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Six of the best tropical beers

With their refreshing, juicy taste, cloudy appearance and unique aroma, these ales are often classed as New England or ‘hazy’ style . But how are these beers made? Do brewers add flavourings or actual fruits?

In fact, the majority of brewers use a blend of New Zealand and American hop varieties to produce pineapple, citrus and mango flavours. Hops such as citra, mosaic and galaxy can give beers the sensation of a fruit cocktail on your palette. They need to be added in quantity after the beer has boiled, so their aromatic oils release without breaking down and the ale retains the tang of the tropics. Some of our bestsellers include  Kona Big Wave, Siren Guava Script and Tiny Rebel Clwb Tropica.

A true ‘fruit beer’, is slightly different to the New England or hazy styles. Instead of using hops to flavour the liquid, real fruit, such as mango, pineapple or lemon zest, is added after the beer has had its first fermentation. Lucky Jack Grapefruit, Magic Rock Salty Kiss (flavoured with gooseberry) and Wild Beer Pogo (with extra passion fruit, orange and guava) are all great examples.

Kona Big Wave on the beach