22 February 2017
I’ll admit that in the dead of winter, with February finally fading, anything with the word “tropical” in the name suddenly sounds appealing. Of course we’re talking beer, and of course when it comes from Flying Dog, you know we’re in for a treat.
First launched to celebrate Flying Dog’s 25th Anniversary, Tropical Bitch now returns for 2017 by popular demand. But that’s not all. For 2017, Tropical Bitch has come back with new fruit flavors on board. The previous pineapple, mango and passion fruit have been replaced with tangerine and mango, and the AbV has even been increased to go from 7% to 8%-AbV. In any case, I can’t resist any longer…so off we go.
Tropical Bitch leads with some citrus and sweet tropical fruit aromas. These are followed by the traditional Belgian yeast nose and a bit of spice. The flavors kick off with mango and bitter citrus in part from the Galaxy, Warrior and Amarillo hops on board, but more so from the mango and tangerine fruit used in this IPA. Tropical Bitch finishes clean & crisp with late bitter hop notes. I was expecting some boozy notes at 8%-AbV, but the beer really balances them well, and at 55 IBU you also won’t miss the fact that this is an IPA at heart. Overall we really liked the beer and we’d love to see it return each year with different tropical fruits featured.
Flying Dog Tropical Bitch is available now through March in 12oz bottles….so be sure to try it for yourself. And when you do, be sure to let us know what YOU think.