Grapevine Craft Brewery Tropical Double IPA: A Very Tasty Effort
It's no secret that I'm a big fan of IPAs. I don't mind super-hoppy--especially on a cooler day--but prefer citrus and/or tropical notes when it's hot out. Recently, at LUCK in Trinity Groves, I had an opportunity to try one I've never had before: Grapevine Craft Brewery's Tropical Double IPA. Now, a few things on this. First, it's infused with blood orange and mango as part of the fermentation process. Second, it's a double IPA, so it kicks off something like 8.5% ABV, while still tasting extremely smooth due to the double grain bill it takes to brew. All-in-all, I thought it was a very solid effort, and paired great with the LUCK burger. Third, it's evidently a derivative beer of Grapevine's Brewer's Reserve Double IPA, so there's a handy comparison out there for you.
On the palate, the Tropical Double IPA was very floral. Lots of pineapple, white pepper, and some of the mango shining through for sure. Good acidity that I presume came from the blood orange infusion. Due to it being a double IPA it was extremely smooth, but not cloyingly thick or sweet like some double IPAs tend to be. It was crisp, refreshing, and definitely a beer I'd order again. Definitely recommended.