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Light Speed - Toppling Goliath Brewing Company

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Reviews: 71
Hads: 676
Avg: 4.23
pDev: 24.59%
Wants: 92
Gots: 103 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
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 kojevergas
3.3/5  rDev -22%
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-

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Photo of stakem
4.12/5  rDev -2.6%
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 NolaHopHead
4.26/5  rDev +0.7%
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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2.9/5  rDev -31.4%

Photo of Schlais
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of Brent_B
4.8/5  rDev +13.5%

Photo of BubalooBrewMaster
3.33/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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

Photo of MaybeSoMaybeNot
4.18/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of warnerry
4.24/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Ravenz98
3.94/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of IowaAJ
4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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

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Photo of 77apm
4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

Photo of Dbrulet
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of play36
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of fenlop54
3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

Photo of gibgink
4.46/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of deebo
3.72/5  rDev -12.1%

Photo of Mangbus
4.24/5  rDev +0.2%
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 bpfrush
4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

Photo of warmbier804
4.54/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of MattyG85
4.45/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

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Photo of ajchocholousek
4.46/5  rDev +5.4%
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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4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

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4.13/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

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Light Speed from Toppling Goliath Brewing Company
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