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King Sue - Toppling Goliath Brewing Company

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Reviews: 99
Hads: 1,067
rAvg: 4.62
pDev: 7.58%
Wants: 1,092
Gots: 77 | FT: 2
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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Reviews: 99 | Hads: 1,067
Photo of govlady
4.84/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A - Hazy Orange, finger of foam, looks great

S - Smell citrus, tropical fruit

T - Tastes like it smells, fruity, citrus, so smooth and delicious

M - Medium body with moderate carbonation.

O - I loved this beer. I had it at the 2015 Morning Delight release, and as much as I loved MD, I couldn't stop thinking about King Sue. One of the best DIPA's I've ever had. I need to get some of these bombers. Was bummed they didn't have any for sale. (447 characters)

Photo of DSWeller
5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wow!!! I had this at the Toppling Goliath Mornin' Delight release today. This is the best beer I have ever had.

Poured a hazy orange and the smell was amazing. Smells like fresh orange juice with mango and tropical fruits. It left a decent retaining head.

Unbelievably smooth, refreshingly light and little to no bitterness with the best aftertaste.

If you get the chance to try this, do not pass. Simply amazing! (419 characters)

Photo of jwc215
4.38/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had yesterday (8/25/15) on-tap at Three Cellars, Franklin, WI - reviewed from notes:

Pours hazed golden orange with a wisp of a head that leaves some lacing.

The smell is very fruity - tropical/citric - mango, pineapple, orange, grapefruit.

The taste of citrus/tropical fruit with backed by sweet bread. Enough malt to give balance to the bitterness while allowing the hop flavor to shine through. Alcohol shows, but not raw. A restrained fruity bitterness lingers.

It just about hits full-bodied. No residual sugars remain on the palate. More crisp than chewy. Smooth despite alcohol bite.

A fruity, hop-forward IPA. Wonderful stuff. I liked it enough to pay another eight bucks for a second ten-ounce pour! (714 characters)

Photo of RoamingGnome
4.46/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed this on tap at Three Cellars in Franklin, WI. A nice 10 ounce pour into a snifter. The beer is a hazy amber. It has a finger of foam. Good retention and lacing. The aroma is fantastic. Wonderful tropical fruits. A bit of citrus. I have to say I love citra hops. The flavor is great too, but truth be told, for only 8% ABV, I'm of the opinion the alcohol should be better hidden. Minor complaint... Great feel... Smooth and full bodied. Overall, I'm glad I finally got to try this one. I'd gladly drink it on a regular basis. Still think I prefer the regular Sue though. Cheers! (585 characters)

Photo of Taybeh
4.48/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Nova into a snifter
A: crown of white head on top of a hazy orange
S: mercy. Ridiculously juicy, big almost overripe mango, papaya, and big bready caramel malt too, and an edge of grapefruit peel/pith. If it was a little more dank, it would be perfect...but as is, it is great.
T & M: big & heavy & a little boozy. Nice and sharp bite with the tropical flavored. Warming. Just a tad undercarbonated and almost syrupy, but again, I'm nitpicking.

Wish it never stopped...awesome. Packs a wallop. (515 characters)

Photo of MeanderingHermit
4.94/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

My second time having this beer, first time from the tap. (Disclaimer: This was approximately one week ago.)

Look: Hazy yellow with a tinge of deep orange-red.

Smell: Passion fruit comes immediately -- the same as I remembered from having it from the bottle (fresh) about one year ago. Pineapple was the second most predominant note albeit more subtly, followed by a bit of a floral character reminiscent of the lavender found in Pseudo Sue. The hops come through very subtly -- not nearly as intense as I would have expected from a DIPA -- I think they were mostly expressed through the passion fruit and pineapple notes.

Taste: Heavy on the passion fruit in a very pleasing way. It tasted almost exactly as it smelled but with a definite and very pleasing hoppy aftertaste. As it warmed from about 45deg to room temperature the hops started coming forth a lot more fiercely, giving it a lot more character and spreading out the palette into a full range of sweet and bitter.

Feel: Very smooth and a touch thicker than most non-dark beers. The King was very unique in its sticky character, almost like I had a bit of lollipop on my lips, but way better (I don't generally care for lollipops).

Overall: One of my favorite brews I've ever had, for sure. Definitely a unique beer which in a blind tasting could be hard to pin down as a DIPA, but wouldn't really fit into any other category either. It isn't so sweet and fruity as a fruit beer, but not nearly as intense with the hop presentation as you would expect from a DIPA. If you can find it, drink it! (1,567 characters)

Photo of Jslay013
4.5/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

LC from previous notes. 2 week old bottle, so pretty fresh. For a single hopped DIPA, this is tough to beat. It deserves the hype, but this still isn't quite as good as the Vt/Trillium/Treehouse big boys, IMO. (212 characters)

Photo of Houser
5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

pours a hazy orange color, like peach juice. lacing on this is pretty sweet too. smell and taste are almost identical, bursts of citrus fruits and piney hops. earthy. amazing beer! (184 characters)

Photo of MattyG85
4.61/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On tap at The Nova in Hudson, Wisconsin. 10 oz. serving in a chalice.

Appearance: Color is a pretty hazy golden orange. Moderate amount of bubbles and about one finger of white head that settles into a thin patchy layer.

Smell: A very ripe, juicy, and dank hop forward aroma with a huge scent of citrus fruit and pine. Upfront juicy scent of citrus hops with some orange peel, grapefruit, mango, lemon, peach, tangerine, apricot, and melon. Big scent of pine resin along with some grassy and floral hints. Background malt hints of cracker, grains, caramel, and yeast along with a little honey like sweetness. A really good aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a really juicy, ripe, and dank hop dominated taste with big notes of citrus and pine. Upfront tropical taste of citrus hops with notes of orange peel, mango, grapefruit, lemon, peach, tangerine, melon, and apricot. Good herbal notes of pine resin along with some floral and grassy hop notes. Behind the massive hop presence are some malt notes of caramel, grains, cracker, and yeast along with a touch of honey sweetness. Moderately bitter. A great juicy taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Very juicy, oily, and drying.

Overall: A really great take on a West Coast style Double IPA. Huge burst of citrus and piney hop flavors without overwhelming bitterness. Glad I got to finally try this on tap after missing out on the bottles. (1,437 characters)

Photo of Nic1985Ace
4.94/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had this beer on draft at the brewery.
L: Poured into a 16oz snifter. The beer poured a beautiful tangerine color, with a nice finger amount of white head.
S: An exceptional aroma of citrus and grapefruit.
T: Fantastic flavor of citrus and fruits up front, with the hops blending well without creating any significant bitterness.
Overall: This beer was absolutely wonderful. The best citra-hop beer I have ever had. Truly fantastic. (443 characters)

Photo of OneEye78
4.02/5  rDev -13%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a snifter. Look is a hazy golden body topped by 3/4 inch fluffy white head. Smell was citrusy, maybe lemon, some honey sweetness, and some grapefruit. Taste was led by a tropical pineapple and mango citrus, some honey and a subtle bitterness. A little light in the mouth, medium carbonation, not much staying power. Overall this is not a standout in my book, well integrated, but just doesn't have the intensity of flavor that I prefer. (462 characters)

Photo of SteveB24
4.56/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Look-color is a slightly hazy gold, a gentle pour resulted in a finger of cream colored head that clings the glass nicely.
smell-Burst of citrus, with a nice malty backbone that doesn't overpower the gorgeous hops.
Taste-very citrusy, with a noticeable floral quality and honey like sweetness from the malt, almost reminded me of green tea with lemon and honey, but fruitier and frankly just more delicious.
Feel-Medium body, pleasantly bubbly on the tongue, slightly chewy right near the end but then it finishes on the slightly dry side, which contrasts wonderfully with the bright, fruity taste.
Overall-Amazing beer, my favorite Citra hopped beer so far. (658 characters)

Photo of cvm4
4.55/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Beautiful looking IIPA here. Pours an opaque golden yellow body with a one finger eggshell head. Minimal lacing and retention.

S - The nose is just an intoxicating juicy citrus bomb. Clean, doesn't smell overly sweet with a light malt backbone.

T - Oh man... Just a super clean IIPA that isn't overly malty or sweet. Again like the nose, tons of juicy citrus coming at you from all directions. Although, not much hop bitterness going on.

F - Lighter body and lighter carbonation than I'm used to in a IIPA. Light bodied and low carbonation. Super easy drinking and oh so crushable. The alcohol is hardly noticeable.

O - I can see why this beer is rated so highly as it's such a citrus bomb. (701 characters)

Photo of NolaHopHead
4.61/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Bomber. Cloudy orange. Fruity citrus aroma. The taste of this one is juicy, not too sweet, with a perfect balance of citrusy hops. As far as mouthfeel, is there a softer IPA? Overall this beer is something else, top of my list. (227 characters)

Photo of NYC-IPAnAPA
4.88/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Poured from a bomber that I'm pretty sure was bottled on 7/17/15. Consumed on 8/3/15. Promptly decided to kick my own ass for not drinking this 5 or 6 days ago when acquired in a trade. Only negative thing I have to say about this beer was that it was only 22oz. I didn't want it to end and couldn't stop drinking it. I will caveat my review with the fact that I am an absolute sucker for Citra hopped beers, but this one was outstanding and worth the hype.

Pours a beautiful orange-ish hue that reminds me of Julius and Green, and that's pretty spectacular company in my book. The nose on it was an explosion of wave after wave of citrusy goodness. Took a lot longer than usual just smelling this beer before I was ready to drink it. The taste doesn't disappoint and follows the nose. It has the creamy mouthfeel reminiscent of the best NE IPAs, but with a nice medium level of carbonation too. I just could not stop sipping on this beer until it was gone. Just a real treat, and before I was halfway through, I was already contacting my trading partner to see if he still had any left! Fantastic beer. (1,117 characters)

Photo of Bwagner1122
4.72/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Bottled on 7/17/15 and poured into a King Sue Teku. Right off the bat, it is well balanced in the smell and the taste. Excellent blend of hops and malt in this double IPA. Smooth and perfect carbonation. First time trying King Sue and it's a stunner. (250 characters)

Photo of boilermakerbrew
4.67/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Bottled on date of either 7/1/15 or 7/17/15 (I can't tell).

A- Pours a bright and hazy light to medium gold in color with a big, frothy head that forms and retains for a good while. The head of about 2.5 fingers sticks around and leaves a good lace down the side of the glass. The body of the beer is a very bright and effervescent, with bubbles continuously rising. Looks like a good IPA/DIPA should in the glass.

S- The hops come right out of the glass and smack you in the nose. Deep pine flavors are prominent, just like you cut into a fir tree and took a sniff. Under the pine and bitter hop notes, there is a touch of bright citrus scent as well in the form of slight lemon zest.

T- Contrary to the scent, this beer hits the tongue with a slightly sweet malt bitterness before hitting you with the hops. The malts have a touch of honey flavor to them, but mostly have a really delicious, plain barley flavor to them. When the hops move in, the piney flavors in the smell move onto the palate and clean the malts out of the way. The bitterness is not overwhelming or stinging, but it is definitely strong and distinct. The hops wash all over the mouth and take over before the drink ends and linger long after the drink ends.

M- This beer drinks more like a smooth, nitro poured oatmeal stout than a double IPA. It is thick and smooth across the tongue, with a lower carbonation level. There is a touch of alcohol warmth at the back end of the drink as well. There aren't enough words to describe how smooth this beer is, especially when you consider the flavor profile and the style.

Overall, having this as my Toppling Goliath beer has me salivating to try to get my hands on more. The only way to describe this beer is as the smoothest DIPA I have ever had. In addition, the flavor has a good balance of both hops bitterness and malty backbone. Simply delicious! (1,875 characters)

Photo of dar482
5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The beer comes in a hazy rich dark orange/amber color. A vibrant glowing orange.

The aroma smacks passionfruit, juicy orange, sweet honey dew, ripen peach, tangerine, a touch of pineapple, a touch of herbaceous, a bit of white bready malt.

On the flavor, the beer explodes of fruitiness. An intense attack of honey dew candy/bubblegum, onto passionfruit, juicy peach, sweet tangerine, fruity bubble gum, a light white bready malt, as the onslaught of fruity flavors slows down, the aftertaste leaves pithy grapefruit and herbaceous.

The mouthfeel is medium plus and creamy.

This is 7/17/15 batch is currently my number one DIPA and thus my number one beer. The absurd avalanche of almost artificial fruity flavors is unreal. (728 characters)

Photo of jason3125
4.29/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

First time trying the King. The smell is of dank tropical fruits. The taste follows the nose. Nice resin. You taste the alcohol. Creamy carbonation that lingers. Overall a very good beer. I would not say world class, but definitely worthy. (239 characters)

Photo of rodmanfor3
4/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one was billed as "the best DIPA ever" and "even better than Double Sunshine," so after nearly a year of searching, I was thrilled to be able to try it.

Overall, King Sue was a "pretty good" beer, though not quite a "great" one in my book. It reminded me a lot of the hype surrounding King Julius and the disappointment that ensued following that release and subsequent tasting.

What I am finding, though, is that my base standard for exceptional IPA's from Vermont has ruined my palate for beers that others consider fantastic and amazing.

I am, however, glad to have tried King Sue to satisfy my curiosity and to be able to display a bottle with a T-Rex on it as part of my collection. (698 characters)

Photo of Roguer
4.14/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Beautiful golden brew, slightly hazy and translucent. Big fluffy white head.

Juicy aroma: tropical and citrus fruit, laced with a dank herbal tone that doesn't quite dominate.

Flavor follows: it's what you'd expect for a Citra DIPA. Very juicy; green and dank.

Relatively thick on the palate, and a little hot and syrupy. (324 characters)

Photo of Zaximus
4.69/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Wow. This was much better than anticipated. From a bomber dated 7/17/2015.

Looks great. Golden orange with great lacing and retention. Smell of tropical fruit. Mango?

Taste is a tropical fruit punch to the gums. Sweet. Hardly any discernible alcohol. Just enough bite from the hops but a big malt backbone balances things perfectly. This is great. Maybe the best double I've had. But I do lean towards the sweater more balanced IPAs as opposed to the hop bombs. (463 characters)

Photo of thebigredone
4/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

IMO, King Sue doesn't live up to the hype. While it is certainly a solid DIPA, I feel some of TG's standard lineup (Intergalactic Warrior, Zeelander) are of higher quality than this beer. Glad I got to try it, but not something I feel is worth a special trip out to Decorah to pick up. (286 characters)

Photo of RyanJohnCrain
5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Just fantastic fresh bottled Three days ago. Orange hazy appearance, tropical nose, Tropical flavors up front, great malt backbone huge floral bouquet, with that nice resin with a touch of smooth booze. Love it! (211 characters)

Photo of Hoppity1
4.68/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Tried this the day after it was bottled, and it was worth the drive to get it. Beautiful hazy golden color, small white head. Great citrus/floral aroma. The taste and feel both world class. Pseudo Sue is a great beer, but it bows to the King. (245 characters)

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King Sue from Toppling Goliath Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 99 ratings.