PseudoSue - Toppling Goliath Brewing Company
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4.66/5 rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
Received this from BA BottleCaps80 as part of a small trade, as I've been curious to try it for a long time. Enjoyed out of a 22 oz brown bomber with no discernible dating on the label or bottle. That said, I know this was bottled within the last couple weeks, so it's pretty fresh. Poured into a nonic style tumbler glass.
Appearance - Pours a crystal clear copper orange color that allows me to see right through to the other side of the glass. EDIT: after reading some of the other reviews that all seem to mention opacity from hazy to murky, I can't help but wonder if mind is so translucent because of how close to bottling it is. Anyway, back to the review. Not much variation of hue except for a slight amber highlight around the bottom of the liquid. Atop the body sits a frothy, towering three finger cream-colored head with a slightly orange tint. Retention is moderate, with sudsy lace that eventually dries leaving faint sticky ring impressions around the side of the glass. I've seen more beautiful beers, but this one hits all the basics.
Smell - Such an intoxicatingly delicious aroma that I'm conflicted over whether I want to dive in or sit here inhaling for several minutes. A bouquet of citrus that reminds me of that aroma you get right when you cut into a fresh fruit. Tangerine, mango, sweet pineapple, and even just a hint of grapefruit pith, but without any of the pungency that you get from an IPA. There is just enough pale malt presence provide a water cracker base for the wonderful Citra topping.
Taste - The promise of the smell is delivered on with interest, with the citrus and tropical fruits from before now succulent and juicy with again hints of mango and clementine with accents of grapefruit zest, pineapple and guava. Again there is just enough malt to give this one some nice body, and the fruit profile is so prevalent that it tricks the palate into thinking there is a lot of sweetness when in reality, the only sweetness comes from the grain base. Bitterness is low to nonexistent.
Mouthfeel - Medium-to-light bodied and moderate carbonation, with an incredible juiciness that makes this beer infinitely drinkable.
Overall, just an outstanding beer. It reminds me of ZD in the way the fruit is so aggressive without kicking into that level of pungency and bitterness that you get from an IPA. It's one of those beers for which the taste is so refreshing that it's easy to take big draws out of the glass because it almost gives the impression that it's quenching your thirst. I'm halfway tempted to sit on my second bottle for a month or so to see if the opacity, nose and taste change significantly, as it's not often that I've gotten a hop-forward ale that was this fresh. I say halfway tempted because it's so good that I doubt I'm going to have that kind of willpower.
Serving type: bottle
06-04-2014 05:03:14 | More by LambicPentameter
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PseudoSue from Toppling Goliath Brewing Company
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