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ZeeLander - Toppling Goliath Brewing Company

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Reviews: 95
Hads: 783
rAvg: 4.31
pDev: 8.12%
Wants: 141
Gots: 95 | FT: 4
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: 95 | Hads: 783
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. (683 characters)

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. (426 characters)

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. (706 characters)

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. (179 characters)

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. (911 characters)

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. (331 characters)

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. (181 characters)

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. (870 characters)

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. (475 characters)

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 (380 characters)

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. (797 characters)

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. (479 characters)

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. (181 characters)

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. (1,170 characters)

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. (1,488 characters)

Photo of snaotheus
4.08/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22oz bottle served in a large mug. There's clearly a date on the shoulder, but it's nearly invisible. Looks like it ends with 06-15. Traveled here in mr-jj's friend's suitcase.

Pours very cloudy amber-bronze with a medium to small white head and plenty of carbonation. Smell is juicy and lovely. Tropical.

Taste is maybe a bit of old hops. Wish I could read and understand the date on the bottle. Surprisingly soft. Strong bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is dry, almost gritty. Overall, good beer. (504 characters)

Photo of Mdog
3.58/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Cloudy orange, good head.

Smell: Bit of citrus, danky, marigold flowers.

Taste: Mildly sweet, moderate grapefruit, earthy danky finish. Light body.

Overall: Picked up another bomber in Wiscoland of Toppling Goliath. Zeelander IPA doesn't quite hit the mark for me. I suppose I'm not digging the "danky" hops, I prefer sweeter, brighter, fruitier hop flavors. (380 characters)

Photo of pagriley
4.4/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L - cloudy deep orange with good head and lacing
S - Dank as all get up - very hoppy on the nose with the earthy skunky tones
T - follows the smell. little to no citrus or anything else much - If I really concentrate it is there, but the dank Sauvin note screams out loud. No bitterness on the finish to speak of - very smooth
F - great mouth feel, soft and perfect carb

O - I really struggle with this beer overall. It isn't an IPA - it just doesn't have the bite to fit that category. If it was a pale ale I would say world class, but the Nelson Sauvin doesn't hold up well to being heavily hopped for me. An experience? Certainly. A fantastic IPA? not so sure. A great beer? definitely. (699 characters)

Photo of jlindros
4.3/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Somehow never had this one, shared with rudzud and thanks to irish-hawkeye (Reddit) for this one.

Hazy orange color, nice creamy fluffy head.

Nose tons of Nelson, tropical floral notes, grapefruit and pith, some orange juice, little grainy malt, floral grassy notes.

Taste is more of the same, nice grapefruit, pith, little tangerine citrus, hint orange peel, some bubblegum, nice rind and pith bitterness, juicy, touch grassy floral too. Mild grainy malt, juicy malt with hint of sweetness to balance. Nice dry bitter rind finish, lingering pith and bubblegum grapefruit notes.

Mouth is med soft creamy bodied, nice carb.

Overall lots if nice Nelson, done quite well and very enjoyable. (694 characters)

Photo of rudzud
4.3/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to JLindros for sharing.

A - Poured into a standard pint glass a hazy orange hue with a thin white head that fades to leave a thin blanket.

S - Aromas of loads of Nelson hops, great light tropical notes, grapefruit, citrus, lovely.

T - Taste is similar to the nose, loads of skunky hops, Nelson, nice grapefruit, good sharp bitterness, pleasant. Really clean hop flavours.

M - Mouthfeel is crisp and clean, good carbonation.

O - Overall this beer was rather tasty, good hop characteristics.

Serving type: bottle (524 characters)

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. (596 characters)

Photo of danh53
4.23/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Big fruity aroma. I pick out orange, pineapple, apricot, grapefruit, and pepper. I expected more fruit forward flavor, but all that fruit is joined by a spicy, bitter flavor in the middle of the mouth and in the finish. Lots of carbonation combined with the bitterness gives this one a real kick. Its very complex, but maybe a little too much for me. I like the strong bitter aspect, but wish there was a little more room for the fruit to come through in the flavor. (466 characters)

Photo of jwc215
4.24/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours golden with a thin lasting head. Lacing sticks.

The smell is of dank, musty grapefruit.

The taste is of grapefruit, lemongrass - earthy hop character. A firm malt backbone of sweet bread gives it balance. A subtle hint of alcohol warmth is in the long moderately bitter finish.

The body is chewy and smooth despite a hop bite.

A pleasantly hoppy, yet balanced brew that showcases the Nelson Sauvin hops well! Another well-done hop-forward brew from TG! (463 characters)

Photo of JohnnyHopps
4.38/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - The beer was golden in color with a bubbly white head crowning the glass.

Smell - Citrus hops give the initial impression in the aroma. Earthy notes are also detectable.

Taste - Grapefruit and grass is my initial impression. There is a little spiciness, but it is certainly dank. More potent citrus notes hang in the back as the grass faces. The finish leans more toward the dry side.

Mouthfeel - The carbonation was bubbly, though not overly abrasive. The final dry impression makes you want to drink more.

Overall - Being my first taste of Toppling Goliath, I am impressed. (593 characters)

Photo of MartzMimic
4.39/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly hazy orange with an inch of white head. Smells of pineapple, citrus and a bit a pine. Tastes of pineapple, lemon, oranges and resin. The bitterness is there, but it's fairly mild. Medium mouth that's a tad sticky. They have developed some unique and decent flavors for an IPA that's' practically sessionable. (325 characters)

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