ZeeLander - Toppling Goliath Brewing Company
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4.7/5 rDev +9.6%
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.
Serving type: on-tap
02-04-2012 15:54:50 | More by alcstradamus
4.4/5 rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Very intersting IPA. One of the most interesting ipas I've had in a long time . The appearance is very cloudy orangish/yellowish. The smell of pine hit my nose before the beer hit the bar. Like being in a fermenting pine forest with some flowery hints and a touch of pepper. And the taste! the taste is just like the smell. Lots of peppery pine notes with a touch of grapefruit. Good lacing. Got everything. Not a 5, but pretty damn close.
Serving type: on-tap
01-26-2012 05:32:20 | More by Graham21
3.83/5 rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
This was had on tap at Sanctuary, brought to the table in a pint glass.
Appearance- There's just something about a bottle conditioned, cloudy body that gets me excited to try a beer, and this Zee Lander is no exception. It generates a golden-straw color with only a slight, filmy cap. The white lid is barely able to cover the beer, but there is a very decent amount of lace where the head I never saw used to be.
Smell- No surprise that the folks at TG have a very hop forward, citrus bomb for me to enjoy. Those New Zelaand hops are quite an experience to this beer drinker! Sure there is that sweet grapefruit, but it is combated by an even sweeter apricot or peach.
It adds great depth to an already great nose. The only thing that has me a little flummoxed is the slight sweat sock mustiness that creeps in with the sweet and sticky citrus notes.
Taste- Well, this Kiwi has a bit of a hard time transferring all the intricacies of the nose over to my taste buds. It still gives you all the citrus you can handle, but it seems to be more of a one off of grapefruit, not really any apricot or peach sweetness here.
There is also a new flavor that wasn't on the nose, a hop spiciness that grates into the finish. I did not ask for pepper in this fruit salad! And talk about lacking a kick. I am not positive on the IBU's, but I would be surprised if this one is pushing 70. It just does not kick you in the teeth like most of TG's offerings do.
Mouth feel- TG certainly did not misstep on the mouth feel however. It is just as nice in the mouth as any of their offerings. It is a dead ringer for medium bodied, and the carbonation leaves this drink feeling very creamy.
Overall- I think that the hops used in this IPA are just not the mix I would ever want to experience again. The nose is definitely exotic enough to perk any hop head up, but that peppery spice on the palate is too one-dimensional and not complimented or muted by the flavor hops that come before it.
I can't argue that the IPA is well crafted, and there will be those who enjoy it, but for my money, I will stick to Golden Nugget when I need a TG IPA fix. No sheep were harmed in the making of this review.
Serving type: on-tap
11-08-2011 21:25:49 | More by Pintofbrown
4.25/5 rDev -0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Poured from a growler into a Sam Adams pint.
A: Pours a hazy golden color with one finger of off-white head. Strong lace and the head lasts the entire glass.
S: Lots of peach with pine a close second. Very good stuff.
T: Strong pine up front fades gently to a lightly bitter finish. Light, sweet malt underneath, not much sweetness at first, but just a little builds during the glass. Good dose of earthiness rounds out the profile.
M: Light, a bit of cream and a lot of astringence from the hops.
O: This is a hoppy one. If your tastebuds are feeling sleepy and you want to wake them up, this is the beer to go to. Definitely worth a try and darn glad I only have one other person sharing the growler with me. Well done, TG.
Serving type: growler
11-02-2011 23:26:30 | More by AmericanGothic
4.1/5 rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
A - Very cloudy/hazed straw gold color. Good sized, soft, fluffy, light white head. Good retention leaving a decent lace.
S - Orange citrus along with bitter green onion and earthy aroma. Hints of sweet malt, but the Nelson hops dominate the nose. Some sweet tropical fruitiness.
T - Similar to the nose. Pretty strong bitter hop flavors with the sweetish fruit and bitter earth and onion combating. Slight sweet malt background but this is definitely a hoppy beer.
M - Medium body with healthy carbonation. Pretty refreshing feel with a strong bitter and slightly dry finish.
D - Easy to drink. A bit more bitter than sweet, but overall well balanced. Very hop forward but not too strong.
Notes: On tap at Sanctuary. Single hop IPA with Nelson hops. Nice IPA with slightly bitter taste, especially the earthy/onion type flavor. Not overly fruit, or overly anything for that matter, but overall nice.
Serving type: on-tap
09-16-2011 08:35:37 | More by FreshHawk
ZeeLander from Toppling Goliath Brewing Company
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