Boy King Double IPA - COAST Brewing Company
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4.73/5 rDev +8.7%
Looks great. Actually, looks like possibly the most delicious beer ever. Full disclosure: I had this via growler at GBX (what a place) one time and was supremely impressed. High hopes here. That thick froth has me convinced that it's a winner. It slowly dissipates as it sloths down the glass sides with a snail trail.
The smell is beautiful. Bottled 4/12, it smells like freshness should. The hops are fruity yet bitter: a balance of of medicine and citrusy fruit. An elixir. A potion.
A wow comes with each sip. Expectations met, I struggle to find imperfections. It's maybe a tad on the bitter side. Like a buddy mentioned, might honey morph this into Hopslam? I'd love to side-by-side these, but I was oh-so-happy to acquire this shortly after my Hopslam passed away. It's absolutely delicious, and i hold it second in a bottle only to Hopslam. Great beer in a great bottle from a great brewery from a great store. Thanks Zach. Thanks Mom. :-)
Interestingly, I recall it even better from a keg--that distinguishes it from Hopslam. It reminds me of an Idiot cask I enjoyed, which I also found better than a Hopslam keg or cask. If only I could taste a fresh Boy King cask....
04-19-2012 20:46:41 | More by marvin213
4.18/5 rDev -3.9%
Thanks to Exiled for sharing this growler.
The beer pours a hazy orange color with a white head. The aroma is pine and tropical fruit. The flavor is tropical fruit with some resiny and piney hops. There is also some caramel malt to keep the bitterness from being too high. Medium mouthfeel and low carbonation. A very nice, very fruity double IPA.
07-20-2010 01:32:37 | More by Mora2000
4.53/5 rDev +4.1%
12oz. Pour into a Unibroue tulip.
Pours a brilliant tangerine orange color with little to no head. Nose is very subdued, some citrusy hops, but by no means overpowering. Taste is very pleasent: citrus hops backed by a huge sweet malt backbone. The taste is an interesting take on the DIPA genre. Hoppy enough to please with just a slight bitterness on the back end, but balanced enough not to turn your mouth inside out. None of the 9.6abv to be found. Heavy bodied, thick with high carbonation. Overall, a pleasing and easy to drink DIPA. Bravo!
04-11-2010 00:34:39 | More by mondegreen
4.58/5 rDev +5.3%
Many thanks to HawkeyeDaz for the growler split.
Pours a frothy gold with pretty lacing. Partly cloudy in the glass.
The smell is king! Grapefruit and more citrus are really all there is... and all you need.
A plethora of those citrusy hops are on the tongue. It's a little sweet but more balanced than some hop bombs. Finishes clean and dry.
The growler held up nicely and we are rewarded with stellar carbonation and a pleasant mouthfeel. Just a winner anyway you slice it!
07-21-2010 23:38:04 | More by rudylaw
4.25/5 rDev -2.3%
Pours an almost opaque golden-copper color with a one-finger slightly off-white head. The head recedes into a patchy layer on top leaving solid lacing.
Smells of bright tropical fruit hop aromas with mild amounts of herbal hops. Backing things up are grainy pale malts.
Tastes similar to how it smells although the hop profile isn't quite as robust. Moderately dry pale malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by solid amounts of herbal hop flavors with smaller amounts of tropical fruit hops. Midway through the sip the malt flavors reassert themselves and the hop influence becomes more bitter. The bitterness intensifies through to the end until it reaches a solidly bitter ending.
Mouthfeel is very good. It's got a nice thickness with grainy carbonation.
Drinkability is also very good. I finished my glass quickly and could easily have a few more.
Overall this is very close to being a great beer and it's better than I remember from a growler. My one qualm is that the hop influence could be a bit cleaner in the flavor profile. Still, it's a very well done beer that's worth a shot.
09-07-2010 03:59:42 | More by glid02
4.47/5 rDev +2.8%
Big thanks to Shane for splitting this bottle with me and to Jacob for sending it up here.
A: Pours a slightly hazy orange color with two fingers of thick foamy lace, reminds me of sea foam in the way it sits on top. Great retention, with the head keeping its thickness for quite some time, but despite this only spotty lacing.
S: Extremely fruity aroma. Lots of tropical fruits - grapefruit, pineapple, and orange with a a hint of pine mixed in. Slight alcohol warmth, but the aroma is extremely inviting.
T: It has a great bitterness right up front. There is a nice orange and orange zest as well as some grapefruit flavor mixed with some pine-resin. A bit of graham cracker malt balances the hops a bit.
M: Medium to full bodied with moderate carbonation. Has a great creamy texture and a dry/bitter finish that lingers for quite some time.
O: Fantastic, very easy drinking with a great flavor profile.
09-08-2011 01:45:54 | More by mdaschaf
4.28/5 rDev -1.6%
Thanks to BeerByrd
A: Poured a deep, cloudy orange. The color/clarity made me wonder if it was unfiltered. Barely one finger of tan head that coated in wide lacing.
S: Smelled even before the pour, and noted hops at first, then citrus aroma. A second whiff after things settled out was more balanced. Now some malt can be noted as well, and it is sweet.
T: Expecting a “hop bomb” explosion, but got a wonderful blend of all the things I could smell. A strong finish of malt and citrus where I anticipated hop bitterness. Balance came to mind again. Nice lingering taste with that bold backbone.
M: Perfect carbonation and a little heavy feel, as I would expect from a DIPA. Nice!
O: Wow, get one. A quality brew I would enjoy having another one.
07-15-2012 21:00:28 | More by KenC
4.38/5 rDev +0.7%
Pours a very nice orange-copper with a huge off-white head and plenty of lacing all the way down
strong citrus smells with a malt presence, but the hops are strongest with pineapple & mango
strong hops with orange peel & grapefruit and also malty backbone with creamy caramel note. very well balanced.
medium to full body. thick and creamy. velvety for an IPA. nice.
this is a great beer. its been a while since I've had an IPA with this kind of creamy, malty backbone. can't wait to get back over to the pub for another pint.
06-06-2011 03:47:37 | More by haddon
4.47/5 rDev +2.8%
Can’t thank kkipple enough for sending this up! You’re the best, Dan!
Boy King pours a light copper color. It’s definitely hazy, and has an orange look when held to light. A creamy, off-white head tops it and rises to nearly two fingers in height. Pretty impressive. It’s slow to recede, and leaves a moderate web of very sticky lace in its wake.
The nose is excellent. It does start out with a bit of a sweet, caramel malt scent. Perhaps a little sugary. But, never fear…it quickly fades within the waves of hop notes that come crashing in. They’re primarily a mix of citrus grapefruit, orange, and strong pine. Smells a little resiny or danky. Smells like my kind of DIPA – light on the caramel, heavy on the hops. Alcohol is there, but doesn’t smell too strong. I would’ve guessed in the 8% range. I don’t know what the abv is for this batch exactly. Smells delicious.
The flavor is right on track with the nose. The base does feature some caramel malt. It’s a little sweet, and anchors things down nicely. The hops literally have an explosive flavor about midway through. Strong grapefruit, orange, and pine flavors jolt the palate, and have a nice bitter kick. But, it’s not resiny or overly bitter at all. Let there be no doubt – this one’s skewed in the hop direction, but in a very calculated, controlled manner. I really like the formula here – lively, flavorful hops with just enough malt to keep things from getting out of hand. Alcohol is there, but it isn’t warm or hot. Finishes with a really nice piney, citric hop bite.
Boy King has a really smooth, medium body. Carbonation feels light and lends much to its svelte feel. This stuff goes down so easily it should be criminal. It’s actually difficult not to chug it. Not kidding.
I had the good fortune of trying one of the Barrel-aged Blackbeerds a couple of years ago. It was excellent. At the time, I figured Coast Brewing had reached their peak. Not so. Boy King more than proves that Coast is not a one trick pony at all. In fact, Boy King is the superior beer, if only by a nose. There’s not much to criticize here. Boy King is excellent stuff. I only wish I had more. Thanks, Dan. I owe you.
06-04-2011 03:14:49 | More by prototypic
4.38/5 rDev +0.7%
A: Cloudy/hazy orange with a fluffly orange tinted head. Some rising carbonation. The head was a bit bigger than I would have liked and could have been a bit more aesthetically pleasing, but really i am just splitting hairs
S: The first whiff i get is a mix of fresh cut grass and strawberries. It also smells alot like pot in that it has a clean resinous aroma. A bit of floralness is there with a touch of lemon as well
T: Gooey resinous pine and bitter grapefruit that has a pungent juiciness. Nice caramel note in the background too. Some floral hops are present that provide a nice clean taste. Very nice subtle strawberry and earthy note too
M: Good body that isnt too heavy or too light, a nice lingering hop note. A little more creaminess would have been nice
D: I dont think i could finish the growler myself but the abv is very well hidden
04-22-2010 22:18:21 | More by mikey711
Boy King Double IPA from COAST Brewing Company
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