Pompeii - Toppling Goliath Brewing Company

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Ratings: 233
Reviews: 36
rAvg: 4.35
pDev: 6.67%
Wants: 52
Gots: 32 | 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: 233 | Reviews: 36
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 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 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 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 jzlyo
4.33/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Aroma is pungent hops, spices and slightly perfumed citrus. The flavor is complex hops, grapefruit, mild pine needles, malts, citrus, fruit and a resiny/bitter/tart finish.

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

650ml bottle, served in a TG snifter.

Pours a darker, hazy orange-copper body, thick and substantial one finger white head with nice retention and lacing. Smells of pineapples and grapefruit, mild sweet pale malt without graininess, not a lot of resin; very clean fruity hop aromas that showcase Mosaic well. Flavour is balanced between the tropical fruit, citrus and the pale malt backbone; it's a very smooth combination and blend of hops and malt. The malt is not too forward, but it provides a nice sweetness on top of the tropical fruit qualities. Mild resinous bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium-lighter bodied, soft, mellow tropical fruity bitterness on the backend. The carbonation is a bit lower than I've become accustomed to from TG. Overall, a very solid IPA with a nice balance to it; it's hoppy but doesn't pop like classic Sosus did, but that's not necessarily what I'm looking for here. To sum this up, it's a clean expression of Mosaic hops.

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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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.

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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 KillerJigger
4.39/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Yummmm yummmm Thanks TG for a tasty Friday!! Great job guys!!

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Pompeii from Toppling Goliath Brewing Company
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