Hop Cyclone
Tröegs Brewing Company

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Style:
IPA - New England
Ranked #1,652
ABV:
9%
Score:
91
Ranked #8,960
Avg:
4.08 | pDev: 6.62%
Reviews:
17
Ratings:
46
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Tröegs Brewing Company
 
Pennsylvania, United States
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Notes: A soft, tropical and hazy Double IPA from Tröegs! Experience hop waves of epic proportions thanks to our Hop Cyclone technology, which churns in our fermenters and makes sure the notes of pineapple, soft citrus and juicy peach hit every last drop of this beer. London 3 yeast ups the tropical ante and helps uphold the haze from the grain. With heroic hop flavor and low bitterness, this once-a-year release will disappear without warning. Don’t miss it!

We taste: pineapple, soft citrus, juicy peach
Reviews: 17 | Ratings: 46 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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SFC21 from Florida

4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Troegs just pumps out great beer. Incredibly smooth for 9%, went down way too easy. No hop burn, tropical juice balanced with some traditional bitterness. Outstanding

Oct 24, 2020
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

4.09/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Man, I am SO proud to have Tröegs Brewing Company as a part of The CANQuest (tm)! John & Chris will readily recount my early visits when they were still on the industrial section of CANmeron Street in HBG & I was pushing for CANs. They were amenable to the idea, but they had just invested in a state-of-the art bottling line & it just did not fit their vision at the time. Now, CANs are it!

From the CAN: "Hop Cyclone Hazy Double IPA India Pale Ale"; "Handcrafted by the Tröegs Bros."; "Serve in a Chalice"; "Yeast[:] London 3"; "Hops[:] Citra, Sabro, Simcoe, Sultana"; "Malt[:] Pilsner, Wheat, Vienna[,] Unmalted Wheat"; "A soft, tropical and hazy Double IPA from Tröegs! Experience hop waves of epic proportions thanks to our Hop Cyclone technology, which churns in our fermenters and makes sure the notes of pineapple, soft citrus and juicy peach hit every last drop of this beer. London 3 yeast ups the tropical ante and helps uphold the haze from the grain. With heroic hop flavor and low bitterness, this once-a-year release will disappear without warning. Don’t miss it!"

I love these openly hazy beers as they give me the CANportunity to REALLY haze things up & get everything that might have flocculated back into suspension. I did just that before CANducting the Crack! of the vent, followed by a heavy-handed C-Line aggro Glug into my awaiting glass, er, chalice. I have all, or at least most, types of glassware here at Chez Woody & so if they have a suggested serving style, I am happy to CANply. I wound up with two-plus fingers of dense, foamy, rocky, eggshell-white head with decent retention for my efforts. Nose had a sweet, but non-tropical, fruitiness of peach and pineapple. Mouthfeel was medium with a slick softness in the mouth & on the tongue, undoubtedly from the wheat malt. The taste lacked any sort of bitterness, but since they copped to it in the Notes, I was willing to be foregiving. Instead of being bitter, it was more like a fruit smoothie with a blend of fruit flavors, including pineapple, orange/CANgerine & peach. Interesting. Finish was semi-dry since it was not at all sweet. I was happy with it, but not ecstatic. YMMV.

Oct 22, 2020
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CDBeerDisappear from Ohio

4.42/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy yellow , the head quickly dissipates to a foamy puddle. Lots of slow rising bubbles. Fruity aroma, nectarine, pineapple, mango, papaya. This beer has a really nice smell. The aroma is matched by the flavor. There is sweetness but it is subtle. Along with the pineapple, nectarine, mango, papaya I get a note of honey and apple there is more citrus in the flavor than in the aroma. Medium mouthfeel, soft carbonation citrusy finish. This is very good. I like the hop mixture: Citra, Sabro, Simcoe, Sultana. They really made this work. I have had 100's of beer that had the same general flavor profile as this beer, but this one does a different, better (than most) way. I will buy this again, for sure.

Oct 21, 2020
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DIM from Pennsylvania

4.49/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The words "soft" and "juicy" are used by the brewery as descriptors on the side of the can. Very apt. Citrus, peach, and a trace of mango are backed by barely a whisper of bitterness. The alcohol is not shy but is well incorporated. Quite a treat, and reasonably priced to boot.

Oct 20, 2020
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Steve_Studnuts from Pennsylvania

4.31/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

If you had told me ten years ago I'd be using words like "soft" & "delicate" to describe an IPA I'd have deemed you an irredeemable madman. But here we are, drinking zero-bitterness tropical cocktails like this here boozy wonder from Troegs. I'm generally not a fan of the way these hazies look, but the lacing on this one is a sight to behold, leaving big fat sticky rings all up and down your glass. Scent is all soft pine and citrus hops with big juicy blasts of pineapple. Taste follows with a pleasant peachy accompaniment. There's also notes of mango and other tropical shit that I sometimes cite but have never actually tasted (guava, passion fruit and such). I'm not sure that sentence made any fucking sense whatsoever, but bottom line: this tastes fucking fantastic. That said, if I hadn't poured this myself I wouldn't be certain that it was a beer. The massive 9% ABV is completely and utterly masked. Zero bitterness and minimal carbonation combine to further the juice vibes. That's the trend now, I guess, and if they all tasted this delightful I'd sure understand it an awful lot more. Anyway, another winner from Troegs; quite possibly the best brewer in Pennsylvania.

Oct 20, 2020
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Jason from Massachusetts

3.93/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

16oz tallboy can, sample from the brewery.

Not a full haze but there are some floaties, thankfully the head and lacing and an amazing sight to see. Big and bold citrus, piney, herbal, & grassy hop aromas and flavors. Passion fruit, guava, papaya, faint kiwi, & clementine all from the hops. Big hint of alcohol but does not become a bother. There is some malt deep down within. Just enough hop bitterness as well. A fun beer to say the least.

Oct 19, 2020
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Hops_with_Higgins from New York

4.11/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Thin and pale around the edges, but mostly nice and hazy. Orange/tangerine aroma and taste. Some additional grassy/herbal notes on the taste as well with a medium hop bitterness on the finish. Mouthfeel is full, it carries the hops nicely and masks the booziness a bit.

Oct 16, 2020
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RR_BeerMan from Massachusetts

4.37/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

So many New England double IPAs it’s tough to differentiate. This ones typical of this style, hazy, kind of pale orange color with slight hint of fruity scent. Taste matches expectations, fruity IPA for sure. Excellent beer though if you like this style it’s just tough to describe anything different than a Nightshift 87 or Exhibit A Hair Raiser. All are fantastic but really similar. At a 9 ABV, it’s not overly boozy in taste but after you’ve downed a pint you know it’s there!

Oct 16, 2020
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Celtics76 from Rhode Island

3.98/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Man, I used to be a big Troeg's fan 10-12 years ago. I simply don't see their stuff as much anymore, but luckily I'm still able to grab Nugget Nectar every year.

Like every other brewery out there that wants to make money, Troeg's has had to brew up quite a few hazy IPAs in recent years. I was super impressed with Nimble Giant, so very eager to try this one.

Pours orangey, very hazy but not turbid (I hate turbid), beautiful look really. Lacing all over the place. Has a nice tropical feel to it. Taste-wise, pineapple and peach all day. Very soft with no bitterness. Being brought up on west coast IPAs, I like a little bit & bitterness on the back end. I need to stop expecting this with this style.

Overall, I'm glad I tried it, would heartily recommend..but most likely will not try again as it wasn't all that unique.

Oct 14, 2020
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ChrisMon02 from Ohio

4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Muted orange color with a full 3 inch white head that leaves really nice lacing.

Faint aroma of citrus and faint stone fruit hop notes.

Taste is stone fruit up front with a citrus finish. Taste better than the nose indicates.

Very soft, medium mouthfeel. Almost creamy.

I like this one. Very crushable and dangerous. Zero booze detected at 9%. Dangerous stuff.

Oct 14, 2020
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MikeWard from Pennsylvania

4.11/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

16oz can into a pint glass. Best by 1/21/21, recent release, so plenty fresh.

Looks very good in the glass. Dull orange juice colored body. Big white head persists in good form throughout leaving excellent lacing initially.

Dull non citrus fruit aroma.

On tasting, stone fruit flavors outweigh the citrus. Good hoppy taste, nice balance achieved from the hop profile. Good brewing here.

Mouth closer to full than medium, finish fruity.

Overall, well, I cleaned out this 4-pack before the end of the 4th quarter of the Eagles/Steelers game, so it's extremely drinkable. Abv only a suggestion (until this one) Hoppy, sweet, nice finish. Clearly another one (or two) 4 packs are called for.

Oct 11, 2020
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LarryV from Massachusetts

3.99/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a ruddy yellow color typical of the style. I really don't get much aroma from this beer despite sticking it in my face. I get a bit of grapefruit in the taste with a nice hop bite on the sides of the tongue. he hops linger on the palate a bit with a dry finish. Mouthfeel is soft and a bit creamy. Overall a pretty decent brew that I enjoyed.

Oct 11, 2020
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JohnniEMc from Pennsylvania

3.96/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Most of a pint can fits into a clear pint glass, as there is very little head atop an amber colored liquid. The smell is inclusive of malt, yeast and hops. That's what the taste buds sense, too. There's a nice blend of those three contributors, but the low level of carbonation hurts their delivery. Mouth feel also is set back because it drinks rather light and flatly, although the taste is mild. The high ABV becomes somewhat noticeable. Pleasant version of a NEIPA, but with almost no character, nor body.

Oct 10, 2020
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BB1313 from Ohio

3.58/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Freshest by 1/20/21. 16oz can poured into a tulip. Pours a hazy yellowish golden; fluffy white head that falls slowly leaving great thick retention and sticky frothy lacing. The aromas are on the subtle side but open up as it slightly warms. Hints of apricot, orange and lemon. Some crackers and fresh bread. Malts are there. The flavors basically follow the nose for the most part. More hints of apricot, orange and lemon. Some pineapple coming through. Some fresh grass in the mix. Moderate to low bitterness. It's not that sweet. Malts do their thing. Finishes juicy. Alcohol basically goes unnoticed for the most part. Mouthfeel is full-bodied with moderate carbonation. It's fluffy, smooth and dangerously drinkable.

This is an alright New England IPA. It's nothing crazy, but it's not bad or anything like that. It's simply enjoyable, no more, no less.

Oct 08, 2020
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IronLover from Pennsylvania

4.02/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Overripe orange in color with hazy, unfiltered appearance. Poured with a moderate, creamy, bright white foam with good retention. Sweet fruity aromas with fresh orange zest and pineapple notes. Light maltiness beneath. Medium bodied with soft, medium carbonation. Pleasant, delicate, cream feel with mellow warmth from the middle to the finish. Fresh citrussy flavors up front, orange zest, pineapple, over-ruoe lemon, with an underlying requisite fruitiness. Medium light bitterness through the middle followed prickly booziness and fruity flavors. FInished with some boozy heat, fleshy , fruity peaches and an touch herbal hop. A very tasty, true to style NEIPA from Troegs. Love Troegs. Wish they'd bring back the Flying Mouflan.

Oct 07, 2020
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RacerX5k from Pennsylvania

3.56/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

OMG, it's an well known fact by now, that I hate this, stupid, no bite or bitterness, style of beer. It's not that it's bad, it's just not good, or memorable. $2 in my mix a six for an 9% 16 oz beer is OK, and would toss one in anytime, but thank goodness, I didn't pay the listed 4 pak price, Boring with an capital B.

Pretty,. hazy, good look but smells and tastes boring all day. I recently gave Sierra Nevada's Fantastic Hazy 9% thing an second try, and it was enjoyable, but still, like this, NOTHING to ever seek out. This style of beer is stupid, plain and simple.

Oct 05, 2020
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mvanaskie13 from Pennsylvania

3.79/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a narrow pint glass: color is opaque, hazy straw, dense looking, brighter white head presents 1 finger thick and then dissipates to a solid top with some lacing.

Smell is grapefruit pith, light pineapple, hint of stone fruit, light malt/biscuit notes.

Taste is mix of grapefruit pith, pineapple, stone fruit, maybe some blueberry, malt notes of light biscuit and maybe oats/wheat like bready character, light boozy burn.

Mouthfeel is low carbonation, moderate sweetness, low/moderate bitterness that dissipates, longer alcohol drying.

Overall a pithy hazy ipa with more pith and pineapple character than malt.

Oct 03, 2020
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