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Toppling Goliath King Sue

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RATINGS: 73   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.2   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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Citra Double IPA

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Ionlyrate5s (103) - New York, USA - JAN 29, 2015
Yes my forum friends have had some Iowa brews. This IPA is superb. Real pine and floral nose. It may have elder ado or not but smells of that varity. Real rose and sweet pine. Great alcohol balance with blend of hops and malts perfect.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Clownoisseur (341) - Buchanan, Michigan, USA - NOV 5, 2014
Pours a hazy orange color, fluffy white head that breaks into spotty lacing. Looks like juice in a glass. Aromas are loaded with tropical aromas of pineapple, mango, peach along with some citrus notes or orange and lemon. Just a hint of alcohol in the nose. Taste is not as vibrant as I was hoping. An initial burst of mango/peach is quickly surpassed by a medium-heavy bitterness of sharp acidic citrus. Hints of alcohol permeate through a bit in the back end. Certainly a nice DIPA, but I much, much prefer regular pseudoSue over this bigger version. Not as much balance or flavor here, but still better than most DIPA’s.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Beardaxe (293) - - OCT 13, 2014
Poured from bomber into tulip. Unusual very pale orange, cloudy color. Medium lingering head. Good aroma filled with tropical fruit. Excellent flavor with a nice balance between hops and malt. No hop bomb here. Very light drinking with a soft and supple mouthfeel. This wasn’t aggressive in the slightest. Beautiful smooth and nimble.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Homer321 (2498) - Rock Ridge, Florida, USA - OCT 10, 2014
Holy hell, what a nose. Bomber to snifter. Nose is an overpowering citrus, tropical, fruity explosion. Just wonderful. I think this is my first 10/10 on aroma. Pour is a very hazy orange with medium white head, mostly tiny bubbles. laces well. Taste is very mango, tropical, kiwi, but short of apricot or peach. The hop flavor seems to add a subtle sweet like mouthfeel, almost like vanilla if that even makes sense. Holy hell. Seems to dull out as it sits and finished with a bit of alcohol warming that is almost hot, like a fusel alcohol. Oranges come out in the aroma and flavor as it warms. overall a wonderfull hop expression with a balanced but not cloying or sweet malt backbone. If the alcohol were better hidden then this would likely be my highest rated bier. Thanks kevin

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
tectactoe (2944) - Michigan, USA - SEP 28, 2014
Bottle: Thanks, Doug. Cloudy, opaque golden & orange tinted body with a foamy, soft white head. Lightly creamy, slow to settle to a chunky collar with moderate, sheety lacing. Aroma explodes with pineapple, mango, grapefruit, tangerine, wet grass, mild pine, resin, hints of green onion, light perfume, candied citrus peel... Citra hops going to work on my nostrils. Taste is... WOW. Somehow even better than the aroma. Juicy, candied oranges, grapefruit, citrus, pineapple, magno, papaya... Both citric & tropical with a strong underbody of pine, grass, resin, & light hop oils. Lightly sweet sugar cookie & cracker malt adds oomph to the hops without stealing the spotlight. Juicy, fruity, citrusy finish with bitter pine & hints of white pepper fading out. This is an absolutely incredible double IPA. Upper echelon.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Huhzubendah (2807) - Washington DC, USA - SEP 21, 2014
Bottle from the brewery shared by RussianDragon. Many thanks. This was one of my top wants. The beer is yellow and moderately hazy with a white cap. Like Sosus, huge tropical fruit notes. Wonderfully fresh and über hoppy with a subtle, bready malt character in support. Medium bitterness, finishing clean with lingering juicy hop tones. It has been fun to watch the IPA / DIPA style evolve over the last several years. King Sue is without question a world class beer, on par with my favorites from Alpine, Hill Farmstead and the like.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
BiiruBierBeer (468) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - SEP 20, 2014
Very nice pineapple smell. Light foam in mouthfeel. Heavy hops taste that was too much for me.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
bigda83 (343) - Jamestown, New York, USA - SEP 19, 2014
Pours cloudy and bright orange/yellow. Almost looks like orange juice. Aroma is bursting with citrus and tropical fruits and is typical TG. Taste is absolutely amazing and juicy. Full of orange, peach, mango, and pineapple. Been wanting to try this for a while and ReeceG came through for me. Absolutely superb.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
phaleslu (7208) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 16, 2014
22 oz. bottle from the calming shores of Iowa. Pours a hazed, pale orange-gold with a small white head that laces the glass. Not quite as murky as some TG offerings, but almost all of their stuff is incredibly cloudy. Aroma of tropical and citrus fruits, herbs, onion (another common TG characteristic, which seems odd for a Citra beer), sweet and pale malts, hay, and florals. Flavor of citrus peel, sweet and pale malts, pineapple, pine resin, florals, and tropical fruit rind. Medium-bodied, with moderate carbonation and a juicy, resinous mouthfeel. Smooth and balanced, more so than other hoppy TG stuff. But didn’t quite pop for me the same way some of those did - despite being completely excellent in its own right.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DrSilverworm (7960) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 14, 2014
22oz bottle. Big thanks to phaleslu for sharing. Totally hazy kind of golden orange color. Thin off-white head. Leaves good lace. Awesome big perfumey hoppy floral nose, kind of spicy, piney. Moderate bitter taste, kind of zesty, light to moderate sweet. Medium to bigger body. Smooth, kind of crisp, lighter carbonation. More dry finish. Alcohol is very well-hidden. Great DIPA.

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