PseudoSue - Toppling Goliath Brewing Company
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Reviews by LambicPentameter:
4.66/5 rDev +1.3%
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.
06-04-2014 05:03:14 | More by LambicPentameter
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4.38/5 rDev -4.8%
Super huge thanks to maximum12 for a growler of this stuff. Dude is an amazing trader and is exceptionally generous, always willing to hook you up. PseudoSue pours the color of bruised pear skins with some goldenrod highlights - it's basically opaque, though I can kind of make out shadows on the other side of the glass. The soapy white head sits at a finger and lasts for a while, leaving behind some good lacing on the glass.
As advertised, the aroma is a beautiful citrus bouquet with tremendous amounts of gushing oranges and grapefruits, outline with a softer tropical set-up, something like mango and maybe even a bit of pineapple. The hops also impart a nice grassy note, coming off with some light white pepper as well. It smells like it'll be pretty bitter, or at least every bit as bitter as an IPA. The line between pale ales and IPAs is getting blurred here, but I still love this aroma.
The taste is all-together fruity and perfumy, with an obvious hop assault, through and through. The nose was a good indication that the malt would be a bit-part at best, and the first sip confirms that fact pretty quickly, as I'm not really getting much malt flavor at all. What I am getting, though, are copious amounts of pungent citrus, grassy and leafy hops, herbal pepper, grapefruit skins, juicy tangerine and even a faint hint of tropical mango.
Very tangy and substantially bitter... PseudoSue joins Zombie Dust in the category of "maybe a bit too bitter and heavy to be a pale ale, but still lighter and more drinkable than most IPAs". The Amarillo and Simcoe combination is beautiful on both the nose and the palate, leaving your mouth with fading fruits, earthy hops, and a back of the tongue, finishing bitterness. Wet and crispy on the palate, nice carbonation, even from the growler; snappy and fresh.
This stuff is very good. Damn good. And drinkable to the nth degree. While I've definitely had a fair share of slightly more enjoyable pale ales, this one is valiant enough to join the best of the best club. I enjoyed this only slightly less than What is Enlightenment, and they are reasonably similar beers. When your brew gets compared to something from Hill Farmstead, well... that in itself is a damn good testament to how good your beer is.
08-25-2013 21:58:15 | More by tectactoe
4.79/5 rDev +4.1%
Split a bottle 3 days after it was bottled.
A- Poured a straw yellow that darkened after it settled, semi thick 1 finger head left thick lacing.
S- Citrus. Not too in your face, but citrus notes abound. Easily the best smelling pale ale I've come across.
T- Citrus notes, slightly bitter, with a clean after taste.
M- Nice carbonation, light on the mouth, tickled as it went down.
Overall I have some in my fridge to share with friends who have yet to try this but it's just so good that I might have a few to myself. This is a beer everyone should try. Citra hops are my favorite and this is my favorite citra beer so far.
06-08-2014 13:22:04 | More by Jared14
4.7/5 rDev +2.2%
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.
03-10-2014 17:34:37 | More by mverity
PseudoSue from Toppling Goliath Brewing Company
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