Terrapin Luau Krunkles, a tropically inspired India pale ale, will return again this summer. Instead of year-round as previously reported, the beer will be a limited time offering in 6-packs. (Available year-round in the IPA Survival Kit.)
“Krunkles” is a fictitious character (perhaps real, depending on who you ask at the brewery) that travels the world looking for new India pale ales. The series has seen releases like Krunkles Down Under (all Aussie & New Zealand hops), Samurai Krunkles, and Dr. Krunkles. When the heat rises, Kruckles goes tropical.
Terrapin Luau Krunkles is inspired by a Hawaiian drink called POG. The beverage is brewed with passionfruit, orange, and guava. (Yes that same drink gave rise to the POG game of the 90’s.)
Krunkles is back with another world renowned IPA inspired by this time spent on the Hawaiian Islands. Jam packed with tropical flavors of passionfruit, orange and guava, this “Hawaiian IPA” is brewed to accompany you to your next luau.
Terrapin Luau Krunkles is a 12 ounce can and draft release, returning in summer, 2017.
Next Return: July, 2017
Ed note: Updated article to include Luau Krunkles year-round availability in the IPA Survival Kit.
Think tropical. Think about that impossibly red kids drink that stained everything and got the entire kindergarten class wired. The Veil Brewing Never Aloha, a new gose might come close.
This beer is all bout Hawaii. The Richmond, Virginia brewer used the Hawaiian sea salt, a necessary ingredient in gose as a part of the base beer. Not tropical enough for you? Next is hundreds of pounds of of passionfruit, pineapple, mango, blood orange, and cherry purée.
The finishing move: a touch of Hawaiian Punch drink mix. Yeah, they’ve gone there. Over the top trop(ical).
The Veil Brewing Never Aloha debuts today at the brewery in 16 ounce cans. Just don’t wear a white shirt when cracking the can.
Image: The Veil Brewing
New Belgium Voodoo Ranger Passionfruit Imperial IPA, a future special release by the Colorado/North Carolina based brewery.
As 2016 drew to a close, New Belgium made few changes to their lineup, adding the Voodoo Ranger Series. The name is a nod to their beer reps in the field, lovingly referred to as “Beer Rangers”.
The lineup now includes 8 Hop IPA, and Imperial IPA. In a future potential special release, look for New Belgium Voodoo Ranger Passionfruit Imperial IPA. The tropical flavors of the passionfruit are backed back a copious amount of Citra and Galaxy hops. Sounds like a tropical hop explosion.
We’re told to eat 1 pint of fruit per day, id on’t know much about food, but I do know about pints. I also know what you should by my Passionfruit Imperial IPA. What should you expect from this expertly crafted ale? Tons of fresh tropical aromas backed by strong hop presence from Citra and Galaxy hops. Crack open my Passionfruit Imperial and add a pint of IPA to your day.
New Belgium Voodoo Ranger Passionfruit Imperial IPA will be a 22 ounce bottle release. The brewery has not yet announced this release.
Wicked Weed Tropicmost Passionfruit Gose debuted in the fall of 2015. It was the first gose the brewery had ever packaged. This week it is available in cans for the first time.
A tart, salty, and crushable beer is exactly what we need to help remind us of the summer as the cold and windy days start showing up here in Asheville.
Wicked Weed Tropicmost Passionfruit Gose is a draft and 12 ounce can offering.
Image: Wicked Weed Brewing
Maui Brewing POG IPA is the latest release by the Hawaii based brewery, based on very popular juice drink.
Let’s start with POG. The acronym stands for the the juices ingredients- Passionfruit, Orange and Guava that got its start back in 1971. A woman named Mary Soon is accredited with the creation, who worked of the Haleakala Dairy on Maui. Interestingly, those same POG caps gave rise to a 1990’s game by the same name – POGS. (IF you don’t know what we are talking about, Google it.)
Maui Brewing POG IPA is an India pale ale brewed with Enigma, El Dorado, Jerrylo, and Citra hops, plus fresh Passionfruit, orange and guava. As you can imagine, the end result is hoppy, juicy, and full of tropical flavor.
Sourcing enough of the three fruit varieties is the biggest challenge. On top of that, guava has a really short shelf life once picked. It really makes brewing this beer exciting, because all of a sudden when the farmer has the yield we need, it’s GO time!” – Matt Ponichtera, Maui Brewing Supervisor
Maui Brewing POG IPA is available in 12 ounce cans across the brewery’s entire footprint for a limited time.
7.1% ABV, 58 IBUs
Wicked Weed Metatropics, a collaboration with Switzerland based Trois Dames, debuts in bottles.
Collaborations have been frequent from Wicked Weed lately. The brewery released “Juiceless” a collaboration with Georgia’s Creature Comforts (an IPA brewed with zero fruit). Additionally, a beer geek panic inducing collaboration with Jester King is on the horizon.
Wicked Weed Metatropics might be the complete opposite of everything that the Juiceless collaboration actually is. Why? this India pale ale boasts a healthy dose of tropical fruits – pineapple, grapefruit, passionfruit, and mango. Wicked Weed throws out words like meta, and deconstructed, in the description.
Wicked Weed Metatropics is a collaboration beer that flips current IPA methodology on it’s head. Wicked Weed and Trois Dames love using hops to produce an equatorial, citrusy character, but decided to deconstruct this process to forge something new. This beer employs real pineapple, passionfruit, mango and grapefruit to emulate tropical hop flavors. The addition of Brettanomyces wild yeast takes this beer to new heights of meta refreshment.
Wicked Weed Metatropics is a 500 milliliter bottle release, as well as draft. Limited distribution starts the week of October 17th.
Debut: Mid-October, 2016
Creature Comforts Athena Paradiso with Passionfruit and Guava is the next iteration in the “Athena” lineup.
The brewery launched with Athena, a kettle soured wheat beer, aka berliner weisse a few years ago. In February, 2016 the Athens, Georgia based brewery released the first canned Athena Paradiso, brewed with tart cherry, raspberry, and cranberry. Creature Comforts tells Beer Street Journal that it was the most expensive recipe they’ve ever made.
In August, Creature Comforts Athena Paradiso with Passionfruit and Guava will join the seasonal lineup.
“Athena Paradiso is a beautifully refreshing beer. The passion fruit and guava flavors transport you to a tropical paradise during these hot summer months.” – David Stein, Co-founder & head brewer
Creature Comforts Athena Paradiso with Passionfruit and Guava will be an extremely limited release in 12 ounce cans and draft. Note, the can will sport the same red Paradiso branding as the February release.
The brewery will host a can release tour at the brewery in Athens on August 26th. Cans hit the market in both Athens and Atlanta that week.