Right as the cap is popped, there is a major tropical aroma. As the beer is poured, all the different tropical fruit smells come forward; mango, pineapple, passion fruit and lychee. There was no dominant hop aroma, which is unusual for an American IPA.
This beer pours dark amber in color and is relatively cloudy (possibly from the dry hopping process). The beer has good head retention, a nice, thick, white head with large bubbles.
Upon tasting, there is a lot of tropical fruit with some hop bitterness on the back end. It has a medium mouthfeel, the tropical flavors linger on the tongue while the carbonation slowly prepares you for the next taste. With every sip, there is a different tropical fruit, mango, lychee, pineapple and a hint of lemon. And then there is just a small amount of hop bitterness.
The title of this beer is actually right on, I feel like Deschutes Brewery did just press some fresh, tropical fruit into the glass and added a squeeze of lemon on top. The beer is fresh and flavorful; I would recommend this beer to the “ I’m not an IPA fan person”. It is easy to drink because it does not have a lot of the hop bitterness that scares people away from IPAs.
This beer lends itself to pair well with seafood; it has a good carbonation to handle the fattiness of the fish. I would drink this beer alongside fish tacos with a fresh mango salsa. The tropical mango flavor in the beer would complement the mango salsa, and the medium amount of carbonation would clear the pallet for the next bite. There is still enough hop bitterness on the back of the tongue to add a little complexity to the fish.
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