There are a lot of fruit infused beers around at the moment and I find them lovely and refreshing, so let's see what I thought of Clockwork Tangerine, the citrus session IPA from BrewDog.
This pours a beautiful deep golden or light amber with a lovely orange hue. If it didn't have the frothy cream coloured head, you could almost mistake it for a glass of Irn Bru.
I was expecting a huge whiff of tangerine when I popped the lid off the bottle but instead got more of a light hoppy aroma. It does have a hint of tangerine when it develops but if I wasn't looking for it I wouldn't really have noticed it.
On to the taste and there is a definite flavour of tangerine, although it isn't overpowering, coupled with hops and caramel. The tangerine hint adds an initial bit of sweetness followed by a bitter pithy aftertaste. The bitterness lingers slightly too long for my liking and builds up over time, turning into more of a grapefruit than orange citrus. It's fizzy but a bit thin-bodied and watery, but that's what you'd expect in an IPA.
Crisp and dry, there's a little too much pithy bitterness to be refreshing but I have to applaud BrewDog for getting the tangerine flavour absolutely spot on.
Brewed by BrewDog, Ellon, Aberdeenshire4.5% ABV
My Untappd score: 3.75/5
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