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Tropic King | Funkwerks

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89
very good
85 Reviews
Tropic KingTropic King
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Funkwerks
Colorado, United States
funkwerks.com

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by lackenhauser on 11-19-2011

BEER STATS
Reviews:
85
Ratings:
459
Avg:
3.99
pDev:
22.81%
 
 
Wants:
36
Gots:
72
For Trade:
1
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Reviews by JoeAmerican77:
Photo of JoeAmerican77
3.98/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of MattyG85
4.44/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a stemmed tulip.

Appearance: Pours a hazy amber orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. Big three finger off white head that fades back into a thin creamy layer.

Smell: A spicy and juicy Belgian style aroma with a scent of spices and citrus. Belgian yeast with a scent of clove, pepper, and slight ginger spicing. Good hop presence with a tropical scent of orange, mango, passion fruit, apricot, and peach. Also some fruit hints of banana and pear. Malt hints of caramel, grains, and cracker. A very nice aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a spicy and fruity Belgian style taste with notes of spices and tropical fruit. Belgian yeast with spice notes of clove, pepper, coriander, and ginger. Ripe tropical fruit hop notes of mango, orange, passion fruit, apricot, and peach. Belgian style fruit notes of banana, pear, and apple. Malt notes of caramel, grains, and cracker. A very good taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied with a medium to high level of carbonation. Crisp, juicy, and drying.

Overall: A very good hopped up take on a Saison. Nice tropical fruit hop presence.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.08/5  rDev +2.3%
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...

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Photo of Tiernan
3.99/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.94/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

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Photo of mverity
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of Jason
3.75/5  rDev -6%

Photo of Billolick
4.17/5  rDev +4.5%
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

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Photo of Homebrew35
4.31/5  rDev +8%
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.

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Photo of aquazr1
3.85/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of olradetbalder
3.75/5  rDev -6%

Photo of bsp77
4.01/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Aroma of hoppy tropical fruits, overripe fleshy fruits, banana/clove esters and a light mustiness. Taste is similar with a nice mix of Rakau hops, huge malts and Saison yeast. Not as effervescent or dry as a typical Saison. Very good overall.

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Photo of bpfrush
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of ehammond1
4.08/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

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Photo of boogerisu
3.92/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Cynic-ale
3.75/5  rDev -6%

Photo of williamjbauer
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of valkyre65
3.95/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jtladner
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of jeschaefer
2.83/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of hagbergl
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of sgttibbs
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of richkrull
4.16/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Auraan
4.45/5  rDev +11.5%
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.

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Photo of ltdantheman
4/5  rDev +0.3%

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Tropic King from Funkwerks
3.99 out of 5 based on 459 ratings.
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