Mandarina IPA

North Carolina
United States
Mandarina IPA, Highland Brewing Co
Judges Ratings 
1 Review
90
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
37 / 40
Appearance:
5 / 6
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20
Description 

Real oranges and citrusy hops blossom in this stunningly bright IPA.

Profile

ABV: 
5.0%
IBUs: 
40
Served at: 
45 - 50º
Hops: 
Mandarina Bavaria, Bravo, Cascade, Centennial
Malts: 
Two Row, Caramel 40, Vienna, Flaked Oats
Judges Review 
Dan Martich's picture
Judges Rating:
90
Aroma:
22 / 24
Appearance:
5 / 6
Flavor:
37 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

Mandarina IPA by Highland Brewing Co. is being evaluated as a Fruit Beer  (Category 29A) from the 2015 BJCP guidelines with a base style of American IPA.

This beer poured golden yellow with a foamy thick white head that disappeared slightly quicker than expected. The clarity was brilliant allowing you to see its effervescent nature.

A low papery aroma note gave way to a light vanilla and orange character that becomes sweet and slightly overripe. The vanilla note intersects again and becomes sherbet-like. There’s a hint of orange creamsicle aroma that seems interesting and awoke the senses. A low malty aroma of biscuit in nature became more apparent as the beer warmed up in the glass.    

The flavor brought forth a moderate amount of mandarin orange flavor with a balanced grainy malt character. The hops are citrusy and not aggressive. Fruity and refreshing, the finish is very dry with a citrus rind aftertaste, not juicy.

The body is medium-light with a moderately high amount of carbonation. No warmth here, but the creaminess is light and pleasant. No astringency noted.

Overall, Mandarina IPA is a refreshing beer with a balanced citrus note that makes it perfect for food pairings.  A summer salad of fresh lettuce, berries, cucumber, sweet tomatoes and light creamy cheese would do well. You may want to keep the salad dressing light as to not overpower the delicate mandarin orange notes in this beer.

Brewery Introduction

Highland Brewing was founded in 1994 by retired engineer and entrepreneur Oscar Wong, establishing it as the pioneer of Asheville, NC’s now booming craft beer industry. With a portfolio that is equal parts established and inventive, Highland is known for consistently excellent beer. Proudly... Read More

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