Tropicalia | Breakside Brewery

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3.63/5
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32 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Breakside Brewery
Oregon, United States
breakside.com

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
American Farmhouse Ale with Lychee and Peruvian Chiles.

Added by Kurmaraja on 01-10-2015

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
8
Ratings:
32
pDev:
15.15%
Bros Score:
3.78
 
 
Wants:
1
Gots:
6
Trade:
1
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Ratings: 32 |  Reviews: 8
Photo of Whatup14
2.63/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of emerge077
4.12/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Thomas and Jenny for this one!
Cloudy orange gold, flecks of spotty lace in the glass.
Bell pepper, chile heat, hint of dried fruit and even then likely from the chiles.
Taste is a bit more fruity, juicy and tropical. Pepper heat lingers in the back end.
Light and dry feel. Overall a great creative beer.
Tropical fruit and chiles isn't a new thing, but for a beer this is something unique.

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Photo of Moonshae_D
4.09/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Gobzilla
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of lillitnn92
3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Todd
3.78/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Tropical, Melon, Heat, Pepper

Brewed with lychee and Peruvian chiles, this brew pours foamy as hell with a hazy pale color. Big tropical fruits in the nose with a dominating spicy, peppery green chile aroma. Foamy on the palate with some light tartness, melon fruitiness, and, oddly, suggestions of overripe tomatoes. It definitely has some heat with black pepper notes that linger. Bready and yeasty beneath, dry overall. Tropicalia could use a bit more backbone and depth, however, as a fan of chile and extreme beers, I embrace the creativity behind this.

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As reviewed in BeerAdvocate magazine #101 (June 2015).

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

Photo of Westyn
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Beaver13
3.23/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle - gusher! Pours hazy straw gold with a huge bubbly white head that retains and leaves a little lacing.

The aroma is floral malts with mild fruit and spicy chilies.

The flavor is sweet tropical fruit with light chilies that provide surprising heat in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and watery.

Overall, an interesting beer but watery.

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Photo of PZBREW
4.55/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

For chili people. Spicy and really great. Worth drinking but need love for peppar.

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Photo of mactrail
3.41/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pleasant yeasty aroma with the fruity touch. Some sediment and a bit hazy. Fruity tang. The flavors are interesting but the peppers are just too hot.

I wouldn't rate this as a Saison, but really a Chile Beer. There is a touch of Belgian character. This might actually be quite good with a lower flame. From the 22 oz bottle purchased at a market in Portland.

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Photo of timsoder
3.92/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of aasher
3.6/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of nickfl
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of sharpski
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of marbh13
2.09/5  rDev -42.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

It's like drinking a burrito. And not in a good way.

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Photo of Erik-P
3.89/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Moose90
3.67/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of FondueVoodoo
3.62/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of beertunes
3.6/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Beervana
4.03/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Kurmaraja
4.23/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I make a distinction between "food beers", "share beers", and, well, plain old "beer" beers. This is definitely a food beer. Not only is it culinary in conception it goes incredibly well with a wide range of foods - Mexican / South American / Indian / SE Asian / Pub Food / BBQ / etc. The combination of melon / floral sweetness from the lychee and the pleasant spice kick is incredibly food friendly and the effervescence can cut through the fattiness / heaviness of food like BBQ or pub fare.

I get why a lot of people might not rate it highly. It's not necessarily the beer you want to drink to quench your thirst or to pair up in a bottle share. But it's a very well made, unique, food friendly creation. The kind of thing your foodie friend that "doesn't like beer" would really get into.

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Photo of TreeBear
3.6/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of Rutager
3.13/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

A. Pours gold-amber, a bit of haze, and two fingers of frothy, ivory head that fades pretty quickly.

S. Spicy bell peppers, sweet pale malts, orchard and tropical fruits on the nose.

T. Spicy peppers with a little heat. Some sweet light malts and a bit of spicy yeast coming through. Light juicy frutiness ...like an orchard/tropical thing but nothing easily identifiable. Sweet, but nothing excessive.

M. Medium body, medium carbonation.

O. This gets a little better as I go, but it's a real funky mix of flavours. Not terrible, but not my thing.

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Tropicalia from Breakside Brewery
Beer rating: 3.63 out of 5 with 32 ratings