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Pompeii - Toppling Goliath Brewing Company

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Reviews: 63
Hads: 462
Avg: 4.33
pDev: 6.93%
Wants: 66
Gots: 74 | FT: 5
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 Norvelljeff
5/5  rDev +15.5%
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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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 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 IowaPA
4.89/5  rDev +12.9%
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.


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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 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 NickTheGreat
4.71/5  rDev +8.8%
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 . . .

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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 4thFloyd
4.71/5  rDev +8.8%
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 Coldstorage
4.71/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.71/5  rDev +8.8%
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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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 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 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 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 brewskis
4.62/5  rDev +6.7%
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 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 smanson56
4.61/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

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Photo of Josh012012
4.6/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | 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. if you like mosaic hops this is a no brainer

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Photo of Sintech
4.6/5  rDev +6.2%
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 DSWeller
4.56/5  rDev +5.3%
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 Prager62
4.54/5  rDev +4.8%
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 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 Nic1985Ace
4.53/5  rDev +4.6%
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 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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Pompeii from Toppling Goliath Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 63 ratings.