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PseudoSue - Toppling Goliath Brewing Company

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Reviews: 435
Hads: 3,333
Avg: 4.52
pDev: 20.8%
Wants: 1,275
Gots: 630 | FT: 36
Brewed by:
Toppling Goliath Brewing Company
Iowa, United States | website

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: 435 | Hads: 3,333
Photo of AllDayIPA23
4.89/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Received a bottle unexpectedly in a trade. Been on my Want list forever, and I was excited as hell.

Cloudy, bright-orange appearance. Half finger head with lacing throughout.

Tons of citrus fruits in the nose. Specially orange and mango. Citra hops come in fantastically as well.

Taste goes with the nose. So good! Perfect amount of hoppiness, as well.

Medium body, medium carbonation. Small resinous feel.

What a exceptionally well done beer. I could drink these all day. Right there with Zombie Dust for me. I will be trying my very best to get more.

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

S- Citra hops meld beautifully with grapefruit, orange, slight pine nose.

T- A great combination of everything above. I just put this head-to-head w Zombie Dust and Pseudo remains my favorite APA.

O- Simply the best of its style I've had—The hops are so well rounded, not astringent or bitter (i.e., not cheating by over-hopping it as is common w this style), balanced in every way. Very glad they started doing 4-packs in Madison. Steal at $9 per—only complaint is that TG just needs to make its distribution more regular. Completely lives up to the hype.

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Photo of tbryan5
4.92/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

A- Pours a beautiful hazy golden orange with a medium head that settles into a white ring on the edges of the glass.

S-Sweet citrus: Orange,tangerine, Complemented with grapefruit. The citra brings it all into perfect balance.

T- Very similar on the palate as to the nose. Hops are more upfront, and again, flawless balance.

M- medium carbonation, coats the mouth but I like it because the carbonation doesn't make it slick.

D- Wow, just wow. I think a review below me said this, but I don't know how you could make a better, tastier APA. Simple perfection...

Shout out to @pagriley for the opportunity to be able to enjoy this beer'

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Photo of JamesMN
3.91/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Date on the bottle of 8/10/15.

Appearance: Super hazy orange with about a finger of white foam.

Aroma: Dank/fruity/tropical citra hops. Touch of bready malt.

Taste: Quite clean with no depth in the malt department but it's not needed. I find citra to be quite palate-consuming when used for bittering and that comes there here with forceful bitterness. It's a pungent bitterness nearly masks the more subtle mango flavor that comes from late addition and dry-hopping with citra. At 5.8% ABV the depth of flavor is definitely lacking. Finish is smooth with a bit more of the fruity hop tones. Aftertaste of fading bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Thin to medium in body and over-carbonated. Good drinkability but a bit harsh.

Final Thoughts: Maybe my expectations were too high going in, but this one just didn't do it for me. Citra is my favorite hop and it just didn't shine in the expected way here. Still awesome to have gotten my hands on a four-pack and it beats out 9/10 of the other IPAs on the shelf. Would I drink it again? Yep, probably going to make the trip down to the taproom soon to check out the rest of the lineup.

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

Walked into local liquor store in Minnesota having no clue that this was now in a MN, take a gander at top shelf and see Psuedo Sue.

Lives up to hype. amazing Pale Ale!

Great smell, great flavor and a good kick.

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Photo of anteatr23
4.42/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours hazy orange with a one finger head. Smells of citrus, mango with a sweet resiny hops. Taste is crisp and oozing chewy citra. It has a calm, but bitter smooth finish. Extremely drinkable and delicious. As of now this feels pretty damn close to the ceiling a pale ale can reach. Awesome beer.

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

PseudoSue definitely lived up to the hype. Possibly my favorite part of this beer is the smell. It is a complex scent of citrus, hops, and a mixture of other spices. The taste mimics the smell very well, with a crisp finish that allows you to taste all the different elements used in brewing this beer. On one my favorite beers to date!

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Photo of Dodgerrigo77
4.42/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Really beautiful orange/golden, non filtered?? Looks great in a wide tulip.
Really nice tropixal smell of hops dsncing from the bottle & glass dancing in front of me.
A really nice orange/passion fruit flavor is what I taste. I expected more due to appearance and the aroma.
Really nice carbonation and resiny mouthfeel, not dank resin but topical fruit resin.
I had a Mo'Citra an hour ago and am sure thats having some affect on my tastebuds. Definetely worth a fair trade from a west coast beer lovers point of view. Id give this a 94-95 as is but can only imagine how nice this is 3 days old and closer to the source, as an APA it competes w/ best of IpA's

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Photo of Niners49
4.56/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is a perfect example of internet hype and heard mentality. I had this beer side by side with a Ten Ninety Citra Pale Ale and they are nearly identical. One gets a perfect score and the other is slammed. This is a solid APA that everyone at the party enjoyed. And all agreed with the side by side comparison!

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Photo of scream
4.39/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I quite like this one. It has a nice balance between the malt and hops which is not all that easy to find. A nice round mouth-feel without being overpowered w hop bitterness. Would definitely buy this again.

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Photo of sittinggc
4.3/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Look: Hazy golden color, with a decent head.
Smell: Lots of citrus. Very nice.
Taste: Soooo much mango from the hops...so good. Decent bitter bite.
Feel: The body of this beer is a bit too light for my liking.

Overall: A solid beer. Can see me tossing some back at a kickback or party while peeps drink their AALs...hahaha. Wish I had access to this bad boy. With that said, I kind of don't get the 100. Definitely a good beer but its body was too light. I get its an APA but not big enough of a brew. I probably just need to get my hands on some King Sue. lol

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Photo of Elsuperjefe
4.36/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Hazy golden orange. Nose is sweet, orange citrus. Taste is a sweet bitter grapefruit. Very nice. Medium bodied. A little more flat than others iof this type but well balanced. Little to no carbonation. Overall a very nice pale ale. My wife loves it so bonus points for me. Winner in my book.

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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 Cfred371
4.71/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Look: the beer pours a nice orange color that is slightly hazy. There's a nice white head that forms with minimal carbonation bubbles

Smell: I get a nice dose of passion fruit and mango in the nose.

Taste: the mango shines a bit more than the passion fruit with a minimal bitterness at the end. So good

Feel: a medium mouthfeel with some drying effect. I keep sipping more

Overall: this is an excellent pale ale with some serious fruit flavors going on!

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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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PseudoSue from Toppling Goliath Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 435 ratings.