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 #2,340
ABV:
9.9%
Score:
86
Ranked #20,907
Avg:
3.8 | pDev: 10.79%
Reviews:
63
Ratings:
114
Status:
Active
Rated:
Yesterday at 06:01 PM
Added:
Mar 25, 2021
Wants:
  1
Gots:
  23
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.
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Ratings by jjamadorphd:
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Reviewed by jjamadorphd from Florida

3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
This was another decent offering from the Goose Island 12er I have. Nice dark orange look, lightly fruity smell, and crisp feel on the backend. Speaking of the smell, it was booze-forward, but not so much on the taste. But no worries, you do get to feel it, eventually.
Aug 22, 2022
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Rated: 4.33 by JamieDuncan from Maryland

Yesterday at 06:01 PM
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Rated by Mike_Beasley from North Carolina

3.52/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
Easy drinking Imperial IPA. Taste is good, not too hoppy without a strong after taste.
Saturday at 09:30 PM
 
Rated: 4.25 by Brianito from Tennessee

Nov 22, 2022
 
Rated: 3.75 by avisong from Virginia

Nov 20, 2022
 
Rated: 3.7 by buzzedup from Pennsylvania

Nov 05, 2022
 
Rated: 4.28 by Wilkolaczek94 from Connecticut

Oct 30, 2022
 
Rated: 3.81 by George2744 from Pennsylvania

Oct 23, 2022
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Rated by CuddlyREDRUM from Wisconsin

4.29/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
Very affordable Imperial IPA, with a knockout ABV rating. Highly recommended. This is my go-to beer, overtaking Lagunitas Maximus.
Oct 19, 2022
 
Rated: 3.85 by ElGallo from New Hampshire

Oct 19, 2022
 
Rated: 3.68 by clm9 from North Carolina

Oct 16, 2022
 
Rated: 3.75 by BEER88 from North Carolina

Oct 16, 2022
 
Rated: 4 by doctorgary from New York

Oct 15, 2022
 
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Reviewed by mfnmbvp from Illinois

3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
19.2 fl oz. can, best by Jan 22, 2023. Finally reviewing this one from Goose Island, the big bad Tropical Beer Hug. These cost like $2.99 at the local Jewel around here, seems like they just want you to get fucked up nowadays.

Poured to a Camp Crystal Lake stemless tumbler.
Body is pale golden with surprisingly good clarity. Finger and a half of thick fluffy head that leaves good spotty lacing throughout. Appears adequately carbonated.
Like the others in this series, aroma is fresh, floral, piney, with a touch of fumey alcohol presence.
Fresh flavors of grapefruit, mango, peach, hop oils / extracts,
Super smooth, crisp, & easy-drinking , especially for the high abv.

Overall, there is hardly much to tell these beers apart aside from their abv content, and the alcoholic flavors that go along with that. Reminds me of a rum-soaked day in the sun in can form. Superb quality for the abv, but like others have stated, these just seem like "Hazy IPA" or "Craft" (if you can call it that) versions of the malt liquors of the past.

Goose Island Tropical Beer Hug -----3.5/5
Oct 13, 2022
 
Rated: 2.99 by Ali5489 from New York

Oct 11, 2022
 
Rated: 3.53 by WillieThreebiers from Connecticut

Oct 10, 2022
 
Rated: 3.84 by Nitty703 from Virginia

Oct 10, 2022
 
Rated: 3.75 by kuhndog from New York

Oct 03, 2022
 
Rated: 3.95 by M1k3y from Tennessee

Oct 01, 2022
 
Rated: 3.99 by Jonathan-Morgan from Florida

Oct 01, 2022
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Reviewed by Jugs_McGhee from Australia

2.83/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75
$2.99 USD per 19.2 fl oz pull-tab can (single) at Breaux Mart Magazine St, New Orleans, LA.

Its ABV is somewhat well hidden, though 9.9% is bound to creep in. Warm but not fusel hot. Citrus and tropical fruit intermingle to decent effect without dazzling. Lychee, tangerine, mango, orange, passionfruit.

Hop profile isn't anything special, but it's fine. A generally decent IIPA, but not one that will usurp Lagunitas Sucks in terms of easy to find high quality expressions of the style.

I see no need to ever buy it again, but it's not a bad brew by any stretch - just not a better beer than the myriad others lining the shelves in the overcrowded style.

C / AVERAGE
Sep 29, 2022
 
Rated: 3.91 by hozersr from Pennsylvania

Sep 02, 2022
 
Rated: 3.21 by Jcreek from Illinois

Aug 27, 2022
 
Rated: 4.09 by jchanley from Illinois

Aug 27, 2022
 
Rated: 3.52 by blissfulNemo from Michigan

Aug 22, 2022
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Reviewed by Darkmagus82 from Texas

4.16/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Poured from a can into a pint glass
Appearance – The beer pours a clear golden-amber color with a small puffy head of white foam. The head fades rather fast, receding to leave a tiny bit of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell – The aroma is strong of a pineapple aroma mixed with other tropical fruit smells of tangerine, mango, and papaya. Along with these aromas comes notes of cracker malt and grain as well as some aromas of a light grapefruit and earthy hop.
Taste – The taste begins with sweet pineapple and tangerine flavor that is accompanied by a cracker malt and a bit of grain. Upfront there is also a nice hop flavor of a grapefruit and herbal nature, both of which flavors create the hop taste backbone of the brew. As the taste advances a light earthy and pine hop flavor join in, all while the sweet gets enhanced with more pineapple along with some grape and apricot. Towards the end the graininess fades with a smooth, slightly doughy flavor replacing it. With very little alcohol in the flavor profile, one is left with a rather dangerously sweet and nicely hopped taste to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the brew is slightly more thick and chewy with a carbonation level that is a tad on the low side. For the mix of sweet pineapple and malt, along with the abv, the feel makes this a very easy drinker indeed.
Overall – At 9.9 % abv, this is a dangerously easy drinking IPA. Very flavorful and approachable with a nice balance. A rather well done brew overall.
Aug 21, 2022
 
Rated: 3.63 by Taphouse_Traveler from Florida

Aug 20, 2022
 
Rated: 2.85 by Vapory

Aug 20, 2022
 
Rated: 3.85 by Giggy from Michigan

Aug 19, 2022
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Reviewed by Wasatch from Colorado

4.13/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
19.2 oz. Can
Best By: 30 Sep 22

Poured into a Tree House glass a very nice clear/clean dark golden yellow color, very nice carbonation, with a very nice thick/creamy two-finger plus off-white head, which leaves some very nice sticky lacing behind. The nose is pretty nice, malty, hoppy, with a pretty nice citrus complex (orange, tangerine, grapefruit, pineapple, mango, peach). The taste is pretty nice, malty, hoppy, with a pretty nice citrus complex (orange, tangerine, grapefruit, pineapple, mango, peach), pretty nice piney note. Full Body, ABV is hidden very nicely, definitely a sipper. Overall, a pretty tasty brew.
Aug 17, 2022
 
Rated: 4.09 by BrewMaven from New York

Aug 15, 2022
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Reviewed by flagmantho from Washington

3.56/5  rDev -6.3%
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.
Aug 15, 2022
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Reviewed by Mitchster from Michigan

2.78/5  rDev -26.8%
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 hug...it's a collegial handshake with a coworker you really don't care for...or a cheap way to get drunk.
Aug 14, 2022
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Reviewed by BradtheGreat7 from Ohio

4.19/5  rDev +10.3%
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
Aug 13, 2022
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Reviewed by arizcards from North Carolina

3.92/5  rDev +3.2%
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.
Aug 12, 2022
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Reviewed by dkoehler42 from New York

2.95/5  rDev -22.4%
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.
Aug 11, 2022
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Reviewed by StonedTrippin from Colorado

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
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
Tropical Beer Hug from Goose Island Beer Co.
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 177 ratings