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1492 IPA - Toppling Goliath Brewing Company

Not Rated.
1492 IPA1492 IPA

Educational use only; do not reuse.
very good

52 Reviews
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Reviews: 52
Hads: 316
Avg: 3.96
pDev: 23.48%
Wants: 14
Gots: 49 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Toppling Goliath Brewing Company visit their website
Iowa, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Pintofbrown on 12-13-2011

Set sail with 1492! This unique single-hop IPA is brewed with all Columbus hops. Expect a bold, dank body, strong earthy aroma and a dry herbal bitterness that pack a mighty punch in the finish.

45 IBU
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Reviews: 52 | Hads: 316
Photo of Savan
3.11/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Pours a murky straw with three fingers of frothy head that lingers but becomes tacky .
Smells very subtle of pine and some unnameable spice. Has a light taste ... nothing noteworthy here :\
but not unpleasant at that so.... I cant be unfair and say its a bad brew... just not wowed but it. The feel is rather silky and pleasant. Overall ...... I would revisit in summer as i think this is a sessionable IPA but not one that you get for its complexities. Good if at a cheaper price for a ball game, yard work ect. Not what i'm looking for to end an evening.

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Photo of Taybeh
3.87/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

from a single into a spieglau ipa glass
a: huge 3 finger head with outstanding retention and lacing, sitting on an clear apricot body
s: earthy and melony juiciness, some pine, a little slightly dull spiciness
t: like the nose, but a little more satisfying...I get a lot of melon.

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Photo of tempest
4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Yes, I'll agree it dank. The hops almost taste burnt with big, bright apricot over an easy body. It's a deep juicy flavor but still drinkable. Tasty beer.

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Photo of ZAP
4.27/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Very few do IPA's like TG does and this single hop Columbus is a dandy if you like this hop. Big pine impression on the aroma and taste....some ganja....some tobbacco leaf.......black tea....oily hop flavor to this....hops dominate but never borders on too one dimensional with a light caramel malt backing.

If you are looking for a citrus laden IPA this is not it. If you want something floral, piney, and a bit grungy this is it. Some mild bitterness.....body is medium.....perfect carbonation...oak colored...light head...nice lacing on glass....

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Photo of barnzy78
3.82/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, date stamped 08 OCT 2015
A - frothy off-white head settles atop an amber colored IPA
S - juicy burst of grapefruity citrus with caramel and grain
T - juicy grapefruit and piny mango, a bit earthy and herbal, faint passion fruit in the background, caramel malt, toasted grain
M - thinner side of medium for body, resinous, quite refreshing & easy to drink
O - very solid American IPA with plenty of juiciness, but no wow factor for me. However, they have excellently showcased the Columbus hop with this single-hopped IPA. I don't think I'd get it again even though I'm very happy to have found it.

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Photo of ChrisP802
3.97/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Received this as an extra through a trade and made the mistake of trying it after Pompeii.
Pour - brownish, orange. whatever color that is, caramel? Thin head, minimal lacing
Smell - piney, dank, bitter hoppy
Taste - I see what they mean by bold. Literally punches you in the mouth
Overall - Not a bad brew.Wouldn't search all over for it, but if you happen by it definitely try it out

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Photo of Cfred371
4.17/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottled in mid August and drank early October so about a month and a half old.
Look: the beer is a nice orange color, a little darker actual orange. The beer is unfiltered and has specks floating throughout it. A vigorous pour gave way to a nice head

Smell: fantastic. The smell is primarily sweet with lemon being what I notice the most

Taste: I taste a strong bitterness initially, followed by a short burst of sweet fruit then more bitterness. It's a nice tasting beer

Feel: light to medium body with a dry finish.

Overall: a solid beer. I'd buy more

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Photo of Judgie
4.07/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brought to me by friends with family in Iowa. Lucky me. Dated 8/27/15. Poured into an IPA glass displaying a hazy copper, 1-finger head and nice lacing. Smells of Columbus hops, more spicy than citrus, and fades away rather quickly. Taste is bright bitterness, again more spice & pine than citrus. Mouthfeel is pleasant, smooth & invigorating.
I definitely appreciate a single hop beer, and this one does Columbus hops to perfection.

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Photo of JamesMN
3.47/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Date on the bottle of 8/27/15.

Appearance: Medium caramel color and hazy with hop/yeast particulates. Thin off-white head.

Aroma: Some muted citrus and spicy notes from the columbus hops. Bit of biscuit.

Taste: Solid earthy bitterness up front that is matched by a semi-sweet caramel breadyness. Some pungent notes of black liquorish, as well as citrus, and herbs come through in the hop character. Bitterness rises in the finish and cascades over the palate in the aftertaste. About the right depth of flavor that I'd expect for 6% ABV, but also in pale ale territory based on the bready flavors from the malt.

Mouthfeel: Just below medium in body, which is a bit thinner than expected but it's never watery. About average carbonation for the style and drinkability that is only hindered by the somewhat strong bitterness.

Final Thoughts: I wish I was getting some of the danker flavors that columbus can provide, but those subtleties may have been more prevalent at bottling. All in all, a good beer that delivers what is described on the label. Would I drink it again? Not before exploring the rest of TG's line-up.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.53/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a Spiegelau IPA glass. Dated Aug 27th 2015.

A real great looker for an IPA. Near perfect clarity, with streams of classic fine carbonation coming up. Head manages three creamy and thick full growth off the pour, clumping with a whipped up topping. The bubbles in the head are practically microscopic and peppered with just a few swiss cheese ones. Clumpy, big, a body color that is somewhere between polished copper bronze and orange, very unique looking. Stellar appearance.

Wonderful soft hop aroma. Hints of sweet tea juice, big florality as well, with a sweet controlled perfume note. Tea like sweet softness all over this that is so inviting. Small notes of malt sweetness poke out, I could nose this all day long.

Palate really brings the goods, with a bit of unexpected mouthfeel. Juicy qualities take a much more toned down route, as the body goes to much lighter and almost spritzy wet feeling. Still the flavors absolutely roll and pop on the palate. Juiced pekoe tea and orange, soft light caramel with sweet mint and herbs in the mid palate. Real big bite on the finish and swallow, of very light astringent hop quality.

Real great winner in the IPA book for these guys.

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Photo of mikevanatta
4.12/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

As I've come to expect from TG brews, this one drinks very smooth and I was not surprised to see the IBU at 45. Nice display of Columbus hops that lend a tasty flavor.

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Photo of dfillius
4.41/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled on 8/27/15, reviewed on 9/12/15
A: 1/2 finger of off white head with fair retention. Greenish-gold colored liquid with chunks. I love the label art. Chunks are the only negative.
S: Delicate tropical fruit. Slight watermelon Jolly Rancher (simcoe?). Some pine below all the fruit. A bit of clean malty bread underlying it grows with warming.
T: Pine forward with grapefruity bitterness. Orange, citrus. Not boozy, but definitely assertive warmth from the alcohol.
M: Good bitterness throughout that finishes pithy. Prickly and warm.
O: A good, old-fashioned (c. 2005) West Coast IPA. Best while cold. Possibly too much heat in the mouthfeel for such a low ABV.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
4.05/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1492 pours a hazy copper color, with lots of floating sediment and a small lacing head. There is a bold hoppy aroma. The taste is very bold, big hop flavors, very bitter aftertaste. Good body good flavors. Overall its a very bitter and hoppy IPA.

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Photo of SD-Alefan
4.08/5  rDev +3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy, even chunky orange with a white head that leaves behind plenty of lace.
Aroma is citrus and floral with a hint of toffee.
Grapefruit and piney resin hit my tongue first followed by a middle hit of sweet orange juice and a crisp, bitter, pithy finish. A nice underlying maltiness.
Mouthfeel is medium and a touch sticky.
Overall, not a pretty beer but I thought it was quite tasty.

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Photo of Czequershuus
4.02/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This beer pours a hazy light amber with a powerful head. The aroma leads with a sticky, pine resin scent, with background notes of orange peel and dank. The flavor leads with a good but somewhat flat resiny flavor, as well as other herbaceous notes, almost like rosemary. There is a sweetness here, but well balanced by bitterness. The mouthfeel is thick, but not syrupy. Overall this was a very nice beer, but it became a bit tiresome as it went on. Still, I do quite like it.

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Photo of Prasm
3.74/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Not quite up to the standard I expected from Toppling Goliath. This is a pretty pedestrian IPA, with no real flaws but nothing spectacular either. It's a nice middle of the week quaffer though.

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Photo of hardy008
3.18/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy dark gold to light amber color, with a one finger white head. The aroma is earthy, herbal, and floral.

Tastes much like it smells. Also tastes like citrus peeling. Not much malt sweetness for balance.

Medium bodied with average carbonation. Finishes dry, and biter. Not a bad beer, but I don't know that I would seek it out again. Glad i was able to pick up a single bottle.

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Photo of OmahaKF
3.47/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Smell is pine, caramel, dankness, and a hint of brown sugar. Taste is predominantly citrus, lemon peel, with a bit of malt sweetness. I was intrigued by a beer that only uses Columbus hops, but was a little underwhelmed with the result.

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Photo of Stevedore
3.88/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a slightly hazy amber body, one finger white head, good retention, fair bit of lacing. Solid. Smells of resin, floral notes, pine, mild grainy pale malt sweetness. It's what I expected from a Columbus hopped IPA. Flavour is similarly pine and grainy pale malt; a bit of floral notes. Not that complex or interesting, but it's reasonably well executed. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, good carbonation, very drinkable. Mild-moderate bitterness on the finish. Overall, pretty much a straight forward SMaSH Columbus hopped IPA. It is nicely executed, but Columbus isn't quite my jam. It may be yours, though, so I would recommend trying this if so.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Travlr. Thanks Gene!

Hazy light orange body with a small white collar. Oranges, hops, alcohol. Tasty, though not as amazing as other Toppling Goliath IPAs I have had the pleasure to enjoy.

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Photo of dvmin98
4.04/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was an extra in a trade and realized that it was 3 months old, so I was a bit worried that it would be pretty crappy. The hops, from what I expected, were not as prevalent, but it wasn't a malt bomb. Spoke to a friend from Iowa and he said that this beer, in his opinion, actually improves with a bit of age. So, there you have it. Not sure what it is fresh...

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.26/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

650 mL bottle poured into a snifter. Hazy orange body with an ample white head. Smells heavily dank, herbal, dirty and earthy. Stupid columbus hops. Taste is equally dank. Grapefruit. Earthy and bitter. It actually tastes good. Medium body with medium carbonation. So columbus hops just don’t belong in any single hop beer, but this is still pretty good.

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Photo of Kurmaraja
4.05/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Columbus showcase that hits the licorice and black pepper side. Big licorice and spice sit up front, followed by some sweet citrus (tangerine to me). Taste follows bringing in a sweetness, a resinous taste that shys away from pine. Smooth, rounded mouthfeel.

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Photo of kbwalters
4.27/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured cold into a less than optimal glass. Bottled on 5/27/15, within the week of consumption, super fresh.
A single hopped IPA using Columbus hops.
Look = 4.0 Pours a cloudy, murky golden yellow with an orangish tint. 1 Finger of crisp white head (in this glass) with great lace.
Aroma = 4.5 Very fruity aroma, hoppy, juicy. Tropical fruits dominate, overall pretty strong too.
Taste = 4.25 Hop forward and dominated; fruity tropical fruit notes throughout, a little grassy. Moderate to significant bitterness on the finish, orange rind notes, but this fades as you drink. Built on a light bready malt backbone.
Feel = 4.0 Medium bodied with light to medium carbonation, fine for the style. Light on tongue, not too resiny.
Drinkability = 4.25 Another easy drinking, tasty single hopped IPA from Toppling Goliath.
Overall = 4.2375 Really nice IPA, all around solid. Great aroma, good flavors and easy drinking. Fits in fine with the other TG IPAs.

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Photo of brentk56
3.87/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours slightly hazy, the amber liquid capped by a couple of inches of foam; excellent stickage and plenty of lace

Smell: Dank and herbal, with some modest tropical fruit and grapefruit tones

Taste: Tropical fruit (papaya) and grapefruit pith, up front, with the herbal dankness building through the middle; building bitterness, without much fruit, and a dry finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Well, it showcases the Columbus hops nicely, but with all of the exciting new hop varieties I feel that time has passed the Columbus hop by; OK for a blend but not interesting enough to stand on its own

Thanks, knapers03, for the opportunity

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1492 IPA from Toppling Goliath Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 52 ratings.