ZeeLander - Toppling Goliath Brewing Company
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4.34/5 rDev +0.5%
Growler filled two days ago at Casanova Liquors in Hudson, Wisconsin. Tasted 26 July 2013, reviewed from notes.
Pours a clear pale golden orange. One finger of white head, good retention and nice delicate lacing. Some visible carbonation.
Smell is powerful pine backed by pineapple. Heavy heavy heavy on the pine like a typical west coast IPA, but that hint of juicy sweetness in the background really elevates it. And it's full, clean, and well-rounded, showing its quality in part by the absence of anything negative anywhere in the smell.
Taste is clean and medium bitter, mostly piney resins and such, but with a touch of chalk. A nice mid-level IPA, well-balanced with positive flavors, but with plenty of bitterness to satisfy my needs. Finish is lasting, which often irks me in IPAs, but here I'm enjoying that slow fade-out of the bitterness.
Medium-bodied, prickly carbonation combining well with the tingly bitterness. Lasting, and that makes me happy.
A really good IPA. Piney, but with other things going on to support that, so it's not a one-trick pony. Clean and crisp throughout; very nice.
08-11-2013 02:04:06 | More by zeledonia
4.78/5 rDev +10.6%
Pours a light golden, finger of white head, nice lacing
Smell is bisquit, white wine, pungent almost sour citrus aromas, earthy rindy hop aroma, had this on tap a few times and forgot how unique it smells!!
Taste is great and unique... Nice to have a IPA that tastes so unique. White wine, bready and bisquity malt, super bitter citrus with mainly orange and other orange like fruits (mandarin, tangerine) bitter grapefruit on the finish that lingers a little bit
Mouthfeel is medium light, decent amount of carbonation that cuts the bitterness nicely
When Toppling Goliath steps it up and gets there beer in the 12oz/16oz format my fridge will be over flowing with there beer instead of just kind of overflowing with there beer.
The bitter aftertaste that lingers reminds me a lot of the Red Xhops bitter aftertaste, which is not a bad thing.
08-04-2013 14:48:50 | More by nickapalooza86
4.38/5 rDev +1.4%
Served from a growler the initial pour yields two fingers of soapy white head. The retention is quite impressive. Some lacing is left. Light golden straw color that I find very inviting in IPAs.
On the nose I get a heavy dose of the white grapes from which this hop gets its name. Light sugar sweet malts. Also a bit earthy and grassy with notes a grapefruit.
I don't believe I have had a single hopped Nelson beer. A bit of a white wine quality with very dry finish. The 80 IBUs don't come off as particularly bitter. Lots of earthy grassy notes.
Nice mouthfeel with on the lower side of carbonation.
Fairly unique beer. Packs in a lot a hop flavor for under 6 percent.
07-27-2013 03:35:32 | More by Powderhornphil
4.64/5 rDev +7.4%
Growler pour, thanks Mike for the supply.
Lightly hazy yellow/gold appearance. White head. As expected.
S: Salty dank hops, spicy and earthy. Grassy with orange peels. Some pine, but in the back . Nelson Sauvin indeed.
T: Spicy, earthy and grassy. Dry pine, citrus rinds. Bites the tongue. Damn good.
M: Light and crisp, dry. Would have liked this at 6.5 abv instead of 5.5, a little beefier and resinous mouthfeel.(Like Nelson) But as it is, it's easier drinking, which is nice.
O: Great beer. All about the hops and nothing else. Love what TG is doing.
07-11-2013 02:54:59 | More by caskstrength
ZeeLander from Toppling Goliath Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 367 ratings.