A good pale ale is something of an anomaly these days. Usually it’s too weak or the brewer should have called a spade, a spade and came clean that they produced a mediocre IPA.
Chico King Pale Ale is something of a God amongst mortal pale ales. Brewed by Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. in collaboration with 3 Floyds out of the Midwest, this sucker has the perfect balance of fruity hop varietals and the malt pushback that keeps this in the pale ale category, instead of venturing down IPA way.
6.5% ABV makes this a force to be reckoned with, yet at the same time the malt profile harkens back to a strong English-style pale ale. Out of the four brews I have tasted thus far, I deem this to be the best fit for a large batch release. Not too strong, but providing a plethora of flavors – I could handle a sixer of this night after night.
Bow down before the king.