Light Speed - Toppling Goliath Brewing Company

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Reviews: 51
Hads: 552
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 12.17%
Wants: 85
Gots: 67 | 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 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 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 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 bound4er
3.41/5  rDev -18.6%
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. (511 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 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 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 mjpolzin
3.86/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Picked up a bomber of the newly named Light Speed as soon as it hit Madison. Since we are fortunate enough to get Toppling Goliath here on a pretty regular basis, I was able to have Light Speed along side PseudoSue which to me, is the gold standard of pale ales.

Light Speed smelled wonderful but the taste lacked a little pop. It was very crisp and clean as all Toppling Goliath brews are but I was left wanting slightly more especially when compared to Sue. The day after having the bomber of Light Speed, I was able to have a dry-hopped firkin version at the brewery and that was much more flavorful. Nonetheless, this beer was still better than most despite not being my favorite from Toppling Goliath. (707 characters)

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 Gerberr
3.91/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass. Formerly known as "Millennium Falcon" I believe. Either way cool bottle art, cool beer.

A: Tangerine/Amber color. Clean and clear. 1 finger head, lacing holds on the sides of the glass. Carbonation makes for constant streams of bubbles. I'm usually pretty lenient on appearance, but this is a nice looking brew.

S:Making curry while reviewing, but I can pick up sweet citrus notes and mango.

T: Immediate bite, but not offensive, nice bitter taste. Also real sweet. I'm tasting orange and mango strongly and light citrus as well. An earthy taste I can't quite put my finger on exists between the sweet flavor blast and aftertaste, reminds me of grilled radicchio, but in a good way.

M: Creamy for a pale ale, feels like a thick IPA.

Overall: Very good beer, almost tastes more like an IPA, bitter for an APA. If you have the opportunity grab one they usually don't last long. Flavor-wise it seems real complex and layered with many rounds of different favors coming at you. (1,019 characters)

Photo of Ri0
3.93/5  rDev -6.2%

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. (728 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 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 Stevedore
4.13/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

650ml bottle of the latest bottling of Light Speed, formerly known as Millennium Falcon. Poured into a gold TG chalice 7/21/2014.

A- Slightly hazy burnt orange body with a one finger thick, foamy latte-like white head with spots of lacing here and there.

S- This smells phenomenal. Oranges, a bit of orange zest, grapefruit, lemons, mango, dank hop resins mixed in with a nice bread and caramel presence. Balanced somehow, yet the amount and quality of fruit and hop aromas is outstanding.

F- The interesting complexities of the nose doesn't quite translate onto the palate where it's primarily an orange presence at the beginning which smoothly transitions to some grassiness and a sweet biscuit, caramel pale malt presence that ends with a resinous, mango-like hop kick. Very nice.

M- Medium in body, soft and creamy whilst finishing with a nice dryness that I have come to expect of TG pale ales. Finish is a grassy mango combination that is better than it sounds.

O- Nicely done TG pale ale, it's not pseudoSue but I really enjoyed the complexities in the nose of this beer, and enough of it comes across on the palate. Very nice stuff. (1,146 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 Alieniloquium
4.16/5  rDev -0.7%
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. (701 characters)

Photo of Ready4aHeady
4.16/5  rDev -0.7%
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! (320 characters)

Photo of brentk56
4.17/5  rDev -0.5%
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 (632 characters)

Photo of rudzud
4.21/5  rDev +0.5%
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 (510 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 siradmiralnelson
4.22/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from growler into Tulip.

A. Pouring from growler produced a big ass 4+ finger head. Thick lacing. Really good retention. Color is a very hazy bright orange.

S. Nice hop aroma. Really pretty heavy hop aroma. What distinguishes the aroma from pale ale to India pale ale, I can't really tell. Petty hoppy to me. Nice fruity hop aroma. A little bit of grapefruit, and some orange.

T. So taste is where the distinction of pale ale comes through. Pretty dry malt base, a bit bready and biscuity. Sweetness comes from some fruity hop tones. Very easy drinking. I like the flavor quite a bit. Pretty neat and clean with some nice hop characteristics.

M. On the lighter side of medium. Medium carbonation. Finishes pretty clean.

O. Overall, I am pretty impressed. The aroma is very hoppy and very similar to a lot of TG's IPAs. The flavor really distinguishes it from those IPAs though. This is a good beer. A beer you can have quite a few of in a session. The dry biscuity malt balanced against the hop flavors makes this very drinkable. (1,043 characters)

Photo of d5001986
4.23/5  rDev +1%
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. (509 characters)

Photo of Pintofbrown
4.23/5  rDev +1%
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. (1,338 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 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)

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Light Speed from Toppling Goliath Brewing Company
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