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Sun King Brewing Sunlight Cream Ale

Posted in Ramblings with tags , , , on April 28, 2010 by sp1365

So today I had my 1st of two finals and I am rewarding myself a Sun King Brewing Sunlight Cream Ale. I went down to Sun King a couple weeks back and picked up a 4 pack of these along with a growler of their ESB. This beer took silver in the Cream Ale category of the World Beer Cup a couple weeks back. Pretty good for a brewery that has only been in existence for little over a year. Anyway on to the beer:

Appearance:Pours a straw to golden yellow with a billowy white head. Brilliantly clear.

Aroma: I really think my allergies are screwing with my sense of smell as I can barely smell anything. What I do pick up is grainy and a little sweet with no noticeable hop aroma.

Flavor:  Faintly sweet with just enough bitterness to balance, no real hop flavor. Finishes dry with moderate carbonation making this a really refreshing beer.

Overall: I will be the first to admit that I am not a huge fan of the style, though I will also admit that I enjoyed the beer. It is refreshing and great for summertime.  8/10


Sun King Brewing

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , on April 18, 2010 by sp1365

Yesterday I had the pleasure of to visit Sun King Brewing of Indianapolis, IN. I was hoping that I could have spent a little more time there to talk to people, but unfortunately representatives of Ball Corp. were there. All in all, my short visit there was definitely fun and if you are in Indy when their tasting room is open you should stop in to try their beers.

Sun King was started by Dave Colt and Clay Robinson about a year ago and already has been making waves in the craft brewing scene. They took home 2 medals in the World Beer Cup a few weeks back, a silver for their Sunlight Cream Ale and a bronze for their Dominator Doppelbock. Currently, Sun King produces 4 year round beers and rotating specialty/seasonal beers. Of those they are canning (yes canning) 2 of their beers with a third coming soon.The cans are only available in their tasting room, but from what I heard they should be starting distribution soon.

While their I got to try all, but their Osiris Pale Ale and that was more because I didn’t want to drink too much there. Here is the rest of their current line up with my thoughts:

  • Sunlight Cream Ale (cans, draft) – A very refreshing cream ale. I could see how this took Silver at the WBC. Great summer, outdoors beer. I ended up picking up a 4 pack of cans as I left.
  • Wee Mac Scottish Ale (draft, cans soon) – A Scottish brown. Very malty with just enough balance to not be overly sweet.
  • Bitter Druid ESB (draft) – My favorite offering from Sun King. British malts are very noticeable coming through with biscuit/bread flavors balanced with rich caramel sweetness. Bitterness counter balances the malt very well. I ended up with a growler of this as well.
  • Osiris Pale Ale (cans, draft) – Didn’t try it. Sorry.
  • Westy West Coast IPA (draft) – This is their seasonal/specialty right now. It is a California Common (Specific lager yeast fermented like an ale) beer hopped up like a IPA with German Noble hops. This beer was delicious. I had no idea going in how it was going to be, but I like it. The softness of the Noble hops really helped bring out both the bitterness needed for the IPA while leaving enough yeast character for the Cali Common.

Overall, a big thumbs up to the guys at Sun King. Great beers and friendly people. Check them out if you are in the Indy area.