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PseudoSue - Toppling Goliath Brewing Company

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Reviews: 365
Hads: 3,053
Avg: 4.52
pDev: 7.52%
Wants: 1,207
Gots: 484 | FT: 31
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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Photo of tony11
4.68/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What a surprise. I got it in Mequon Wisconsin by chance because of the breweries reputation. Simply a great beer and close in flavor to Heady Topper. Easy drinking, great flavor. Will be on my bring back home list.

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Photo of Tone
4.1/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy, copper color. 1/2 inch head of a white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of wet hops, hint of pepper, sweet malt, strong citrus hops, earthy malt, and a hint of alcohol. Fits the style of an American Pale Ale. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of citrus (guava?), wet hops, sweet malt, alcohol, slight earthy malt, and a hint of wheat. Overall, great appearance, good aroma, body, and feel.

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Photo of dfillius
4.32/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Reviewed a 22oz bottle on 3/9/14. No visible bottle on date.
A: Moderate pour yields 1/4 finger with decent retention. Chill hazy brass color. Good looking. More head please.
S: Resiny hops, bright mango and pineapple. Slight harsh esters.
T: Fruity in a tropical way. Very nice. Finishes bitter which persists the longer and deeper I get into the pint. Delightful. Finish has a tad bit of green banana flavor.
M: Drinkably thin but heartily substantive.
O: Maybe superior to Zombie Dust! But similar (ZD has no haze and has a more malty finish) Complements Thai coconut chicken soup well.

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Photo of IpaBeerDrinkers
3.66/5  rDev -19%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

I wasn't overly impressed with this, although I did get one of the 12oz bottles that aren't brewed in Iowa. Smell is slightly off-putting. Taste is very much citrus forward, albeit too sweet for my liking. Mouth feel is fantastic and is the strong point of this beer. I'd drink again, but wouldn't seek it out. Quite a bit overrated in my opinion

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Photo of brewskifan55
4.28/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a teku glass. Thanks, Darren. You made my afternoon.

A: A hazy light orange with an eggshell white one-finger head that thinned down to foam. Decent lacing.

S: Oranges, mangoes, apricots, grapefruit.

T: Grapefruit lumbers in with a big punch of citrus love, featuring mangoes and apricots. Smooth and sultry. The citra hops go on for days. Delish.

M: Medium with a creamy medium carbonation.

O: Yep, the hype is worth it. I could drink a few of these, if only they were available. Like the fossil, this rare beast should be savored and revered.

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Photo of Smokesnotes
4.88/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Really enjoyed this beer (a few times). Great aroma, great taste, citrus, crisp, refreshing. Somewhere between a pale and an IPA, really drinkable and smooth. Awesome, metallic foil label as well, really pops on the bottle.

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Photo of tregan_20
5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

With a solid white foam head and wonderful juicy nose, this single-hopped American pale ale hits the spot with a smooth body and slight hop bitterness in the finish. Toppling Goliath astounds with all of their beers and this flagship is on the mark for sure. Get your hands on this one before it becomes extinct (lol), cheers!

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Photo of SD-Alefan
4.7/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours a cloudy orange with a thick and creamy off-white head that leaves lots of lacing behind.
The aroma is wonderful: Big citrus and tropical scents. Orange, mango, candied fruit, a hint of peach.
Very tasty orange juice for adults. Orange and mango on the tongue, what seems like natural fruit sweetness and a finishing orange pith bitterness.
Mouthfeel is medium and smooth.
Very refreshing and extraordinarily easy drinking.

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Photo of NickTheGreat
4.71/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

L (4.5) - Lovely slightly cloudy orange color. Nice amount of snow white foam on top. Great!
S (4.75) - Great floral hop aromas. Almost fills the room. Also a fair bit of citrus.
T (4.75) - Tastes fantastic. Slightly tart, get the citrus at first. But then the floral-ish finish. Not much malt here, but there shouldn’t be. Barely an APA, verging on IPA.
F (4.5) - Great, easy drinking beer. Carbed perfectly.
O (4.75) - The beer could have been over-hyped but it wasn't. It lived up to expectations. And this was FL Sue. My last batch of IA sue wasn't as good, oddly enough. But I am sure TG will get all those kinks ironed out.

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Photo of hoppymcgee
4.3/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

L: A nice off-orange hue. Sufficient head.

S: Citrus and pine.

T: Lots of flavor for a pale ale. Not overdone; good balance of sweet and bitter.

F: Nice body and carbonation for the ABV and style.

O: A well-balanced APA.

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Photo of Stevem68
4.43/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy pale golden color. Has floral citrus aroma. Flavor is hoppy up front, citrus, maybe a little mango / lemon lime. Has a nice floral mouthfeel with a little crisp carbonation. Overall a great pale ale. Great for its style, overall a really good beer

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Photo of lochraneg
4.75/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Look: Dark Amber APA with a golden brown head
Smell: Hoppy, bitter, but sweet
Taste: Top 5 APA's around, Hoppy
Feel: Medium Body, stays a while
Overall: Great TG Beer, wish it was easier to find

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Photo of AllDayIPA23
4.89/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Received a bottle unexpectedly in a trade. Been on my Want list forever, and I was excited as hell.

Cloudy, bright-orange appearance. Half finger head with lacing throughout.

Tons of citrus fruits in the nose. Specially orange and mango. Citra hops come in fantastically as well.

Taste goes with the nose. So good! Perfect amount of hoppiness, as well.

Medium body, medium carbonation. Small resinous feel.

What a exceptionally well done beer. I could drink these all day. Right there with Zombie Dust for me. I will be trying my very best to get more.

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Photo of Madtownbeerguy
4.8/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

S- Citra hops meld beautifully with grapefruit, orange, slight pine nose.

T- A great combination of everything above. I just put this head-to-head w Zombie Dust and Pseudo remains my favorite APA.

O- Simply the best of its style I've had—The hops are so well rounded, not astringent or bitter (i.e., not cheating by over-hopping it as is common w this style), balanced in every way. Very glad they started doing 4-packs in Madison. Steal at $9 per—only complaint is that TG just needs to make its distribution more regular. Completely lives up to the hype.

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Photo of tbryan5
4.92/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

A- Pours a beautiful hazy golden orange with a medium head that settles into a white ring on the edges of the glass.

S-Sweet citrus: Orange,tangerine, Complemented with grapefruit. The citra brings it all into perfect balance.

T- Very similar on the palate as to the nose. Hops are more upfront, and again, flawless balance.

M- medium carbonation, coats the mouth but I like it because the carbonation doesn't make it slick.

D- Wow, just wow. I think a review below me said this, but I don't know how you could make a better, tastier APA. Simple perfection...

Shout out to @pagriley for the opportunity to be able to enjoy this beer'

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Photo of JamesMN
3.91/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Date on the bottle of 8/10/15.

Appearance: Super hazy orange with about a finger of white foam.

Aroma: Dank/fruity/tropical citra hops. Touch of bready malt.

Taste: Quite clean with no depth in the malt department but it's not needed. I find citra to be quite palate-consuming when used for bittering and that comes there here with forceful bitterness. It's a pungent bitterness nearly masks the more subtle mango flavor that comes from late addition and dry-hopping with citra. At 5.8% ABV the depth of flavor is definitely lacking. Finish is smooth with a bit more of the fruity hop tones. Aftertaste of fading bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Thin to medium in body and over-carbonated. Good drinkability but a bit harsh.

Final Thoughts: Maybe my expectations were too high going in, but this one just didn't do it for me. Citra is my favorite hop and it just didn't shine in the expected way here. Still awesome to have gotten my hands on a four-pack and it beats out 9/10 of the other IPAs on the shelf. Would I drink it again? Yep, probably going to make the trip down to the taproom soon to check out the rest of the lineup.

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Photo of SeanMNCraftBeerLover
4.75/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Walked into local liquor store in Minnesota having no clue that this was now in a MN, take a gander at top shelf and see Psuedo Sue.

Lives up to hype. amazing Pale Ale!

Great smell, great flavor and a good kick.

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Photo of anteatr23
4.42/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours hazy orange with a one finger head. Smells of citrus, mango with a sweet resiny hops. Taste is crisp and oozing chewy citra. It has a calm, but bitter smooth finish. Extremely drinkable and delicious. As of now this feels pretty damn close to the ceiling a pale ale can reach. Awesome beer.

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Photo of CJCouillard
4.95/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

PseudoSue definitely lived up to the hype. Possibly my favorite part of this beer is the smell. It is a complex scent of citrus, hops, and a mixture of other spices. The taste mimics the smell very well, with a crisp finish that allows you to taste all the different elements used in brewing this beer. On one my favorite beers to date!

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Photo of Dodgerrigo77
4.42/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Really beautiful orange/golden, non filtered?? Looks great in a wide tulip.
Really nice tropixal smell of hops dsncing from the bottle & glass dancing in front of me.
A really nice orange/passion fruit flavor is what I taste. I expected more due to appearance and the aroma.
Really nice carbonation and resiny mouthfeel, not dank resin but topical fruit resin.
I had a Mo'Citra an hour ago and am sure thats having some affect on my tastebuds. Definetely worth a fair trade from a west coast beer lovers point of view. Id give this a 94-95 as is but can only imagine how nice this is 3 days old and closer to the source, as an APA it competes w/ best of IpA's

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Photo of Niners49
4.56/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is a perfect example of internet hype and heard mentality. I had this beer side by side with a Ten Ninety Citra Pale Ale and they are nearly identical. One gets a perfect score and the other is slammed. This is a solid APA that everyone at the party enjoyed. And all agreed with the side by side comparison!

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Photo of scream
4.39/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I quite like this one. It has a nice balance between the malt and hops which is not all that easy to find. A nice round mouth-feel without being overpowered w hop bitterness. Would definitely buy this again.

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Photo of sittinggc
4.3/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Look: Hazy golden color, with a decent head.
Smell: Lots of citrus. Very nice.
Taste: Soooo much mango from the hops...so good. Decent bitter bite.
Feel: The body of this beer is a bit too light for my liking.

Overall: A solid beer. Can see me tossing some back at a kickback or party while peeps drink their AALs...hahaha. Wish I had access to this bad boy. With that said, I kind of don't get the 100. Definitely a good beer but its body was too light. I get its an APA but not big enough of a brew. I probably just need to get my hands on some King Sue. lol

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Photo of Elsuperjefe
4.36/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Hazy golden orange. Nose is sweet, orange citrus. Taste is a sweet bitter grapefruit. Very nice. Medium bodied. A little more flat than others iof this type but well balanced. Little to no carbonation. Overall a very nice pale ale. My wife loves it so bonus points for me. Winner in my book.

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Photo of govlady
4.62/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

i blind tasted psuedosue next to ZD and they looked identical. hazy, darker, amber color with a finger of foam. you can definitely smell the different between the two. this was my first time having psuedo sue, but i drank king sue last week and immediately knew this was sue because of the passion citrus. you taste a lot of the citrus up front as well. amazing beer. i was having a hard time deciding what i enjoyed better. i think ZD just has that extra kick. Still, probably the second best APA i've had. I also thought King Sue was one, if not the best beer I've ever had, so im probably unfairly comparing it to KS.

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PseudoSue from Toppling Goliath Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 365 ratings.