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Tropical Thunder - Bootlegger's Brewery

Tropical Thunder
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89
very good

31 Ratings
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Ratings: 31
Reviews: 9
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 12.04%


Brewed by:
Bootlegger's Brewery visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  6.40% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: womencantsail on 08-07-2012)
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RaulMondesi

California

3.64/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

So Raul cruised himself down by the train tracks like Keroauc to Bootleggers Brewery. And while getting dainty on a half pint in a mason jar/thimble, Raul says, why not?

Ok, it looks alright, and it smells great...so let's dip in for the real deal.

Yeah, this thang is deceiving. Like Lindsay Lohan with make up on, umm... Hell, I don't even know if I would then. It does have a nice lil tropical burst, but it ends a bit skunky like Lohan stumbling out of a club at 2 AM.

I mean, um, yeah.

Serving type: on-tap

01-27-2014 23:14:30 | More by RaulMondesi
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Scott_torrey

California

4.65/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Great Hop Aroma. It was very dry tasting at the front and sweet when it hit the back. Very clean and crisp. It was hazy when poured and has this amazing orange tint to it. Reminded me of a beer i made before. Very good across the board. I wish this beer would get bottled.

Serving type: on-tap

09-04-2013 01:33:59 | More by Scott_torrey
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.93/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Bootlegger's Brewery in Fullerton, CA.

Pours a murky honey orange with a foamy off-white head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus fruit, citrus zest, and melon aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus and melon flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with some nice fruity aromas and flavors.

Serving type: on-tap

04-23-2013 03:30:38 | More by UCLABrewN84
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FosterJM

California

4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

1667th Review on BA
Growler to Bootleggers Tulip
1/2 Gallon

Split with my buddy Jeremy

App- A soft peachy orange/yellow. This was very hazy and dense in the glass. A bit of a larger 2 finger head with some big soapy cling down the glass. Looks great in the glass. Not as brown and resiny as some pales.

Smell- Hot damn!! Can you say tropical on the nose? Large amounts of mango and pineapple. Like a pack of tropical fruit starbursts for your nose. Creamy hops on the other side of it. A well balanced nose and not at all malty. Bright, hoppy and citrusy. Really aromatic with a touch of sweetness.

Taste- This was one hell of a pale ale. Would give most IPA's and DIPAs a run for their money. Bright, hoppy and creamy. Huge citrusy flavors with incredible balance. The opening flavors are of the fruits. Next is the hops and a peppery bitter flavor. Just a great beer.

Mouth- A huge medium body with a great medium carbonation. A large creamy feel behind it. Huge amounts of residual citrus with a pineapple and mango flavor. Creamy, hoppy and just a touch of bitter.

Drink- DAMN!!! I hope this remains on rotation for a while. This is a great beer. I want more!!!!

Serving type: growler

12-27-2012 19:01:23 | More by FosterJM
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vince4953529

California

4.58/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Bruery Provisions. 16 oz. pour to a pint glass.

Golden, lively, healthy head, bubbles rushing on. Significant guava flavor, which enhanced this IPA with such a tropical fruit flavor profile.

Extremely drinkable, the 16 oz. I had was decimated in less than 5 minutes. So aromatic, so tropical, so flavorful, and so delicious.

Bootlegger's should make this a year-long growler fill pronto. So motherfucking good. Or bottle this bad boy into 6-pak already.

Serving type: on-tap

10-24-2012 22:22:01 | More by vince4953529
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Beer_HOPper


4.45/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On Tap at 38 Degrees.

Appearance: wheat copper color, a little bit of white head, maybe 1/2 a finger, no lace, looks innocent enough.

Smell: whoa, strong sweet tropical mango, guava, pineapple, and pine from the hops, very good.

Taste and Feel: Sweet as the nose suggested, medium body, nice malt to round this out, medium carbonation, very hoppy, piney, and floral.

Overall, I was surprised. Initially, we ordered this for my wife as recommended by the server since they did not have the sweet blond beer last time we visited. My wife likes this very much. So, knowing my wife, I did not think I would enjoy this as much as her. To my surprise, I like this very much. If I didn't know, this could easily slip past as a sweet IPA. Cudos!

Serving type: on-tap

09-02-2012 01:21:38 | More by Beer_HOPper
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xhuskr

California

4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on tap at Beachwood Seal Beach 8/30
A = solid bronze/copper color...was dark inside..but beer looked great. nice lacing as I consumed bit by bit
S = great tropical citrus...made me want a 2nd one
T = smooth going down with the above citrus notes. no big hop kick later..balanced
M = easy going down
O = would have again and again..hope to see it again soon

Serving type: on-tap

09-01-2012 05:30:45 | More by xhuskr
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Halcyondays

California

4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Beachwood I,

A: Pours a deep goldenrod to orange, with some nice lace.

S: Very impressive, pineapple and passion fruit, guava, truly is tropical.

T: Carries the tropical fruit promise of the nose to its fruition. Tropical fruit heavy with some pine. Juicy hoppy flavour.

M: Crisp, medium-bodied, easy drinking,

O: Quite a good Pale Ale, bordering on IPA, but never gives an abrupt direct hop note. It's always attacking, but never goes over the top. Very good beer.

Serving type: on-tap

08-29-2012 03:30:45 | More by Halcyondays
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womencantsail

California

4.63/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

On-tap at Bootlegger's

The pour is a hazy orange color with a finger of white head. Absolutely phenomenal nose on this beer. Amazing guava, mango, pineapple, tangerine, grapefruit, and pine hop notes. Some light maltiness, and a bit of Belgian yeast character, maybe some spice and bubblegum. The flavor is full of sweet, fruity hops. Guava, mango, pineapple, and grapefruit are all noticeable. A nice bit of piney bitterness and a moderate malt sweetness and yeast contribution. One of the best Bootlegger’s beers to date.

Serving type: on-tap

08-07-2012 16:02:21 | More by womencantsail
Tropical Thunder from Bootlegger's Brewery
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