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PseudoSue | Toppling Goliath Brewing Company

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Toppling Goliath Brewing Company
Iowa, United States | website

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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

Added by emerge077 on 08-17-2011

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Reviews: 525 | Ratings: 3,784
Photo of Cheesebach
4.54/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours a golden yellow with a slight haze
S: Very strong hop aroma. Smells of citrus, pine, and spices. Citrus aromas are more subtle than expected from other massively citra hopped beers.
T: Big, juicy hop flavor without the same bitterness of an IPA. Hops dominate the taste with the malt flavors taking a distant second. A bit an the drier side for an APA.
F: Between light and medium bodied. Seems like this one would be quite sessionable.
O: Great display of the citra hops without allowing any unpleasant flavors or aromas to show through. Malt flavor is present in a support role, but the big juicy hop taste is what makes this beer stand out.

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Photo of SerialTicker
4.46/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Canned 12/18/15 and poured 3/25/16. Not the freshest can, but this was a freebie from Tony, and it's a beer I've wanted to try for as long as I can remember.

This beer pours beautifully. Solid finger of a soapy white head. Pretty damn hazy orange color to "The Sue" with a fair amount of lacing. Can't ask for much more out of an APA. Sexy indeed.

Love that citra. Predominantly citrus and mango with a little bit of hop resin that gives a bit of a piney vibe. Nice caramel malt sweetness. Smells great, but it's not "bursting" -- again, probably because of its age. Regardless, I'm really loving what I'm getting here, and in terms of APA's , it's near the top: despite how "old" this can is.

This hits the tongue with a ton -- in a good way -- of carbonation. Very prickly carbonation opens the taste buds to the hops like a tongue scraping from a good ol' T-Rex. The flavor follows the nose with a super clean citrus, mango, and pineapple flavor, with a nice dose of pine on the back end as well. The malty sweetness in the nose isn't quite as prevalent in the flavor, which has this beer coming off very nearly like an IPA to me. The finish is super refreshing with the perfect amount of hop bitterness for the style.

A delight, even at a little over 3 months old. I hope I manage some more of this in the future, as it's one of the best APA's I've had... easily. Maybe not quite the level of Zombie Dust, but it's up there.

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Photo of JonathanHewitt
4.6/5  rDev +2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Amazing Pale! Almost an IPA. Aromas of hops and trops. Smooth mouthfeel with tastes of smooth hops and tropical fruit followed by a mild bitterness. TGB!

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Photo of Barracudas
5/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I had this beer at both the tap house and in the cans I purchased. Incredible beer! The aroma is great, it has a nice color and head and is very drinkable. Highly recommended!

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Photo of DabblinWiscCraft
4.56/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a four-pack of 16 oz cans at the Trig's Cellar 70 in Wausau--this is the first time that I've seen TG in this part of the state, so I'm pretty stoked. The bottling code shows that this one is about three months old. Poured right from the fridge into my nonic pint glass.

L: Pours a golden honey amber with about a half-inch of eggshell head that falls after a good bit and leaves substantial lacing on the glass. Quite cloudy, with moderate visible carbonation.

S: Dank, spicy, fruity, and fresh--this one has a really nice, complex bouquet. There are some pineapple, mango, and guava tropical hop notes, as well as citrus, pine, and more "herbal" notes. A bit of cracked pepper and dry cracker malts in the mix, as well.

T: Ripe fruit and more herbal and piney hop notes dominate the flavor profile, which is big from start to finish. The front end showcases some great tropical fruit flavors atop cracker and bread-like malts. There are more herbal and earthy notes that begin to poke through at the front; these take on a more decidedly pot-like quality as the flavor moves into the middle and back. There's some nice spiciness and herbal complexity that emerges in the middle, and this carries into the back end. There are pine notes in the middle that become more pronounced at the close, with the closing hop bitter taking on a more resinous quality. The malts are just present enough without distracting from the wonderful hop profile.

F: Great mouthfeel on this one: it's on the lighter side of medium-bodied, with a great level of carbonation to keep things creamy and effervescent where they should be. This one never feels watered-down, though it certainly has nice drinkability. With just a bit of lingering hop bitter at the close, it's far from syrupy or sticky.

O: I really wish that I had a fresher can to review because I'm sure my review would have been higher. I'm a huge fan of the APA style and an even bigger fan of one of my state's best APAs, Moon Man from New Glarus. PseudoSue has made a pseudo-defector out of me: this is, hands down, the most flavorful and complex APA I've ever tried. There are hop notes in this beer that I don't think I've experienced in nearly the same intensity in any other APA or IPA. This one is well-worth seeking out.

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Photo of ILMbrew
4.89/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Not by any means a pseudosue expert but I've had it on draft, in 22oz bottles and now in 16oz can within the last 6 months. The cans I'm enjoying right now (canned 2/24) are spot on. TG has gotten a lot of flack for their brew hub produced beers but man this pseudosue is fantastic. Bursting with citrus on the nose. Clean body and such a balanced finish that coats your tongue with citrusy goodness. Such a distinct nose and taste on this. Truly haven't had anything that compares.

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Photo of parris
5/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Trying to smell this from the mouth of the can, it smells mostly of fruity peachy hops.

Piney and resiny flavor, maybe some molasses for balance, pretty standard well-made hoppy ale.

Pleasantly papery mouthfeel, a tiny bit of lingering bitterness, but otherwise very crisp.

TG nailed this one, I'd consider it a pretty perfect showing.

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Photo of Phoodcritic
4.02/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Classic IPA taste. Indeed a very good one, but not one I'd go out of my way to obtain. I don't understand why it's called an APA. It is much closer in taste to Bell's Two-Hearted than to Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, my reference APA.

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Photo of Bruno74200
4.72/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Amazing pale ale from a 12 oz can. The smell is the most beautiful part with a great hop profile : mango and grapefruit mostly. The taste follow with the tropical fruits but the good malt back bone balance it up. The taste is extremely smooth. It has an IPA profil on many points but it's definitely a pale ale as the bitterness you expect at the end don't come, you've got only a certain dryness even with the good malt profil

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Photo of Mateo2699
4.35/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Clear Amber body, half finger white head. Smell is somewhat spicy, slight pineapple and noticable citra hops. Taste follows the nose with citrus, pine, and spice. Very light bodied and drinkable. Still just a pale ale, but a great one.

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Photo of hoppytobehere
4.21/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

16 oz tallboy, canned 2/11. A little over a month old.

Been wanting to try this for a while now. Classic Citra hop nose, you know it right away. Not incredibly juicy, but nice. Soft mouthfeel, good for the style. Not much bitterness.

I have to be honest here, I have no idea how this beer got so hyped. I know this is contract brewed in Florida, and the can could be fresher. For now though, I'd take Zombie Dust over this any day of the week. Still a very good APA though.

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Photo of yesterdayfaraway
4.29/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L: clear yellow with big white foamy head
S: big citrus, smells like a bowl of fruit. Very nice
T: again, big citrus but there is slight bitterness in the finish
F: thin and crushable
O: the best pale ale I've ever had. But still just a pale ale.

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Photo of The_Snow_Bird
4.45/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a perfect golden color with a medium white head. As it was pouring you could smell the hops. Very over powering hoppy smell with a hint of sweet fruit. Hoppy taste with a citrus finish.

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Photo of Wer34truh
4.67/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Pours a hazy golden color, with a relatively small off-white head. Quite significant lacing as well. Looks the part.

Smells of citrus-laden hops, and exotic fruity sweetness.

Taste is phenomenal in as much as it is both substantive, and constrained at the same time. Subtle sweetness as a result of the tropical fruits. With just the right amount of bitterness from the hops. Feel is juicy, with a relatively light body and low carbonation.

I've been looking forward to see this on the shelves of my local liquor store for ages, and it most certainly did not disappoint. One of my all-time favorites!

Consumed on March 15th. Canned on February 11th. Purchased a four-pack of 16oz cans for $13.

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Photo of Hallu
4.1/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

It's American and it's got a T-Rex on the can. I was expecting a very powerful pale ale and it's not. This is a very fruity and balanced PA, just like Sierra Nevada PA. The citra smells good, but honestly I've had better smells in IPAs using citra, like in Scandinavian IPAs. On a blind taste, I would probably say it's a British beer, because it's well done and balanced. The smell doesn't wear off at all though, and the taste grows on you. It doesn't challenge me in any way though, it's just very nice to drink. I prefer to be challenged, like from what I've tasted recently from Modern Times. Is it worth the 4.5/5 average it's getting on BA ? No I don't think so. It's worth 4.1-4.2. In the forums there's often talk of how some beers are over-rated, and this is clearly one. It's a very good beer, but it's not much better than say Sierra Nevada. I remember a youtube blind taste on Zombie Dust, which is the best APA on BA of the last decade, and they rated it something like 8/10, very good but not mind blowing. PseudoSue is very well done, just not complex enough. I would have liked a bit more carbonation too.

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Photo of tlema1
4.31/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: nice golden color, nice lacing white head
A: tons of bright citrus and trop fruits
T: light body, delicate fresh citrus taste
F: really coats the tongue well
O: tied with Zombie Dust for the best Pale Ale ever

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Photo of Daveshek28
4.04/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Drank 3/6, was canned 1/29. I enjoyed this, and thought it was solid, but didn't find it amazing. Not sure if I waited on it too long? Some ales fall off super quickly.

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Photo of FBarber
4.6/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours crisp and clear golden color, very "fresh" and carbonated look.

Aromas of a bouquet of tropical fruit. Taste is fruit-y up front with a nice hoppy finish that is not too bitter. Really very mellow interaction between the fruits and hop flavors.

Tastes as refreshing as a beer can get. First pale ale I genuinely loved. If only I had to travel to Iowa more often ...

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Photo of SaulFox
4.81/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Golden body, 'west coast ipa' type of look
Ripe tropical fruits, citrus, floral, hoppy resin
Taste is on point with the nose. Sweet fruits upfront, hop resin in back
Light mouthfeel but very refreshing
These guys nailed their pale ales....I like (borat voice)!

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Photo of Moose90
4.1/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 oz can poured into 16 oz Belgian tulip —
14 : 02 CHEERS"

A — Pours an orangey amber hue into the glass, there is a puffy and tall off-white colored head that forms and leaves behind some epic rings of lacing with each sip, sure looks nice.

S — Smell is tropical and rich, increasing with intensity as it warms, there are notes of bitter citrus peel and pith, notes of grapefruit, lime, melon rind, some light piney and herbaceous notes as well, like pine needles and eucalyptus.

T — Taste is much like the nose, though amplified, extra notes of pine, lemon, melon, honeydew, cantaloupe, earth, pine cone, forest floor, pine sap, birch, chewy and rich hop notes abound. All on top of an easy going, but solid supporting foundation of semi-sweet caramel malt and oats, a sturdy foundation and an excellent showcase of balance.

M — Medium bodied, easy going, super refreshing and clean, a lingering light bitterness leaves you wanting to come back for sip after sip.

O — Incredible overall, tough to agree with a perfect score of 100 though, this is very well done, but it is what it is, an extremely solid and juicy American Pale Ale, this is very reminiscent of Grunion, though not as sharp, and similar to Dale's, just not as malt dominated. Very good and worth seeking out.

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Photo of gustavmahler-09
4.73/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours deep orange, generous head. Smell is powerful, citrusy Tastes also very citrusy, with some pine and very complex. A lot of nice aftertaste. Feels smooth, creamy, with some hoppy bite. Overall great, reminds me of great New England IPAs.

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Photo of utopiajane
4.54/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

The pour is outstanding with a creamy head of just off white foam that adorns the beer and lasts. Falls decadently clinging. In the light of my living room the beer appears to have a slight orange blush to it like a haze, only a hue. In direct light there is no orange, the beer is yellow with a perfect stream of bubbles that steadily rise from the center.

Nose is mango. Outrageous and ripe! A soft and very broad hop floral that is sweet. Crakery malt, light pepper from the hops. A light floral nectar. This beer smells like what attracts bees to flowers. Earthy grapefruit rind and hints of lemon.

Dazzling flavor. Bright malt with just a hint of sweetness that combines with the hop pepper. It's like a peppery cracker. Mango is juicy and ripe and fills up the middle. The citrus on the palate is fresh and crisp and like a light tang. No real tartness to the flavor. The grapefruit peel is earthy and heady with fragrance. Sweet lemon as it warms. The beers is light to the perception but actually has a good solid mouthfeel. The alcohol makes up most of the weight on the tongue but then that sensual dry crackery malt is creamy and round. Flavor is complex from the citra hop. Bitterness is moderate but not too strong. It's as though this beer wants to show you the hops as a flower. This beer opens like a flower on the nose and on the palate. The finish is what clinches it though. It's like a bit of bitter sap from the stem.

I love it. This is one of the best pale ales I have ever had. Crushable, dangerously drinkable and shows one hop in all it's delicate and robust complexity.

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Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16 ounce can into pint glass, canned on 1/29/2016. Pours lightly hazy/cloudy deep golden/amber color with a 2 finger fairly dense and fluffy off white head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a light amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, peach, mango, passion fruit, lemon zest, orange peel, light pine, honey, light caramel, biscuit, and floral/grassy earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of juicy citrus/tropical hops and moderate dark/bready malt notes; with great strength, Taste of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, peach, mango, passion fruit, lemon zest, orange peel, light pine, honey, light caramel, biscuit, and floral/grassy earthiness. Moderate pine/grassy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, peach, mango, passion fruit, lemon/orange peel, light pine, honey, light caramel, biscuit, and floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice complexity, robustness, and balance of juicy citrus/tropical/piney hops and moderate dark/bready malt flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero astringent hop flavors after the finish. Light-moderate dryness from bitterness that lightly increases through the glass. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately sticky, and creamy/bready balanced mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent pale ale. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of juicy citrus/tropical/piney hops and moderate dark/bready malt flavors; and very smooth and easy to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of jaypaul522
4.85/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a pint glass. the head was three fingers, and the initial impact is the generous fruity smell. Taste is excellent for this type beer, not too hoppy, and the muted fruitiness isn't overwhelming. The feel is full-bodied, and the lingering flavors are very nice. Overall, one of my favorite beers.

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Photo of GregA135
4.66/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Awesome Pale Ale! Was lucky enough to get 8 16oz cans in my trade.

Pours a nice orange hue with a cream white head
Instant smell of citrus hops and tropical fruit notes.
Crisp and very easy to drink - could really taste the citrus, orange and tropical flavors
Perfect amount of bitterness and a very smooth APA

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