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Boy King Double IPA - COAST Brewing Company

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Boy King Double IPABoy King Double IPA

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348 Ratings
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Ratings: 348
Reviews: 178
rAvg: 4.35
pDev: 10.34%
Wants: 396
Gots: 17 | FT: 1
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South Carolina, United States

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

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!

(Beer added by: mikesgroove on 04-14-2009)
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4.22/5  rDev -3%

Reviewed from notes: Big props go out to Jsanford for sending this one my way. Cheers Bro.

appearance: copper orange with a 2 finger off white head

smell: pineapple, grapefruit, hops, caramel, malts

taste: sweet, grapefruit hops, caramel, malts

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium body,

overall: wow this is a beast of a DIPA. Very good beer. Had a little alcohol warmth and little sweetness r the only things I can find wrong. The Citra hop is just amazing.


09-06-2011 19:06:28 | More by THECPJ
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4.05/5  rDev -6.9%

Nine days old from a bottled filled on 8-25-11

Pours a light orange/dark yellow that is fairly cloudy and certainly not filtered. A super frothy 2 finger off-white head that refuses and stubbornly recedes crowns the beer leaving heavy clingy lacing in its wake. A rather large citrus hop smell just adds to the anticipation. Plenty of malts compliment the nose. First sip is boldly hopped but not overboard by any means. It is backed with just enough malts to support the hops. Very well carbonated and surprisingly creamy for a beer that falls on the light bodied side of the spectrum. Much more of a West Coaster than an East Coaster. ABV is super well hidden. Either way…very tasty especially FRESH!

09-04-2011 23:31:51 | More by ATLbeerDog
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4.35/5  rDev 0%

22oz bomber into a wine glass - bottled 7/11/2011 drank 8/25/2011 from notes

A: Pours a slightly hazy golden orange with a big white head that fades to a small layer and leaves a lot of sticky lacing on the glass.

S: The nose is full of big hop aromas in the form of tropical fruits, grapefruit, and a there's also a big malt sweetness in the background.

T: The taste follows the nose with lots of tropical fruit like mango and pineapple but with more grapefruit than I expected. The bitterness lasts for a while on the finish.

M: Feel is medium bodied and creamy.

O: I enjoyed this even though it was about a month old. The hops had not faded much and the flavors were still very good. Excellent example of a DIPA.

09-03-2011 20:29:24 | More by GregSVT
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New York

4.93/5  rDev +13.3%

COAST Brewing's Boy King double IPA is kingly indeed. A couple buddies shared a growler with me and we compared it to a growler of another local DIPA. Our local got crushed.

Boy King leaves lace all over the glass and atop it's bronze hazy body. The aroma is musty, earthy, but then filled with oranges, pineapples, pine in the hops, and its stacked with candy and caramel malts. The taste matches right along, bringing the fresh hops to the front without being overwhelming. The caramel covers the alcohol, and there's a funkiness to it that remains to remind you of the hop character.

Overall a great medium bodied beer. Dangerously drinkable, totally enjoayble, and one of my favorite DIPA's thus far. Cheers to Carolina. And NY - let's up our game.

08-30-2011 23:37:21 | More by afksports
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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

Thanks to GregSVT for bringing this one over!

Pours an orange hazy hue with a massive, fluffy white head that leaves great lacing on the glass.

The aroma was mainly of citrus. Plenty of grapefruit, pineapple, and orange. There is also sweet malty notes and a bit of piney hops.

Incredibly fresh hop flavor bursts through the tongue. Very citrusy, with fruit flavor coming in fully. There is also a nice malt backbone to this, well balanced.

This is very rich, and a bit thick for a dipa. It is very highly carbonated.

Overall, I really enjoyed this beer, and it is one of my favorite dipas to date.

08-29-2011 18:36:39 | More by fatmcb1
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4.63/5  rDev +6.4%

Just got this is a trade. Thanks a ton jpmclaug!

Pours a hazy orange with a good white head that fades into a thin white layer.

Smells of grapefruit and orange with some sweetness and a touch of biscuit.

Starts out with a sweet burst of citrus rounding out into a piney bitterness then a earthy spicy bitterness that lingers on the tongue long after the taste. Finishes very dry.

Maybe a touch too much carbonation, but pretty good. Mouthfeel is just about perfect.

This is a top notch DIPA alright, but just a couple things prevent it from getting the to the top of the heap. Still a great beer, I'd love to have again if the opporitunity arises.

08-16-2011 22:06:00 | More by jmarsh123
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New York

4.43/5  rDev +1.8%

One finger of thick foam hugs the top of a cloudy, amber/gold brew for a moment, then sinks to a ring and persistent island, as lace continents form a bas relief map upon the inner surface of my Ommegang chalice.

Med. strength aroma, heavily sweet and carrying orange peel, grapefruit, hints of lemon, a merest ghost of biscuit, and some sweet floral. Ah, were this aroma the perfume my wife wore daily through our marriage, fifteen children would share the house now, not the two we actually have.

Wonderful taste, marvelous, starting sweet and transitioning into some tasty orange peel, herbal bitter, grapefruit, lemon, candi, hints of pine, some nice floral in the background as it warms, subtle tart of the yeast, and into a finish that refuses to give up its sweet while it stays fairly dry. I kept thinking this would become cloying, or syrupy, or lemon drop, but though it starts down that road it stays on the tasty side of the tracks.

Maybe a touch too carb.'ed for style, but it adds a carbonic kick from which it definitely benefits. Highly viscous, but easy drinking, nice, and a finish which caps a flavor profile of simplicity and deliciosity. As a factor of successful display of flavors, this mouth is superb, refreshing as well.

I've had all the top of this style except Younger, which I desire. This is a beer which is staggeringly good, similar to Abrasive in taste and quality, but just a step back of it. One of the best IIPA out there in a time and place in which we are privileged to enjoy the best ever the world has known.

08-14-2011 23:30:34 | More by cavedave
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South Carolina

4.7/5  rDev +8%

Got lucky and managed to snag a couple bottles of this before they were gone. Perfect orange pour and foamy white head that lasts for days. All citrus and hops in the aroma, tangerines and oranges with a floral bitterness. Taste is remarkably light and smooth, very light body for a DIPA, drinks more like a nice 6.0 IPA. A robust citrusy bitterness does kick in at the end, but the alcohol (9.5% allegedly) is MIA. Probably the easiest drinking DIPA I have ever had. One of those rare brews that lives up to its immense hype.

08-12-2011 07:25:26 | More by saintwarrick
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South Carolina

4.45/5  rDev +2.3%

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.

08-10-2011 19:45:07 | More by thagr81us
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4.18/5  rDev -3.9%

Poured from a growler into a tulip. At long last I am finally getting to try a growler of this.

Appearance: When poured into my tulip, Boy King has a dark, but still translucent, caramel color with a cherry tint. A full creamy white head rests elegantly on top, leaving lots of lace all over the glass.

Smell: Sweet caramel, grapefruit, spruce, and candied pineapple give this a sweet, fruity, and bitter aroma. Fairly standard and pleasant for a DIPA.

Taste: The flavor starts out with a caramel sweetness, which turns into a resiny pine bitterness. A little earthy, spicy, and herbal flavors come through in the middle, with a good amount of citric hoppiness and a dash of pineapple as well.

Mouthfeel: Not surprisingly, this 9.5% DIPA is full bodied. I would classify this as being smooth, although there is a slightly grainy aspect to this, as well as a little bit of oily resin.

Overall: The hop bill was full, giving this a solid bitter presence, but the malt could stand up to it fairly well, which I like in my hoppy beers.

08-08-2011 19:06:09 | More by KickInTheChalice
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New Mexico

4.93/5  rDev +13.3%

Thanks again to Chad for this extra! Poured into a Bruery tulip.

A - nice golden body with eggshell-white head on top. Looks pretty good....

S - FRESHNESS! Citrus and fruity hops dominate the nose. Smells REALLY good....

T - all that the nose promised and more! Incredibly fresh hops and a tiny bit of malt sweetness make this one of the best DIPA's I've ever tasted.

M - what can I say? It feels amazing. Incredibly smooth and fresh.

O - this is easily in the top three DIPA's I've ever had. And, as per usual, it's going to be hard to obtain more of it. That won't stop me from trying, though!

08-06-2011 23:19:37 | More by GabrielM
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4.13/5  rDev -5.1%

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.

08-05-2011 12:59:16 | More by Alieniloquium
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4.45/5  rDev +2.3%

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Shared by Ryan011235, via PDXHops at Komondor's house.

This stuff glows in your glass. Its a light, brassy gold with a very minimal level of haze. I do wish it were purely clear though. The head is lacy as all whatnot and pure white.

The aroma on this beer is huge. Lots of sticky, wet, dank hops. A big juicy squeeze of pithy citrus cleans things up. Grapefruit and pine work together to give Boy King a fresh vibrancy.

This beer has a pretty nice balance, until an oh-so-good bitterness creeps up to melt your face. Things start discreetly though; candied and fleshy orange, grapefruit with some new growth pine sapling. The bitterness I spoke of waits it's turn. It holds off until all other flavors are tasted, nay, savored. The bitterness is very clean, staying miles away from medicinal and astringent. It seems to be built out of the inherent residuals from the flavors that build the bulk of the flavor profile. It serves as a reminder that this is a hoppy mother-shut-yo-mouth.

Feels good man. This is a sticky, resinous, drying, hop oil elixir. Carbonation is just right and keeps the beer from cluttering up the palate. The finish is smackingly dry, bitter and resinous.

A fine beer. I can haz growler?

08-05-2011 06:12:56 | More by MbpBugeye
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4.58/5  rDev +5.3%

A: Nice gold and amber mix with copper hues. 1.5 to 2 finger off white head. Murky.

S: Lots of grapefruit and pineapple. Sweet with pine notes.

T: Nice amount of hops which fade without much bitterness or sour aftertaste. The alcohol isn't overwhelming.

M: Medium bodied, moderate carbonation. Amazingly smooth.

Overall: This is close to as good as it gets. Smooth, hop rich with drinkability like few other DIPA.

08-05-2011 01:45:55 | More by kylehay2004
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4.43/5  rDev +1.8%

A - It pours with one finger of dense, white foam on a very hazy golden-copper body. The head fades slowly and leaves excellent lace.

S - Sweaty pine hops with sweet citrus notes of orange and grapefruit. Some sweet bready malt and a bit of toffee in the background.

T - Notes of sweet malt and toffee up front. The pungent hops appear in the middle with notes of pine and orange. It finishes with a blend of thick malt and sweaty hops with moderate bitterness.

M - A fairly thick body, moderate carbonation, and a sweet finish.

D - very nice, pungent hops and plenty of malt. It has a really great hop character that compares well to the best examples of the style. There is a lot going on in the flavor profile as well, but the malt subdues the hops to a certain degree and the fruity nature of the flavor hops contributes to this effect.

08-05-2011 01:44:31 | More by nickfl
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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

A- Pours a hazy, burnt orange with an offf white head. Head has good retention and leaves some nice spotty lacing.

S- A good amount of sweetness coming from this ones. Also picking up quite a bit of citrus too. Pretty solid balance.

T- Taste is a lot like the nose. A nice strong malt back bone. Hops are pretty solid, and not over the top. Balance between the hops and malts are pretty amazing.

M- Medium in body and carbonation.

O- A very solid brew all around. Easy to drink for sure. Thanks for sharing this one Ryan.

08-02-2011 10:50:30 | More by nrbw23
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3.93/5  rDev -9.7%

Big thanks to LSUPT for giving me a shot at this brew. I've been wanting to give this one a go for some time now.

Might have been my favorite looking DIPA that I've had. Pours a stunning burnt orange that glows very brightly around the edges. An extremely impressive head bursts up quickly from a fairly average pour. 4 fingers of thick egg shell white foam rise to the very top of my Duvel Green tulip. I ran to the restroom really quick after pouring, return two minutes later and the head hasn't budged. about a minute later you see the bubbles spreading slightly. It finally falls to a huge crown and left behind some super thick lacing. Absolutely stunning beer.

The smell is extremely nice. Upfront with some dry hops then you get punched by the fruits. Citrus, grapefruit, mango, pine, slight unripe pear smell that tingles a bit. So inviting.

After the look and smell, I was expecting perfection to enter my mouth. I might have set my expectations slightly too high. It was still very nice with the fruity characteristics, but it had a sweet malt backbone that I wasn't expecting up to this point. The hops were much more noticeable in the smell. Still present in the taste but the malt is what stands out in this one.

The mouthfeel is nice and creamy. Exactly what I was in the mood for tonight. Kind of a chewy feeling, which you normally wouldn't expect in the style. Very nice and highly drinkable.

This is the best East Coast IPA I've had. It's hard to compare it to a west coast IPA. I don't think I've ever had anything like this before. Very enjoyable and I hope to get another chance at this. Thanks again Alex!

07-30-2011 07:54:40 | More by DearthVader
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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

A: Pours a slightly hazy copper-amber color, giving this beer a really nice color.  A very small white head appears but lasts only briefly, and leaves minimal lacing on the sides of the glass.  

S: This one smells excellent!  Piney and fruity; floral and juicy.  Piney characteristics dominate, but tropical fruit (grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, lemon) also dominate.  Notes of caramel malt and a slight earthiness that seems slightly out of place.  Overall, very aromatic and pleasant. 

T: A really nice bitter bite up front.  As in the smell, pleasantly piney with a great hop profile providing floral and fruity characteristics that really make the mouth water.  Toward the middle the bready maltiness comes through giving it a touch more complexity.  Slightly sweet toward the middle as well, but this doesn't last very long.  Finishes hoppy and quite bitter.  There's still a bit of a grassiness that doesn't seem like it should be there, which is left in the aftertaste.  

M: Medium bodied with ample carbonation to enhance the already delicious flavors.  Nice balance between bitterness and sweetness, but finishes bitter, and leaving the mouth quite dry.  

D: Pretty high drinkability, despite the alcohol content.  Overall pretty delicious and well balanced.  Mouthfeel is great, and it is extremely easy to put it down.  It could play ball with some of my favorite DIPAs, but it isn't quite in the same league.

07-27-2011 14:45:12 | More by Mississipping
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4.2/5  rDev -3.4%

Poured into an E&J Cask & Cream glass on 7/24/11

Bottled 7/11/11

Massive thanks to PDXHops once again for the hook up

Faded, sunburnt amber with a touch of light drown and gold. A lofty three finger head rose quickly, dropping to a smooth cap of about half an inch. Thinner but consistent retention throughout. Lace doesn't catch until a third of the way into the glass, but then leaves a solid wall.

Smells of dank hops, but the aroma isn't particularly strong. The deep, muddled citric tones of Citra is in abundance. Notes of pine, weed and a hint of cat piss are buried in the mix. Though it doesn't smell ripe with alcohol, there's a notion that the abv isn't modest. malts don't seem over the top, just some cracker and bread. A bit herbal as it warms up.

Tastes much more potent than the aroma lets on. Pine makes more of a showing here, providing for a reasonable amount of bitterness; even better that it lasts throughout and lingers well after each sip is gone. Citric flavors are a bit more restrained. The mats have a penchant for dry graininess; think crumbly, fresh-baked bread and multi-grain crackers. After it opens up, some sweetness is to be had; a little bready and a little sugar cookie.

Maybe a smidgen above medium body. A tad slick at times, but hardly hot by any measure. Actually, the granular feel balances it out very well. Rather high carbonation upfront; lively, then tapering off as the glass wears on. As mentioned above, finishes with lingering bitterness.

Easily drinkable and plenty tasty. The alcohol does catch up with you over time; not exactly a problem for a DIPA. Perhaps it's a bit maltier than some may prefer, but the malt profile is an enjoyable one that doesn't burden the hops.

07-25-2011 00:15:19 | More by Ryan011235
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North Carolina

4.63/5  rDev +6.4%

Appearance: Pours a hazy amber verging on golden with a magnificent head that drapes a curtain of lace all over the glass

Smell: Candied citrus, with pineapple and mango elements

Taste: Sugary malt, up front, but the hops quickly take over producing sweet, but bitter, citrus and tropical fruit flavors through mid-palate; the hoppy flavors are nicely balanced into the finish by a measure of sugary malt which never dominates but is always in the background

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation; never verges on sticky

Overall: Bottled just 10 days ago, this is about as fresh as it gets and a really good DIPA, at that; love that it has all of the big citrusy/tropical hop flavors without any of the stickiness that I often taste from other brewers of the style

07-22-2011 01:11:24 | More by brentk56
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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
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4.38/5  rDev +0.7%

Growler received in a recent trade with funkydelic. Thanks again Cameron!

Pours a slightly hazy golden orange color with a one finger foamy white head that quickly settles into a lasting ring. Sporadic spots of lacing left behind.

Sweet citrus hop aroma with hints of floral, earthy pine, pale malt and sweet alcohol. Lots of citrus and tropical fruit notes with hints of pineapple, grapefruit and orange peel. This is countered by a dank, resinous pine character and a grainy malt presence with some biscuit and graham.

Chewy medium body with a blast of dank, earthy hops that give off a nice dry bitterness that lingers over the sweeter notes and pale malt into a nice dry finish. The bitterness isn't overpowering because it is excellently countered by a blast of juicy tropical and citrus hops. Hints of mango, papaya, grapefruit, pineapple and orange peel provide sweetness and great balance. Underneath all of the hops there's a nice malt backbone that is slightly grainy with some biscuit and graham cracker. Toward the back end there is some boozy heat but the high ABV is very well masked, making it extremely quaffable. This growler went quick and I want more!

07-18-2011 02:59:52 | More by corby112
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South Carolina

4.93/5  rDev +13.3%

Poured from a bottle into a founders snifter. Fresh..bottled 7/11/11. Also had from a growler a week before.

A- nice pour. Orange auburn color when held up to light. Half inch nice white head. Decent lacing around the glass.

S- bam..citra hops! This beer smells gorgeous. Tropical fruits invade the nose..can't wait to drink this.

T- taste follows the nose well.. Tropical fruits of pineapple, mango, and peach engulf your pallet followed by a touch of malt to balance it out and ending with a sufficient piney hop bitterness.

M- medium mouthfeel although a bit chewy with tropical hop flavors. Pretty good carbonation with clean bitter finish.

O- overall this is a great beer. I love my double IPA's and this is a great example of one with citra hops. Becoming one of my favorites very quickly. Coast definitely knows what they are doing..great brewery. I do have to say I prefer it from a growler, but nonetheless I will definitely seek this out every time coast has it available.

07-18-2011 02:26:05 | More by Rymar9
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4.38/5  rDev +0.7%

About a 12oz pour from a 64oz growler to a Duvel Tulip, although I had several.
Color and Clarity of this beer are perfect but the head and lacing are lacking, in my opinion. Clarity not that important for me but this beer is perfectly clear. Color is a light-amber to copper amber with a slightly apparent orange hue. First pour I am only able to coax out a 1/2 inch head with spotty lacing. However, a harder pour on my second glass yields a 1 inch head that leaves a thin film of lace

Smell as I cracked the growler for the first time was unreal, if I could fit, I would live in there. Mostly full, strong, floral and pine notes, fruitiness is very interesting strawberry and other berries it seems, bitterness is detectable in the nose. Alcohol is barely noticeable in the smell as it warms but pretty much non existent in the taste (edit: as I work my way through the growler the alcohol is, in fact, noticeable). This beer is extremely hoppy yet a malt masterpiece at the same time. Caramel, raw sugar, and the wheat marries the flavors together perfectly. Hops give a taste similar to the nose but there are noticeable citrus and tropical notes in the taste. Mouthfeel is unique. Very low-carbonation, but extremely fine bubbles give it a slightly creamy mouthfeel and a full tongue-coating bitterness, I'm really digging it.

Drinkabilty of Boy King is high but you can certainly feel the alcohol even if you can't taste it. This beer really lived up to the hype for me and I'm ready to try more COAST brews in the near future.

07-15-2011 00:22:45 | More by LSUPT
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3.78/5  rDev -13.1%

Thanks to ejyoung for sharing this at our last tasting.

A: a clear orange-copper with a white head that fell quickly. not much lacing down the glass.

S: there is a nice citrus hop aroma with some melon aromas. I get quite a bit of caramel malt with hints of bread.

T: starts out malty. there is caramel and bread. hints of toffee. ends bitter and hoppy with lots of citrus. there is some resinous hops in there too.

M: medium-thin with a good amount of carb.

O: this is a good beer. pretty balance. it was not as hop forward as I was hoping.

07-11-2011 04:07:12 | More by ottovon
Boy King Double IPA from COAST Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 348 ratings.