Boy King Double IPA
COAST Brewing Company

Boy King Double IPABoy King Double IPA
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IPA - Imperial
Ranked #126
Ranked #1,008
4.3 | pDev: 9.53%
COAST Brewing Company
South Carolina, United States
Boy King Double IPABoy King Double IPA
Notes: A highly hopped, yet still balanced, double IPA. Multiple hop varieties, emphasizing Citra Hops, were used. We're lovin' the tropical goodness of this hop variety!
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pubscout from New Jersey

4.74/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

In The PubScout’s time, the number of DIPAs that have slaked his gullet are probably too numerous to count. But this one, Boy King from Coast Brewing in N. Charleston, SC may be the chart-topper. Beautiful color, sweetish, citrusy nose, laden with hops and flavors of grapefruit, orange, lemon and pine, this resiny, 9.7% DIPA is very dangerously drinkable. Smooth, creamy mouthfeel masks the booziness so well, you’ll likely not be aware that you’re going down a road laden with chicanes. But Ron and Maria have navigated plenty of chicanes, and they know chicanery when they taste it. May be the best DIPA in my experience, and that covers a lot of beers.

Jun 17, 2019
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gopens44 from Virginia

4.28/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Deep golden hue, clear as a bell under a foamy beige head that leaves a really nice full curtain of equally foamy , sticky lacing. Nose is immediately sweet with a secondary wave of pineapple and just a hint of veggie. Taste is full of grapefruit peel (got that from another review, but it's actually pretty nailed) and alcohol heat. Finally, the feel. It's just incredibly creamy, not like any DIPA I've had before. Guess it takes the edge off the heat. After taste is alcohol bitter and not too much else. Finish isn't as nearly dry as the taste would have suggested.

Jan 17, 2018
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Reef from South Carolina

4.58/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Dated 12/12/17 on the 12 oz. can

Copper, clear appearance once chill haze lifts. Barely 1 cm head after an active pour. Full ring of carbonation and islands of bubbles on the surface. Curtain lacing.
Prominent citrus and yeasty scents upon cracking the can. Tangerine, pine, light apricot, molasses.
Well-balanced hop and malt combination. Pine, grapefruit pith, pineapple, caramel, light nectarine.
Full bodied, no alcohol tingle, lasting carbonation. Lush first sensation with a bitter finish on the back of the tongue.
Still a favorite IIPA, withstands changes in taste and fashion.

Jan 12, 2018
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Snowcrash000 from Germany

4.16/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep amber, coppery coloration. Smells quite intensly of caramel, biscuity malt, tropical/citrus fruits: mango, passion fruit, grapefruit, orange, and pine, with just the slightest hint of booze. Taste follows the nose, with a quite malt-forward taste and lots of resinous pine and bitterness, supplemented by notes of tropical and citrus fruits: mango, passion fruit, grapefruit orange. A little boozy, but really not too bad. This is a total pine bomb, quite resinous and bitter, but nicely balanced with a solid caramel, biscuity malt backbone and rich fruit notes. Loved it even though the can was slightly damaged, which caused the beer to turn a little flat. I might have rated it even higher otherwise. It's also why I'm not mentioning the head or mouthfeel.

Jan 11, 2018
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ksimons from Illinois

4.21/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A-a clear dark amber color with a thin layer of white head

S-caramel, some tropical fruits, and a bit of pine

T-caramel malt back bone with pine and tropical fruits

M-medium body and crisp carbonation

Overall a very malty DIPA but still enough pine bitterness so it is not overwhelming

Nov 26, 2017
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Dragginballs76 from South Carolina

4.34/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - Pours semi transparent golden color with thick soapy head.

Aroma - Lots of tropical fruit aromas, orange, pineapple and grapefruit. Seems to have a nice malt/bready aroma at the back end along with a touch of pine resin.

Taste - The tropical flavors are stronger than the nose let on. Lot of mango, pineapple, orange and grapefruit. nice caramel and malt flavors as well. Bitter orange peel finish. Would not know this is 9.7% from the flavor.

Feel - Medium bodied well carbonated slightly dry finish and no sign of the alcohol which is impressive.

Overall - An excellent DIPA, great tropical flavors with a touch of malts. nice touch of bitterness.

Apr 16, 2017
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sposter4 from Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Golden witj a light hazy. Nose is full of tropical fruits mainly mango. Taste follows with some floral character poking through. Very smooth for 9.7%. Very drinkable ipa.

Mar 26, 2017
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chinchill from South Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On tap in Greenville, SC.

Pours with a clear copper body topped by a bubbly white head.
Aroma: piney hops with herbal, floral and bready aspects.
Flavor: much hoppy but with enough malts to create a good bitter/sweet balance and to add some toffee and bread notes. Moderate complexity.
Feel: medium+ body.

Nov 13, 2016
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WesMantooth from Ohio

4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Canned 7/20. Got to it a little later than planned, but still relatively fresh.

A very dark amber orange to copper color with a decent sized frothy, tan head. A little light gets through, but it is very thick and cloudy.

Smells very much like citra hops. Very musty rind/melon skin like with mango, cantelope, stone fruit, and candied orange. Some significant bready caramel malts too.

I taste as much orange as anything. Pretty sweet. Also some sharp, ripe cantelope/melon and rind, and piney- floral hops. There is a bit of a spicy bite before it all settles into a sweet, doughy bread flavor with a dull, lingering bitterness.

The body is resinous and creamy. Full, but not difficult to drink. Quite opposite in fact. A lip smacking beer.

This reminds me of an old school, big malty monster of an ipa, and it is very good.

Sep 06, 2016
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NolaHopHead from Louisiana

4.27/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz can. Deep clean orange amber Olof with thin white head, fades to a ring, spotty lace. Aroma of ripe stone fruit, melon, citrus. Big sweet resiny taste, ripe melon, dank piny hops. Very clean taste n finish. Thin slick feel.

Aug 21, 2016
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.02/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

nice to see these guys show up a little bit here in colorado, thats pretty cool. they make good beer, and this is one of their more exciting ones i think. its a very good, but also pretty classic double ipa, very much in the west coast tradition. its deep golden brassy colored with an obvious oily viscosity and a foamy white head that leaves near perfect rings, its real pretty. the aroma is citra driven, but also some simcoe maybe, and something a little more bitter and piney, its big for sure on the hops, and you can smell a little of the alcohol too. i almost get a belgian yeast waft for a second, but that part isnt there at all in the taste. the citra very clearly isnt the only one going on here, i definitely get more bitter and almost woody strains in here, some slight fruitiness, peach and maybe apple too, juicy and sweet, oily and thick. its bigger feeling, the alcohol isnt that subtle, and its very good, but maybe not as distinct as i expected it to be with ratings this high. its nice beer, but im not sure it warrants near perfect scores, very much modeled on some of the better california big ipa...

Aug 14, 2016
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SomethingClever from Ohio

4.29/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

12 oz can poured into snifter canned on 7/20

A: Deep amber caramel body with good clarity small tan off white head that disappears quickly.

S: Light fruits, mango, cantaloupe, smells malty bready as well.

T: Nice fruity cantaloupe, mango, a little pineapple, honey, bready malts, a little floral.

M: Very low carbonation, lends it to a very soft mouthfeel makes the beer feel heavy.

O: This beer almost drinks like a barleywine with the low carbonation. Has a great meld of malts and hops. I do get a slight bit of body odor from the nose though. This is a beer you don't want to pass up if you see it.

Aug 12, 2016
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GaryJR from South Carolina

4.84/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Oh man the Carolinas have become second to none when it comes to craft breweries. This is a Great DIPA. As hoppy as you please with a little citrus.

Jul 31, 2016
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Garrett_Landvaettir from South Carolina

4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a growler into a 10oz snifter

Look: cloudy, slightly dark red color. Full white head about 1 inch that dissipates at a moderate rate.

Smell: Mild in intensity; Piney, slightly grassy, moderately hoppy, orange and citrus with tropical fruits and perhaps coriander. Smell gets less hoppy and more fruity with a boozier smell.

Taste: Moderately hoppy with strong citrus along with tropical fruit. It has a nice amount of bitterness. Slightly boozy alcohol finish with a bit a spice.

Feel: A bit thick and boozy going down but otherwise very smooth; medium carbonation.

Overall a very enjoyable local DIPA with some nice flavor and drink-ability. I look forward to enjoying more of it in the future.

May 11, 2016
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tillmac62 from South Carolina

4.17/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

BOD 10/14/15. Slightly hazy medium amber pour. Outstanding head volume, world class lacing and retention.

Outstanding nose of citrus hops (orange, grapefruit), tropical hints (mango, melon) and a nice dose of pine coupled with a spicy spruce element.

Heavy light body with a smooth texture that has oily aspects. Slightly above normal carbonation with a touch of effervescence in the middle and a fairly prickly finish.

The flavor profile is outstanding. Intensity is solid, but not over the top. The beer is nicely complex and quite well balanced. Orange rind and pine are the dominate flavors, with tropical notes appearing in the middle over a solid biscuit sweetness with a heavy caramel influence. The middle bitterness is moderate and is balanced with a rising sweetness as the bitterness fades. Here, also, is where the tropical notes are at their peak yielding a blended burst that fades into a nice sweet orange. The sweetness fades as the finish approaches and allows the spicy spruce to shine. Unfortunately, this is where the alcohol becomes uncovered yielding an astringency that prevents this quite outstanding beer from attaining world class status. The finish leaves that alcohol burn at the back of the throat and an astringent bitterness that lingers.

Jan 11, 2016
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Treyliff from West Virginia

4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap

Pours a hazy golden-red with a small creamy white head that has good retrntion. Citrus and pine-forward aroma with some grapefruit peel and grassy notes. Taste follows the nose with loads of citrus up front and hints of tropical fruit, piney resin mixes with earthy grass before finishes with just a bit of bready malt. Medium heavy body and carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel that continues to the finding, solid DIPA

Nov 27, 2015
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cvm4 from Mississippi

4.1/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L - Pours a hazy orange body with a one finger head. Good retention and not much lacing.

S - Balanced nose of citrus, bitter orange rind and sweet malts.

T - Tropical fruits, sticky sweetness, malty and a medium hop bite.

F - Medium bodied and medium carbonation.

O - Very solid IIPA here. I would definitely drink again.

Oct 26, 2015
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ghostwalker from Massachusetts

4.09/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

2 oz bomber purchased at the source in No. Charleston.

Body is deep reddish gold. Thick, sticky white head.

Nose is fresh citrus and sweet hops, crusty with resin and oils.

Flavor is heavily sweet, but also intensely hoppy and complexly flavorful. A real mouthful!

Mouthfeel is chewy and sticky. Serious carb gives extra body.

Overall: A really, really nice East Coast DIPA. A touch too sweet for my personal taste, but not enough to lose marks.

Oct 03, 2015
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Scarfer_Brad from Florida

3.79/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

a good beer from an instate brewery. had good look and feel. taste was good not great. i drink a lot of the big IPAs and IIPAs so it didn't hold up against them to me. Would definitely drink again and would like to find on tap

Jul 20, 2015
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Davepoolesque from Massachusetts

4.09/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Definitely a maltier dipa but it's very tropical hop forward. Citrus rind bitterness, but balanced beautifully, some sticky sweetness. Almost a creamy mouthfeel. Dense. Pleasantly surprised by this offering.

Jun 22, 2015
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JamesStreet from Louisiana

3.94/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled on 5/12/15
A- pours an opaque orange with a solid off-white finger's worth of head. Really lacy. S- malt, resiny, oily hop smell. Kind of disappointing. T- malt dominant with a hint of resiny dankness and booze. M- medium feel moderate carb. Sweet on the finish with not much bitterness. O- a bit underwhelming. Was expecting a bit more. Still, though, I would try again. Perhaps a bit fresher.

Jun 06, 2015
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Mikec1115 from South Carolina

4.83/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Great beer. Had it on tap and didn't see the pore but when it came to me it had a double finger head that lasted and laced very nicely. Clear orange color that was quickly overwhelmed by the aroma... awesome Orange and Grapefruit aroma that showed not just a large quantity of Citra, but also had some Amarillo and maybe some Cascade in there.

The taste followed the aroma with a very intense citrus flavoring that finished very well. My only problem with the beer is that I had 3 at the bar and it really put a hurting on me. It's a Pliny "wanna be" and while they did a great job copying it, I wish they hadn't gone so high on the ABV so that I could have had more... but that's why it's a double IPA right? Yeah, I get it... the alcohol really helps with the flavor and tones down the sweetness but it does put a hurting on you. So don't flame me with any comments about it because I already get enough of that from my posse.

So proceed with caution. This beer is kinda like the prom queen that has an STD... you start knowing that you won't be able to stop and you'll regret it in the morning. But it leaves you wanting to do it again. lol

Apr 19, 2015
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Zach136 from Georgia

4.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Orange body, little head/lacing

Aroma: big tropical fruit, orange, citrus and bready.

Flavor: more citrus peel and and pine.

Mouthfeel: full bodied, light carb. Not too sticky, bitterness in check.

Apr 08, 2015
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scbeerman from South Carolina

4.37/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Really good DIPA. Very similar to Stone Enjoy By to my palate, plenty of citrus rind, resin, and weed both in the nose and taste. Definitely try this one, it would be extremely well recognized nationally with wider distribution.

Apr 01, 2015
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KevSal from California

4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

fantastic beer, just how i like my dipas. juicy, floral and not over the top bitter. i cant believe this is 10%. great football watchin beer, go niners!!

update: drinking a second bottle 2 weeks later, just as delicious as the first bottle. very nice!

Sep 15, 2014
Boy King Double IPA from COAST Brewing Company
Beer rating: 95 out of 100 with 547 ratings