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Light Speed - Toppling Goliath Brewing Company

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Reviews: 76
Hads: 722
Avg: 4.21
pDev: 24.23%
Wants: 98
Gots: 117 | FT: 5
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Toppling Goliath Brewing Company
Iowa, United States | website

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 Kelby777
3.7/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Light Speed was given to me as a gift for Valentine's Day and came in a 22 oz bottle.

Appearance - Pours a small creamy head with light lacing on the glass. Has a cloudy, apricot color and appears to have decent carbonation.

Smell - Smells tart like an apricot. Really pleasant.

Taste - It tastes like someone is rubbing my gums with a giant bitter orange peel. There is a slight hop bite afterwards, but not too invasive.

Mouthfeel - Slightly carbonated with a creamy and filling mouthfeel.

Overall - This beer would make a good beer to someone who enjoys orange peel-tasting beers...

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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.76/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bomber poured into a snifter.

4.25 A: Murky brown tinted orange color. Two fingers of frothy/creamy off-white head. Retention is good and nearly a full finger of lacing is left.

3.75 S: This is the most grassy, herbal, earthy of the TG hops I've had, though it has some citrus as well. Jasmine herbalness, avocado, grapefruit, orange, lemon zest.

3.75 T: Again this is earthy and herbal. Lots of jasmine again with hints of chrysanthemum. Grapefruit, mild tropical fruits, orange, lemon. Earthy with wildflower herbs. Mild bitterness. Light caramel maltiness with some yeasty breadiness.

3.5 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Mild creaminess and super smooth.

3.75 D: This is different than most of their hoppy beers and while it's pretty good, it isn't quite the same deliciousness as their fruit bombs.

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Photo of joe1510
3.84/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz Bomber
Discount Liquors - Milwaukee

Light Speed is either dark golden or light orange. Let's go ahead and call it hazy golden with orange highlights when backlit. The foam is easy to rise, quickly reaching two fingers before slipping over the sides of the glass. It's dense with good staying power, leaving behind chunky drink lines on its way down with patchy lacing everywhere else.

The nose is big, bold, candied orange peel straight off the bat and that remains the dominant force in the nose. Each swirl brings out some tangerine and a touch of unidentified tropicals, though I'm leaning toward guava. There's a sturdy herbal component, even leaning toward spicy, as well that adds some complexity. The malt profile is very simple and straightforward.

The flavor profile is more herbal and spicy than the candied orange dominant nose led me to believe. Herbal and grassy bitterness upfront leads the way while a mixture of both pithy and sweetened orange & grapefruit float around softly along the periphery. As a matter of fact, the herbal bitterness pushes through the finish but the citrus gets more powerful toward the swallow.. Good beer.

Mothfeel fits as it should. The body is a tick under moderate in weight with enough soft carbonation to make it move. Soft feel. Bitterness hits the inner cheeks, back of the tongue and throat. Its' a buzzsaw. Finishes off fairly dry and that accentuates the bitterness nicely. Very drinkable.

Light Speed is a good pale ale. If the price point and packaging was a little different I would buy it often. As is, I'll pick it up again sometime in the future but I'm in no big hurry. It's fairly one dimensional, luckily that one dimension is a good one.

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Photo of superspak
4.32/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into pint glass, no bottle dating. Pours slightly hazy golden orange color with a 1 finger dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, peach, mango, melon, lemon zest, orange peel, citrus rind, pine, cracker, bread, light honey, and floral/grassy earthiness. Fantastic aromas with awesome complexity and balance of bright citrus/tropical/piney hops and moderate pale malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, peach, mango, melon, lemon zest, orange peel, citrus rind, pine, cracker, bread, light honey, and floral/grassy earthiness. Moderate pine/grassy/citrus rind bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, peach, mango, melon, lemon/orange peel, pine, cracker, bread, light honey, and floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of bright citrus/tropical/piney hops and moderate pale malt flavors; with great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Moderate dryness from bitterness as well. Light-medium carbonation and medium body; with a very smooth, moderately sticky/resinous, and slightly creamy mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an incredible pale ale. All around awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of bright citrus/tropical/piney hops and moderate pale malt flavors; and very smooth and easy to drink. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of Damian
4.6/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Drank from a 22 fl oz (1 pint 6 fl oz) bottle acquired in a trade with Oldskool47
Served in a pint glass

The cloudy, yellow ochre liquid was capped by a creamy, bubbly, finger tall, eggshell colored crown that quickly fell to a thin ring. Small patches of drippy, blocky lacing coated the glass.

The aroma was super hoppy and fragrant. Uber fruity and bright. Tropical fruit notes dominated. Loads of mango, passionfruit and guava. Really juicy and sweet. Quite dank as well. Stewed peaches came through strong. As the beer sat, the overripe papaya and guava notes intensified.

Like the nose, the flavor profile was amazingly hoppy. Really juicy and fruity. Loads of orange and clementine notes. Peach and apricot also came through big time. Very tropical fruit forward. Mango and papaya were most apparent. Some overripe peaches appeared as well. Orange peel came through in the finish. Just a touch bitter. I definitely did not get those grassy and lemony notes that many reviewers commented on however. All in all, super flavorful and immensely drinkable.

The mouthfeel was lighter bodied. Super soft and supple. The liquid contained a fine, subtle effervescence.

Toppling Goliath's Light Speed may not be one of the brewery's highest rated hoppy beers, but it is certainly one of the most flavorful and crushable American pale ales I have ever come across. With a month and a half of age on my bottle, I can only image how amazing this must be super fresh. If you enjoy dank, juicy, fruity, Northeast-style hop-forward beers, you will definitely love this one too.

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Photo of barnzy78
4.23/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle, no apparent freshness date
A - tall bubbly/frothy ivory head holds great retention while capping a hazed amber colored pale ale
S - juicy hop aroma of orange, grapefruit, and lemon with biscuit & caramel maltiness
T - juicy and a bit spicy with some great 'C' hop flavors; orange, lemon & grapefruit zest and pith; grass, caramel, bread crust, biscuit
M - medium body, moderate carbonation, finishing semi-dry with zesty and spicy hop flavors lingering
O - really solid APA. Glad to try it, but at its price point for the bomber I doubt I'll get it again.

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Photo of OmahaKF
3.77/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Smell is of citrus, a hint of melon, and general floral aroma. Taste is citrus, particularly orange peel, grass, and a lemon rind bitterness on the finish. Not bad but drinks much more like an IPA than a pale ale.

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Photo of ajchocholousek
4.46/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber into tall tulip.

Pours a hazy, nearly murky, sext golden tangerine color. A nice, big fluffy, creamy, yet bumpy white head has great staying power, and leaves tremendousl, sticky lacing on the glass.

The aroma brings sweet, tropical mango, pineapple, and candied orange. A slightly spicy, piney, rindy, hop character showcases itself, alongside a wee bit of sweet, dark caramelly malt presence as well, tying everything together.

A perfect medium, slightly sticky, velvety body leads the way for a surprisingly firm citrusy, hoppy bitterness. Bitterness is great, but more than usually expected from TG. Notes of sweet, caramelly malt, mango, peach, orange rind, and a bit of grassy piney something, really make for a complex, lush beer. The classic TG soft, yeasty flavor is also in there, which is always welcome, in my opinion.

Overall, hell yeah! A great beer. TG are some of the best hop handlers around. I highly recommend this pale, if you can find it.

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Photo of Cfred371
3.91/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The bottle I bought is a bit older it turns out, so my review may not be truly accurate.
Look: I love the transparency, or lack there of I should say. This beer looks like a juice and is a light orange color.
Smell: I'm picking up orange mainly, but the bottles a bit old
Taste: taste follows the nose with some bitterness near the end. Tasty
Feel: I don't sense much carbonation and the mothfeel is about middle of the road. There's a drier finish at the end.
Overall: a solid beer that I bet would be amazing if fresher.

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Photo of egrapplesberg
4.63/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber with date 10/06/15. Bottle on date hopefully meaning not even one month old! Poured aggressively into Yazoo Brewing pint glass. Murky orange gold with fat bubbles that form a small head. Smell is skunk, pine, grass, pineapple, and mango. Taste is earthy, onion, garlic, with hints of bread and tropical flavors. Fantastic beer. This and Grunion from Ballist Point are the best pale ales I've had. Cheers!

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Photo of Taybeh
4.09/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

from a 22 oz bomber
pours a glowing amber with a big 2 finger eggshell head that sticks around for a while, and leaves good lacing. Big and interesting but not overpowering nose...at first I think mango and pine, but then it starts to lighten up, and there is some flowery lemon blossom and the citrus is more like orange than mango...good stuff. Taste follows the nose, though isn't quite as much fun...there's some zesty tingling of the tongue and it finishes with some nice bitterness, but for the most part it is smooth, creamy and fairly substantial in feel without being heavy, with slightly low carbonation that works nicely for me.

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Photo of JamesMN
4.44/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hard to read the bottling date but I think it says October 2015.

Appearance: Somewhat hazy caramel color with about two fingers of off-white suds. Another TG brew with great lacing.

Aroma: Straight hop essences of strong pine and spice with of dash of dank tropical fruits.

Taste: If there's one thing I've come to expect from TG's IPAs it's clean malt flavor with minimal bitterness and a heavy helping of finishing hops. Light Speed is exactly that. It starts with a smooth pairing of light crystal malt flavor and clean bitterness with a nice concoction of earthy/piney/spicy hop character coming through in the finish to kick this one up to mach 4. More of the same in the aftertaste as the high point in hop flavor ebbs away. Although not unbelievable, the modest 5.8% ABV is a great achievement for such a hop-forward beer.

Mouthfeel: Nearly medium in body with smooth carbonation and an overall sturdy feel. Good drinkability, which goes right along with the statement on the label.

Final Thoughts: Just when the IPA scene started getting stale in MN (apart from Todd the Axeman, but that's rarely available in cans), TG starts distributing here and does not skirt us on the good stuff. Their ability to make a smooth and balanced beer with big hop flavor at a modest ABV is something to get excited about and might even be worth a pilgrimage to the mothership. Would I drink it again? Yes.

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Photo of kitch
4.36/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

A 22 fl oz bomber with a bottled on date of 7th July 2015. Poured into a Duvel tulip glass.

Appearance: Poured a cloudy golden orange colour with a one finger white head that had good retention and nice stringy lacing.

Aroma: Strong tropical fruits especially mango, pineapple and peach with hints of grass and citrus fruits like grapefruit and orange pulp.

Taste: Hop-forward for sure, but very tea like at the same time. Its like a bitter and citrus (orange and lemon) tea with hints of bready malts.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with light carbonation (too light in my opinion).

Overall: A great pale ale that is very easy to drink. It kind of reminds me a bit of tea and makes it interesting. The only thing is that I would have preferred more carbonation in it although this may take away the interesting tea like feel that I currently get.

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Photo of martinfletwood
4.24/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bomber. Nice citrus and hop aroma. I'm normally not a "pale ale" drinker, but Light Speed was surprisingly very good. I'm starting to buy almost anything from TGB just because I have yet to have anything disappointing from them. Great beer once again.

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Photo of NolaHopHead
4.26/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bomber. Cloudy orange, great head retention with tons of lace. Citrus peel smell with a little bready goodness. Taste is great balance of juicy citrusy hops and grain. The citrus remains throughout into semi-dry finish. Has that soft TG mouthfeel. Overall delicious pale ale!

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Photo of stakem
4.12/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks Kegatron for sharing this one with us. Poured from a bomber into a snifter. The brew appears a hazy golden copper color with sudsy white froth that holds well.

The smell is grassy, herbal, and citrusy with a bit of pith and pulpy character. The taste is grassy and herbal with the previously mentioned pith and pulp-like bitterness.

This is a light bodied brew, pretty crushable with moderate amount of carbonation. If this was readily available id consume mass amounts while doing yardwork.

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Photo of Tone
4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

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Photo of Kurmaraja
3.98/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.86/5  rDev -8.3%
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.

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Photo of Mangbus
4.24/5  rDev +0.7%
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

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Photo of Sammy
3.92/5  rDev -6.9%
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.

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Photo of majorbase2
4.17/5  rDev -1%
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.

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Photo of br3wmeister
4.36/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

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Photo of drpimento
4.49/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

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Photo of SteveB24
3.88/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

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Light Speed from Toppling Goliath Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 76 ratings.