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PseudoSue - Toppling Goliath Brewing Company


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Ratings: 940
Reviews: 146
rAvg: 4.59
pDev: 6.75%

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:
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

(Beer added by: emerge077 on 08-17-2011)
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Photo of jwc215


4.46/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bottle:

Pours clouded golden with a thin head. Strands of lacing stick

The smell is of a robust hop explosion. The powerful aroma came through upon opening the bottle. It has a wonderful citric aroma - grapefruit, orange and mango.

The taste is of bitter citric and tropical fruits. A subtle malt backing has a cracker-like character. It balances the hops while showcasing the citra hops. A touch of pepper mixes in in the long finish.

The body is appropriate for a pale ale that is on the fuller side of the spectrum. Overall, it is smooth despite a bite to it.

A great show of citra hops. A hoppy pale ale, for sure. Not harsh though there is a bit of a bite. A very enjoyable APA.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2014 16:56:03 | More by jwc215
Photo of Hesscabob


4.78/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Citra, citra, citra!

A - excellent golden haze.

S - smells very citrusy without being overpowering the piney resinous smell.

T - smooth, excellent through and through.

M - Bubbly, yet smooth.

overall - zombie killer for sure, pleasant aroma, no overpowering, not too bitter. well done PA.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2014 17:30:17 | More by Hesscabob
Photo of Apatschinn


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

App. - Cloudy orange pour with a finger of white head on top. Lots of lacing and a bubbly top.

Smell - Citrus. Heavy on orange with a lot of tropical fruit.

Taste - Excellent! The hops come through big time. Tons of fruit.

Mouth. - A bit heavy but very drinkable. Also excellent.

Over. - This has to be one of my favorites. I'm always excited when I see it on the shelf. Seriously, one of the best pale ales I've ever had.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2014 21:56:26 | More by Apatschinn
Photo of Bighead6365

New York

4.58/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

One of the beers I got in a beer trade, can't wait to try it out.

Appearance: Copper Orange with a slight haze, that pours a great white head that laces the glass.

Smell: Tropical fruits, orange, mango, with a big hop back bite.

Taste: Follows with the smell, delicious fruits with peach, nectarine, orange, and then finishes with a bitterness. Really, really good.

Mouthfeel: Slightly thick, but very very easy to drink. Has the perfect texture.

Overall: Maybe the best Pale Ale I've ever had. Super solid, and one to look out for.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2014 23:47:28 | More by Bighead6365
Photo of beatenbyjacks


4.69/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Appearance - bright copper color with a great two finger head from the pour.

Smell - lots and lots of citrus. However on the very back end I did get some off smell (cat urine), but that is only when I really tried to get a deep smell

Taste - wow, just wow. This is what a beer should taste like. Great hop/ malt balance with lots of great citrus.

Mouthfeel - great carbonation level and with a taste that rolls off your tongue this is great.

Overall - wish I could get more of this. if you have a chance you MUST get this beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2014 15:35:56 | More by beatenbyjacks
Photo of themind

New Jersey

4.95/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is an amazing drinkable beer. Its has crisp carbonation, a Candied mango, grapefruit aroma and taste and can easily be consumed in large quantities at a rapid pace. I cant express enough in words the drink ability of this beer, its amazing. A top notch, stand tall, kick a$$ brew that literally TOPPLES the competition. Seek this out cause this beer is off the charts!

Bottom Line: Pure Awesome!

Serving type: growler

04-09-2014 02:35:54 | More by themind
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Quebec (Canada)

4.8/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Thanks to Tricerahops for this.

Poured from a 22oz bottle, no #freshbeer info.

Looks gorgeous in the glass. A completely hazy body, color is banana-orange. Frothy head, major lacing with chunks, excellent retention, hits all the notes. Aroma is of strong citrus, lemon, floral and mangoes. Flavor is outstanding! Real lush mango, lemon rind, plump citurs fruit, juicy, refreshing, creamy. So very good, tastes like real hop fruit. Near perfect, think if the aroma was a bit more powerful, i would have a 5 on my hands

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2014 18:11:41 | More by papat444
Photo of koutkid41


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

A: Cloudy golden orange, really creamy head that lingers.

S: Wow looovvee Citra hops, and this showcases why. Candied mango, grapefruit, passion-fruit, some lemon/lime, tangerine, and light pine. Very tropical. Smells like HF Citra Single, although more pungent.

T: Upfront I get a watermelon like vegetable taste. Not as flavorful as the aroma would suggest, maybe some light citrus notes. Cant get over the overwhelming watermelon taste.

M: Crisp with a light sweetness, appealing dryness as well.

O: Not sure if it's the bottle I got or this is actually how it is but after smelling this beer I was let down. The aroma is just so amazing but didn't drink as well as the smell, was kinda let down on the hype.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2014 18:21:56 | More by koutkid41
Photo of dar482

New York

4.84/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The beer comes in a slightly hazy golden orange.

The aroma is bright tropical fruit and citrus. Pineapple, grapefruit, citrus zest and just shines of Citra.

The flavor follows with those tropical and citrus fruits. A really zesty flavor with a very light bready malt in the middle. A light bitterness in the end, which is appropriate for the style.

An extremely clean drinking beer and holds even more fruits than Zombie Dust (an also Citra single hopped pale ale).

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2014 00:45:03 | More by dar482
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Quebec (Canada)

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

Bottle: Poured a hazy orange color ale with a large foamy head with excellent retention and some great lacing. Aroma consists of tropical fruits with light citrus notes with great floral notes. Taste is also dominated by huge fresh tropical fruits notes with light citrus notes and some very limited bitterness. Some residual sugar is perceptible with light malt presence. Body is full for style with good carbonation. This is a world-class pale ale for sure.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2014 17:41:09 | More by Phyl21ca
Photo of PattyCakes227


4.51/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I was able to make a run to Hudson, WI to snag a few bombers of this last time it dropped there.

A - Pours a hazy, slightly cloudy golden color.

S - It's clear where the Citra hop got its name. Huge citrus, zesty almost orange juice aroma.

T - Follows the nose. Waves and waves of citrus, extremely clean

M - Medium body, borders on being slightly over carbonated, but I'm willing to forgive that due to how delicious it is.

This is easily one of my new favorite beers. It is incredible how TG is able to pack so much flavor into a 6% APA. I definitely will be stocking up on this one whenever possible.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2014 13:07:09 | More by PattyCakes227
Photo of jvillefan


4.4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: A deep orange/yellow body that might be a little too dark to be considered a pale ale but it is more of a body of an IPA. There is an ivory white head.

S: Huge hop aroma. You get the citra hops up front. The hop character overpowers the malt profile in the nose.

T: Huge hop up front with leafy citrus flavors There is a perfect malt backbone in the flavor unlike the nose. There is a sweet caramel and toffee to match the bitter from the hops.

M: Huge mouthfeel, again maybe too much for a pale ale. This is more of a body for an IPA. A little light on the carbonation.

O: A great beer. Well done toppling goliath. The hop malt balance is great. I don't believe that this should be considered an IPA. At 7% and the decently sized body to the beer this is not a pale ale.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2014 03:05:49 | More by jvillefan
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District of Columbia

4.23/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to zswo for this. Tulip glass.

A: Pours a deep but clear gold color with a half finger of messy, yellow-tinted head. Recedes quickly to a ring, and leaves some intricate lacing. Very good retention.

S: Big citrus and tropical hops, sweetish malt, slightly sharp lemon note.

T: Lots of juicy pink grapefruit, sugar coated grapefruit, some sweetish malt peeks, with almost no bitterness present except for a tinge on the finish. Wow, superb stuff. But it leans a little on the sweet side; there’s a surprising amount of residual sugar here. And it tastes a bit muddled as it warms.

M: Medium body, slightly creamy, and medium-high carbonation.

O: This is very good, but the drinkability is surprisingly low due to the relatively high sweetness and the muddled flavors that emerge as this warms.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2014 00:46:11 | More by pmarlowe
Photo of PHBoiler


4.91/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Holy smokes this was an unreal apa. This beer proves that not everything needs to be double or imperial to be outstanding. Easily the best APA I've had. The pour is inviting with a deep golden body and foamy head. The smell jumps out of the glass as sweet citrus, orange juice, and five alive. The best way to describe the taste is like Squirt with TANG added to it. It's just that juicy and sweet. The only critique I'd have is that the sweetness would hold me to 2 glasses or the 22 oz bomber. Nothing wrong with that at all, but I just couldn't throw these back all day.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2014 14:10:12 | More by PHBoiler
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4.36/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

With delicate flow, Pseudo Sue glides along like a polar bear on ice skates. Just like a 747 landing on the Hudson, this hot dog thing is smooth! Tropical notes trickle down your throat like the queen of Fiji is feeding you from her garden...

Welcome to the party, Raul, I think I just may welcome myself indeed.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2014 23:38:45 | More by RaulMondesi
Photo of anteater


4.55/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle

A: Murky light orange, thin white head

S: Really bright citrus and grassy hops

T: Lemon, orange, grapefruit, grass. Really pure hop essence in this one, not too bitter. Incredible drinkability.

M: More smooth than crisp, slightly creamy and awesome

O: Gives ZD a run for its money. This is one hell of a pale ale!

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2014 20:47:31 | More by anteater
Photo of MTBrewr


4.74/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a narrow tulip glass.

A: Extremely light in color; a bright, yellowish gold gives off a very welcoming appearance. Nice full head for its light color. The head is a perfectly shiny white that sticks around all the way till the last drop.

S: Very citrusy, and fruity in smell. The citra hop really comes through and is very appealing. I thought that the mango character came out a lot stronger in the aroma rather than the taste which worked to the beer's benefit.

T: Very simple beer (single hopped) that still packs a mouthful of flavor. Very slight hints of mango, but orange came through more for me in the taste. The citra hop still packs an impressive bitterness, however, for a 50 IBU beer this does not seem as bitter as the number would suggest due to the great, mellowing, blend its citrusy components give it.

M: Beer goes down extremely smooth with a fairly medium body to it. The mouthfeel of the head is just as good as its appearence.

O: This is a year round brew that in my opinion makes for an exceptional spring/summer beer. This would be a great beer to enjoy in the sun, out on the deck/porch. I am extremely impressed with this single hopped brew. Goes to show that a lot of the time simpler is better.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2014 03:32:13 | More by MTBrewr
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Ontario (Canada)

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

A - Hazy tangerine orange colour. Completely opaque. One finger of bright white head that receded to a thin layer.

S - A massive fresh ripe mango aroma. Pineapple, passion fruit, tangerine. Slight honey malt sweetness.

T - Fresh tropical fruit bouquet that almost tastes like natural flavours were added. A huge mango presence with lighter notes of passion fruit, grapefruit and tangerine. A slight honey sweetness provides the perfect amount of malt sweetness.

M - Medium body, slightly creamy. Sticky and oily. Light carbonation.

O - The perfect APA. Wonderful.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2014 00:05:53 | More by TheSevenDuffs
Photo of N_Schleret


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

A: Pours a light golden color with about a half finger white head that dissipates quickly.
S: Citra hops fills up the nose! Pineapple, mango, orange and peaches.
T: very clean and crisp. Pineapple and mango up front. A sweet malty finish.
M: Medium carbonation with a medium body.
O: One of the best APAs I have had the pleasure of trying. I really wish this was more accessible.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2014 23:20:54 | More by N_Schleret
Photo of mlhyatt


4.85/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a tulip glass.

No idea when it was bottled.

A- a light gold. Opaque for a pale ale. No head and virtually no lace. A few bubbles in the center of the beer. Looks more like a sour than a pale ale.

S- honestly when i first smelled it it reminded me of urine. But now i'm getting sweet hops like orange and grass. The malt is well hidden but there is a faint syrupness.

T- follows the nose a lot. There is no bitterness even though there is a strong hop character. The hops are sweet and citrusy and leaves a tangy deliciousness on the back of your tongue. The hops sit in your mouth waiting for the next sip. Very very delicious taste.

M- so smooth. No bitterness or harshness on the swallow. Not really any kind of carbonation either. Very nice mouthfeel.

O- very very well made pale ale. Definitely my favorite pale ale i've had. So smooth and sweet hops mix so well with the malt. So delicious.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2014 03:21:14 | More by mlhyatt
Photo of Goblinmunkey7


4.28/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Huge thanks to bilco for the bottle.

Appearance: Slight chill haze on a honey a copper a dark gold. Head is bright-white bubbly and leaves distinct sheets and notches of lacing. Decent head retention leaves a small cap. Moderate carbonation on the pour.

Smell: Citra explosion. Mango, pineapple, tangerine and all things tropical. Light and bright and fruity. Something like a buttered club cracker. Light pale malt sweetness coupled with a slight caramel malt. Slightly bready. Almost like butterscotch. Definitely not an infection, but the Citra is way more prevalent than I've encountered. Peach. Light and clean and fruity.

Taste: Very slightly bitter. Some hints of pine needle. Tropical but a little less than the nose. Mango, pineapple in abundance, peach, and tangerine. Super juicy and wet. Malts are light and bready with some slight cooked malts. A touch sweet outside of the fruity hops. So much Citra. Mild buttered biscuit. Bready with some caramelized sweetness. Slight bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium to light body with a wet but not slick mouthfeel. Moderate carbonation and decidedly clean. A touch dry.

Overall: Sue can be my friend.

It's a pure Citra beer. That makes it good.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2014 20:56:04 | More by Goblinmunkey7
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4.7/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Bottle at Toppling Goliath tent at Hunahpu's Day 2014. Pours an orangey gold with a fair amount of white head. Head held pretty well, and there was a medium collar, not much lacing. Aroma and taste were citrusy and lightly tropical. I honestly drank this so quick I couldn't get a fair assessment. By the time I went back for another pour, it was already out. Surprisingly light and refreshing mouthfeel, slight bitter bite.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2014 17:34:37 | More by mverity
Photo of scottfrie


4.99/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

22oz bottle into SN imperial pint glass. Huge thank you to Pidzik12!

A: Pours a deep glowing light amber with golden highlights beneath a very dense and thick off-white head that faded into a soft fuzzy film. Thick sticky sheets of lace were left down the glass.
S: Huge tropical and citrus hop notes of mango, passion fruit, sugary pineapple, and tangerine nectar. I get a ton of peach as the beer warms. Probably one of the best hop profiles I’ve had the pleasure of smelling.
T: Juicy and sweet hop flavors that follow the nose. I get notes of peaches, tangerine, papaya, grapefruit, sweet dried mango, agave and a touch of evergreen bitterness. The finish is sweet and juicy and the aftertaste is lightly bitter but still very juicy and greasy with hop resin.
M: Greasy and slick mouthfeel with a smooth and oily dose of hop resin. Wet and splashy mouthfeel, smooth and easy to drink, with a medium-full body. Extremely quaffable.
O: The best thing since sliced bread. If toppling goliath considers this a pale ale then I don’t want to know what an ipa is. Some of the best use of citra in a beer I’ve had to date. This really blew me away. Thanks again Paul!

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2014 22:42:32 | More by scottfrie
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4.38/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Cool bottle artwork. It looks legit. And not something from a small town Iowa brewery!

Hazy, golden hue with highlights of amber; a bit of chunky yeast sediment was the only “flaw” in this beautiful pale ale. A crown of white foam graces the top of the elixir.

This is the best smell pale ale I have ever had the pleasure of enjoying. Period. The nose was so vibrant and rich; lemon zest, limes, grapefruit, pungent and yet tropical. The malt is distant… let the hops sing. And they hit the high notes. The aroma is now ingrained in my brain. Simply perfect!

The palate was a letdown… ONLY because the aromas were so strikingly amazing. It is delicious and complex and beast of a pale ale. Orange fresh, mangos, lemon zest, pinnacle, citrus rinds, pith with a simple hint of pine and floral. Devine. Mouthwatering good.

A solid medium in body. Ideal carbonation. Good mouthfeel.

Tasty as hell. Drinkable as hell. A superb pale ale. It’s a legit pale ale… it’s not an IPA labeled a pale ale. It is a real deal hoppy pale ale. Really complex and a showcase of the Citra hops. Worth seeking out.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2014 15:47:17 | More by bditty187
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4.84/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Had this 6 or 7 times this past weekend. On tap in IC as well as at TG brewery to do a Side by Side with King Sue after my share of Mornin' Delight.

Bottles are from the new efficient system which raised the ABV slightly

A - Pours a beautiful orange/yellow hazy amber with a 2 finger white foam head with lacing

S - Tropical fruits, citrus, hops, and even hints of grassy earth. The smell is less hoppy then King Sue and the strength of the smell coming from the tropical fruits is a little weaker

T - Taste's like King Sue's child with an extravagant bunch of tropical, citrusy fruits coming through. Crisp and clean, very session able.

M - Mouthfeel is soft, carbonated perfectly.

O - Citra hops are amazing coming through on this Pale Ale. Drinks like an IPA

This is one hell of a brew

King Sue takes the cake.. but it may be the best DIPA ever brewed

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2014 23:05:52 | More by drmcleod10
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PseudoSue from Toppling Goliath Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 940 ratings.