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Toppling Goliath King Sue

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RATINGS: 113   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.2/5   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
Citra Double IPA

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
aleigator (595) - GERMANY - JAN 30, 2016
Pours a cloudy orange-amber color with a solid, one finger broad head, which turns out to be utmost stable while revealing big, spongy bubbles. Crisp citrus peel settles among flowery apple juice, together with white bread malts and a note of fresh cut grass. Has a mango ripeness to it, adding directly to the complexity of the citrus, while including soothing, flowery qualities among zingy kiwi. A resinous sweetness melts into the malts, creating a truly harmonious, yet aromaful nose. Has a soft carbonation, present enough to provide a spritzy impact during the finish, which, apart from that, is completely soft on the tongue, producing a mellowing creaminess and an overall great mouthfeel. Tastes of a bowl of water, featuring fresh cut grass and a whole lot of juicy citrus and orange chunks. Due to the aqueous quality, fruits have a pleasant mildness to them, which vanishes, as the hops turn more powerful. Fruits turn crispier and a tad dryer then, while respecting the beers world class smoothness throughout, settling atop the rich creaminess. Reveals a fruit entangled malt sweetness after the swallow, slowly but steady transforming into a long lasting, citrus defined dryness. Even the bitter finish gets awesomely soothed by the outstanding mouthfeel, leaving the flavor focus on the fruits, while allowing subtle flavors to cut through during the late flavour transformation from malty to hoppy. Flavourful and thrilling on the tongue, this one leaves me startled. It drinks like a dipa at the same time as it does not. First of all, the balance and mouthfeel in this are amazing, everything falls into place, citrus rages itself out on the palate leashed by smooth yeast, while no hint of alcohol becomes evident at all. Basically this drinks outstandingly easy. At the same time though, you can tell the intensity of flavors indicates a higher gravity, leading to a palate challenging complexity. Thats about it however, apart from that citrus unfolds playfully and most complex, remaining on the palate till the very end, providing even a certain freshness which lets you keep on drinking. Beautiful.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ineedbeer (1469) - Oakland, California, USA - JAN 16, 2016
Bottle dated 12/22/2015. Aroma is very hop forward with a medium light cracker malt backbone. Notes of grapefruit pith, orange, pine resin, and lighter notes of tropical fruit and melon. Pours a hazy, golden orange with a medium large, thick white head that shows decent retention as it slowly, but steadily recedes to a thin film. Moderate lacing and medium sized legs. Flavor is moderately sweet with some cracker malt notes and a but of light caramel and honey. Medium strong bitterness with a hint of the alcohol. Moderate fruity hop notes with a lot of grapefruit pith and lighter orange and tropical fruit, especially mango. A medium light resinous and slightly soapy note. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation. Low astringency and low alcohol warmth. Overall, a very nice DIPA, but one that also doesn’t quite live up to the TGB hype. Nice citra notes with a balanced, but light malt profile and body. Hops seemed a bit lacking in the flavor.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
nuplastikk (5367) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 27, 2015
Tap at Blue Moon. Tropical melon, cantaloupe tones in the aroma. Fresher tasting than regular Sue, no green garlic/onion. Unfiltered orange-tan body. Drinks like a smooth bigger IPA, very easy going for a IIPA. Really pleasant on the palate. Great.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
spycow (21) - Illinois, USA - DEC 26, 2015
Very good example of a citra double IPA. That piney and fruit heavy aroma that has that orange/yellow hue. Tastes like a hop bomb in a good way that feels good on the palate. Overall, the beer should taste like you expect at 8.5%. Another great beer fro Toppling Goliath. Cheers!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
deekyn (1441) - San Francisco, California, USA - NOV 4, 2015
A- pours a hazy fresh squeezed orange juice yellow. A mild egg shell white white thins quickly to a delicate skin. Good lacing. S- honey, citra hops, passion fruits and buttery croissant are pungent. Lemons, oranges, likes, grasses, caramel malts, earthy spices, coriander, cereal grains, and the faintest bit of sage make up a great aroma. M- light to medium sticky body with a mild burn. Light carb. T- great passion fruit juice, sweet malts to start. Lemons, orange pith, sage, pine resin, and honey in the middle. Dry herbal spiciness, tarragon. A faint cocoa. More zinc, lemons and loam in the end.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mcberko (11001) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 31, 2015
22 oz. bottle, pours a cloudy golden blonde with a small white head. Aroma reveals notes of piney hops, some dank notes, and biscuity zesty notes. Flavour is so dank and juicy, with loads of fresh meadows, dank hops, some floral notes, light citrus zest and a subtle crackery malt backbone. So well-constructed, with so many complementing flavours. Palate is dry and juicy. Pretty much everything I look for in a IIPA. Phenomenal.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ferris (9603) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 29, 2015
Bottle - Sweet fruit tropical notes, touch of dank and grapefruit. Cloudy gold with a rich white head. So light and easy drinking, with a creamy light mouthfeel. So delicate and nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
umich03jm (3094) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - AUG 27, 2015
Howler. Aroma is ultra dank citra hops and strong caramel malt. Mango, pineapple, weed, pine, wood, caramel, and blood oranges. Tastes sweet and dank. Juicy pineapple, caramel apple, pine, weed, oranges, and herbs. Very little bitterness. Medium to full body. This is great but a little disappointing. Wish there was more bitterness to balance out the sweet and dank.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
brokensail (14515) - San Leandro, California, USA - AUG 26, 2015
Bottle @ Aaron’s Wedding Eve Shindig. Thanks to either Andy or Mike. Hazed golden pour with white foam. Lots of grapefruit and orange to the beer. Some notes of sweet mango and apricot as well as a subtle tropical note. It does have a bit of sweetness, but not much in the way of bread or caramel. Lots of pineapple, citrus, and stone fruit on the tongue. A bitter finish and perhaps a touch of alcohol.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Frank (3701) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 24, 2015
I imagine whoever it is who owns this brewery is an accomplished air guitarist who opened a brewery just so he could name it after his imaginary band, the logo of which he drew over and over in his junior high note book. This said, they do make good beer. This one is clear golden w/ a foamy head. It has great big old hop nose, herbal and citric w/ a touch of fresh pine needles. This is just a little sweet w/ a thick, rich hop character. It’s full bodied with solid citrus rind bitterness in the finish. This is definitely a great showcase of the citra hop and I can solidly recommend it to any hop head on this here earth.

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