A collab with fellow Sheffielders Heist Brew Co, this morish mandarin pilsner brings a touch of the tropical to Sheffield's industrial backdrop.
Brewed with Bavaria Mandarina hops for that authentic pilsner taste and then dry-hopped with more for good measure, then chuck in a load of mandarin puree to really hammer home the flavours.
Heist Brew Co and Triple Point are located across Sheffield from each other and are just over 2km apart, meaning this collaboration is a very short one in terms of distance. You could reasonably lug a load of mandarins between the breweries if you wanted to make it super authentic.
Mandarina: Taste Test
After all the fruity gesturing, I fully expected to be hit with both barrels with a mandarin shotgun, but the fruitiness is much more subtle. It's a malty, delicate sweetness in the aroma that's not too easy to associate with orange or mandarin, but it's definitely there.
Flavour is quite sharp and bitter at first which is typical of a really tangy orange flavour and the mandarin is much more obvious in the flavour profile, but it isn't the massive fruit bomb that you would expect it to be going on the name and description.
The aftertaste is very pilsner-esque, with a malty and crisp finish that's on the cusp of being lagery but with much more flavour and depth.
Mandarina: Can Notes
Doesn't much tie in with the mandarin theme, but this graffiti-laden can design is really interesting and unique. So much so that we've included two pictures of it in this review, which is unprecedented.
I'm not sure if this is a place around one of the breweries or if it's a mashup of various tags from around the city, or even just a completely unique design that doesn't exist in real life.
Either way, it looks fantastic and it's a can that really stands out with the colourful graffiti and the bold silver beer name that's written in a handwriting style. Top marks for cannage.
Buy Mandarina Pilsner
This juicy pilsner is quite tough to track down in cans, with many places including Heist Brew just selling it in packs and places like Craft and Berry selling out quickly.
When it is in stock though, it goes for £4.42 which is the cheapest we could find a single can, and that was on the Craft and Berry site.
A fan of beer since his first can of John Smiths he snook out of his Dad's fridge, Adam is now a craft beer enthusiast. To offset this 'hobby', he also cycles, runs and plays cricket when not spending time with his family.