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ZeeLander - Toppling Goliath Brewing Company

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Ratings: 449
Reviews: 54
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 8.29%
Wants: 113
Gots: 31 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Toppling Goliath Brewing Company visit their website
Iowa, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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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Ratings: 449 | Reviews: 54 | Display Reviews Only:
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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Norseman, Feb 04, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

ahbithwabm, Feb 03, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -13.6%

DominoDoug, Feb 03, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

DantheMan75, Feb 02, 2014
Photo of Ri0
4.04/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

poured 22oz bottle into snifter. This was bottled about a week ago.

A - Bright, translucent golden orange with a very nice 2 finger white head. Solid retention and artistic lacing on the glass.

S - It is wet, fresh, musty, dank with some notes of citrus and tropical fruit. It is rather aromatic, but not my favorite scents for an IPA.

T - Tropical and citrus fruits that seem slightly watered down compared to very sweet. There is a earthy, musty and dank grapefruit that seems to be most prevalent. Plenty of bitterness on the finish of this one.

M - Medium feel with fantastic carbonation that give it a wonderful body. It seems to finish a bit dry.

O - While quite good, I'm not sure this is the flavor I seek out in an IPA. I was happy to try it and review it, but will probably pass on it in the future.

Ri0, Feb 01, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

plsmanx, Feb 01, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

RobinLee, Feb 01, 2014
Photo of classytom
4.31/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bomber poured into a shaker pint glass.

A – Pours a pale orange color with just a slight haze. Big fluffy head with perfect lacing..

S – Fruity and earthy…grapes! Unlike any other IPA I’ve had.

T – Not at hop-forward as I had hoped, but still well balanced and so smooth all the way through the finish and the NS hops shine none the less. Sweet malt flavor… slightly bitter & resinous after taste.

M – Light/Medium on the mouth feel…not heavy and very drinkable.

O – Brilliant take on an IPA. Definitely my 2nd favorite TG brew after Sue!

classytom, Jan 31, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Shy5, Jan 31, 2014
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4.3/5  rDev -0.9%

Gotti311, Jan 30, 2014
Photo of lunarbrew
4.38/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Golden color and short head retention. Good looking and clear

Smells bready and balanced. There is the distinctive Nelson hop character which I would describe as mild orange flavor, musty, and some mild fresh red grape (like the kind you would snack on from the grocery store)

Tastes Sweet and has the must. Very balanced and drinkable. A sold apa flavor that is extra crushable.

Mouthfeel is fantastic. Extremely creamy and very well carbonated

Overall this is sold. Very fun to drink and beautifully executed

lunarbrew, Jan 30, 2014
Photo of Stevedore
4.44/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

Stevedore, Jan 30, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

s_wit, Jan 29, 2014
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4/5  rDev -7.8%

Fr0stb1te, Jan 23, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

DP34, Jan 17, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

bauermj, Jan 17, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

mattmarka1, Jan 17, 2014
Photo of StonedTrippin
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

StonedTrippin, Jan 07, 2014
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5/5  rDev +15.2%

Hendrick24, Jan 02, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

IpeeA, Dec 21, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Mplsbrew, Dec 18, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

XmnwildX12, Dec 13, 2013
Photo of dirtylou
4.7/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

dirtylou, Dec 01, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

ahermsen, Nov 24, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

1FatJ, Nov 22, 2013
ZeeLander from Toppling Goliath Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 449 ratings.