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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
tgbrews.com

Style: New England 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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#40
Reviews:
337
Ratings:
2,413
pDev:
6.94%
 
 
Wants:
1,391
Gots:
362
Trade:
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Photo of smb71481
4.4/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of SawDog505
4.57/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a 13 oz Funk Brewing Teku glass canned on 2/28/19. Pours a very attractive hazy yellow orange like a glass of half oj and half pineapple, with a finger plus sticky off white head that leaves big thick rings of lace as it slowly settles. 4.75

Smell is papaya, tangerine, pineapple, and a little grapefruit really nice and tropical as hell. 4.5

Taste follows tropical front to back, papaya, pineapple, tangerine, passionfruit, and grapefruit all so well balanced and crazy juicy. 4.5

Mouthfeel is big, soft with gentle carbonation, sticky from all the fresh hops, and at 8% ABV so easy drinking. 4.75

Overall this is a treat, surrounded by a ton of hype and is in my opinion is worthy of its reputation. 4.5

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Photo of Hoggy29
3.94/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Heftklammer
4.31/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jstarr2517
4.56/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Ateawholedogonce
4.86/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of DaMacAndCheese
4.25/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mngermanshepherd
4.12/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of swierczt
4.11/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Roy1586
4.5/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of brewandbbq
4.4/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

16oz can dated 2/26/19.

Pours cloudy gold with an inch of white fluff. Decent retention and lacing. Orange, peach, and mango in the nose. Medium bodied with a creamy, soft mouthfeel. Juicy citrus on the palate with zero malt and a minimal bitterness. Mandarin and peach with hints of grapefruit and pineapple. Finishes with plenty of juicy hops and fairly dry.

Well balanced hop-bomb. Reminds me of Julius.

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Photo of Eldyr
4.58/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Photo of sobeleg
4.5/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of newcastlemike
4.38/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Skillz
4.45/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of nwhittin
4.61/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jaxon53
4.37/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of SierraNevallagash
4.51/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a glowing milky burned yellow hue, with 3 fingers of Sunday white head that hand around forever, leaving lots of lacing behind. Light does not penetrate.

Nose: I'm quite surprised that this is all Citra. Meyer lemons and oranges, sure, as well as lots of super ripe mango, passionfruit, overripe pineapple that's beginning to ferment, guava, as well as some deep, saturated concord grape sweetness, or perhaps blueberry or blackberry. Coconut. There's some earthiness and a little dankness to it, and it really does remind me of cannabis flowers. An incredibly dense sweetness on the nose, and an awesome dark fruit note. Complex.

Palate: Hop smoothie status becomes apparent. A kickoff of a really nice sweet pale malt, then an explosion of Citra flavors. Lemon drops, orange fruit slice candies, some ruby red grapefruit juice, and a big dose of white grape. That sparkling pineapple shows up full force, with some mango and guava undertones. Some IPAs build up in bitterness, peaking in the finish. Not this one. The bitterness hits fast, right after the fruit explosion, and then fades fast, allowing for an evolving taste experience, and a more enjoyable finish. I get some hints of those dense, sweet, dark fruit notes too, as well as some really nice fresh sweet floral notes. Some Manuka honey. Lavender. After all this, then the earthy notes come to the surface. Sweet citrus lasts through the entire ride, well after the other flavors have faded, and even minutes in, you're still tasting orange and grapefruit. Never really turning to pine. Long, oily, lightly bitter finish.

Mouthfeel/Body: Despite its appearance, this beer stays on its toes, remaining crisp and bubbly. Not light. It may not be sticky, or syrupy, or ecen fluffy and soft, but damn, is it oily. The hop oils act in place of puffiness, or malt weight, coating the tongue, and making the beer feel fuller and softer than it is. Absolutely amazing how they got such a concentrated sweetness, without the sticky, syrupy, heavy malt body. Very nice.

Overall: This is perhaps the best display of Citra hopping I have seen yet. These are oily, high quality hops, and they've held up amazingly well after 3 months. This beer reminds me a lot of some Tree House expressions. Tree House being my favorite hoppy brewery, that says a lot. I would swear there were other hops in here, but they must just have really goof Citra and a magical technique. If you love Citra, this is an absolute must. Even if you don't love Citra, this is NOT typical Citra, and you'll be surprised, therefore, it's also an absolute must for you too. I would highly consider waiting in a (small) line. Very good stuff.

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4.35/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of LostHighway
4.25/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Choppin-Banana
4.69/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of MrCruz23
5/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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Photo of nruhlig
4.5/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of sd123
4.56/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of adosen01
4.62/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Shout out to Seventh Street Liquor Barrel in downtown Saint Paul Minnesota for having packs of this canned on 2/28/19 on 3/8. What a way to have a first crack at this. Definitely one of the best beers I've had, across the boards. In my opinion, lives up to all hype.

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King Sue from Toppling Goliath Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.61 out of 5 with 2,413 ratings