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1492 IPA - Toppling Goliath Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
88
very good

54 Reviews
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Reviews: 54
Hads: 346
Avg: 3.96
pDev: 23.99%
Wants: 14
Gots: 66 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Toppling Goliath Brewing Company
Iowa, United States | website

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: 54 | Hads: 346
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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Photo of quaybr
4.07/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

No substantial head, just a little foam ring around the edge. Body is a beautiful hazy burnt-orange.

Smells of piney hops with a little citrus every now and then. Sweet caramel malts are quiet but present. Columbus hop profile is really excellent.

Same hops come through on the tongue and in a big way - bitters taste more like a DIPA (i.e., delicious). Surprisingly listed at only 45 IBUs. Caramel and toasted biscuit malts, as well.

Feel is thick, nearing chewy. Carbonation is a bit too low, but still works alright with the thicker body.

Good things are happening in this ale. Kudos to Toppling Goliath.

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Photo of Pintofbrown
4.23/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was had at the Toppling Goliath taproom. It was served in a shaker pint.

Appearance- The finger of white foam is as thick as a New York cheesecake slice. It has excellent retention; every sip yielded a new ring of lace.

The body is so golden, it is luminous. Somewhere in it's cloudy body is a shining, hop sun.

Smell- Straight up Columbus hop. It gives the impression of slight citrus, but really what stands out is the peppery and herbal character.

Taste- Another impressive IPA on the tongue! The hops are not brutalizing my taste buds into submission, but it is doing a nice job of bittering up the drink.

The flavors start out with some peppery and herbal qualities. As the drink sails along, some passion fruit starts to show itself. The herbal and citrus flavors take their time diminishing at the finish.

About half way through the glass, I actually picked up some sweeter, biscuit malt. Just makes this one all the more drinkable.

Mouth feel- This is a nicely done medium body that is more slick than coating. The carbonation is not over done, and as a result, feels pretty creamy.

Overall- In the end, this single hop offering does not rank quite on the same level as say, Golden Nugget or Alternate Galaxy, and I think that stems from the hop choice itself.

The more peppery and herbal hop is good, but not as bombastic as what TG usually deals with. Still, calling this anything less than good would be doing it a great disservice.

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1492 IPA from Toppling Goliath Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 54 ratings.