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ZeeLander - Toppling Goliath Brewing Company

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105 Reviews
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Reviews: 105
Hads: 841
Avg: 4.31
pDev: 22.51%
Wants: 145
Gots: 105 | FT: 2
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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Reviews: 105 | Hads: 841
Photo of WynnDavis
5/5  rDev +16%

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.

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Photo of Mike_Honcho1
4.99/5  rDev +15.8%
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.

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Photo of BIN29
4.98/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

L: beautiful hazy bright orange.
S: intense tropical fruits. Powerful grapefruit peel, lemon and finishes with light pine.
T: this is really complex. Lots of flavors. Extremely unique ipa. Light apricot and mango. Citrusy, tropical and some spice.
M: medium-ight and highly drinkable. On the lowest scale possible of an ipa.
O: how can a 5.5 ipa be very complex and flavourful? One of the best ipas I've ever had. Full of flavors. This has everything you want from an ipa.

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Photo of IowaBiertrinker
4.87/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Nose is dank grapefruit and somewhat floral. Taste follows, but more intense. Like going into a dank basement then discovering a second, danker basement under your feet through the finish. When the bottle is a couple months or older, it tastes more onion, which is still interesting, but different. Best fresh. Probably my favorite TG IPA!

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Photo of NWer
4.82/5  rDev +11.8%
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.

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Photo of Meyers1023
4.81/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

22oz bomber poured into a tulip glass. Looks a hazy yellow with a one finger head. Very hoppy smell upfront that has some very citrusy undertones. Taste is all hops upfront and then mellows out. Absolutely amazing beer!

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Photo of BMMillsy
4.81/5  rDev +11.6%

Bottle as an amazing trade extra. Pours hazy yellow golden with a big fluffy creamy white head. Incredible aroma of pineapple, mango, pine, and hay. Just perfect aroma. Flavor follows with big juicy pineapple and tropical fruits, medium bitter, juicy. Wow. Medium light bodied and incredible flavor for 5.5%. These guys just need to replace every other brewery on the planet so I can drink it all the time. This hit the spot.

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Photo of nickapalooza86
4.78/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Pours a light golden, finger of white head, nice lacing

Smell is bisquit, white wine, pungent almost sour citrus aromas, earthy rindy hop aroma, had this on tap a few times and forgot how unique it smells!!

Taste is great and unique... Nice to have a IPA that tastes so unique. White wine, bready and bisquity malt, super bitter citrus with mainly orange and other orange like fruits (mandarin, tangerine) bitter grapefruit on the finish that lingers a little bit

Mouthfeel is medium light, decent amount of carbonation that cuts the bitterness nicely

When Toppling Goliath steps it up and gets there beer in the 12oz/16oz format my fridge will be over flowing with there beer instead of just kind of overflowing with there beer.

The bitter aftertaste that lingers reminds me a lot of the Red Xhops bitter aftertaste, which is not a bad thing.

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Photo of pat61
4.75/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

L: Pours hazy gold under a 1” white foam collar that leaves very fine lace.
S: Citrus, slight dank, herbal, melon, floral.
T: Melon, biscuit, citrus, has a moderate to moderately low malt backbone, medium high hopflavors and bitterness. Nothing harsh or over done. Has a pithy, citrus rind bitterness with a slight lemony tartness on the finish.
F: Very creamy, medium body and carbonation.
O: A big flavored beer with moderate alcohol makes it easy to drink more than one.

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Photo of Sintech
4.75/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

22oz Bottle.

Appearance - Golden orange hue.

Smell - Citrus, tropical fruit and dank hops!

Taste - Citrus, dank hops and tropical fruit notes..

Feel - Perfect carbonation. Medium attenuation. Very drinkable.

Overall - Very good IPA. Highly recommended!

Grade (A)

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Photo of HeadyTheElder
4.74/5  rDev +10%
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.

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Photo of Cfred371
4.71/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 10/30/15 so relatively fresh.
Look: The beer pours a beautiful light orange with a thick white head. The beer is opaque and juice like in appearance. There appears to be little carbonation coming up.
Smell: Heavenly. There are some earthy smells and maybe a little grape sense as well. The hops seem to dominate.
Taste: Still some earthy tastes but it becomes much sweeter, fruitier with some of that grape like quality. There's a slight bitterness near the end, but it's pretty minimal to me.
Feel: This is a nice thicker feel for an IPA, and has a dry finish.
Overall: This is a winner for me. I pick this up almost every time I see it.

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Photo of ZAP
4.7/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Growler from Casonova in Hudson. drinking 32 hours after the pour and carbonation is strong...perfect actually and if I were to complain I would say slightly too much head on the pour...

I'll cut to the chase. This is a kickass IPA. I am generally real sensitive to the catty/onion/garlic notes from some hops...Summit...and Nelson Sauvin depending on how used. The first impression here was "catty"....but damn it anyhow if as I drank this I really came to love it....some passion fruit and sweeter citrus started to mingle in....not sure what they do with their malt bill but it is perfect for an IPA.

I love the pure hop flavors this exhibits...I think the IBU's are high but it does not have much pure bitterness as all....just a lot of pure hop flavor....

It is also the perfect weight/ABV in my opinion for an IPA....not like a pale ale like some of the sessionable IPA's these days....but also not a big beer where drinking 13,14 becomes problematic :)

Like I said I am generally not fond of "catty" IPA's...Surly Abrasive is an exception....Laganutis Sucks also pushed those boundaries as well and I am a big fan but generally I would not be a fan for most of this ilk...my scores should reflect just how impressive I feel this beer is.

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Photo of dirtylou
4.69/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

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Photo of alcstradamus
4.67/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Had on draft at Red's Alehouse. I did not take notes on this beer so forgive me for the less-than-descriptive review. But I feel I have to rate it because I liked it so much.

Pours a glowing golden color with minimal head. Aroma is juicy hoppiness, blah blah blah. We all know that good IPA's are the best smelling beers in the world.

The taste is absolutely phenomenal. Literally the best IPA I have ever had. I am not a hop head, IPA's barely make my top 10 styles but if they all tasted like this they would. I have very specific tastes in the style (low bitterness, big hop juiciness, sweet malt backbone) and this hits them all. Not since Hill Farmstead Ephraim have I tasted an IPA that was so incredibly juicy and hop centric yet low on bitterness. Of course, this is not a monster triple IPA like that one was, which actually makes it superior in my opinion since it is a bit easier to stomach with its lower ABV and "lighter" flavor.

The body is slightly undercarbed but still fine.

Nelson-based IPA's tend to be right up my alley and this was no exception. Just so clean and citrus-y. Great job Toppling Goliath.

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Photo of umustdrink
4.65/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

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Photo of caskstrength
4.63/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Growler pour, thanks Mike for the supply.

Lightly hazy yellow/gold appearance. White head. As expected.

S: Salty dank hops, spicy and earthy. Grassy with orange peels. Some pine, but in the back . Nelson Sauvin indeed.

T: Spicy, earthy and grassy. Dry pine, citrus rinds. Bites the tongue. Damn good.

M: Light and crisp, dry. Would have liked this at 6.5 abv instead of 5.5, a little beefier and resinous mouthfeel.(Like Nelson) But as it is, it's easier drinking, which is nice.

O: Great beer. All about the hops and nothing else. Love what TG is doing.

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Photo of Phocion
4.63/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

22 oz. bomber a little over a month old (so probably considered expired by BA standards). Pours into my glass a hazy golden-orange colored body with a rocky nearly-white head. Excellent retention and like most TG IPAs/APAs, wonderful chunks of lacing everywhere.

Massive citrus aromas on this thing. Big grapefruit and tangerine scents. Gentle grainy pale malts and a bit of the telltale grassy, earthy Marlborough Sauv Blanc-type flavor typically found in this hop.

The flavor is far more earthy than the juicy nose, which I, for one, am okay with. Very clean grassy/herbal and slightly dank, resiny hops. Dry white grapes and a touch of citrus. Lightly bitter but not at all astringent. A little bit of bread dough and crushed grainy sweetness in the back. Clean, semi-dry finish.

Medium body and moderately carbonated. Very refreshing but surprisingly soft and creamy with an almost oat-like texture.

This is an absolutely delicious beer. Excellently balanced for an IPA but still letting the single hop shine through.

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Photo of MNishCT77
4.62/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

16 oz. pint poured at the brewery, unknown bottling/packaging date (but allegedly retired according to the listing), drank over 15 minutes

A: 3/3 - golden coloration, hazy (cannot see or read through), assymetric off-white head present with a 1/4 glass lacing; white bubbles that look and sound tight; moderate alcohol legs

S: 11/12 - huge Nelson Sauvin-ish aroma - white wine, gooseberries, dank and pine - that predominates all other aroma

T: 17/20 - moderate hop bitterness up front; in the middle of the palate, there are huge hop flavors that match the nose perfectly - gooseberries, white grape, peach and gentle dankness; on the back of the tongue, there is a moderate alcohol and finishes dry

M: 4/5 - moderate body, juicy, moderate carbonation

O: 9/10 - world-class single hop IPA that features NS in the best ways possible - actually preferred this to PseudoSue because the hop aroma/flavors were more intense

TOTAL - 44/50

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Photo of kbwalters
4.59/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured cold into a glass at Beth’s place; bottled on 5/28 I think it says, so pretty fresh.
Look = 4.0 Pours a cloudy, murky oranges with 1 finger of off white head; good retention and lace, probably would look better in a better glass.
Aroma = 5.0 Very strong and fragrant; different than the other fruit bombs from TG; Tropical fruit notes, mango but also spicy hoppy earthy aroma, some dankness. Very floral too, smells amazing.
Taste = 4.5 Super hoppy; dank, fruity and a little hop spice as I say; mild bitterness on the finish; very juicy.
Feel = 4.5 Medium bodied with low to medium carbonation, very nice substantial feel for an IPA, not resiny really
Drinkability = 4.25 Incredible drinkability as with most IPAs from TG
Overall = 4.525 This is my highest rated IPA to date; the perfect beer (super fresh) at the perfect time; I had it before but I don’t remember liking it this much. Really great.

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Photo of Dreadnaught33
4.59/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This is a tasty beer. A worthy comparison to Nelson from alpine.

Pours an opaque orange color with a white ring of head, some nice lacing, definitely reads as an unfiltered IPA.

The smell leads with Thai peppercorn and then has a sweet earthy aroma that immediately reminded me of Nelson from alpine (go figure). It has a great depth to it that keeps bringing me into the glass. Really plant heavy as well.

The taste follows suit with a nice pepper an plant dank hop front leading to a very elegant honey and piney citrus finish. A beautiful and dangerously drinkable beer. The feel is great and silkier than most IPAs with a great amount of carbonation. Goes down smooth with a lot of flavors tingling after the beer rolls over.

Overall a great and unique brew. Would love to have more of this.

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Photo of SafeAtFirst
4.57/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Juicy. Mango/tropical. A touch of spice in the finish. The kind of beer you don't want to drink because you want to keep sniffing it. Cloudy. Bit of heft in the body. Really good.

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Photo of thebeerfrontier
4.56/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

ZeeLander - Toppling Goliath Brewing Company - Decorah, Iowa - IPA - 5.80% ABV - This tasteful IPA poured a hazy, light orange color with a stiff-white head that leaves excellent lacing on the glass. The nose featured aromas of papaya, ripe pineapple, citrus, resinous pine, and bready malts that leave a lasting impression on anyone that enjoys this brew. The mouth was great; hop forward flavors of juicy pineapple, fresh mango, grapefruit peel, pine, and zesty malts burst in your mouth with each sip. The mouthfeel was medium, with a tasteful finish that coats the palate nicely. Once again, TGB did a wonderful job on another great brew. Thank you, @billylightning, you know how much I love this beer! 97/100

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Photo of Beerislivingproof
4.53/5  rDev +5.1%
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.


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.

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Photo of OmahaKF
4.53/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Smell is heavily of tropical fruit - passionfruit and pineapple, along with orange. Taste mirrors the smell - strong passionfruit flavor up front, orange juice, a hint of pineapple, and just a slightly bitter finish. An absolutely delicious and refreshing beer!

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ZeeLander from Toppling Goliath Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 105 ratings.