King's India Pale Ale | King Brewing Company

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King's India Pale AleKing's India Pale Ale

Brewed by:
King Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Sixpack595 on 02-17-2003

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of oberon
3.78/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Wow a very unexpected find down here in NC this beer was hard enough to find back home,poured a deep burnt orange with fluffy,sticky white head that left globs of lace behind as it settled.Pine and grapefruit are big here in the nose this is defiently an American IPA profile going on with this beer maybe a touch of caramel in there as well.The flavors seem to fall a little flat there is some citrus and pine flavor wise but it doesnt really jump out at ya I also picked up a little caramel sweetness.A bit watery in the mouthfeel department not letting the flavors really jump out,still pleasant enough and drinkable.

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Photo of bditty187
2.68/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Tawny-amber in hue with a copper infusion; yeast sediment released from the bottle slowly clouded the liquid. It looked like a mini-sandstorm sweeping the countryside. Off-white head, frothy, at the apex the bubbles created two fingers of head. Once settled, head retention was solid; the foam slowly faded to a bubbly cap. The subsequent lacing was spotty but more organized and widespread then average. I like how this beer looks.

Hops dominate the nose but the nose isn’t dominated by hops. A nice burst of citrus zest and grapefruit rinds can be found. Plus hints of pine and oranges; the malt offers kisses of caramel and sugar. Low potency; the potential for greatness is there but, alas, the bouquet is agreeable but far from amazing. Turn up the hops! I’ve smelled hoppier APAs. Nevertheless, I am a sucker of a hoppy beers; it’s inviting… by default.

The palate is a letdown. Watery… more on that later; there is minimal bitterness. I taste pine, wood, bark; there are some citrus notes. The hops need to be brighter, louder… more bitterness would be ideal. Dry maltiness; I smelt sugar in the nose but I don’t taste any. The malt profile is a bore. Empty finish… white noise; clean with almost no aftertaste. IPAs need to have hop bitterness lingering on the tongue. I’m done here, this is a poor IPA.

Medium/medium-light in body, watery, the low carbonation doesn’t help matters. The mouthfeel is wimpy; serious work is needed. I don’t advocate cheating but steroids might be the answer.

Am I drinking water? I’ve had tap water with more bitterness! Does simplicity and ease make it drinkable? Technically, I suppose but not in my book. I have no desire to drink another. While this beer was a dud I do need to thank RedHaze for the bottle, I would have never gotten the chance to try this with out you. Thanks!

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.55/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light brown color with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of caramelized malts, hops, some citrus and a little smokiness.

T: The taste comes right at you with strong flavors of pale hops, caramel, tea and citrus. It has more of an English IPA taste to it but more flavorful than most other beers in that style, yet it’s not quite the typical American IPA hop bomb flavor either. The malt character is pretty hearty and there’s a decent balance. The after-taste is slightly bitter.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean and very dry.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent representation of style, however as I mentioned previously it seems to be more like an English IPA. It’s a decent beer overall, but it certainly wouldn’t be my first choice.

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Photo of plaztikjezuz
3.75/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

tasted at classic wines beer tasting in east lansing, michigan.

i was poured a deep copper colored sample with a thin sheet for a head.
the aroma was hoppy was a under laying tone of malt.
the flavor was hops, hops, and more hops.
in my notes i gave this an over all of 3.5, it was on the over hopped side for my tastes, i also thought maybe if they cut back on the hops more makt and yeast flavor wold come through.

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Photo of BrewMichigan
3.01/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle bought at Oliver T's.

The first thing I noticed was a five finger head. This bottle was way overcarbonated. The serving temp was 40 but still overcarbed. The apperance was the only thing that resembled an IPA. The smell was fairly weak for an IPA in my opinion. The tasted was sparkling like champagne. A side effect of the carbonation. I must have had a bad bottle because the carbonation took away from everything that could have been good about this one.

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Photo of logansboat15
3.35/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep amber with a nice foamy head that dissipates quickly, with minimal lace evident. Very rich hoppy aroma that has kick. The taste is as expected for a typical American style India Pale Ale. Decent mouthfeel and a highly drinkable brew. Ideal with any summer grilling fare. King Brewring Company is new to me, having just discovered it on the shelves at Milwaukee's Discount Liquor. I'm interested in their other styles as they become avaiable, or I'll seek them out on my summer trips to Michigan.

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Photo of SupaCelt
4/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a hazy orange tinted tan. A fine dirty white head developed and held fast for only a moment. Lacing was plentiful. There are slow moving bubbles and fast moving bubbles, but it is somewhat light on the effervescence. The nose is composed of a nice citrus quality and some less pronounced browned caramel malt tones and yeastiness. The nose is pretty subdued which is surprising. It has decent hop character, but the malt side is a little impoverished. The flavour progresses from a light fruitiness into a pronounced dry and bitter finish. The less than pungent nose almost fooled me into thinking this wasn't going to be a real IPA. I might say grapefruit type citrus as a description. The hops are killer here, it just seems like it would go from good to fabulous with a bit more sweetness. This actually is a pure representation of the style. It is good. The mouthfeel is light due to the lighter malt profile. The drinkability is good here as this is a solid IPA. There is nothing unique and spectacular. Overall, a good drinker with good flavour. Although I hate to describe beers by dropping names of other beers, this actually reminded me of a slightly less interesting Founders Centennial.

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Photo of Derek
3.17/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I sampled this at the Michigan Brewers Guild Summer Fest.

A: Golden-bronze, white head, no retention or lace.

S: Very citrusy (grapefruit), a little pine, slight pale malt.

T: Fresh/green hops (grapefruit), grainy, slight acidity. Not enough bitterness.

M: Light to moderate body and carbonation.

D: Average. It'd certainly be better with a crispier bitterness.

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Photo of Frozensoul327
2.53/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Foggy copper color with a huge head of frothy foam. High levels of carbonation, and nice lacing in the glass. A small amount of sediment lay at the bottom of the glass.

S: Light aroma, with traces of hops, and a mild grassy character. Not much else.

T: Full flavor of dry hops, mild aftertaste of sweet malt. Nuances of wet, fermenting grain and alcohol. Very one sided, with the dry hops dominating.

M: Carbonation was far too high. Otherwise it was medium light bodied and again, one dimentional on the palate.

D: One and done for me. A lacklustre representation of the style.

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Photo of gordavidson
3.41/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A- Poured kind of carefully after my over-carbonation issue with the two fisted old ale from King- I didn't know if this was a foamer too. It was. About 3/4'' of beer and the rest was head in my first pour into the glass. Way too much carbonation. It did look good though with a very nice hazy orange liquid below a monstrous white and creamy head.

S- Very earthy with some citrus hop profile. It's almost as if I am picking up some rye in this. Very interesting. A little musty. Not too bad at all, but nothing really impresses me.

T- I was initially shocked. I swear there is rye in this. Tasty. Kind of different for the style. But I am not complaining.

M- A little too foamy in the mouth. I wonder what it going on at this brewery with the carbonation. Good flavor, too much carbonation.

D- A very interesting IPA. I was initially skeptical, but by the end I was kind of impressed. Fix the carbonation issues and we may have a winner.

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Photo of mcallister
3.37/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Hmmm well it resembles an IPA. Dark amber with a slightly off white head that is full and contains big bubbles and fades away quickly leaving little lace.

Candied citrusy hop aroma with a caramel malt that is nice. Floral esters on the ending. Not an overly complex aroma but pleasant nonetheless.

The one thing going for this beer is it is nicely balance. On the other hand it's pretty straight forward and doesn't help lend a hand too you imagination. A toffee malt middle with a piney hop with slight floral flavors that leaves a chewy bitterness in the finish that isn't greatly exciting.

Worth a try but there are other fish in the sea worth acquiring.

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Photo of ypsifly
3.97/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Undated 12oz poured into a pint glass.

Somewhat hazed copper under a half inch of off white that shows decent retention. The lace is an even sheet of micro bubbles.

The nose has a good amount of citrus and pine with a touch of malty sweetness underneath. Not as bold as other offerings in this style but it shows good balance.

There is even more balance in the taste which is a nice mix of sweet malts upfront flowing seamlessly into citric hop flavor. Again, not as bold as other American IPAs. Perhaps this is more deserving being labeled as an English IPA.

Moderate mouth that benefits from the malt profile and is washed away cleanly. A solid drinker that doesn't get too bitter yet has plenty of character.

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Photo of Durge
3.66/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

An IPA with a cloudy amber color, a giant light tan head and plenty of clumpy lace. The aroma is polite citrus hop and spicey brown sugar. I get an average body feel with good carbonation and a heavy clove and minty herbal hop. There is a malty background. Kind of different, pretty drinkable, some wheat notable as you work through it. Solid IPA.

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Photo of Sixpack595
3.35/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Great looking and smelling brew, not really my cup of tea in the taste department. Nice orange-brown body with a thin layer of tan head that leave nice lacing. Hop nose is quite citrucy with a strong grapefruit aroma. Medium mouthfeel with a strong but not overpowering bitterness. Not a bad IPA.

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Photo of UnionMade
3.26/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Hazy with the yeast pour, this beer is a deep gold, topped with a modest, lasting white head. Good lacing. Mild aroma, simplistic piney hops hide in the glass. Not much else besides an underlying base pale malt presence. The flavor opens with grainy, toasty pale malt, quickly followed by agressive piney hop bitterness. Clean. Medium to full bodied. Finishes dry. Slight pear fruitiness. A minimalist IPA. Good, and drinkable, but lacking in complexity.

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.28/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The beer poured into the glass hazy amber brown with an off-white, almost tannish head, which rose tall and fell slowly as it laced the glass.

The aroma was malty with a grassy bit of lightly citrusy hops through the head. The malty aroma was mostly caramel.

The flavor was bitter with a bit or a grassy, citrusy and vegetal flavor. The beer contained some caramel malt flavor, but the odd vegetal flavor mixed with citrus really detracted.

The finish was even with a lasting bit of grassy hop flavor into the aftertaste. The body was medium but seemed very watery. A very boring IPA with something odd going on in the middle, not anything like an infection, but more like a hop flavor.

12 ounce bottle.

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Photo of RedChrome
2.95/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Aggresive pour produced a medium colored amber beer. Overflowing head took a few minutes to shrink down, Slightly above average of rising carbonation. Clumpy lace spots.

A decent citric start to the fisrt whiff. A lemon scent. As the first aromas continued in the nose a faint pine finish became evident. Further whiffs brought a more rounded light malt scent.

Very sharp bitter taste. A hint of pine develops into a blend of dirty citric taste. There is a very plastic quality that coats the back of the mouth. Nice taste notes are overpowered by the drawbacks.

Coats the mouth quite nicely. An average carbonation feel on the tongue and the edges of the cheeks.

Overall the drawbacks outweight the strengths, A good beer for a steak sandwich. Sad that the gritty plastics are too strong. If not for those flavors, this has the potentil to be a much better beer.

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Photo of proc
3.82/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

IPA's are my favorite style and this offering from King Brewing is a pretty good version. The aroma of light citrus is present along with fresh bread dough. Taste is predominantly of hops and grapefruit. Not as flavorful as a Two-Hearted or Hop Devil, but it is easy to drink. This would be a good IPA to introduce an non-IPA person to try.

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Photo of Boto
3.11/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz. bottle: This one pours a somewhat orangeish color. There was not much head on it at all. Milder hop aroma. It consists mainly of pine and some grapefuit. The taste is a bit dry. The malt is completely masked by the hops, yet there is only a minimal bitterness to the beer. Medium bodied. It is acceptable, but I wouldn’t go out of my way to buy this one.

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Photo of BeerBelcher
2.46/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

This beer was decidedly mediocre, and I can’t say I recommend it.

Appearance was a dark amber, with a minimal soapy head. Aroma was light, hoppy, and fiarly pleasant. This beer was very watery with some malty flavor and a bit of hop aftertaste. Not what I was looking for...

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Photo of sinstaineddemon
2.58/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - this IPA pours a coppery reddish color with swift moderate carbonation and a thin tan head

S - sweet grapefruit-hoppy aroma, not guite to a piney extent, a sweet aroma, nice but typical

T - wheres the hops? too much malt, very slight bitterness, the body and bite of this IPA is quite meager, leaves me wanting a stronger beer

M&D - a sharp taste, but not the quality bitters of a great IPA, and too thin bodied, needs a bitter balance

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Photo of Baileyuk
4.03/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Drank at the source on an unexpected stop at the brewery.

A - A good head and ample lacing. Dark Amber color. Not too cloudy, not clear.

S - Okay, you can smell the malt and you can tell there are hops although they are not predominent as in many IPAs.

T - More like a Pale Ale than an IPA. The hops are weak. There is an aftertaste of fruit but which one i am not sure (a little pear taste?).

M - I had it on tap, carbonation was perfect. A refreshing balanced beer.

D - Very drinkable. I stopped for a quick beer and really wanted another one.

Basically this was almost a perfect example of a plae ale, not enough hops for me to compete with a lot of IPAs.

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Photo of alexgash
3.03/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Hazy, deep orange copper body with a finger of whipped, yeast-flecked, dirty cream colored head. Toffee and fruit malt aromas underneath pine and citrus hops. Yeasty overtones. Toasted grain flavors up front. Sharp metallic, slightly astringent hop bitterness follows. Strong piny and herbal hop bitterness overpowers a weak, fruit and malt base. Bitter, yeasty finish. Medium body with a slightly creamy feel. Could use a little work.

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Photo of jp32
2.8/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

This one pours a nice copper color, with a HUGE mountain of foam. I've never seen a beer foam up into such an enormous head in my life. The head has a nice tan/orange color to it. The beer smells sweet and fruity. The taste is quite heavy in the sour citrus fruits department. Almost overpowering at first, but it does relax and become tasty midway through. The mouthfeel is moderate to medium bodied, yet way too foamy. Even when I take a sip from the bottle, it suddenly gets incredibly foamy. Geez, the foamy layer across the top of the beer sticks around for the entire glass, and its so thick you cant really even budge it. Its like having wet snow setting on top of your brew. Its good, but a little too much. Makes it difficult to drink. Maybe something went wrong in the carbonation process.

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King's India Pale Ale from King Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.29 out of 5 with 24 ratings