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Pompeii - Toppling Goliath Brewing Company

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Reviews: 63
Hads: 462
Avg: 4.33
pDev: 18.94%
Wants: 66
Gots: 74 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
Toppling Goliath Brewing Company visit their website
Iowa, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BarrytheBear on 01-31-2013

Inspiration for our newest Hop Patrol IPA comes from the House of Faun in Pompeii, Italy. At this site, some of the world’s most famous mosaics were preserved under layers of ash after the eruption of Mount Vesuvius. In this fashion, Pompeii IPA preserves and showcases the luxurious taste of the Mosaic hop. This single-hop IPA offers a floral aroma and a truly complex “mosaic” of taste: dark citrus and pineapple flavors, with deep earthy undertones and a persistent bitterness in the finish.

60 IBU
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Photo of barnzy78
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle, dated 09/11/15
A - fluffy off-white head holds good retention atop a hazed amber colored ale
S - huge Mosiac hop aroma fills the room with sweet citrus, mango, mandarin, and passion fruit along with floral hop notes and caramel
T - insanely juicy and fruity: mandarin zest, lemon, passion fruit, mango, a bit of pineapple, light caramel
M - thinner side of medium, moderate carbonation, finishes modestly bitter with plenty of juicy residual sweetness
O - super easy to drink; nice and juicy. If this was offered in 4 packs I'd definitely get it again.

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Photo of maximum12
4.42/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Well, I couldn’t find any Abrasive on a quick trip out for dinner & I’m craving hops, so happy to have stumbled across this one. 22 oz. stained glass labeled bottle split with my wife.

The pour is IPA Orange, the rarest of the crayons. The nose is riotous good: fresh tangerines & a damp pine forest in the morning, specifically the campsite on Sunday Lake in the Sundial Primitive Management Area. Memory-evoking. What more could I ask for?

Pompeii brings a booty-kicking that I’ve been looking for (outside of P-Sue) from Toppling Goliath. The mushed tangerines translate directly into the mouth, along with a swath of dew-covered northern pine. Mid-palate brings moderate bitterness & grapefruit pith, bit o’ honey. Tangingly dry, ridiculously drinkable. Good lord, is there crack in this?

King Sue? Pshah. I’ll admit that the cult of TG IPAs has largely escaped me, but this, this, this, damn. Either this is a masterpiece or I’m going to have to seek out more Mosaic single-hop brews. Straight-up excellent.

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Photo of ZAP
4.19/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L-Cloudy deep golden color....low head but nice lacing on glass

S-Catty up front with onion and garlic dominating the aroma...

T-Great flavor...tropical fruits and dark berries...excellent hop flavors and onion/garlic noted on the aroma is missing on the taste.

F-Lower carbonation...easy to drink this quick.....loaded with hop flavor without a sharp bitterness...

O-Excellent IPA

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.62/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Thanks to Jeff for this one. 22oz. bomber into a Grrrz teku.

Pours a 1.5 finger frothy white head with great retention. Beer is a semi-clear grapefruit. Lacing is stringy with great stick. Awesome!

Nose is pineapple, papaya and mango. Sweet and fruity with just a touch of resin. Sappy, juicy and vibrant.

Opens citrus and papaya. Hints of starfruit, mango and papaya in the middle with a mellow pine character lingering in the back mixed with a smooth and prominent malt backbone. Ends more tropical fruit with a citrussy, fleshy finish and aftertaste. Some grapefruit hop bitterness lingers on the palate. Phenomenal.

Light bodied with moderate to low carbonation. Smooth and quenching in the mouth with some bubbles and a bit dry going down. Finishes juicy with a lingering, sticky, dry finish. Superb!

Hands down one of the best single IPAs I've ever had. Incredible taste. Super juicy with a spot on nose and excellent drinkability. I wish I had ready access to this one for sure!

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Photo of jwc215
4.41/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22 oz. bottle:

Pours hazed golden with a lasting white head. Trailing lace sticks.

The smell is of musty/dank citric and tropical notes with a mild herbal spicing.

The taste is of grapefruit, orange/tangerine, pineapple with a mild herbal/grassy touch. Hops pulled together and bitterness smoothed out by crackery/bready pale malt backbone. Bitter-ish, fruity/juicy, long finish. (In-between scores, even after the whole 22 ounces, but good enough to give it the higher of the two scores I've had in mind.)

A fruity, slightly herbal, pleasantly bitter beer that showcases the mosaic hops very well!

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Photo of Cfred371
4.76/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Look: pours an orange with some small speckles floating a bit. The beer isn't translucent but not especially thick looking either
Smell: I smell some berries and onion. A little catty as well.
Taste: berries, grapefruit, light onion.
Feel: seems somewhat light for mouth feel with very little dryness. Makes me want more!
Overall: one of my favorite IPA's I've had. I've heard this is a baby Sosus so I can only imagine how amazing that is

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Photo of morimech
3.75/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Hazy golden color with minimal head that never got going. However a lot of lacing is left down the glass during consumption. Not the greatest appearance but the aroma is on point. First beer that smelled like straight up pineapple. There is some dank citrus also present to let you know this is the hops making this aroma. Nothing from the malt is detectable. The flavor is likewise a hop assault of pineapple, grapefruit, orange, and tangerine. Mildly dank. Some sweetness from the malt but not much for flavor which gives the impression of fruit juice. Beer is undercarbonated just as I feared during the pour. A bit lifeless as well.

If someone just wanted to find out what the Mosaic hop is capable of, this beer will give an excellent example. But as an IPA, not that successful.

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Photo of hardy008
4.23/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Hazy amber with a one finger foamy head with very good retention and generous lacing. Has a nice aroma with plenty of tropical fruit and citrus.

The taste has pineapple, grapefruit, pine, mango, and melon. Has a nice of combination of bitterness and some sweetness for balance.

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. A very nice IPA. I am glad I had a chance to try this.

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Photo of PHBoiler
4.21/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A little thin for an IPA but very clean. Malt takes a backseat in this west coast style. Nose and flavor are all tangerines. Very well made expression of the mosaic hop.

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Photo of mnredsoxfan69
3.46/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Dark golden color with an off white head, two fingers tall with a slow dissolve and sticky lacing. Smells like a serious hop bomb with all kinds of tropical fruit and a little resin. Tastes of tropical fruit but with an undercurrent of something I later divined as fusel alcohol, a faint touch of gasoline. Nice, smooth feel, medium body, with warming alcohol.

Overall, not enough malt for a good balance, marred by fusel alcohol. Unimpressive.

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Photo of JamesMN
4.53/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Date on the bottle of 9/24/15. Got the bomber as a freebie from my local beer store.

Appearance: Medium/light caramel color with suspended hop particles but otherwise decently clear. Off-white head of sticky foam creating a lot of thick lacing.

Aroma: Tropical fruits and some funky pine from the hops.

Taste: Immediately get that signature mosaic mix of pineapple and dense pine/herb/earth hop character. Some grapefruit as well. The bitterness is low/medium for the style and there is really only a bit of malt sweetness but the depth of the hop character makes the flavor huge. Very surprised to see this is a low 5.5% ABV. Finish is super smooth and the aftertaste is a pleasant mix of light tropical fruit and earth.

Mouthfeel: A solid medium in body and smooth with average carbonation for the style. Good drinkability.

Final Thoughts: I would have happily paid upwards of $8 for this bomber. Fantastic showcase of the mosaic hop variety. Interesting similarities to citra but with a more earthy/piney underbelly. Would I drink it again? Yes, really starting to trust TG when it comes to IPAs.

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Photo of mikevanatta
4.65/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Pours a golden color and immediately the smell of fruit juice explodes out of the glass. Standing 3 feet away it smells like I just cut up fresh mangoes.

The flavor is classic and pure Mosaic. Beautiful tropical fruits and a slight (delicious) piney/grassy finish. Smooth for 7% ABV. The only thing even remotely lacking is a bit of that crisp bite I'm accustomed to in an IPA. Trust me when I say, though, that I'm more than pleased with this beer.

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Photo of lochraneg
5/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Best IPA I've ever had

I cant say enough about this beer. It's amazing. Everything about it. The citrus, hops, the balance of the mosiac with the other hops.

Find it... buy all of it!

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Photo of spacecake9
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Happy to see this bomber in the cooler during my last stop at TG.
Poured into my DFH IPA glass.
A - Pours a somewhat clear golden color with 2 fingers of head which settles to a loose cap.
S - Really smells like a citrus bomb. Smells juicy.
T - Not so fast! Definitely some citrus but these are Mosaic hops so you get bitterness pretty quickly.
M - Medium mouth feel and carbonation.
O - Very good beer. TG does it again.

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Photo of ChrisP802
4.68/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I have yet to try anything bad from Toppling Goliath. They always impress
Pour - amber color with a thick, thick, head
Smell - pineapple, pine, hoppy, fruity
Taste - best IPA I've had yet. The mosaic hops are amazing adding a nice mixed fruit flavor.Still need to try King Sue, Sosus, and the other big shots
Overall - Go out of your way to find this one

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Photo of Evilyak
3.84/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Clear, amber gold beer with a ton of wet lacing. Thick, thick white head. Really good looking pour on this one.

One trick pony here. Smells like obligatory tropical fruit - mango and pineapple for the win. Almost a bit soapy in the scent, too.

Taste is the same - fruity, with a bit of a resinous aftertaste. Again, a hint of soap.

Kind of cloying aftertaste here - not a lot of carbonation and it definitely a bit oily. Taste lingers way past what you'd want it to.

Honestly, it's a bit overwhelming on the tastebuds. It definitely shows off the mosaic, but the bomber was too much. Toppling Goliath hits these single notes way too hard sometimes, and it kind of detracts from what otherwise could be an incredible beer. Enough with the god damn tropical fruit already.

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Photo of OmahaKF
3.98/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Smell is of tropical fruit (passionfruit, guava) pine resin, and sweet malt. Taste has a strong malt base, with tropical fruit flavors, pineapple, and a juicy finish.

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Photo of Hopsiam14
4.66/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is one of the best IPAs I've had from TG. A really nice floral aroma with a clean finish. This beer reminds me a lot of a super fresh Jai Alai which is always a good thing. The fact that this was a shelf beer is just awesome!

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Photo of M_chav
4.62/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours a light red/amber look with residual pieces of grain or hop (?) in the beer floating around. Nice head retention forms and stays.
Smell is pungent tropical juice, the mosaic hops just kill it in this department when done right. just awesome aromas - dank pineapple/orange. definitely my jam
Tastes like heaven, again lots of tropical juiciness - plenty of dank qualities and then at the end of the sip a lot of organic, grass/resin undertones this is excellent.
Mouthfeel is perfect, its not overly bitter but still has a perfect bite to it, the beer can just sit and rest on the tongue without any complaints from me. I think the lower IBUs really compliment the flavors here, awesome juicy feel.
Overall a beautiful beer, I need more!

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Photo of Siduriman
4.71/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a bomber into a tulip glass.

L: Beautiful amber color, a little lighter in color than its nose suggests. Leaves a thick, spotty bit of lacing on the glass.

S: Tasty, strong mosaic hops quality: smells like honey and lemon.

T: Matches the Smell, but with more strength and a firm note of bitterness on the back end.

Feel: Light, crisp, and juicy. The flavor sits on the tongue for a long time.

O: One of the best IPAs I've tasted since I've taken an interest in the beer I drink. Fantastic stuff!

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Photo of KarlHungus
4.91/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer pours a hop hazy red-orange color. The head is a solid half inch in height, and recedes slowly leaving nice lacing. The aroma is big. t was detectable upon pour. It is full of grapefruit, cantaloupe, musk melon, tangerine, very bright. The taste is similar to the aroma with a chalky-sweet tart candy thing that makes all of the fruit pop. There are also some nice dank melon flavors going on in the finish that contrast well with the bright fruits on the front end. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a velvety texture, and restrained carbonation. Overall, this is one of the best pale ales I've ever tasted. Like most of Toppling Goliath's beers I want more.

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Photo of Czequershuus
4.82/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This beer pours a slightly hazy pale amber with a medium head. The aromas of pine, grapefruit, guava, and pineapple hit me first. The taste is very fruits, leading with lighter tropical fruits, guava, passionfruit, and pineapple, and ending with a citrus and pine zing. The overall bitterness is low here, but there is not too much malt sweetness to fight, so that works well. The mouthfeel is not at all syrup, but also not dry and thin. This is an awesome beer, and seems to confirm my suspicion that I love mosaic hops.

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Photo of jzeilinger
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours a nice clear copper bronze color, soapy white lacing ring.
Thanks to Hopgoddess312 for this bottle.

S - Papaya, guava, mango, pineapple.

T - Tropical fruit rind spiciness, mango, pineapple, some earthiness in the middle, and a lingering citrus bitterness.

M - Medium body with gentle carbonation.

O - This is a fantastic beer.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.52/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a chalice.

Appearance: Pours a bright golden orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. Solid finger of white head which settles into a thin patchy layer.

Smell: A juicy, earthy, and floral hop forward aroma with a scent of citrus, grass, and pine. Upfront scent of citrus fruit with hints of orange peel, grapefruit, pineapple, mango, tangerine, lemon, and melon. Dank herbal hints of pine resin along with some floral and grassy hop hints. Light malt hints of caramel, cracker, and yeast. A really good hoppy aroma.

Taste: Like the nose previews, a juicy amd earthy hop dominated taste with big mosaic notes of citrus, grass, and pine. Big upfront tropical citrus presence with notes of grapefruit, mango, orange peel, pineapple, tangerine, melon, and lemon. Big notes of floral and earthy hops with some grass and pine resin. Soft background malt notes of cracker, sweet caramel, and yeast. A very good taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Juicy and fairly oily with a drying finish.

Overall: Another great single hop brew from Toppling Goliath. Big juicy and earthy hop punch with a moderate body.

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Photo of gatornation
4.1/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

220z bottle 09/11 (date)
Pours a slight hazed golden yellow color with a 1 finger creamy white head , smells of mango, papaya ,citrus and melon, taste follows the nose loads of tropical hop flavors dank earthy in a sweet bouquet of malts, mouthfeel is sweet with a small delicate hop bitterness , with the hop(mosaic) very prevalent, sweet and juicy, bomber was pricey but will always buy 1 or 2 when i see this

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Pompeii from Toppling Goliath Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 63 ratings.