King Sue | Toppling Goliath Brewing Company

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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

Added by TGanyone on 02-22-2014

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#40
Reviews:
307
Ratings:
2,281
pDev:
7.16%
 
 
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1,396
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333
Trade:
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Photo of SomethingClever
4.43/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

16 oz can poured into a snifter best by date of 1/29/19.

A: Really bright murky orange looks like cloudy orange juice. Beer has a very tiny Soapy white head that settles to a ring.

S: Lots of peach, apricot, cantaloupe, and a little orange to round it out. This smells just like juice.

T: The taste follows the nose with a ton of peach and apricot. Then you have some lighter melon and orange with grass mixed in with light bitterness on the end.

M: Is medium to lighter a lowish to little carbonation.

O: This beer is quite fantastic. It just explodes with juice the mouthfeel isn’t chalky or full, no alcohol taste present. This is amazing.

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Photo of scottsoileau
4.6/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of a77cj7
3.75/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of heddar33
4.5/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Jonathan_Ethereous
4.45/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Photo of lorenwhite7
4.78/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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

Cloudy gold color, thick white foam, taste is more piney and it’s on the dry side. Interesting DIPA interpretation but I like the original version better.

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

Photo of Dr_Fox
4.32/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Balvenie
4.41/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of HopliteMpls612
4.74/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Kaliphungi
4.67/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Canned on 10/10/18, best by 1/29/19
Poured into a tulip glass
By far the most impressive retention I’ve seen from an IPA. Foam about a finger thick, lasted 10+ minutes until I decided to take a sip. Spotted, bubbly lacing. Very opaque, golden yellow appearance, pleasing to the eye. 5/5

Aroma was not very intense, maybe my expectations were too high. Definitely a mango/citrus scent. Similar to Todd the Axe man in a way. Fruity; not much malt/grain, which was expected and desired. 4.25/5

Taste matched the nose and can description. Mix of mango, pineapple, and various citrus fruit. Very sweet, but not to the point that it’s overwhelming. Tangy/dank on the finish. Remarkable. 5/5

Feel leaves a nice coating on the palate, tongue, and cheeks. The bitterness is what stands out to me. Perfectly balanced. Over 100+ IBU’s yet such a subtle tang. Medium feel, delicate. 5/5

Most enjoyable part was the belches. Very flavorful; grapefruit, citrus, pineapple, stone fruit, and pine/dank.

The hype was backed hands down. Last time this beer was available I turned it down because of the price. I am happy I didn’t make the same decision this time around. Yes, it is pricey, similar to Todd the Axe Man. However, the caliber of this beer is outstanding. Yes you pay almost 20 dollars for a 4-pack, but man do you get yourself a damn tasty IPA if you commit. Highly recommend

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Photo of lockh099
3.52/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This beer didn't live up to the hype for me. The finish lacked which is what I really look for in a good beer.

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Photo of Teejay_G
4.82/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Reinmogard
4.59/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

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

Photo of WickedBeer
4.63/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Best by 01/29/19.

Pours a beautiful hazy golden yellow. A frothy finger of head sits on top, slowly fizzling out and leaving archipelagos of lace around the rim of the glass.

The nose is all tropical goodness. Rich, overripe mango and pineapple interplay with sweet tangerine and grapefruit. A touch of tingling hops greets the nose in the finish, but simply as an exclamation point to end an awesome aroma.

More of the same in the flavors. This is everything I wanted this beer to be. Tropical mango, pineapple, subtle grapefruit and dank citrus peel. As the sweet fruit fades it’s replaced with a balancing act of piney, bitter hops. No doubt this thing is packed with Citra. The bitterness lingers, a reminder that this beast had no intention of going quietly.

The body on this isn’t too weighty, but has just enough of a mouthfeel to compliment a very present carbonation and a warming, sticky finish. Juicy, refreshing... all Hail the King!

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Photo of dexterk1
4.54/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of MacMalt
4.66/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I received this from @bstyle in a trade. Poured from 16 oz. can into a Spiegelau IPA glass. It pours an opaque, golden-tangerine color with two fingers of bright white, fluffy head and lots of spotty lacing. What a dynamite aroma! Lemon, pineapple, tangerine, grapefruit, lactose/vanilla, and soft floral hops. You can smell it the moment the top is popped. Wow, this is close to perfect: It opens with big tangerine, pineapple, and tart lemon and grapefruit. I'm also tasting ripe melon. The vanilla/lactose provides a creamy sweetness, and the Citra hops are highly flavorful and moderately bitter but without a strong bite. To me, it doesn't drink like 100 IBU. It has a pleasantly creamy mouth feel with moderate carbonation, and the 8% ABV is perfect. A second pour is a must. Overall, King Sue is exquisite - wonderful, bold flavors that balance well, and super drinkable. I'm glad to finally have tried this World Class DIPA.

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Photo of Cpmitchno1
4.6/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of Dragginballs76
4.69/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Appearance - pours super turbid yellow with huge foamy white head and tons of sticky lacing.

Aroma - Lots of tropical fruit mango, pineapple combined with nice bitter grapefruit and citrus peel. Nice grains and hops coming through as well.

Taste - Damn this thing is a really great balance of juicy and bitter. First sip is like drinking pineapple/mango juice but the bitter citrus peel and grapefruit quickly kick in and balance out the sweetness.

Feel - Big creamy smooth feel, soft carbonation up front with a nice bite on the finish really dry.

Overall - Just an excellent imperial IPA, really well balanced no sign of alcohol and really smooth.

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Photo of ian_graf
4/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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King Sue from Toppling Goliath Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.61 out of 5 with 2,281 ratings