Boy King Double IPA | COAST Brewing Company

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Boy King Double IPABoy King Double IPA

Brewed by:
COAST Brewing Company
South Carolina, United States | website

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.70%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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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Photo of Rhettroactive
2.73/5  rDev -36.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

From 22oz bomber to Devil's Backbone glass on 5/5/12
*From notes

-- IrishColonial be ballin', son --

Bottle date: 04/12

A: A big, straight pour down the center of my glass yields a .5 finger head that fades entirely too quickly. No real lacing, and I get but a meager little collar rimming the glass.

S: I'm fully aware this is a fresh bottle of beer, but had I not been told, I'd have told you this was sitting on the shelves for 12-18 months. It smells stale, like the hop pellets sat in the trunk of someone's car for six weeks in the hot summer sun.

T: Boringly bitter. Not overly floral or juicy. I mean the hops are certainly there, but they're not delivered and definitely not utilized to the best of their ability. Like the bouquet, this seems like nothing more then a stale DIPA. Disappointing to the absolute max.

M: Solid weight, nice carbonation and the texture is on point. The feel really tries to bump up the beer, but there's only so much it can do.

O: What happened here? Am I missing something? A 4.38 rDev? Really? Even if this was on retail shelves year-round, I'd never reach for it, let alone stock it in my shops. Hugely disappointing on multiple levels.

Thumbs down.

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Photo of tewaris
2.9/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Drank in the process of powering through Ryan's IPA haul. Thanks!

Doesn't look bad.

Aroma is oily hops, onions and some malt. Tastes bitter and sweet with a good dose of onion and uncooked garlic. Fail.

Mouthfeel is silky and carbonation appropriate. Disappoints overall.

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Photo of AleWatcher
3.21/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle came courtesy of Johnqvegas. Bottled 09.12.12.
Thanks Dustin!
Shared with about 6 customers/staff members at the FFF brewpub.

So this is boy king? How wildly unimpressive.

Looks great-- golden orangey body, nearly white head. Decent retention and lacing.

Smells a little summit hoppy... I detect a hint of garlic/liver & onions.

9.5% ABV? I would not have guessed. The beer does a great job hiding the ABV. So... Props?!

The flavor is rather boring. Lightly sweet malt with a seemingly mild hop flavor and a very subdued bitterness.
This drinks more like a daily ipa than a limited release DIPA.

Overall-- call me Kayla Maroney, cuz I'm pretty unimpressed. (but nothing about this beer is subpar. If anything, I would call this an instance of the beer not living up to its hype).

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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.35/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a snifter. Big thanks to thagr81us for this. I've been lucky recently, having scored this and Kern Citra in the past couple weeks. The Kern was great, but this tasting will determine which is better.

4.0 A: Hazy dark orange amber color. Two fingers of thick creamy beige head with average retention and tons of lacing.

4.0 S: Hops are quite floral and citrusy. Orange and pineapple with a touch of grapefruit and pine. Not quite the hop kick that Kern delivered, but this one has some malty goodness as well. Really nice caramel character in there.

3.0 T: Interesting. More malty that I was expecting. I dare say the malts are stronger than the hops. Caramel and plenty of breadiness in the malt department. Hops give orange, grapefruit, a general citrus, pine, and a healthy bitterness.

3.5 M: Heavier medium body. Reasonably creamy and bit chewy, especially for a DIPA. Good moderate carbonation.

3.0 D: There are better malty DIPAs (Double Crooked Tree) and there are better hoppy DIPAs, and this is in the middle and doesn't have the wow factor because of that. That said, the second glass wasn't as good as the first, but it was still tasty. This was definitely a good brew, but the Kern Citra blew this out of the water, given that I understand that they were going for different things.

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Photo of RodneyX
3.36/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Excited to finally try a growler of this. It's a hazy orange beer with some decent head and retention and moderate lacing on the sides. The smell is mostly tropical with some bitter resin, I thought the sugar came through a little bit like it needed to be feremeted more, although then there may have been too much alcohol burn. Taste is above average, with a lot of bitter pine and resin in the followthrough, but it's nothing special or spectacular. Feels fine with good carbonation, but overall I thought this was a slightly better than average double IPA, and not worth what I had to do to get the growler.

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Photo of jzeilinger
3.46/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a dark copper color with a thick, frothy head and alot of carbonation.

S - Sweet caramel malt and faint citrus, not much more.

T - Light toasted malt, mild grapefruit, and pine bitterness. Toasty malts nip the tongue up front and stays for the duration with pine and citrus that enter a second after the initial sip.

M - Medium body, gentle carbonation and leaves a pine and toasted malt aftertaste.

O - If I based everything on this bottle, I'd never buy it again. Granted, it could be a dated bottle so I'll give this another go and change my revue accordingly.

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Photo of Bendurgin
3.46/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks a lot for this one Brent. Split into two tulips. Pours a honey amber color with three fingers of creamy and lasting white head. It sticks around for a while and leaves lots of soapy lace.

Combination of piney hops with orange citrus hops in the aroma. Hints of caramel malts linger in the background. Much like the aroma the pallet delivers a blend of citrus and caramel with a little bit of a bitter pine finish. Pretty good here but seems a little weak on the pallet.

Nice light body here with soft carbonation. Overall nothing bad here bt just seems like a standard run of the mill DIPA. Enjoyable, but not rocking my socks.

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Photo of PittBeerGirl
3.56/5  rDev -17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks Chris for sharing this!

A-Body is a very densely foggy translucent pale amber hue. Pours with a nice 1 finger or so head that has great retention and leaves plenty of lacing behind in the glass.

S- Nose is very hoppy-but more raw than bright. Green grass, herbal notes, and slightly earthy. The herbal hoppy notes are most prevalent and overpowering. Nose is all hops with a minuscule malt backbone.

T- Lots of herbal and grassy hop flavors upfront with a plethora of other mixed greens and slight medicinal characteristics. The flavor, like the nose is very raw. A little bit of citrus and exotic fruit flavors are there but are muted behind the green profile. The hops become quite bitter for the finish and leave a big long-lasting hop bitterness behind making this IPA somewhat crass and harsh.

M- Medium to high prickly carbonation and a light to medium weight drinkable body with no alcohol or oily consistency present.

D- This is a decent DIPA overall that is very hoppy and very bitter. I prefer IPAs that are much brighter in flavor profile. This is an enjoyable IPA nonetheless that I am very happy that I had the opportunity to try!

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Photo of AgentZero
3.58/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Props to Chris, the artist formerly known as spycow, for procuring this and sharing it at a mere 7 days old.

A - Medium orange beer with an off-white head that had some decent lacing. No obvious loss of carbonation from being in the growler.

S - Pretty sweet, lot of caramel and sugar with obvious hops being resiny pine and citrus fruit. Also has some vegetable qualities to it that are not particularly pleasant.

T - Really kind of disappointed with the taste on this one. Some mild citrus and pine with a little bitter bite on the end. I upgrade it just slightly because the alcohol is exceptionally well hidden.

M - Medium bodied, good carbonation.

O - This is a great beer to get messed up on, but as far as DIPA's go I put it at good-average, if that makes any sense. Would drink again, but it didn't really live up to the expectations I had, and doesn't come close to some of the elite IPAs.

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Photo of Steasy66
3.58/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bomber into pint glass, thanks to Notacommunist for sharing this.
A- Color of orange marmalade, thin head
S- Somewhat muted, a bit boozy, a bit of citrus
T- Sweet, taste of C hops, some sort of weird spice, onion or garlic or something.
M- Somewhat thick, a bit undercarbed
O- Decent overall, doesn't really stand up to the wide array of great DIPAs available.

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.65/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-pours a hazy lighter copperish orange with a dense off white head.

S-light malt base of caramel and brown sugar. the grapefruit and citrus are present accompanied by some spicy herbal hops and toasted grain with a slightly messy hop aroma.

T-the hop flavors are a little messy, the malt is less present and the hops have a good hold here, the grapefruit is there in the back, toasted grain and little dry herbs with notes of pine come in at the back.

M-grainy on the palate, medium syrupy body with a good carbonation and somewhat dry finish.

D-this is tasty, lots of huge hype and doesn't quite live up to the equal pliny claims. Solid hop flavors but seems a little rough around the edges. the feel is little grainy.

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Photo of Phelps
3.66/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a growler shared by ejyoung into a tulip.

Barely hazed copper topped by a creamy, frothy one-finger head of khaki that fades quickly, becoming a thick, frothy top layer. Some thick square patterns of lace checker the glass.

Kind of dull nose. Sticky, resinous hops, alcohol, some dried lemon and orange peel, crackers and caramel.

Some resinous notes mix with sweeter tropical notes in the flavor —juicyfruit, some grapefruit. There’s a good amount of malt to balance, with lots of caramel and hints of biscuits. You can tell it’s very hoppy because it’s super bitter, but it doesn’t have enough of that fresh bite to it.

Soft, tickly carbonation in an expansive medium body. A good amount of fumes in the nose and mouth.

I can’t imagine this is the beer everyone gets so excited about. It was sent via growler and stored for a few days, so it might have experienced some deterioration during the trip or spent too much time. Either way, the hops aren’t as bright as they should be.

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Photo of jeff1973
3.73/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 22oz bottle into Southampton Publick House pint glass. Bottled 8/27/13, so about 4 wks old. Acquired thru trade. Thanks beerbyrd!

A - Hazy burnt orange. Eggshell head leaves minimal lacing.

S - Peach, orange, a little catpiss. Doesn't overwhelm in the aroma department.

T - Peach and orange flavors really come thru with the right amount of alcohol notes to compliment them and not be harsh. Big bitterness in the aftertaste, as well as a malty backbone.

M - Medium with a nice creaminess. Carbonation is on the low side of medium.

O - A gave this a low rating when I had it last year. I didn't write down any notes and I can't remember why. It is a good beer. Wished it had a bigger nose and all the flavor and alcohol notes could've blended nicer, but still a solid drink and would have it again.

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Photo of Scarfer_Brad
3.79/5  rDev -11.7%
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

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.8/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a pint glass.
Bottled 7/11

A - Pours a dark orange with a one finger cream colored head. Good retention and lacing left on the glass.

S - Malt heavy - Carmel, citrus - oranges mostly.

T - Carmel, honey, orange.

D - Smooth and silky. Average carbonation and body.

O - I enjoyed the fresh growler much more than this bottle. They are almost different beers. Age may be a factor, but I would think it wouuld effect it this much.

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Photo of Gobzilla
3.8/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: poured a bright translucent golden orange in color with yellow highlights and had a half finger of head that left some good frothy lacing sticking to the glass.

S: some good citrusy notes upfront in the aroma with piney grassy hop character hints of tangerine and light malty sweetness.

T: the grassy hoppy character was more dominent on the palate alongside tangerine fruit, some good citrusy accents, a little piney but with good malty sweetness that helped on the balance.

M: the brew was light to medium in body with a fair amount of carbonation which had a sweet, hoppy, piney, grassy, citrusy, and slight bitter finish.

O: I thought it was just ok for a DIPA, I huess I have to stick with these west coasr hop bombs.

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Photo of ottovon
3.8/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to ejyoung for sharing this at our last tasting.

A: a clear orange-copper with a white head that fell quickly. not much lacing down the glass.

S: there is a nice citrus hop aroma with some melon aromas. I get quite a bit of caramel malt with hints of bread.

T: starts out malty. there is caramel and bread. hints of toffee. ends bitter and hoppy with lots of citrus. there is some resinous hops in there too.

M: medium-thin with a good amount of carb.

O: this is a good beer. pretty balance. it was not as hop forward as I was hoping.

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Photo of Holland
3.83/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: well carbonated with a decent head, but not a lot of retention. Still it was a beautiful, clear pour.

S: more piney than I had figured, and less tropical than I had heard.

T: great bitterness and malt balance with pine sap flavor and hints of pineapple. Kind of disappointing.

M: very well carbonated, maybe a bit too much. It's crisp and lighter feeling thank a DIPA should be because of the carbonation, though, so that's nice.

O: a bit disappointing given the expectations I had for this. I will have to try it again when I get a chance. Certainly it's no Ninja vs Unicorn.

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Photo of jrallen34
3.88/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Chris for this 7 day old growler... nice medium orange, great light tan head, especially for a growler... really sweet nose, oranges, sugar cookie, light pine on the back but also a touch of vomit... the taste is really bland, light pine and oranges, finish is almost dead, this is super easy to drink, tastes like its 6% so I’m thinking boring, but for 10% it pumps up the rating quite a bit... a super easy to drink dipa, that doesn’t taste like a dipa, but doesn’t like much, I’d have again but wouldn’t give up much of anything

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Photo of DefenCorps
3.9/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I received a growler of this in a trade with thagr81us and split it with Devin and John tonight. Many, many props to Calton for going through the effort of procuring me a second growler after the first one broke.

The growler itself is hazy and murky with a ton of floaties, but my first pour, which is what my review is from, is hazy amber with a few floaties. The head is off-white and has excellent retention and lacing. The nose is absolutely dominated by GREEN dry hops, grassy and vegetal with a prominent citrus peel and grapefruit character. Moderate caramel presence is noted, this is very East Coast. Mildly minty, even, this is an excellent east coast DIPA.

The palate opens pretty bruising bitter with grapefruit, pine and moderate resin. Despite the significant sweetness, the caramel and candy do balance out the bitter hops very well. There is a touch of juicy hop character present as well. Bitter and pithy, there's grapefruit and pine on the finish. Medium un body and with moderate carbonation. this beer is enjoyable despite the rather big bitterness and sweetness. An enjoyable beer, and one I'm glad I got to try.

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Photo of zoolzoo
3.92/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Massive thanks to BJRHOMEBREW, one generous BA.

Ah, Boy King destroyer of palettes. I thought this was a rather scathing DIPA but great none the less. Pours ruddy, hazy, almost brown. Lots of little floaties swimming around in the growler.

Taste is of grapefruit, pine, and mango punch leading into caramel malt. An assertive bitterness, perhaps over assertive to some. Big flavors beating down that 9.5% with ease.

I think I enjoyed the smell even more so than the taste. Really pungent and dank, which is how I like my IPAs to smell these days. Basically fruit and pot I suppose...cant detect any booze.

Boy King is well carbed and finishes quite dry. Both of these factors appear to play into the high level bitterness. Because of this drinkability suffers a bit. Clocking in at around 10% ABV doesnt help. All around a big (and tasty) IPA that has the potential to punish as much as it pleases.

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Photo of John_M
3.93/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Many thanks to Dyan for sharing this the other night.

BK pours an orange amber color, showing a considerable amount of white, creamy head. The beer also has very good retention and considerabl lacing. The nose is attractive as well, and I get a plenty of grapefruit citrus, pine, wet tobacco and some sweetness from malt. Flavors replicate the nose pretty closely, and as expected, the beer has some significant sweet malt to go along with the considerable bitterness. There's a bit of alcoholic heat on the finish, but otherwise this is a very impressive, very enjoyable DIPA. The bitterness tends to dry out the beer on the finish (thankfully), and this medium bodied DIPA has a fairly long, hoppy finish. Drinkability is pretty good, especially considering the abv., though I do get a touch of heat from alcohol on the finish. The beer is also a bit heavy on the palate, though otherwise I thought the alcohol pretty well integrated into the flavor profile.

Very nice, very impressive effort from COAST brewing.

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Photo of RuckusDu
3.93/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Has been on my wants list for a while now. 22oz? Piggly Wiggly growler.

No pop when I opened it, but an aggressive pour did allow for a nice 2 finger head. Slightly straw colored head of tiny bubbles. Body is unfiltered and a dirty orange color. Aroma is quite good and very fresh. I want to say cascade hops (but I don't know my hops, so this may be way off). More green than fruity. Flavor is a little bitter and simple. Pine, orange rind, and some alcohol. Just slight sweetness. Mouthfeel is pleasant with good body and a little bitter puckering. Not too oily or dry either way.

Overall a very good beer. I wouldn't say it is the best I have had and I think there are many more accessible to me that are at least equal in quality. Glad I was able to try it. A well balanced double IPA but just a bit too much sharp bitterness.

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Photo of JamesStreet
3.94/5  rDev -8.2%
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.

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Photo of andrewinski1
3.95/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Bendurgin for sharing! This pours with a nice big head that leaves lots of sticky lacing. The color is hazy orange.

The aromy has some nice piney hops with a bit of spicey pepper.

The taste starts out with some sweet citrus candy and finishes with some bitter pine. This is full of hop flavor to balance out the sweet malt.

The body is medium with some soft carbonation.

Good beer. I wish it was closer to me.

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Boy King Double IPA from COAST Brewing Company
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