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ZeeLander - Toppling Goliath Brewing Company

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Reviews: 105
Hads: 841
Avg: 4.31
pDev: 7.89%
Wants: 146
Gots: 106 | FT: 3
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 StonedTrippin
4.51/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

a huge thanks to to of my closest friends for literally driving denver to toppling goliath to pick this up, along with a couple of other gems. this pours a thicker hazy matte finish goldenrod color, with a lazy but frothy white head that sits around three quarters of an inch tall. the nose, oh my goodness the nose. this beers best feature, and one of the best aromas of any ipa ever brewed. its all nelson hops, which are so tropical and dynamic. i get orange and lemon zest, i get sweet melon, and i get hardly any bitterness. the malt is almost an afterthought here, with such a beautiful fresh fruity aroma, this rivals vermont ipa. the flavor is like the nose, just a little less pungent. i get all the same fruity notes, and this does an excellent job of getting that great aroma into taste, but its not quite as bright. some bitterness creeps in around the middle, reminding me that this is in fact an ipa. light body and light alcohol are enjoyable in a beer with such unique flavor, sessionable forever this one is. splendid use of the nelson hops, like nothing else out there. this is a total winner.

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Photo of brentk56
4.23/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Has the Toppling Goliath APA/IPA look - clear amber, bubble show, nice retention/lacing

Smell: Tropical fruit (starfruit, melon, lemon and kiwi) and white wine grapes

Taste: A hint of shortbread malt lingers from start to finish but almost hides in the background as the flavors detected in the aroma take over; there is also a vinous character to the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Another excellent beer from Toppling Goliath, albeit the Nelson Sauvin hops take this one in a new direction

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Photo of emerge077
3.92/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

2015: Bottle
Light tropical aroma, also toasted popcorn kernels. Taste isn't as harsh as before, seemingly, and it has a smoother creamy texture. Bitter greens and floral notes in the aftertaste. Bringing score up a little bit across the board.

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Photo of wethorseblanket
4.29/5  rDev -0.5%

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.

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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.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.63/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22 fl oz brown glass bottle with unbranded pry-off pressure cap and attractive label art acquired in a trade with the very generous Duff27 and served cold into a snifter in me gaff in low altitude Austin, TX. Reviewed live. Expectations are high given this brewery's reputation.

Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: 1.5 finger wide head of white colour. Nice thickness. Okay frothiness. Decent creaminess. Retention is average - about 2 minutes.

BODY: Dull orange-copper. Clean; no yeast particulate or hop sediment is visible.

Appears aptly carbonated. Not unique or special, but good looking for an IPA.

AROMA: Grapefruit and accompanying bitterness. Pale malts. Citrusy zest. Floral hop notes. Hints of tropical fruit - mango and tangerine. Papaya. It's not too tropical, and doesn't veer into pineapple territory, thankfully. Melon.

A pleasant aroma of mild strength.

TASTE: Juicy, with some not-too-in-your-face grapefruity bitterness. Pale malts. Floral hop character. Citrusy zest. Plenty of pleasant tropical hop notes - papaya, mango, and hints of tangerine. Nice zest. A kiss of mandarin orange. Melon. I love the juiciness.

Very well balanced; the hop bitterness is well disguised but it's not too sweet. Very well built, with a good tropical hop profile. Good depth of flavour. Average duration and intensity.

Cohesive; not quite gestalt. It's a biteen too bitter for my tastes - not quite perfectly balanced.

TEXTURE: Smooth, wet, juicy, light-bodied, refreshing, and perfectly thick.

Not oily, gushed, hot, boozy, astringent, harsh, scratchy, or rough.

This delightfully juicy texture complements the taste quite well, helping to elevate the beer beyond the limits of the taste.

OVERALL: Extremely drinkable for an IPA, but then it's got more of a session IPA ABV. I'd definitely buy it again if I saw it, but it's not the best IPA I've had. Damn good, definitely. Well worth trying. Huge thanks to Duff27 for the bottle. I'll inhale this bottle.


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Photo of MasterSki
4.36/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Growler shared by Todd. Served in a Russian River tulip.

A - White foam settles to a thin collar, wisps, and specks of lace. Hazy peach flesh body.

S - Huge tropical fruits, peach, zesty citrus, white grape, perhaps a hint of onion. It's New Zealand hops alright; probably Nelson Sauvin. Like the rest of these Toppling Goliath beers the malt character is quite subdued.

T - The taste isn't quite as complex, but it's still quite nice, with a mix of white grapes, tropical fruits, and perhaps a bit of tart gooseberry. Malt imparts a bit of sweetness, but it's still well in the periphery.

M - Medium body, soft, lower growler carbonation. Quite pleasant, with a dry, crisp finish. No discernible alcohol.

D - This was quite excellent, and I hope Toppling Goliath makes it at least semi-regularly. Really easy to drink, and my favorite of the growlers that Todd so generously supplied. These guys know hops.

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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!

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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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Photo of Alieniloquium
4.31/5  rDev 0%
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.

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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

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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 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 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 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.31/5  rDev 0%

Appearance: translucent pale yellow almost orange bodied beer with 2 full fingers of white head.

Smell: This one smell pretty dank. Also fruity and floral with hints of grapefruit.

Taste: Light almost moderate bitterness. Fruity and spicy hops. Moderately dank. Little bit of grapefruit peel and lemongrass. Mild lingering bitterness and dankness.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation. The bitterness level is just right to allow for sessioning this beer.

Overall: I really like this IPA. It is fairly interesting. I enjoy the level of dankness and how it balanced out all the other hop flavors.

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Photo of maximum12
3.35/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bomber of Zeelander, booty from a pillage-and-loot raid over the border. Maybe next time I'll bring back a quarterback. 22 oz. bomber split with my wife.

Pour is very light golden, light carbonation, light penetrating. The nose comes out swinging with scents that aren't my favorite in an IPA: dankness, earthy, sweet. Really earthy. I half expect to see an earthworm in the bottom of the bottle.

Zeelander's flavor profile just doesn't hit my joy buzzer. The dirt in the nose translates right into the palate, & it's hard to get past all of potting soil. Laying that aside, there are some nice notes. Vaguely tropical, decent bitterness, slightly acidic (acid rain?), ending with an almost rye-like spicey note. The feel is the high point of the beer, with a lovely Slip-n-Slide feel going down. Easy enough to drink mindlessly.

Tried this in the tap room & thought it was a bit off, but I'm just not digging the beer. Pretty good, but give me Sue...which is evidently the Alpha King of Toppling Goliath.

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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 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 Stevedore
4.43/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle, freshly delivered to Madison today. Poured into a Toppling Goliath snifter today, 1/29/2014.

App- clear light orange body. Absolutely beautiful. One finger white head, filmy retention, good lacing.

Smell- musty, sharp passion fruits, just as Nelson should smell. Balanced well by a nice biscuity backbone but make no mistake, this showcases Nelson all the way.

Flavour- passion fruits, musty flavours, sharp biscuity malts. Balanced very well.

Mouthfeel- medium bodied, very drinkable. Can't believe this is 5.5% ABV. That has to be wrong. Aftertaste is a nice passion fruity bitterness, resinous and dry.

Overall- well done beer, very good showcase of Nelson Sauvin. Recommend getting whenever you see this on tap or in bottles.

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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 Florida9
4/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: very cloudy yellow. Pastel yellow. Forms a a moderately large foamy white head. Very minimal lacing.

S: incredibly juicy. Lots of citrus, orange, mandarin, candied citrus peel.

T: taste is similar, but a bit less complex than the aroma. Slightly bready. Orange, citrus, and tangerine. Not quite as juicy. There is a slight astringency on the finish.

M: lighter bodied. Mild bitterness

O: A nice IPA. Would be very nice over the summer.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.45/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

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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 MDDMD
4.17/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A-golden amber color with a nice white head and good lacing

S-bread, floral, citrus, orange, pineapple, earthy

T-bready marl, grapefruit, pineapple, white wine, earthy, pine, moderate bitter finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, crisp

O-great showcase for NS hop, which I love, hope to see more beer featuring this varietal

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Photo of CuriousMonk
4.36/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours hazy gold-orange with a nice one-finger frothy head. Massive citrus - lemon combination in the nose, so fresh! Taste is of dank, citrus bomb - grapefruit, oranges, pineapple. Very hop forwardly sweet the malt presence is neither noted nor important. Medium bodied and sticky. Finishes bittersweet, in excellent balance between the two. Excellent IPA for it's low abv!

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