Beer Reviews

Tangerine Beams (Fruited Sour Ale)

Radiant Tangerine Beams cut through the clouds, casting spotlights of citrus & white peach delight. Fruit forward with a tart tease, this brew cocooned in oak foeders for 6 months, and then enjoyed a brightening bout with tangerine purée. Tangerine Beams is a ray of refreshment.

Reviews are done by our Sensory Specialist Travis Houston, a Certified Cicerone and FoBAB judge.

Vintage: 2019

Months Aged: 12

Cultures: House Lactobacillus, House Brettanomyces

Tangerine Beams is the latest release in our Outer Reaches series. Talk about how this beer came to be, and how it fits into the larger history of Outer Reaches.

Tangerine isn’t the easiest fruit to get in large quantities, so when one of our suppliers suddenly got some in stock, our barrel master jumped at the chance to use this in his latest sour. Our house Brettanomyces plays really well with citrus fruit, since it leans a little more to the fruity estery side than the funky phenolic.

Rhinegeist Tangerine Beams Bottle on Barrel

What are the notable characteristics of this beer?  

This beer is loaded with fresh, bright tangerine. The body is light and refreshing, which enhances the fruit character. The acidity blends in well with the tangerine, adding complexity.

What makes you want to drink this beer?

This beer is calling for warmer weather. The balance between acidity and fruit character is perfect, and needs to be experienced on a patio with the sun shining.

What are some other Fruited Sour Ales you’re really into?

Garçon De Ferme by Wicked Weed, Consecration by Russian River, and Cherry Busey by Sun King.

Appearance: Bright gold and slightly hazy.

Aroma: Like peeling a fresh tangerine, with slight hints of funk from our house Brettanomyces.

Taste: Medium-high acidity and fresh tangerine hit hard up front, but fade quickly to only the slightest, pleasant fruit linger.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with crisp carbonation and a clean finish.

Overall: Medium-acidity, light bodied, and bursting with fresh tangerine flavor.

What foods would pair well with Tangerine Beams?

A funky, creamy blue cheese, like Stilton.

Ideal glassware for Tangerine Beams?

A snifter