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PseudoSue - Toppling Goliath Brewing Company

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Ratings: 2,449
Reviews: 293
rAvg: 4.59
pDev: 7.41%
Wants: 1,102
Gots: 310 | FT: 18
Brewed by:
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: 2,449 | Reviews: 293
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!

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

Best pale ale I've had so far, I enjoyed this more than zombie dust in almost every way.

Photo of putonyourwalkingshoes
4.66/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is one of the best if not best pale ales I've ever had. I prefer this over zombie dust purely because of the unreal hop feel and aftertaste. This was a real treat. Excellent flavors of grapefruit with slight oak and start to finish a pleasure. Great malt profile. Nose and appearance could be better but in the end taste is king.

Photo of KMachHops
4.45/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

look: Bomber into tulip glass. Murky copper and frothy head.
smell: Citrus bomb. Orange and grapefruit.
taste: No where close to the smell.
feel: Well carbonated and finishes with some bitterness.
overall: Slightly disappointed. I was expecting something closer to zombie dust.

Photo of Bisco42
4.2/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Not the flavor I thought but damn is that a beautiful appearance. Like an orange. My favorite opaque appearance with a tall beautiful head that subsides slowly. Spotted lacing down the glass. Not sure it lived up to the hype though.
Definitely drinkable.

Photo of laketang
4.45/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Strong citrus smell, a cloudy orange colored delicious beer, now bring on king sue

Photo of Cfeezy
4.6/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Probably the best American pale ale I have ever had. Full, rich, smooth, and clean. Moar!!!

Photo of tapperm
4.92/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Great complex brew. One of my favorites. Smooth delivery. The hops and citrus are an excellent blend!

Photo of chIAhawks89
4.63/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Had fresh, out of the bottle. The sweetness from the tropical fruits come through and a larger note from the grapefruit, the citra really shines here. Great beer!

Photo of cjgator3
4.64/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed at Hunahpu's Day 2015 at Cigar City Brewery in Tampa

Photo of joyntbrewing
4.51/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Have you had a beer with citra hops? well this is a good example. Generally cloudy which warrants a demerit but flavor and aroma are strong.

Photo of danh53
4.59/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Lives up to the hype. Thanks to Justin for sending this. Pours a hazy, cloudy yellow with a two finger head. Aroma bursts with pineapple, mango, apricot, and especially grapefruit. Taste is an explosion of the same. Carries a bitter bite all the way through. Amazing beer considering the low ABV.

Photo of Culley
4.88/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Great Beer when I can find it.

Photo of AppaZappa
4.76/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from 22oz bottle, pale orange, largely clear. Foam settles to nice film. Smell is amazing: grapefruit, piney, bit of apricot and mango. Taste follows suit with citrus and mango. Mild malt on back end fading crisp and clean. Feel / carbonation is spot on. Lives up to the hype-my clear standout from a pale ale tasting that included other TG offerings and those from other breweries. Wish I could drink this much more often!

Photo of andyrobertson1212
4.8/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

One of my favorite pale ales

Photo of WolfsbaneBloom
4.08/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Solid and flavorful but nothing particularly remarkable. For a light and tasty pale ale, it's hard to top this.

Photo of Jordanpaterson08
4.76/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Awesome beer. Delicious aroma and taste.. Love the cloudy unfiltered color as well. Shout out to my awesome trade buddy Josh for sending this my way!
Lots of similarities to Kern River Brewing Citra double ipa

Photo of BillRoth
4.56/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

More than lived up to the hype. Wow. What an explosion of aromas and flavor. Considering moderate ABV...it's flat out amazing. If I had done a blind tasting I would have guessed Alpine...not Iowa. These guys know how to brew.
Powerhouse of complex citrus and hints of dried pine and apricot. The hops and malt balance beautifully. Drinks way too easy.
Chase this one and get as many as you can.

Photo of cubs943
4.4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a pretty good beer.

Photo of Word2BigBIrd
4.3/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Wish the aroma was more like the taste

Photo of thetravelguy01
1.65/5  rDev -64.1%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.75

Hopefully the beer I drank was from a bad batch. I'm a fan of a citrus beer but this was horrible! I've only poured two beers down the drain because I couldn't finish them and this was one of them. The other beer I poured down the drain was a strong German Eisbock. The first drink of this beer wasn't horrible, grapefruit, grapefruit, grapefruit and some more grapefruit. There was some hop bitterness on the aftertaste on the first drink but nothing crazy. As I continued drinking this beer the grapefruit was becoming so intense and obnoxious it wasn't enjoyable at all. The aftertaste was very funky and long lasting. I have no idea how this beer is ranked 100!! I bought two bottles to share with two of my friends and neither of them could finish it as well. I was so excited to try this beer and it was a total failure in my book. It's hard to say because this is a loved beer by many but this is one of the worst beers I've drank. I'm going to give it another shot, maybe in the brewery.

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PseudoSue from Toppling Goliath Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 2,449 ratings.