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PseudoSue - Toppling Goliath Brewing Company

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388 Reviews
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Reviews: 388
Hads: 3,139
Avg: 4.53
pDev: 20.97%
Wants: 1,232
Gots: 523 | FT: 32
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:
Beer added by: emerge077 on 08-17-2011

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
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Photo of Meyers1023
4.9/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Pours an orange color with a bit of murkiness. It has a one finger chalk white head that laces the glass lightly on the way down. The smell is very citrusy, orange peel with a hint of pine. The taste is citrus fruits with a great malt partnership. This is a world class beer without a doubt. I've had it on tap at the brewery and out of bottles both from Iowa and Florida, all being very consistent and impressive.

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Photo of PBRmeasap1980
4.41/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Orangeish with fluffy head and tons of lacing
S- Citrus fruits - tangerine and grapefruit. Maybe a bit of peaches or nectarines
T- Pine, limon, grapefruit... tons of citra hop punch
F- Medium
O- In the same vein as Zombie Dust and comes pretty close. Drinkable IPA for sure

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Photo of cmf
4.26/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz to a becker. Pours golden and clear with a medium head that lasts until the end. Some foam lacing. Yeasty, mild aroma. Tastes of citrus hops. Very strong hops flavor. I don't think adding hops to an ale automatically makes it better. The hops in this pale ale are definitely extreme for a pale ale with very little malt to balance it. The citrus flavors are also highly accentuated. Nice experiment, but I think I would take a little more balance in this case.

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Photo of RLVineh
4.89/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Wow. Hoppy as a pale ale can get. The nose is grapefruit and pine, hint of sweet fruit can't quite put my finger on it. Taste is fruity and a little piny and earthy. Full bodied pale ale. Absolutely fantastic/

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Photo of jstigen
4.71/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

So glad this is available in MN! This is just a terrific APA. When I share with friends newer to craft beer they are amazed!

I've noticed variation among batches, in both appearance and flavor/aroma. First batch I tried this summer was hazy, juicy and damn near perfect. Recent batches were clear in appearance and I picked up more piney notes. Regardless, I consider this beer world-class and will purchase whenever it is available.

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Photo of Beers-es
4.85/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

From a 12 oz. bottle dated 10/26/15, which makes it 3 weeks old. Color is a lovely orange-gold, with green highlights. Slightly hazy. A 1-finger head is dense and settles to a fine film that sticks around. A bit of lacing.

The smell is grapefruit and pine, tangerine and ripe melon. After it warms a bit, some dank kicks in. Probably the best-smelling APA I've experienced. Taste is pretty much the same--fresh grapefruit and pine, which moves into an earthy fruitiness, then a brief doughy breadiness, and finishing with more pine resin, though it's more subtle than many heavily hopped ales. Truly fantastic.

The feel is right on carbonation, but a tad watery in the middle before a modestly dry finish. The wateriness has just a hint of slickness that makes this very drinkable, but I prefer just a bit more body myself.

Overall this is one of the finest APA's I've ever had the pleasure to drink. Well done.

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Photo of agreenman19
4.75/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

L - Nice for a pale ale. Dark ruminating orange. Not much head to speak of.

S - Fresh pine. Almost wintery. Complex hops. Lots going on here. Slight sweetness toward the end. Deep, rich, earthy aromas. Penetrating.

T - Juice! But not the fleeting variety. This hits you hard and slowly transforms as it sinks deeper into my mouth. The way this beer flows through the stages of deliciousness is incredible! Masterful. This is the first time I've been able to sit and enjoy Toppling Goliath and holy shit do I now see what the fuss is all about. So rich and "full". Most pale ales are thin and leave you wanting more, but this is entirely satisfying. Crisp, clean finish. Artfully crafted.

F - One of the best parts about this beer! It's like a meal! Punches you in the face from the get-go, holds your mouth open and fills it with whipped cream and packing peanuts. So chewy, so hearty. Never falls flat. An absolute delight to drink.

O - Beautiful pale ale! More flavor and body than most IPAs! A great introduction to Toppling Goliath. I imagine it can only go up from here... and that's hard to imagine.

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Photo of coriswrasse
4.7/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

12 oz bottle poured into a Sams Adams perfect pint yields a huge amount of head. nice golden color true to style. good carbonation. smell is amazing hoppy goodness of the simcoe variety and taste is similar. mouthfeel is nice and bitter sweet. good malty balance to the huge hop presence. highly recommended.

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Photo of anonymoose
4.75/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

The beer has a hazy orange color. The aroma is peaches, mango, and green. The taste is tropical fruits up front followed by hints of that grassy/bubblegum quality you get from their double IPAs. Apparently everything from Toppling Goliath is a perfect beer.

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Photo of gonzoflip
4.96/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Wow, I tried on a friend's suggestion and am blown away. It pours a beautiful deep gold with a creamy white head. It smells of orange zest. The flavor has a lot of citrus and finishes with a touch of sweetness. Very good beer, will drink again.

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Photo of MikeyA
4.72/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

L - so it pours a great head and has pretty nice lacing. The color is pretty thing. A nice amber but more clear than I'd expect.
S - oh damn does this smell fantastic. Almost like smelling freshly baked bread while wandering through an evergreen forest.
T - mmmmm. Seems more carbonated than the other world-class IPAs I've been sampling and that is a good thing.
F - thin yet coats the tongue nicely.
O - I've been saving this for a bit since I just got into beer collecting and this is the first of my new collection I've popped open. What an incredible start to my beer journey. And I may just save this awesome bottle.

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Photo of SteveJeremy
4/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Precisely the kind of hoppy beer I like; subtle, not overwhelming, and thoroughly pleasant and consistent rather than an annihilation on your palette.

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Photo of barnzy78
4.52/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle, date stamped 05 OCT 15
A - creamy off-white head holds good retention while capping a slightly hazed golden colored pale ale
S - insanely juicy and tropical Citra hop nose with pineapple, mango, mandarin, and passion fruit with some light caramel and honey
T - juicy and tropical and loaded with passion fruit, pineapple, mango, and mandarin orange flavors, light caramel malt base with a slight bit of wheat or oat for malt complexity and balance
M - medium body, very refreshing, finishes bitter but not overly with a nice amount of residual sweetness hanging around
O - I've been wanting to get my hands on this one for awhile and finally found it - and it delivered! I'll buy this again if I see it. It's as good as the ratings indicate.

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Photo of SSS
4.99/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A- Pours a nice yellow with a hint of orange. Slight off white head dissipates quickly.
S- Aroma is Citra hop forward with a caramel back bone. I get a slight dank nose as well
M- Mouthfeel is medium with carbonation quite low
T- I get a caramel and honey flavour with a vegetal quality as well.
O- This beer is phenomenal, absolute must try. This is exactly what I would like to drink every single day!

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Photo of Roland7792
4.46/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle dated 10/15/15 pured into a Teku. Looks is slightly opaque golden amber. Aroma is definetaly Citra hops, candied grapefruit being predominant with some mango and hint of pine. Taste follows the nose with a mild bitterness giving to balanced malt sweetness. I wish the taste was a strong as the the nose but in terms of an APA this is very solid. Feel is ver crisp and high carbonation. I think its a better representation of an APA then ZD and slightly better as well. Just below Lizard King for me in terms of APAs.

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Photo of kitch
4.9/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A 12 fl oz bottle bottled on 15th June 2015 and poured into a Duvel tulip glass.

Appearance: It poured a slightly hazy golden orange colour with a one finger white head that fades fairly quickly to a thin foamy layer but leaves lots of nice spotty lacing.

Aroma: A nice mix of citrus and tropical fruits with orange, lemon, grapefruit, passionfruit and mango. There are hints of pine here and there.

Taste: Starts off tropical with mango and passionfruit leading the way in addition to hints of peach and apricot along the way. The finish is a nice lightly bitter grapefruit and orange pith. The balance between sweet and bitter here is perfect.

Mouthfeel: Dry, crisp, light to medium bodied with mid to high carbonation.

Overall: I loved it. Lived up to its hype and is in my opinion better than Zombie Dust. I really need to find more of this must buy beer.

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Photo of TheRougeBastard
3.92/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Thanks again to Capt. Wisconsin for this one! To be honest, I'd never heard of this (they don't let me out much). In my opinion, "Sue" is an above-average pale ale, certainly top-tier, but, again, in my opinion, not "world-class". Perhaps it was a poor choice to try this after Zombie Dust!

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Photo of zimm421
4.31/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into an IPA glass, bottle dated 10/2/15. Appears a clear golden color with a slight orange tint. The head is off-white, fluffy and leaves great lacing. The nose is very obviously Citra. Loads of mango and grapefruit with touches of pine and a slightly sweet hint as well. The taste starts out with a nice bready backbone that has a good sweetness to it. The Citra then comes through bringing the mango, grapefruit and a small hint of pine. The finish is purely bitter without much flavor. Overall, it's a good APA, pushing IPA, but wasn't blown away.

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Photo of Myotus
4.24/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle (bottled 10Aug15) into a Mikasa ale glass.
LOOK: Pours with a half finger's worth of white foam that dissipates into a line after a minute and a half. Rising bubbles are small in size and subtle in quantity. Yellow-orange in color with a high amount of cloudiness. Lacing is thin and moderate.
SMELL: Strong aromas of mangos, grapefruit, and oranges meet with subtle bready malts and piney hop aromas.
TASTE: Strong orange and grapefruit along with mild mango flavors enter initially and are immidieately followed by mild bready malt and piney hop flavors. Subtle bitter hop flavors finish off this taste symphony as all previous flavors continue to push on, but mango flavors grow slightly stronger.
FEEL: Medium-bodied and highly carbonated. Goes down rough and finishes with a strong dryness.
NOTE: This was an amazing tasting brew. The crappy mouthfeel prevented this from receiving a higher rating.

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Photo of tony11
4.68/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What a surprise. I got it in Mequon Wisconsin by chance because of the breweries reputation. Simply a great beer and close in flavor to Heady Topper. Easy drinking, great flavor. Will be on my bring back home list.

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Photo of Tone
4.1/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy, copper color. 1/2 inch head of a white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of wet hops, hint of pepper, sweet malt, strong citrus hops, earthy malt, and a hint of alcohol. Fits the style of an American Pale Ale. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of citrus (guava?), wet hops, sweet malt, alcohol, slight earthy malt, and a hint of wheat. Overall, great appearance, good aroma, body, and feel.

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Photo of dfillius
4.32/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Reviewed a 22oz bottle on 3/9/14. No visible bottle on date.
A: Moderate pour yields 1/4 finger with decent retention. Chill hazy brass color. Good looking. More head please.
S: Resiny hops, bright mango and pineapple. Slight harsh esters.
T: Fruity in a tropical way. Very nice. Finishes bitter which persists the longer and deeper I get into the pint. Delightful. Finish has a tad bit of green banana flavor.
M: Drinkably thin but heartily substantive.
O: Maybe superior to Zombie Dust! But similar (ZD has no haze and has a more malty finish) Complements Thai coconut chicken soup well.

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Photo of IpaBeerDrinkers
3.66/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

I wasn't overly impressed with this, although I did get one of the 12oz bottles that aren't brewed in Iowa. Smell is slightly off-putting. Taste is very much citrus forward, albeit too sweet for my liking. Mouth feel is fantastic and is the strong point of this beer. I'd drink again, but wouldn't seek it out. Quite a bit overrated in my opinion

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Photo of brewskifan55
4.28/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a teku glass. Thanks, Darren. You made my afternoon.

A: A hazy light orange with an eggshell white one-finger head that thinned down to foam. Decent lacing.

S: Oranges, mangoes, apricots, grapefruit.

T: Grapefruit lumbers in with a big punch of citrus love, featuring mangoes and apricots. Smooth and sultry. The citra hops go on for days. Delish.

M: Medium with a creamy medium carbonation.

O: Yep, the hype is worth it. I could drink a few of these, if only they were available. Like the fossil, this rare beast should be savored and revered.

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Photo of Smokesnotes
4.88/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Really enjoyed this beer (a few times). Great aroma, great taste, citrus, crisp, refreshing. Somewhere between a pale and an IPA, really drinkable and smooth. Awesome, metallic foil label as well, really pops on the bottle.

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PseudoSue from Toppling Goliath Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 388 ratings.