The Sun Viking
81Bay Brewing

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Style:
American IPA
Ranked #4,307
ABV:
6.3%
Score:
86
Ranked #27,509
Avg:
3.81 | pDev: 5.25%
Reviews:
4
Ratings:
17
From:
81Bay Brewing
 
Florida, United States
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Rotating
Wants
  1
Gots
  5
SCORE
86
Very Good
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Reviews: 4 | Ratings: 17 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of clayrock81
3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured a cloudy orange-gold body with minimal head and lace. The aroma is earthy, grassy, with faint citric hops as well. Smooth, clean, light to medium body, with minimal bitterness from minor citric notes as well as a grapefruit sweetness and a little malt heft.

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Photo of metter98
3.71/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is slightly hazy yellowish amber in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high frothy white head that has good retention properties and left a short head covering the surface and lots of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of grapefruit and tangerine hops are present in the nose.
T: The taste has flavors of grapefruit hops with notes of tangerine citrus and hints of caramel malts. There is a light to moderate amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a little crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The aromas and flavors of tangerine hops in this beer added a little complexity to the smell and taste.

Serving type: can

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.02/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

16 oz can BIF box can dated 6/18/18.

Poured into Ellipsis glass.

Hazy honey golden color with a tall fluffy head of 2 fingers, receding to 1/2 finger and leaving a ton of webby lace on the sides of the glass.

Nice fresh aromas of grapefruit and pine, orange juice and orange peel, and crisp malt with slight grass. Very clean aromas.

Flavor is a little faded but not too bad; has a nice hoppy bite in the form of fresh lemon and grapefruit rind, slight crisp pilsner malt, and lingering stabbings of pine and grass. Some slight orange pith and grapefruit peel also lingers on afterwards.

The feel is impeccably clean. Really crisp and smooth.

Overall the greatest factor of this beer is its cleanliness. It drinks more like a hoppy pilsner than an IPA, but make no mistake it's flavorful - just a more rind-like flavorful rather than juiciness. I'd probably have it again.

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Photo of babaracas
3.6/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Impulse buy because it's fresh (8/16) and Sun Viking sounds like beached white whales on pier 60. No information about the beer on the can, so guessing the brewery is young / has a social media intern at most for a marketing department.

Pours a light amber, fluffy white head, good retention. Smell: lemon rind, resin, papaya-ish note, notes of grass and mango puree. Taste: lemon creamsicle, mildly grassy and spicy, mango note. Kind of watery, just completely falls apart mid-sip. Powdery and bitter finish. This would have been good if it had any body.

Edit: Next can was less creamsicle, more medicinal and piney, but also less clarity and more body. Yeah, if it's going to vary this much can to can you probably need QC before you're shipping 200 miles way but it has promise!

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The Sun Viking from 81Bay Brewing
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 17 ratings