King Sue
Toppling Goliath Brewing Company

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New England IPA
Ranked #13
Ranked #40
4.63 | pDev: 7.13%
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
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Photo of Ri0
4.99/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had on tap in 2014.

A - Cloudy golden apricot with a 1.5 finger head. Head retention is pretty good and there are large blobs of lacing all over the glass.

S - Smell is big on fresh scents of tropical sweet juicy hops. Plenty of mango, pineapple, and passion fruit. Some nice sweet honey and bread malt to balance it out. Must drink!

T - Hops, tropical, hops, citrus, hops everywhere! Rich tangerine, grapefruit, mango, pineapple. The flavor is so intense! Sweet and bready malts show up with some mild alcohol warmth on the finish. A slight pine and grapefruit bitter finish.

M - Big medium mouthfeel with excellent carbonation. Very sticky and intense hoppiness!

O - One of TGs best IIPAs. Rarely hits distro, but can be traded for.

2017 Update. I have had this in bottles over the past two years and it continues to be a favorite of mine. I will always buy it when I see it.

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Photo of martyl1000
4.15/5  rDev -10.4%

Gotta try this again: with all the fawning reviews, here, I must be missing something. Or maybe it was something I ate. This is clearly a quality brew. It's just not anywhere near what I want in a truly great IIPA -- where's the malt, where's the sweetness?

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Photo of WTKeene
4.59/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a leaky growler into a Prairie Teku glass. Reviewed from notes.

Appearance: A hazy orange, yellow amber with a white head that leaves particularly spotty lacing.

Smell: Loads of citrus, tropical fruits.

Taste: This beer is more like drinking mango puree than any other beer I've had. Everything about the taste screams mango-bomb. I've never understood "tropical fruit" flavors in a beer until I tasted this. Papaya plays background behind the mango, and creamy malts accentuate the mango flavors. Bitter but not unbearably so, with a little bit of pine.

Mouthfeel: Low carbonation, but that isn't the fault of the beer, just of the leaking growler. Very sticky, and lingers quite a while. Will likely re-review when the replacement growler arrives.

Overall: There are a million "very good" IPAs out there. Elevated, Enjoy By, Double Sunshine, Heavy Machinery, and many others. Flavors are solid but nothing particularly unique or interesting is going on to elevate them above the countless other IPAs doing precisely the same thing. But there are a few that transcend above merely "very good" and are truly "exceptional." This is one such beer. By going full-on mango, this beer really stands out in a crowd of IPAs. Kudos on another winner, Toppling Goliath.

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Photo of PHBoiler
5/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Easily the best DIPA I've had. This smells and tastes like grapefruit juice with enough sweetness to round off that bite. Holy smokes was this excellent on draft at DLD. Incredible scent jumps out of the glass, and the taste actually delivers on that smell where so many do not. Just resiny enough but still slick. Looks like a hazy golden glass of juice. Top notch. A little boozy on the finish as it warms.

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Photo of RachelZ
4.47/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This beer can be drank on-tap. This pour is a creamy orange color with a white head. Aromas consist of grapefruit and fruitiness. The flavor is just as it smells with some citrus hints. There is both a strong taste and aftertaste. Great flavor all together!!

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Photo of timc100
4.86/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Incredibly hazy - like pulpy orange juice. Very minimal head but impressive looking beer. One of the crazier aromas - incredibly dank - huge citrus, almost like a cat pee/sweat type of astringency, sweet fruits, pine, very very bright citrus fruits. Taste is very clean and smooth - a vibrant wash of the aforementioned flavors.

In a class with Heady - very low bitterness, incredibly balanced and easy drinking. This is a crazy good IPA

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
4.31/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Huge thanks to Bilco for sharing this madness.

Appearance: Super muddy orange-tinged gold. So hazy. Head is bright-white, clumoy, and dense. Big sticky notches and chunks of lacing. Moderate retention. Decent carbonation.

Smell: Hyper tropical. Loaded with pineapple and mango. Some grapefruit pith and a touch of peach. A bit of pine layered in the back. Soft powdery yeast throws some very light fruity esters. Bready, but mildly so. Some mild caramelization. A bit of toasted pale malt. Tropical explosion. Relatively balanced.

Taste: A weird pithy woody bitterness through the back. Smack of mango, peach, and pineapple right up front. Some nice balancing malt sweetness. Pale malt sweetness. A bit bready. Some undercooked biscuit. Hops are hyper tropical. Pineapple. A touch of pin needle. Restrained bitterness. So much peach. Almost like peach rings. Lingering bitterness. Mild push of yeast and esters throughout. So fruity.

Mouthfeel: Creamy almost with a moderate carbonation. Clean sip.

Overall: Probably the best Sue.

Tropical without being too much. A bit sweet and a true testament to Citra. Well played.

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Photo of gueuzedreg
4.79/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

64oz brown TG growler pour

A- Hazy golden honey, three-finger head in part because of growler pour. White head with a slight vanilla tone. Head partially sticks to glass as retention happens somewhat quick. Goes from three-finger to large lacing in two minutes. Murky looking

S- Not much more fruity than norm pseudo Sue, but there is more. But not a crazy amount like I thought going into this. Mango, passion fruit all over the place, grapefruit, citrus, etc. Very dense and dank smelling with citrus.

T- This is where it puts pseudo to rest. Next to perfect Citra hop blowing up all over the place. Prob best Citra and most use out of it. So much tropical fruit gushing out of this. It orgasms your mouth; really that good. Nice minimal use of piney hop characteristic.

M- Creamy, sort of like Zeelander here. Perfect amount of carb; but creamy is the best way to put this one.

O- Shocker, TG crushes another one; congrats Iowa... you are pushing craft forward

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Photo of brydeen
4.7/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A: Cloudy, murky light orange color. Almost no head. A little reminiscent of chicken stock.

S: Citra hop punch in the face. Super strong orange aroma. Absolutely fantastic.

T: Tropical fruit explosion. Lots of orange and pineapple right off the bat. Sweet and juicy, but still a very nice bitterness in the finish. Really delicious.

M: Thick and full bodied in IPA/DIPA terms. Perfect touch of carbonation gives it a really creamy feel.

O: Didn't know if it would live up to the hype, but this is truly in the elite DIPA class for me. Younger, Double Citra, and maybe Abrasive are about the only that come to mind that I might choose first. Really outstanding stuff.

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Photo of kevanb
4.8/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

64oz screwtop growler poured into a Toppling Goliath Assassin Teku.

The beer pours a hazy copper color, hues of apricot and orange, thick and cloudy with a soapy white head, settling at a nice 2 fingers despite a vigorous pour that has very nice retention and leaves behind plenty of sticky lace behind. The aroma is a huge statement of grapefruit, tangy, juicy and bitter, showcasing the bitter peel but also the sweeter juicy flesh. Piney resin also is apparent with bright tropical fruits of pineapple and mango, slightly floral with a subtle touch of sweet alcohol. The flavors are impeccable, beautiful grapefruit flavor, juicy, fresh, tangy and bitter, all at once, tons of tropical fruit that the nose lead on jumps out on the tongue as well, mango, pineapple, passionfruit, light lemon zest that brings out the floral character that is not without light sappy pine flavors and some earthy bitterness, perhaps an indicator of the malt as well. The mouthfeel is superb, it's lively yet creamy, soft yet zippy, filling, coats the mouth well, feels juicy and finishes with a prefect dry bite, but not punishingly so, just enough for me to want another sip.

Verdict: A masterclass. Easily one of the most enjoyable IPAs I've ever tasted and one of the best beers I've ever tasted. It's bright, delicate, juicy, pungent, balanced, resinous and sticky without being taxing. Everything is in harmony and it showcases how juicy and fruity hops can be without dominating bitterness and astringent undertones. Kudos to Toppling Goliath for this one, a true indicator of their abilities.

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Photo of jbaker67
4.6/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours orange like an orange Julius. Aroma is full on tropical fruit and skunky weed. Pine tar is hanging out in the background, not overwhelming. Minimal malt profile going on. Medium bitterness, plenty dry but with a nice body to it. Just a big juicy brew, plenty tame.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
4.75/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A-EBF sample. Cloudy orange yellow.

S-Aroma literally explodes out of the glass. All Citra hops here. One of the most formidable aromas I have had in terms of pure hoppiness. Tropical fruit juice explosion. Absolutely legendary.

T-Puréed tropical fruits in unlimited quantities. Pineapples, nectarines, orange, grapefruit, tangerine, clementine, mango, melon with a grassy finish. Citra-hop palate melter. Finishes with just enough breadiness. So much goddamn Citra!

M-Dry yet juicy. Resiny. Flavor lingers forever. Perfect bitterness and carbonation. I need more than these samples. I need a full keg. I need it now.

O/D-My number one beer to try at the 2014 EBF. It was without a doubt the best beer there and will receive a perfect rating. I had about 8 samples of this. The flavor is simply perfect. Sad to think I will probably never have this again.

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Photo of Knapp85
4.8/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This pours out as a hazy golden color with a white head on top. Great head retention and lacing. The aroma of this beer is huge with citra hops. Smells fantastic! The taste of the beer is ripe with Tropical hops flavors. The feel is very drinkable. Overall it's outstanding.

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Photo of Davepoolesque
4.39/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dank orange juice. Grapefruit pith, pine, tangerine, maybe a bit of onion, pineapple, orange peel and lemon zest. Fairly strong cracker malt base. Some raw hop bitterness. Not too sweet with tons of citrus bitterness. Somewhat dry finish. Obviously very solid.

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Photo of darthvohn
4.52/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

(Second serving and clear nose had all of the flavors pop)
Glass Used: Tulip

Appearance: A cloudy orange-gold body, enough so that you cannot see through it .With a light source to the side or behind the glass, the color glows a brilliant honey color. The head was a fluffy white which dissipated leaving ample lace behind. A beautiful DIPA.

Smell: A brilliant bright citrus punch to the nose - grapefruit, orange-tangerine mix, some honeydew melon, a bit floral, lots of pine-resin hoppy aroma.

Taste: Tropical and citrus flavors blast through with a burst of hops following right behind it. The hops do fade quickly with minimal bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Thick feel with a dry finish. Medium carbonation.

Overall: Thanks to Pintofbrown for sending me a growler of this fantastic DIPA. I really enjoyed PseudoSue so I wanted to try this one. Not disappointed. Pretty tasty DIPA from TG.

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Photo of macrosmatic
4.46/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5


Big thanks to Will_Edgar for sending this bottle! Reviewed from (very) long-standing notes. Poured from the 22 oz. bottle into an El Catador teku glass. Consumed on 8/31/17.

A: Moderately hazy light gold. A good amount of visible carbonation. Forms a one-finger white head that lasts quite well. Pretty.

S: Dank, tropical, and tangerine rind. Less melon hops and the light cracker malts. Light pineapple, and lighter floral/herbal notes. Solid here.

T: Big juicy tropical fruits, dank, and melon. Mango and pineapple and lychee. Citrus rind and lemony and earthy. Light cracker malts as a canvas for all these hops. A fair amount of pith bitterness here, but it never overwhelms the tropical fruity and dank profile. Fruity bitterness with the floral and dank hops rising in the hang.

M: A fairly light body for (what I think is) a DIPA, but never approaching watery – heft that's more like a Pliny. Good carbonation sensation. The alcohol is well-integrated.

O: Really good. I will say this maybe isn’t quite as good as I thought when had a sample on tap at Hunahpu's Day back a few years ago (three years?). But still very good. It actually has a punch of bitterness (though not overly so) and yet still executes the fruity and dank flavors of the lauded NEIPAs. It still reminds you this is a DIPA, but not in an obnoxious way. I don't know if it's worth the price of admission here; but man, if they ever canned this and I could go buy it on the regular, I might not be drinking much else.

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Photo of Stevedore
4.74/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

On tap at Toppling Goliath's taproom. 12oz pour in an unlabeled chalice today, 3/8/2014.

App- Looks like a beer mimosa. Super hazy, unfiltered orange body, fairly minimal <1 finger white head that dissipates quickly. Some ring lacing the glass as the beer goes down. Honestly looks as close to orange juice with pulp as you can get.

Smell- So juicy. Lots of freshly squeezed orange, pineapple and passion fruit. This is citra at its best. Nicely balanced out by a bready malt backbone.

Flavour- Phenomenal. Juicier than regular sue for sure. So much citra going on. Orange, pineapple, tropical fruits balanced a bit (but way less balanced than regular sue! Which is saying something) by the sweet pale malts. Finish is a nice resinous grassy bitterness that isn't overwhelming. This is one of the best DIPAs to ever come out of the midwest, even if its not the most complex and interesting DIPA I've ever had- it's just so juicy and dank which makes it unique in its own right.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied, a bit thinner than it should be for a DIPA, but this is still just so juicy and creamy that I can overlook that aspect. Nice dry finish that is a bit bitter but certainly not overwhelmingly so. It is definitely a lot less bitter than other comparable double IPAs. Very easy to drink, dangerously enough.

Overall- This is Toppling Goliath's newest winner. It's like a single hop citra Heady Topper/Abrasive, and wipes the floor with these beers. Abner and Double Sunshine are both fantastic beers in their own right due to their relative complexity, but this is well up there with them. Try to get this if you can. Its a shame they weren't filling growlers of this stuff.

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Photo of drmcleod10
4.94/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On tap at TG brewery along with Mornin' Delight and all their other wonderful beers
Really excited to have this and side by side it with pseudo even though they are different styles

A - This beer is absolutely gorgeous, looks unfiltered and brilliantly lemony yellow wheat looking

S - This is one of the best smelling IPA's I have had the pleasure of burying my nose in… citrus bomb that is brilliantly balanced with sweet and bitter smells with the hops coming through at the end. Orange, mango, passion fruit, pineapple wow

T - Definitely the best IPA that has touched my lips.. may never be topped until TG brews another masterpiece. Citrus bomb taste with a bitter finish that dries the mouth quite a bit. Tons of orange, mango, pineapple coming thru on this beer and I wish I could have one every morning/night

M - Very creamy smooth and delicious with dryness on the finish

O - This is hands down the best DIPA ever brewed? It knocked Abrasive and Heady out of the park… pretty incredible

TG is definitely putting out some of the best beers in the world..

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Photo of Alieniloquium
4.8/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap at Hunahpu's Day. Served in a taster.

Appearance - Pale orange yellow. Big white head. A little hazy. Great retention.

Smell - Big citrus aroma. Has some grassiness, too. Crackle malt.

Taste - Orange citrus hops. Light pale malt sweetness. Cracker malt. Slightly grassy bitterness in the back.

Mouthfeel - Medium body. Just the right amount of sweetness.

Overall - Tastes just like an imperial Sue should taste. Very nice.

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Photo of alaimoa
4.65/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4.75

Week old growler screw top tang was shipped. Pours perfect juicy golden with nice white head. Smell bursting with citrus beyond belief and taste matches right up to the nose but once you get to the carb it's not quite
Right. Drinks with a full body but a mediocre carb that doesn't stand up to where it should be. Overall I want it again because the taste is one of the best DIPAs around but questioning the feel

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Photo of kdmcguire10
5/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Simply put, this is the perfect IPA.

Bright yellow/orange in color. Sticky lacing, 1.5 finger head....yada yada yada.

The smell, and taste... I've used the expression "bursting with citrus" before, but this takes it to another level. Fresh squeezed clementines and grapefruit. It's difficult to explain balance in an IPA like this, but when you get a taste of it, you'll understand. It just dances in your mouth. Unbelievable stuff.

Mouthfeel is thick, slick, and held together by the perfect level of carbonation.

I wish I could rate this beer a 110. Please make this again Toppling Goliath. Unbelievable stuff.

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Photo of WreckedPalate
5/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I didnt think there could be another beer I wouldn't change anything about. This is it along with its little brother. Amazing through and through. Same flavor profile as Pseudo Sue, but it's obviously bolder and bigger, but equally as balanced. Better than Pseudo Sue though? I don't think so, but just as good. Highly recommend.

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Photo of cfrances33
4.94/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Growler filled 2/22/2014 and enjoyed 3/1/2014. Poured into a Toppling Goliath snifter. Had to come out of review retirement for this one.

Pours a completely opaque bright yellow orange, with two fingers of frothy, foamy stark white head. Excellent sticky lacing throughout. I simply cannot get over the sheer brilliance of the body on this... look like orange juice. Smell is bright citra hops full of grapefruit, tangerine, and clementines, with a touch of dank fresh hop and some characteristic peppercorn. Has an earthiness to it which I have never encountered in citra before, expect a touch in Hill Farmstead Double Citra, and I'm loving it. The taste is... stunning. Unbelievably juicy and fresh, bursting with fresh squeeze orange juice, tangerines, and melon. There is honestly no malt profile to speak of. Body is incredibly juicy and refreshing, with the malt providing a fluffy backbone for the citra to thrive, but not contributing any real flavors. No trace of alcohol.

Quite simply, this is best double IPA I've ever had. Please make this again Toppling Goliath.

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

This beer is amazing! It's a yellow to orange hazy brew. looks a lot like fresh squeezed orange juice. You can really smell the citrusy hops & sweetness of the malts! It almost feels like a thick shake in your mouth as you get hit with nice fruity & citrusy hops. It's a very sweet brew that I would drink again & again!

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Photo of shadetree67
4.91/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A. Gold colored and very cloudy. More Cloudy than any other DIPA I've seen. Spotty head and nice lacing.

S. Wow. Tons of fruit and citrus. Very fragrant. This smells great.

T. Pineapple and grapefruit. Some malts. The hops are present but not very bitter

M. Very thick. Similar to orange juice as crazy as that sounds. Medium carbonation. Sticky finish

O. One of the best DIPA I have ever had. The only thing close would be a cask of Abrasive that was teabagged with Citra hops

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