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Tropic King - Funkwerks

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very good

67 Reviews
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Reviews: 67
Hads: 379
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 8.98%
Wants: 37
Gots: 60 | FT: 2
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Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: lackenhauser on 11-19-2011

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Reviews: 67 | Hads: 379
Photo of allforbetterbeer
3.72/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Served on tap in a snifter at The Wild Goose Meeting House in Colorado Springs.

This is a very good standby Saison. It hits the classic notes, with authentic Belgian yeast flavors, a smooth and lush mouthfeel, some nice malts on the lighter side, and a low hop bitterness and flavor profile. The mouthfeel is very satisfying, toeing the line between filling and light with grace. The flavor isn't super special, but works in all the right ways. Without flaw, but somehow not memorable. If I brewed it, I would be pretty darn happy. (532 characters)

Photo of ClavisAurea
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Nice saison. 12oz bottle served in a tulip glass.

Classic saison look, smell and Taste. Golden and bubbly, yeast, citrus, Belgian in the nose and tsste. (155 characters)

Photo of dcotom
4.24/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 330-ml bottle into a tulip glass. Appearance is a light translucent copper color, with a full four fingers of creamy white foam. Aroma is rather muted, with a musty yeast smell up front and a hint of spice and citrus. Taste is interesting, with some spice and malty sweetness and a slightly bitter finish that culminates in a lingering tart-apple aftertaste. Very enjoyable. (386 characters)

Photo of South2NW
4.06/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy orange, with a huge billowing, frothy head. Nice lacing throughout the drink. Smells very fruit forward, mainly melon for me. Some funk/yeast smell in there too. Taste follows the nose, as well. Fruity up front, followed by spices and yeast. Very lively mouthfeel, quite a bit of carbonation. Overall, a delicious beer. would happily seek out again. (362 characters)

Photo of stephens101
4.09/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes 9/14 Colorado Excursion.

Bright orange white froth. Spice flows forth with notes of pineapple and orange as well.

Taste involves more orange and a dash of lemon. Plenty of spice to go around. Vanilla and taffy in the end.

Medium-bodied with a lingering heat. (278 characters)

Photo of ihazabucket7
3.67/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter. Fruity and boozy smell. Taste is a 180...spicey, boozy with a slight fruit taste. On the fence about this beer but it's not bad. A lot going on with this beer! Cheers!! (192 characters)

Photo of sporklift87
4.18/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 5-8-15. Gentle pour showed three fingers off-white, sudsy head, great retention, eventual solid walls of sticky lacing. Banana and golden straw yellow and quite cloudy. Smells of bananas, cloves, lemon and saison yeast. Hop bitterness jumps out at first on tongue, but yields to fruity, bready and yeasty character. Light tartness. Mild slickness in feel, with small amount of heat from alcohol present. Some tack and creaminess. Lovely on a hot summer day. Well done saison. Will buy again. (499 characters)

Photo of curasowa
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Clear, dark golden color with tons of carbonation and a head, soapy bubble head that fades slowly with spotty lacing.

Aroma: A little sour, fruity, some funky yeast, a little banana

Taste: Strong start from the bready malt, then building sour and fruity notes. The back end takes a 90 degree turn, with lots of pepper and cardboard; its almost astringent. Finish is some-what fast with a touch of lingering fruit.

The Rest: This a complex beer that keeps changing its mind what it wants to be as it rolls around your palette. The booze becomes more pronounced at it warms, adding another dimension. Definitely worth a try but I don't know if I would buy it again. (686 characters)

Photo of jzlyo
3.67/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Aroma is malts/burnt caramel and undercurrents of toffee and fruit. The flavor is caramel, toffee, fruit, slightly cloying and a sourish/alcoholic finish. (154 characters)

Photo of BikingDutchman
4.24/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Hazy golden orange colored that pours with a very large white head.
S - Fruity and spicy yeast smells mix with tropical/fruity hops. There's a lot of fruit in the smell, but I can definitely pick out pinapple, melon, and a little bit of peach. Smells very good.
T - The taste is not quite as fruity as the smell. The spicy yeast notes are stronger. There is also some ethanol flavor that is subtle, but present. (My bottle says 8% abv as another reviewer noted) There is also some bready malt sweetness that hides behind the fruity and spicy flavors.
M - Fairly high in carbonation. It is fairly dry, but there is some sweetness and not without any body - a good balance for this style in my opinion.
O - Not as fruity as I expected from the name. I thought the balance would tend more towards fruity hops, but in reality I think the yeast is more present. Overall, I think there is a nice balance between the two. (926 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.08/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

this beer was so far ahead of its time, its crazy. i love it, always have, although i highly suspect the recipe has changed some since the maori king listing here, which is why i review it under this heading after a long time away from this beauty. its one of the better saisons in colorado, especially for an all the time beer, and now that its available in affordable four packs, its spot on. i think some of the tropical hops have dropped out of it though, i remember it being so alive with flavors like white grape and passion fruit that comes from strains like nelson, before nelson was even part of the vernacular. its tame compared to my memory, but i have also tasted an awful lot of beer since then, and may have numbed just a bit. still really nicely flavored with one of my favorite yeasts in the country, but the hops seem a lot less pungent and fresh and juicy. the abv also seems to have creeped up a bit, originally at 7%, listed here at 7.5%, and the bottle i just drank says 8%, but the beer seems no drier perhaps some extra grain or sugar in here to spike it, maybe slow demand or something, i dont know. the beer is still amazing, soft in feel, layered in its yeast and grain interactions, and not like most american made examples of the style. this is the beer that put funkwerks on the map back when they open, and it remains one of my favorite every day saisons. i think there is some definite batch variability though... (1,444 characters)

Photo of jngrizzaffi
3.65/5  rDev -9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy light amber color with a thick foamy head. Head retention and lacing are awesome. Belgian yeast aroma with a slight funky edge. Tropical fruit is evident, but aroma isn't strong overall. Belgian yeast taste with some peppery flavoring. Mild tropical fruit. The peppery spice is a little overwhelming. Medium bodied with high carbonation. Okay beer. Not what I was expecting. (398 characters)

Photo of ThePorterSorter
3.73/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

The beer pours a light amber/golden orange with a fluffy and everlasting white head. The nose strives to be fruity and tropical, but has more bubble gummy yeast and booze that come through in the end. The beer's malty sweetness plays nicely with the fruity yeast and masks the abv well, but this beer plays the same note and never evolves into something more complex or interesting. It has a fluffy mouthfeel, one that's dominated by fruity yeast, but still has a hint of bitterness that lingers in the finish. This saison doesn't disappoint, but leaves much to be desired knowing what a few bugs and a barrel can do. (618 characters)

Photo of MattSweatshirt
3.99/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy golden body with a voluminous head off that high carbonation.

Big fruit forward nose with some sweet tropical leanings. Oh wow.

Taste is a little more yeast driven with those spicy flavors yet still packs a big tropical fruity punch. (240 characters)

Photo of KYGunner
3.53/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The nose presents a lot of yeast tones but reveals some citrus orange and grapefruit. It also has a perfume, rose petal and spice like aroma.

The flavor starts out with cloves and peppercorns before easing into a banana and yeasty bubblegum. Not a big Saison fan and this did little to change me over. (302 characters)

Photo of NSXAG
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Funkwerks - Tropic King [Imperial Saison Ale] (750 ml ---> Dogfish Head Curved Pint Glass : 8.0% ABV)

Having just tried my first home-brewed saison, I've been on a "saison kick" as of late, trying to develop a better palate for the style... Once I saw the imperial version of the Funkwerks saison I tried quite a while back, I was eager to pop the cap... Immediately upon pouring, an off white 4 inch head formed, composed of giant rocky bubbles, and slowly faded away leaving a small amount of lacing along the glass... The color is a deep golden yellow with a slight haze to it, and has a fair amount of carbonation assisting in the head's retention... In the aromas there's a decent amount of barnyard funk but it isn't overwhelmingly forward in its' presence, with an accompanying cast of lemons and yeast notes... First tasting brings forth a hoppy earthiness and slight spiciness also, fading into some subtle peach and citrus highlights, and of course some funk as well... The finish is smooth and crisp, with some more hoppy bitterness and spice to give it more depth... Mouthfeel is excellent for the style: full enough to act as a vessel for the complexity of the beer, but light enough to let the features act as their own highlights... Overall I was extremely pleased with this brew's representation of the style, as well as the great balance within the flavor profile!! Another great brew - Cheers!! (1,415 characters)

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.77/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured on-tap at the brewery and served in a tulip, the beer is a hazy, copper-gold coloring, with a filmy, clingy, white head. Nose of tropical fruits, with melon, agave, apricot, and pineapple, as well as evergreen and pine notes. Flavors are a subtle fruit blend, with evergreen highlights, piney notes, and subtle roasted characteristics. Subtle fruit and tree aftertaste, with a light, smooth finish. (405 characters)

Photo of themind
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

A good, earthy Saison that I would purchase. The beer pours a generous head, has a classic farmhouse Saison aroma and flavor with a tropical twist. A good brew from a good brewery.

Bottom Line: See it, grab it! (211 characters)

Photo of cbutova
4.11/5  rDev +2.5%

Grabbed at Funkwerks back in August personally. Had it on draft at the brewery and actually found it better out of the bottle.

A- Mostly clear mid golden pour to a few pint glasses. A white, thick creamy head forms over two fingers with good retention leaving a medium ring. Lacing is a mix of webs and spots.

S- Fruity and spicy Saison yeast and hop driven aroma. Notes of pepper, dried pineapple, mango, apricot, coriander, lemon orange zest and cooking herbs.

T- Tropical fruits up front with each sip quickly followed by the resident Saison yeast spiciness. Mango, tangerine, orange, dried pineapple leads up to peppercorn, straw, herbal, floral and zesty yeast.

MF- Light to medium bodied with a spritzy crisp and silky creamy body. Carbonation is high as it should be promoting the delicate flavors. Finishes slightly warm and medium bitterness.

Tropic indeed. Actually feels more so than the sample I had on draft at the brewery. Tropical fruits paired nicely with hefty Saison yeast. (996 characters)

Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.18/5  rDev +4.2%

From an 11.2 ounce bottle into a snifter.

There's a monstrous, pale white foamy head on this brew that the snifter can barely contain. Hazy orange with blonde hues in the body and a visible film of yeast. Some carbonation is visible. The head persists lovely and scatters lace everywhere. 4.25

Citrus meets fresh lilies on the aroma. There's sweet maltiness and bubblegum, and a bright floral burst. 4.1

Bubblegum city. Sweet, floral, citrusy, with a taste of caramel. There's a grassy flavor towards the finish. 4.1

Sweet, creamy, and pleasant to drink. It's medium-bodied but drinks lighter. The finish is semi-dry and free of any bitterness. 4.25

Such an excellent brew. It's simply good as hell. 4.18 (709 characters)

Photo of Vonerichs
4.25/5  rDev +6%

On tap at falling rock.

Hazy gold with a fluffy and persistent white head.

Holy cow, one of the fruitiest beers I've smelled. It gives it's name due respect. Mango, pineapple, orange, and passion fruit. Extremely aromatic.

Heavy mango and orange taste. Funky and peppery finish.

Sticky and medium body. Moderate carbonation.

I loved this. The aroma is really bright and juicy. (388 characters)

Photo of AlCaponeJunior
4.12/5  rDev +2.7%

Orange tan and beautiful in its clear, sparkling appearance, funkified head and lace due to careful bartender pour, and not from a bottle.

An excellent selection to go with Beau Jo's pizza, especially served in a great full sized snifter.

Spice and peppery, white and pink peppercorns (subjective, my palate ain't that precise, but the complexity is beyond that of mere black pepper). Funk and dank are present in a moderate amount, perfect for a guest tap at a pizza joint.

Not funkwerks' funky-est, but still an excellent brew. (538 characters)

Photo of Billolick
4.17/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bomber bottle with brewed/bottled on dating. Purchased at the source.

Hazed and lovely lookin' under a frothy and rocky off white head that lasts nicely.

Fruity nose with ripe melon coming forward

Tasty, complex and thoroughly saison in character. Fruit, spice, yeast, crafty goodness.

Love the style and love this beer.

Please consider distribution to the NYC area (370 characters)

Photo of BMMillsy
3.77/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Breckenridge at the Ballpark in Denver. Pours deep orange colored with a small off white head. Aroma of tropical fruits as expected, some light funk, and a hint of spice. Flavor is on the sweeter side with lots of bubble gum notes and some tropical fruits, sweet wheaty malts, and very little zesty saison like barnyard yeast going on here. Medium plus bodied and medium carbonation. Overall I found this to be only OK, but not bad. (442 characters)

Photo of spoony
3.94/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 330 ml bottle (bottled January 16, 2015) to a tulip. Reviewed from notes dated March 23, 2015.

A-A normal pour produces a healthy white head that hangs around for a bit. There is no lacing left behind. The beer reveals a few chunky bubbles of carbonation in the clear, light-orange liquid.

S-The aroma suggests tree fruit like apple and pear with lots of phenols and a bit of tropical sweetness. I also sniff bread dough, a chewy Belgian yeast, and some light peppery spice.

T-The taste is sharper and more assertive than the smell. Alcohol comes through cleanly to provide a bit of sting with the sweet fruit. The fruity flavor reminds me of apple cider, but I also get some dried grass and more pepper to go with the bready yeast flavors.

M-The feel is nice and and prickly. Medium heft.

O-This is a good beer and I'm glad to be able to buy it in small bottles now. That being said, I'll take other Funkwerks offerings like the regular saison or Deceit over this most days. The higher ABV here actually hurts the flavors I think. (1,044 characters)

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Tropic King from Funkwerks
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