King Of The Mountain Imperial IPA
Boojum Brewing Company

King Of The Mountain Imperial IPAKing Of The Mountain Imperial IPA
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Style:
American Imperial IPA
Ranked #2,302
ABV:
8%
Score:
90
Ranked #9,043
Avg:
4.02 | pDev: 7.96%
Reviews:
18
Ratings:
72
From:
Boojum Brewing Company
 
North Carolina, United States
Avail:
Year-round
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SCORE
90
Outstanding
King Of The Mountain Imperial IPAKing Of The Mountain Imperial IPA
Notes: Our flagship beer - a big, citrusy beast of a Double IPA bursting with hop flavor and aroma.

110 IBUs
Reviews: 18 | Ratings: 72 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of SmokySignals
4.29/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Had lunch at Boojum, awesome place for that too. Brought home some 12 oz. KOTM DIPA's... then poured one into a Hi-Wire IPA glass
Rich golden, pretty clear, classic. Full frothy white head
Smells perfumishly sweet, sweet and appealing.
Balanced, light but bold, sweet lite candy malt and smooth matched bitter, all done together pretty much on the bullseye.
The mouthfeel is excellent -somehow lighter than I expected in a double, w/o being boozy. Alcohol level hidden well as it blends in with hop bitterness nicely.
Granted, I had their incredible 5% blood orange pale, and their excellent 6.5% NE IPA on their taps a few hrs. ago, but this is the best double overall that I've tried to date, and it is certainly good enough to enjoy the sixer this weekend and get again if I want a quality-made, fresh local DIPA! Others will be measured to this one.
it seems like a slightly "different" new twist on the old school stlyles of DIPA and I like it.
Easy to enjoy, and what a feeling you can get at 8% if you down one.

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Photo of AyatollahGold
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pouring from a 12 oz. can into a Willi Becher glass, this beer pours out a beautiful clear gold. Looks like apple juice or honey. It formed a little over one full finger of impressive, dense and tightly packed off white colored crown. The clarity is absolutely phenomenal though. Leaves some lacing throughout.

The smell came to my nose as soon as the can cracked. Putting my nose into the glass brings wonderful tropical smells mixing with a sweetness. Notes of bubblegum. Slight burning to it from the alcohol presence.

The taste comes in with a more malt aspect. It’s got some bready notes mixing with the bubblegum notes. Tropical fruit still shows. Some oily/resin notes as well. I think this is the first beer that’s made me realize what the “green” descriptor is. It comes through as a little grassy.

The mouthfeel is well carbonated and dry from the resin notes and slight bready aspect. Bitter. Alcohol present but not burning.

Overall, this was an enjoyable double. I really loved and respected the clarity of this beer. I liked the bready aspects of the malt backbone but would’ve enjoyed the resin to be toned down just a little. Enjoyed the tropical fruit and bubble gum notes as well.

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Photo of Bloodbuzz99
4.04/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can purchased at Ingles Franklin NC Oct 2018

Very bright and citrus fruit forward DIPA; some alcohol burn on back overall pretty smooth and avoids too big of a malt finish

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Photo of BEERchitect
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pulling out all the hoppy guns, Boojum isn't playing around when putting together a flagship imperial IPA. Amarillo, Citra, Cascade and Centennial aromatics join forces with a Chinooky, Tomahawky, Zeusy bitterness for a complex and well melded taste that earns the beer is lofty name.

King of the Mountain pours a robust honey golden color with tethers of orange flowing throughout. Crowned with a sturdy, cottony cap, the rich IPA leads with a perfume of citronella, candied orange, rife botanical herbs. Sweet on the tongue, a host of caramel and honey flavors bring that candied taste to the forefront of maltiness for a sweet and soothing impact on the palate early on.

But the sweetness gradually lifts and the hop flavors layer upon the middle palate, starting with a strong citrus component of tangerine and red grapefruit that quickly shifts to more tropical mango, apricot and papaya. Alcohol spice pangs gently away at the late palate with a vodka-like spice that rounded with the bitterness of muddled herbs, pine resins and a fresh grassiness.

Medium full on the palate, the beer's sweetness is persistent and keeps both the bitterness and alcohol spice in check. Billed as a sipper, the beer is dangerously smooth as an aftertaste of curaçao liquor and bittered mint applies a firm grip on the gullet.

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Photo of hman43
3.58/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Look: It pours golden and clear with an off white head that has good head retention and belgian lace.

Smell: The aroma is resiny with citrus, low grapefruit and low tropical. There is also low bready notes in the background.

Taste: The flavor are highlighted by citrus and resin. The malt backbone of bread is a little more prominent in the flavor than it is in the aroma.

Feel; It has a moderate feel with slight slickness and a moderately bitter aftertaste.

Overall, this provides a good combination of flavors that highlight citrus flavors and some bread.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
4.06/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Type: 16-oz. can
Glass: Clear 16.5-oz. Belgian ale tulip
From: My friend, Jay
Price: N/A
Purchased: N/A; Received March 10, 2017
Consumed: March 15, 2017
Reviewed as: American Double / Imperial IPA
Misc.: Canned on Feb. 17, 2017

Thanks, Jay!

Was lucky enough to receive this as part of a 10-beer package sent by Jay. Had never heard of the brewery or the beer, but really liked the Hop Fiend that I had earlier. Hoping this is just as good.

Poured a straw-gold yellow mostly clear color with 3-to-4 fingers of rocky white head. Tons of bubbles streams coming up along the sides of the glass from the bottom. World-class layered foamy lacing. Almost perfect foamy retention. (Sight - 4.50)

Smelled a healthy dose of hops, for sure Amarillo, Centennial and wet Cascade, but others as well. Also floral, stone fruit, orange blossom, tropical passion fruit, juicy grapefruit and pineapple. (Smell - 4.00)

Tasted maybe a tad better than the nose, getting dank resin, orange creamscicle, orange blossom, dry Centennial, spicy Amarillo, Citra and wet Cascade. Also dish soap, passion fruit, pineapple, slightly woody pine, lingering peppery spices (Chinook?) and hints of green vegetables. (Taste - 4.00)

Medium body. Creamy texture. Average carbonation. Long, dry, citrusy finish. (Feel - 4.25)

Really liked this one. Kind of an older style DIPA, but still had some NE qualities to it. (Overall - 4.00)

4.06 | 91 | A-

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Photo of jimirvin
4.4/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Love this beer. Brewery is next town over. I'm an IPA guy and at first sip this beer comes off somewhat heavy. I do like the overall flavor and finish of the beer. I will often chase bourbon with a strong IPA like this one as it takes the bite out of liquor very quickly. I have only ever managed to drink 3 full ones in a night however. The 16oz size is always a little more fun in my opinion.

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Photo of oberon
3.97/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into an imperial pint class a clear rich copper color with a half finger slight off white head atop that settles pretty slowly.A decent shot of pine and grapefruit rind with a moderate caramel malt presence,somewhat old school in the nose.The feel seemed a little sharp and on the thinner side for a beer this size,really the only true drawback of the beer.Flavors start out sharp and resiny but a hefty sweet caramel doughy malt base is quite large as well,pretty balanced with the hops having the upper hand.Not like alot of DIPA's in that the hop profile is dry and resinous,there is a decent amount of sweetness but this beer is pretty unique for the style.

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Photo of Brewstradamus
3.33/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

The beer looks beautiful, but it lacks some aroma and overall hop flavor. Still a solid beer, but with how juicy and aromatic a lot of IPAs are in the market today, this one isn't among the best... or the worst.

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Photo of deadonhisfeet
3.87/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a pint can into a New Belgium snifter. The beer pours out dark orange, hazy, with 2 fingers of rocky off-white, well-sustained head. Nice nose on this beer. Very fruity, but with an underlying sweetness. I get oranges and pineapples dominating.

Full body with a creamy feel. Lots of malty sweetness up front as well as citrusy American hop flavors. Like fresh toast dripping with honey and marmalade. The flavor turns to cedar and pine at mid-palate, but the sweetness remains and carries through to the back of the palate. Finishes strong with lingering grapefruit and honey flavors.

Overall, a solid IIPA. Nothing new or earth-shattering, but a solid offering. The hop blend used here results in a fairly pleasant bitterness, but it seems to have difficulty deciding whether it wants to be a predominantly citrusy or resiny IPA. The resulting flavor is a bit on the medicinal side for me. It has character and the beer is enjoyable, but with all that malt sweetness it seems to me it could easily support more citrusy flavors. No matter. I'll definitely try a few more of this brewer's offerings the next time I visit the ol' north state.

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Photo of barczar
3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Aroma is very piney, moderately citrusy with notes of grapefruit dominating, becoming lightly tropical with pineapple and a touch of malt sweetness.

Flavor with muddled citrus upfront, becoming overly earthy and resiny bitter mid palate and lingering into the aftertaste, accented by a lightly sweet caramel note. I'm more of a fruity hop lover, and the resiny character overwhelms a bit, becoming harsh in the finish.

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Photo of Omnium
4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pounder can > Tulip glass.
A - Hazy straw yellow gold, dense soapy white head about two fingers thick, big rings of thick lacing.
S - Really awesome, bright grassy pine, citrus peel, grapefruit, pineapple, tangerine, oniony dankness.
T - Bitter pine and grapefruit up front, lemon, some peppeery bite, hop resin, some floral hints, cracker malt base that lays the foundation for the hops.
M - Bitter, some heat, good feel for how intense this is.
O - Great Double IPA, big bold flavors, not overbearing in any one area.

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Photo of WoodBrew
4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

The Boojum King is a solid beer. It poured a clear copper with thin white head that left a spotty lace. The scent had hints of grapefruit and pine. The taste was evenly balanced with bitter hop finish. The Mouthfeel is medium in body with good carbonation. Overall it's excellent...can't even taste the high abv.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.14/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear medium golden amber in color with moderate amounts of active visible carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass and moderate deep golden yellow + honey highlights. The beer has a two finger tall sudsy foamy beige head that reduces to a medium sized patch of thick film surrounded by a thin film covering the majority of the remainder of the surface of the beer and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of citrus/grapefruit, citrus/grapefruit zest, and herbal hops over the top of moderate aromas of sweet grainy malts with a light hint of bready malts.

T: Upfront there is a moderate flavor of bready + grainy + caramel malts with a moderate amount of caramel sweetness. That is followed by moderate to strong flavors of citrus/grapefruit, citrus/grapefruit zest, and herbal hops which impart a slightly stronger than moderate amounts of bitterness which fades away fairly quickly.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Light amounts of dryness in the finish.

O: Very enjoyable and very easy to drink, hiding the ABV very well. Nice hop aromas + flavors with a decent balance of sweetness and bitterness. Definitely glad I got the chance to try this one. Great first beer from this brewery for me, looking forward to trying the other canned offerings I picked up this weekend.

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Photo of mntlover
3.79/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a burnt orange color with a big fluffy off white head that falls slowly and laces well.

Aroma is bready malt base with come good citrus hops mingled with pine, nice well balance IPA good hop aroma but balanced enough to not overly wow either.

Taste is pretty much like the nose except not quite as balanced, hop flavors really jump out and are bitter.
Have the normal citrus grapefruit rind bitterness maybe some tart lemon with hints of grass. bready malt base is there but loaded with hops. Pretty good IPA, could see ordering this if was on tap locally, but wouldn't seek it out as there are to many great ones out there.

Mouthfeel is medium with middle of the road carbonation.

Overall worth trying if you see it around, a pretty descent brew.

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Photo of mst934
4.31/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I went back and updated my original review, which had the beer rated at a 4.07. Just picked up a few cans of their recent batch (date isn't 100% clear, but looks to be April 15). My initial review had the beer feel at 3.25. It lacked all the carbonation I'd expect to have (it was the very first canning of the beer last year). Well, they have the body and carbonation dialed. Also, not sure what they did to the malt, but this beer drinks WAY more like a East Coast IPA than a West Coast. Way more tropical notes than citrus. The malt body adds a distinct smoothness to the beer, but not a sweetness that you find when a lot of Southern breweries try to recreate a "West Coast" IPA. Boojum, if you are reading this, DON'T change the batch from Mid-April. It's a complete gold mine. You guys are killing it.

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Photo of Dave1999
3.77/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a rich dark Amber with a nice big white head.

The smell is Earthy, citrus,lemon.

The taste is sweet malty with some citrus and bitter earthiness.

The mouthfeel is smooth, easy drinking, medium carbonation.

Overall a decent but unremarkable beer.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.48/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Haw River teku pint. Bottom of can says Canned On 12/16/15.

A- Pours a medium amber color with a 3/4 inch off-white head that retains well before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a mostly full sheet of bubbly surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves small clots behind.

S- Bright citrusy hop aroma combines seamlessly with sweet cereal grain malt.

T- Very tangy hop character brings to mind lemon, grapefruit and tangerine. The malt lends just enough sweetness to balance. Bitterness is assertive but works well within the construct of the flavor profile.

M- Sharp from the hops with medium carbonation and a body leaning toward the lighter side.

O- An excellent first canned offering from this new brewery. If all their other releases are this quality, other big WNC breweries may get a run for their money.

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King Of The Mountain Imperial IPA from Boojum Brewing Company
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 72 ratings