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Sosus - Toppling Goliath Brewing Company

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759 Ratings
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Ratings: 759
Reviews: 72
rAvg: 4.53
pDev: 7.06%
Wants: 588
Gots: 33 | FT: 0
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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Ratings: 759 | Reviews: 72
Photo of SierraFlight
4.12/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Hunahpu’s Day 2014, poured into souvenir taster glass on the second run through the TG line after catching the last bit of King Sue. Cloudy light orange body with an off-white head that looks creamy. Aroma is citrus, mango, pine, caramel malt. Taste is mild citrus sweetness complimented by the caramel, moderate citrus peel and pine bitterness. Medium body, oily, creamy, and slick texture, average carbonation, long bitter finish.

Photo of KillerJigger
4.7/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Not a fan of mosaic hopps usually. But this is done so well I was surprised. Absolutely loved every last ounce. Well balanced. Thanks again TG!

Photo of YodersBeerEmporium
5/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Sosus is my 2nd Favorite (non stout) offering from TG...second only to King Sue. Sosus is an outstanding TG beer with awesome smooth hops character!

Photo of themind
4.83/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Another awesome beer from TG. This beer is extremely drinkable. The mouth feel is great and I would recommend this beer to any IPA lover. This brew has a fantastic finish, which really stands out.

Bottom Line: Awesome beer!

Photo of Dad_of_Rad
4.2/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Hazy light orange color, creamy head, but doesn't really linger
A: Juicy Fruit, mango
T: Fruity sweetness up front, grapefruit pith bitterness follows, finishes slightly spicy with mild bitter, mildly dry
M: medium bodied, not chewy
O: Very balanced overall, flavorful and finishes well

Photo of Jeffo
4.2/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber shared by Doopie a few weeks back, and originally brought to us by youbrewidrink. Cheers for the share guys! Did this one and King Sue together.

From a bomber into a snifter
Mosaic hop solo-show

APPEARANCE: Same but a touch darker. Hazy gamboge orange. Cut and paste most.

SMELL: Citrus, lemon zest with grapefruit notes, some light pine qualities and some definite spiciness on the nose. Enticing. Lightly peppery.

TASTE: Lots of citrus and honeydew melon sweetness up front, with grapefruit and bitter hops at the swallow. Big and lingering finish of melon, grapefruit, bitter hops, piney bitterness and some light spices as well. Lots of pine and spicy hops linger on the palate.

PALATE: Same as above. Cut and paste.

OVERALL: This and King Sue are of completely equal quality. This one is flavorful and enjoyable and the mosaic hops add a certain piney and spicy component that was a nice touch. For myself, I think I preferred the straight up citra bomb that was King Sue, but these are both top class IPA’s. Thanks again for the share on these gents. Recommended.

Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.18/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A huge thanks to Jeff for this one. 750ml bottle into a Blue Point snifter.

Pours a 2 finger fluffy white head with great retention. Lacing is stringy and spotty with excellent stick. Beer is a clear, bright goldenrod. Really nice looking beer.

Nose is outstandingly aromatic. Hints of citrus, papaya, starfruit and a dank, juicy hop bitterness that's really in your face. A bit of sweet and soapiness help to round things out.

Opens citrus, pineapple and starfruit. Tropical fruit hop bitterness in the middle with a touch of cane sugar to balance things out. Finishes more citrus, dank hop bitterness and just a hint of sweetness at the end. Great balance and flavor.

Light to medium bodied with moderate to low carbonation. Smooth and quenching in the mouth and goes down silky and lightly aggressive at the back end. Finishes dry with a sticky, lingering aftertaste. Spot on and very drinkable.

While certainly top notch, this beer isn't as good as the other ratings suggest. Great balance, flavor and feel but there's a certain brightness that's missing to put it over the top. Still, definitely worth having though.

Photo of kkleu357
4.57/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Looks like hazy pineapple juice. Has that citrus Toppling Goliath smell. Sweet aroma. Mmm, that’s good stuff. Sweet and citrus smell. Awesome pineapple mango taste. So tasty. Can they make an average beer?

Photo of Greywulfken
4.6/5  rDev +1.5%

A: deep golden ale with rich foamy head a few fingers high

S: lots of rich citrus and pith, floral and bright; subtler aromas of clean, fresh malt

T: exciting hop action is sharp and crisp and fresh, melding the darker pine into the palette of citric elements; slightly sweet pale malt chew beneath

M: medium weight with ample carbonation, quick bittering and relatively clean-finishing; tight and crisp

O: an outstanding DIPA sure to please fans of that sort; a brightly shining example of a superior DIPA.

Photo of Beer4B
5/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Amazing DIPA. I've never had anything in the DIPA category that I'd put up with Heady...until now. I wonder if I drank them blind which one I'd choose...doesn't really matter because both are fantastic.

Photo of homebrew311
4.24/5  rDev -6.4%

Pours a mildy cloudy orange with sticky lacing. Nose has huge tropical fruit and pine character. Notes of peach, papaya,mango, and pine cones come through on the nose. Flavor has nice fruity hop flavor up front followed by bitter pine backbone. The bitterness is much more assertive than king sue. It's a clean bitterness that finishes with a nice pine character. Mouthfeel is heavy bodied and well carbonated. Overall, another delicious dipa from Toppling Goliath.

Photo of portia99
4.63/5  rDev +2.2%

22oz bottle from the release a couple of weeks ago. Poured into a Dogfish Head signature glass.

A - Pours pale straw golden in color, faint haze, endless streams of bubbles from the center of the
glass. A thick two finger head of dense white foam caps the beer and shows excellent staying
power. Lots of soapy lacing left on the glass.

S - Really fresh aroma (as expected from such a young bottle). Very sweaty hop profile, peachy,
citrusy grapefruit, grapefruit rind. Really intense hop aroma. Gives a very bitter impression
overall. Malt doesn't stand a chance here.

T - A bit of an earthy malt base, faint but noticeable at the base. A somewhat earthy hop
bitterness accompanies this nicely. Quite bitter, sharp and crisp and long-lasting/lingering. Hops
flavoring is a bit more subtle than the aroma would indicate, although not faint at all. Tons of
bitter grapefruit peel and flesh, citrusy flavors work well here. Fairly intense pine notes give a
sticky and resiny character. Some tropical aspects grab hold also - pineapple most notably to
my palate.

M - Straight up medium body with a somewhat soft carbonation. Sticky and resiny overall in feel
with a stiff bitterness. Faintly sweet at times, other sips bypass this completely. Hop showcase
for sure.

O - Certainly a top notch DIPA. My favorite of all time...probably not, but I would place this
solidly in my top 10. Isn't going to get much fresher than this, and freshness would seem to be
a real key here...so many hops that will fade quickly. Definitely glad to be able to try this one as
fresh as this bottle is.

Photo of jbwimer
4.59/5  rDev +1.3%

Thank, Chin!

Color is cloudy and golden. Sticks to the glass. Smells of tangerines, mandarins, and some melon. Grassy qualities, too. Taste is very much the same with a subtle hop bitterness and a pinch of booze. Mouthfeel is pleasant with firm carbonation and a slight stickiness. Love me some TG hops!

Photo of HannibalNectar
4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

wisconsin

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

Bottle from the brewery shared by RussianDragon. Thanks bro!

The beer is light yellow and hazy with a thick, white cap. Oh my...tropical fruits abound. Mango, pineapple, orange, a hint of lemon. Absolutely fantastic. Huge flavor and a showcase of fresh hops. World class.

Photo of pmarlowe
4.55/5  rDev +0.4%

Bottled about 10 days ago. Tulip glass.

A: Pours an orange-tinted straw color, opaque, with two fingers of beautiful snow white, pillowy head. Excellent retention and intricate lacing. (4.5)

S: Gorgeous, juicy mango, grapefruit, and tangerine, some herbal (bordering on spice) notes, with a pale malt and crackery/bready backbone. An intricate and delicate aroma. (4.5)

T: The pale malt is a bit more forward here, though light citrus, pine and herbal notes are still prominent enough. Finishes mostly dry which accentuates the moderate-light hop bitterness. The finish is a bit of a muddled bitterness, which is the only fault I can really find. (4.5)

M: Soft, medium body and medium carbonation. (4.75)

O: Though not quite top flight, that Sosus ale is an excellent DIPA that gets close to the better stuff from Alpine or HF. Highly drinkable. Nowhere near a potent, hop-forward DIPA if that’s what you’re looking for. (4.5)

Photo of wcu80
4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

It doesn't get better than this. Zero booziness, and absolutely heavenly to drink. If IPAs/DIPAs are your thing, you haven't had one until you've had this. Nearly perfect.

Photo of PHBoiler
5/5  rDev +10.4%

Sweet Tangerine juice. Really well balanced. No notes of booze. Huge citrus juice nose. Almost like Five Alive. Orange hazy body.

Photo of WynnDavis
5/5  rDev +10.4%

Appearance: A gorgeous straw bail color with a finger of white head and nice lacing.
Smell: An instant reminder of my favorite beer of the year by Indeed Brewing: LET IT RIDE. A mosaic hop beer where they use four pounds per barrel. It's the perfect balance between citrus, a slight tropical sweetness, and a clean finish with some classic midwest dankness. Juicy, but not as much as King Sue, which really makes it even more amazing. One of my favorite DIPA'S alongside let it ride, scream, king sue, sucks.

Photo of stouts4me
4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

Oh man, I forgot how good this is. Poured this freshly bottled gem (. 8/21/14) was lead to believe this was said to be bottled on 8/20, pretty sure that is a fact.

Smellslike a hoppy grapefruit rind, not overly sweet.

Nicely carbonated, nice white lacing, big juicy, fruiy, grapefruit bowl of hoppy goodness with some malty backbone.

Bitter hop bite on the end, the whole tasting experience makes you want to do it again to pick out more qualities, and again, and taste it again, thanks Mike, this is great, thanks Clark, for TG.

They just keep pushing the limits of my taste buds, and I love it.

Photo of mjstacker
5/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I hate to go with the perfect 5 but this one deserves it... Amazingly hoppy and fruity, melon, citrus, super "dank" if-you-will. Reminds me so much of Maine Beer Co. "Dinner". Light copper color, fruit bouquet aroma, what i want beer to taste like, bubbly and crisp, perfect. not much more to say...

Photo of Bshaw22
4.75/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is definitely one of the best double IPAs I've ever had. I've never had Heady but I have to imagine this can compete.

A - perfect hazy orange
S - tropical bright kind of mango pineappleish
T - follows the nose. Very smooth.
M - perfect - DNase enough but still so drinkable
O- close to a 5 - everything I want from a double IPA. I believe this beer features the Mosaic hop which, to me is very similar in profile to the Citra. It does a great job showcasing it. I dream of making beer like this.

Photo of FosterJM
4.38/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

1798th Review on BA
Bottle to TG Snulip
22oz

Thanks to @usckevin from Twitter & IG on this one

App- A mellow looking hazzy yellowish orange color. A nice frothy 1-1/2" head that took a while to fade. Left very thick and full cling lines and were very distinct down the sides of the glass.

Smell- The floral from the all mosaic was beautiful. Full, lush and creamy on the aromatics. A bit of bitter hops comes on the end of a long pull. The citrus was more defined and was very tropical. Mango, guava and honeydew IMO.

Taste- I really liked the mosaic display on this one. A very flavorful DIPA with outbeing over done. The harsh burn of a large DIPA was not here. Replaced by lush flavors with a mild hop bitterness in the back of the drink.

Mouth- A large and creamy medium body with a medium carbonation level. A good amount of froth and foam on each sip. Like the smell, full, lush and creamy.

Taste- This was a very good beer. Would love to get some more, but from a tiny little place in IA. I was glad I got at least 1 bottle.

Photo of Ohiovania
3.65/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Possibly my bottle isn't as fresh as the person I got it from believed it was. I was expecting a bit more from this one.

Kinda resembles Schlafly's T-IPA (mosaic) but not sure if it holds up beside it.

the malt is very subtle and the mosaic hops aren't as brilliant as I know they can be. The fade is musty bitterness.

Excited to maybe try this one again someday. Slightly hard to get a hold of in the first place.

Photo of scottfrie
4.3/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle into tulip. Thanks again, Geoffrey!

A: Pours a clear pale golden beneath a finger of dense, soft, and greasy looking off white head that reminds me of melted vanilla ice-cream. The head held some good retention before eventually fading into a fuzzy film that left thick rings of lace down the glass after every sip.
S: Huge dominating notes of mosaic hops. I get scents of juicy citrus, wintergreen mint, and a touch of tropical fruit nectars. Orange cream sickles come to mind as well. Juicy and sweet smelling overall.
T: Follows the nose with huge notes of tangerine, orange cream, passion fruit and papaya juice, with a kiss of mint bringing up the rear. The finish is slightly spicy with hints of black pepper and a herbal leafiness, but it is also sweet and lightly bitter.
M: Full greasy body, slick and oily mouthfeel, soft carbonation. Hop resin and oil lend some decent bitterness and chewiness to the body, but this is more sweet and fruity than anything. Slight wintergreen tingle.
O: Another near flawless dipa, but definitely not as good as pseudosue in my opinion. Still, TG continues to impress and I wish I could drink this every day.

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Sosus from Toppling Goliath Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 759 ratings.