Funk Werks Tropic King

  • Style: Imperial Saison 
  • ABV: 8%
  • IBU: 30

Funkwerks first opened its doors in December of 2010 by owners Gordon Schuck and Brad Lincoln. Gordon’s brewing skills and recipe ingenuity landed him with a gold medal-winning Saison at the National Homebrew Competition. Meanwhile, Brad’s passion for craft beer originated from his need for a good beer after a long day of crunching numbers as an accountant in Portland, Oregon. The dynamic duo first met during the winter of 2009 while attending the Siebel Institute of Technology in Chicago. They were both studying Brewing Science. After being immersed in beer for the better part of five months, the two graduated, with flying colors, and shared a mutual desire to open a brewery. With Brad’s numbers-know-how and Gordon’s super-star-palate, Funkwerks, was born.

Saisons originated as Belgian farmhouse ales brewed for farm workers during summer months. Known for having a dry profile and complex fruity aromas, the Saisons of today are brewed year-round and generally have a higher alcohol percentage than their historic counterparts.

Although Funkwerks, through the years, has focused primarily on Saisons and sours, they’ve allowed for plenty of room for experimentation and now offer a range of Belgian and American styles, barrel-aged small batches, and other specialty brews.

Tropic King, originally designed to be a hoppier version of their flagship Saison, the accidental (but fortuitous) addition of two extra bags of Munich malt balanced out the hop bitterness leaving us this very unique beer. Tropic King bursts with fruity tropical characteristics from the use of New Zealand hop varietals. This beer is a flavor extravaganza that has developed a loyal following.

The beer pours a golden amber, with an off-white fluffy head. Notes of passion fruit, mango, pepper, clove, honey, bread, and ginger all strike the nasal cavity first. While on the palate pine, baking spice, mango, and kiwi lead the way with honey and bready notes following close behind. The moderate carbonation, and mild bitterness lead into a dry and clean finish. 

This beer is clean and bright, crisp and refreshing to drink. It is a fantastic offering from the brewery, and sticks true to its style. Definitely a beer for those late afternoon summer days laying out on the hammock. 

Bottoms up!

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