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PseudoSue - Toppling Goliath Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,365
Reviews: 175
rAvg: 4.61
pDev: 6.72%
Wants: 688
Gots: 132 | 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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UCLABrewN84

California

3.96/5  rDev -14.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2013 03:46:56 | More by UCLABrewN84
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djrn2

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -13.2%

07-13-2013 00:36:34 | More by djrn2
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Thorpe429

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +3%

02-22-2014 14:48:56 | More by Thorpe429
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nmann08

District of Columbia

4.75/5  rDev +3%

06-14-2014 23:08:16 | More by nmann08
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2014 17:41:09 | More by Phyl21ca
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acurtis

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -13.2%

01-20-2013 14:14:24 | More by acurtis
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kjkinsey

Texas

4.75/5  rDev +3%

10-31-2013 23:16:22 | More by kjkinsey
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spycow

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -7.8%

06-16-2013 17:23:53 | More by spycow
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Texasfan549

Texas

4.75/5  rDev +3%

10-31-2013 23:15:26 | More by Texasfan549
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kylehay2004

Florida

4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

06-18-2014 23:12:09 | More by kylehay2004
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

4.91/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2013 23:00:57 | More by Knapp85
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emerge077

Illinois

4.43/5  rDev -3.9%
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!

Serving type: on-tap

08-17-2011 02:28:54 | More by emerge077
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largadeer

California

4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

03-17-2014 02:54:54 | More by largadeer
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westcoastbeerlvr

California

4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

05-26-2014 06:49:31 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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nickfl

Florida

4.25/5  rDev -7.8%

06-18-2014 23:12:06 | More by nickfl
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MasterSki

Illinois

4.28/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

Serving type: growler

06-12-2013 17:39:49 | More by MasterSki
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

4.36/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Growler filled at the The Nook at the Nova, Casanova Liquors, Hudson, Wisconsin, earlier this afternoon. Hope it held it for the past 7 hours.

Clouded golden hue, beautiful creamy head of snow-drift white head. Looks fantastic.

Aroma: bright, clean, and vibrant hoppiness. Ebullient citrus notes, lemon, lime, orange, and grapefruit, passionate and pithy. A little floral, a touch piney. Traces of tropical fruits, as well. Nice, nice, nice.

Taste: This one jumps on board the mouth and spills joy all over the palate. It floods deliciousness everywhere. The look of it shows an unfiltered ale, and in the mouthfeel, we're getting yeast, as well. Wonderful texture, great drinkability.

A joyful pale ale, a tasty thing with plenty of citrus-y zest to keep the tongue happy.

Serving type: growler

12-03-2013 01:42:49 | More by feloniousmonk
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jlindros

Massachusetts

4.49/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

Serving type: growler

12-04-2013 03:03:22 | More by jlindros
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler courtesy of dc51100's BIF generosity. Thanks!

Decanted into a TG black logo goblet (also thanks to Dan). Pristine clarity, nice orange-amber color, with a firm cap of foamy white head; good retention and lacing. The aroma on this was truly out of this world, I got a blast of fresh tropical fruits from across the room...didn't even have to hold it to my nose. I'm actually kind of skeptical that this was exclusively Citra, as I've never gotten quite an intense nose from that hop by itself. But yeah, pineapple, mango, orange, grass, twinge of ammonia. Whatever the case, excellent. The taste wasn't quite as blasting or intense, but pretty much more on line for a good APA. More citrusy, orange blossom, caramel malt sweetness, good balance, low bitterness, with a more low-key tropical fruit profile. Medium body, crisp, clean mouthfeel. I prefer a little acidic twist in my APA, but this didn't really have that, with the malt profile coming out more and providing more of a balance and toning down the hop profile a bit. Very nice overall. Not really uber-extraordinary for the style, but still quite good.

Serving type: growler

08-19-2013 01:05:35 | More by Rifugium
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SocalKicks

California

4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

07-06-2013 04:58:53 | More by SocalKicks
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mdfb79

New York

4.36/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From 06/22/14 notes. Big thanks to BeerLawyer85 for sharing another TG beer...thanks Ross! 22 oz. bottle into a tulip.

a - Pours a deep amber-orange color with one inch of bright white head and moderate carbonation evident. Looks good.

s - Smells of citra hops, floral notes, honey, fruity malts, tropical fruits, light resin notes, and some grapefruit. Awesome nose, tons of citrus and tropical fruits to it. I love it.

t - Tastes of citra hops, fruity malts, tropical fruits, pineapples, grapefruit, floral notes, and oranges. More oranges and citrus here, less tropical fruits in general. Very good, not quite as good as the nose though.

m - Medium body and low carb, smooth and creamy. No bitterness and very easy to drink.

o - Overall I thought this was a great beer; I really liked it a lot. I wouldn't put this on the same level as Hoppy Birthday, ZD, or Daisy Cutter, but would put it on that second tier of great hoppy pale ales with some stuff I've had from Trillium, HF, and Tired Hands. A great beer with nice citrusa nd tropical fruits, and crazy easy to drink. A top 10 pale ale for sure, highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2014 15:43:54 | More by mdfb79
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oline73

Maryland

4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

03-07-2014 01:10:40 | More by oline73
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

4.29/5  rDev -6.9%
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.

Serving type: growler

01-08-2014 17:48:58 | More by StonedTrippin
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jwc215

Wisconsin

4.46/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bottle:

Pours clouded golden with a thin head. Strands of lacing stick

The smell is of a robust hop explosion. The powerful aroma came through upon opening the bottle. It has a wonderful citric aroma - grapefruit, orange and mango.

The taste is of bitter citric and tropical fruits. A subtle malt backing has a cracker-like character. It balances the hops while showcasing the citra hops. A touch of pepper mixes in in the long finish.

The body is appropriate for a pale ale that is on the fuller side of the spectrum. Overall, it is smooth despite a bite to it.

A great show of citra hops. A hoppy pale ale, for sure. Not harsh though there is a bit of a bite. A very enjoyable APA.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2014 16:56:03 | More by jwc215
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Rochefort10nh

New Hampshire

4.75/5  rDev +3%

06-03-2014 23:53:50 | More by Rochefort10nh
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PseudoSue from Toppling Goliath Brewing Company
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