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1492 IPA - Toppling Goliath Brewing Company

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1492 IPA1492 IPA

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very good

52 Reviews
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Reviews: 52
Hads: 316
Avg: 3.96
pDev: 23.48%
Wants: 14
Gots: 50 | 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 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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Photo of jwc215
4/5  rDev +1%
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 mothman
3.92/5  rDev -1%
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 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 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 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 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 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 pat61
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Pours hazy gold under a 1” cream colored foam collar that clings to the glass.
S: Herbal hops, melon, biscuit, and some grain.
T: Starts with biscuit and fruit with a bitter citrus rind finish. The bitterness is medium high, the malt medium, the yeast medium low, and hop flavors medium. It is fairly dry, especially on the finish. Lingering grapegruit rind bitterness with some quinine in it.
F: Very creamy, soft in the mouth, medium to medium light body, medium carbonation.
O: An easy to drink repeatable beer that is more dry and hoppy than big and fruity.

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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 drpimento
3.42/5  rDev -13.6%
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 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 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 TX-Badger
4/5  rDev +1%
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 mynie
3.1/5  rDev -21.7%
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 Rutager
4.29/5  rDev +8.3%
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 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 jzlyo
4.2/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Aroma is citrus, fruit, unique/complex and definitely single hopped. The flavor is grapefruit, citrus, fruit, hop resin, mild berries/blackberries, malts and a bitter/dryish finish.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a chalice. Bottle date is 05/27/15.

Appearance: Pours a hazy yellowish golden orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. About one finger of white head which settles into a thin patchy layer.

Smell: A dank, earthy, and juicy hop forward aroma with hints of citrus fruit and pine. Pine resin and grassy hops with some hints of cannabis. Citrus fruit hints of grapefruit, orange, lemon, pineapple, mango, and melon. Pale malt hints of cracker, biscuit, caramel, and yeast. A very solid hoppy aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a dank, juicy, and earthy hop dominated taste with notes of pine, grass, and citrus. Earthy and herbal hops with some notes of pine resin and grass. Citrus fruit notes of orange, grapefruit, pineapple, melon, and lemon. Background pale malt notes of biscuit, cracker, caramel, and yeast. A really good hoppy taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Juicy, chewy, and pretty drying on the finish.

Overall: Another very good single hop showcase from Toppling Goliath. Good dank hop flavors of herbs, pine, and citrus.

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

A - Bright golden orange color with an average sized, tight, creamy, smooth, white head. Average retention with a decent lacing left over.

S - What I tend to expect from a Toppling Goliath single hopped IPA. A slight bready malt backbone with the hops jumping out of the glass. Strong citrus hops with a faint spiced herbal/floral aroma.

T - Similar to the nose. A nice malt backbone that allows the hops to shine. Citrus and a spiced herbal/floral hop flavor. A surprising bitterness toward the finish.

M - Medium body with slightly below average carbonation. Has more of a slick/oily feel.

D - I had no problem polishing off my glass. Nice balance with nothing being too strong. A touch on the bitter side but nothing too intense.

Notes: Similar to other TG single hop IPAs with a nice malty backbone that allows the hops to shine. Nothing spectacular or anything jumping out that will really make you crave this, but a well crafted, easy to drink IPA. A little more bitter than I expected but nothing too intense. Another nice IPA by Toppling Goliath.

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Photo of gatornation
3.96/5  rDev 0%
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 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 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 Mdog
4/5  rDev +1%
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 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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1492 IPA from Toppling Goliath Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 52 ratings.