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Osiris Pale Ale - Sun King Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
89
very good

622 Ratings
THE BROS
96
world-class

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Ratings: 622
Reviews: 200
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 11.28%
Wants: 70
Gots: 46 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: cnally on 08-22-2009)
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BarryMFBurton

Indiana

4.28/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I’ve always advocated searching out local landmarks, no matter what area I’m in. It’s so easy to find that inescapable chain of restaurants or fill your glass with that ever-present beer brand. But the real treasures of a community lie in the hometown works of craftsman that were inspired by that very place. Sun King is one of those creations, representing my home: Indianapolis. I finally found it on-tap at the Claddagh Irish Pub in Plainfield, IN, which is a fitting place to try something unique and local – there’s only a handful of Claddagh’s around the country, and it’s always a one-of-a-kind experience. Still, I had to battle the tempting tradition of a tall glass of Guinness to branch out to this one. In the end, though, it wasn’t a terribly tough decision: I’m glad to support the local brewery.

This one’s for Indy!

A: As soon as I get the glass, I’m immediately impressed: it’s not a frosted mug! Bonus points for Claddagh. As for the beer – well, that’s even more impressive. The body is a gorgeous-beyond-words amber. Seriously, it’s like a stained glass window – I can’t look away. The retention is lacy and thick. Just awesome. The head, though creamy, is a tad bit thin, but that’s the only thing that is not perfect about this beer’s presence. I’m very impressed.

S: Wheats and breads aplenty give the nose a homey, natural air. That’s not to say it isn’t hop-forward – it definitely is. Herbal notes pervade the body, showing hopheads what Sun King is made of. I like it. A spicy undertone persists, as well. Complex and enjoyable.

T: Wow, what a great mellow hoppiness. It reminds me so much of the Willamette hops (one of my favorite varieties, by far): it doesn’t overpower, give a salty dryness, or get too in-your-face about its presence. It fits in wonderfully with this palate. To my surprise, the wheat quality is very mature, not stale and lifeless like some small-time brewers I’ve come across in the past. It conjures a light fruit texture that blends well with some very light, fresh yeast. Back end malts become chewy and mild in the aftertaste, eliminating much of the bitters from the finish.

M: Smooth and serene. Any more carbonated and it would have been too aggressive for the mellow, hidden hop nature of the palate. Easy-drinking, but not watery in the slightest.

O: Man, am I glad I tried these guys out. A solid pale ale, with a rare hop character that would make any city proud. This beer rocks! I can’t wait to try out their other offerings. This will probably become the first brewery I ever visit. The greatness of this brew is enough reason for me to make the trip. The fact that the brewpub’s so close doesn’t hurt, either…

Serving type: on-tap

06-13-2011 02:55:00 | More by BarryMFBurton
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nrbw23

Ohio

3.68/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a slightly hazy golden amber color with a white head. Head becomes a thin cap on top of the brew and leaves some spotty lacing here and there.

S- Smell is pretty solid a good mixture of hops. Picking up some citrus, pine and grass.

T- Thought this one was pretty boring and a bit underwhelming. Very light bitterness from the hops. The hops are again light. A nice bready malt back bone.

M- Lighter side of medium in body and good carbonation.

O- I wish the hops came out a bit more, but this is still a pretty solid brew.

Serving type: can

06-05-2011 07:07:03 | More by nrbw23
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kjc51478

Germany

3.45/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Appearance is light amber color with light, quickly dissipating head.

S: Aroma is most citrus with notes of lemon and grapefruit.

T: Taste is dominated by the hops with citrus being the main notes. Malt sweetness is light which doesn’t provide much balance to the hop character.

M: Palate is medium-bodied, good carbonation, and bitter finish.

O: An okay Pale Ale.

Serving type: on-tap

05-21-2011 20:54:49 | More by kjc51478
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secondtooth

Indiana

4.13/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

Serving type: can

05-18-2011 03:21:00 | More by secondtooth
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1Adam12

Indiana

4.38/5  rDev +9.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-15-2011 22:32:29 | More by 1Adam12
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oline73

Maryland

3.85/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

Serving type: can

05-07-2011 22:16:18 | More by oline73
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TrueRates

Kentucky

3.05/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Great packaging on all of the Sun King beers. Have had this beer several times and decided to finally review it. Pour is a copper golden color with a thin head that disapates rather quickly. Aromas are more earthy than expected. Some small hints of citrusy aromas as well. Flavor is a tad better than the aroma. The palate just falls short on this. The beer is balanced for a pale ale but the beer just seems asleep. Don't believe this beer is old or anything. The finish is dry with a mild hop finish. Biggest plus about this beer is that it comes in a can!

Serving type: can

04-21-2011 18:15:59 | More by TrueRates
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flyingspatula

Indiana

3.43/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Osiris pours as a golden copper color beer. Mine had little head, not that I care that much. The smell is boring, but not bad. Smells a little different in the can than in the glass. Tastes pretty hoppy, but as another reviewer mentioned, not a citrusy hops flavor. The can mentions that it is brewed in the West Coast pale ale style, but it doesn't remind me of any of the west coast pales. Not that that matters since it's a good taste. It's hopiness blends well with the grain/malt flavor. I like this beer, and would probably buy it again. It is a bit pricey though.

Serving type: can

04-20-2011 02:07:06 | More by flyingspatula
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cetherid

Indiana

3.93/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

poured into a tulip

A.

Beer pours a fairly clear golden straw color. About 2 fingers worth of frothy egg-shell colored head that dissipates into a small film after about 2 minutes of sitting. Not really any lacing going on. Looks like your typical American Lager.

S.

Aroma on this is a little underwhelming. I was expecting a nice punch in face of citrusy hops but mainly getting some earthy/floral notes. Picking up some grainy malts as well. As it warms up, a nice toasted malt aroma comes into play, but still no real citrus qualities IMO.

T.

Pretty bitter up front. Getting some grassy/earthy taste in this (not like Daisy Cutter however), moving onto to some cereal and biscuit-like malts. As is warms up, some toasted malts come out but still no real citrus/citrus rind taste. Again, slightly disappointing in the taste. I prefer a little more complexity to an APA. This is essentially grassy hops and grainy malts and that's it....It is still good but nothing like a pale ale from FFF or Half Acre. I'm being a little generous giving it a 4.0, but I'm rounding up.

M.

mouth feel on this beer is great for the style. About medium bodied with great carbonation. A slight bitterness lingering in the mouth as well as a slightly dry finish. I could probably use a touch more sweetness but overall, pretty solid.

O.

A decent APA but nothing like a ZD, AK or Daisy Cutter. It does have great bitterness and mouthfeel and is pretty refreshing, just a little underwhelming in the aroma and taste.

Serving type: can

04-16-2011 02:00:04 | More by cetherid
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Scotchboy

Idaho

3.88/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Extra from GraniteSkunk - thanks! Poured from a pint can (awesomeness) into a Sam Smith pint tumbler.

A: Pale straw and hazy, with good head and retention. I like.

S: Surprisingly hoppy (yes I read the back, still surprised); piney with a zesty edge and decidedly herbal and floral to my nose. A little pungent too IMO. Caramel malt provides a nice bready backbone. Serious smell for a APA.

T: A little letdown but still good, its hoppy and bitter but muddled a little. Its spicy & earthy at times, and the malt sweetness is consistent. Peach? Finished clean and is a pretty easy drinker.

MF: Creamier that most APA's but still light and an easy drinker. Good carbonation.

O: I like it. That smell grew on me, and I think this beer is in the same vein as Alpha King but actually better.

Serving type: can

04-14-2011 02:52:57 | More by Scotchboy
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pollox87

California

4.58/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

First review: gotta start somewhere. Thanks to pittsburgkid66 for the extra.

A- Great pale golden color with nice fine lacing. Can't do much better in this category.

S-Wow! A great citrus/pine aroma, not quite hoppy birthday, but a much nicer smell than most pale ales, better than many IPAs. If I were to guess what style this was without tasting, I would say IPA.

T-The hop smell is replicated in the taste, but not as intense as expected from the smell. A nice amount of Carmel comes through right where I want it in a APA.

M-crisp and refreshing. This would be great on a warmer day.

O - A really well balanced beer. Sweetness/bitterness is ideal. Hops work really well with the Carmel malt. I would really drink this more often if I could get it here. This beer in 16 oz cans would be fantastic. Please bring to CA

Serving type: can

04-12-2011 04:45:28 | More by pollox87
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Bierguy5

Ohio

4.15/5  rDev +4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

16 oz can, 5.6% abv. Great looking copper color. Nice stream of tiny bubbles support a large rocky white head. Excellent retention and lace. Don't think it could look much better.

Piney hops with a citrus, zesty edge. Caramel malt, with a bready, biscuity feel.

Light caramel, bready malt, with a bit of sweetness. Nice balance as hops come in with a citrusy, earthy and slightly spicy feel. Bitterness lingers, but not overpowering.

Medium body with a fantastic almost creamy feel. Very easy to drink. Well done.

Serving type: can

04-09-2011 19:37:24 | More by Bierguy5
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mcallister

Ohio

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

Filtered crystal clear copper with large carbonation bubbles and a fluffy white head with good retention.

Very nice hop forward aromas of citrus and tropical fruits, mango, lemon zest, pineapple, and orange are most prevalent. A light biscuit aroma underneath hold things nicely.

This is a very nice pale ale. Great balance of malt and hops in the mouth. Bread and biscuit in the middle and through the finish where it's abruptly stung by bitter alpha acids and juicy hops. Nice mango and pineapple flavors, hints of lemon and grapefruit. But what really brings this together is a hint of acidity and a very brisk biting carbonation. Great easy drinker.

Serving type: can

04-03-2011 19:12:30 | More by mcallister
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betsona

Idaho

4.22/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Lukafer for bringing this growler to me. Poured into a pint glass a day after getting the growler.

A- Clear golden orange with visible carbonation. Moderate poured produced almost two fingers of white head. Good head retention. Plenty of lacing on the glass.

S- Citrus and floral hops. A pineapple may have been sat nearby the brew kettle and whispered sweet nothings to the floral and citrus hops. Finally, some sweet caramel malt makes a presence as the ugly step daughter getting ignored in a appropriate manner.

T- Has a citrus taste that doesn't come through as much as I desire. It is there, just hiding behind a slightly fresh grass taste and some sweet malt. It is well balanced, and almost in the vane of a FFF APA. Well done, minus the subdued hops. A little more bitter would make this perfect or close to.

M- Light body. Sticky? Yes, it is fresh. Good carbonation. Nice bitter linger on the palate.

O- Good beer. Easy drinker due to low abv and light body. I am ready for this beer to migrate north. It is slightly subdued in taste, which holds it back. Dry hop this, and it will be even better.

Serving type: growler

03-21-2011 22:30:15 | More by betsona
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tykees88

Indiana

4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- A nice dark yellow with orange hue beer. Slightly off white to white colored 2 finger foamy head. Exceptional lacing and the head stays throughout. Fantastic look. As is the words of Ed Bassmaster..."Would you just look at it!"

S- A real nice hop cone smell. It has grapefruit smell as well. Overall the smell lets you know what is about to happen.

T- And bang there is a hop explosion in my mouth. For an APA look folks, it is not going to get a whole lot hoppier. A great pine taste followed by that fantastic grapefruit flavor. As it warms, there is a nice balance of malts that come through, and I appreciate that.

M- Medium bodied style beer. Great carbonation. Has a little bit of viscosity to it.

O- Great drinker here. Comes in tallboy cans, a perfect pint in a perfect form of protection. Thank you sunking for bringing a fantastic canned beer to Indiana. Now, just hurry up and bring yourselves up to Fort Wayne so I don't only get you on trips to Indy.

Serving type: can

03-19-2011 16:34:01 | More by tykees88
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jsh420

Illinois

4.47/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours bright clear copper gold with a 2 finger head that faded to a film and left some spotted lacing

smell is nice and hoppy - citrus and a little grapefruit and pine

taste starts right where the nose left off - fruity hops balanced with the bready semi sweet caramel malt

mouthfeel is light with good carbonation that gives it the smooth crisp and creamy feel i want in a pale

drinkability is great - it comes in cans and it packs all the hops i would want in a pale with out destroying my taste buds

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2011 01:40:52 | More by jsh420
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jlindros

Massachusetts

3.8/5  rDev -4.8%
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!

Serving type: can

03-04-2011 02:33:41 | More by jlindros
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burnheartsMKE

Wisconsin

3.85/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Fruity with a sourdough-thing going on in the nose. Bitter intro falls quickly and easily into a mellow drinker. Real wet, thin mouthfeel that I noticed throughout their portfolio and it's kind of disappointing. I would've been happier with a bit more sweetness upfront, but now finishing off the can I'm happy with the toned-down sugar approach.

Serving type: can

03-01-2011 04:59:59 | More by burnheartsMKE
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trappistlover

Arizona

3.48/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

(16oz can courtesy of iii9ix3). Pours clear copper with giant 2 finger of-white head and lots of carbonation. Aroma of cardboard, citrus, and pine/wood. Taste is malt sweetness with hop bitterness. Its a bit thin, but it makes for a sessionable beer that has some nice flavors. A pretty solid beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2011 02:18:00 | More by trappistlover
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AdamGarcia

Pennsylvania

3.58/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz can served in shaker pint

extra courtesy of robwestcott!

A: Pours a bright golden hue. Lighter in color than expected. Fluffy head from a semi aggressive pour. Solid head retention. very clear.

S: Lots of pine with just a touch of mint. Faint citrus. Some pale malt in the background and a little bit of carmel. Scent is muted overall.

T: Nice bitterness. Mild citrus. Grassy, herbal hops. Crackery malt in the background. Minty finish with a hefty dose of bitterness to dry it all up.

M: Prickly carbonation. Medium body.

D: Easy to drink. Would love to keep this as an everyday staple if it were available to me.

This is a nice beer. I've had some Daisy Cutters this week, which hurts Osiris by comparison. With the Daisy Cutter so fresh in my memory this one seems pedestrian. Osiris is, however, a very nice beer and I wish I had access to it in PGH.

Serving type: can

02-13-2011 05:38:04 | More by AdamGarcia
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TurdFurgison

Ohio

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

16oz can courtesy of backfat (thanks Dave!). This is one cool looking can, more psychedelic than Egyptian. The marketing notes: "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."

It pours clear, brightly clear, with a light golden color, maybe SRM of 4-5, with a thick wet-looking frothy head. The aroma isn't quite as west coast as I'd hoped, but then I'm not sure what a west coast pale ale is. I guess I was hoping for west coast IPA aromas but it turns out that's not realistic. Some citrus is there, so that's good, light floral hops notes and not so much malt.

It tastes spicy, the hops are appropriate for a pale ale, maybe more assertive than usual but still not reminiscent of a west coast IPA. The malt base is transparent flavor-wise, which is always a great thing with pale ales in my opinion.

Crisp and crushable, this is way easy to drink. I'd get it again in a heartbeat.

Serving type: can

02-13-2011 02:36:36 | More by TurdFurgison
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johndoe8

California

2.6/5  rDev -34.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

so, decided to open this one with a friend. it's been in my fridge for a month, I don't know if this negatively affects the beer or to what degree, but here's my review anyways.

It has no hop character (or its very muted).. I think it might be my california palette, but I expect my pale ales to have some degree of hoppiness (re: alpine hoppy birthday or even stone pale ale).

This did not deliver.

It's not an utter failure though, so I will still finish this can, but definitely color me "not impressed".

Serving type: can

02-11-2011 08:26:33 | More by johndoe8
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EgadBananas

Louisiana

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

16oz Tallboy can into a Willie's glass.

Pale, dark straw colored pour, yielding 2 fingers of pillowy white head that laces well down the glass. Head retention is pretty good, and the clarity is nice. Overall, very nice looking.

Nice fresh hop aroma on the nose: Hints of pine, majority citrus. Malt backbone is looking solid.

Starts off nicely bitter, with swirls of sweet citrus notes, backed by slight caramel malty taste, and finishing with a nice crisp bitterness.

Feel is slick, a bit creamy in texture, nicely carbonated, and light-medium in body.

A nice hoppy pale!

Serving type: can

02-10-2011 01:51:24 | More by EgadBananas
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AgentZero

Illinois

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

A - Orangish copper color with moderate white head that had solid retention with a bit of lacing.

S - Light caramel malts with some grassy hops and tropical fruit for a nice, light bended hoppy APA.

T - A solidly hoppy APA with some grass and citrus malts. Caramel malt backbone provides just the appropriate amount of flavor depth to thicken the taste up on this one.

M - Good and fitting carbonation on this lighter side of medium brew.

D - Really easy to drink, although I would not say that it is amazing given the relatively low ABV. Really good APA though, would drink again.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2011 00:53:17 | More by AgentZero
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jrallen34

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A pint in a can provided by Sean, drank from a perfect pint glass... The beer pours a light watery copper with orange notes, looks ok but light. The head is off white watery, but good retention and lacing... The aroma is really nice, great fresh citrus notes, a hint of caramel then a perfect amount of hops. Just great... The taste is equally as nice, an easy to drink flavorful pale ale. Would love to get this and crush it 4 can packs of daisy cutter.

Serving type: can

02-06-2011 23:17:19 | More by jrallen34
Osiris Pale Ale from Sun King Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 622 ratings.