PseudoSue - Toppling Goliath Brewing Company

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Ratings: 2,550
Reviews: 314
rAvg: 4.59
pDev: 7.41%
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Gots: 335 | FT: 21
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Toppling Goliath Brewing Company visit their website
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: 2,550 | Reviews: 314
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.

Photo of SlightlyStoopidG
3.9/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Big drop off in quality since their head brewer left TG. I had the last batch he made and it's worlds apart from their current Pseudo Sue. :(

Photo of cvm4
4.59/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L - Pours a cloudy amber/orange body with a one finger eggshell head.

S - Huge tropical fruit notes of pineapple & mango as well as grapefruit & orange peel and all brought together with a light sweet malts.

T - Pretty spectacular for a pale ale. The taste follows the nose. Gobs of tropical fruits as well as sweet malts. I'd say the best quality is there is not a huge hop bite or bitterness that overtakes all the subtle qualities in this beer. Just a light bitterness.

F - Light bodied and medium carbonation. Juicy and wet.

O - The best pale ale I've ever had. Depending on my mood that day, zombie dust could definitely rival it.

Photo of richj1970
4.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22 oz bomber. No visible bottle date.

A: Pours a cloudy golden yellow with 1-2 finger off white head. Decent retention and lots of sticky lacing. The appearance reminds me of pineapple juice.

S: Pineapple, grapefruit, mango, and orange peel. A little bit of a grassy note in the back.

T: Fresh squeezed citrus juices - pineapple and grapefruit. Lots of wonderful hop flavors but suprisingly not bitter at all. Very well balanced.

M: Medium body and average carbonation. Finish is light and refreshing.

O: Excellent pale ale. Citra is definitely one of my favorite hop profiles.

Photo of nhindian
4.46/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to TGanyone for this bottle!

Appearance - Within the glass, PseudoSue takes on the hazy, unfiltered appearance that is so popular now with the fresh, overtly hoppy beers. It is cloudy and has a very active stream of carbonation bubbling away inside of it. The color and clarity draw comparisons to pineapple juice or a mimosa. A snow-white head caps the beer with a rocky, cavernous texture which blankets the rim of the glass in a dense foam of lace.

Aroma - While the beer looks like pineapple juice, the aroma also flourishes with tropical notes. Huge wafts of citrus, berry, and grapefruit rush out of the glass and paint the scene of a lush, fragrant landscape. Little, if any, malt sweetness makes it through the deluge of hops, but there could be a touch of grain peeking through.

Taste - From the potency of the nose, I was expecting a similarly aggressive and somewhat bitter note from the taste. However, Toppling Goliath does a great job of 'balancing' the hops; it is still very hop-forward, but doesn't possess a bracing bitterness. Instead, the hops meld nicely with the rest of the ingredients to produce a smooth flavor. There is more sweetness present here than the nose previewed, especially in the finish.

Mouthfeel - This is where the beer loses a bit of its luster for me. The body is a touch thin and isn't that successful in supporting the bold flavors within the beer, but the style and ABV mitigate that complaint to a degree. Otherwise, it lends itself to being very drinkable and not heavy on the palate.

Closing Arguments - For a 5.8% 'pale ale', PseudoSue could stand toe-to-toe with much bigger beers and come out victorious in regards to hop utilization. The dry-hopping technique allows the hops to jump the glass, while late hop additions lend additional flavor without the bitterness that would be disastrous in a beer of this size. While I'd like a little more meat to chew on, I have to admit that the lighter body lends to a beer that goes down like water. Unfortunately, I don't have a sustainable stream of bottles to replenish the one I'm drinking now!

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PseudoSue from Toppling Goliath Brewing Company
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