I’ve been slowly crossing beers off my 50 beers from 50 states list, and am finally able to cross the state of Indiana off my list. While Indiana has some great breweries, I’ve had a tough time getting my hands on them…. until now.
Sun King Brewing, based out of Indianapolis, sent me some samples of their Wee Mac Brown, Osiris Pale Ale, Sunlight Creme Ale, and Isis double IPA (which I chose to review for my challenge).
Isis in a 16-ounce can, to my knowledge, is the first of this beer to be released outside of just draft. In fact their website still shows that it is a draft only specialty beer.
With 9% ABV and 91 IBUs, I was definitely excited to give it a try.
I decided to pour this double IPA into one of my Spiegelau beer glasses. It poured a somewhat dark amber/copper color that was very clean. Carbonation bubbles made their way up to the thick lightly tan head at the top of the glass. The head lasted awhile and left some nice lacing on the glass. It is definitely a beautiful beer to look at.
The aroma jumped out of the glass and gave me a nice little punch in the nose. As I shut my eyes I had the feeling I was standing in the middle of a hop field with a fresh beer in front of me. The citrus and piney hops make a grand entrance followed by some sweet candy, fruits and a touch of grass.
It got my mouth watering, that’s for sure.
Initially I was a bit unsure of the flavor. It’s definitely a battle of piney hops and sweet malt, where the hops end up winning. There is some bitterness, but not as much as most northwest double IPAs I’ve tried. In the mix a nice carmel and almost tropical fruit backbone hangs out giving this a pretty good flavor.
While not a super hoppy double IPA, Isis is definitely a great beer that most hop heads will appreciate to some extent. I’d for sure drink it again (and I will, they sent me 2 cans of it).
Thanks Sun King Brewery for the beer.
My Sun King Brewery Isis Review: B+
Here are the details:
Style: Double India Pale Ale
What’s your thoughts on Sun King Brewery’s Isis?