Heading for the ultimate throwback today with a beer that’s very similar, you could say, to the very first beer I did a review on! This is Clwb Tropica by Tiny Rebel with a slight twist; it’s non-alcoholic. You did read that correctly. Some say that Non-Alc beer is not really beer and I would be lying if I said this wasn’t the beer I was least looking forward to from my Tiny Rebel haul. However, I am a proponent of the phrase ‘every beer has its place’ and as always dove into this one with an open mind on a hot Saturday afternoon.
Visually, the beer has a fairly clear golden colour to it and producing a light, but decent, white head. The nose is incredibly similar to the original, with bold tropical notes coming through. Mango and pineapple in abundance. Most surprising is the taste. There is a fruitiness and hoppiness to it which is really lovely. The big issue, which is likely the issue with most AF beers, is the body is very thin, giving it a slightly watery mouth feel. I imagine this is why lactose has been added to it to try and bulk it up a bit. Despite that it’s still very refreshing, and of course, easy to drink.
A quick not on the can art: It’s a lighter take, colour wise, on the original Clwb Tropica. Plays off the original well and pleasing to look at, all good in my book!
Truthfully I expected very little from this. Previous Alcohol Free beers I’ve had have been a mixed bag. The bad ones are, in my experience, are much worse than the good ones are good. However, this is genuinely a decent substitute to the original. They’ve managed to get a hoppiness from the beer I wasn’t expecting and there is a lovely refreshing juiciness to it. I would happily drink this, at an affordable price mind you, if I was driving or fancied laying of the alcohol for the day. Very well done Tiny Rebel one of the better AF beers out there.
Thanks for taking the time to read! Cheers!
- Hops: Citra, Simcoe, Mosaic
- Malt: Munich, Oat, Torrified, Dextrin
- IBU: 30
- ABV: 0.5%
- Gluten Free: No
- Vegan: No
- Purchase Location: Tiny Rebel Web-shop