Osiris Pale Ale - Sun King Brewing Company

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89
very good

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world-class

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Ratings: 781
Reviews: 221
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 11.06%
Wants: 79
Gots: 95 | FT: 2
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Sun King Brewing Company visit their website
Indiana, United States

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

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: cnally on 08-22-2009

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.64/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the 2013 Firestone Walker Invitational held at the Paso Robles Event Center in Paso Robles, CA.

Pours a clear orange with a foamy orange-white head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus fruit, and citrus zest aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus zest flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that smells better than it tastes.

Photo of brentk56
4.15/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color with a nice big head that webs some lace

Smell: Pithy and piney hops atop a toasted bread backbone

Taste: Opens with a brief nod to the toasted bread, but then launches in a pithy and piney hop direction; after the swallow, the flavors aren't as bold as I would like but this is an APA, not an IPA, after all

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Just canned and tastes great; good timing for me to be in Indy just as the Sun King beers were released in cans

Thanks to JAYBLACK for the opportunity to revisit

Photo of BEERchitect
4.22/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bright, zesty, and very fragrant, Osiris is resetting the bar for modern Pale Ales.

While pouring a bright copper/orangish hue, effervescent carbonation builds an airy, cotton-like head that retains and laces very well. An impressive and inviting look throughout.

Sharp and fresh citrus aromas explode out of the glass in near-IPA fashion. If not for a rebuttal of soft caramels and graham cracker maltiness and spiciness, I would have insisted that this is an IPA. Orange zest or tangerines blend well with a mix of white and red grapefruits, representing both the pulp and pith of the fruits. Mouthwatering and seductive aromas tease right before the taste.

Flavors reinforce the aromas with great consistence and balance. Caramelized syrups and bread crust give a medium malty taste before the on slaught of hops arrive just after mid palate. A rich blend of sun-kissed malts and citrus blend in the middle for a lush taste that ushers in a steady fade toward dry bitterness and fleeting malt taste. The balance of the beer represents the time honored Pale Ale very well, however the ibu count has to be high.

Creamy and moderately full up front, the beer's transition to dryness, bitterness, and with a minty evaporation provides an even fade that never interrupts the palate and makes drinkablility a breeze.

Though very boldly hopped for a Pale Ale, the moderate alcohol content and malty rebuttal are signature attributes that give this beer the nod.

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

light bright pale ale in a pint can from sun king. pale in color, really light for the style, with an average white head with good lace. smells like citrusy hops more than anything else, but appears to be in pretty good balance overall, with a lighter malt profile that may even include some pilsener malts. snappy hops on the first sip, again, light and fruity, but definitely hop forward, American style all the way. the ale yeast is interesting too, contributes quite a bit of flavor, some soapy stuff, and maybe even some body in this rather light pale ale. fresh flavor, refreshing and satisfying, but not overly interesting outside of the semisweet citrus hop flavor. well carbonated and easy drinking, the pint can is good size. it doesn't distinguish itself from the crowd to me at all, but it tastes pretty good, and drinks nice and easy, I would happily drink this again, but if I don't, I wont miss it either. one of those.

Photo of largadeer
3.86/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Clear burnished copper body topped by a finger of frothy foam. Looks like a pale ale.

Smell: A blast of ambiguous citrus as soon as I pop the can. Further inspection reveals a slight vegetal and grass note that's inoffensive. Once in the glass, the bready malt backbone comes out a bit more. It's not terribly aromatic or exciting, but it's appealing enough.

Palate: Decently hoppy with a moderate level of bitterness. Flavors of orange pith and grapefruit are dominant, and there's a slightly astringent herbal-vegetal note that trails behind. Slightly mineral/metallic mid-palate. Malt is barely noticeable, and the body feels a bit thin. The finish is largely bitter, though there's a dash of bready malt.

Overall: Nothing exceptional here, but certainly solid stuff. I'd gladly drink it again.

Photo of mikesgroove
4.13/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

huge thanks to the nice guys from chicago who brought this one to the party. since noone at my table opened it i helped myself, poured into a pint glass and consumed on 08/28/2010.

damn nice pour with a nice dark amber color that had a good bit of cloudiness to it that helped give it that solid an really full look i wanted. nice head of white capped it off nearly perfectly.

highly hopped aroma with a ton citrus coming though. light buttery an biscuit like middle is well placed and gives it a certain depth that is welcomed for sure. really just ideally placed i have to say. smooth sailing from here on in as the nice bite from the hops dries out the palate and leaves me sitting with a really nice and full flavor that was just spot on and a great dry finish,

overall just a great, beer. really a perfect pale ale for a hot afternoon day.

Photo of emerge077
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Saturated sunset in the tropics orange, high clarity, speckled lace all around the glass, and a decent head when first poured.

Some orange peel and floral notes, seems like Cascade or maybe Centennial.

Lightly malty with a citrusy edge, moderately bitter with a smooth feel to it. Light to medium bodied with a easygoing level of carbonation, finishes dry with lingering herbal bitterness. Mellow and sessionable, solid go-to beer when in Indy.

Thanks Howard for the hook up!

Photo of womencantsail
3.04/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to Dan for sharing this one.

A: The pour is a standard amber-ish color with a big white head on it.

S: This beer smells almost like hot garbage. Not much in the way of hops, somewhat of a malty aroma.

T: The flavor offers up some good bitterness, but that's about it. A bit of malt flavor but not really any citrus or anything like that.

M: The mouthfeel is typical for a pale ale. Medium in body with a lively carbonation.

D: The flavor was alright, but not really anything special. Unfortunately, the aroma is just flat off-putting.

Photo of TMoney2591
3.92/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Gale Sayers shaker pint glass.

Thanks to BarryMFBurton for this can!

Nothing screams pale ale like the Egyptian god of the dead... Regardless, this stuff pours a clear brass topped by over a finger of white foam. The nose comprises grapefruit zest, orange zest, light pineapple, honey, and light pine. The taste holds notes of grapefruit peel, pine needles, light balsa, light caramel, very light biscuit, and orange peel. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a smooth, lightly creamy feel. Overall, a highly enjoyable brew, fit for the pharaohs (...sorry 'bout that one, it just kinda slipped out...).

Photo of oline73
3.88/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a can into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color with 3 fingers of off white head. There is some lacing and a ring of carbonation around the edge of the glass.

Smell: Sweet malt with a hint of caramel and a citrus hop bitterness.

Taste: Not sweet or malty like the smell. Hop bitterness dominates, the hops remind me of citrus peel. Not a bad taste, but could use a little more balance.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a good amount of delicate carbonation. The finish is quite dry.

Overall: This is a good pale ale, could use a little more sweetness to balance things out. I would have it again.

Photo of Kegatron
4.1/5  rDev +3%
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 jlindros
3.85/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tall boy can, looks good so far, thanks to Optimator13.

As i pour a little too aggressively, it starts to erupt over the sides of the glass, so I have to take a couple quick swigs. The billowy and fluffy head looks dazzling as it dances lower but slowly, leaving a nice sticky sexy lacing on the sides. The beautiful crystal clear beer has a nice nectar orange color with light bubbles floating to the top gracefully.

The aroma wafts out some light fresh hops, quite musty and resinous, some pine, light citrus, there is an orange rind aroma that manifests itself in my mouth, bringing me back to soccer practice as a kid with orange wedges at halftime. A slight tropical fruit comes through giving me the feeling like I should stick a mini umbrella in it, but a light dry malty aroma somewhere hidden under there stops me from doing so.

The taste starts very musty and resinous again, quite bitter and pale, American in deed! It brings quite a strong bitter orange rind, almost face cringing bitter bite starts to build and tingle my tongue. It's starting to get a little nagging at the mouth even, a little astringent, I keep waiting for the beer taste to wash away the bitter orange rind and resins but it never seems to do it, just makes it worse, AH! Anyways, some citrus in there, a bit of pine, but no real beer base and no sweetness. The bitterness gets a little rampant and astringent, and it could have used a bit more balance. Although I bet this would go really well with hot wings or something.

The mouth is medium bodied, slightly sticky, and decent carbonation.

Drink is not as good as it could be, with that heavy bitterness, orange rind, and astringent, and even slightly sticky on the finish. I try to drink more beer to wash it down, but that just makes it worse, like drinking water to wash away hotwings but instead it just spreads the heat, eesh!

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.8/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Brilliant clarity on this one. Nice amber hue. Nose is a mix of malts and hops. Not overly boisterous on the hops. Kind of an earthy thing with a grassy and a slight vegetal character going on. Much more malty than I would have anticipated. Easy to drink for sure. The carbonation is very aggressive though, which really doesn't work for me. I bet this would be good off a cask. The beer is nice overall, but I don't think I would ever return to it if I had the opportunity.

Photo of Rifugium
3.15/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a SK can glass. Clear amber color, topped with an inch or so of frothy white head that soon sank to a wispy layer of bubbles; minor lacing. Bland aroma, malts and dried citrus pith, toasted grains. Taste was light, mildly bitter, floral and earthy notes, with a little citrus pith, off-balanced by toasty grains and sweet malts. Light-medium body, moderate carbonation. Decent, but really no hero among the multitude of pale ales out there. I'm not really interested in trying it again.

Photo of feloniousmonk
3.95/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sun King Brewing, Indianapolis, IN.
Osiris Pale Ale, 5.5% ABV.
"Osiris Pale Ale is an assertive, West Coast-style American pale crafted by our brewers for our brewers, Osiris blends three choice varieties of American hops to create a spicy, citrus hop punch that is sure to satisfy any hop head. Every batch of Osiris is dry-hopped towards the end of fermentation for maximum hop flavor, aroma and character."

Another craft beer in a pint-size can. This thing is catching on!
Brought back from Indiana by Cal, what a guy.

Pours a clear, deep amber color, actively carbonated, high, lacy, snowy white head. Looks every part of an enticing pale ale.

Citrus-y aromatics, a whiff of pine, but mostly orange, grapefruit, and lime. Just enough bitterness to keep the nose on it's toes.

Taste: Bitterness starts big and juicy. Turns sharp and astringent, slightly harsh. Hop bitterness roars over the palate, with minor support from malt below. Aggressive and assertive, certainly. Mellows out as we go in, smooths some, and what annoyed me at first has become a mild irritant, and now, a delight.

Far from a superior pale ale, it's all in all, perfectly adequate, good drinking, nice sessioner. I wouldn't turn one down in a pinch.

Photo of drabmuh
4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a DFH signature glass beer is amber and clear with a big white head of small bubbles with lacing on the glass. Beer is heavily carbonated.

Aroma is quite citrusy, its nice.

Beer is medium bodied and nicely drinkable. It has some carbonation in the mouth and its well balanced between some moderate bitterness and some mild sweetness up front. The finish is not dry but overall wet and nice. Its a decent APA.

Photo of stakem
3.95/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cheers and a big thanks to Kegatron for the random gifting of this pint sized can. Much appreciated my friend! Poured into a pub glass, this brew appears a clear copper color with more than 2 fingers worth of slightly off-white uneven froth. Rising bubbles of carbonation maintain the layering atop this brew for a pretty decent duration and as it slowly recedes, it leaves patches of lacework on the glass.

The aroma of this brew is quite floral and fruity. Around the edges are some minty hints of herbs and citrus rind. This isn't a bold smelling offering but what is emitting from my glass is without flaw and super enjoyable.

The flavor of this brew is quite juicy with a fruited hop flavor that blends to more of a floral quality. A bit of pulp, rind and zesty hop elements are present but with a very low-key bitterness level. As the brew warms up, it becomes more herbal and rindy with a slight accent of bitterness and touch of alcohol. In the aftertaste is a bit of toasty grain flavoring yet it maintains a very clean and refreshing feel throughout.

This is a lighter bodied brew with a moderate amount of carbonation. This is a very clean and enjoyable take on a pale ale. There really isn't much to complain about here, this is all in all a solid brew. I appreciate the 16oz serving size as this brew rapidly evaporated from my glass. Thanks again Heath!

Photo of woodychandler
4.32/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

IndiaPaleAle gets major CANQuest cred for providing this as an unexpected add-on to a CANTrade we recently completed! CAN you dig it?!? This is # 250 on the CANQuest!

From the CAN: "A Pint In Every CAN"; "Osiris Pale Ale is an assertive West Coast-style AmeriCAN Pale crafted by our brewers for our brewers[.] Osiris blends three choice varieties of AmeriCAN hops to create a spicy, citrus hop punch that is sure to satisfy any hop head. Every batch of Osiris is dry-hopped towards the end of fermentation for maximum hop flavor, aroma and character."

From the moment that I cracked it open through the pour, I knew that I had made the right choice for a milestone beer! It had a light, off-white head with low retention that quickly dissipated. Color was a deep-orangish amber with NE-quality clarity. Nose was lightly pine-y with underlying notes of spearmint and peppermint. It was very reminiscent of herbal tea. Mouthfeel was medium with an instant grapefruit zest that washed over my tongue like the return of an old friend (I have been subjected to some scheiss recently). The citrus flavors in the mouth gave 'way to minty flavors on the finish, like a fresh mouthwash that lingers pleasantly. Dang, but this would be going into the summer cooler if it were more widely available. I suddenly feel much better about myself.

Onward to 300 (+)!

Photo of tempest
4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A lovely dry, bright pale ale in a can. What's not to love. It's not over the top hoppy, which honestly would just bump up the score, but there's a lovely pine and peach hop character over a very drinkable body. Grab a can if you're able.

Photo of smakawhat
4.09/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very pretty golden bronze orange amber, practically textbook, with a very crystal clear appearance. Carbonation is very easy to see, some fast, some slow, head is about only a finger and a half tall but made with very tiny bubbles and has a real nice creamy retention. It's a real impressive looking brew.

Real nice mix of fleshy orange citrus sensing hop smells. Light sweet malts seem to come in a bit, but there's a light toasty little grain as well. The citrus angle is quite dominant and very flavorful. Real solid smelling brew.

Hop forward with a very light malt body, and almost crisp feeling character. Good woody pine sense of hop with the citrus angle slowly dissapearing. Very light bodied but true to pale ale style, with a bit of stinging large hop presence. Bready toast flavors come out more often as the brew warms up which is a nice compliment.

Overall a real solid hop forward pale ale.

Photo of corby112
4.23/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to lurchingbeast for sending this to me recently.

Pours a slightly hazy bright golden orange color with a frothy, pillowy two finger white head that slowly settles into a thick lasting cap.  Chunks of soapy lacing left behind.

Slightly earthy, floral hop aroma with hints of pine, earthy grass and a ton of citrus fruit.  Hints of grapefruit, orange peel and pineapple.  Nice pale malt presence with some biscuit notes.

Full bodied especially for the style with a blast of dry, earthy hops up front that give off a nice lingering bitterness.  Lots of pine needle/earthy flavor along with a decent amount of light and citrus fruit.  Not as sweet or citrusy as aroma suggests with mostly grapefruit and pineapple.  There's a nice pale malt backbone underneath that makes itself know without taking away from the hops at all.  Biscuity with a subtle grainy Graham character.  Well balanced and complex.  Very flavorful and easy to drink.  

Photo of rhoadsrage
4/5  rDev +0.5%
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 johnnnniee
3.74/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Received in trade from phisigben, thanks for the opportunity.
Pours just shy of clear with a golden amber color and a creamy white head that never gets too large or distant. Nice grapefruit and apricot aroma mixed with a hint of pine and hints of bready malt somewhere in the mix. Taste is a nice mix of bready biscuity malt with plenty of earthy pine and citrus hop flavor to keep me interested. Medium to light body with a fairly dry finish, moderate level of carbonation and a resinous creamy watery mouthfeel. Nice pale ale with huge amounts of hop aroma. I wouldn't mind a touch more body here, but I could also see myself cutting the lawn with one of these too.

Photo of Rhettroactive
3.31/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From 64oz growler to Hess imperial pint glass on 1/25/12
*From notes

-- Thanks for the fill, John --

A: Clean 24k gold. A standard pour yields a huge three finger white and fluffy head. Really nice retention and lacing.

S: Grains from top to bottom. Not a real big hop presence. Disspointing to say the least.

T: Quite similar: malt everywhere. Granted this is an APA, but I really feel the lack of balance here makes the beer...dare I say boring? There is a small amount of hops, which arrive with a metallic quality on the mid. The finish is biscuity and dry.

M: Pretty nice texture. We're not setting the world on fire with this one, but it's decent none the less.

O: I had high hops for Sun King's Osiris, but in the end it let me down. It's just not the APA it'd been built up to be, and drank a bit like a stale lager. Not a bad beer, just a bit forgettable and blasé.

Photo of liamt07
3.86/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Can from CWBlues, thanks a bunch Cy! 16oz can into a tulip.

Filtered orange, with a nice dense cap of white head. Good lace and a whole load of retention. Nose has some floral and citrus notes, with some lightly grassy and pine hop notes over a bit of pale malt.Taste has more of the grassy/herbal/citrus hop mix going on, some toasty bready pale malt and a bit of malt sweetness. Bitterness is mild. Lighter medium body and on the slightly higher-than-medium side in terms of carbonation. Quite drinkable with some good flavour. A solid flagship pale.

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Osiris Pale Ale from Sun King Brewing Company
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