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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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26 Ratings
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Ratings: 26
Reviews: 2
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 8.82%
Wants: 1
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Sun King Brewing Company visit their website
Indiana, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.40% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: fredmugs on 01-16-2014)
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Reviews by Florida9:
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3.54/5  rDev -5.3%
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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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).

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Fistful Of Hops (Winter Release) from Sun King Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 26 ratings.