Pompeii - Toppling Goliath Brewing Company

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Ratings: 252
Reviews: 39
rAvg: 4.35
pDev: 6.67%
Wants: 53
Gots: 36 | FT: 1
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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: 252 | Reviews: 39
Reviews by tewaris:
Photo of tewaris
4/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had it right after PseudoSue. Frankly it's a notch below. That said, it is a very good beer in its own right. Hazy, light amber with very good lacing. You can tell it has a rich malt base. But that doesn't get in the way of drinkability... dank, spicy aroma. I am not the biggest fan of spicy notes though. Medium bitterness and dry finish.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Josh012012
4.53/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

had this side by side with pseudo sue. Pompeii was the better of the two. has more flavor better mouthfeel and just as delicious and refreshing

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 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 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.

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 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 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 Austin32
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very strong mosaic hop flavor, juicy, citrus notes. Top notch beer from 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 Tiburon
4.25/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I had very little foam on the pour from a bomber, and tasted a lot of grapefruit.

Photo of smakawhat
4.16/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bottle into a Spiegelau IPA glass. Bottled June 17th 2015.

Thick headed, three finger top of sudsy and whipped up thick retention on the pour, with pill like lacing and lots of staying power. Body color is a little dull, opaque with a hint of lemon glow, to hues of tangerine orange. Nice mix of body color, but very little noticeable rising carbonation. Interesting mix of solid appearances, but also dullness to match.

Nice hop aroma that isn't all out explosive. Woody and full of dank earthy quality, with a mixed spice note on the hop bent which give a hint of passion fruit like sweetness. A hint of vanilla and soda cream like character just feels like it wants to poke out of this, but very much hiding. Not sure where this is going, but very solid, with a good solid hop profile. After some time, the dank aroma dominates with a pickle salty character taking over that is inescapable.

Body and flavors do the job, but in a simpler way. Pale ale like body, with a much simpler feel and backbone for the malts, but with some full bodied juiced tropical kick character. Hop angle comes nicely with a juiced almost tropical hint, but more accenting on lemon and bitter zesty rind. Aftertaste really brings the earth and and dank tones. Sticky finish, but with also a lighter feel that hints towards more juice and sweetness but not quite giving the magic, and giving the impression of purposefully being toned down.

Real interesting brew, and nice drinkable to match feel. Fun brew.

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 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 NickTheGreat
4.71/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

L (4.25) - A nice orange-yellow color with a bit of haze. Makes sense for the beer.
S (4.5) - Fantastic hop aroma. Really get the floral notes. Very enticing.
T (5) - Tastes better than it smells! Definitely get the floral stuff, but fairly well balanced. Mine was quite fresh, but I can't think of any way for it to be better. No bitter or weird aftertastes either.
F (4.25) - Good carb level and quite drinkable.
O (4.75) - I was excited for this one, and it held true. This has set the bar quite high for any other beer out there. Sadly, I don't have any more left . . .

Photo of umustdrink
3.76/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A - Opaque orange color. White head, good retention.

S - Lots of blueberry Mosaic goodness. It gets considerably more pungent as it warms.

T - Light piney bitterness with some mild sweet berry notes. Lightly dank berry aftertaste. A bit lacking on taste.

M - Very dry, medium-low carbonation.

O - They advertise it as an IPA on the bottle, but it's not really all that bitter - feels more like pale ale territory in terms of bitterness. I was expecting something like Pseudosue but with Mosaic, and I was quite underwhelmed. As a pale ale (or even a blonde ale), Pompeii is good to pretty good. But it falls way short as an IPA.

Photo of robear
4.37/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.75

12 days old when consumed.

Look- great hazy golden ale with thick 1 finger head. Sunburst through fog.

Smell- slightly murky aroma, fresh, yeasty, soupy hops.

Taste- this is where Pompeii really erupts. There is no part of this beer that isn't affected by the hops- begins sharp with bitterness, quickly mellows with some cantaloupe, and finishes with a touch of honey and pineapple.

Feel- appropriately carbonated, slightly thick for a single IPA.

Overall- One of my favorite TG beers. Truly beautiful and a special bottle. I was lucky enough to be at a shop with no limit and I am kicking myself for only picking up 2.

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 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 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 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 BarrytheBear
4.15/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

The combination of not getting out much these days and this beer showing up on tap was enough to propel me down freshly snowed streets.

On tap at Dexter's into a snifter.

Pours the color of pineapple juice with a few chunks of white head and light pooling at the edges.
Some excellent tropical fruit notes on the nose: guava and papaya. Malts come across as pie crust. It's a nice, and relatively unique smelling, IPA. Assuming this is due to the Mosiac hop, which I believe is the sole hop used here. Touch of booze here as well: I have no idea of the abv.

Taste is quite interesting as well and maybe it's the power of suggestion from what I have read about this hop, but there is a departure from the tropical notes of the nose into fresh blueberry and skins. Ripe blueberry, flesh, and some light grassy bitterness at the beginning and the finish. Unique and refreshing in this regard.

The mouthfeel is difficult to explain and the three of us spent a long time discussing it's qualities. On the positive end, Pompeii is light bodied and really slides along the palate. Small bubble carbonation keeps this nice and lively. On the perplexing end, the front and back end are similar in that the aforementioned flavors present themselves distinctly, but there's a void along the middle of the tongue. My friend described it as a bubble that pops on your tongue. While the flavors hit the front and back, they are lacking across the middle. Not entirely sure why this is, or how else to describe it, but it was really an interesting experience to talk through.

Overall, despite the oddity on the palate, the hopping and overall taste of this beer was quite nice. My buddy declared he had beer envy after tasting it, and this while he was drinking a Zombie Dust. That should be considered high praise. I ended up making the trip especially for this beer, drank two snifters, and would have lingered longer had I been able. Looking forward to trying more of TG's stuff.

Photo of Mikerri6
4.6/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Very interesting hop smell. We pick up pepper, citrus and mango. Similar to Nelson schmelson but in a single IPA.

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 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

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Pompeii from Toppling Goliath Brewing Company
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