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PseudoSue - Toppling Goliath Brewing Company

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Reviews: 333
Hads: 2,934
rAvg: 4.53
pDev: 7.73%
Wants: 1,191
Gots: 456 | FT: 30
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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Reviews: 333 | Hads: 2,934
Photo of majorbase2
4.63/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours a pleasant, glowing orange color with a large white foam head that slowly dissipates. Leaving a small ring of lacing around the edge.

Aroma is bursting with citrus and fruit, evident as soon as the beer is poured. You can taste the peaches, pineapple and grapefruit. Remarkably vivid.

Taste is absolutely sensational. Enormous fruit flavors that end with a finish of pine. Grapefruit, peach, pineapple, orange, tangerine. Accented by light floral and citrus hops. As it warms, pine starts to take a little more of the spotlight. Finishes a bit bitter.

Light bodied. Smooth. Even at just 5.8%, this beer is as dangerously drinkable as you'll find. I feel like I could drink an entire case of this. Very versatile, suitable for an time of year.

Overall, this is quite possibly the best beer I've ever had. So ridiculously drinkable and versatile. As tasty as any beer you'll find. In a beer world oversatured by IPAs and PAs, this one manages to stand out. (967 characters)

Photo of JohnMoloney
4.79/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A) An almost glowing orange to light amber body. Poured into 12 oz Tulip and mainted about 1 inch of foam. Perfect amount of carbination.

S) The nose was mostly tropical fruit mango, pineapple with a light hint of orange and a subtle prickly resin on the back end

T) Wow what a super flavorful single IPA ! Huge tropical fruit that gives way to a perfect piney mouthfeel as you wash it down. As it warmed up the fruity notes began to leave the resin and pine in the dust. This beer is too drinkable.

O) Id drink it over zombie dust any day. (545 characters)

Photo of ThomasJ25
4.44/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours clean, glowing orange color, cloudy. Ivan tell this beer is going to be delicious, and I was right. Such a clean, simple example of brewing with Citra hops and how good it can be. Wonderful beer! (204 characters)

Photo of VetsPackage
4.18/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Not the greatest APA I've ever had but it's definitely in that class of "this is better than most IPAs". Would have enjoyed a little more backbone but great citrus notes highlighted by fresh grapefruit rind. The best freebie I've gotten in a trade thus far. (257 characters)

Photo of Rammed96
4.77/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Wonderful citric smells with orange and grapefruit. Nice hazy dark orange color. Amazing floral smell. One of the beer beers I have ever had. Now I need to go get more. (168 characters)

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

Definitely a shade or two paler then most IPA's are. Body is an orange gold straw tone. Head reaches about an inch and a half consisting of creamy off white foam. Leaves a consistent rim of lace as it slowly fades. Nose is of citrus pulp, mandarin oranges and floral hops. With first sip this beer bursts with citrus juiciness. Tons of orange and pink grapefruit come at you with relentless tongue attacking presence. This would be the perfect beer on a hot summer day. There is just nothing abrasive about this beer at all. I would buy this beer on the regular if I had better access to it. (600 characters)

Photo of eifster82
4.75/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Look - slightly hazy light amber/deep golden color. Small amounts of sediment are present.

Smell - Citra hop and citrus notes in general beat up nose nicely.

Taste - Lot of fruity hops up front, mellowing out towards back end.

Feel - Smooth. I expected a much more of a bite at the back end, based on smell and initial taste, but it just mellows out nicely.

Overall - Really exceptional pale ale. Very much belongs near or at the top. (443 characters)

Photo of Scooter1027
4.74/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Perhaps the perfect display of the citra hop. Juicy, citrusy, with a smooth finish and just enough malt backbone. Smells incredible, tastes incredible. (153 characters)

Photo of SomethingClever
4.36/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into snifter bottled on 6/19

A: murky orange color with very little head leaves a soapy ring around the edges

S: nice orange and tangerine with grassy smell slight lemon and ripe mush melon

T: Huge juicy fruit flavors with orange tangerine and cantaloupe with a little bit of sweetness that makes it even more juicy citrusness. Then a little bit of a grass crackery malts taste

M: smooth fairly light makes the beer very easy to drink decent amount of carbonation

O: A very good juicy orangey and melon beer has a surprising amount of malty crackerness on the end I am not crazy about beer reminds me of Zombie Dust its a winner if you like Citra hops. (678 characters)

Photo of BeerBrose
4.24/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Look: Light golden yellow straw, white frothy head with some lacing.

Smell: Floral tropical fruit and grapefruit.

Taste: Grapefruit and melon up front, very juicy and crisp. minimal malt sweetness if any perceived at all.

Feel: Light carbonation, very thing body and a slightly bitter finish.

Overall: Very Tasty pale ale, I can see why people love it. Wish it had more malt backbone, as I usually do with these new style Pale Ales. (436 characters)

Photo of beertunes
3.83/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Thanks to @NWer and his son Matt for this one. Cloudy orange-yellow color, thin cap of white head that quickly dissipated to just a ring, and left decent lacing.

A blast of bright hops attacked as soon as the 12oz bottle was cracked open. The flavor and scent shared a hop forward/low malt profile. The beer was smooth and crisp, with a nicely dry finish. Drinkability was great, I woud drain these regularly if available to me. (429 characters)

Photo of kspauld2
5/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wow. That really is the word that came out of my mouth when drinking this amazing pale ale. Most people think it's and IPA and I can see why as it drinks close to that with all of the citrusy goodness up front. Finishes nice and light but damn it's tasty. So glad they have them in 4 packs now. (294 characters)

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

After falling into the hype and trying zombie dust, I can say I was rather disappointed, but I decided to try this one and can say it actually does live up to the hype. Hands down better than ZD and way better availability. Citrusy and hoppy flavore combine to make a perfect balance. A murky, hazy look and full mouth feel make this a near perfect pale ale. Just a hint of lingering bitterness on the finish is the only slight drawback. (437 characters)

Photo of Zach136
4.54/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 6/19, enjoyed 7/17

Appearance: Hazy orange, not much head to speak of

Aroma/Flavor: Juicy as hell. Tropical with grassy cotton candy.

Mouthfeel: Medium light, full texture.

Overall: This is truly excellent at four weeks old, would love to try it fresher. (267 characters)

Photo of KevChiTown
4.33/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This is one of those beers living in the Midwest you hear the hype behind all the time. Is it really that good? Yes. Is it as good as ZD? Yes, but no. Both are pale ales, but other then style alone, I see them very differently. So, I'm just gonna base my opinion on something totally arbitrary...fantastic label art. There I said it. I love the t-rex, so it gets extra points. Great beer, would drink regularly, but I can't get my hands on it enough. (450 characters)

Photo of ljjpowers
4.55/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Do you remember what Christmas morning was like as a six-year-old? Or as an eight-year-old? Or whenever you got that Power Wheels, Tamagotchi, or Game Boy Color? After receiving the spoils of my first beer trade today, I do— it felt like popping a mega roll of bubble wrap while placing the perfect Tetris piece and flipping to the cool side of the pillow all at once. PseudoSue [soo-do-soo]. Say it with me! Toppling Goliath basically brewed the Miss Universe of craft beer with this one: she’s elegant in a gown, she’s stunning in a swimsuit, and she actually has the IQ and diction to talk about how desperately she wants world peace. The beer pours a hazy golden/orange color which is accented nicely by the T-Rex on the label (bonus points in my book). And though I didn’t think it was possible, the brew’s smell is probably more impressive than its appearance. A pungent bouquet of mango, grapefruit, and orange eventually gives way to evergreen and pine notes (sticking with that Christmas theme!). And… down the hatch. Blissful? Pretty much. Divine? Maybe. Perfect? Almost. While I can’t quite find the right words to describe the taste as I’d like, it is as spectacular an APA (American Pale Ale) as you will find. The bitterness is almost enough to make you think of PseudoSue as an IPA, but the beer ultimately stays true to the balance of the APA style. I now understand and appreciate the hype surrounding this beastly brew and it has earned a place in my own personal pantheon of heavenly beers. (1,525 characters)

Photo of RyanJohnCrain
5/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I have had in Bomber Bottle on Tap and in the new 12oz Bottle: The first batch of 12oz out of FL was off but the batches since have improved greatly. This is a perfect APA (171 characters)

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

Fresh 22oz bottle poured into a nonic tasting glass.

A=Bright orange and hazy, white thick head, lacing rings the glass as I sip.

S=Lots of tropical flavors including mango with some citrus and resinous layers.

T=Really tasty, lots of citrus and tropical hop flavor hits you first, balanced, makes you want to drink more. Has decent level of bitterness but does not overpower.

M=Light and crisp body, moderate carbonation, smooth and easy to drink.

O=Excellent beer, lighter body, flavor similar to IPA tropical hop bombs. No noticeable flaws. (551 characters)

Photo of 4thFloyd
4.95/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Great beer! Hazy golden color with a nice white head which disappeared quickly. Amazing clean citrus aroma. Flavor follows with a nice citrus hops focus and good malt balance providing nice body and sweetness. Limited bitterness with a clean finish. Almost as good as Zombie Dust. (284 characters)

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

First tasted in a Teku glass. Tasted in a Spiegelau IPA glass from a 12 oz bottle on July 5,2015 for this review. Look is hazy gold, with a diminishing head and lingering lacing. Smell is a very aromatic blend citrus fruit and pine. Taste reflects the nose and is a near perfect blend of hop bitterness and malt sweetness. Feel is light and finishes with a mild bite. A go to pale ale. (391 characters)

Photo of MisSigsFan
4.49/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle dated 28 May 15. Pours a slightly hazy yellow golden color with a thin white head. Leaves some lacing on the glass. Smell is orange, grapefruit, mango, pineapple... You know it's gotta be Citra. These bottles are a little over a month old so some drop off is to be expected. Taste is juicy and tropical. Follows the nose for the most part. Nice biscuity malt at the end. Bitterness is subdued. Mouthfeel is light and crisp. Actually not as creamy as some other TG beers I've had. Overall an excellent pale ale, but I'm not seeing how this could be a perfect 100. A solid 4.25-4.50 beer. (593 characters)

Photo of OneEye78
4/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a brownish orange with very little head. Aroma was a strong melon with a hint of citrus, very juicy. Taste was melon, a bit of citrus, and very light bitterness. Very balanced, and easy drinking, but also a bit subdued and almost washed out flavor Lacked the juicyness of the nose. Had on same night as Zombie Dust, and was not nearly as flavorful. (357 characters)

Photo of jtladner
4.06/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first time trying this one, but according to others this was an off batch. 12 oz bottle, only a few weeks old and yet no hops in the aroma, and only a slight hop profile in the flavor. Pretty underwhelming. Hopefully I'll get the chance to try a better batch in the future and update my rating.

*Update: tried another bottle last night. Much better. Some dank hops, fruity notes. Very tasty. (395 characters)

Photo of JohnnyHopps
4.15/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - The beer was a golden orange color with a bubbly white head.

Smell - There is a modest dry orange nose. It is partly floral, with a hint of grass.

Taste - At the front, I notice orange and lavender. The profile is dry overall with hints of grass and other citrus. The finish comes across as both orange and dry oak.

Mouthfeel - The carbonation is appropriate for the style, contributing to a dry finish.

Overall - I hate to say, but I think this is a little overrated. There are other APAs out there that are in the same ballpark as this, but lack the noteriety. (583 characters)

Photo of PeterParker
4.93/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My brother brought this back from his trip to Iowa...thanks Dan!

Pours a beautiful bright orange with a half finger of head. Leaves lots of lacing.

Nose is extremely tropical. Mango, orange, dankness, a bit of spice. Smells heavenly.

Wow the taste is awesome. It immediately kicks you in the tongue with a burst of citrusy hops. The flavor on this is stronger than any beverage I've ever had. Amazing. The bitterness hits up front but is immediately followed by the fruity goodness. Mostly orange and mango. Back of the tongue has a punch with some more bitterness.

It feels awesome. You know you're drinking a hoppy beer as the hops permeate throughout the palate. Coats the mouth unlike a pale ale usually would.

I understand the hype. This is probably the best pale ale I've ever had. It's just so powerful and makes me realize why I love Citra hops so much. (879 characters)

PseudoSue from Toppling Goliath Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 333 ratings.