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Osiris Pale Ale | Sun King Brewing Company

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Osiris Pale AleOsiris Pale Ale

Brewed by:
Sun King Brewing Company
Indiana, United States | website

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by cnally on 08-22-2009

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Photo of moysauce
2.66/5  rDev -32.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Honestly, for my palate, this was a complete dud. Nothing but malts. Probz because it's a couple months old. Would like to try this fresh. But right now it's dead and not doing anything for me. At all.

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Photo of BeerPredator
3.78/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Being from Indiana, I have this one from a tap fairly often. It looks a little more "pale" than many traditional pale ales, but pours pretty well with a nice head. Smells more on the grass/floral end than citrus, with balanced malt profile, but even from a tap (and having the brewery a short distance from my residence) its not much to write home about. Tastes like a lighter version of a pale ale with more of a hop bite. Thinner mouth feel than many other American pale ales.

Overall, its not my go-to Indiana beer by any means and I definitely wouldn't go out of my way to drink it if you live out-of-state BUT its a decent choice, especially for someone you want to ease into the world of microbrews with a mild hop presence.

Side note: this beer is usually EXTREMELY overpriced in Indiana; recommend going to Sun King on their $6 growler fill day to get it, or else you will pay $14+ bucks a 4-pack.

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Photo of NickTheGreat
3.33/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

L (4) - Looks like a nice APA. Very light yellow but a nice amount of bright white foam
S (4) - Smells okay. A little hop aroma, more of a "west coast" type of hop to it.
T (3) - Disappointing. It's just kinda bitter and that's it. Almost earwax like. No citrus, no pine, no malt, no caramel, nothing.
F (2.75) - Way too thin here. I never knock a beer too much on feel, but this one is severely lacking here.
O (3.25) - I've now had two of my four of these and don't really want the others! The first one was okay, but still lacking in key areas. I don't see a date on this, so it may be old, but it was kept in the cooler at the store.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
2.88/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Cool orange and amber color to the beer, average head, lace and retention. Hop aroma wasn't good, inviting. Honestly, I started to think diacetyl.

Taste, lots of malt, not a lot of hops, but the bitterness was there, buttery metal. Disappointed all around with this one (except the appearance).

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Photo of kbwalters
3.85/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured cold into a tulip glass. No canning date I could find.
Look = 4.5 Pours a golden color with orange highlights and 2.5 fingers of frothy thick just off white head. Great retention and lace.
Aroma = 3.75 Hop forward but balanced somewhat. Citrus and pine notes on top of a bready malt backbone. On the weak side though.
Taste = 3.75 No bitterness at all; balanced but boring. Not much citrus, weak piney hop notes with bread malt backbone.
Feel = 3.75 Light to medium bodied with light to medium carbonation; a little flat.
Drinkability = 4.25 Easy drinking but a little underwhelming.
Overall = 3.9125 Pretty bland APA I think, not sure if age is a factor.

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Photo of spacecake9
4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale Ale's often let me down but not this one. Very tasty and incredibly drinkable. This might be the perfect lawn mowing / pool cleaning beer. Love those big cans!

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Photo of tempest
4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.8/5  rDev -4%
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.

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Photo of leantom
4.55/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

World-class pale ale. On par with FFF Alpha King. Here goes:

A: Beautiful clear orange with a one-inch head and lacing. Very well-carbonated, too.

S: Really kick you - quite powerful for a pale ale. Lots of fruit - lemon, orange peel, flowers, and herbs. However, there's also a fair amount of pine. Very interesting mix of floral and piney flavors.

T: Follows the nose, which is great. Lots of floral flavors. Some malt in the background, but let's face it: This is a hopfest.

F: Superbly crisp.

O: Exquisite beer.

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Photo of Lunny777
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The smell hits you immediately as you pour from the can. Bright, citrusy, oily. Taste is true to the smell, but I bit lighter, which I think is true to the style. Incredibly drinkable and refreshing. A great beer made to be sessionable in a world oversaturated with IIPAs and "session IPAs"

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Photo of SpenCycle
3.48/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Filled a growler in Indy. Extremely light looking beer. Clear, yellow, and filtered. Great smell, one that lets you down when you drink it. A regular amount of piney/earthy hops in the taste. No head sticks around whatsoever. Just a bottom shelf APA.

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Photo of Chris585
3.99/5  rDev +0.8%
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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Photo of cpetrone84
2.8/5  rDev -29.3%

Pour is clear darker amber with a tight light tan head. Nose has a bit of stale grain, toasted malt, dry caramel, and some herbal hops. Taste is strong caramel and some stale grain. Grassy hops, herbal tea like, a touch of metallic twang with assertive carbonation and a medium body.

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Photo of Smr7626
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

I really like this brew. It is better than many of the beers the "bros" score higher and I am feeling that Sun King may be one of the better producers out there. I had one of their special hop beers last summer, and honestly, may be one of the best beers I have ever had. This one is good, very good, and is among the best IPA's in the country. It is in my top 10.

It pours a straw, light copper color, almost orange, good head, and great citrusy nose. Great mouthfeel. Far more citrus than pine, with a florally background. This beer has a complex hop profile, but does stay in the front of the mouth. I love this beer. This is not Zombie Dust, is not Flower Power, but outdoes Dogfish 60, Stone, Victory Hop Devil. If I had a criticism it would be that it doesn't have a great finish like the very best in the category do. After having so many of the American IPA's I have concluded that is what separates the best....the finish. This is top 10...which is a huge accolade. These guys will get nation wide notoriety but they are not yet at the top of the class. This beer can hang with Sculpin! Yes...I said it, this can hang with Sculpin. It does not have the depth and class to match wits with the likes of some others, but they outdo many that have more pub.

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Photo of Jnashed
4.04/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this as a bonus in a trade. Lucky me

Poured from the can into a shaker pint glass.

A)golden clear pour, with slight head, not as much head as I thought although an aggressive pour. Head left a thin layer within 5 minutes

S). Good overall, to me grassy and slight citrus bread

T) it shines here, crisp and inviting. Very smooth. Citrus hops I get for sure as do I get the grassy hops the smell foretold. Balanced though as it has a nice malt base

M) nice and easy drinking

Overall a very solid beer. May have to seek out more Sun King

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Photo of macher0
4.13/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on draft in Indy.

A. Light copper dark straw color. Egg shell head that retreats to a healthy rim. Nice laces.

S. Bright citrus hops: pineapple, grapefruit, and mango. A little malty.

T. Starts with a minor resin but noticeable citrus hop profile. Moderate malts.

M. Very smooth, medium to light body and high carbonation.

O. This pale ale is very fresh which contributes to a super fresh and crisp feel. The hop profile leans heavily towards the citrus end. I will take another.

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Photo of buschbeer
4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

1 PINT can
Served in a tulip glass

This beer is amber in color with golden highlights. It gives generous head. The white foam leaves rings of lace as I consume.

When I put my nose to the can I get straight up pineapple. It diminishes when poured into my glass. Other aromas also appear like caramel malt and pine.

The taste has some mild pine and citrus. Unfortunately, I can't detect any pineapple flavor. It has good flavor for a pale ale though.

It has a medium mouthfeel.

This is a mild surprise. I have hear good things about Sun King and asked what the flagship beer was at a store in Indiana. The gentleman pointed me to this beer which is a nice first impression of Sun King.

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Photo of bwood06
4/5  rDev +1%

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

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Photo of cosmicevan
4/5  rDev +1%

big thanks to atoulouk for the hookup...presumably extremely fresh since he was just at the brewery. enjoyed from a westbrook snifter

a - brew pours a crystal clear auburn orange with a frothy white head that hung out and left nice spotty lace on the glass. some visible carb in the glass.

s - nose is crisp and toasty. biscuity with a hop highlight. nutty, bready...nice. crystalized malt. no confusion with an ipa, this is a really smooth smelling pale.

t/m/o - opens up a toasty bready malt with a subtle herbal flowery hop to it. really tasteful. well rounded. medium bodied that coats your mouth. drinks easy, but refreshes. carbonation is good but has a very rich silky feel without being heavy. very solid pale ale. glad to have a 2nd can.

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Photo of rudzud
4.01/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Received as an extra in a trade and poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Poured a nice crystal clear orange golden hue with a nice two finger white head that faded to leave light lacing and a creamy half finger blanket. Nice.

S - Aromas of light floral hops, touches of pine. Oddly muted, faint honey, sweeter malts.

T - Taste is better than the nose. Nice floral hops, really faint pine (moreso on the finish). Nice touches of citrus, faint honey and lightly sweet malts. Little bit of tangerine maybe, pine is towards the end with spicy grapefruit citrus bitterness.

M - Mouthfeel is nicely carbonated, crisp, clean. Very drinkable.

O - Overall, a solid APA though does not hold a candle to the super hopped norm now.

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Photo of Tsar_Riga
3.96/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Clear copper orange body, with big, pillowy white head that reduces quickly to a thin, partial film and slight lacing.

S - Strangely muted, but some mild pine and malty honey. A bit of floral hop, too.

T - The nose, but not muted. The pine comes out front, along with a bit of pith, and some orange flesh notes, against a background of cracker malt and slight hints of honey, but at the mid-point, there is a sharp spike of hop bitterness that continues through the close.

M - Very snappy carbonation scrubs the tongue. The result is a very easy drinker, despite the bitter finish.

O - Solid, bright ale that packs some flavor, too.

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Photo of RyanPoff
4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap BWW in Indy.

A: clear effervescent bronze with only about half a finger of non retaining head. Good but needs more head.

S: Mix of piney and floral hops with fruit. Great smell for a pale ale.

T: Moderate hop bite up front with tangy fruit notes. Malty breadiness on back end.

M: fresh and peppy and light

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Photo of Cozuma
3.94/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a half gallon growler picked up at the brewery in downtown Indy, Light amber with a very nearly white head that remains strong through the first several sips. Pineapple is the biggest aroma that jumps to me with some earthy floral tones that come afterwards. Flavor profile starts with the pineapple and fades to a sort of mild biscuit with some bitterness. Nice drinkable slightly bitter pale ale, not sure it's worth the $12.99 for four pints but the $5 growler is hard to argue with. I'd recommend if you are looking for some mild bitterness but easily drinkable, the pineapple is pretty forward, so forward in fact I have a hard time picking up other notes but that isn't a bad thing!

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Photo of ktenneydenver
3.65/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

This is a pretty nice beer. I love the sixteen ounce cans. Very interesting artwork. We can now get this in Denver pretty regularly. Can dated March 5th, so pretty fresh for coming from the Midwest. Perfect beer for mowing the lawn. Not overly hopped as some of the American Pale Ales tend to be these days.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.15/5  rDev -20.5%
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.

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Osiris Pale Ale from Sun King Brewing Company
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