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Tsunami Pale Ale - Toppling Goliath Brewing Company

Tsunami Pale AleTsunami Pale Ale

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very good

52 Ratings
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Ratings: 52
Reviews: 5
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 10.94%

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

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Dive into a Toppling Goliath Tsunami Pale Ale. Waves of mandarin orange aroma swell into this light ale body, coasting to a smooth, easy finish. This Tsunami is a breezy ride, not too bitter, and a perfect introduction for those not yet familiar with the craft brewing world. Prepare your palate to take the plunge with a chilled Tsunami Pale, best served in a pint glass.

31 IBU

(Beer added by: emerge077 on 07-24-2010)
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4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Stopped at the tap room and had a pint of this, their house draft.
Review from notes.

Served in a pint, it was a hazy unfiltered gold, with a crown of intricate lacing. There was a finger of head that receded to a thick skim across the surface. Retention was good. Green, leafy, earthy hops in the nose. Seemed like it would be fairly bitter based on aroma alone.

The flavor definitely delivered what the nose hinted at. Firm hop bitterness, grassy and earthy, with a lingering dry green hop finish. Malt complexity in the middle. Light bodied and sessionable for sure. A nice effort from a new Iowa brewery. It reminded me a little of our hometown classic in Chicago, Daisy Cutter from Half Acre.

Serving type: on-tap

07-24-2010 01:36:23 | More by emerge077
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4.18/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Ours hazed golden amber with a thin white head. Lacing sticks.

The smell is of musty nectarine and mandarin orange.

The taste is of nectarine with a balancing biscuity sweet balance. It has a long finish.

It is chewy - fuller side of a light-bodied pale ale. Very refreshing!

There is a balanced bittersweet fruitiness that makes this a nice, refreshing brew! A "sessionable", balanced, vibrant American Pale Ale.

Serving type: on-tap

04-18-2014 01:59:29 | More by jwc215
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3.56/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

16oz poured in a shaker pint on draft at Craftsman in Middleton, WI today, 1/29/2014.

App- clear orange-copper body with a clean white 1 finger head, good retention, good lacing.

Smell- crisp breadiness, hints of caramel and floral notes. Surprisingly not so hoppy.

Flavour- tastes like a crisp pilsner, bready and caramelly with floral hops. Not bitter at all.

Mouthfeel- medium bodied, well carbonated, easy to drink but by no means bitter.

Overall- decent pale ale, tastes more like a pilsner. Not that great and I suggest looking for better options.

Serving type: on-tap

01-30-2014 00:15:13 | More by Stevedore
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3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I rode the wave with a shaker pint. This beer was reviewed from notes.

Appearance- This pale has a golden-orange, transparent body.There are no bubbles in the beer, with a white ring of foam. There is a little bit of sheet lacing as the beer travels down the glass.

Smell- The nose is quite sweet and fruity. It is surprisingly tangy, like sweet tarts. The candy citrus reminds me of lemon and lime, also a bit floral.

Taste- Nice! A blast of vanilla and tingly bitterness right away. The candy citrus blends with some wheat grain and a bitter back end. The biscuit malt is a nice touch, really like the grassy quality too.

Mouth feel- The medium body has some nice lift off the tongue. The bitterness gives Tsunami Pale a long and dry finish.

Overall- The sweet and tangy nature of the beer is the defining quality by far. The bitterness is not overdone and makes for an easy drinking pale. Give me more of that citrus please!

Serving type: on-tap

05-20-2012 01:11:10 | More by Pintofbrown
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4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Bright yellow/golden with just a hint of orange. Great clarity. One finger white head. Looks like a Bud/Miller/Coors beer to be honest. Good active carbonation. I think it's just a little too yellow, I'd like to see some more color. 4.0

S: Hops are there, but not crazy, in fact the pale malt is stronger. Not perfectly clean, but good. 3.5

T: Not much going on here, making it a great session beer/intro to craft beer, but I'd love to see more complexity. No off flavors and just a light bite. 4.0

M: Very nice. It has sharp carbonation and good body. 4.5

D: This is a very drinkable beer. 4.5

Serving type: on-tap

12-20-2010 14:14:06 | More by mdwalsh
Tsunami Pale Ale from Toppling Goliath Brewing Company
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