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Blood Ov The Kings | Local Option

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Brewed by:
Local Option
Illinois, United States

Style: American Pale Wheat Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
At the peak of summer 1631 King Gustavus Adolphus led thousands of Swedish troops into Northern Germany. Following the destruction and subsequent plundering of Brandenburg Adolphus’ army marched through the endless wheat fields en route to Bavaria. Brewed with copious amounts of red wheat, Blood ov the Kings is aromatically driven by bread, biscuit and notes of exotic fruit. Hazy and medium bodied the beer has a rich and creamy mouth feel with a dry, bitter, and slightly sweet finish. Unbound by the Reinheitsgebot Blood ov the Kings would certainly have been the vital fluid of victory for the Swedish monarch as he spilled blood across the wheat fields of Northern Europe.

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Ratings: 190 |  Reviews: 42
Reviews by beerhawk41:
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3.5/5  rDev -2%

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Photo of Tone
3.46/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy, maize color. 1/2 inch head of a white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of wheat, sweet malt, pale malt, hops, and earthy malt. Fits the style of an American Pale Wheat Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of earthy malt, sweet malt, pale malt, hops, and wheat. Overall, great appearance, but the earthy malt dominates all aspects of the beer even though it is supposed to be a Wheat.

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Photo of oberon
3.48/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a weizen glass a dull lighter amber with a thinner white head atop.Dark wheat aromas pretty strong in fact with some mellow melon underneath.Strong dark wheat flavors with subtle fruitiness,unlike any wheat ale German or otherwise I have had really.Hmm not horrible but not something I would look out for to buy again.

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3/5  rDev -16%

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3.75/5  rDev +5%

Photo of andyfrancis
3.86/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a stemless wine glass. Cloudy, copper-amber with thin, tan eggshell head.

Earthy and floral hop notes up front, underlying fruit combined with sweet biscuity malt.

If I had been blindfolded, I would have sworn it was a red ale. Initial rush culminates with a bite of carbonation on your tongue over a constant biscuit malt undertone. For better or worse, very reminiscent of Fat Tire.

Lighter bodied than expected with a surprisingly dry, crisp finish. Very slight lingering bitter and sweet.

I'm not sure what's going on with Local Option in terms of business and distribution. I thought of them as a Chicago based boutique, but I bought this bottle in San Francisco, and its label says it came from Maryland. Whatever the case, I'm glad to be able to get them out here.

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3/5  rDev -16%

Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Hazy tea color, brownish amber lightly tan tinted head, head is rocky and persistent
S: Floral fresh cut grass and big mustiness on the nose.
T: Big fruity palate with a suggestion of peach or apricot. There is more hop bitterness in the foam than in the body, the hops are above average but are nicely balanced by the malt. Bitterness is citrus rind – pithy – but there is an earthiness in there as well.
F: There is a slightly above medium body with the wheat ale body, carbonation is above average
O: A refreshing, easy to drink American pale Wheat Ale.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.3/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 500 ml bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a deep and hazy amber red. Moderate amount of bubbles and a solid finger of off white head which settles into a thin creamy patch.

Smell: An earthy and bready malt driven aroma with a scent of caramel, wheat, and biscuit. Red malt scent of caramel, toffee, wheat, grains, and biscuit with yeast. Earthy hop scent of grass and pine. Citrus hints of grapefruit, orange peel, and mango. Hints of candied sugar. A pretty solid aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, an earthy and bready malt forward taste with notes of caramel, wheat, and biscuit. Good malt notes of caramel, toffee, wheat, grains, and biscuit with some yeast. Earthy hop notes of grass, pine, and spice. Subtle citrus fruit notes of grapefruit, orange peel, and mango. Also some notes of candied sugar and pepper. A pretty good taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Creamy and smooth.

Overall: A pretty nice Red Wheat Ale. Good sweet red malt notes with some nice juicy hops.

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Photo of chinchill
3.7/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500 ml bottle.
Deep amber, clear body.
Flavor: moderately strong for style; good balance; malt forward. Hops come out in the finish and aftertaste. Fine bitter sweet balance.

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Photo of mtpHokie
3.5/5  rDev -2%

Photo of Zonian1
3.75/5  rDev +5%

Photo of ianjsullivan
3.75/5  rDev +5%

Photo of acurtis
3/5  rDev -16%

Photo of andrew8626
3.33/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Gonzoillini
3.5/5  rDev -2%

Photo of markcp
3/5  rDev -16%

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.07/5  rDev -14%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

500 mL bottle poured into a tulip.

Appearance - Very murky dark orange. Big off white head. Good retention with a decent layer of foam.

Smell - Some citrus hop, but it's got a lot of malt. Deep caramel. Some grain. A toasty aroma, too.

Taste - Toasty malt is dominant here as well. Citrus hop is again faint, but present. Almost a burnt caramel flavor in the back. Grainy and a minimal bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Smooth textured. Medium carbonation. Creamy body.

Overall - It's growing on me. Nothing wrong with it. Uninspired maybe, but a decent pale.

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3/5  rDev -16%

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3/5  rDev -16%

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3.5/5  rDev -2%

Photo of morimech
3.52/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Dark amber with and orange hue. A dense two finger head forms and slowly settles to a thick cap. Heavy lacing is left down the glass.

Aroma of tropical fruit, bread, and grain.

Fruity flavor up front with notes of orange, grapefruit, and mango. Surprising bitterness in the finish with and aftertaste of orange pith.

A bit overcarbonated but otherwise has a solid, somewhat full texture.

Just an above average beer. Nothing about wheat spoke to me. Tasted like a hoppy amber ale. I wonder what this would of tasted like if they used a weizen yeast?

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3.72/5  rDev +4.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +5%

Photo of GRG1313
3/5  rDev -16%

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Blood Ov The Kings from Local Option
Beer rating: 3.57 out of 5 with 190 ratings