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Biter | Toppling Goliath Brewing Company

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Toppling Goliath Brewing Company
Iowa, United States | website

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Biter has taken on a cult following almost as big as the beer itself. A perfect blend of 6 hop varieties will overload your taste buds with gigantic flavor. At a whopping 154 IBUs, take a bite of the beer that bites you back!

Added by FreshHawk on 04-05-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 3 | Ratings: 6
Photo of bashiba
3.43/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Was served a hazy golden/orange with a thick fluffy white head, good retention and light lacing.

The smell was very typical IPA, lightly citrusy, a bit of juniper, and a touch of fresh cut grass.

The flavor had a nice light crackery malt, has some nice grapefruit and juniper flavors. The bitterness levels were good, but had a plastic flavor quality that seems to develop in beers that have to much columbus.

The mouthfeel had a bit of thick oily quality to it.

Overall while drinking this I had no idea it was a double IPA, It seemed more on par with stronger single IPA's and could have been good as that, but I found the Plastic finish a bit distracting. As a double it seems a bit more underwhelming, especially on the dry hopping.

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Photo of drpimento
4.38/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Yum, yum, yum, yummm! Served at a good temperature with a nice sized, foamy, frothy, cream colored head that lasts a while and plenty of lace. Color is slightly hazy, brown amber with some bubble trails. Aroma is hops, resin, malt. Flavor is very similar, massively hop bitter, yet somehow now so overdone as so many hop bombs are. This beer works very well. Body is spot on - the combination of fullness without the highpoints of conflicting acid and bitter. Finish is like flavor, average length, and very good. Solid effort.

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Photo of FreshHawk
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A very nice golden bronze color with a fairly thick, creamy, smooth, white head. Great retention leaving a nice lace. Looks enticing.

S - Seems a bit muddled with the different hop aromas fighting to come out but none really take control. I guess a resiny pine aroma is the strongest. Some grapefruit citrus as well. A nice balanced malt backbone though.

T - Struggles from the same issue as the aroma. A bit muddled to start with. Some alcohol heat coming out as well. As I drink it, the flavors meld together better though. Grapefruit citrus starts coming out stronger with some sweet fruit and pine resin. A nice bready malt backbone providing for a very balanced IPA. Great biter kick on the finish.

M - Medium body with a healthy level of carbonation. Crisp and clean feel.

D - This is a beer that got easier to drink and tastier as I drank more. Started out a little hot/harsh but it balanced out nicely as I drank more.

Notes: A perfect blend of 6 hop varieties will overload your taste buds with gigantic flavor. At a whopping 154 IBUs, take a bite of the beer that bites you back! This wasn't my favorite beer from TG, but overall it wasn't bad. Toward the end of the glass, I was liking this more and wouldn't mind another. It takes a bit for the flavors to really meld and then you start getting new flavors coming out on the finish.

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Biter from Toppling Goliath Brewing Company
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