King Sue
Toppling Goliath Brewing Company

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IPA - New England
Ranked #15
Ranked #48
4.61 | pDev: 6.94%
Toppling Goliath Brewing Company
Iowa, United States
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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
Reviews: 572 | Ratings: 3,238 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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mellonsm from Pennsylvania

4.83/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This is as good as advertised. Golden color with a light heady top. Extremely aromatic with a great mix of citrus and floral notes. Extremely flavorful. Very juicy. Very hoppy. Very good. Great bubbly mouthfeel and a wonderful IPA.

Apr 25, 2021
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smcolw from Massachusetts

4.1/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Milkshake look of white-hued gold. The head is dense and slow to dissipate. Excellent three dimensional rings, streaks and spots on the glass.

Strong floral, semi-weedy, a touch earthy hop aroma. In the background, I get a light pale malt nose.

Smooth body with a decent level of carbonation (albeit low). The beer starts with a light toastiness. The hop is dominating along with a ton of alcohol warmth. Overall, this is a borderline extreme beer with an extensive bitterness from finish through the long aftertaste.

Apr 25, 2021
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LampertLand from Canada (BC)

3.99/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Toppling Goliath Brewing 'King Sue' @ 7.8% , served from a 473 ml can
A-pour is a light gold from the can to a hazy gold in the glass with a medium white head leaving a fine spotty lace along the Spiegelau
S-lots of pine , minimal citrus
T-huge pine & citrus , decent hop swallow
MF-decent carbonation , good full bodied
Ov-good hazy DIPA
prost LampertLand

Apr 19, 2021
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HarlotBronte from District of Columbia

3.99/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Overhyped in my opinion. Pours an opaque dark yellow and leaves moderate lacing. Smells tropical. Medium bodied. Taste follows and is sweet — too sweet. Still good though, but not worthy of the world-class distinction.

Apr 17, 2021
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GeorgianBayPackr from Pennsylvania

4.13/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I liked this beer. Drinkability and flavor profile is citrus, pine and pleasant, medium body. My only deductions in scoring this double IPA come from the slight medicinal quality to the bitter-hop finish. Overall very nice but I think I prefer this brewers' other IPA- Sosus.

Apr 08, 2021
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Peach63 from New York

4.56/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy pale yellow with a 1/2 inch white head. Light lacing.

Aroma of pineapple, mango, grapefruit, orange, pine.

Taste follows nose: Pineapple, mango, grapefruit, orange, pine. Spicy and resinous.

Medium bodied, light carbonation. Dry, resinous finish.

One of the best DIPA's.

Mar 30, 2021
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MostlyMetalz from Illinois

3.78/5  rDev -18%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This used to be one of the greats. I don't know if they changed the formula or what, but new batches of this are way too better and lack much flavor. I've tired it on two different occasions and same result. Still love Toppling Goliath though!!!

Mar 17, 2021
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Zorro from California

3.74/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy orange brew with no real head formation. Pours thick like a milkshake.

Extremely hoppy I can smell it from a distance. Smells strongly of Tropical hops. Pineapple, passion fruit and Mango. Scent of aspirin and willow tree.

Starts out sweet and savory with a strong melon after taste. Mildly sweet with a tongue numbing level of hops. Oily in the mouth and thick. Taste of wood and tropical fruit, but not as intense as the smell. Mild sour sensation in the taste at the beginning from something.

Mouthfeel is ultra thick.

Overall it is OK. I have had better, but not many much thicker.

Mar 06, 2021
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jmdrpi from Pennsylvania

4.12/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 oz can, packaged 1/08/21, so almost 2 months old

pours a hazy dark yellow - there are white flecks of particulate floating. big rocky head, good lacing. aroma is nice mix of tropical fruits and a little dankness. similar flavor, fairly strong bitter finish, so it's balanced. medium bodied.

Mar 04, 2021
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BergBeer from Virginia

4.24/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 16oz can into a shaker pint

Look: Hazy peach juice with a thick white head

Smell: Guava, mango, and peach. All hops.

Taste: Like most NEIPAs. All fruit with a bigger then average malt sweetness.

Feel: Soft, juicy, and mildly bitter. Mild alcohol.

Overall: A standard and well made NEIPA.

Mar 01, 2021
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buschbeer from Ohio

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

16 FL. OZ. can
Served in a stemless wine glass

This beer pours orangish yellow and turbid AF. It is topped with an inch of tan head that leaves tremendous lacing.

The first smell I get is dank marijuana. Citrus aroma creeps in with grapefruit standing out. There are hints of melon.

The flavor starts out dank. After a few sips citrus comes through. Grapefruit and pine give a decent bitterness that lingers into the aftertaste.

Medium bodied with a smooth, pillowy mouthfeel

By the end of this beer the dankness, the citrus, and the bitterness meld to form a pretty damn good flavor combo. This is better than most of the hazies that are too sweet or too fruity. I enjoyed this beer more with each sip.

Feb 28, 2021
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LupulusLucas from Iowa

2.74/5  rDev -40.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Normally a phenomenal beer but this last batch was horrible. Inconsistent packaging techniques? Ingredient limitations due to covid? Normally hazy, amplified citrus and grapefruit. Now clear as a bell with substantial over hopping that doesnt lead to quality flavor, even with time. Whats happening with this brewery???

Feb 10, 2021
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SB2017 from Iowa

4.48/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

It's real good. Hoppy but not acrid, fruity but not tropical. Solid and lasting head with good lacing, eventually. This is a heavy hitter but it's still refreshing. A major improvement on Sue's already solid start.

Feb 04, 2021
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JohnniEMc from Pennsylvania

4.42/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I last had this in my B.B.A. days (before Beer Advocate). Reviewing it is a great excuse to have some more. It's good, so let's start with almost getting two pint cans poured into a clear glass liter mug. A thick and enduring head prevents the complete decanting of the second can. The color now filling said vessel is a very opaque strawberry blond with white foam atop. A very nice sharp hop bouquet now fills the air. The taste picks that up in pleasant way. The poignant, but not overly bitter hops star in this ale. As the liquid drains, abundant glass lacing contributes to the visual. The hops within stand out without a sweet malt counterbalance. That may be from reduced barley malt in the wort and/or for a Double IPA, the ABV is not among the most potent. There is body, which oates can certainly add to a brew, so this isn't just carbonated iced hop tea. No denying the quality and no denying how good this tastes, I just prefer a little more earthy barley malt in this style (Heady Topper).

Feb 03, 2021
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profpilky from New York

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

One of the best DIPA out there. Looks light and hazy (pale golden) with some head retention. Tastes delicious with tons of hops and subtle fruitiness. Feels super clean, well balanced and not overly carbonated. 5/5

Jan 22, 2021
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PittBeerGirl from Ohio

4.94/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is probably the best IPA I have ever had. The search is almost over

A-the haziness and head retention. Perfect.

S- the nose is a little bit too soft and subtle for what you are about to experience but it is extremely classy and almost perfect. White grapefruit, tropical fruit, orange and a hint of sweetness. S

T- upfront is a delicate balance of white grapefruit, orange, mango, and a hint of pineapple flavor and pale malt sweetness. The finish is very juicy and smooth with just a hint of lingering rind bitterness.

M- smooth medium weight, juicy, oily, slightly breast body. Amazing

O- well this is one of the best beers I have ever had. Simple. The other best IPAs like PtY, heady topper, FFF permanent funeral don't hold a candle to this. Still have to find treehouse and trillium...but I don't know this IOWA beer is definitely king.

Jan 17, 2021
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Kahzaar from Sweden

4.49/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Pale golden yellow with a two finger white head.
S: Burst of hops. Notes of lemon and orange. Sweetness.
T: Intense mango, pineapple, some bitterness.
F: Full body, some carbonation, quenchable.
O: One of the greater DIPAs.

Jan 17, 2021
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puck1225 from Texas

4.29/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bought this near Erie, PA during Christmas in a four pack. Poured from a can into a tulip glass. Hazy golden yellow color with a fluffy white head and and excellent curtain lacing. Nice citrus smell and taste. Grapefruit, pineapple, and orange. Maybe a bit dry. Nice pillow feel.

Jan 17, 2021
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Thankin_Hank from Texas

4.7/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Great tasting beer and it's a month past its BB date. Amended:Dated best by 12/17/20. Still so damn tasty. Very Juicy looking. A fabulous aroma. Tastes of citrus, orange, pineapple and the right amount of sweetness and bitterness. The mouthfeel is juicy smooth. What a blend. Overall I hope I get to try this beauty again and a little fresher. Thanks for the heads up from @laketang . I ordered this off the internet. It was expensive and I was glad to get it. 1/28/2021

Jan 16, 2021
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150lRoast from Missouri

4.67/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

The color is an opaque yellow grapefruit. The pour has a thick white head that has great staying power. It has a nice hop scent with hints of citrus. I taste the citra hopps on the front of this one with a juicy hoppy finish with a mango grapefruit taste. The feel is medium and dry with quite a bit of fizz on the sip, but light in the glass.

Obviously this is similar to Pseudo Sue, another great beer, but is more hoppy and has strong mango flavor.

This is a another picturesque beer from TG, and it too lives up to the hype. This is a very drinkable IPA and I highly recommend it to anyone.

Jan 16, 2021
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

4.32/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I scored a biker's denim vest with the word "Iowa" embroidered along the back shoulder. This inspired me to CANtact the brewery about a patch for the vest. I was granted permission (one-time use) to have a local embroiderer direct-embroider their logo onto the back! I filled out the rest of the vest with Hawkeyes, Cyclones & RAGBRAI patches as well as a few other Iowa breweries that had patches available. Now, it is time for The CANQuest (tm) to have a beer! Just as I was finishing my run-through of TG beers in my backlog, a recent visit to Rieker Bottle Works revealed this one on offer & I could not resist!

From the CAN: "King Sue Double India Pale Ale"; "Brewing Up History with Field Museum."; "This lusciously hazy Double IPA gains its bold flavors of mango, orange and pineapple from the use of the delicious Citra hop. All hail the King!"; "Live beer, please refrigerate!"; "Brewed in Beautiful Decorah, IA".

I beCAN my salute to this King by Crack!ing open the vent. It was already identified as "hazy" so there was no reason to even attempt clarity. As such, I went with a heavy-handed, aggro C-Line Glug into the awaiting glass. It foamed mightily to form two-plus fingers of dense, foamy, rocky, tawny head with very good retention. Color was a deeply-hazy/lightly-cloudy Golden-Amber (SRM = > 5, < 7). Nose was primarily orange/CANgerine with grapefruit as an acCANponiment. Mmm. Mouthfeel was medium-to-full, not quite creamy, but on the approach. The taste was super-citrusy, very much of orange/CANgerine, plus grapefruit & adding a squirt of lemon-lime. I CANnot say that I have had a single-hop AIPA with Citra before, but I liked the way this showcased the hop. At least one previous reviewer mentioned "pith" & there was certainly that level of bitterness, but I did not find it "unbalanced". Instead, it was indicative of the kind of bitterness that I crave as a self-described, self-avowed hophead. Mmm. Finish was quite dry as the result of its bitterness throughout. Color me impressed! YMMV.

Jan 10, 2021
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Claude-Irishman from New Jersey

4.48/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours a mostly opaque light peach syrup color with a decent marshmallow head, Smell tropical fruits, bread crust, fresh hay or fresh cut grass. Taste is citrus orientated with a fresh French bread follow up. Taste is somewhat dank. The bread taste and citrus/pineapple combine perfectly. Feels medium to light body with perfect carbonation,finishes medium dry juicy,spicy. Overall I see why this gets a 100. Awesome beer, never had the opportunity to try it until now-

Jan 07, 2021
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Magpie60 from Missouri

4.84/5  rDev +5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is the beer that made me change my opinion ( in a positive way) of IPA’s. I love the hazy look and citrus taste, just wish we could get a more regular supply in St. Louis.

Jan 03, 2021
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smackdanie from Illinois

4.39/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a thick yellow gold, decent head with great lacing. The nose is tangerine and mango. Taste is well balanced hops throughout to balance the fruity neipa signature. Carbonation is a little much for me, almost biting and effervescent. Mouth feel is dominated by the carbs, with support of the string hop presence. In all a very good beer, but for a 100 rating, I'd expect more, and there are chicago neipas I like more than this. Perhaps hype boosted the score here.

Dec 30, 2020
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UristMcBrewer from Pennsylvania

4.87/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The beer is orangeish with hella haze and thick head that really sticks around. On the nose, the hops smell strongly of mango and grapefruit with hints of malt coming through as graham cracker like. there is some faint pine notes present as well. Upon tasting, the flavors really explode. The tropical fruit hops really mesh the graham crakcer malts and the pine notes are on the finish. there is a bit of a alcohol taste and maybe some esters. The mouthfeel is rich and full. The thick foam coats your mouth and there is the correct amount of carbonation. Overall, great beer!

Dec 30, 2020
King Sue from Toppling Goliath Brewing Company
Beer rating: 100 out of 100 with 3238 ratings