 / 24
Appearance:
5 / 6
Flavor:
34 / 40
Mouthfeel:
7 / 10
Overall Impression:
15 / 20

Bright Tangerine Sparkling Ale by Devils Backbone Brewing Co. is a blonde ale brewed with tangerines. It was judged as a Fruit Beer (BJCP sub-style 29A). It poured mostly clear and golden into the glass where it set up with a thin white quickly dissipating head. Its aroma was dominated by tangerine and a pronounced sweetness up front followed by a lesser citrus tartness, with no other secondary aromas, including basic beer notes from malts and hops, evident.  The initial and lasting flavor too was dominated by the tangerine, easily distinguished from oranges and similar citrus fruits, with hops presumably used for bittering only rather than flavor. The mouthfeel included a fuller body than found in most fruit beers, modest carbonation especially for a sparkling ale, no noticeable alcohol strength, and a fruity sweetness in the finish which bordered on cloying for lack of balance from citric tartness and/or hops.  The body and carbonation and finish detracted from an expectation of high drinkability based on the label description.  This reviewer is left to wonder how much the choice of tangerine as the dominant or sole fruit in this brew, combined with the absence of typical brewing flavors from various hops and malts, might restrict its appeal to many beer drinkers seeking more balance in their beer than was evident here.

Brewery Introduction

One might say the spark for the idea behind the brewery happened in 1992 with a visit to Cortina, Italy. Founders, Steve and Heidi Crandall were on a ski trip and were introduced to a German beer called Weihenstephan. This first real “craft” beer experience started a trend in the Crandall... Read More

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