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PseudoSue - Toppling Goliath Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,679
Reviews: 188
rAvg: 4.6
pDev: 7.61%
Wants: 809
Gots: 170 | 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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4.5/5  rDev -2.2%

elliott1184, Jun 03, 2013
Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.64/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured into pint glass by Toppling Goliath staff.

reviewed from notes taken 5/31.

Appearance: yellow bodied beer is a nice big soapy white head! Nice heavy lacing on the glass!

Smell: Citrus and tropical fruits. Sweet oranges, pinapples, with a hint of grapefruit and pine needles!

Taste: Mildly bitter APA. Soo darn citrusy an explosion of citrus and tropical fruit flavors! Oranges, orange zest, mango, peaches, pineapples, and melon. The malts are perfectly matched with the hops in this beer and helps to showcase and compliment those citra hops! Its a light bready malt profile. Mild bitterness in the finish. This beer actually tastes super juicy.

Mouthfeel: low end of a medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation. So drinkable and so crushable. Perfect summer beer. This beer is lush and juicy. Carbonation is spot on.

Overall: Psuedosue is a more refined APA than Zombie Dust. The biggest difference is PseudoSue is much more true to style because Zombie Dust feels less like an APA and is more of an IPA in my opinion because it is too bitter to be an APA. PsuedoSue has all the smell and flavor of those Citra hops just like Zombie Dust without the overdone bitterness that is a 3 Floyds trademark found in all thier hoppy beers. PseudoSue is also so crushable and drinkable its really silly how awesome this beer is.

As a side note: This beer is a fantastic value as well. A $6 bomber at the brewery with no bottle limits! Unheard of, especially the night before a big release(Kentucky Brunch release)! This beer also edges out Sosus as the best hoppy beer that TG brews!

4DAloveofSTOUT, Jun 03, 2013
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4.39/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is one of my favorite pale ales. For a long time, I thought it was an IPA. I recently had it at the TG taproom in Decorah and fresh, it's even better. Hazy pale in color. Huge citra flavor. Lots of hops. Cirtus, pine. It is a great beer. I have it listed as one of my favorites.

arnold931, Jun 03, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev -2.2%

kawilliams81, Jun 03, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev -2.2%

egrace84, Jun 03, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -7.6%

bismarksays, Jun 02, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Twoheartedzombie, Jun 02, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +3.3%

BierVogel, Jun 02, 2013
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5/5  rDev +8.7%

ucis, Jun 02, 2013
5/5  rDev +8.7%

MITCHELLMPLS, Jun 02, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -7.6%

Duff27, Jun 02, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +3.3%

CCutch, Jun 02, 2013
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4/5  rDev -13%

jjheinrichs, Jun 02, 2013
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5/5  rDev +8.7%

Curt1, Jun 01, 2013
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5/5  rDev +8.7%

MJCVII, May 31, 2013
Photo of yamar68
4.53/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Excited to finally try some stuff from Toppling Goliath.

Sure does look nice... a murky golden body produces a giant healthy paper white head... no shortage of lacing here.

Awesome. Citra to the max. Lush, tropical hop aromas, namely mango. Some pineapple and citrus keep the nose interested. Clean... fresh... spectacular.

Sweet, juicy melon and mango. A faint papaya type flavor rounds out the finish. Perfect level of bitterness. Extremely drinkable yet extremely flavorful. Better than Zombie Dust.

Yep. Better than Zombie Dust.

yamar68, May 27, 2013
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4.91/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5

I will say this:

If Minnesotans are complimenting something from Iowa, you KNOW its amazing.

This is a perfect session beer. Toppling Goliath has mastered the concept of producing a malt bill that creates a light, drinkable body and then pairing it up with a massive hop load that gives the flavor of whatever hop they are trying to show case in a beer that doesn't become excessively malty, chewy, or heavy like so many APAs and especially IPAs tend to be.

I am lucky enough to live less than 20 miles from the tap room. Drinking this beer fresh, mixed with their Golden Nugget (affectionately known as Sue's Nuggets), is alcohol bliss.

Iowan, May 26, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev -2.2%

kdmcguire10, May 22, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -18.5%

mikeincharleston, May 22, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev -2.2%

FreshZ, May 21, 2013
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5/5  rDev +8.7%

marine1975, May 21, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +3.3%

adamcarlson28, May 17, 2013
Photo of beagle75
4/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a tasting glass.

A: Hazy, medium golden color with one finger of diminishing white foam head. Light lacing remains on the glass.

S: Tropical fruit of moderate intensity really expands in the nose given time. Grapefruit can also be identified as separate but complimentary.

T: Begins barely off-dry, with refined pale malt and sticky tropical fruit hops aromatics that match the smell closely. Acidity is bright and lively early, preventing the hops flavors from turning oppressive. The finish is clean and moderately bitter for the style, and also a little soapy.

M: Thin to medium viscosity, balanced on the palate, with low carbonation.

D/O: This beer is representative of Toppling Goliath's talent for channeling aggressive dry-hopped qualities, while also looking like one of their pale ales (unfortunately). A bit edgier than Three Floyds Zombie Dust, Citra hops border on bold here which is saying a lot for the delicious but docile cultivar. It is also true to the form of the brewer in that is shows no yeast character, which seems to be one of the most unifying features across the Toppling Goliath portfolio.

beagle75, May 17, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -7.6%

duobob, May 16, 2013
Photo of lunarbrew
4.36/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Beer pours a rich gold with a little bit of haze and red highlights. Very good looking and inviting with a about 1.5 fingers of off-white head. Lacing seems to stick a little.

Citra punch to the face. I heard the nose was a little overrated with this beer, but I have to disagree. Reminds me of Zombie Dust for sure. Some spice and an overload of juicy citrus (tangerine, grapefruit, lemon peel). Fantastic.

The flavor is quite pleasant, but it is honestly bit of a let down after such a huge and promising smell. There isn't really the depth ZD has. Pseudo seems a little watered down in comparison. The aftertaste is especially disappointing, as it lacks a the unique aftereffect that many citras seem to impart. Still, the flavor matches the smell in character and overall the flavor is well above average.

Mouthfeel is pretty spot on, besides the watered-down nature of the beer--which I believe derives from the flavor. Medium carb. Creamy and extremely drinkable.

Overall this is a fantastic pale ale. Not the best, but still high on my favorite list. IMO, this is pretty apples and oranges when compared with ZD. The nose is the only thing that really reminds me of it. The malt bill is clearly different though, and not as refined. I also think the citra character, whill amazing, is a little muted.

lunarbrew, May 15, 2013
PseudoSue from Toppling Goliath Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 1,679 ratings.