Dugges Tropic Punch Ale

Just off the western coast of Sweden, Dugges Brewing is an idea turned reality for Mikael Dugge Engström, who is not only the founder but head brewmaster.

Dugges is known for lots of hops, strong flavors, and experimenting with new styles of beer. They often release small test batches like Tropic Punch Ale, a sour fruit beer brewed with mangos and passion fruit. It’s a collaboration with nomadic brewer Brian Strumke of Stillwater Artisanal.

ABV: 4.5%          

Pour: A hazy golden color, like tropical fruit punch. A very small head forms but fades quickly.  

Nose: Fruit, fruit and more fruit with a slight tartness on the end.

Pallet: On the lighter side with a slight sparkle. Super juicy with plenty of peach, mango and passion fruit to go around. The finish is clean with no acidity and mild tartness brings it all together.

Overall: Wow! I wasn’t really sure what to expect when opening this one, I’ve had plenty of sour ales that are brewed with tropical fruits but you can really taste them in this one. One sip is full with sweet peaches and the next with more of a passion fruit feel, the back and forth is delicious and refreshing.

Beer Buyer Overall Rating: 4.5 Out Of 5 Pints

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Stillwater Nu-Tropic IPA

Stillwater-Artisanal-Nu-Tropic-IPARenowned electronica DJ producer turned craft brewer Brian Strumke started Stillwater Artisanal in 2004. Brewing in his backyard for years, he took a different approach using non-traditional ingredients and unconventional methods to create new interpretations of existing beer styles. This quickly earned him the title of “Best New Brewer” in 2011 by Ratebeer.com. One of the original “gypsy brewers,” in one year he was able to brew 50 Stillwater beers in over 12 countries. Calling Baltimore home, Stillwater HQ serves as a gallery, restaurant, full service bar and even a bottle shop.

Nu-Tropic is an IPA brewed with mango and passion fruit.

ABV: 6%

IBU’s: 65

Pour: Hazy with a light golden hue and lots of carbonation.

Head: A think frothy head forms at the top of the glass and hangs around. A web of laces forms as the head fades away.

Nose: Light fruit notes with a mild hop aromas. Some wheat as well but mostly hops and fruit notes.

Palate: Light bodied, the passion fruit shows over the mango. The fruit gives way to a mild hoppiness but not as much as I thought. Finish is clean with a slight minerality.

Overall: Yum! It sounds like brewers will be sending more fruit IPA this year and this has me excited for more. A summer IPA with hops that some session ales come up a little short on with mango and passion fruit to make it refreshing and adding some crush-ability. Pair with spicy ribs or burgers and hot dogs, just in time for grill season!

Beer Buyer Overall Rating: 4.5 Out Of 5 Pints