Tropical Beer Hug
Goose Island Beer Co.

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Goose Island Beer Co.
Illinois, United States
Imperial IPA
Ranked #2,371
Ranked #20,083
3.82 | pDev: 11.26%
Today at 12:47 AM
Mar 25, 2021
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.
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Rated by imperialking from Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Jun 23, 2022
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Reviewed by flagmantho from Washington

3.56/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
Poured from 19.2oz can into a dimpled mug. Date on can is 10/30/22, so I'm assuming that's a best-by date.

Appearance: medium golden hue with a light effervescence and a crystal-clear body. Head is a thick finger of frothy ivory foam with good retention. Pretty!

Smell: sweet, herbal, and earthy, with a definite suggestion of bitterness to come.

Taste: very malty and a sticky sweet with citrusy, earthy hops. Bitterness is rather high, though perhaps not quite high enough to combat the relative sweetness. It's not terrible or anything, but it does not have much finesse.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a good level of carbonation and a decent creaminess.

Overall: this beer is definitely imperial at 9.9%, but it doesn't deliver an imperial hoppy deliciousness the way I would have hoped.
Today at 12:47 AM
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Reviewed by Mitchster from Michigan

2.78/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3
19.2 oz can. I think I paid $2.50 for it. Brewed with Pilsner malt and Carahell. Hopped with Nugget, Sultana, Citra, Mosaic, Eureka, Azacca, Strata.
45 IBU. 9.9% ABV

Pours out to a sparkingly clear pale golden, forming a sticky off white head with very good retention and sticky sheets of lace. Nose is not as pungent as I was expecting given all the hops. Pine>Cat pee>Grapefruit. Mouthfeel is medium bodied syrupy and a bit cloying. A little warmth but not as much as I was expecting given the ABV. Once it warms up, there is some harsher fusels appearing and the warmth becomes mroe apparent. The taste is somewhat flimsier that I expected as well. Very simple malt bill translates into very simple flavor. Sometimes a simple malt bill is a great canvas for the hops, but even the hops here aren't really putting on a good show. The hops flavor is actually pretty one dimensional and flimsy. All the other big players, New Belgium, Lagunitas, Sierra Nevada, Sam Adams (and in my neck of the woods, Bells and Founders)...even their standard IPA has more hop punch than this. Something wrong happened here. Is this Fultons Goose Island talking or A-B? I'm thinking the later. This isn't a beer's a collegial handshake with a coworker you really don't care for...or a cheap way to get drunk.
Yesterday at 02:09 AM
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Reviewed by BradtheGreat7 from Ohio

4.19/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Very nice white froth graces a almost clear golden body. Smell is absolutely out of this world! Bursting with tropical whiffs of pineapple, ripe peaches and mango.. I’m not sure I’ve smelled a “new” dipa that smells this good in quite some time. The flavor isn’t as grand, but still not bad at all! Citrus flavored hoppiness with some pine toward the tail end. Not quite dank but Is followed by a fairly sweet finish. I miss the days of Goose Island delivering great beer year round! I hope they get back to that and if this is the proof.. I am in! This is what a tropical summer dipa should be
Saturday at 01:55 AM
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Reviewed by arizcards from North Carolina

3.92/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Picked up a single from my local grocer beer cooler 6-9-22 for $2.00. Best by 20AUG22; consumed 8-12-22.

Beer poured clear gold with a large, long lasting white head.

Nose is a nice fresh tropical fruit forward.

Taste is a lighter but substantial malt base balanced with orange, peach, and mango finishing with a touch of gooseberry bitterness. Comes across a little muddled.

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied and refreshing.

Overall a pretty decent beer at a reasonable price.
Friday at 08:29 PM
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Reviewed by dkoehler42 from New York

2.95/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75
Next up is the Goose Island Tropical Beer Hug. This one clocks in at 9.9 ABV. It pours a distinctly clear straw gold with a white head. The malt is forward on the nose. The taste is different. I do taste the malt, but there's an odd morphing flavor before the fruit notes become dominant. For an Imperial IPA from such an established brewery, I again expect better. It almost has an oily or oddly bitter aftertaste.
Thursday at 02:03 AM
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Reviewed by StonedTrippin from Colorado

3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
this isnt bad beer overall, especially when you consider its extremely sneaky strength, its slightly fusel at temperature, but the tropical hops are real in this, it truly pops with juicy summer character, and it refreshes in warm weather despite its sleepy enormity, this unknowingly set me up for a big drunk evening, but i enjoyed every drop. part of the success here is the lightness of the grain, its straw colored, without much body, and very dry, so it starts and stays lighter than most of these, aided in part by the relative lack of bitterness in the hop profile, it doesnt then mandate any richer sweeter grains for balance, and because this seems mostly dry hopped, i actually find it to be reasonable well balanced anyway. i get pineapple and mango notes to this, must be some mosaic, maybe some el dorado too with a little melon in here, but im not sure what they actually use. a hint of key lime, fresh orange, and a more generic citrus back end as it warms. the alcohol does peak through, but by the end its not out of place, and it actually sort of enhances the fruitiness. maybe slightly metallic at temperature too, but never cheap tasting. overall a different kind of big ipa than i am used to, and it caught me off guard. i have been impressed by this beer hug pack, cool beers, a new look for goose island. be careful having more than one of these...
Aug 02, 2022
Rated: 3.1 by cold_beer

Jul 31, 2022
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Reviewed by izraelc from New York

3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Pours a clear gold. Thick foam. Sweet tropical aroma. Big bitter hop body. Tropical pineapple sweetness. Bitterness and sweetness are both pretty prominent but they don't really work very well together. A little disappointing. Atleast the ABV is high.
Jul 29, 2022
Rated: 4.02 by LXIXME from New Mexico

Jul 28, 2022
Rated: 3.47 by 12ozfan from Illinois

Jul 23, 2022
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Reviewed by russpowell from Arkansas

3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Pours an effervescent & bright gold with 3+ fingers of eggshell colored head. Some lacing & head retention

S: Passion fruit, papaya, guava

T: Follows the nose, some green melon & nectarine as well up front. Dryness, pomelo & passion fruit as this warms, a little lime too. Finishes with nectarine, a little dryness, a whisper of pineapple booze & lime

MF: Medium body, fairly restrained carbonation; good balance

Solid offering, drinks great for the heft; one I'd buy again
Jul 21, 2022
Rated: 3.8 by TakiMan42

Jul 17, 2022
Rated: 3.39 by Karmic

Jul 14, 2022
Rated: 3.49 by SpaethJam from New York

Jul 14, 2022
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Reviewed by K00laid from Indiana

5/5  rDev +30.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
I absolutely recommend this heavenly crafted beverage as a 5-star IPA. It smells amazing! I always recommend an ice cold beer, in general. Especially, once you get over 6.5% ABV. Tropical is high on flavors and potency. I was under the impression that a connoisseur can never go wrong when choosing an IPA. Now, I am certain that Goose Island can do no wrong in crafting IPA’s! This 9.9% ABV Tropical Beer Hug is impressive! It is my new favorite. The feeling it leaves with you is an entire VIBE!!! I would love to do more contract marketing for the entire line of Beer Hugs! See photos and videos of friends and I as we indulge in a variety of IPA’s far and near! Follow me on social media Facebook @Charlie’s Favorite Angels, Inc. Instagram @Charlies_Favorite_Angels Google @
Jul 14, 2022
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Reviewed by Nass from Florida

3.25/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
The pour is a murky yellow color. The taste is more vegetal than I expected & I'm not tasting much tropical fruit character notes. I agree this IPA is meh. Cheers! B-
Jul 08, 2022
Rated: 3.62 by tdm168 from Pennsylvania

Jul 08, 2022
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Reviewed by Chwaters1981

2.39/5  rDev -37.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.25
I keep trying new IPAs thinking I'll eventually figure out what the craze is all about. I've tried something like 50 different IPAs and I've enjoyed maybe 3. Ales, pilsners, hefeweizens, porters, and stouts are more my thing. I feel like I'm tasting grapefruit, pomelo, and weed in this one, maybe a little bit of pineapple but no mango. I'll pass on this one from now on.
Jul 07, 2022
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Reviewed by MadMadMike from Florida

3.39/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25
The age of 19.2 oz pounders are upon us. I’m cool with them, but tend to impulse buy from the local gas station’s super-cold cooler. I think there’s a strategy. If one 12 oz can don’t get it for me, I can have one and a half, which, of course, is justified,.,. somehow, by only pulling one pop top.

The quality of these offerings are another topic.
So, sitting side by side on the top shelf at WaWa in Fort Myers, FL, are:
Cigar City Florida Man (8.5% ABV)
New Belgium Imperial Voodoo Ranger (9%)
Goose Island Tropical Beer Hug (9.9%)
My choice, $2.99 for each.
Line ‘em up, knock ‘em down.,.

I feel happier about quaffing the Florida Man due to its superior look, smell, feel, taste, freshness & ‘overall’. Just sayin’.,.
Voodoo Ranger? It’s OK.

Tropical Beer Hug is a buzz sud. I don’t believe there’s any great nuance that makes it anything more (or less) than a quick hit. There’s no ‘geekiness’, no great foamy head, no unique fragrance, no sparkle in the pour, no big hop bite, it’s kinda flat, and yada yada yada.,.

Verdict? This ain’t a hug. It’s a flick on the end of the nose and not worth the calories hit.
Jul 06, 2022
Rated: 3.78 by Zigzach from Florida

Jul 03, 2022
Rated: 4 by Jdells09 from New Jersey

Jun 30, 2022
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Reviewed by chinchill from South Carolina

3.59/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
12 oz can from a mixed 12 pack with a BB date of 18 September 2022 stamped on the bottom.

Appearance. Deep amber colored body with high clarity and a good white head.

Tropical fruit notes completely dominate the aroma while the flavor also brings some earthy hop notes. Moderate bitterness for the style despite a clear suggestion of sweetness in the aroma. High ABV is incompletely hidden in both smell and taste.
Jun 24, 2022
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Reviewed by BucBasil from Rwanda

3.7/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Drank from the 19.2 oz can. Smell is fruity and piney up front with sweetness in the back. Citrus. Mango. Pineapple. Berries? Taste is subdued with earth hops and balancing malt profile. Some peach and citrus. Some piney bitterness in the finish. I wouldn't call the flavor huge, but it is OK. Overall, this is surprisingly easy drinking for its ABV. Refreshing but strong.
Jun 21, 2022
Rated: 3.75 by d5001986 from Wisconsin

Jun 20, 2022
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Reviewed by vette2006c5r from Minnesota

3.91/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Tropical Beer Hug pours a dark golden color, with a big, long lasting, lacing head. Aroma is filled with tropical fruit, and a hint of earth. Flavor is lots of earth, with a hint of tropical flavors. Good body and feel. Overall, big aggressive IPA, bitter and earthy.
Jun 18, 2022
Rated: 3.93 by Jstarr2517 from Connecticut

Jun 17, 2022
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Reviewed by puboflyons from New Hampshire

3.47/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5
From a 545 ml. can with a BB date of 30 Sep 22. Sampled June 16, 2022 (My birthday).

The appearance is a slight cloudy looking golden color underneath a moderate ivory head that fizzles down to a ring after a few moments. Lacing.

The aroma is nothing extraordinary but it emits sensations of guava and other tropical fruits. Also a bready malt base.

The mouthfeel is light-medium.

The flavor is kicked off with the grainy, bready sweetness followed quickly by the tropical fruit bitterness to cap it off. A semi-dry and semi-crisp finish. Balanced but nothing above and beyond.
Jun 16, 2022
Rated: 4.43 by Marvcus from New York

Jun 15, 2022
Rated: 4.25 by HabaJohnTheReal1 from Illinois

Jun 15, 2022
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Reviewed by ovaltine from Indiana

4.11/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Pours a gorgeous golden color with that big DIPA haze supporting a creamy off white head. The nose has pineapple and mango and a bit of caramalt, but it doesn’t convey the gravitas of this 9.9% ABV beer.

The taste most definitely does convey the heft of this beer, with big pineapple and mango notes up front, a dash of ripe tangerine, and a significant caramalt note at the back of the taste as the warming alcohol note reminds you that you’re drinking a big beer.

From the look, this beer should be well carbed and dry (per the WCDIPA style), but it’s a bit on the oily side. Yet I find myself drinking this like someone’s trying to take it away from me - in a hurry. I’d gladly try this again and again.
Jun 11, 2022
Rated: 3.79 by MynamesRickJames from Minnesota

Jun 05, 2022
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Rated by jkh15 from Michigan

3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Great hops but a little light on the rest.
Jun 05, 2022
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Rated by Johnnyc3 from Florida

3.21/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25
Kinda bland. Alcohol pretty well hidden. Ass kicker in bears clothing.
May 30, 2022
Rated: 4.1 by ryancl from Minnesota

May 30, 2022
Rated: 3.94 by strengthdoc from Connecticut

May 30, 2022
Rated: 3.76 by DeFender from Maine

May 29, 2022
Rated: 3.75 by Patches826 from Massachusetts

May 26, 2022
Rated: 3.92 by selekt0r

May 23, 2022
Rated: 3.56 by HighwayChile from Kansas

May 22, 2022
Tropical Beer Hug from Goose Island Beer Co.
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 145 ratings