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1492 IPA - Toppling Goliath Brewing Company

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1492 IPA1492 IPA

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very good

46 Reviews
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Reviews: 46
Hads: 276
Avg: 3.97
pDev: 23.93%
Wants: 13
Gots: 41 | FT: 0
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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Photo of mynie
3.1/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Resembles a decently hopped homebrew. The carbonation was off—no sound was made when the cap was removed, as if I were unstopping a bottle of Sam Adams Utopias. It glugged out with minimal fizz and smelled pleasant but uneven. The unevenness continues throughout the flavor, with green and fruity hops blotting out everything else, ending on nodes of juice and water.

Not horrible--I was able to finish without problem--but not what I expect from TG.

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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 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 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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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 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 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 Awolter
3.65/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into an IPA glass, bottled only 5 days ago.

A lot of carbonation and the foam is very weird, almost bathtub bubble-like. Aroma is of fresh piney hops, which is the best part of this beer. The taste is incredibly underwhelming and reminds me of an incredibly "green" homebrew beer.

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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 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 kkleu357
3.81/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.75

From notes on 5/4/14

On tap at Coopers in Madison. Dark orange juice looking body. Sharp pungent smell. Dank earthy taste. Very bitter. In a good way, it tastes like I’d imagine a fresh hop picked right off the vine with some dirt still on it would.

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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 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 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 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 Gobearswalter34
3.89/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy red grapefruit color with a bubbly white head. Smells dank pine resin in which the citrus comes through. Quite light up from with a nice dan pine resin out the door. The resin lingers. It does feel quite thin. Not overly juicy.

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Photo of mothman
3.92/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

White head with some lace. Color is a hazed sunset yellow.

Flavor profile: dank and weedy. Very fresh. A bit of an onion flavor. Some floral notes, but not fruity or tropical. Some bready malts.

Mouthfeel: bitter and sticky. Medium bodied. Ends with a little hop resiny flavor.

Overall, a good Colombus hopped ipa. Not overly oniony which is good. Easy drinking.

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Photo of gatornation
3.96/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-pours a cloudy apricot color with a small fresh white head small amount of lacing i like the look of this brew
S-dank herbal smells with citrus some bready malts
T-dank herbs and dank hops a mixture of more citrus hops a touch of onion,veg herb on the back end
M-medium carbonation with hop resins and prickly bitterness on the finish
O-another solid single hop IPA from TG this one has a nice brooding dankness about with just the right amount of malt and bitterness

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Photo of jwc215
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours hazed golden. A thin head stays and leaves lacing.

The smell is of grapefruit with a hint of pine/resin.

The taste is of bitter grapefruit with some pine. A biscuity sweetness rounds it out. Just a touch of warming alcohol comes through. It has a refreshingly dry, long finish.

There is a bit of astringency at the start, but it soon mellows to a smooth texture. I almost lowered the feel slightly, but the carbonation level and the appropriate fullness more than make up for the slight astringency of the first few sips.

This is a pleasant hoppy brew. It showcases the Columbus hops well, with just enough malt to keep it all together. Another well-done hop-forward beer from Toppling Goliath!

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Photo of Mdog
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Cloudy yellow-gold, good head.

Smell: Citrus rind, bit of tropical fruit.

Taste: Moderate sweetness, then bitter rind and earthy tasting hops. Lengthy rind/bitter finish.

Overall: Another bomber picked up in Hudson. I liked it a little better than some of the other single hop IPAs from TG, but still not mind-blowing. Solid and tasty though.

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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 TX-Badger
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy/hazy orange gold color with white head. Dank citrus, pine, and some tropical fruits on the nose; follows onto the palate. Finishes with a nice hop bite and plenty of bitterness, strong finish.

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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 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 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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