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King Sue | Toppling Goliath Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Toppling Goliath Brewing Company
Iowa, United States | website

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Long live the King. King Sue that is. Her ferocious bite will make sure all newcomers learn to toe the line. And what better way to exude her influence than with this Citra Hopped Double IPA. Followers will cheer. Enemies will crumble. But don’t take her lightly, because when this double IPA is on a rampage, nothing will stand in her way…

100+ IBU

Added by TGanyone on 02-22-2014

BEER STATS
Reviews:
164
Ratings:
1,459
Avg:
4.64
pDev:
21.98%
 
 
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Reviews: 164 | Ratings: 1,459
Photo of CayseyW
4.77/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Ok, wow. I have to be honest, I was expecting to be let down by this beer a little. It spent 5 days in shipping during a heat wave, and then 4 hours on my cement front steps in the sun before I put in the fridge. Also, it was a bit over 3 weeks old after it got here. Despite all that, this beer totally blew me away, and is amongst the best beers I've ever had. It pours a beautiful hazy orange with a very generous and creamy white head that leaves tons of lacing. The aroma features tropical fruits that include pineapple and mango, along with grapefruit peel and sugary malts. It's extremely juicy with and balanced. I love the malt backbone in this beer, it really brings out all the best citra can offer. I love the soft bitterness in the feel. The body is very silky yet well carbonated and it's not boozy at all. Overall this beer is just incredible. I haven't even finished it and am looking forward to the next time I can get my hands on it.

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Photo of Masonz223
4.67/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Smell: A tropical citrus fruit Bomb! Pineapple and mango some
Sweet candied oranges tangerine.
Taste: upfront tropical fruit pineapple mango middle of the mouth the citrus notes join the party tangerines orange peel juicy mandarin oranges a crackery malt. Finishes with earthy lemon grass juicy grapefruit and a pine needle bitterness.
Feel: medium to full body creamy mouthfeel dry in the finish
Overall: probably the second best dipa I have ever had next to heady topper. Lots of tropical notes but also lots of juicy citrus notes that blend the beer together to almost perfection! So glad I got to try this amazing beer!

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Photo of edthehead
4.62/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bold golden color with fluffy white head that lasts. Some lacing. Grapefruit and melon in the nose. Hoppy tropical fruit on palate. Good carbonation and mouth feel. Overall nice balanced and bold DIPA.

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Photo of Detlef90
5/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is a perfect double IPA. Just absolutely delicious in every way. If you like double IPAs and you find this beer in front of you. You WILL enjoy it!

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Photo of gibgink
4.8/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours darker golden. Very strong grapefruit/tropical fruit smell. Similar grapefruit notes on the initial taste with slight bitter finish. Overall a very well done beer. I would have to taste this side by side with Psuedo Sue to see which one I prefer more.

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Photo of rabbott2
4.74/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Fresh bottle drank on 7/2

Look - bright hazy orange with a medium white head. Pretty thick lacing for a DIPA

Smell - HOPS! Heavy grapefruit, honeydo, mango, orange, and a little wheat. Unique combo of flavors really well put together.

Taste - Bitter hops, heavy orange, pineapple, grapefruit. A lot of tropical flavors going on.

Feel - drinkable, a little heavy, but also very juice and refreshing. Really smooth

Overall - world class. a very complex combo a flavors that are perfectly balanced. the uniqueness sets this apart from the rest

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Photo of avas
4.96/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

A: Hazy a la ‘NE-style’ IPAs; turbid with a dark orange-yellow hue

S: Pungent overripe mango with orange peel, slight peach and pineapple; tropical fruit medley.

T: Extremely tropical yet more balanced than Tree House, Trillium, etc. Noticeable bitterness on the finish, but not at all overwhelming. Notes of mango and orange.

M: Medium carbonation, slight bitterness on the finish. Not as ‘creamy’ as other heavily hyped NE-style IPAs/DIPAs, but very drinkable nonetheless.

O: Overall, King Sue is an outstanding beer. A juicy, fruity hop bomb that just barely hints at its ABV. Makes my top five IPAs for sure.

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.66/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 fl oz bottle sealed with silver TG pressure cap.

poured into gold logo TG snifter.

Appearance: hazy and opaque orange body with a bone white head. The beer pours a massive head with a moderate pour. Fantastic head retention that leaves thick coating of lacing on the glass.

Smell: Oranges, mango, papaya, and pineapple. Light bready malts.

Taste: Truckloads of oranges and orange juice. Supporting cast of tropical fruits including mango, papaya, and pineapple. Light dankness and fresh cut grass. Very mellow with minimal bitterness. Especially with how big and juicy these hops taste. Hint of light bready malts. Finishes fairly clean with a slight lingering dankness.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation levels. Juicy hops and creamy mouthfeel. This drinks pretty easy for a DIPA and it drinks at the listed 8% abv without any booze kick.

Overall: Imperial Pseudosue. Whats not to love? Toppling Goliath executes this beer as you would expect; a high quality DIPA single hopped with Citra. This is TG's best hoppy beer and the best DIPA coming out of the Great Lakes and Midwest beer region. King Sue will go toe to toe with each and every East Coast style (hazy/juicy) hoppy beer from the likes of Trillium, Treehouse, Hill Farmstead, etc.

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Photo of gatornation
4.6/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a Very Fresh Bomber it poured a hazy golden yellow color with a great looking 1 finger head streaks of lacing thru -out. Smell was all tropical/citrus. Taste follows nose incredible burst of pineapple,peach,papaya,mango and citrus sweet and smooth on the mouth feel with ABV well hidden , This is one of the top 5 DIPA"S ever had

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Photo of TylerHockett
4.83/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

It was really hard NOT giving this 5 in everything. Appearance is super hazy. Smell is absolutely amazing. Tropical fruit bomb. Taste follows the smell perfectly. Feel is incredibly smooth. Best DIPA or IPA I have ever had.

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Photo of Jaycase
4.75/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Fortunate to try a two day old bottle. Delicous, simply delicious. Incredibly soft mouthfeel for an IPA. No perceptible malty sweetness which I appreciate in a good DIPA. Hopped to the gills but not bitter at all. Blah, blah NE style juicy DIPAs, I'd choose this any day of the week over those. I'll call out a beer if it does not live up to the hype but this one does. Hope I get a chance to try it again. Outstanding.

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Photo of BeerGuy8315
4.96/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Poured from a bomber into a snifter. Bottled 6/24/16.

A: Pours a hazy, golden-yellow orangish color. One and a half inch, foamy, white head with good retention. Thick, white, beautiful lacing throughout.

S: HUGE tropical fruit and citrus notes of pineapple, peach, mango, orange, and grapefruit.

T: This stuff is the definition of a juicy hop bomb. Taste matches the aromas well. Notes of tropical and citrus fruits accompanied by a mild hoppy bitterness. Showcases the citra hop extremely well. ABV is barely noticeable.

F: Medium bodied, very smooth, with good carbonation.

O: Honestly, this is hands down the best DIPA I've had. Definitely lives up to the hype. So glad I got to try this fresh. Would easily go through the trouble to get this one again.

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Photo of yesterdayfaraway
4.74/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

L: super cloudy orangish yellowish with a white head
S: citrus bomb!
T: again, citrus bomb! Seriously fresh squeezed citrus juices!
F: no alcohol, super easy drinking.
O: the best ipa I've ever had.

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Photo of SeanMNCraftBeerLover
4.92/5  rDev +6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Bought a case of 12 22oz bombers at King Sue release day 6/24/16. Well worth the 2 1/2 hour drive to come home with this beer. Poured into 2 TG chalice glasses for my wife and I to share. We were not dissapointed. The flavor compared to the original PsuedoSue (which I think has great citra hop flavor) doesn't compare. This screams flavor, amazing citra hop flavor smacking you in the face. This one is in my top 3 IPAs I've ever tried along with Dinner and Pliny The Elder. Look forward to trying more of the 22 oz bombers soon.

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Photo of Nachojon
4.62/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Lucky to try this one, fresh from Iowa. Ugly beer, floaties and an odd haze. Pretty in the way that you know what will come with it. Aroma is nice citrus, very grapefruity. Nice and smooth flavor, fantastic complexity from the bitter to the fruit. Little grainy. World class.

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Photo of Dinizioj31
4.8/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Awesome beer! A genuine hop bomb. Among the best around. Could compete with treehouse' best. Look forward to this coming out again and will trade for again. If you can get your hands on it, by all mean do it

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Photo of tlema1
4.57/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: golden/orange color, generous white head
S: tons of citrus, and ripe trop fruits
T: awesome, delicate fruit, light malty backbone
F: great coating mouthfeel, dry finish
O: one of the best DIPAs I've ever had

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Photo of Scott17taylor
5/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a beautiful hazy orange with a gigantic pillowy head that leaves great lacing.
Aroma is pine, mango, pineapple grapefruit and fresh cut grass. Leaves me very excited for my first drink.
Taste leads with tropical fruit and is followed by pine. It finishes with a very pleasant bitterness.
The mouthfeel is perfect for the style it is thin enough to gulp but thick enough to fill the mouth with flavor.
Overall this beer is awesome every bit worth seeking out.

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Photo of sposter4
4.49/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Very Excited to try this beer as I love the pseudoSue! 22oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Golden with light to no haze and a quarter inch head that hangs around. lots of pine and floral notes in the nose. Taste is similar taste with the addition of mild pops of citrus. Overall a great DIPA. However, I still prefer the pseudo.

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Photo of Sabtos
3.95/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On draft at Hunahpu's Day 2016.

Light yellow, foamy white head.

Big tropical pineapple on the nose follows through on the palate with some of that classic crackery malt that Pseudo Sue also has. But unlike Pseudo, the hops explode here with citrus.

So many other whales were already kicked before we even got through the "21+ hand stamp line," so I'm glad to have been able to try two huge TG brews.

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Photo of JamieDuncan
4.76/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to Neil from Iowa for this baby. He sent it to my beer guru and I got to split it.

Poured a not quite clear orange/yellow with nice white head and good lacing as I drank. Excellent and very strong citrus aroma. Taste follows, very smooth and clean on the tongue. The bitter is well balanced with the sweet and there is zero lingering. OUTSTANDING! Light to medium mouthfeel. For my money this lived up to the hype.

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Photo of bubseymour
5/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Smell explodes with citrus hops. Flavor matches with a citrus hop bomb and no bitterness at all. Nice body to give it a little chewiness. No alcohol noticed. This one really delivers as one of the best IPAs I've had. And just when I was really happy with it, the bottom unfiltered OJ looking stuff raised it to another level. A must have beer.

This one is worth to put into my elite group of perfect 5's. I really can't think of anything much better.

Thanks to Neil from Iowa for tracking this one down for me in a great trade.

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
4.31/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Fortunate enough to have this beer while waiting in line at Other Half this past Saturday. This was the first beer that I've had that was brewed in Iowa and from what I've seen, this may be the best offering to come out of the Hawkeye State. Tropical, deceptively strong, and juicy, this went down easily while having a flavor profile that stuck around for the duration!

Good pour to this as the hue was a golden orange that was cloudy and quite frothy. Lots of melon and tropical fruit in the nose along with a ton of rind and some dankness as well. The head and carbonation were plenty and this was not clear but not cloudy enough to appear unfiltered as well. The strength of this beer was in how well the Citra hops and fruit flavors meshed together, while leaving me wanting more. Carbonated enough, this was dry that only more of this beer could quench my thirst. The alcohol was impossible to taste while there was some grass here to keep this light, in spite of how succulent this turned out to be!

So many IPA's hit you over the head with hops and booze but that wasn't the case here. Melon, papaya, and cantaloupe rind were all that was needed to draw me in here while not having the juice of a Treehouse beer. Dank is the way I love these and if you're a fan of of IPA's that fall into that category, than this would be worth seeking out. Not worth taking lightly but so easy to savor at the same time - this would be the beer that finally puts Iowa on the map!

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Photo of Barracudas
5/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I tried the Pseudo Sue before this one and thought that was great, but when I had the King Sue I was taken aback! It is an incredible beer! Worth the trip to this town just for this beer!

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Photo of moysauce
4.96/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Yeah, this beer is the real deal. Looks great. Tastes great. Everything I look for in an IPA. Not too sweet or boozy like a lot of doubles can get. Still light, aggressively hoppy, bitter, and the alcohol is masked perfectly. Truly excellent beer.

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