Light Speed - Toppling Goliath Brewing Company

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Ratings: 505
Reviews: 52
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 7.73%
Wants: 79
Gots: 59 | FT: 2
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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Reviews by nickapalooza86:
Photo of nickapalooza86
5/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had on tap this afternoon at a local joint in La Crosse.

Pourse a good looking goldish orangish color, really nothing to coplain about in the way any beer looks IMO.

Smell is where we get into it. You get tons and tons of citrus fruits, Oranges, Mango, Pinapple and grapefruit, but there is a real dankness to it to.

Same fruits as descibed above hit you the second it hits your lips. You can tell this is a pale and not a IPA, while there may be more hops then your average APA, it has the malt backbone to back it up and have it end clean and nice.

Mouthfeel was, well I did not really notice anything about it, in my book that means it was perfect for a APA.

Here is the deal, if you can get any TG beers on tap in your area then do it immediatley.

More User Reviews:
Photo of IowaAJ
4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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

Photo of MattyG85
4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

Photo of beatenbyjacks
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

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 SpeedwayJim
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

Photo of Alieniloquium
4.16/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

64 oz. growler poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Hazy orange body. Very cloudy. Medium white head. Leggy as I swirl it. Some lacing clings and drips down the sides. Fragmented surface foam.

Smell - Lots of orange hops. Hints of lemon and grassiness. Gives it a bit of a Nelson hop aroma. Sweet and doughy.

Taste - The hops are dynamic. Immediate orange citrus. Moves toward a lemon flavor. Grassy transitions between the flavors. The finish is mango and tropical. Sweet pale malts throughout. Minimal bitterness.

Mouthfeel - It's heavy for a pale ale. Maybe overly sweet. Medium carbonation.

Overall - Excellent hop profile. Atypical malt profile for a pale ale, but very drinkable nonetheless.

Photo of richj1970
4.29/5  rDev +0.5%
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 Rutager
4.39/5  rDev +2.8%
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 CraigP83
4.59/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Great citrus smell. Carbonated OJ. Awesome APA

Photo of MisSigsFan
4.44/5  rDev +4%
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.

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

A - Slightly hazy, golden orange color. Great, firm, smooth, creamy, pearly white head. Great retention with a nice lacing left.

S - Very hoppy with plenty of citrus, tropical fruit, and lemon zest. A touch of sweet malt. The more I smell, the more citrus, sweet, juicy fruit I get. Very nice and hoppy with just enough malty balance.

T - Similar to the nose. Quite hoppy but fairly low in the bitterness. Slightly sweet, juicy and citrus hops. Grapefruit, tropical fruit and lemon zest being the strongest. Enough malt to provide balance which really allow the hops to jump out even more. Great balance.

M - Medium body with a nice level of carbonation. Smooth and creamy that just slides down my throat.

D - Very easy to drink APA/IPA. Loads of hoppy goodness with a great balance. Very refreshing and delicious. I want another now.

Notes: Blurs the line between APA and IPA, but as long as it's delicious I don't really care what it's called. Great balance with plenty of hoppy goodness. What I expect from IPAs from TG, great balance with a malt backbone that really allows the hops to shine. Refreshing, tasty, and all around a great beer to sip on.

Photo of Ri0
3.93/5  rDev -8%

poured 22oz bottle into chalice

A - A clear lighter orange color with a 1.5 finger white head. Thin ring with good amount of lacing coating the glass.

S - Light hops of grass and citrus. Notes of grapefruit, orange, and hints of lemon. Not much for the malts.

T - Lacks much of a malt presence, some caramel sweetness. Flavors of weak citrus include grapefruit, orange, and a bit of lemon. Rather grassy and floral, would be better on a hot day. A bit of bitterness on the finish to keep you interested.

M - Light bodied, crisp and refreshing. A little dryness.

O - Fits the profile of an APA nicely and is enjoyable. Flavors were light, but tasty. A nice one to try, but I will stick with some of their other offerings.

Photo of tmbgnicu
4.65/5  rDev +8.9%
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 gatornation
4.71/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A-pours a cloudy light amber color with a nice white head lacing cotes the side of the glass a perfect looking brooding cloudy PA love a cloudy brew
S-grapefruit and citrus a hint of herbal mint and tangerine
T- superb grapefruit and clementine tastes with some lemongrass some tangerine rind and some sweet malt
M-medium carbonation with prickly citrus hops
O-another single hop beauty from TG

Photo of jwc215
4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours deep golden with a white head that leaves lacing.

The smell is of lemon, with sweetened bread. Almost reminds me of a lemon danish.

The taste is of mandarin orange and lemongrass - a sweet touch fades to a bitter, musty (in a good way) finish.

It is full-bodied and creamy - the texture leans towards IPA.

This brewery sure knows how to use hops to get the most out of the aroma and taste! This is a wonderful brew!

Photo of Hopheadjeffery
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Tasted from a 22 fl oz bottle on July 6, 2015.

Photo of d5001986
4.23/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22oz bomber poured into teku glass.

A: Pours a crystal clear golden with 2 fingers of off-white head.

S: Sweet. Tangerine, pineapple, and some graininess.

T: Sweet and grainy, with tangerine, pine, floral, and a med/high bitterness.

M: Med-light body with moderate carbonation. Smooth and clean feeling.

O: These guys are incapable of producing a bad beer. The bitterness was a bit much and I didn't really get the tropical profile I desire. Despite that, this is still among the best pale ales I've had.

Photo of jlindros
4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
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 blankenhoney
4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
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 beagle75
4.48/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Draft pour into a nonic glass at Red's Alehouse in North Liberty, IA.
5% abv according to the beer menu

A: Hazy, medium golden color with one finger of diminishing white foam head. Moderate lacing remains on the glass.

S: Rich hops combine grapefruit juice with ripening tropical fruit. Breadiness is scant, just barely detectable, nearly concealed by volatile hops qualities. Very clean.

T: Begins nearly dry, with balanced toasty pale malt and assertive mixed citrus hop aromatics that demonstrate added brightness with the help of energetic citric acidity that fills the mouth. Hops flavors change in quality but not intensity during the middle, becoming more piney and herbaceous. The finish is comparatively mild, a little more earthy with a hint of spicy bitterness.

M: Thin to medium viscosity, acidic on the palate, with low carbonation.

D/O: This beer might as well be referred to as 'hop punch'--it exemplifies Toppling Goliath's mastery of applying hops flavors to pale ales. Unlike the few others encountered, this pale ale showcases qualities that appear more mainstream than experimental (although there has to be a certain experimental spirit at work any time dry-hopping of this magnitude is performed in a commercial setting.) Top-shelf all the way, save for looks; on the order of Alpine Hoppy Birthday or Strand 24th Street.

Photo of Ready4aHeady
4.16/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

My first TG Beer-- Bomber thanks to a trade. Ranks right up there amongst the best PAs I've had. Slightly cloudy peach color. Aroma of orange zest and lemon oil. Taste is oily, tropical fruit flavors, a mild malt backbone, with good carbonation, and a nice hop bite. Smooth finish, crisp and mellow. An outstanding beer!

Photo of kojevergas
3.3/5  rDev -22.7%
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 BarrytheBear
3.36/5  rDev -21.3%
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.

Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.54/5  rDev -17.1%
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.

Photo of Pintofbrown
4.23/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one was had on tap at Blackstone.

Appearance- The beer comes at me a beautiful cloudy and bright gold body with a half finger of sticky, bone-white head.

Smell- A general hop citrus scent comes out of the nose. It is mostly oranges. Also a smooth and sweet biscuit malt coming through. Could that also be some floral hops I'm smelling too?

Taste- Wow the hops! Not an IPA? Really? They are extremely fresh and citrus like, especially catching lemon in there. Not really as much oranges as in the nose, a bit of grapefruit. What is really nice is the finish has a great base of caramel or biscuit malt that really does a wonderful job of smoothing the drink out. It makes it hard to not immediately follow up with another drink.

MF- A great medium body and a lot of carbonation is noticeable. It comes off slightly dry, but it still fills the mouth and remains relatively smooth.

Overall- I really am not surprised Toppling Goliath has made another incredibly easy to drink beer with their distinct reliance on citrus hops. I was impressed with the amount of lace left on the pint glass after I was finished. Hopefully this beer becomes a regular with the group over at Toppling Goliath. The tap handle even impressed me with it's distinctive Star Wars style font and starry deep space background. She's got it where it counts.

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Light Speed from Toppling Goliath Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 505 ratings.