Boy King Double IPA - COAST Brewing Company
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District of Columbia
2.7/5 rDev -37.9%
From 22oz bomber to Devil's Backbone glass on 5/5/12
-- IrishColonial be ballin', son --
Bottle date: 04/12
A: A big, straight pour down the center of my glass yields a .5 finger head that fades entirely too quickly. No real lacing, and I get but a meager little collar rimming the glass.
S: I'm fully aware this is a fresh bottle of beer, but had I not been told, I'd have told you this was sitting on the shelves for 12-18 months. It smells stale, like the hop pellets sat in the trunk of someone's car for six weeks in the hot summer sun.
T: Boringly bitter. Not overly floral or juicy. I mean the hops are certainly there, but they're not delivered and definitely not utilized to the best of their ability. Like the bouquet, this seems like nothing more then a stale DIPA. Disappointing to the absolute max.
M: Solid weight, nice carbonation and the texture is on point. The feel really tries to bump up the beer, but there's only so much it can do.
O: What happened here? Am I missing something? A 4.38 rDev? Really? Even if this was on retail shelves year-round, I'd never reach for it, let alone stock it in my shops. Hugely disappointing on multiple levels.
05-07-2012 23:44:53 | More by Rhettroactive
2.9/5 rDev -33.3%
Drank in the process of powering through Ryan's IPA haul. Thanks!
Doesn't look bad.
Aroma is oily hops, onions and some malt. Tastes bitter and sweet with a good dose of onion and uncooked garlic. Fail.
Mouthfeel is silky and carbonation appropriate. Disappoints overall.
06-15-2012 12:48:30 | More by tewaris
3.2/5 rDev -26.4%
Bottle came courtesy of Johnqvegas. Bottled 09.12.12.
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).
10-03-2012 17:52:27 | More by AleWatcher
3.3/5 rDev -24.1%
Poured into a snifter. Big thanks to thagr81us for this. I've been lucky recently, having scored this and Kern Citra in the past couple weeks. The Kern was great, but this tasting will determine which is better.
4.0 A: Hazy dark orange amber color. Two fingers of thick creamy beige head with average retention and tons of lacing.
4.0 S: Hops are quite floral and citrusy. Orange and pineapple with a touch of grapefruit and pine. Not quite the hop kick that Kern delivered, but this one has some malty goodness as well. Really nice caramel character in there.
3.0 T: Interesting. More malty that I was expecting. I dare say the malts are stronger than the hops. Caramel and plenty of breadiness in the malt department. Hops give orange, grapefruit, a general citrus, pine, and a healthy bitterness.
3.5 M: Heavier medium body. Reasonably creamy and bit chewy, especially for a DIPA. Good moderate carbonation.
3.0 D: There are better malty DIPAs (Double Crooked Tree) and there are better hoppy DIPAs, and this is in the middle and doesn't have the wow factor because of that. That said, the second glass wasn't as good as the first, but it was still tasty. This was definitely a good brew, but the Kern Citra blew this out of the water, given that I understand that they were going for different things.
08-13-2010 01:52:01 | More by DavoleBomb
3.38/5 rDev -22.3%
Excited to finally try a growler of this. It's a hazy orange beer with some decent head and retention and moderate lacing on the sides. The smell is mostly tropical with some bitter resin, I thought the sugar came through a little bit like it needed to be feremeted more, although then there may have been too much alcohol burn. Taste is above average, with a lot of bitter pine and resin in the followthrough, but it's nothing special or spectacular. Feels fine with good carbonation, but overall I thought this was a slightly better than average double IPA, and not worth what I had to do to get the growler.
06-20-2011 15:36:28 | More by RodneyX
3.45/5 rDev -20.7%
Thanks a lot for this one Brent. Split into two tulips. Pours a honey amber color with three fingers of creamy and lasting white head. It sticks around for a while and leaves lots of soapy lace.
Combination of piney hops with orange citrus hops in the aroma. Hints of caramel malts linger in the background. Much like the aroma the pallet delivers a blend of citrus and caramel with a little bit of a bitter pine finish. Pretty good here but seems a little weak on the pallet.
Nice light body here with soft carbonation. Overall nothing bad here bt just seems like a standard run of the mill DIPA. Enjoyable, but not rocking my socks.
09-29-2011 03:16:00 | More by Bendurgin
3.48/5 rDev -20%
A - Pours a dark copper color with a thick, frothy head and alot of carbonation.
S - Sweet caramel malt and faint citrus, not much more.
T - Light toasted malt, mild grapefruit, and pine bitterness. Toasty malts nip the tongue up front and stays for the duration with pine and citrus that enter a second after the initial sip.
M - Medium body, gentle carbonation and leaves a pine and toasted malt aftertaste.
O - If I based everything on this bottle, I'd never buy it again. Granted, it could be a dated bottle so I'll give this another go and change my revue accordingly.
12-29-2011 05:31:03 | More by jzeilinger
3.55/5 rDev -18.4%
Thanks Chris for sharing this!
A-Body is a very densely foggy translucent pale amber hue. Pours with a nice 1 finger or so head that has great retention and leaves plenty of lacing behind in the glass.
S- Nose is very hoppy-but more raw than bright. Green grass, herbal notes, and slightly earthy. The herbal hoppy notes are most prevalent and overpowering. Nose is all hops with a minuscule malt backbone.
T- Lots of herbal and grassy hop flavors upfront with a plethora of other mixed greens and slight medicinal characteristics. The flavor, like the nose is very raw. A little bit of citrus and exotic fruit flavors are there but are muted behind the green profile. The hops become quite bitter for the finish and leave a big long-lasting hop bitterness behind making this IPA somewhat crass and harsh.
M- Medium to high prickly carbonation and a light to medium weight drinkable body with no alcohol or oily consistency present.
D- This is a decent DIPA overall that is very hoppy and very bitter. I prefer IPAs that are much brighter in flavor profile. This is an enjoyable IPA nonetheless that I am very happy that I had the opportunity to try!
07-24-2010 16:46:18 | More by PittBeerGirl
3.58/5 rDev -17.7%
Props to Chris, the artist formerly known as spycow, for procuring this and sharing it at a mere 7 days old.
A - Medium orange beer with an off-white head that had some decent lacing. No obvious loss of carbonation from being in the growler.
S - Pretty sweet, lot of caramel and sugar with obvious hops being resiny pine and citrus fruit. Also has some vegetable qualities to it that are not particularly pleasant.
T - Really kind of disappointed with the taste on this one. Some mild citrus and pine with a little bitter bite on the end. I upgrade it just slightly because the alcohol is exceptionally well hidden.
M - Medium bodied, good carbonation.
O - This is a great beer to get messed up on, but as far as DIPA's go I put it at good-average, if that makes any sense. Would drink again, but it didn't really live up to the expectations I had, and doesn't come close to some of the elite IPAs.
05-31-2011 23:25:32 | More by AgentZero
3.58/5 rDev -17.7%
Bomber into pint glass, thanks to Notacommunist for sharing this.
A- Color of orange marmalade, thin head
S- Somewhat muted, a bit boozy, a bit of citrus
T- Sweet, taste of C hops, some sort of weird spice, onion or garlic or something.
M- Somewhat thick, a bit undercarbed
O- Decent overall, doesn't really stand up to the wide array of great DIPAs available.
06-09-2012 04:04:00 | More by Steasy66
3.63/5 rDev -16.6%
A-pours a hazy lighter copperish orange with a dense off white head.
S-light malt base of caramel and brown sugar. the grapefruit and citrus are present accompanied by some spicy herbal hops and toasted grain with a slightly messy hop aroma.
T-the hop flavors are a little messy, the malt is less present and the hops have a good hold here, the grapefruit is there in the back, toasted grain and little dry herbs with notes of pine come in at the back.
M-grainy on the palate, medium syrupy body with a good carbonation and somewhat dry finish.
D-this is tasty, lots of huge hype and doesn't quite live up to the equal pliny claims. Solid hop flavors but seems a little rough around the edges. the feel is little grainy.
07-23-2010 01:26:41 | More by cpetrone84
3.7/5 rDev -14.9%
Poured from a growler shared by ejyoung into a tulip.
Barely hazed copper topped by a creamy, frothy one-finger head of khaki that fades quickly, becoming a thick, frothy top layer. Some thick square patterns of lace checker the glass.
Kind of dull nose. Sticky, resinous hops, alcohol, some dried lemon and orange peel, crackers and caramel.
Some resinous notes mix with sweeter tropical notes in the flavor —juicyfruit, some grapefruit. There’s a good amount of malt to balance, with lots of caramel and hints of biscuits. You can tell it’s very hoppy because it’s super bitter, but it doesn’t have enough of that fresh bite to it.
Soft, tickly carbonation in an expansive medium body. A good amount of fumes in the nose and mouth.
I can’t imagine this is the beer everyone gets so excited about. It was sent via growler and stored for a few days, so it might have experienced some deterioration during the trip or spent too much time. Either way, the hops aren’t as bright as they should be.
07-19-2011 22:18:14 | More by Phelps
3.74/5 rDev -14%
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.
09-26-2013 00:13:40 | More by jeff1973
Boy King Double IPA from COAST Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 361 ratings.