Tropical Bitch
Flying Dog Brewery

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Flying Dog Brewery
Maryland, United States
IPA - Belgian
Ranked #68
Ranked #21,178
3.8 | pDev: 10.79%
Jun 14, 2022
Nov 16, 2015
Very Good
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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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3.93 by Danzifer from Ohio on Jun 14, 2022
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2.12/5  rDev -44.2%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1
by RacerX5k from Pennsylvania

Well, this is fucking stupid. Or, is this becoming the norm for craft beer these days? Just pathetic, one beer has stood out this year, the Hop Slam, best Slam I've had all these years. This beer fucking stinks, I tossed 2 into my mix a seven, yes, it's not expensive, but when did the stupid Belgian yeast become tropical? Banana? maybe? If I had to eat cereal, would add banana.
But this is fucking stupid, and, yes, I'll drink the other one, but NEVER again Beyond stupid.

Mar 24, 2022
3.99 by CreekyJarls from New Jersey on Oct 09, 2021
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3.18/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
by JohnniEMc from Pennsylvania

From a brown twelve ounce bottle into a clear glass Imperial pint mug this liquid went. Now, it can be seen as a bright and nearly clear copper-amber. There's a little bit of an enduring white head. It has a Belgian yeast aroma, but it's not overly pungent. The taste brings out the worst part of Belgians, that sort of metallic intrusion into the taste that is very unattractive to those who haven't aquired a taste for it. There are some really good Belgiums that are complex and that aspect actually contributes to the overall. In short, this is not a good beer. It's one of the least smooth beers you will ever have, making Golden Monkey seem like a velvety treat. Overly yeasty, then overly bitter, but in a perfume-llke way, not a good hop driven way. Tropical? Maybe because that Belgian yeast taste can be reminiscent of bananas; but, there are many that don't think banana beer is such a good idea.

Jun 17, 2021
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4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by gooddaydiablo from Texas

look: very beautiful color, pinkish rose,

smell: Belgian,

taste: Belgian, tangerine, grapefruit peel

feel: very crushable, a mix of bittersweet, body is thin

overall: decent, cheers!

May 08, 2021
4.41 by Shan-man from New Jersey on May 02, 2021
4.16 by TonyStarks2231 from New York on Apr 18, 2021
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3.59/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by teromous from Virginia

From the label: "FOR OPTIMAL FRESHNESS ENJOY BY: 08.19.21B"

Appearance: The body ranges from dark amber to copper in color. It has good clarity and a very large off-white head. The texture of the head is both fluffy and creamy with wisps of bubbles creating lace at the edge of the glass. Great retention.

Aroma: A slightly floral scent comes through with a note of lemon zest. There is a light hint of clove and what smells like wheat. The overall aroma is very mellow.

Taste: Up front there is clove, followed by an odd flavor which tastes a bit like agave and melon mixed together. There's a bit of rose hip flavor too.

Mouthfeel: It's smooth and easy to drink with medium carbonation. The body is on the lower edge of medium. It's a bit slick in the aftertaste.

Overall: The label states that this is a "BELGIAN-STYLE INDIA PALE ALE BREWED WITH GUAVA, PINEAPPLE AND TANGERINE." This is an interesting beer because the mixture of hop characters and fruits give it this oddly unique flavor. It doesn't really taste specifically like the advertised flavors, but it's obvious that there's something else going on in this beer. There is a noticeable Belgian yeast character so I would primarily recommend it to those who love Belgian beers but want something a little different. I could drink it again and I would recommend it overall.

Apr 09, 2021
3.42 by SpaethJam from New York on Mar 29, 2021
3 by 1971bernat from Virginia on Jun 21, 2020
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1.55/5  rDev -59.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 2
by RPMO from Ohio

Flyin dog is a straight up class act brewery. For the love of God please stop brewing this tropical bitch crap. Love Rage but this stuff tastes more like flowers and that’s a no go as far as great beer taste goes. Bloodline, Truth, snake dog all have a solid signature . Tropical Bitch needs a new name. Tropical Botch!

Jun 10, 2020
3.85 by Jbavi360 from New York on May 31, 2020
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4.82/5  rDev +26.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
by DimebagDaniel from New York

This is my first IPA that got me into IPAs and furthered my love of Flying Dog! Raging bitch is good but the difference is the fruit they put in! It's seasonal so grab it while you can!

May 17, 2020
4.06 by wc94wc from California on May 03, 2020
4.22 by Milkman_d83 from Kentucky on Apr 18, 2020
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3.24/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
by GuyFawkes from Illinois

"Best by 7/6/16"; drank 2/25/16 @ the Yarchives.

See-through red/orange appearance.

A rough pour yielded a nice white head; a curtain of lace.

Melon, strawberry, banana & faint clove notes in the nose.

Medium mouthfeel.

Banana, faint caramel & faint strawberry flavors up front; black pepper & dry booze heat notes on the finish.

The fruity nose was promising, but this was not overly enticing.

Nov 09, 2019
3.96 by Trboley from Ohio on Aug 29, 2019
3.85 by Marzen_Fan from Ohio on Jul 21, 2019
3.81 by mltobin from Connecticut on Jun 26, 2019
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3.96/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Nephilium from Ohio

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.

Jun 20, 2019
3.48 by Fr33man from Maryland on Jun 19, 2019
3.56 by JamieDuncan from Maryland on Jun 16, 2019
3.44 by mjw2808 from Maryland on May 31, 2019
3.71 by let8it8grow from Pennsylvania on May 18, 2019
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3.92/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75
by Act25 from New Jersey

Nice change up from the excellent base, which I prefer. 2021 a bit too fruity.
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. "

May 06, 2019
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3.41/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
by Shade1951 from Pennsylvania

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.

May 03, 2019
2.83 by chiefz1 from New York on Apr 24, 2019
3.79 by Curt3 from New Jersey on Mar 27, 2019
3.75 by XxthaDoggxX from Virginia on Sep 13, 2018
3.77 by edthehead from New York on Aug 19, 2018
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3.79/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by josanguapo from Spain

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)

Jul 23, 2018
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3.77/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by jimmah120 from Minnesota

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

Jul 21, 2018
4.18 by JDK from Ohio on Jul 01, 2018
3.99 by bigpoppa67 from Wisconsin on Jun 16, 2018
4 by JmpJckFlsh from Maine on Jun 03, 2018
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3.71/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by dacrza1 from New Jersey

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...

May 21, 2018
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3.51/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by pizzabutt from Maryland

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.

May 20, 2018
4 by mpenske from California on May 19, 2018
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3.74/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by Fee from Pennsylvania

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.

May 15, 2018
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