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

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!

Added by mikesgroove on 04-14-2009

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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Photo of kylehay2004
4.59/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Nice gold and amber mix with copper hues. 1.5 to 2 finger off white head. Murky.

S: Lots of grapefruit and pineapple. Sweet with pine notes.

T: Nice amount of hops which fade without much bitterness or sour aftertaste. The alcohol isn't overwhelming.

M: Medium bodied, moderate carbonation. Amazingly smooth.

Overall: This is close to as good as it gets. Smooth, hop rich with drinkability like few other DIPA.

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Photo of GRG1313
3.75/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.09/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared at FosterJM's birthday celebration courtesy of FosterJM.

Pours a murky dark orange with a tan head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of citrus fruit, citrus zest, and some slight tropical fruit aromas. Taste is of malt, citrus zest, and some light tropical fruit flavors. There is a mild bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with a nice fruity presence in the smell and taste.

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Photo of spycow
5/5  rDev +16.6%

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.02/5  rDev -6.3%
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...

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3.75/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kjkinsey
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev -6.8%

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.5/5  rDev -18.4%

Photo of oriolesfan4
4.1/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of brentk56
4.48/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy amber verging on golden with a magnificent head that drapes a curtain of lace all over the glass

Smell: Candied citrus, with pineapple and mango elements

Taste: Sugary malt, up front, but the hops quickly take over producing sweet, but bitter, citrus and tropical fruit flavors through mid-palate; the hoppy flavors are nicely balanced into the finish by a measure of sugary malt which never dominates but is always in the background

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation; never verges on sticky

Overall: Bottled just 10 days ago, this is about as fresh as it gets and a really good DIPA, at that; love that it has all of the big citrusy/tropical hop flavors without any of the stickiness that I often taste from other brewers of the style

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Photo of oline73
3.75/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of largadeer
4.47/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to joephish17 for sending out the growler.

Hazy with a copper hue, this is one of the more turbid DIPAs I've seen, especially toward the bottom half of the growler. A two finger frothy head tops the hazy body and leaves scattered lacing.

The aroma opens with a big dank weed aroma, notes of citrus and tropical fruit beneath that. Some dry bready malt and light grapefruit sweetness is also present, but it smells dry. No trace of alcohol despite the particularly high ABV.

The palate again reminds me of weed, with plenty of grapefruit-like citrus backing it up. Tropical fruit flavors come out toward the mid-palate, which leads into a massive resiny, grapefruity bitterness. Medium bodied, a bit chewy for the style but not particularly sweet - it's hugely bitter and fairly well-attenuated, exhibiting a dry, bready, grainy malt profile beneath the hops. I really enjoyed this one, it's a pretty unique DIPA and a nice change of pace from the California style.

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Photo of WillieThreebiers
4.09/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mothman
4.22/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into snifter.

Pours 1 finger of white head. Color is a golden orange that is hazed a bit.

Aroma: Dank, fresh hops. Floral with a big citrus kick. Pineapples, grapefruit and straight up hops.

Taste: Big floral hops with hop resin feel to it. A bit of heat showing. The citrus blends together. Some bready malts show here.

Mouthfeel: Bitter and creamy. Boy King has a medium to full body with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends with a huge hop resin feel to it.

Overall, a very solid dipa with lots of great flavors. Pretty drinkable. The malts really show that this one isn't from the west coast, but it wasn't over done so I didn't mind it.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.62/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to mikesgroove and wespatrick for sending me out a growlers of this; great to be able to share such a fine beer with different groups of beer geeks.

Shared at a recent tasting with bmanning, Amyliz4, and hhanson.

A: Pours a very nice orange-copper with a huge off-white head and plenty of creamy lacing as it makes its way down.

S: Strong, strong earthy citrus with a bit of an herbal aroma creeping in as well. There's definitely a fairly-strong malt presence, but the hops are leading the show.

T: Similar strong hops with a pretty powerful bitterness, although there is plenty of malt backing it up; at the same time, the malt doesn't really taste sweet at all in terms of balance, I can just tell that it's there.

M: A bit thicker than something like either Pliny given the malt characteristics of this one, but overall spot on in terms of bitterness and overall mouthfeel.

D: Fantastic. This one went down quickly once I started sipping (which was a while from cracking it, as I really couldn't get over the nose!)

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Photo of nickfl
4.44/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - It pours with one finger of dense, white foam on a very hazy golden-copper body. The head fades slowly and leaves excellent lace.

S - Sweaty pine hops with sweet citrus notes of orange and grapefruit. Some sweet bready malt and a bit of toffee in the background.

T - Notes of sweet malt and toffee up front. The pungent hops appear in the middle with notes of pine and orange. It finishes with a blend of thick malt and sweaty hops with moderate bitterness.

M - A fairly thick body, moderate carbonation, and a sweet finish.

D - very nice, pungent hops and plenty of malt. It has a really great hop character that compares well to the best examples of the style. There is a lot going on in the flavor profile as well, but the malt subdues the hops to a certain degree and the fruity nature of the flavor hops contributes to this effect.

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Photo of chinchill
3.75/5  rDev -12.6%
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.

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Photo of jlindros
4.3/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to kkipple for this beauty.

Nice almost 2 finger creamy head fades at a med pace with nice lacing, crystal clear golden color.

Nose erupts with hops, tons of earthy candy like hops, candy orange, citrus, very light tropical fruit, slight earthy grassy hops, biig sweet malt base with touch of caramel reddish malt, hint of booze.

Taste is nice hops, juicy fruit, light peach and mango, light spicy hops but more earthy, fairly bitter, candy hops with a candy orange nectarine jelly flavor. Sweet malts kick in with a nice base and balance, bit of caramel and reddish malts. Finishes fairly bitter and spicy grassy hops, a bit of citrus lingering and candy earthy hops, hint of booze.

Mouth is med to a bit heavier bodied, decent carb esp for growler, hint of warming booze.

Overall nice, nice hops with a good malt base, some citrus, fruits and candy earthy flavors, well balanced and drinkable.

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Photo of Kurmaraja
4.04/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of ygtbsm94
2.5/5  rDev -41.7%

Photo of Kegatron
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

64 oz growler into an oversized tulip glass. Big thanks to seanpachefddfa for hooking me up with this via trade. Filled and sealed on 5/19/09 @ the Charleston Beer Exchange. Consumed just under 2 weeks later.

Pours a hazy looky rosey amber, which is topped by a finger or so of foamy off-white head. Retains with about a half finger, flaring up magnificantly when swirled, and throwing a huge creamy cascade of lacing that settles into some thick patchy swathes that stick. Just HUGE hop character in the nose. Big floral and spicy notes, with a sharp piney punctuation! A thick blend of robust tropical fruits and toasted caramel evens the nose out perfectly with a hefty sweet tang. A light undercurrent of warmth adds some beef but it's really hard to pick up any actual alcohol until right as this reaches room temp.

The taste starts with a nice aggressive hop bitterness, which luckily doesn't destroy the tastebuds but still imparts a satisfyingly dry and spicy feel that lingers long and proud on the palate. Just like the aroma, this is nicely balanced by juicy citrus character and a sticky mix of bread and caramel. The mouthfeel is medium-fuller bodied with a moderately creamy carbonation and a slicker and oily feel that rides underneath. There is some overall warmth to this but it overall drinks tremendously for the size. Nice!

Wow, COAST hit a home run with this Bad Boy! It's definitely up there in the upper echelon of DIPAs for me, with it's huge hop profile, near perfect balance, and ridiculous drinkbability. And to think that this growler was nearly 2 weeks old when I had it. I shudder to think just how much more this would pop on draft! Awesome stuff!

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3.75/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of billab914
4.42/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle filled from a tap at Laura Alberts into my Southern Tier tulip. Poured dark amber, slightly orange in color with a thin white head clinging to the edges of the glass. The head faded a bit but left some nice lacing on the glass as I drank it.

The aroma has a pretty big hoppiness to it with tropical fruit and citrus really coming through. Some notes of pineapple, mango, orange and grapefruit all seem to come through in it. Some sweeter malt comes through with a bit of caramel to it. Very nice hoppy aroma, especially if you like a DIPA that shows a lot of tropical fruit in the hoppiness.

The taste has some nice tropical hoppiness to it with some mango and pineapple coming through. Some grapefruit like bitterness adds to the hoppiness. It has a pretty big malt base with some sweetness being the most distinguishable characteristic coming through behind all the hops. It finishes with more of the tropical hoppiness and a moderate bitterness. Very nice beer overall.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate to slightly below average carbonation. Drinkability is very good for me, I usually really like DIPA's that show more of that tropical fruit hoppiness to it. Very nice beer overall.

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Boy King Double IPA from COAST Brewing Company
4.29 out of 5 based on 524 ratings.
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