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Tropic King (Māori King) | Funkwerks

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Tropic King (Māori King)Tropic King (Māori King)
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Funkwerks
Colorado, United States
funkwerks.com

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by ottovon on 02-24-2011

BEER STATS
Reviews:
36
Ratings:
104
Avg:
4.03
pDev:
9.68%
 
 
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For Trade:
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Photo of GilGarp
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 mL capped bottle served cold into a chalice.

Maori King is an "imperial" saison according to the label. It has a very hazy appearance with golden yellow color and a thick white cap. It settles slowly and leaves some nice lacing behind.

The aroma is full of tropical fruit and peaches. A nice spicy note coming from the yeast, I believe.

The flavor is intense and I can see now why they call it imperial. It's isn't unusually strong in alcohol but the flavors are impressive. Big hit of sweet tropical fruit up front. Mangos, bananas, and (not so tropic) peaches all come forward. The middle is spicy, bitter, and a little funky. It finishes super dry and leaves me wanting another sip.

Mouthfeel is medium-light in body and nicely carbonated. Fairly well balanced but, like I said, big flavors and a bone dry finish.

Overall a really nice saison if you like your beers big, fruity, and dry. Definately worth a try.

As a side note, I'd like to point out that the bottled version is labeled 8% ABV, not 7% as it is here on BA.

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Photo of claytong
3.65/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

appearance - burnt orange red, medium head with a nice fluff to it.

smell - bubblegum banana yeast, spices, malt, mango

taste - follows the smell with some hops, malt isnt as nice as it smelt, a bit bland.

mouthfeel - nice body and nice carbonation but was oddly a bit cloying

overall - like the name, like what theyre doing but this is not my favorite

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Photo of Oxymoron
4.27/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I would call this a Belgian IPA more than anything. Pours out a lighter orangey color with some golden hues through out. Mostly hazy. A soft fizzy white head with good retention and decent lace.

The nose has a good blend between spice and hops. Some minor malty undertones, but places behind everything else. The spice is more of a pepper note with a hint of coriander. The hops are kind of a mix between a citrus and lemon but a hint of earthiness as well. Some noticeable yeast character that is common in their beers

The taste is similar but the hops come out more verses everything else. A more citrus, mango hop note up front that continues into the finish. The yeast comes out more with some esters and phenols. Some light peach and tropical fruits. The spice backs off from the finish but some peppery notes in the finish. Some winey notes but not over the top.

The body is dry which helps bring out the hoppy notes. Carbonation is a bit much but overall ok. Some lingering yeast notes that come out more as it warms. Overall a good beer, but more of a Belgian IPA for me than anything else.

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Photo of corby112
4.72/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Draft at the brewpub.

Pours a hazy dark golden orange  color with golden tangerine hues and a one finger white foam head that slowly settles into a lasting ring.  Sporadic spots of lace left behind.  

Earthy, slightly funky aroma with the earthy citrusy hops complimenting the saison yeast.  Hints of hay,straw and grass as well as some zesty, peppery spice, lemon zest, apple, pear and citrus, notably pear, mango, pineapple and  papaya.  slight sweet alcohol presence.  

Medium bodied and fuller than expected yet it still manages to be light and very drinkable.  Slightly bitter and dry up front with the earthy hops complimenting the zesty, peppery spice.  Hints of coriander and lemon peel with some Bready yeast that adds fullness and complexity.  Sweet alcohol toward the finish but abv is very well masked.  Lots of light and tropical fruit, especially apple, pear, banana, mango and papaya.  Excellent balance and incredibly flavorful.  One of the best saisons I've ever had.  

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Photo of Mebuzzard
3.68/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I hear this one is the next in line to be bottled. Some will have difficulty distinguishing the beers they have on the market, but I think this one has the most character.

Slightly hazed light orange, dark gold pour. Nice billowing head, somewhat sticky. Off-white, but fairly bright.

Yeasty spice aroma, bubblegum and citrus. Pale malt backbone gives it a nudge to sweetness.

Tropical fruits are pounded by the yeast and spice. I get some mango and peach--May Pride perhaps. A bit tangy and 'fleshy'. The hops add a bit of a 'pinch' to go along with the spice and yeast. Being a hop head, I'd like to see more hops, which I also think would give this beer more of a specific personality. But what do i know, I just drink the stuff.

Crisp finish with underlying sweet bread. Good carbonation

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.97/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Freshcraft in Denver, CO.

Pours a murky honey orange color with a 1/2 inch bone colored head that fades to a film on the top of the beer. Random spots of lace form on the glass and drip back down into the remaining beer. Smell is of wheat, spices, and floral aromas. Taste is of whet, spices, and flower notes. This beer has good carbonation with a crisp and bubbly mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good saison that I would definitely get again. I am glad I got to try this one as this is nowhere to be found in CA. My first beer from Funkwerks.

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Photo of Twal
4.33/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at Rueben's in Boulder.I was talking about this beer w/friends having read about it on FW's website earlier that day,no sooner did I mention the beer did the owner appear telling me he had just tapped a new keg,Māori King from FW...asked him if he was serious,were you standing behind me a moment ago,are you joking...

Not really good at the reviewing but I'll give it a shot...
Tastey,front of the mouth flavor w/ some fruitiness and not much actual "funk" thought it was balanced and subtle.
Need to go back for another and take better notes,this one was post Karmeliet so hard to stand up next to but was very impressed!

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.16/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On tap at Rackhouse Pub and served to me in a snifter. Yellow orange color, soapy head, looks good. Smells very yeasty, overpowering. It also tastes very yeasty, I got a bit of bubblegum but none of the tropical fruits promised by the description and New Zealand hops. Overall I much preferred the regular saison.

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Photo of blackie
4.22/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a: served in a brewery snifter, pours a cloudy medium gold in color, spotty head, looks nice

s: clean plis and pale malts give a slight malty sweetness to accompany the tropical New Zealand hop aromas, peach, grape, mango, pineapple, some slight yeast, maybe even a minty note here, delicate spices, like this

m: carbonated on the lighter side, body around light-medium

t: a pale/pils malt body serves as a structure for various tropical and white tree fruits, peach, grape, and pineapple all come through, some yeasty flavors and light ester influence, pulpy tropical hop flavors creeps to a delicate bitterness that cleans what was a slightly sugared middle

o: really like this saison - it's perhaps a little more yeasty than some examples but that's not a complaint, flavorful, plenty of good tropical character and nice balance

draft at the brewery tasting room

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Photo of emmasdad
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

We took a trip up to Fort Collins last week to hit a few breweries. Sadly quite a few were closed so we hit this one out of necessity; fortunately for us, this one was quite good across the board. Poured a nice medium yellow color with a nice white head. Nice hoppy aromas, mango, orange zest, citrus. Medium bodied, fruity, hoppy and spicy.

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Photo of ottovon
4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed at the brewery. Says it's an imperial saison.

A: pours a straw yellow with a foamy white head.

S: I get some pepper and Ginger. Also a nice bit of clove and some light fruits like mango and peach. I also get a little bit of a Chardonnay aroma.

T: I get clove, mango, straw, and spice. Has a nice bitterness to it. The finish is fruity and dry with a slight bitterness to it.

M: it has a medium-thin mouthfeel with a nice bit of carb.

D: a very drinkable beer. I could drink a lot of this. It is a very good saison.

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