Tropical Cream Pop Tasting: September 16, 2017 Style: IPA with mango, pineapple, milk sugar and vanilla Beer #: 1,094 ABV: 6.3%
Tropical. Aaah. Makes me think of a mid-winter retreat to my favorite Caribbean destination, Grand Cayman. Pardon me while I have a sensory memory of deplaning via the rolling staircase. The hot and humid air is intensified and stirred up by the whirring jet engines. An instant lather of sweat wells up as I haul my luggage to the car rental office across the street. Last year, it was so hot, the wheels on my luggage melted (yes, really). My thickened New Jersey blood needs a week of tropical rum punch and lawnmower beer to help me acclimate.
Okay, daydream over. Let’s pour a beer. This can’s label indicates that this IPA is made with mango, pineapple, milk sugar, and vanilla. Unfortunately, I don’t get any of these flavors. Way off the mark here. Has a mild throat burn and a clunky bitterness. A bit too too much in the way of lime or citrus rind. No juiciness whatsoever. Tropical Cream pop may have a couple moments when it’s tolerable but the false palate readings don’t help. 83 points, yikes.
Amarillo Ninja by Pipeworks was a surprise find at Cable Beverage a couple of weeks ago. I’ll say that the 9.5% ABV does shine through a bit much. It lends an astringent experience. Amarillo Ninja has some very nice tangerine and rind, as well as apricot. Overall – 91 points.
Tropical by Cigar City and Boulevard Tasting: November 23, 2015 Style: Pale Ale Beer #: 861 ABV: 7.2%
Had high hopes for this beer but that faded after the first sip. Yeasty banana was not the tropical fruit I was expecting. Tropical has some grapefruit bitterness on the finish. 84 points. Sorry – on to something else.
The Hop Concept Hop Freshener Series Tropical & Juicy
The Hop Concept is the third brand creation from the people that brew Lost Abbey and Port Brewing offerings. To this point in time, the brewers have created four annual offerings centered around the attributes of IPA. I think they’ve at least created four very solid categories that encapsulate the IPA category.
Our Hop Freshener series simplifies your choice of which beer to enjoy right now. Just read the name and you’ll know exactly what to expect. After all, those dank and piney notes you enjoy so much? That’s really just your nose doing its job, and proof you should trust your senses. Each season, we release a limited edition using different aromatic and flavorful hop combinations to bring out a specific character. Four IPAs, each available just once a year, and all crafted by The Hop Concept, the same team of lifelong brewers behind Port Brewing Company. It’s that simple. Honest, hoppy beers, from the people who know how to make them. So slow down, inhale, and drink fresh.
Sorry, not as juicy or tropical as I’d expect. Not the papaya, pineapple and tangerine combination promised but more of a tangerine dominant brew. It does have the advertised spiciness on the finish in black pepper. A nice imperial IPA – 87 points.
Sit Down Son by Carton Brewing Tasting: November 23, 2015 Style: Dry-Hopped Session Lager Beer #: 863 ABV: 4.0%
Wasn’t expecting this release a couple of weeks ago but I wouldn’t pass on any of Carton’s canned offerings. This one is marked that it was brewed by Smuttynose for Carton. Crisp and hoppy, entirely drinkable. A lager (or bottom fermenting beer) takes away the yeast flavor found in ales leaving you a straight shot of malt and hops. Sit Down Son does exactly that. A nice sessionable beer – 87 points.
Born Yesterday by Lagunitas Tasting: November 1, 2015 Style: Pale Ale Beer #: 864 ABV: 6.5%
About as fresh tasting as a beer can get. Very drinkable and crisp. Tropical flavors over a bread-like malt base. Grassy and some herbal notes. A little thin but overall an excellent pale ale. 94 points.
Modus Hoperandi by Ska Brewing Tasting: November, 26 2015 Style: IPA Beer #: 865 ABV: 6.8%
Bam – dankness in a can. At least out of the gate you get that sticky resin, wet and raw lots of herbal qualities like black tea and caramel. A few sips in and it unravels a little bit. Some astringency and clunky bitterness. All in all the total experience rates 88 points with me.
Mosaic Ninja by Pipeworks Tasting: December 6, 2015 Style: Imperial IPA Beer #: 866 ABV: 10.0%
How about one more from Pipeworks single hop series? This time the featured hop is Mosaic. A favorite aroma hop, this variety is said to import a berry, herbal and citrus aroma and flavor. I certainly get all three in lemon, mango, blueberry and some cannabis smokiness. High alcohol by volume does create a boozy burn. A nice and big imperial IPA – I’ll say 89 points.
Baja Hoodie by Smutlabs Tasting: December 6, 2015 Style: Lager brewed with chilies and agave Beer #: 867 ABV: 7.7%
Nectarine and some undertones of caramel sweetness. Reminds more of a red ale than an IPA. Hop bitterness is awkward in that it doesn’t have any distinguishable characteristic that creates the bitterness – like grapefruit for example. It’s okay – 86 points.