King Sue - Toppling Goliath Brewing Company

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Ratings: 926
Reviews: 91
rAvg: 4.64
pDev: 7.97%
Wants: 1,056
Gots: 53 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Toppling Goliath Brewing Company visit their website
Iowa, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: TGanyone on 02-22-2014

Long live the King. King Sue that is. Her ferocious bite will make sure all newcomers learn to toe the line. And what better way to exude her influence than with this Citra Hopped Double IPA. Followers will cheer. Enemies will crumble. But don’t take her lightly, because when this double IPA is on a rampage, nothing will stand in her way…

100+ IBU
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Ratings: 926 | Reviews: 91
Photo of deebo
4.91/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I'm a big fan of pseudo Sue. Time to give a bomber of big brother a drink. Poured into my darkness snifter this brew has a formidable white head atop a golden orange color that is fairly clear. Aroma is big time citra. Dank, with that tropical mango, tangerine aroma. I could smell this all day. After a few drinks...I could drink this all day too. This is so good. Citra rules the day. It's all citra but not bitter at all. Malt bill is clean and complements the citra perfectly. Just the right amount of carbonation with a bit of warming in the belly. . I didn't think a beer could be better than regular Sue. This is the one. I need more!!!

Photo of Aldogg007
4.85/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is truly remarkable stuff. Hard to think of a better beer.

Photo of woosterbill
4.47/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber into a tulip. Thanks for sharing, CJ!

A: Slightly hazed bright orange body, ample head of fine off-white foam. Good retention and lacing. The color is just what I look for in a hop-driven DIPA. Very nice.

S: Amazingly aromatic, with bright tropical and citrus fruit notes positively jumping out of the glass. Pineapple, lime, mango, and grapefruit. Nothing but luscious fresh hops - flawless.

T: Opens with the decadent hop fruitiness of the nose, followed by a fairly quick, mildly bitter, and surprisingly flavorless finish. It's impressively easy to drink, but the flavor just doesn't deliver the same intensity as the nose.

M: Medium bodied with soft, creamy carbonation. Could have used a bit more liveliness, but pretty good.

O: Tremendous aroma, and certainly delicious, but not quite world class due to the disparity between taste and smell. Absolutely worth tracking down to experience, but not one I'll be seeking out in the future.


Photo of HipHopsHooray
3.93/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Overhyped and overrated. Solid but not earth shattering. Much better stuff around these days. 'Twas disappoint

Photo of mothman
4.25/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Orange gold color. Dank and tropical. Lots of citrus. Pineapple and papaya. Grapefruit. Juicy and hop resiny. really solid, but a bit overhyped.

Photo of EveningCordial
4.6/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great DIPA here. Lots of fruit and tropical notes on the nose. Mango, pineapple, and peach come through. Taste is also very fruit forward and juicy. Citra has become one of my favorite hops and beers like this are the reason why.

Photo of Jimboice
4.6/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Unbelievable citrus smell. Not overly bitter. TG, really well done

Photo of BeerCrazyCrow
5/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Great Beer. Best Citra IPA. PERIOD

Photo of starrdogg
4.21/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Given the hype, and consumed alongside some hoppy Vermont beers, this was a little disappointing. It simply did not hold up against the stiff competition.

Photo of Rutager
4.62/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Ryan. Bro.


Hazy rich yellow gold in the glass with 2 fingers of thick frothy head. Super dank nose with a bunch of citrus rind ...maybe dried citrus rind? I dunno, that's what comes to mind. Lime and pineapple stand out a bit.

Oh my, I'm going to need a sec here. ;-) So much sweet, juicy, tangy citrus backed with just enough of those nice toasted malt flavours. Tropical fruits are there as well, mainly pineapple, a bit of bitter yellow grapefruit, maybe a little sweet fresh grass. Just the slightest hint of alcohol would be my only gripe if I had to make one, but it's barely there. Medium-full body, medium-low creamy smooth carbonation.

I admit that the nose, while very good, didn't exactly make it move like Pseudo Sue did. Made me a bit worried, but it was all for naught. Stellar beer. Srs, bro. Srs.

Photo of W_Des
4.85/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Pours a deep goldenrod yellow. The citra hops really shine with strong aromas of citrus fruits and tropical fruits like mango. The body is very juicy and drinkable with a very light bitter finish. I feel like it's close to an orange juice IPA. Superb!

Photo of jjdc
4.65/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Simply put, this is a great exhibition for Citra. Juicy. Juicy. Juicy. Smooth and well balanced. Fresh squeezed goodness. Having just had HF Double Citra, I would rate this one just a touch lower. The creamy mouthfeel and nose on Double Citra put it ahead. But let's leave the beer nerd wanking aside. This is a world class beer. Seek it out.

Photo of Bsquirrelbrewer
4.68/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from bottle into tulip glass.

Totally lives up to the hype.

Pours a cloudy sunny yellow.

Faint citra aroma, enormously pleasant.

Perfectly balanced taste. Hope are present but there is no overwhelming bitterness.

Full bodied mouthfeel is excellent.

Phenomenal first taste of toppling Goliath.

Photo of mabermud
4.67/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Look: Faded orange, gorgeous body that is turbid and opaque. When held up to the sun, obviously, it does not penetrate. This is the best body I have witnessed in an imperial IPA. The white head is grand, pillow puffy, and dense. Tacky curtains.
Smell: I had Pseudo Sue last night, and the smell in this is multiplied by two. A touch of dankness, hiding behind an aroma of candied tropical fruit, easy hops, and some sweet grapefruit.
Taste: Bitter up front. Candied tropical fruit, light hops, and sweet grapefruit rounds everything out. The finish is smooth with light sweetness.
Feel: Silky, smooth, feathery lather throughout.

Overall - Impressive.

Photo of SaintPius
4.57/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Great brew.
Drinks very clean.

Photo of tregan_20
4.98/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Obtained in a beer trade and poured into a snifter glass. The aroma hits you the second the bottle is open. Appearance looks similar to orange juice. Taste was super refreshing and almost like an amped up PseudoSue. Overall, this was an awesome beer and I recommend getting your hands on one. If not, you can always try to get PseudoSue haha. Cheers!

Photo of ramay86
3.98/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Spring 2015 batch (consumed 5/13/15, and then again on 5/15/15):

Appearance is terrific. Murky honey gold with a paper white that laces well from start to finish. No complaints here.

Nose seems to take a similar direction as past batches. A lot of citrus and juicy bits, but this one is counteracted by an abrasive bitterness and a hint of alcohol. It's obvious here that this is not the same beer that received such deserved acclaim in the past.

I won't deny that this is delicious. Very drinkable and fruit-forward. But it severely lacks the intense, juicy citrus qualities that made previous vintages so memorable. It's in that same wheelhouse, just not nearly as vibrant. There is also kind of an awkward finish... it cleans up too quick and the only thing left is hop abrasion.

Photo of AndyEdgar
4.28/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Quite possibly the most over hyped IPA I have ever had. It is very good, but by no means better than fresh Pseudosue.

Photo of mschantz
4.68/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours an apricot tinged light orange color with lots of hop haze. Finger of head diminishes to a light filmmupon sipping. Nose brings pineapple, orange and sweet clover to mind. Taste is interesting in that the citrusy flavors meld beautifully with the piney and floral hop flavors right up front - which to my palate is different than most DIPAs that seem to be citrus forward followed with a hoppy finish. Result here is fantastic. As a result the finish isn't at all tounge scraping like so many others. TG nails it Again.

Photo of cpetrone84
3.75/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Pour is completely hazed deep amber with about 1 inch of tight white head and a decent lacing. Nose is very hoppy, tons of citra, very melon rind and musky, gets a touch boozy and a little green. Flavor is similar, below the quality of pseudo sue, citra blast, musky rind, gets boozy mid to late palate and bitterness and acidity are a touch high. Body gets a touch syrupy and messy, lighter carb. Falls a bit short of the masterpiece that is pseudo sue

Photo of KevSal
4.82/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

The king, finally getting a chance, huge thanks to andrewpalmer for this bad boy. Poured into a sn perfect pint paired with the warriors playoffs.

Right away u can tell this is good. Appearance in the glass is one of the best I've seen!
Nose is an amped up sue, fantastic.
Taste follows the nose. Incredible brew, I dunno if 22 oz is enough.
Some people mentioned it being boozy, I don't get very much booze at all, I actually find this super refreshing.
Overall it lived up to my expectations. If it was easy to get I'd get it much more but pseudosue makes a fantastic substitute

Go warriors!

Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.97/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Will yesterday, thanks so much dude.

This one pours a dark orange-ish, with a quarter inch head, and a little bit of lacing.

This one smells suuuper Citra-ey, lots of orange, pine, and grapefruit, with just a hint of booze.

I never had the original King Sue, so I can't really comment on how this is compared to the version(s) brewed by Mike Saboe. I can say that it is delicious- but unfortunately, a slight let down compared to what I expected. The booziness is a bit more present than I would've expected, but with a very tasty Citra presence that eschews cattiness for intense citrusy fruitiness.

This is medium bodied, with a crisp and juicy mouthfeel, along with a moderate level of carbonation.

This isn't quite the King I was expecting, but it's still a very tasty IPA nonetheless.

Photo of gcamparone
4.34/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a snifter. Got this in a trade with Hawkeye44544, thank you!

Pours a deep golden hazy body with slight sedimentation, a white 2" head rises and reduces slowly, leaving a layer of white foam.

Aromas of heavy sharp resin, pine, citrus, some tropical fruit as it warms, pretty heavy malt aromas of caramel. On the tongue comes pine, grapefruit, a resinous bite on the finish, sitting on a pretty heavy malt backbone that becomes more apparent as it warms. Mouthfeel is medium carbonation, medium-heavy body, less refreshing than others..

Overall a solid DIPA, nothing that blows me away but on par with other midwest DIPAs. Reminds me of hopslam.

Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.53/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A huge thanks to Jeff for this one. 22oz. bomber into a Duvel tulip. Bottled on 5/12/15.

Pours a huge, foamy 3 finger white head with endless retention. Beer is a slightly cloudy pale orange. Lacing is thick, messy and layered with crazy stick. Perfect save for the color.

Nose reeks of dank, citrus and pine. Like a fresh cut grassy meadow that's been saturated with citrus fruit juice. Clean, simple and very aromatic.

Opens citrus. Notes of pineapple, starfruit, grapefruit, and other tropical aromas that really get deeper, sweeter and more vibrant as they stay on the palate. Middle injects a touch of sap and juicy hop bitterness. Ends with a big hop bite balanced by still more tropical fruit. Rather clean finish. This just keeps getting better and better the more you drink.

Light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth with a slight bit of bubbles going down and soft and drinkable going down. Accented finish with a mellow but lingering aftertaste. Drinks like its 5-6%.

Addictive is what I would call this beer. With the way TG keeps churning out these world class, high abv. beers, they might be making a push for the best brewery around!

Photo of dmgeng
4.91/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I got this from my new friend, Omensetter, who leaves in proximity to the brewery! I never thought I would get a chance at this beer and he seriously hooked me up! And I love the graphics on the label with the T-Rex I'm in love!

A - Bright honey-orange color. Incredibly opaque capturing all of the light in it's brilliantly dry hopped body with a HUGE, fine white head and crazy strong lacing.

S - Extremely strong hop fragrance with tons of tropical fruit that you would ever want all packed into one glass. Mostly a papaya, pineapple, and mango mixture that I can barely describe the awesomeness. Could smell it as I opened the bottle. Definitely one of the best smelling beers ever!

T - Amazing hop flavor with a full fruit bouquet hop character with lots of tropical fruit, citrus, some pine, and dank resin hops to round out this tremendous beer. There is some malt and ale yeast but very much like a mango, citrus hop soup. The bitterness seems quite mild for so many hops but still very good. This is clearly a Citra lovers feast and if you don't like the bite of some of the other Citra DIPAs out there this will probably be your new favorite.

M - Medium mouth-feel with medium carbonation. Sits very well on the palate. More like a regular IPA than a DIPA but it is very easy to drink the entire bomber and keep wanting more.

Overall, this beer is definitely one of the best DIPAs. I think I'm biased and my palate has already known too many amazing beers to really send this one to the very top of the list but I would definitely spend $15 a bottle again! This brew is absolutely amazing for every hop head out there that loves tropical flavored hops. This beer went down fast and I look forward to trying it again next year!

Glass- Tulip

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King Sue from Toppling Goliath Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 926 ratings.