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

Big thanks to Shane for splitting this bottle with me and to Jacob for sending it up here.

A: Pours a slightly hazy orange color with two fingers of thick foamy lace, reminds me of sea foam in the way it sits on top. Great retention, with the head keeping its thickness for quite some time, but despite this only spotty lacing.

S: Extremely fruity aroma. Lots of tropical fruits - grapefruit, pineapple, and orange with a a hint of pine mixed in. Slight alcohol warmth, but the aroma is extremely inviting.

T: It has a great bitterness right up front. There is a nice orange and orange zest as well as some grapefruit flavor mixed with some pine-resin. A bit of graham cracker malt balances the hops a bit.

M: Medium to full bodied with moderate carbonation. Has a great creamy texture and a dry/bitter finish that lingers for quite some time.

O: Fantastic, very easy drinking with a great flavor profile.

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

hazy pale amber with a huge white head that did not fade. Smell was off the charts citrus hops, thought I was in an orange grove. Taste was well you can probably imagine, fantastic. Deep citrus and Pine, but not overwhelming at all. Complex dry finsh. Not overly carbonated. This is very drinkable as the ABV is well hidden and I could probably end up drinking too many before I knew it. gets better every year

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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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Photo of womencantsail
4.27/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to PeprSprayYoFace for sharing this one.

A: The pour is a golden orange color with a nice white head on top.

S: An intense citrus nose on this beer. Lots of juicy grapefruit notes with some orange and maybe a bit of pineapple as well. A very mild malt character.

T: A sharp citrus kick up front featuring some fresh and juicy grapefruit flavors. The hops are slightly fruity but also some great piney bitterness, especially on the finish.

M: The body is medium with a really crisp and refreshing finish and a great carbonation.

D: A really easy to drink DIPA and one that is truly delicious as well. I'm pleased to have been able to try this one out.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
4.14/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Smokey Oak Taprooms. Served in a chalice.

A - Hazy orange body. Very orange. No head, but I don't know if bartender scraped it off. Somewhat poor lacing. Sticks a bit.

S - Strong orange citrus aroma with some floral hop notes. I've never smelled such a strong orange hop flavor. Sweet, without being malty.

T - Similar to the smell. Strong orange hops with a nice sweetness. It's a hefty sweetness, but not too strong. It balances well. The finish is a light bitterness, blended with sweetness. The flavors seem to continue throughout the whole drink.

M - Medium bodied. Thick enough to keep all the flavors blended throughout, which is remarkable.

O - Very nice. Glad I tried it. If I lived here, I'd drink it whenever it was available.

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Photo of stakem
4.63/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to JISurfer for hooking me up with this. Bomber poured into a snifter. The brew appears a hazy copper color with a finger of tan froth that fades back leaving thick patchy webs of lacing effect on the glass. A swirl effortlessly revives the cap.

The aroma is chock full of hops smelling pine-like and resinous. Quite dank and catty with a fruity inclusion mixing with pulp and zest. Overall this is a very deeply complex set of aromatics centric to the character of the hops and a very mild inclusion of fruity to floral alcohol.

The taste is all sticky hop resins. Flavors of pine, pulp and citrus zest with minor grassy and dank appeal. A bit of an herbal component and a fruity to floral edge. The flavors here run the full gauntlet of enjoyable hop aspects with a minor hint of caramel malt sweetness and faint suggestion of alcohol.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. The bottled on date was approaching 3 months by the time I secured this to drink but holy hell was it still remarkable. I cant wait until this is released again, I would love to have more. A LOT more. So easy drinking and enjoyable, a bomber was a tease, I could have drank a growler of this and would be looking for more. This far exceeded all expectations.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.2/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to WesPatrick for sending this my way - I'll get your box out ASAP, as I've been out of town recently. Served in my Kuhnhenn tulip.

A - Pours with a finger and a half of creamy off-white lacing that slowly dissipates and leaves glass-coating lacing. Hazy dark peach color that looks a touch drab, but glows a little more when held to the light.

S - This is one dank brew. There seem to be a lot of hop varietals mixed into here - some tropical notes, a bit of orange citrus and pine, dank herbal flavors, earthiness, and a fairly hefty malt backbone with a bit of spicy zest to it. It's more balanced than I expected, but it's still pretty nice. As it warms a little bit of alcohol peaks through.

T - Taste is very tropical and sweet citrus, with a nice late-building bitterness that lingers well into the aftertaste. I'm not surprised the Citra bill has been amped up in this batch, as it has that diverse flavor profile. It's a little bit kitchen-sink, but still quite enjoyable. The malt seems more attenuated here. This is more of a 4.25, but I dinged the appearance to balance things out.

M - Feel is pretty nice. Smooth, soft carbonation, medium body that is sufficient for the ABV. There's a little bit of warmth after a full pour. Finish is fairly oily and sticky - could use a bit more dryness.

D - Not the easiest drinking DIPA I've had. I had not problems with the first glass, but the second was a struggle. Still, this is a very nice East Coast DIPA and worth trying - however, I don't think I can put it in the upper echelon.

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Photo of drabmuh
4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a growler into a snifter. Beer is orange and kind of hazy. Forms a decent head and the bubbles are big and medium, leaves some lacing on the glass. I was expecting a little more but I suppose it looks pretty good.

The aroma is strongly hoppy. Mild fruit character and some good mild maltiness behind it. Smells like a hop bomb, of the citrus variety.

Eh, beer is medium bodied and a decent drink. It is heavily bittered, probably a little too much if that's possible for an IIPA. Its not as fruity as say a Citra but its up there in quality of an IPA. I enjoyed it but I think I expected too much. I'd have it again if at a restaurant with it on tap but I wouldn't trade for it again.

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

Big props to my buddy Calton (thagr81us) for this growler, fresh from the release. It was also perfectly filled exactly to the brim! The growler was opened with zep9865 and poured into my Bell's tulip.

The beer pours a nice copper in color with fluorescent orange highlights with a two finger cream colored head. The head looked great and sat there for about two minutes. The aromas are initially of pineapple and grapefruit, somewhat reminiscent of Double Trouble. It has a nice sweet citrus malt backbone and doesn't give off any aroma of alcohol despite being 9.5%. The flavors are of grapefruit, oranges, sweet resinous pine, with a moderate amount of alcohol in the finish. It's very good but the alcohol present takes away from what it could be. It drinks light for the style but isn't overly sticky. The lighter body increases the drinkability as this one goes down easily. Overall it's a fine beer and well worth your time. Imagine a darker, maltier Double Trouble.

I'm convinced COAST can do no wrong.

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Photo of Mora2000
4.15/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Exiled for sharing this growler.

The beer pours a hazy orange color with a white head. The aroma is pine and tropical fruit. The flavor is tropical fruit with some resiny and piney hops. There is also some caramel malt to keep the bitterness from being too high. Medium mouthfeel and low carbonation. A very nice, very fruity double IPA.

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

A great beer- very fresh tasting and bright with loads of citrus character and enough sweetness from the malt to keep things balanced. This pour is from a growler I picked up yesterday from Greenville Beer Exchange. Pours a nice orange amber with a moderate head and some lacing. Nice sweet citrus nose, with honeyed notes of tangerine, candied grapefruit peel, and a touch of pine in the background. The taste is great- more bright citrus, but with an herbal backbone and some nice citrus peel bitterness. Very layered and well integrated, and nicely made. Delicious!

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Photo of HopHead84
4.08/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4


Growler shared by PeprSprayYoFace, Thanks! Hazed dark orange. Ripe Mellon aroma with a bit of mango and a nice balancing malt presence. Touch of alcohol.

Mango, orange, grapefruit, balancing sugary malt presence. Pleasant moderate level of bitterness. Malty with a unique mango/melon profile. Noticeable alcohol but not detracting. Lingering alcohol and melon. Unique and interesting.

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Boy King Double IPA from COAST Brewing Company
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