Swinging Harry Tropical Quad - Mikkeller ApS
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2.48/5 rDev -40.2%
Served in a tumbler.
There's so much smoked mozzarella pasta salad...oh yeah! Maybe later, though, 'cause now is the time for a balleyhoo'd brew (self-balleyhoo'd, really). It pours a mostly clear sunrise amber-garnet topped by a minor finger of glowing off-white foam. The nose comprises orange liqueur (more like Cointreau than Marnier, if you ask me), slightly overripe tropical fruit salad, powdered sugar, yams, clove, and a kiss of booze. However odd that may have sounded, it comes across mostly pleasantly to mine nose. Things go off the tracks, though, when the liquid hits the 'buds. The booze has transmogrified to straight acetone, which receives an assassination attempt from some metal-plated pineapples, guavas, and mangos. Not a pretty sight to begin with. Then some rowdy sweet bits join in the fracas, now resembling the inter-channel rumble from Anchorman, armed with clove and black pepper mills. I believe some overly-toasted wheat got caught in the crossfire, innocent blood spilled by the senseless anarchy surrounding it. Suffice it to say, my opinions on the proceedings were decidedly negative. The body is a weight-lifting medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fluid feel. Overall, I think too much was going on here for the beer's own good. Another example of something sounding great on paper and in theory but failing pretty miserably in practice.
10-11-2012 15:17:45 | More by TMoney2591
3/5 rDev -27.7%
The pour is a hazed mahogany color with a tan head. Kind of a harsh nose to this. Alcohol, green apple, and perfume dominate the front end. Some mild tropical/pineapple aromas, a hint of acetone, and some overripe mango. Just a bit of caramel and toffee sweetness. The flavor is intensely sweet and sugary. Tons of caramel, brown sugar, and toffee. Some vanilla, mango, and quite a bit of papaya. Really heavy on the booze and green apple, tool.
08-23-2012 20:53:41 | More by womencantsail
3.93/5 rDev -5.3%
Bottle from wordemupg, thanks Chris! 750ml into a tulip, best before April 18, 2015.
Dark brown, deep red.mahogany highlights. Voluminous tan head, great lace and retention. Nose of baked apple pie innards, chocolate, sweet syrupy quad character. Tropical qualities are quite mild I thought. Taste of tropical fruits, syrup, dark candi sugar interrupted by alcohol. Oak then appears with more tropical and cognac spirit barrel character into the finish. Full sticky feel, lower carbonation. Sweetness is a bit much for me. An interesting beer in all regards, not spectacular but a crazy offshoot of a style that I appreciate. A big sipper though...
10-31-2012 03:41:38 | More by liamt07
4/5 rDev -3.6%
Thanks to jmgrub for sharing this one at his birthday tasting.
Pours a murky honey brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus zest, tropical fruit, and alcohol. Taste is much the same with a fruity flavor and an alcohol kick on the finish. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp yet sticky mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer but it's quite boozy and strong.
02-26-2013 02:42:56 | More by UCLABrewN84
4.03/5 rDev -2.9%
Served from the bottle into Duvel tulip
A - Deep brown with loads of carbonation and a heavy creamy lacing.
S - Smells of mangoes, raisins, warming alcohol, sweet dark stone fruits. Very enticing smell.
T - The alcohol comes through very strongly. Loads of flavor. Sweet fruit, thick molasses, plums.
M - Smooth with a dry fruity finish. The carbonation really helps to bring out all of the fruit flavors on this one.
O - A very nice collaboration between Mikkeller and Cigar City. One of the coolest labels I have seen as well. Reminds me of Atari's pitfall. The only thing throwing off the balance is that it's a bit high on the alcohol flavor which really drys the mouth out but, overall really nice.
07-31-2012 04:12:23 | More by Jsenay
4.08/5 rDev -1.7%
Thanks to Chris (spycow) for supplying this one. Served in a Hill Farmstead tulip.
A - Off-white foam settles to a solid cap and thicker collar, leaving behind splotchy lacework. Opaque dark ruby body.
S - Interesting - there's a hefty dose of orange and tropical fruits, but it's from Grand Marnier barrels and brett claussenii in addition to the listed hops . There's some alcohol mixed in the cognac flavors, but it's not excessive for 11.4%, and the tropical funk character has a slightly medicinal note mixed in. Some spicy Belgian yeast and sharp toffee and red fruits from the quad. Perhaps a touch of oak as well.
T - The taste is significantly mellower, with more of the base quad showing up. Caramel and red fruit malts, with only light cognac sweetness and tropical brett. Even though there's a wide variety of fruity flavors, there is sufficient toasty and bready malt to keep things from getting cloying.
M - Medium body that seems a touch light for the ABV. Zesty carbonation, and a dry and mildly oaky and grainy texture. There's some alcohol warmth but nothing excessive.
D - Surprisingly good. I like the concept of throwing together every way to generate tropical fruit flavors in a beer (Simcoe and Citra hops, Grand Marnier barrels, and Brett C.). I'd actually consider buying this, although I'm not sure how gracefully it will age.
10-15-2012 01:38:47 | More by MasterSki
Swinging Harry Tropical Quad from Mikkeller ApS
92 out of 100 based on 80 ratings.