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ZeeLander - Toppling Goliath Brewing Company

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105 Reviews
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Reviews: 105
Hads: 840
Avg: 4.31
pDev: 7.89%
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: 840
Photo of JamesMN
4.36/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Bottled on 10/30/15.

Appearance: Super murky orange, which is a stark contrast from the usually bright beers I've had from TG. Poured a good finger and a half of off-white froth.

Aroma: That's nelson alright! Tons of dank citrus and pine with an intangible edge to it. Hop bomb.

Taste: Not the flavor I was expecting based on the aroma. Still, quite good and a fairly complex mix of earth and pine, which combine with the slight sweetness of the malt for a nice spicy kick. The bitterness is right on that threshold of being intense but not over done. The dank citrus from the aroma comes through in the finish and lingers in the aftertaste along with ebbing bitterness. Good depth of flavor for 5.5% ABV, although the modest alcohol content does hold the malt department back from fully complimenting the hop bill.

Mouthfeel: On the thinner side, which is one area where this one falls a bit short. The carbonation is a little too busy, but it has good drinkability.

Final Thoughts: A VERY good beer and yet another one of TG's brews that toes the line between APA and IPA with great results. All of TGs IPAs I've tried have been outstanding. Do not pass on this or any of their beers. Would I drink it again? Yes.

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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 Beers-es
4.38/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bomber dated 10/30/15 making it 3 weeks old, poured into a tulip glass. Looks pretty gorgeous, a deep golden orange with a 2-finger white head that drops down to about a half-inch and never quits. Nice lacing. Hazy but it's bottle conditioned, so I probably stirred up some yeast on the pour.

Smell is oranges and grapefruit at first, along with some other undefined tropical fruit, which progresses to an earth spicy quality, almost like rye. Taste is similar, with an addition of breadiness toward the finish, which then turns spicy and just the slightest bit bitter. As I get toward the bottom of the glass, the dank makes itself known. Finish is more juicy than dry, and doesn't last super long.

The feel is totally right on for me--smooth without being watery, with substantial body that doesn't inhibit drinkability.

This is a fantastic beer, well worth seeking out.

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Photo of scxcrunner
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

appearance: cloudy orange decent head that leaves decent lacing. Smell: tons of tropical fruit and hops, typical smell of TG IPA's. Taste: not as much as you get on the smell but still great, fruits, hops, light and easy to drink. Great! wish i had more.

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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 Bowers-Brew
3.72/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

No bottle on date and pretty hazy... too bad, because there is some really good flavors/smells coming out around the slight off flavors. Will update score if I'm able to get a fresh bottle. Prost!

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Photo of Taybeh
4.21/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

from a month-old bomber into a Spieglau IPA
a: extremely cloudy apricot orange, with a big puffy 2 finger white head that sticks around for several minutes and leaves great lacing
s: fantastic tropical nose: juicy dank pineapple, passion fruit, grapefruit peel, hibiscus flowers and orange blossoms.
t & m: taste follows the nose but not quite as delicious. Some bready malts in the middle that provide some substantial body, but not a lot that lingers, except a little mildly spicy sweetness. Carbonation is a little low and it kind of feels a little flat on the tongue, though maybe that is just a creamy mouthful; not nearly as much bitter bite as I hoped for.
a lot of great things about this one, but the feel brings it down to earth for me.

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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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Photo of hardysf
3.81/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A little disappointed in this one. Shared by a good friend 22 oz bomber. Also consumed directly after sip of sunshine, so may be an unfair rating.

Pours a super cloudy orangish yellow like a whiskey sour mix. Good hop aroma. Taste was a little malty to me, but my pallate may be destroyed as I came back from vermont and have been drinking heady, bissel brothers, foundation, and sip.

I did appreciate the creamy mouthfeel of this 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 NickTheGreat
4.3/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L (4) - Nice orange color. A little cloudy. Not surprising, but a little too much. Also very little head and no retention. Disappeared quickly after pouring
S (4.5) - Definitely get the Nelson here. Nice fruity and floral smells. Makes me want to drink it right away.
T (4.25) - Not quite what I expected from Nelsons, but a nice juicy tasting IPA. I wouldn't have called it 80 IBU, but a nice little punch of hop.
F (4.25) - Nice drinking beer. A little smoother than I'd have expected, but very pleasant.
O (4.25) - I was excited to get this one and was more or more pleased. It's not quite Sue, but a damn good beer. I'll buy it almost every time I see it in the store.

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Photo of martinfletwood
4/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

So this is probably purely coincidence, but last night I tried Three Floyds Gumballhead, and if you gave me one, then the other right after each other, I don't think I could tell the difference. That's not a bad thing, they're both amazing. So, if it's for bragging rights, whichever one came out first wins. Maybe I'm nuts, or just don't have the "beer tasting" taste buds yet, but this is my opinion. Great beer nonetheless.

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Photo of cvm4
4.33/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 7/31/2015

L - Pours a muddled/cloudy orange body with may'be a tint of copper. The one finger eggshell head dissipates quickly and leaves a ring around the glass. Not much lacing or retention to be had.

S - There is a hit of mangoes intertwined with grapefruits. It develops into some dank goodness and also has a floral note to it.

T - The grapefruit/orange peel hits you right away. Midway there are some light sweet tropical fruits and bready malts. At the end it leaves you with a medium hop bite that lingers.

F - Medium bodied and medium carbonation. Has a dry finish to me and is very drinkable.

O - Very well done IPA. Blind taste test and I'd swear it could hold up to some IIPAs.

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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 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 4thFloyd
4.33/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A very hazy, deep golden orange color. Medium level of citrus, tropical, and pine aroma. The flavor is very similar with a little additional spiciness. The spiciness increases and a little dankness appears in the flavor as it warms. Finishes clean and starts very easy to drink but becomes a little less smooth towards the end.

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Photo of KVNBGRY
3.9/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I just don't think I can get behind Nelson beers. I thought I liked alpines, and while they are well made beers, the hops just aren't top notch. This looked like heady. Ugly as sin.

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Photo of majorbase2
4.37/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours an absolutely gorgeous pale, cloudy orange color with a small cream colored head. Dissipates quickly, leaving a white ring of lacing around the edges and a very small amount around the sides. Has to be the most one of the most beautiful colors I've seen in a beer; reminiscent of landscapes of Monument Valley.

Aroma is sweet grapefruit and light pale malts. Orange peel and mango follow.

Not your typical IPA. Taste follows the nose, but is now more complex and subtle. Sweet but not at all bitter, except for a small amount of tang on the back of the tongue. Subdued grapefruit, mango and apricot. Some biscuit/bread malts.

Light bodied. Sweet, very easy to drink. Low on carbonation. Slightly sticky on the way down.

After a few downer entries from TG, they rise back to the top on this one. A bit more subdued for an IPA, but still nails all the flavors.

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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 Rutager
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Steasy66, cheers bud.

Pours a hazy apricot with half a finger of white head. Smell is dank and tropical, sweet oranges and other citrus, honey and pale malts, and a little cedar. Tangy citrus fruit juice, toasted pale malts, some dank hops with a very slight touch of savoury herbs, tropical fruits, light honey and floral notes. Medium+ body, medium low carbonation. Great stuff

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Photo of MisSigsFan
4.29/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a cloudy orange with a creamy white head. Leaves a lot of lacing on the glass. Smell is on the sweeter side but then you get that Nelson coming through. Orange, grapefruit, grapes, dank, grass, hay. Taste follows the nose pretty well. Quite sweet for a <6% beer, and very full bodied. Very different from what we're used to on the West Coast where everything is crisp, clear, and dry. Mouthfeel, like I said, is pretty full bodied. Carbonation is a bit low. Overall, a very good IPA. It's a bit different than the ones I'm used to though. Instead of relying almost solely on the aroma and flavor from the hops you get a lot of fruity sweetness from the yeast as well. This isn't exactly what I would call a "showcase" of the hop, since there's a lot more in there contributing to the flavor.

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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 TX-Badger
4.1/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy darker orange gold with off-white head. Citrus, light fruits, a little pine, and some grass on the nose; follows onto the palate. Finishes with floral and citrus notes.

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Photo of ajchocholousek
4.44/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fairly aggressive pour into shaker (all I had access to at the time) yielded less than 1/2 finger of just a bit off-white creamy, chunky head. Pours a cloudy golden orange color. Really quite opaque.

Smell is big. Big notes of tropical fruit - mango, pineapple, and a touch of banana along with stiff notes of slightly musty grape and a fairly strong garlicy presence as well. Underneath the bouquet sits a caramelly, biscuity malty backbone that cuts through with surprising tenacity.

A soft, slightly creamy, slightly sticky mouthfeel yields a big grapefruit and floral bitterness followed by notes of biscuity maltiness, a bit of pineapple, white grape, and an earthy, nearly leafy finish. Still holds strongly that classic TG yeast profile. I'm not sure what they use, and maybe this isn't even the yeast, but their brews always have a soft, creamy juiciness to them that I just can't get enough of.

Overall, phenomenal brew. Very complex. Lots of flavors going on here and definitely enough malty character to support such an interesting hop. It's" balanced" (it's an IPA, come on...), it's juicy, its mighty refreshing, yet provokes contemplation. Brilliant.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.46/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a Spiegelau IPA glass.

Thick looking appearance. Solid opaque yellow to orange hue, looks like a booming peach up to the light frozen in place, with a good creamsicle orange middle and yellow edges. Head is fluffy, surprisingly controlled and small at only two fingers, with a nice swiss cheese creamy and clumpy retention. Good staying power. There's some neat things about it, but also appearance wise seems pretty muddy and stuck.

Bouquet is a nice hop quality and varied mix. Hints of slight pickle brine and earth, but a large controlled dank and weedy note that comes with it in the balance. Big huge notes of true dill like quality being expressed on this. Very nice if that's your sort of thing, and for me it's very impressive. Garden green freshness abounds, with tilled soil as well. Malt quality not present but don't seem to care.

Palate manages to hit the right notes. Light bodied but with a hint of juiced flavor giving to some faint malt sweetness and a touch of apricot, but the large earthy quality comes forward but is much more in control than the nose "largess" seems to indicate. And almost fresh green earth and salty finish with excellent citrus lime astringency in the mix for the aftertaste. Excellent feel on the palate with a very unexpected tropical juiced character, but taking a bit of a one eighty in flavors and aroma.

A very memorable dank IPA, and a great spin and twist on one for a change. Very well done.

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