Light Speed - Toppling Goliath Brewing Company

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Reviews: 51
Hads: 539
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 12.17%
Wants: 85
Gots: 64 | FT: 3
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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 SteveB24
3.88/5  rDev -7.4%
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 +1.9%
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 +0.7%
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 -60.6%
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 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 -9.5%
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 -1.4%
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 +1.4%
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 +2.9%
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 -4.5%
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 +1.2%
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 -15.5%
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%
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%
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 +4.8%
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 -11.7%
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 +3.8%
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 -21.2%
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)

Photo of Norvelljeff
4.88/5  rDev +16.5%
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. (726 characters)

Photo of Mdog
4.09/5  rDev -2.4%
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. (394 characters)

Photo of richj1970
4.29/5  rDev +2.4%
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. (466 characters)

Photo of BarrytheBear
3.36/5  rDev -19.8%
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.'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. (380 characters)

Photo of kkleu357
4.56/5  rDev +8.8%
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. (157 characters)

Photo of MattyG85
4.45/5  rDev +6.2%
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. (1,128 characters)

Photo of Phocion
4.37/5  rDev +4.3%
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. (982 characters)

Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
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. (879 characters)

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Light Speed from Toppling Goliath Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 51 ratings.