Tropic Of Thunder
Stone Brewing

Tropic Of ThunderTropic Of Thunder
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Style:
American Lager
ABV:
5.8%
Score:
86
Avg:
3.82 | pDev: 11.78%
Reviews:
103
Ratings:
270
From:
Stone Brewing
 
California, United States
Avail:
Retired (no longer brewed)
Wants
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Gots
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SCORE
86
Very Good
Tropic Of ThunderTropic Of Thunder
Notes: 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.
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Photo of Treyliff
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap

A- clear pale golden color, two/finger creamy white head, great retention

S- toasted grains, citrus zest, herbal hops, tropical fruits

T- citrusy hops up front with some herbaceous herbal mosaic, that also adds some tropical notes of pineapple and guava. The finish is dry with more tropical hops

M- medium body with medium carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel and a crisp finish

O- super drinkable and fruity

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Photo of SB2017
3.48/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

This beer is bitter and poorly balanced. I shouldn't have trusted a notoriously west-coast style brewery to go light on the hops in an average lager. They screwed up here. Fruity and tropical, sure, but bitter and watery.

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Photo of q33jeff
3.44/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

**
09/15/19

Can to snifter.

LOOK:Clear yellow. Small white head.
AROMA: rice, barley,lime.
TASTE: cereal, rice, some hoppy citrus, some soap.
FEEL: medium body, excellent carbonation.

Simple tasty brew. Nothing special, but a good affordable option, that floats the hoppy-malty line.

**

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Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Tasted in a pint glass from draft at Half Day Brewing on August 14, 2019. Brewed with Citra, Mosaic and Cashmere hops. Juicy tropical aromas of citrus, pineapple and coconut.

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Photo of mngermanshepherd
3.43/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This is billed as a lager, but apparently is an IPA in disguise. Looks like a lager...light gold, nice head, but taste is fruity and hoppy, exactly like an IPA. Finish is identical.

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Photo of monkist
4.63/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Damn! Now this doesn’t feel like a lager at all! And when I say this, I mean it in a good way. It is almost like a pale ale, or even more?
The color is like straw - that is raw (?), has a slight greenish hue? The aroma is exploding, amazingly fresh hoppy - and the taste has almost the same hop intensity, truly awesome.
I think I can see now why it is a lager and not an ale, because it lacks the malt base, or at least it lacks the kind of maltiness that you are used to with APAs and the rest. Very light bodied, almost watery, but the hops are boom there in your face and dominate over the beer. Very well made.
In the end when the hops start fade into bitterness, the taste changes into something more raw, like biting into raw hops, brrrr! Still, the experience is great all the way, a very intensive beer.
Tropic of thunder is here, in Japan, esoecially right now during the season of typhoons when one tropical storm follows the next... but this beer is nowhere like the depressive constant tropical precioitation, it is a gem, an odd one among lagers but one worth seeking out, it is a great experience of a beer for a tropical summer night.

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Photo of csmartinsen
2.12/5  rDev -44.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This an IPA.
I HATE IPA’s. All of them.
I LOVE Lagers. All of them.

This is not a lager.
If you want to drink an IPA, you will love it. If you want to drink a lager bc you do not like IPAs, you will not love it.

I am offended that Stone put “lager” on this can with no hint of it being anything like an IPA. What’s the point of this?

If you want a lager, this is not the beer for you.

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Photo of Gajo74
3.84/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear yellow slightly golden color with visible carbonation. A large bubbly head retains well.
The aroma opens very fruity with notes of citrus and tropical fruit. Oily hops aromatics also emit notes of berries, pineapple and grass. Light aromas of bready and grainy malts.
Dry cracker malt taste, grainy and bready, is also well hopped. A light malt sweetness balanced by moderate bitterness. Soft fruity hops flavors, not as powerful as the aroma, instead more floral and grassy.
Medium to light bodied, moderately crisp and medium carbonation. The finish is grassy and dry.
A well hopped lager that drinks like a sort of India Pale Lager. Not mind blowing yet solid and drinkable.

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Photo of HoppingMadMonk
3.65/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Medium bodied as well as carbonated
Aroma is a bigger hop blast than expected followed by malt,citrus,grain
Taste was similar to aroma with it having a much larger hop,bitter taste than expected

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Photo of RoyalT
3.15/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Appearance – The appearance is spot-on for the style. A big, easy, pure white puffy head atop a beautiful straw-colored body. If you want to see a textbook appearance of the style this is it.

Smell – The rich, quality grain is stomped by a massive hop profile. The stiff citrus notes and even white grapefruit completely overpower the grain. I’m a big hophead and appreciate how Stone overhops everything but would have liked to have scene a better balance here.

Taste – It’s a little more balanced at the taste. The grain is very smooth and the hops more floral.

Mouthfeel – This is light-bodied with some terrific, quality carbonation but a finish that is way too dry for the style.

Drinkability – I really enjoyed this beer but the style variants were too egregious too ignore. Maybe Stone has invented a new beer style or something but as a lager it came up short.

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Photo of Brad007
4.12/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a light gold hue with a huge head into my glass. Tropical in the nose with mango and guava notes. There's a new hop as well, Cashmere. I'm not familiar with it but it seems to add to the character. Crisp, chewy tropical hop bite, with guava and mango followed by a buttery acidic citrus finish. Goes down mostly clean with a little burn. This one is too good to drink after mowing the lawn. I'd drink it after smoking a nice dank bowl of tangie.

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Photo of patre_tim
4.16/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden with a small white head.

Smells of candied pineapple and tropical punch.

The taste follows the nose, very fruity.

Medium, sticky body with moderate carbonation.

I got this in Reno, and am having it by the pool in Redding, July 25th, 2019.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Stone Brewing "Tropic Of Thunder Lager"
12 fl. oz. can
$2.49 @ Total Wine & More, Cherry Hill, NJ

Notes via stream of consciousness: Nice label, as usual. 5.8% sounds reasonable. Somewhat hazy golden body - wasn't expecting that - and a short, but nice head of creamy white foam. The aroma displays notes of orange, blueberry, lemon, tangerine, papaya, and peach. It's not a bold aroma, but that's not to say that it's not strong, it's more that it's kind of delicate or refined. I'm not sure what's going on but this is a kind of tropical "noble" hop aroma, and being a lager that makes total sense. So what's in it? Ah ha! - Citra (that explains the lemon and orange), Mosaic (that explains the blueberry), and Cashmere which I'm not that familiar with. The label also mentions notes of pineapple and coconut... ? I can see a little bit of pineapple, yeah, and, wow, some coconut as well. Interesting. I was going to say weird but interesting sounded better. So what about the flavor? Well now I'm finding coconut, of course - I shouldn't have read the label. The blueberry remains, as does the tangerine and lemon, and papaya and so forth. Similar to the aroma though, it's not bright or brash, but more refined. It's part of the whole, not just hops riding atop the malt, which of course is perfect for a lager. I have to question though, why a lager? And is the lager yeast helping to give it that more seamless flavor? Back to the taste itself, it's got a firm bitterness to it and it finishes dry with some wind-tattered flags of tropical fruitiness still waving in the breeze. Looking back, the head held up fairly well and it left some nice lacing as it went, and it still has a solid surface covering and some kind of crazy, craggy rocks of lace rising up around the glass - essentially, a nice appearance. In the mouth it's medium bodied and lightly crisp with a little bit of zest on the tongue. Excuse my French but it's hot as merde outside today, technically hotter, even in the shade, and I'm enjoying this. I'm not sure I'd find it as pleasant while ice-fishing in Minnesota during the last week of January but it works now. It's unique. It's interesting. I'm convinced.

Review #6,628

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Photo of tone77
3.79/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 19.2 oz. can. Has a golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of tropical fruits. Taste is tropical fruits, citrus, light resin, hoppy for the style. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is just what I needed on this scorching hot day.

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Photo of stephens101
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours golden and slightly hazy with a thinnish white froth.

Aroma is full with tangerine, peach, pear and tangerine followed by notes of barley and a hint of florals.

Tons of fruit to go around as well as a touch of honey and grain. There's a faint herbal bitterness in the finish. It all works a lot better than I expected.

Light and nearly spritzy in spots.

While I will generally grab a regular lager over this one, I have to admit the added touch of tropical fruit is kind of fun.

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Photo of DaveMaciolek21
3.02/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I've had so many Stone Ales, IPAs and stouts, this was my first voyage with a Stone lager. The hops come through more than your typical lager, to no surprise. This golden brew is solid, more flavorful than a garden variety lager, yet it is a long way from the depth and scope of a Euro-lager. Fine, yet unremarkable.

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Photo of jjamadorphd
3.99/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

One of the better lagers I have had in a long time...

I normally stay away from lagers, I have lost a taste for them - plain and simple. Though every now-and-then I come across something that catches my eye and I give it a shot. I'm glad I did with this one. Great champagne colored brew with white, frothy head, and lacing to mention. The smell reminded me of an IPA without the bitter background (a pleasant after effect) and a mouthfeel that was well carbonated but not distracting, all the while remaining light and crisp. The taste was full of citrus, a touch of hops, and just plain juicy. This turned out truly to be a surprise - I wasn't expecting much, but then again this brewer does know how to please.

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Photo of dcscientist
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The description of this beer is lengthy, entertaining and accurate. It'll take you about half your beer to read it, at which point you'll already know what to expect. This beer is a West Coast pale lager on the surface, but much more tropical in nature and not nearly as dry or bitter. I'm definitely getting the pineapple, though not so much the coconut, but that's fine with me. Definitely one of Stone's more mellow brews.

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Photo of DrBeergood
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

L: Clear and gold. You can see your friend through this beer. Rather foamy, I'm thinking not the lightest lager.

S: Hoppy. Sure there's more things going on with it, but the focus is clearly on the hops. You should know what to expect from Stone by now.

T: One of the lighter Stone brews I've had. Think of a pilsner with a heavy base and lots of hops added and that will get you to the ballpark. It's tasty, no doubt. It will put, not a lot, but some, hair on your chest--as opposed to a adjunct American lagers.

F: Prickly fizz, a touch resiny, and a sweet malty base. I'm surprised it's not an ale, but there is a subtle difference in the yeast, making it a lager.

O: It's good for a cruise--No flavors added, no BS. Just add hops and malt and you're ready to set sail. I'll give it a 3.9 out of 5. Light, strong, good on flavor. Well balanced, and plenty of hops. I've never gone wrong with Stone. Tropic of Thunder is good throughout.

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Photo of VoodooBear
4.24/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Presentation: 12 oz. can with canning and enjoy by dates printed on the bottom served in a tulip glass.

Appearance: The bubbly, bright white, two finger head goes away fairly quickly and leaves behind a thick foam ring and some patchy lacing. It's a crystal clear, bright gold color.

Smell: There's a plethora of fruit aromas including grapefruit, papaya, mango, pineapple, apricot, tangerines and even a slight hint of dank pine and some coconut in the background. It's easily the best part of this beer.

Taste: It's quite sweet and fruity at first with hints of grapefruit, orange, lemon, and pineapple. There's some faint grain and herbal flavors in the background and slight hint of hop resin bitterness in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Silky smooth, refreshing and surprisingly creamy and robust but it's medium bodied with medium carbonation.

Overall: An absolutely great "daily beer". It's smooth, refreshing and easy to drink but with some substance and an awesome scent. It also has a lot of hop character while keeping the bitterness low and the ABV is a very manageable 5.8%.

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Photo of argock
3.84/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Great tropical and lime fruity aroma but the flavor was lackluster and fell into the same trap a lot of IPL types of beers fall into with hops with very similar flavor profile leaving a one note somewhat muddled hop flavor. Easy enough to drink but not a top flight version of the style.

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Photo of RobTheKnob
4.02/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Totally missed the style, but that may have been Stone's point. This is more or less an IPL that's been mislabeled.

With that being said, it is an excellent IPL. Hoppy. Medium-bodied. Clean finish. Really hitting the spot on a warm TX night.

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Photo of Amendm
3.79/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A strong pour from a 12-oz. can yields a finger of soapy off white foam with a few large bubbles, good retention and irregular punctuation marks of lace. Gold-straw color. yellow-straw in front of light with a slight hop haze. Smells of citrus and grassy hops, biscuit and bready malts plus pina colada mix. The taste is neutral on sweetness and above average on bitterness. Multiple hop flavors, bold on citrus, the grass flavor is both fresh-cut and mower bag funky. Solid malt presents, the pineapple and coconut are subtle. Bitterness lingers.
Medium-light body with ample carbonation. Smooth even taste throughout the palate.
A tropical IPL, way to bitter and hoppy for the style. No complaints, the label warns you.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.7/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

a real missed opportunity on this one, not that the beer is bad at all, it just seems a little under flavored to me from the tap, like the hops are a little muted in aroma and taste, and that like in typical stone fashion, its more bitterness than anything else, not super abrasive or anything, but i thought this might be more of a dry hop only situation where the fruitiness is allowed to carry a little bit. its also not as crisp and clean as i want a beer like this to be, that its a lager is only partially obvious, and i think drinkability could be quite a bit higher. furthermore, it seems like you can call anything tropical these days, i guess this sort of has that vibe, but its a pretty liberal usage of the term. i wanted this to be a total ripper, and it just didnt materialize in that way. still, the mosaic is fresh and familiar in here, canned pineapple and a lemongrass note, tropical there sure, ill grant that. i have been loving cashmere hops of late too, but they seem kind of minimal here, maybe a later onset and lost some to the bitterness that rises up. its still got some balance, a super light malt profile and just a little of the yeast peaking through, tastes fresh but the hop schedule or dosing or something is what needs a little tweaking. overall i was hoping for a summer slammer of a can, dry and fizzy and fruity from the hops, and they got close. i bet its better in the can than on tap, and i will try it in that format when i see it. for now, it was just okay. we need a beer in this segment that accomplishes the mission this one set out to...

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Photo of gvickery
2.6/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

Look is light yellow gold and fairly hazy for a lager. Smell is lemon lime but mostly lime. Taste is a disappointment, zero subtlety, taste like you’ve been chewing on a lime peel. If I were given this in a blind test I’d guess it were some sort of IPA or APA. So as to style it gets a failing grade. If it were an IPA it would be considered unbalanced, so that makes it a big fail. By far the worst thing I’ve had from Stone. Cut down the lemon lime thing by 90% and they might have something good.

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Tropic Of Thunder from Stone Brewing
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 270 ratings