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Chico King: Pale Ale (Beer Camp Across America) - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Chico King: Pale Ale (Beer Camp Across America)Chico King: Pale Ale (Beer Camp Across America)

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Reviews: 188
Hads: 1,399
Avg: 3.66
pDev: 28.69%
Wants: 17
Gots: 131 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: raynmoon on 07-03-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

3 Floyds has a reputation as the Midwestern kings of alpha (hops), and it seems that one of our beers helped to lure them down the lupulin-paved path. Chico King is a mash-up of our mutual passion for hoppy pale ales and combines a uniquely robust malt body with intense citrusy and fruity new school hop varietals.

3 Floyds marches to the beat of their own (double kick) drum when it comes to collaboration, often partnering with comic book artists, tattoo parlors or heavy metal bands when inspiration strikes. These eclectic beers are coveted throughout the Midwest and some beers, like the legendary Dark Lord Imperial Stout, have spawned something akin to a beer-themed holiday in the brewery’s hometown of Muenster, IN.
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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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Photo of RaulMondesi
3.06/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Umm, uh, yeah... Kind of like a first date where she spends half of it texting: there is not a lot going on here. Chico King (like said hoochie) is just plain, dull, ok in appearance, but just flat overall. The thang is not repulsive, but it doesn't make the main man want to dip his claws into a second date,


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Photo of DrDemento456
3.69/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Well no longer pale in color with a 1/2 inch of tan colored head. Looks more like a DIPA to me.
Smells fairly malty with light bittering hops and some cracker malt. Smells not as bright and citrus like I expected.
Tastes more balanced than I expected pretty much a higher octane Sierra pale ale with balanced citrus hops, some crystal like malts and some cracker bread finish.
Mouth is good light to medium bodied as I expected. Smooth.

Overall not bad but I will accept the more readily available Sierra pale ale.

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Photo of TempeBeerMan
3.27/5  rDev -10.7%

Poured from a bottle into a nonic pint.

A - Pours a mostly clear orange/copper with a smooth, one-finger, off white head with good retention. Really nice sheet of lacing.

S - Moderate strength aroma of caramel malts, spruce, and earthy hops.

T - Taste matches the nose, with piney hops taking center stage. Some hop fruitiness (lemon, lime) in the mid-palate. Slight mineral/metallic taste in the finish. Not very well balanced, as the malts fall way short of standing up to the hop bill.

M - Light bodied, with downright stinging carbonation. Could have used more body and less spritz in my opinion.

O - Not a big fan here. An unbalanced APA with some glaring flaws. One of the weakest of the Beer Camp 12 pack.

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Photo of Jadjunk
3.77/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

"3 Floyds has a reputation as the Midwestern kings of alpha (hops), and it seems our flagship beer helped lure them down the lupulin-paved path. Chico King is a mash-up of our mutual passion for hoppy pale ales and we suspect you'll find it fit for royalty." Brewed in the style of an American Pale Ale, available in single 12 oz. bottles as part of the Beer Camp Across America 2015 Variety pack and on limited draft.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a Sierra Nevada tulip glass. Served above 54 degrees Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a foamy frothed head of a cinnamon white color over a mildly cloudy copper body with sparse, thin sediment and no visible carbonation bubbles. Retention is very good and lacing is light and spotty. 4

(Smell) The hop profile kicks in first with piney, spicy, peppery and fruity notes dominating the nose with a moderate bitterness. Underneath the hop front lies a more subtle but equally appealing malt body of light bready and biscuity caramel malts with a modest sweetness and high cleanliness. The earthy, nutty and fruity base of this beer suggests an English yeast-strain, which works well with this beer. Potency is medium. 3.75

(Taste) The malt and hop profiles are seemingly magnified in the flavor, with biscuity, chewy pale and caramel malts generating a filling malt profile and the hop profile covering with an equally profound bitterness, flavors of pine resins, fruit and pepper. Finishes with a lingering fruity and spicy hop profile and a moderate bitterness. 3.75

(Mouthfeel) The texture is slick, lightly chewy and medium dry. Carbonation is modest with a medium frothiness and a softly crisp finish. Body is medium+ for the style, medium overall. Balance is equally sweet to bitter. Alcohol presence is low and there are no off characters to mention. 3.75

(Overall) Chico King is a pale ale that does quite right by its style. A good balance of hop and malts with a solid flavor profile for both. It doesn't need to rely on the gimmicks of west coast and brighter hops, making the Alpha a more uncommon but equally appreciated hop choice. Overall Chico King is a very enjoyable pale ale and one of the better beers of the variety pack. 3.75

Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.'s
Chico King Pale Ale (With 3 Floyds Brewing Co.)

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Photo of oberon
3.46/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours into a standard pint glass a clear burnt orange with a half finger white head that left a few splashes of lace as it settled.Aromas of mild fruity hops and caramel malts,there is light resin to them.Flavors are fruity but with not much pine resin or bitterness,a caramel/biscuit malt backbone more than stands up to the hops it might be the main flavor component.I expected a little more here,it's not terrible by any means maybe just a little lackluster.

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Photo of DanGeo
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of t2grogan
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of Tiernan
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

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3.7/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of GameOfBeers
3.92/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of woodchipper
3/5  rDev -18%

Photo of SanFranJake
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of lordofthewiens
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In my pint glass this beer was copper colored with a good sized off-white head. There was a good amount of lace.

Nice citrus aroma, as well as a fresh, floral scent. Some sweetness to the aroma as well.

Taste of grapefruit and orange. Still floral. A bready background.

Hoppy mouthfeel, but subtle.

I was expecting more hops, but this turned out well.

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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of chip26
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of Beaver13
2.32/5  rDev -36.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

12 oz bottle. Pours clear light copper amber with a hug rocky off white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is biscuity nutty malts and grassy hops and a little fruit.

The flavor is sweet biscuity crystal malt with a little fruit and grassy floral hops. There's a bit of a bad homebrew twang to it. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with slightly prickly carbonation.

Overall, my least favorite beer camp so far. Hoppy unexciting amber.

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Photo of barhoc11
3.36/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark for a pale ale, has a faint red tint

S: Nothing here, at all

T: Sweet and full, not bad but almost not what I would consider a pale ale. This is high on the abv for a pale ale as well so there are much better options at this point

M: Nice and full, makes the beer better than it actually is

O: This is not a bad beer at all, its just not a great beer coming from Three Floyds. Pale ales are pretty standard and this one is something I could drink more often

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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of Beerswag
3.67/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

bottle pour into mini pilsner glass. smell fruity, orange peel, grapefruit, carmel. taste is slightly sweet, fruits such as mango, strawberry, citrus, and carmel notes. Some spice essence coming through the nose, with it's complexity, and richness. mouthfeel is medium bodied. I could see this one paring nice with mild spice dishes, such as kabob, and mild smokey meats, and cheeses.

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3/5  rDev -18%

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Chico King: Pale Ale (Beer Camp Across America) from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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