King Sue
Toppling Goliath Brewing Company

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New England IPA
Ranked #13
Ranked #42
4.62 | pDev: 6.93%
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: 487 | Ratings: 2,990 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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TreyIsWilson from Michigan

4.46/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a cloudy golden orange with a one finger creamy white head. Good amount of soapy lacing.

S - Aroma is orange, grapefruit and piney hops.

T - The taste is orange, pineapple, mango, grapefruit and big piney hops.

M - Medium body with medium carbonation. Creamy mouthfeel with a crisp dry finish.

O - Really happy to finally try this. Nice juiciness throughout with tons of bitter hops.

Wednesday at 04:28 AM
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patre_tim from Thailand

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

It’s a hazy pineapple yellow, and you can see some fine bubbles rising. It’s topped with a finger and a half of white head.

It smells of citrus pineapple, ripe mango and oranges.

Tastes of mango, pineapple, citrus oranges, and green, huge dank, almost marijuana like green quality.

Medium body that is soft, with moderate to low carbonation. It feels like a moderate drinker.

I got this in Chico California and I’m drinking in Redding California May 31, 2020. So glad to finally find this brew. Like a lot of the extremely hyped beers out there, unfortunately it’s a few years past the newness by the time one can finally get a hold of it. It’s still an excellent beer.

Monday at 04:39 AM
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Shiredave from New York

3.87/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

The beer has a bright, tawny yellow color capped with a tall, sticky white head of foam leaving erratic drapes behind as it recedes. Cloudy as advertised on the label.
Powerful aromas of bursting orange and grapefruit wedges. I mean, so many IPA's smell of citrus and I'm getting tired of smelling oranges in my beer but this one does it better somehow. Clean and refreshing with subtle white sugar notes giving it more than just the one (citra hop) note.
Flavor is..... alcoholic grapefruit. Very little else to be found here. Great malt body and mouth feel save this for me as does the soft touch of the boil hops that are in no way harsh or over powering. The full body feels lush on the tongue and some malt character tries to push through but all that sugar is just steeped in " juice" that the malt complexity is lost and pummeled into obscurity. Some sweet nuttiness come in as it warms but is again beaten back by the citric acids.
A "soft" Dbl IPA I'd call it. Soft as well in the alcohol masking as it is obvious from the 1st sip but never forward, aggressive or unpleasant.
The finish is abrupt - no long smolder of bitter and booze here just a dry, citrus aftertaste.
If making a beer that tastes like a weak grapefruit and vodka was the plan, TG overachieved with this.

May 28, 2020
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crisis1290 from South Carolina

4.75/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I am now convinced that this amazing brewery does not make anything that tastes bad ! Another solid offering. As soon as i cracked this one open i was hit in the face with the smells of Mango, orange, pineapple passionfruit, papaya and some grapefruit. Orange color with lots of haze . One of the juiciest beers I have tasted in a long time. The one thing that amazes me is that the alcohol is so well hidden . A super well balanced NE(D)IPA. Toppling Goliath can hang with any of the big time beer geek , beer lovers breweries.

May 27, 2020
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minterro from Colorado

4.6/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bought at Hazel's. ~16$ for a 4pk of cans. Canned: 4/30/20 consumed: 5/25/30 as a bday beer.

A&S: The appearance of this beer is hazy yellow-orange. The head is white and fizzy and dies almost immediately, leaving nothing behind. Components of the aroma are floral hops, oranges, kiwi, and grapefruit.

T&M: Upon the first sip, I thought it tasted almost identical to Pseudo Sue. However, the alcohol and piney tones are much stronger in this beer. Other characteristics include lemongrass and longan. The finish is bitter-ish and juicy. Carbonation is surprisingly high fizzy and bubbly. The body is medium and sticks to the tongue.

Overall: I honestly might like Pseudo Sue a touch better, but this beer is still phenomenal and would highly recommend.

May 26, 2020
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BFCarr from New Jersey

4.45/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours hazy yellow with a thin white head that fades quckily. Aroma is floral and citrus and pleasant. Taste is also citrusy with floral hop notes preasent. Feel is very nice, rich coating mouthfeel. Overall, it lives up to its rating and is a tasty brew.

May 21, 2020
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lucius10 from California

4.31/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Sweet orange/tangerine citrus and dank hoppy nose on this one! Taste follows with some sweet orange citrus and then a hoppy dank finish...the citrus bitterness lingers just a bit. This has decent depth...a little thinner than I like my doubles. This is good stuff!

May 21, 2020
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Georgiabeer from Georgia

4.6/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

King Sue is more my style that Pseudo Sue. I find Pseudo Sue a touch too dry in the finish for my palate, but King Sue has more of a burst of juiciness from the hops that lends it a more robust mouthfeel and flavor. Extremely enjoyable.

May 19, 2020
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AlanBottomley from Indiana

3.99/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The nose yields almost pure citrus, with a strong lean towards orange juice. It is fruity to point that one might think they are about to drink a fruit juice blend. The taste is similar, and reminds me of an orange juice blend sans sugar with a spritz of grapefruit. It is quite tasty, but it doesn’t have much beyond citrus fruits with a bitter tang on the finish. Hefty, but a bit simple, and has mild hop character for such a high IBU. Good beer, but overpriced and overhyped for what it is.

May 09, 2020
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ChilliHeights from Ohio

4.62/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Very, very good brew, though I like Pseudo Sue better. It is so nice that Toppling is available in Ohio. This beer has a wonderful citrus aroma and taste. The 7.8 is low for a Double IPA but fits this brew well. Looking forward to another one.

May 08, 2020
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CTHomer from Connecticut

4.37/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: cloudy; pale gold in color; 1 finger finely pored white head that receded to a wispy cap; nice lacing;

S: quite aromatic; dank pine with grapefruit and orange;

T: follows the nose to the middle, then it's lemon, orange, and grapefruit through the finish; mild to moderate citrus pith bitterness at the end;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation; dry finish;

O: great aroma and flavor;

May 07, 2020
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Newbeergeek1 from Maine

4.18/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

To be honest I liked a Pseudo Sue a little better. I had heard about King Sue and, low and behold, my local Total Wine had some. I scarfed it up and couldn’t wait to see if the hype was as good as the beer. It was close I must say upon taste. And to be fair I shouldn’t rate it on just one 16oz can. I should rate it on at least two cases. Hee hee.

May 06, 2020
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maxpower from Missouri

4.4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16 oz can pours a hazy golden color, very nice foamy head. Fresh citrus aromas of pineapple, grapefruit and pine. Tropical fruit,citrus fruit flavors. Great IPA, will buy again.

May 04, 2020
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Thomas_Wikman from Texas

4.8/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I drank King Sue and Pseudo Sue at the same time and compared them. King Sue has both more tropical fruit flavor and more hop bitterness than Pseudo Sue but they are both truly delicious. King Sue is an incredibly delicious IPA that lives up to the hype.

Look: hazy golden with a thick white head

Aroma: tropical fruit, citrus

Taste: The flavor is tropical citrus, mango, pineapple, orange, grapefruit, it has a significant grapefruit rind like bitterness at the end, it is dank and juicy.

Body/Overall:light to medium body, easy drinking

May 04, 2020
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beerbully from New Jersey

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

L-1 finger head with long lasting retention, grapefruit juice in appearance......very cloudy, hazy, juicy

S-Mango, passionfruit, pineapple, papaya.....greatfruit.....tangy,

T- Follows the nose.....tropical, citrus juice bomb........citrus rind with piney bitterness in the finish.....

F-Soft, pillowy, carb is perfect........medium body......

O- Well done, super drinkable, perfectly carbed

May 02, 2020
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IronLover from Pennsylvania

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

Pale pineapple yellow in color with an opaque, unfiltered appearance. Poured with a short, creamy, bridge white foam with medium low retention. Pleasant dank aroma hits the nose first followed by tropical pineapple, papaya and sweet melon. Medium malt aromas beneath, Medium bodied with medium light carbonation and a lush silky feel that is interrupted by prickly warmth near the finish. Sharp, dank, tropical flavors, pineapple, and pink grapefruit with sweet melon flavors. Medium bitterness that carries through the finish. Medium malty backbone throughout. Citrus orange and tangerine flavors neat the end as this finished with light, lingering piney bitterness with underlying sweet tropical fruit notes. Amazingly complex hop aromas and flavors with welcome assertive bitterness to provide some balance. Dynamic feel and lively color. A pleasure to drink.

Apr 29, 2020
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KRug from Massachusetts

4.29/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Canned 1/22/20

Pours a hazed out, milky yellow with 3 fingers of rocky white head that slowly reduces to 1 finger, some lacing

Huge tropical pineapple presence in the nose, backed up by tangy grapefruit and mango with a softer cantaloupe note. Smells juicy, freshly squeezed and authentic with mild malt and just a touch of honey sweetness. Absolute perfect aroma

Sadly, the taste doesn't stand up to the juice bomb suggested in the aroma. It starts off with the sweeter tropical fruit notes, never really getting the slightly tart and prickly fruit. It just goes from fruit to bittering hops without hesitation. A nice piney bite, but underwhelming compared to the nose

Medium bodied and pretty light carbonation gives this a soft, chewy feel. Maybe a little too heavy given the hop presence

From the aroma I really thought this was going to be one of the best beers ever, but mehh. It definitely hits the mark for a NEIPA with some west coast tendencies, but not amazing in taste and feel by any means

Apr 21, 2020
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rajendra82 from Georgia

4.26/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is my second beer of any kind from Toppling Goliath. and like Sosus, which I had yesterday, this one is also a New England Style DIPA. The beer looked similar to Sosus, with a opaque, juice like body. The carbonation was mild, and there was barely a head above the beer. The smell was that of mango, orange, and pineapple juice. The taste was very juicy and quite sweet for the style. There were flavors of numerous citrus fruits up front. Mid palette, the beer turned more bitter, with an orange pith like flavor. The finish was sharp and bitter. The feel of the beer was medium dense and very juice like. This was a very well done beer, and very consistent in the flavor profile.

Apr 12, 2020
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DokiDokiLitFam from New Jersey

4.46/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a bright hazy yellow with a finger of rocky white head.

Nose is full of tropical notes. Mainly pineapple. Some citrus and some green/pine/grass. There is this very quiet, very subtle dessert quality going on here. Like vanilla cream or maybe even yogurt. It's almost not even noticeable.

Taste is similar. Pineapple, citrus/orange juice, grassy/pine. Nice bitterness, nice juicy-ness, simple, balanced.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation. A flash of bubbles create a refreshing, pallete cleansing feel.

Overall a great NEIPA. One of the better ones I've had. Not quite at the level of Tree House, but damn close. Simple, well executed, skillful.

Apr 04, 2020
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DannyBoy15347 from Missouri

4.82/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A buddy of mine whos from Iowa introduced me to this beer, and luckily its available in 4pk cans pretty frequently at the nearby liquor store. Today I poured it into a pint glass. It pours out with a moderate amount of foam; an inch or more of head that lingers for quite awhile. Orange color with lots of haze; could almost pass off as orange juice. Aroma smells of citrus and hops. Taste is fruity with notes of the orange, and a pleasant bitterness (hard to believe its over 100 IBUs) finish is incredibly smooth. Overall it lives up to the hype and is easily one of the best beers I've ever had.


Mar 28, 2020
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ChrisMon02 from Ohio

4.78/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

16 oz can poured into a stemless wine glass.

Beautiful looking vibrant orange juice looking pour with a 2 inch white head. Impressive webs of lacing.

Smells of potent Citra hops. Orange zest, white grapefruit and faint cat piss.

Wow! Intense flavors of orange, white grapefruit, faint pine and a touch of dank.

Thick, coating “juice” like mouthfeel. Medium-low carbonation. Very smooth and dangerously easy to drink.

Very impressive Brew. Hits all the marks and leaves me wanting more. Highly recommended.

Mar 20, 2020
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cmiller4642 from West Virginia

4.93/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Canned 3/5/20. Poured into a teku glass.

Look: murky hazy yellow/orange. Lacing around the glass and a 2 finger head

Smell: not as strong as Pseudo Sue, but still really good. Smells like citrus orange juice. Not overly pouring out of the glass tho

Taste: WOW. This is one of the juiciest and most tropical forward IPAs I've ever had. Orange, grapefruit, and mango fruits explode on the tongue. No hint of alcohol at all.

Feel: Basically like drinking a glass of slightly carbonated juice. Very thick.

Overall: Not only the best double IPA I've ever had, but the best beer I've ever had.

Mar 16, 2020
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starstar11 from Thailand

4.54/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I love great IPAs especially IIPA/DIPA no matter Country Stare Province or territory of origin. I only submit reviews of the best of the best.

King Sue rocks with best of the best.

Mar 09, 2020
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eppCOS from Colorado

4.27/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L - Turbid murk, good head, a bit of lacing.
S - Good citric/hop/g'fruit aromas on this.
T - Nothing shocking here; doubles down like most NEIPAs, bit of a let-down actually. Especially after the M-43 by O.N. just prior.
F - Good carbonation, decent creaminess. Holds its mouthfeel consistently.
O - Glad I tried it but I prefer PseudoSue. Not sure what the big whoop is about on this.

Feb 29, 2020
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RaulMondesi from California

4.35/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Native Son Alehouse in Santa Ana, CA.

I was kind of hoping this one tasted like a Robert Horry 3 to win game 7 of the Finals, but it’s more like Shaq draining a free throw to put the lakers up in the 4th quarter during a game in January. I mean, yeah, cool. I’ll take it. But no way, no how is this one speaking sweet nothings into my ear like my baby mama does after 3 White Claws. I’ll take it, but like, I’ll take a lot of things, ya know?


Wow. This beer just went Snow White on my ass. When I first had it on tap, well, you see my review. But now trying it out of the can... wow! Thing straight pops like Slimer after taking a viagra. Raul is into it!

Feb 23, 2020
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