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Fistful Of Hops (Winter Release) - Sun King Brewing Company

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Fistful Of Hops (Winter Release)
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29 Ratings
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Ratings: 29
Reviews: 4
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 10.24%
Wants: 1
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Sun King Brewing Company visit their website
Indiana, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.40% ABV

Availability: Winter

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Beer added by: fredmugs on 01-16-2014

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Reviews by Florida9:
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3.55/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Clear copper in color. Forms a large, fluffy, off-white head. Decent retention and some moderate lacing.

S: Aroma is fairly light, though what is there is pleasant. Mildly sweet with notes of orange and orange blossom. Citrus zest, pine, and caramel malt to a lesser extent.

T: Taste starts off with a light sweetness. Mandarin orange and a strong floral character. Beer then turns thin and watery. Quick finish.

M: Body is on the lighter side of medium. Lower carbonation. Increasing mild-to-moderate bitterness. Thin finish.

O: For a beer named "Fistful of Hops" I've got to admit, I was expecting more hops. Instead I got a beer with the same amount of hops as a normal beer, but less malt, leaving a thinner, sweeter beer with some hoppy characteristics. The beer is drinkable, but a bit of let down and is certainly not worth it's $12/4-pack price tag.

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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of Chris585
2.58/5  rDev -30.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Grapefruit and onion. More so on the onion. Not much malt at all. Basically tastes like onion juice in a can. Very hard to drink as well. Would not drink again. Sorry Sun King, this one is not good.

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4/5  rDev +7.8%

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4/5  rDev +7.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

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4/5  rDev +7.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

Photo of Flight317
4.02/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

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4/5  rDev +7.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

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4/5  rDev +7.8%

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3/5  rDev -19.1%

Photo of Smr7626
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

I bought 3 4-packs (red can, 4th quarter 2014) with the assumption this would rival their OUTSTANDING summer release (Orange/Yellow can). I had a couple last night and no issues with the pour, color, smell or head. What makes this more of an ordinary release is that the balance is not quite there , and the absence of the piney/resiny burst with floral notes that separates truly awesome IPA's (personal preference) . I don't know what hops they use, but I got a taste of the grapefruit bitterness but not the allure of the grapefruit taste and finish. No resiny or piney feel, that to me, is what really makes me love IPA's. It's also a little thin. The beer finishes in the front of your mouth, and lacks the finish it would need to score better. Good beer, don't get me wrong and worth more tastings, but not great. . I will try it again and see if it comes around, but this is not neary Osiris, or their summer 3rd qtr release (which is insanely good).

Photo of lucasj82
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

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4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of dmgeng
3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I try every derivation of Fistful. This one is Blue can Winter 2014, says it has Amarillo, Warrior, and Equinox hops.

A - Dark amber color. Coarse white head and good lacing.

S - Good hop fragrance with citrus, tropical, some light floral, herbal, and dank in the background. Lightest hop fragrance of any of the iterations.

T - Good flavor with the same hops from the smell. This beer has an amazing cleanliness to the hops with a very crisp and clean flavor but still enough hops to keep chugging.

M - Medium to light mouth-feel with moderate carbonation. Perfect IPA feel.

Overall, a good IPA. Not nearly as good as the other derivations but still very good. This is the cleanest and easiest drinking IPA I have had.

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Fistful Of Hops (Winter Release) from Sun King Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 29 ratings.