Tropic King | Funkwerks

very good
493 Ratings
Tropic KingTropic King

Brewed by:
Colorado, United States

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Originally designed to be a hoppier version of our flagship Saison, the accidental (but fortuitous) addition of two extra bags of Munich malt balanced the hop bitterness leaving us this very unique Imperial Saison. Tropical fruit flavors coming from the unique New Zealand hop variety, Rakau.

Notes of passion fruit, mango, peach, pepper and ginger.

Pairs well with hula hooping.

Added by lackenhauser on 11-19-2011

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Photo of vette2006c5r
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Topic king pours a cloudy color with a long lasting and lacing head. Big spicy aroma. Taste is very spicy, yeast sugary, and a taste of hops. Good body and feel. Overall, a big saison.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.9/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This one pours a good ol' hazy NE-style IPA, hazy, thick orange look, with a small head, and a good bit of lacing.

This smells mildly funky and mostly fruity, with pineapple, strawberry, melon, and grapefruit- it's definitely quite hoppy.

This is super, super fruity- it's almost unfathomable that they didn't add any fruit here. There's so much pineapple and strawberry, not a lot of bitterness, and just a very slight hint of funk.

This is light bodied, with a super fruity mouthfeel, and a good level of carbonation.

This is tasty, but not incredibly interesting.

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Photo of Pro_Magnon
3.98/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of a77cj7
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.95/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Thick bubbly stark white head of 3 fingers. Golden body with effervescent bubbles spiraling to the top.

Aroma of sour gummi worms, canned tropical fruit mix, canned mandarin oranges, cling peaches. I like it. Very juicy.

Flavor is pretty much the same except more rind-y, some pepper and clove, but those are definitely background noise. I'd say the closest flavor is just raw papaya rind. Hot alcohol follows.

Feel is thick and slightly resiny, but still stays true to a harsh carbonation and a spritzy finish.

Overall, it's a pretty good fruity beer I'd return to again.

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Photo of Mindcrime1000
3.84/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a single-serve into a tulip

The brew pours a dark gold with a nice foamy head that gives way to excellent lacing. A bit disappointing is how clear it is for the style. Still, a fine looking glass of beer.

The aromas are an interesting mesh of medicinal tripel notes balanced with saison sour and funk. As promised, there is plenty of tropical fruit aroma here that the "funk" skews toward the "orange" end of the spectrum (mango and papaya). White pepper and floral spice notes finish out the presentation.

Flavors of tropical fruit are very forward, along with honeydew/musk melon flavors, then medicinal and booze notes, followed by pepper. There is some "sour" without too much hoppiness, but the funk is lacking. Overall, the brew skews sweet for the style that could have been helped by some Brett. The yeast is also just a touch heavy-handed. As a result, the brew feels more like a light, heavily carbonated tripel in many ways.

The mouthfeel is excellent. Superb carbonation lends the classic champagne-like medium-light body, and the booze provides a welcome warming note without reaching the "bite" stage.

Overall, I'm not sure I would call this a true saison. Like a merlot/shiraz wine blend, this seems more like a tripel blended with a farmhouse. That isn't necessarily a bad thing, it just seems off. Still, I would recommend.

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Photo of Spaceman_Jer
4.21/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of beergoot
3.96/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Crystal-clear, light gold body; billowy, creamy, white head. Soft fruit aroma; pear; light blueberry; grass; bread crust. Old fruit and light bread flavors; brett funk and mild phenols. Heavy body with a soft sponginess; dry finish; some alcohol edginess.

A very interesting yet easy drinking saison, relatively high in alcohol but tempered with a light, cereal grain base infused with a luscious, light fruitiness.

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Photo of jdell15
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of einman
3.95/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of paulish
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of williamphelps
4.37/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice thick lacing over a beautiful thick head of foam. Nose of malt, caramel, maraschino cherry, baked pineapple. Palate of rich malt, wheat bread, hay, caramel, molasses, pineapple upside down cake crust, dried mango, plenty of cardamom and other spice, booze is pretty well balanced. Mouthfeel is full and creamy. Carbonation is bright, smooth, and creamy. Pros are high intensity of flavor, rich, subtle tropical fruit, well integrated booze. Cons are pretty rich, overly malty, not very refreshing. 90/100.

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Photo of oline73
3.5/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of pat61
4.44/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

S: mostly yeast driven tropical fruit, pepper, and light biscuit.

L: brilliant amber gold with a slight copper tint under a 1" white to off-white foam cap with good retention.

T: big tropical fruit flavors seasoned with pepper, hard candy, and pineapple with an assertive bitter finish.

F: Its a well balanced beer with a medium body and medium high carbonation.

O: a well made, easy to drink Saison.

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Photo of corywalston
3.58/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3

Photo of rorjets
4.08/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of jmh21
3.97/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Sweffin
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of HoistinBrews
4.13/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Can_has_beer
3.34/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of jkn09
4.06/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of evanwoertz
4.6/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Photo of kraticus41
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of strohme2
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep orange with pink highlights. Thick, fluffy, 1 finger head. Big sticky lacing that tells a story as I drink the beer.
Smell is yeasty, banana and clove, spice. Soft tropical fruits too. Taste is guava, pineapple, orange, spicy yeast, doughy. Slight juicy bitterness on the finish. Medium bodied, big for a Saison, realize its an "imperial" saison. Drying finish.

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Photo of agreenman19
4.29/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L - neat while still in the bottle. Crystal clear with tiny particulates stuck in suspension like ancient yeast crystallized in amber. Pours that same amber gold with a huge fluffy head and turbulent bubble presence. Seemingly infinite nucleation. And my glass is clean! Howbow dah?

S - smells like a beautiful, quintessential saison. Robust flavors of spice, clove, and lemon. Bananas and slight Hefe presence. Candied orange rind. Great.

T - first a deep caramel sweetness hits and then the clouds part and a ray of sunshiney tropical black peppery fruit punch descends from the heavens. As it warms, peach and mango bring life to this beer. More clove and banana come through in the middle with slight vanilla extract on the finish. Boozey honey candy reminds me this has alcohol in it!

F - smooth and full-bodied, except for that head. When I poured this, I was worried it would be over carbonated, but thankfully it was in appearance alone. Or it just burnt itself out. Gotta make sure not to sip with a gaping maw. Avoid letting any of that head in and you're looking at a sweet treat.

O - great saison. Refreshing, but also the right touch of cloy. I like boozey beers, and while this isn't "boozey", the high ABV does wonders to pull the flavors together in a mature package.

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Tropic King from Funkwerks
4 out of 5 based on 493 ratings.
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