4 Mile Tangerine Dream Ale

Reviewed by on May 6, 2016 in Summer Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: 4 Mile Brewing Co.

  • Origin: Victoria, BC, CA

  • Rated On: May 6, 2016

  • Best Before: N/A

  • ABV: 4.25%

  • Ideal Temperature: cold to cool

  • Style: Fruit Ale

  • Rating: GOOD !

The Review

Tangerine Dream Ale is purportedly a summertime-friendly, fruity quaffer from Victoria, BC’s 4 Mile Brewing Company – the name is certainly evocative of that Led Zeppelin song – ‘tangerine, tangerine, living reflection from a dream’.  But I digress.

This 650ml bottle pours a sightly hazy, medium bronzed amber colour, with two skinny fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and bubbly off-white head, which leaves a few layers of descending cloud-form lace around the glass as it quickly recedes.

It smells of sugary sweet orange and red grapefruit – with some integrated tangerine, I presume – lightly bready pale malt, a twinge of earthy yeast, and very little in the bittering offset department, hop or otherwise. The taste is bready and doughy pale and caramel malt, still prominent mixed citrus juice notes, a weak flintiness, and more very tame earthy, leafy, and weedy hop bitters.  The carbonation is fairly adequate in its supportive and sometimes genial frothiness, the body a decent middleweight, and mostly smooth, nothing really getting in the way of our happiness here. It finishes well off-dry, the slowly burgeoning caramel malt sidling up to the lingering citrus fruitiness like they should both just get a damned room, already.

Overall, an agreeably fruited-up pale ale (I think), as the purported tangerine comes very close to inspiring me into measuring a summer’s day, as it were. Anyways, certainly easy to drink, and a stellar patio quaffer, if I ever saw one!

Brady White

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