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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: 962
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
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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 LordofTime25
5/5  rDev +6.8%
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!

Photo of timc100
4.86/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Incredibly hazy - like pulpy orange juice. Very minimal head but impressive looking beer. One of the crazier aromas - incredibly dank - huge citrus, almost like a cat pee/sweat type of astringency, sweet fruits, pine, very very bright citrus fruits. Taste is very clean and smooth - a vibrant wash of the aforementioned flavors.

In a class with Heady - very low bitterness, incredibly balanced and easy drinking. This is a crazy good IPA

Photo of Barrelagedbatman
4.75/5  rDev +1.5%

Great beer.

Photo of Alieniloquium
4.8/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

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 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.

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 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 wcu80
4.5/5  rDev -3.8%

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

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 martyl1000
4.15/5  rDev -11.3%

Gotta try this again: with all the fawning reviews, here, I must be missing something. Or maybe it was something I ate. This is clearly a quality brew. It's just not anywhere near what I want in a truly great IIPA -- where's the malt, where's the sweetness?

Photo of cfrances33
4.94/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

Photo of dar482
5/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

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 Goblinmunkey7
4.31/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Huge thanks to Bilco for sharing this madness.

Appearance: Super muddy orange-tinged gold. So hazy. Head is bright-white, clumoy, and dense. Big sticky notches and chunks of lacing. Moderate retention. Decent carbonation.

Smell: Hyper tropical. Loaded with pineapple and mango. Some grapefruit pith and a touch of peach. A bit of pine layered in the back. Soft powdery yeast throws some very light fruity esters. Bready, but mildly so. Some mild caramelization. A bit of toasted pale malt. Tropical explosion. Relatively balanced.

Taste: A weird pithy woody bitterness through the back. Smack of mango, peach, and pineapple right up front. Some nice balancing malt sweetness. Pale malt sweetness. A bit bready. Some undercooked biscuit. Hops are hyper tropical. Pineapple. A touch of pin needle. Restrained bitterness. So much peach. Almost like peach rings. Lingering bitterness. Mild push of yeast and esters throughout. So fruity.

Mouthfeel: Creamy almost with a moderate carbonation. Clean sip.

Overall: Probably the best Sue.

Tropical without being too much. A bit sweet and a true testament to Citra. Well played.

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 Blackboardbrewing
4.75/5  rDev +1.5%

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

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 wendellWI
5/5  rDev +6.8%

Perfect

Photo of HannibalNectar
5/5  rDev +6.8%

wisconsin

Photo of RachelZ
4.47/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This beer can be drank on-tap. This pour is a creamy orange color with a white head. Aromas consist of grapefruit and fruitiness. The flavor is just as it smells with some citrus hints. There is both a strong taste and aftertaste. Great flavor all together!!

Photo of kdmcguire10
5/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

Photo of brydeen
4.7/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A: Cloudy, murky light orange color. Almost no head. A little reminiscent of chicken stock.

S: Citra hop punch in the face. Super strong orange aroma. Absolutely fantastic.

T: Tropical fruit explosion. Lots of orange and pineapple right off the bat. Sweet and juicy, but still a very nice bitterness in the finish. Really delicious.

M: Thick and full bodied in IPA/DIPA terms. Perfect touch of carbonation gives it a really creamy feel.

O: Didn't know if it would live up to the hype, but this is truly in the elite DIPA class for me. Younger, Double Citra, and maybe Abrasive are about the only that come to mind that I might choose first. Really outstanding stuff.

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