XHOPS Pale Ale (Yellow Label) - Toppling Goliath Brewing Company
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Reviews by Alieniloquium:
3.69/5 rDev -7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
650 mL bottle poured into a snifter.
Appearance - Clear orange body. Small white head. A little bit of surface wisping.
Smell - Very oniony. More than the last one, which I also thought was a bit oniony. Minimal cracker malt. Some light citrus.
Taste - Grapefruit. Some herbal notes. Kind of nondescript. Like a medley of hops. It does have a nice tropical fruit flavor going on, though. This one is significantly more bitter than the others.
Mouthfeel - Bitter. Medium body and carbonation.
Overall - I don't get the dramatically different ratings on these. It's another well made beer, even if this hop varietal isn't very exciting.
Serving type: bottle
02-11-2014 01:27:40 | More by Alieniloquium
More User Reviews:
4/5 rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Glass Used: Nonic Pint
Appearance: The head is a nice pearl color, with the consistency of a barely whipped egg white foam. A high sheen hits every angle you look from, like a meringue. The body is a bright hazy golden yellow. Copious amounts of lace is left in the wake of the head, which stuck around for five minutes or so. Enticing beer.
Smell: Floral hops hit your nose first, followed by some sweet chive undertones. I get a bit of tropical citrus with some biscuity malt. Good smelling pale ale.
Taste: Tropical fruit flavors tease in the beginning only to move out of the way for the floral hops. The sweet malt backbone supports the hoppy profile pretty well. The finish is resiny and almost graham crackery. Well balanced.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and carbonation. Refreshing.
Overall: A very enjoyable pale ale. Easy drinking, with a nice fruit and hop aroma and taste. Looking forward to trying the Blue, Red and Orange. Thanks again Pintofbrown for another great trade.
Serving type: bottle
03-08-2014 03:07:38 | More by darthvohn
3.64/5 rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
22 fl oz brown glass bottle with generally appealing (and verifiably yellow) label and unbranded pry-off pressure cap acquired from the extremely generous Duff27 (thanks again, man!) in a trade and served into a Pinthouse Pizza conical pint glass in low altitude Austin, Texas. Reviewed live. Expectations are high given this brewery's reputation, but this is my first beer from them. Reviewed as a pale ale because the description on the label clearly refers to it as such.
Served cold - straight from the fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.
A: No bubble show forms as it's poured.
Pours a two finger wide head of nice white colour. Fluffy and creamy, with good thickness and a nice smooth soft complexion. Consistency is even-keeled. Head retention is good - about 6-7 minutes. Inconsistent yet even lacing sticks to the sides of the glass as the head recedes.
Body colour is a murky quasitransparent translucent copper-gold of average vibrance. Clean; no floating yeast particles or sediment is visible. Appears adequately carbonated.
Looks pretty good for a pale ale, though admittedly it's pretty standard fare for the style. It's not unique or special, but it has my interest and I'm looking forward to the first sip. There are no egregious flaws visible here.
Sm: Has a powerful hop presence for a mere pale ale, featuring notes of herbal hops, resins, nectary character, floral character, oniony hops, light grapefruit, and some oily character. The pleasant hop profile works well alongside the pale malt base. I also get some biscuit malt. A hint of bubblegum. Luckily, the hop profile never quite veers into soapy territory, but it does skirt the edge a bit too close. I can see where other reviewers might pick up on ammonia (i.e. "cat piss"), but I don't find it per se. A kiss of graham cracker. Some mango. Evergreen/car freshener.
Overall, it's an interesting aroma for a pale ale. It doesn't seem ideal for my tastes in hops, but I'm impressed with just the power of the aromatics given this is "just" a pale ale. Some might find the oniony notes unappealing, but I like them.
A pleasant aroma of fairly high strength considering the style.
T: Hmm. The fruit character is not at all what I expected; instead of laying it on thick and biting (like many IPAs do with grapefruit), this beer has mellow notes of papaya, mango, and analogues/cousins thereof which I'm too inept to identify. It never veers into boozy pineapple character (which I'd hate), and has a lovely tropical vibe. Peach, melon, passionfruit, maybe banana? After having had some 3000 different beers to date, I can safely say I've never experienced a hop profile quite like this one, and this goes down as unique in my book. There're plenty of sticky hop resins and ample floral notes as well, plus some more mild hints of oily character, nectar, and honey. Juicy.
The malty base is supportive of the hops, letting them steal the limelight. Pale malts, a bit of caramalt, maybe some biscuit malt. I do get that graham cracker note here in the taste as well, which works for this profile. Bubblegum. It's a bit grassy, I guess. What it doesn't emphasize is citrus, and I'm surprised how well this fruity hop profile works without it.
A surprisingly unique flavour profile for a pale ale which supplies plenty of hop character yet still has a refreshing sweetness. This is a well-balanced brew with a cohesive build and plenty of nuance. An intricate, complex, and subtle pale ale. I'm really enjoying it. Above average depth, duration, and intensity of flavour.
Mf: Has a refreshing light presence on the palate, with an apt oily feel and a comforting medium body. Good thickness and weight. It's got power without being overbearing or biting, though it is a biteen overcarbonated. Could be softer. Smooth and wet. Crisp.
Not gushed, hot, boozy, astringent, or harsh.
Overall, this texture suits the taste well.
Dr: While it's unique - which is difficult to do - the flavour profile does have room for improvement, and this isn't amongst the best pale ales I've had. I love the experimentation with hops, and I've never had papaya/melon/whatever tropical fruit this is come through quite as well as it does here. The ABV is well hidden and I look forward to finishing this bottle, but I can see why this hasn't yet been brought to mainstream marketing as a distinct beer with a specific name. As a work in progress pale ale, I think it's a definite success, but don't count on this being world-class. Absolutely worth trying, and I consider myself lucky to have had the chance.
Thanks to Duff27 for the bottle!
This gets me extremely excited to try more Toppling Goliath beers.
Serving type: bottle
03-01-2014 01:12:00 | More by kojevergas
XHOPS Pale Ale (Yellow Label) from Toppling Goliath Brewing Company
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