Today is the official kickoff of college football (real college football, not that FCS stuff), so why not do another beer review, right? What better way to get it going than to review a beer from the heart of SEC country? Creature Comforts is located in Athens, Georgia, and unfortunately isn’t available in Louisiana. But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t search out their brews, especially when LSU heads to Atlanta in December for the SEC Championship Game (see what I did there?).
Tropicalia is a single IPA, weighing in at a mere 6.5%. Here’s what the brewery says about it:
A BALANCED, SOFT, AND JUICY IPA. RIPE PASSION FRUIT AND CITRUS HOP AROMA LEAD TO A FULL, FRUIT-FORWARD HOP FLAVOR THAT WASHES OVER THE PALATE, ENDING WITH SUBTLE BITTERNESS. SOME FOLKS SAY THEY DON’T LIKE HOPPY BEERS, AND TO THAT WE SAY THAT HOPS DO NOT EQUAL BITTERNESS. TO US, HOPS OFFER A PLETHORA OF FLAVORS, NOT JUST BITTERNESS; AND IN TROPICÁLIA IT’S A BEAUTIFUL, LUSCIOUS, FRUIT JOURNEY FOR YOUR PALATE TO ENJOY WITHOUT FATIGUE.
Sorry, I wasn’t yelling at you. Creature Comforts website is in all caps, so that’s what you get from me.
What do I think about this beer? I think it’s phenomenal. Seriously, this is one of the best single IPAs I’ve ever had. It pours a beautiful golden orange color and as soon as it hits your glass, you can smell the bright tropical hops. Juicy is a wonderful description of Tropicalia, as the aroma and taste are exactly that. This beer is all about the fruity and citrusy hop flavors with little bitterness at all. It is extremely easy to drink, and in a word, crushable, even at 6.5% ABV.
There are, however, a couple problems I have after trying this beer. First, it’s damn hard to get. I managed to get a can from a friend via trade, but that’s it. But more frustrating is that none of the breweries here in Louisiana have brewed a beer anything close to this. While there are some fantastic, even world class, double IPAs like Parish’s Ghost in the Machine and Great Raft’s Grace and Grit, none of the breweries in this state have produced a crushable, flavorful, juicy single IPA that I can buy in a can or bottle off the shelf. Why the hell not?!?! I love Ghost. It is phenomenal, and deserves every accolade it gets. But I can’t always drink a beer that’s 8.5% ABV. I want something a bit lighter, but more substantial than a pale ale or session IPA. But nobody here will give it to us, and I can’t figure out why not. Cans of a beer like this would be absolutely perfect here in Louisiana. In the name of all that is holy, any of you Louisiana breweries, please brew a beer like this for us.
Anyway, sorry, not sorry for the tangent. If you get a chance to try Creature Comforts Tropicalia IPA, jump at it. It’s a phenomenal IPA that I can’t get enough of.