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ZeeLander - Toppling Goliath Brewing Company

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Ratings: 387
Reviews: 48
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: 8.55%
Wants: 112
Gots: 26 | 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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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

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RyanTheLion13, Jul 27, 2013
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4.38/5  rDev +1.2%

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.

Powderhornphil, Jul 27, 2013
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HardWater, Jul 23, 2013
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4/5  rDev -7.6%

jreindl, Jul 21, 2013
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millelacsmark, Jul 12, 2013
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4.64/5  rDev +7.2%

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.

caskstrength, Jul 11, 2013
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arniepnminne, Jun 26, 2013
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4.71/5  rDev +8.8%

Growler from Casonova in Hudson. drinking 32 hours after the pour and carbonation is strong...perfect actually and if I were to complain I would say slightly too much head on the pour...

I'll cut to the chase. This is a kickass IPA. I am generally real sensitive to the catty/onion/garlic notes from some hops...Summit...and Nelson Sauvin depending on how used. The first impression here was "catty"....but damn it anyhow if as I drank this I really came to love it....some passion fruit and sweeter citrus started to mingle in....not sure what they do with their malt bill but it is perfect for an IPA.

I love the pure hop flavors this exhibits...I think the IBU's are high but it does not have much pure bitterness as all....just a lot of pure hop flavor....

It is also the perfect weight/ABV in my opinion for an IPA....not like a pale ale like some of the sessionable IPA's these days....but also not a big beer where drinking 13,14 becomes problematic :)

Like I said I am generally not fond of "catty" IPA's...Surly Abrasive is an exception....Laganutis Sucks also pushed those boundaries as well and I am a big fan but generally I would not be a fan for most of this ilk...my scores should reflect just how impressive I feel this beer is.

ZAP, Jun 19, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

elliott1184, Jun 17, 2013
ZeeLander from Toppling Goliath Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 387 ratings.