Beer Review: King’s Calling Brewing Company – Too Hop Beachy Wheat Ale

Photo: Joey Ricotta

My girlfriend recently took a trip to Charleston, SC. When she returned she greeted me with a new beer that I had never tasted before. Of course, I made sure she brought back some of my all-time favorite Yuengling, because Indiana is the closest place you can buy her as an Illinois resident. Along with Yuengling, one of the beers she came back with was a King’s Calling Brewing Company special, Too Hop Beachy Wheat Ale.

As you may know, King’s Calling Brewing Company was created and made famous by reality TV star Austen Kroll of Southern Charm, featured on Bravo. Working alongside Catawba Valley Brewing Company, this beer is brewed and canned from Charleston, South Carolina and Morganton, North Carolina.

The artwork on the can is exquisite with the stingrays and water on it, really giving the beer a “day at the beach” vibe. The artwork was created by Carolina artist Adam Lynch.

The experience

When you open the cap of this box, you smell an aroma of citrus and orange. This is a fruit infused tropical wheat beer IPA with a lighter colored body. The taste is slightly sweet with enough tang and hops to keep from giving me heartburn. At 4.5% IBV, it’s by no means invasive. I could crush tons of them on a boat ride or playbags (cornhole for you non-Midwesterners) in the backyard.

As my girlfriend told me, this is a very drinkable beer for someone who doesn’t like too much bitterness, often likened to a hoppy beer. On the side of the box it even says, “This follow-up version of Trop Hop is designed to be just as accessible as the original. Enjoy!”

It’s Friday, many of you have already started the weekend festivities yesterday. Still, I thought today was a good day to drop a beer review on your head. Although you can’t buy beer here in Illinois, if you’re going to South Carolina, North Carolina, or Florida, I recommend you try it. #CrackUm

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