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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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Photo of Tonyjenlasc
4.46/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Canned 1/5/2016

Look - Golden color, slight haze
Smell - Citrus, herbaceous, hints of tropical fruits like pineapples and tangerines
Taste - Tons of citrus...tons of herbaceous notes. Some grapefruit as well.

Overall - I've heard the FL production is not on the same level as the Iowa location. This pale ale is great without a doubt....but not worthy of it's 100 world class status in my opinion. I've had better.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.85/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Possibly known as the best American Pale Ale known to man, I had to try this.

Canned on : 1/15/16 (very fresh!)

Appearance is golden with tinges of bronze and orange, with a touch of haze. The head is large and towering, although the lace it leaves could be a bit more exotic.

Aroma is of onions and raisins, some old fruit peels too. Can't say I'm a fan of the onion craze.

Flavor is both underwhelming and absolutely amazing at the same time. I've had nothing like it. It starts off with water basked in pine needles, a bite of white onion; strikes a great balance of pale malts and grapefruity hop. Tropical and bright. My biggest gripe is that the profile loses steam quickly and grows boring. Could use more piney bite. The finish is of onion and rotted fruit rinds.

Feel is creamy and smooth, yet delivers a tight crisp feel overall.

Overall, my favorite American Pale Ale is still Mirror Pond. This one is really great though, and I would have it again. Nice work, TGB.

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Photo of darktronica
4.36/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Staggeringly aromatic upon the initial hazy, golden pour. Fruits on fruits, this is indeed a citra showcase, as if a tropical fruit vendor lent you his truck for the weekend, and it also happened to have a pine-scented air freshener dangling from the rearview. Significantly more resinous and bitter on the tongue, but still a refreshing delight.

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Photo of TyFluth
4.9/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Smell and taste is full of citrus (like double whatever you're thinking) and a little pine. Not your traditional pale ale, but good none the less. Not a whole lot of dryness, starts and finishes smooth. Tough for me to compare to other pale ales because its just...different.

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Photo of Sabtos
3.31/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Translucent gold, with a large, soft but quickly dissipating head. Light champagne-like carbonation.

Orange rind on the nose.

Flavors of biscuit and crackery malts balance out the hop bitterness very well.

This reminds me a lot of White Rajah. I actually like White Rajah a tad better than this--it's a slight bit more substantial, less filtered, but I can see where this got its notoriety from.

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Photo of mke_Brewer
4.91/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a golden yellow with a thin white head. Aroma is intensely fruity and citrusy. Taste is amazing. Fresh grapefruit, orange, citrus all balanced perfectly with a smooth aftertaste and little bitterness. Just shy of a medium mouth feel. One of the best beers I've had. Be careful, this beer will ruin other hoppy ales for you.

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Photo of TheKlevin
4.5/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The second best pale ale out there, right behind zombie dust. An excellent beer, definitely worth seeking out. Awesome hop presence from the nose all the way though the finish.

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Photo of HoosierBrew
2.69/5  rDev -40.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

I want so bad to like this beer but just can't. The best part is the look and smell. I like the other TG offerings much more. Have had Sue a couple times now and see it as no more than average at best. Sorry TG. I just don't see it.

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Photo of boilermakerbrew
4.19/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A bright and medium colored orange pour hits the glass in a swirl of haze that quickly clears up. Body of the beer is mostly translucent with a huge head that hangs around forever. Lacing is awesome. The scent of this beer hits the nostrils as expected for a citra pale ale, with a big dose of piney and herbal hops bitterness. When you take a drink of the beer the hops bitterness is the first flavor hitting the tongue. The hops start off lightly floral and citrus in nature and move toward a pine and cedar flavor. Light malt backbone is noticeable slightly at the back end of the drink and provides just enough base to balance the hop bitterness. On the palate, this one is balanced and easy drinking. Nothing weighs particularly heavy and the hops are just strong enough to appease the hop-head.

Overall, this is a very solid pale ale for the casual hop lover and the seasoned pale ale drinker alike.

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Photo of Webzombie
4.99/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Drinking from the latest canned on 1/29/2016 batch. For whatever reason, this batch tastes a bit better than the other ones (not that the others were bad). Just a great, easy drinking hoppy brew. I do not know how to do the super fancy reviews, but compared to other 100 rated beers I think Sue has the best initial hops/flavor kick. So glad this is becoming more readily available, good job Toppling Goliath you have made a loyal customer.

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Photo of jcattey
3.12/5  rDev -31%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

I've had Sue a few times dating back a few years and always enjoyed. However, I just had two cans that were extremely fresh, and something is definitely amiss. The flavors are muddled and muted. The nose was nearly non-existent even after pouring vigorously out of the can into a tulip. I hope this isn't a sign of things to come.

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Photo of IvoryFoxhole
4.29/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16 oz. can dated 9/15/15 from Florida (contract brewed) and sent to me by the legendary Duchess Rebecca. Poured into Belgian ale glass.

L: A very nice-looking deep amber. Three finger head with decent retention, leaving some lacing and an enduring cap.

S: CITRA HOP HEAVEN. So great. Grapefruit, orange, tangerine, plus tropical fruits. Not much floral or pine in this hop, but that's OK.

T: Muted, compared to nose. A bit of citrus, followed by malt profile and mildly bitter finish. Could be due to age of can. Still quite good, but you sense there may have been more.

F: Light-medium bodied, mild carbonation, very drinkable. Good balance and well constructed.

O: My first Toppling Goliath experience is a good one. Looking forward to more.

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Photo of Naaberle
4.89/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A- Drank it from a 16oz can, but what I could see looked a lovely shade of orangeish yellow
S- Had a very hoppy aroma, smelled of citrus.
T- Amazing full bodied flavor, that had a nice hop bite up front and mellowed to a mango after taste.
M- Went down very smooth, but had a slightly slimy mouthfeel for me.
O- Amazing APA, and I will gladly finish the other three in my fridge.

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

Pours a bright hazy straw yellow from the bottle. The nose is full of citrus orange and tropical fruits. The body has a soft bitterness reminiscent of the citrus rind and is balanced well with a lightly sweet malt bill. Finishes clean off of medium carbonation.

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Photo of tillmac62
4.63/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

COD 12/29/15. Clear amber pour that is slightly darker than golden. World class head volume, lacing and retention.

World class nose that really brings it for an APA. Citrus (orange, tangerine) over a surprising level of dankness with mild pine elements. As it warms, the citric elements come more forward, adding mango and pear.

Light medium body with an almost slick texture fueled by hop oils. Normal carbonation level with a bit of effervescence in the middle and a slightly prickly finish.

The flavor profile is world class - perfectly balanced, quite complex and just the right intensity of flavor and bitterness. The citric flavors of the nose cascade over a dank base. Orange, pear and mango lead as the first wave of biscuit arrives. These shift to tangerine with a bit of rind and a rising dank influence. The middle has a subtle bitterness with both pine and rind aspects which, as they fade, yield the sweetest period for the palate. The finish is a bit dry and slowly fades away leaving a slightly sweet tropical mango and pine aftertaste over a dank background. Alcohol is completely covered and only reveals it's presence with a subtle burn at the back of the throat in this brewing masterpiece.

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Photo of jmasher85
4.2/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Well, my girlfriend usually is apathetic towards most beer and said that this one is really good, like Heady Topper, so that must say something. It has a soft, slightly malty body, a gently sweet citrusy/mango flavor, and a mild bitter finish. A lot of flavor, none of it too aggressive and a very drinkable texture. Even with a high abv and a a tall can, it's easy to finish and a joy to drink. My first entrance into the now-legendary Toppling Goliath lineup, and while I won't call it mind-blowing, it's surely wonderful and worth every sip.

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Photo of Kasabear
5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had this brew at the Brew Hub in Lakeland Florida.
Neat place that brews other Brewers stuff under the supervision of the original Brewer..
This brew is perfect.
Nectar of the gods.
When the smell and taste are this good you don't even need to judge look, feel, and overall.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
4.59/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Type: 12-oz. bottle
Glass: Hardwood Artisans pint glass
From: My cousin Sam
Price: N/A
Purchased: N/A; Received Jan. 11, 2016
Consumed: Jan. 14, 2016
Misc.: Canned on Dec. 13, 2015 at 1:53 p.m.

Of course Sam sent me this with six Surly Abrasive’s. It feels like I am about two shipments behind, but will after to wait after the thaw. Was really excited for this one and kind of hesitant that a pale ale could really be that good. Here’s to heaven.

Poured an orangeish, pale, hazy color with two fingers of frothy white head. A few bubble streams coming up from the bottom of the glass. Above average spiderweb lacing on the sides of the glass. Average-to-soft retention. (Sight - 4.00)

First thing I thought on the smell was - this is really a pale ale and not an IPA? Got Citra hops, sharp grapefruit, tangerine, tropical hops, bitter mango rind, lime and dank resin. (Smell - 4.50)

Taste followed the nose nicely, getting grapefruit pulp, grapefruit juice, Citra hops, tangerine, juicy orange, tropical hops, mango, pineapple, juicy dank resin and hints of floral hops. Every single taste is pulp. Awesome. (Taste - 4.75)

Medium-to-light body. Creamy texture. Average carbonation. Long, juicy, citrus finish. (Feel - 4.75)

This was just an awesome beer. The best APA I’ve ever had by a long shot (sorry original Alpine Hoppy Birthday). (Overall - 4.75)

4.59 | 100 | A+

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Photo of Beer-Ninja-Guy
2.81/5  rDev -37.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Had 2 fresh cans with similar results. Not good. Maybe a problem with the new canning process? I've drank my weight in Sue and it's one of my favorites but I think I got some suspect cans. Really disappointing.

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Photo of CO-Bloom
4.65/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Alright, super stoked I was able to pick this up in Des Moines with my wife as we drove from Chicago to NW Colorado - Also, got a X Hops Gold (Which blew me away and I am kicking myself for not picking up more than one bomber). Anyway, onto the review.

L- light golden with minimal haze, tons of lacing in my NB globe glass.
S- WOW - Orange zest, orange marmalade, grapefruit and a little pineapple. Just a blast of semi sweet citrus fruit! Fantastic!!
T- While not as much of an impact as the nose (which isn't much of a knock) - taste follows nose. citrus dominates, with sweet orange, grapefruit, pineapple, with a lingering bitterness. Hardly any discernible malt profile beside a minimal crackery base for the hops to do their magic.
F- Light and crisp, while keeping an intense juiciness to it. It manages to be juicy without being to sweet.
O- Met my high expectations, ecstatic I got to try something from TG! This will have to be part of the routine as I drive back from Chicago!

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Photo of MyThoughtsExactly
3.95/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a can dated 12/10/15
L: Golden color with a half finger of head. Looks like a west coast style APA/IPA.
S: Ton of tropical fruit (pineapple, mango, grapefruit) with some light dank elements (onion, pepper) in the background.
T: Taste is defiantly more mild than the aroma. Mostly grapefruit, grapefruit rind, and a little onion and pepper. Strong bitterness for an APA (on par with an IPA or DIPA really).
F: Medium body with a dry finish. Nothing really special about the mouthfeel.
Overall this is a good hop forward APA. The citra may have fallen off some since canning so I'll be interested to try a very fresh can.

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Photo of aleigator
4.24/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clouded amber-golden color with a fluffy big head. After a few minutes, the head collapses to a thick lacing, which is still half a finger broad.

Smells of ripe citrus, together with biscuit malts and a flowery vanilla note. A lemony crispness prevails, producing juicy freshness. A layer of orange rind adds to the citraic richness, pushing its juiciness of the beer, together with a note of resin.

Drinks very soft, while the beer actually has a higher carbonation to it, which gets entirely coated by cream.

Tastes of white bread malts, juicy lemon and its great softness straight from the beginning. The malts turn sweeter afterwards, while the beers hop profile develops a nice crispness, featuring a flower coated dryness. Finishes with a noteable malt backbone, while the beers sweetness seemingly results from the juicy fruits, orange and citrus. This creating a fantastic, exotic fruit forward finish with a pleasant, malt accompanied dryness, finding its greatness in its balance.

Another hop forward beer, which convinces by its world class mouthfeel and a perfect balance between hops and malts. The hops provide enough punch to stand out from the malts easily, while I find it astonishing that it is possible to create a beer which is that flavorful, while it drinks easy as lemonade. While not being particularly bitter, neither punching my tastebuds, this combines a fantastic fruitiness with well nuanced crisp and bitter characteristics.

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Photo of Slack
4.23/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Deep gold to pale Amber in color. Minimal head and some lacing.

Aromas of citrus, pine, mango, and a bit of sweetness.

Taste is sweetness up front followed by grapefruit, mango, with a piney/resinous finish.

Mouthful is smooth and somewhat creamy, medium body, and moderate carbonation. A bit of alcohol warming on the finish.

Balanced and clean. The flavors work together nicely. Enjoyable and easily drinkable, more so as it warms.

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Photo of Barnoloid
4.4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A fine APA. Juicy hops with citrus rind and a lingering bitter aftertaste that has a resiny finish. Orange and pineapple notes come together here fairly nicely. Enjoyed the balance and found it to be easy drinking with a refreshing feel. Worth seeking out for sure.

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Photo of CayseyW
4.53/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

L: Beautiful pale ale with a hazy amber body and fairly modest head that settles to a foamy collar which remains with the beer.
S: Delicate aromas that are mildly sweet and tropical.
T: Flavors are so elegant, and are dominated by mango.
F: This beer's balance is so on point, which creates an amazing mouthfeel. It's smooth with just the right hop bite adding bitterness. It's very full but not heavy, and not at all boozy (not that it should be at 5.8%). The carb is also fantastic. It's a joy to drink.
O: Glad I traded for this one!

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PseudoSue from Toppling Goliath Brewing Company
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