King Sue - Double Dry-Hopped
Toppling Goliath Brewing Company

King Sue - Double Dry-HoppedKing Sue - Double Dry-Hopped
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Style:
IPA - New England
Ranked #50
ABV:
7.8%
Score:
99
Ranked #429
Avg:
4.62 | pDev: 4.98%
Reviews:
23
Ratings:
71
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Iowa, United States
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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.
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REVZEB from Illinois

4.31/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | 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 spot on though: creamy, juicy, yet finishes dry, hop textures are soft but intentional.

Oct 30, 2020
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dcotom from Iowa

4.7/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from half-litre bottle into a "snulip" glass. This sample carried a bottle date of 8/11/20. Appearance of orange juice, with an opaque yellow body and a soap-sudsy white head that settled rather rapidly. Beautiful aroma, like popping open a bottle of mango-grapefruit juice while sitting by the Christmas tree. Lots of citrus and tropical fruit on the palate, along with quite a bit of dry bitterness. Crisp finish, with a hint of grapefruit lingering on the palate. Although this is a Citra hop bomb, the hop character may have started to fade a bit at six weeks past the bottling date. Nevertheless, still pretty tasty. Great pairing with hummus and pita chips, too.

Oct 25, 2020
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Ollie63 from Ohio

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

Pours a vibrant hazy golden yellow, smell includes juicy pineapple, and some dank, weedy characteristics from the intense dry-hopping. Tastes follows suit with that pineapple. Has noticeably more green hop bite than the regular KS. Mouthfeel is not lacking at all. Creamy. A treat to have. A great Citra showcase.

Sep 22, 2020
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Sabtos from Ohio

4.15/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Hazy pale gold with a short foamy white head collapsing unevenly to nothing at all.

The aroma just explodes wildly of juicy pineapple from a good distance away. Taste is also pureed pineapple, as well as cannabis to an intense degree, which is quite delicious up front, but it quickly turns sharply acidic and bitter of aspirin characteristics shortly thereafter.

It's thinner and sharper than its non-DDH sister, and comes to a lightly chalky dry finish. An odd sort of wafer biscuit and astringency develops over time too.

Sep 11, 2020
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Fordcoyote15 from Kentucky

4.51/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Looks like shit because all ne ipas do. Smell perfect. Taste is great, so much more bitterness than expected. Feel is too acidic as most ne iPad are. Overall good for the style thats clearly not my favorite.

Sep 10, 2020
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Griffin2 from Virginia

4.49/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 500 ml bottle dated 8/11/2020 into a Rastal glass.
L - Pours a hazy orange color with a white head.
S - Smells of tropical fruit, mostly orange and grapefruit. You can smell it as soon as you open the bottle.
T - Starts out very pineapple forward, and finishes with oranges.
F - Medium body and carbonation, with a nice creamy feel.
O - This is an outstanding New England IPA.

Sep 10, 2020
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jrc1093 from Connecticut

4.36/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on 8/11/20

Pours an opaque, dark lemon-gold body capped with two fingers of rocky, soapy, white foam; solid head retention accents thin veil of splotchy caps, a slight, frothing collar, and a limited smattering of spotty lacing spread thinly around the glass.

Aroma shows raw, prickly hop resin bursting forth into a flowing array of moss and grass to a comprehensively quaffable tropical zest profile; dank eucalyptus ushers in waves of tangerine, peach, and pureéd mango, with red berry and musty gooseberry accents.

Taste opens with zesty peach, mineral-rich dirt, mango, apricot pith, and papaya rinds for a fast-paced, dominant, earthy-tropical interplay; hints of pineapple fade over the mid-palate as light garlic and rye bread contribute to an earthy lingering with accents of resin and mossy tones to close.

Mouthfeel brings a bright, medium body and a prickly, moderate carbonation; a gentle hop acidity balances the mid-palate as a slightly juicy texture evolves in the backdrop; a more rounded resinous note prevails on the back end and through the finish, with a bitter bite meeting a succinct hoppy char on the swallow.

An undoubtedly complex layout of hops, digging deeply into the raw and earthy as much as the lush and fruity, resulting in an incredibly layered presentation of detail at once stifling and embracing the palate; in the end, a remarkably approachable DNEIPA peaking at the upper tiers of the style.

Sep 03, 2020
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Damian from Massachusetts

4.8/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Drank on tap at Lulu’s Allston, Allston, MA
Served in a tulip

Fantastic appearance. The cloudy, straw yellow body was capped by a finger-tall, tight, bubbly crown that slowly dropped to a lasting collar. A wall of patchy lacing trickled along the sides of the glass and stuck around until the beer was almost finished.

The aroma was outstanding. Fruity hop notes leapt from the glass. Ripe peach came through big time. Peach purée perhaps. Loads of juicy mango too. There was a nice honey-like sweetness as well. Bit of generic tropical fruitiness. Possibly guava and/or papaya.

The flavor profile was also really impressive but more citrus forward. Juicy orange notes led things off. Some peach and mango appeared as the beer moved along the palate. Tangerine came through on the back end. Slightly tart and tangy. White grapefruit was noticeable on the finish. Hint of pithy bitterness.

Excellent full bodied mouthfeel. Creamy, slick and smooth on the palate. The liquid contained a finely bubbled, moderate effervescence that fluffed up beautifully.

Toppling Goliath predated many of the better NEIPA breweries in the country, and Double Dry-Hopped King Sue is proof that they are still masters of the game. I would put this up against any of the best offerings by Tree House, Trillium, etc.

Aug 29, 2020
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maximum12 from Minnesota

4.08/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up from the source, 500ML bottled 8/11/20 so a touch over two weeks old. Been hearing good reports, but I think I’m one of the few that find the regular version underwhelming. Though considering the variation back when I used to drink it….

The pour looks like I could stick a branch in it, stuff it in the freezer, & have a big old alcoholic mango lollipop in a few hours. The nose is red grapefruit, grains, citrus, & I sweat I can smell the bitterness.

King Sue – Double Dry Hopped separates itself from the base beer by being, well, interesting. The fruitiness quotient is at least fourteen: citrus dominates, but underneath lies grapefruit, pineapple, & the ever-present raw sugar of a NE IPA. All cut wicked slash of bitterness in the finish to keep it from going over the Cliff of Sweetness. Mouthfeel is weirdly interesting: grainy. Rough. Like having 16 grit sandpaper run lovingly over your tongue. The rare NE IPA that I will have no problem down 16.9 ounces of without a blood sugar spike.

A big step up from the old erratic ‘Sue & an excellent beer.

Aug 29, 2020
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mgundy32 from Wisconsin

4.47/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap in a snifter at Three Cellars in Menomonee Falls, WI. Pours a cloudy orange yellow, completely opaque. Huge nose that can be smelled without getting close. Upon closer inspection, notes of mango, pineapple, citrus and a little pine. Very juicy with mostly mango and pineapple on the sip without being overly sweet. A little thinner bodied than I like for the style but doesn't really detract from an otherwise great beer.

Aug 22, 2020
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eppie82 from Illinois

4.85/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Fresh, never warmed bottle, 3 days from bottling (kept cold the entire time, from production). The appearance may be different from 5 years ago, now a beautiful bright yellow opaque appearance with plenty of foam upon aggressive pour, but this is what I remember King Sue tasing like 5 years ago. LOADS of Citra hop flavors and aromas. It's been quite some time since I've had a beer so dominant in Citra forward profile. Absolutely loved it, especially when combined with that familiar lightly drying and bitter TG IPAs end, which offset some of the citrusy and juicy sweetness. It has a good mouthfeel without feeling syrupy and grossly sweet like so many DIPAs, and even IPAs, for that style these days. TG should halt all production of regular KS and immediately switch exclusively to DDH KS.

Aug 16, 2020
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mpipe from Minnesota

4.73/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

You are a hater if this is sub 4.5. It’s King Sue with a little more attention and punch. It’s sharper on the front end with a “better” bitter on the end without losing any of the body or flavor of the original King Sue. It also has a little more pineapple in both smell and taste. Absolutely stunning in every aspect.

Aug 16, 2020
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Hopheadjeffery from Illinois

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

Tasted in a Spiegelau IPA glass from a 500 mL bottle on December 12, 2019. Bottled on 11-22-19. Notes of mango, orange and pineapple. Highly recommended.

Mar 07, 2020
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Stevedore from Oregon

4.55/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle, snifter glass. If you've had old school King Sue before, this is on that vein. Massive grapefruit and tropical fruit on the aroma and palate. Medium bodied, good carbonation, creamy. It nails everything that the first couple batches of King Sue did, and that's no small feat.

Feb 17, 2020
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Bshaw22 from Wisconsin

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

Pours thick hazy orange white head.
Smell is that great TG citrus hop with something that is reminiscent of the early days of TG. Almost Spicy in a non spicy way.
Flavor is awesome with the same smells transferring.
Delish
Finishes just dry enough. But still balanced and sweet.
Great beer

Feb 01, 2020
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vette2006c5r from Minnesota

4.24/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

DDH King Sue pours a cloudy hazy color, with a small lacing head. Rich aroma, dry but lots of tropical fruits. Flavor is also rich and creamy, dry, lots of tropical fruit notes. Good body and feel. Overall, very tasty, lots of flavors, drier, but still full of tropical fruit flavors.

Jan 12, 2020
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snaotheus from Washington

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

2019-12-31
16.9oz bottle served in a tulip. Bottled 11-22-19. Gift from @mr-jj.

Pours super hazy, big head that fades moderately slowly and leaves some interesting webwork lacing. No doubt, this is a pretty beer. Smell is citrus and juicy. Smells really good.

Taste is right there with it -- citrus (very pithy). Juice, but not overly sweet. Nice resinous finish.

Mouthfeel is dry and surprisingly light. Overall, this is really good.

Dec 31, 2019
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mwilbur from Minnesota

5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from 500 mL bottle into shaker pint glass. Bottled on 11/22/19.
A: Pours an extremely hazy (almost dark!) orange yellow hue with 1 inch frothy white head with excellent retention.
S: Wow! Smells like citrus juice from a foot away. Orange, sweet grapefruit, mango, and hints of lemon and lime. Amazing aroma.
T: Sweet grapefruit, pulpy orange juice, mango, key lime, and sweet lemon. Surprisingly mild hop bitterness.
M: Medium body. Thick pulpy citrus sweetness. Amazingly mild hop bitterness. Lingers and even matures a bit on the palate.
D: Simply a phenomenal brew. Perfection in a bottle. TG, my hat is off to you. I don’t think it can get any better than this. I’m going to quote my local bottle shop guy when I asked him what he thought of this beer. “Regular King Sue is PseudoSue turned to an 11, this is turned to 13.”

Dec 24, 2019
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Radcpa from Washington

4.33/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Cloudy straw color with significant white head that dissipates slowly. Aroma is a nice grapefruit. Taste is a milder grapefruit than the aroma suggests.

Dec 23, 2019
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AyatollahGold from Indiana

4.3/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nose is pungent with citrus and some dankness.
Taste is pungent with dankness as well. Powerful flavor.
Smooth with some hop burn.
Overall, it’s the favorite of the sue family I’ve had so far.

Dec 20, 2019
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pjk5 from Minnesota

4.79/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Absolutely opaque—looks almost like unfiltered pineapple juice in the glass. Similar to standard King Sue in that it is almost completely without bitterness despite extremely present hop flavors. Different to standard King Sue in that the herbal/piney aspects of the hop aromas are a little more present relative to the orangey-ness, instead of it being a pure fruit bomb (not that standard King Sue is anything but great with that orangey-ness). A luxurious treat for anyone who loves hops.

Dec 19, 2019
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gatornation from Minnesota

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

Pours a murky golden straw color with a fresh white head, Smell is citrus pineapple mango and papaya.. Taste has delicious citra hops very pungent and herbal that feature pineapple and mango ,a good bit tropical citrus. Mouth feel is dry with loads of citra in the finish. Delicious DDH version of the King actually the herbal notes and citra hops reminds me of the OG P Sue from 8-10 years ago ,well done.

Dec 18, 2019
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mothman from Minnesota

4.12/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle. White head. Hazy sunset orange.

Lots of pineapple. Mango and orange. Very tropical and juicy, but not the flavor blast I was expecting. It’s good, but with all the hype, I was a bit confused. Solid, but nothing out of this world.

Dec 08, 2019
King Sue - Double Dry-Hopped from Toppling Goliath Brewing Company
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