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ZeeLander - Toppling Goliath Brewing Company

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96
world-class

492 Ratings
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Ratings: 492
Reviews: 56
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: 8.31%
Wants: 112
Gots: 30 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Toppling Goliath Brewing Company visit their website
Iowa, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  5.50% ABV

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

(Beer added by: FreshHawk on 09-16-2011)
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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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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.

B

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ZeeLander from Toppling Goliath Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 492 ratings.