Tropic Of Thunder | Stone Brewing

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3.84/5
Very Good
114 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Stone Brewing
California, United States
stonebrewing.com

Style: American Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Imagine you set sail for a three hour tour. Let's say from the port of Escondido (work with us here). The weather started getting rough. You're tiny ship (but not lunch, thankfully) was tossed. Long story short: You're marooned on a remote island somewhere near the Tropic of Thunder. The good news is that the Capt. Of the S.S. Stone and her brewing kit were among the small cast of colorful characters that survived the rough voyage with you. Mainstays Citra and Mosaic, along with newcomer Cashmere hops are joined by their juicy tropical aromas of citrus, pineapple and coconut (try stringing all that together in a catchy tune). The rescue ship will find you all soon enough. For now, set aside the non-working cell phone and lack of social media (again, work with us here), kick back and revel in your moment of tropical island lagoon serenity.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
46
Ratings:
114
pDev:
9.64%
 
 
Wants:
2
Gots:
12
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 114 |  Reviews: 46
Photo of GarbageMan10
3.84/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of archero
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ummswimmin
4.23/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of shelby415
3.91/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of djrn2
3.25/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of mrcraft
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of hman43
4.04/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Look: It pours light gold with a white head. Head retention is excellent.

Smell: It starts with a strong grapefruit aroma. There are some citrus and lime notes in the background. It is clean.

Taste: It has a strong grapefruit flavor with a bit more lime that in the nose. It has some grainy sweetness. It has a clean profile overall.

Feel: It has a medium light body with moderate bitterness that lacks harshness.

Overall, This is a very hop driven IPL that is clean with grainy malt sweetness in the background.

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Photo of MacStinson
4.07/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of matcris
4.18/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

LOOKS: Slight haze, golden, lots of small bubbles rising. Small white head that recedes to a thin layer, and leaves a substantial lacing.
AROMA: Spicy, dank weed, slight tropical notes, but, the strong dank quality is front and center.
TASTE: Ditto, exactly. Bready...cracker bread notes.
FEEL: Well carbonated, slightly sticky, dry on finish, and medium bodied.
OA: Very nice flavor. I'm not blown away with tropical notes, more of a dank vibe with slight tropical undertones. A bit reminiscent of SN Tropical IPA.

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Photo of Asics
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of TheBigBoy
3.02/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Fine but forgettable...too many good beers out there and found this one to be monotone.

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Photo of bigred89
3.25/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of dsa7783
4.04/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap at Essex Junction in Bloomfield. Pours a golden, effervescent hue with moderate frothing. Ardent aroma replete with hints of citrus and grapefruit. Similar overall flavor profile.

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Photo of Tripel_Threat
3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from can to tulip glass. Pale straw in color, bit of a Haze going on. Finger of white foam, spotty lacing. Subtle aromas of tropical fruit cocktail. Flavor is watered down Del Monte cocktail with some white bread. Okay.

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Photo of TryThemAllOnce
3.34/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Intent on buying a lager, but found this one to be an IPA in disquise. It's not bad, but it isn't lager. Won't be fooled again.
Canned on: 11/20/18
A: Straw, clear, with no foam or lacing at all
S: Tropical fruits
T: Tropical fruit, bitter, no malt flavor detected
F: Moderate carbonation
O: As others have noted, it is pretty far removed from a lager in smell/taste - which is disappointing.

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Photo of buschbeer
3.79/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

1pt 3.2 fl oz can
Served in clear plastic disposable cup

Bright golden color with several inches of creamy white head. Excellent lacing.

Citrus smell with pale malt aroma

Good citrus flavor with pine and grapefruit finish.

Medium bodied with biting carbonation

This is a good hoppy lager. Easy drinking. Good flavor.

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Photo of mactrail
3.28/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Clear golden brew with adequate foam in the tall goblet. Very appealing fruity aroma. Light body and not as spritzy as you might want in a gulpable lager. Warm malt with mango and resins. Clean but on the harsh side as the fruit wears off.

It occurred to me that this is what IPAs used to taste like (except less fragrant) not so many years ago. The overly bitter aftertaste that gets worse and worse as you sip is a Stone Trademark. From the 16 oz can purchased at Barons Market.

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Photo of bschmidt_37
3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dsshuck
3.66/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mojohawk21
3.97/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of bundy462
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.39/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a nice-looking beer. A hazy gold color with a two-finger white head. Some delicate lace.
Fruity aroma, both citrus and tropical.
Pineapple and grapefruit, faint orange.
Medium-bodied. Lots of bitter aftertaste.
Nice enough beer, not as aromatic or tasty as I would like.

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Photo of Tiernan
4.21/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ScottK22
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Maestro0708
3.74/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours honey gold in color, effervescent, and with a two-finger white head with solid retention.

The aroma is full of intense, fruity, hops, featuring tropical pineapple and citrus fruits.

The flavor of this beer is dominated by hops as well, with those same big citrus and tropical pineapple alongside some berry and herbal hop character. The subtle biscuit malt flavor plays a supporting role, allowing the hop profile to shine.

Mouthfeel is medium-light and crisp.

This is a beer that is what they say it is: A crisp, drinkable, hoppy lager.

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Tropic Of Thunder from Stone Brewing
Beer rating: 3.84 out of 5 with 114 ratings