Tropical IPA Beer Tasting

Tropical IPA

It’s the first Friday after Spring! My wife and I are celebrating the return to warmer weather with a quartet of Tropical IPA themed beers!

So, please, go get your favorite beverage, sit down, kick back and enjoy as we do our tasting!

Our first beer is…


Tropical IPA

BREWERY: Knee Deep Brewing Company – Auburn, CA
ABV: 6.5%
MATT: 3.25/5
DANIELLE: 2.75/5

LOOK: Gold and really hazy

SCENT: Pineapple, cream, almost sunscreen

MOUTHFEEL/TASTE: Sweet tropical fruit on the front end which is offset, almost overwhelmingly, by bitter hops.

FINAL REFLECTIONS: This was a good lead-off beer and I thought it was a decent drinker — though I have had better, sweeter Tropical IPA style beers of this type. My wife wasn’t as thrilled and thought that the bitterness was almost overwhelming, as if the beer was attempting to be a dry IPA and a Tropical “juicy” IPA all at once.





Tropical IPA

BEER: Sunshine Highway IPA
BREWERY: Dunloe Brewing – Davis, CA
ABV: 6.5%
MATT: 3.5/5 (changed from recording)

LOOK: Gold and really hazy

SCENT: Pineapple, hops, malt, alcohol

MOUTHFEEL/TASTE: Some tropical fruit and slightly bitter hops on the back end. This is much like the first beer except for a lack of a dry finish.

FINAL REFLECTIONS: A little sweeter than the first beer, and thankfully lacking that uber-dry finish of the first, this is a fairly pleasant summer IPA with a little body. Nice tropical fruit notes with a hint of hops. The alcohol is also very well hidden, which is most welcome.





BEER: Caribbean Garden Super Tropical DIPA
BREWERY: Karl Strauss Brewing Company (San Diego, CA) & Creature Comforts Brewing Company (Athens, GA)
ABV: 8%
MATT: 3/5

LOOK: Gold and slightly hazy

SCENT: Pineapple, mango, honey

MOUTHFEEL/TASTE: Fruit and cream on the front end and bitter alcohol and hops on the back.

FINAL REFLECTIONS: I think it’s a good mix of tropical flavors but the flavoring is a bit odd and somewhat unbalanced. On the one end, you have a nice tropical IPA and on the other, there’s a bit of a heavy alcohol and almost herbal element to it that weighs it down. It’s drinkable but I’m not sure I’d keep drinking these if this was at a bar.





BEER: Head in the Clouds Double IPA
BREWERY: Santa Monica Brew Works – Santa Monica, CA
ABV: 8.5%
MATT: 3.75/5

LOOK: Gold and hazy

SCENT: Pineapple, mango, passion fruit, orange, cream, alcohol

MOUTHFEEL/TASTE: Alcohol is right on the front end along with the fruit and it’s almost overpowering.

FINAL REFLECTIONS: This is like having a tropical drink instead of a beer. There’s a lot of alcohol that just smacks you in the face and it almost overpowers everything else. That’s what stops us from going higher. Otherwise, it’s a good beer — but is it a casual drinker? The jury’s out.


FINAL THOUGHTS: A decent tasting to start our Spring-time beer festivities. I look forward to more Tropical IPA tastings as the year goes on.




NEXT WEEK: Join us for another fun beer tasting!

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