PseudoSue - Toppling Goliath Brewing Company

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Ratings: 2,083
Reviews: 228
rAvg: 4.59
pDev: 7.41%
Wants: 916
Gots: 229 | FT: 11
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:
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

(Beer added by: emerge077 on 08-17-2011)
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Reviews by THANAT0PSIS:
Photo of THANAT0PSIS
4.05/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Toppling Goliath PseudoSue

Appearance: This single-hopped Citra pale ale pours a shockingly hazy golden orange, perhaps a result of hop haze. It looks more like many Belgian saisons or Belgian pale ales that this reviewer has seen rather than the American pale ale that it is. There is less than a finger of creamy, slightly off-white head that has horrible retention, especially for its style. The lacing, however, is above average. There is no visually present carbonation due to the haziness of the pour. Another finger or two of head would have been nice, and the haziness seems a bit much given style, but this is not a bad looking beer, but it is not up there with the best looking pale ales.

Aroma: Absolutely smells like Citra hops. Tons of grapefruit, mango, and orange alongside some mild bitter, resinous notes and a touch of dankness jump out of the glass and permeate every corner of the room that one drinks this beer in. It is a very strong smelling beer, but the hops do not totally dominate the nose; there are some light, bready sweet malts in the background as well as just a touch of spicy yeast character and some strange mintiness. That yeasty, malty complexity really puts this one in the pale ale major leagues.

Taste: Unexpectedly, the taste does not follow the smell as closely as one would hope. It is a very confusing palate assault. The Citra hop notes are surely there, but the malts are much more assertive than the nose let on. They give a creamy, “beer” flavor, rather than the bready, crackery sweetness that most APAs shoot for. The mint flavor and spiciness from the yeast is also much more pronounced. Lastly, there is very little residual bitterness in the aftertaste, resulting in a very drinkable beer. It is not inherently bad, but it is somewhat of a shock after the oh-so-promising nose.

Mouthfeel: The mildness of the flavors combined with the extremely moderate mouthfeel make this an outrageously drinkable and refreshing pale ale. The 6% ABV only supports its sessionability. The carbonation is perfect, and there is just a touch of astringency. Something about the body feels a bit like fresh water, but not in a bad, “watered-down” way; this is not a characteristic this drinker has encountered in any other beers, but it not unwelcome in such a drinkable brew.

Overall: I wonder if I have a bad bottle/batch of this based on looking at other reviews praising how closely the taste followed the nose. If it had done so, this would be a beer to have on hand at all times. As it is, it is a good APA, but certainly not among the best out there. Many people seem to want to compare this to Zombie Dust (both being pale ales that focus on Citra hops), and while there are similarities, Zombie Dust this is not. Still, for $5 a bomber, one cannot go wrong with giving this beer a shot. 16.5/20

More User Reviews:
Photo of John_M
4.43/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Many thanks to Sean for this one. This is a beer I've been wanting to try for some time.

The beer pours a peachy, apricot orange color, with good head retention and decent lacing. On the nose, I get considerable tropical fruit, dominated by apricot, mango and peach, but with underlying orange citrus and light pine as well. As good as it smells, thiis beer is even better on the palate. Again, there is a melange of tropical fruit, as the flavor profile replicates the nose, but the flavor intensity is very impressive. The finish is very clean, with some nice hoppy bitterness to bouy the tropical fruit. Mouthfeel is medium bodied to full, with a long, tropical fruit and lightly bitter finish. Alcohol is well integrated into the flavor profile, and drinkability is exceptional.

An outstanding beer, obvoiusly, though it's hard to think of this as an APA. Whatever, this is terrific stuff. Very, very impressive.

Photo of brentk56
4.55/5  rDev -0.9%

Appearance: Pours a hazy honey color with a pretty decent head that leaves many clumps of lacing behind

Smell: Big citrus and tropical fruit aromatics, with pineapple, mango and ruby red grapefruit

Taste: There might be a hint of toffee malt but it is simply a platform for the hops to strut their stuff and strut it they do - bringing pineapple, mangy and citrus flavors; exceedingly juicy, with a hint of melon in the finish

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate to high carbonation

Overall: A fantastic APA - glad I was able to get a fresh sample

Thanks, mykey120, for the opportunity

Photo of don1481
4.6/5  rDev +0.2%

New to WI! Purchased from Discount Liquor on 9/27. Bomber poured into glass.

Appearance: Pours a straw color that's foggy with a little bit of a white head that lingers.

Smell: big citrus nose. Pine sol notes. Makes me feel clean just smelling it.

Taste: a little more mellow than the smell. Definitely not overpowering like some others that I've had that share that nose. Makes it very easy drinking.

Mouthfeel: a little bit of the pine cleaner aftertaste, but otherwise very clean overall. Get it? I crack myself up.

Overall: Definitely see why this scores so highly. A very welcome addition to WI!

Photo of tectactoe
4.38/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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.

Photo of t2grogan
4/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jono0101
4.75/5  rDev +3.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +3.5%

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4.5/5  rDev -2%

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4.76/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +3.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +3.5%

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5/5  rDev +8.9%

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4.5/5  rDev -2%

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4.75/5  rDev +3.5%

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4.25/5  rDev -7.4%

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4.5/5  rDev -2%

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4.75/5  rDev +3.5%

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5/5  rDev +8.9%

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4/5  rDev -12.9%

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4.5/5  rDev -2%

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5/5  rDev +8.9%

Photo of Jared14
4.79/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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.

Photo of mverity
4.7/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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.

Photo of 77apm
5/5  rDev +8.9%

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PseudoSue from Toppling Goliath Brewing Company
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