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Osiris Pale Ale - Sun King Brewing Company

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683 Ratings

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Ratings: 683
Reviews: 206
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 11.31%
Wants: 72
Gots: 57 | 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 StormKing47
3.78/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received from adamnb0719 in a BIF. Thanks Adam for this under the radar brew. Let's see how she is...

A- A brilliant light amber color with a very nice copper hue to complement. A thin, but fluffy white head that reveals a nice amount of carb. Looks right on for an APA and I'm excited because I have heard some good things about this little known brew.

S- Right away the familiar grassy and earthy hops are upfront with a nice faint citrus finish. Some warming reveals a nice and pleasant rich malty sweetness in the back like sweet caramel candy. Quite enjoyable.

T- Reminds me of fresh cut grass. A very light grassy note that is reminding me of the summer yard work this past season. Has a very faint citrus note that I wish was more present. Some warming and the malty sweetness shows up and is welcomed, but a little too much malt for me. It's a nicely balanced beer, but not spectacular like I have heard, just pretty good.

M- Has a very nice hoppy stick so I know it's nice and fresh. Nice coating and all around balance with a nice and crisp finish. Not too thick a little thin, but not watery. Just a nice experience.

D- A very clean, refreshing and crisp APA, but I was a little underwhelmed after reading some threads about it. Not a tremendous APA, but a nice and clean one. Very well done.

My first SunKing beer and I am pleased, but would have enjoyed a more citrus forward hop.

StormKing47, Dec 23, 2010
Photo of cadaugherty
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Fresh Growler picked up at the brewery in Indy for only $6.50-

Appearance- Pours a light copper with about 1 finger of head. Decent lacing.

Aroma- Citrus, principally grapefruit. Not very strong.

Taste- Fresh citrus flavor with a nice crisp bitter finish. Fleeting malt sweetness.

Mouth/Drink- Nice full mouth feel. Easy drinking, sessionable ale.

Overall Osiris is a very tasty beer and for the price they charge for a growler fill one hell of a deal.

cadaugherty, Dec 22, 2010
Photo of HosP
4.3/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pick up a 4 pack of this in Indy quite a bit.

A - Pours nice copper color. One finger white head with sticky lacing.

S - Very nice hoppy smell. Grassy notes mostly, with some citrus towards the end.

T - Very nicely balanced drink. Hop flavors up front, more citrus than grassy hops almost. Good malt backbone that isn't overwhelming but rounds out a nice solid beer.

M - Medium body, good carbonation. Slight bitter, oily mouthfeel.

D - Love this hop forward APA. Very enjoyable drink that doesn't blow you away but allows you to enjoy a couple of these anytime. Love what Sun King is doing, keep it up!

HosP, Dec 14, 2010
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.15/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I got this beer from adamb0719. Thanks Adam!

16oz can served in a glass beer mug.

L - clear copper with a thick white head that left a good amount of lacing behind.

S - pine and citrus hops with a sweet malt background.

T - bitter hops upfront get some sweet malt balance midway before finishing dry and bitter.

F - medium bodied with a very smooth feel.

D - very easy to drink.

JoeyBeerBelly, Dec 13, 2010
Photo of warriorsoul
3.9/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to G311 for this hand off.
Pours a pale copper color w/ a generous amount of head...thick lacing remains as I give this one a swirl.
Inviting aroma of citrus hop up front. Some grassy notes with a biscuit quality with a lingering nose.
Taste is very nice. Balance of spicy and citrus makes this a surprisingly hoppy pale ale. Even the bitterness shows up after each sip and lingers for quite some time. Mouthfeel starts out juicy but finishes very dry thanks to that bitterness.
Easy drinking here. A nice surprise. Thanks for the chance Vince.

warriorsoul, Dec 12, 2010
Photo of shaebs99
3.85/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thrown in as an extra in a trade, thanks for the sweet can

A: Poured into a new belgium globe glass (glass I had used on the previous beer). A nice cloudy amber with nice size white head that stays and leaves some nice lacing. Definitely an appealing pour

S: Fantastic aroma. Not sure what hops are in this beer, but the aroma agrees with me. Just a nice hop presence.

T: Perhaps I served this a bit too cold as the taste is a bit bland. A pleasant mouthfeel and a well balanced taste. I guess I wish it was a bit unbalanced with a bit more hop bitterness

D: A nice canned beer. If it was my local choice I'd probably pick up for camping, but I'd put some other canned pale ales ahead of it. The taste did improve as it warmed, but not enough to really change the scores. Definitely find it intriguing enough to seek out their other canned beers. As this was the first I have heard of Sun King Brewery

shaebs99, Dec 03, 2010
Photo of yeahnatenelson
4.05/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance -- Pours a nice honey amber hue with a finger of sudsy white head. Lacing is pretty good.

Smell -- Quite well-hopped: pine boughs, meadow grass, gentle grapefruit pith. Underlying malt character akin to graham cracker and bread.

Taste -- Hops hops hops. Pine sap, mowed grass, and grapefruit pith are quite pronounced. Malt base is on point for the style: dry on the whole, but with a dab of graham cracker sweetness. A touch of grapefruit pith mid-palate.

Mouthfeel -- Medium in body with ample carbonation that finishes almost fluffy. On point.

Drinkability -- The Midwesterners know what they're doing. This APA goes in the pantheon of AIPA's (Amost IPA's) Alpha King, Daisy Cutter, and Moon Man. Distinct, quite good. Perfect beer for when an IPA might be a little too much.

yeahnatenelson, Dec 02, 2010
Photo of BEERchitect
4.2/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

BEERchitect, Dec 02, 2010
Photo of Hopittome15
4.05/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Look: pours a light golden color very clear with a 1" head that disapates quickly leaving minimal head retention.
Smell: A huge citrusy hop aroma hits first, with a nice grassy spiciness.
Taste: Similar to the aroma, a citrusy slightly spicy hop flavor upfront with a slight bitterness at the end and a smooth aftertaste that is somewhat piney
Feel: A light-medium body with a medium amount of carbonation
Drinkability: A very drinkable APA with a huge hoppy aroma and a great taste. I'd like to see more head and it was a little pricey but well worth it, and the hour and a half drive to get it.

Hopittome15, Nov 30, 2010
Photo of wrightro07
4.2/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I received this beer as an extra in a trade, and was pleasantly surprised.
A: The appearance is a amber colour with lots of clarity. There was almost no head retention which was a shame. I was hoping for a lot better head retention on this beer. Overall the it looks like an ordinary APA.
S: The smell of Osiris Pale Ale is the best aspect of this beer. The aroma is huge. You smell a burst of citrus hops right after opening the pint size can. I absolutely love the bouquet on this beer. It is how a APA should smell, exceptional on king brewing co. part.
T: I was expecting a lot more IBU's, what else can I say. The beer is on the light side in my opinion for an APA. I would like to have even more of a hoppy flavour. I am not saying that the taste is bad or poor but not exceptional for sure.
M: The mouthfeel is good it is a bit too carbonated though for my taste. I like more of a natural carbonation feel to my beer but that is not the same for everyone else. So overall the artificially added carbonation is okay for the mass but a little to coca-colaie in my opinion.
D: overall the drinkability is good for this beer. It is not exceptional but it is a decent APA. I would not complain on having another one of these.

wrightro07, Nov 29, 2010
Photo of orbitalr0x
4.05/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Gotta love the 16oz can. Pours into my glass a bright orange with great clarity and a two finger creamy, bubbly head. Plenty of active carbonation. Aromas of crisp pale malts meet up with bright citric hops. Underlying spiciness with a touch of grapefruit. Hops are forward here making for an assertive pale ale.

First sip brings crisp, light pale malts upfront that envelope a wash of green, citric hoppiness. Hints of pine and spice meander through the brew along with a nice bitterness that carries it down.

Mouthfeel is smooth and on the lighter side with plenty of carbonation. This is a really easy drinker and I'd love to take some of these cans to the beach. Overall, a well crafted pale ale that hits the spot and exceeds in sessionability. Worth seeking out.

orbitalr0x, Nov 18, 2010
Photo of robwestcott
3.73/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured from the growler a translucent light copper to a sun king shaped pint glass with a finger and a half white head with nice retention.

aroma of citrus-y, or maybe grapefruit hops and orange peel.

certainly hops forward, but the bitter is muted by a nice malt balance. citrus hops.

smooth, creamy, bitter to the back of the roof of the mouth, light bodied.

drinkable - yeah, a 32oz growler easily.

robwestcott, Nov 17, 2010
Photo of ne0m00re
3.68/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Live review of a 16 oz can. No freshness date that I can spot... Thanks much to strikertown for this one.
A: Pale amber, it poured with a half-finger cream head that died slowly to a strong film and collar.
S: A pale, leafy-green malt and hops profile. Somewhat of a mild cheese and banana peel character, which someone before me described nicely as sugar-cookie. There is also some faint copper.
T: A nice crisper IPA, that starts out refreshingly like creamy pale malts (slight corn with a faint caramelization trying to peak through) and milky tangerines and turns into a bitter copper and earthy spinach linger. Lime citrus is apparent as well. After a few sips the alcohol becomes a noticeable gin finish. The bitterness is somewhat awkward and out of line with the rest of the profile, and a faint fresh milk character and feel is kind of odd on the end. This would be a great beer if you liked gin and tonics though...
M: Thinner mouthfeel that starts out creamy and develops into a crisp bitterness.
D: Pretty good. I'll finish the pint.

ne0m00re, Nov 12, 2010
Photo of ktrillionaire
4.53/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Review from July 2010

Big thanks to the girl behind the bar at Broad Ripple Brew Pub for hooking me up with this brew; some server accidentally opened it, and this shrewd young lady knew it shan't go to waste....

A - It has a bright golden-copper hue, and is capped with a big white foamy head. Retention is lesser and lace is soapy-looking.

S - Big Amarillo hops come out immediately. Some nice malt behind it, very pale and slightly sugar-cookie-ish. The orange, peach and tangerine notes are pronounced, much like Daisy Cutter.

T - Amarillo is apparently the favorite hop of the midwest, as the driving force behind hop-bomb beers such as Gumballhead, Daisy Cutter and, apparently, Sun King Osiris. And this is a hop-bomb. Tangerine-orange, peach and perhaps nectarine fruitiness are expressed over a very pale and cracker-y malt, the beer is quite bitter, and has a long finish.

M - IPA. Oops, APA. Nice, anyhow.

D - I would definitely dig more of this (fresh). It is not quite on the level of Daisy Cutter, but it is still one of the better APAs out.

ktrillionaire, Nov 12, 2010
Photo of emmasdad
4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks Dan, for bringing this one to our slightly less than epic can tasting a month ago. This is the second Sun King beer I have had the opportunity to try, and like the previous one, I liked it a lot. Pours a good orange color with a small fluffy white head. Aromas of grapefruit, orange and light malt. Crisp and refreshing, light bodied with orange, grapefruit and a little sweet malt. Very good.

emmasdad, Nov 07, 2010
Photo of cadizkyguy
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a four pack of these 16 ounce gems at Bourbon & Canal, a beer and wine store in Terre Haute, IN, and so glad I did.

Love the whole craft beer thing in a can and at 16 ounces, sometimes that's more than enough beer to enjoy with a meal.

Appearance -- Poured aggressively into a Duvel Tulip and wow, what an impressive frothy white head. Minutes later, that frothy goodness dissipates to islands of foam with considerable lacing.

Smell -- Never enjoyed such aroma from a beer in a can before. On par with Three Floyd's Alpha King.

Taste -- This is an APA that tastes like an IPA.

Mouthfeel -- Yum. If you've never had this Sun King beer, then you should either search it out or trade for it. You'll be equally impressed.

Drinkability -- I could easily add this to my beer lineup, which includes Bell's Two Hearted and Three Floyd's Gumballhead -- two of my mainstays.

Great job, Sun King. Thanks again for canning this brew.

cadizkyguy, Nov 03, 2010
Photo of taylocd
4.65/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from growler into nonic glass.

A - Translucent yellow gold with thick white head and lacing that clung throughout the time to finish the brew and then some.

S - Oddly enough, pours from two consecutive days had different aromas. Day one's hop aroma had a pine resin presence, while day two's pour had hints of citrus. Both were good, but neither was especially strong.

T - Much like smell, but to a lesser extent, the brews had slightly different tastes on different days. Both days had a stronger piney flavor, but on the second I could detect the citrus. Both were very impressive for an APA.

M - Nearly perfect texture and carbonation

D - Osiris does a great job of balancing syrupy pine texture without being too sticky

taylocd, Nov 01, 2010
Photo of Cresant
4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured this 16 oz. can into a Bell's tulip pint. No date. The body was clear and bright golden. The off white/tan head was pretty solid and left a film of light lacing on the glass.

The smell was pine and caramel. Alcohol crept in as it warmed.

The taste reflected the aromas. Piney, earthy, and caramel. Not harsh. Well balanced but not tame. Finished dry. I want to review it as an IPA but I have to remember it is an APA, a good one that has a lot of flavor.

The mouthfeel was medium to thin, I bit too thin really. Some slickness in the mouth. Still very enjoyable.

Cresant, Oct 19, 2010
Photo of bonkers
4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked this up in a recent BIF, thanks Mat. It pours a clear copper/amber with a sticky white head, lots of lacing. Big orange and grapefruit on the nose. The beer has lots of ctrus hops for an APA. The finish is clean and crisp. Well carbonated and medium in body. A very good APA.

bonkers, Oct 08, 2010
Photo of Casey10
4.13/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Received from Heliosphan thanks again been wanting to try this once I heard about it. Really liking craft in cans.

A - Poured into pint glass nice white frothy head yellow copper body.

S - Light grassy smell has really nice light smell.

T - A nice citrus taste well balanced really liking this a really nice APA.

M - Again smooth feel nice backfeel some maltiness.

D - Great APA not as hop forward as sierra nevada but nice and hoppy would definately search out more of this.

Casey10, Oct 02, 2010
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.

drabmuh, Sep 22, 2010
Photo of domtronzero
3.7/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Clear light golden yellow colored with a whitish, average lasting head. Minimal lacing.

S - Mango, pineapple, fruity esters. Citrusy/spicy hops. Light bready malts.

F/M - Rather light and a little disappointing after such a great aroma profile. Light bodied, medium malt sweetness. Moderate fruity esters are more pronounced, leaving the hops and the malts in the background a bit. Medium bitterness with a clean, dry finish. Moderate carbonation.

D - Good drinkability as it is rather light in the body. Clean finish and mellow flavors make it quite easy to put down.

domtronzero, Sep 19, 2010
Photo of thagr81us
4.05/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Massive thanks to the generous BAer from Chicago (whose name escapes me at this time) for sharing this with all of the people who got there EARLY for the BA SC Release. Served from can into an 8 oz Foothills shaker. Poured golden yellow-orange with a one finger off-white head that subsided to minimal quickly. There was no apparent lacing evident. The aroma was comprised of malt, oranges, and subtle hop. The flavor was of malt and a MASSSIVE hop bitterness (probably covered up A LOT of flavors there). It was light on the palate with massive carbonation. Overall this was a very nice pale ale that almost any hop-head could truly enjoy. The massive hop bitterness might be overwhelming for most, so be forewarned, but if you like dropkick hop flavor, this is your brew. Hope to try more of this in the future.

thagr81us, Sep 02, 2010
Photo of CBlack85
4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16 oz. can into a pint glass

Pours a clear amber/orange-ish color with a huge white foamy head. The head takes its time in receding, and leaves behind a fair amount of lacing.

The nose is all hops. Mainly citrusy, but there is a fair amount of piney hops breaking through as well. Very clean and straight forward, really quite appealing. As the beer warms, I can start to detect just the smallest hint of bready malts.

The taste follows the nose in nearly every aspect. The hops steal the show, lots of grapefruit and orange zest. The piney, and slightly grassy hops follow to balance out the hop presence. Very nice. The bready malts are a little more pronounced in the flavor than in the aroma. Medium bodied and moderately carbonated. Very easy to drink.

Overall this is a terrific pale ale that is brewed more in the west coast style. Well crafted and easy to find yourself drinking a few of.

CBlack85, Aug 30, 2010
Photo of number1bum
4.2/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I love pint cans.

Pours a clear copper color with two inches of bone white head. Keeps a thin but full lace and leaves some nice webbing on the sides.

Smell is earthy, musky, and piney, with some citrus too. Hell yeah this is one hoppy pale ale nose. Clealry dry hopped and it's really nice.

Taste also features a very earthy hop flavor, with some resiny pine too and a woody sort of flavor. Not as citrusy as the aroma was. Still quite nice, just not quite at the level of the nose. Some biscuity and caramel malt balance things out.

Mouthfeel is a smooth medium body, with pretty good carbonation and a clean finish. A bit on the dry side for a pale ale.

This is a really nice pale ale, especially the nose. I wish the abundance of hop character had more fully translated to the palate because if it did this would be world class. Still a very fine pale ale and one I wish I could get more regularly.

number1bum, Aug 30, 2010
Osiris Pale Ale from Sun King Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 683 ratings.