Tropical Bitch
Flying Dog Brewery

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IPA - Belgian
Ranked #106
Ranked #25,215
3.83 | pDev: 10.44%
Flying Dog Brewery
Maryland, United States
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
Reviews: 80 | Ratings: 312 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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JohnniEMc from Pennsylvania

3.18/5  rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Thursday at 03:24 AM
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gooddaydiablo from New Jersey

4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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
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teromous from Virginia

3.59/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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
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RPMO from Ohio

1.55/5  rDev -59.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

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
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DimebagDaniel from New York

4.82/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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
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GuyFawkes from Illinois

3.24/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

"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
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Nephilium from Ohio

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.

Jun 20, 2019
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Act25 from New Jersey

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. 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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Shade1951 from Pennsylvania

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.

May 03, 2019
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josanguapo from Spain

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)

Jul 23, 2018
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jimmah120 from Minnesota

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

Jul 21, 2018
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dacrza1 from New Jersey

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...

May 21, 2018
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pizzabutt from Maryland

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.

May 20, 2018
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Fee from Pennsylvania

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.

May 15, 2018
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Vetbidder from Pennsylvania

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.

May 11, 2018
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BJB13 from Maryland

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.

May 06, 2018
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DrDemento456 from Pennsylvania

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

Apr 28, 2018
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EMV from Pennsylvania

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.

Apr 22, 2018
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rudiecantfail from Pennsylvania

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.

Mar 28, 2018
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dbl_delta from Pennsylvania

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.

Mar 15, 2018
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D1noB from Oklahoma

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.

Mar 07, 2018
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MikeWard from Pennsylvania

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.

Aug 11, 2017
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tone77 from Pennsylvania

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.

Jul 18, 2017
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captaincoffee from Virginia

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.

Jul 04, 2017
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BeerSexLove from Virginia

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.

Jun 07, 2017
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