PseudoSue - Toppling Goliath Brewing Company

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Reviews: 366
Hads: 3,057
Avg: 4.52
pDev: 21.68%
Wants: 1,211
Gots: 484 | FT: 31
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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: 366 | Hads: 3,057
Photo of govlady
4.62/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

i blind tasted psuedosue next to ZD and they looked identical. hazy, darker, amber color with a finger of foam. you can definitely smell the different between the two. this was my first time having psuedo sue, but i drank king sue last week and immediately knew this was sue because of the passion citrus. you taste a lot of the citrus up front as well. amazing beer. i was having a hard time deciding what i enjoyed better. i think ZD just has that extra kick. Still, probably the second best APA i've had. I also thought King Sue was one, if not the best beer I've ever had, so im probably unfairly comparing it to KS.

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Photo of Thirstygoat
4.56/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured a bottled brewed 08/07/15 into a Dogfish Head chalice.

Orange gold hazy color with nice inch of white head that settles quickly, bit of lacing holds

Smells of Mango sherbet blended with Zombie Dust , hint of some other fruits maybe cantaloupe, if they make candles that smell like this I want one

taste citrus, mango, bit of hops but not at all harsh

sort of drys the back of the mouth, but not unpleasant not really a bite

Very glad I got to try this , and will drink one or two more fairly soon

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Photo of Pourharddrinkslow
4.67/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Look - Golden and light, translucent with a light white head

Smell - GRAPEFRUIT! almost nothing else present

Taste - Better than I could dream for. Tremendous pale ale with a strong fruity taste (mostly grapefruit and citrus) with a hop backbone. Super juicy but fairly thin for the amount of flavor packed in, hope and pine round out the taste. For a beer under 6%, the tastes are almost overwhelming...

Feel - Drinks very nicely, light body with moderate carbonation. Absurdly refreshing

Overall - One of the top 3 pale ale's I've ever had (if we are going by what the brewery categorizes it as)

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Photo of stakem
3.78/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Thanks Kegatron for the hookup on this one. 12oz bottle into a tulip pint glass. The brew is a hazy copper color with white cap that is quick to fade leaving patchy lace.

Aroma is cheesy at first with some sulfur and citrus notes. It smells good but kinda disappointing that cheesiness leads the way then a nice citrus hop zip.

Taste is citrus hop forward, than herbal grassy and cheesy. Moderate bitterness with nice fruity hop flavors and little to no malt/alcohol backing.

This is medium bodied, modestly carbonated and overall very enjoyable. Would not mind trying this again if it was super fresh but as is its pretty solid.

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Photo of Dustin_Sallitt
4.59/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice hazy straw yellow. The nose is typical juicy citra, juicy peach, orange, light mango, a little cantaloupe, just bursting with citrus fruits here. The taste is very refreshing, with mostly citrus upfront, with a nice refreshing grapefruit finish that is very clean. Almost no residual bitterness. I would say this is a little bit lighter of a flavor than ZD, but a comparable beer. One of the best pale ales out there.

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

Poured from 12oz bottle into a clear mug. I'm damn excited about this one! Bottle is dated 7/9/15.

Appearance: medium orange hue with a moderate haze and a strong effervescence. Head pours a finger of frothy off-white foam. Quite attractive!

Smell: a piney hop aroma with a nice citrus backdrop. Not quite massively fruity but very enticing nonetheless.

Taste: very nice piney and lightly citrusy hop flavor with a smooth finish exhibiting a balanced bitterness. One of the smoothest and most satisfying pale ales I've ever had, with a brilliantly satisfying finish.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a good level of carbonation and creamines. Quite good.

Overall: highly drinkable and very, very satisfying indeed. I was expecting a flavor bomb, but what I got instead is one of the most easy-drinking pale ales I've had. Great.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.6/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

The bottle enjoyed earlier tonight was from my work buddy Dan... But this bottle is from a great trade with doughanson78.. Pours mostly clear light golden with a decent white head with no real retention... Tropical fruit/melon/tangerine hops and pale maltiness in the nose... Flavor is sorta muddy and the hops are lost in the pale malt.. VERY drinkable, but this is just a good fruity pale ale.

If this was brewed anywhere in Oregon or Southern California, no geeks would have ever given it the time of day.. Pretty nice APA, but Oh sooo standard in THIS neck of the woods.


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Photo of ChrisP802
4.62/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very excited to try Toppling Goliath and this very highly ranked brew
Pour - murky, burnt orange color
Smell - hoppy, citrus
Taste - very balanced bitterness with semi-sweetness
Overall - very drinkable with a nice light mouthfeel. Wish that this was easier to find, very good choice.

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Photo of pat61
4.88/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

L: A lively pour fills the Spiegelau glass with a hazy gold liquid that clears to brilliant as the beer warms. It produces a 2” finely bubbled white foam collar that takes 2 minutes to recede to a thick, clingy film. S: Tropical fruit, melon, citrus and herbal aromas rise from the glass. T: The attack begins with tropical fruit laced with citrus over a light malt backbone with a surprisingly tart, juicy finish. F: Very creamy with a medium to medium light body and medium carbonation. O: This beer is packed with so much flavor that it is hard to believe that it is only 5.8% abv.

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Photo of buckslayer50
5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Was sent a couple bottles from a very kind BA in Iowa. After reading about how the new Brew Hub brewed Sue has nothing on the old Iowa brewed ones I cant even imagine how good those had to have been. This is my favorite hoppy beer I have had even over Heady Topper. It looked hazy and bright orange, smelled awesome, and tasted extremely juicy and tropical. It was like alcoholic orange juice in the best way imaginable. This is a masterpiece to me, and I could drink them every day(so it's probably a good thing I dont have regular access to them lol).

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Photo of NolaHopHead
4.45/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle. Hazy amber color thin white head. Tropical fruit and a little fresh bread in the aroma. Outstanding balanced taste with tropical fruit and orange peel hops with faint pine. Perfect amount of caramel malt balance, not too sweet. Mouth is super soft and smooth with a crisp dry finish. Overall one of the best pale ales I've had, delicious.

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Photo of JohnnyMc
4.16/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed with a friend at 5 weeks old (according to the bottle date)

Pours out a typical pale orange kind of color.

The aroma is lead by soft tropical fruit notes of peach, mango, orange peel and tangerine.

Taste is also very citrus forward with orange, grapefruit, pineapple and mango heavy on the tongue.

The body is light and the mouthfeel is crisp. Drinks like a Pale Ale which is nice since a lot of Pale Ales verge on IPA territory anymore.

Good beer? Yes! Overhyped? Yes! For single hop Citra Pale Ales there's a certain Zombie king for me.

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Photo of TheBrewBrotha
4.42/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Straight from the bottle. This pale ale packs a hoppy punch that brings the Citra hop straight to the palate. Grapefruit and piney notes with a fruity but hoppy nose. SLightly malty with a faint bitter finish, great body and medium carb play going on. I enjoy this beer a lot but not sure if it's because its new to my palate since I'm on the westcoast but overall its a very solid brew.

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Photo of FriedSlug
4.73/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

This is a slightly cloudy deep orange-gold color with a giant aroma of mango and grapefruit. The taste is malty sweet with the mango and grapefruit appearing here in healthy doses. A nice mild bitterness on the finish rounds out this spectacular brew. This is a juicy delicious and well balanced beer. Truly a joy to drink.

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Photo of JaredinOmaha
4.57/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Really good stuff. Extreme balance. I'd like more IBU's, but obviously this is a Pale. Looking forward to the King.
Btw, I like Golden Nugget just as much. I think the fact it's easier to get, hurts its rating. IMO

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Photo of OmahaKF
4.02/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smell is of citrus, tropical fruit, and malt sweetness. Taste is heavily tropical, with mango being most prominent for me. Finish is slightly bitter but blends well with the citrus and tropical flavors. A really smooth drinking and flavorful beer that doesn't quite live up to the hype for me, although I've heard that the newer Florida batches are getting closer to the original.

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Photo of NYC-IPAnAPA
3.53/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I almost feel bad reviewing this beer in its current form, as I've never had it in the 22oz format that was actually produced by Toppling Goliath. I have had it 4 or 5 times though from a couple of different batches since production was moved to a contract brewery in Florida, and it now only shows up in the 12oz bottles used by them. It's a real shame because King Sue is one of the best tasting beers I've ever had when it's fresh and brewed by Mike Saboe. I wish he would take control again of production of Pseudo, b/c I can taste enough there that I know it's likely a phenomenal beer when done right, but the batches from Florida have ranged from a solid basic pale to a drain pour. It really is a shame to create such a universally acclaimed product and then shift production elsewhere and have it slowly eroded...Please fix this beer!!

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Photo of MNAle
4.19/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Two 12oz bottles, purchased and tasted several days apart. Bottled dates of 10 Jul 15 and 10 Aug 15. Poured into an Irish Imperial pint glass. Golden color, hazy. Moderate amount of visible carbonation. 1/2 inch of slightly off-white head that recedes slowly, leaving some lacing on the glass. Aroma is wonderful citrus and pine. Pleasant, inviting me to take a taste. Good initial body and mouth feel. Malt backbone is present, but so are the hops. Definite citrus "juiciness", but the dominant hops taste is pine that carries through the middle, with the bitterness asserting in the finish. Very well balanced, though, with the malty body continuing through to nicely balance the hops bitterness and to finish clean. This ale is really good. There's been a lot of discussion that the Brew Hub / FL versions are substandard compared with the legendary Decorah brew, but these versions are really good.

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Photo of Taybeh
4.68/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

From a newly distributed to MN single, bottled on July 10th, into an imperial pint. Very cool label!

A: fairly clear, bright glowering mango orange with a finger of white head that subsides fairly quickly and leaves decent but not great lacing.
S: Angels are singing... Sweet flowery orange blossoms, juicy mango and grapefruit (again, fairly sweet and light, but also substantial), mild pineapple, faint and sweet fresh-cut grass, some caramel...just a little dankness as you get past the initial flowery and juicy sweetness.
T: Everything in the nose shows up here, though the integration isn't quite as brilliant; enough malt to provide a solid body; there is a bit more bitterness, which is good. A slight minty and earthy tinge (that I don't really get in the nose) lingers at the end. Truly outstanding.
M: Fairly light, medium carb, good body...neither real thick nor thin, nice bit of aggressive bite to go with the sweet flowery tropical flavors, goes down way too easy and quickly.

So good. Ecstatic that these guys are in MN now...looking forward to drinking this often.

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Photo of TDotScott
4.94/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a bottle into a shaker pint. Bottled 10 July.

L- Dark gold and medium-clear with a bubbly white head that sticks around for quite some time.

S- phenomenal citra notes. Orange, grapefruit, juice, a bit of pine.

T- much like the taste. Citrus, but in a sweet, juicy way. Bitterness present, but overall intensity, between white-bread malt and bitterness, is pretty low.

F- medium-full body is great. Carbonation is a little zippy for the style.

O- this beer makes APAs exciting

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Photo of Cannibalgasm
4.76/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 12oz. bottle.

A: Pours a clear light golden amber with lots of visible lively bubbly carbonation. Head is and inch and a half of frothy foamy white color. Retention is absolutely excellent and lacing is phenomenally plentiful.

S: Wow what inviting aromas of tropical fruits, and citrus that present themselves immediately. Mango, grapefruit, pineapple, lemon, and tangerine are the prevalent smells. Then in the middle you find aromas of sweet malts, and fresh cut grass. On the end you get some floral hop notes. Absolutely fantastic this is one of the best smelling brews I've ever had.

T: This brew continues to blow my f***ing mind. Opens with huge bold citrus and tropical fruit flavors. Mango, grapefruit, peach, orange, lemon, pineapple, tangerine, and cantaloupe flavors are all present to me. In the middle of the taste you find sweet malts, and grassy/pine like hop bitterness. Finishes with floral hop flavors and a nice lingering bitter/fruity aftertaste.

M:Light to medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Incredibly smooth and easy drinking. It's qualities make it almost too easy to drink. This is a perfect all/every day kind of brew but it has such depth of aromas and flavors that I feel like I am committing a beer crime for how fast I am drinking these. I love this beer but I wish it had a slightly heavier mouthfeel.

O: This is one of the most impressive brews I have ever had. I have heard such great things about Toppling Goliath and finally we get distribution to our store. I picked this up immediately after work and proceeded to have my brains blown out of my f***ing head like a .50 cal round hit me. This is easily the best Pale Ale I have ever had the pleasure to consume. This will forever have a place in my heart and has immediately become one of my favorite beers. I plan to drink the f*** out of this. I would stand by my recommendation of this brew to my death. Seek this brew out beer lovers far and wide, this is truly a white whale that deserves any amount of praise heaped upon it.

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Photo of Czequershuus
4.31/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This beer pours a slightly hazy deep straw with an average head. As one would expect, the smell is upfront with grapefruit and orange, as well pineapple and mango. The flavor follows through with these, as well as a nice background toasty flavor from the malt. The mouthfeel is smooth and inviting. I got to the end of my glass very quickly here. The reasonably light body plus the smooth mouthfeel make this a very quaffable beer. Awesome, I am so glad I got a chance to try this.

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Photo of Circles313
4.94/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This is one of my favorite brews. It's light & crisp but still refreshing. Tons of bright notes that range from; pineapple, grapefruit, tangerines, oranges, white grapes & a hint of honey.

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Photo of DSWeller
4.31/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a fantastic appetizing golden color that leaves lacing throughout.

Smell is perfect. Huge citrus notes of mangoes and pineapple pineapple. Very tantalizing.

Taste is fantastic. It's a citrus bomb that has an excellent lingering fruity flavor. I am a sucker for Citra hops and think it makes the best IPAs/APAs.

I have had several PseudoSue's in a 22 ounce bomber from the brewery in Decorah and have also had several beers from Brewhub in Florida. I think the beers are very close in similarity.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.74/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours a pale gold with a goodly amount of foam that leaves some lacing behind.

Huge citrus on the nose with almost as big aromas of mango. Smells hoppier vs bitter.

The citrus just kicks it here. Mixed in with that mango and a light malt that comes across as bready, this is one magnificent APA. Btw, the citrus is most definitely grapefruit with a touch of lemon zest.

Medium bodied, perfect carbonation.

So flavourful, so refreshing, so damn good. Hell yeah!

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PseudoSue from Toppling Goliath Brewing Company
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