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Sosus - Toppling Goliath Brewing Company

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Reviews: 92
Hads: 964
Avg: 4.49
pDev: 22.94%
Wants: 642
Gots: 62 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Toppling Goliath Brewing Company visit their website
Iowa, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: nickapalooza86 on 05-05-2013

In his most notable mosaic work, Sosus of Pergamon depicts doves sunning atop a golden chalice. The image was said to be so enticing that real birds flew into it while trying to reach their stone companions. This single-hop showcase is inspired by the beauty of divinity of the Sosus mosaics. Just as the doves discovered their golden nectar, discover the irresistible nature of the Mosaic hop.

100+ IBU
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Photo of Feelmebone
4.75/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Great beer from Toppling Goliath . I got the new bottle with the birds and I love it . This is a great DIPA thats stands up to the new england brews I get .

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Photo of mr-jj
4.31/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From 7/11/15. Poured into a snifter from a 12 oz. bottle.

Color is orange gold with a thin white head. Good lacing. Smell is tropical and citrus - very juicy, like lots of midwest IPAs. Flavor follows the nose, very juicy and resinous. Mouthfeel is medium body, with mild/moderation carbonation and a lot of mouth-coating resin. Overall, a delicious beer.

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Photo of HoppyBastard2
3.47/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.25

Very unimpressed with this. Chunky with tons of sediment. Smelled and tasted like rotting onion. Really not an enjoyable experience. Reminded me a lot of 2-3 year old Founders Devil Dancer. Not worth the hype.

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Photo of MikeM417
4.78/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This IPA from the midwest is right up there with the big dogs from New England. This was the closest to a "Trillium" type beer that I've had from a brewery in the midwest. The look, the smell, the taste, its all there. Great job TG, I look forward to the next batch!

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Photo of warrendietrich2001
4.71/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a tulip glass. A nice orange color almost looks like a glass of orange juice. The head was a bit thin but had a nice white color to it., lacing was beautiful and plentiful.

Once I opened the bottle I was hit with a citrus / tropical fruit scent that stayed with me the entire time I drank the beer.

This is one tasty beer, I am not sure how I would describe it but I must say this is seriously the Nectar of the Gods!!! Could really taste the citrus and a was very smooth, it almost had a juice taste rather than a beer taste. Filled my mouth with a beautiful hop flavor and my throat felt it was lined with a sweet candy once I was done with the beer.

DIPA is my favorite styles and I have to say SOSUS blew my mind away. I have had all the greats SOS, Heady, Pliny, Julius etc and to me Sosus is hands down my favorite. I am really thankful to have gotten to try this beer.

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Photo of dar482
5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The beer looks like pink grapefruit juice, straight gushing.

The aroma hits of ripe melon, tangerine, grapefruit, sweet juicy peaches, a light bready malt, pineapple, papaya.

The flavor jumps out of overripe sweet cantaloupe, candy melon, pineapple ,papaya, grapefruit, bright tangerine, orange zest, dried mango, a creamy mouthfeel and medium minus bready sweetness, then onto resin, grassiness, soft bitterness and drying.

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Photo of Bosoxfan20
3.96/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A great example of highlighting the mosaic hop. Maybe a bit heavy on the malt for my preference and drinks a tad heavy for the style, but very pleased with this one.

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Photo of Sintech
5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Purchased at Toppling Goliath on Mornin' Delight release day!

22oz Bottle

Look - Orange Juice

Nose - Orange Juice

Taste - Orange Juice

Mouthfeel - Orange Juice

Overall - Mindbogglingly delicious. Thank god I was able to purchase 6 bottles!! One of the best IPA'S I have ever had. Just as good as King Sue. Highly recommended.


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Photo of Ready4aHeady
4.35/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

could tell from the look it was going to be good---cloudy! have yet to find and IPA or IIPA I liked that was clear--- great expression of mosaic-- Tropical fruits and hoppy dankness... a touch too malty for me but that's because my benchmarks are TreeHouse and Hill Farmstead and yes, I do believe they make the best hoppy beers on the planet..., But really well done.... TG!

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Photo of gcamparone
4.21/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a Toppling Goliath Mornin' Delight tulip glass. Thank you very much Paul for hooking me up with this awesome extra.

Pours a hazy golden body with a fluffy white head that reduces slowly to leave some chunky retention and spotty lacing after a few minutes.

Aromas are sharp and pungent.. very resinous, piney, peppery, lots of citrus, citrus rinds, oranges.

The tongue matches the nose, very citrusy, orange and grapefruit dominate here, with a piney, resinous bite sitting on a decent slightly sweet malt backbone. Lingering bitterness for half a minute after sipping. Mouthfeel is medium body and carbonation.

Super enjoyable, very nice offering from TG. It would be one of my go-to's if it was more readily available.

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Photo of Bobloblawlawblog11
4.73/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Very nice beer, lots of fruit. Mouthfeel is amazing very smooth almost creamy like. One of the better double ipas I've had. No bitterness at all taste is all fruit

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Photo of HopHunter19
4.86/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A - orange amber clear color with nice white head that fades pretty quickly
S - dank-a-potomous rex. Garlic, onion. Lots of tropical fruits - orange, mango, kiwi, even some blueberry. Ganja. This is definitely a dank IPA.
T - Follows the nose. So intense with the dank, ganja, garlic onion but then tropical flavors. I did not realize how amazing Mosaic hops were.
M - medium mouthfeel. Alc completely covered. aftertaste is dank resinous hops that sticks for a while.
O - this is a good beer.

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Photo of rockernino
4.31/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Not a huge fan of Mosaic hops, but this is really damn good! Beautiful golden orange color. Smells dank, tropical fruit, orange juice. Taste is pithy citrus rind, orange juice, grapefruit, bitter rind and hints of pineapple and guava. Awesome beer with a lingering finish. Sticky, medium-bodied beer.

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Photo of govlady
4.54/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

got some bottles at the 2015 MD release and poured at home

hazy orange color, head disappeared pretty quickly

smell of citrus, fruit, a little bit of grapefruit

right off the bat, i compared it to King Sue and prefer the king to Sosus. still a great a beer, and king sue is one of my favorites ever. taste a lot of orange and tropical fruits

goes down very smooth, moderate carbonation, and seemed to be less as i kept drinking

great beer. really enjoyed this. had a great weekend at TG and loved everything they had. top notch beer from a top notch brewery.

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Photo of DSWeller
4.93/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had two 10 oz. pours at the Toppling Goliath Brewery and brought bombers home. Both tasted the exact same.

Pours a fantastic hazy orange with small amounts of lingering head. Decent lacing.

Smells great! Smells like tropical hops/fruit with citrus.

Tastes fantastic. Very refreshing. I love IPA's that are fruit-forward. Simple amazing! Very little hops or lingering aftertaste.

This was my first time having Sosus. I was told that is was "okay" in past versions but everyone in attendance seemed to agree that this batch is top notch. Do not pass up the opportunity to try this! You will be very happy and satisfied. Also, Sosus has a new label.

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Photo of Ravenz98
4.71/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Just picked up this newest bottling at TG on 29 Aug 15 while there for the MD release. New blue label and in my opinion a much better beer than the last version. Absolutely delicious!!

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Photo of mtomlins
4.16/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Big thanks to tbadiuk for the bottle!

Pours golden orange in color with a short, fleeting head that leaves spots of lace. Nice big nose of sweet citrus (oranges and tangerines), tropical fruit and hints of pine tar. The taste is more subdued, but with the same suspects. In the forefront still are the sweet citrus and tropical notes, but there is also a decent malty, bready component and a long, bitter finish. The mouthfeel is a bit heavy and maybe slightly under-carbonated. Still a delicious beer!

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Photo of snaotheus
4.17/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22oz bottle provided by the glorious @mr-jj, served in a large mug. 0525 A2 2356 is printed on the bottom. Maybe that means it was bottled near the end of February of this year? If so, not too fresh -- but I have no idea if that's what it means. Use a real date, please. Poured completely; got some little flaky floaters.

Pours brassy-amber. not much head, hazy, and with the aforementioned clumps. Smell is delicious. Tropical fruity. A little grass.

Taste is citrusy (orange, mostly), a little tropical (pineapple, maybe), a little floral sweetness, strong bitter aftertaste. Good balance, tasty beer. Flavor's a little milder than I would expect for a double IPA, but very tasty.

Mouthfeel is medium-thin bodied and slightly slick. Overall, this is a quite good beer. If this one's old...I'd love to try a fresher one.

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Photo of mabermud
4.3/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look: Very attractive. Rich orange body. Like King Sue, the body is darker orange, opaque. When held up to the sun, there is no shine through. The white head is patchy and clingy. After a bit, the head retreats into a scruffy halo around the glass, with a patchy island near the middle.
Smell: Overripe tangerine, pineapple juice, sweetness, hops, and background grapefruit.
Taste: Right off the bat, I like King Sue better. I had King Sue the day before yesterday. The tastes, are of course similar, but different :) King Sue has more distinct flavors. This seems a little muddled. Sweet tangerine, oranges, pineapple juice, grapefruit, and some hops.
Feel: Medium body. Carbonation is medium-low. For me, the feel is a bit of a letdown. Maybe a little sparkle in the mouth and on the tongue. No rich lather...Not bad, but nothing to call my fellow BA brothers about.

Overall - King Sue was juicy. This was not. Maybe I shouldn't have had the two so close together. King Sue, Abner, Permanent Funeral, and Pliny are all better. Notice how I did not mention HT :( What do I know, you be the judge. It is a very good beer. My expectations were just too high.

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Photo of mschantz
4.49/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an apricot orange with moderate clarity and a finger of head that disappeared into a wisp after a few sips. Nose is dominated by sweet resinous flavors with slight floral backing. Taste is more balanced than the nose with orangey citrus smoothing out the hop flavors. Beautifully balanced with a lingering hoppy finish.

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Photo of tapperm
5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Re-review. Had out of a bomber that was purchased during the MD release.

L: Nice gold hazy color
S: Powerful hoppy nose
T: Wonderfully balanced mosaic hop bomb in my mouth.
F: Perfect IP mouthfeel. Nice carb, nice balance throughout.
O: I had this before and thought it was good. This batch was seriously amazing. King Sue has been my favorite hop brew from TG, but this brew was was right there. Different hop. Less juicy and dryer, but this was absolutely the best mosiac hopped beer I have ever had!

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Photo of brentk56
4.47/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a honey color with an orange tint; a decent amount of lacing is produced by the one inch cap

Smell: Floral and fruity, with citrus, tropical fruit and pine

Taste: A touch of malt provides the platform for the hops to dance on the tastebuds, producing citrus (orange, primarily) and tropical fruit tones (mango and pineapple) and a touch of pine; floral and fruity with moderate bitterness

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Another top flight DIPA from Toppling Goliath; we need more brewers to produce DIPAs like this

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Photo of Hoppity1
4.49/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another great beer from TG. The Mosaic hops deliver a great juicy flavor, almost a touch of spice. Great citrus aroma. I think I like this more than Pseudo Sue. I can't wait until they brew this again.

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Photo of Awolter
5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottled dated 8-20-15.

Absolute juice bomb. By far the best example of using the mosaic hop in any beer I've had to date. Typical TG mouthfeel, and wonderful citrusy aroma and taste. I prefer this to King Sue.

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Photo of kbwalters
4.76/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured cold into tulip glass. No bottling date, but I know it was bottled around three weeks ago. Consumed on 9/12/14.
Look = 4.25 Pours a heavily cloudy lighter orange gold color with 1.5 fingers of just off white head that fades to a cap. Retention is great and lace is terrific. The cloudiness detracts from the score here. Normally this beer is clear but according to TG they couldn’t do it with this batch.
Aroma = 5 Single hopped with mosaic hops and you can tell! Crazy hop forward aroma. Citrus and tropical fruits everywhere, mango, orange, pineapple, ect. Super fresh smelling, wonderful.
Taste = 4.75 Follows the nose and lives up to it! Citrus and tropical fruit notes throughout. Only a mild bitterness on the backend. Great tasting beer.
Feel = 4.5 Light to medium bodied with medium carbonation. Lighter body then most DIPAs and it fits the flavor profile perfectly. Very refreshing for a DIPA.
Drinkability = 4.75 Probably the most drinkable DIPA I’ve ever had. Light and refreshing at 8% ABV with only a mild bitterness. Super fresh smelling and tasting.
Overall = 4.7 This beer is nuts. Highest scoring IPA I’ve ever had. The aroma, taste, feel and drinkability are all off the charts. Amazing.

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Sosus from Toppling Goliath Brewing Company
98 out of 100 based on 92 ratings.