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PseudoSue | Toppling Goliath Brewing Company

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Toppling Goliath Brewing Company
Iowa, United States | website

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

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

Added by emerge077 on 08-17-2011

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Photo of thatche2
4.59/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 16 oz can into a tulip glass. Appearance is golden, light brown in color with two finger thick head. Smell is pine and tropical fruit (really nice). Taste follows the nose with a nice orange flavor coming through and incredible balance. Mouthfeel is somewhat viscous with good body and relatively low bitterness. It kind of blends the pale ale and ipa styles, and the execution is almost perfect. Excellent beer.

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Photo of Jaykiie
5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

22oz bottle, bottled less than 48 hours before opening. Poured into FFF pint glass.

This may knock Zombie Dust out of the top 5 beers I've had, the 16oz cans brewed in Lakeland, FL are good but this bomber from Decorah blows the cans out of the water. HUGE citrus notes on the nose, complimented by the most delicious fruity flavor. Beautiful orange color with strong lacing that sticks to every part of the glass. I'd even take this over King Sue, just wow. The perfect beer for me. Only complaint is how hard it is to get compared to the 16oz cans here.

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Photo of ONUMello
4.33/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16oz can dated 3/9/16
A: Light orange with a 1.5 finger head
S:Grassy, grapefruit, mango, pine, earthy - quite complex
T: More of the grassy/earthy notes come through here; the other notes are there but take second stage. Still tasty just doesn't quite match the boldness of the nose
M: Medium-bodied, crisp
O: This bottle is two months old and it's better fresher but still a fantastic IPA

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Photo of SCproUA
4.47/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

All very well and intoxicating sweet taste, with a slight bitter aftertaste, which remains still for a while, after a sip. The color and smell of the same level !!!

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Photo of babaracas
4.21/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Canned 4/27/16 (at BrewHub Lakeland). Pours a solid gold color clear but for lots of very fine particles in suspension. Thin but fluffy white head leaves a few streaky rings on the glass. Smell: mango, note of melon, lime, grassy, saltine back. Just a tiny pop of fruit loops goodness a citra single hop promises. Taste: limeade, grassy, sugared grapefruit rind, sugared dried mango. Medium bodied with creamy carbonation, thinning out and finishing a bit oily revealing it's sub 6% APA/seshIPA-ness. This is extremely flavorful.

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Photo of d3brewing
4.12/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This is a great ipa. But we were up in Napa and had access to fresh Pliny when we had Pseudo Sue and it didn't comapre. Pliny blew it out of the water. I will definately drink it again, just not going out of my way to get more.

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Photo of basaywhat
4.5/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16 oz can. Pours in cloudy golden with a large white head. Aroma is citrus, mango, grapefruit, apricot and pine notes. Pretty well carbonated with flavours of citrus, pine, grapefruit, apricot with a clear mango and bitter finish! A really nice well balanced beer.

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Photo of nerdboy19
4.38/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appear : Half hazy, golden orange color with white foamy head. - 4/5
Aroma : Full of citrus / tropical fruits. Smells very dry. - 9/10
Mouthfeel : Medium carbonation, medium body. - 4/5
Taste : Very dry and pleasant hop aroma in mouth. Little bit of nice bitter finish. - 8/10
Overall : It's a little bit hard to call a "Pale Ale", but it tastes great so what the hell.

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Photo of josanguapo
5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

From Labirratorium. In Teky glass. Watching Vinkings 4x10. Amazing in all aspects, but specially on texture, oily, with each sip filling your mouth completely, and very balanced. One of those brews that causes you great sorrow when then glass have finally emptied

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Photo of nawpnawp
4.66/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Being that I grew up on Zombie Dust, I can't help but compare them. Honestly, if there was a blind taste test, I would have a hard time distinguishing the two. The only thing I can really take away is that ZD does seem a tad sweeter, but PS has the edge in look and feel. A fantastic offering if you can readily get it.

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Photo of BSiegs
4.49/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep gold in color, fairly clear with some slight haze. Ample bright white foam with good retention and lacing. Really great nose full of citrus, tropical fruit. Notes of resin and spice. The taste follows closely, citrusy, piney, and resinous while in your mouth, big tropical fruit flavors on the aftertaste. Medium-light body, moderate-high carbonation, and a lingering bitter finish. Unquestionably an elite single hopped APA.

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Photo of mschrei
4.53/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

pours yellow orange. Thick lasting head with slight lacing. strong citrus on nose. Kind of tart opening on taste followed by slight citrus flavors and slight hop notes. Extremely well balanced.

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Photo of Peepskp
4.25/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Definitely some great flavors going on here. Mango, pineapple, very drinkable! This could be considered a session IPA. Very well balanced, great summer beer.

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Photo of dexterk1
4.75/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Beautiful hazy orange/copper with good lacing after a nice head. Poured from a can and the smell was excellent! Big citrus (grapefruit, tangerine). Taste is very close to smell. Citrus, slight pine. Not heavy and easy drinking. Finish is very good. Mouth feel is pretty smooth considering the carbonation. Some resin at the end.
For me, it lives up to most of the talk/hype. Excellent APA that is worth seeking out and definitely worth coming back to again and again.

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Photo of tone77
3.67/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 16 oz. can. Has a golden/orange color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of pine, herbal, citrus. Taste is citrus, biscuit malts, pine, tasty, but not what I expected. Feels medium/full bodied in the mouth and overall this is a good beer, but I was anticipating so much more.

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Photo of Franziskaner
4.28/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Shiny new copper penny in color with a trace of fine sediment suspended within the body. There's a massive 2 inch frothy off white head on top. It dissipates later to about a quarter inch covering the majority of the top. Light lacing. Heavenly aroma of citrus hops and light malt is present. Upon my first sip there's a massive citrus and mosaic hop presence that builds in intensity at the back of the palate. There's a nice, deep, lengthy hop burn on the tongue. It is otherwise very sticky, resinous, and bone dry.

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Photo of HopBomb515
4.25/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I see some of the reviews and honestly, I'm shocked to see some of the ratings. This is a great pale ale, yet far from the best I've had. I'm trying to see what everyone else sees. Ok, on to my review...

Lightly hazy orange copper color with a big white head that fades to a cap and laces great. Notes of light grain, honey, herbal green stuff, citrus piths, grapefruit pulp, light pine and mango. Mouthfeel is great, creamy then bursts with a nice carbonation push that fills the pallet with hops and finishes somewhat dry on a light medium body. Very drinkable, almost crushable. I think this is a great pale ale, I just don't put it as high as others and I'm missing what the rage is on this.

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Photo of mar_mar_801
4/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Really good APA!! Really highlights the Citra hops as stated, but not as good as I would have expected it to be. Maybe it's all the hype, must try still!!

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Photo of PorterLambic
4.14/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice, slightly hazy, bright, orange color with a well-sized off-white head. Good retention, too.
Smell is immediately hoppy (piney & herbal) with some citrus and bread notes.
Taste is piney hops first and foremost with light notes of citrus, bread, alcohol and faint honey. Pretty good balance but seems more IPA than pale ale due to the hop load.
Desert dry from the sip through the swallow. Medium bodied, light-ish effervescence for the style. Herbal and pine grab the taste buds from the start and never let go. A good beer that would be better if it weren't an aspirational IPA.

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Photo of Fcolle2
4.68/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful mostly clear orange honey color with a creamy head that retains nicely. Aromas are probably the best showcase of citra I have had yet. Loads of juicy citrus, hints of herbal and piney aromas and you can almost taste the resiny hop oils through your nose. Taste lives up to the aroma with plenty of citrus, herbal hints and loads of oils and resign. Malt balances nicely showcasing hop flavors with little to no alcoholic burn.

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Photo of MizzouBrew
4.54/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful slightly opaque orange with a lingering head after hard pour from 16 oz. can into a pint glass. Huge citrus smell. Very smooth light-medium bodied APA. Easily, one of the best I've ever had. Special thanks to Gary S. for bringing this home for me to try.

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Photo of Garys1
5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

BEST BEER IVE EVER HAD. Very smooth IPA. Beautiful color smells le orange juice when u first pour it out of the can(2/26/16). Excellent job up in Decorah

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Photo of Echris21
4.96/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

This is my go-to pale ale. Rating 16oz can picked up from their Taphouse and poured into pint glass. Color is golden honey with a 1 finger white head and good lacing. Smells strongly of citrus fruits. Orangy and tangerine dominates the nose. The beer is incredibly smooth; tastes of grapefruit, orange, Lemon, slight pine, and ends with a mild bready malt. Carbonation is strong and fits very well with this beer. This is one of the best pale ales around and it showcases the citra hops incredibly.

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Photo of KensWorld
4.48/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I was floored when I saw this In 4-pack cans in a local Lakeland Florida liquor store last weekend (4-10-2016). I never thought I'd ever get a chance to try this high ranking APA. Reading the can it says "under special agreement with Lakeland FL". Killer! We can now get this here in Florida, I think? On to the review: pours a slightly cloudy honey color. The head is very impressive 3 fingers leaving stringy lacing on lager glass. Smells like resinous hops and sour oranges. Taste pretty solid! Not too hoppy nor malty yet still flavorful enough to Stand out from the rest. This is a great tasting APA and I see why it ranks so high. I sure hope i can get this locally here in Tampa in the future, I'll definitely seek this out. 4.50

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Photo of Flounder57
4.49/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16 oz can was poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: A one finger head was poured that reduced to a thin layer. It is a slightly hazy pale yellow orange color with great clarity and vision of bubbles coming up through the glass. Spotty lacing down the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Citrus, stone fruit, lemon, tangerine, grapefruit, some pine, and a little tropical hops followed by biscuity, toasted, caramel, and pale malts.

Taste: This beer gets tastier and better with every sip. Very enjoyable, delicious, and tasty. Grapefruit, tangerine, orange peel, pine, lemon, stone fruit, and a little tropical hops followed by caramel, pale, bready, biscuity, and toasted malts. Light tingly bitterness and a little chewy.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, light bodied, light lingering bitterness, slightly chewy, sessionable, and medium carbonation.

Overall: Second night in s tow having this beer. Definitely growing on me and looking forward to the rest of the Pseudo Sues in my fridge now.

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PseudoSue from Toppling Goliath Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 511 ratings.