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Osiris Pale Ale - Sun King Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
89
very good

658 Ratings
THE BROS
96
world-class

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Ratings: 658
Reviews: 203
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 11.31%
Wants: 73
Gots: 53 | 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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Photo of CaptainIPA
4.22/5  rDev +6%

Served @ Bourbon Street Distillery in Indianapolis during the memorable Taylor Swift Road Trip Weekend. Woo hoo! Reviewed from notes.

Presented in a Tallboy can and poured into a pint glass. My daughter and I sat outside the bar on Saturday while waiting for Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library to open across the street. Ordered a local brew and lucked out.

Pours a golden amber color with a thick, frothy head with good retention and excellent lacing. Wonderful fresh hop aroma.

Medium bodied, crisp and clean with good carbonation throughout. Opens with a snap of citrus hops and bite of pine, followed by flavors of toasted biscuit and fruity pear. Malts balance well with an assertive hopping that never overpowers. Refreshing and sessionable with loads of character for an APA, Osiris is a great local find.

CaptainIPA, Aug 15, 2011
Photo of dubinsky
3.8/5  rDev -4.5%

Thanks to Makdeco for this one.

Can poured into a Deschutes snifter.

A - Pours an extremely clear light color amber, or dark yellow if you will with a minimal white head that falls very quickly. Some light lacing is left behind.

S - Light and crisp aroma. Piney hops give way to a slightly earthy aromas with hints of sweetness that smells a but pearish.

T - Slight hop bitterness gives way to a sweet malt and slightly spicy flavor. The flavor of this beer is so crisp, clear and clean that there is real element of simplicity that i really like. Not very flavorful, but what little there is, is quite good.

M - Medium bodied with light to medium carbonation. As with the flavor, the mouthfeel is crisp and clean. Almost a pilsner like refreshing quality.

O - This is a great pale ale, and definitely a different take on the style. Less flavor yields to a great mouthfeel and refreshing quality. This is like a pale ale lawn mower beer. Go figure.

dubinsky, Aug 05, 2011
Photo of cpolking
4.03/5  rDev +1.3%

This beer pours an orangish-amber, light copper in color with a half inch of thick and creamy off-white head that leaves thick lacing down the glass.

The aroma is hop forward, very fruity, zesty, citrusy, a touch of pine and tropical fruit. There is also some yeast and caramel malt in the aroma.

The taste is fruity, stone fruits and citrus, on a solid malt base. There is a dry and lightly bitter finish. The taste also has some lemon in strong tea.

This is a tasty and delightful smooth drinking beer; a delicious American style pale ale. Its only drawback is that its aftertaste is extremely dry and bitter, more so than its initial finish.

cpolking, Aug 03, 2011
Photo of MrMcGibblets
3.65/5  rDev -8.3%

Thanks to mrnasty for this one.
A: light amber to copper w/orange highlights. Nice thick off-white head and lacing. Good clarity shows fine carbonation continually emanating from the bottom of the nonic glass.
S: summit or simcoe hops in this? Fruity (grapefruit? Some tropical fruit?) but with a suggestion of onion/garlic. No likey oniony/garlicky hops. aroma doesn't pop too much until it warms a bit. Some light caramel malts.
T: light to medium sweet caramel malts are well-balanced by a smooth hop bitterness. Drinks almost like an ipa. Lingering hoppy, dry, bitter finish.
M: perhaps the best aspect of this beer. Perfectly carbonated, which in my case=lots of fine lingering Co2. Nice and frothy. Just under medium-bodied.
O: a pretty good apa. A different hop bill (amarillo, citra, ...) woulda made this killer.

MrMcGibblets, Jul 27, 2011
Photo of Lucklys
4.63/5  rDev +16.3%

Pouring it into a standard tumbler, it radiates a bright golden amber with glimmers of straw yellow highlights. It appears crystal clear with constant trails of carbonation that calmly float from the bottom of the glass, building a fluffy white 3-finger head of large bubbles that melt into a creamy froth, leaving minimal fragile lacing along the sides of the glass.

The aroma holds quite a bit of grainy honey wheat bread and soft caramel in the backbone. Elsewhere, there are plenty of fresh floral hops and tropical citrus hops, including grapefruit pith and lemon peel, with a small possibility of some papaya, that overwhelms my nose initially. Faint piney hops hide in the background, while something spicy and resembling graham cracker brings up the rear. Overall, it is very reminiscent of an IPA.

Starting off with a slow sip, I’m met with caramel, wheat bread drizzled with honey and sprinkled with brown sugar, and grainy, toasted malts. All of the early flavors prepared my tongue for the dry, lightly spicy hops, comprised of zesty grapefruit and lemon pulp as well as some pine notes. The generous amount of hops in this American Pale Ale awakened my tastebuds before smoothing it all out with a final blanket of sweet pale malts.

The Osiris Pale Ale falls into the medium-bodied range once it warms up a bit, though fresh from the refrigerator, it starts more with a lighter mouthfeel. Regardless of body, though, it remained crisp and smooth the whole way through, especially with the lively carbonation, and finished dry and slightly bitter – which is the least I would expect coming from such an aggressively hopped beer.

Lucklys, Jul 26, 2011
Photo of lsrose
4.93/5  rDev +23.9%

Reviewing from a growler pour...had this countless times in can, tap, and growler though.

A - Beer pours a small head that leaves a nice thick white foam. Caramel in color with a hint of red.

S - Nice smell of citrus and hops resembling an IPA.

T - Great taste for an APA, could fool most tasting like an IPA. Citrus and hops up front with a nice bitter finish.

M - Fairly light bodied, light carbonation with a big bite of hops.

O - Whats not to love about this beer? Great flavor, drinkability, and great out of the tallboy 16 oz. cans! IPA lovers should especially enjoy this beer. One of my favorite beers and my favorite house beer at one of my favorite breweries. Keep this beer and Sun King on your short list!

lsrose, Jul 24, 2011
Photo of jkrich
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

Poured from a 16 oz. undated can: beautiful and clear, bright deep golden hue with a slowly dissipating white-head; lacing is abundant.

The fresh aroma is largely redolent of fruity hop and some spicy malt.

The flavor has very nice mellow and fruity bittersweet taste with an interesting mildly sweet aftertaste. There is some lingering bready, yeasty flavor as well.

The mouthfeel is clean and smooth with a pleasant, crisp and lingering fruity flavor on the palate. The carbonation adds to the overall refreshing flavor.

One of the most satisfying American pale ales I have enjoyed. This is a very balanced, thirst quenching ale that is absolutely ideal for a sweltering summer day, or any day of the year.

jkrich, Jul 22, 2011
Photo of Marty30
3.68/5  rDev -7.5%

Thanks again Danny. Poured into A Schlafly pint glass,at fridge temp.

A. Pale slightly clouded straw yellow. With about a fingers worth of head.No lacing what so ever. Nice carbonation.

S. Piney hops come first but not overpowering at all. A very nice earthy back ground here some grains and bread.

T. Nice slight hop bite of grapefruit and lemon.With almost like A grainy earthy taste can't pinpoint it.

M. Crisp,light and very easy going down.Great carbonation.

Overall the perfect BBQ or picnic brew.Not high ABV easy drinking.I would recommend.

Marty30, Jul 22, 2011
Photo of KickInTheChalice
3.6/5  rDev -9.5%

Poured from a 16 oz. can into a pint glass.

Appearance: A transparent golden caramel color beer comes out of the can, creating a full, foamy white head.

Smell: Hoppy pale ale, I see where your head's at. Tropical fruits and lots of grapefruit step in front of the pale malt.

Taste: A light biscuity malt sweetness up front, then mango and grapefruit hop flavors, followed by a long, lingering bitterness that lasts a little long and rides well into the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: The first thing I notice is that it is kind of grainy, maybe hop residue from the dry hopping. Medium body, above average lively carbonation.

Overall: This is fine, but nothing about it really blew me away. Maybe I was not in the right mode for this one. I would try it again to see if my palate changes.

KickInTheChalice, Jul 07, 2011
Photo of thomcatr3t
4.13/5  rDev +3.8%

Take from notes on April 10, 2011. 16 oz. can poured into a pint glass.

A: Red-orange in color with a slight brown hue. Nice hop haze in the middle of the glass. Sticky 1 finger head that left nice lacing throughout.

S: A nice balance of hop varieties as I get some floral hops as well as some grapefruit and mango.

T:The taste follows very closely to the aroma. Very nice hop presence from the front of the tongue to the middle, mainly tropical fruits on the flavor. A clean light malt finishes the drink.

M: Medium-light body with great drinkability. The carbonation cleanses the palate easily and leaves you wanting more.

O: A very solid brew. Glad to see such a promising brewery producing great beers in 16 oz. cans!

thomcatr3t, Jul 07, 2011
Photo of JayAre46
3.95/5  rDev -0.8%

big thanks to Smchenry75 for this extra

A - crazy 16 oz can, hard to find where its from, what you're drinking and fuck trying to find the date. Poured into a parra x tulip showing a burnt tranparent orange giving a nice fluffy head. strong retention

A - citrusy up front, biscuty malt, subtle pine, not the biggest aroma of all time and would like more, but here we go.

T - holy shit this is big tasting PA! biscuty malt swallowed by big piney hops, citrus and a orange peel dryness that finishses very clean. great west coast styled pale ale.

M - a bit on the light side and thin, medium carbonation and slightly active, its not creamy, its not prickly it just finishes whatever that means.

O - good first impression from sunking brewery, i would drink this again but won't seek out by anymeans, the aroma is a bit weak along with the mouthfeel, the taste is great and refreshing, i feel it lacks a certain complexity that will just put it over the top, but other than that solid brew, drink it for the badass can at least.

JayAre46, Jul 02, 2011
Photo of BarryMFBurton
4.28/5  rDev +7.5%

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…

BarryMFBurton, Jun 13, 2011
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3.68/5  rDev -7.5%

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.

nrbw23, Jun 05, 2011
Photo of kjc51478
3.45/5  rDev -13.3%

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.

kjc51478, May 21, 2011
Photo of secondtooth
4.13/5  rDev +3.8%

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.

secondtooth, May 18, 2011
Photo of 1Adam12
4.38/5  rDev +10.1%

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.

1Adam12, May 15, 2011
Photo of oline73
3.85/5  rDev -3.3%

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.

oline73, May 07, 2011
Photo of TrueRates
3.05/5  rDev -23.4%

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!

TrueRates, Apr 21, 2011
Photo of flyingspatula
3.43/5  rDev -13.8%

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.

flyingspatula, Apr 20, 2011
Photo of cetherid
3.93/5  rDev -1.3%

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.

cetherid, Apr 16, 2011
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3.88/5  rDev -2.5%

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.

Scotchboy, Apr 14, 2011
Photo of pollox87
4.58/5  rDev +15.1%

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

pollox87, Apr 12, 2011
Photo of Bierguy5
4.15/5  rDev +4.3%

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.

Bierguy5, Apr 09, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

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.

mcallister, Apr 03, 2011
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4.22/5  rDev +6%

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.

betsona, Mar 21, 2011
Osiris Pale Ale from Sun King Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 658 ratings.