Osiris Pale Ale | Sun King Brewing Company

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224 Reviews
Osiris Pale AleOsiris Pale Ale

Brewed by:
Sun King Brewing Company
Indiana, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Photo of RyanPoff
4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap BWW in Indy.

A: clear effervescent bronze with only about half a finger of non retaining head. Good but needs more head.

S: Mix of piney and floral hops with fruit. Great smell for a pale ale.

T: Moderate hop bite up front with tangy fruit notes. Malty breadiness on back end.

M: fresh and peppy and light

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Photo of Cozuma
3.94/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a half gallon growler picked up at the brewery in downtown Indy, Light amber with a very nearly white head that remains strong through the first several sips. Pineapple is the biggest aroma that jumps to me with some earthy floral tones that come afterwards. Flavor profile starts with the pineapple and fades to a sort of mild biscuit with some bitterness. Nice drinkable slightly bitter pale ale, not sure it's worth the $12.99 for four pints but the $5 growler is hard to argue with. I'd recommend if you are looking for some mild bitterness but easily drinkable, the pineapple is pretty forward, so forward in fact I have a hard time picking up other notes but that isn't a bad thing!

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Photo of ktenneydenver
3.65/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

This is a pretty nice beer. I love the sixteen ounce cans. Very interesting artwork. We can now get this in Denver pretty regularly. Can dated March 5th, so pretty fresh for coming from the Midwest. Perfect beer for mowing the lawn. Not overly hopped as some of the American Pale Ales tend to be these days.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.15/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a SK can glass. Clear amber color, topped with an inch or so of frothy white head that soon sank to a wispy layer of bubbles; minor lacing. Bland aroma, malts and dried citrus pith, toasted grains. Taste was light, mildly bitter, floral and earthy notes, with a little citrus pith, off-balanced by toasty grains and sweet malts. Light-medium body, moderate carbonation. Decent, but really no hero among the multitude of pale ales out there. I'm not really interested in trying it again.

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Photo of spoony
3.82/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

From a 16 oz can into a nonic.

A-A normal pour produces almost two fingers of eggshell-colored foam. Retention is decent at nearly two minutes, but lacing is spotty. The beer is nearly clear with just a slight chill haze. Color is orange-golden.

S-The smell is a pleasant, but mundane, mixture of slightly grassy and citrusy hops, on the one hand, and toasty/biscuity malts, on the other hand. As the beer warms, I smell a bit more light fruit.

T-The taste is similar to the smell with light citrus and grassy notes balancing against mild malt flavors of biscuit and white-bread crust. The beer is on the dryer side of things, but a bit of sweet fruit creeps in every now and again. The whole package is smooth but a bit, uh, boring.

M-The feel is medium to lighter in body with an average level of carbonation. Very drinkable.

O-This beer is a good looker and drinks pretty well, but the smell and taste are a little underwhelming. It is not that the beer tastes or smells bad, but it is a bit boring. I could use a little more hops to liven things up or some malt to add depth and character. I won't go searching this out again, but I would drink another if somebody had one laying around.

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Photo of Beaver13
2.93/5  rDev -26%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

16 oz can. Pours clear golden orange with a creamy white head that retains well and leaves some lacing.

The aroma is sweet biscuity malts with some earthy, fruity hops.

The flavor is biscuity malts with some spicy grassy hops and a little fruit. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, OK biscuity pale ale with decent hops.

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Photo of minterro
3.59/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bought at Colorado Liquor Mart on Colorado Ave in Denver

Poured into a pint glass

A&S: Very lively transparent copper colored beer. Bright white colored head that pour about a half a finger. Not a very power as far a aroma is considered but it consists of citrus hops, mild grains, and sugary sweetness.

T&M: Pretty bland. Modest levels of citrus hops upfront, some fruity tones midway toward the finish. Crisp mild bitterness. Light bodied, sharp carbonation. Very drinkable

Overall: Not really impressed (I liked it better than Wee Mac though). Not only am I a little disappointed by this beer, but I'm not super impressive by this company. So far has not left me with a good impression. For sure not worth over 12 bucks for a 4-pack of pint cans, kinda disappointed with the purchase.

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Photo of chugalug06
3.4/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Large tight white foamy head is slow to develop, but rises fast once legs are gathered. Decent head retention. Brew is orange with nice clarity. Not much lacing.

Grainy, earthy, dirty, orange, moderately floral, kinda lackluster.

Crisp, clean, short flavors, thin, wet, earthy, not much bitterness, carbonation is low and on point. Flavors all kinda blend together, nice, I guess. Not much resin or pine. Reminds me of a British Pale Ale, not an American.

Osiris is a good brew, but by no means should be sought after. It's very down the middle and kinda disappointing. I expected Sunking to rock this brew and take a stance with hops. Hard for me to give this one a high(er) rating. It's good, but if I don't have it again, oh well.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

light bright pale ale in a pint can from sun king. pale in color, really light for the style, with an average white head with good lace. smells like citrusy hops more than anything else, but appears to be in pretty good balance overall, with a lighter malt profile that may even include some pilsener malts. snappy hops on the first sip, again, light and fruity, but definitely hop forward, American style all the way. the ale yeast is interesting too, contributes quite a bit of flavor, some soapy stuff, and maybe even some body in this rather light pale ale. fresh flavor, refreshing and satisfying, but not overly interesting outside of the semisweet citrus hop flavor. well carbonated and easy drinking, the pint can is good size. it doesn't distinguish itself from the crowd to me at all, but it tastes pretty good, and drinks nice and easy, I would happily drink this again, but if I don't, I wont miss it either. one of those.

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Photo of GilGarp
4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pint-sized can served cold into an imperial pint glass.

Osiris is a pale golden orange color with great clarity. The head is thick at first but settles quickly with some spotty lace left behind.

Aroma is hoppy and fresh but not overly big. Then again, it is labeled a pale ale. Some sweet citrus and pine.

Flavor is well balanced but leaning towards the bitter. It has a mild malt base that provides some sweetness up front. Then it gets a little bitter as the hops come forward towards the middle. It finishes piney and crisp.

Mouthfeel is medium-light in body and nicely carbonated.

Overall a really solid pale ale. Not really the "west coast" style it claims to be but good nonetheless.

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.16/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

16oz can $2.99. Bright orange color, fizzy, ok head. Smell is malt, honey, very little hops. Flavor has some hops that show up with bitterness and a touch of citrus but nothing too crazy. Not a bad pale ale and kind of reminds me of Dale's but I really wish brewers would stop calling their pales and IPA's west coast. They are almost never comparable to what comes out of California. Just stop, its false advertising.

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Photo of Treebs
3.24/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

16 oz. can served in a Kuhnhenn snifter. Big thanks to my mom for picking me up a 4-pack on her recent trip through Indy.

A: Pours a clear orange color with a thin, wispy white head forming on the pour. it recedes to a thin ring that leaves some minor splotches of lace down the glass.

S: Light grass on the nose with some mild citrus. Some fruity berry, akin to strawberries as you pass by them in the grocery store. Very faint, but you can pick them out. Light cracker malts with a touch of stale bread.

T: Lots of bready malts with the same light strawberry note coming through. A little sweet, but slightly watered down with a touch of grassy.

M: Light bodied with a medium carbonation level. A little bland on the finish.

O: This was alright. Decent enough to drink and it'd make a fine camping beer, but it's pretty bland and forgettable overall.

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Photo of icehawk
3.93/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Can (thanks stfun)

Aroma: Citrus, bread

Appearance: Gold/amber with creamy white head

Taste: A bit sweat, no bitterness

Palate: Medium mouthfeel, fairly lively, smooth citrusy finish

Overall: Extremely tasty pale ale with IPA characteristics.

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Photo of dcall384
5/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This was a really nice APA. Went down smooth with just the right amount of bitter after taste. Had a nice hoppy and citrus flavor, but not too overpowering where it would kill your taste buds. Had a nice lace pattern to it and a nice golden orange color. The smell was a nice blend of hops and citrus. Overall, just a great beer.

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Photo of beatenbyjacks
4.33/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Wow was this a fun surprise in a beer trade. This beer had amazing carbonation. Beautiful yellow orange color to it. Strong citrus smell up front and a great malty backbone. Extremely well balanced. Neither too much hops or malt. So much flavor. Very smooth and great feel to the beer. Easy to drink and well done. Look forward to more Sun king. Great pale ale that is easy to drink.

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Photo of becktone
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Eye: Golden hued in color, standard. Even with a vigorous pour the head didn't stick around that long on this one, could be the glass though. Clear, but not crystal clear. The head that it holds is more of a thin blanket of foam. Carbonation appears to be low and this beer doesn't look all that lively.

Nose: Floral and citrus hop forward. Smells like a classic APA should. Lightly toasted malt in the background adds some backbone to this beer.

Tongue: Right up front the flavor is of hops and a little bit of hop bitterness. Malt supports all this. As one begins to swallow this beverage bittering hops come out quite a bit more and the medium body and "heaviness" of the malt is scrubbed away by carbonation. Carbonation doesn't get in the way of the flavor or body of this beer. Upfront it seems low, but once it starts to go down the throat it livens up on the middle of the tongue cleaning the palate. Flavor profile finishes with very nice citrus-grapefruit-lime hop character. Body is medium, perhaps a bit heavier that I would have liked, but it works well.

Drinkability: This is a beed I'd not hesitate to drink again. Definitely a nice change of pace from what is available to me in the Cincinnati area.

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Photo of UncleBart91
3.74/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

App: golden ginger, like a sun burnt ginger kid

smell: bitter malt with sweet undertones of maybe banana???

taste: a great bitter beginning with ripe barley after tones, I'm left with a tangerine after taste. pretty tasty!

feeling: pretty bitter in the beginning, but wares off with a delicate crisp feeling afterward

overall: good beer, much better at the sun king tap room, my favorite house beer they brew

a 317 original...gotta love SUN KING!

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Photo of rlee1390
4.09/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Clear yellow orange, not much carbonation and one finger head.

S-Citrus hops, some tropical notes, along with malt, nice balance.

T-Starts with malt/caramel/bread ends with mild citrus notes and bitterness.

M-Medium bodied, nice carbonation crisp.

O-A solid APA, however it is hard to tell when it was canned. A fresh one is always worth a try.

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Photo of maxwelldeux
4.11/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Can. Pours a slightly hazy dark golden color with a moderate pillowy white head. Nose is actually quite hoppy - there are some nice floral elements to it that really come through. Taste isn’t too bitter, but has a nice hoppy floral taste to it. Very easy drink.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.64/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the 2013 Firestone Walker Invitational held at the Paso Robles Event Center in Paso Robles, CA.

Pours a clear orange with a foamy orange-white head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus fruit, and citrus zest aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus zest flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that smells better than it tastes.

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Photo of ruckus232
4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

16 Ounce silver/white can poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Medium transparency with a dark yellow and a good amount of white head.

Smell: Slightly sweet fruity scent with a little bit of a citrus hop smell.

Taste: More bitterness then the smell might indicate but it is not overpowering. It has a nice combination of sweetness and hoppy bitterness.

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Photo of inlimbo77
3.79/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

16oz can, can't read the date or writing on the bottle of can
Riedel tulip

A: Pours a fairly clear orange color. Tons of carbonation. Three fingers fluffy white head. Sticks around a while. Sticky lacing.

S: Grassy grainy malts. Light citrus like hops. It's a pale ale. Nothing really special about the nose.

T: Light hop bitterness in the tip of the tongue. Bright citrus flavors from the hops. Mid palate is grassy grainy malts to mesh with the lighter hops. Pretty clean. Dry crisp refreshing finish.

M: Light medium bodied.

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Photo of DapperGrowler
3.63/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This was not what I was expecting. I thought it would be some magical citrus experience. I honestly felt that the beer was watery. It could have been an old can.

A: golden hazy
S: citra hops
T: balanced malt and hops
M: this is my biggest problem with this; it just seemed watery.

This beer has received many good reviews, I will have to try again sometime.

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Photo of MNishCT77
3.29/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

16 oz. can purchased in the greater Washington D.C. area, unknown birth date (there's some scribble on the bottom that I cannot decipher) poured into a DFH modified chalice, drank 4/3/13 over one hour.

A: 4.5 - nice golden coloration, good clarity with no hop haze (can mentions that it's dry hopped), white two finger head lingers into a half finger for the remainder of the session, small bubbles pouring off the bottom of the glass throughout, mild alcohol legs

S: 3 - after reading the can and appreciating that they are from IN (home of the 3Fs Hop Lorts), I was expecting a hop forward offering...I picked up little hop aroma at all; if anything, the aroma is biscuity/bready; I waited and waited...let it warm...there's nothing hoptacular happening in the aroma to these nostrils

T: 3.25 - overall meh; little bitterness and flavor overall...bready backbone predominates, definitely sessionable but is this what they were going for

M: 3 - again, an average pale ale mouthfeel; the good carbonation salvages it

O: 3.5 - why 90+ ratings? I was expecting it's cross-state cousin Zombie Dust and got slapped by bland...here's to hopping that I just got an old can (doubtful though...)

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Photo of jacewg
4.22/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Deep gold in color. Really nice, long lasting head. Good looking beer. Appears to have really nice carbonation.

Aroma: Nice hoppy aroma. Big citrus, tangerine notes. Underlying sweet pale malts with a bit of toasty grain presence. Nice hop/malt balance.

Taste: Very nice and balanced. Citrus is the star of the show again, which works for me. Light bodied with a lifting carbonation. Hops linger on the palate. Long, dry finish. Malt balances but never takes over. Hop forward.

Mouthfeel: Spot on. Well carbonated which lifts the hops off the palate. Very light bodied, true to pale ale style.

Overall: More pale ales need to follow suit. Nicely balanced, but with the hops at the forefront. Can format is nice. Could down several of these easily in one sitting. Nicely done.

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Osiris Pale Ale from Sun King Brewing Company
3.96 out of 5 based on 859 ratings.
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