Monday, February 22, 2016

Flying Dog Tropical Bitch

Back in 2009, Flying Dog released Raging Bitch Belgian IPA to mark their 20th Anniversary. I enjoyed the beer then, and frequently since. Five years later, the brewery is celebrating 25 years with a take off on that popular beer, with Tropical Bitch Belgian-Style Ale. This anniversery beer is brewed with pineapple, mango and passion fruit.

Tropical Bitch pours a bright copper-orange color with a moderate off-white head. The aroma has notes of a tropical fruit mix, with pineapple coming through the strongest. I get a subtle hint of Belgian yeast mixed in as well. The flavor follows what is in the aroma. There's an interesting balance of tropical fruit, funky yeast and pine bitterness. I hesitate to use the term "fruity" as that may conjure up thoughts of sugary sweetness, which it is not. The mouthfeel is smooth and slightly creamy. The tropical fruit and bitterness combination lingers in the finish. 

I enjoyed the Tropical Bitch Belgian-Style Ale quite a bit. Flying Dog has come up with a unique beer with which to mark their 25 years of brewing. It's different, flavorful, has that Flying Dog attitude, but isn't too over the top. Brewed just once, Tropical Bitch is available in stores now.

This bottle of Raging Bitch was an unsolicited review sample from the brewery. The drinking was done of my own free will.

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