Sun King / Three Floyds Royal Brat | Sun King Brewing Company

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Sun King / Three Floyds Royal BratSun King / Three Floyds Royal Brat

Brewed by:
Sun King Brewing Company
Indiana, United States

Style: Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.70%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Brace yourself for the extreme quaffability, severe mellowness, and aggressive tenderness in this loving embrace between two of Indiana’s most celebrated breweries. Brewers from Sun King and Three Floyds came together to produce this belligerently sessionable English-Style Best Bitter, brewed to celebrate the Sun King CANvitational.

55 IBU

Added by MSandahl23 on 10-03-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

poured cold from the can on a snowday directly after shoveling the drive to a three floyd's shaped imperial pint glass a crisp, translucent light copper wiih a 1/2 finger, long lasting, big bubbled off white head

aroma of grassy hops and perhaps a bit of burnt toffee in the wayback.

medium bodied, big carbonation, creamy smooth with a subtle hop bite.

nicely balanced, seriously drinkable, subtle grassy hops with a caramel-y malt after.


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look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Of course the tabloid savvy news of British royalty producing offspring would hit their key demographics- the bearded, grungy, earthy brewers of American craft beers. To mark the occasion, Sun King teams up with Three Floyds for a uniquely ordinary British-style ale.

Dark bronze in its color, the ale pours with spectacular clarity and a delicate creamy head. Bone white in its hue, the head slowly recedes to a film across the surface, all the while spattering the class with broken lace. The ale certainly carries a cask-like appearance through and through.

Somewhat nutty in its scent, the ale kicks off with a dry toffee aromas and medium toasty notes. Grassy and woodish tones emerge from the hop side and balance the malts with ease. With no prominent esters to mention, the scent is clean and dedicated to the dialogue of malt and hops. Lightly sulfury and metal-like, these attributes reinforce a notion of crispness and snappiness.

As projected, the taste of toffee, toast and nuts are well represented but without the sweetness that normally accompanies toffee. Its toasted cracker-like taste is easily matched with grassy hop taste and broad spicy bitterness to end the session. Its middle is lightly cola-like with a nod to chocolate undertones. That hop bitterness in finish is assisted with a light plaster-like taste and with an iron-like snap.

Its crisp and clean body quickly sheds any would-be sweetness in order to prefer a dry malt taste right from the onset. Soon after the creaminess of carbonation subsides, the beer lightens considerably at the risk of watering in the middle but with the reward of a crisp and hoppy whack of dryness to close.

Its easy to simply give the beer extra consideration because of the noble style that it represents and because of the best Indiana breweries who brewed it. But the ale lacks the "English" yeast character that would easily curtail the beer's overly simplistic balance and its wavering middle palate.

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16oz can poured into a pint glass

A- A mostly clear amber colored beer. An off white head.

S- A light hoparoma but a subtle nose. A hint of nuttiness and a crisp malt profile.

T- The beer starts out with a crisp malt presence. An oily, but sharp hop presence. A touch of nuttiness and a hint of dark caramel. The hops are crisp with traces of lemongrass and onion. Tastes like a pale ale with brown ale notes.

M- A modest mouthfeel but very nice for the ABV. Good carbonation and rather refreshing.

O- A very nice beer, refreshing and unique. A tad pricey but worth checking out.

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Sun King / Three Floyds Royal Brat from Sun King Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.72 out of 5 with 39 ratings