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XHops Pale Ale (Red Label) - Toppling Goliath Brewing Company

XHops Pale Ale (Red Label)XHops Pale Ale (Red Label)

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120 Ratings
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Ratings: 120
Reviews: 19
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 8.02%


Brewed by:
Toppling Goliath Brewing Company visit their website
Iowa, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  ABV ?

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BottleCaps80 on 12-15-2013)
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Reviews by Alieniloquium:
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Alieniloquium

Florida

3.76/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

650 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Pours with a small white head. Chunky collar. A bit of lacing.

Smell - Kinda dank. Citrusy. Some pepper. Really interesting.

Taste - Grapefruit. That same pungent and kinda peppery herbal flavor. Cracker malt and some spicy bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium body. More bitter than others.

Overall - Odd hop flavor, but fascinating. Keeps me interested more than the others.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2014 01:02:17 | More by Alieniloquium
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JohnParadee

Delaware

4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

04-16-2014 02:05:16 | More by JohnParadee
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DaveOrlowski

Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

04-09-2014 15:23:31 | More by DaveOrlowski
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greenspointexas

Texas

4/5  rDev -5.7%

04-07-2014 22:55:24 | More by greenspointexas
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Travitten

Iowa

4/5  rDev -5.7%

04-07-2014 03:29:08 | More by Travitten
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kevanb

Illinois

3.78/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

650ml bottle poured into a Toppling Goliath Teku. Enjoyed on 4/1/14, reviewed from tasting journal.

The beer pours a very clear copper color, hues of light amber and orange, slight chill haze with some noticeable bubbles rising to the top of the glass. A thick, white head, soapy in texture, about 2 fingers high rises from the glass with nice retention that leaves a big wall of lace behind. The aroma is sticky, sappy, very earthy, lots of resinous pine, crisp and bitter hop spice with some tangy citrus peel as well as some high profile malts, sweet and rich, almost sugary at times. The flavors mirror well, plenty of earthiness, pine, hop spice, perhaps some grassiness, almost a hint of black pepper or something vegetal, with a fair amount of tangy grapefruit peel that amps up the bitterness before a potent counterbalance of malt sweeps over the tongue, rich, thick and sweet. The mouthfeel is nice, juicy texture but a bit slick and almost oily at times, nice amount of lively carbonation that coats the mouth well before finishing strong with a lightly dry kick.

Verdict: A nice pale ale from Toppling Goliath, perhaps a bit earthy and malty for my liking, but it's very well constructed and balanced. The hops show off a variety of earthy flavors, one of the more unique experiences I've had with the vegetal and peppery influences to sit alongside the fruit flavors.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2014 03:31:08 | More by kevanb
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cwelsh55

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

04-02-2014 02:17:46 | More by cwelsh55
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Bjorn2bWild

Connecticut

4/5  rDev -5.7%

03-31-2014 18:28:29 | More by Bjorn2bWild
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bismarksays

Iowa

4/5  rDev -5.7%

03-26-2014 01:05:32 | More by bismarksays
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Devman171

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

03-25-2014 14:58:07 | More by Devman171
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mlhyatt

Georgia

4.38/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass

Don't see a bottle date but it still tastes very fresh.

A - looks like any other IPA. golden amber with a decent size head that doesn't really ever go away. Looks fine but they all look the same really.

S - a lot of pine on the nose with citrusy notes hidden in there. Really getting a lot of orange zest with hints of pineapple. The smell really delivers. The malt is really sweet.

T- much like the nose with a fairly good bitter bite to it. The pine is strong throughout the journey through your mouth. the fruit notes are there but are pretty subtle. The biggest fruit that comes through is pineapple. The malt comes through and really smooths out the hop character.

M- carbonation it pretty heavy. The hop bite lasts throughout but it is somehow kind of pleasant. The malt really smooths out the beer. Keeps the beer tamed from getting carried away with the hop character.

O- This is a great pale ale but it has the hop presence of an IPA. However, the taste really brings out the balance between the malt and hops. Overall, an excellent pale ale. Wish I had the rest of them to try.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2014 03:57:43 | More by mlhyatt
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aliving1

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

03-23-2014 18:58:22 | More by aliving1
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hollywood_15063

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

03-22-2014 06:22:37 | More by hollywood_15063
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MooseBoose

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev -5.7%

03-17-2014 20:17:32 | More by MooseBoose
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ToadiesForCody

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

03-17-2014 14:13:09 | More by ToadiesForCody
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PickwickHopz

Minnesota

5/5  rDev +17.9%

03-17-2014 00:23:23 | More by PickwickHopz
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77apm

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +12%

03-16-2014 04:58:38 | More by 77apm
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Wolberjs

California

4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

03-16-2014 02:47:00 | More by Wolberjs
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Bamwaterski

Missouri

5/5  rDev +17.9%

03-16-2014 01:43:11 | More by Bamwaterski
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spycow

Illinois

4/5  rDev -5.7%

03-15-2014 17:31:39 | More by spycow
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BuzzG

Iowa

4/5  rDev -5.7%

03-14-2014 17:44:12 | More by BuzzG
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gio540

Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

03-12-2014 15:33:48 | More by gio540
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darthvohn

Texas

3.96/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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Appearance: A crystal clear copper body with a fluffy cream white head. As the foam melts, an even lacing is left behind. Pretty ale.

Smell: Dank hops and green onion vapors, a bit of citrus ,a bit of resin and malty sweetness fills the nose.I get some peppery notes as well.

Taste: Dank and oniony qualities, indeterminate citrus, and spicy malt on the back end with a short bitter after taste that vanishes quickly.

Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation. Stickiness coats the lips and cheeks.

Overall: A very enjoyable and easy drinking APA. The Yellow label is still my favorite. I plan to try the Orange label next.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2014 01:18:28 | More by darthvohn
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jkwikkel

Iowa

4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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ZAP

Minnesota

4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Orange/oak colored...minimal head...nice lacing..

S-Softer aroma....a bit catty with some garlic/onion...also overripe citrus fruits (oranges/tangerines).

T-Nice flavor to this but not as assertive with the hops as some of the other TG pale ale offerings. Reminds me of a Psuedo sue light...a bit dank...catty...citrusy....malt meshes perfectly as it seems to in all these TG beers (an underrated aspect)...malt is clean, and malty in a crackery way....

M-Feels like a pale ale and definitely not an IPA

O-Reminds me of a lighter, less assertive pseudo sue....good beer...better than a lot of pale ales but not as good as a lot of the others TG produces...

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2014 05:40:02 | More by ZAP
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XHops Pale Ale (Red Label) from Toppling Goliath Brewing Company
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