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Boy King Double IPA - COAST Brewing Company

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Ratings: 332
Reviews: 177
rAvg: 4.35
pDev: 10.57%
Wants: 393
Gots: 15 | 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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Photo of kkipple

South Carolina

4.33/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ahh, Boy King. I have found my copious reviews of this this gem from the initial Batch 1 we knocked back on 4/30/2009. Grabbed a growler with my buddy Juan down from the legendary CBX and took it upstairs to the window seat of the Mellow Mushroom on King street in downtown Charleston to watch the world go by. The cute stoner waitress didn't even bat an eye when we told her "we're gonna drink this upstairs". Beautiful.

From notes:
**Batch 1**

A. Hazy, unfiltered rust-orange. Dirty. 3cm tall, fat, light tan head with minor lace that runs down the glass as you drink.

S. Hmm, weed! Raw, untamed HOP (yes, I got carried away) and massive 'green' nose. Grapefruit pith, sweet caramel malt supporting. xxxtreme. <--- ( I think it began to take hold right about here. - ed ). Big and lush, but balanced.

T. Initial huge lip-smacking hop rush; grapefruit & green. Hop flavor out the wazoo, whatever that is. Shockingly low actual bitterness, just a hophophippityhop flavor bludgeoning - in the best way. Ultimately, sweet and succulent.

M / D. Mid-high body, but not thick. Sweet, with layered, lush hop flavor. Stupidly drinkable for 9.5%. Coast hides their booze well, but this is just silly. We drank the growler in under a half hour if memory serves.

In sum: Boy King is a super drinkable, hop flavor bomb that avoids being bitter (Moylan's Hopsickle) or too sweet (Hopslam)
and is instead something you just want to horde to yerself. I must have more.

Serving type: growler

11-05-2010 02:40:53 | More by kkipple
Photo of ktrillionaire


3.95/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tick from my backlog-notebook. The beer was super-fresh when I consumed it. Growler split at CCB between Bobby8405 and I. It was his brew, so thanks a lot Bob!

EDIT: Now an average of two ticks.

A - This is probably the most rustic and sedimentary brew I have ever seen. It is shocking how much flotsam and jetsam pervades this beer. It looks like a cloudier version of Bragg's Apple Cider. And I haven't even poured it yet; it is still in the (clear glass) 64oz growler. Upon pouring, it reveals a substantial head, unrelenting haziness, a glowing orange body when backlit, and some stucco-like lace. Very impressive, I can't say I've seen many brews that look like this.

S - The aroma, unfortunately, is less impressive than the appearance. It is not bad at all, but this brew has been getting a lot of East Coast hype, so I have referential expectations. I am getting a big cabbage-y, pine-y, and spicy-dank hop blast, and not a whole lot of malt. There is some alcohol apparent, sort of fused with a bready sweetness. The hop profile is not dynamic enough for my liking.

S - (Second time) The smell is potent; cabbage-y and dank, piney and spicy. It smells a lot like dank weed or Eastern skunk cabbage. The malt is fairly hefty, but the abundance of strong hop aromatics keep it in check and ensure a humulin dominance.

T - I am reminded of GUBNA, cats, and onion/garlic patches. I really didn't get that or expect it given the nose, but that is how it is striking me. The malt is more apparent in the taste and seems to be very nicely positioned between dry/pale and biscuit-y/caramel-y. There is a moderate sweetness from the alcohol that masks the ABV. The hop, however, just doesn't really impress me. It is bitter and dank, but not sharp nor highlighting of any particularly interesting flavor.

T - (Second chance) This is a hugely flavorful brew; hops certainly dominate in every aspect, and yet the beauty of this beer lies in the superb way that the hop interplays with the supporting characteristics. The nuances of dank weed and skunk cabbage remain potent and serve well to mask the considerable ABV.

M - DIPA. Good. Nice carbonation and not-too-big-or-sticky in the body department.

D - I really enjoyed this beer more when blended with Selin's Grove Phoenix Kriek and/or CCB's Zhukov (or both). It felt luxurious to be able to do that.

Serving type: growler

11-02-2010 04:12:11 | More by ktrillionaire
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4.33/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from my tasting notes of a decent sized sample I consumed at an epic tasting event held with the members of the SMBDC. Consumed on 8.24 from a growler filled on 7.14. Normally it isn't brewed at this time, but this was a special batch made to celebrate Florida's new growler law.

The beer is an opaque orange liquid with lots of clinging carbonation. White bubbles make up the head. There is a big pink grapefruit aroma. I can also smell some pine. Tastes include sweet malts, bitter hops, spruce and pine. It has a full body and good carbonation (especially considering it was a 6 week old growler). Boy King leaves behind a lot of coating. It's quite drinkable. It seems to be made for consuming slowly and enjoyed over a long period of time.

Serving type: growler

09-24-2010 17:50:14 | More by ToasterChef
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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-07-2010 03:59:42 | More by glid02
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Rhode Island

4.2/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

64oz growler into Alpine pint glass. From notes.

A- A nice robust caramel color, slightly off-white sticky head that has great staying power and produces very nice lace.

S- Very hoppy. Pine resin and some lemon/lime/tangerine notes. Nothing compared to the nose on some of my favorite DIPAs, but still very pleasing.

T- There is a wave of welcome bitterness with this beer, and a nice bready malt backing it up. Given the pure pungent hops in the nose I'm surprised at the malt bill in this one. But I'm diggin' it. Great hop profile, focusing more on citrus/floral hops with some pine resin bitterness in the finish.

M- Great carbonation, full body, a bit heavy than some other DIPAs I've had but it works with this beer.

D- I've seen some people label this beer a game-changer. I don't think so, but it's still really good. I'd drink another growler of this in a heartbeat. One of the more balanced IIPAs out there, a nice change of pace. If you like IIPAs you'd be a fool to pass this up.

Serving type: growler

08-30-2010 18:15:09 | More by ShogoKawada
Photo of KickbacksSteve


4.58/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap, poured into a snifter. Soapy lacing, sticky. Initially actually smelled vanilla, then grapefruit and pine and oranges. Taste is biting bitter but with a nice malt balance. Satisfying for the hopheads but balanced enough for the masses, with the abv very well hidden. Pretty impressed with this delicious double.

Serving type: on-tap

08-30-2010 02:13:59 | More by KickbacksSteve
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4.43/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle filled from a tap at Laura Alberts into my Southern Tier tulip. Poured dark amber, slightly orange in color with a thin white head clinging to the edges of the glass. The head faded a bit but left some nice lacing on the glass as I drank it.

The aroma has a pretty big hoppiness to it with tropical fruit and citrus really coming through. Some notes of pineapple, mango, orange and grapefruit all seem to come through in it. Some sweeter malt comes through with a bit of caramel to it. Very nice hoppy aroma, especially if you like a DIPA that shows a lot of tropical fruit in the hoppiness.

The taste has some nice tropical hoppiness to it with some mango and pineapple coming through. Some grapefruit like bitterness adds to the hoppiness. It has a pretty big malt base with some sweetness being the most distinguishable characteristic coming through behind all the hops. It finishes with more of the tropical hoppiness and a moderate bitterness. Very nice beer overall.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate to slightly below average carbonation. Drinkability is very good for me, I usually really like DIPA's that show more of that tropical fruit hoppiness to it. Very nice beer overall.

Serving type: growler

08-29-2010 01:40:37 | More by billab914
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South Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Nice glowing orange/amber with decent white head.

S: Loved the scent. Smelled very similar to Racer X with even more tropical fruity hop. Draws you in immediately.

T: Great citrus tropical fruity taste followed up by a perfectly balanced malt backbone. I sometimes like beers that over exaggerate one or the other but this one is really a perfect balance. Just sweet enough to mix well with the hop taste.

M: Crisp with medium carbonation.

D: Very easy to drink for a 9.5% DIPA.

Coast makes a wonderful beer. Their Hopart is a wonderful IPA but this rates up there with the best IIPAs around.

Serving type: growler

08-27-2010 20:27:02 | More by jskoog
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South Carolina

4.13/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this puppy on tap at Closed for Business / Coast Brewing night. Poured a beautiful bright, hazy orange with a thick, two finger, white, fluffy head... great retention on this one and some lace. Smell is dominated by tropical fruit hoppiness: mango, peach, pineapple - plus some herbaceous notes and resin. Malts aren't completely lost, as a touch of breadiness peeks through; no alcohol in the nose. Taste is of delicious hop nectar - again, the tropical notes are most noticeable - more grapefruit rind than in the aroma. The finish is more resiny / piney than the nose would indicate, too. There is some balance from the bready malts, but hops are the main show of this beer. Not boozy at all. Mouthfeel is good - carbonation is at about the right level, but it does feel a bit thin - this does lead to increased drinkability, though. Its a damn enjoyable DIPA - really great stuff! Already looking forward to the next release...

Serving type: on-tap

08-20-2010 04:24:58 | More by jpro
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4.6/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Gyle41386 for the growler! It was a big hit at a recent BBQ.

Batch 1

A: The first thing that I noticed in the growler was the crazy amounts of yeast floaties. Pours a hop-hazed amber color with a soapy/billowy head. The retention is excellent.

S: Right off the bat you get mass quantities of assorted tropical fruits- pineapple, mango, tangerine, grapefruit, and sweet oranges. Alcohol is slightly apparent. The malts are bready and give a caramel aroma. Pretty damn awesome, and balanced at that. If you love citrusy/tropical fruity IPAs/DIPAs, this is one of the best.

T: Surprisingly malty. Bread and caramel are the main flavors I'm getting from the malts. The hops are f-in awesome in this. Super citrusy and tropical fruity- pineapple, mango, tangering, grapefruit, and slight orange (less pronounced than in the nose).

MF/D: Carbonation is slightly prickly, full body with a medium feel to it. Alcohol pokes through, but it's not boozy or offensive. The finish is of lingering pineapple and general citrus fruits. Really easy to drink despite the 9.5% ABV.

Notes: Really glad I got to try this, thanks again Kyle. Very easy to drink, especially with good food to compliment (in this case it was jerk pork with oven baked beans)

Serving type: growler

08-18-2010 18:00:20 | More by scottyshades
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United Kingdom (Wales)

4.2/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into snifter.

Pours 1 finger of white head. Color is a golden orange that is hazed a bit.

Aroma: Dank, fresh hops. Floral with a big citrus kick. Pineapples, grapefruit and straight up hops.

Taste: Big floral hops with hop resin feel to it. A bit of heat showing. The citrus blends together. Some bready malts show here.

Mouthfeel: Bitter and creamy. Boy King has a medium to full body with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends with a huge hop resin feel to it.

Overall, a very solid dipa with lots of great flavors. Pretty drinkable. The malts really show that this one isn't from the west coast, but it wasn't over done so I didn't mind it.

Serving type: growler

08-17-2010 22:28:10 | More by mothman
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4.2/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to timtheenchanta for sending me this growler! Have been wanting to try this one.

Poured from the growler into a pint glass. An aggressive straight down the middle pour yields a three finger, foamy, white head. It slowly subsides leaving a small ring and some decent lacing. The beer is a beautiful hazy copper color. Looks great!

S: Floral hops, with a lesser hint of citrus. Caramel malts follow. The nose is very nice, almost reminds me of sculpin, albeit more floral than citrus in the hop dept. And with more of a malt presence.

T: Wow! Unexpected! The first thing I get is a soft fruity, citrusy flavor. Not the hop blast I was expecting This is followed by some malts, and then here come the bittering hops! Finish is bitter and dry, leaving the palate cleansed and anxiously awaiting the next mouthful. What's remarkable is the balance. The different aspects of the beer flow seamlessly from one to another. There is no jarring change from hops, to malt, to finish.

M: I think the carbonation is just right for this beer. It lends itself nicely to the well balanced nature of the brew. Anything more would have squashed the subtle nuances that are going on between the hops and the malt. Very nicely done

D: Big points here. I am 2/3 of the way through the growler and have yet to detect anything even close to the advertised 9.5 % ABV. Glad I'm enjoying this at home as I will have no problem finishing this tonight.

I really liked this beer! It is a departure from my usual west coast hop bombs, but Coast has done a great job of brewing a very tasty, super drinkable, perfectly balanced DIPA. If I could get this on a regular basis, I would. Highly recommended!

Serving type: growler

08-14-2010 05:25:33 | More by Sideswipe
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3.3/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: growler

08-13-2010 01:52:01 | More by DavoleBomb
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4/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a growler into a snifter. Beer is orange and kind of hazy. Forms a decent head and the bubbles are big and medium, leaves some lacing on the glass. I was expecting a little more but I suppose it looks pretty good.

The aroma is strongly hoppy. Mild fruit character and some good mild maltiness behind it. Smells like a hop bomb, of the citrus variety.

Eh, beer is medium bodied and a decent drink. It is heavily bittered, probably a little too much if that's possible for an IIPA. Its not as fruity as say a Citra but its up there in quality of an IPA. I enjoyed it but I think I expected too much. I'd have it again if at a restaurant with it on tap but I wouldn't trade for it again.

Serving type: growler

08-10-2010 22:35:53 | More by drabmuh
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4.68/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5


Growler received for the last cycle of the GaTM, poured into my pint glass

Coming from the growler the appearance is of a dark murky copper color. Huge amount of sediment is left at the bottom of the growler, but I had no trouble keeping it out of my glass. The pour produced a two and a half inch slightly off-white head. This beer had great retention with spotty lacing left clinging to the sides of my glass.

A huge citrus aroma coming from this beer had my nose coming into an orgasm. It smelled like a tropical paradise with pineapple, ruby grapefruit and tangerines. Following the citrus burst is caramel and crystal malts with bubblegum. This is a GREAT smelling beer.

The upfront taste was of citrus flavors with the likes of tangerines being the dominate one that shows up first, leading into grapefruit and then a slight pineapple taste. Midway comes in a pine bitterness that shows up but is not all in your face. In the finish is where the malts try to show up with a little caramel, but the hops dominate this one.

Mouthfeel is full bodied with a sweet and piney bitterness, slightly dry finish.

Overall this beer really does not show its alcohol and is very drinkable. Its hard to say, but this might well be my new favorite DIPA and one I HIGHLY RECOMMEND A MUST TRY!!!

Serving type: growler

08-10-2010 14:15:51 | More by tr4nc3d
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4.05/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

64 oz growler split and poured into a Bruery tulip.

Thanks to Beerwolf77 for bringing this growler to our pre-Milwaukee Brewfest tasting!

A - Golden amber and completely hazed over with a tall bone-cream colored head. Great lace covers the glass after the head drops from low retention.

S - Low levels of pine needle and pine resin hind behind a little mulch and grass with a hop burst of mango and ca little bitter grapefruit. Bold caramel and crystal malts add a strong backing to the beefed up citra hops.

T - Lots of bold mango and citrus hops backed by grassy, mulch-like hops and strong flakey biscuit-like malts. Honey is drizzled over the top with a bit of caramel. No alcohol comes through.

M - Good level of bitterness that blends well with a medium-body and a very citrusy, lightly dry, refreshing crisp finish.

D - Another drinkable IPA, still awesome and a good double, this one goes down nicely but it's a good thing we're splitting the growler three ways.

Serving type: growler

08-10-2010 02:13:39 | More by BeerFMAndy
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3.9/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Massive thanks to BJRHOMEBREW, one generous BA.

Ah, Boy King destroyer of palettes. I thought this was a rather scathing DIPA but great none the less. Pours ruddy, hazy, almost brown. Lots of little floaties swimming around in the growler.

Taste is of grapefruit, pine, and mango punch leading into caramel malt. An assertive bitterness, perhaps over assertive to some. Big flavors beating down that 9.5% with ease.

I think I enjoyed the smell even more so than the taste. Really pungent and dank, which is how I like my IPAs to smell these days. Basically fruit and pot I suppose...cant detect any booze.

Boy King is well carbed and finishes quite dry. Both of these factors appear to play into the high level bitterness. Because of this drinkability suffers a bit. Clocking in at around 10% ABV doesnt help. All around a big (and tasty) IPA that has the potential to punish as much as it pleases.

Serving type: growler

08-08-2010 16:50:09 | More by zoolzoo
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4.58/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Growler shared by JP (pullen). Filled at the brewery.

A- Pours a slightly hazy yellow/orange. Frothy white head leaves good lacing. Pretty.
S- Big, robust citrus hops. Grapefruit, oranges in the forefront.
T- More hops/citrus come over from the nose into the taste. Powerful, yet restrained. Boy King is well balanced yet doesn't feel like a double/imperial IPA.
M- Medium body, very smooth. Goes down easy.
D- High. Insanely high. This tastes and drinks like an IPA.

Overall - Excellent. I'll admit I'm a big of the citrus/fruity hop varieties and this is a home-run. Not too big, not too bitter, and a good marriage of hops to malt. If you're expecting the blatant hop assault that you get with most DIPAs, then look somewhere else. This is not hops for the sake of hops. This is a well done and well balanced DIPA.

Serving type: growler

08-05-2010 15:57:32 | More by mrandypandy
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4.75/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to a great BA friend for sharing his growler...
Poured a dark cloudy gold or amber with a two-finger off-white head with good retention for an DIPA. Lacing was lasting but thin. Nose was grapefruit, pineapple, tangerine but clearly some sweetness. Taste follows. This is very well balanced and not a DIPA which hits you with bitterness or big beer ABV. Grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, orange are there but so is a very nice, sweet malt. Not cloying at all and not even overly sticky. Aftertaste is unusual and hard to describe but definitely some interplay between dry and sweet. I love interesting beers and this is one. Mouthfeel is medium, well carbonated which gives it a nice edge. While I didn't have the opportunity, I could have had a LOT more of this. This is a beer and brewery that needs to grow FAST! Just a great beer.

Serving type: growler

08-04-2010 02:57:48 | More by regspeir
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4.45/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

64oz growler split with nonstick, received in trade with jpmclaug. Huge thanks for filling this very big want of mine. Poured into a Sierra Nevada 30th Anniversary snifter.

A - Pours a slightly hazed amberish orange color with a huge 2+ fingers of frothy, creamy white head with excellent staying power and leaving behind sheets of lacing on the glass.

S - Lots of citrus up front especially grapefruit but also some oranges and lemons mixed in. Pineapple and a strong contribution of pine blend in nicely. Also, for a while I couldn't place it (until smelled practically side by side with fresh basil leaves), but there is some nice spicy basil aroma in there too...a bit unique and added some good, off the beaten path complexity. This all sits on top of a solid backbone of bready and sparsely sweet malt.

T - A firm and assertive hop bitterness up front followed closely by grapefruity citrus and big hits of pine. Some pineapple and mango flavors kick in and combine with the gentle touch of sugary malt to give an overall tropical fruity flavor to this DIPA. Some lightly sweet malt, a bit of yeasty breadiness too.

M - Medium bodied with a medium carbonation level as well. Pretty sticky and resiny all around without any warmth from the alcohol despite being 9.5%

D - After 3 glasses of this and finishing off the growler, I feel like I could certainly be happy with another glass or two. Lived up to the hype for me and I'm very glad I got to try this one.

Serving type: growler

08-03-2010 12:45:58 | More by portia99
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4.1/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Huge thanks to kkipple for sending this growler my way.

Poured into my tulip the beer is golden orange hued. About one finger of white head settles leaving bits of soapy lace.

The aroma is loaded with citrus fruit. Mango, pineapple, grapfruit even a hint of bubblegum. Mild malt sweetness sneaks in at the back end.

The flavor is a bit more malty than the nose. Solid amounts of tropical fruit mixed with sweet caramel malts. The bitterness is quite heavy with every sip. Light heat is present in each sip as well.

Medium to full body with modest carbonation.

Overall a solid DIPA. Maybe not as insane as I had hoped from a top 100 beer but they can't all live up to the hype.

Serving type: growler

08-03-2010 02:28:42 | More by beerwolf77
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4.58/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a somewhat lighter burnt orange color than I'd expect for a beer this size, with a solid 2 finger, white, frothy head resting atop. Head leaves somewhat sporadic lacing. The aroma is everything I love in a DIPA, huge citrus (grapefruit, oranges, pineapples, some other tropical notes fit here too), & floral aroma. Some underlying caramel malts are there, but tough to pick out with the strong citrus hop punch in the nose. There aroma matches the flavor very well, the tropical fruit flavors (I am told 20% more Citra hops on this 2nd batch) are incredible. There is a more typical grapefruit bitterness up front, but quickly followed by the sweeter characteristics of the tropical fruit flavors. I really like the balance in the flavor, there are a lot of hops here, but not that unbalanced bitterness of some "hop bombs." It seems very nicely attenuated, and not too dry by any measure. Some pretty high carbonation makes the beer feel lighter than it's 9.7% ABV would lead you to believe. Overall, as much as I love COAST's HopArt, I love this beer even more. It's everything I like in a DIPA, tropical citrus aroma and flavors, balanced bitterness, and excellent attenuation. I know this comes and goes pretty fast, with good reason, but give it a try if you are in SC and see it!

Serving type: growler

08-02-2010 13:22:38 | More by bhalter8
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4/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Growler poured into a tulip. Huge thanks to beerwolf77 for cracking open this one!

(A)- Pours a hazy orange amber color that produced a good off-white head with decent retention behind it. Some lacing here and there.

(S)- A big burst of tropical citrus: pineapple, mango, peach, grapefruit, and lemon. A light sweetness in the background.

(T)- Much more pine presence than what the smell foretold, however the fruits are there too; just more subtle. A good malt backbone with bits of caramel sweetness.

(M)- A good carbonation level. A decent balance with a hop forward piney bitterness. Good malt backbone. Does tend to get rather bitter the more into it I get.

(D)- A solid DIPA with a serious hop profile. More bitter than I expected, but is balanced well by the malt background. Well done.

Serving type: growler

08-01-2010 20:26:01 | More by sweemzander
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4.47/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to joephish17 for sending out the growler.

Hazy with a copper hue, this is one of the more turbid DIPAs I've seen, especially toward the bottom half of the growler. A two finger frothy head tops the hazy body and leaves scattered lacing.

The aroma opens with a big dank weed aroma, notes of citrus and tropical fruit beneath that. Some dry bready malt and light grapefruit sweetness is also present, but it smells dry. No trace of alcohol despite the particularly high ABV.

The palate again reminds me of weed, with plenty of grapefruit-like citrus backing it up. Tropical fruit flavors come out toward the mid-palate, which leads into a massive resiny, grapefruity bitterness. Medium bodied, a bit chewy for the style but not particularly sweet - it's hugely bitter and fairly well-attenuated, exhibiting a dry, bready, grainy malt profile beneath the hops. I really enjoyed this one, it's a pretty unique DIPA and a nice change of pace from the California style.

Serving type: growler

08-01-2010 19:06:08 | More by largadeer
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3.98/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a growler shared by largadeer. Thanks Chris.

A: Pours a hazy, murky body with a bright orange glow to it. I like my IPAs filtered and clear, but I can't contest that the color is quite beautiful. It's well carbonated, too, with two fingers filling largadeer's tulip and leaving some lace down the sides.

S: Very pungent, bright, green aroma. Grassy, minty hops with a citrus bent that produces aromas of tangerine and orange peel, with a lesser grapefruit character. The peel bitterness is quite noticeable in the aroma, but it's balanced by a substantial caramel malt presence.

T: Hoppy up front, with tangerine and orange flavors, eventually producing candied grapefruit and the associated rind bitterness. Bitterness is the key word: it really comes through here quite strongly. I guess that's why the caramel is played up so much, to help provide contrast. Pine comes through in the finish, along with a small resurgence of citrus flavors. Overall it's simultaneously more bitter and maltier than I prefer, but in no way bad.

M: Medium-bodied. Not as dry as I would like, but I imagine doing that would bring out the bitterness even more. Some lingering resin in the aftertaste. Well carbonated. No trace of booze. Overall enjoyable.

D: I really enjoyed this one! Going by my usual ratings strategy, I wouldn't call this in the upper tier of my favorite DIPAs (Pliny the Younger, Citra), but it's on the next level, around Racer X territory. Quite enjoyable, and I might have to trade for a growler myself eventually. Thanks for sharing, Chris.

Serving type: growler

08-01-2010 18:41:30 | More by Arbitrator
Boy King Double IPA from COAST Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 332 ratings.