KickInChalice (860) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 6, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
From notes. First reviewed 8/8/2011. Poured from a growler into a tulip. At long last I am finally getting to try a growler of this.
When poured into my tulip, Boy King has a dark, but still translucent, caramel color with a cherry tint. A full creamy white head rests elegantly on top, leaving lots of lace all over the glass.
Sweet caramel, grapefruit, spruce, and candied pineapple give this a sweet, fruity, and bitter aroma. Fairly standard and pleasant for a DIPA.
The flavor starts out with a caramel sweetness, which turns into a resiny pine bitterness. A little earthy, spicy, and herbal flavors come through in the middle, with a good amount of citric hoppiness and a dash of pineapple as well.
Not surprisingly, this 9.5% DIPA is full bodied. I would classify this as being smooth, although there is a slightly grainy aspect to this, as well as a little bit of oily resin.
The hop bill was full, giving this a solid bitter presence, but the malt could stand up to it fairly well, which I like in my hoppy beers.
drunkenpolack (319) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - FEB 3, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
From a growler - Boy King pours a golden orange color. Huge 3 finger head arises and sticks around with great retention. As you drink this lovely DIPA, lacing is seen everywhere. As soon as I opened up the growler my nose was blasted by tropical fruity goodness. The citra hops used in this brew comes in nicely. It seems they added more citra hops for the latest batch. Follow that up with the other fruit, peach, mango, grapefruit, and you have quite the barrage of aroma. The malt is there but itís just sitting behind the wall of fruit. Itís just amazing.
The taste isnít as fruit forward as the smell is but donít get me wrong. The maltier side comes out more here. Itís still amazing and juicy though. All the fruits come back. Mango, citrus, peach, and grapefruit. It also has a sugary kind of taste and I also picked up some dry hopped taste and feeling. There is a really nice bitterness from start to finish and it lingers nicely on the aftertaste.
As if the look, taste, and smell of this beer wasnít great enough, the mouthfeel is fantastic. Full bodied, slick, and sticky. Slight carbonation. This beer is 4 for 4
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - DEC 25, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Name: Boy King
Date: July 25, 2010
Appearance: hazy orange, fine off white head
Aroma: sweet citrus aroma, big piney sweetness
Flavor: lots of hop flavor, big bitterness, nice citrus, peppery spicyness, long bitterness
Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 14/20
Score: *** /4
icehawk (834) - Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, USA - DEC 13, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: AUG 28, 2013 Wonderful citrus, hoppy aroma. Slightly heavy, but still very drinkable. Awesome local creation, can?t wait until next years batch!
PINTandPUFF (4) - CHARLESTON, South Carolina, USA - OCT 12, 2011 does not count
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Seriously good IIPA, nothing else needs to be said. this beer needs to be on everyones to drink list. Only brewed twice out of the year, this bad boy is sure to please!
callmemickey (3566) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 24, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 1, 2013 April 2010. A: Dark orange-amber. Somewhat cloudy. Lively carbonation streaming from the bottom of my tulip. Two-fingered bubbly white head. The first pour receded over the course of a few minutes leaving behind some sticky lacing. Rather impressive for a growler pour. A nice ring and skim maintained throughout the entire glass.
S: Large tropical fruit presence. Pineapple, mango, and clementines combined with a healthy dose of grapefruit. Freshly mowed lawn. Some resinous pine notes. Not as bright, but reminiscent of Sculpinís flavor profile.
T: A bit different from the nose. The grapefruit, grass and pine start to take over a bit more as the tropical fruits start to move towards the background. Caramel malt creeps in towards the back.
M: Medium bodied, lively carbonation. Not overwhelmingly bitter, but a nice bite in the finish. Doesnít feel muddled at any point despite quite a few flavors hitting you at times.
O: Quite enjoyable. Itís 10am, I am a glass in and studying for a final exam. Really canít complain. Would love to try right on tap.
mixmasterob (954) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - SEP 11, 2011
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 19/20
Draught @ The Lodge on Hilton Head Island. I must have had three. Hazy orange pour with a nice white head, lots of lace. Aroma was a blast of all kinds of fruits, citrus, apricot, peach, absolute goodness. Flavors were right on point, all of the fruit with a big bittersweet finish. Mouthfeel was slick and big yet this remained drinkable. I recall a lot of peach. This was almost too drinkable. Top notch.
Butters (3960) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - SEP 10, 2011
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Wow. This is amazing. Clearish Amber pour with white head. Massive foresty fresh clean green hops aroma and good bitterness. Great beer.
hopscotch (10075) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - AUG 26, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
GrowlerÖ This beer rocks!Ö Clear amber/orange ale with a small, creamy, white head. Great retention. The aroma is chock-full-of white pepper, tropical fruit and resin Ė a straight-up menagerie of hop madness. Full-bodied with a milky mouthfeel and gentle carbonation. Leans heavily toward the bitter side of balance. Almost violently bitter, but very tasty. Big-time malts, but even bigger hops. Finishes fruity and ruthlessly bitter. This growler of world class beer was provided by Elliesbrown!
wavers1 (913) - Notown, California, USA - AUG 24, 2011
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
bottle courtesy of eclayton8, and let me start by saying this is an all around great iipa. pours a nice just slightly cloudy bright orange with a nice orange white head whioch is very creamy and leaves great lacing. terrific aroma, moderate bitterness in the nose, tons of fruity floral things going on, smells like candy, and also has a detectable bready malt profile to balance it out. the taste is terrific, the citra shines here, with all the other cís contributing to make it a very multi dimensional and complex hop profile. terrific finish, drinks like a frickin pale ale, very smooth and short finish, terrific. overall an impressive and very nice ipa. its not the most bitter of the bunch, only maybe a 6 on bitterness, but the terrific bouquet of flavors makes up for it for my palate.