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Tropical Thunder | Bootlegger's Brewery

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4.05/5
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42 Ratings
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Bootlegger's Brewery
California, United States
bootleggersbrewery.com

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.40%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by womencantsail on 08-07-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
11
Ratings:
42
pDev:
12.35%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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5/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

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4.27/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Tropical Thunder
16 ounce can poured into a tulip

Pours a very hazy, turbid copper, burnt orange color with a white head, no retention, slight lacing.
Very aromatic, lots of tropical notes like papaya, mango, and guava, stone fruit skin, also getting some citrus-like notes, fantastic aromas.
Not as flavorful as I was expecting, but like the nose there are flavors of papaya, mango, guava, and the citrus comes through slightly more. There is a moderate/mild bitterness and the finish has lingering notes of citrus peel.
Light bodied, light on the palate, finish is dry.
Great aroma but it did not translate into the taste. It’s the most complex APA I’ve ever tasted with many layers of tropical and citrus notes.

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4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.67/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

So Raul cruised himself down by the train tracks like Keroauc to Bootleggers Brewery. And while getting dainty on a half pint in a mason jar/thimble, Raul says, why not?

Ok, it looks alright, and it smells great...so let's dip in for the real deal.

Yeah, this thang is deceiving. Like Lindsay Lohan with make up on, umm... Hell, I don't even know if I would then. It does have a nice lil tropical burst, but it ends a bit skunky like Lohan stumbling out of a club at 2 AM.

I mean, um, yeah.

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3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of Scott_torrey
4.65/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Great Hop Aroma. It was very dry tasting at the front and sweet when it hit the back. Very clean and crisp. It was hazy when poured and has this amazing orange tint to it. Reminded me of a beer i made before. Very good across the board. I wish this beer would get bottled.

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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of DangerDawg
4.72/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Beer_HOPper
4.44/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On Tap at 38 Degrees.

Appearance: wheat copper color, a little bit of white head, maybe 1/2 a finger, no lace, looks innocent enough.

Smell: whoa, strong sweet tropical mango, guava, pineapple, and pine from the hops, very good.

Taste and Feel: Sweet as the nose suggested, medium body, nice malt to round this out, medium carbonation, very hoppy, piney, and floral.

Overall, I was surprised. Initially, we ordered this for my wife as recommended by the server since they did not have the sweet blond beer last time we visited. My wife likes this very much. So, knowing my wife, I did not think I would enjoy this as much as her. To my surprise, I like this very much. If I didn't know, this could easily slip past as a sweet IPA. Cudos!

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3/5  rDev -25.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

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3/5  rDev -25.9%

Photo of womencantsail
4.64/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

On-tap at Bootlegger's

The pour is a hazy orange color with a finger of white head. Absolutely phenomenal nose on this beer. Amazing guava, mango, pineapple, tangerine, grapefruit, and pine hop notes. Some light maltiness, and a bit of Belgian yeast character, maybe some spice and bubblegum. The flavor is full of sweet, fruity hops. Guava, mango, pineapple, and grapefruit are all noticeable. A nice bit of piney bitterness and a moderate malt sweetness and yeast contribution. One of the best Bootlegger’s beers to date.

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3.84/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

1667th Review on BA
Growler to Bootleggers Tulip
1/2 Gallon

Split with my buddy Jeremy

App- A soft peachy orange/yellow. This was very hazy and dense in the glass. A bit of a larger 2 finger head with some big soapy cling down the glass. Looks great in the glass. Not as brown and resiny as some pales.

Smell- Hot damn!! Can you say tropical on the nose? Large amounts of mango and pineapple. Like a pack of tropical fruit starbursts for your nose. Creamy hops on the other side of it. A well balanced nose and not at all malty. Bright, hoppy and citrusy. Really aromatic with a touch of sweetness.

Taste- This was one hell of a pale ale. Would give most IPA's and DIPAs a run for their money. Bright, hoppy and creamy. Huge citrusy flavors with incredible balance. The opening flavors are of the fruits. Next is the hops and a peppery bitter flavor. Just a great beer.

Mouth- A huge medium body with a great medium carbonation. A large creamy feel behind it. Huge amounts of residual citrus with a pineapple and mango flavor. Creamy, hoppy and just a touch of bitter.

Drink- DAMN!!! I hope this remains on rotation for a while. This is a great beer. I want more!!!!

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3.25/5  rDev -19.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of xhuskr
4.32/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on tap at Beachwood Seal Beach 8/30
A = solid bronze/copper color...was dark inside..but beer looked great. nice lacing as I consumed bit by bit
S = great tropical citrus...made me want a 2nd one
T = smooth going down with the above citrus notes. no big hop kick later..balanced
M = easy going down
O = would have again and again..hope to see it again soon

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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.91/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Bootlegger's Brewery in Fullerton, CA.

Pours a murky honey orange with a foamy off-white head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus fruit, citrus zest, and melon aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus and melon flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with some nice fruity aromas and flavors.

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Tropical Thunder from Bootlegger's Brewery
Beer rating: 4.05 out of 5 with 42 ratings
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