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PseudoSue - Toppling Goliath Brewing Company

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Reviews: 439
Hads: 3,346
Avg: 4.52
pDev: 20.58%
Wants: 1,276
Gots: 635 | FT: 36
Brewed by:
Toppling Goliath Brewing Company
Iowa, United States | website

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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Reviews: 439 | Hads: 3,346
Photo of MyThoughtsExactly
3.95/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a can dated 12/10/15
L: Golden color with a half finger of head. Looks like a west coast style APA/IPA.
S: Ton of tropical fruit (pineapple, mango, grapefruit) with some light dank elements (onion, pepper) in the background.
T: Taste is defiantly more mild than the aroma. Mostly grapefruit, grapefruit rind, and a little onion and pepper. Strong bitterness for an APA (on par with an IPA or DIPA really).
F: Medium body with a dry finish. Nothing really special about the mouthfeel.
Overall this is a good hop forward APA. The citra may have fallen off some since canning so I'll be interested to try a very fresh can.

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Photo of aleigator
4.24/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clouded amber-golden color with a fluffy big head. After a few minutes, the head collapses to a thick lacing, which is still half a finger broad.

Smells of ripe citrus, together with biscuit malts and a flowery vanilla note. A lemony crispness prevails, producing juicy freshness. A layer of orange rind adds to the citraic richness, pushing its juiciness of the beer, together with a note of resin.

Drinks very soft, while the beer actually has a higher carbonation to it, which gets entirely coated by cream.

Tastes of white bread malts, juicy lemon and its great softness straight from the beginning. The malts turn sweeter afterwards, while the beers hop profile develops a nice crispness, featuring a flower coated dryness. Finishes with a noteable malt backbone, while the beers sweetness seemingly results from the juicy fruits, orange and citrus. This creating a fantastic, exotic fruit forward finish with a pleasant, malt accompanied dryness, finding its greatness in its balance.

Another hop forward beer, which convinces by its world class mouthfeel and a perfect balance between hops and malts. The hops provide enough punch to stand out from the malts easily, while I find it astonishing that it is possible to create a beer which is that flavorful, while it drinks easy as lemonade. While not being particularly bitter, neither punching my tastebuds, this combines a fantastic fruitiness with well nuanced crisp and bitter characteristics.

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Photo of Slack
4.23/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Deep gold to pale Amber in color. Minimal head and some lacing.

Aromas of citrus, pine, mango, and a bit of sweetness.

Taste is sweetness up front followed by grapefruit, mango, with a piney/resinous finish.

Mouthful is smooth and somewhat creamy, medium body, and moderate carbonation. A bit of alcohol warming on the finish.

Balanced and clean. The flavors work together nicely. Enjoyable and easily drinkable, more so as it warms.

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Photo of Barnoloid
4.4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A fine APA. Juicy hops with citrus rind and a lingering bitter aftertaste that has a resiny finish. Orange and pineapple notes come together here fairly nicely. Enjoyed the balance and found it to be easy drinking with a refreshing feel. Worth seeking out for sure.

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

L: Beautiful pale ale with a hazy amber body and fairly modest head that settles to a foamy collar which remains with the beer.
S: Delicate aromas that are mildly sweet and tropical.
T: Flavors are so elegant, and are dominated by mango.
F: This beer's balance is so on point, which creates an amazing mouthfeel. It's smooth with just the right hop bite adding bitterness. It's very full but not heavy, and not at all boozy (not that it should be at 5.8%). The carb is also fantastic. It's a joy to drink.
O: Glad I traded for this one!

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Photo of woodychandler
4.29/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The CANQuest (tm) recently learned of a local trader who had some of these CANs available, and while I am trying to get caught up on the Bottle Backlog, the furtherance of The CANQuest (is) also important. That, and I divested myself of a number of recent duplicates, making me look like a generous trader. It was a win-win for all involved!

From the CAN: "This single hop pale ale showcases the Citra hop for a well balanced beer that is delicate in body with a mild bitterness in the finish. Ferocious aromas of citrus and mango give way to pseudoSue's unique and refreshing taste that is clean and bright with just enough bite!"; "Live beer, please refrigerate."

I was able to visit Sue in June 2015 during my most recent visit to ChiRaq/Viet Rahm while at The Field Museum for the Viking exhibit so it seems apropos to be drinking this beer!

The Crack! revealed another brimful craft CAN and I could barely CANtain my glee! The only thing that kept me from CANducting an inverted Glug was that it was a 16-fl. oz. tallboy CAN & they CAN be hard to CANtrol once started. Still, a heavy-handed Glug brought forth just over two fingers of dense, rocky, French Vanilla-colored head with great retention. Color was Golden-Amber (SRM = > 5, < 7) with NE-quality clarity and as such, I welcomed the Gelt Gang of Croesus, Midas & Mammon into my kitchen for the second time this day. Nose was redolent with hops, very assertive with notes of grapefruit and pine, which was a far cry from my last APA, which was more restrained. Mouthfeel was medium. The taste was an onslaught of hops, but not bitterness, which kept it appropriate for an APA. I got soft fruit flavors of peach and mango up front, underlain by grapefruit and pine, which was a real change of pace. Finish was semi-dry, very fruity, so that it CANnot be thought of as outright dry. Man, no wonder that this is so popular! It was a bargain at a six-pack in return.

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Photo of DesMoinesMike
4.42/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

16 oz can poured in a Pilsner glass. Hazy amber with a small white head. Aroma is rich with citrus and grapefruit. Taste has some fruitiness with a hint of pine. The upfront tartness seems a bit out of place. Overall good but doesn't justify hype.

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Photo of Thomas_Wikman
4.89/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

This is a very good pale ale I had several times. Beautiful golden hue with a moderate white head and a wonderful aroma. The taste is complex, grapefruit, tropical fruit, pine, wheat, and a lot more, but in the end it is delicious.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
4.4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Slightly hazy orange color with off-white head. Aroma has dank, slightly fruity, tropical hops. Taste is slightly malty and sweet at first, hoppy with some tropical notes but also floral and resiny. It's fascinating how they pulled out all the major hop profiles from just Citra hops. Gets slightly bitter on the finish and aftertaste but not too much. Medium body with crisp carbonation. Really good overall but I think it's a bit over-hyped.

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Photo of sprinklz92
4.65/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Depends on where it's brewed. The 4 pack bottles from florida were extremely disappointing. The 4 pack cans are much better. But the best sue still comes straight from Decorah.

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Photo of Zonk
4.46/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Amazing citrus nose pops out of the glass. Juicy hoppy freshness on the palate without being overly bitter. great job of showcasing hops in a drinkable Pale instead of turning this into an IPA.

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

A nice, mellow citra hop affair with a little bitterness in the finish. Nothing overpowering, and while I'd like the beer to be a LITTLE more citra hop-forward, it's well balanced and extremely easy to drink. I was extremely excited to finally find a place near me that stocks TG beer, and so far (2 beers in), I'm not disappointed. Not similar to Zombie Dust in terms of overall taste, but occupies the same space that ZD (and Lizard King) do: Great single hop beers that are balanced and easy to drink. Nice job by the guys (and gals) from Iowa!

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

Poured hazy golden straw with 1 inch white head that had great retention and lacing. Very full scent of pine and citrus. Flavor was very juicy, dominated by citrus and pine. Such dominating flavors are balanced by malt to create a very pleasant beer with great mouthfeel!

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

I am a Citra hop fiend. Absolutely delicious. Beautiful color and lacing, and juicy start to finish. The aroma is outstanding. If it didn't taste so good I would just sit and smell the glass. Definitely in my top 5 pales/ipas.

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Photo of jphipps83
4.81/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Excellent, excellent APA. Likely my favorite around.

A - golden haze, light head
S - very solid, citrus notes are full and deep
T - amazingly clean, citra hops shine through
M - as it should be

Wonderful beer, get it when you can.

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Photo of jsprain1
4.46/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A- Pale golden. Thick white head, some lacing.
S- Bready, slightly sweet, citrus hops, very grapefruit centric.
T- Starts with sweet-ish grapefruit juice. Moves more toward a bitter pith like flavor. Bit of pine on the backend.
M- Full bodied and vibrant. Bit of dryness in the finish.
O- A very very good pale ale. Definitely worth coming back to.

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Photo of DsntMatter
4.3/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Drank from the new 16oz can. Overall a great beer with very strong citrus and mango flavors. Balanced throughout and not overly bitter. I noticed a grassy wet hopped character in the cans which I haven't noticed before, not overpowering however. One of the top APAs.

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Photo of GoGators15
5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Awesome beer amazing citra hops! Powerful citra flavor with just enough bite, crisp and easy to drink! Love it! Big fan of zombie dust by 3 floyds being in Indianapolis but I'd take this over zombie dust! Awesome beer!

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Photo of Marius
4.4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear orange brew, with a medium height white head that gives way to a sticky transparent lacing. Dank smell, with citrus notes - grapefruit and lime - plus a bit of pine resin and some honey. The taste is dank, dominated by citrus hops. One can also taste what feels like unripe tropical fruits. Incredibly light bodied and extremely well balanced ale, with a bitter aftertaste. Very drinkable.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
4.73/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5

Had at the source. Received in a pint glass.

5.0 A: Moderately hazed golden orange color. One and a half fingers of dense creamy off-white head. Retention is great and glass covering lacing is left.

5.0 S: Blast of resiny and citrusy hops - mango predominant with orange and pineapple following. The hops annihilate any chance of smelling the malts, but it's not a big deal since it's such a potent and wonderful nose.

4.5 T: Mild-moderate bitterness. Again huge resiny and citrus hop flavor. Mango predominant but not as potent as the nose. Pineapple and orange again. Malts are generally neutral with maybe a hint of caramel.

4.25 M: Lighter medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Moderately creamy and super smooth.

5.0 D: Very good beer with intense aroma. Manageable bitterness makes this super quaffable.

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Photo of codytwo
4.81/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Hazy burnt orange look.
Tropical mixed with pine smell.
Very smooth feel that goes down quite well.
Overall the smell, feel, and taste are amazing. Slightly over three months since bottling and traveled almost 2,000 miles yet still amazingly delicious!

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Photo of Meyers1023
4.9/5  rDev +8.4%
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 -2.4%
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 -5.8%
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 +8.2%
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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PseudoSue from Toppling Goliath Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 439 ratings.