Sun King Brewing Company

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American Imperial IPA
Ranked #2,864
Ranked #13,693
3.96 | pDev: 11.87%
Sun King Brewing Company
Indiana, United States
Very Good
Reviews: 22 | Ratings: 51
Photo of brentk56
3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color with a nice head that leaves a fair amount of lacing

Smell: Piney, with a robust caramel base underneath

Taste: The robust caramel flavors assert themselves at first, but by mid-palate, the piney hops take over; caramel flavors linger underneath, through the finish, but this is balanced overall

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: I prefer my DIPAs to be less malty; this is a bit more like an Imperial Amber to my way of thinking; still, pretty good

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Photo of Casedogg43
4.45/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz can into a pint glass. Just picked up the day before at Sun King.

Appearance: Amber body, good head to start.

Smell: - Citrus, Malts and grapefruit. Hint of alcohol coming thourgh.

Taste: Grapefruit citrus comes through off the bat and then bitterness, hops and a touch of that 9.5% comes to finish in a very nice way.

Overall: I really enjoyed this DIPA. A step up from Osiris, and not quite mellow enough to drink too many of them in one sitting like you can Osiris. But I enjoyed this one and will make sure to get some more next time it's brewed.

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Photo of xnicknj
3.43/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

16oz can poured into large tulip - thanks to snowrs

Pours a slightly hazed copper color with a large frothy white head resting on top. Retains very nicely, slowly fading into a layer of bubbled film, leaving some spotty lacing littered across the glass.

Hoppy profile riddled with fruit in the nose. Hints of pineapple and tangerine with a few suggestions of lighter citrus. Grainy and bready with some caramel sweetness. Very soft, glowing warmth.

Milder hops creep across the tongue with a citrus base. Pithy peel and pulp with orange and grapefruit. Bitterness increases slowly, followed by some lighter fruit sweetness. Bready in the backbone with some grains and caramel. Finishes with some lingering spicy hops and faint alcohol.

Slightly fuller medium body, decent carbonation, sticky on the tongue. This drinks pretty well, although this can was probably a little past its prime. Still a drinkable, fairly balanced DIPA.

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Photo of hopfacebrew
3.02/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

My man Kevin hooked this up in our recent trade! Unfortunately the seal was compromised so the beer had leaked a bit into the bag it was packaged in ;( however, upon opening the can it was still pressured up so I poured to a pint glass to sample. The beer arrives a deep amber orange color, almost, brown with a nice 1.5 finger white cap with decent retention and lacing. The nose is hoppy with a strong pine character and a less dominant citrus blend. Smells inviting! The taste was oxidized and really dominated the palette, likely from the poor seal upon canning. Well carbonated and medium bodied. I would love to try a good sample some day, the oxidation was just too much and likely not present in a better sample.

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Photo of nrbw23
4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a crystal clear bright golden amber color with a nice off white head. Head pretty good retention and leaves quite a bit of spotty lacing.

S- Bam there's hops in your face on this one. Tons of tropical fruits. A bit of grassy here too. Some light bread too.

T- Great amount of hops leading the way. Malts are here but are dominanted by the hops. A bit of an alcohol burn here too. I digging the up front hop bitterness for sure.

M- Very sticky. Medium in body and carbonation.

O- I really enjoyed this one.

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

Served this 16 oz. can in a Sierra Nevada hops glass. No date. The body was a rich golden with an antique white head. The lace coated the inside of the glass.

The smell was of intense tropical fruit! Pine needles and a bit floral. There was a nice combination of sweet fruits and flowery freshness.

The taste was reflective of the aroma. The big pineapple sweetness was tamed by the astringent (in a good way) lingering bitterness. The 9.5% alcohol was nearly masked by the intense juicy and fruit zest flavors. Finishes long and semi-dry. I would recommend this one to any hop head.

The mouthfeel was slick at first which gave way to the zippy carbonation. Medium to full bodied. This is probably the best Sun King beer I've had (and they are all pretty good).

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Photo of MatthewWilde
4.02/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sample: 1 can 2012

A: Pours a medium foamy head which becomes nice lacing, decent internal carbonation, copper orange in color

S: Citrus, hops, apple, mango, various tropical fruits, overall quite fragrant and quite fruity

T: Very heavy on the apple flavor in my opinion, nice balance between the sweet and bitter elements, citrus and hops abound

M: Smooth and drinkable, not too bitter, aftertaste is still a bit lingering though, and certainly a mouth dryer

O: A well-balanced, fruity and high citrus double, easy to drink and fragrant as well

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Photo of davey101
4.32/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz can into a pint glass. 046 stamped on the underside of the can.

A - Very dark amber body. 3 finger high fluffy off white head dies down to a thin cap with some messy edging.

S - Very sweet malts and grapefruit. There is some dankiness hidden way in the finish. Similar to the onion aroma found in Founders Devil Dancer, but much less pronounced. Piney and earthy. Alcoholic warmth is noticeable.

T - Sweet caramel malts and danky/piney hops. A bit of grapefruit citrus. Heavy and robust for an IIPA. Finish is bitter and long. Medium mouth feel with some creaminess to it.

O - An exceptional DIPA that is very heavy on the sweetness. Lots of nice complexities happening with a solid caramel malt backbone. This is a really well made beer that I'm sure is phenomenal when fresher.

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Photo of raveskdr
3.38/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got in my big swap with MordorMongo. Thanks, homie. Poured into my Hill Farmstead tulip.

A - Dark orangeish brownish hue. Decent off white lacing.

S - Some citrus in there with a good amount of pine. Definitely a strange medicinal sweetness that creeps in there as well. Have had that smell in a few double IPA's.

T - Good pine and citrus and a lot of malty sweetness. Not the typical carmelly sweetness though. A different type of sweetness.

M - Good carbonation makes it very easy drinking.

O - That sweetness just really takes away from the beer. And it gets more prevalent as it gets warmer. Not a bad beer, but Osiris is much better. I have much higher hopes for Grapefruit Jungle.

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Photo of Guddomelig
4.88/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A- Rich, amber hue. Thick, frothy head with great lacing. Beautiful.

S- Light yet enticing. Not a lot of hops hit the nose. Tropical fruits in sweet cream

T- This is the biggest WOW factor. I mean, some might disagree with the IIPA status and I wouldn't argue. This is a sweet-ish beer with a perfect balance of hops. It isn't dank or enamel-curdling. Strong notes of tropical fruit. Pineapple sweetness and mango spiciness. A bit of bubble gum. As the beer warms, the flavors intensify and the beer takes on a truly addicting nature. This is a beer I love holding on the tongue to luxuriate in.

M- So, so smooth. Brilliant, dry finish.

O- Love this beer. I have never been much of a beer reviewer which is odd since there are many beers out there that have grabbed my attention. I couldn't resist reviewing this one. I have fallen in love. Whatever you call this beer, it is wonderful and the best thing I have tasted from Sun King. One of the best beers from Indiana.

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Photo of yourefragile
3.07/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to jmarsh123 for getting me a fresh 4 pack of this. Drank two cans myself and shared the others locally. 16 oz can with a sticker identifying the product as Isis.

Appearance of the beer is beautiful, a dark clear copper with strong carbonation supporting a large, frothy creamy head. Long lasting retention and abundant clumps of lace. Malt dominant nose, with an unpleasant alcohol presence and mild pine and citrus hops. Smells "big", but more like an imperial amber. Flavor is similar, but if possible, even less hoppy. Much more balanced than the nose, with less alcohol presence and malt complexity, but resulting in a rather bland caramel and citrus blend with very little bitterness or dryness. Heavy body, thick and chewy with strong carbonation. Not much to like here sadly...

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Photo of drabmuh
3.13/5  rDev -21%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to yourefragile for gifting me / trading me this can, a very mediocre beer and if you dare call this an IPA a very bad IPA.

Beer is brownish, hazy, decent head, small bubbles, some lacing, looks fine.

Aroma is malt and mild pine hops, some earthiness.

Beer is heavy, malty, sweet, mild bitterness, almost no hop character, not an IPA, not even a good beer.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.36/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Can courtesy of yourefragile. In-person "trades" happening all over DC yesterday.

Love the simple can with the sticker identifying the beer. Served in a Mikasa tulip.

Pours a dark copper with a slight dark-amber hue. Large white head that is quite fluffy with good retention and a night bit of lacing on the way down. Thin cap throughout.

The nose carries some light amber malt with some pine and citrus. Some cider notes in the background. Flavor is fairly malty with some pine and citrus hops, plus a touch of alcohol through the finish. Moderate bitterness and somewhat chewy.

A bit too malty and without enough hop aroma or flavor for my taste, though the underlying malt body is nice in that it's not overly sweet, but instead creates a bready, chewy sensation. Just not my cup of tea.

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Photo of BarryMFBurton
3.83/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I love seeing efficiency from a small brewer: same can for all their special release beers, just with a different sticker on each. It’s what’s on the inside that counts, anyway, right?

A: An aggressive pour leads to a one-third foam, two-thirds body appearance. The colors are wonderful: dark, glimmering amber under a beige-hued cream. The head settles smoothly into a half-inch of foam, with thick, thick pockets of lacing – these suds look great.

S: Superb fruity hoppiness: strawberry cream, peach, mango, and pineapple lay out like bright, light syrups. It’s almost like a whiff of Starburst candy. Grains let out a grassy, earthen overtone, a bit of pale and caramel maltiness that helps move the hop aroma toward a more flower-forward tone; a smooth, powerful nose. Vodka-like alcohol, spice and astringency, shows some moderate intensity at the end.

T: Hmmm…an odd cough syrup-alcohol overtone is the first thing I notice, coating the mouth in an artificial cherry flavor. The hops arrive to save face, injecting some herbal zest, lemon acidity, sea salt, and pine resin into the otherwise too-thick alcohol. Malts level it all out with creamy fruit and grassy straw tones, a pale effort that mixes well with the farm-freshness that makes this style one of my favorites. Truly well done, especially as breads dominate the aftertaste to make this fully drinkable and pleasant. It’s unfortunate that the cough syrup tastes distract from what’s otherwise a good, balanced DIPA.

M: Bubble and cream, as thick and drinkable as it should be. Full-feeling and loveable from the glass, but even livelier and effervescent from the can. Try it from the can and you’ll be surprised at how much more you enjoy it.

O: Osiris was awesome – Sun King can do light pale ales really well. Increase the thickness, though, and you get to a realm where perfection is marked by a select few: Russian River, Stone, Bell’s, and Founders are some of the only ones that come to mind. Still, this beer is good, and Sun King should certainly be proud (even with that alcohol taste imperfection).

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

Pour – dark amber in appearance with a clean, clear disposition and a perfectly formed head on top. A great looking beer coming out of the can, you just know its going to be good!

Aroma – a big wallop to the olfactory glands. Tons of citrus and piney hops along with a good dose of cotton candy and powdered sugar. There is a faint hint of the alcohol and plenty of bitter, floral hops. No shortage of aromatics with this beer.

Taste – I'll try to keep in mind that this has its roots in the recipt for Osiris (an excellent American Pale Ale). First sip brings about a load of fresh orange flavor, pineapple and tropical fruits as well as a good dose of sweetness from the malts. What amazes me is just how light and smooth this is on the tongue. Such a well put together beer with so much flavor yet it doesn't feel heavy or palate killing. A few more sips bring about some flavors of melon, honey and a bitter, spicy finish that leaves the tongue a little dry...and thirsting for more.

Overall – we've yet to be disappointed by anything coming out of a Sun King can and Isis is no exception. Upping the ante with all of the things that make Osiris great truly paid off.

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

A: Pours a massive white head with crazy sticky lacing that basically painted my tulip glass. This is likely the stickiest beer I have ever poured.

S: Sticky pungent hops of the pine and citrus variety. Sweet malt and an evergreen presence.

T: There is a great amount of caramel 120 flavor in here backed by a pungent amount of hops. The hop flavors are mostly citrus and a douglas spruce intense pine. There is also a bit of acetyl alcohol presence which is surprising to taste in an imperial IPA, but its definitely there. I suspect this fermented a little too hot, but everything else inside this tastes great. Definitely a good beer that can only improve once the kinks are ground down.

M: Light carbonation with a thick to medium body.

O: Definitely a beer I would drink again. While the booze flavor makes this beer imperfect, I think this will definitely improve as Sun King gives it a few more rounds and figures it out. This is easily quaffable.

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Photo of Retail1LO
4.35/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to jmarsh123 for sending this as an extra.

Poured from a tallboy can into a Surly pint glass. Beer pours a light, pale apricot hue with a fairly thin head that provides a scant amount of lacing. The nose has a good malt undertone to which is odd for an IPA, but extremely pleasant. There's also some subtly pine and citrus mixed in. The hops are very subtle. The taste is marvelous. While there's a boozy bite to this, the hops finally make an appearance, along with a very pronounced pine forward taste that I haven't had in an IPA in quite some time. Light citrus and more malt permeate each mouthful of this. The mouthfeel is outstanding as well. Smooth and only mildly bitter...the malt backbone on this is again very prominent, but pleasant. Overall, this is a stellar beer. What a pleasant surprise indeed. Would seek this one out.

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Photo of HumanParaquat
4.05/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the can into a tulip. Bright amber color that glows orange when held up to the light. A thick cream colored head with good retention, leaving behind lots of frothy lace.

Nose is definitely hop-forward...lots of orange and pine, but there's a sweet maple sugar-like aroma here as well. Faint whiff of rubbing alcohol.

Very hoppy in initial flavor as it fights the sweet malts for dominance. Taste is a bit soapy with hints of grapefruit, candied orange, glazed nuts and caramel. Tropical fruit notes start to peek in (for both flavor and aroma) as it warms. Alcohol makes its presence known in the finish.

A very nice mouthfeel...really smooth with a medium body that leads to a thick and resiny finish.

Reminds me a bit of Avery's Maharaja in flavor, but Isis is not nearly as sweet or harsh and has a much higher drinkability factor. A solid offering from Sun King.

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

This is the sister beer of Osiris, and a hoppier version of their pale ale. This beer pours a light bodied bright copper in color with a two finger, very soapy cream colored head. The nose is ultimately fresh and hoppy. It kind of has that harvest ale type appeal to it. The nose is very hop forward yet has moderate malt sweetness, almost in a candied malt manner. It has a very approachable nose and the freshness is great. The flavors a fresh and hoppy with a little fresh hop soap characteristic. It's almost like an imperial harvest ale and I'm all over it. It has a nice balance of hops and malt with an ever so slight touch of malt sweetness ending with just a tad bit of alcohol. It drinks light in body and is easy drinking for the abv and style. I really like this one. It really impressed me when I had it out of a growler and it was pretty good out of a can as well. I'm glad Sun King canned it. Good work guys!

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Photo of jmarsh123
4.45/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep orange with a sticky off-white 3 finger head with great lacing and retention.

Aroma is hop forward but still a lot of malt backbone to this. Lots going on here. A definite orange citrus smell backed by equal amounts of pine with some grass as well.

Taste follows the nose. The pine hops take over a bit more though. Finishes very bitter and dry with a lingering resin. A little tropical fruit presence also creeps in along with the pine. Very nice touch. There's a significant caramel backbone, but this one is all about the hops.

Medium-low mouthfeel with good carbonation.

Very nice new beer from the local boys. I don't seem to like Osiris as much as most, but apparently it just needed to be doubled. This beer is a hop head's delight.

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Photo of CitizenRay
3.91/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clean amber color with very minimal head that fades quickly. No lacing.

S: Definitely picked up plenty of hops, some pine, some tropical fruit. Not as floral as I expected.

MF: Nice Body, light carbonation, feels smooth. The alcohol is noticeable, clocking in at just over 9%, its balanced.

O: A seasonal release worth seeking out.

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Photo of JamesS
4.67/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a great mid-copper, semi-golden with wonderful head and excellent lacing. Huge hoppy scent, wonderful citrus (some nice semi-grapefruit) up front with some floral-pine along for the ride, with a bit of sweet thick malt underneath. Huge hop flavor; a nice thick pale malt backing with a bit of toffee, but huge pine and floral flavors with a slight citrus feel. Thick going down with a bit of hop roughness, but it's to be expected from such a huge beer. Excellently done!

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Isis from Sun King Brewing Company
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 51 ratings