Funkwerks, Inc. Tropic King
What the brewers say
“Originally designed to be a hoppier version of our flagship Saison, the accidental addition of two extra bags of Munich malt balanced the hops bitterness. Tropical fruit flavors come from the New Zealand hops variety, Rakau.”
What our panel thought
Aroma: “Fruity esters are more prominent, with slight phenolic spice, but overall relatively restrained for the style. Balance of white pepper phenols and orange. A bit of floral and bready malt. Tangerines and oranges. Floral and fruity.”
Flavor: “As in the aroma, the fruity esters are dominant, primarily apple, apple cider, and pear. Tangerines, oranges, plums, dates. Some light floral and herbal notes. A touch of spice at the back end. Sweetness slowly fades and it finishes moderately dry with slight alcohol warmth.”
Overall: “Some fun fruity esters, but overall a bit less attenuated than I would like. Esters and phenols are fairly balanced with an orange and white-pepper character. A bit of alcohol warmth in the finish lets you know the strength without being overwhelming. Nice carbonation helps it finish well.”
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