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Blood Ov The Kings - Local Option

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BA SCORE
81
good

131 Ratings
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Ratings: 131
Reviews: 28
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 12.96%
Wants: 2
Gots: 10 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Local Option visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Wheat Ale |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
At the peak of summer 1631 King Gustavus Adolphus led thousands of Swedish troops into Northern Germany. Following the destruction and subsequent plundering of Brandenburg Adolphus’ army marched through the endless wheat fields en route to Bavaria. Brewed with copious amounts of red wheat, Blood ov the Kings is aromatically driven by bread, biscuit and notes of exotic fruit. Hazy and medium bodied the beer has a rich and creamy mouth feel with a dry, bitter, and slightly sweet finish. Unbound by the Reinheitsgebot Blood ov the Kings would certainly have been the vital fluid of victory for the Swedish monarch as he spilled blood across the wheat fields of Northern Europe.

(Beer added by: Tone on 07-25-2013)
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JackieAnton

Illinois

4/5  rDev +12.7%

02-06-2014 20:39:27 | More by JackieAnton
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braugon

Connecticut

3/5  rDev -15.5%

09-27-2013 14:35:11 | More by braugon
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danthehopslamman

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

08-06-2013 15:55:46 | More by danthehopslamman
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andyfrancis

California

3.85/5  rDev +8.5%

Poured into a stemless wine glass. Cloudy, copper-amber with thin, tan eggshell head.

Earthy and floral hop notes up front, underlying fruit combined with sweet biscuity malt.

If I had been blindfolded, I would have sworn it was a red ale. Initial rush culminates with a bite of carbonation on your tongue over a constant biscuit malt undertone. For better or worse, very reminiscent of Fat Tire.

Lighter bodied than expected with a surprisingly dry, crisp finish. Very slight lingering bitter and sweet.

I'm not sure what's going on with Local Option in terms of business and distribution. I thought of them as a Chicago based boutique, but I bought this bottle in San Francisco, and its label says it came from Maryland. Whatever the case, I'm glad to be able to get them out here.

01-02-2014 22:45:43 | More by andyfrancis
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mtpHokie

South Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

09-05-2013 02:43:41 | More by mtpHokie
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ianjsullivan

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

03-16-2014 03:07:48 | More by ianjsullivan
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acurtis

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -15.5%

12-27-2013 20:35:06 | More by acurtis
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Gonzoillini

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

07-26-2013 23:59:35 | More by Gonzoillini
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markcp

Iowa

3/5  rDev -15.5%

09-04-2013 20:40:56 | More by markcp
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Alieniloquium

Florida

3.08/5  rDev -13.2%

500 mL bottle poured into a tulip.

Appearance - Very murky dark orange. Big off white head. Good retention with a decent layer of foam.

Smell - Some citrus hop, but it's got a lot of malt. Deep caramel. Some grain. A toasty aroma, too.

Taste - Toasty malt is dominant here as well. Citrus hop is again faint, but present. Almost a burnt caramel flavor in the back. Grainy and a minimal bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Smooth textured. Medium carbonation. Creamy body.

Overall - It's growing on me. Nothing wrong with it. Uninspired maybe, but a decent pale.

09-04-2013 23:38:28 | More by Alieniloquium
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timjim1327

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -15.5%

01-01-2014 22:40:00 | More by timjim1327
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Denzo

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

03-16-2014 01:50:44 | More by Denzo
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morimech

Minnesota

3.49/5  rDev -1.7%

Dark amber with and orange hue. A dense two finger head forms and slowly settles to a thick cap. Heavy lacing is left down the glass.

Aroma of tropical fruit, bread, and grain.

Fruity flavor up front with notes of orange, grapefruit, and mango. Surprising bitterness in the finish with and aftertaste of orange pith.

A bit overcarbonated but otherwise has a solid, somewhat full texture.

Just an above average beer. Nothing about wheat spoke to me. Tasted like a hoppy amber ale. I wonder what this would of tasted like if they used a weizen yeast?

07-20-2014 18:34:36 | More by morimech
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Colorado

3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

08-14-2013 05:21:58 | More by blindpiggie
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EagleTalon

Oklahoma

3.69/5  rDev +3.9%

Pours to a nice thick head and generous lacing all the way down. Good retention. Murky amber color. Aroma is spicy/piney hops, sharp wheat and soft, sweet, biscuity pale malt. Flavor is a sharp blend of bready, crackery grains and a spicy, piney, bitter finish. Mouthfeel is light and a bit rough but tolerable. 6% alcohol hides very well. Good Quaff.

01-05-2014 01:15:35 | More by EagleTalon
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KYGunner

Kentucky

3.89/5  rDev +9.6%

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder and no other beer defines this addage more. Murky unfiltered brilliance accentuates a hearty apricot hue. The head was thick, frothy and stiff with a ton of lacing.

The scent is brilliant with caramel malt leading the way. Tons of orangey citrus with a lemon scent, ending in a straw or wheat finish.

The taste does not follow the nose as barley malt and bran lay heavy on the tongue. Lots of caramel malt keeps the core with a nice hoppy finish.

Overall this is described as spanning several styles and I tend to agree. A bit schizophrenic but mighty tasty, this is well worth a try.

08-07-2013 00:10:56 | More by KYGunner
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emerge077

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Reddish amber orange body, good clarity, some fluffy foam that leaves behind a soapy collar at first, becoming patchy on the surface after a couple minutes.

Aroma is fairly interesting, vaguely floral with some basic grainy husks and toasted malt complexity as it warms.

Flavors of multigrain toast, light vegetal hops, sustained bitterness in the finish. Fairly simple and understated, dry and malt forward with a light hop bitterness. Medium body, ample carbonation. Pouring the yeast in added some smoothness and a hint of fruity esters. Simplicity works in some cases, not sure what this is trying to be though, with little info to go on from the label.

$5 for essentially a local amber ale, not too surprising considering how Local Option prices beers.
Guess the jokes on me...

07-31-2013 02:50:09 | More by emerge077
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Alabama

3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

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1point5

Illinois

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08-24-2013 21:45:06 | More by jaydoc
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Washington

3.53/5  rDev -0.6%

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10-02-2013 03:43:54 | More by LiquidAmber
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New York

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New York

3.65/5  rDev +2.8%

A: The beer is very hazy light amber in color and has some hints of yellowish hues along with lots of particles floating in suspension. It poured with a half finger high light beige head that gradually died down, leaving wispy patterns of bubbles on the surface, a collar around the edge and some lacing down the sides.
S: Light to moderate aromas of wheat are present in the nose along with strong notes of biscuit and caramel malts.
T: The taste is somewhat similar to the smell, except that there are also strong notes of peppery spices that stand out and linger through the finish.
M: It feels a bit shy of being medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. The particulates add slight amounts of chewiness to the mouthfeel.
O: This beer seems to taste like a hybrid between a wheat beer and an amber/red ale.

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Blood Ov The Kings from Local Option
81 out of 100 based on 131 ratings.