PseudoSue - Toppling Goliath Brewing Company

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rAvg: 4.53
pDev: 7.95%
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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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Photo of nhindian
4.46/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to TGanyone for this bottle!

Appearance - Within the glass, PseudoSue takes on the hazy, unfiltered appearance that is so popular now with the fresh, overtly hoppy beers. It is cloudy and has a very active stream of carbonation bubbling away inside of it. The color and clarity draw comparisons to pineapple juice or a mimosa. A snow-white head caps the beer with a rocky, cavernous texture which blankets the rim of the glass in a dense foam of lace.

Aroma - While the beer looks like pineapple juice, the aroma also flourishes with tropical notes. Huge wafts of citrus, berry, and grapefruit rush out of the glass and paint the scene of a lush, fragrant landscape. Little, if any, malt sweetness makes it through the deluge of hops, but there could be a touch of grain peeking through.

Taste - From the potency of the nose, I was expecting a similarly aggressive and somewhat bitter note from the taste. However, Toppling Goliath does a great job of 'balancing' the hops; it is still very hop-forward, but doesn't possess a bracing bitterness. Instead, the hops meld nicely with the rest of the ingredients to produce a smooth flavor. There is more sweetness present here than the nose previewed, especially in the finish.

Mouthfeel - This is where the beer loses a bit of its luster for me. The body is a touch thin and isn't that successful in supporting the bold flavors within the beer, but the style and ABV mitigate that complaint to a degree. Otherwise, it lends itself to being very drinkable and not heavy on the palate.

Closing Arguments - For a 5.8% 'pale ale', PseudoSue could stand toe-to-toe with much bigger beers and come out victorious in regards to hop utilization. The dry-hopping technique allows the hops to jump the glass, while late hop additions lend additional flavor without the bitterness that would be disastrous in a beer of this size. While I'd like a little more meat to chew on, I have to admit that the lighter body lends to a beer that goes down like water. Unfortunately, I don't have a sustainable stream of bottles to replenish the one I'm drinking now! (2,104 characters)

Photo of putonyourwalkingshoes
4.66/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is one of the best if not best pale ales I've ever had. I prefer this over zombie dust purely because of the unreal hop feel and aftertaste. This was a real treat. Excellent flavors of grapefruit with slight oak and start to finish a pleasure. Great malt profile. Nose and appearance could be better but in the end taste is king. (334 characters)

Photo of KMachHops
4.45/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

look: Bomber into tulip glass. Murky copper and frothy head.
smell: Citrus bomb. Orange and grapefruit.
taste: No where close to the smell.
feel: Well carbonated and finishes with some bitterness.
overall: Slightly disappointed. I was expecting something closer to zombie dust. (277 characters)

Photo of Bisco42
4.2/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Not the flavor I thought but damn is that a beautiful appearance. Like an orange. My favorite opaque appearance with a tall beautiful head that subsides slowly. Spotted lacing down the glass. Not sure it lived up to the hype though.
Definitely drinkable. (255 characters)

Photo of chIAhawks89
4.63/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Had fresh, out of the bottle. The sweetness from the tropical fruits come through and a larger note from the grapefruit, the citra really shines here. Great beer! (162 characters)

Photo of kbwalters
4.41/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured cold into a tulip glass; bottled on 5/28/15, first batch of four packs brewed in Florida.
Look = 4.0 Pours a cloudy golden orange with 2 fingers of crisp white head; retention isn’t as good as I’d expect and lace is good not great.
Aroma = 4.75 A citrusy hop bomb: orange citrus dominates with lighter tropical fruit notes and some rind.
Taste = 4.25 Hop forward, full of citrus and tropical fruit, moderate bitterness of orange rind. Light bready backbone forms the base.
Feel = 4.25 Medium bodied with medium to high carbonation, a bit fizzy. Good for style.
Drinkability = 4.75 Really drinkable pale ale.
Overall = 4.3875 A stronger score here than my previous review even though everybody claims the FL brews aren’t as good as those from Iowa; should get better as the batches roll out. (803 characters)

Photo of danh53
4.59/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Lives up to the hype. Thanks to Justin for sending this. Pours a hazy, cloudy yellow with a two finger head. Aroma bursts with pineapple, mango, apricot, and especially grapefruit. Taste is an explosion of the same. Carries a bitter bite all the way through. Amazing beer considering the low ABV. (296 characters)

Photo of AppaZappa
4.76/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from 22oz bottle, pale orange, largely clear. Foam settles to nice film. Smell is amazing: grapefruit, piney, bit of apricot and mango. Taste follows suit with citrus and mango. Mild malt on back end fading crisp and clean. Feel / carbonation is spot on. Lives up to the hype-my clear standout from a pale ale tasting that included other TG offerings and those from other breweries. Wish I could drink this much more often! (430 characters)

Photo of Jordanpaterson08
4.76/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Awesome beer. Delicious aroma and taste.. Love the cloudy unfiltered color as well. Shout out to my awesome trade buddy Josh for sending this my way!
Lots of similarities to Kern River Brewing Citra double ipa (210 characters)

Photo of BillRoth
4.56/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

More than lived up to the hype. Wow. What an explosion of aromas and flavor. Considering moderate's flat out amazing. If I had done a blind tasting I would have guessed Alpine...not Iowa. These guys know how to brew.
Powerhouse of complex citrus and hints of dried pine and apricot. The hops and malt balance beautifully. Drinks way too easy.
Chase this one and get as many as you can. (395 characters)

Photo of thetravelguy01
1.65/5  rDev -63.6%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.75

Hopefully the beer I drank was from a bad batch. I'm a fan of a citrus beer but this was horrible! I've only poured two beers down the drain because I couldn't finish them and this was one of them. The other beer I poured down the drain was a strong German Eisbock. The first drink of this beer wasn't horrible, grapefruit, grapefruit, grapefruit and some more grapefruit. There was some hop bitterness on the aftertaste on the first drink but nothing crazy. As I continued drinking this beer the grapefruit was becoming so intense and obnoxious it wasn't enjoyable at all. The aftertaste was very funky and long lasting. I have no idea how this beer is ranked 100!! I bought two bottles to share with two of my friends and neither of them could finish it as well. I was so excited to try this beer and it was a total failure in my book. It's hard to say because this is a loved beer by many but this is one of the worst beers I've drank. I'm going to give it another shot, maybe in the brewery. (995 characters)

Photo of SlothB77
4.74/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This one lives up to the hype. A big grapefruity, citrusy APA. The beer this one reminded me most of is Sculpin. If you want a pale ale that tastes like a Sculpin, get this. Perhaps the best apa/ pale ale I have ever had. (225 characters)

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

Pours a cloudy orange with a finger of white head. Huge aroma of citrus, tropical fruit and resin. Tastes of grapefruit, oranges, mango and evergreen. This is super juicy. Medium light mouth with good carbonation. It's not your typical pale ale, but it's great. (261 characters)

Photo of WesMantooth
4.08/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass. No bottle date

A very pale orange, 100% -can't see through cloudy, with a big frothy white head that settles into a film like layer on top. Mine also had a bunch of sediment floating around, and settled in the bottom of the glass. Not sure if that is normal for this beer.

Smells very citrusy. Orange, melon, lemon, and mango in nature. Faint sweet bready malt.

Taste is all citrus with very little malt considering the appearance. Strong mango and melon flavor. Maybe a little peach too. The hops have a little bite, but not too much bitterness. I get a little bit of a grassy "green" taste too even though it is supposed to be single citra hopped.

The body is fairly creamy. Average carbonation.

My general impression is that this beer is either older, or may have some sort of issue because my experience isn't jiving with any of the other reviews I have read after typing most of this. It reminds me of a Zombie Dust that is 3 or 4 months old. Just kind of flat. Someone else even noted that it pours clear. Mine looks like a hefe. Very good, but my gut feeling is something isn't right. (1,157 characters)

Photo of Matty123
4.62/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to @ChiDave for this extra! Big citrus and mango smell. Beautiful cloudy light orange color. Frothy thick head that hangs around for a long time. Lots of beautiful lacing on the glass. Taste is crisp, fresh and citrus on top of citrus, maybe some apricot in there too. There's a certain Taste that citra hops
Leaves that I've never been able to place, but it's fkn great. I digress. Bottom line.... "Drink it. It's good " (430 characters)

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

Reviews are in and I officially love this stuff. Seriously fresh as can be. For once, it pays to live in iowa.

L-The look of this is a yellow-gold-slight orange hazy with a thick head that stays with the beers thru-out.

S-Mangos and Citra mixed with some other fruits are prevalent in the smell.

T-The taste is delicious, up front a bit hoppy/earthy and then comes the fruit. and it comes hard and good. My lord.

F-It feels like it tastes, like fruit pale ale, delicious.

O-I would love for this beer to be available to everyone all the time. but for now, ill take it any time i can get it. (597 characters)

Photo of CraigP83
4.9/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Hazy golden orange, Smell busting of mango, pineapple. Taste cantaloupe, citrus, banana, very little "dankness" or bitterness, but it does have that "grassy" after taste that I've noticed in other Toppling Goliath beer. Top notch beer (234 characters)

Photo of blankenhoney
4.14/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber that's about 3 1/2 weeks old that I enjoyed today, 2.21.15, from a teku

A: Pours a clean, clear golden orange with a soapy, foamy white head. Looks great.

S: Bright notes of mangos, orange juice, and white melons or peaches. Really nice stuff.

T: Little to no malt, which contributes to my impression of this beer being a session ale

M: Light, kind of creamy, and actively carbed, though a bit on the thin side

O: A fantastic take on the American Pale Ale that, nevertheless, I found a bit on the thin and "session ale" side for my liking. (556 characters)

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

Bomber that I acquired in a trade with @SaulTBauls poured into my SN IPA glass.
A: Beautiful golden/range hue. Effervescent foamy heady that leaves enough lacing to get me from NJ to Iowa.
S: Plenty of Orange, grapefruit pear with some hints of pine.
T: This is so juicy that it should come in a box with a little straw. Loads of grapefruit, pineapple, pear, apple, Slight sweeetness and a little but of resiny pine in the background. Very little bitterness.
M: Easy drinking, light body, moderate carbonation. Refreshing, smooth and creamy everything I want in a beer.
O: Great Beer. Maybe even reason enough to go to Iowa. (643 characters)

Photo of TheBrewo
4.41/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This brew was served on tap at Toppling Goliath Brewing Company in Decorah, Iowa. It arrived in a generic pint, showing a shimmering yellowed straw coloring. It held a one finger head of fizzy, crisp white bubbles that retained well, leaving etched patterns of crystalline lacing around our glasses. A lingering chill haze was noted, especially after the fact in our growler, but no sediment was noted. Carbonation appeared to be moderately active. The aroma gave huge, huge, huge nectary and grapefruity hoppiness, with a roaring background symphony of freshly picked strawberries, wet apricot and mango pulp, orange and lemon rind zest, buttered popcorn, juicy bubblegum and sweet cotton candy esters, clean pale malt toast, mallow sugars, resinous green grassiness, and a distant powdering of simplistic ale yeastiness. Flavoring followed in step as perfectly as you would hope and expect, offering up intensely juicy citric and grapefruity hoppiness, to hit hard at the forefront of your palate. As the beer warmed and evolved on its journey past the buds and beyond, these hops took on a more bittered, vinous grassy and piney quality that went well with the base blend of pale and curiously Weizen maltiness, cotton candy cloy, cucumber and celery coolness, dried mango and raw plantain, light vanilla smoothness, brass, garlic grass, walnut oils, mild phenolic plastic, sweet booze, grapefruit skin and seed, wet lawn grassiness, wicker, bittering green acorn pulp, metallic twangs of yeast, and singed caramel sugars. The body was lightly medium, and the carbonation was medium as well, but offered robust prickle to the hard palate. Each sip’s slurp and smack were soft and inviting, with nice cream and froth on the swirl around the mouth. Finishing pop was clean and definite. The mouth was left cooled and creamed, with an eventual light pucker, independent of any frank dryness. The abv was appropriate, and you can hardly keep yourself from drinking this beer rapidly.

Overall, we are ecstatic to finally be able to report the findings from our expedition to observe this whale…errr…dinosaur in its natural habitat. What an experience!! In all seriousness, this is a phenomenal beer that deserves all the hype it gets. For us it doesn’t quite dethrone the likes of Zombie Dust in the area of the American Pale Ale, but it comes damn close. From the first whiff through that first sip you are wrapped up in a world of insanely juicy, dripping wet citric hoppiness that offers just the right amount of sweetness and bitterness to the last drop. If anything, the mild lightness of feel held the beer back from being the best, most invigoratingly flavorful experience it could have been, but here we’re just talking about why it isn’t “perfect fives” across the board. Nit picking, if you will. We obviously had to pick up a growler of this gal, and savored it, as incredibly hard as that was, over the next couple of days on our journey across the frozen Midwest. PseudoSue is the best we’ve tasted from Toppling Goliath, and an absolute must-try. (3,098 characters)

Photo of Phocion
3.92/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber pours into my glass a hazy, bright orange with a massive and retentive frothy white head. Huge, sticky lacing as the head finally falls (after about five minutes).

The aroma is a showcase for the Citra hop. Big, bright mango, blood orange, and grapefruit along with some orange zest. Pine cones and resin.

Flavor is very juicy. Grapefruit, pineapple, and mango. Slight danky resinous flavor in the background. A touch of indistinguishable grainy sweetness. Lightly bitter.

Light-medium body and moderate carbonation. Very smooth and creamy yet refreshing mouthfeel. Maybe just a touch thin.

Overall, Sue is a great beer. Worth the hype? I'm not sure. Delicious but very simple. Minimal malt backbone for an APA. TG's Light Speed is better in my opinion. (768 characters)

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

Absolutely worth its title as the new contender for best APA. 22oz to the dome, newer Tyrannosaurus label.
A - 22oz into 22oz wilibecher glass, golden amber, thin white head that clings to glass with each sip.
S - Nose is jam packed with Citra goodness. Reminded me of the first time I had Zombie Dust years ago.
T - Stellar. Easily the best APA in a bottle in the State (Havent had the chance to try the new Fort Point offering from Trillium). Hop forward, only slightly bitter, malt takes a distant back seat that is so damn impressive.
M - Reminiscent of standing in line at Hill Farmstead with a few tasters, you could throw this right in the middle of the taster and be none the wiser. Perfect, resinous without being sticky and bitter. Lingers with sweet floral hops. (774 characters)

Photo of indurTheB
3.73/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A good beer no doubt, but not sure if it's worth the current rep it has, or if this is really worthy of even being a bomber beer. Would love this in 12oz for fishing or pool. Poured from a bottle at a beer share. (214 characters)

Photo of PatsBlueRibbon1
4.37/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear golden color, not one bit of haze. Aroma, is wheat, straw, lemon zest. THe hops were not as apparent, but this is a well balance pale ale. It has a crisp taste to it, with some sweetness. Reminiscent of honey and melon. Overall, this was an enjoyable pale ale. Not quite the hop bomb like I have had in the past, it was something different for me. (359 characters)

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

Pours a hazy golden with a nice half finger frothy white head. Lemon zest, pineapple, wet hops, and a good dose of dank in the nose. The flavors bring in very similar qualities of Three Floyds Zombe Dust , perhaps a hybrid of, once again, Three Floyds Alpha King and Alpine Nelson based on their underlying effects. Burst of dank hops, orange, melon and some honey sweetness from the malts to balances this beer out. There is a slight bitterness in the back finish which brings this a bit more closer to an IPA rather than a pale ale. In addition to the creaminess, there is a medium body to this. Overall, a very fine pale ale - if not the best I've had in a while. (666 characters)

PseudoSue from Toppling Goliath Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 303 ratings.