King Sue - Toppling Goliath Brewing Company

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Ratings: 726
Reviews: 66
rAvg: 4.68
pDev: 8.33%
Wants: 1,015
Gots: 51 | FT: 5
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: 726 | Reviews: 66
Photo of M_chav
4.69/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Just did a blind side-by-side with PseudoSue and King falls by a hair, still very good, incredible (no doubt) absolutely thrilled to try it finally. Citra bomb and I don't want it any other way, an incredible brew!

Photo of Brevbin
4.15/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Citra Bomb. Good for what it is. Citra is just not my thing.

Photo of themaj
3.45/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Flat, under carbinated no where near worth the hype. Pipeworks citra ninja better. Tg ipas just don't do it for me

Photo of Fitwitchik
4.91/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a bomber into a snifter--phenom bottle trade a golden yellow with a white head.
Aroma is juicy bitter oranges.
Flavor BLEW ME AWAY!!!! DIPA is my preferred style and had my fair share. This one is exceptional. Really worth the hype.
Luscious to the palate and am blessed to have traded for 2 of these beauties.

Photo of CraigP83
4.67/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Hazy yellow with thick foamy head. Looks like pineapple juice. Smell is grassy, mild, again pineapple or Orange Juice. Citrus hops with moderate bitterness, also grassy (seems to be Toppling Goliaths calling card) and earthy. Reminds me of an American Pale Ale rather than a Double IPA. Truth be told I'd prefer PsuedoSue or Light Speed over this.

Photo of Kraj30
4.88/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

wow... so citrus.. love the flavor of this.. pours a orangish color.. smells awesome.. unreal brew

Photo of lonnie79
4.99/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wonderful clean finish, just pure gold!

Photo of Jacobgeorge05
4.98/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

One of the top 5 IPA's ive ever had. Delicious on every level.

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

Amazing! A beer that is 100+ibu and 8.5 abv should not be this smooth. Has a very grapefruity smell. Hint of orange in the nose with a full body IBU taste and an incredible Finish. Decent body and nice hazy color. I tried this along side a Permanent Funeral by 3 floyds that i gave equal reviews and the King is justly named.

Photo of ALC82
4.86/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Oh you beautiful perfect in what it is!

Photo of Austin32
4.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

amazing smell and taste of tropical orange juice, nice malty backbone...superb beer.

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.

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King Sue from Toppling Goliath Brewing Company
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