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Sosus - Toppling Goliath Brewing Company

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750 Ratings

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Ratings: 750
Reviews: 72
rAvg: 4.53
pDev: 7.06%
Wants: 560
Gots: 32 | 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.
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Ratings: 750 | Reviews: 72
Reviews by AltBock:
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4.13/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

22oz bomber bottle with an awesome label that resembles a stained glass window. This stained glass depicts a frosty pint of beer with the name of the beer and the style of beer in the glass of beer. Above the pint is the Topping Goliath medical cross symbol. Flanking both sides of the stained glass is the Govt. Warning and a paragraph that describes the beer. A brewed date or a bottled date would have been extremely nice.

When poured into a J. Wakefield Snifter, this Midwestern Double IPA was a nice and lightly hazy pale kumquat orange with some faded straw yellow mixed into it. This DIPA was clear of all hop particles. It was just naturally hazy. On top of this pale and faded colored beer was a decent 1/4 of an inch pearl white head of foam. This mediocre sized head of foam had decent retention that left behind a solid white string of rings and a sticky streak of lace here and there.

There was a strong scent of hops in the aroma, but I wouldn't say that the aroma was a complete hop bomb. There was strong almost candy like sweetness that dumbed down the hop aroma a bit. It was a strong citrus hop aroma with a dash of piney hops. Intermingled with the hops was some grapefruit, lemon zest, and a drop of orange. I caught a whiff of bready malts trying to emerge from the background, but that sweetness came in and covered it up.

Now this is more like it! The taste is what I thought the aroma should have been. The hops kicked out the sweetness and they were now allowed to wreak havoc on my tastebuds. The citrus hops were strong, but not offensively strong. Following the hops was a little grapefruit, lemon zest, orange peel, and pine. It was nice of the hops and the citrus fruits to let the bready malts through and stay there for a little bit.

This was a medium to full bodied DIPA with a good amount of carbonation and a full flavored hoppy aftertaste. The aftertaste was chock full of citrus hops, grapefruit, lemon zest, and pine. The hops lingered on for some time in the back of my throat.

Big Thanks to fellow BA mnbuffalo for hooking me up with this small Topping Goliath treat. The color was nice, too sweet in the aroma, but where it mattered most, the taste, this beer delivered. Would I drink it again? I'm good. One bottle is fine.

More User Reviews:
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 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.

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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.

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Bottle (2013)

Thanks for opening this with me, VaTechHopHead!

Clear, bright, vibrant dark orange. Moderately-sized white head of large bubbles. Ribbons and irregular lines of lacing down the glass. Very pretty IPA.

Incredible aroma, and my favorite aspect of this beer. If I didn't know any better, I would suggest this was definitely brewed with Nelson hops, and perhaps some Citra. Apparently, this is a Mosaic-hopped DIPA, and I am a fan. Grapefruit, sweet cracker, juicy citrus, and a bit of dank. An incredibly, hop-forward, succulent, juicy, hop experience.

The flavor is similar to the aroma with lots of accompanying bitterness as well. The juicy and bitter citrus notes combine very nicely with the bold bitterness. Some sweet Animal Cracker cookie sweetness complements as well.

Medium to near-full bodied for the style with moderate carbonation. Crisp and clean flavors.

This one goes down easy. This is a delicious IPA that rivals the best San Diego puts out.

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Sosus from Toppling Goliath Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 750 ratings.