Boy King Double IPA - COAST Brewing Company

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Boy King Double IPABoy King Double IPA

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Ratings: 437
Reviews: 189
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: 9.93%
Wants: 396
Gots: 24 | FT: 1
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COAST Brewing Company visit their website
South Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  9.70% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: mikesgroove on 04-14-2009

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!
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Photo of AFCPar-tie-ers
4.96/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

what what in the butt?! just look at the number rating cause this shit rocks

Photo of Zach136
4.3/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

Photo of scbeerman
4.37/5  rDev +0.9%
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.

Photo of marvin213
4.75/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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....

Photo of Mora2000
4.15/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of mondegreen
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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!

Photo of rudylaw
4.57/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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!

Photo of glid02
4.27/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5


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.

Photo of JamesStreet
3.94/5  rDev -9%
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.

Photo of mdaschaf
4.47/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of KenC
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of haddon
4.35/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of prototypic
4.47/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Can’t thank kkipple enough for sending this up! You’re the best, Dan!

Batch 4

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.

Photo of mikey711
4.37/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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

Photo of PeprSprYoFace
4.42/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got a growler from mikesgroove. Shared at The Bruery 2nd Annaversary party.

Pours a golden, semi clear color. Nice head. Nice lacing.

Aroma is the best part. Lots of grapefruit and citrus. Tons of hop aroma.

Taste is great. Tons of hops. Grapefruit finish. Sweet too. Reminds me of hop slam a bit.

Mouthfeel is good. Good carb for a growler.

Overall an awesome beer that I'm going to want another growler of. Could easily drink a couple pints. But the FUCT boyz drank it all. Lol

Photo of nickd717
4.2/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler thanks to Dunt at DLD.

Pours hazy copper with a large lasting white head.

Aroma is very hoppy and citrusy. Lots of grapefruit. Not much malt.

Flavor is really good. Rough grapefruit, pine, tropical fruit, and a little sweet malt.

Pretty harsh palate in a good way. Lots of hop resins. Sticks with you.

Drinkability is good. This is a great DIPA overall and ALMOST lives up to the hype.

Photo of Alieniloquium
4.14/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Smokey Oak Taprooms. Served in a chalice.

A - Hazy orange body. Very orange. No head, but I don't know if bartender scraped it off. Somewhat poor lacing. Sticks a bit.

S - Strong orange citrus aroma with some floral hop notes. I've never smelled such a strong orange hop flavor. Sweet, without being malty.

T - Similar to the smell. Strong orange hops with a nice sweetness. It's a hefty sweetness, but not too strong. It balances well. The finish is a light bitterness, blended with sweetness. The flavors seem to continue throughout the whole drink.

M - Medium bodied. Thick enough to keep all the flavors blended throughout, which is remarkable.

O - Very nice. Glad I tried it. If I lived here, I'd drink it whenever it was available.

Photo of Kegatron
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

64 oz growler into an oversized tulip glass. Big thanks to seanpachefddfa for hooking me up with this via trade. Filled and sealed on 5/19/09 @ the Charleston Beer Exchange. Consumed just under 2 weeks later.

Pours a hazy looky rosey amber, which is topped by a finger or so of foamy off-white head. Retains with about a half finger, flaring up magnificantly when swirled, and throwing a huge creamy cascade of lacing that settles into some thick patchy swathes that stick. Just HUGE hop character in the nose. Big floral and spicy notes, with a sharp piney punctuation! A thick blend of robust tropical fruits and toasted caramel evens the nose out perfectly with a hefty sweet tang. A light undercurrent of warmth adds some beef but it's really hard to pick up any actual alcohol until right as this reaches room temp.

The taste starts with a nice aggressive hop bitterness, which luckily doesn't destroy the tastebuds but still imparts a satisfyingly dry and spicy feel that lingers long and proud on the palate. Just like the aroma, this is nicely balanced by juicy citrus character and a sticky mix of bread and caramel. The mouthfeel is medium-fuller bodied with a moderately creamy carbonation and a slicker and oily feel that rides underneath. There is some overall warmth to this but it overall drinks tremendously for the size. Nice!

Wow, COAST hit a home run with this Bad Boy! It's definitely up there in the upper echelon of DIPAs for me, with it's huge hop profile, near perfect balance, and ridiculous drinkbability. And to think that this growler was nearly 2 weeks old when I had it. I shudder to think just how much more this would pop on draft! Awesome stuff!

Photo of thagr81us
4.45/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on 07/11/11. Served from bottle into a Green Man snifter. Poured a hazy yellow-orange with a one finger off-white head that subsided to a half finger slowly. Maintained phenomenal lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, citrus, citrus hop, subtle pine, and subtle pine resin. The flavor was of sweet malt, pine, citrus, citrus hop, pine resin, and pine hop. It had a medium feel on the palate with mild carbonation. Overall this was a great brew. I have now had this one three different times out of three different serving vessels and all have been great. It is really nice to see a brew that holds up regardless of how it is served. Really glad that COAST is bottling this one now so that more people will get a chance to try it... The flavor profile on this one is very abrasive if you aren't a big IIPA fan, but not enough to shy you away from them if you aren't. The 9.5%??? Nowhere to be found... Really great brew once again from COAST.

Photo of unskinnyhop09
4.47/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

ok. here's the deal: if you find this one, buy it and drink it. it is one of the best beers i have EVER had in my entire life!!! that's 36 years of wonderful living.

a--ipa tone with plenty of ha. yep. nice!

s--IT SMELLS LIKE MAGIC!!! really, did someone put grapefruit and pineapple juice in this mug? nope. it's just hoppy citrus magic. smell it. it is the cleanest beer I have had the opportunity to smell.

t--not that it is the best, but it tastes just as good as any other major ipa that you have had in your life. i can't speak from the bottle standpoint, but i have to say that boy king on tap is AMAZING!!!

m--not the boy king's strongest suit, but not weak. the mouthfeel is just as perfect as any double ipa out there. it's good. dang good. try it. you'll see what i mean.

d--only good because two or more will make you require a driver. really. it tastes great, but it is loaded with enough hidden alcohol that you will be happy for the rest of the night.

drink it. it's clean. it's hoppy. it's GREAT!
long live the boy king!!!

Photo of Solomon420
4.1/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to funkydelic for trading me this growler of Boy King. Poured into a 500ml imperial pint glass. Amber hued, murky with a nice head retention. Minimal lacing.
The aroma was very pleasing, very hoppy and fruity, grapefruit sour apple and pineapple
The flavor was very good. hops and not much malt, which is perfect for a DIPA
Easy to drink and easily finished the growler in one sitting.
Very surprised at this DIPA from the east coast. If more breweries over there made IPA/DIPAs like this more often, then East Coasters would know how lucky we have it on this coast. We can easily get a beer of this quality and caliber. It reminds me of Ballast Point Double Dorado to a Tee. Very nice beer and I hope this style of American IPA/DIPA becomes commonplace for my fellow East Coasters. Welcome to what beer should taste like.
Everyone should seek this beer out, its a treat. Well done!

Photo of alleykatking
4.33/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had a sample poured for me at DLD...pretty amazing might I add!

A- Pours a hazy coppper color. One and a half finger head stays around for a short period before dying down. Sticky lacing on the sides of the glass.

S- Big citrus and tropical hops in the nose. Lots of citrus and mango with this that rushes about in the front of the aroma. Not much malt in this at all...some light I would say bready notes but not much at all. Hops hops and more hops in the nose.

T- Very very hops forward alright! The underlying sweet caramel malts make up the backbone to this beer. Nice citrus hops in the front end of the beer. Pine hops in the backend of the flavor. A nice almost balanced hop bomb for sure.

M- Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation is good for the style and for coming out of the growler. Hop resin left all over the place on my teeth and on my lips. Hopppy aftertaste with some light alcohol in the backing. Flavors are crisp and well defined.

D- This beer is pretty darn drinkable. If the growler was mine I would have had a hard time sharing it. Would love to get a growler of this for myself.

Photo of md655321
4.71/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Fairly dark, even for a double. Opaque rustish color

S: Grassy and a little sweetness. A bit of dankness.

T: Unique and incredibly balanced. Grassy with just a touch of citrus. Nice bitterness at the end

M: A little oily, with nice carbonation.

D: Crazy for a double, seems much more like a 7 percenter. Extremely smooth and crazy delicious.

A very unique double, and another GREAT one from COAST. Lessy grassy than HopArt, but the absolutely flawless balance makes it a winner. Its actually a bit like a Masala Mama for the DIPA inclined.

Photo of zep9865
4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into aecht tulip courtesy of aasher, who always manages to pull in the most stellar of brews. Pours a rusty copper with two fingers of foam head. Most of the foam recedes with mild lacing.

Pineapple and orange stand out a little more on the front end with a hint of grapefruit. Floral hops are abundant and the alcohol is detectable but not overbearing.

Beer is surprisingly tart when it hits the palate and immediately flows into a grapefruity dry hopped aftertaste

Mouthfeel of this beer is very defined as an ipa should be. Can't quite figure out what's in the aftertaste but it's unique and I like it.

Very appreciative for the opportunity to try this. Alcohol is masked well and this beer is very easy to drink.

Photo of rjp217
4.21/5  rDev -2.8%
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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Boy King Double IPA from COAST Brewing Company
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