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Blood Ov The Kings - Local Option

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Ratings: 164
Reviews: 31
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 12.39%
Wants: 4
Gots: 17 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Wheat Ale |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Tone on 07-25-2013

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.
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Ratings: 164 | Reviews: 31
Reviews by jdb288:
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2.55/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle from trade. Hazy gold with heavy white head. Smell of hay, orange. Taste includes citrus notes, yeast, grass. Wheat isn’t my top style but this was smooth. Heavy carbonation with light/medium body. Nice mouthfeel. Makes me interested to try more from this brewery.

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Photo of oberon
3.48/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a weizen glass a dull lighter amber with a thinner white head atop.Dark wheat aromas pretty strong in fact with some mellow melon underneath.Strong dark wheat flavors with subtle fruitiness,unlike any wheat ale German or otherwise I have had really.Hmm not horrible but not something I would look out for to buy again.

Photo of braugon
3/5  rDev -15.5%

Photo of danthehopslamman
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of andyfrancis
3.86/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

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.

Photo of olradetbalder
3/5  rDev -15.5%

Photo of mtpHokie
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of Zonian1
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of ianjsullivan
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of acurtis
3/5  rDev -15.5%

Photo of Gonzoillini
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of markcp
3/5  rDev -15.5%

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.07/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of atlbravsrno1
3/5  rDev -15.5%

Photo of timjim1327
3/5  rDev -15.5%

Photo of Denzo
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of morimech
3.52/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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?

Photo of ironchefkook
3.72/5  rDev +4.8%

Photo of blindpiggie
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of GRG1313
3/5  rDev -15.5%

Photo of EagleTalon
3.68/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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.

Photo of KYGunner
3.91/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Elicoleman
3/5  rDev -15.5%

Photo of emerge077
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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...

Photo of LJWalker
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

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Blood Ov The Kings from Local Option
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