Tuesday 7 December 2021

Kaiju Beer - Tangerine Love Machine - Fruit Sour - Beer Review

Review Date: 6/12/2021
Brewery Name: Kaiju Beer (Dandenong South, Victoria, Australia)
Beer Name: Tangerine Love Machine Fruit Sour

Beer number 6 of our Beer Cartel Advent Calendar for 2021

Check out our full run down and review of the 2021 Beer Cartel Christmas Beer Advent Calendar

"Unclick your belt, ease the seat back and relax with a juicy burst of tangerine tang. The 100% Pale Malt base, whirlpool addition of Mandarina Bavaria hops and San Diego yeast, allow the zesty tangerine and mandarin notes to fill your nose, and dance on the dashboard.

This KAIJU! Kettle soured chassis carries tangerine puree and Lactobacillus culture under the hood.

Much like the gleaming paint work, TLM is clean, with a refreshing, full and juicy sour finish.

Like the label says, ‘Ain’t nothin’ like it, it’s a shining machine!’"

Kaiju Beer - Tangerine Love Machine Fruit Sour can


Alcohol By Volume (ABV): 6.2% (High)

Label/Design: 8/10

Serving Style: Can - 375ml

Region of Origin: Pacific (Australia, New Zealand)

Style Family: Sour Ale

Malts/Adjuncts: 100% pale malt

Hops: Mandarina Brava

IBU's: Unknown


Colour: Straw


Brilliant Clear Slight Haze Hazy

Collar of Foam & Head Retention


(Up to 15 secs)

(15 - 60 secs) 

(more than 60 secs)

Foam Texture

N/A Thin Fluffy Mousse-Like

Carbonation (Visible)

None Slow Medium Fast-Rising Bubbles

Alcohol Aroma

Not Detectable Mild Noticeable Strong Harsh

Aroma & Flavour

Esters Aroma: Apple
Phenols: None

Alcohol Taste:

Not Detectable Mild Noticeable Strong Harsh

Hop Pungency:
Mild Moderate Strong Extreme

Hop Bitterness:

Restrained Moderate Aggressive Harsh

Malt Sweetness:

Low Medium High Cloying


Low Medium High


Light Bodied
Medium Bodied
(Light + Full)
Full Bodied
(Round, Rich & Creamy)

Palate Carbonation: 

Low Medium High


(Up to 15 seconds)
(15 to 60 seconds)
(More than 60 seconds)

Oxidative/Aged Qualities: None


Kaiju Beer - Tangerine Love Machine in the Craftd Alpha glass


Overall Impression: 6/10


We love trying new and different beers, and this one was certainly different. It was hard to get past the mouth puckering sourness that seems to dominate - although what did we expect with a sour beer? Certainly not a taste for everyone, but it is interesting how the sourness really tends to mellow as the drink warms up (we've noticed this with other styles too which goes to show the importance of beer serving temperature). A warmer drink temperature brings everything back into balance a little, but we really struggled to identify any specific flavours beyond a generic sour "fruity" taste.

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