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King Sue - Toppling Goliath Brewing Company

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Ratings: 658
Reviews: 54
rAvg: 4.68
pDev: 8.55%
Wants: 964
Gots: 25 | FT: 0
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: 658 | Reviews: 54
Photo of SierraFlight
4.29/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Hunahpu’s Day 2014 served in souvenir taster. Hazy yellow-orange body with a very tall white head. I got the very last pour, so it was coming out of a pitcher that was used to let the foam settle after the keg kicked. Lots of lacing and a persistent head. Aroma is citrus and tropical fruits, grass, and some bready malts once you cut through the Citra onslaught. Taste is a light citrus/tropical sweetness initially followed by moderate grass and citrus peel bitterness on the finish. Medium body, very creamy texture (thought this might have been because the keg kicked, but others seem to agree), average to soft carbonation, dry finish with a nice lingering bitterness.

Photo of Heatwave33
4.53/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Look- The shiny glimmering light from the King's Crown.

Smell- The death of oranges, grapefruit and earthy hops from the King's slain enemies.

Taste- Sweet, Sweet victory and spoils!

Feel- Relaxing on the throne without a care in the world.

Overall- The battle was fierce but in the end the King always wins. If you mess with the King you shall be boiled and sit to rot 2-3 weeks.

Photo of largadeer
2.16/5  rDev -53.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Murky and oddly oxidized, though I was told the bottle was fresh. No bottle date unfortunately.

Photo of KillerJigger
4.52/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

If you have a chance to get a bottle, take it!

Photo of YodersBeerEmporium
5/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Favorite DIPA of all time! Lovely Orange almost like a Mimosa. Citrus explosion!

Photo of Barrelagedbatman
4.75/5  rDev +1.5%

Great beer.

Photo of Blackboardbrewing
4.75/5  rDev +1.5%

Tasted from Growler and bottle release. Stunningly good. Though B1 was MUCH jucier.

Photo of Jeffo
4.2/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber shared by Doopie a few weeks back. Originally brought to us by youbrewidrink! This one and the Sosus were put up together. Thanks for the share guys!

From a bomber into a snifter
Citra hop exclusive

APPEARANCE: Pours a two finger, medium looking, creamy white head with very good retention. Hazy light amber orange in color with medium-low levels of carbonation. Head slowly fades to a full cap and sticks to the sides of the glass. A full wisp remains until the end and leaves lots of nice lacing as the glass empties. Good looking.

SMELL: Pure citra hops. Citrus fruit, lemon zest, honeydew melon, pineapple, and just a light touch of soapy notes as well. Good, and not overly soapy like some citra-only beers can be.

TASTE: Really good. All citra hop. Some caramel and citrus fruits up front with more hops and bitterness at the swallow. Big and lingering aftertaste of lemon zest, citrus oranges, bitter grapefruit and honeydew melon sweetness as well. Hop bitterness lingers with some citrus fruit flavors. Not much soap here compared to the nose.

PALATE: Medium body and medium carbonation. Creamy on the palate, goes down smooth and finishes a bit dry.

OVERALL: Really good. Loved this stuff. Luckily the soapy qualities citra hop can often impart on an IPA were minimal here, and the flavors and aromas worked really well. Was happy to try this and would gladly drink more. This one was more citrus heavy than the spicier Sosus, but both brews were top class. Thanks again Doopie!

Photo of RutgersEng
4.25/5  rDev -9.2%

Pours a hazy dark amber in the glass with half a finger of head and some pronounced lacing along the rim.

The nose is hard to explain. Being a single citra hop beer I was expecting juicy orange/grapefruit scents with a bit of floral mixed in with malts. However, the fruitiness isn't that pronounced with this beer and there is a slight urine scent that I can only explain as some pine and earth tones(perhaps a bit of revenge from Sue). Compared to other citra DIPA's that I have had it is a bit strange.

The taste is even a bit more unexpected. I enjoyed Psuedo Sue, but King Sue is a bit harsher on the palate. The wonderful juicy fruity flavors of the citra hop is muddled with some piney earthy tastes. There is a a hop bite on the back of the throat trumpeting the bitterness that goes along with this beer. I almost flashed to a mixture of Pliney with a citra hop beer experiment. I know that there are a lot of folks who are head over heals for this beer, but the presentation of the citra hops are not showcased in this instance.

It is an enjoyable/drinkable beer. And as far as DIPA's go it is a good example of a hoppy high alcohol beer. I just missed the sweet juicy fruit taste associated with a citra DIPA. I traded KRBC Citra for this beer and there isn't any date on the bottle so I don't know the pedigree, but I would buy it again and I would like to do a side by side with Citra.

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.8/5  rDev +2.6%

Bottle from the brewery shared by RussianDragon. Many thanks. This was one of my top wants.

The beer is yellow and moderately hazy with a white cap. Like Sosus, huge tropical fruit notes. Wonderfully fresh and über hoppy with a subtle, bready malt character in support. Medium bitterness, finishing clean with lingering juicy hop tones. It has been fun to watch the IPA / DIPA style evolve over the last several years. King Sue is without question a world class beer, on par with my favorites from Alpine, Hill Farmstead and the like.

Photo of cosmicevan
4.75/5  rDev +1.5%

Simply amazing. Dank fresh tropical bouquet of citrus hops. Super refreshing and easy to drink but packed w flavor!

Photo of dboon
4.25/5  rDev -9.2%

Bottle shared by Clark at Peg’s. Cloudy yellow pour with a white head. Fruity hop aromas. Tropical fruit hop notes dominate the show. Just enough smooth caramel malt undercurrents to keep her nicely balanced. Fantastic body and mouthfeel. An outstanding DIPA....

Photo of pmarlowe
4.53/5  rDev -3.2%

Bottled less than two weeks ago. Tulip glass.

A: Pours a hazy orange-tinted golden color, opaque with three fingers of foamy off-white head which slowly deflates. Leaves behind quite a bit of sloppy lacing. Superb retention. (4.75)

S: Floral and grassy notes up front, along with mango, lemon, biscuit and bread, and blood orange. (4.5)

T: More citrus forward than the nose, though the pale malt and floral notes still feature, along with some sweetish malt and tropical notes (esp. mango). A long, lingering and moderately bitter finish with full flavor. It has the same sweetness that Sue does, which is a bit more than ideal for the style. (4.5)

M: Medium body and medium-light, soft carbonation. (4.5)

O: Pretty drinkable, with nice hoppy flavor which is balanced by the malt. A bit higher bitterness and sweetness than ideal for me, though. I’d rank the TG IPAs as: Sosus > King Sue >> PseudoSue. (4.5)

Photo of hudsonheat
5/5  rDev +6.8%

This beer gives wave after wave of lush tropical fruit from start to finish. Taste the alcohol, but totally balanced, it's not overpowering at all. Could (not should) drink this all day.

Photo of BMMillsy
4.38/5  rDev -6.4%

Fresh bottle in trade from Joe basically as an extra. Huge thanks. Pours super murky yellow colored with a big fluffy white head. Really ugly to be honest. Aroma of sweet hop nectar, pineapples, pine needles, dank mustiness. Flavor is lots and lots of sweet pineapples balanced alongside huge bitter pine. Pretty chewey and dry, medium plus carbonation, crisp refreshing finish. Really nice DIPA on the bitter end of the spectrum. Quite the hype monster, and this is excellent but doesn't live up to that. Doesn't hold a candle to Pseudo for me, which is saying something because this is very good. Definitely worth getting but don't bend over backward for it.

Photo of KnowYourCraft
5/5  rDev +6.8%

Aroma: Loads of grapefruit, pineapple, mango, dank hops, and a little pine. Absolutely amazing smell to this beer!

Appearance: Super hazy yellow, resembles pineapple juice with a little bit of a glowing bright orange hue to it, extremely fluffy head is left on the pour that stays for a long time, leaves amazing lacing on the glass, one of the best looking beers I have seen!

T: I'm blown away by the taste of this beer, loads of mango, pineapple, some buttering grapefruit, a little bit of pine and the right amount of bitterness, and it is all so well balanced. You get a slam of hops then it begins to transition to a lovely crisp light finish that is also very smooth, all the flavors play their own role and none are overpowered by another, truly amazing flavor profile!

Palate: Light crisp, smooth, and refreshing, finishes a little dry and the flavor does linger too much leaving you craving for more!

Overall: This is the best DIPA out right now IMO

Photo of Yellolab2010
4.85/5  rDev +3.6%

Saved for my #400 rating! Not disappointed as king sue is one of the best I've had. Fantastic nose with my favorite citrus smell. Taste is on par with smell which is a A+ for me! Many thanks to bestin for this gem. If big hop citrus forward beers are your thing it's a must try!

Photo of orangesol
4.45/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours hazy golden orange with a nice one finger tall white head, slowly dissipating down to a light film, leaving sticky webs of lace on the glass.

S - Smells of intense pine resin, tropical fruits, wet grass, more pine needles and a bit of doughy pale malt.

T - Starts off with lots of pine and tropical fruit - mainly grapefruit and mango - quickly being joined by the fresh cut grass and some chewy pale malt. Finish is quite bitter, lingering long after the finish.

M - Medium body with moderate carbonation. Smooth, bitter feel from start to finish. Tons of bitterness to go around.

O - Hard to say this lived up to the "hype" even tho it was an excellent DIPA. I can't wait to visit these guys next year.

Photo of jbwimer
4.37/5  rDev -6.6%

Pours like diluted orange juice with a fluffy head. Beautiful beer. Definitely get Citra on the nose. Tangerines, navel oranges, hint of melon coming through. Not as bold of an aroma as I expected, though. Flavor is sweet citrus fruits and some noticeable booze. Not an insane amount, but I really feel the level of booze detracts from the beer, cutting the hop character. Mouthfeel is excellent with the flavor lingering on the buds, and quite a full body, too. Expected a lot more from this beer. It's still awesome, just not as good as I anticipated. Would love to give it a go next time they brew it.

Photo of HannibalNectar
5/5  rDev +6.8%

wisconsin

Photo of JohnG190
4.92/5  rDev +5.1%

Thanks TboneRN for the trade! Pours a hazy orange with a thick white head with good retention. On those nose, lots of tropical fruit and citrus with hints of pine resin and biscuity malt. The palate follows the nose, though dialed down just a bit. Medium bodied with decent carbonation. Very sticky. Overall, an outstanding DIPA, top three in my opinion.

Photo of homebrew311
4.58/5  rDev -2.1%

Pours super hazy, just like a glass of orange juice. Thin white head with some retention. Nose is absolutely juicy as can be. Heavy citra brings on notes of orange, mango, pineapple and peach with undertones of floral notes. Not much else here as the citra steals the show. The taste pretty much matches the nose. Straight citra amplified to the nth degree, I have not had a more juicy beer. The hops are obviously all late additions as they don't give off much bitterness at all. Mouthfeel is medium with moderate carbonation. This beer is an experience. Very drinkable for the ABV and definitely worth giving a try.

Photo of wcu80
4.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Simply amazing in every way. May god bless the lady that sent me this.

Photo of maximum12
3.55/5  rDev -24.1%

Many thanks to kenzilka007 for bringing me some of this storied nectar from the vaults of Decorah. 22 oz. bomber split with my wife.

Pour is liquid orange milk with plenty of carbonation, less than unfiltered, this was probably reverse filtered to add sediment. Nose is plenty of tropical fruit, very sweet, plenty of citrus. Makes my mouth water, but just a little. Less than a gusher, more than regular moistness.

I expect King Sue to reach out and caress me intimately, and to my disappointment, there is neither hand nor fingers creping out of the glass. This could have been brewed in the Bahamas, as the fresh fruit parade continues off of the nose. Mango, pineapple, a strong note of papaya, others peek out of the froth. Tons of sweetness swallows the mid-palate, along with a kind, gentle handshake of bitterness. A touch astringent. Mouthfeel is the high point here, thick & luscious, perhaps unique amongst the current crop of IPAs. Half a bomber? That’ll do, Alfred. That’ll do.

A good beer, but I’m digging hard to try to figure out what the craze is about. Give me a pint of the magnificent regular Sue any day.

Photo of WynnDavis
5/5  rDev +6.8%

Appearance: Hazy as hell. An unpasteurized orange juice with a half finger of fluffy head. Nice lacing. Gorgeous beer.

Aroma: You know this is a KING SUE when you smell it. I have been fortunate enough to get regular growler fills of fresh Pseudo Sue whenever I want when I cross the border into Wisconsin. Pseudo Sue is one of my favorite beers and the smell of it is an unquestionable one. Huge tropical notes of mango, papaya, cantaloupe, citrus, and lemon. A wonderful balance of sour and sweet.

Taste: The taste follows the same balance as the nose, except that everything is cranked up a notch. It's almost like chewing on a lemon and strawberry starburst at the same time. My only discrepancy would be that it is a little too juicy and could use a little more carb to clean and tighten the flavor. It is a juicy grapefruit/orange juice perfection. I still think scream and abrasive are slightly more balance iipa's. Great beer though! I am being very picky.

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King Sue from Toppling Goliath Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 658 ratings.