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ZeeLander | Toppling Goliath Brewing Company

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Toppling Goliath Brewing Company
Iowa, United States | website

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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

Added by FreshHawk on 09-16-2011

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Photo of mke_Brewer
3.99/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured a hazy orange with a thick white head. Looks a lot like a Belgian wheat beer. The aroma is strong dank and apricot. Taste is grapefruit and orange peel at first followed by a mellow bitterness. Perfect carbonation with a medium texture. Overall this is a very solid IPA. Quite different from a Citra citrus bomb but very good.

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Photo of CNoj012
4.33/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This beer pours a super cloudy cloudy dark golden orange. Reminds me of dark white grapefruit juice or light apple cider. The head is big fluffy and white. Excellent retention and lots of spotted lacing. Smell is very complex. Grape and candied orange are most noticeable, with a slight hint of lemon and pine as well. Taste is similar with not much bitterness. Feel is light side of medium, smooth and almost creamy. Overall an awesome beer. Nelson hops continue to amaze and mystify me.

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Photo of Hopheadjeffery
4.31/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Tasted in a Spiegelau IPA glass from a bomber. Look is hazy orange with a thick white head and lingering lacing. Smell is bitter citrus, orange blossom, fresh cut pine and earthy scents. Taste is grapefruit, mandarin, pine and bread malt flavors. Feel is light in body and while initially bitter, the finish is smooth.

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Photo of Umdrunner
4.07/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured very hazy orange with 2 finger white head that had good retention and lacing. Scent was grapefruit, citrus, and pine. Very juicy mouthful with nice carbonation, flavor is very grapefruit with lingering pine and malt to balance.

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Photo of eifster82
4.23/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

How can something this low in ABV taste so flavorful. The Nelson hops seem nicely featured. Slightly earthy taste and a nice light bitter finish. Could drink this all day, especially in the summer.

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Photo of spacecake9
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Grabbed this on my last trip thru Iowa.
A - Pours an opaque orange with 2 inches of white head that settles slowly with a fair amount of lacing.
S - Aroma is potent, a nice strong apricot.
T - Juicy, lots of citrus that leads into bready malts and some bitterness on finish.
M - Medium mouth feel and carbonation. Slightly creamy.
O - An excellent well balanced beer. I'm finding I really like IPA's using Nelson Sauvin hops. I will buy Zeelander every time I find it.

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Photo of Nic1985Ace
4.75/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from 16oz Bomber

L: Pours an deep orange color with one finger of white head. Head dissipates gradually but lacing remains.
S: Smell is dank with grapefruit and floral notes.
T: Taste is citrus with grapefruit, a bitter finish.
F: Very pleasant mouth feel, mild carbonation and smooth.
O: Another outstanding IPA I've had from TG. This beer is fantastic, truly enjoyable all the way down.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.77/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Had at the source, received in a pint glass.

3.5 A: Well hazed orange with a touch of brown. Came nearly full but it did leave a short ring of lacing.

4.0 S: Dank resiny hops foremost with a strong orange and nondescript citrus. Neutral maltiness. Secondarily grassy with just a touch of spice.

3.75 T: This has the most IBUs of any of their current offerings and it shows, though it's still only a heavy moderate bitterness. Clean neutral malts with strong grassy and resiny hop flavor. Underneath there is citrus and earthiness.

3.5 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Like most of their brews, this is somewhat bity but super smooth overall.

3.75 D: Another solid beer, but so many hoppy pales and IPAs that I'm thinking I need a break!

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Photo of Damian
4.78/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Drank from a 22 fl oz bottle acquired in a trade with Oldskool47
OUTATIME 10/21/15
Served in a pint glass

Outstanding appearance. The completely opaque, yellow ochre liquid was topped by a super tight, creamy and frothy, two-finger tall, light tan crown. Terrific head retention and ridiculous amounts of lacing. Thick, drippy rings coated the glass and stuck around long after the beer was finished.

The aroma was pure Nelson Sauvin hop goodness. Super dank and musty. Intense white wine notes. Sauvignon Blanc certainly came to mind. Tropical fruits were noticeable. Papaya was most apparent. Mango was detectible as well. Peach notes also came through strong.

The flavor was very similar to the nose. Super hoppy. Very juicy and fruity. Orange and clementine appeared up front. Again, white wine notes were quite apparent. Somewhat tart. Slightly lemony. Hint of tropical fruitiness. Mango was most noticeable. Loads of peach flavor as well. White grapefruit appeared in the finish. Hint of rind. Just a touch pithy and bitter. All in all, fantastically well balanced and amazingly drinkable.

The mouthfeel was medium bodied. Super creamy and slick on the palate. The liquid contained a fine, zippy effervescence that gave the beer a nice frothiness.

I am an enormous fan of Nelson Sauvin hopped beers, and Toppling Goliath really blew me away with this single-hopped IPA. These guys definitely take their hazy, dank, Northeast-style pale ales, IPAs and double IPAs to the next level. In my experience, every one of their beers has been nothing less than spectacular.

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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 scents as well. The hops seem to dominate. I get some passion fruit.
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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