Open Air Tropicalia is a 6% sour beer from Open Air Brewing, based in Kobe, in Hyogo, Japan. It’s part of their canned and draught lineup though its availability at the time of writing is unknown. Open Air Tropicalia is styled as a cocktail sour, though it is brewed using traditional beer ingredients; however, it does use Philly Sour yeast as well as fruits in the form of cherry, lime, and pineapple along with Idaho 7 hops.
Open Air Tropicalia : At A Glance
- Alcohol: 6%
- Style: Sour beer
- Hops: Idaho 7
- Adjuncts: Cherry, lime, and pineapple
- IBU: Unknown
- Availability: Unknown
- On Sale: From August 2022
- Size: 350 ml
- Price: From ¥ 750
Aroma & Taste
- Notable Aroma: Fruity and sour. Pineapple and lime at the forefront with light cherry note when warm. No discernible beer profile.
- Notable Taste: Tart and sour with a dry body. Fruity as listed with a slight lingering sourness. No noticeable traditional beer flavour.
Open Air Tropicalia : Aroma & Taste
The first thing I noticed about Open Air Tropicalia is how much like a glass of juice it appeared as. If you’ve ever had the mixed fruit juice from Tropicana, I could have sworn someone was playing a joke with me and poured that in after freshly shaking the container. It didn’t look like a beer but then there are so many beers nowadays that don’t look like a “beer” that argument has gone out of the window. The aroma coming off Open Air Tropicalia was first fruity and then sour – the pineapple and lime notes being at the forefront throughout drinking, with the cherry nuance coming in hot as Open Air Tropicalia warmed up. For those wanting a beer that smells like a beer, then this is not the one for you. It almost seems a waste to have used the Idaho 7 hops in the beer now as I didn’t notice anything hoppy about this.
The body began with a tart and sour profile to it and also proved to be a tad dry. Of course, the body followed the nose with more of the fruit being at the forefront – cherry, lime and the pineapple being all noticeable. There was pretty much nothing resembling a traditional beer here, with perhaps just the alcohol being a link back to that. That’s not to say Open Air Tropicalia was bad – it was refreshing and did have some sweetness to it, but then I thought that perhaps I was just drinking, you guessed it, a fruit based cocktail.
Open Air Tropicalia : The Bottom Line
I liked Open Air Tropicalia for what it is – an experiment.
Open Air Tropicalia : Where to Buy
Open Air Tropicalia can be bought online at the following places: