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Pompeii - Toppling Goliath Brewing Company

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Reviews: 30
Hads: 324
rAvg: 4.31
pDev: 9.05%
Wants: 59
Gots: 44 | 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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Photo of jlindros
4.4/5  rDev +2.1%
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. (1,067 characters)

Photo of mothman
4.49/5  rDev +4.2%
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. (484 characters)

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. (316 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
4.16/5  rDev -3.5%
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. (1,520 characters)

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. (424 characters)

Photo of rudzud
4.27/5  rDev -0.9%
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 (537 characters)

Photo of Stevedore
4.16/5  rDev -3.5%
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. (956 characters)

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. (172 characters)

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 (790 characters)

Photo of ONovoMexicano
3.67/5  rDev -14.8%
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. (587 characters)

Photo of BarrytheBear
4.15/5  rDev -3.7%
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. (1,972 characters)

Photo of Vonerichs
4.34/5  rDev +0.7%
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. (301 characters)

Photo of tewaris
4/5  rDev -7.2%
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. (340 characters)

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. (708 characters)

Photo of robear
4.37/5  rDev +1.4%
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. (625 characters)

Photo of nhindian
3.09/5  rDev -28.3%
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. (1,457 characters)

Photo of smanson56
4.61/5  rDev +7%
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. (396 characters)

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. (1,086 characters)

Photo of mjpolzin
4.1/5  rDev -4.9%
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. (309 characters)

Photo of umustdrink
3.76/5  rDev -12.8%
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. (632 characters)

Photo of Norvelljeff
5/5  rDev +16%
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 (169 characters)

Photo of Josh012012
4.6/5  rDev +6.7%
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 (189 characters)

Photo of mschantz
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%
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. (560 characters)

Photo of kbwalters
4.34/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured cold into a tulip glass. Bottled within a week of consumption.
Look = 4.25 Pours a straw yellow into a cloudy nearly opaque light orange with 2 fingers of thick crisp white head. Great retention and lace here.
Aroma = 4.5 Very juicy! Crazy tropical fruit notes from the hops; mango, pineapple, very good aroma.
Taste = 4.25 Follows the nose pretty well. Hops dominate, tropical fruit notes. Mango flavors, juicy. Only a mild bitterness on the finish. Mosaic hops for sure.
Feel = 4.0 Medium bodied with light to medium carbonation. Smooth feel, not resiny at all. Doesn’t coat the mouth like other IPAs but fits the fruity flavor profile well.
Drinkability = 4.5 Very easy drinking IPA, low bitterness and non sticky mouthfeel add to this.
Overall = 4.3875 Terrific mosaic single hop IPA here; great aroma and taste really showcase the tropical fruit flavors that mosaic brings. A head to head with fresh, fresh squeezed would be interesting. (956 characters)

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. (287 characters)

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Pompeii from Toppling Goliath Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 30 ratings.