King Sue
Toppling Goliath Brewing Company

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New England IPA
Ranked #13
Ranked #42
4.62 | pDev: 7.14%
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 Knapp85
4.8/5  rDev +3.9%
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%
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 -2.2%
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 -3.5%
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 +2.6%
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 +6.9%
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 +3.9%
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 +0.6%
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 +8.2%
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 +8.2%
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 +6.9%
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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Photo of LordofTime25
5/5  rDev +8.2%
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 +6.3%
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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King Sue from Toppling Goliath Brewing Company
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