King Sue
Toppling Goliath Brewing Company

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Toppling Goliath Brewing Company
Iowa, United States
IPA - New England
Ranked #17
Ranked #70
4.58 | pDev: 6.99%
May 11, 2022
Feb 22, 2014
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Notes: 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

ABV varies with each batch
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4.67 by Techichi from Texas on May 11, 2022
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4.83/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
by smokinjimmyv from Illinois

From Chicago and I've been drinking a lot of the weekly hop butcher which is almost always amazing, Phase 3's dipas, Microphone, Riverlands these stand out too. But over the past few months theyve all been hit or miss. And for $20 a 4 pack it hurts when you miss. Then i came back to an old favorite--Toppling Golliath. its got just about everything i like about all these beers, everything i hope for every time i by the new weekly. BUT HERES THE THING. King Sue has "it" every time. Real big fresh hoppy tones (citra) but so fresh, like they use real hops vs canned or dried hops if i had to guess. The pale ale version pseudo sue is just as good.

May 10, 2022
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4.4/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by BuxMontBeerLover from Pennsylvania

Purchased at Pennridge Beverage, Perkasie, PA. $22.50/4pk (16oz cans)

Pours a hazy, golden color. A one finger, white head on the initial pour that fades to a sticky residue on the glass.

Wonderful fruity, lemony aroma.

A citrusy, reiseny, slightly bitter taste. Slightly sweet. Very good IPA.

Medium consistency, medium carbonation.

My first brew from Toppling Goliath and I was impressed. I would definitely seek this out in the future. Cheers!

May 08, 2022
4.85 by Limazulu from Idaho on May 08, 2022
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4.83/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5
by Radome from Florida

Had on tap at Glory Beer Bar & Kitchen in Philadelphia. This was a delicious New England-style DIPA with enormous depth of flavor and aroma. One of the best examples I've had of a style that I truly enjoy.

Apr 17, 2022
4.85 by Mcb99d from Massachusetts on Apr 17, 2022
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5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
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Apr 02, 2022
4.31 by Babbatron from California on Mar 30, 2022
4.27 by johnny_c from New York on Mar 28, 2022
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4.46/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
by VashonGuy from Washington

Full disclosure first: I'm usually not a fan of hazy IPAs as they are often too sweet, too murky, and not bitter enough for an IPA. But there are exceptions, and King Sue is certainly a great one. The look: King Sue pours with a beautiful white head that lasts, on top of an unattractive yellowish dishwater look. If you don't mind the murky dirty look, you'll be fine.

The smell is hoppy, classic Citra, with more fruity complexity. The taste is grapefruit and other tropical fruit flavors. It's less tart than some Citra beers. The big plus is that it's got solid bitterness as an integral part of the package. I don't like hazy IPAs that are basically alcoholic fruit juice, but King Sue is a real IPA, with bitterness and a noticeable ABV kick. This beer packs a flavor punch.

The feel is very thick, almost like a fruit smoothie.

Overall, it's certainly the best New England IPA I've had, with a standout flavor profile.

Mar 17, 2022
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4.43/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by Paradox1000 from Florida

Excellent Citra DIPA!

Mar 09, 2022
4.69 by hperea from Colorado on Mar 06, 2022
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4.71/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
by brickplayer

My favorite beer. Only thing that could make it better is if it was cheaper!

Mar 01, 2022
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4.42/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
by cbuzz24 from Mississippi

With a little more carbobation, this would have been as close to a 5 as I have ever scored.

Mar 01, 2022
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5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
by TwoLips from Colorado

This is the best and most beautiful beer that has ever been created or ever will be created. I have to thank our friends in Iowa for birthing the beer that should inspire all brewers from this day forth. I have spoken.

Feb 25, 2022
4.38 by Pens1967 from Louisiana on Feb 20, 2022
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4.51/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
by davisdahlberg6 from Tennessee

Canned 11/13/2021 and enjoyed on 2/17/2022.

Pours a golden straw colored pale yellow. An abundance of haze and floating sediment making it opaque. About a finger and a half of snow white foam that slowly dissipates leaving a nice lace on the glass.

Smell: consists of bitter hoppy bite with abundance of tropical fruit including pineapple, mango, apricot, and papaya. Traditional orange, orange peel, and grapefruit are also present. Grassy and light lemon flavors play a more supporting role. Bitterness is enhanced by the grapefruit, orange rind and some pine character despite the hazy-juicy tropical fruit bomb, and a hint of malty caramel.

Taste: follows the nose with bitterness slightly more pronounced. Initially it is sweet and juicy, and a bit hard to distinguish individual flavors: pineapple, mango, papaya, apricot, and cantaloupe are the easiest to pick out. Bitterness is present throughout, though the fruit hides it and balances things out. Orange rind, grapefruit, and pine all present as they are in the nose. Malts are light and crisp with dry oat, light bread, and subtle caramel flavors.

Feel: Mouthfeel is full, seems to almost double is size when it enters your mouth. Very smooth and drinkable with no discernable amount of alcohol heat. It tingles the palate, very enjoyable.

Overall: King sue is a fitting name, and while it wont be the highest on my list of beers reviewed, it will be near the top. It’s a bit pricey, but I’ve paid more for much worse beers, It’s a great beer for a special occasion.

Feb 18, 2022
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4.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
by JacobusFavier23 from Texas

L-Pours a two and a half finger headed beer with a hazy straw color. Some carbonation is there. Looks like fresh OJ.
S-Malty and sweet. Tropical aromas of mango, papaya, cantaloupe and tart citrus are there. A nice funky spin at the end that ends with a bit of grassy and piney hop. Some earthiness is in there as well
T-Very sweet and rewarding. Orange is up front followed by some mango and papaya tropical notes. Malty sweet throughout, but not enough to be off-putting or to shadow the other flavors. The flavor continues to be funky and has a bit of a milky undertone. There is a spike of hop bitterness at the end and a rewarding spacey burn at the back of the tongue and throat. This thing truly is made in the essence of a big T-rex.
F-Milky yet full enough of carbonation to keep it lively. Again, I enjoy the burn at the end.
O-A big, bold and delicious New England IPA. In a market saturated with this style, it's hard to find the good out of the mediocre. This is the good. I will absolutely enjoy this beer again. Seek this out if you can.

Feb 17, 2022
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4.36/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
by TheFuzz123

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Feb 13, 2022
4.25 by ryand14 from Michigan on Feb 11, 2022
5 by dan_amdg from Illinois on Feb 11, 2022
4.04 by French_Brandon from Maine on Feb 09, 2022
4.98 by cj8311 from Maryland on Feb 08, 2022
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4.34/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Ricelikesbeer from Colorado

A hefty price-tag ($~20 for a four pack) in CO better yield some nice BA scores... but this one has become a sort of go-to this year because it is do dang drinkable and flavorful. And I love Citra!

L: cloudy, light orange in color, some hop sediment which i love to see in IPAs!

S: lively nose- citrus/ slight herbal notes. A range of vegetal hop aromas- very nice

T: very big hit of citrus/ tropical fruit and some nice light caramel malt sweetness. I love that this beer is not all base malt with some oats/ adjuncts thrown in. The sweetness really balances things but has a very clean getaway and is very dry and satisfying. Epic flavor profile, one of the best flavors i've had recently in the ipa game. The 7.8% abv is enough to keep it interesting and not be cloying at the same time.

F: very nice, soft with light carbonation and a clean finish on the palate.

O: The Citra really is featured nicely and damn is this beer balanced! It is clean, semi-sweet, very hoppy and delicious! is very interesting and compex while being super drinkable. One of the best hazy ipa's out there easily and worth the hype!

Feb 07, 2022
4.78 by FunkyPolak from New Jersey on Feb 07, 2022
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4.38/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by BloodSoakedAleMug from New York

Look: Pours a hazy pale orange yellow color with a one and a half finger head of satin white foam. Laces the glass somewhat well; yet the head sticks around for about four or five minutes, never really going away but eventually becoming a delicate ring of foam on the top.

Aroma: Sweet mango, tangerine, tart pink grapefruit and pineapple puree. Very tropical and citrusy. There's a note of pleasantly dank, bitter hop resin on the back end.

Taste: Frontloaded with lots of guava and sweet mango. Bitterness kicks in immediately with a pronounced grapefruit and orange rind bite. Resinous and creamy with a good amount of malted grain flavor to balance the hops on the finish. Alcohol profile is low.

Feel: Full bodied, lightly carbonated. Very "fruit smoothie" like and decently thick.

Overall: Surprisingly simple, but incredibly potent, even though there aren't a lot of different flavors going on here - they are all dialed up to 11 and you really taste the intensity.

Feb 04, 2022
4.34 by Longhorn08 from Texas on Feb 04, 2022
5 by not2quick from Missouri on Jan 19, 2022
4.28 by TheItalianStallion from New York on Jan 18, 2022
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4.25/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Beersnake1 from California

Poured at fridge temp. Pours a very murky orange with some flakes throughout. Minimal head. The nose is amazing. Tropical fruit all the way. Mango, pineapple, vanilla, and banana. A bit of citrus and wheat. After a little while, I start to pick up a bit of mint and apple. Really nice.

The taste is really nice. Hoppy bitterness strikes first. Tropical fruits come quickly behind, although the hop bitterness still dominates. Mango and pineapple, with a bit of papaya. Citrus peel, leather, tree sap, wheat, and green apple.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied. Very refreshing with a great mix of sweet and hoppy. Overall, a really fantastic IPA.

Jan 18, 2022
4.59 by jsh420 from Illinois on Jan 11, 2022
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4.8/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
by aosmdavid from Texas

Very smooth DIPA. As soon as you pop the can you get a burst of lovely tropical fruit smells, and even more so throughout the pour. Hazy, but not "too hazy" with a creamy head. The citra hops shine through with a refreshing pineapple finish. Definitely one of my favorite DIPAs

Jan 04, 2022
4.47 by FrankCastle from California on Jan 02, 2022
4.47 by HowfarisZanzibar from New Hampshire on Dec 28, 2021
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4.65/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by sethmeister from New Hampshire

We finally have Toppling Goliath in my state. Been waiting a while to try thsis!

Poured into my tulip glass this beer is an opaque gold shade with a great big creamy ecru head. Soapy and fluffy lace on the glass.

Scent is immediate upon popping the can - pineapple, mango, tropical fruits - and it wafts from the glass.

Taste is sweet and sour tropical fruits up front (pineapple, guava, mango) and citrus (orange, lime), dankness, onion and pine on the follow and an extravagantly long nicely bitter finish. There is a green melon note. Actually canteloupe as well.
Mint. Candied orange. Very little in the way of malts but there is a light sour dough element here.

Mouth is soft and creamy to begin but with a quenching astringent finish.

Here's the really absurd part. This beer has a best by date of 1/7/2022, which is a little over one week away. That means this is not particularly fresh and a fresh sample likely has a more vibrant profile than I am experiencing now. Based on how highly I am rating this and how excellent my slightly elderly example is I am beyond impressed. One of the best DIPA's I've ever had.

Dec 27, 2021
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4.45/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by Smakawhat from Maryland

Poured from the can into a elongated tulip glass.

Custard like yellow, with hints of faint peach orange toward the bottom. Opaque but not turbid, with a nice creamed capped head of three fingers. Moderate retention, not that aggressive, but a good bubbled crown and some lacing.

Real nice hop aroma. Soft and cake like sweetness giving to light earthy pungent flavors. Slight weed, tropical mango mush particularly. Neutral malt and yeast base.

Palate is quite enjoyable. Just a hint of creamy mouthfeel gives the flavors a nice coating and extra edge. Lots of orange pulp and tropical mango richness in the mid palate. Grassy and earth to slight dank finish also, with a unique spicy flavor on the swallow. Creamed vanilla ice cream like sweetness also, but a good contrasting bitterness that cuts and isn't jarring.

Very enjoyable Ipa, can see why many dig it.

Dec 26, 2021
4.83 by Crusard from Texas on Dec 26, 2021
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4.47/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
by mntlover from Tennessee

Pours a hazy or actually more creamy looking light orange color with a nice fluffy white head that falls slowly and laces well.

Aroma is nice citra nose, loads of citrus aromas along with a nice dank IBUs missing in so many hazy brews.

Taste is like like the nose loads of citrus like sweetened orange juice with dashs of tropical notes. Note throw in some dank hops to give the finish that scrap the pine resin of you tounge like a big old fashioned West Coast Imperial. Best of both worlds going on here.

Mouthfeel is big chewy almost like orange juice, half except pulp between my teeth. Smooth carbonation or atleast the big body makes it seem smooth.

Overall this is within the best buy date but would really like to have a fresher one if it's this good towards then end of its life.

Dec 24, 2021
4.49 by tpauer from New Hampshire on Dec 23, 2021
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