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Nu-Tropic | Stillwater Artisanal Ales

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Brewed by:
Stillwater Artisanal Ales
Maryland, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
India Pale Ale with Mango & Passionfruit.

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Photo of grue_soda
4.21/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mecmd
3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Maillard
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3.3/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Tasted in a Spiegelau IPA glass from a 12 fl oz can on October 21, 2017. Best before 20 Jan 18. Look is hazy with sediment floating around. Smell and taste is mango, passionfruitmand sour citrus. Feel is bitter and dry.

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Photo of Corson
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Jsalz21
3.64/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Expecting a tropical, fruit heavy IPA. No real preconceived notions going in. Fruited IPAs feel like a fad to me but that doesn't mean they can't be good.

Pours very cloudy with noticeable sediment and a bubbly white head. Nothing gross but this must be unfiltered.

The nose is pure passionfruit cut with mango. Not a pervasive scent, but it is most certainly there and more fruity then most.

A certain fruity/pithy sour like passionfruit Italian ice and citric juice is at play here. Mango plays second fiddle behind the fruity sourness. It overall captures tropical notes while still having a bit of pucker to it.

This is actually really sour, or it has a lot of bite at the very least. Not like a wild ale or anything, more like a really dry, citric juice type product. It could honestly pass for a sour IPA, if it was made sour through fruit essence additions.

Well this is a curious one. It's a well made IPA with some more daring-than-usual flavors and a sour-ish bite.

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Photo of Ri0
3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Stevedore
3.81/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz can, served in a snifter glass. Pours a hazy golden straw-yellow body, one finger white head, good retention, bits of lacing. Smell is mild passion fruit tartness, caramel, cereal, not much else. Not particularly aromatic for whichever reason. Flavour works nicely though; the mango/tropical fruit sweetness comes across all the way through with a very light passion fruit tartness, mild cereal grain sweetness, touch of caramel. Not particularly bitter, but still mildly bitter with a more non-descript hop resin. An odd beer, but it's tasty. Mouthfeel is medium-lighter bodied, good carbonation, slightly more crisp and dry than I'd like, but not necessarily a detractor here. An interesting fruited up IPA, not too bitter but it's not too sweet either. Decent balance.

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Photo of Hendry
3.77/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

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

This is an interesting beer. Not sure I would call it an IPA but then again not sure what else I would call it. The smell is hoppy with tart citrus - mostly orange. The taste is an interesting blend of tart, bitter, and hoppy. Tasty and unique but not amazing. yb

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

Photo of dexterk1
3.77/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of NEIPA
3.93/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great refreshing mellow tropical ale, on the verge of being an IPA yet without the assertive hopiness needed to truly earn the title

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Photo of Baumer
3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pale yellow, hazy gold in color. lots of head. not very clear, and it looks like there is some suspended particulates. a lot of grapefruit in the aroma, also (as advertised) i smell a good amount of passion fruit. hoppy aroma, but the hops are a little subdued maybe. smells very enticing. quite bitter, but also very fruity! nice taste for sure! a really strong balance of fruit and hops. quite 'tropical' tasting. mouthfeel is creamy with light to medium body and perfect carbonation. finish is on the slow side for an IPA and the bitter/citrus balance remains in tact for awhile after the swallow. OVerall, a very solid citrus IPA. I'm slightly bothered by the amount of particulate floating about, but I cannot complain about the other qualities at all. I'll probably buy another can of this and see how it looks.

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Photo of utopiajane
3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a sweet haze, deliberate or not. Not completely opaque. Big head of cream colored foam that fell well.

Nose is mango and a fruity sweetness from passion fruit. Lightly herbal. Spice form hops, hop pepper and cracker malt. Drinks like a tradtional hop bomb IPA. Lots of fruit but not heavy from a bitter hop mouthfeel. It does however have an IPA strength bitterness. It's also light silky and juicy. The dominant citrus taste in the finish is grapefruit juice. A little abv also peppers the finish. The bitterness is strong but the body of the beer is soft. There is a little juicy sweetness. A light smooth touch from malt.

Light to drink and refreshing.

Does it meet the style in appearance. In this beer I had a range of stuff in it from small to pretty big chunks. In some beers the stuff falls out fine like four by the end of the glass. These were varying degrees of what I think is protein and fruit pulp. In the last pour I held back the last 2 ounces to see if there was sediment. 1st pour no sediment, 2nd big sediment. The last pour did have chunks in it. That is what these are called. Bigger than sea monkeys not as flakey as snow globes. Was darn delicious too.

The appearance was terrible by any standard with the big chunks in it.

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Sammy
3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of gatornation
3.52/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slight hazed golden color . Smell is ripe mango and grapefruit. Taste is ripe fruit not as topical as i would have liked . Mouth feel is ripe with fruit and a little bitter on the finish. Had high hopes for this IPA , and it turned out to just be average.

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Photo of atlbravsrno1
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of zeff80
3.92/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured out a slightly cloudy, golden-orange color with a one-finger head of foam. It smelled of pineapple, hints of mango and some sweet caramel. Got a lot of the pineapple flavor. Not much mango.

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Photo of Karenremom
3.59/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jason_cs
3.94/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of pubscout
4.24/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Up-front confession: I was mighty thirsty when I popped this can with the unusual artwork and minimal branding, but not so much so that I gulped it down without some analysis. It poured a nice hazy yellow-orange. Looked somewhat creamy, in fact, and when I finally got finished looking and smelling it, that was indeed the mouthfeel. Creamy, not chewy. But the nose yielded mango and passionfruit as promised and the taste did like wise, adding a hint of pine on the back end. Being thirsty, I didn't take small sips, but did manage a bit of retro-olfaction where the beer got even tastier. at just 6% ABV, it's definitely sessionable, and would be a great post-summer yard-work beer or a post-beach volleyball beer.

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Photo of SomethingClever
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz pour on tap into a tulip glass.

A: Very slight small filmy white head, but the pour was to the brim. Body is a bright yellow almost orange with a hazy body.

S: Mango, honey, cantaloupe, a little pine

T: lots of mango, pine, grapefruit zest comes out pretty heavily on the end.

M: Good fuller body on this IPA with a little bit of creaminess.

O: this beer isn't bad at all. It really doesn't stand out too much but it is a very solid beer. I wouldn't look for it, but if it were there I wouldn't pass it up.

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Nu-Tropic from Stillwater Artisanal Ales
Beer rating: 3.78 out of 5 with 202 ratings
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