PseudoSue - Toppling Goliath Brewing Company

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Ratings: 2,696
Reviews: 342
rAvg: 4.59
pDev: 7.41%
Wants: 1,146
Gots: 387 | FT: 30
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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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Photo of MisSigsFan
4.38/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle dated 28 May 15. Pours a slightly hazy yellow golden color with a thin white head. Leaves some lacing on the glass. Smell is orange, grapefruit, mango, pineapple... You know it's gotta be Citra. These bottles are a little over a month old so some drop off is to be expected. Taste is juicy and tropical. Follows the nose for the most part. Nice biscuity malt at the end. Bitterness is subdued. Mouthfeel is light and crisp. Actually not as creamy as some other TG beers I've had. Overall an excellent pale ale, but I'm not seeing how this could be a perfect 100. A solid 4.25-4.50 beer.

Photo of jeffaroo95
4.25/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

it's a good beer, wouldn't put it in the top 25.

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

I remember it being better the first time I had it.

Photo of jtladner
3.58/5  rDev -22%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

My first time trying this one, but according to others this was an off batch. 12 oz bottle, only a few weeks old and yet no hops in the aroma, and only a slight hop profile in the flavor. Pretty underwhelming. Hopefully I'll get the chance to try a better batch in the future and update my rating.

Photo of Delz
4.01/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I would love to have had a Daisy Cutter to compare it to.

Photo of matgrat2422
4.84/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Best pale ale I have ever had. Amazing citrus hops. One of the most drinkable beers around.

Photo of JohnnyHopps
4.15/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - The beer was a golden orange color with a bubbly white head.

Smell - There is a modest dry orange nose. It is partly floral, with a hint of grass.

Taste - At the front, I notice orange and lavender. The profile is dry overall with hints of grass and other citrus. The finish comes across as both orange and dry oak.

Mouthfeel - The carbonation is appropriate for the style, contributing to a dry finish.

Overall - I hate to say, but I think this is a little overrated. There are other APAs out there that are in the same ballpark as this, but lack the noteriety.

Photo of Golden303
5/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Best beer I've had on danky and smooth.

Photo of Erikberglund
4.07/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Not the Best APA in my opinion. Very Drinkable just wasn't as great as i was hoping.

Photo of PeterParker
4.93/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My brother brought this back from his trip to Iowa...thanks Dan!

Pours a beautiful bright orange with a half finger of head. Leaves lots of lacing.

Nose is extremely tropical. Mango, orange, dankness, a bit of spice. Smells heavenly.

Wow the taste is awesome. It immediately kicks you in the tongue with a burst of citrusy hops. The flavor on this is stronger than any beverage I've ever had. Amazing. The bitterness hits up front but is immediately followed by the fruity goodness. Mostly orange and mango. Back of the tongue has a punch with some more bitterness.

It feels awesome. You know you're drinking a hoppy beer as the hops permeate throughout the palate. Coats the mouth unlike a pale ale usually would.

I understand the hype. This is probably the best pale ale I've ever had. It's just so powerful and makes me realize why I love Citra hops so much.

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

Amazing citra beer. WORLD CLASS

Photo of Wasatch
4.34/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz. Bottle
Bottled On: 27 May 15

Thanks goes out to jwc215 (Joe) for sending me this one, much appreciated.

Poured into a pint glass, a very nice cloudy dark yellow color, with some nice carbonation, which leaves a small creamy/white head, with some nice sticky lacing. The nose is hoppy, with a nice citrus note, with a very slight pine note. The taste is very nice, hoppy, with some nice citrus thrown in, picking up a slight pine note as well. Medium body with a nice dry/bitter finish. Overall a very tasty Pale Ale. Very glad to have my third Toppling Goliath brew. Thanks Joe!

Photo of Mdog
4.25/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Clear gold, lots of suspended particles, huge head.

Smell: Moderate citrus rind.

Taste: Bready sweetness, then a lasting citrus aftertaste. Very easy drinking.

Overall: Picked up a 4-pack of 12oz bottles in Iowa of the contract-brewed PseudoSue. It's a very nice pale ale, a little more balanced than I was expecting but still packs a nice hop flavor. Hopefully I can try a side-by-side of Surly Todd and PseudoSue someday.

Photo of tmbgnicu
4.83/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Closest thing I've found to HF single hop citra. Smooth and drinkable, allowing plenty of room for the citra to shine. An outstanding beer, only wish it came in 6pks instead of 4pks.

Photo of diablo14
4.34/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This one's a bit of a creeper.

Pours a light golden colour, and has a fantastic nose that has plenty of mango and orange, backed by some very spruce like scents. The flavour seemed underwhelming at first, and while it never quite matched the power of the nose, as it got slightly warmer it opened right up. The hops provide just the right amount of zing.

By the time I was finished i was ready for another. It's not easy to find a beer this well balanced and tasty, yet so subtle and drinkable. This is one.

Photo of vette2006c5r
4.47/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

PseduoSue pours a copper color with a big lacing long lasting head. There is a big citrus and hoppy aroma. The taste has a big hop flavor, citrus and fruity, but still very drinkable. Finishes with a nice dryness. Overall its a very good beer, easy to drink, but not perfect.

Photo of Sails_Ambassador
4.25/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Solid single hop. Unfortunately not deserving of a 100.... Any other brewery releasing this beer would have a 90, overrated scoring

Photo of smakawhat
3.97/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the twelve ounce bottle into a nonic pint glass. Bottled May 29th 2015, (320) listed, agreement with Lakeland Florida.

Chill hazed lemon yellow body, with a lemon pineapple like glow and orb appearance. Fluffy to creamy bleach white head form simply and nicely at about slightly taller than two fingers. Cream bubbled makeup, but with a bit of a soapy appearance.

Nice straightforward hop nose. Zesty, slightly oily. Not heavily pronounced, but classic tangerine like orange and a bit of candy like sweetness to it as well like a classic Christmas orange. Slightly earthy as well with a bit of pine, not much discernible malt character. Pretty solid though.

Palate brings some real nice qualities. Slightly juiced front of orange and mango with a very good dryness and airy powdery malt quality almost cancelling out the mouthfeel's very great but slightly wet qualities. Leafy and mint to tea like finish, with a bigger drying quality that's emphasized on the swallow. Has some classic drying Pliny Elder character which is kind of memorable. Some of the oily fruit character comes through real nicely as it warms. It does become more enjoyable as I drink more of it.

It's a very well made beer, but not something I am going to be crazy over with the plethora of good solid American Pale Ales out there.

Photo of mabermud
4.51/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Look: Deep orange hazy body. Off white head that shrivels from a pancake sized nipple to a shriveled up quarter. The head is very sticky, and the curtains are slick.
Smell: Rich. Candied tropical fruit or Hawaiian punch with grapefruit.
Taste: Tropical fruit punch, watered down, just a tad. The finish tastes like I am drinking tropical fruit juice when there are more ice cubes left than juice. Not bad, just saying.
Feel: The feel does not disappoint.

Overall - With this beer, the smell stands out. I think there are better APAs out there, but this is actually a hit. A watered down Enjoy By...

I had to come back after it warmed to bump up the "overall." Outstanding finish and a complete package for an APA.

Photo of Gobearswalter34
4.73/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Pours an electric orange with a one finger white, foamy head. Smells piney and citrus with just a touch of funk. Piney resin with citrus hop taste that is nearly perfect. The resin sneaks up the nose slightly, and it feels like a slight nutty taste. The hop and malt combination creates the best finish of any IPA I have had. I have long heard of this company and it's offerings and it lives up to the hype.

Photo of getkrunkhoe
4.34/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

damn, this was nice. nuff said.

Photo of elgato31
4.46/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Very delicious beer. Toppling Goliath made this one good

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.

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PseudoSue from Toppling Goliath Brewing Company
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