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King Sue | Toppling Goliath Brewing Company

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King SueKing Sue

Brewed by:
Toppling Goliath Brewing Company
Iowa, United States | website

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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

Added by TGanyone on 02-22-2014

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Reviews: 150 | Ratings: 1,397
Photo of Nachojon
4.62/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Lucky to try this one, fresh from Iowa. Ugly beer, floaties and an odd haze. Pretty in the way that you know what will come with it. Aroma is nice citrus, very grapefruity. Nice and smooth flavor, fantastic complexity from the bitter to the fruit. Little grainy. World class.

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Photo of Dinizioj31
4.8/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Awesome beer! A genuine hop bomb. Among the best around. Could compete with treehouse' best. Look forward to this coming out again and will trade for again. If you can get your hands on it, by all mean do it

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Photo of tlema1
4.57/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: golden/orange color, generous white head
S: tons of citrus, and ripe trop fruits
T: awesome, delicate fruit, light malty backbone
F: great coating mouthfeel, dry finish
O: one of the best DIPAs I've ever had

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Photo of Scott17taylor
5/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a beautiful hazy orange with a gigantic pillowy head that leaves great lacing.
Aroma is pine, mango, pineapple grapefruit and fresh cut grass. Leaves me very excited for my first drink.
Taste leads with tropical fruit and is followed by pine. It finishes with a very pleasant bitterness.
The mouthfeel is perfect for the style it is thin enough to gulp but thick enough to fill the mouth with flavor.
Overall this beer is awesome every bit worth seeking out.

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Photo of sposter4
4.49/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Very Excited to try this beer as I love the pseudoSue! 22oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Golden with light to no haze and a quarter inch head that hangs around. lots of pine and floral notes in the nose. Taste is similar taste with the addition of mild pops of citrus. Overall a great DIPA. However, I still prefer the pseudo.

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Photo of Sabtos
3.95/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On draft at Hunahpu's Day 2016.

Light yellow, foamy white head.

Big tropical pineapple on the nose follows through on the palate with some of that classic crackery malt that Pseudo Sue also has. But unlike Pseudo, the hops explode here with citrus.

So many other whales were already kicked before we even got through the "21+ hand stamp line," so I'm glad to have been able to try two huge TG brews.

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Photo of JamieDuncan
4.76/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to Neil from Iowa for this baby. He sent it to my beer guru and I got to split it.

Poured a not quite clear orange/yellow with nice white head and good lacing as I drank. Excellent and very strong citrus aroma. Taste follows, very smooth and clean on the tongue. The bitter is well balanced with the sweet and there is zero lingering. OUTSTANDING! Light to medium mouthfeel. For my money this lived up to the hype.

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Photo of bubseymour
5/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Smell explodes with citrus hops. Flavor matches with a citrus hop bomb and no bitterness at all. Nice body to give it a little chewiness. No alcohol noticed. This one really delivers as one of the best IPAs I've had. And just when I was really happy with it, the bottom unfiltered OJ looking stuff raised it to another level. A must have beer.

This one is worth to put into my elite group of perfect 5's. I really can't think of anything much better.

Thanks to Neil from Iowa for tracking this one down for me in a great trade.

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
4.31/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Fortunate enough to have this beer while waiting in line at Other Half this past Saturday. This was the first beer that I've had that was brewed in Iowa and from what I've seen, this may be the best offering to come out of the Hawkeye State. Tropical, deceptively strong, and juicy, this went down easily while having a flavor profile that stuck around for the duration!

Good pour to this as the hue was a golden orange that was cloudy and quite frothy. Lots of melon and tropical fruit in the nose along with a ton of rind and some dankness as well. The head and carbonation were plenty and this was not clear but not cloudy enough to appear unfiltered as well. The strength of this beer was in how well the Citra hops and fruit flavors meshed together, while leaving me wanting more. Carbonated enough, this was dry that only more of this beer could quench my thirst. The alcohol was impossible to taste while there was some grass here to keep this light, in spite of how succulent this turned out to be!

So many IPA's hit you over the head with hops and booze but that wasn't the case here. Melon, papaya, and cantaloupe rind were all that was needed to draw me in here while not having the juice of a Treehouse beer. Dank is the way I love these and if you're a fan of of IPA's that fall into that category, than this would be worth seeking out. Not worth taking lightly but so easy to savor at the same time - this would be the beer that finally puts Iowa on the map!

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Photo of Barracudas
5/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I tried the Pseudo Sue before this one and thought that was great, but when I had the King Sue I was taken aback! It is an incredible beer! Worth the trip to this town just for this beer!

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Photo of moysauce
4.96/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Yeah, this beer is the real deal. Looks great. Tastes great. Everything I look for in an IPA. Not too sweet or boozy like a lot of doubles can get. Still light, aggressively hoppy, bitter, and the alcohol is masked perfectly. Truly excellent beer.

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Photo of fireazzi
4.61/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Got to try this beer with very hazy, kern citra. All three were amazing, but I guess if I had to pick I put this one in third. But man what a great great beer. Tasted really really good. Tasted better than it smelled. Wish I could get another pour of this to sit back and enjoy.

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Photo of Cfred371
4.82/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

So excited to try this, and am so grateful for the person who helped me get the King. I let it sit for a twenty to thirty minutes so the beer breathes.

Looks: pours a light straw color with an ample white head. Carbonation is there. Slight haze, but less than I expected.

Smell: oh my goodness. Mango, passion fruit juice, and overripe pineapple.

Taste: passion fruit juice, and the pineapples dominate, to me, and a slight oj taste in the finish. I detect no alcohol

Feel: Medium full bodied, with a softer juicy mouthfeel that kind of coats the mouth. Bitterness runs through the second half of the beer, giving it more of a classic IPA finish than some softer beers. Carbonation is evident.

Overall: I'm not disappointed, and my expectations were sky high. This is the best double IPA I've had, and has some juiciness to it, and an amazing smell. Worth trading for

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Photo of SDRedDevil
5/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bomber courtesy of a great trade partner. Pours a hazy straw color, amazing piney dank aroma explodes from the glass. Taste is balanced with a blast of hops, juicy and tropical, that smoothly finishes with no lingering bitterness. Amazing beer, glad I was able to try.

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Photo of cjgator3
4.56/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed this beer at Cigar City's Hunahpu's Day 2016 in Tampa, FL. After trying PsuedoSue a few times, I was excited to try King Sue. It did not disappoint and is an excellent IPA showcasing citra hops (one of my favorite hop varietals). Very tasty!

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Photo of jaehongcho
4.31/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle that was bottled less than two weeks ago.

L: a slightly hazy amber color with a thick one inch head. Very good retention.

A: Citrus rind. Apple juice. Floral notes are apparent. Newly mown lawn. Very resiny to the point of aggressiveness. A slight mango notes and sweet fruit notes in the back.

T: Very resiny with solid bready malt backbone. It's not too malty. Very floral and, again resiny. Very nicely balanced. Dry.

F: Very easy on the tongue and the mouth. Soft carbonation and creamy.

Overall, an amazing IIPA.

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Photo of SaulFox
4.79/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Hazy orange juice, fluffy white head with tight bubbles
Citrus rind, mango, pineapple, danky
Sweetness with notes of citrus, tropical fruitsn melon
Medium mouthfeel, silky going down, lingering bitterness.
One one of my favorite citra hop brews. Toppling Goliath killed it!

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Photo of BEEPOP
4.14/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Great beer. That being said would have a TH Green over this any day of the week.

I wish I could have had this fresh instead of 3-4 weeks old to really see the difference.

IMO Overhyped.

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Photo of Docrock
4.71/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Served on tap at TG in a tulip:
Wow, a really nice beer, not overpowering just solid in all ways. Would definitely place in the top tier of DIPA's.
Not as flowery as the East coast current style and more drinkable. Only wished I could have got a growler to go!

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Photo of GregA135
4.4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Received this in a recent trade and no wonder why they call it King Sue!

Poured a hazy orange/copper color with a nice one finger white head
Smells of papaya, tropical fruit notes and mango
Huge citrus taste, a bit of stone fruit, mango, hops
Medium bodied with light carbonation, super smooth going down.
Great beer Toppling Goliath!

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Photo of MorpheusIPA
4.52/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful color. Nice citrus aroma. Subtle hops - not as explosive as I expected. A mature IPA for easy drinking. Doesn't have to destroy the palate to deliver a good drinking experience.

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Photo of Morey
4.48/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottled last week! Pours yellow-orange and color with a hazy appearance. Tons of orange and melon on both the aroma and taste. Head is fluffy and hangs around until the last drop. Great stuff!

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Photo of Dopen993
4.72/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Can into tulip glass. Fresh.

Golden haze orange but not fully opaque. Nice 2 finger head with moderate lacing.
The smell was all candied fruit, amazing tropical fruit notes.
Taste follows smell, a touch of biterness on the backend.
It had nice carbonation with a lighter mouthfeel.

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Photo of Shaler_Tate
4.85/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This one is almost so good that I can't describe it. The bottle we opened was super fresh, and it made a big difference. So much hoppy floralness on the nose and the flavor was so complex and balanced.

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Photo of Stevem68
4.68/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours a slightly hazy golden orange color. Aroma is a clean light citrus. Flavor is very balanced. Notes of citrus a little pine and tropical fruit. Leaves a great lingering aftertaste of juicy citrus and tropical fruit. Overall this is a perfect beer, well balanced with great flavor.

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King Sue from Toppling Goliath Brewing Company
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