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Osiris Pale Ale - Sun King Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
89
very good

759 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 759
Reviews: 219
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 11.28%
Wants: 77
Gots: 84 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Sun King Brewing Company visit their website
Indiana, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: cnally on 08-22-2009

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Ratings: 759 | Reviews: 219
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Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.3/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #45 (Oct 2010):

Tallboys! Good choice! Huge froth with sticky hop goodness as the head holds strong. A bale of hops was just thrown at our noses. Snap and a bite, carbonation and hops pair up well. Oily citric hop flavor throughout; toasted grain with bread crust and biscuits on the palate. Super clean, though there is a mild estery pear fruitiness from the yeast. Hops and malt don't clash but rather meld well together, a perfect balance for such a well-hopped brew. Put this on your short list. Yeah, we'll say it. Sessionable!

Photo of orbitalr0x
4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Gotta love the 16oz can. Pours into my glass a bright orange with great clarity and a two finger creamy, bubbly head. Plenty of active carbonation. Aromas of crisp pale malts meet up with bright citric hops. Underlying spiciness with a touch of grapefruit. Hops are forward here making for an assertive pale ale.

First sip brings crisp, light pale malts upfront that envelope a wash of green, citric hoppiness. Hints of pine and spice meander through the brew along with a nice bitterness that carries it down.

Mouthfeel is smooth and on the lighter side with plenty of carbonation. This is a really easy drinker and I'd love to take some of these cans to the beach. Overall, a well crafted pale ale that hits the spot and exceeds in sessionability. Worth seeking out.

Photo of Beaver13
2.93/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

16 oz can. Pours clear golden orange with a creamy white head that retains well and leaves some lacing.

The aroma is sweet biscuity malts with some earthy, fruity hops.

The flavor is biscuity malts with some spicy grassy hops and a little fruit. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, OK biscuity pale ale with decent hops.

Photo of jisom123
3.2/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light yellow from a tallboy into a pin glass. light grass smell.
Little or no cloudiness.

The head is actually better tasting than the beer.

This is a good light beer.

I could drink this all day on a hot summer day, or until I ran out of of money.

At $12-14 per 4pak, I would not recommend drinking more than 1 can. They taste like they should $8 for a 4pak.

Photo of warriorsoul
3.88/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to G311 for this hand off.
Pours a pale copper color w/ a generous amount of head...thick lacing remains as I give this one a swirl.
Inviting aroma of citrus hop up front. Some grassy notes with a biscuit quality with a lingering nose.
Taste is very nice. Balance of spicy and citrus makes this a surprisingly hoppy pale ale. Even the bitterness shows up after each sip and lingers for quite some time. Mouthfeel starts out juicy but finishes very dry thanks to that bitterness.
Easy drinking here. A nice surprise. Thanks for the chance Vince.

Photo of 1Adam12
4.35/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First experience with SunKing, and I will be trying more of their variety's. This reminded me a lot of Alpha King. Awesome amber color with a nice head that stays around awhile. Powerful smells of citrus. Great flavor. Citrusy with nice hops. Very well balanced beer. I think I might actually prefer this to Alpha King, but I'd have to try them side by side to be sure.

Update: Just had this in the can. Still awesome. Even better drinking it on my couch.

Photo of ehammond1
4.15/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Can

Thanks to Jon and Dan @thefullpint.com for this!

Clear orange with golden yellow edges. Quickly disappearing white head but lots of sticking, messy lacing left on the glass.

Orange citrus aromas are dominant, as well as a touch of spice and bready malts.

Relatively bitter for a pale ale, though there's wonderful pine and citrus flavors coming through as well and some graham cracker sweetness. Very well balanced and delicious.

Medium to thick bodied, though finishes dry and is incredibly drinkable. I would guess this was an IPA.

A delicious, refreshing, easy drinking pale ale. Fantastic!

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.03/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Straight out the can at Canfest. Light orange/auburn color, nice color. Pretty mild hop aroma coming out of it. Some sweet lightly buttered malt aroma.

Taste, pretty ho hum. Hopping not anything to write home about. Malt sweetness is fairly middle of the road. A little metallic with its bitterness. Some caramel and toffee, makes me think of that caramel corn stuff you get in cracker jacks. Still underwhelmed by the hops, whether it be the aroma, taste or mouthfeel, they just come off as a Midwestern Germanic stab at a pale ale instead of it being an American or West Coast hoppy pale, which the latter is generally preferred these days and with this taster.

It did not go easy on the bitterness, but it just obscured a lot I'm guessing. I think they sent some old cans to Canfest, like many of the breweries did.

Photo of mondegreen
4.15/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One Pint Can into a Sierra Nevada Hop Tulip.

Pours a clear dark gold with a thin white head and moderate lacing.

Pleasant hop aroma. Falls more into the earthy/pine arena for me.

Wonderfully hoppy taste for a relatively light American Pale Ale. Minimal sweetness on the way to a fairly dry and lingerig bitter finish.

Mouth is light and slightly oily. In all, a wonderfully drinkable showcase of hops.

Photo of rudylaw
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to aljordan for bringing me some to DLD2010!

A vibrant orange pour with a monstrous, sticky head... about 2 fingers worth.

Floral hops in the nose with a hint of spice. Farm-fresh fruits come out to play as well...

... and those citrusy hops are omnipresent in the taste. There's a solid malt backbone, but this is mostly a hop-forward pale.

Perfectly carbonated and overwhelmingly drinkable, this pale, like Daisy Cutter, is more like an IPA. Though not as good as DC, Osiris is a killer beer for $10/4pk. Sun King is doing things!

Photo of beatenbyjacks
4.33/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Wow was this a fun surprise in a beer trade. This beer had amazing carbonation. Beautiful yellow orange color to it. Strong citrus smell up front and a great malty backbone. Extremely well balanced. Neither too much hops or malt. So much flavor. Very smooth and great feel to the beer. Easy to drink and well done. Look forward to more Sun king. Great pale ale that is easy to drink.

Photo of rhoadsrage
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in a nonic)
A- This beer pours a crystal clear slightly dense yellow with a gentle carbonation of microbubbles densely packed in there and a egg shell white head of foam that breaks up.

S- The pale malt note gives way to a gentle herbal dry hop finish.

T- The green herbal hops have a slight mint quality to them that turns a bit pungent in the finish and lingers for a moment.

M- The medium mouthfeel has no alcohol heat and a gentle fizz and creamy texture.

O- This is a sessionable nice hop forward beer with good malt flavors and a nice mint hop quality in the finish. It has a nice creamy texture but the bitterness starts to grow a bit to strong in the after taste.

Photo of pwoods
3.6/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up at the brewery. Really cool place.

16oz. Can poured into a tulip.

A: Pours a light amber with perfect clarity. Moderate head on the pour without much retention but some lacing.

S: Some American hop aromas but more of the grassy and floral hops. Some light cereal grains.

T/M: Good APA bitterness level. Again, much more of the grassy and floral over the American hops. More of the light cereal grains and some huskiness. Body is medium with somewhat elevated carbonation.

D: Pretty easy drinking APA. Would like to see a bit stronger American hops.

Photo of GilGarp
4.03/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pint-sized can served cold into an imperial pint glass.

Osiris is a pale golden orange color with great clarity. The head is thick at first but settles quickly with some spotty lace left behind.

Aroma is hoppy and fresh but not overly big. Then again, it is labeled a pale ale. Some sweet citrus and pine.

Flavor is well balanced but leaning towards the bitter. It has a mild malt base that provides some sweetness up front. Then it gets a little bitter as the hops come forward towards the middle. It finishes piney and crisp.

Mouthfeel is medium-light in body and nicely carbonated.

Overall a really solid pale ale. Not really the "west coast" style it claims to be but good nonetheless.

Photo of secondtooth
4.15/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amber gold, with a huge head of off-white, almost tan bubbles. Big huge lace, too. Impressive.

Aroma is lovely -- pine and sweet citrus.

Smooth taste, with a bitter grapefruit and pine finish. Superb.

This is an example of an American pale ale that is very hop-forward, and likely to appeal to IPA drinkers.

A borderline call on classification, but an outstanding ale, and the pint cans with the eye of Horus are quite cool, if you ask me.

Photo of WoodBrew
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First experience with SunKing, and I will be trying more of their variety's. This reminded me a lot of Alpha King. Awesome amber color with a nice head that stays around awhile. Powerful smells of citrus. Great flavor. Citrusy with nice hops. Very well balanced beer. I think I might actually prefer this to Alpha King, but I'd have to try them side by side to be sure.

Photo of dbossman
4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Golden honey hue with a big steady head and nice lacing

S: Lots of hop aromas: grapefruit, orange, lemon, with some pine; some funky grainy malt quality underneath

T: Lots of citrus hops up front with a good balance between citrus, oils, and toasted bready malts

F: Fairly well carbonated, medium body and a bit sticky just like I like my hoppy beers

O: A really nice, hop-forward pale ale: citrusy and bittern and yet it manages to balance itself out in the end

Photo of cjacobsen
4.12/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to sixthglass for a 4 pack of these.

(A) Pours a clean, clear gold with an orange hue. Consistent thin white froth of a head throughout the pour and slightly sits top the beer after. Leaves some loose lacing.

(S) Smell is slightly floral with a decent grouping of light malt and hops. Slightly sweet. A bit of grapefruit. Some pine as it warms and opens up in the glass.

(T) Slightly peppery and wrapped in hops. Decent amount of caramel the sits below the hops. There's bit of citric rind in that end and aftertaste.

(M) Delightfully bitter. Pretty smooth and oily. Medium bodied and crisp.

(O) Very solid pale ale. It's a pretty clean and simple beer. Aromatic and the flavor follows the aroma almost to a T. Well done brew. Great for a sunny September afternoon.

Photo of GinaBeerInc
3.97/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz can. Clear golden color that hints at orange, pretty light with a small fluffy off-white head that lasts and laces a bit. Really nice fresh hoppy aroma with lots of citrus and definitely pine - quite nice. Smooth but light flavor that is a little thin but does pack a bitter punch and some nice hop character as well.

Photo of Kegatron
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16 oz can into a pint glass.

Pours a crystal clear copper, with 3 fingers of bright-white head. This retains with a 1/2 finger of creamy froth, that stays rich and leaves a robust looking cascade of thick spotty lacing behind. The aroma is floral, spicy, and citric all at once in the nose, mixing with sweet bready malts and earthy fruit to give this a deep herbal tang in the back of the nostrils.

The taste has a big bite of pine and dry spice up front, that's then trailed by some earthy green citrus and a backbone of toasty Pale malt sweetness that splashes the tongue with an earthy twang. That dry-hopping is very evident in the finish, with a deep hoppy dryness to it that leaves spice, pine, and grit all lingering for a good bit. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and crisp the whole way through, with some oily slickness to the body that keeps this smooth on the palate. Alcohol is nonexistent, helping add to the drinkibility here.

Aggressively hoppy, flavorful, crisp, and quaffable, this was a great take on an APA and it's awesome to see this released in tall boy cans just in time for summer. These guys are doing things right.

Photo of Vonerichs
4.2/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep yellow, clear body, and a tall dense white head.

Smells of orange peel and light lemon with grainy malt.

Aggressively hopped with good malt backbone. Citrus hops and grain, slightly bitter.

Really clean mouthfeel if not a little oily. Medium light body and very drinkable.

It's a really outstanding pale ale and canned in a tall boy at that.

Photo of thagr81us
4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Massive thanks to the generous BAer from Chicago (whose name escapes me at this time) for sharing this with all of the people who got there EARLY for the BA SC Release. Served from can into an 8 oz Foothills shaker. Poured golden yellow-orange with a one finger off-white head that subsided to minimal quickly. There was no apparent lacing evident. The aroma was comprised of malt, oranges, and subtle hop. The flavor was of malt and a MASSSIVE hop bitterness (probably covered up A LOT of flavors there). It was light on the palate with massive carbonation. Overall this was a very nice pale ale that almost any hop-head could truly enjoy. The massive hop bitterness might be overwhelming for most, so be forewarned, but if you like dropkick hop flavor, this is your brew. Hope to try more of this in the future.

Photo of morimech
3.76/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden color with a large head that settled to a thin cap. Moderate amount of lacing is left down the glass.

Not an impressive aroma, but it is not off-putting. Has a garbage can with oranges in it aroma. Odd.

Good flavor thankfully. Pale malt base with just a little sweetness. Hop flavor is pronounced with citrus and grass. Bitterness is on the high side of APAs.

Good body with low carbonation. Nice soft texture compliments the hop bitterness.

Not sure what is going on with the aroma, but the flavor is NWPA all the way.

Photo of bwood06
4/5  rDev +0.3%

A - Golden amber in color. Clear. Foamy head dissipating to a thin lacing. Lacing is retained. Low to moderate carbonation. 4.5

S - Slightly sweet malt. Biscuit. Grapefruit and citrus. Slight pine and some grass. 3.75/5

T - Lingering bitterness on the back end. Grassy hops. Slight pine and resin. Slightly sweet malt. Biscuit. Grapefruit. Orange Flesh. Caramel. Graininess. More malty than most pale ales that I have tried. White bread. Nicely complex in the flavor profile. 4.25/5

M - Very light, crisp and dry. The way a pale ale should be. Moderate to light carbonation. 4/5

O - Hop forward but more malty than most that I have had. Very refreshing. 4/5

Photo of Chris585
3.99/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Look is pretty normal for the style with great head retention. Smell is where this beer has always lacked in my opinion. Taste is a bit light up front with herbal and light fruity hops. Grassy/malty. Carbonation on the back is excellent. I think from the lack of great nose in the beer, the prickly carbonation and great flavor profile is something that reminds me every time I see it on the shelf. I pretty much know I won't go wrong if I can't make up my mind with all the other choice out there. If you want a tasty Pale Ale that's not too overpowering and gets the job done, this is it.

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Osiris Pale Ale from Sun King Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 759 ratings.