King Sue - Toppling Goliath Brewing Company

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Ratings: 923
Reviews: 90
rAvg: 4.65
pDev: 7.96%
Wants: 1,051
Gots: 55 | 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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Ratings: 923 | Reviews: 90
Reviews by kdmcguire10:
Photo of kdmcguire10
5/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Heatwave33
4.53/5  rDev -2.6%
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 -53.5%
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 KevSal
4.82/5  rDev +3.7%
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!

Photo of Stevedore
4.74/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

Photo of ramay86
3.98/5  rDev -14.4%
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.

Photo of SaintPius
4.57/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Great brew.
Drinks very clean.

Photo of LordofTime25
5/5  rDev +7.5%
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!

Photo of timc100
4.86/5  rDev +4.5%
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 BeerCrazyCrow
5/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Great Beer. Best Citra IPA. PERIOD

Photo of Barrelagedbatman
4.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Great beer.

Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.53/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A huge thanks to Jeff for this one. 22oz. bomber into a Duvel tulip. Bottled on 5/12/15.

Pours a huge, foamy 3 finger white head with endless retention. Beer is a slightly cloudy pale orange. Lacing is thick, messy and layered with crazy stick. Perfect save for the color.

Nose reeks of dank, citrus and pine. Like a fresh cut grassy meadow that's been saturated with citrus fruit juice. Clean, simple and very aromatic.

Opens citrus. Notes of pineapple, starfruit, grapefruit, and other tropical aromas that really get deeper, sweeter and more vibrant as they stay on the palate. Middle injects a touch of sap and juicy hop bitterness. Ends with a big hop bite balanced by still more tropical fruit. Rather clean finish. This just keeps getting better and better the more you drink.

Light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth with a slight bit of bubbles going down and soft and drinkable going down. Accented finish with a mellow but lingering aftertaste. Drinks like its 5-6%.

Addictive is what I would call this beer. With the way TG keeps churning out these world class, high abv. beers, they might be making a push for the best brewery around!

Photo of Alieniloquium
4.8/5  rDev +3.2%
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 Austin32
4.5/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

amazing smell and taste of tropical orange juice, nice malty backbone...superb beer.

Photo of tapperm
5/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Amazing! A beer that is 100+ibu and 8.5 abv should not be this smooth. Has a very grapefruity smell. Hint of orange in the nose with a full body IBU taste and an incredible Finish. Decent body and nice hazy color. I tried this along side a Permanent Funeral by 3 floyds that i gave equal reviews and the King is justly named.

Photo of YodersBeerEmporium
5/5  rDev +7.5%
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 Rutager
4.62/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Ryan. Bro.


Hazy rich yellow gold in the glass with 2 fingers of thick frothy head. Super dank nose with a bunch of citrus rind ...maybe dried citrus rind? I dunno, that's what comes to mind. Lime and pineapple stand out a bit.

Oh my, I'm going to need a sec here. ;-) So much sweet, juicy, tangy citrus backed with just enough of those nice toasted malt flavours. Tropical fruits are there as well, mainly pineapple, a bit of bitter yellow grapefruit, maybe a little sweet fresh grass. Just the slightest hint of alcohol would be my only gripe if I had to make one, but it's barely there. Medium-full body, medium-low creamy smooth carbonation.

I admit that the nose, while very good, didn't exactly make it move like Pseudo Sue did. Made me a bit worried, but it was all for naught. Stellar beer. Srs, bro. Srs.

Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.97/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Will yesterday, thanks so much dude.

This one pours a dark orange-ish, with a quarter inch head, and a little bit of lacing.

This one smells suuuper Citra-ey, lots of orange, pine, and grapefruit, with just a hint of booze.

I never had the original King Sue, so I can't really comment on how this is compared to the version(s) brewed by Mike Saboe. I can say that it is delicious- but unfortunately, a slight let down compared to what I expected. The booziness is a bit more present than I would've expected, but with a very tasty Citra presence that eschews cattiness for intense citrusy fruitiness.

This is medium bodied, with a crisp and juicy mouthfeel, along with a moderate level of carbonation.

This isn't quite the King I was expecting, but it's still a very tasty IPA nonetheless.

Photo of WynnDavis
5/5  rDev +7.5%

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 CraigP83
4.67/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Hazy yellow with thick foamy head. Looks like pineapple juice. Smell is grassy, mild, again pineapple or Orange Juice. Citrus hops with moderate bitterness, also grassy (seems to be Toppling Goliaths calling card) and earthy. Reminds me of an American Pale Ale rather than a Double IPA. Truth be told I'd prefer PsuedoSue or Light Speed over this.

Photo of Yellolab2010
4.85/5  rDev +4.3%

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 -8.6%

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 -3.2%

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

Photo of dboon
4.25/5  rDev -8.6%

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 AndyEdgar
4.28/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Quite possibly the most over hyped IPA I have ever had. It is very good, but by no means better than fresh Pseudosue.

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King Sue from Toppling Goliath Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 923 ratings.