Isis | Sun King Brewing Company

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Sun King Brewing Company
Indiana, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by JamesS on 03-02-2012

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Ratings: 51 |  Reviews: 22
Reviews by hopfacebrew:
Photo of hopfacebrew
3.02/5  rDev -23.5%
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 Skye1024
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -17.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of Guddomelig
4.88/5  rDev +23.5%
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 jmarsh123
4.45/5  rDev +12.7%
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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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of Cresant
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%
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 HumanParaquat
4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
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 cosmonick
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Photo of aasher
4.17/5  rDev +5.6%
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 BarryMFBurton
3.83/5  rDev -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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4/5  rDev +1.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of Thorpe429
3.36/5  rDev -14.9%
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 CitizenRay
3.91/5  rDev -1%
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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4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of davey101
4.32/5  rDev +9.4%
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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4/5  rDev +1.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -17.7%

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

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Isis from Sun King Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.95 out of 5 with 51 ratings