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Pompeii - Toppling Goliath Brewing Company

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Reviews: 48
Hads: 407
Avg: 4.31
pDev: 20.19%
Wants: 63
Gots: 67 | 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 Evilyak
3.84/5  rDev -10.9%
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 -7.7%
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 +8.1%
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 +7.2%
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 +9.3%
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 +13.9%
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 +11.8%
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 -1.4%
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 +4.9%
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 -4.9%
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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Photo of brewskis
4.62/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden orange color with a finger of white head that stuck around forever. The great retention tells me this is a well-made brew.

Aroma is all Mosaic as expected. Mangos, pineapples, guava, grapefruit, melon, huge dankness, and big amount of sugary sweetness. Juicy, dank aroma.

Taste follows the nose perfectly. Mosaic hop juice. Get a ton of tropical fruit (mango, pineapples, guava), as well as grapefruit pulp, melon, and huge amounts of herbaceous dankness. A big sugary sweetness (not cloying at all) is there in the front and mid-palate to make the beer extremely juicy. Dries out a little into the finish and has a very subtle grapefruit and resin bitterness to go with the juicy, fruity, dank hops.

Medium body. Smooth, creamy, and clean. Drinks like a pale ale. Can't really get better than this for the style imo.

This brewery is always a treat to have and this one is no different. Love Mosaic hops and this is one of the better single-hopped ones I've had. Juicy and complex.

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Photo of JackieTH
3.9/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed at the 2015 MN ABR

Golden-amber pour with a medium foam cap into a 2-oz tasting glass. Nose is tropical - pineapple and melons. Taste is papaya and mango, heaps of tropical fruit. Quite sweet borderline but not quite cloying. Medium body and crisp mouthfeel. Great flavors, as mentioned it's borderline too sweet but nonetheless I enjoyed it and would buy a few of these.

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Photo of Sintech
4.6/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

22oz Bottle.

Look - Hazy orange hue

Smell - Tropical and citrus dankness.

Taste - Incredible. Tropical! Wow!

Mouthfeel - Very drinkable!

Overall - Highly recommended! Outstanding!


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Photo of Prager62
4.54/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up at a Hy Vee grocery store in Iowa City. The bottle date is smudged and illegible, but the clerk said it was delivered that day. No abv. is printed on the label.

Look- Pours a dark gold with a generous finger of frothy white foam.

Smell- Heavy passion fruit with pineapple and a hint of rubber in the back.

Taste- Passion fruit, pineapple, and a hint of guava. There is a bit of butyl in the finish.

Feel- Thin but juicy.

Overall- A very fresh tropical Mosaic hop bomb! Wonderful tropical juice aroma and flavor. I'm so glad I was lucky enough to find some.

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Photo of deebo
4/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bomber bottled on 9/11. A little filming of white film atop a light orange clear brew. Aroma that hits me first is mango. Both the skin and the flesh. Very nice. Taste is definitely hoppy with a fruity flavor with a long tail. Not overly bitter but it definitely hangs on. Malt is there for the ride but this is all mosaic. Mango, pineapple and blueberry with pine oily resin as well. Moderately carbonated with a long finish. Overall a tasty mosaic beer. Not sure I'd buy many at a $9 price point but worth a try.

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Photo of DSWeller
4.56/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had a sampler today at the TG Brewhouse and also a bomber tonight. This pours a fantastic dark gold and the aroma is what captures your attention! The smell is fantastic. Tropical fruit bomb! Very drinkable, so smooth with hints of cream, orange, pineapple and little/to no bitterness. This is another fantastic beer from TG. I had a very fresh versions of this. (Within 1 week). I wish TG products were more readily available for more people to consume.

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Photo of Roland
4.49/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was a surprise beer from a head brewer friend. I was amazed to find out it was just and mosaic IPA. The best way for me to describe this beer is if zombie dust had a older more mature brother single hop IPA this is that!

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Photo of TX-Badger
4/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden color with white head. Citrus fruits, spice, and light pine on the nose; follows onto the palate. Medium bodied. Finishes with spice and pine, mosaic hops really shine through on this one.

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Photo of Kurmaraja
4.23/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Beautiful appearance; burnished gold with a couple fingers of rocky head with moderate retention. Nose has some pineapple, tangelo, something herbal (like thyme and / or sage) and a bit of damp leaves. Flavor follows. Mouth feel falls a bit flat. Definitely a weak spot - it's creamy but not bright or crisp feeling. As it warms, the damp leaf smell becomes a bit dominant and unpleasant. Very good but a bit short of great.

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Photo of Nic1985Ace
4.53/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Had this beer on draft and the TG Taproom and in bomber at home.
L: This beer pours a beautiful tangerine color, with a quick dissipating head with good lacing.
S: Smell is a nice balance of pine, grapefruit, and citrus.
T: Mosaic hops really shine through, nice balance. Citrus, tropical flavors up front with a piney aftertaste.
F: Good carbonation and a nice smooth, creamy feel.
O: Another great beer by the guys at TG. Very good both on draft and bomber!

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Photo of SteveB24
3.78/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Look-color is amber with a touch of haze to it, beer pours a half finger of creamy head that settles into a stubborn ring of lacing.
Smell-Lots of dank hops, with a touch of tropical fruit in the end, and some sweet malt character in the background.
Taste- Virtually identical to the aroma, to me. Very clean taste. Lots of Dank hops, the earthy, grassy notes are followed by hints of mango and papaya, with a malty finish.
Feel-Nice medium body, very carbonated, finishes juicy and creamy.
Overall-Reasonably pleasant IPA, not something i would seek out again as i didn't find it to be particularly "exciting", but i appreciated the clean taste and the effect was generally refreshing and reasonably tasty.

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Photo of Treyliff
4.32/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle poured into a tulip

A- pours a hazy and cloudy golden-orange color with a small foamy white head that reduces to a thin film and ring around the edge, short lacing left behind

S- big bouquet of floral and piney hop opens up, with underlying notes of citrus and tropical hops; orange peel, grapefruit pith & papaya. Faint underlying bready hops

T- citrusy hop flavor up front brings notes of orange peel and grapefruit, piney and earthy notes follow, along with some tropical notes of papaya and mango, a hint of garlic and earth on the finish

M- medium body with moderate carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel and a and a creamy finish

O- a nice showcase of the mosaic hop, it's quite impressive how much hop flavor they've managed to pack into a 5.5% ABV beer, well done

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Photo of aleigator
4.35/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Yields a cloudy, sun-yellow color with a fluffy, huge head.

Offers up a fantastic hops diversity, producing citrus peel, riper blood orange, fresh cut grass, as well as papaya which builds a well working bridge, inviting sweeter malts. Tart citrus, together with grass stand out the most, which leads to a refreshing, intriguing hop forward nose.

Has a medium fitting carbonation, which is spot on, as the taste unload lots of different, tied together flavors.

Tastes of mineralic infused dough white bread, immediately coated up by stronger growing lemon zest and dank grass. The malts then get a tad sweeter, leading to orange and ripe papaya, leaving enough space on the palate for the beers dankness. Throughout the taste is focused on the diverse hops profile, while they range from grassy to fruity, ending with a pleasant, illustrating bitterness.

Its pleasant, soft mouthfeel unleashes a thoughtful, well composed hop carpet which is indeed very versatile, while convincing, as for its focused hoppiness. Doesn't push it too far, remains easy drinkable and very enjoyable.

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Photo of 4thFloyd
4.71/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Golden color and hazy appearance with an off-white head and good retention. Big grapefruit and pine aroma. Taste follows with additional sweetness and citrus/tropical fruits (picking up some mango). Very nice body and balance. Medium pine bitterness that finishes clean. A great beer.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.71/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bottle from John's Grocery in Iowa City, IA. This store is a must stop if you're in the area.

Hazy orange body with an inch of white head. Oh the aroma...what a showcase for the lovely Mosaic hops. Teeming with tropical fruit and citrus. Delightful palate. Mango, orange, juicy melon. Smooth and tangy. Outstanding.

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Pompeii from Toppling Goliath Brewing Company
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