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 smakawhat
4.09/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very pretty golden bronze orange amber, practically textbook, with a very crystal clear appearance. Carbonation is very easy to see, some fast, some slow, head is about only a finger and a half tall but made with very tiny bubbles and has a real nice creamy retention. It's a real impressive looking brew.

Real nice mix of fleshy orange citrus sensing hop smells. Light sweet malts seem to come in a bit, but there's a light toasty little grain as well. The citrus angle is quite dominant and very flavorful. Real solid smelling brew.

Hop forward with a very light malt body, and almost crisp feeling character. Good woody pine sense of hop with the citrus angle slowly dissapearing. Very light bodied but true to pale ale style, with a bit of stinging large hop presence. Bready toast flavors come out more often as the brew warms up which is a nice compliment.

Overall a real solid hop forward pale ale.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.03/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Straight out the can at Canfest. Light orange/auburn color, nice color. Pretty mild hop aroma coming out of it. Some sweet lightly buttered malt aroma.

Taste, pretty ho hum. Hopping not anything to write home about. Malt sweetness is fairly middle of the road. A little metallic with its bitterness. Some caramel and toffee, makes me think of that caramel corn stuff you get in cracker jacks. Still underwhelmed by the hops, whether it be the aroma, taste or mouthfeel, they just come off as a Midwestern Germanic stab at a pale ale instead of it being an American or West Coast hoppy pale, which the latter is generally preferred these days and with this taster.

It did not go easy on the bitterness, but it just obscured a lot I'm guessing. I think they sent some old cans to Canfest, like many of the breweries did.

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Photo of milliCAN
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On-tap poured into a pint glass.

An awesome one finger or so bright white headshot clings to the glass as you drink.

It's a little tame on the nose but it's got a nice hint of floral hops.

The initial taste is hop forward but immediately is balanced perfectly with a refreshing sweetness that gets exponentially more drinkable as the pint diminishes. Son of a bitch, what a damn good drinkable beer. Nice job, SK!

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Photo of iabeerbaron
3.53/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My first trip to Indy was a few years ago during the Big 10 basketball tournament and one of the most memorable parts of that trip was a visit to the brand new Sun King brewery (www.sunkingbrewing.com). What made this place stick out to me was that they were just starting out and happened to be having a tasting event that day. For $10 we got 10 tickets, which means 10 drinks, as well as the opportunity to sit and visit or look around the brewery. As people were leaving they would give us their tickets which meant more beers for us. Needless to say, we got a little bit of buzz going but I remember the beers being very good.

Sun King doesn’t distribute outside of Indiana, yet, but my brother-in-law would bootleg Sun King products back to Iowa when they would return home to visit. Osiris isn’t a pale ale that is lighter in flavor, this pale ale bites back a bit with a nice resinous hop presence followed by some sweetness to balance it out.

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Photo of santa216
4.11/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Deep orange, amber color with a short lasting, white head. Clarified and very appealing.

Smell: Strong west coast, hop-forward presence. Smells primarily of grapefruit but some other citrus flavors are present as well as pine.

Taste: Definitely a hopped-up American pale ale that some may argue borders in the IPA range as far as hoppiness goes. A malt backbone is noticeable but not dominating. It consists of bready/toasty flavors yet the citrus hops are the star of the show in this beer. As the beer warms up, caramel notes become noticeable.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with an appropriate carbonation level. Very easy-drinking.

Overall: This is my go-to pale ale. Nothing significantly mind-blowing about it, just a solid beer that I can drink all day. The hop flavor is enough to satisfy any hophead yet there is s till a solid malt backbone to keep it balanced, even at 50 IBUs.

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

(Served in a nonic)
A- This beer pours a crystal clear slightly dense yellow with a gentle carbonation of microbubbles densely packed in there and a egg shell white head of foam that breaks up.

S- The pale malt note gives way to a gentle herbal dry hop finish.

T- The green herbal hops have a slight mint quality to them that turns a bit pungent in the finish and lingers for a moment.

M- The medium mouthfeel has no alcohol heat and a gentle fizz and creamy texture.

O- This is a sessionable nice hop forward beer with good malt flavors and a nice mint hop quality in the finish. It has a nice creamy texture but the bitterness starts to grow a bit to strong in the after taste.

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Photo of PHBoiler
4.24/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Get yourself a cold can and crush this. Nice citrus and minor pine notes on the nose with a sweetness that rounds it out and makes the beer inviting. No need for a glass. Very well balanced and fresh. Just enough citrus to make it juicy and a pleasant bitterness. Quite frankly one of the better APAs in the Midwest that needs to get more attention.

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Photo of wyatt13
3.56/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another gift from my friend Chris, which he picked up in Indianapolis while driving back to college. Poured from a 16 oz. can into a pint glass.

A - Pours a butterscotch orange, with a slight haze. Minimal carbonation with a fluffy two finger head.

S - Very mild aroma, was expecting more here. Some orange, citrus and pine, with a hint of maltiness as well.

T - Starts with some nice citrus and hops and finishes dry with some bread-like characteristics. Maybe some caramel in there as well.

M - A medium - full feel for me, more heft than anticipated.

O - Extremely drinkable, if a little tame. Overall solid for a flagship, but its no Alpha King. Thanks again, Chris!

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Photo of CASK1
4.17/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got a can as an extra in a BBB sour beer swap - thanks Luke! Poured to a tulip.

Pours a deep amber with good clarity, decent bone-white head with mediocre retention. Aroma is hop forward with intense tangerine, orange, and low notes of lemon and pine. Low bready malt aroma. Flavor follows the aroma - medium-high hop bitterness and strong flavors of citrus and tropical fruit courtesy of the hops. Low piney hops in the background. Low bread malt flavor with sweet caramel undertones. Medium-high, mouth-filling carbonation is quite refreshing. Low alcohol warmth, a bit high for this style. Dry, slightly astringent finish from the hops. A somewhat aggressive and very interesting take on the APA style. Nice beer!

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Photo of liamt07
3.86/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Can from CWBlues, thanks a bunch Cy! 16oz can into a tulip.

Filtered orange, with a nice dense cap of white head. Good lace and a whole load of retention. Nose has some floral and citrus notes, with some lightly grassy and pine hop notes over a bit of pale malt.Taste has more of the grassy/herbal/citrus hop mix going on, some toasty bready pale malt and a bit of malt sweetness. Bitterness is mild. Lighter medium body and on the slightly higher-than-medium side in terms of carbonation. Quite drinkable with some good flavour. A solid flagship pale.

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Photo of ThePorterSorter
3.88/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks zach for this beer...
The beer pours a clear amber with a generous white foamy head that laces poorly. The nose is disappointing, although it has a slightly floral hoppiness and nectar sweetness. The taste is just as mild as the nose presenting a bouquet of juicy hops and has a semi-sweet, light bodied mouthfeel with a hint of bitterness in the finish. It's one of the easiest drinking APAs I've had...no wonder it's not my favorite. Overall, this beer is quite balanced and refreshing to drink. However, it's probably a one and done for me.

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Photo of TotallyHosed
4.23/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The appearance is one of the best aspects of this brew. The head is bright white, but only a finger thick and quickly recedes to a thin even layer. There is heavy lacing left on the sides of the glass. The color is a clear orange amber. I can see several columns of bubbles rising to the top.

The smell is two-dimensional, which is what I would expect from a good pale ale. This brew strikes an excellent balance between hop and malt aromas. The hop aroma is definitely on the citrus end of the spectrum and reminds me of orange and lemon zest. The malt aroma is like caramel and lightly roasted malts.

The taste begins with orange and grapefruit like citrus. There are some toasted bread flavors in the middle which are overcome by bitterness. The bitterness does not linger strong, because the finish is has a nice balance between the malt backbone and hop bitterness. The aftertaste is great and remains balanced. It tempts you into drinking more.

The feel is light to medium and very little carbonation is detected. There is a very light presence of oil that coats the mouth. Although this might be the fatty lunch I just had.

This is one of my favorite pale ales out there. The balance in the nose and flavor is my idea of excellent execution. At the stated ABV I wouldn't call this a session brew, but it's very difficult to have only one. I'm glad to have relatives in Indy, so I can always have a chance to visit Sun King.

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Photo of Vonerichs
4.2/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep yellow, clear body, and a tall dense white head.

Smells of orange peel and light lemon with grainy malt.

Aggressively hopped with good malt backbone. Citrus hops and grain, slightly bitter.

Really clean mouthfeel if not a little oily. Medium light body and very drinkable.

It's a really outstanding pale ale and canned in a tall boy at that.

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Photo of macrosmatic
4.32/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes. Poured from 16 oz. can into pint glass.

A: Pours a deep yellow to light gold, with a two-finger white head that settles to foam. Decent visible carbonation.

S: Bright orange/citrus aroma, some flower & pine hops also.

T: Hoppy up front (following the nose), although a little muted compared to aroma. Then biscuity malt & sweetness.

M: Tends towards a lighter mouthfeel, nice amount of carbonation. Pithy hop hang. Minimal alcohol presence.

O: Definitely a really nice hoppy pale ale. A very well done beer!

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Photo of 4balance
4.08/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

16 oz. can courtesy of DSho. Pours a gorgeous golden amber with 1 finger of foamy white head that keeps a nice cap until the end along with a fair amount of sticky lacing.

Aroma is hops up front, citrus and floral.

Taste is a multitude of hops along with some sweet citrus notes, spice, malt and toasty bread with no alcohol presence.

Mouthfeel is crisp and light, somewhat dry, good carbonation with a smooth creamy finish.

Overall this is so drinkable, would be easy to knock back quite a few on any given day. Very well balanced, highly recommended. Cheers ~

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Photo of emerge077
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Saturated sunset in the tropics orange, high clarity, speckled lace all around the glass, and a decent head when first poured.

Some orange peel and floral notes, seems like Cascade or maybe Centennial.

Lightly malty with a citrusy edge, moderately bitter with a smooth feel to it. Light to medium bodied with a easygoing level of carbonation, finishes dry with lingering herbal bitterness. Mellow and sessionable, solid go-to beer when in Indy.

Thanks Howard for the hook up!

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Photo of largadeer
3.86/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Clear burnished copper body topped by a finger of frothy foam. Looks like a pale ale.

Smell: A blast of ambiguous citrus as soon as I pop the can. Further inspection reveals a slight vegetal and grass note that's inoffensive. Once in the glass, the bready malt backbone comes out a bit more. It's not terribly aromatic or exciting, but it's appealing enough.

Palate: Decently hoppy with a moderate level of bitterness. Flavors of orange pith and grapefruit are dominant, and there's a slightly astringent herbal-vegetal note that trails behind. Slightly mineral/metallic mid-palate. Malt is barely noticeable, and the body feels a bit thin. The finish is largely bitter, though there's a dash of bready malt.

Overall: Nothing exceptional here, but certainly solid stuff. I'd gladly drink it again.

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

Thanks to adamdd for this can.

Beautifully clear amber in color with a nice off-white, sticky head of foam on top. Grapefruit and pine combine in the aroma and give an almost tropical feel with a sense of pineapple. The taste is similar and quite juicy in complexion. Some spice appears and the malts balance, coming off as bread sticks in flavor. It's a little sweeter than I expected, but not a negative at all. Quite nice and refreshing. Crisp, clean and easy-drinking. I could session this beer, if paced properly, and not get sick of it at all. What a nice rendition of an APA.

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Photo of suspect
3.88/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16oz can into a Samuel Adams Perfect Pint glass. Thanks to mordormongo for the midwest hookup.

A: Crystal clear light copper color. Relatively aggressive pour leads to a thick, sticky two finger head that takes a long time to disappear and even then there seems to be a thin ring of head until it was about halfway gone. Lacing is consistent and plentiful.

S: Not a lot going on in the nose. Some hop floral notes and some malt sweetness, but overall, pretty mild.

T: Follows the nose for the most part but there is some extra hop flavor and subsequent malt balance to go along with it. Not an overwhelming flavor. One thing I find nice is the lingering aftertaste that makes me want to turn this into a sipper.

M: Nice finish, dry up front, creamy at the end. Ample levels of fizzy.

O: A good overall beer but not one that blows me away. It's unfair that this has to live in the Zombie Dust category but I think it can hang with all of the other Pale Ales. It's good and it's a pretty easy drinker.

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Photo of MortarPestle
4.35/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear light amber that forms a nice head that has good retention and provides tons of lacing.
Aroma: The hops are front and center; floral, grass and pink grapefruit.
Taste: Hops bitterness hits you first; floral, citrus and woodsy, then sweet fruit and french toast from the malt.
Drinkability: I like to keep a can on hand and well chilled.
Notes: Served in a pint glass.

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Photo of LiquidBread219
3.25/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Golden honey hue with a big steady head and nice lacing

S: In the nose I picked up really faint scents of grapefruit, lemon,and maybe a little bit of pine.

T: Taste was rated a little higher because the scents from the nose came out a little more but still pretty weak IMO you mainly get a little bite of grapefruit, with some lemon and a little bit of a earthy feel to it.

F: Good Carbonation, medium bodied.

O: Overall, I'm glad I finally got to try some Sun King it's been hard for me to find. I thought it was a little overpriced it was like $10 for a 4pk. I thought the three beers I sampled from them where pretty basic. I would however pick up a 4pk or some singles when I'm Indy.

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Photo of WoodBrew
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First experience with SunKing, and I will be trying more of their variety's. This reminded me a lot of Alpha King. Awesome amber color with a nice head that stays around awhile. Powerful smells of citrus. Great flavor. Citrusy with nice hops. Very well balanced beer. I think I might actually prefer this to Alpha King, but I'd have to try them side by side to be sure.

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Photo of indytdmiller
4.68/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Looks great! Kind of a dark blonde with a touch of orange. Nice white head on top that sticks around for a few minutes.

Smells of citrus with a underlying malty sweetness.

Well balanced APA with a nice punch of citrus-y hops and a malt backbone that keeps up with the bitterness. Very drinkable.

Medium bodied with a slight carbonic bite.

A really good, drinkable APA. Could definitely see myself drinking a lot of this over the next few months.

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Photo of Florida9
4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear golden amber in color. Forms a very large light khaki colored head. Excellent retention and lots of lacing. Fairly aromatic with notes of grain, citrus, a bit of pine and some light floral qualities. Taste is very fine, slight caramel malts, pine, and a bit of grapefruit. On the lighter side of medium. Mild bitterness. Easy drinker.

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Photo of stakem
3.95/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cheers and a big thanks to Kegatron for the random gifting of this pint sized can. Much appreciated my friend! Poured into a pub glass, this brew appears a clear copper color with more than 2 fingers worth of slightly off-white uneven froth. Rising bubbles of carbonation maintain the layering atop this brew for a pretty decent duration and as it slowly recedes, it leaves patches of lacework on the glass.

The aroma of this brew is quite floral and fruity. Around the edges are some minty hints of herbs and citrus rind. This isn't a bold smelling offering but what is emitting from my glass is without flaw and super enjoyable.

The flavor of this brew is quite juicy with a fruited hop flavor that blends to more of a floral quality. A bit of pulp, rind and zesty hop elements are present but with a very low-key bitterness level. As the brew warms up, it becomes more herbal and rindy with a slight accent of bitterness and touch of alcohol. In the aftertaste is a bit of toasty grain flavoring yet it maintains a very clean and refreshing feel throughout.

This is a lighter bodied brew with a moderate amount of carbonation. This is a very clean and enjoyable take on a pale ale. There really isn't much to complain about here, this is all in all a solid brew. I appreciate the 16oz serving size as this brew rapidly evaporated from my glass. Thanks again Heath!

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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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