Tropical Beer Hug
Goose Island Beer Co.

Tropical Beer HugTropical Beer Hug
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Style:
IPA - Imperial
Ranked #4,015
ABV:
9.9%
Score:
86
Ranked #29,064
Avg:
3.81 | pDev: 11.81%
Reviews:
22
Ratings:
51
From:
Goose Island Beer Co.
 
Illinois, United States
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One-off
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Gots
  8
SCORE
86
Very Good
Tropical Beer HugTropical Beer Hug
Notes: 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.
Reviews: 22 | Ratings: 51 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Reviews by hoptheology:
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hoptheology from South Dakota

3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

19.2 oz can, best by July 8th. A little long in the tooth here but it's a high ABV drinker so we should be okay.

Opaque hazy amberish-golden glow, with a finger of head that leaves lace precisely where it was when it recedes.

Aroma of clean water, fresh pineapple, green hop matter, graham cracker, bright and pithy citrus, toasted caramel, honey, and biscuit dough.

Flavor stabs the palate with greens, bringing sharp kale right off the bat. It follows with lemon drop, white grapefruit zest, a hint of honey lozenge, and some bright pineapple and perhaps a suggestion of guava on the finish. Honey lozenge continues on. The taste of diesel is buried only slightly beneath the rest of the flavors here.

Feel is crisp, cutting, mildly resinous and then hugely resinous on the finish, lots of chili-pepper-like heat on the front palate and in the throat, and a drying, whiskey-like finish.

Overall, I didn't care for this one as much as Lost Palate, but it's really not that bad. I think an 88 is about right for this guy. I won't finish it due to its high ABV and calorie count - it has to be equally as enjoyable for me - but the curious person who likes imperial IPAs should give this one a shot. Once. Maybe.

$2.49 for a 19.2 oz can @ Fogey's Gallery of Drunkenness

Aug 15, 2021
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RonaldTheriot from Louisiana

4.31/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Tropical Beer Hug has a thick, off white head, and a somewhat hazy gold appearance, with a racing, central bubble stream. In the aroma, wheat predominates. The flavor is of rather sharp bitterness in the lead, with sweet, white bread crust, hop resins, tropical fruit, and fleshy bitterness. Tropical Beer Hug has a medium body and a dry ending.

RJT

Jul 15, 2021
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Peach63 from New York

4.56/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours golden yellow with a 1.5" foamy, white head, which lasts. Heavy lacing to the end.

Aroma is floral, pineapple, grapefruit, pine.

Taste is pineapple, grapefruit, mango, caramel, guava, pine, malty, resinous.

Medium bodied, lively carbonation. Dry, resinous finish.

Outstanding! This is one of the best DIPA's I've had. Excellent across the board.

Jul 12, 2021
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Hopheadjeffery from Illinois

3.82/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Tasted in a Spiegelau IPA glass from a one pint can on July 21, 2021.

Sep 22, 2021
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QuintusHorace from California

3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aug 26, 2021
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AmatuerSurgeon from Missouri

3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Aug 02, 2021
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SleepyJ36

5/5  rDev +31.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

They hide the 9.9% alcohol well!!

Jun 23, 2021
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Andrew_NYC from New York

3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Transparent copper pour with a fluffy white head and some nice lacing.

Not a huge nose, but I get hints of dank pine and yeast.

Flavor is definitely west coast, though there is a little bright citrus-y burst in the beginning. The dank pine is the dominant flavor though. It's plenty bitter though and I think the bitterness clashes a bit with the sweetness up front. I do enjoy the bitterness of the nice, long finish though. No alcohol taste, though you can tell it's high in alcohol after a few sips.

Light, easy drinking mouthfeel with a good amount of carbonation. Despite the lightness, it still rolls around the mouth nicely.

A pretty decent example of the "tropical" west coast IPA, though I think the tropical notes are notes are a little one-dimensional and don't necessarily blend that well with the dominant dank flavor of the beer. But the flavor is pretty big and I'll probably drink more of it since it's one of the few craft beers available in my neighborhood of the Bronx.

Jul 17, 2021
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Beertsipper from New York

4.07/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Very little head on the pour. Color is gold, but not as deep as a copper look. Nose is sweet tropical fruits and hops. Taste is ripe tropical fruit, dank, hoppy, and malty. The flavors become more amplified as the beer warms. This is a sipper for sure, but a very tasty 9.9% IPA. Can was dated BB date in late September 2021. 19.2 ounce stove pipe for $2.49. Good bang for the book bargain.

Jul 18, 2021
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Zaphog from Michigan

3.77/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

May 28, 2021
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AdmiralOzone from Minnesota

3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours clear orangish yellow with a thick white cap that lasts and leaves nice lacing. continuous stream of effervescent bubbles feed said cap. Aroma is full of tropical fruit. Flavor follows the nose, sweet up front with a nice bitter finish. Feel is medium bodied and somewhat lacking carbonation. Overall a decent DIPA but not great. A 12 ounce portion would be more appreciated than this 19 ounce can.

Sep 22, 2021
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BeerLover99 from Illinois

3.41/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Apr 07, 2021
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tone77 from Pennsylvania

3.49/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 19.2 oz. can. Has an orange color with a 1 inch head. Smell is of mango, oranges. Taste has the same elements as the aroma, as well as lots of alcohol, some bubble gum notes, moderate bitterness. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall, not bad, but nothing special.

Apr 24, 2021
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RochefortChris from North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sep 21, 2021
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superspak from North Carolina

3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

19.2 ounce can into IPA glass, best before 10/26/2021. Pours lightly hazy medium golden yellow color with a 3 finger fairly dense and rocky white head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Thick soapy lacing on the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas and flavors of big pineapple, apricot, mango, grapefruit, orange, passion fruit, berries, wood, cedar, peppercorn, pine, cracker, white bread, and herbal/floral/grassy hop earthiness. Boozy notes in the aromas as it warms, but not overwhelming. Moderate pine, citrus rind, herbal, woody, peppery bitterness on the finish. Some peppery alcohol spice as it warms. Medium-plus carbonation and medium body. Lingering sticky resins and spicy alcohol drying. Fairly crisp with some grainy malt backbone. Zero residual sweetness with lingering resin dryness. Increasing warmth and booze of 9.9% after the finish. Smooth slow sipper, but just a bit too boozy. Reminds me of a less malty devil dancer somehow? The hops are very dank and pretty aggressive. Liked the profile from Nugget, Sultana, Citra, Mosaic, Eureka, Azacca, Strata hops; as expected. Its a nice buzzer. More of a west coast than a hazy, I know people associate DDH with hazy but dry hopping has been around far longer than any of those.

Nov 01, 2021
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22Blue from Kansas

3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Oct 01, 2021
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rmbii808 from Kansas

5/5  rDev +31.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Very hazy looks awesome pours well with a frothy head. Smells great! Has a milky delightful feel. Excellent flavor melow hops finish. Very drinkable relaxing beer so smooth. Love this beer!

May 23, 2021
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TheDoak from Florida

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Nov 01, 2021
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Fallen232 from Pennsylvania

3.89/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Apr 05, 2021
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barnzy78 from Illinois

3.99/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

19.2oz can
date stamped 18SEP21
L: copper colored ale with some haze; frothy ivory head
S: mango, pine, citrus, booze
T: piney mango, orange, grapefruit, peach, green hops, light caramel
F: fuller body, resinous bitterness, moderate carbonation, bittersweet finish
O: this was good, and at 9.9% in a 19.2oz can, one can quickly gives you the buzz you may be looking for

Jul 22, 2021
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hockeypuck from Maine

3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jul 03, 2021
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BoodahMoogle from Arkansas

3.24/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.25

Nov 14, 2021
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KT3418 from Colorado

2.91/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.75

I know this isn't the freshuest can but this ish is so goddamn sweet. Sweeter than some candy. I don't like it. It's not like bad to me but idk. Not into this one. ddh? Where?

Oct 26, 2021
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entenduintransit from Tennessee

3.13/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

May 21, 2021
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cryptichead from Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Mar 27, 2021
Tropical Beer Hug from Goose Island Beer Co.
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 51 ratings