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PseudoSue - Toppling Goliath Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,666
Reviews: 187
rAvg: 4.6
pDev: 7.61%
Wants: 804
Gots: 167 | 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 ncketchum:
Photo of ncketchum
4.71/5  rDev +2.4%

Bomber chilled, served in a duvel tulip

A - pours a clear golden, well-carbonated, leaves a rim of head

S - fantastic, intense citrus - mango, pineapple, grapefruit, lemon - with a resiny undertone

T - again, heavy on the citrus with mango and grapefruit dominating, with a backbone of bitterness cracker like maltiness that balances out the flavor

M - light bodied, not too much carbonation, no alcohol burn whatsoever

O - great APA, rivals Zombie Dust for the best in the style I have encountered. I wish this was more accessible for me, definitely would drink this regularly if able.

ncketchum, Aug 09, 2013
More User Reviews:
Photo of tectactoe
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.

tectactoe, Aug 25, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev -2.2%

warnerry, Mar 13, 2014
Photo of Jared14
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.

Jared14, Jun 08, 2014
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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.

mverity, Mar 10, 2014
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PseudoSue from Toppling Goliath Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 1,666 ratings.