Sosus | Toppling Goliath Brewing Company

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Toppling Goliath Brewing Company
Iowa, United States | website

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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

Added by nickapalooza86 on 05-05-2013

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Photo of Skellbop
4.27/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L - turbid orange, medium white head
S - tropical fruit
T - grass / floral on the front, medium bitterness on the back
F - light / medium bodied
O - really enjoyable TG beer

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Photo of tregan_20
4.93/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Newer labeled 22oz bottle poured into a snifter. The beer pours a golden straw color with a little bit of haziness. There is a decent amount of carbonation in the beer resulting in a decent amount of dense white foam. The aromas have peach, citrus, and grapefruit. The taste is slightly bitter, hop forward, crisp, intense pine notes, and follows the citrusy aromas. Medium body with the aforementioned carbonation. Definitely a hop showcase here. Overall this is a very delicious DIPA and worth seeking out. You will not be let down, cheers!

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Photo of aleigator
3.23/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours an orange-amber color with a smaller, bubbly head on top.

Smells or blood orange, peach, zingy lemon rind and a pleasant dankness, coated up by toffee malts. Herbal qualities turn more present among flowery biscuits, well balanced by juicy, ripe exotic fruits.

Has a medium carbonation with a medium body to it, revealing an intense clash between hops an malts on the tongue. Its mouthfeel remains pleasantly creamy though, leaving all nuances of the beer detectable, due to soothing yeast.

Tastes of an initial aqueous softness, establishing the beers great mouthfeel from the kickoff, together with comforting toffee malts. In a split second malts turn absurdly sweet, while the hops try to establish a working balance by introducing garden herbs and dry lime. Finds its peak right after the swallow by producing a dough coated, piercing toffee sweetness, while overloading the palate with bitter hops at the same time. Finishes surprisingly clean, leaving behind its staggering sweetness, now focussing on lemon, prickly kiwi and juicy blood orange.

Almost overpowers my tastebuds, once the beers piercing sweetness gets established from out of nowhere, while hops accept the challenge by creating an equally powerful bitterness. This misses certainly some balance to me, to form a pleasant drinking experience. Usually I would assume a dipa being ruled by its hops, in this particular bottle its been vice versa.

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Photo of eifster82
4.63/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Exceptional DIPA. Nice deep amber appearance. Juicy, tropical fruit smell. Not much bitterness or overly sweet tasting. More tropical fruit tasting and goes down very smoothly.... Almost too smoothly. Would love to be able to find this easier.

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Photo of KSHunt
4.96/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

This is one of the best IPAs on the market. Brilliant mosaic hop smell right away, followed by one of the best tastes that you will ever take from an IPA. Toppling Goliath knows how to make them, and this is as good as it gets.

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Photo of Strike00
4.71/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

L: pours a dark orange with a white head that lasts a while
S: Citrus and Mosaic hops. The nose is great. smells a bit lighter than a lot of other DIPAs.
T: Big citrus Flavor. The Mosaic hops shine. Not as much bitterness on the back end as you would expect.
F: quite carbonated but smooth.

O: absolutely wonderful beer. Seriously if you happen to get your hands on it do not think twice about picking one up. I wish I bought more than one bomber.

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Photo of Jwburns75
4.46/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Drinking from a TH Teku glass. Got in trade about 2 weeks ago. Holding up nicely. Burnt orange look, great lacing, head sticks around. This is a mosaic single hop and it has a nice unique smell and taste as a result. Excellent stuff.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
4.45/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a snifter.

4.0 A: Clear medium orange color. Two fingers of creamy beige head. Retention is good and a couple different looking waves of lacing are left.

4.5 S: Booming floral and citrus hops. Mango and papaya dominate. Next the aroma becomes resiny and floral. Then a big hit of orange, then pineapple. It finishes with a touch of earth.

4.5 T: Heavier moderate bitterness. Heavy citrus dominate again. Mango, orange, and papaya are the most potent. Flowery and dankly resiny. On the sweeter side, but the malts are mainly neutral.

4.25 M: Heavier medium to heavy body. Good moderate carbonation. Viscous without being sticky and good creaminess present.

4.5 D: It's really freaking good, but it's still not as good as fresh draft pseudoSue.

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

L: Glowing orange, the hue of Ryan Seacrest's fake tan. Unique, beautiful.

S: There's some nose here, but relaitvely subdued compared to the cray cray flavor. Orange peel, guava, pineapple. Tropical goodness.

T: The base layers here are tropical, guava + pineapple, with some subtle citrus in between. but then -- gadzoiks! -- spice box: cardamom, cloves, some sweet pepper.

F: Soft and juicy.

O: This is a quaffer: super smooth, with palatable and unique flavors that I just wanted to gulp down fast. Refreshing and flavorful; utterly balanced. Toppling Goliath does it again!

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Photo of SteveB24
4.86/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Wow. Tons of fruit on the nose and taste. mango, passion fruit, melon, candied citrus peel. Explosive fruitiness of a West coast ipa yet has the balanced, nuanced quality of a new England ipa. Seriously delicious beer.

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Photo of macher0
4.65/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Damn I was impressed by this beer.

A: Very light copper, EXCEDLLENT clarity, almost thin, egg shell frothy head, the last pours a little hazy.

S. Floral, a little grassy, and citrusy.

T. Same as the nose. The Mosaic really shine and embody their true nature. Nice peppery tingle. Notes of tropical fruits and grassy earthy tones. Minimal malts backbone - OHH YAA.

M. SUPER crisp, high carbonation, light body (for a IIPA - that crazy), super smooth.

O: I was blown away by the crisp cleanness of this beer. It really reminds me of Pliney in the sense it is like water and hops. IN no way is this boozey and really could be a "session" beer. Very well crafted.

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Photo of Fireman_RK
4.66/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Very light and transparent
S: Floral and big hops
T: Mosaic to a tee - nice a fruity with a swift kick of bitterness
F: Smooth ride all the way down - can't complain
O: Great offering from TG; this is a Mosaic bomb through and through; wish it were a bit more citrusy, but that would be bordering on Tree House's territory. In its own right this is a stellar brew

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Photo of ThrewRedButter
3.52/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.25

L - Dark, hazy, rusty orange with a finger of white, frothy head. Some sediment is sitting at the bottom of my glass too.

S - Interesting combo of black pepper and cedar with some grass.

T - Very odd assortment of fresh mint, wood, and dirty grass. Some slight sap and tree bark and hop resin.

F - Full-bodied without being syrupy or thick. No alcohol presence.

O - If blindfolded, I would not say this used Mosaic hops at all. Very off flavors and I think the faint peach and apricot made it tolerable. I was told it is a fresh bottle and there is no freshness date on the bomber, so I have to it as is, but this was a letdown.

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Photo of Dolphinsmarlins1
4.73/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

As a Tree House regular, rarely do I find a beer that is at the same level. Most simply lack the tropical notes I now associate with IPAs. This beer didn't disappoint. No further explanation needed. Get this beer.

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Photo of John_M
4.6/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is definitely "all that and a bag of chips."

The beer pours a peachy orange color with really good head retention and lacing. The nose is pretty wonderful in this beer, as I pick up considerable peach and apricot, with a back bone of tropical fruit (mango, papaya, etc.) and light pine and citrus. The flavor profile replicates the nose pretty closely, but this beer seemed to have just layers of flavor. The sweet tropical fruit was up front, but the finish was dry, citrusy and lightly bitter. Mouthfeel was really good as well; the beer was full and long, with a kiss of bitterness on the finish. Alcohol was certainly noticeable, but not in a bad way. There was no heat or heaviness on the finish, and drinkability was exceptional. I took the better part of an hour to drink this beer and enjoyed every moment of the experience.

Very, very impressive!

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Photo of BullDoza
4.52/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bomber bottled 9/20.

A: Hazy, golden, orange color. What I'd guess pulp-less GF juice to look like. 1/4 finger, clean white head. Small bubbles.

N: Juicy grapefruit jumps out of glass. Sweet, candied citrus - orange-y. Synthetic rubber character. Faint bread-y malt. Very faint. Maybe a slight "green" character. Smells awesome.

T: Grapefruit front and center. Mild tartness, like grapefruit rind. Tropical, maybe mango. Malt hits middle of palate to balance. Bitter on the back that lingers. Very well balanced DIPA.

F: Medium-soft. Coats pretty well, but not syrupy or heavy typical of "lesser" DIPAs.

O: Simply a very well balanced and well constructed DIPA. Manages to showcase the Mosaic hops without "overselling" them. No doubt the hops are front and center, but the malt plays perfectly along side them. Seek this one out.

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Photo of Rizzy17
4.25/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bomber served into a tulip glass. Date on the bottle seems to be from August '15.
A: A nice hazy orange. White bubbly head that dissipates quickly.
S: Lots of tropical fruit with a bit of earthy grassiness.
T: Tropical fruit and somewhat juicy. Nice hop presence without overbearing bitterness.
F: Smooth and very drinkable.
O: This is a very good beer. I think I was hoping for a little more out of it, but it's quite enjoyable.

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Photo of NolaHopHead
4.66/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Bomber. Pours opaque orange, thick fluffy head fades slowly leaving tons of lace. Just wanna keep sniffing the big juicy aroma, tropical fruit, pineapple. Flavor is soooooo juicy, and just as dank. Excellent combination of sweet and bitter. The hops turn floral/earthy in the swallow and linger just right. Full soft creamy mouthfeel. Been drinking some great IPAs lately, and this one is at the top of the pile.

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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
4.65/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

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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Sosus from Toppling Goliath Brewing Company
98 out of 100 based on 110 ratings.