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PseudoSue - Toppling Goliath Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,977
Reviews: 217
rAvg: 4.59
pDev: 7.41%
Wants: 886
Gots: 193 | FT: 12
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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4.25/5  rDev -7.4%

spycow, Jun 16, 2013
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3.96/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle pour at Woodshop 8 held at The Hermosillo in Los Angeles, CA.

Thanks to drewone for sharing this one.

Pours a hazy honey orange with a foamy bone head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus zest, and herbal hop aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus zest and herbal hop flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty and easy to drink.

UCLABrewN84, Oct 29, 2013
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4/5  rDev -12.9%

djrn2, Jul 13, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -7.4%

zestar, Nov 04, 2013
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4/5  rDev -12.9%

acurtis, Jan 20, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +3.5%

Thorpe429, Feb 22, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +3.5%

nmann08, Jun 15, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +3.5%

Texasfan549, Oct 31, 2013
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4/5  rDev -12.9%

GRG1313, Sep 21, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +3.5%

kjkinsey, Oct 31, 2013
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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

brentk56, Sep 16, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle: Poured a hazy orange color ale with a large foamy head with excellent retention and some great lacing. Aroma consists of tropical fruits with light citrus notes with great floral notes. Taste is also dominated by huge fresh tropical fruits notes with light citrus notes and some very limited bitterness. Some residual sugar is perceptible with light malt presence. Body is full for style with good carbonation. This is a world-class pale ale for sure.

Phyl21ca, Apr 03, 2014
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4/5  rDev -12.9%

ygtbsm94, Aug 25, 2014
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4.4/5  rDev -4.1%

jaydoc, Oct 12, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev -2%

kylehay2004, Jun 19, 2014
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4.91/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This poured out as a murky looking orange color with some yellow highlight. Zero clarity on this beer. The head is white and leaves a nice thin retention with plenty of sticky clumps of lacing. The smell is incredible, fruity and slightly floral, Citrus and Melon aromas fill the air just from pouring out of the bottle, no need to even smell it from the glass. The taste is about as amazing as the smell. Beautifully balanced sweetness mixed with some piney hop resin with juicy fruits filling in the gaps. The mouthfeel is about as smooth and drinkable as I've ever had. This beer is dangerously drinkable. Overall it's fantastic, I am thrilled to have drank this beer. In my honest opinion this could be a Zombie killer if you know what I mean... Definitely worth seeking out, I will probably try to get more of this one in the future. It's outstanding.

Knapp85, Oct 18, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev -2%

westcoastbeerlvr, May 26, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev -2%

SocalKicks, Jul 06, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev -2%

largadeer, Mar 17, 2014
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4.43/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

"Single hopped Citra Pale Ale"

Three consecutive drafts at the GTMW '11, around 8-10 oz. give or take. Review from transcribed notes.

Peachy hazed orange, tropical sunshine. Thick layer of white foam, leaving sticky arcs of lacing in the glass.

Tropical, citrusy, pungent but not too aggressive. Mango, grapefruit, dank green hops mesh with lush fresh fruit notes in the aroma. Some light resiny bitterness is balanced with a subtle pale malt presence in the middle. Big on citrus and tropical mango notes. Light bodied, quenching, and very tasty. I could have sat there and drank this all day. Pretty much the epitome of a hophead's summer session beer. Second favorite after Golden Nugget. Please put this in six-packs guys!

emerge077, Aug 17, 2011
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4.29/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

a brilliant pale ale, showing the delicacy and also the versatility of the citra hop. mostly clear bright sunny color here, inch of white head with great lacing. the nose is citra hops all the way, citrusy and a little acidic, with pineapple and passion fruit esters happening all over the place. what this beer shows me in one sip, is that the citra hop can be used successfully for bittering as well as all its normal floral and tropical aromatic and flavoring attributes. there is some solid bitterness here in pseudosue, which works awesome with the late kettle flavors of this hop. its really good, easy drinking beer with a lot of flavor, but honestly came in a little less impressive than the zeelander from toppling goliath, which is the single hop nelson sauvin ipa. this has more bitterness and heft to it, but still sings with unique hop flavor, i just adore it. fuller bodied than zeelander, but rather easy drinking still, carbonated softly but its plenty here. this is an art form, and toppling goliath now has to be in the conversation about best users of hops in the country. this is superior beer.

StonedTrippin, Jan 08, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -7.4%

nickfl, Jun 19, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +3.5%

Slatetank, Jul 14, 2014
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4.49/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Growler shared with rudzud, big thanks to mmulebarn as sort of an extra due to miscommunication. Either way really glad I got to have this.

Very light fizzy head fades pretty quickly, decent but lighter lacing, very clear Golden tan colored.

Nose is phenomenal, just pure hops, tropical fruit and citrus galore, so much fresh hop awesomeness. Mild resin with hint of passion fruit, tangerine, little grapefruit pith, mild candied orange peel, Clementine, little fruity bubble gum, with decent resin and hint earthy spicy pine hop. Little malt base but just barely and I'm not even sure if it's really there, and bits of stone fruit.

Taste starts quite nice, lots and lots of tropical fruit again, some citrus and very very juicy. Some grapefruit, passion fruit, papaya, and all around tropical fruit juice, like the Dole orange pineapple mango banana fruit juices, with some resin and musty dank almost oily but not quite. Mild juicy tangerine and little orange peel, and little candied orange peel little zest. Hint of sweet malts but barely, just enough to deliver the hops. Finish is long but crisp like, tons more tropical fruit and delicious citrus.

Mouth is med bod, bit of a soft feel, nice carb for growler.

Overall fantastic. Up there with zombie dust or almost gumball head.

jlindros, Dec 04, 2013
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4.28/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another growler shared by Todd. Thanks dude! Served in a Russian River tulip.

A - White foam settles to wisps, thin collar, and specks of lace. Hazed golden body.

S - Surprisingly grassy for a Citra IPA; surprised this is single-hopped, but I guess the flavors are largely dependent on crop. Still, nice notes of tropical fruits and citrus that are typical of Citra and only the faintest crackery malt.

T - The taste is more in line with what I was expecting, with the mix of pale malts and juicy orange flesh; almost like a creamsicle, but with some faint tropical and zesty notes in the periphery. Bitterness is very low.

M - Medium body that is sufficiently hefty for the listed 5.8%. Pleasant, soft, lower carbonation. Crisp, clean finish, albeit maybe a tad watery. Goes down dangerously fast.

D - Good stuff on the whole, but actually a bit understated for my tastes. The Zeelander, which I preferred, had more crackle and intensity. Still, I'd happily order a pint or two of this if it was locally available. Not an A+, but a solid A in my book.

MasterSki, Jun 12, 2013
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PseudoSue from Toppling Goliath Brewing Company
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