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!

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Photo of 02maxima
4.79/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Growler from GBX (kegged 4 days ago) poured in a pint glass.

Appearance: dark amber, almost orange with a half inch head that recedes in about 60 seconds leaving a nice creamy layer that rings the glass every sip.

Smell: this smells amazin, tropical fruit, no alcohol.

Taste: sweet hops up front, a little booze in the middle, and nice strong citrus aftertaste.

mouthfeel: good carbonation, a little alcohol burn.

This beer is now one of my favorites, a superb double IPA. This was also the freshest beer I have ever consumed and it really showed.

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Photo of Spider889
4.09/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Great clarity, nice short-lived head with decent swaths of lace.

S - Wow, really fresh pine aroma. Pine needles are also big. I'm getting so used to the more fruity/tropical Ohio/Midwest IPA's anymore that strong pine really jumps out at me. the finish is bitter, yet fragrant sap.

T - Strong bitterness, the pine is carried over exactly form the aroma. Very clean flavor though, which is appreciated in the style, especially at nearly 10% abv. There's a little bit of orange pith on the finish as well.

M/O - Crisp, bitter finish, dry. A little boozy but nothing distracting. Overall this is very well done.

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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 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 Cresant
4.79/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to brentk56 for this one! Bottled on 0711. I served this 22 oz. brown bottle in a Tripel Karmeliet glass. The body was a hazy dull orange. The head was dense and cream colored. Minimal lacing remained.

The smell was incredible! Marmalade and floral. Herbal. Hay bales and citrus potpourri (in a good way). Intense and intoxicating, one of the best smelling beers I've ever had.

The taste was of very flavorful, but not harsh hops. Pineapple. Could I be tasting limes? There was a lingering grassiness. Spiciness. Even a leathery malt presence. A long lingering, semi-dry finish. Well hidden alcohol. I think this beer is a cousin to Sculpin and Hopslam.

The mouthfeel was medium bodied. Fine bubbles, modest carbonation. I love this beer, I wish I could get it regularly. It's had for me to find any fault in this one.

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

Thanks to Holland for this IP trade. Bomber served in a Founders snifter. Bottled 8-25-2011.

A: Pours a chilled hazy amber with a fluffy and soapy looking white head. Bubbly in nature and leaves some nice sticky lace on the way down.

S: Smell fruity, floral, sweet, has a little malt character and finishes with a slight bitterness.

T: More pin and caramel malt flavors come out than in the nose. There is still a subtle sweetness and fruitiness though. Finish is slightly bitter.

M: Medium bodied, creamy, nicely carbonated with a high drinkability.

O: It had a high drinkability and some nice flavors going on, but it didn't live up to the hype I had placed in my own head.

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Photo of BeerDawgs
4.75/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - A burnt opaque orange color, with bubbles rising up, and tons of head and sticky lace all over the glass all the way down

S - Tons of hops. Citrus are very present, but so are the piny hops. Sweet as well. Pineapple.

T - Oh my. Citrus and piny hops. Pineapple, sweet caramel. Just like the smell.

M - So smooth and well balanced! Well carbonated.

O - Simply one of the best, and well balanced Double IPA's out there. The alcohol is well hidden, so a growler of this could cause trouble!

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

Provided by dtx00 at a recent, small tasting. Thanks, Sam!

Growler poured into a pint.

A - Pours a dark amber with a clear, deep orange body. There's a big, active head on here, about 2.5-fingers, with soapy bubbles and rocky peaks. Very nice retention, and as it dwindles, it leaves elegant streaks of foam behind to make up some nice lacing.

S - The nose on Boy King is quite clean, with a bit of caramel from the malts at first, but is quickly replaced with a big burst of fresh hops. A bit floral, but for the most part the hops are almost all citrusy and tropical. Tons of pineapple with mangoes and grapefruit rounding out the rest. A bit of pine dankness as well.

T - As was the case with the nose, this is like drinking a tropical getaway. Besides the mild malt backbone at the start, this is all a demonstration in hop juiciness. You can almost get the impression that they freshly squeezed the juice right into the glass before serving it, which is a nice vision on a fairly chilly night. Pineapples and mangoes create the bulk of flavor, with supporting acts from the pine resin and citrus. Almost no alcohol heat to be found, which is impressive for a beer nearing 10%.

M - Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with decent carbonation. The mouthfeel has definitely held up, despite being in a growler for a few days (I'm not sure if this was counter-pressure filled, but I have a hunch it wasn't), unlike other IPAs I've gotten in growlers... Again I find myself repeating that it just feels clean on the palate, with the lack of alcohol heat and juiciness keeping the mouth refreshed.

D/O - Drinkability is high. I greatly enjoyed the two pours I got of this and could definitely see this one being an ass-kicker with how easy it drinks while completely hiding the alcohol. A very finely crafted DIPA that brings tons and tons of tropical hops.

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Photo of bballmj2k
4.68/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Served from a growler filled at Greenville Beer Exchange on 9/9/11 - 4th growler I've had of this beer, all amazing.

A - Honey amber colored, tight white 2-fingered head

S - Any number of fruits - peach, orange, mango, pineapple. Definitely a hint of that simcoe hop too.

T - immediately get a piney bitterness followed by a strong citric fruit flavor. Ends with more dry and bitter notes. Follows the citrus notes of the aroma.

M - Medium to full bodied. Perfect amount of carbonation to cleanse the palate after a swallow. Dry resinous bitter finish.

O - this is a top 5 beer for me. If this were produced year round in larger quantities I'd horde. A must try.

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Photo of Florida9
4.33/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 8/25/11

A: Cloudy orange in color. Forms a very large off-white head that slowly reduces down to a rocky surface coating. Very good retention. Lots of sticky lacing.

S: Strong aroma of orange citrus. Then a mix of spicy hops and alcoholic heat. Pungent.

T: Starts off with a good dose of hop spiciness. Mildly sweet maltiness. Pine resin. Slight pungent onion quality. Finish is a little hot with a blend of hop spice and fusel spice. This beer is quite abrasive.

M: Full bodied with a heavy viscosity for an IPA. Appropriate carbonation. Moderate bitterness. Some alcoholic heat on the finish.

O: A very good, very aggressive, DIPA. Jam packed full of hop flavor. Not at all a balanced beer, but who cares?

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Photo of SykDoc
4.48/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had this in the growler, on tap, and in a bottle. All very good. From the growler, it pours a hazy copper/amber into a COAST pint glass. A 1.5 inch egg shell colored head forms and slowly reduces to a nice lacing. Carbonation is visible.

The aroma is a good blend of pine and orange citrus with a few spice notes and just a touch of caramel sweet and bready malt background.

The taste is up front hops with a solid pine and citrus blend that is followed by a citrus and caramel sweetness that ends with some nice bready components. Balanced nicely.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a nice level of carbonation that contains the flavor. A nice rind-like dryness lingers and this goes down quite smooth. A nice dryness at the finish.

Overall, this is a great beer. All the components are there and stand tall. It is not overly balanced, but that is okay given the quality of the hops presence. Very good.

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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 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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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 dubinsky
4.35/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle bottled on 7/11 poured into a snifter.

A – Pours a hazy orange/tangerine color with a nice, dense, two-finger off white head. The head has great retention eventually settling leaving behind a thick wall of “lace.” I use”” because its more of sheet than lace. The head eventually settles to the edge of glass where it remains for the rest of the session.

S – Very piney and floral. Kinda smells like my wife’s perfume. There are hits of citrus, pineapple, mango and some sweetness that really comes through. From the aroma I’m going to guess this is on the sweeter side of the style.

T – The tropical fruits come out huge in this beer with the citrus and pine hop characters following suit. It has a good bitterness on the finish. This is a pretty complex beer with a nice dry finish. Drier than many I have had in this style and for that I give this a slight edge. Did I forget the malts? Duh, this has a hugely malt forward base that although sweet is not cloying and blends really well.

M – Medium body with moderate to slightly above carbonation. Nice dry finish in what is a really well crafted, complex beer.

O – This is definitely a great DIPA that contends among the best out there. I really enjoyed it and would love the opportunity to drink it again. Thanks to Eclayton08 for this one.

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Photo of azdback
4.13/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Stone Imperial glass. Cloudy dark orange color. Lots of tiny, slow moving carbonation bubbles mozey on up to form a large two finger head. The head is bright white and rocky in appearance. Lace is really sticky now and stays really sticky in a beautiful ring pattern.

Smell is bright and sweet citrus, orange and some pink grapefruit. I do get some yeast or bread smells. Late I also get some piney resin aromas.

Taste is much less bright then the nose. More mellow citrus. A blood orange, maybe an over ripe pineapple. The malt sweetness is here, quite nice though and not pulling this down at all. As this warms a bit the tide does switch back to the bitter citrus hops. I am really liking where this is going. Yellow grapefruit is the bitter I am getting. There is a VERY slight alcohol taste in this late, but very well masked for 9.5%.

Mouth is as bright as the smell and pretty refreshing for such a high ABV beer. The sweet malt keeps me from having to scrape my teeth along my tongue to regain feeling. Quite nice!!

Overall I was really impressed with this East Coast brew that does a great West Coast impression. Thanks to McNuts for this gem!!

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Photo of CampusCrew
4.92/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is an all world dipa. Tons of pine on the nose, a little citrus/tropical. Amber reddish appearance with a fluffy white retaining head. Great malt backbone, but not balanced. Pine dominates the flavor. Border line west coast. This is nearly a flawless dipa and well done. Would love for this to be a staple in myfridge.

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

22oz bottle (Big thanks to rnorgart) poured into a balloon tulip:

A: Pours kind of dark orange, hazy and opaque, 2+ finger head, big bubbles, good retention, leaves a ton of lacing.

S: Fairly big pine/astringent aroma jumps out of the bottle as I pour. Put the nose to the glass and it's citrus heaven. Mango, pineapple, grapefruit, apricot, orange, pine, good bit of caramel. I can't wait to dive into this one!

T: The big tropical fruit hop nose is right there up front in the taste with a wallop of pine bitterness. Big smooth toasted malt body with plenty of caramel helps combat the hop bitterness while allowing the fruit flavors to shine with a perfectly ripe-tasting sweetness. Finish dries out fairly quick and leaves a very long lasting clean bitterness (not a bad astringency). Alcohol isn't really noticeable at all, not in heat, taste, or unpleasant esters/phenols.

M: Medium body, moderate carbonation, very smooth and almost luscious for a DIPA. Clean, dry, crisp, and bitter finish. WAY to drinkable for 9.5%

O: This definitely lives up to the BA grade. An easy A from me, it's got the perfect balance of explosive hop flavors (primarily citrus), bitterness, and moderately sweet malty body with no alcohol presence. This is definitely in the conversation with Dreadnaught, Heady Topper, Citra, Hill Farmstead stuff, etc. Fantastic stuff!

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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 CarolinaKev
4.57/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a growler from the brewery obtained on 09/08/11 into a tulip glass.

Appearance: orange hazy with about 2 fingers head from a COAST growler.

Smell: sweet malty aroma with pineapple and mango hints. Very hoppy aroma.

Taste: Very citrusy ; pineapple, lots of grapefruit with mango and dominant pine taste. Small hint of alcohol.

Mouthfeel: medium body with moderate carbonation. Lingering bitterness.

Overall: I am biased since this is my favorite brewery, bit I love this DIPA! My favorite DIPA right now. I enjoyed it fresh since I am a local. Lucky me! :-)

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Photo of smokeypeat
4.62/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes

Poured into a tulip glass this beer had a big bold burnt orange appearance in the glass. Some haze was present, and there was a huge prominent eggshell white head that clung to the glass like none other. Huge dominant smell of fresh citrus in this one. Lots of pineapple, mango, orange/lemon zest. Smells how I would imagine a citrus grove at harvest time. Taste is right up there with the best DIPAs I've had. The citrus just coats the palate, with just a hint of resin there as well. There is a nice solid malt backbone there to add balance, but this beer really lets those citrus flavored hops shine. Mouthfeel was solid but perhaps a bit too much carbonation that kept it from being as smooth as possible. The way they hid the ABV was amazing though. I was sharing this bottle with someone else but I felt I could have polished it off no problem without realizing it.

This was a great DIPA. Big thanks to brentk56 for the trade glad I got to try this one and will definitely seek it out again.

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Photo of NixonsHead
4.12/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from a 22oz bomber into a standard pint glass. Bottled on date of 7/11/2011.

Appearance - Golden/Orange with a white two finger head. Great head retention.

Smell - Big hop aroma. Lots of piney hops with some citrus in the background.

Flavor - Matched the smell pretty closely. Some malty sweetness, followed by a big hit of hops. Mostly piney hop flavors. Not as much citrus as I was expecting.

Mouthfeel - Pretty light mouthfeel for the ABV. VERY drinkable.

Overall - An awesome DIPA. I think it edges out some other great DIPA's I've had like Double Jack and 90 Minute.

An important note on freshness -- I got to taste this at the brewery back in July, and the wonderful citrus aroma/flavor that really makes this beer special was 10x more prominent then. Don't let a bottle of this sit around like I did. It'll still be great, but it won't come close to the fresh beer.

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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 THECPJ
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes: Big props go out to Jsanford for sending this one my way. Cheers Bro.

appearance: copper orange with a 2 finger off white head

smell: pineapple, grapefruit, hops, caramel, malts

taste: sweet, grapefruit hops, caramel, malts

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium body,

overall: wow this is a beast of a DIPA. Very good beer. Had a little alcohol warmth and little sweetness r the only things I can find wrong. The Citra hop is just amazing.


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Photo of ATLbeerDog
4.05/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nine days old from a bottled filled on 8-25-11

Pours a light orange/dark yellow that is fairly cloudy and certainly not filtered. A super frothy 2 finger off-white head that refuses and stubbornly recedes crowns the beer leaving heavy clingy lacing in its wake. A rather large citrus hop smell just adds to the anticipation. Plenty of malts compliment the nose. First sip is boldly hopped but not overboard by any means. It is backed with just enough malts to support the hops. Very well carbonated and surprisingly creamy for a beer that falls on the light bodied side of the spectrum. Much more of a West Coaster than an East Coaster. ABV is super well hidden. Either way…very tasty especially FRESH!

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Boy King Double IPA from COAST Brewing Company
4.29 out of 5 based on 518 ratings.
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