XHOPS Pale Ale (Blue Label) - Toppling Goliath Brewing Company
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Reviews by Alieniloquium:
3.7/5 rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
650 mL bottle poured into a snifter.
Appearance - Clear orange body. Small white head. A little bit of surface wisping.
Smell - Kinda like simcoe. Grapefruit with that garlicky aroma. Not as intense as simcoe, though.
Taste - More orangey here, especially up front. A little bit grainy. Resiny in the back, but it's minimal. The dank-ish simcoe flavor is gone here.
Mouthfeel - Medium body. Slight astringency in the back. Minimal bitterness.
Overall - I like this slightly better than Orange. Not an enormous difference, side by side I can make a distinction.
Serving type: bottle
02-11-2014 01:05:04 | More by Alieniloquium
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4.04/5 rDev +8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
The beer pours the color of a moist dried apricot, and a bit hazy. There is a short half-inch of off-white foam, this beer wasn’t real eager to get a big head on it.
The aroma is passion fruit, mingling and merging into spruce-like pine. Vinous notes of sauvignon blanc and pinot grigio spin off of it.
The taste makes the same progressions as the aromas, with the passion fruit, pine and white wine. When the pine and white wine merge, it is almost like the beer version of a very light Greek retsina. There is a bit of earthy, musky hop in the background, the only part of this reminiscent of the always loved pseudoSue. There is enough malt to hold up all of this hoppy goodness, but it is only the frame, it stays covered and lets the hops do their magic.
It is lightly carbonated, relatively, but still gives a tingle. The finish is lightly to moderately bitter, especially when taking into account how much hop flavor is happening.
Serving type: bottle
01-31-2014 21:59:09 | More by cpolking
XHOPS Pale Ale (Blue Label) from Toppling Goliath Brewing Company
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