Tropical Lager
Island Brewing Company

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Style:
Lager - Adjunct
Ranked #91
ABV:
4.2%
Score:
83
Ranked #43,476
Avg:
3.31 | pDev: 17.52%
Reviews:
7
Ratings:
11
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Island Brewing Company
 
California, United States
Avail:
Year-round
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83
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Reviews by billshmeinke:
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billshmeinke from California

3/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

With a name like tropical lager I was expecting a nicely dry hopped off the beaten trail kinda thing. I guess that's what I get for judging a book by it's cover, or title rather. Basically this is like Corona, except that it's not skunked. Light, refreshing, crisp, clean, biscuity malt. Not a bad beer, definitely better than your average run of the mill lager. If BMC is your thing, this is for sure a step up, but still up your ally.

Sep 29, 2011
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AleHunter805 from California

2.75/5  rDev -16.9%

Jul 25, 2014
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drdiesel9483 from Ohio

2.69/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Look - about standard nothing special
Smell - Slight tropical smell but mostly lager
Taste - not very tropical, mostly lager like the smell
Feel - light body with a slight carb
Overalll - ok

Oct 14, 2021
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JayTheFinn from California

4.32/5  rDev +30.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Usually he sticks with ales, but Island brewmaster Paul Wright recently tried his hand at a lager. He calls simply enough the Tropical Lager. He wanted to model it after European lager styles and give it a Southern California kick. Not wanting to be called out on its style inconsistence by the beer snobs, he calls it just a regular ol' American Macro Lager. As such it is the best one of that sort that I've ever had. Unfortunately you can only get it at his taproom in Carpinteria, CA and he may discontinue it at the end of the batch, since it was more or less an experiment. Let's hope he changes his mind. In the meanwhile I'll keep heading back to the taproom again and again before it runs out.

A - Pale clear straw body with a thin white head. Just a little lacing.
S - Subtle pineapple scent.
T - Clear, cool, crisp! Slightly fruity pineapple flavor washes over the tongue with no cloying sweetness.
M - For the style it's got a fairly strong mouthfeel, but as a beer up against any other, it's light.
D - Absolutely the most drinkable lager I've ever had. This would be the hit of anyone's backyard bbq regardless of your usual tastes, whether you're a macro or micro drinker.

Jul 23, 2006
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t0rin0 from California

3.75/5  rDev +13.3%

Oct 15, 2012
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Floydster from California

3.85/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle purchased for five dollars from the brewery on Sunday, drinking currently from my Stone pint glass, color is a light golden yellow, small 1/2 inch creamy white head that goes down quickly, no lacing, aroma consists of bread, toasted malts, earthiness, light hops, and saltines, flavor starts off with a crisp skunkiness, toasted caramel and loafs of bread in the middle, could not believe the chewiness I was getting from a lager, finish is slightly dry with hops but still a lot of toasted bread and grains in the aftertaste, did not change much as it warmed, toasted, dry, and crisp mouthfeel, light to medium bodied, moderate carbonation, could drink another bomber of this with ease, smooth and light, goes down very easily, nice seasonal from this Carpinteria brewery, nice session beer that is full of flavor for its style, think was listed around four percent alcohol, would drink again, worth trying

Sep 02, 2009
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brokensail from California

3.08/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On-tap at Island

Pours a slightly cloudy straw color with a white head. The nose is incredibly light. A weird lemon and lemon zest aroma. Minimal malt character, a touch of yeast, maybe some orange. The flavor is quite bland and very light. Mild grass and straw, a hint of malt, maybe some lemon zest in there, too. Lighter than a good deal of the light lagers I’ve had.

Aug 15, 2012
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GRG1313 from California

2.97/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviews are from 2006, 2009, 2011 and now 10 months later in 2012. I have no idea when this beer was made but found it well stocked in a cooler at Green Jug in the San Fernando Valley. This site, and the bottle, say Limited Release. However, I must believe based on the foregoing that it has been made periodically.

Pours a solid yellow with a fast fading white head.

Nose is light corn tortilla which is nice but simple.

Mouthfeel is light, thin and rather non-descript.

Flavor profile is simple and single dimensional in it's tortilla yeasty character which then fades into a simple bitter lager finish.

Flavor, while simple, is pretty assertive and the finish is somewhat bold and long lasting. This one is a bit "watery" but with some appealing aspects.

Jul 28, 2012
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UCLABrewN84 from California

3.96/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Surf 'N' Suds Beer Festival held at Carpenteria State Beach in Carpenteria, CA.

Pours a clear light yellow with a foamy white head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of grain, grass, and fruit aromas. Taste is much the same with grain, grass, and earth flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of earth 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 that is tasty, refreshing, and easy to drink.

Serving type: on tap.

Aug 17, 2015
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TicoCali from California

2.5/5  rDev -24.5%

Aug 30, 2012
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GeorgeH from California

3.75/5  rDev +13.3%

Jul 14, 2013
Tropical Lager from Island Brewing Company
Beer rating: 83 out of 100 with 11 ratings