Tropical Beer Hug
Goose Island Beer Co.

Tropical Beer HugTropical Beer Hug
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From:
Goose Island Beer Co.
 
Illinois, United States
Style:
Imperial IPA
Ranked #2,082
ABV:
9.9%
Score:
85
Ranked #20,764
Avg:
3.78 | pDev: 10.85%
Reviews:
90
Ratings:
247
Status:
Active
Rated:
Thursday at 03:55 AM
Added:
Mar 25, 2021
Wants:
  6
Gots:
  32
This double dry-hopped double IPA grabs you with a big tropical beer hug—bursting with hops, hops and more hops. Notes of mango, pineapple, peach, and citrus are followed up with dank pine notes. Like a bear hug... but from a beer.
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Rated: 2.92 by Thanatosbat777 from Georgia

Thursday at 03:55 AM
 
Rated: 3.93 by ImperatorScab from Tennessee

Wednesday at 07:38 PM
 
Rated: 3.85 by RalphStanley34 from French Polynesia

Jan 19, 2024
 
Rated: 3.74 by rorjets from Connecticut

Jan 18, 2024
 
Rated: 3.73 by Rollmeaway2loadout from Illinois

Jan 15, 2024
 
Rated: 3.52 by robotic_being from Illinois

Jan 15, 2024
 
Rated: 3.52 by Can_if_you_can from Minnesota

Dec 27, 2023
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Reviewed by FreePal88

2.75/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75
The mix of "tropical" hop flavors, bitterness and general booziness just doesn't agree with my palate. This is the only IPA I've had that made me have to fight with my gag reflex to finish the can. It's not disgusting or especially hard to drink or anything, but... if they just went all in on the bitterness I could down it without a problem, but something about the way they try to cover it up the booze with sweetness makes it tough to drink.
It's not an adjunct lager and it seems to have a fairly high rating here just on the basis of that fact. But in many ways I feel like this sort of malt liquor IPA is more of a bastardization of IPAs than a mediocre AAL is a bastardization of pilsners.
Almost always leads to a killer hangover, for me.
It does have 10% abv though, so it serves a purpose.
Nov 22, 2023
 
Rated: 3.2 by tgdavis from Tennessee

Nov 20, 2023
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Reviewed by ILikeIpaz from Florida

3.06/5  rDev -19%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
This is the Steel Reserve of IPA’s. Nice smell and flavors, you have a moment of surprise, maybe this will be my new favorite, nice mouthfeel at first, then the bitterness lingers too long resulting in a thick and syrupy conclusion. At $4 for a big can, 9.9%, a Stairway to the Dark Side
Nov 10, 2023
 
Rated: 3.67 by Taenim from Maine

Nov 02, 2023
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Rated by acurtis from New Jersey

3.64/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
Draft at Canoe Brook Country Club for the annual NJ Celebration of Golf awards dinner
Oct 27, 2023
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Reviewed by mooseisloose from Florida

3.78/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Picked up a few tall boys at the convenience mart. Let’s give it a spin. Popping the top is lots of grapefruit and passion fruit. Pours into my oversized pint with a massive head that stays up forever. Taste through the thick head is syrupy mouthfeel with a sweet yet biting hop bite. Bananas, grapefruit and some pine present. Hop bite get more bitter and builds to a clingy bitter pine tar finish. ABV of 9.9% is well hidden under the hops. A nice drinker for your IPA aficionado looking for a quick buzz.
Oct 26, 2023
 
Rated: 3.77 by cd34 from Illinois

Oct 25, 2023
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Reviewed by Oktoberfest from Ohio

3.42/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Another cheap, high ABV beer kicked out by a known craft brewer and shipped to a gas station near you. Most seem inoffensive and scarcely remarkable. This one falls on the higher end of that scale.
Oct 24, 2023
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Reviewed by edthehead from Maryland

3.69/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Semi clear earthy yellow color with a foamy lasting head. Notes of citrus, pineapple, nectarine, pine. Dank and boozy. Moderate to thick body, creamy carbonation.
Oct 18, 2023
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Reviewed by nasal from Illinois

2.87/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75
One of the worst imperial IPAs I have tried. Smells like guava juice, artificial but not bad on the nose. Tastes hot, harsh, and alcohol-forward. Tastes like nail polish remover. Tastes like a shot of bottom-shelf vodka in a bitter IPA. The hops flavor isn't that juicy, but lingers bitterly like a 2011 IPA. If you want a cheap 10% abv, here's your ride. If you can afford to spend an extra few bucks on a better beer, I'd do that.
Oct 16, 2023
 
Rated: 3.39 by Cfitty from New York

Sep 29, 2023
 
Rated: 3.71 by CisPiece88 from Nebraska

Sep 11, 2023
Tropical Beer Hug from Goose Island Beer Co.
Beer rating: 85 out of 100 with 247 ratings