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Windsor & Eton Mandarin

Windsor & Eton Mandarin
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Brewed by Windsor & Eton
Style: Golden Ale/Blond Ale
Windsor, England


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RATINGS: 9   MEAN: 3.6/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.26   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
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Christmas is coming and the beer is getting festive! We are currently brewing a brand new Christmas beer – MANDARIN. MANDARIN is very special indeed. It uses a brand new German hop called Mandarina Bavaria which has a gorgeous orangey aroma. It is so rare that we are the only UK brewery that have managed to get hold of this Bavarian beauty. We have blended it with Columbus, a citrusy US hop that is the perfect compliment. Together they make a full flavoured mid-strength ale. It’s in the fermenter now. We will keep you posted. We will only be brewing this beer twice because of the rarity of the hop, so it will not be available in bottle. Mandarin is currently unavailable but we hope to brew it again for Christmas 2013. Hang on! Only produced in cask (4.5% ABV).

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
maneliquor (2989) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - DEC 9, 2013
Cask at Old Fountain. Pours clear golden with a bubbly beige head. Nose is plenty mandarin, bright orange and lemon peel. Very citric and tangy. Taste is moderate tang, lemon and spice with mild biscuit and caramel. Very toffee like finish. Not bad. Very quaffable

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
dynamiteninja (1466) - Richmond, North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - DEC 7, 2013
Cask at the Bree Louise, Euston. Amber body with a loose white head. Oranges, hops, spice, floral, tropical, fruit juice. Bitter. Dry finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
mR_fr0g (2387) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - DEC 7, 2013
Cask at the pig’s ear fest 2013. Light amber orange pour with a loose white head that persisted. Aroma is nutty chestnut malt, mineral, light touch on the autumnal spices. Flavour follows with nutty mineral light cinnamon but nicely balanced. Tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
evergreen0199 (1924) - Northwood, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 7, 2013
Cask at Pig’s Ear beer festival 2013, Hackney, London. A golden/amber coloured pour with a medium white head on top. Orange, malty aroma. Tastes of orange/mandarin, some caramel, slight sweetness, rich. Nice Christmas beer from the chaps in Windsor.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Scopey (6136) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 6, 2013
Cask gravity at Pigs Ear 2013. It pours clear amber with a medium white head. The nose is earth, Xmas, spice, hay, orange and sweet mandarin. The taste is crisp, orange, tangerine, hay, spice, light toast and pleasant bitterness with a dry, citric finish. Medium body and soft carbonation. Very nice. Crisp, fruity and very drinkable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
madmitch76 (14285) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JAN 20, 2013
15th January 2013
Cask in the Dean Swift. Clear gold beer, residual white head. Palate is light with modest fine carbonation. Light mild hops - a little orange and grapefruit. Nice blend of medium sweet mandarin that gets a little sweeter at the semi dry finish. Pretty drinkable. No idea at the time of drinking that the Mandarin was delivered by this new hop. Thought I was drinking a Christmas Fruit Beer! Intriguing! Well done W&E for getting this hop imported - just wish it could have been a single hope beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Theydon_Bois (7898) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - DEC 25, 2012
Straight from the cask in the tasting room at W&E brewery - 22/12/12. Pours a clear golden with a thin white head that clears to a film and leaves a frothy edge. Nose is citrus, hops, grass, a little caramel malts. Taste comprises fresh hops, orange, grass, citrus. Medium bodied with soft carbonation, smooth on the palate, bitterness in the finish. Great fresh tasting, clean and easily drinkable beer. W&E deliver once again!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beersiveknown (2724) - NORTHERN IRELAND - DEC 21, 2012
Cask at queen’s head, kings cross
Pale brown with slight head. Fruity light citrus (mandarin maybe?!) With good balancing biscuit malt and juicy hops. Very sessionable

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Leighton (10405) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 14, 2012
Cask at the Old Red Cow, London. Pours clear gold with a firm, creamy head. Bits of fresh orange in the nose, some straw, pale malts. Medium sweet flavor with juicy mandarin orange (it’s true), citrusy bitterness, light straw, pale malts, faint grass. Medium bodied with fine carbonation. Medium sweet finish, lightly sticky with lots more orangey cutrus character. Quite a tasty little beverage.

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