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PseudoSue - Toppling Goliath Brewing Company

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Reviews: 367
Hads: 3,061
Avg: 4.52
pDev: 21.68%
Wants: 1,216
Gots: 487 | FT: 31
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: 367 | Hads: 3,061
Photo of Kelz87
4.28/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle dated May 27 15. Poured from 12oz bottle into pub pint glass. Big thanks to Charlie for throwing in this extra on the trade.

L- pours a hazy pale golden/ straw color with a red bottom, about a finger of white head leaving a white cap that sits atop the beer on the way down along with a bit of lacing.

A- it reeks of citra hops, I took out of an open bag of citra hops and smelled them side by side, the girl friend even said they smell the same, I love it. Very strong tropical notes. Hints of malt sweetness.

T- tropical notes with some malty sweetness followed by mild hop bitterness. Some floral notes become evident about halfway through the beer. I let the gf have a sip and she was hesitant to give it back, she's not a craft beer drinker.

M- it has a good mouthfeel for the type, strong carbonation

O- it's a good beer, I'm not sure if I'd rate it a 100, but good none the less. I was excited to try this beer, but feel slightly let down, I guess since it had such a high score I expected amazing. Don't get me wrong though, I do like it and would definitely buy it. Maybe I just need a newer bottle.

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Photo of winningwes91
4.75/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Very excited for this one. Pours a dark orange color with about a finger and a half of white head. Smells of citrus and hops. Taste follows suit. So incredibly juicy. This bottle is a little over a month old, so I can't imagine how it would be fresh. Also, a bit one-noted. But still probably my second favorite pale next to zd.

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Photo of Ryancthomas7
4.21/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving type: 12oz bottle dated 6/19/2015
Huge citrus and tropical fruit notes right off the bat. Taste is much of the same. Extremely easy to drink and very refreshing. Excellent session beer.

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Photo of BigBadBeerSnob
4.26/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Last batch I had was from the first BrewHub run. The color was significantly darker than previous batches and the taste wasn't dialed in like prior batches. In a blind test, I don't think I'd point this out as being PsuedoSue. I'll review again after they get a few more batches under their belt any hopefully improve my score

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Photo of majorbase2
4.63/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

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Photo of JohnMoloney
4.79/5  rDev +6%
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.

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Photo of ThomasJ25
4.44/5  rDev -1.8%
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!

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Photo of VetsPackage
4.18/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

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Photo of Rammed96
4.77/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

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4.41/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

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Photo of eifster82
4.8/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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.

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Photo of NizzleEGizzle
4.43/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottles mid-August. Poured into wine glass. Contract brewed in Florida.

L: honeyed gold. Gorgeous. Also: one of the best labels in the game, son.

S: subdued, yet scintillatingly balanced. Menthol, crisp evergreen, dried mango.

T: mango, citrus rind (grapefruit and orange), some resin. Extremely well balanced and clean. Not really getting too much malt.

F: nice carbonation that carried the flavors well.

O: an extremely enjoyable beverage. Clean and flavorful; complex and thought provoking. Hooray beer!

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Photo of Scooter1027
4.74/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

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Photo of SomethingClever
4.36/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

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Photo of BeerBrose
4.24/5  rDev -6.2%
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.

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Photo of beertunes
3.83/5  rDev -15.3%
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.

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Photo of kspauld2
5/5  rDev +10.6%
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.

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Photo of MuFugga
4.5/5  rDev -0.4%
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.

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Photo of Zach136
4.54/5  rDev +0.4%
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.

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Photo of KevChiTown
4.33/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

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Photo of ljjpowers
4.55/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

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Photo of RyanJohnCrain
5/5  rDev +10.6%
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

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Photo of jhavs
4.46/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

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Photo of 4thFloyd
4.95/5  rDev +9.5%
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.

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Photo of Hopheadjeffery
4.5/5  rDev -0.4%
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.

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PseudoSue from Toppling Goliath Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 367 ratings.