What type of beer is Tropical IPA?
This beer is a standard IPA (India pale ale) which particular hops chosen to accentuate the tropical flavours from hops.
IPAs date back to the 1800s when beers were made especially strong and hop heavy to survive the voyage from London to India. Today many varieties on IPA exist such as black, New England, Wet Coast and double.
Tropical IPA Ingredients
Drop Bear tends to use much the same ingredients list for all its beers, the devil is in the detail of the malt and hops.
Tropical IPA includes…
- Malted barley
- Hop extract
They go on to list they exact type of hops, which is pretty common now for the modern beer drinker, but also their malt which is a growing trend i am seeing.
Malt – Munich, DRC, caramalt, chocolate, wheat malt, flaked oats
Munich is more at home in dark ales, as is DRC. They must be really trying to get a deep malt flavour into this
Hops – Ekuanot, simcoe, citra, el dorado
Ekuanot is a slightly unusual hop to see and will bring a lemon, lime flavour along with some tropical fruit. Simcoe and citra are tropical heavy whilst el dorado bring pineapple and pear to the party
Tropical IPA Nutrition
One of the hallmarks of the Drop Bear range is the low nutritional values, where will their Tropical IPA fit into the line up?
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Woah, that is a low and skinny profile. You can count on one hand the beers with lower values in any of these metrics. That is a sensationally low carb and calorie beer. I hope they can create enough body. Other beers with this low a carb level add maltodextrin to add to the body but not calories.
To read more about what isotonic is and how it affects beers, you can read about that here
Tropical IPA Look
The angry koala thing is back to scare you on a purple bottle with orange trim which does put you in mind of a tropical taste.
The beer itself is a golden amber with plenty of bubbles but zero head
Tropical IPA Aroma
Hops a plenty on the nose from the off. Tropical mango with grapefruit and citrus. It doesn’t smell sweet anyway
Tropical IPA Taste
The first 2 seconds of this are perfect for my palate. You start off with a nice juicy and tropical tasting beer but that fades and a big rush of bitterness takes over and lingers past the swallow.
I know many drink IPAs for a bit bitter hop hit but the contrast from the first few seconds of enjoyable tropical flavour to acrid burnt bitterness it more extreme than most IPAs.
The body is average enough but it is extremely skinny on calories. Likewise the mouthfeel isn’t terrible but it doesn’t win any prizes.
It actually doesn’t taste like more sugar would help. You can taste tropical sweetness, just the bitterness of the hops takes over.
Tropical IPA Verdict
This is another beer that there will be lots of strong opinions on. For a skinny IPA, it is certainly worth a try and if you like a lot of bitterness in your IPA
Tropical IPA Score
5.5/10 – The flavour profile just doesn’t marry up for my palate. The sweet tropical flavour was good, the bitter end, not so much.
Find out where this beer ranks compared to all the beers i have reviewed on my updated “Best Non Alcoholic Beers” page
Where to buy Tropical IPA?
You can buy this at Sober Sauce and get 5% off with code OPENINGTHEBOTTLE
You can try these at Wise Bartender as well, a brilliant non alcoholic retailer
For UK readers, Light Drinks has this and others, if you use code OPENINGTHEBOTTLE you get an additional 5% off
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Is Drop Bear Tropical IPA gluten free?
Yes, Tropical IPA is gluten free
I have an entire article on non alcoholic beers and gluten if you want more information.
Is Drop Bear Tropical IPA vegan?
Yes, all the Drop Bear beers are vegan friendly
For more on vegan beers see my article on the matter. Why beers may or may not be and how to check.
The flavour profile just doesn’t marry up for my palate. The sweet tropical flavour was good, the bitter end, not so much.