PseudoSue - Toppling Goliath Brewing Company
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3.85/5 rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Currently #33 on the Top 250 list. It has a perfect 100 rating. Expectations are sky high. 22 fl oz brown glass bottle with appealing well-drawn label art and unbranded pry-off pressure cap acquired in a trade with the extremely generous Duff27 (thanks so much!) and served into an Avery stem-tulip in low altitude Austin, Texas. Reviewed live. Reviewed as a pale ale because the label clearly identifies it as such.
Served cold - straight from me fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.
A: No bubble show forms as it's poured.
Pours a one finger wide head of white colour. Decent thickness and creaminess. Okay frothiness. Complexion could be smoother and more even. Complexion is typical of the style. Head retention is above average - about 3 minutes. Uneven inconsistent lacing clings to the sides of the glass as the head recedes.
Body colour is a clear translucent pale copper of above average vibrance. Excellent clarity. Very clean; no floating yeast particles are visible. Appears adequately carbonated.
Overall, it's a good looking pale ale but I can't say it's unique or special. I'm looking forward to the first sip, but I can't see how anyone could give the appearance alone a perfect 5 out of 5.
Sm: Has a fresh, inviting aroma with bursts of pleasant citrus (grapefruit and tangerine) as well as accompanying esters. I also pick up on mango fruit, a vague tropical character, fresh floral character, and a kiss of pine. I'd like more of a dank resinous oily character as well as some nectary character, but the hop notes here are fresh and right up my alley. There seems to be good diversity and presence of flavour based on the aroma.
The malts are pretty predictable - clean pale malts and a dash of caramalt.
No yeast character, alcohol, or off-notes are detectable. It doesn't have the off-putting soapiness of many hoppy beers.
Overall, I'm impressed by how seemingly well balanced it is - I don't detect any untamed hop bitterness and it doesn't seem too sweet either. It's a very enjoyable aroma of average strength.
T: The mango fruit is fantastic - and fresh as can be. The citrusy notes are very well balanced and integrated, with plenty of pleasant grapefruit but none of the bitterness or bite grapefruit hop character tends to bring. It has great floral hop character as well, but I'm not finding much in terms of oily, nectary, or resinous hops - though it does have some lovely pine. No matter, the hop profile is lovely as-is, and I find some of the unique tropical character I encountered in their yellow label Xhops. Candied orange peel. Some bubble gum. Papaya. Melon. Quite juicy.
All these diverse hop notes are near perfectly tamed by just the right amount of pale malt-induced sweetness. If caramalt was used, it barely comes through. There are some buried crackery malts too.
It's a clean refreshing flavour profile, and as such it avoids any yeasty character or off-flavours - including overt alcohol.
Balance is great here overall, to the point that the build feels not only cohesive, but gestalt; it's hard to imagine omitting any note without reducing the quality of the beer. That said, I've had more complex, intricate, and subtle pale ales. (Some of Alpine's offerings come to mind).
The unique tropical character lends it appreciated nuance, and I'm beginning to think that characteristic may be a common feature of Toppling Goliath's hoppy beers (at least based on the two I've had). Maybe these unique tropical notes are going to be to Toppling Goliath what floral hop extract is to Lagunitas.
I like it. Above average depth of flavour. Average duration and intensity of flavour. There's a lot going on here for a pale ale.
Mf: Overcarbonated, with a light crispness. Smooth and wet. Just a touch oily. Refreshing. Light to medium-bodied. Not too heavy on the palate. Good presence on the palate. Very approachable.
Not gushed, hot, boozy, astringent, or harsh. It's not real soft or creamy either.
Overall, this texture complements the taste well. They've tailored it nicely to the flavour profile they're after.
Dr: Absolutely an easily drinkable pale ale with some great hop notes. It's another solid brew from Toppling Goliath, and one I'd definitely get again. Based on what I've had so far, these cats deserve their impeccable reputation and I really look forward to trying more of their beers. I could drink this stuff happily all night, and would recommend it to friends and trade partners. I don't know how they got so much complexity and diversity of flavour out of the citra hop, but wow.
That said, I don't know that it's a world class brew per se or that it's the 33rd best beer currently being brewed. It's damn good stuff, but I'd stop short of calling it great. It's not perfect, but I'm a big fan.
Huge thanks to Duff27 for this rare opportunity!
Serving type: bottle
03-05-2014 05:50:27 | More by kojevergas
4.03/5 rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
One of the most complex brews I've had up to this point.
Served in pint-size glass at The Coopers Tavern.
Appearance was a very nice golden orange body, with a great fat finger head that offered a slow disappearing act with decent lacing along the side of the glass.
The aroma of this particular brew was kick-ass Citra hops in action. Hits you hard with tropical fruits like pineapple, mango, and literally jumping out of the glass.
Medium body, and carbonation. Slightly bitter on start and finish. Middle offered notes of that fruitiness I mentioned early. Caramel sweetness and a little grassiness too. The word complex really comes to mind here.
A nice dry finish, that kept me wanting to go back in for more. Solid offering from Decorah. I will search out again this year.
Serving type: on-tap
03-02-2014 18:24:44 | More by BeerDazed
4.49/5 rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Big thanks to DocJ007 for sharing this one at last nights tasting, my first Toppling Goliath beer.
A - Pours slightly hazy orange with a nice one finger tall white head, quickly dissipating down to a light film, leaving sticky webs of lace down the sides of the glass.
S - Smells of bright citra hops, light caramel sweetness, fresh cut grass and strong fresh zested citric fruit. Much like Zombie Dust this one is all about the citric fruit.
T - Starts off with the dynamic duo of strong citra hop bitterness and fresh tropical fruitiness slowly being joined by the grassiness and some mild caramel sweetness. Finish is bitter with a bit of light sweetness, lingering for a little while after the finish.
M - Medium body with moderate carbonation. Crisp, bitter feel from start to finish. Very easy to consume, even with the added ABV.
O - A really nice easy drinking APA. It has everything I love in these hopped up APA's. I would say this is in my top 3 along with Zombie Dust and Edward. I would love to have this on a regular basis.
Serving type: bottle
03-01-2014 20:21:02 | More by orangesol
PseudoSue from Toppling Goliath Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 719 ratings.