Bitter Druid ESB | Sun King Brewing Company

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44 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Sun King Brewing Company
Indiana, United States
sunkingbrewing.com

Style: Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by howardf on 08-29-2009

BEER STATS
Ratings:
44
Reviews:
12
Avg:
3.71
pDev:
11.86%
 
 
Wants:
2
Gots:
5
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 44 |  Reviews: 12
Photo of RblWthACoz
3.63/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Nice malty esb. Kind of a very, very mild peaty thing going on as well. Seems almost a hybrid of esb (mildly so) and an amber (more prevalent). Decent drinker, I guess. But really, kind of boring, forgettable, and not quite fitting to style.

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Photo of aasher
3.45/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This review is from my growler, which was filled about six hours ago. The beer poured a Purdue gold in color with a one finger frothy white head. As a Boiler, I must say I'm a little partial to the color. This beer smells very malty and almost has some yeast to it as well. It surprisingly kind of smells like a doppelbock but with slight bitter hops on the backend. The flavor isn't quite what I was suspecting. It's very mellow and doesn't feature the hops I envisioned. It's only slight bitter and doesn't quite live up to the style. It leaves a lagerlike aftertaste behind with slight bitterness. It drinks smoothly and isn't overly crisp. I'm a little disappointed. This beer is only average in my opinion but can't complain about the price at $3.50 a growler.

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Photo of MSandahl23
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of mynie
3.6/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Guest tap at Barley Island in Broad Ripple.

Pours like a co2 ESB, which is to say brownish, translucent, and with a decent head.

Smells mildly bready, mildly hoppy. The hops are more American than English, I think, but east coast, still within the confines of the style.

Tastes like a combination between an ESB and an east cost APA. The malt runs between butter toffee, on the English side, and KFC biscuits, on the American side, and the hops are light, bitter, and spicy.

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Photo of shirtless_mike
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

Photo of ZombiesAteMyDog
3.23/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Thin, watery brown. Transparent body with little to no head.

S - Slight malts, and a bit of yeast.

T - Malts with some slight hops. Bitter...

M - Smooth and medium/light bodied. Nice amount of carbonation. The highlight of this brew.

O - Meh... I wouldn't want to pay for it.

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Photo of JamesS
4.1/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a nice copper color with some very nice head, although no lacing. Nice scent, clean and crisp hops (English, Fuggles perhaps) with just a tine hint of sweet malt backing. Nice hop flavor, but not much in the way of malt sweetness; the hops overwhelm everything else making it seem weak bodied and thin.

EDIT -- tried a couple of more times and has gotten so much better. More even flavor with good malt backing and wonderful English hops.

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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of HumanParaquat
3/5  rDev -19.1%

Photo of alleykatking
4.03/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Lukafer for grabbing a growler of this when I was in town!

A- Pours a nice amber with hints of brown color. One and a half finger white head shows medium retention. Streaks of lace on the sides of the glass turns to web style lacing by the end of the beer.

S- Lots of biscuity malts in the front of the aroma. There is a light yeasty aroma in the middle of the beer itself that leads to a bitter hop finish on the aroma.

T- Sweet caramel and toffee style malts come through the front of the beer. In the middle there is some light biscuity flavors that quickly get over come by a nice bitter hop bite that lends itself all the way to the end. Light alcohol in the ending to the finish.

M- Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation is good for the style. Biscuity malts and bitter hops left on the palate. Aftertaste is fading alcohol, light malts, and bitter hops that linger. Flavors were very well balanced which took me by surprise for some reason. No off flavors at all in this beer. Light alcohol drying on the palate.

D- This stuff is good. Actually this stuff is great. A nice drinking lower ABV beer that is not only refreshing but smooth and crisp. This would be a staple in my beer fridge if I lived closer to Indy.

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Photo of meehandennis
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of robwestcott
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

Photo of Tsar_Riga
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of Kyrojack
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of zrab11
4.02/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a golden brown with a solid finger of white head tat dissipates slowly

S-Has some earthy notes with a hint of biscuit

T- Has a nice toffee taste going on with alille bit of sweet hoppy bitterness

M-Light to medium bodied with ok carbonation

D- ESB is one of my least favorite styles but i realy liked this beer. Has a nice earty flavor that went down smooth.. excedded my expectations for sure. Even though i wont grab many ESB's this is one i will!

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Photo of cosmonick
2.75/5  rDev -25.9%

Photo of brew3crew
3.13/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On tap at Indy tasting room.

A-clear brown body with little to no head

S-little malt but not much else there

T-follows nose. Little bit if malt but really nothing else here

M-medium body and smooth

O-decent beer, but noting really special here...

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Photo of MordorMongo
3/5  rDev -19.1%

Photo of Lukafer
4.18/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a growlerj picked up at the brewery three hours ago.

A vigorous pour yields two fingers of slightly off-white fluffy head, that leaves great lacing.  The beer itself is a medium amber.  The nose is malty, almost smells like there's some wheat in there, and some hops at the finish.  Taste is sweet malts followed by a nice quick bitter hop finish.  This is probably my new favorite regulars by Sun King, so drinkable.

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Photo of atoulouk
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

Photo of Skye1024
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of BSuter
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of jpmclaug
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of dcall384
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of AaronHomoya
3/5  rDev -19.1%

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Bitter Druid ESB from Sun King Brewing Company
3.71 out of 5 based on 44 ratings.
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