Name: King AL
Brewers: Equilibrium Brewery, Toppling Goliath Brewing Co. (United States)
Style: Hazy IPA
Review Year: 2022
King AL is a hazy IPA brewed by Equilibrium Brewery in collaboration with Toppling Goliath Brewing Co. This beer uses the mash-up grain bill of Equilibrium’s MC² and Toppling Goliath’s King Sue before being massively dry-hopped with Citra Incognito, Citra LUPOMAX, Citra Cryo, and Citra T-90 hops.
This beer is being evaluated as a Hazy IPA (21C) in the context of the 2021 Beer Style Guidelines of the Beer Judge Certification Program (BJCP). The most current version can be found on the BJCP website.
Hazy straw; thick white head with excellent retention. Intense juicy ripe mango, peach, and passionfruit aromas on the nose backed by hints of resiny/leafy and bready-oaty impressions. Medium-full-bodied; moderate carbonation; soft and pillowy mouthfeel. Flavor profile is an explosive showcase of ripe fruits as with the aroma: mainly mango and passion fruit with a hint of resin. Medium-low bready and oaty malt held the fruity flavors together. Moderately low bitterness; medium sweetness that enhanced the ripe mango flavor. No perceived alcohol. Flavors of ripe mango and peach lingered long after.
King Al is an outstanding example of a Hazy IPA. The hazy appearance, juicy ripe fruit aromas and flavors, pillowy mouthfeel, supportive bready malt, and exceptional drinkability of this beer reminded us why we fell in love with this style in the first place.