XHops Pale Ale (Red Label) - Toppling Goliath Brewing Company
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Reviews by ZAP:
4/5 rDev -5.9%
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...
03-05-2014 05:40:02 | More by ZAP
More User Reviews:
3.76/5 rDev -11.5%
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.
02-18-2014 01:02:17 | More by Alieniloquium
4.38/5 rDev +3.1%
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.
03-25-2014 03:57:43 | More by mlhyatt
3.85/5 rDev -9.4%
We did the blue, red, green, and yellow xhops side by side last Wednesday.
All these xhops have a similar light straw golden color.
Predominantly pepper hops smell. Really unique. Not sure how I feel about it. Kept me interested.
Smooth creamy mouthfeel.
Pepper is somewhat stronger in the taste. Not offputting just unexpected. Aftertaste smoother than others ending with a citra type flavor.
I did a little blending and really like this blended with the blue.
01-25-2014 02:31:37 | More by mendvicdog
XHops Pale Ale (Red Label) from Toppling Goliath Brewing Company
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