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Light Speed - Toppling Goliath Brewing Company

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Reviews: 59
Hads: 585
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 11.48%
Wants: 84
Gots: 78 | FT: 2
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Toppling Goliath Brewing Company visit their website
Iowa, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Pintofbrown on 10-31-2011

Previously known as Millennium Falcon, this seasonal pale ale was crafted with a perfect mixture of Millennium hops and Falconer’s Flight blend. Inviting orange aroma and hints of lemon flavor in this medium-bodied beauty will make you want to drink yours at light speed!

70 IBU
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Photo of Tone
4.05/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy, gold color. 1/3 inch head of a white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of citrus, yeast, sweet malt, hops, hint of alcohol, and slight grass. Fits the style of an American Pale Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of citrus, yeast, sweet malt, hops, hint of alcohol, and slight grass. Overall, good appearance, odd aroma, but great body. (413 characters)

Photo of Kurmaraja
3.98/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Well made, looks beautiful. Great mouth feel - pillowy and a little creamy. This particular combination of hops just doesn't really do much. It just ... sits there. Not much aroma, pleasant but indistinct citrus flavor. None of the tropical or floral elements I expect of falconers flight. Pretty mellow stuff. (311 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.86/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Rado for sharing this one at Wowcoolman's tasting.

Pours a murky orange with a foamy bone head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of citrus fruit, citrus zest, and candied orange peel aromas. Taste is much the same with tea, citrus fruit, and citrus zest flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty and easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle. (623 characters)

Photo of Mangbus
4.24/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From a 22oz bomber - poured into mini-snifter - 5 oz pour
Look - clean look with a thick white head that quickly dissipated
Small - hops, citrus
Taste - very smooth hop forward pale ale - not bitter
Feel - solid balance of medium mouth-feel and carbonation
Overall - could drink a lot of this - not a huge fan of 22oz bombers of pale ales but this one is very easy to finish (378 characters)

Photo of Sammy
3.92/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

vsery nice and drinkable. Lacy light orange. smooth mouthfeel. Orange taste.50 ibu so a pale. Not very hoppy aroma, still very nice.On tap at the brewpub. (154 characters)

Photo of majorbase2
4.17/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a cloudy, glowing orange color with a large white foam head with good retention. Decent amount of lacing.

Aroma is very fruity. Mango, grapefruit and pineapple. Strong floral and citrus hops.

Taste is high in hops and bitterness. Earthy, floral, and citrus notes dominate. Orange, mango and pineapple come through as it warms, and the bitterness subsides. A nice bite of lemon zest on the finish that really lingers on the tongue. Bready and pale malts. Citrus flavors continue to intensify as the beer warms.

Light bodied. Moderate carbonation. Very easy to drink.

Overall, another great entry from Toppling Goliath. If you can't get any Pseudo Sue, there's no reason to frown if you can walk out the door with one of these. (739 characters)

Photo of br3wmeister
4.36/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a cloudy hay color with a medium white head. Honey, oranges, and biscuits in the aroma. Light on the palate some citrus fruits, pine and melon flavors. Quite bitter, finishes dry making you want to come back for more. (223 characters)

Photo of drpimento
4.49/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very, very good. Aroma is hops, citrus rinds, malt. Nice head, lace, orange amber color. Flavor's like nose; fits apa profile. Great body. Excellent drinking beer. (163 characters)

Photo of SteveB24
3.88/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Look-Color is a clear, bright straw. Pours two fingers of frothy white head that retains well, leaving big chances of lacing as it dissipates, lots of bubbles visible in the actual beer.
Smell-Zesty citrus with some honey-like malt sweetness, very clean.
Taste-Citrus notes with a vaguely floral presence in there as well.
Feel-very crisp, with a light body. Lots of carbonation, finishes slightly dry.
Overall-Very pleasant pale ale. (434 characters)

Photo of smbslt
4.27/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Look - Medium gold substantial head and delicate lacing a bit cloudy
Smell - Citrus with a floral streak
Taste - Interesting hop ride ending with a smooth sustaining bitterness
Feel - A bit to viscous for a pale ale
Overall - A good APA with more interesting twists than distractions. (284 characters)

4.22/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A very foamy off white head reaches an inch and a half. Head fades decently slow leaving Swiss cheese scattered lace. Body is a hazy straw tone. Nose is big on citrus floral hops and orange cream. The body is just as creamy. Hops are even and citrus based and oh so approachable. This is a lovely beer. (309 characters)

Photo of Zombie_Dust
1.65/5  rDev -60.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Reviewing this beer from a pickup from Tenutas in Kenosha, WI...approximately 2.5 weeks old? I can't review anything as far as appearance goes, as this was chugged in the parking lot ;) This was not even close to the skeleton of what this beer use to be. Taste: Old stale hops mixed with really dirty grain...no juicy or fruitiness to which this beer claims to be. Do yourself a favor, overlook this beer on the shelf and grab some NG Scream IIPA. (447 characters)

Photo of W_Des
3.79/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice kumquat color. Nice tropical nose with some mango and papaya and citrus. The body is really light somewhat thin and watery with a nice bitterness. It is very drinkable but I just wanted more body. (209 characters)

Photo of aleigator
4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a decent, very stable head with a light yellow, soft orange, hazy color.

Smells of grapefruit and red apple peel, topped off by white lime zest. Has a fruity, refreshing appearance on the nose, with a decent, interesting depth to it, due to slightly toasted, biscuity malts. Citrus exhibits an intriguing juicyness, enhanced by the exotic grapefruit and blood orange blend.

Has a higher, slighter metallic carbonation, which blends perfectly into the brews bitter hoppiness.

Tastes of bready malts, together with a subtle lemon zest infusion, which turns stronger as ripe blood orange and dried apricots get introduced to the palate. Despite the fruit defined hops, the beer does also feature a resinous aspect, adding to the supportive, well working malts. Finishes quite dry, a split-second aqueous, then immediately coated up by bitter citrus.

Fantastic, easy drinking hop composition, featuring a versatile, very pleasant hop bite, with balancing, calmer malts. (978 characters)

Photo of AnalogErik
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Another solid beer from TG - carbonation seemed low for me, but the nose was all fruit, which I love. Overall, another good beer. Incredibly drinkable though - went down super smooth. (184 characters)

Photo of kbwalters
4.31/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured cold into a tulip glass. Bottled 7 days before consumption, super fresh.
Look = 4.0 Super cloudy, murky orange with 1.5 fingers of crisp white head that fades to a cap, solid lace.
Aroma = 4.75 Ridiculous, super fruity aroma. Juicy, tropical fruit notes everywhere, mango - really great aroma.
Taste = 4.25 Hop dominated, tropical fruits, mango built on a bready malt backbone, moderate bitter finish with orange rind notes
Feel = 3.75 medium bodied and low carbonation, a little flat but not bad for the style
Drinkability = 4.25 Terrifically drinkable except for the bitterness and low carbonation
Overall = 4.2625 been about 9 months since I had this one, not quite as good as I remembered it but TG delivers again with a terrific, fruity APA. (753 characters)

Photo of 4thFloyd
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bright gold and slightly hazy. Nice white to off-white head which disipates quickly. Moderate citrus aroma with orange and grapefruit as well as a little floral, herbal, and malty character. Taste follows very closely. Minimal bitterness and less malt than expected. Nice and smooth. Solid offering but far from my favorite from TG. (338 characters)

Photo of NickTheGreat
4.24/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L (4) - A bright orange hazy colored beer. Nice white colored head, but a little small.
S (4.25) - Decent enough smelling beer. Not super florally, but more citrus than anything.
T (4.25) - Good initial flavor with this beer. A bit of a bitter aftertaste. Not bad, but noticeable.
F (4.25) - Good carb levels. A fairly easy drinking beer.
O (4.25) - A solid beer, all around. I will definitely buy again when I see it. I could see it being really good fresh at the tap room. (487 characters)

Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.54/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to rarapacz for the bottle.

Appearance: Slightly hazed orange-gold. Head is small and bright-white. Drops to few wisps of a cap with a loose collar. Sheets of lacing. Minimal carbonation on the pour.

Smell: Slightly floral orange juice. Lots of orange. Zest, a touch of pith, and of course, juice. Juicy and slightly sweet. Some woody notes. Malts offer up a touch of fresh bread and biscuit dough. A slight sweetness. Some leafy notes as well. A touch toasted. A soft hint of lemon flesh thrown in the mix. Some woody bitterness. A bit of soft yeast throws some very mild fruitiness.

Taste: Woody bitterness sits on the back of each sip. A soft hint of mint. Loaded with orange. Pith, flesh, and juice. A bit of orange oil as well. Hints of grapefruit. Some soft lemon flesh as well. Mild fruity esters coupled with a slightly sweet and bready malt backbone. Pushes a bit to marmalade. Solid pithy bitterness that never really lets go. Mildly floral. Clean outside of the bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium slightly creamy body with a moderate carbonation. Astringent in good measure.

Overall: I can see the stars,

I won't crush it at light speed, but it's going down with minimal fuss. A bit over bitter, but the balance is there otherwise. One of the more aggressively orange takes. (1,296 characters)

Photo of TX-Badger
4.23/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a slightly hazy golden amber color with white head. Dank tropical and citrus fruit notes, some light floral notes on the nose; follows onto the palate. Finishes with more citrus. (184 characters)

Photo of MisSigsFan
4.44/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy golden orange color with a thin white head. Leaves lacing around the glass. Smell is sweet, peach, orange, mango, and a little malt. Taste is super fruity. A lot of sweet mango, papaya, guava, orange, and lemon. Little malt backbone. Mouthfeel is really creamy, and carbonation is below average. I love how it feels though. So smooth and creamy. Overall, a fantastic APA. First beer I've had from TG and can't wait to dig into more. (447 characters)

Photo of jzlyo
4.39/5  rDev +5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Aroma is pine, citrus, hop resin and fruit/tartness. The flavor is citrus, tropical fruit, fruit, malts and a mix of tangy, bitter and dryish in the finish. (156 characters)

Photo of TheSSG
3.7/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a HUGE, soapy head that has crazy retention. Bright, citric aroma. A hazy, straw color. Starts with big notes of citrus and has a medium bitterness. The finish is orange rind.

This is very orangey, but there isn't a lot else going on. Not bad, and drinkable. I think this is the best tasting Toppling Goliath that I've had yet... (341 characters)

Photo of blankenhoney
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz bomber that's about 3.5 weeks old that I enjoyed from a pint glass today, 2.22.15.

A: Light Speed pours a hazy golden straw color with a nice, one-finger head.

S: The nose is full of lemon peels, herbal and flowery notes, and some grapefruit. Also kind of bready.

T: Taste is candied lemon peels, floral hops, a nice spike of bready malt, and a shot of bitter pine sap on the finish.

M: Mouthfeel is kind of dry and juicy, chewy, and a bit more substantial than PseudoSue, and thus feels like a pale ale, not a session ale.

O: Great stuff that, in my humble opinion, is a lot better than PseudoSue. (611 characters)

Photo of kojevergas
3.3/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

BOTTLE: 1 pint 6 fl oz brown glass. Flashy label. Unbranded gold colour pry-off pressure cap. Huge thanks to Duff27 for the bottle.

Huge thanks to Collins for the share. Expectations are high given Collins recommendation.

Expectations are sky high given the brewery's reputation. Huge thanks to Duff27 for the bottle. Served cold into a tulip at low altitude in Austin, TX and allowed to warm over the course of consumption.

Served cold into a tulip and allowed to warm over the course of consumption.

HEAD: White head dissipates within 15 seconds, leaving no lacing.

BODY: Pretty standard copper with orange hues. Translucent. Nontransparent. Clean; no yeast particulate or hop sediment is visible.

Appears well-carbonated. Not unique or special looking.

AROMA: Resinous, floral hop character, pale malts, and some interesting oniony notes. Not piney, fruity, or juicy.

No yeast character, alcohol, spice, or off-notes are detectable.

Aromatic intensity is moderate. I'm not sure I really like the hop profile.

TASTE: Oniony, yes, but it kind of works. Has some floral hop character, but no juicy fruit, pine, or citrus. Not nectary. Pale malts provide the backbone. There's zero hop bitterness whatsoever, but while it's balanced in the sense that the malt sweetness checks the hop bitterness, the dominant oniony character isn't the right emphasis for a pale ale.

No yeast character, alcohol, or off-notes come through.

Above average depth of flavour. Average duration and intensity of flavour. This flavour profile is simple, but effective. Still, it lacks the intricacy/complexity and subtlety of superior beers in the style. I do like it, but I can't saw I'm blown away.

TEXTURE: Smooth, wet, fairly refreshing, medium-bodied. Mild thickness. Slightly overcarbonated, but not too crisp or sharp.

Not oily, gushed, hot, boozy, astringent, harsh, rough, or scratchy.

This texture fails to elevate the beer, but does suit the taste nicely. Should be softer.

OVERALL: Very drinkable, but not effortlessly so like the best beers in the style. It's nice work from Toppling Goliath, but isn't world-class. I'd probably buy it again if I saw it on shelves. A solid pale ale for its aims, but the onion emphasis does put me off a bit.

Low B- (2,256 characters)

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Light Speed from Toppling Goliath Brewing Company
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