Tropical & Juicy IPA (The Hop Freshener Series)
The Hop Concept Brewing

Tropical & Juicy IPA (The Hop Freshener Series)Tropical & Juicy IPA (The Hop Freshener Series)
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The Hop Concept Brewing
California, United States
Imperial IPA
Ranked #1,695
Ranked #8,687
4.05 | pDev: 7.65%
Feb 01, 2023
Feb 13, 2015
Tropical & Juicy IPA (The Hop Freshener Series)Tropical & Juicy IPA (The Hop Freshener Series)
Notes: Released in Nov 2015. Tropical & Juicy, India Pale Ale brewed with Grapefruit Juice

Aromas of floral citrus and mango dominate this release. While the flavor leads with a burst of bright papaya, pineapple and tangerine, and finishes with hints of spice from the hops and a clean, sweet malt undertone.
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Reviewed by MonDak_Joe1953 from Minnesota

3.93/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
16oz can. Can bottom is stamped 'FRESHEST 01/27/23' (sampling this a little past the best by date).
Deep gold colored and slightly cloudy body. Not much of a head upon pouring, with a skim cap and ring after a couple of minutes. Leaves behind a very thin ring of lacing.
Aroma is dull with floral hops, some citrus, and sweet malt.
Taste is pineapple, mango, and citrus fruit. Has a sweet malt base. Jam-like, similar to marmalade. Has a spicy note. Sweet fruit preserves in the aftertaste.
Medium mouth feel with some syrup. Some numbing of the tongue. Okay carbonation.
I think this is a little past prime but still has an expressive set of juicy fruit flavors.
Feb 01, 2023
Rated: 4.19 by FrancisM12 from New Jersey

Dec 17, 2022
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Reviewed by deanzaZZR from California

3.84/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
I actually confused best by date with canned on date so I drank this a few weeks before the best by date. I did put it in the freezer for about 5 minutes to cool it down more than I would normally do for a IIPA but I did want it to be overly sweet. Poured into a Port Brewery Tulip which is certainly appropriate.

Looks like a classic West Coast IIPA, a dark golden hue with a thin head dissipating quickly. Smell is a sort of generic juicy/fruity sweetness. Quite nice. The one fruit I can really pick up is ripe papaya. Taste is mostly sweet malt with a continued hop presence. Hop taste begins with that sweet papaya and flows all the way to a somewhat bitter and drying backend. Feel is substantial. Coats the mouth and lingering. Overall it's as good as I remember it (it has been a few years now). There's no false advertising here. It's a big, sweet and juicy IIPA that is an enjoyable slow sipper.
Mar 05, 2022
Rated: 4.58 by siwamura

Jan 29, 2022
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Reviewed by BillAfromSoCal from California

4.07/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
16 oz can with a "best by" date of March 2022; who knows when it was brewed. Poured into a goblet. Amber colored, clear with perhaps the faintest haze. Points off on looks because the head literally did not last more than 10 seconds and there was not much in that first 10 seconds. Virtually no lacing either. Taste and nose were both hibiscus and tropical fruit, mainly mango/papaya, less pineapple, really no citrus that i could pickup. Not very bitter. Nicely balanced with malts. Heavy side of medium body, gentle carbonation. Overall I like this one, but it is too bad it has such uninspired looks
Dec 24, 2021
Rated: 3.96 by 2beerdogs from California

Dec 14, 2021
Rated: 4 by dbauer from California

Dec 09, 2021
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Reviewed by RaulMondesi from California

4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Calling this offering “Tropical and Juicy” is like naming a steak “Tender and Succulent.” Like, if you are going to go big and braggadocio like that you better deliver. Now, does this one show up even during rain, sleet, or snow? I think so. It hits the mark like that one guy who is always at the pub and is way too good at darts. So, coming full circle, I would say that we aren’t talking Angela Lansbury world class here, but the beer still passes the audition.

Do your best, my minions, I believe in you.
Dec 07, 2021
Rated: 4.23 by jmbeerdude91 from Arizona

Nov 06, 2021
Rated: 4.1 by wc94wc from California

May 02, 2021
Rated: 3.87 by DOCRW from Washington

Feb 12, 2021
Rated: 4 by BabaBeer from California

Jan 30, 2021
Rated: 3.88 by rfreed from Washington

Dec 27, 2020
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Reviewed by JohnniEMc from Pennsylvania

4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Enter the contents of a pint can into a clear glass Imperial pint mug and observe. The color is a shining light copper-dark amber that is surprisingly on the translucent side. It's not generous with head, lacing, nor aroma. Expectations aren't running too high. That's a good thing, so now its not much of a fall. The best aspect about the taste is the hops. They're there in full force and complex, although not at all "tropical and juicy". This is a well, maybe very well, hopped IPA missing a backbone. Points removed for a misleading name. That's unfortunate because those that like a nice IPA with a pronounced dry hop presence will probably pass on this, something they'd truly enjoy. Without knowing its name, this review would go higher.
Dec 05, 2020
Rated: 4.25 by gshak from Texas

Jun 06, 2020
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Reviewed by WoodBrew from Ohio

4.46/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
I got a can of this beer from my local beer store just around the corner. It poured a mostly clear copper with thin white head that is leaving a spotty lace. The scent had dank citrus peel notes. The taste was nicely balanced and easy to drink with tropical fruit peel presence. The mouthfeel was medium in body with good carbonation. Overall its a solid beer.
Feb 22, 2020
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Reviewed by redresonatedragon from Washington

4.24/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4
This is a fantastic brew, the taste and feel are the best components, mine was a little muted on the nose, I could only imagine how good this would be on tap. A very full bodied IPA that has everything in balance, I don’t associate this with a tropical IPA, however
Feb 08, 2020
Rated: 4.1 by Gmartin75 from Pennsylvania

Jan 21, 2020
Rated: 4.08 by mds1101 from Illinois

Dec 22, 2019
Rated: 3.9 by vidisad from California

Dec 15, 2019
Rated: 3.97 by pfhanlon from Massachusetts

Dec 05, 2019
Rated: 3.96 by DB28 from California

Sep 05, 2019
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Reviewed by elNopalero from California

4.54/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
Let's get into this one. Pours a delicious looking clear golden tan with a nice creamy cap. I get the juicy and tropical notes, with hints of pineapple and some guava. There's a bitter sweetness, touched by some sticky pine that leads to a nice finish. This was a good one.
Jun 21, 2019
Rated: 4.22 by markhobbs1 from California

Jun 05, 2019
Rated: 3.54 by Sulty from Massachusetts

Jun 05, 2019
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Rated by Bruno74200 from France

4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Is there weed in this strong ipa? Nicely crafted
Jun 03, 2019
Rated: 4.04 by Agaton from Sweden

May 02, 2019
Rated: 4 by bdiiorio from Connecticut

May 01, 2019
Rated: 4 by XsoldoutX from Pennsylvania

Apr 30, 2019
Rated: 3.98 by rolltide from Pennsylvania

Apr 20, 2019
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Reviewed by jwc215 from Arizona

4.21/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Pint can - Freshest by 5/31/2019 stamped on bottom:

Pours yellow with a creamy white head. Trailing lace.

The smell is tropical - mango, pineapple, some orange. Slightly musty.

The taste is of robust tropical notes - fresh papaya, mango, guava - some orange comes through. Bready background. Alcohol well-hidden (with just a slight hint of black pepper). Long, refreshingly bitter finish.

Very smooth. Juicy,

An Imperial IPA with strong tropical character. An Imperial IPA that drinks like an IPA. Very enjoyable!
Apr 14, 2019
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Rated by Flaimster from Maryland

4.89/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75
A,very tasty brew,feels nice, not heavy in spite of the higher alcohol content.
Apr 12, 2019
Rated: 3.83 by Futbolmanby from Michigan

Mar 23, 2019
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Reviewed by michiganmatt from California

3.99/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
L: A slightly opaque golden dark-orange, with a fair amount of moderately off-white head at the initial pour, it dissipates down fairly quickly.

S: smells tropical, but not as much as I was expecting, given the name and the information from the brewer. Smell also had strong piney aspects.

T: like the smell, it was tropical, but not as much as expected, there was definitely still a strong piney backbone to the hops which was balanced with the tropical flavors. I was hoping for a truly all-out tropical beer, was a bit disappointed. I could name several other beers more tropical than this one. It terms of flavors, there is a very strong papaya taste to the hops, which, it must be admitted, is quite tasty. After taste is not super great though.

F: Medium body. Average carbonation. A bit sticky.
Mar 14, 2019
Rated: 3.5 by Mleblanc25 from Massachusetts

Mar 03, 2019
Rated: 3.92 by Bluesfolk19 from Massachusetts

Feb 26, 2019
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Reviewed by cbutova from Massachusetts

3.86/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
A- Tallboy pours into a goblet with a just about clear deep golden body. The head is an inch high with a very fluffy and frothy consistency. Fairly good head retention. The lacing is spotty with a few small sheets.

S- Well rounded aroma but perhaps not exactly the most tropical and juicy as the title suggests. There is some juice and hints of tropical fruit like mango but the brew also packs a lot of pine, softer citrus like tangerine and floral hops. Bubble gum, melon, cantaloupe, apricot, peach, dank weed, herbs and orange comes to mind. A decent suggestion of sweetness which might interfere with things on the palate...

T- The sweetness expected ends up being just a hint but the hop profile does take a big turn compared to the aroma. Most of the softer things like the tropical and stone fruits are toned down and grapefruit comes out as massive on the palate. Juicy and zesty ruby red grapefruit leads into oranges, tangerine, mandirin, slight mango, dank herbs, bubble gum and resinous pine. Citrus forward.

MF- Fluffy texture to the light-medium bodied brew. The carbonation is at a very high level. A gripping grapefruit peel bitterness lingers in the finish.

A bit juicy but honestly not all that tropical with citrus really coming on strong on the taste buds. Good but just isn't as bright as the best IPAs.
Feb 25, 2019
Rated: 4.53 by Bkglm from Massachusetts

Feb 23, 2019
Rated: 4.22 by JuiceMan818 from California

Feb 02, 2019
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Reviewed by BarleyWhyNot from Colorado

4.49/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Light copper color with little head poured from tap. Very “tropical” fruity scents mirrored by slightly juicy citrus taste. Great mouthfeel deceiving for an imperial. This is a very well rounded dank ipa.
Jan 23, 2019
Tropical & Juicy IPA (The Hop Freshener Series) from The Hop Concept Brewing
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 296 ratings