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Pompeii - Toppling Goliath Brewing Company

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Reviews: 92
Hads: 559
Avg: 4.33
pDev: 17.32%
Wants: 82
Gots: 101 | FT: 8
Brewed by:
Toppling Goliath Brewing Company
Iowa, United States | website

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 snaotheus
4.28/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle served in a large mug. Shoulder of the bottle says 12/03/15.

Pours clear golden with some unattractive fish food flakes floating around. Head is bone white and smallish after a few seconds but seems to be leaving some nice lacing. Carbonation is moderate. Smell is delicious, fresh tropical fruit like pineapple and mango, lots of citrus. A hint of hay.

Smell is tropical juicy with a strong bitter finish -- nice balance to make this very drinkable and appropriate in the bomber format.

Mouthfeel is smooth and pleasant. Overall, very good beer.

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Photo of brentk56
4.37/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: An impressive bubble show leaves behind the cloudy honey-colored liquid; the head stops at one inch but leaves streaky lacing around the glass

Smell: Dank, with a hint of sugar cookie; floral mango, pineapple and lime tones waft

Taste: A touch of sugar cookie, up front, and then the tropical fruits take over, with mango, pineapple and lime forward; after the swallow, there are hints of orange and blueberry, leading to a bright and dank finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: After the awful can of Pseudo Sue drain poured yesterday, this bottle brings back memories of the Toppling Goliath knack with IPAs of which I am so fond

Thanks, ta_hagen, for the opportunity

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Photo of Alieniloquium
4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

650 mL bottle. Clear orange. Smells tropical and citrusy. Strong caramel malt, at least stronger than I expected. Tastes of orange before the hop profile turns dank and garlicky. Hefty sweetness. Medium body. Strong bitterness. Very nice.

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Photo of CNoj012
4.45/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a cloudy golden orange color with a two finger bright white head that eventually fades to a small microfilm layer. Also many thin sheets of lacing. The smell is bursting with grapefruit, orange and pineapple. Taste is the same with almost no bitterness. Feel is light and smooth with not much carbonation. Overall an excellent beer. Love mosaic hops.

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Photo of Hopheadjeffery
4.34/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Tasted in a Spiegelau IPA glass from a 22 oz bottle. Look is hazy orange gold with a white head and sticky lacing. Smell is floral hops, bitter citrus and earthy aromas. Taste is citrus, pineapple with earthy notes and light caramel malt notes. Feel is light in body with a smooth mouth feel and crisp, bitter finish.

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Photo of NolaHopHead
4.56/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bomber. Hazy orange with finger white head, fades slowly, nice lacing. Delicious tropical fruit aroma, peach and pineapple. Taste is straight up juicy with a light malt balance, mild citrus peel bitterness rounds out the finish. Medium mouthfeel with crisp finish. Outstanding IPA!

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Photo of MrUse
4.47/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle poured into a 10 oz tulip. Pours a hazy straw color. Not much of a head, might be due to a slow pour. Some lacing that slides down the glass quickly. Smell is not as much as I was expecting, mostly citrus and mango. The flavor is amazing. Big mango/citrus flavors. Bitterness not overpowering, a very smooth drinking beer. My favorite from Toppling Goliath so far.

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Photo of Thomas_Wikman
4.56/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A friend in Iowa sent it to me and I just drank ot a minute ago. It is a very nice IPA.
-L nothing special, hazy golden hue with a moderate head.
-S nice grapefruit like aroma, perhaps a bit floral too
-T Top notch IPA with taste of grapefruit, tropical fruits, some herbal notes, tea, but much more and a lingering hoppiness in one sense typical for IPA yet unusually pleasant.
-F lot's of flavor yet light and crisp, very drinkable despite the lingering bitterness. Overall a really good beer.

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4.55/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy orange gold body. Hosts a off white inch of creamy head. Nose is just incredible with tones of mango and citrus. It just smells great. Flavor is just as big and diverse. Citrus rinds and citrus pulp teams with mango and slight dankness. Incredible brew that previously wasn't on my map.

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Photo of wasatchback
4.78/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

I'm not usually a fan of single hop Mosaic beers but none hold a candle to Pompeii. Mouthfeel and so soft and smooth. Hop aroma is strong and complex, typical Mosaic. Just another world class beer from TG. Really impressed

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.31/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Landing in the oddly familiar but no-man's-land of beer, Toppling Goliath's Pompeii is such an enigma because of it's IPA style-sake that's far too mild in alcohol to qualify, but isn't quite a session IPA either. Too hoppy and too dry for American pale ale- whatever Pompeii is, it's working for me.

Underneath that hazy golden hue and its arid swath of foam, the ale billows over with juicy tropical and citrus flavors with an exotic herbal weave that nods ever so gently to wafts of cannabis. Its dry caramel taste is short and delicate, seeming of mild honey before dissolving effortlessly on the palate.

The middle palate is all about the hops and supple creamy underpinning. Pink grapefruit, tangerine, apricot, mango, pineapple and passionfruit all carry that majestic culmination that only Mosaic hops guarantee. As the tropical flavors trail, its herbal essence garners steam and eventually finishes bitter with muddled botanical herbs, including those dank cannabis flavors.

Dry to the bone, the light bodied IPA carries an arid structure across the palate as the ale seemingly dissolves on the throat, leaving behind an aura of fruit, herb and a smooth citrusy bitterness that lingers deeply in aftertaste.

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Photo of soze47
4.22/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Really nice beer - one of their better offerings that I've had recently.

Really hard to pin down exact hop flavors - definite notes of tropical fruit and a lingering grassy quality. Malt is excellent on this - just enough bready sweetness in a lower abv brew. The feel is exquisite and carries the flavors well.

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Photo of Kegger37
4.05/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not bad, like many TG IPA's and pale ales, they all taste a like, kinda floral and somewhat juicy. Pseudo sue, golden nugget, zee lander, light speed, sosus, 1492, tsunami pale ale, they are all very similar. They are all good offerings. I live 40 miles from the brewery so I get to try them all fresh and love to see them get all this love.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.63/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

22 oz bottle poured into a Sierra Nevada imperial pint.
5.5% ABV,

A - The hazy, unfiltered pour of Pompeii starts an eruption of tight carbonation bubbles forming a cascading effect through the goldenrod beer to its frothy and lasting eggshell foam.

S - Toppling Goliath nails the aroma of this single hopped Mosaic IPA from it's bright and crisp citrus notes of pineapple and lime peel and the floral and earthy resin characteristics of the hop cone itself to the biscuity malt base.

T - Earthiness forward, Pompeii marries tea-like floral and herbal attributes with sticky hop resin and deep citrus characteristics of pineapple, watermelon rind, and candied lemon peel, all overlapping dry, biscuity malt.

M - It's bright citrus complexity and light body make Pompeii a crisp and refreshing IPA that has just enough malt backbone to stand up to the lingering bitterness the Mosaic hops offer.

O - Toppling Goliath makes some great beers, that's for sure but Pompeii is easily one of my favorites from them but like with most IPAs, this one begs to be drank as fresh as possible. This beer also does a great job of blurring the lines between pale ale, session IPA, and IPA as it's low in ABV for a typical IPA (these days) and crisp and refreshing like a session beer. Every now and again I come across a beer that I find so good words don't do it justice, it just needs to be tried and enjoyed. This is one of them.

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Photo of thampel09
4.39/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Really easy drinking ipa. Mosaic really is a great hop and it shines very well in this beer. Mouthfeel kinda leaned more on the lighter side but very drinkable

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Photo of Umdrunner
4.45/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured golden hazy straw with 1 inch white head that had great lacing. Powerful juicy citrus scent. Flavor was so juicy that my mouth watered. Citrus, piny, blueberries. Very complex flavors for a mono-hop beer. Excellent!

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Photo of ThickNStout
4.48/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle from IAmJacksHopTongue (many thanks!). No identifiable bottling date. Served in a Toppling Goliath teku.

Pours a hazy, pale orange with just under two fingers of white head. Nice retention, with a thick layer across the surface and broad collar that leaves large swaths of lace in its wake.

Juicy, welcoming aromas. Honeydew, cantaloupe, citrus, berry and a hint of bready sweetness. It is a hop wonderland for the nose.

Bursting with juicy hops, this is delicious from the first sip. The flavors follow the nose- melon, berries, orange, pineapple, mild pine and some soft bready notes hiding in the background. There is a mild bitterness but tropical hops rule here making this quite tasty and very easy to drink.

Medium light body with moderate carbonation. Finishes with a hoppy medley of melon, berry and citrus.

I've enjoyed all of the Toppling Goliath pales I've had the pleasure of consuming and Pompeii is no exception. Arguably the best single hopped Mosaic IPA I've tried. For my preferences what sets it apart from the others is a beautifully balanced, subtle malt backdrop that seems to both support and augment those Mosaic hops.

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Photo of pat61
4.75/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

L: Pours a hazy copper tinted amber under a off-white to cream 2” foam cap that recedes moderately fast and is lacy and clingy.

S: Has a minty, resiny nose with light grains. Hop aromas are medium high, malt aromas are medium low, yeast aromas are low.

T: Starts with a blend of lightly sweetened malt and light caramel, light fruit and an assertive bitterness as hop flavors of mint, spice and traces of anise grow. The hop flavors are very herbal and spicy. The hop flavors and bitterness are medium high. The malt flavors are medium to medium high and the yeast flavors are medium low.

F: Medium body and medium carbonation.

O: A very full flavored, minty IPA that is well worth repeating.

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Photo of MNAle
3.63/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12/03/15 bomber, consumed on 12/20/15. Golden color, moderate carbonation, 1 inch while, bubbly head, leaving some lacing as it recedes at a moderate pace. Citrus and piney resin in the aroma. Good mouth feel for the style, but not much effect from the carbonation. Good malt taste on the initial taste that transitions quickly to piney and bitter. The bitterness lingers into the aftertaste. Other than in the aroma, I don't get hardly any of the fruitiness or juiciness others talk about. Overall, a good (but not great) IPA with the taste predominately pine and resin. Reading many of the other reviews, I wonder... can this IPA really fade from world class to mediocrity in 3 weeks?

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Photo of garymuchow
4.39/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Wow, I've never had quite this tropical fruity aroma. A real fruit salad (reminded me of the old life savers tropical fruit pack). Semi-sweet and smooth.
Lighter color and rather cloudy. Needed a pretty aggressive pour to get the head that showed.
Prominent bitterness but also very smooth in the long finish. Fruity (tropical again) but a little more muddied here (less distinct) and more blended with the soft malting. Still highly enjoyable. A nice little sharpness to the feel. Unclear if it's the carbonation or something about the freshness of this drink (hops or malt). Smooth feel too.
This is quite good . I've had a couple very good beer lately and this ranks with my top beers this year.

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Photo of joe1510
4.3/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz Bomber
Discount Liquors - Milwaukee

Pompeii shines like 24kt gold when backlit, it's bright and vibrant. When not backlit there are some dusky orange highlights along the sides of the glass. A linen white head of a finger in height forms on the pour and slowly falls to a thin cap. The foam leaves behind thin but sticky lacing after each drink, peaks and valleys on the glass. This beer looks damn good!

This guy is just dripping mosaic hoppiness. Earthy upfront, even a touch dank, before segueing into glorious tropical fruits that are brilliantly bold. Ripe pineapple, mango and lime zest add some tropical flair. That earthy, dank undercurrent runs from front to back. Grapefruit marmalade and blueberry make their appearences as well. There's not much in the way of a malt profile besides a soft sugar cookie sweetness. It's simply a canvas for the for the star of the show, Mosaic.

While the flavor profile doesn't quite live up to the lofty expectations that the nose created, it's certainly not far off.It's juicy fruity off the bat. Big notes of peppery mango, ripe pineapple, lime zest, and grapefruit pith run from start to finish. Earthy dankness runs the periphery adding depth while a soft, ghost-like blueberry note picks up toward the end. A little pine emerges with warmth. The malt profile, again, is soft and simply a canvas for the hops.

The body fits just as it should. It sits sturdily in the middle of the weight spectrum with a tiny bubbled and crisp carbonation. It dries up quickly on the finish. The bitterness is there but stays around moderate throughout the entire drink. 22oz of this beer is simply not enough. Highly drinkable.

I have to admit, my expectations for Pompeii were in the middle of the road. I expected a good beer. This beer is well beyond good. Toppling Goliath has pulled about as much goodness as you could out of a single hop. It's juicy and dank with that always great blueberry kicker. It smells ridiculously delicious, so that helps. Pompeii is a damn good beer and I wouldn't hesitate to buy more in the future. As a matter of fact, I'd load up the car next time.

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4.24/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: a golden orange, bright white head, and a whole lot of "stuff" floating around the glass
S: fresh citrus fruit, a bit of danky hops, some sweet malts
T: very light compared to the smell, lots of fruit in there. a slight bitter aftertaste. nice balance of malt and hops
F: light carbonation and taste, very drinkable
O: a great light IPA. you could drink this all day long. Its not the best TG makes, but that does not mean its still not awesome!

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Photo of Beerlover
3.13/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

good beer, but first disappointing beer I've had from toppling goliath, it just doesn't have much to it. It's more of a session ipa or pale ale, just a very light body, aroma and taste. I've been tring to figure out if the date on the bottle is the "bottled on" or "drink by" date. Today is 12/12/15 and the date on the bottle is 12/03/15, soooo with past toppling glorious experience I'm guessin the date is the "drink by" date, sadly. boo hoo hoo... wee ooo wee ooo wee oooo. toppling is still one of topps in my book!

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Photo of Mdog
4.29/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Gold, lots of particles, good head.

Smell: Strong, mix of danky, citrus rind, bit of berries.

Taste: Moderate sweetness and a coating feel. Moderate berry flavor with citrus finish. Mild bitterness. Tasty!

Overall: 1000th review here on BA. Saw a bottle of this and figured it must be fresh since I'd never seen it before. The beer is a nice show of Mosaic hops, the berry-like flavor that they sometimes give comes through pretty well here. Good stuff.

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4.66/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a gorgeous murky golden color. Nose is intense grapefruit and the taste is a fruity, aromatic excellence. The mouth feel of this IPA is amazing. The combination of all hear elements make this beer extremely enjoyable and an IPA to be sought after.

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Pompeii from Toppling Goliath Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 92 ratings.