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Pompeii - Toppling Goliath Brewing Company

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Ratings: 191
Reviews: 31
rAvg: 4.35
pDev: 6.9%
Wants: 44
Gots: 24 | FT: 1
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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Ratings: 191 | Reviews: 31
Photo of Rimbimhoot
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Mango, guava, tropical juice, balanced bitterness, light sweetness, mosaic hops, bready, pineapple

Photo of carmike813
4.48/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Big hazy mosaic offering from TG.. highly recommend this guy it wont disappoint

Photo of jlindros
4.4/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to irish-hawkeye (Reddit) for this one. Shared with rudzud.

Pours a great fluffy creamy almost 2 finger head that fades slowly with nice soapy lacing, hazy orange juice color.

Nose brings tons of dank citrus hops, a simcoe like dank musty grapefruit with citrus resin and pith, dank tropical fruits with papaya, little grassy oily earthy, citrus and kiwi like hops, even a little melon rind, nice pith.

Taste brings a malty sweet start, toasted soft reddish malts but dry. Then hops, a kiwi like tropical fruit mild earthy grassy note, with more dank fruits, tropical mostly, papaya, hint passion fruit, resinous notes, little grapefruit pith again, touch spicy too. Nice dank tropical fruits mostly, linger for a while, nice dank resin on the back end with lingering musty tropical fruits, little bitter earthy spicy hops, big lingering spicy rind, hint of baking spices too.

Mouth is med bod, decent softness, nice carb.

Overall very nice, great hop profile, nice bitterness, dank resin and musty tropical fruits with nice pith and mild citrus, etc.

Photo of rudzud
4.27/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to JLindros for sharing.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a nice lightly hazy golden hue with a good two finger head that fades to leave sticky lacing and a nice thin blanket.

S - Aromas of very dank hops, nice oily resins, pine, earthy, really faint tropical.

T - Taste is similar to the nose, really dank, loads of pith, resin, citrus juice, very straight forward.

M - Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated, fluffy.

O - Overall this beer was really nice, good dank hops and citrus with pine. Pleasant.

Serving type: bottle

Photo of nhindian
3.09/5  rDev -29%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to TGanyone for this!

Appearance - Pompeii has a great look to it and contrasts quite artistically with the mosaic label art. The color is a brilliant golden hue, and where the glass is widest, takes on a mild reddish hue. On top of the beer floats a snow white head that threatens to precariously topple over the rim, much like the volcano shown on the label. The body itself is a slightly cloudy and strangely still; one can count the amount of bubbles within the glass as each one slowly meanders its way to the top.

Aroma - The aroma is ripe with pineapple, orange peel, stone fruit, and pine. Deeper notes give way to a slight spiciness mixed with an earthy tone. A mild cereal note lingers constantly within the background.

Taste - At first, the hops give a great combination of flavors that run the gamut from sweet tropical fruit like guava and pineapple, to dank pine, to a spicy, peppery finish. The malt adds just enough to give it a sweet balance, but the hops are always at the forefront. In the finish, however, the bottom falls out of this beer, as a plastic, medicinal taste comes through that sinks the flavor for me. This is a shame.

Mouthfeel - The body is creamy and robust, if not a little thin. I would've preferred a touch more carbonation.

Closing Arguments - All aspects of this beer are spot on except for the flavor. For 3/4s of the taste, this beer is nice, but the plastic note in the finish sort of ruins it for me.

Photo of rlee1390
4.2/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Starts with a peppery spice flavor, followed by mild citrus notes, slightly watery and thin. Some bitterness.

Photo of linnymtu
4/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Definitely a bit underwhelmed by this one. Tasted no better than Founders All Day IPA... A session beer

Photo of mschantz
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled pour from a 22 oz bottle. Pours a bright brassy orange with a huge amount of hop haze. Can barely see the shadow of my hand behind the glass. A solid finger of dense fluffy head. Nose is outstanding - tropical fruit including mango, pineapple and guava.'Reminds me of the POG juice Hawaiian Airlines serves on flights. Taste is dominated by the fruit but is somewhat balanced with new mown grass and a finishing hoppy bitterness. Mouthfeel is sparkly and clean - effervescent. Fantastic beer that I enjoy more than the much heralded Sue from TG.

Photo of ONovoMexicano
3.67/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a tulip glass.

A- excellent lacing, foamy thick head, cloudy orange glow in the body. 4.5

S- mango and passionfruit, but then plastic and pissiness. 3.75

T- still getting something like plastic or maybe cardboard, but then a rich mango and passionfruit flavor. The flavor feels a tad subdued too and leaves me wanting a bit more. 3.5

M- The carbonation is pretty heavy and detracts from the otherwise creamy and rich body. The bitterness is mellow and it finishes similar to biting into an orange. 4

Some real nice flavor here but also some oddity in taste, nose and feel.

Photo of mothman
4.49/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First of all, the label on this beer is a masterpiece. Beautiful.

The beer is amazing as well.

Golden orange color. Off white head with lace. Nice retention.

Flavor profile: Very tropical and juicy. Pineapple, papaya, and mango. Earthy hops. Very green and citrusy.

Mouthfeel: A nice amount of bitterness, but it ends clean. Some grapefruit citrus and hop resiny flavor sticks around in the finish.

A well done ipa. Very enjoyable and definitely up there with the best of them.

Photo of Kraj30
4.49/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

my favorite IPA from them.. wow... Love it

Photo of BeerCrazyCrow
5/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Great smell. Very Fruity. Another great beer by TG.

Photo of BillRoth
4.38/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Shared a bottle at TG during Beer Safari trip. Great IPA

Photo of smanson56
4.61/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

L: Pours a slightly hazy yellow with a touch of orang. A night white foamy head on the top.
A: the nose of the mosaic hops comes through with all the tropical smells.
T: the taste is a mixture of tropical fruits with mango and pineapple flavors coming to front.
F: The mouth feel is pleasant and smooth.
O: All in all I would say this is my favorite offering from TG at this point. A great IPA.

Photo of kkleu357
4.31/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

From notes on 3/26/15

Sweet juicy slight pineapple taste. Love the hazy golden orange body. Big citrus aroma.

Photo of Coldstorage
4.71/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

L: Golden, slightly cloudy, head disappears quickly.

S: Smell is fantastic. Pineapple, Orange, Mango...

T: Taste delivers on the tropical promise but adds some earthy undertones of dirt and mild hay. Minimal bitterness.

F: Well carbonated and somewhere between thin and medium mouthfeel.

O: Another massive victory for TG.

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

Hazy gold with short white head and good cascading lace.

Super fresh tropical fruit aroma. Overripe mango, pineapple juice, and oranges.

Same tropical flavor. Add grapefruit and floral flavors.

Clean, light, and refreshing mouthfeel.

Extremely drinkable. The nose on this beer is amazing.

Photo of CraigP83
4.61/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Grapefruit on the nose, grassy melon fruity hops flavor.

Photo of Norvelljeff
5/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer had a light gold in color with semi's use of Orange and apricots very delicious taste with a ton of flavor definitely one of my favorites from toppling Goliath

Photo of sosus
4.78/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Light, citrus, hops. I could drink this beer all summer long.

Photo of mjpolzin
4.1/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Another home run from Topping Goliath but the $9 price tag might turn me off in the future since it isn't as good as other options from them.

It had a great citrus aroma and a taste that reminded me of Sue but with more hop bitterness. A little light in the body which makes sense with it being only 5.5 abv.

Photo of IowaPA
4.89/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Look: A lighter golden brown and hazy. Not different from the latest pS batches.

Smell: A little on the fruity and earthy side. Get a little of the blueberry I've heard others mention, but with a little bit of a Zeelander backdrop of that earthy (ever so slightly) oniony goodness.

Taste: Really impressed me here. Just the right amount of hop bite for me, albeit a little low compared to a traditional IPA. Starts a little sweet and fruity, and ends dry, and really lightly bitter.

Feel: Just a hair light in feel for my taste for a traditional IPA.

Overall: Didn't have much expectation, first time trying this one, and the first beer I've tried since the new guard has taken over. If this is a sign of beers to come from TG, they are in good hands. A really interesting tasting, hazy, easy drinking IPA. Kind of like a Mosaic pseudoSue, but (as a friend coined perfectly) "...like pseudoSue, but turned up to 11". I'm admittedly a huge TG fan/supporter, and had some concerns about this batch of beers, but this thing is world class. REALLY hoping Clark and the boys keep making this one.

Cheers!

Photo of Awolter
4.73/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Drank in an IPA glass. Bottled 3/20 (5 days ago). Not very bitter, and reminded me more of a fantastic pale ale.

Photo of IowaBiertrinker
4.33/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Nice mosaic nose and taste. Much lighter than Sosus, and much easier to drink more without realizing how much you have had. Nice!

Photo of IowaAJ
4.82/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

I love it. An excellent IPA'ish Pale Ale.

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Pompeii from Toppling Goliath Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 191 ratings.