pushkinwow (1822) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - APR 5, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
500ml can from emelius. Was excited to try this before I even realized it was a batch anniversary beer :) Clear dark amber with a generous slightly tan head that leaves a nice trail down the glass as it settles. Nice fresh hop aroma - neither citrus nor pine are dominant but a nice blend, light caramel, some malt. Moderate to high carbonation, good body, smooth, pleasant bitterness and citrusy, light, bitterness becomes a bit astringent on the finish along with more pine, and some lemon. Tasty.
aasher (112) - Fishers, Indiana, USA - MAR 24, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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. Itís almost like an imperial harvest ale and Iím 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. Iím glad Sun King canned it. Good work guys!
BigBang (299) - Indiana, USA - MAR 23, 2012
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
I give up trying to like Sun King. So much marketing but the beers are average at best. I was really hoping this would be great, but it is a malty mess. No real hop aroma and the taste is heavy caramel malt with citrus hop notes. Not worth six bucks for a can of this one.
Msavage235 (90) - - MAR 18, 2012
2.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Poured on draft at Union Jackís in Broadripple, IN on a Premier League Sunday. Pours the typical IPA deep golden orange with frothy white head that stuck to the side of the glass nicely. A burst of alcohol in the nose but other than that nothing remarkable about the aroma. The most interesting facet of this double IPA was the creaminess in the hop burst and in the finish. There was the dry, bitter hop taste initially but it very quickly faded into the nice cream taste that went along with a subtle citrus. A flavor profile that youíre not going to find in a lot of double IPAs, its also good to support local breweries.
wnoble (1207) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - MAR 9, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Poured from the can. Clear amber with a lasting thick frothy off white head. Nose is very herbal, piney, dark roasted caramels, toasted malts and fruity and did I say herbal hops. Flavor is again herbal and caramel malts but also lends some more fruity citrus in the hops and complex caramel malts. Full body and sweet but finishes fairly dry. Moderately bitter. A good drinking beer but too heavy and lacks the intense fruit, citrus, and dank hops that many of the big boys bring to the table. I expect a lot more from a brewery that wins golds. Try again.