Tropical Bitch
Flying Dog Brewery

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Belgian IPA
Ranked #125
Ranked #20,394
3.83 | pDev: 9.66%
Flying Dog Brewery
Maryland, United States
Very Good
Tropical BitchTropical Bitch
Notes: 2015: orange and pineapple
2016: pineapple, mango and passion fruit
2017: mango and tangerine
2018: orange and pineapple
2019: guava, pineapple and tangerine
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Reviews: 74 | Ratings: 298
Photo of Nephilium
3.96/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma of tropical fruit, with a touch of sweetness. Pours a clear amber with a thin cap of white head. A touch of caramel and malt sweetness which blends well with the pineapple and guava notes. This eventually fades to a mildly bitter finish, with a touch of citrus. Full bodied, with a slightly slick mouthfeel. Overall a solid twist on the Raging Bitch.

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Photo of Act25
3.92/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Nice change up from the excellent base, which I prefer.
a) Pours mildly hazy dark copper body with 1 finger dense off white head with good retention and lacing. Slightly reduced action by the fruit addition, which almost always happens!
s) Aromas of peach, apricot, melon - predominate with the tropicals in second place: pineapple, passion fruit, mango Followed by herbal, floral, grassy, yeasty earthy notes. Orchard like. Cider sharp.
t) This cider sharp, more peach and over ripe pear predominate in the taste profile. But they're followed by the rest of the aroma in full force and complexity, so 4 for complexity and nuance. For sure cidery, shellac / pine, and pepper in finish which is quite on tune.
f) . Light dryness from bitterness, spice that rises as it warms. (Like all Belgians finish at cask temp.
Alcohol is well hidden, but good warming in finale. Good fall or winter beer, more than summer.
o) Fruity Belgian IPA, more IPA than anything. Unusual, a for effort. Like others... " I still prefer the base beer. "

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Photo of Shade1951
3.41/5  rDev -11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I would have liked this beer a lot more four or five years ago. These days, I’m not as fond of IPAs as I was back then.

True Hop heads will probably like this a lot. Hops is the dominant ingredient by far. I would have welcomed flavors of pineapple and so forth as described on the bottle’s label. However, all I can taste is a regular old IPA. Perhaps my palate is not advanced enough to determine the nuances of flavors. But I just do not get any flavor or aroma other than hops. It’s fine for what it is, but I found it disappointing.

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Photo of josanguapo
3.79/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From cervezasespeciales. In Teku glass. Playing Avadon 3. 5 months after bb date, but still nice. Orange peel marmalade-like notes with abv mostly well hidden (a bit shows)

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Photo of jimmah120
4.12/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

16oz on tap at new bohemia. Try the alligator hot dog

Look is a perfect cloudy amber-orange with an everlasting cap of foam thaT laces the glass. Smell is juicy tropical fruit and tell-tale dry belgian yeast. The flavor is 50/50 split down the middle of abbey and west coast ipa. Lots of juicy fruits, alcohol, and dry dusty abbey floor.

So good

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Photo of dacrza1
3.71/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

DATE: May 20, 2018... OCCASION: a busy weekend closes with a strong IPA... GLASSWARE: Chimay 30th anniversary chalice... pours an orange amber body with a collection of bubbles that feeds a half-finger's worth of creamy white head... mango and pineapple take center stage, making its tropical moniker appropriate... the "extra something" is a burst of berries and apple that suggest crispness for an otherwise tart offering... malts really do not make a strong statement, with passing biscuit feigning balance... first draw is smooth, creamy as its head, medium-bodied, and refreshing--much belying its 8%ABV until its warming finish... sweet, almost nutty flavors mingling with an audaciously brilliant citrus clarity... the buttery quality endears its finish... a lot to like here, and happy to have had Flying Dog around this long--they were among the first mix packs I remember buying, and they do a lot well... slight cough drop quality takes a bit from its score, but this one is a nice Imperial that fools you into a false sense of security...

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Photo of pizzabutt
3.51/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

appearance: pours with a thick white head that stays for the duration of the drink. a nice dark golden color.

smell: very hoppy. piney and resiny. smells like a double IPA but with mild citrus undertones. somewhat bready.

taste: again hoppy. a nice malty flavor with an edge caused by the bitterness. very slight citrus fruit is noticeable.

feel: light enough but bordering on the edge of medium bodied. quite astringent. an interesting combination of sweet and dry. it's sweet at first taste but finishes out with dryness.

overall: not what i expected from a tropical IPA. i was expecting more like a new england IPA, with heavy citrus flavors and less hoppiness. that aside, however, it's still a very enjoyable beer. based on the description from beeradvocate, it seems to fit with the style of a belgian IPA, but not the tropical that the beer is named for.

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Photo of Fee
3.74/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This is a fine IPA, but it does not seem tropical or fruity. Sure there are some undercurrents there but very subtle. It's not a bad beer - but there are better options. It seems a bit weak and watery despite an 8% alcohol content.

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Photo of Vetbidder
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Excited to try this bitch yuk yuk. I’d call this beer on the darker side of golden and see through with a sizable whitish head. Very tropical nose to this beer and sweet with slight Belgian notes. So far pretty good. I don’t know if it’s me but the flavor, although not bad, is not very deep. It’s as if the sweetness and bitterness have almost completely cancelled each other out. Very dry and fleeting tropical flavor with some yeasty spice? Is what I’d term it. Decently carbonated and medium in thickness. I’m torn with this beer. Decent for an 8 percenter.

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Photo of BJB13
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a nonic style pint glass.

Rich, golden-orange and clear with a decent white head leaving a moderate amount of lace.
Weak but delicious nose featuring yeast, fruity hops and pineapple.
Taste is well represented by the nose. Belgian yeast, a little hoppy, slightly sweet and dry.
Medium body, lowish carbonation and fairly smooth with a touch of graininess.
Easy drinking and refreshing.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.45/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

I don't know what happened but the combination of Belgian yeasts, Orange Peel flavor, and pineapple husk really made me not like this beer. It was pretty drinkable and easy to crush but I don't think I would have another bottle

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Photo of EMV
3.84/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

2018 edition (are they different every year?)

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Ballast point goblet

L: Clear medium golden amber pour with massive fluffy white head. Great retention and lacing.

S: Tropical hops. Strong orange/citrus and pineapple (as advertised on the bottle). Lemongrass mixed in.

T/F: Light toasted malts... very tropical hop kick. As expected pineapple and orange at the forefront. Milder citrus peel and resin. Some Belgian yeast character in the background gives it a bit of spice. Light bodied and drinkable... ABV is hidden.

O: All around solid. It won't become a favorite but a nice change of pace Belgian IPA and the tropical addition isn't obnoxious... blends pretty well with the hops.

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Photo of rudiecantfail
4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass.

L---Slightly hazy amber color. Nice thick off-white head that left nice lacing.

S---Grapefruit, orange and mango. Very nice.

T---A good bit yeastier than your average IPA. Tropical fruits are there as well. Grapefruit & mango.

F---Medium feel. Good, but not too powerful carbonation.

O---Damn nice beer. Atypical IPA, which is not at all a bad thing.

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Photo of dbl_delta
3.77/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle dated 7/23/18 into pint glass. Pours a very pretty amber-gold with an eggshell-white head. Initial impression is pineapple, orange, belgian yeast, and spices. Mouthfeel is medium, as is carbonation. Finish is fairly smooth with a lingering residual bitterness. Not a standout, plus I'm not a fan of belgians.

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Photo of D1noB
4.31/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The fruit and hops fight for the attention. Citrus up front, hops wins in the long run.

Taste rating in words: It's a screaming match between two twin girls, who both would like your attention.

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Photo of MikeWard
3.67/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle into a pint glass. Best by 8/2/17, so a few days past prime here.

slightly hazy but bright amber/copper body. Small off white head which dissipates to a covering and thick ring. nice lacing.

Faint tropical fruit notes interspersed with belgian yeast aromas on the nose.

Well, the hops have faded completely, the tropical notes are minimal at best, and the dominant flavors are all belgian yeast and spices. Was hoping for a bit more of a blend only a few days past best by. Ah well.

Mouth is a little above medium, strong belgian yeastiness on the finish, with a slight spice hit.

Overall, well, the best by date is clearly marked and I took a shot that 10 days might not matter much but it seems it does. If i find a younger beer, will re-review if significantly different, but unless you enjoy strong belgian yeast and spices with no other flavor, I'd give this a miss if out dated.

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Photo of tone77
3.38/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a bronze color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is fruity, no fruit in particular standing out. Taste is mixed fruits, spicy, bitter, light yeast. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall, not bad, but I don't think the tropical fruits work with this recipe.

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Photo of captaincoffee
4.02/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Had a couple of these during pre-4th of July events this week. Over the years, I've had quite a few beers from Flying Dog and usually felt they disappointed a bit. This is my favorite FD beer to date. For once, they come through with a bold aroma and it is full of tropical fruit as promised. Taste also has a fruitier a fuller flavor than their regular Belgian IPA offering and, overall, this is much superior to the regular Snake Dog IPA. Personally, I think the bit of residual sweetness pairs well with the tropical notes, although I think some people ding the beer for it. Good job on this one FD.

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Photo of BeerSexLove
3.72/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A beautiful deep golden/orange color, a crisp carbonation, a luring fruit scent, a teasing taste but something is awry as the lingering bitterness dismisses the menagerie of tropicalness that starts with a tease. I am not a lover of mango and it's prominent for me which makes my assessment as I would absolutely drink it again and again but would not buy it again.

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Photo of oberon
3.79/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours into a nonic a clear brass color with a thinner but well sustained slight off white head atop.Deeply fruity ion the nose with mango and overripe pineapple sticking out,it's pretty sweet smelling with not alot of the phenols wich I expected.Drunken tropical fruit flavors upfront on the palate with mild yeast notes underneath,more sweetness from caramel malts to boot.Yeah it's sweeter than I expected but it's not bad to moderation.

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Photo of drtth
3.99/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is the 2017 version of the beer and has a different flavor profie than the earlier version since both Tangerine and Mango were used in the brewing.

The beer pours out into a Duvel glass a clear amber-orange color with 1" ivory fhead that recedes slowly but visibly and leaves lots of lacing on the sides of the glass. A thin layer of foam persists for quite a long time. Sipping creates scattered patches and legs of lacing.

The aromas include the citrus zest from the tangerine along with some mango and tropical fruit in the background. There also seems to be a bit of citric hops keeping company with the Belgian yeast way in the background.

The flavors are, as expected, definitely tropical up front and include some tangerine zest and some mango. In a supporting role there are some tropical fruits and some light sweetness from the malt. There are also touches of some citric character and a light bitterness from both the zest and the hops.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and smooth with the persistent moderate carbonation. The medium length finish begins as the fruit flavors and sweetness start to fade leaving the citric hops to bring the show to a short, bitter dry ending.

Overall I'd say this is a fairly well done tropical fruit IPA with a reasonably good balance of flavors. That said I prefer my IPAs, Belgian or otherwise, without things like the Tangerine and tropical fruits. While I won't go out of my way to find this beer again I certainly would not turn it down if offered.

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Photo of brentk56
4.21/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is the 2017 version, brewed with tangerine and mango. The label has the same artwork as the original but it has an orange hue.

Appearance: Pours fairly clear and amber, with a modest head that leaves some splashy lacing

Smell: Citrus and mango, with spicy yeast tones

Taste: Fruit forward, with the mango making the first statement and then followed up by the tangerine; the malt base underneath has a light toffee tone; through the middle, the spicy Belgian yeast strain adds a twist, but the finish leans sweet and is dominated by the tropical fruit

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: I wasn't sure what to expect here and didn't realize right away that the adjuncts are different in the new version; still I rather liked it as all of the elements complement each other nicely

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Photo of kojevergas
3.41/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

$11 a 6 pack in NYC.

Belgian IPA brewed with tangerine and mango.

Soft, smooth, wet. Medium-bodied.

Belgian influence is minimal. Tropical influence is obvious, with some mango and tangerine evident. Pale malt sweetness balances out any hop bitterness.

B- (3.41) / WORTHY

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Photo of UPMD_Bill
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good head retention and lacing. Smell is mix of citrus and spice. Big malt backbone balanced by grapefruit hop flavor. Not getting much from the added fruit. Felt chewy/sticky, which seems appropriate for the style. Overall I liked it but not sure I saw much of a difference with Raging Bitch.

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Photo of safaricook
4.06/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a very complex beer with layers and layers of fruitiness, whether they are from the hops, the Belgian yeast or the real fruit additions. Every sip a new discovery. I like it quite a lot

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