Boy King Double IPA - COAST Brewing Company
Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
Ratings: 362 | Reviews: 178 | Display Reviews Only:
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
4.45/5 rDev +2.3%
This tick brought to you in part by:
and viewers like you!
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
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
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
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
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
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
4.2/5 rDev -3.4%
Poured into an E&J Cask & Cream glass on 7/24/11
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
4.7/5 rDev +8%
I basically hit the Coast Brewing lottery with the timing of my vacation. Not only did I get some bottles of Blackbeard, but they had Boy King on draft. I was able to pick up a growler for our 4th of July celebration. To ensure that I could enjoy more than my fair share of the growler..guilt free I ran 13.2 miles this morning. Time to have at it!!
(of course I got a nice preview with 3 samples at the brewery, so I already know I love it)
This has one of those great heads that rises well above the glass and has excellent structure. A yellowish, off white colored head plops atop the sunset orange/amber colored beer. A slight haze and clumpy sticky lacing everywhere. Lovely looking beer.
Aroma is fantastic, bright and VERY fresh. Lemon, other citrus and tons of tropical fruit.
Flavor is as bright and fresh as the aroma. Just fantastic. Initial bitterness explodes into a full juicy tropical explosion. Very fruity. You can tell there is an elevated ABV here, but it really works nicely with the fruit and bitterness. Just the right amount of sweetness. Recently I had some mango and can now do a better job of specifically picking out this flavor. It’s in here. Malt profile is nice and plays the perfect supporting role. A light cracker flavor well below the surface.
Bright, lively, floral, perfect carbonation to explode the flavors.
Excellent beer and the perfect growler as we celebrate our freedom. God Bless America. God Bless Beer. God Bless Coast.
07-04-2011 21:37:38 | More by Reagan1984
5/5 rDev +14.9%
Well, picked this up on the last release and it sat for 3 or 4 weeks. Cracked it for my B-Day!!!! The sit seemed to allow for some clearing on this, A beautiful orangish ruby hued masterpiece!!!The rest prolly let it gas out a bit, so small snow white head that held on leaving ample lacing.
The nose is a tropical fruit fight, with ample mango pineapple & my personal fav peaches.The piney grapefruit resinous citric fruit play well with as well. A strong but subdued caramel base does it's job.
I digress, tropical hotdog night, like 2 flamingos in a fruit fight...
The taste does not let up, following closely to the nose with a SMOOTH creamsicle citrus mango piney wonderment! The malty caramel goodness is not at all too sweet, spot on.
Well, this thing is a nice joyous drink. Creamy thick and dry. oily hop slickness and mingling malts do the dance.
Seek & Drink!!! These folk DO IT RIGHT! Thank god
07-04-2011 02:31:09 | More by welldigger888
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
4.22/5 rDev -3%
A. Pours a slightly hazy orange with a creamy white head that receeds leaving some nice residual lacing.
S. Pinapple, mango - lots of tropical fruit flavors.
T. A great dose of bitterness with grapefruit and tropical fruit flavors. A bit of caramel malt to balance, but this is very hop forward.
M. Creamy body with a nice mouthfeel.
D. Great. I've had this on my wants for a while and it's great.
06-14-2011 23:41:32 | More by BeerAndBourbon
4.43/5 rDev +1.8%
Pours a golden orange with a solid white head. Very pretty. Smells hoppy but not overwhelming there is some pine, citrus and cat piss on the nose. Tastes bone dry and very hop forward. There is a touch of sweetness on the tongue that rounds it out well but overall the beer is dry yet balanced. Overall very very tasty!
06-14-2011 23:33:18 | More by Urbancaver
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
District of Columbia
4.33/5 rDev -0.5%
Big thanks to kkipple for sending this one.
A: Pours a hazy golden/orange with a thin white head
S: Smells a very nice floral, citrus hop, it's not the huge dank smell I love in a DIPA, but it still has a very nice aroma.
T: Taste follows the smell, extremely well-balanced, a little sweet, very hoppy, very citrusy and tasty and super drinkable at 9.5%. A very tasty west-coast style DIPA if I may say so myself.
M: Mouthfeel is medium-bodied, but a little on the thin side and it's slightly syrupy, but nothing to complain about
O: This is a very nice DIPA that I feel falls just shy of the top tier of the style (and when I say top tier, I mean the Heady Toppers and Ephraims of this world), but it's still great - if I could find this beer regularly I would drink it all the time; it's very easy to drink, very well balanced and delicious, but I dunno if I'd go way out of my way to trade for it again .
06-03-2011 21:39:10 | More by starrdogg
4.18/5 rDev -3.9%
Poured from a growler from the greenville beer exchange.
Appearance: copper, gold. Reminded me of avery's maharaja in appearance.
Smell: citrus and pine. Had a touch of simcoe, similar smell to dogfish head 90.
Taste: nice malty backbone supports the enormous amount of hops, which sticks to your tongue. A big version of their hopart with a lot more alcohol and hops.
Body: sticky, thick. The hop resin actually contributes to the mouthfeel
Overall: great beer, I can see why people love it.
06-03-2011 15:19:12 | More by businesstime
4/5 rDev -8%
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.
06-03-2011 03:42:41 | More by zep9865
4.38/5 rDev +0.7%
Big props to my buddy Calton (thagr81us) for this growler, fresh from the release. It was also perfectly filled exactly to the brim! The growler was opened with zep9865 and poured into my Bell's tulip.
The beer pours a nice copper in color with fluorescent orange highlights with a two finger cream colored head. The head looked great and sat there for about two minutes. The aromas are initially of pineapple and grapefruit, somewhat reminiscent of Double Trouble. It has a nice sweet citrus malt backbone and doesn't give off any aroma of alcohol despite being 9.5%. The flavors are of grapefruit, oranges, sweet resinous pine, with a moderate amount of alcohol in the finish. It's very good but the alcohol present takes away from what it could be. It drinks light for the style but isn't overly sticky. The lighter body increases the drinkability as this one goes down easily. Overall it's a fine beer and well worth your time. Imagine a darker, maltier Double Trouble.
I'm convinced COAST can do no wrong.
06-03-2011 03:23:58 | More by aasher
Boy King Double IPA from COAST Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 362 ratings.