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King Sue - Toppling Goliath Brewing Company

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Ratings: 145
Reviews: 14
rAvg: 4.74
pDev: 5.27%

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

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: TGanyone on 02-22-2014)
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Photo of kevanb


4.83/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

64oz screwtop growler poured into a Toppling Goliath Assassin Teku.

The beer pours a hazy copper color, hues of apricot and orange, thick and cloudy with a soapy white head, settling at a nice 2 fingers despite a vigorous pour that has very nice retention and leaves behind plenty of sticky lace behind. The aroma is a huge statement of grapefruit, tangy, juicy and bitter, showcasing the bitter peel but also the sweeter juicy flesh. Piney resin also is apparent with bright tropical fruits of pineapple and mango, slightly floral with a subtle touch of sweet alcohol. The flavors are impeccable, beautiful grapefruit flavor, juicy, fresh, tangy and bitter, all at once, tons of tropical fruit that the nose lead on jumps out on the tongue as well, mango, pineapple, passionfruit, light lemon zest that brings out the floral character that is not without light sappy pine flavors and some earthy bitterness, perhaps an indicator of the malt as well. The mouthfeel is superb, it's lively yet creamy, soft yet zippy, filling, coats the mouth well, feels juicy and finishes with a prefect dry bite, but not punishingly so, just enough for me to want another sip.

Verdict: A masterclass. Easily one of the most enjoyable IPAs I've ever tasted and one of the best beers I've ever tasted. It's bright, delicate, juicy, pungent, balanced, resinous and sticky without being taxing. Everything is in harmony and it showcases how juicy and fruity hops can be without dominating bitterness and astringent undertones. Kudos to Toppling Goliath for this one, a true indicator of their abilities.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2014 02:24:43 | More by kevanb
Photo of dar482

New York

5/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The beer comes in a cloudy yellow orange.

The aroma is huge of tropical, pineapple, grapefruit.

The flavor follows with an explosion of Citra, more similar to Double Sunshine than Kern Citra. Lots of mangoes, pineapple orange and with a light grapefruit bitterness on the finish.

Probably my favorite beer at EBF.

Serving type: on-tap

03-24-2014 21:15:35 | More by dar482
Photo of jbaker67


4.69/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours orange like an orange Julius. Aroma is full on tropical fruit and skunky weed. Pine tar is hanging out in the background, not overwhelming. Minimal malt profile going on. Medium bitterness, plenty dry but with a nice body to it. Just a big juicy brew, plenty tame.

Serving type: on-tap

03-23-2014 23:51:57 | More by jbaker67
Photo of VelvetExtract


5/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A-EBF sample. Cloudy orange yellow.

S-Aroma literally explodes out of the glass. All Citra hops here. One of the most formidable aromas I have had in terms of pure hoppiness. Tropical fruit juice explosion. Absolutely legendary.

T-Puréed tropical fruits in unlimited quantities. Pineapples, nectarines, orange, grapefruit, tangerine, clementine, mango, melon with a grassy finish. Citra-hop palate melter. Finishes with just enough breadiness. So much goddamn Citra!

M-Dry yet juicy. Resiny. Flavor lingers forever. Perfect bitterness and carbonation. I need more than these samples. I need a full keg. I need it now.

O/D-My number one beer to try at the 2014 EBF. It was without a doubt the best beer there and will receive a perfect rating. I had about 8 samples of this. The flavor is simply perfect. Sad to think I will probably never have this again.

Serving type: on-tap

03-23-2014 17:57:38 | More by VelvetExtract
Photo of darthvohn


4.51/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

(Second serving and clear nose had all of the flavors pop)
Glass Used: Tulip

Appearance: A cloudy orange-gold body, enough so that you cannot see through it .With a light source to the side or behind the glass, the color glows a brilliant honey color. The head was a fluffy white which dissipated leaving ample lace behind. A beautiful DIPA.

Smell: A brilliant bright citrus punch to the nose - grapefruit, orange-tangerine mix, some honeydew melon, a bit floral, lots of pine-resin hoppy aroma.

Taste: Tropical and citrus flavors blast through with a burst of hops following right behind it. The hops do fade quickly with minimal bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Thick feel with a dry finish. Medium carbonation.

Overall: Thanks to Pintofbrown for sending me a growler of this fantastic DIPA. I really enjoyed PseudoSue so I wanted to try this one. Not disappointed. Pretty tasty DIPA from TG.

Serving type: growler

03-19-2014 03:36:57 | More by darthvohn
Photo of Stevedore


4.71/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

On tap at Toppling Goliath's taproom. 12oz pour in an unlabeled chalice today, 3/8/2014.

App- Looks like a beer mimosa. Super hazy, unfiltered orange body, fairly minimal <1 finger white head that dissipates quickly. Some ring lacing the glass as the beer goes down. Honestly looks as close to orange juice with pulp as you can get.

Smell- So juicy. Lots of freshly squeezed orange, pineapple and passion fruit. This is citra at its best. Nicely balanced out by a bready malt backbone.

Flavour- Phenomenal. Juicier than regular sue for sure. So much citra going on. Orange, pineapple, tropical fruits balanced a bit (but way less balanced than regular sue! Which is saying something) by the sweet pale malts. Finish is a nice resinous grassy bitterness that isn't overwhelming. This is one of the best DIPAs to ever come out of the midwest, even if its not the most complex and interesting DIPA I've ever had- it's just so juicy and dank which makes it unique in its own right.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied, a bit thinner than it should be for a DIPA, but this is still just so juicy and creamy that I can overlook that aspect. Nice dry finish that is bitter but not overwhelmingly so. Very easy to drink, dangerously enough.

Overall- This is Toppling Goliath's newest winner. It's like a single hop citra Heady Topper/Abrasive, and wipes the floor with these beers. Abner and Double Sunshine are both fantastic beers in their own right due to their relative complexity, but this is well up there with them. Try to get this if you can. Its a shame they weren't filling growlers of this stuff.

Serving type: on-tap

03-09-2014 05:41:57 | More by Stevedore
Photo of drmcleod10


5/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On tap at TG brewery along with Mornin' Delight and all their other wonderful beers
Really excited to have this and side by side it with pseudo even though they are different styles

A - This beer is absolutely gorgeous, looks unfiltered and brilliantly lemony yellow wheat looking

S - This is one of the best smelling IPA's I have had the pleasure of burying my nose in… citrus bomb that is brilliantly balanced with sweet and bitter smells with the hops coming through at the end

T - Definitely the best IPA that has touched my lips.. may never be topped until TG brews another masterpiece. Citrus bomb taste with a bitter finish that dries the mouth quite a bit. Tons of orange coming thru on this beer and I wish I could have one every morning/night

M - Very creamy smooth and delicious with dryness on the finish

O - This is hands down the best DIPA ever brewed? I knocked Abrasive and Heady out of the park… pretty incredible

TG is definitely putting out some of the best beers in the world.. humbled to talk with one of their brewers

Serving type: on-tap

03-09-2014 04:29:31 | More by drmcleod10
Photo of Alieniloquium


4.34/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Hunahpu's Day. Served in a taster.

Appearance - Pale orange yellow. Big white head. A little hazy. Great retention.

Smell - Big citrus aroma. Has some grassiness, too. Crackle malt.

Taste - Orange citrus hops. Light pale malt sweetness. Cracker malt. Slightly grassy bitterness in the back.

Mouthfeel - Medium body. Just the right amount of sweetness.

Overall - Tastes just like an imperial Sue should taste. Very nice.

Serving type: on-tap

03-08-2014 16:25:24 | More by Alieniloquium
Photo of alaimoa


4.65/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4.75

Week old growler screw top tang was shipped. Pours perfect juicy golden with nice white head. Smell bursting with citrus beyond belief and taste matches right up to the nose but once you get to the carb it's not quite
Right. Drinks with a full body but a mediocre carb that doesn't stand up to where it should be. Overall I want it again because the taste is one of the best DIPAs around but questioning the feel

Serving type: growler

03-08-2014 01:42:30 | More by alaimoa
Photo of kdmcguire10


5/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Simply put, this is the perfect IPA.

Bright yellow/orange in color. Sticky lacing, 1.5 finger head....yada yada yada.

The smell, and taste... I've used the expression "bursting with citrus" before, but this takes it to another level. Fresh squeezed clementines and grapefruit. It's difficult to explain balance in an IPA like this, but when you get a taste of it, you'll understand. It just dances in your mouth. Unbelievable stuff.

Mouthfeel is thick, slick, and held together by the perfect level of carbonation.

I wish I could rate this beer a 110. Please make this again Toppling Goliath. Unbelievable stuff.

Serving type: growler

03-04-2014 01:54:11 | More by kdmcguire10
Photo of WreckedPalate


5/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I didnt think there could be another beer I wouldn't change anything about. This is it along with its little brother. Amazing through and through. Same flavor profile as Pseudo Sue, but it's obviously bolder and bigger, but equally as balanced. Better than Pseudo Sue though? I don't think so, but just as good. Highly recommend.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2014 12:56:21 | More by WreckedPalate
Photo of cfrances33


4.95/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Growler filled 2/22/2014 and enjoyed 3/1/2014. Poured into a Toppling Goliath snifter. Had to come out of review retirement for this one.

Pours a completely opaque bright yellow orange, with two fingers of frothy, foamy stark white head. Excellent sticky lacing throughout. I simply cannot get over the sheer brilliance of the body on this... look like orange juice. Smell is bright citra hops full of grapefruit, tangerine, and clementines, with a touch of dank fresh hop and some characteristic peppercorn. Has an earthiness to it which I have never encountered in citra before, expect a touch in Hill Farmstead Double Citra, and I'm loving it. The taste is... stunning. Unbelievably juicy and fresh, bursting with fresh squeeze orange juice, tangerines, and melon. There is honestly no malt profile to speak of. Body is incredibly juicy and refreshing, with the malt providing a fluffy backbone for the citra to thrive, but not contributing any real flavors. No trace of alcohol.

Quite simply, this is best double IPA I've ever had. Please make this again Toppling Goliath.

Serving type: growler

03-03-2014 01:58:45 | More by cfrances33
Photo of LordofTime25


5/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer is amazing! It's a yellow to orange hazy brew. looks a lot like fresh squeezed orange juice. You can really smell the citrusy hops & sweetness of the malts! It almost feels like a thick shake in your mouth as you get hit with nice fruity & citrusy hops. It's a very sweet brew that I would drink again & again!

Serving type: on-tap

03-02-2014 12:38:39 | More by LordofTime25
Photo of shadetree67


4.91/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A. Gold colored and very cloudy. More Cloudy than any other DIPA I've seen. Spotty head and nice lacing.

S. Wow. Tons of fruit and citrus. Very fragrant. This smells great.

T. Pineapple and grapefruit. Some malts. The hops are present but not very bitter

M. Very thick. Similar to orange juice as crazy as that sounds. Medium carbonation. Sticky finish

O. One of the best DIPA I have ever had. The only thing close would be a cask of Abrasive that was teabagged with Citra hops

Serving type: on-tap

03-01-2014 22:46:21 | More by shadetree67
King Sue from Toppling Goliath Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 145 ratings.