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ZeeLander - Toppling Goliath Brewing Company

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103 Reviews
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Reviews: 103
Hads: 836
Avg: 4.31
pDev: 22.74%
Wants: 145
Gots: 104 | 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: 103 | Hads: 836
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.

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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 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 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.

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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.

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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 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.

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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.

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Photo of hardy008
4.1/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy pale orange, with a one finger white head from an aggressive pour. has a floral aroma with oranges, citrus zest, melon, and some onion.

Has a mildly sweet taste with the bitterness you would expect from an IPA. There is orange, citrus zest, melon, bread malt, and some tropical fruit shows up as the beer warms up. Thankfully There is no onion in the taste.

Medium bodied with low carbonation. Leaves a bit of a sticky feeling in the mouth. Has a lightly bitter aftertaste. Well worth buying again.

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Photo of CraigP83
4.1/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy yellow/orange. Smells of spicy peppers habenaro hops. Grassy , earthy , very flavorful but not overly robust. My first run in with just Nelson Sauvin it kept growing on me after each sip

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Photo of umustdrink
4.65/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

A - Opaque ruddy orange color. Creamy beige head, small bubbles, excellent retention. Small bits of lacing stick to the glass.

S - Green grapes skins, blood orange, hay, mustiness, light black pepper.

T - Starts out with earthy berries (sweet green grapes, gooseberry) and ripe melon, then into a dank, whole mouth bitter bite which lasts into the long-lingering aftertaste.

M - Creamy, medium-low carbonation but it still delivers a mild bite.

O - It's pretty complex, I drank most of the glass just trying to figure out what I was tasting. I need another.

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

Pours a cloudy straw orange with a nice white head.

S: Fresh burst of garlic and pineapple, bit of sweet pale malt.

T: Lots of papaya, pineapple, light herbal edge, bright grain. Juicy.

M: Medium-bodied, smooth carb.

O: Yum. Great showcase of Nelson.

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Photo of TheBrewo
4.36/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This brew was served on tap at Toppling Goliath Brewing Company in Decorah, Iowa. It showed a pale but darkened straw coloring through the tasting glass, and held a strong two to three finger head of cream colored bubbles. Classically stitched laced and patterned lacing was left around our glasses. A chill haze cut clarity, but no sediment was noted. Carbonation appeared to be mildly active. The aroma smells like a freshly cut and drippingly sappy Douglas fir. Otherwise, nosable notes include intensely herbal and piney hops, marijuana freshness, wet oregano, pencil pseudowoodiness, toasty rye, amber, and pale grain, peach and strawberry fruitiness, Triscuit crackers, orange zest and watered juiciness, pickled ginger, iron and sand, paper mache, boiled oats, table salt, and raw popcorn kernels. The flavoring perfectly showcased those piney, herbal, and earthen Nelson Sauvin hops, bubblegum esters, both toasty and raw pale and amber malts, fresh honeycomb sweetness, buttered popcorn diacetyls, resinous grassy saps, cold bamboo shoots, dill weed and dandelion, bittered mineral and slate, moist cereal grain, garlic airs, copper, well-water richness, distant and washed cherry skin sweetness, clay, and dried autumn leafiness. The body was medium, and the carbonation was moderate. Each sip gave fantastic slurp, smack, cream, froth, and pop to the finished body, with wetted pucker felt around the mouth. The abv was appropriate, and the beer drank back very quickly.

Overall, what a fantastic use of Nelson Sauvin hops this was. From the nose to the taste you get a wild ride of organic, earthy, piney varietals that keeps things oh so fresh. We enjoyed this so much that we bolstered our caravan’s load with a growler of it, along with a growler of PseudoSue. You know that if you’ve only got two growlers to take, and one is PseudoSue, then the other must be darn good as well!! Well here that beer is. It remains juicy, warming, creamy, and inviting throughout most aspects of the tasting. Even after nine or ten days of sitting on this growler (would have gotten to it sooner, but our rigorous travel schedule forbade it), it comes out pretty much the same way on top, compared to when we first sampled it at the bar days ago. The hops may have faded the slightest bit, but the overall thrust of it hasn’t begun to be hindered. It is great to be able to still find a unique beer amidst a growing sea of quality IPAs. Must-try for fans of the style or hopheads alike.

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Photo of Phocion
4.63/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

22 oz. bomber a little over a month old (so probably considered expired by BA standards). Pours into my glass a hazy golden-orange colored body with a rocky nearly-white head. Excellent retention and like most TG IPAs/APAs, wonderful chunks of lacing everywhere.

Massive citrus aromas on this thing. Big grapefruit and tangerine scents. Gentle grainy pale malts and a bit of the telltale grassy, earthy Marlborough Sauv Blanc-type flavor typically found in this hop.

The flavor is far more earthy than the juicy nose, which I, for one, am okay with. Very clean grassy/herbal and slightly dank, resiny hops. Dry white grapes and a touch of citrus. Lightly bitter but not at all astringent. A little bit of bread dough and crushed grainy sweetness in the back. Clean, semi-dry finish.

Medium body and moderately carbonated. Very refreshing but surprisingly soft and creamy with an almost oat-like texture.

This is an absolutely delicious beer. Excellently balanced for an IPA but still letting the single hop shine through.

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Photo of thebeerfrontier
4.56/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

ZeeLander - Toppling Goliath Brewing Company - Decorah, Iowa - IPA - 5.80% ABV - This tasteful IPA poured a hazy, light orange color with a stiff-white head that leaves excellent lacing on the glass. The nose featured aromas of papaya, ripe pineapple, citrus, resinous pine, and bready malts that leave a lasting impression on anyone that enjoys this brew. The mouth was great; hop forward flavors of juicy pineapple, fresh mango, grapefruit peel, pine, and zesty malts burst in your mouth with each sip. The mouthfeel was medium, with a tasteful finish that coats the palate nicely. Once again, TGB did a wonderful job on another great brew. Thank you, @billylightning, you know how much I love this beer! 97/100

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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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Photo of jjdc
4.24/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Beautiful noonday sun in the glass. This one is dank: Potting soil, sticky bud, pine and rosemary herb notes. Overall a really nice beer, but doesn't quite reach the level of some of TG's other amazing hoppy beers.

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Photo of HeadyTheElder
4.74/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This bottle hit shelves less than two weeks ago.

Very nice showcase of the Nelson Sauvin hop. Great hoppy aroma with a lot of white wine characteristics. Taste followed the aroma, very juicy. The mouthfeel was great, smooth, distinctly similar in structure to other Toppling Goliath hoppy beers. Not sure if it is as good as pseudoSue, but it is pretty close IMO.

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Photo of MickeyTheHead
3.06/5  rDev -29%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I'm not very failure with Nelson Savina hop variety but it's definitely worth trying if you want to know what this hop is all about. The aroma and taste are unique. Can't say I'm a big fan of the hop but I think this beer was put together very well.

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Photo of MNishCT77
4.62/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

16 oz. pint poured at the brewery, unknown bottling/packaging date (but allegedly retired according to the listing), drank over 15 minutes

A: 3/3 - golden coloration, hazy (cannot see or read through), assymetric off-white head present with a 1/4 glass lacing; white bubbles that look and sound tight; moderate alcohol legs

S: 11/12 - huge Nelson Sauvin-ish aroma - white wine, gooseberries, dank and pine - that predominates all other aroma

T: 17/20 - moderate hop bitterness up front; in the middle of the palate, there are huge hop flavors that match the nose perfectly - gooseberries, white grape, peach and gentle dankness; on the back of the tongue, there is a moderate alcohol and finishes dry

M: 4/5 - moderate body, juicy, moderate carbonation

O: 9/10 - world-class single hop IPA that features NS in the best ways possible - actually preferred this to PseudoSue because the hop aroma/flavors were more intense

TOTAL - 44/50

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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 SweetChicken
4.42/5  rDev +2.6%

Pours an orange-golden straw. Brilliant color, but hazy. Lacing and legs are tremendous on this beer. The nose of this beer is complex. It's get some fruit, some hops, but the single note that steps up an takes over is an earthy, dank truffle. Kind of off-putting at first, but just like truffles keeps getting tastier. Taste - hoppy bitter, earthy, hoppy bitter, earthy truffle. For a beer, I'm glad the earthiness was more balanced or at least tamer than the nose. I'm super-glad I rated this beer over time as my palate adjusted. I am really impressed with the depth of flavor this beer gets off a single hops. Granted it's singular, but impressive. I dug it

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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 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 joe1510
3.56/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

22oz Bottle
Coffee Grounds - Eau Claire, Wi

Zeelander glugs from the bottle shiny bronze. It tarnishes up a bit when the glass is full, glowing at the base and darkening as the glass flares. The foam is pure white and stiff the second it's poured, barely fading at all and leaving behind sticky lace that will have to be scrubbed from the glass. She's purty!

Uh oh, I've run across this last time I purchased Toppling Goliath, PseudoSue actually back in May or June, but thought the problem was solved. There are a lot of, to put it nicely, savory notes coming from this beer. Onion and oregano jump immediately to mind. This is not all bad, it has notes of dank earthiness I rather enjoy but it's just not how it's supposed to be. Deep pulls suggest some of the tropical notes usually present with Nelson but this batch has become onion-y.

The flavor, luckily, is less onion-y than the nose but that's still front and center. Doughy onion and oregano start it off and while they fade they do run through the finish. Apricot is the most vibrant aspect of Nelson while other soft tropicals, like peppery mango and papaya, flash here and there. Some of that character blows off as it warms to near room temp.

The mouthfeel is right. Medium bodied with ample carbonation to keep things moving. A moderate plus bitterness is welcomed. Drinkability is high. Mouthfeel is spot on. Bitterness is ever growing.

I'm a fan of this beer, I really am. The off character doesn't fit and there's a problem there but as is it is still a good beer. It's a shame that the last two Toppling Goliath beers I've purchased, using different hops, have both had that onion/oregano characteristic. I hope this gets figured out.

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ZeeLander from Toppling Goliath Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 103 ratings.