King Sue - Double Dry-Hopped
Toppling Goliath Brewing Company

King Sue - Double Dry-HoppedKing Sue - Double Dry-Hopped
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IPA - New England
Ranked #33
Ranked #195
4.56 | pDev: 5.92%
Toppling Goliath Brewing Company
Iowa, United States
King Sue - Double Dry-HoppedKing Sue - Double Dry-Hopped
Notes: Citra Hops give King Sue its bold flavors of mango, orange and pineapple. This double dry-hopped version packs even more flavor into each bottle.
Reviews: 47 | Ratings: 223 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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stevoj from Idaho

4.24/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle from Tavour. Milky, hazy pour with a small, soft white head. Tropical fruity aroma, grapefruit peel. Taste comes in thick and creamy, more citrus peel, nice persistent bitterness. Just wondeful all the way through.

Oct 14, 2021
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Mindcrime1000 from South Dakota

4.17/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into a tulip.

Pours opaque orange and pulpy, with a limited but lingering head and excellent lacing.

Aromas of orange, pineapple, mango, grass, chive, and honey.

Honey-kissed fruity malt on the tip of the tongue, with orange and ruby red grapefruit as the stars of the show. Blood orange and tropical fruits start to sneak through, and then citrus rind gives way to pine before classic chive, weed, and dank flavors take over. Just a touch of booze at the finish.

Medium bodied and well carbonated. Drying at the finish.

I still prefer the original King Sue, but this doesn't come off gimmicky or goofy like some DDH brews do.

May 09, 2021
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DokiDokiLitFam from New Jersey

4.45/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Haven't done a review in a while. Stepped away from alcohol for a good month and feel great. Anyway let's get into it.

Bottled 1/6/21. This one almost has three months on it. Not optimal but circumstance dictates.

Appearance is an almost opaque pale yellow with a mild orange hue. Not much foam formation. A half of a finger of quickly fading white foam. Some particulate shows up the more I pour this out.

Nose is potent. It could just be me not raising a glass to my nose for a month. But grass, pine, ripe pineapple, mango and orange/citrus explodes out of the glass. This smells great. Huge amounts of fruit with a bitter green counterpoint.

Taste is different from the nose. The bitterness is stronger than one would believe. Like pine and grapefruit right up front, followed by the tropical notes, and something that reminds me of watermelon that's close to the rind. The bitterness starts out strong and lingers as well. Resinous and piney with milder fruit notes. This isn't as friendly or forgiving as normal King Sue, but reminding me more of Permanent Funeral. Aggressive and bold.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with mild to medium carbonation. Surprisingly this has held it carbonation quite well. Bubbly and a little sharp.

This is a departure from what people would expect from King Sue, but nonetheless a vibrant brew for serious hop heads. This brings it to a totally different level. A great brew to come back to.

Apr 02, 2021
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57md from Pennsylvania

4.23/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours an opaque light straw color with a thin layer of head. The nose has both citrus and earthy notes. The flavor profile has citrus fruit upfront followed by a solid bitterness on the finish. The body is quite thin.

Like the other Sues, this offering is good but over-rated and over-priced.

Mar 31, 2021
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BEERchitect from Kentucky

4.31/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Hot on the heels of King Sue, this doubly hopped version is fully Citra loaded and ready to reign supreme among all hop-commers.

Double Dry-Hopped King Sue quickly wafts over the senses with a similarly radiant citrusy perfume its predecessor. Also much like the original, a bold grapefruit and tangy orange juice fills the nose and the glass as both the beer's fragrance and appearance takes on the exact character of fresh squeezed citrus juices. Its taste hinges on agave and honey to heighten the impression of branch ripe fruit succulence.

But its sugar and cereal laden sweetness quickly retreats and the hops take firm control of the middle palate. Vibrant red grapefruit, ripe tangerine, mandarin, blood orange and a hint of both lemon and lime carry a citrus heavy taste across the tastebuds, saturating each of them with its sherbet-like tang. Nearly tangy, the hops are so intense that they take on a tart citrus flavor before heading into a pleasantly bitter finish of fresh grassiness, herbaceous, and hemp-like flavor.

Medium bodied and trending dry, its the fruit-centric succulence and slight starchiness from malt that prevent absolute dryness. But with absolute resinous bitterness instead, their drying effects clean the finish and usher in a long and brilliant grapefruit aftertaste. This is a world class IPA that has the "juiciness" of New England IPA, but with the bitterness of those of a more Midwest bitterness - again, Best of both worlds!

Mar 08, 2021
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barnzy78 from Illinois

4.41/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

500mL bottle
bottled 1-6-21
super excited to find this rarity!
L: brilliant hazy golden body, chunky sediment is doing a lava lamp effect going up and down; creamy ivory head slowly fades to a thick foam
S: juicy tropical fruit, citrus, pine
T: juicy yet bitter; full of flavor; passion fruit, piney mango, tangerine, grapefruit, pineapple
F: full body, very resinous, bitterness builds, moderate carbonation,
O: easily a world-class DDH DIPA that leaves the palate dripping with Citra hop resins when it is all said and done

Mar 05, 2021
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unclekeith from Alaska

4.86/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Beer #230 on my quest to complete the BA Top 250.

Hazy straw into a Speigelau IPA glass. Billowing head. Waves of tropical fruit, soft of the palate but full bodied. A tad sweet. Dank hops on the finish.

Mar 03, 2021
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Fireman_RK from North Carolina

4.67/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

L: Sunburnt orange and goldenrod hues with an ample white head
S: Grapefruit pith, tangerine, and mango on the nose
T: Follows the nose with ample citrus fruits, oranges and pineapples namely, and a dose of pine and hop resin on the finish
F: Medium body with ample carb
O: Another great hoppy entry from TG - very enjoyable

Feb 27, 2021
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crisis1290 from South Carolina

4.5/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Simply "wow" !
An amazing beer. Great balance and even more, great taste. Peach, Orange/Tangerine, Mango, Pineapple, For a beer that is 7.8%, this one is very easy drinking.

Feb 20, 2021
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Dicers from Colorado

4.54/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

(Most recent) Bottle courtesy of Brewzma

L - Beautiful golden haze, strong white head with good lacing

S - Citrus and mango on the nose, hint of alcohol kick on the back end

T - Strong orange-pineapple flavor, some resin on the back end

F - smooth, light carb,

O - When fresh one of the better DDH beers on the market. Quite enjoyable.

Feb 16, 2021
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FBarber from Illinois

4.4/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a lovely bright yellow-orange color. Completely opaque, but it does avoid that sludgy appearance that you get from some of the NE style IPAs. Thick, pillowy white head dissipates slowly, but steadily leaving just a thin splotch of foam on top of the head. Lots of sticky white lacing coats the glass as the beer is consumed. I did leave about an inch of the beer in the bottle - that had a lot of sediment in it, so had I poured all of it in the glass at once, I do think I would have gotten that sludgy appearance.

Aroma is a bright, lush bouquet of mango, orange, orange creamsicle, cantaloupe, tangerine and a hint of pineapple. There is a slight greenish tinge to the aroma it what I tend to get from these beers that use dry hopping.

Taste follows the nose with notes of orange tangerine, pineapple, mango, and cantaloupe. Im even getting a light berry - blueberry and raspberry - note in the profile. The bitterness is subdued on the palate, but you can feel that hop burn building as you drink the beer.

Feel is moderately bodied, pretty smooth. Moderate carbonation. Surprisingly dry on the back end.

Overall its a nice DIPA - I honestly do not know that the double dry hopping really did much to improve on the original King Sue. And while I do not know that I've pick this on up again, I did really enjoyed drinking it.

Feb 14, 2021
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BalancingBrooms from Illinois

4.46/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 1-6-21, just over 1 month old. Hazy pale orange with a twofinger tight white head. Aroma is of tangerine juice and dankness. Taste is blast of orange and tangerine juice, soft to low bitterness, hint of garlic and onion towards the end. Light to medium body. Ends dry. Way too easy to drink.

Feb 12, 2021
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drdiesel9483 from Ohio

4.65/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Look - fantastic hazy thick slightly dark yellow with a great white head and sticky lacing
Smell - so hoppy cheesey citrus dank pineapple mango
Taste - orange mango pineapple dank
Feel - full body light carb just fantastic
Overall - great beer

Feb 08, 2021
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dfillius from Iowa

4.25/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great looking and smells amazing. Taste is nicely tropical but a bit boozy and vegetal. Mouthfeel is warm, nicely bitter, chewy. While this beer improves as I get further into the glass, increasing my initial rating for taste, mouthfeel and overall by 0.25 each, I am a bit disappointed honestly, I wish the warmth and vegetal nature from the hops were absent. They decreased with time, but are still present. Though the beer is warm, it is still not hugely so, considering the ABV. Overall pretty good, but not better than the original King Sue.

Feb 07, 2021
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MonDak_Joe1953 from Minnesota

4.53/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle. Bottle neck is stamped for bottling date of '1-6-21'.
Murky, straw colored body. Two fingers of white head stick around. Widespread torn sheets of lacing. Some off white sediment chunks settle to the bottom of the glass.
Aroma is resin with citrus orange and pineapple.
Taste is mango, orange, and pineapple, along with the dank resin. Has a touch of piney bite at the end.
Thicker mouth feel, creamy, with some juiciness. Very good carbonation. After a few sips there is a hop burn effect on the tongue.
Has a sweet dankness that invites repeated sipping. Very easy to drink. Bold with hops.

Jan 29, 2021
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eagles22 from Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look- hazy yellow body with a 2 finger pure white foamy head
Smell- dankness,mango and overripe pineapple
Taste-huge peach and mango upfront with a pine bitterness
Feel- thick and chewy
Overall excellent beer but for 8.99 per bottle I will pass when I see it again

Jan 29, 2021
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q33jeff from New Jersey

4.53/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5


Virtual IPA share.

Bottle to tulip glass.

Look: dark yellow, deeper in color than king Sue. More haze also. Big eggshell head. Excellent retention.

AROMA: pineapple, palm, peach, mango.

TASTE: pineapple and mango upfront. Touch of leafy bitterness in finish.

Feel: super smooth. Medium to light body.

Excellent all around, though maybe not quite as enjoyable as the regular King Sue.


Jan 27, 2021
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jzeilinger from Pennsylvania

4.41/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled on 1-12-21.

A - Opaque dark golden orange color with frothy lacing that sticks to the sides of the glass.

S - Citrus, pineapple, mango, orange, spicy / peppery fruit rind, sweet red grapefruit. Overall aroma is aggressive, dank, and aromatic. The smell has some chalky / pithy, green hop pellet character as well.

T - Juicy and dank up front with strong tropical fruit presence: orange, pineapple, mango, apricot, and ends with a sweet grapefruit bitterness. Lots of sweetness over top of assertive bitterness to round things out on the backside. Nice lingering bitterness.

M - Thick, chewy, frothy, and leaves a dry tongue along with a wet mouth.

O - Packed full of flavor, dank, aromatic, and frothy - this is like an aggressive fruit smoothie. Recommended.

Jan 27, 2021
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kevanb from Illinois

4.77/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5

500ml bottle, dated 01.06.2021, poured into a stemless wine glass.

The beer pours a hazy and turbid orange color, amber and straw hues with a foamy finger of white head, good retention and lots of soapy lacing. The aroma is lovely, bright tropical fruits leap from the glass, tangy orange, grapefruit and pineapple with an excellent burst of earthiness, pine, hop spice, raw and green hop leaf, grassiness, light floral bouquet but this is super dank. The flavors are great, super dank, piney, resinous and sticky with lots of green hop leaf, grassy, floral, prominent hop spice leads to bitter grapefruit peel, tangy orange juice, pineapple with some sweet yeast and pale cereal grains. The mouthfeel is good, coating, lively medium body that finishes with a very dry bite.

Verdict: A superb IPA from Toppling Goliath. Really reminiscent of the very early batches of King Sue, just bone dry and super bitter yet offering the bright tropical flavors and the typical juiciness of the New England style. Just excellent.

Jan 24, 2021
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MacMalt from New Jersey

4.68/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bottled on 1/6/2021. Poured into a snulip glass. It pours a murky, pretty, pastel color with a thick fluffy, milk-white head and abundant thick lacing. It's a beautify appearance. The strong, aromatic nose features lemon, orange, grapefruit, pineapple, ripe melon, and pine needles. I love the original King Sue but this blows it away. The lemon is tart and the grapefruit rind bitter but those flavors are perfectly balanced by the sweetness of the pineapple and melon. As it warms there is additional tropical sweetness on the back of the tongue and the resinous pine is more pronounced. It finishes with a hint of pepper and astringency. The mouth feel is thick and creamy with near perfect carbonation, and it's surprisingly quaffable for 7.8% ABV. I usually not a fan of the 500 ML bottle format but it works well here. Overall, it's wonderful to be able to purchase this gem locally and less than 3 weeks old.

Jan 23, 2021
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Knapp85 from Pennsylvania

4.34/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out as an opaque yellow color with a nice sticky white head on top. The smell of the beer has a nice pine and fruity aroma to it. The taste has a resin pineapple flavor going on, subtle sweetness up front and finishes on the sticky dry side. The feel is creamy up front, very soft overall and lingers in the finish. Overall it’s a very impressive beer. Definitely a fan!

Jan 23, 2021
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fargofallout from Minnesota

4.42/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle. Pours extremely hazy with significant head - looks almost like a glass of orange juice. Strong citrus aroma. Not particularly bitter or sweet - strikes a great balance. This is a great IPA.

Jan 18, 2021
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hbeimers from Illinois

4.57/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Delicious hazy goodness. Fluffy mouthfeel, strong flavors of peach, grapefruit, and pineapple. Very little bitterness. Almost like a nice sauvignon blanc in the flavor. Yumy

Jan 17, 2021
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Powderhornphil from Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice take on a favorite. Can’t go wrong with King Sue. Hazy and hoppy.

Maybe a little more grapefruit than the original. Easy to drink.

Jan 14, 2021
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REVZEB from Illinois

4.23/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Hazy neon yellow body, white cap. Smell is huge with the pineapple, mango, grapefruit, and orange, but there is also lemon, lime, and melon in there too, dry hops finish. Such a huge nose I expected the taste to come down a notch, but honestly it did a lot, still fruity and good, verging on sweet, hops are very light. A good neipa taste but nothing crazy. Feel is bright and light while being very juicy, yet finishes drier, hop textures are soft but intentional. Much prefer the original

Oct 30, 2020
King Sue - Double Dry-Hopped from Toppling Goliath Brewing Company
Beer rating: 99 out of 100 with 223 ratings