Beer Review: Tropic Like It’s Hop – Innis & Gunn

Hectic work schedule has meant less time for beer reviews, so I squeeze them in when I can! Today’s review is a throwback to a brewery I haven’t had since I first started the blog. Scottish brewers Innis & Gunn’s ‘Blood Red Sky’ was amazing so I have high hopes for ‘Tropic Like It’s Hop’, their passion fruit pale ale. I picked this up from Aldi, where they have a selection of Williams Bros and Innis and Gunn beers.

Super clear amber colour lets you see that carbonation rise up the glass. Slightly odd nose to this one. While there certainly is a level of tropical aroma there is a slightly odd shallot or onion like smell to the beer. Flavour wise the added passion fruit certainly comes through on the body to add to the hoppy nature of it. The finish on the beer is a little bitter but fairly smooth overall.

A quick note on the can art: While no crazy artwork on this one, it does stylistically use the brewery and beer name well. The purple also has a nice reflective hue to it.

While the name of the beer is fantastic, I personally think the contents is a little lackluster. My main issue is the nose on the beer. It’s a tad off putting for me with that odd pungency. The flavour isn’t bad in the beer but compared to the previous showing from Innis & Gunn which was barrel aged, dark and complex this feels very one note and the passion fruit doesn’t pack as big a punch as I thought it would. It’s not bad brew but not a particularly noteworthy one either unfortunately.

Score: 5.5/10

Thanks for reading! Cheers!

Additional Information:

  • Hops: Citra & Mosaic
  • Malt: Not Available
  • IBU: Not Available
  • ABV: 4.4%
  • Gluten Free: No
  • Vegan: Yes!
  • Purchase Price: £1.59
  • Purchase Location: Aldi

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