PseudoSue - Toppling Goliath Brewing Company
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Reviews by Stevedore:
4.5/5 rDev -2.2%
22oz bomber from the recently delivery to Madison-area stores, poured into a Bell's snifter and quaffed today 4/26/2013
Aroma: Smells like a single hop citra brew should. Grapefruit, mango and I suppose other tropical fruits. I get a little bit of pine too. Tons of bread and caramel too. Love how good this one smells.
Colour: Pours a darker straw-coloured body, kind of like a saison, but well within the pale ale range of SRM. Comes with a 2cm white head that slowly dissipates (and I mean slowly) into a wide collar. Not much lacing present. Overall looks like a refreshing beer that is begging to be quaffed.
Flavour: Nice. Tons and tons of citra- refreshing grapefruit and orange zest stand out the most. But what's nice about it is that it has a great malt backbone. Sweet caramel, toffee and honeyed bread provide a nice change of pace to the citra, and as it warms up, it melds into a really nice balanced flavour that my best description is sweet pear. It's quite possibly one of the more balanced yet hoppy pale ales I've had in a long time. I'm really appreciating this brew and how balanced it is. One of the better pale ale flavours I've had.
Mouthfeel: Thicker side of a typical medium bodied brew, a resinous nectar that coats the tongue in bitterness yet is refreshing. Pretty solid carbonation, nothing to write home about. Aftertaste is pretty much orange peel and grapefruit rinds- pretty bitter, but it is also accompanied by a lingering honey-like sweetness that mixes in well. The aftertaste isn't too bitter and doesn't linger around long- which I really enjoy because I can keep quaffing away! No heat here either, but then again its 5.8%.
Overall: This is one of the more truly enjoyable pale ales I've had in a long time. I find Zombie Dust to be a better showcase of the citra hops, but unlike Zombie Dust, pseudoSue has quite a bit more balance that makes it simultaneously sweet and bitter, as well as making it quite quaffable because I'm not mouthpuckering after each swallow. So basically its a bit less intense, but is more balanced and drinkable. If TG starts regularly producing this in six packs, I may have to make this a regular session beer!
04-26-2013 05:29:10 | More by Stevedore
More User Reviews:
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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