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Light Speed - Toppling Goliath Brewing Company

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Ratings: 420
Reviews: 44
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 7.98%
Wants: 66
Gots: 35 | FT: 1
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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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Ratings: 420 | Reviews: 44
Photo of CraigP83
4.59/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Great citrus smell. Carbonated OJ. Awesome APA

Photo of blankenhoney
4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

Photo of kojevergas
3.3/5  rDev -22.5%
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-

Photo of tmbgnicu
4.65/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Excellent PA, smooth and drinkable with a pleasant aroma that follows the taste profile. Looking forward to having again...

Photo of IowaAJ
4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I definitely enjoy this brew. Tastes so good...

Photo of Norvelljeff
4.88/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

L-Pours a cloudy orange/gold. White head about 1/4 of an inch that dissipates quickly.
S-Strong waves of hops up front with a mixture of light fruit.
T-This stuff is very good. Not as strong of a hop flavor on the front end, more mild then an IPA. Back end is almost a flat taste, more bitter, that is really delicious.
F-Has a zip, kind of quick hit on the back end. Not to strong but noticeable. Almost like a pepper hit right at the end.
O-This is very delicious. I was very much expecting something a lot less flavorful and more blast your head off hoppness but this is just a great blend of mild flavors that combine to make a delicious ale. If an IPA isn't you favorite beer, pick up one of these, you will be pleased.

Photo of Mdog
4.09/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Slightly hazy yellow, huge head.

Smell: Lemon-lime, green, fresh.

Taste: Hits first with bitterness, lots of lemon rind. Dry, cracker-like breadiness, reminds me of a lot of session IPAs.

Overall: Casanovas had a huge stack of these so I had to try a bomber. Nicely bitter, dry and light. Similar profile to a lot of session IPAs but with a little more heft to it. Tasty.

Photo of richj1970
4.29/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 22 oz bomber into tulip glass.

A: Pours a cloudy lemon yellow with one to two finger fluffy white head. Plenty of sticky lacing.

S: Huge grapefruit mixed with lemon and orange. Floral hops.

T: Big grapefruit and bright citrus dominates the flavors. Orange peel and lemon juice. Light cracker malts.

M: Medium body and nicely carbonated with a clean dry finish.

O: Very nice citrusy pale ale. Looking forward to trying more offerings from TG.

Photo of KillerJigger
4.45/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Great smell and balance with bitter and sweet malts. Love this beer and wish it was always on tap and in bottles. So GOOD!

Photo of BarrytheBear
3.36/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Bomber into a tulip...hazy yellow orange with a light skim.

Taste and smell are of mild citrus, mostly orange peel, and lemon spritz. Light malt backbone provides some sweetness and a touch of rind and bitterness at the finish wraps things up.

Eh...it's a decent pale. Curious how much the TG name plays in the ratings here. Happy to try, but by no means a top of the line pale.

Photo of twb0392
4.31/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

At only 5.8%, this guy is a citrus bomb...really good.

Photo of kkleu357
4.56/5  rDev +7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy orange pour. Floral almost green apple aroma. Mmm, excellent. Light fruity delicate taste with a nice resin bitter bite. Has sort of a tart apple taste.

Photo of MattyG85
4.45/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a chalice.

Appearance: Pours a bright and hazy golden orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. Solid finger of white head that settles into a thin patchy layer.

Smell: A huge ripe and fruity hop dominated aroma with big hints of citrus fruit. Citrus hop scent with hints of orange peel, lemon zest, grapefruit, mango, pineapple, and melon. Also some earthy and spicy hop hints of pine resin. Soft pale malt presence with some hints of cracker, biscuit, and yeast. A really good hoppy scent.

Taste: Like the aroma, a very fruity and ripe explosion of hops with big notes of citrus fruit. Upfront taste of citrus hops with big notes of orange peel, lemon, mango, grapefruit, pineapple, melon, and passion fruit. Earthy and herbal hops with notes of pine resin and a little grass. Background malt presence with notes of cracker, biscuit, and yeast. A great juicy taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Very juicy and fairly oily with a drying finish.

Overall: Another great hoppy ale from Toppling Goliath. Very good mix of citrus hop flavors throughout.

Photo of Phocion
4.37/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22 oz. bomber pours into my glass a hazy yellow-gold. Thick and massively retentive two-finger rocky white head that after several minutes, fades into thick rings of lacing. Beautiful beer.

Massively fruity aroma. Tangerine, pineapple, lemon, orange, and grapefruit. Slightly floral/resiny notes in the background and just a hint of pale malt and sweet dough. Quite a bit of apple (not acetaldehyde) as the beer warms.

Very fruity, but doesn't come off as too sweet or "juicy" like a number of fruit-forward APA/IPAs. Healthy dose of pine resin cuts through the sweetness giving a nice balance. Lightly chewy bready maltiness giving it a bit of a backbone for the hops. No astringency at all and a clean finish.

Medium body and good carbonation. Mouthfeel is surprisingly creamy, but not sticky or chewy. Well-balanced finish.

TG does pales/IPAs extremely well, and this beer is absolutely not an exception. Not particularly bitter but very hop-forward and extremely enjoyable.

Photo of Rutager
4.39/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The smell on this one ...pretty mind blowing. The taste didn't quite live up but still very nice. Thanks for another beaut, steasy66!!

Photo of Kraj30
4.18/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very solid Pale Ale from TG

Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Jeff for this one. 22oz. bomber into a Founders snifter. Shared with schen9303.

Pours a fluffy 2 finger white head with great retention. Lacing is thick and layered with excellent stick. Beer is a slightly cloudy tangerine. Very nice.

Nose is citrus, cane sugar, pine, grassy hop bitterness and some pear. Very aromatic.

Opens pine, citrus, cane sugar, peanut and grass. Apple, pear and orange in the middle with hints of peanut and tree bark. Ends resiny hop bitterness with the same aftertaste. Shockingly good balance.

Light bodied with ample carbonation. Prickly and lively in the mouth and quenching going down. Finishes dry with a resiny, sticky aftertaste. Really drinkable.

It's pretty amazing how good all of TG's beers have been. Light Speed is no difference. Awesome balance, great feel and nose and even the look is top notch. Definitely worth having.

Photo of mynie
4.62/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the brewery.

Filtered-looking, but maybe that was just because the Zeelanders everyone else ordered poured so hazy. Amber-gold with a respectable white head.

Smells like flowers and ripe fruit. The sharp citrus nodes that are part and parcel of most of TG's pale ales are subdued in favor of passion fruit, pineapple, and potpourri. I've had other pales based around Millennium hops and node smelled as good as this...

It tastes great, but not quite as good as it smells. Fresh, floral hops dominate throughout, but are balanced out somewhat near the end by a light, creamy malt. Super hoppy without much bitterness.

Photo of jlindros
4.45/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to mase32 (Reddit) for this beer, first bottle leaked quite a bit so he even sent a new bottle to replace it. Awesome trader! Shared this with rudzud and threelions.

Hazy carrot orange color, decent creamy fizzy head.

Nose brings great fresh hops, tropical notes, papaya, citrus, pineapple, juicy creamy orange, faint resin and nice floral aroma, little pith and rind, faint mango.

Taste more fresh hops, tropical notes, papaya, mild mango, little bitter rind and pith, nice juicy citrus tropical notes, mild resin and fluffy creamy malts, nice bitterness and juicy malts. Nice balance. Finish dry nice mild bitterness, juicy tropical notes and faint resin and pith lingering.

Mouth is med bod soft feel and nice carbonation.

Overall quite nice, delicious great hops, definitely crushable as well but so good you want to savor it. Wish I could get more of this.

Photo of bound4er
3.41/5  rDev -20%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Pale straw appearance with a one finger, wispy white head. Smells pretty dank which I generally like - earth, pine, grass, weed and a hint of lemon. The taste veers too close to the vegetal side for my liking - I feel like I am eating a dandelion stalk. Mouth feel is average with pretty decent carbonation. There is something about the 3 TG beers I've now reviewed that my palate disagrees with. I like earthy flavors but this beer is too damn vegetal tasting. Oh well, can't say I didn't give TG a fair shake.

Photo of beatenbyjacks
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

wow was this extremely citrus forward and amazingly delicious. had this right after a pseudo sue and still it was crazy good. job well done TG

Photo of humuloner22
4.7/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This is a nice hazy copper color

Smell: Lot of tropic fruits, malts are dominant, some sweetness.

Taste: Very similar to Sue. This beer tastes like Fruity Pebbles. Nice Tropical flavors, mango, papaya, and other tropical fruits. These beers all have a wonderful creamy mouthfeel. That is what makes them standout! They are so well balanced you could get in a ton of trouble with these!

Overall: This is a top notch beer. I just hope I can get my hands on more in the future. The only downside I can say about these beers is that they do not have a bottling date and they do not have the abv. Clearly stated. Which is important, especially for those of us who are trading! Otherwise it’s a damn near perfect beer!

Photo of rudzud
4.21/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to JLindros for sharing.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a nice hazy orange with a thin head that left nice lacing.

S - Aromas of tropical citrus, mango, pineapple, tangerine, juice. Super aromatic.

T - Taste is more of the nose, fluffy citrus, tropical notes, mango, pineapple, papaya. Really tasty with some light malts.

M - Mouthfeel is light and fluffy, lightly carbonation. Really way drinking.

O - Overall this beer was tasty, great tropical notes, really solid.

Serving type: Bottle

Photo of cervezango
4.58/5  rDev +7.5%

uber fresh less than a week old

vicks vapo rub, kiwi , and oranges in the nose. so so nice.

looks really unfiltered. super shadowy.

some kiwi and Mandarin taste, nice bit of hop dry after taste. this is so good.

one of the most flavorful beers Ive ever had.

really an awesome beer. toppling Goliath is the shit

Photo of brentk56
4.17/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours clear and amber, with golden edges; the bubble show builds an impressive head; good retention and lacing

Smell: Floral, with tangerine, pineapple, lemon and slightly grassy tones

Taste: A bit of shortbread malt opens and lingers but the hops quickly take over, bringing tangerine, lemon and grassy tones, with the pineapple developing after the swallow; moderate bitterness in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Although this beer is no Pseudo Sue, it is still quite good and another arrow in Toppling Goliath's claim to be among the world's best in the APA/IPA category

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Light Speed from Toppling Goliath Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 420 ratings.