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Local Option Blood ov the Kings

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RATINGS: 115   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.26   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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At the peak of summer 1631 King Gustavus Adolphus led thousands of Swedish troops into Northern Germany. Following the destruction and subsequent plundering of Brandenburg Adolphus’ army marched through the endless wheat fields en route to Bavaria. Brewed with copious amounts of red wheat, Blood ov the Kings is aromatically driven by bread, biscuit and notes of exotic fruit. Hazy and medium bodied the beer has a rich and creamy mouth feel with a dry, bitter, and slightly sweet finish. Unbound by the Reinheitsgebot Blood ov the Kings would certainly have been the vital fluid of victory for the Swedish monarch as he spilled blood across the wheat fields of Northern Europe.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
obguthr (3670) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - JUL 26, 2014
Rye bread nose. Murky ochre, thick sticky yellow head. Astringent. Pencil shavings, lemon zest, dried leaves on the back end. Light body, soft carbonation, no noticeable alcohol. Refreshing despite its appearance, but not fantastic.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Christpuncher (1008) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 24, 2014
A wheaty red ale with a bitter finish. Pours red with a tan head. Had out I a bottle at home. Smells malty. Easy to drink ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
jgb9348 (4663) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - JUL 22, 2014
Deep super hazy and colloidal ruby tinted copper coloured body with a muddy brown glow and a thinnish, single centimetre tall tan head. Aroma of alcohol, light spices, hay, grass, herbs, light hops and some caramel - interesting and strong. Light to Medium-bodied; Oddly astringent and medicinal at first with a thinnish malty flavour and a light bitterness that lingers with some fruits and alcohol. Aftertaste shows some hop bitterness, a touch of caramel and a thin dry oak flavour that persists throughout. Overall, an interesting beer that shows on a few different levels, but i’m not sure it really counts as complexity. Neat to try, but didn’t work out so great in hindsight. I sampled this 50 cL bottle purchased from Whole Foods (Bowery) in New York, New York on 01-November-2013 for US$7.99 sampled at home in Washington on 22-July-2014.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BOSSbrewer (1507) - Arkansas, USA - JUL 21, 2014
Had at the Great Arkansas Beer Festival. Pours a hazy amber brown with a think tan head. Lots of wheat and caramel on the nose. Bready also. Finishes fairly dry. Nice beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Grzesiek79 (3151) - Radom, POLAND - JUL 7, 2014
Dosc przedziwne piwo, szokujaca etykieta, skojarzenia tego piwa i butelki jakby bylo za skandynawii. Niewielka piana ale ciemno bursztynowy kolor silnie metny i bardzo brudny ponury efekt to daje. Piwo koloru ciemno bursztynowego. W zapachu silne akcenty melona grejfruta oraz kwaskowatej pomaranczy. W smaku cos jak IPA z dodatkiem cytrusow, a na koniec nieco drozdzowosci i chleboweko dobrze wypieczonego wiejskiego bochenka chleba. Przedziwne piwo ale zlozonosc wysoka i roznorodne efekty smakowe. Piwo dla zainteresowanych.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
574deadzone (1003) - North Central, Indiana, USA - JUN 30, 2014
Pours a cloudy amber-red, some sediment present, with a fairly thick khaki head that settles slowly and leaves some soapy, spotty lace. Nose involves overripe fruit (peaches, apricots), savory spice pushing toward meatiness, some lemony and grassy notes, some caramel, and some fairly prevalent sourdough. Fairly sweet, quite bitter, a bit tart. Medium-full bodied, fair action, a bit oily, with a drying grainy and tart finish. Guessing this is fairly old, and age has not treated it well. It’s ok, and drinkable, but disjointed.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kathouse (935) - Nevada, USA - JUN 19, 2014
Dry from the copious amounts of wheat malt. Cloudy orange with some brown tint. Malt aroma and some resinous hops. Finish is slightly sweet.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 9/20
boxofrane (2067) - Spring City, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 6, 2014
Draft at bistro on bridge. Pours clear copper with a small white head. The aroma is fairly floral, not complex. The taste is on the sweet side. A bit caramel, a bit grassy. Not great.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
oeltroll (19) - USA - JUN 6, 2014
Had a few pints of this fine ale at Green Street Smoked Meats. Sampled several of their offerings and landed on this one and stuck with it. Aroma/Appearance: Big hops, citrus, exotic fruits, pineapple, mango, slightly grassy as well. Big grain qualities as well, rich wheat and barley. As far as unfiltered wheat ales go this has a wonderful shade of red (appropriate for the name), slightly hazy, still pretty clear compared to other American style wheat ales. T: Lots of citrus, slightly grassy, lots of grain qualities, no surprises, though almost rye characteristics become apparent (most likely from red wheat). Interesting. P: Medium bodied, creamy mouthfeel, really drinkable. O: Awesome balanced "sessionable" hoppy wheat ale. Would drink this all day and will try to find it in stores. Much better than all these "hoppy session" ales that just taste like hopcocktails and have no malt presence.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DoublEE (784) - South Euclid, Ohio, USA - MAY 25, 2014
Pours a murky orange/amber with large amount of sediment. Topped with a large rocky tanish head with long retention. Tons of sticky lacing present on glass. Aroma of grapefruit, grass, caramel, bready.Taste of grapefruit, tangerine, orange zest, lemon zest, caramel, wheat, graham cracker, floral, grass, pine, and floral/grassy earthiness. Average carbonation and body; with a smooth, crisp, and lightly sticky mouthfeel. Alcohol is very well hidden. Overall this is a very good hoppy wheat ale. All around good balance and f citrus hop and caramel/bready malt flavors.

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