Beer Review: New Romantic (Mandarin) – Two Tribes

Today’s beer comes from a new brewery for me. Two Tribes is a North London based brewery with a passion for music and the arts. New Romantic is actually a series of beers which appears to revolve around the Berliner Weisse sour beer style with this brew focusing on the mandarin orange. Since heading into the colder months it’s been a long time since I’ve had a sour beer so I was very much looking forward to this!

Visually, the beer pours a clear gold, almost apple juice colour. Lovely rising carbonation up to a soft white head. The aroma is as you would expect. A light orange or tangerine with a touch of sourness to it. The front end of the beer hits you with a lovely mandarin tartness before leading into an almost shortbread-like finish. Very biscuity on the end. Good carbonation helps push the flavours around and the sourness becomes more tame as you drink.

A quick note on the can art: I really like the bright design of this can. The mandarins and the hibiscuses are vibrant and the beer information is clear on the front.

I’ve been craving a sour beer for ages and this has definitely hit the spot. My main criticism is that, for me, the mandarin flavour isn’t prominent enough. Would have personally loved it to have been punchier and juicier. That said however, the present flavour is still good. I think the biscuity base to the finish is surprising but rather complimentary. Overall it’s a good, crisp and refreshing sour at a sessionable ABV, ideal for the summer. I’ve got a couple other Two Tribes beers in my fridge and I look forward to giving them a go.

Score: 7/10

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Additional Information:

  • Hops: Not Available
  • Malt: Not Available
  • IBU: 12
  • ABV: 4.2%
  • Gluten Free: No
  • Vegan: Yes!

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