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ZeeLander - Toppling Goliath Brewing Company

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Ratings: 696
Reviews: 94
rAvg: 4.32
pDev: 8.1%
Wants: 134
Gots: 69 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Toppling Goliath Brewing Company visit their website
Iowa, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: FreshHawk on 09-16-2011

Zelicious single-hop showcase using the Nelson Sauvin hop from New Zealand. Delightfully confusing aromas of citrus and mandarin oranges give way to an incredibly complex body of earth tones and marigolds. This is truly unlike any hop you’ve ever tasted.

80 IBU
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Ratings: 696 | Reviews: 94
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Photo of HeadyTheElder
4.74/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This bottle hit shelves less than two weeks ago.

Very nice showcase of the Nelson Sauvin hop. Great hoppy aroma with a lot of white wine characteristics. Taste followed the aroma, very juicy. The mouthfeel was great, smooth, distinctly similar in structure to other Toppling Goliath hoppy beers. Not sure if it is as good as pseudoSue, but it is pretty close IMO.

Photo of TheBrewo
4.36/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This brew was served on tap at Toppling Goliath Brewing Company in Decorah, Iowa. It showed a pale but darkened straw coloring through the tasting glass, and held a strong two to three finger head of cream colored bubbles. Classically stitched laced and patterned lacing was left around our glasses. A chill haze cut clarity, but no sediment was noted. Carbonation appeared to be mildly active. The aroma smells like a freshly cut and drippingly sappy Douglas fir. Otherwise, nosable notes include intensely herbal and piney hops, marijuana freshness, wet oregano, pencil pseudowoodiness, toasty rye, amber, and pale grain, peach and strawberry fruitiness, Triscuit crackers, orange zest and watered juiciness, pickled ginger, iron and sand, paper mache, boiled oats, table salt, and raw popcorn kernels. The flavoring perfectly showcased those piney, herbal, and earthen Nelson Sauvin hops, bubblegum esters, both toasty and raw pale and amber malts, fresh honeycomb sweetness, buttered popcorn diacetyls, resinous grassy saps, cold bamboo shoots, dill weed and dandelion, bittered mineral and slate, moist cereal grain, garlic airs, copper, well-water richness, distant and washed cherry skin sweetness, clay, and dried autumn leafiness. The body was medium, and the carbonation was moderate. Each sip gave fantastic slurp, smack, cream, froth, and pop to the finished body, with wetted pucker felt around the mouth. The abv was appropriate, and the beer drank back very quickly.

Overall, what a fantastic use of Nelson Sauvin hops this was. From the nose to the taste you get a wild ride of organic, earthy, piney varietals that keeps things oh so fresh. We enjoyed this so much that we bolstered our caravan’s load with a growler of it, along with a growler of PseudoSue. You know that if you’ve only got two growlers to take, and one is PseudoSue, then the other must be darn good as well!! Well here that beer is. It remains juicy, warming, creamy, and inviting throughout most aspects of the tasting. Even after nine or ten days of sitting on this growler (would have gotten to it sooner, but our rigorous travel schedule forbade it), it comes out pretty much the same way on top, compared to when we first sampled it at the bar days ago. The hops may have faded the slightest bit, but the overall thrust of it hasn’t begun to be hindered. It is great to be able to still find a unique beer amidst a growing sea of quality IPAs. Must-try for fans of the style or hopheads alike.

Photo of joe1510
3.56/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

22oz Bottle
$7.99
Coffee Grounds - Eau Claire, Wi

Zeelander glugs from the bottle shiny bronze. It tarnishes up a bit when the glass is full, glowing at the base and darkening as the glass flares. The foam is pure white and stiff the second it's poured, barely fading at all and leaving behind sticky lace that will have to be scrubbed from the glass. She's purty!

Uh oh, I've run across this last time I purchased Toppling Goliath, PseudoSue actually back in May or June, but thought the problem was solved. There are a lot of, to put it nicely, savory notes coming from this beer. Onion and oregano jump immediately to mind. This is not all bad, it has notes of dank earthiness I rather enjoy but it's just not how it's supposed to be. Deep pulls suggest some of the tropical notes usually present with Nelson but this batch has become onion-y.

The flavor, luckily, is less onion-y than the nose but that's still front and center. Doughy onion and oregano start it off and while they fade they do run through the finish. Apricot is the most vibrant aspect of Nelson while other soft tropicals, like peppery mango and papaya, flash here and there. Some of that character blows off as it warms to near room temp.

The mouthfeel is right. Medium bodied with ample carbonation to keep things moving. A moderate plus bitterness is welcomed. Drinkability is high. Mouthfeel is spot on. Bitterness is ever growing.

I'm a fan of this beer, I really am. The off character doesn't fit and there's a problem there but as is it is still a good beer. It's a shame that the last two Toppling Goliath beers I've purchased, using different hops, have both had that onion/oregano characteristic. I hope this gets figured out.

Photo of NWer
4.82/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

First tasted on-tap at the brewery. Rating based on growler enjoyed now.
I chose the ZeeLander for my growler to-go instead of PseudoSue because it was unique. I hadn't tasted anything like this before. PseudoSue is great, no doubt about it, but we're surrounded by great ales on the West Coast and push comes to shove I choose uniqueness.
I'm very happy with my choice.
This beer is phenomenal.
Beautiful clowdy-golden appearance with abundant head. Aroma somewhat mild. Grain, sweetness. Fruity. A little pine. Taste follows but more pronounced.
Perfectly balanced and flavorful.
Very sessionable. At 5.5% ABV I can drink this all day.

Photo of IowaAJ
4.97/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

One of my favorite from the Hop Patrol Series.

Photo of Hoppity1
4.35/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very tasty. First TG beer for me, looking forward to trying others!

Photo of MattyG85
4.45/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a Surly Darkness chalice.

Appearance: Pours a bright and hazy golden orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. Solid two fingers of white head with decent retention. Leaves a good amount of lacing.

Smell: A very ripe and juicy hop forward aroma with big hints of citrus and pine. Upfront scent of citrus hops with juicy hints of orange, grapefruit, lemon, mango, tangerine, pineapple, and melon. Earthy and herbal hops with hints of pine resin, grass, and a little onion like scent. Nicely juicy and dank. Background pale malt scent with hints of caramel, grains, cracker, and yeast. A very good tropical aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a very juicy and ripe hop driven taste with big notes of citrus fruit and pine. Upfront mix of citrus esters with notes of orange, grapefruit, lemon, pineapple, mango, tangerine, and melon. Dank piney hops along with some grass. Fairly oily. Solid backing presence of pale malt with notes of grains, cracker, caramel, and yeast. Very citrus forward and nicely sharp and bitter. A very good west coast style taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Juicy, creamy, and oily with a drying finish.

Overall: A very good juicy West Coast style IPA. Nice citrus and pine flavor with a nice clean bitterness.

Photo of beatenbyjacks
4.3/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - murky orange yellow color. thin head, but fun lacing.

Smell - very very floral and lots of citrus here. Not too bitter at first, but does bitter a bit as it warms

Taste - bitter up front, but that is quickly replaced by a sweet citrus finish which is quite delicious

Mouthfeel - nicely carbonated and leaves the mouth with a nice bitter finish

Overall - I need to get my hands on more TG for sure!

Photo of alphagnome
4.19/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance:
Pours a clear, golden body that plays host to gentle streams of carbonation and a magnificent amount of foam. While retention is a bit disappointing, plenty of lacing remains as the glass slowly empties.

Aroma:
Tons of musky hops and grapefruit. A light sweetness can be found alongside notes of grass and light pine.

Taste:
Right upfront you are greeted by a brutal bitterness, that is in my opinion is exactly what you should get in an American IPA. Somehow, it's balanced by a light sweetness. Laced with grass, grapefruit zest, and tangerine, this one packs a lot of tasty character into a glass.

Mouthfeel:
This one pierces the tongue with the furiosity of a pissed-off Squirrel. Medium bodied with a finish that is dry, but somehow doesn't leave you begging for another sip to keep you hydrated.

Overall:
What we have here is a brutal IPA, that is somehow civilized enough to enjoy. This is a beautiful creation that is worthy of your money. If you see it, grab it.

Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.26/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A big thanks to Jeff who knows I can't get enough TG for this one. Bomber into Tired Hands stemware.

Pours a big 2.5 finger fluffy white head with excellent retention. Lacing is thick and layered with awesome cling. Beer is a semi-cloudy grapefruit. Very solid.

Nose is mango, starfruit, citrus, pineapple, kiwi and cane sugar. Aromatic is heck and very enticing. The Nelson hop presence is amazing.

Opens citrus, papaya, mango, starfruit and kiwi. Huge tropical fruit presence. Cane sugar in the back with a creamy hop bite. Ends citrus and more papaya. Fruity hop bitter aftertaste. Awesome!

Light bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth with some bubbles in the mouth and goes down soft and crisp. Messy finish with a filmy, lingering aftertaste. Very drinkable.

Really nice overall and captures the essence of the Nelson hop flavor perfectly. A really outstanding example of the style.

Photo of dirtylou
4.69/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

on-tap, Alchemy in Madison

This is a fantastic IPA - really showcases the NS hops brilliantly. Light-bodied and refreshing - notes of mandarin, grapefruit, light pine resin. The hops are bright and dazzling and the body is so on-point that one could presumably drink this for days. Superb.

Photo of Poti0nseller
3.73/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Excellent body coupled with bittersweet citrus. I was very impressed with how refreshing this IPA tasted.

Photo of Alieniloquium
4.31/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

650 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Clear golden orange. Small, but well retained white head. Nice lacing. Great surface wisps as the head settles.

Smell - Really herbal and dank. Grapefruit citrus. Cracker malts, with some deeper roasted caramel and toasty malts.

Taste - Herbal flavor strong up front. Grassier in the flavor. Grapefruit. Toasty malts push through. A hint of sweetness. More of an earthy finish than a bitter finish. Slightly musty back there.

Mouthfeel - Heavier than I expected. A little chewy for an IPA. Mild bitterness.

Overall - Excellent Nelson character. All aspects of the hop shine through.

Photo of bashiba
4.36/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a light and murky yellow with a decent off white head.

The smell is fantastic, Nelson Sauvin has one of the most distinct and powerful smells of any hops and they didn't hold back here. Dry hopped to great effect with big bright tropical fruit and dank pungent aromas all mixing very nicely.

The flavor is very good, big layers of clean bright hop flavors following the nose completely, nice tropical fruit and citrus flavors with a light clean bitterness.

The mouthfeel is a bit thin and watery, and not nearly as resiny as I would expect for a beer this hoppy.

Very good use of the fantastic Nelson Sauvin hops, I know its supposed to be a hop centric beer, but I was a little let down by the complete lack of any malt flavor and a bit underwhelmed by the mouthfeel, but still very well done IPA.

Photo of emerge077
3.67/5  rDev -15%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Draft serving in a footed tulip glass, review from written notes.

Opaque orange color, delicate lacing, good surface coverage.
Slightly tropical aroma, fairly pungent. Dried papaya.

Earthy flavor, oddly floral and slightly astringent, it's a bit overwhelming on the whole. It overpowers in an odd way,light pale malt aftertaste, but the astringent floral fruitiness seems to dominate. Appreciate the tropical character of the Nelson Sauvin, but the mix is just too jarring. Starts out nice, but not so easy to finish a glass of this.

Photo of Mike_Honcho1
4.99/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Look: Poured a hazy orange color with a finger of white head. Leaves behind excellent lacing on the glass.

Smell: Big citrus and pine notes on the nose. Lots of orange peel and a bit of grapefruit. Slight crackery notes as well. I wish they made air fresheners that smelled like this.

Taste: Follows the nose. Nice orange peel/citrus with notes of pine and cracker. Good bitterness on the back end to balance it out.

Feel: Medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

Overall: One of my favorite beers. They need to bring distribution to Chicago. This could compete with the best of them.

Photo of WynnDavis
5/5  rDev +15.7%

Phenomenal IPA. Full bodied, but incredibly drinkable. The Neslon Sauvin hop has a wonderfully delicate presence of passion fruits and citrus. The finish is very nice. It is not as juicy as a Pseudo finish, but rather subtle dance of citrus and dryness. The nose almost hints a Pseudo/citra hop. A really nice beer. And, super fresh might I add.

Photo of Beerislivingproof
4.53/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap into pint glass.

A-Pale orange, opaque, a lot like a fruit juice, not much head

S-some hops, orangey fruit

T-Very juicy, sweetish but still with hop presence. The brew accomplishes is intent in showing off the Nelson Sauvin Hops.

M-medium

O-Very good beer, unlike most IPAs I've had, very very fruity, Orange juice is the characteristic that stands out for me. It isn't sugar sweet like a juice but the characteristics are still there. Definitely worth a try if you see it somewhere.

Photo of ThickNStout
4.46/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle from IAmJacksHopTongue (thanks man!). No bottling info. Served in a Burnt Hickory snifter.

Pours a soft, hazy orange with a finger and a half head of tightly packed white bubbles. A thin film and modest halo remain that contribute to some attractive sheets of lace.

Inviting, almost tropical aromas of peaches, berries, oranges, grapefruit, flower petals and hint of malt sweetness. A restrained dankness creeps in as it heats up. Nice.

A delicious hop bomb of flavor. Grapefruit, mandarin, peach, earthy petals, mild strawberry, dank pine, a little crackery malt and a hint of peppery spice. Excellent balance with the hops prominent as they should be. Super smooth and easy drinking.

Medium light body with lively (but not overly so) carbonation. The aftertaste is slow to fade and carries more notes of citrus and dank pine.

Another win in my book for both Toppling Goliath and the Nelson Sauvin hop. Flavorful and easy to knock back, this is in the top of it's class and one in which I'd happily imbibe anytime.

Photo of CraigP83
4.1/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy yellow/orange. Smells of spicy peppers habenaro hops. Grassy , earthy , very flavorful but not overly robust. My first run in with just Nelson Sauvin it kept growing on me after each sip

Photo of umustdrink
4.65/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

A - Opaque ruddy orange color. Creamy beige head, small bubbles, excellent retention. Small bits of lacing stick to the glass.

S - Green grapes skins, blood orange, hay, mustiness, light black pepper.

T - Starts out with earthy berries (sweet green grapes, gooseberry) and ripe melon, then into a dank, whole mouth bitter bite which lasts into the long-lingering aftertaste.

M - Creamy, medium-low carbonation but it still delivers a mild bite.

O - It's pretty complex, I drank most of the glass just trying to figure out what I was tasting. I need another.

Photo of toolbrew
4.05/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a teku. Slightly cloudy. Great fruity aroma. Great taste!!

Photo of FreshHawk
4.1/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Very cloudy/hazed straw gold color. Good sized, soft, fluffy, light white head. Good retention leaving a decent lace.

S - Orange citrus along with bitter green onion and earthy aroma. Hints of sweet malt, but the Nelson hops dominate the nose. Some sweet tropical fruitiness.

T - Similar to the nose. Pretty strong bitter hop flavors with the sweetish fruit and bitter earth and onion combating. Slight sweet malt background but this is definitely a hoppy beer.

M - Medium body with healthy carbonation. Pretty refreshing feel with a strong bitter and slightly dry finish.

D - Easy to drink. A bit more bitter than sweet, but overall well balanced. Very hop forward but not too strong.

Notes: On tap at Sanctuary. Single hop IPA with Nelson hops. Nice IPA with slightly bitter taste, especially the earthy/onion type flavor. Not overly fruit, or overly anything for that matter, but overall nice.

Photo of wethorseblanket
4.29/5  rDev -0.7%

Reviewed from notes. Twenty-two ounce bottle shared by Richard - thanks.

A: Pours a hazy yellow with a half-inch thick white head which fades to a thin cap and leaves splotchy lace.

N: Bursting with tropical fruits and citrus and melon, very floral.

T: Softly hopped or the Nelson itself is soft here. Grassy/herbal, citrus and tropical fruits all over. Well balanced mildly sweet malts.

M: Moderate body and medium carbonation. Slightly bitter and sticky finish.

O: Quite good. Would love to have again.

Photo of Etan
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a cloudy straw orange with a nice white head.

S: Fresh burst of garlic and pineapple, bit of sweet pale malt.

T: Lots of papaya, pineapple, light herbal edge, bright grain. Juicy.

M: Medium-bodied, smooth carb.

O: Yum. Great showcase of Nelson.

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ZeeLander from Toppling Goliath Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 696 ratings.