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Osiris Pale Ale

January, 2017
Judges Rating: 
23 / 24
6 / 6
38 / 40
9 / 10
Overall Impression: 
18 / 20

Osiris Pale Ale by Sun King is a very well-crafted APA (2015 BJCP Category 18b).  In a time where hop bomb IPA’s rule the roost, it’s nice to have a flavorful and well balanced option that still satisfies the lust for hops yet delivers a certain level of harmony and drinkability.

You are welcomed by a solid hit of fresh citrus and grapefruit hop aroma upon the pour, with a touch of malt graininess and floral ester behind this.  Visually, this moderately carbonated golden colored brew is quite clear and bears a long lasting small bubble creamy white head with solid lacing.  Both the aroma and the appearance are very inviting!

The flavor is an attractive blend of a moderate base malt backbone along with moderate hop bitterness and clean citrus hop flavors, with the balance being towards the hop characteristics – as it should be for an APA.  The fermentation is quite clean with few esters or off flavors noted.  The middle retains the hop characteristics along with a touch of sweet malt flavors backing it up.  The finish is attractively dry and crisp with lingering hop bitterness and a touch of malt.  It sports a somewhat thinner than medium body.  A quibble is that the overall malt character could be a bit more complex, with just base malt flavors coming through during the drink.

This is an extremely quaffable and quite refreshing rendition of an APA.  Cheers and enjoy!!