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PseudoSue - Toppling Goliath Brewing Company

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Reviews: 331
Hads: 2,927
rAvg: 4.53
pDev: 7.73%
Wants: 1,189
Gots: 455 | 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: 331 | Hads: 2,927
Photo of tmbgnicu
4.83/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Closest thing I've found to HF single hop citra. Smooth and drinkable, allowing plenty of room for the citra to shine. An outstanding beer, only wish it came in 6pks instead of 4pks. (186 characters)

Photo of diablo14
4.34/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This one's a bit of a creeper.

Pours a light golden colour, and has a fantastic nose that has plenty of mango and orange, backed by some very spruce like scents. The flavour seemed underwhelming at first, and while it never quite matched the power of the nose, as it got slightly warmer it opened right up. The hops provide just the right amount of zing.

By the time I was finished i was ready for another. It's not easy to find a beer this well balanced and tasty, yet so subtle and drinkable. This is one. (509 characters)

Photo of vette2006c5r
4.47/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

PseduoSue pours a copper color with a big lacing long lasting head. There is a big citrus and hoppy aroma. The taste has a big hop flavor, citrus and fruity, but still very drinkable. Finishes with a nice dryness. Overall its a very good beer, easy to drink, but not perfect. (279 characters)

Photo of Sails_Ambassador
4.25/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Solid single hop. Unfortunately not deserving of a 100.... Any other brewery releasing this beer would have a 90, overrated scoring, just had this again even fresher in 12oz bottle...., how can I pay to get a small local brewery to get this kind of rating???? (259 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
3.97/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the twelve ounce bottle into a nonic pint glass. Bottled May 29th 2015, (320) listed, agreement with Lakeland Florida.

Chill hazed lemon yellow body, with a lemon pineapple like glow and orb appearance. Fluffy to creamy bleach white head form simply and nicely at about slightly taller than two fingers. Cream bubbled makeup, but with a bit of a soapy appearance.

Nice straightforward hop nose. Zesty, slightly oily. Not heavily pronounced, but classic tangerine like orange and a bit of candy like sweetness to it as well like a classic Christmas orange. Slightly earthy as well with a bit of pine, not much discernible malt character. Pretty solid though.

Palate brings some real nice qualities. Slightly juiced front of orange and mango with a very good dryness and airy powdery malt quality almost cancelling out the mouthfeel's very great but slightly wet qualities. Leafy and mint to tea like finish, with a bigger drying quality that's emphasized on the swallow. Has some classic drying Pliny Elder character which is kind of memorable. Some of the oily fruit character comes through real nicely as it warms. It does become more enjoyable as I drink more of it.

It's a very well made beer, but not something I am going to be crazy over with the plethora of good solid American Pale Ales out there. (1,332 characters)

Photo of mabermud
4.51/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Look: Deep orange hazy body. Off white head that shrivels from a pancake sized nipple to a shriveled up quarter. The head is very sticky, and the curtains are slick.
Smell: Rich. Candied tropical fruit or Hawaiian punch with grapefruit.
Taste: Tropical fruit punch, watered down, just a tad. The finish tastes like I am drinking tropical fruit juice when there are more ice cubes left than juice. Not bad, just saying.
Feel: The feel does not disappoint.

Overall - With this beer, the smell stands out. I think there are better APAs out there, but this is actually a hit. A watered down Enjoy By...

I had to come back after it warmed to bump up the "overall." Outstanding finish and a complete package for an APA. (733 characters)

Photo of Gobearswalter34
4.73/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Pours an electric orange with a one finger white, foamy head. Smells piney and citrus with just a touch of funk. Piney resin with citrus hop taste that is nearly perfect. The resin sneaks up the nose slightly, and it feels like a slight nutty taste. The hop and malt combination creates the best finish of any IPA I have had. I have long heard of this company and it's offerings and it lives up to the hype. (412 characters)

Photo of snaotheus
4.36/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle served in a large mug. Traveled here in mr-jj's friend's suitcase. If there is a date on the bottle, I can't find it.

Pours murky golden with a smallish white head, medium carbonation. I can see thick chunky sediment left in the bottom of the bottle, but I think a fair amount of sediment made it into my glass (not that I mind). Smell is gorgeous. Floral and tropical. Just dreamy.

Taste is surprisingly malty, with the expectations set by the nose. Based on the aroma, I thought this was going to be a total hop bomb, but it's actually a fairly well balanced pale ale, with all the stuff I like in an IPA (floral, resinous, honeysuckle and tropical juice...) but toned down a bit, with a stronger malt (straw, maybe) presence.

Mouthfeel is moderately thick and surprisingly dry. Overall, very tasty beer. (832 characters)

Photo of BradfordStuckey
3.95/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Great artwork on the bottle. Floral and slight citrus scents from a good beer. Anopther Citra bomb. Showcasing the hop well like others do. Speckled haziness from lack there of or low filtration. Heavy mouthfeel that is surprising from the low ABV. (248 characters)

Photo of martyl1000
4.2/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I'm not getting it, obviously. For this to be so universally revered makes me doubt myself. But I don't love it.

It's delicious, certainly. It has some magical quality that's pretty instantly recognizable. But it's kind of anonymous. The flavor profile seems oddly without substance, transparent -- invisible, even. To serve this in a Shaker pint is definitely part of the problem. But I'm just shaking my head. I can't see what all the hype is about.

It's nowhere near the enlightenment that is Zombie Dust. I even like New Glarus Moon Man better than this. If I were to place it on my Top Ten APA hierarchy, it'd look like this:

Zombie Dust
Daisy Cutter
Alpha King
-(Big falloff, here.)-
Moon Man
Hop Trip
Burning River
Sierra Nevada Pale
Great Divide Fresh Hop
Hopalicious (791 characters)

Photo of MA_hops
4.71/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Very cloudy, yellow like pineapple juice. Smells phenomenal! Mango, grapefruit, citrus, pine, HOPPY!!! This is a winner...i'd put this in the "5 beers to have before you die" list! (181 characters)

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

My holy grail of beers. Tried some of this back in April when I was able to snag a few in Iowa. The incredible aroma of this beer is only outdone by its wonderful taste. This is my favorite beer. I would love to get some more of it. I'm very sad that my two bombers are long gone. TG needs to distribute in MI. (316 characters)

Photo of jdhowe
4.66/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I prefer bottles to draft on this one... I got more of the wonderful fruits and sweetness from the bottle. Really killer beer, though. Reminds me a bit of ZD in the way the citra character really shows up as a wonderful sweetness in the flavor profile. (254 characters)

Photo of CoffeePorter
4.66/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Hazy, dark orange, had a nice golden glow to it with a thin, white head.
S: Wow the aroma was incredible…very similar to Trillium FPPA. Mango, peach, candied fruit sweetness.
T: Similar to nose. It actually reminded me of a duplicate of the Galaxy Dry Hopped FPPA by Trillium. The Pseudo Sue is a combination of an upfront hoppy punch to your tastebuds followed by a citrus bomb of mango/peach juiciness. Some dry, pine like aftertaste, but well balanced overall.
M: Medium carbonation, hops prickly to the tongue. Medium bodied beer.
O: I loved it! The freshness component was an added plus as it is fairly difficult to track one of these down especially living in the Northeast. It's right up there with Trillium! Great job! (731 characters)

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

Exceptional APA, with huge, anxious tropical aromas and seamless mouthfeel. A big thank you from Winnipeg, Canada to Casanova Liquor for this bottle. Mango & pineapple salad in a glass. (185 characters)

Photo of PVMT
4.84/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

It's unbelievable that TG can pack this much flavor in a beer with such a low abv and still maintain wave after wave of varied citrus tones. Malt backbone balances things perfectly. (181 characters)

Photo of riegler
4.8/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

L- cloudy, opaque, almost like a dull orange juice
S- super citrus, mango
T- citrus hits hard, ends with a touch of bitterness. Great balance
F- low carbonation, super easy to drink, very smooth
O- you should be out trying to acquire this immediately rather than reading my crappy attempt at a review. So solid every time! (322 characters)

Photo of spacecake9
4.75/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Purchased a just arrived fresh bottle. Limit of 1 - darn.
A - Murky orange color with a small head.
S - A ton of orange on the nose.
T - Big citrus flavor with just the right bitterness.
M - Medium mouth feel and carbonation.
O - Outstanding Pale Ale, flavorful yet balanced. I will drink this as often as I can get it. (321 characters)

Photo of pagriley
4.85/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Fresh bottle, hand delivered from Iowa!

L - Cloudy vibrant orange with a thick foamy head that leaves behind fine lacing
S - mmmm Citra. Soft citrus aromas with a hint of spice
T - Bursts of oranges and a backbone of smooth malt with just a tiny hint of sweetness - perfect balance between hops and malt, with just a slight bite of bitterness at the finish
F - creamy and spot on carbonation - no prickle, dangerously smooth

O - Having this side by side with Zombie Dust, overall, I would give the nod to PseudoSue as being a more balanced beer, that finishes with less bitterness than a ZD. As a Pale Ale to style, ZD is over the top, this is more balanced and just fantastic! (681 characters)

Photo of jow_42
4.5/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into a Jow's Arcade tulip glass

A - Hazy, tangerine. Opaque. Not much of a head on the pour and it dissipated quickly.

S - The nose on this beer is great. Huge orange, tangerine, mango, slight pineapple. Underneath all the Citra, is a bit of a resinous, dankness. Very pungent. This smells more like an IPA or DIPA

T - Really nice, but I think the nose is much bigger than the taste. Big citrus - oranges, orange peel, bitter grapefruit. That bitterness hangs on a bit middle of the mouth, and falls off the palette. Very clean, drying, easy drinking. A very tasty APA, especially for the ABV

O - I think this beer was a bit over hyped for me, and I'm bummed I didn't get an older version of this as I've heard the older batches were better. (774 characters)

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

First of all beautiful looking cloudy golden orange almost like a perfect mimosa. Not a ton of carbonation.
Nose. Resinous nose, floral. Big pine, very long bitter finish. Orange pith, grapefruit then gives way to mango. Very drinkable, tons of flavor for an APA (262 characters)

Photo of dmgeng
4.92/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Got this as a bonus beer from a trade with Omensetter. A huge thanks to him!!

A - Bright honey orange color. Completely opaque capturing all of the light in it's brilliantly dry hopped body with a small fine white head and light lacing.

S - Extremely strong hop fragrance with tons of tropical fruit. Basically DIPA aromatics with mostly a papaya, pineapple, and mango mixture that is just awesome. If you like tropical fruits in your IPAs then this one hits it out of the park.

T - Unbelievable hop flavor with a full fruit hop character with tons of tropical fruit mango, pineapple, orange, and citrus hops make you feel the awesomeness that is the PseudoSue. If you like tropical flavored hops by the bucket full this is a great beer. This is completely hop forward and more like juice than a beer. There is almost no malt flavor. The bitterness is very light to nonexistent with all of the amazing hop flavors. This is definitely a Citra lovers wet dream.

M - Lighter mouth-feel with low carbonation. Really it is a low ABV pale ale and it is very drinkable and flavorful to boot.

Overall, this is the best pale ale that I've ever had. Amazing aroma and taste really set this beer high and beside all other pale ales out there. Though it doesn't look like you average pale ale and doesn't have the balance of malt to hop that most APAs have this beer is tremendous. This beer went down fast and I wish I can't wait to try it again in the future.

Glass- Perfect Pint (1,475 characters)

Photo of ajchocholousek
4.63/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Bomber into a New Belgium "snifter"

Pours a murky, opaque light golden orange that doesn't want to let much light through. 1/2 finger white chunky, yet creamy head. The nose just friggin' brings it with huge amounts of tropical hops. Oh my. Oranges and tangerines dance a beautiful dance with juicy mango, pineapple, a hint of salty papaya and just a touch of caramel. Taste comes through beautifully, following the nose with a nice amount of hop bitterness slathered in sweet, sweet mango, citrus, a touch of floral bouquet, and finishes sweetly with pineapple jam and the most appropriate faint touch of bready biscuity maltiness. A creamy and bright mouthfeel along with a lighter (but not too light) body, bring this beer to the pinnacle (for me, so far) of APAs. Holy Shyte. This bomber is about to disappear. What a treat. Can't wait to try it alongside zombie dust. (874 characters)

Photo of Jwburns75
4/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Received in a recent trade, my first TG beer. It's a very good beer for the style (pale ale) but overrated on this site. Looks and smell is right on, very citrusy. Hazy orange color, nice head but little retention. Taste is just not as great as I hoped. Solid, worth a try for sure. Not one of the best beers in the world. (324 characters)

Photo of cvm4
4.59/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L - Pours a cloudy amber/orange body with a one finger eggshell head.

S - Huge tropical fruit notes of pineapple & mango as well as grapefruit & orange peel and all brought together with a light sweet malts.

T - Pretty spectacular for a pale ale. The taste follows the nose. Gobs of tropical fruits as well as sweet malts. I'd say the best quality is there is not a huge hop bite or bitterness that overtakes all the subtle qualities in this beer. Just a light bitterness.

F - Light bodied and medium carbonation. Juicy and wet.

O - The best pale ale I've ever had. Depending on my mood that day, zombie dust could definitely rival it. (643 characters)

PseudoSue from Toppling Goliath Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 331 ratings.