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71 Mandarina Sky

Rating: 3.75

Seemingly a new beer from 71 Brewing that was only released at the start of December, this was a beer that I had right at the end of the year after picking it up at one of my local bottle shops just before Christmas. This one was the first time I’d seen or heard anything from Dundee based 71 Brewing and it’s a beer that I was persuaded to buy since it’s the first time I’d spotted a New England IPA from the Scotland that wasn’t brewed by Brewdog. The beer will be my fourth of the style, or my fifth if you count Brewdog’s New England IPA v2 which was closer to a double IPA given the alcohol content, I am quite a big fan of the style though and I was definitely excited going into this one.

Appearance (4/5): Pouring a medium amber colour with a hazy body, there was the odd bit of sediment coming from the bottle but it settled fast and sank to the bottom. The head was a fluffy white one with a creamy looking on top and wavy, covering the surface well and sitting about a quarter inch tall.
Aroma (7/10): Quite lively and almost pungent, the beer opens with an astringent nose that is loaded with citrus and pine hops that hinted at being slightly resinous too. There some oranges coming through with a little biscuit further on with a few background fruits in there too; I got hints of strawberry and some mango with a little apricot too.
Taste (7/10): Opening with a lot of pine and citrus hops, the beer is again slightly pungent and resinous but it has settled down slightly from the nose. There was some touches of mango and apricot showing early with a few earthy flavours further on whilst the orange from the nose was a little stronger here and worked well with some mandarins and background fruits.
Palate (4/5): Medium bodied but definitely a fresh and lively beer that was semi-sweet from the fruits and definitely a bitter offering thanks to the hops and resinous touches. It was a balanced beer that was moderately carbonated and a dry but smooth one.

Overall (15/20): A decent first offering from 71 Brewing, this one was quite a fresh offering that came through with plenty orange, pine and summer fruits but stayed balanced and drinkable throughout. It was lively and easy-going with a smooth feel throughout but it almost seemed like a standard American IPA rather than a New England style offering, something that was a minor disappointment but it was still a very nice beer that was well worth trying.

Brewed In: Dundee, Scotland
Brewery: 71 Brewing
First Brewed: 2017
Full Name: 71 Mandarina Sky – MS001
Type: New England IPA
Abv: 5.8%
Serving: Bottle (330ml)
Purchased: Wee Beer Shop (Glasgow)
Price: £2.60

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