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Tropic King - Funkwerks

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88
very good

253 Ratings
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87
very good

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Ratings: 253
Reviews: 49
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 11.7%
Wants: 32
Gots: 29 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Funkwerks visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: lackenhauser on 11-19-2011)
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Reviews by GeezLynn:
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4.09/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: golden blond with a huge rocky white head. Great retention and nice overall look to it.
S: lots of pineapple, apricot, banana, honey and a little fresh funkiness.
T: banana, ginger and clove, grassy hops, light funk. Flavor is more spicy than fruity but shows some pineapple/apple flavors. Finishes slightly dry with a touch of bitterness.
M: medium to full body. Very creamy feel despite heavy carbonation.

First beer from Funkwerks and am impressed. A little heavy/creamy to be refreshing but it went nicely with spicy Asian food. Thanks for the opp, Nick.

GeezLynn, Feb 06, 2014
More User Reviews:
Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From BeerAdvocate magazine Issue #77 (June 2013):

LOOK: Cloudy peach, healthy head and lacing

SMELL: Floral, fruity, cantaloupe, alcohol, bready

TASTE: Lively, creamy carbonation, light bodied, peaches, ginger, melon, pineapple, pear, esters, white pepper, bready, spicy, yeasty linger

We’re a bit skeptical when people slap the word “Imperial” in front of a style these days, but not with this beer. Funkwerks has done a great job in punching up the Saison style with a ton of complex fruity characters (thanks to using New Zealand Rakau hops), while keeping drinkability and finish in tact. Perhaps a bit too yeasty, but damn fine drinking here.

BeerAdvocate, Nov 27, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

mverity, Jun 03, 2014
Photo of Jason
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Jason, Jan 10, 2013
Photo of Billolick
4.18/5  rDev +6.4%
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

Billolick, Jul 16, 2014
Photo of Homebrew35
4.29/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours a billowing head, just about fills the whole glass. Once it settle with good lacing and some retention, its a hazy and nice looking orange.

Aroma is tropical fruit as the label suggests, wow! what a concept. Seriously tho I get mango, passion fruit, banana, some hay and some light funk.

Taste is big banana and bubble gum, apple, white grape, some grass, light barnyard like or cork. Very interesting and ever changing as it warms.

High carbonation keeps this one light and spritz-y on the tongue. But it feels like its medium bodied in some ways. Then the finish is very coating, almost sticky and gummy like. It seems like this one is like liquid bubble gum.

Overall this is an interesting and somewhat remarkable beer. It keeps me guessing and wanting to dig deeper into its subtleties. I'd buy this again even at $11 for a bomber.

Homebrew35, May 31, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

bpfrush, Jan 03, 2012
Photo of ehammond1
4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle (2011)

Acquired via trade
Thanks, quirkzoo!

(Aged for 6+ months)

Slightly hazed peach and light orange in color with a thick, quickly forming, incredibly persistent, tightly bubbled near-white head, that eventually leaves thick ribbons of lace down the glass. A gorgeous, bubbly saison.

Mild fruit (citrus) notes along with earthy and slightly funky yeast. This isn't nearly as funky as Crooked Stave's offerings, but it's funky in a similar vein. There's some floral and light pepper notes as well.

The flavor is fruity and yeasty with only a mild level of moderate funk character. Moderately bitter, though marvelously drinkable.

Medium bodied with high carbonation. A very well crafted beer.

A fantastic saison, though I could use even more funk.

ehammond1, Aug 01, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Cynic-ale, May 22, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

jtladner, Nov 02, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

hagbergl, Oct 02, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

sgttibbs, Jul 12, 2014
Photo of Auraan
4.45/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured a gorgeous cloudy orange with a three-finger fluffy white head that receded very slowly and left lacing all down the glass. Lively carbonation bubbles can be seen when the glass is held to light. Very good looking. Scents of spicy Belgian yeast, clove, white pepper, mango, pineapple, tropical fruit, some banana and peach, a bit of yeasty sour funk, faint fresh wheat bread and some earthy aromas. A very rich, complex, fruity flavor, with abundant tropical fruit scents and great Belgian yeast esters. A very enticing aroma profile. Flavor begins with a big hit of pineapple, mango, peach, apricot and some faint sour funk with banana entering the flavor in the middle of the sip, clove, white pepper and Belgian yeast spiciness are present throughout, but become stronger in the middle and on the finish. Alcohol flavor and warmth are present in the background and rather detectable. Finish is spicy with a nice wheat cracker malt. Aftertaste is spicy and yeasty. There is some moderate citrus peel bitterness throughout that balances the sweetness and fruity flavors. An excellent, fruity, complex flavor profile. With the sweet fruity flavors staying throughout the sip and mingling with excellent spicy, funky, yeasty flavors. Very good. Mouthfeel is medium-light bodied, crisp and drying with high carbonation and some slight acidity. Very nice, quite drinkable and very refreshing. It is perfect for a hot day. Overall this is an excellent rendition of a saison. All the principle flavors of the style are present, with the very nice addition of tropical fruit flavors and aromas and a bit heavier feel than most saisons. It all comes together in a very nice, flavorful, aromatic, drinkable package that is worth seeking out.

Auraan, Dec 21, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

ltdantheman, Jun 24, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

RDW, Jan 20, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

Shawner, Jan 26, 2014
Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.18/5  rDev +6.4%

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

ONovoMexicano, Sep 14, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

MorganSaunders, Mar 18, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

prdstmnky, May 26, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

AlexChillton, Aug 15, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +20.9%

BrittQ, Nov 16, 2012
Photo of JoeAmerican77
3.93/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The color of dehydrated, supplement enhanced urine...thats brownish yellow for those non athletes out there. Exploding carbonation and a fat white head top it off. Banana, oranges, clove, spicyness out the hizzle, a huge nose for sure! There is lemon, peaches and yeast, orange skin and spicy alcohol rocking the tongue, a bit of hop bitterness in the afterthought. Good flavor unfortunately it overpowered my palate after a few sips leaving a numb lemony taste. Good medium body that acts light and refreshing.

Overall a solid Saison from a good colorado brewery.

JoeAmerican77, Dec 07, 2011
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4.23/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

on-tap at the brewery

Another really nice saison from Funkwerks - hopped nicely with NZ Rakau hops, peppery, ginger, tropical fruit - mango, guava, some peach. Enjoyed this more than the standard saison, though both were solid. Grabbed a bottle to bring home - good stuff

dirtylou, Oct 15, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Gonzoillini, Nov 26, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

markcp, Feb 04, 2014
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Tropic King from Funkwerks
88 out of 100 based on 253 ratings.