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King Sue - Toppling Goliath Brewing Company

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King SueKing Sue

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105 Reviews
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Reviews: 105
Hads: 1,120
Avg: 4.61
pDev: 25.6%
Wants: 1,176
Gots: 78 | 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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Photo of Heatwave33
4.53/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

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Photo of largadeer
2.16/5  rDev -53.1%
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.

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Photo of KevSal
4.82/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

The king, finally getting a chance, huge thanks to andrewpalmer for this bad boy. Poured into a sn perfect pint paired with the warriors playoffs.

Right away u can tell this is good. Appearance in the glass is one of the best I've seen!
Nose is an amped up sue, fantastic.
Taste follows the nose. Incredible brew, I dunno if 22 oz is enough.
Some people mentioned it being boozy, I don't get very much booze at all, I actually find this super refreshing.
Overall it lived up to my expectations. If it was easy to get I'd get it much more but pseudosue makes a fantastic substitute

Go warriors!

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Photo of SteveB24
4.56/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

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Photo of Stevedore
4.74/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | 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 a bit bitter but certainly not overwhelmingly so. It is definitely a lot less bitter than other comparable double IPAs. 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.

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Photo of rodmanfor3
4/5  rDev -13.2%
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.

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Photo of ramay86
3.98/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Spring 2015 batch (consumed 5/13/15, and then again on 5/15/15):

Appearance is terrific. Murky honey gold with a paper white that laces well from start to finish. No complaints here.

Nose seems to take a similar direction as past batches. A lot of citrus and juicy bits, but this one is counteracted by an abrasive bitterness and a hint of alcohol. It's obvious here that this is not the same beer that received such deserved acclaim in the past.

I won't deny that this is delicious. Very drinkable and fruit-forward. But it severely lacks the intense, juicy citrus qualities that made previous vintages so memorable. It's in that same wheelhouse, just not nearly as vibrant. There is also kind of an awkward finish... it cleans up too quick and the only thing left is hop abrasion.

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4.48/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.7/5  rDev +2%

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4/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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5/5  rDev +8.5%

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4.4/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.84/5  rDev +5%

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4.75/5  rDev +3%

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4.5/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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5/5  rDev +8.5%

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4.25/5  rDev -7.8%

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4.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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5/5  rDev +8.5%

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4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

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4.85/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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5/5  rDev +8.5%

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4.6/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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1.88/5  rDev -59.2%

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King Sue from Toppling Goliath Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 105 ratings.