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
Reviews: 400 | Ratings: 2,697
Photo of russpowell
4.13/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a super-hazed with 2 fingers of tight eggshell colored head. Great head retention, decent lacing

S: Orange blossom, grapefruit

T: Oranges, peach, grapefruit, grassyness up front. Papaya, tangerine, light bready dryness, white oak and green melon as this warms, peach as well. Finishes a little dry with a little grapefruit, tart orange & just a little papaya

MF: Medium body, fairly creamy carbonation, nice balance

Drinks pretty, easy, expected more from this, but one I would buy again

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Photo of ChipChaight
4.21/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Can from City Swiggers. Pours a hazy egg yolk yellow with decent lacing, smell is sticky citrusy peach slush, mango, and flash of pine resin, taste is grape fruit rind, grapefruit flesh, grapefruit zest, leaves an aggressive pithy bitterness that lingers, as it warms subtler notes of tangerine, orange and tropical fruit are revealed, this beer is creamy with the typical hazy AF spice /prickly zing and slight burning. A grapefruit boom boom-boom boom-boom.

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Photo of hopsputin
4.21/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: hazy dark yellow/orange color with a shiny off-white head

S: sharp tangerines, clementine and sweet citrus. Nice cracker background aroma with a huge punch of more juicy citrus....pineapple and huge orange notes

T: tangerine, mango, and a huge hit of orange. Following that is some sharp alcohol along with a nice malt sweetness. Clementines and pineapple follow that along with a little raw hop burn. The close is juicy orange and orange zest

M: medium, slightly fluffy mouthfeel with low-medium carbonation

O: this is a really solid beer. My knock is there is a little bit of a sharp alcohol tinge at the back of the tongue that overrides some of the hop juice. Still very good

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Photo of dsa7783
4.75/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Sixteen-ounce can copped from Cloverleaf Tavern in Caldwell. Tremendous frothing replete with aggressive aromas of candied citrus and ripe grapefruit. Silky mouthfeel coupled with a well-balanced foundation of assertive hops. Highly recommended.

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Photo of VoxRationis
4.55/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Decanted from a 16 oz (473 ml) can into a custom taster pint glass; produced on 3/28/19, so fresh.
A: Pours a cloudy, golden orange color with a one finger, meringue color hear, retention to a cap, and sticky rings of lacing.
S: Fruit aromas of lime and grapefruit, nectarine, and mango. Also a spiciness, a pine note, and bit bit funky.
T: Semisweet. Flavor pallet includes lime and white grapefruit rind, nectarine and mango pulp. Resiny. Peppery bitterness offers a nice complement to the sweetness and fruitiness.
M: Full bodied with solid carbonation. Pulpy and tingling on the palate.
O: My first time with King Sue (although not with other TG offerings. This is clearly a superior NEIPA on a par with my other favorites in the category.

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Photo of Treb0R
4.14/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I mostly got white grapefruit juice for the taste; literally fresh squeezed white grapefruit juice. Tart and bitter goodness. Delicious, yes. Complex, no. However, the aroma is more complex with tropical and citrus notes. Reminded me of my best homebrew with Citra and Amarillo.

This beer does a good job of escaping excess sweetness while still delivering body and mouthfeel. Looks exactly like white grapefruit juice too.

Great beer, but at $18 a 4-pack it's not practical for me to buy more than once.

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Photo of DoctorD
4.38/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Very hazy, thick and dank. This is one heavy beer and really sticks in your mouth. Not as sweet as I would like, but this will really appeal to the heavy-duty hopheads.

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Photo of Billolick
4.4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Tall can....happy to be able to purchase this nectar now in NY state and Massachusetts.

Great looking NEIPA pour....hazed up and leaving fine scattered lacing.

Ripe pineapple and mango nose.

Tropical fruit infused, complex and super tasty, with waves of pineapple, mango, kiwi, melon....densely flavorful...go get some.

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Photo of TargaFlorio
4.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The pour is thick, bright hazy orange. Fairly generous fluffy white head with lacing left in the glass. Seeing a bunch of white floating matter in the bottom of the glass that I hadn't noticed the first time I had this. Bright, tropical aroma with hints of pineapple, melon and lemon. Taste is also tropical with big hints of pineapple, orange juice and grapefruit. This is a heavy IPA that coats the tongue. Overall a terrific example of a NEIPA. Its not always been my favorite style of IPA but I really enjoy this one.

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Photo of tigg924
4.51/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours hazy, orange-gold in color with 1/4 inch head. Taste is big tangerine, pineapple, orange peel, and vanilla. Heavy bodied, medium-low carbonation, and slightly bitter. A behemoth of a beer. Thick, juicy, sipper. Very good. I will get this again. I really like Toppling Goliath beers. Canned 3/1.

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

De Labirratorium. Lata. Viendo The OA 2x01-02. Escalofrios de placer. Abv 100% oculto, sedosa, con gran equilibrio entre amargor y fresca fruta tropical. Adictiva, deja con ansia de mas tu

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Photo of Buck89
4.49/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap into a tulip. A very hazy bright yellow golden color with a medium white head. Great tropical aroma with a dank herbal element. The taste lived up to the hype. A fantastic mix of fruit, pine, and earthy, herbal notes. Pillowy soft feel and smooth finish. ABV well hidden and this in is dangerously easy to drink.

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Photo of SawDog505
4.57/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a 13 oz Funk Brewing Teku glass canned on 2/28/19. Pours a very attractive hazy yellow orange like a glass of half oj and half pineapple, with a finger plus sticky off white head that leaves big thick rings of lace as it slowly settles. 4.75

Smell is papaya, tangerine, pineapple, and a little grapefruit really nice and tropical as hell. 4.5

Taste follows tropical front to back, papaya, pineapple, tangerine, passionfruit, and grapefruit all so well balanced and crazy juicy. 4.5

Mouthfeel is big, soft with gentle carbonation, sticky from all the fresh hops, and at 8% ABV so easy drinking. 4.75

Overall this is a treat, surrounded by a ton of hype and is in my opinion is worthy of its reputation. 4.5

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Photo of brewandbbq
4.4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

16oz can dated 2/26/19.

Pours cloudy gold with an inch of white fluff. Decent retention and lacing. Orange, peach, and mango in the nose. Medium bodied with a creamy, soft mouthfeel. Juicy citrus on the palate with zero malt and a minimal bitterness. Mandarin and peach with hints of grapefruit and pineapple. Finishes with plenty of juicy hops and fairly dry.

Well balanced hop-bomb. Reminds me of Julius.

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Photo of SierraNevallagash
4.51/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a glowing milky burned yellow hue, with 3 fingers of Sunday white head that hand around forever, leaving lots of lacing behind. Light does not penetrate.

Nose: I'm quite surprised that this is all Citra. Meyer lemons and oranges, sure, as well as lots of super ripe mango, passionfruit, overripe pineapple that's beginning to ferment, guava, as well as some deep, saturated concord grape sweetness, or perhaps blueberry or blackberry. Coconut. There's some earthiness and a little dankness to it, and it really does remind me of cannabis flowers. An incredibly dense sweetness on the nose, and an awesome dark fruit note. Complex.

Palate: Hop smoothie status becomes apparent. A kickoff of a really nice sweet pale malt, then an explosion of Citra flavors. Lemon drops, orange fruit slice candies, some ruby red grapefruit juice, and a big dose of white grape. That sparkling pineapple shows up full force, with some mango and guava undertones. Some IPAs build up in bitterness, peaking in the finish. Not this one. The bitterness hits fast, right after the fruit explosion, and then fades fast, allowing for an evolving taste experience, and a more enjoyable finish. I get some hints of those dense, sweet, dark fruit notes too, as well as some really nice fresh sweet floral notes. Some Manuka honey. Lavender. After all this, then the earthy notes come to the surface. Sweet citrus lasts through the entire ride, well after the other flavors have faded, and even minutes in, you're still tasting orange and grapefruit. Never really turning to pine. Long, oily, lightly bitter finish.

Mouthfeel/Body: Despite its appearance, this beer stays on its toes, remaining crisp and bubbly. Not light. It may not be sticky, or syrupy, or ecen fluffy and soft, but damn, is it oily. The hop oils act in place of puffiness, or malt weight, coating the tongue, and making the beer feel fuller and softer than it is. Absolutely amazing how they got such a concentrated sweetness, without the sticky, syrupy, heavy malt body. Very nice.

Overall: This is perhaps the best display of Citra hopping I have seen yet. These are oily, high quality hops, and they've held up amazingly well after 3 months. This beer reminds me a lot of some Tree House expressions. Tree House being my favorite hoppy brewery, that says a lot. I would swear there were other hops in here, but they must just have really goof Citra and a magical technique. If you love Citra, this is an absolute must. Even if you don't love Citra, this is NOT typical Citra, and you'll be surprised, therefore, it's also an absolute must for you too. I would highly consider waiting in a (small) line. Very good stuff.

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Photo of adosen01
4.62/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Shout out to Seventh Street Liquor Barrel in downtown Saint Paul Minnesota for having packs of this canned on 2/28/19 on 3/8. What a way to have a first crack at this. Definitely one of the best beers I've had, across the boards. In my opinion, lives up to all hype.

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Photo of Bshaw22
4.24/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Have had multiple batches. Some are ultra hazy. Some are semi hazy with more thin mouthfeel. Some are super juicy and some are onion Citra. This beer can beer great but it’s hard for me to review as TG is just so inconsistent

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Photo of snaotheus
4.41/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16oz can served in a pint glass. Given to me by a friend at work. Canned on 12/21/18, best by 4/20/19.

Pours a hazy light pale with a big fluffy head and a lot of very slow carbonation. Looks like there are a bunch of floaters in it. Smell is mango and orange rind, slight floralness and a hint of pine resin.

Taste is right in the same terms -- the hint of pine resin is more subdued on the first sip, but appears to build a bit in the second. Orange is a little stronger in the taste than the aroma. Mild sweetness.

Mouthfeel is light, airy, and somehow coating my mouth anyway. This is a really good beer. It's dangerous. I could drink it all day.

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Photo of Franziskaner
4.17/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Yellow in color and exceptionally murky in complexion. There's an inch of frothy and rocky off white on top. I'm smelling pineapple and mango. I'm tasting plenty of pineapple, melon, and mango. It tastes a touch vegetal as it warms. The mouth is dangerously smooth and quaffable.

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Photo of ajm5108
4.27/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Lots of grassy, earthy citrus notes, ripe melon / cantaloupe, a little guava & peach it along with that earthy, straight from the vine greenness. Finish dry & a little chalky

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Photo of colts9016
4.38/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I have wanted to drink this beer for quite some time. The canning date was on 21 of December 2018. The beer is 50 degrees and served in a tulip glass. The chance to drink this beer made my day. The pour on the beer produced a two finger creamy, airy, and foamy head. The retention on the head is sufficient. The head dissipated a bit faster than other DIPAs. The head did leave lacing on the glass which is a plus. The color of the beer is SRM 4 a pale gold color with straw hues. The clarity of the is hazy, probably from the yeast. The beer is beautiful.

The initial aromas in beer are oranges, lemons, and grapefruit. Next, I smell, crackers, resins, yeast, lightly toasted malts, basil, thyme, grass, and floral esters.

The flavors in the beer are mango, pineapple, lemons, grapefruit, thyme, grass, floral esters, crackers, lightly toasted malts, oranges, and resin.

The mouthfeel of the beer is astringent and crisp.

The body of the beer is medium, medium carbonation, and full finish.

This beer is quite good, yet I think it could be great. The DIPA left me wanting more from the hops. The backbone of the beer is sturdy. I wanted stronger hops in the beer. I liked the beer a lot.

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Photo of brenn79
4.68/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

16 oz can- Pours very hazy orange with a medium white head that reduces. Aroma is pineapple, tropical mango, tangerine, papaya. The taste is similar, fruit forward, all the citrusy tropical descriptors in the aroma is also in the flavor, with a solid dry lightly bitter finish. Delicious.

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Photo of Mindcrime1000
4.34/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a sixteen ounce can into a tulip...

Pours like a glass of orange-pineapple juice, and not in a bad way. VERY cloudy (far beyond hazy) golden. A nice two finger foamy head that stays fairly well and good lacing. If you like your NEIPA's almost opaque in their cloudiness, this is a brew for you.

The Citra hops are very forward, with plenty of tropical fruit aromas, but there is a solid "dank" background note that cuts through with just a hint of alcohol. The aromas are very strong and pleasant.

Malty sweetness is the first flavor, with orange, mango, and pineapple notes taking the first shift, and background notes of guava and peach. The hops arrive with a tingly, but not crazy bitterness--mostly grapefruit flesh and zest and hints of lemon, lime, and evergreen. The finish is equal parts "dank" and warming booze. The combination of juicy fruitiness and West-Coast dank is an excellent counterpoint.

The mouthfeel is medium/full for the style, but not sticky. Rather, it finishes remarkably dry given the strong malt presence. Almost a white-grapefruit factor.

This brew differs significantly from the original namesake. Pseudo is a soft, soapy, melding of American Pale and DIPA styles. This is a spectacular juicy, but pleasingly dank and slightly boozy mashup of NEIPA and West-Coast DIPA.

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Photo of ChuckofHampstead
4.46/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Hazy straw colored brew with a nice off-white foam that lingers. Smells of tropical fruits. Tastes of pineapple and mango and finishes smooth. Feels good and goes down easy for an 8% ABV beverage. Can I have another?

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Photo of WA_Brian
4.17/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

16oz can (canned 12/21/2018 best by 4/20/2019) poured into a tulip.

L: Pours a murky yellow color with big white head with lots of different sized bubbles.

S: Mango, some pineapple. Classic citra hop aroma, but not as strong as I was expecting for a single hop beer.

T: Good citrus flavor but combined with a nice amount of bitterness as well.

F: Starts very creamy before a crisp bite and long lingering finish.

O: This beer feels a bit confused. It's a soft NE IPA but has a bite and more bitterness than you would expect. Yet it doesn't have that strong bitterness that makes IPAs shine. It's trying to be both and doesn't quite pull it off but gets close.

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