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Boy King Double IPA - COAST Brewing Company

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Reviews: 185
Hads: 460
rAvg: 4.32
pDev: 8.8%
Wants: 419
Gots: 26 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
COAST Brewing Company visit their website
South Carolina, United States

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

Availability: Rotating

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

A highly hopped, yet still balanced, double IPA. Multiple hop varieties, emphasizing Citra Hops, were used. We're lovin' the tropical goodness of this hop variety!
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Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.8/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a pint glass.
Bottled 7/11

A - Pours a dark orange with a one finger cream colored head. Good retention and lacing left on the glass.

S - Malt heavy - Carmel, citrus - oranges mostly.

T - Carmel, honey, orange.

D - Smooth and silky. Average carbonation and body.

O - I enjoyed the fresh growler much more than this bottle. They are almost different beers. Age may be a factor, but I would think it wouuld effect it this much. (455 characters)

Photo of andrewinski1
3.95/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Bendurgin for sharing! This pours with a nice big head that leaves lots of sticky lacing. The color is hazy orange.

The aromy has some nice piney hops with a bit of spicey pepper.

The taste starts out with some sweet citrus candy and finishes with some bitter pine. This is full of hop flavor to balance out the sweet malt.

The body is medium with some soft carbonation.

Good beer. I wish it was closer to me. (423 characters)

Photo of Bendurgin
3.46/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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. (637 characters)

Photo of dubinsky
4.35/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle bottled on 7/11 poured into a snifter.

A – Pours a hazy orange/tangerine color with a nice, dense, two-finger off white head. The head has great retention eventually settling leaving behind a thick wall of “lace.” I use”” because its more of sheet than lace. The head eventually settles to the edge of glass where it remains for the rest of the session.

S – Very piney and floral. Kinda smells like my wife’s perfume. There are hits of citrus, pineapple, mango and some sweetness that really comes through. From the aroma I’m going to guess this is on the sweeter side of the style.

T – The tropical fruits come out huge in this beer with the citrus and pine hop characters following suit. It has a good bitterness on the finish. This is a pretty complex beer with a nice dry finish. Drier than many I have had in this style and for that I give this a slight edge. Did I forget the malts? Duh, this has a hugely malt forward base that although sweet is not cloying and blends really well.

M – Medium body with moderate to slightly above carbonation. Nice dry finish in what is a really well crafted, complex beer.

O – This is definitely a great DIPA that contends among the best out there. I really enjoyed it and would love the opportunity to drink it again. Thanks to Eclayton08 for this one. (1,336 characters)

Photo of azdback
4.13/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Stone Imperial glass. Cloudy dark orange color. Lots of tiny, slow moving carbonation bubbles mozey on up to form a large two finger head. The head is bright white and rocky in appearance. Lace is really sticky now and stays really sticky in a beautiful ring pattern.

Smell is bright and sweet citrus, orange and some pink grapefruit. I do get some yeast or bread smells. Late I also get some piney resin aromas.

Taste is much less bright then the nose. More mellow citrus. A blood orange, maybe an over ripe pineapple. The malt sweetness is here, quite nice though and not pulling this down at all. As this warms a bit the tide does switch back to the bitter citrus hops. I am really liking where this is going. Yellow grapefruit is the bitter I am getting. There is a VERY slight alcohol taste in this late, but very well masked for 9.5%.

Mouth is as bright as the smell and pretty refreshing for such a high ABV beer. The sweet malt keeps me from having to scrape my teeth along my tongue to regain feeling. Quite nice!!

Overall I was really impressed with this East Coast brew that does a great West Coast impression. Thanks to McNuts for this gem!! (1,172 characters)

Photo of CampusCrew
4.92/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is an all world dipa. Tons of pine on the nose, a little citrus/tropical. Amber reddish appearance with a fluffy white retaining head. Great malt backbone, but not balanced. Pine dominates the flavor. Border line west coast. This is nearly a flawless dipa and well done. Would love for this to be a staple in myfridge. (323 characters)

Photo of Satchboogie
4.59/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle (Big thanks to rnorgart) poured into a balloon tulip:

A: Pours kind of dark orange, hazy and opaque, 2+ finger head, big bubbles, good retention, leaves a ton of lacing.

S: Fairly big pine/astringent aroma jumps out of the bottle as I pour. Put the nose to the glass and it's citrus heaven. Mango, pineapple, grapefruit, apricot, orange, pine, good bit of caramel. I can't wait to dive into this one!

T: The big tropical fruit hop nose is right there up front in the taste with a wallop of pine bitterness. Big smooth toasted malt body with plenty of caramel helps combat the hop bitterness while allowing the fruit flavors to shine with a perfectly ripe-tasting sweetness. Finish dries out fairly quick and leaves a very long lasting clean bitterness (not a bad astringency). Alcohol isn't really noticeable at all, not in heat, taste, or unpleasant esters/phenols.

M: Medium body, moderate carbonation, very smooth and almost luscious for a DIPA. Clean, dry, crisp, and bitter finish. WAY to drinkable for 9.5%

O: This definitely lives up to the BA grade. An easy A from me, it's got the perfect balance of explosive hop flavors (primarily citrus), bitterness, and moderately sweet malty body with no alcohol presence. This is definitely in the conversation with Dreadnaught, Heady Topper, Citra, Hill Farmstead stuff, etc. Fantastic stuff! (1,361 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
4.3/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

hazy pale amber with a huge white head that did not fade. Smell was off the charts citrus hops, thought I was in an orange grove. Taste was well you can probably imagine, fantastic. Deep citrus and Pine, but not overwhelming at all. Complex dry finsh. Not overly carbonated. This is very drinkable as the ABV is well hidden and I could probably end up drinking too many before I knew it. gets better every year (410 characters)

Photo of CarolinaKev
4.57/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a growler from the brewery obtained on 09/08/11 into a tulip glass.

Appearance: orange hazy with about 2 fingers head from a COAST growler.

Smell: sweet malty aroma with pineapple and mango hints. Very hoppy aroma.

Taste: Very citrusy ; pineapple, lots of grapefruit with mango and dominant pine taste. Small hint of alcohol.

Mouthfeel: medium body with moderate carbonation. Lingering bitterness.

Overall: I am biased since this is my favorite brewery, bit I love this DIPA! My favorite DIPA right now. I enjoyed it fresh since I am a local. Lucky me! :-) (573 characters)

Photo of smokeypeat
4.62/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes

Poured into a tulip glass this beer had a big bold burnt orange appearance in the glass. Some haze was present, and there was a huge prominent eggshell white head that clung to the glass like none other. Huge dominant smell of fresh citrus in this one. Lots of pineapple, mango, orange/lemon zest. Smells how I would imagine a citrus grove at harvest time. Taste is right up there with the best DIPAs I've had. The citrus just coats the palate, with just a hint of resin there as well. There is a nice solid malt backbone there to add balance, but this beer really lets those citrus flavored hops shine. Mouthfeel was solid but perhaps a bit too much carbonation that kept it from being as smooth as possible. The way they hid the ABV was amazing though. I was sharing this bottle with someone else but I felt I could have polished it off no problem without realizing it.

This was a great DIPA. Big thanks to brentk56 for the trade glad I got to try this one and will definitely seek it out again. (1,020 characters)

Photo of NixonsHead
4.12/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from a 22oz bomber into a standard pint glass. Bottled on date of 7/11/2011.

Appearance - Golden/Orange with a white two finger head. Great head retention.

Smell - Big hop aroma. Lots of piney hops with some citrus in the background.

Flavor - Matched the smell pretty closely. Some malty sweetness, followed by a big hit of hops. Mostly piney hop flavors. Not as much citrus as I was expecting.

Mouthfeel - Pretty light mouthfeel for the ABV. VERY drinkable.

Overall - An awesome DIPA. I think it edges out some other great DIPA's I've had like Double Jack and 90 Minute.

An important note on freshness -- I got to taste this at the brewery back in July, and the wonderful citrus aroma/flavor that really makes this beer special was 10x more prominent then. Don't let a bottle of this sit around like I did. It'll still be great, but it won't come close to the fresh beer. (887 characters)

Photo of mdaschaf
4.47/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Shane for splitting this bottle with me and to Jacob for sending it up here.

A: Pours a slightly hazy orange color with two fingers of thick foamy lace, reminds me of sea foam in the way it sits on top. Great retention, with the head keeping its thickness for quite some time, but despite this only spotty lacing.

S: Extremely fruity aroma. Lots of tropical fruits - grapefruit, pineapple, and orange with a a hint of pine mixed in. Slight alcohol warmth, but the aroma is extremely inviting.

T: It has a great bitterness right up front. There is a nice orange and orange zest as well as some grapefruit flavor mixed with some pine-resin. A bit of graham cracker malt balances the hops a bit.

M: Medium to full bodied with moderate carbonation. Has a great creamy texture and a dry/bitter finish that lingers for quite some time.

O: Fantastic, very easy drinking with a great flavor profile. (915 characters)

Photo of THECPJ
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

The CPJ (480 characters)

Photo of ATLbeerDog
4.05/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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! (705 characters)

Photo of GregSVT
4.33/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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. (721 characters)

Photo of afksports
4.92/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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. (754 characters)

Photo of fatmcb1
4.52/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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. (605 characters)

Photo of jmarsh123
4.65/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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. (652 characters)

Photo of cavedave
4.42/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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. (1,552 characters)

Photo of saintwarrick
4.66/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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. (526 characters)

Photo of thagr81us
4.45/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on 07/11/11. Served from bottle into a Green Man snifter. Poured a hazy yellow-orange with a one finger off-white head that subsided to a half finger slowly. Maintained phenomenal lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, citrus, citrus hop, subtle pine, and subtle pine resin. The flavor was of sweet malt, pine, citrus, citrus hop, pine resin, and pine hop. It had a medium feel on the palate with mild carbonation. Overall this was a great brew. I have now had this one three different times out of three different serving vessels and all have been great. It is really nice to see a brew that holds up regardless of how it is served. Really glad that COAST is bottling this one now so that more people will get a chance to try it... The flavor profile on this one is very abrasive if you aren't a big IIPA fan, but not enough to shy you away from them if you aren't. The 9.5%??? Nowhere to be found... Really great brew once again from COAST. (979 characters)

Photo of KickInTheChalice
4.18/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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. (1,039 characters)

Photo of GabrielM
4.92/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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! (603 characters)

Photo of Alieniloquium
4.14/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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

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

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

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

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

O - Very nice. Glad I tried it. If I lived here, I'd drink it whenever it was available. (756 characters)

Photo of MbpBugeye
4.45/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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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? (1,352 characters)

Boy King Double IPA from COAST Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 185 ratings.