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XHOPS Pale Ale (Yellow Label) - Toppling Goliath Brewing Company

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XHOPS Pale Ale (Yellow Label)XHOPS Pale Ale (Yellow Label)

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very good

104 Ratings
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Ratings: 104
Reviews: 20
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 11.62%
Wants: 0
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
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:
Beer added by: HawkeyeNation on 01-09-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.
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Ratings: 104 | Reviews: 20
Reviews by Pintofbrown:
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3.63/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Served in a snifter.

Lemon cough drop colored body with amber touches, the Yellow Label built about a finger's width of bright white foam before slowly receding, some plastic-y sheet lace on the glass.

Aromas are subtle with intimations of peppercorns, grapefruit, garlic, and a more bready malt. The overall impression from this amalgamation is dank and subtly sweet.

A dank garlic-like flavor meshes well with a distinct pepperiness that was noticed in the bouquet. A cracker malt also peeks through near the finish with a resin bite that builds well after the drink has finished. It does have some residual bitterness, but not overly so. There is a juiciness buried here, hard to pick a specific tropical flavor to nail it down.

This varietal is is more dry than crisp, with a creamy carbonation and good medium heft.

Xhop Yellow Label is light on aroma, and on flavor. The dank and resin-y palate seems more suited to be used as hop for bittering as opposed to flavor. Although, if it were used for flavor purposes, it would add a nice dank touch and resin-y bite. The malt does show a little more due to the softness of this hop, a welcome touch honestly. The resin-y bitterness that builds in the finish is probably the best aspect of this beer.

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Thanks to Jeff for this one. Bomber into Tired Hands stemware. I've never come across a beer designated by the color of the label before...

Pours a 1 finger fine white head with moderate retention. Beer is a cloudy orange. Lacing is stringy and layered with good stick. Pretty average.

Nose is pine and resin hop presence with just the slightest citrus peel and grassiness. Aromatic. Solid.

Opens pine and a tree sap hop bitterness. Barky and grassy in the middle with a waxy hop bitterness at the finish. Some citrus flavor lingers in the back too. Decent.

Light bodied with ample carbonation. Prickly and lively in the mouth and goes down crisp and clean. Finishes semi-messy with a slightly lingering aftertaste. Very drinkable and refreshing.

Just slightly above average overall. There's nothing that really stands out about this beer. Very drinkable but the flavor, body, and aroma are forgettable for the most part.

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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.

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Reviewing the XHOPS Pale Ale (Yellow Label) from the Toppling Goliath Brewing Company out of Decorah, Iowa.

Score: 92

January 2014 vintage bottle served in a stemmed Toppling Goliath chalice and enjoyed on 01/19/14. Big thanks to Matt for hooking me up with this tasty treat as part of a lost wager from the fantasy baseball season.

Appearance: Pours a translucent orange color with a finger-plus of cream colored head. Excellent lacing and retention. 4.5/5

Smell: Orange, grapefruit, peach and grassy hops. Hint of spice, and a little straw too. Really nice integration. 4.25/5

Taste: Bitter orange rind, melon, grapefruit, tangerine and peach. Juicy-sweet, particularly upfront, with a nice added bitterness from the grassy hops that does not have a big bite but lingers nicely. The malt character is very subtle and subdued, with faint straw notes coming through towards the finish. A hint of rosemary on the midpalate. Finishes with the grassy hops and a hint of straw. 4.25/5

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, low carbonation -- maybe slightly under-carbonated given its flavor profile. The mouthfeel is juicy juicy juicy. Has a nice soft bitterness, but no bitter bite. Quite pleasant. 3.75/5

Overall: This is no Pseudo Sue, but it is quite the refreshing pale ale. Although I would have liked a little more bitterness and carbonation, the flavors were well-integrated and the flavor profile is spot on for a juicy, hop-forward beer. I would absolutely drink this one again.

Cost: $10 for a 22 oz (bomber) bottle.

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We did the blue, red, green, and yellow xhops side by side last Wednesday.

All these xhops have a similar light straw golden color.

Minimal smell. Grassy citra.

Smooth creamy mouthfeel.

Harshest taste of all of them. Grassy and earthy. Cloying aftertaste.

I did a little blending and really like this blended with the green.

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look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

poured 22oz bottle into snifter. Bottled just over a week ago.

A - Cloudy dirty orange with a full 2 finger off white head on an aggressive pour. Nice retention and lacing.

S - Tropical hops seem to dominate, but I pick up a unique pear like scent. Minor sweet cracker malt aroma.

T - Again with tropical hop notes and my nose did not fail me, I get some pear flavor which I find unique and tasty. Malts are light and have likeness to a cracker.

M - Clean, smooth and lighter body with awesome carbonation. The hops linger a bit.

O - I like this hop variety and find it the most unique of the XHOPS series.

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XHOPS Pale Ale (Yellow Label) from Toppling Goliath Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 104 ratings.