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Tropic King | Funkwerks

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Tropic KingTropic King

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Colorado, United States

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Photo of BikingDutchman
4.24/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Hazy golden orange colored that pours with a very large white head.
S - Fruity and spicy yeast smells mix with tropical/fruity hops. There's a lot of fruit in the smell, but I can definitely pick out pinapple, melon, and a little bit of peach. Smells very good.
T - The taste is not quite as fruity as the smell. The spicy yeast notes are stronger. There is also some ethanol flavor that is subtle, but present. (My bottle says 8% abv as another reviewer noted) There is also some bready malt sweetness that hides behind the fruity and spicy flavors.
M - Fairly high in carbonation. It is fairly dry, but there is some sweetness and not without any body - a good balance for this style in my opinion.
O - Not as fruity as I expected from the name. I thought the balance would tend more towards fruity hops, but in reality I think the yeast is more present. Overall, I think there is a nice balance between the two.

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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 jngrizzaffi
4.12/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy light amber color with a thick foamy head. Head retention and lacing are awesome. Belgian yeast aroma with a slight funky edge. Fruity esters with some orange rind and maybe slight caramel. Belgian yeast taste with some peppery flavoring. Mild tropical fruit. Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth. This is a re-rate from what I had before that was not that good.

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Photo of ThePorterSorter
3.73/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

The beer pours a light amber/golden orange with a fluffy and everlasting white head. The nose strives to be fruity and tropical, but has more bubble gummy yeast and booze that come through in the end. The beer's malty sweetness plays nicely with the fruity yeast and masks the abv well, but this beer plays the same note and never evolves into something more complex or interesting. It has a fluffy mouthfeel, one that's dominated by fruity yeast, but still has a hint of bitterness that lingers in the finish. This saison doesn't disappoint, but leaves much to be desired knowing what a few bugs and a barrel can do.

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

Hazy golden body with a voluminous head off that high carbonation.

Big fruit forward nose with some sweet tropical leanings. Oh wow.

Taste is a little more yeast driven with those spicy flavors yet still packs a big tropical fruity punch.

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Photo of KYGunner
3.53/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The nose presents a lot of yeast tones but reveals some citrus orange and grapefruit. It also has a perfume, rose petal and spice like aroma.

The flavor starts out with cloves and peppercorns before easing into a banana and yeasty bubblegum. Not a big Saison fan and this did little to change me over.

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Photo of NSXAG
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Funkwerks - Tropic King [Imperial Saison Ale] (750 ml ---> Dogfish Head Curved Pint Glass : 8.0% ABV)

Having just tried my first home-brewed saison, I've been on a "saison kick" as of late, trying to develop a better palate for the style... Once I saw the imperial version of the Funkwerks saison I tried quite a while back, I was eager to pop the cap... Immediately upon pouring, an off white 4 inch head formed, composed of giant rocky bubbles, and slowly faded away leaving a small amount of lacing along the glass... The color is a deep golden yellow with a slight haze to it, and has a fair amount of carbonation assisting in the head's retention... In the aromas there's a decent amount of barnyard funk but it isn't overwhelmingly forward in its' presence, with an accompanying cast of lemons and yeast notes... First tasting brings forth a hoppy earthiness and slight spiciness also, fading into some subtle peach and citrus highlights, and of course some funk as well... The finish is smooth and crisp, with some more hoppy bitterness and spice to give it more depth... Mouthfeel is excellent for the style: full enough to act as a vessel for the complexity of the beer, but light enough to let the features act as their own highlights... Overall I was extremely pleased with this brew's representation of the style, as well as the great balance within the flavor profile!! Another great brew - Cheers!!

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.77/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured on-tap at the brewery and served in a tulip, the beer is a hazy, copper-gold coloring, with a filmy, clingy, white head. Nose of tropical fruits, with melon, agave, apricot, and pineapple, as well as evergreen and pine notes. Flavors are a subtle fruit blend, with evergreen highlights, piney notes, and subtle roasted characteristics. Subtle fruit and tree aftertaste, with a light, smooth finish.

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Photo of themind
3.75/5  rDev -6%

A good, earthy Saison that I would purchase. The beer pours a generous head, has a classic farmhouse Saison aroma and flavor with a tropical twist. A good brew from a good brewery.

Bottom Line: See it, grab it!

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Photo of cbutova
4.11/5  rDev +3%

Grabbed at Funkwerks back in August personally. Had it on draft at the brewery and actually found it better out of the bottle.

A- Mostly clear mid golden pour to a few pint glasses. A white, thick creamy head forms over two fingers with good retention leaving a medium ring. Lacing is a mix of webs and spots.

S- Fruity and spicy Saison yeast and hop driven aroma. Notes of pepper, dried pineapple, mango, apricot, coriander, lemon orange zest and cooking herbs.

T- Tropical fruits up front with each sip quickly followed by the resident Saison yeast spiciness. Mango, tangerine, orange, dried pineapple leads up to peppercorn, straw, herbal, floral and zesty yeast.

MF- Light to medium bodied with a spritzy crisp and silky creamy body. Carbonation is high as it should be promoting the delicate flavors. Finishes slightly warm and medium bitterness.

Tropic indeed. Actually feels more so than the sample I had on draft at the brewery. Tropical fruits paired nicely with hefty Saison yeast.

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.18/5  rDev +4.8%

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

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Photo of Vonerichs
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

On tap at falling rock.

Hazy gold with a fluffy and persistent white head.

Holy cow, one of the fruitiest beers I've smelled. It gives it's name due respect. Mango, pineapple, orange, and passion fruit. Extremely aromatic.

Heavy mango and orange taste. Funky and peppery finish.

Sticky and medium body. Moderate carbonation.

I loved this. The aroma is really bright and juicy.

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Photo of AlCaponeJunior
4.12/5  rDev +3.3%

Orange tan and beautiful in its clear, sparkling appearance, funkified head and lace due to careful bartender pour, and not from a bottle.

An excellent selection to go with Beau Jo's pizza, especially served in a great full sized snifter.

Spice and peppery, white and pink peppercorns (subjective, my palate ain't that precise, but the complexity is beyond that of mere black pepper). Funk and dank are present in a moderate amount, perfect for a guest tap at a pizza joint.

Not funkwerks' funky-est, but still an excellent brew.

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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 BMMillsy
3.77/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Breckenridge at the Ballpark in Denver. Pours deep orange colored with a small off white head. Aroma of tropical fruits as expected, some light funk, and a hint of spice. Flavor is on the sweeter side with lots of bubble gum notes and some tropical fruits, sweet wheaty malts, and very little zesty saison like barnyard yeast going on here. Medium plus bodied and medium carbonation. Overall I found this to be only OK, but not bad.

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Photo of spoony
3.94/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 330 ml bottle (bottled January 16, 2015) to a tulip. Reviewed from notes dated March 23, 2015.

A-A normal pour produces a healthy white head that hangs around for a bit. There is no lacing left behind. The beer reveals a few chunky bubbles of carbonation in the clear, light-orange liquid.

S-The aroma suggests tree fruit like apple and pear with lots of phenols and a bit of tropical sweetness. I also sniff bread dough, a chewy Belgian yeast, and some light peppery spice.

T-The taste is sharper and more assertive than the smell. Alcohol comes through cleanly to provide a bit of sting with the sweet fruit. The fruity flavor reminds me of apple cider, but I also get some dried grass and more pepper to go with the bready yeast flavors.

M-The feel is nice and and prickly. Medium heft.

O-This is a good beer and I'm glad to be able to buy it in small bottles now. That being said, I'll take other Funkwerks offerings like the regular saison or Deceit over this most days. The higher ABV here actually hurts the flavors I think.

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Photo of SportsandJorts
3.81/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: a golden orange color. a huge, two plus finger, foamy white head that sticks around for ages and leaves a sticky lacing. completely opaque.

Smell: candi sugar, belgian yeast, fruity flavors.

Taste: opens up with a little bit of bitterness. fades to a light candi sugar and a strong belgian yeast. some very light tropical fruit notes. some alcohol

Mouthfeel: some bitterness up front. strong carbonation but still very dry.

Overall: a well brew and tasty saison, but not quite my favorite. I was hoping the fruity notes were a bit stronger.

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Photo of arizcards
4.11/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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!

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Photo of GeezLynn
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

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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 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 twiggamortis420
4.38/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750 mL courtesy of SalukiAlum pours a very hazed gold color with a massive cap of white head. Good looking beer with lots of retention and lace.

Nose is yeasty-licious with lots of tropical fruity aromas - mango, guava and pineapple.

Taste is delicious! great blend of hops and yeast. The phonics range from pepper to clove to leather. Maybe just a touch over-carbed on the mouthfeel, but otherwise I cant think of anything else to complain about. I love it when I can say I would honestly not know if a saison was American or Belgian in origin...thats the case here. Great beer.

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Photo of beertunes
3.79/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to Casey, Paige, and Brian for grabbing this for me on their recent trip to GABF. Shared with OKComputer and Victor. Poured into Chimay goblet. Poured a hazy golden yellow color with about 1/2 inch of off-white head that had very good retention and OK lacing.

The aroma led off with a nice blast of yeast, which led to a pleasant fruit scent. There was just a bit of underlying spice from the yeast. The taste was basically the same, a solid foundation of expected Saison flavors, with some additional fruitiness that worked pretty well.

The body was pretty full for the style, but still managed to be crisp and dry. Drinkability was excellent, we were hoping for another bottle by the time we got done. Overall, a very, very nice brew. Bordering on a must try, if you're a trader, absolutely a must try if you see it in a bar or store.

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Photo of dirtylou
4.23/5  rDev +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

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Photo of BEERchitect
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

While the guidelines of the Saison style say that there's an even-keel balance of fruit and spice, I find that modern versions tilt heavily toward the spice and dryness and to a lesser extend with fruit and sweetness. However, Funkwerks' Tropic King really explored that balance in seldom seen fashion any more.

Opening with that signature milky yellowish-gold hue, the ale is abundant with yeast and wheat haze, while being capped with a dense and creamy white froth. If I hadn't known better, I'd be looking at a cross section of key-lime pie- equipped with meringue and all. With retention intact, the ale trails with broken islands of lace.

Its spot-on aromas are zesty of champagne and spice- its acidity is accompanies by freshly grated white pepper, light clove and alcohol; and with only a supple backing of dry cracker maltiness and soft wheat. But that's not all- its aromas are musty with lemons, apples, and a slew of tropical fruit notes: pineapple, mango, apricot and passion fruit.

Its taste is rich with a funky-fresh flavor of rustic farmhouse earthiness and modern dry acidity- its foundation is dry with pilsner breadiness and short-lived wheat richness. 'Cause once the yeast character kicks in, the conversation is all fruit and spice in its middle palate. That ideal blend of citrus, tropical and orchard fruit seems of IPA and Tripel Ale, its peppercorn, damp hay and musty cork flavors are quintessential Saison. And that notion is further reinforced as the beer dries mercilessly in its finish and exposes its spicy flavor late.

Medium-light for Saison, its fruit-centric sweetness provides a sweeter and tarter upstart, especially as its carbonation needs a bit of a kickstart. But once the bubbles start-a-flowin', the beer is pushed off the tongue and here comes the champagne-like flavor and feel. That's when acidity, pepper, and alcohol tell the tale and make the beer a Saison and not a Tripel, Strong Golden Ale or stronger Pale Ale.

It's not your every-day Saison, but the thing about it is that it's not your every day Saison! Still, I think a hefty dose of Brettanomyces yeast could really dry this thing out for a funkier-fresher taste and texture.

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Tropic King from Funkwerks
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