PseudoSue - Toppling Goliath Brewing Company

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Ratings: 2,581
Reviews: 319
rAvg: 4.59
pDev: 7.41%
Wants: 1,133
Gots: 341 | FT: 23
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Iowa, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: emerge077 on 08-17-2011

This single hop ale showcases the Citra hop. Named for the largest T-rex fossil ever discovered, she roars with ferocious aromas of grapefruit, citrus, mango and evergreen. Delicate in body with a mild bite in the finish.

50 IBU
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Ratings: 2,581 | Reviews: 319
Photo of snaotheus
4.36/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle served in a large mug. Traveled here in mr-jj's friend's suitcase. If there is a date on the bottle, I can't find it.

Pours murky golden with a smallish white head, medium carbonation. I can see thick chunky sediment left in the bottom of the bottle, but I think a fair amount of sediment made it into my glass (not that I mind). Smell is gorgeous. Floral and tropical. Just dreamy.

Taste is surprisingly malty, with the expectations set by the nose. Based on the aroma, I thought this was going to be a total hop bomb, but it's actually a fairly well balanced pale ale, with all the stuff I like in an IPA (floral, resinous, honeysuckle and tropical juice...) but toned down a bit, with a stronger malt (straw, maybe) presence.

Mouthfeel is moderately thick and surprisingly dry. Overall, very tasty beer.

Photo of Nachojon
4.57/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Really good pale ale, love citra hops and this is an awesome citra showcase.

Photo of BradfordStuckey
3.95/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Great artwork on the bottle. Floral and slight citrus scents from a good beer. Anopther Citra bomb. Showcasing the hop well like others do. Speckled haziness from lack there of or low filtration. Heavy mouthfeel that is surprising from the low ABV.

Photo of martyl1000
4.2/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I'm not getting it, obviously. For this to be so universally revered makes me doubt myself. But I don't love it.

It's delicious, certainly. It has some magical quality that's pretty instantly recognizable. But it's kind of anonymous. The flavor profile seems oddly without substance, transparent -- invisible, even. To serve this in a Shaker pint is definitely part of the problem. But I'm just shaking my head. I can't see what all the hype is about.

It's nowhere near the enlightenment that is Zombie Dust. I even like New Glarus Moon Man better than this. If I were to place it on my Top Ten APA hierarchy, it'd look like this:

Zombie Dust
Daisy Cutter
Alpha King
-(Big falloff, here.)-
Moon Man
Hop Trip
Burning River
Sierra Nevada Pale
Great Divide Fresh Hop

Photo of garyloveman
4.29/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a golden brown. Not much head. Smells like orange juice. Tastes citrusy with a bitter finish

Photo of Meghan89
4.94/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Delicious!!! Tastes just like my favorite fruit!!!

Photo of MA_hops
4.71/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Very cloudy, yellow like pineapple juice. Smells phenomenal! Mango, grapefruit, citrus, pine, HOPPY!!! This is a winner...i'd put this in the "5 beers to have before you die" list!

Photo of TonyLuvsBeer
5/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My holy grail of beers. Tried some of this back in April when I was able to snag a few in Iowa. The incredible aroma of this beer is only outdone by its wonderful taste. This is my favorite beer. I would love to get some more of it. I'm very sad that my two bombers are long gone. TG needs to distribute in MI.

Photo of Hoppity1
4.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured my Sue and then a Zombie Dust, one of my favorites to compare the two citras. Sue stood tall against the dust. An excellent beer.

Photo of Jacobgeorge05
4.28/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Very good Pale ale. They have better ones though.

Photo of jdhowe
4.66/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I prefer bottles to draft on this one... I got more of the wonderful fruits and sweetness from the bottle. Really killer beer, though. Reminds me a bit of ZD in the way the citra character really shows up as a wonderful sweetness in the flavor profile.

Photo of CoffeePorter
4.66/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Hazy, dark orange, had a nice golden glow to it with a thin, white head.
S: Wow the aroma was incredible…very similar to Trillium FPPA. Mango, peach, candied fruit sweetness.
T: Similar to nose. It actually reminded me of a duplicate of the Galaxy Dry Hopped FPPA by Trillium. The Pseudo Sue is a combination of an upfront hoppy punch to your tastebuds followed by a citrus bomb of mango/peach juiciness. Some dry, pine like aftertaste, but well balanced overall.
M: Medium carbonation, hops prickly to the tongue. Medium bodied beer.
O: I loved it! The freshness component was an added plus as it is fairly difficult to track one of these down especially living in the Northeast. It's right up there with Trillium! Great job!

Photo of RStansel
4.46/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Exceptional APA, with huge, anxious tropical aromas and seamless mouthfeel. A big thank you from Winnipeg, Canada to Casanova Liquor for this bottle. Mango & pineapple salad in a glass.

Photo of riegler
4.8/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

L- cloudy, opaque, almost like a dull orange juice
S- super citrus, mango
T- citrus hits hard, ends with a touch of bitterness. Great balance
F- low carbonation, super easy to drink, very smooth
O- you should be out trying to acquire this immediately rather than reading my crappy attempt at a review. So solid every time!

Photo of Shaler_Tate
4.67/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This one is right up there with Heady IMO.

Photo of spacecake9
4.75/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Purchased a just arrived fresh bottle. Limit of 1 - darn.
A - Murky orange color with a small head.
S - A ton of orange on the nose.
T - Big citrus flavor with just the right bitterness.
M - Medium mouth feel and carbonation.
O - Outstanding Pale Ale, flavorful yet balanced. I will drink this as often as I can get it.

Photo of pagriley
4.85/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Fresh bottle, hand delivered from Iowa!

L - Cloudy vibrant orange with a thick foamy head that leaves behind fine lacing
S - mmmm Citra. Soft citrus aromas with a hint of spice
T - Bursts of oranges and a backbone of smooth malt with just a tiny hint of sweetness - perfect balance between hops and malt, with just a slight bite of bitterness at the finish
F - creamy and spot on carbonation - no prickle, dangerously smooth

O - Having this side by side with Zombie Dust, overall, I would give the nod to PseudoSue as being a more balanced beer, that finishes with less bitterness than a ZD. As a Pale Ale to style, ZD is over the top, this is more balanced and just fantastic!

Photo of jow_42
4.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into a Jow's Arcade tulip glass

A - Hazy, tangerine. Opaque. Not much of a head on the pour and it dissipated quickly.

S - The nose on this beer is great. Huge orange, tangerine, mango, slight pineapple. Underneath all the Citra, is a bit of a resinous, dankness. Very pungent. This smells more like an IPA or DIPA

T - Really nice, but I think the nose is much bigger than the taste. Big citrus - oranges, orange peel, bitter grapefruit. That bitterness hangs on a bit middle of the mouth, and falls off the palette. Very clean, drying, easy drinking. A very tasty APA, especially for the ABV

O - I think this beer was a bit over hyped for me, and I'm bummed I didn't get an older version of this as I've heard the older batches were better.

Photo of martinimike82
5/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Hoppy mango bomb. Delicious stuff!

Photo of KATCanada
4.33/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First of all beautiful looking cloudy golden orange almost like a perfect mimosa. Not a ton of carbonation.
Nose. Resinous nose, floral. Big pine, very long bitter finish. Orange pith, grapefruit then gives way to mango. Very drinkable, tons of flavor for an APA

Photo of dmgeng
4.92/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Got this as a bonus beer from a trade with Omensetter. A huge thanks to him!!

A - Bright honey orange color. Completely opaque capturing all of the light in it's brilliantly dry hopped body with a small fine white head and light lacing.

S - Extremely strong hop fragrance with tons of tropical fruit. Basically DIPA aromatics with mostly a papaya, pineapple, and mango mixture that is just awesome. If you like tropical fruits in your IPAs then this one hits it out of the park.

T - Unbelievable hop flavor with a full fruit hop character with tons of tropical fruit mango, pineapple, orange, and citrus hops make you feel the awesomeness that is the PseudoSue. If you like tropical flavored hops by the bucket full this is a great beer. This is completely hop forward and more like juice than a beer. There is almost no malt flavor. The bitterness is very light to nonexistent with all of the amazing hop flavors. This is definitely a Citra lovers wet dream.

M - Lighter mouth-feel with low carbonation. Really it is a low ABV pale ale and it is very drinkable and flavorful to boot.

Overall, this is the best pale ale that I've ever had. Amazing aroma and taste really set this beer high and beside all other pale ales out there. Though it doesn't look like you average pale ale and doesn't have the balance of malt to hop that most APAs have this beer is tremendous. This beer went down fast and I wish I can't wait to try it again in the future.

Glass- Perfect Pint

Photo of ajchocholousek
4.63/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Bomber into a New Belgium "snifter"

Pours a murky, opaque light golden orange that doesn't want to let much light through. 1/2 finger white chunky, yet creamy head. The nose just friggin' brings it with huge amounts of tropical hops. Oh my. Oranges and tangerines dance a beautiful dance with juicy mango, pineapple, a hint of salty papaya and just a touch of caramel. Taste comes through beautifully, following the nose with a nice amount of hop bitterness slathered in sweet, sweet mango, citrus, a touch of floral bouquet, and finishes sweetly with pineapple jam and the most appropriate faint touch of bready biscuity maltiness. A creamy and bright mouthfeel along with a lighter (but not too light) body, bring this beer to the pinnacle (for me, so far) of APAs. Holy Shyte. This bomber is about to disappear. What a treat. Can't wait to try it alongside zombie dust.

Photo of izzyismyrott
4.92/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had it at dark lord day. A great beer!

Photo of Jwburns75
4/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Received in a recent trade, my first TG beer. It's a very good beer for the style (pale ale) but overrated on this site. Looks and smell is right on, very citrusy. Hazy orange color, nice head but little retention. Taste is just not as great as I hoped. Solid, worth a try for sure. Not one of the best beers in the world.

Photo of MistyMountainHops
4.71/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Citra hop heaven! First time drinking PseudoSue. I will have any time I can find it.

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PseudoSue from Toppling Goliath Brewing Company
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