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Tropic King - Funkwerks

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BA SCORE
88
very good

228 Ratings
THE BROS
87
very good

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Ratings: 228
Reviews: 45
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 11.73%
Wants: 32
Gots: 22 | FT: 1
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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arizcards

Arizona

4.14/5  rDev +5.6%

Picked up a bottle at Total Wine in mid-November for $11.99. Rec'd at TW on 8-19-13. Not sure of the bottling date. I had sampled this at the Peoria charity beer festival in which despite my wrecked palate this beer stood up and said try me again when your palate is clean!

Beer poured golden orange with a beautiful soap bubble head that is hanging around nicely.

Nose is yeasty and dry, with some hints of mango.

Taste is mango, peach, white pepper, with a pretty dry finish.

Mouthfeel is very smooth, nicely carbonated and light on the palate.

Overall this is an outstanding brew, definitely not your classic saison but perhaps a hybrid saison-tripel. Definitely worth the splurge!

02-22-2014 01:23:22 | More by arizcards
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BeerAdvocate

Massachusetts

3.95/5  rDev +0.8%

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.

11-27-2013 22:19:36 | More by BeerAdvocate
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mverity

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

06-03-2014 18:24:20 | More by mverity
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Jason

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

01-10-2013 05:19:52 | More by Jason
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Billolick

New York

4.18/5  rDev +6.6%

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

07-16-2014 21:15:03 | More by Billolick
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Homebrew35

Connecticut

4.29/5  rDev +9.4%

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.

05-31-2013 02:12:33 | More by Homebrew35
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bpfrush

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +2%

01-03-2012 02:01:11 | More by bpfrush
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ehammond1


4.08/5  rDev +4.1%

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.

08-01-2012 16:45:26 | More by ehammond1
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Cynic-ale

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

05-22-2014 10:58:31 | More by Cynic-ale
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jtladner

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +2%

11-02-2013 23:58:40 | More by jtladner
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sgttibbs

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +2%

07-12-2014 03:42:34 | More by sgttibbs
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Auraan

Arizona

4.45/5  rDev +13.5%

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.

12-21-2013 06:00:12 | More by Auraan
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ltdantheman

Georgia

4/5  rDev +2%

06-24-2014 18:56:40 | More by ltdantheman
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RDW

Nebraska

4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

01-20-2014 01:31:50 | More by RDW
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Shawner

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

01-26-2014 20:17:36 | More by Shawner
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MorganSaunders

Missouri

4/5  rDev +2%

03-18-2014 20:12:09 | More by MorganSaunders
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prdstmnky

Vermont

4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

05-26-2014 18:41:16 | More by prdstmnky
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AlexChillton

Arizona

4/5  rDev +2%

08-15-2013 02:31:48 | More by AlexChillton
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BrittQ

Texas

4.75/5  rDev +21.2%

11-16-2012 18:46:32 | More by BrittQ
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JoeAmerican77

Colorado

3.93/5  rDev +0.3%

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.

12-07-2011 00:49:21 | More by JoeAmerican77
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dirtylou

Washington

4.23/5  rDev +7.9%

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

10-15-2013 02:18:06 | More by dirtylou
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Gonzoillini

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

11-26-2013 05:00:57 | More by Gonzoillini
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markcp

Iowa

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

02-04-2014 17:53:42 | More by markcp
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aztraz

Sweden

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

06-29-2014 16:38:03 | More by aztraz
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russpowell

Oklahoma

4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Got this from SteveO, cheers Steve!

Pours a slightly hazed gold with2+ fingers of pearl colored head. Stellar lacing & head retention, never drops bight all the way

S: Perfumy hops & appleskins, plus pears & passion fruit

T: Follows the nose, some dryness & white pepper up front. Pears, more passion fruit & some grapefruit as this warms, I also get a faint bits of mango as this warms, slight breadyness& honey crisp apples too, pineapple as well. Finishes crisp, fruitty, dry with pineapple & passion fruit, plus a bit of pear & peppercorn

MF: Fairly subtle carbonation, light bodied; skews fruitty

Great drinkability, not a ton of sourness or funkyness, but this works well for me. This runs the gamut of fruyittyness with enough hop profile to balance this out. This is a beer I'd love to see in 4-pack offerings. Funk Werks, you are impressing the snot outta me!

05-28-2013 02:38:16 | More by russpowell
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Tropic King from Funkwerks
88 out of 100 based on 228 ratings.