1492 IPA - Toppling Goliath Brewing Company

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1492 IPA1492 IPA

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Reviews: 44
Hads: 273
Avg: 3.97
pDev: 24.43%
Wants: 13
Gots: 42 | FT: 1
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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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Photo of JamesMN
3.47/5  rDev -12.6%
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 +14.1%
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 +3.8%
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 +11.1%
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%
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 +2.8%
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 +1.3%
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 -5.8%
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 -19.9%
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 -12.6%
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 -2.3%
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 +0.8%
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 +1.8%
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 -17.9%
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%
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 +7.6%
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 -2.5%
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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Photo of 4thFloyd
4.06/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very hazy golden color with very little head. Moderate citrus and pine aroma. Flavor follows with good citrus and substantial earthy and pine bitterness. Suprisingly clean finish with little lingering bitterness. Good balance with bready malts. Picks up a little dankness as it warms. Pretty good for single-hop beer, especially for Columbus hops.

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Photo of KFBR392
3.86/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: the signature cloudy body TG body with a golden straw yellow color with orange accents. Half a finger of head on an aggressive pour. Active carbonation is fitting.

Smell: heavy tangerines and tropical fruits on the front. Straw, grass, and pine pick up significantly after the front. Nice bready malts provide touches of sweetness. Loads of citrus in out in the end though with a heavier touchea of grapefruit, tangerines, and orange peel.

Taste: airy touches of citrus arrive on the palate first. Grapefruit and grapefruit grind open up shortly after. Biscuity malts keep the bitterness balanced and at bay. Mossy earthiness lingers on the palate with some piney highlights.

Mouthfeel: bitterness is noticeable but a great malt base keeps it balanced. Super drinkable.

Overall: liked the other single hopped IPAs I've had more but this is still very good. Columbus aren't exactly mind blowing to begin with but leave it to TG to make a great beer out of them regardless.

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Photo of NickTheGreat
4.06/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L (4) - Bright orange color and a little too hazy. Not much head to speak of, but what was there was bright white.
S (4.25) - Very prominent hop aroma. Smells like a very nice IPA should.
T (4) - Very strong hop taste. Very bitter, especially at the back. Not much flavor other than the earwaxy bitterness. I expect this from a single hop beer, but it was a little much.
F (4) - I feel like this beer was undercarbed. It was smooth and easydrinking, but at the expense of the carb level.
O (4) - All in all, I liked this beer. I felt like it was a little one-dimensional, but that is surely the intent. It is a good beer, but I feel like it'd be ranked lower if it weren't brewed by "Toppling Goliath."

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Photo of majorbase2
3.67/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a slightly murky orange color with a finger's worth of white foam head. Quickly recedes leaving a small ring of lacing around the edge and some lacing on the sides.

Aroma is citrusy, with some definite dank qualities. Finally got that smell of wet cardboard from a beer.

Bready malts and pine. Not as hoppy as I expected. Quite bitter. Pineapple, mango and grapefruit. Not as strong fruit notes as you see in most IPAs.

Light bodied. Could've used a little more combination. Easy drinker, but the sweetness and bitterness keep it from being chuggable. A little rough on the aftertaste due to the bitterness clinging to the tongue.

Overall, not feeling this one. Seems to be quite a polarizing beer judging by some of the reviews, and I fall on the side of naysayers for this one. With a beer market over-saturated by IPAs, this one just doesn't stand out to me.

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Photo of tmbgnicu
3.83/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This was good, but much lighter than I wanted it to be. At 6%, it's missing that IPA kick I love. Good beer, but golden nugget is the IPA to have from TG(or King Sue).

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Photo of drpimento
3.42/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I get some of what they say in their description. In aroma I mainly get cardboard. Flavor's wet hops and some malt. Decent body. Not one of my favs from them.

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Photo of Rutager
4.29/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Cheers, Ryan!

Pour a hazy yellow-orange with a half finger of white head. Spicy dank hops with citrus zest, toasty light malts, pineapple and papaya on the nose.

Grassy, citrus and tropical fruit juices, light honey sweetness, some earthy oily hop bitterness in the finish. Medium+ body with creamy medium low carbonation.

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Photo of Hoppity1
3.31/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

I have tried all of the 'regular' beers from TG that have been available to me (over the last few months) with small roadtrips and I think all have rated above 4, a few well above that. Not this one. The beer was bottled on 5/27/15. I bought it less than a week later and have kept it in the fridge. Almost no sound when I popped the cap, very little head. All I could taste was bitter. I didn't get any of the fruit or citrus flavors others talk about. And I am a huge IPA fan, so bitter doesn't bother me, but that is about all this offered. Drinkable, but I'll take anything else I've tried from TG over this.

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1492 IPA from Toppling Goliath Brewing Company
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