McMenamins' Tropic Heat has just returned in cans for the summer! I got my first taste of this kettle-soured beer at the 2017 Oregon Brewers Festival. This was a standout for me because all of the listed flavors (guava, habanero, and coconut) were not only were noticeable, but worked very well together.
The brewery recent sent me a sample. Based on my memory (and tasting notes), this canned version is very similar to what I experienced nearly two years ago. In aroma, juicy guava dominates. Upon tasting, guava is also the first note that registers on my palate. In the middle, the habanero kicks in. The pepper heat, while prominent, doesn't burn and nicely balances the light guava sweetness. Finally, the coconut rounds out the finish.
If you're a fan of fruit / pepper beers, definitely seek this out one! I need to get my hands on some more for the summer months! For more details, check out McMenamins' description below.
Tropic Heat is a kettle soured ale brewed with pink guava puree, coconut and habanero peppers. The heat contribution from the peppers is very minimal and creates a pleasant background quality that lingers. This slight spiciness accentuates the fruity, full guava taste that is this beer's foundation. Coconut was also added to pleasantly blend all the fine flavors together.
Special Techniques: Kettle Soured
Special Ingredients: Habanero, Coconut
Fruit: Pink Guava
Malts: Superior Pilsen, Pale, Wheat, Acidulated
OG: 1.052 TG: 1.012 ABV: 5.16 IBU: 8