Sosus - Toppling Goliath Brewing Company

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Reviews: 75
Hads: 890
rAvg: 4.47
pDev: 7.16%
Wants: 634
Gots: 47 | FT: 1
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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Reviews: 75 | Hads: 890
Reviews by Stevedore:
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4.52/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber from the 2013 bottling aka super fresh- probably one week old, poured into a FFF teku and quaffed with a friend on 5/5/2013.

Aroma: Holy shit. This beer is full of citrus, pine and floral hoppiness. No question about it, this is awesome. Tons of grapefruit with a smattering of pine and floral scents. I also even smell some honey'd biscuits. The nose is super strong and complex. Excellent!

Colour: Clear, light amber body that pours with a thick 3cm head in my Teku glass. Awesome. It leaves a TON of lacing. It's probably the most laced up beer I've had in the last 3 months. Excellent. It's also got a thick white film and collar on top of the brew. Its certainly an appeziting beer.

Flavour: This is where the money is. Tons of grapefruit, orange zest, pine cones and floral scents up front. There's also the sweet honey maltiness. If there's one beer that definitely has honey biscuits, this is it. Lots of toffee, honey and breadiness. This is a sensory overload of different hoppiness and maltiness. Excellent.

Mouthfeel: Thicker medium bodied brew. Excellent carbonation! Smooth, resinous finish that's strangely dry and refreshing at the same time. Aftertaste is full of citrus and honey, more so than the pine and floral hoppiness. Awesome.

Overall: Holy shit, this could be one of the best DIPAs I've had in a while. We drank this after an Enjoy By 5.17.13 and this is definitely heads and tails above the Enjoy By. It's truly an excellent, complex brew that is a pleasure to quaff. No question about it, Toppling Goliath is the real deal.

Re-review; 650ml bottle of the first release of the bottle since Mike left. Served in a TG snifter 5/6/2015.

Lighter golden-yellow body, hazy, half finger white head, not much retention, thin collar, splotches of lacing. Smells primarily of sweet citrus, plenty of caramel, a fair bit of resin. Not as interesting as it used to be, to be honest. Flavour is primarily caramel, bitter resin, a bit of citrus and grapefruit, mild booziness. It does not deliver the trademark juiciness that TG has become known for, quite disappointing. Mouthfeel is medium, good carbonation, although quite bitter on the finish with a fair bit of pine. Overall, a drastic change when I compare my tasting notes to the one I wrote above, 2 years ago. They have a long road ahead to getting back to where they were when Mike Saboe was brewmaster. (2,398 characters)

More User Reviews:
Photo of kbuzz
3.58/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Did not live up to hype. I love mosaic and this didn't give me much of it. Generally a disappointment...and was high on my "wants" list. (136 characters)

Photo of WynnDavis
5/5  rDev +11.9%

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. (508 characters)

Photo of Bshaw22
4.75/5  rDev +6.3%
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. (504 characters)

Photo of PHBoiler
5/5  rDev +11.9%

Sweet Tangerine juice. Really well balanced. No notes of booze. Huge citrus juice nose. Almost like Five Alive. Orange hazy body. (132 characters)

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4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

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3.79/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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4/5  rDev -10.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -4.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

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5/5  rDev +11.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

Photo of Hoppity1
4.49/5  rDev +0.4%
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. (205 characters)

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3.5/5  rDev -21.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

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4.31/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

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5/5  rDev +11.9%

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4.78/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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4.34/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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Sosus from Toppling Goliath Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 75 ratings.