Boy King Double IPA | COAST Brewing Company

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Boy King Double IPABoy King Double IPA

Brewed by:
COAST Brewing Company
South Carolina, United States | website

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.70%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
A highly hopped, yet still balanced, double IPA. Multiple hop varieties, emphasizing Citra Hops, were used. We're lovin' the tropical goodness of this hop variety!

Added by mikesgroove on 04-14-2009

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Photo of tillmac62
4.17/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

BOD 10/14/15. Slightly hazy medium amber pour. Outstanding head volume, world class lacing and retention.

Outstanding nose of citrus hops (orange, grapefruit), tropical hints (mango, melon) and a nice dose of pine coupled with a spicy spruce element.

Heavy light body with a smooth texture that has oily aspects. Slightly above normal carbonation with a touch of effervescence in the middle and a fairly prickly finish.

The flavor profile is outstanding. Intensity is solid, but not over the top. The beer is nicely complex and quite well balanced. Orange rind and pine are the dominate flavors, with tropical notes appearing in the middle over a solid biscuit sweetness with a heavy caramel influence. The middle bitterness is moderate and is balanced with a rising sweetness as the bitterness fades. Here, also, is where the tropical notes are at their peak yielding a blended burst that fades into a nice sweet orange. The sweetness fades as the finish approaches and allows the spicy spruce to shine. Unfortunately, this is where the alcohol becomes uncovered yielding an astringency that prevents this quite outstanding beer from attaining world class status. The finish leaves that alcohol burn at the back of the throat and an astringent bitterness that lingers.

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Photo of Treyliff
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap

Pours a hazy golden-red with a small creamy white head that has good retrntion. Citrus and pine-forward aroma with some grapefruit peel and grassy notes. Taste follows the nose with loads of citrus up front and hints of tropical fruit, piney resin mixes with earthy grass before finishes with just a bit of bready malt. Medium heavy body and carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel that continues to the finding, solid DIPA

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Photo of cvm4
4.1/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L - Pours a hazy orange body with a one finger head. Good retention and not much lacing.

S - Balanced nose of citrus, bitter orange rind and sweet malts.

T - Tropical fruits, sticky sweetness, malty and a medium hop bite.

F - Medium bodied and medium carbonation.

O - Very solid IIPA here. I would definitely drink again.

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Photo of ghostwalker
4.09/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

2 oz bomber purchased at the source in No. Charleston.

Body is deep reddish gold. Thick, sticky white head.

Nose is fresh citrus and sweet hops, crusty with resin and oils.

Flavor is heavily sweet, but also intensely hoppy and complexly flavorful. A real mouthful!

Mouthfeel is chewy and sticky. Serious carb gives extra body.

Overall: A really, really nice East Coast DIPA. A touch too sweet for my personal taste, but not enough to lose marks.

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Photo of Scarfer_Brad
3.79/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

a good beer from an instate brewery. had good look and feel. taste was good not great. i drink a lot of the big IPAs and IIPAs so it didn't hold up against them to me. Would definitely drink again and would like to find on tap

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Photo of Davepoolesque
4.09/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Definitely a maltier dipa but it's very tropical hop forward. Citrus rind bitterness, but balanced beautifully, some sticky sweetness. Almost a creamy mouthfeel. Dense. Pleasantly surprised by this offering.

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Photo of JamesStreet
3.94/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled on 5/12/15
A- pours an opaque orange with a solid off-white finger's worth of head. Really lacy. S- malt, resiny, oily hop smell. Kind of disappointing. T- malt dominant with a hint of resiny dankness and booze. M- medium feel moderate carb. Sweet on the finish with not much bitterness. O- a bit underwhelming. Was expecting a bit more. Still, though, I would try again. Perhaps a bit fresher.

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Photo of Mikec1115
4.83/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Great beer. Had it on tap and didn't see the pore but when it came to me it had a double finger head that lasted and laced very nicely. Clear orange color that was quickly overwhelmed by the aroma... awesome Orange and Grapefruit aroma that showed not just a large quantity of Citra, but also had some Amarillo and maybe some Cascade in there.

The taste followed the aroma with a very intense citrus flavoring that finished very well. My only problem with the beer is that I had 3 at the bar and it really put a hurting on me. It's a Pliny "wanna be" and while they did a great job copying it, I wish they hadn't gone so high on the ABV so that I could have had more... but that's why it's a double IPA right? Yeah, I get it... the alcohol really helps with the flavor and tones down the sweetness but it does put a hurting on you. So don't flame me with any comments about it because I already get enough of that from my posse.

So proceed with caution. This beer is kinda like the prom queen that has an STD... you start knowing that you won't be able to stop and you'll regret it in the morning. But it leaves you wanting to do it again. lol

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Photo of Zach136
4.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Orange body, little head/lacing

Aroma: big tropical fruit, orange, citrus and bready.

Flavor: more citrus peel and and pine.

Mouthfeel: full bodied, light carb. Not too sticky, bitterness in check.

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Photo of scbeerman
4.37/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Really good DIPA. Very similar to Stone Enjoy By to my palate, plenty of citrus rind, resin, and weed both in the nose and taste. Definitely try this one, it would be extremely well recognized nationally with wider distribution.

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Photo of KevSal
4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

fantastic beer, just how i like my dipas. juicy, floral and not over the top bitter. i cant believe this is 10%. great football watchin beer, go niners!!

update: drinking a second bottle 2 weeks later, just as delicious as the first bottle. very nice!

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Photo of jshusc
4.57/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Definitely a more malty DIPA than I typically prefer, but the citrus notes that come through really balance the beer nicely. Like most COAST beers, the mouthfeel is true to style and the nose on the beer is incredible. Not surprising given it's malty backbone, but the beer is a little darker than I would have expected for a DIPA. Great beer nonetheless.

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Photo of reebtaerG
4.56/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured bottle dated 8/7/14 into New Belgium globe. Thanks goingbrokeonbeer for helping me find this gem!

A-Pours a chilled hazy amber with a fluffy and soapy looking white head. Bubbly in nature and leaves some nice sticky lace on the way down.

S-Smell fruity, floral, sweet, has a little malt character and finishes with a slight bitterness.

T-More pine and caramel malt flavors come out than in the nose. There is still a subtle sweetness and fruitiness though. Finish is slightly bitter.

M-Medium bodied, creamy, nicely carbonated with a high drinkability

O-Overall a great DIPA was lucky enough to found this awesome beer! Thanks again to goingbrokeonbeer!

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Photo of rjp217
4.21/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 4/24 and poured into my Teku...

A - Dark orange appearance, super sticky lace is all over the glass throughout consumption

S - Nice floral aroma, some muted cluster of fruits, grass and very dank

T - Citra wallops you in the face, grapefruit, oranges and the malt backbone is pretty significant

M - Medium body, mild carbonation, decent hop bite on the palate

O - This is a pretty great DIPA, which seems to be the common saying these days. I love the citra and malt combination as they balance each other out greatly both upfront and on the finish. Excellent beer.

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Photo of StrongRepublican
4.44/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from the bottle into a small snifter.

A: Rich golden color with a short light tan head. Very honey-blonde in appearance.
S: Big juicy hop aroma with some caramel and light fruit.
T: Lots of citra hop flavor and some caramel with a lasting bitterness that isn't overpowering; plenty of fresh juicy fruit notes.
M: Smooth and semi-sweet with a dry, slightly bitter finish.
O: This was a very fresh bottle, less than three weeks old and I was very impressed. I am not typical an IPA fan, let alone DIPA, but I would drink this again in a heart beat. Gotta love those big citra-hop beers!

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Photo of Sandbarunner
4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This heavy citrus nosed DIPA is a keeper. I always thought I didn't like IPA's. Its turns out that I didn't like bad IPA's.

This limited release DIPA is worth looking for. Has a deep straw color and smooth to dry mouth feel. The aroma is almost tropical. Really gets you in the nose. I wish I could have this beer when the Pollen was gone from SC and I could really smell it!

With a 9.7% ABV this smooth beer packs a hidden upper cut!

Go look for this and if you can find a bottle of it get it. This is not a hyped up beer from the toddler market in Charleston.

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Photo of stakem
4.63/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to JISurfer for hooking me up with this. Bomber poured into a snifter. The brew appears a hazy copper color with a finger of tan froth that fades back leaving thick patchy webs of lacing effect on the glass. A swirl effortlessly revives the cap.

The aroma is chock full of hops smelling pine-like and resinous. Quite dank and catty with a fruity inclusion mixing with pulp and zest. Overall this is a very deeply complex set of aromatics centric to the character of the hops and a very mild inclusion of fruity to floral alcohol.

The taste is all sticky hop resins. Flavors of pine, pulp and citrus zest with minor grassy and dank appeal. A bit of an herbal component and a fruity to floral edge. The flavors here run the full gauntlet of enjoyable hop aspects with a minor hint of caramel malt sweetness and faint suggestion of alcohol.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. The bottled on date was approaching 3 months by the time I secured this to drink but holy hell was it still remarkable. I cant wait until this is released again, I would love to have more. A LOT more. So easy drinking and enjoyable, a bomber was a tease, I could have drank a growler of this and would be looking for more. This far exceeded all expectations.

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Photo of jeff1973
3.73/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 22oz bottle into Southampton Publick House pint glass. Bottled 8/27/13, so about 4 wks old. Acquired thru trade. Thanks beerbyrd!

A - Hazy burnt orange. Eggshell head leaves minimal lacing.

S - Peach, orange, a little catpiss. Doesn't overwhelm in the aroma department.

T - Peach and orange flavors really come thru with the right amount of alcohol notes to compliment them and not be harsh. Big bitterness in the aftertaste, as well as a malty backbone.

M - Medium with a nice creaminess. Carbonation is on the low side of medium.

O - A gave this a low rating when I had it last year. I didn't write down any notes and I can't remember why. It is a good beer. Wished it had a bigger nose and all the flavor and alcohol notes could've blended nicer, but still a solid drink and would have it again.

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Photo of JISurfer
4.6/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

While I'm not a huge fan of hoppier beers, this one is the exception for me. I saw that they used Citra hops, which are tropical in taste and smell, rather than citrusy. I was impressed with the nice head, around 2 fingers thick, as well as the retention time it had. It did eventually die out to a thick lacing, but that was long after the pour. Smell was of hops up front, but not the rich smell that is normally associated with DIPAs, then the tropical, almost starburst-like tropical smell was the finisher. The taste was very similar to the smell, but the finish was like a tropical fruit rush, that you could pick out different fruits, each time you tasted it. Had a nice coating feel to the mouthfeel and didn't leave a bitter taste. Like I said in the beginning, I'm not really a fan of hoppier beers, but this one is a gem. Get your hands on it if you can.

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Photo of RuckusDu
3.93/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Has been on my wants list for a while now. 22oz? Piggly Wiggly growler.

No pop when I opened it, but an aggressive pour did allow for a nice 2 finger head. Slightly straw colored head of tiny bubbles. Body is unfiltered and a dirty orange color. Aroma is quite good and very fresh. I want to say cascade hops (but I don't know my hops, so this may be way off). More green than fruity. Flavor is a little bitter and simple. Pine, orange rind, and some alcohol. Just slight sweetness. Mouthfeel is pleasant with good body and a little bitter puckering. Not too oily or dry either way.

Overall a very good beer. I wouldn't say it is the best I have had and I think there are many more accessible to me that are at least equal in quality. Glad I was able to try it. A well balanced double IPA but just a bit too much sharp bitterness.

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Photo of khensley
4.1/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Golden orange in color, light lacing, light glass rings.

Smells like prunes, some hints of burnt rye bread. Interesting!

Taste is very similar to the smell, with notes of grapefruit under a cloak of pancakes and syrup. Acceptable transition of sweet to bitter. Thank you! Not many double ipa's get that right.

Feels thin and lacks the heartiness of a big IPA, but does pack some tingle in the end of the finish, most likely due to the content of alcohol content rather than the lack of carbonation.

I could make a hobby out of drinking beer this good, perhaps I should....

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Photo of macrosmatic
4.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to dogdoc for this one! Reviewed from notes. Poured from bomber into TBBC pint glass.

A: A glowing deep orange-gold with medium visible carbonation and a small white head.

S: Citrus (orange primarily), grass, tropical fruit, pine, melon, and spice hop character.

T: Follows the nose. Huge hops character, heavier on tropical fruit, melon, and spice, with the light cracker malt flavors.

M: Medium body, good carbonation sensation, and minimal alcohol presence.

O: Wow, this is tasty. This isn't generally my favorite hop profile, but it works for me in this instance. Big winner from COAST.

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Photo of Gobzilla
3.8/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: poured a bright translucent golden orange in color with yellow highlights and had a half finger of head that left some good frothy lacing sticking to the glass.

S: some good citrusy notes upfront in the aroma with piney grassy hop character hints of tangerine and light malty sweetness.

T: the grassy hoppy character was more dominent on the palate alongside tangerine fruit, some good citrusy accents, a little piney but with good malty sweetness that helped on the balance.

M: the brew was light to medium in body with a fair amount of carbonation which had a sweet, hoppy, piney, grassy, citrusy, and slight bitter finish.

O: I thought it was just ok for a DIPA, I huess I have to stick with these west coasr hop bombs.

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Photo of HiltonHeadMike
4.75/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A= Fairly translucent, orange, finger head, nice lacing.

S= Pine and melon.

T= well balanced, piney, grapefruit, orange, melon.

M= excellent mouthfeel, good body and depth. Appreciate the toffee notes. Lingers on the palate, nice finish. Oily

O= excellent example of DIPA, with interesting hop structure.

Glad I have a growler full to enjoy of this fresh monster!

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Photo of AleWatcher
3.21/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle came courtesy of Johnqvegas. Bottled 09.12.12.
Thanks Dustin!
Shared with about 6 customers/staff members at the FFF brewpub.

So this is boy king? How wildly unimpressive.

Looks great-- golden orangey body, nearly white head. Decent retention and lacing.

Smells a little summit hoppy... I detect a hint of garlic/liver & onions.

9.5% ABV? I would not have guessed. The beer does a great job hiding the ABV. So... Props?!

The flavor is rather boring. Lightly sweet malt with a seemingly mild hop flavor and a very subdued bitterness.
This drinks more like a daily ipa than a limited release DIPA.

Overall-- call me Kayla Maroney, cuz I'm pretty unimpressed. (but nothing about this beer is subpar. If anything, I would call this an instance of the beer not living up to its hype).

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Boy King Double IPA from COAST Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 188 ratings.