Sun King / 3 Floyds Royal Brat | 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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Sun King / 3 Floyds Royal BratSun King / 3 Floyds Royal Brat

Brewed by:
3 Floyds Brewing Co.
Indiana, United States

Style: Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.70%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Brace yourself for the extreme quaffability, severe mellowness, and aggressive tenderness in this loving embrace between two of Indiana’s most celebrated breweries. Brewers from Sun King and Three Floyds came together to produce this belligerently sessionable English-Style Best Bitter, brewed to celebrate the Sun King CANvitational.

55 IBU

Added by MasterSki on 10-13-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 8 | Ratings: 101
Photo of cpetrone84
3.7/5  rDev -4.4%

Pour is transparent upper with lots of yellowish white head. Nose is earthy with a hint of sticky caramel and some herbal grassy hops. Taste is bigger with a fair bit of toffee and some caramel notes. Lightly bitter with a faint touch of grassy hops. Light body and strong carb.

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Photo of KYGunner
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a color resembling iced tea, which becomes a theme with this beer. It had a bright white frothy foam for a cap.

The aroma is a bit twangy at first but settles nicely into a more malty scent. Caramel and toffee malts, minty tea leaves and a light apricot reaches the nose.

The flavor is also malty but more of a tea leaf flavor. It actually tastes more like sweet iced tea as you drink it with a dark fruit, maybe raisin finish.

The feel is very light and refreshing, almost watery, like iced tea.

Good beer, especially if you enjoy the malt flavor that resembles the tea leaf, or should I say....iced tea.

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Photo of Stevedore
3.82/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On-tap at Three Floyds' Brewpub in Munster, Indiana. Served in an imperial pint glass today, 12/12/2013.

Pours a fairly tame looking orange-amber body, not much of a head actually- less than half a finger's worth. Perhaps it was sitting at the bar a while before it was served. Good lacing as it goes down, not much else to say.

Smells delicious- marmalade, toffee and caramel. Very nice for an ESB- fairly strong in quality as well.

Flavour is solid- again, marmalade and caramel come together for a nice tasteful drinking experience. A bit of earthiness and bitterness on the backend, but certainly nothing that detracts from the beer experience.

Thin bodied, a bit watery and despite all that, so, so, so drinkable. The whole pint disappeared quickly. Very drinkable and fits the sessionable bill. Not particularly bitter at all but pleasant.

Nice sessionable beer. Nothing mind-blowing but it certainly doesn't lack in the flavour department. Would drink this again.

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Photo of MacQ32
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

A - pours a caramel amber color with a light caramel/tan dense half finger head. Decent retention, solid lacing.

S - Lots of caramel and toffee malts, some light apple type fruit flavors

T - minimally bitter for only a brief second up front, followed by light apple/pear type fruits and caramel sweetness. Finish is toffee, and hops linger through the mild aftertaste.

M - Fantastically drinkable, the light flavors, light/almost thin body and appropriate/decent carbonation combine nicely. A little thin but good flavor covers for it a bit.

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Photo of mynie
4.56/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice business, here. The basics are as follows:

You got flowery FFF hop profile that hits you square in the jaw as soon as you open up the can.

(Also, woah, FFF in a can)

When you sip it, there's a big node of said floral hop profile to start things off, but I think that's more like you taste the aroma, if that makes sense. The actual beer don't taste as intense, but that's fine for a low-ABV ESB. It tastes a bit like tea. Then grassy, smokey hops. Then a really good, capital-M Magnificent yeast profile that's straight outta Sun King. It tastes like how really good Italian bread tastes on the inside, like the back end of the soft stuff inside a crusty loaf. That keeps the beer lively and delicious in spite of its not-overwhelming hop profile and limited booziness.

See, dudes, sometimes a beer can have flavor that's not sour, nor barrel derived, and nor does it have enough alpha acid to whiten your teeth. Sometimes something like this comes out, and it's nearly perfect in a way you're not accustom to.

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Photo of Ryan_Moszynski
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A - Beautiful burnt amber / dark reddish brown. Clear. Lots of carbonation, big foamy head, recedes quickly, but lace still sticking to the side of my glass 5 minutes in.

S - I am just getting over a cold so my nose isn't in top shape, but I don't smell much. A little malty nuttiness. Really light, caramel quality to the hop aroma. Really nice.

T - Interesting flavor. Light bodied, easy drinking, smooth, but with lots of concentrated flavor and more complexity than is initially apparent. Light citrusy hop flavor with just a bit of brown sugar bready maltiness that gives way to lightly roasted caramel at the finish. Really enjoyable.

M - Light bodied, easy drinking, smooth. Above average carbonation. Tiny bubbles. Decent structure on finish, lingering sweetness.

O - Really nice. A great example of a beer that hit's it style requirements while giving more if you take the time to appreciate it. Subtle.

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Photo of cosmicevan
3.58/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

picked up a 4 pack at FFF brew pub 2 days ago. enjoyed from a beer hunter taster glass.

a - brew poured a transparent brownish orange with a finger of foamy head that dissolved into small pockets of bubbles on the surface.

s - nuts n malts. bready.

t - similar to the nose...nuts...malts...bread...toastiness. toffee.

m - good carb, little bitterness on the finish.

o - overall, decent sessionable ESB. nothing ground breaking here.

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Photo of guityler83
4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: A finger and a half of off white head with larger bubbles was formed in an english pint glass. As it slowly receeded it left behind very little lacing but just a layer of small bubble foam on the top of the beer. The liquid is a mahogony, dark amber color with a small amount of haze.

S: Sweet toffee and bread crust malts. There is an herbal hoppy character as well as some fruity yeast esters, but definatly malt dominent nose.

T: A caramel, toffee, bread crust, biscuit malt profile that comes through very distinctly. There is an interesting mineral and husk like flavor coming through also. Earthy and herbal hop bitterness is firm, but the balance is on the malt side. The fruity yeast fermentation character is also noticable in the flavor.

M: A low amount of carbonation combined with a medium body and low alcohol make this extremly sessionable.

O: Malt forward, herbal hop flavored, sessionable english beer. This was picked up on an impromptu visit to 3F and I wasn't sure if I would even like it (not a big fan of American-English beers). This I could session without getting bored or sick of. Solid ESB

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Sun King / 3 Floyds Royal Brat from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
3.87 out of 5 based on 101 ratings.
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