Dreaming of tangerines — Respect the fruit

In the waning weeks of summer, I'm sipping beers that include fruits, berries and other unusual adjuncts. This week, we'll explore beers with tangerine flavors. Many citrus fruits are surprisingly natural additions to beers, because they contain chemicals that echo the flavors of popular hop varieties. Tangerines are no exception to this rule. In fact, this particular variety of citrus fruit contains a unique and varied mixture of essential oils, many of which are also found in hops. In addition to many others, your average tangerine contains: alpha-pinene (piney, herbal flavors), myrcene, citronellal (lemony, citrus flavors), thymol (herbal thyme flavors), and more! Happy sipping, loyal readers!


Long Trail Citrus Limbo IPA

Format Sampled: 12 oz. capped bottled

ABV: 7.6%
Availability: Purchased at RSVP

Tasting Notes: Pours a rich amber with a thin, off-white head. Aroma has citrus peel, and the warm scent of fresh baked bread. The initial flavor features the deep, complex flavors of hops. They are rich, smooth and deeply herbal — not sharp, almost as if they were stewed and mellowed over time. The citrus evolves naturally from the hop flavors, a rich, spicy, honeyed, almost oily flavor. As the citrus fades, a broad foundation of bitterness is evident, playing nicely with the smooth, sweet malt backbone. The body is moderate, tending towards syrupy. In combination with the heavy flavor impact, this beer merits some respect, contemplation and consideration. Delightful!


New Belgium Citradelic Tangerine IPA

Format Sampled: 12 oz. capped bottle

ABV: 6.0%
Availability: Purchased at RSVP

Tasting Notes: Pours a rich gold, with a moderate off-white head. Aroma is redolent of spicy hops, and potent, oily citrus peel. The initial flavor marries the sharp astringency of a tangerine peel with the mellow, juicy sweetness of the fruit. Bitter hops, with plenty of citrus character themselves, brace the juicy flavor and give it depth and complexity. The sweet fruit flavor continues to evolve, becoming more and more mouthwatering as it develops. The aggressive carbonation keeps lifting and redistributing juicy clouds of citrus flavor around my palate. This beer balances lovely herbal, bitter complexity with a fruity sweetness that's shockingly easy to drink.


Stone Tangerine Express IPA

Format Sampled: 24 oz. capped bottle

ABV: 6.7%
Availability: Purchased at the Craft Beer Cellar

Tasting Notes: Pours a burnished copper with a thin white head. Aroma is pungently hoppy, with piney, herbal characters that waft feet away from the glass. The initial flavor is bracingly bitter — a full-on assault of deliciously dank hop flowers. The tannin, acid quality of the citrus joins the party, adding its own dimension of bitterness. After my tongue recovers, I perceive other aspects of the fruit that are sweeter and more subtle, but the bitter qualities dominate this potent brew. The finish is dry, with lingering notes of tangerine peel.


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