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Sun King / Three Floyds Royal Brat - Sun King Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
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39 Ratings
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Ratings: 39
Reviews: 5
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 12.63%
Wants: 3
Gots: 1 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Sun King Brewing Company visit their website
Indiana, United States

Style | ABV
Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB) |  4.70% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: MSandahl23 on 10-03-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Brace yourself for the extreme quaffability, severe mellowness, and aggressive tenderness in this loving embrace between two of Indiana’s most celebrated breweries. Brewers from Sun King and Three Floyds came together to produce this belligerently sessionable English-Style Best Bitter, brewed to celebrate the Sun King CANvitational.

55 IBU
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Ratings: 39 | Reviews: 5
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Photo of robwestcott
3.84/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

poured cold from the can on a snowday directly after shoveling the drive to a three floyd's shaped imperial pint glass a crisp, translucent light copper wiih a 1/2 finger, long lasting, big bubbled off white head

aroma of grassy hops and perhaps a bit of burnt toffee in the wayback.

medium bodied, big carbonation, creamy smooth with a subtle hop bite.

nicely balanced, seriously drinkable, subtle grassy hops with a caramel-y malt after.

nice.

Photo of BEERchitect
3.77/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Of course the tabloid savvy news of British royalty producing offspring would hit their key demographics- the bearded, grungy, earthy brewers of American craft beers. To mark the occasion, Sun King teams up with Three Floyds for a uniquely ordinary British-style ale.

Dark bronze in its color, the ale pours with spectacular clarity and a delicate creamy head. Bone white in its hue, the head slowly recedes to a film across the surface, all the while spattering the class with broken lace. The ale certainly carries a cask-like appearance through and through.

Somewhat nutty in its scent, the ale kicks off with a dry toffee aromas and medium toasty notes. Grassy and woodish tones emerge from the hop side and balance the malts with ease. With no prominent esters to mention, the scent is clean and dedicated to the dialogue of malt and hops. Lightly sulfury and metal-like, these attributes reinforce a notion of crispness and snappiness.

As projected, the taste of toffee, toast and nuts are well represented but without the sweetness that normally accompanies toffee. Its toasted cracker-like taste is easily matched with grassy hop taste and broad spicy bitterness to end the session. Its middle is lightly cola-like with a nod to chocolate undertones. That hop bitterness in finish is assisted with a light plaster-like taste and with an iron-like snap.

Its crisp and clean body quickly sheds any would-be sweetness in order to prefer a dry malt taste right from the onset. Soon after the creaminess of carbonation subsides, the beer lightens considerably at the risk of watering in the middle but with the reward of a crisp and hoppy whack of dryness to close.

Its easy to simply give the beer extra consideration because of the noble style that it represents and because of the best Indiana breweries who brewed it. But the ale lacks the "English" yeast character that would easily curtail the beer's overly simplistic balance and its wavering middle palate.

Photo of TwelveOunces
3.98/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz can poured into a pint glass

A- A mostly clear amber colored beer. An off white head.

S- A light hoparoma but a subtle nose. A hint of nuttiness and a crisp malt profile.

T- The beer starts out with a crisp malt presence. An oily, but sharp hop presence. A touch of nuttiness and a hint of dark caramel. The hops are crisp with traces of lemongrass and onion. Tastes like a pale ale with brown ale notes.

M- A modest mouthfeel but very nice for the ABV. Good carbonation and rather refreshing.

O- A very nice beer, refreshing and unique. A tad pricey but worth checking out.

Photo of MasterSki
3.96/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can picked up from 3 Floyds. Served in a Heady Topper pint glass.

A - Generous off-white foam settles to a thick cap, thicker collar and a few splotches of lace. Transparent amber-orange body.

S - Smells like an ESB. Loads of toffee, with accents of bready and doughy malts There's a bit of citrus, earthy, floral hopping and some faint toasted, grainy malts in the periphery. Lots of flavor for only 4.7%.

T - That is a similar blend of lemony and floral hops over top of a sweet, biscuit and toffee malt backdrop. Sweet malts, fruity yeast, a bit of citrus and fruitiness. Very authentic and English.

M - Medium, grainy, toasty body, with pleasant carbonation. No alcohol, with a crisp, clean, lightly dry finish.

D - A really nice ESB that is a very clean American take on the style. I had no problem putting down a 16oz can. That being said, it's not an innovative or unique enough brew to warrant seeking out for numerous servings.

Photo of Huhzubendah
3.3/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

The beer appears transparent and light orange with an inch of sticky, off-white head. The aroma brings hops, biscuits, perhaps a touch of nectarines. The flavor has a candied orange / nectarine vibe that is clashin with the bitterness and malty body. A bit odd and off kilter. Not horrible, but not refreshing and quaffable either. Eh...

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Sun King / Three Floyds Royal Brat from Sun King Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 39 ratings.