Dead Frog Tropic Vice

Reviewed by on May 22, 2016 in Summer Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Dead Frog Brewing

  • Origin: Aldergrove, BC, CA

  • Rated On: May 22, 2016

  • Best Before: N/A

  • ABV: 5.0%

  • Ideal Temperature: cold to cool

  • Style: Fruit Ale

  • Rating: GOOD !

The Review

In an ode to 1980s-era buddy-cop shows, this ‘tropical fruit ale’ is the guest star of the current Dead Frog mixed-pack, as well as appearing in its own sixers.  A very summery-seeming offering, infused with mango and passion fruit, apparently.

This 341ml bottle pours a hazy, pale golden yellow colour, with three fingers of puffy, finely foamy, and somewhat creamy off-white head, which leaves some layered tree branch lace around the glass as it quickly sinks out of sight.

It smells of pungent tropical fruit – mangoes, passion fruit, kiwi, and generic melon – bready pale malt, a touch of chalky vitamin, and gentle citrusy, leafy, and weedy hop bitters. The taste is more of the same – mixed exotic fruit (a stronger cantaloupe and ripe honeydew melon than the guest tropical notes), some semi-sweet bready and doughy pale malt, and more plain earthy, leafy, and domestic citrus-led hoppiness. The carbonation is quite active in its palate-coddling frothiness, the body a decent medium weight, and generally smooth, the guest and inherent fruitiness going a long way in helping out here. It finishes still sweet, by that sexy moderated sense of tropical fruit goodness.

Well, I gotta give Dead Frog due credit here – they ain’t messing around with the guest ingredients, no sirree – lots of the proclaimed fruit essences kickin’ it all over the place, while the base pale ale (I’m guessing, given only the ‘golden ale’ description, as well as the actually detectable hops) keeps things from going off of the proverbial rails. Worth checking out for some lazy seasonal indulgence, IMHO.

Brady White



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