Thursday, March 15th 2012
(Sun King Brewery)
Previously a draft-only seasonal release, Isis is the fifth specialty brew to end up in Sun King's special release cans. Isis, the Egyptian Goddess of motherhood, magic and fertility and was the sister (and eventual wife) of Osiris. This big, hoppy brew is based on Sun King's Osiris Pale Ale recipe - just think bigger, stronger and hoppier. This is the big sister, so much so that she skips right over IPA and goes straight from Pale Ale to Imperial/Double IPA!
From the Sun King site:
"This is a massive double hopped IPA based on the recipe for our Osiris Pale Ale. Isis has a spicy malt base to help balance the citrus punch from the huge American hop-load. It's everything you and love in Osiris, just more intense."
Here we go...
Pour – dark amber in appearance with a clean, clear disposition and a perfectly formed head on top. A great looking beer coming out of the can, you just know its going to be good!
Aroma – a big wallop to the olfactory glands. Tons of citrus and piney hops along with a good dose of cotton candy and powdered sugar. There is a faint hint of the alcohol and plenty of bitter, floral hops. No shortage of aromatics with this beer.
Taste – I'll try to keep in mind that this has its roots in the recipe for Osiris (an excellent American Pale Ale). First sip brings about a load of fresh orange flavor, pineapple and tropical fruits as well as a good dose of sweetness from the malts. What amazes me is just how light and smooth this is on the tongue. Such a well put together beer with so much flavor yet it doesn't feel heavy or palate killing. A few more sips bring about some flavors of melon, honey and a bitter, spicy finish that leaves the tongue a little dry...and thirsting for more.
Overall – we've yet to be disappointed by anything coming out of a Sun King can and Isis is no exception. Upping the ante with all of the things that make Osiris great truly paid off. Loved this beer and want to say thanks to the folks at Sun King for making that possible. We need to start planning a trip out to Indy!
Notes - the name Isis means "throne" and the headdress she is usually depicted as wearing is shown as a thrown. She was the first daughter of Geb, god of the Earth, and Nut, goddess of the Sky. She married Osiris, her brother, and she conceived a son named Horus by him. Isis resurrected Osiris when he was murdered by Seth (god of storms and chaos) by using her powers and bringing his body back to life after having gathered the body parts that had been strewn about the earth by Seth.
Posted by Russ
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