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Osiris Pale Ale - Sun King Brewing Company

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89
very good

747 Ratings
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Ratings: 747
Reviews: 216
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 11.31%
Wants: 76
Gots: 79 | 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

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

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Ratings: 747 | Reviews: 216
Photo of psuKinger
3.23/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to my buddy Matt for bringing this beer back from Indy for me to try!

Bottle poured into my Penn State pint glass, to be consumed during the Iowa game. I've never had anything from this brewery before, so I'm excited to give it a try.

A: Pours with a remarkable level of carbonation, but not a real big head, probably because I'm still not used to pouring from a 16 ounce can.

Pours a very clear translucent, almost "fizzy yellow" beer, so clear that the LARGE carbonation bubbles are very visible. I've never seen carbonation like this before...

Poured a snow-white head that dissipated quickly.

S: I've got my nose right down into this beer, and I'm not picking up a whole lot, to be honest. Muted notes of pine and just that classic American "beer" smell, good descriptors for which escape me.

T: This tastes like... "beer". Certainly not a hefty beer, and at 5.6% ABV, that should be expected. A moderate level of bitterness with notes of pine are probably the most ominant flavors. And there certainly is a touch of barley sweetness to help balance this out.

M: This beer doesn't "feel" as carbonated as it looks. I think it's in part because of just how clear the beer poured. Leaves a nice flavor profile on the tongue at the finish line.

D: Rather drinkable. A classic, simple, "American Beer", and I genuinely enjoyed it.

Photo of rangel2
5/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from tall boy pint can into pint glass.

About 1 and 1/4 fingers foam of a slightly off white but mostly pure white color.

Smell is pure citrus, grapefruit, faint orange, delicate pear.

Taste is so smooth. Don't get me wrong the initial taste is bitter and slightly spicy. But for a hophead, it's the most mellow, divine bittering imaginable. Citrus lingers a tad, with slight lemon in the rear.

Once the citrus dissipates, a small malt presence can be found.

Perhaps the best thing about Sun King is their water. Yes, their water. It's nice and somewhat harder, giving their beer that great zip to give the bitterness an extra crisp umph -- sulfate doing the work, I'm assuming. Someone correct me if I am wrong.

Anyway, this is easily in my Top 3 Alone on an Island beers. It's hoppy, has a nice body, with some oily citrus dancing about, goes well with a ton of food, readily available in Indianapolis, not too dry, and it's affordable.

Photo of Urbancaver
3.87/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden yellow. Not much head. Looks reasonably good. Smells great. Lots of citrus. Tons of hops on the nose. As it warms the aroma dulls but initially a great aroma. Tastes nothing like it smells. Not much citrus, lots of bitterness, i think the hopping pushed the taste too far out of balance. Good mouthfeel. Overall fairly solid but the tastes is disappointing after the wonderful aroma.

Photo of brew3crew
3.6/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Indy tasting room.

A-hazy yellow body with a white head that sticks around for awhile

S-very nice, inviting citrus smell. Looking forward to the taste

T-really let me down. Like they tried to make it too bitter and it didn't come through. Nit the hop taste the nose was promising

M-nice hop bitterness that sticks around

O-thanks for getting my hopes up with that aroma. Womp womp

Photo of flexabull
4.16/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Tall can courtesy of jrallen34, thanks again!

Pours a bright and clear gold color with a huge fluffy white head, with some sticky lacing, looks quite nice.

Aromas are bright, and pretty hoppy. There are notes of grapefruits, sweet oranges, tart lemons, and some stinky and funky resin.

Taste is really bright, just like the aroma, lightly crisp, with some lightly tart lemons, mildly sweet citrus, and some soft creaminess. Finish has really faint resin, snappy dry carbonation, and some nice bitterness.

Mouthfeel is good, smooth, But could use a touch more body.

All in all, a very good Pale Ale. I'd drink this often if this was a local beer, quite nice.

Photo of cjacobsen
4.12/5  rDev +3.5%
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 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 jisom123
3.2/5  rDev -19.6%
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 cwguy5
4.12/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Been getting around I see Joe(jisom123)! Thanks for the extra!

A - nice yellow/golden color with slightest haze; less than one finger white head fading to a solid white cap; a little spotty lacing left on glass
S - subtle aromas of melon, honeydew, rose
T - nice and smooth hop forward pale with some melon and maybe faint blueberry; just a touch of bread before orange zest drying finish with a touch of peppercorn
M - pretty standard medium, crisp carbonation; slightly dry finish with light, bitter linger
D - very pleasant, balanced beer; not super note-worthy in any category but also few flaws; nice drink at 5.2%; like the blueberry notes in aroma

Photo of Bogforce
4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks Joe(Jisom123) for this one!

A: Pours a beautiful golden color, with a decent head and good amount of lacing. Also some haziness

S: HOPS! Centennial and Cascade for sure. Not a lot of malt which is great.

T: A great hop taste with a small amount of malt, Very low amount actually. The hops are center stage and they taste great.

M: Goes down easy, leaves a pleasant taste on the tongue

O: This is a really good pale ale and it comes in a can! Cans definitely hold hop flavor better than bottles, And this thing was great!

Photo of ehammond1
4.15/5  rDev +4.3%
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 wnh
3.76/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

16 oz. can poured into a pint glass.

Pours a bright, brilliant golden-bronze topped by a large, long-lasting foamy white head. Large chunks of lace left behind.

Nose is bold and hoppy, with aromas of pungent citrus zest, green leafy hops, toasted bread malt base, a dash of cracked pepper. A straightforward, hopped-up APA.

Bitter and pungent on the palate, with a richer, caramelly malt base. Hop flavor is minimal, but there's lots of bitterness. A bit of pithy orange zest on the finish, alongside a green, somewhat vegetal leafy hop note. Dry, with lingering bitter hops. A dose of earthiness, and more than a little muddled.

Light to medium bodied, firm and dry. Not bad, but my impression of it lowered the more I drank.

Photo of Badbobx
4.88/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Let me begin by saying that my non-beer drinking wife likes this beer a bunch.
I poured a pint glass full from growler. The beer is a beautiful light amber with a generous head. A delicate lacing developed. The aroma is rich with a light malt and tangy citrus bite.
The flavor is a light bread malt followed by a sweet grapefruit hop flavor. This is one of my favorite beers. It is local and widely distributed in central Indiana.

Photo of tone77
3.96/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to cpolking for sending this beer. Poured from a 16 oz. can. Has a light brownish color with a 1 inch head. Smell is rather mild, some hops detected. Nothing mild about the taste, bold hops and citrus, very IPA like, spicy, lots of flavor here. Feels full bodied in the mouth and overall is a high quality beer.

Photo of CaptainIPA
4.2/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of dubinsky
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of cpolking
4.04/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of MrMcGibblets
3.64/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Lucklys
4.58/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of lsrose
4.92/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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!

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

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.

Photo of Marty30
3.68/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of KickInTheChalice
3.62/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of thomcatr3t
4.08/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!

Photo of JayAre46
3.88/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Osiris Pale Ale from Sun King Brewing Company
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