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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 4thFloyd
4.06/5  rDev +2.5%
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 -2.5%
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 +2.5%
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 -7.3%
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 -3.3%
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 -13.6%
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 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 Hoppity1
3.31/5  rDev -16.4%
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 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 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 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 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 wcu80
4.18/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Columbus Hops aren't my favorite but Toppling Goliath makes them taste as good as they ever could. Another expertly crafted beer by these guys. They're simply unrivaled.

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Photo of Gobearswalter34
3.89/5  rDev -1.8%
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 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 Bshaw22
4.52/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

TG does it again. I really like this beer great cloudy orange color. Awesome Columbus hop smell. This beer actually remind me a lot of Heady Topper. Seek this out!!

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Photo of Awolter
3.65/5  rDev -7.8%
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 kkleu357
3.81/5  rDev -3.8%
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 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 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 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 aleric
4.26/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Root Note in La Crosse.

A - Rich cider color. Very little head or lacing, but I've poured Toppling Goliath IPAs from a pitcher with beautiful 2-finger head, so I think the bartender could have built it more.

S - Citrus and pine with earthy undertones.

T - Bold grapefruit and a little bit of alfalfa. The bitterness lingers on the roof of your mouth on the finish. A bit sweet for an IPA.

M - Medium weight, but crisp and easy to drink. Medium carbonation.

O - Toppling Goliath has a strong grip on their IPAs, and 1492 is no exception. I've been following them as new taps are added in La Crosse and I'm excited to plan a trip to visit them soon!

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Photo of siradmiralnelson
4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from Growler into Globe glass.

A. Pours a 1 finger head. Great retention. Pretty thick lacing. Color is a hazy orange. A bit brighter hue of orange than some of the other IPAs from TG.

S. Can smell the hops as the beer pours out of the growler. Get quite a bit of citrusy hop smell, orange, grapefruit, tangerine. Smells of a pretty dry biscuity malt. The aroma of the hops shines through. Pretty resiny hop smell.

T. Really smooth. A touch on the sweeter side for me. Really delicous fruity hop flavor. Tangerine and some sweeter citrus flavors. Malt is pretty dry, and biscuity taking second stage to the hops. Glass 2 of this and I start to pick up a bit more of the resiny hop flavor that I got in the aroma.

M. Medium bodied. Medium carbonation. Finishes a tad bit sweet.

O. Toppling Goliath has got IPAs down. Most of them are similar in style and form. The trick is picking out the sublte intricacies that exist between them. I think that mostly comes down to the selection of different hops used in the various recipes, and the different aroma and flavors that they can contribute to a beer. Overall I really like TG's malt selection in their IPAs, as a think it does a good job of letting hops be the star of the show. 1492 is no exception to the the TG good IPA lineup. For me the Columbus hops are not as bitter, and provide a sweeter fruitier, and maybe a little more resiny/oily touch. I think the lack of hop bitterness increases the beers overall drinkability. However for some hopheads it might not be quite as exciting.

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