Sosus - Toppling Goliath Brewing Company

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Reviews: 75
Hads: 890
rAvg: 4.47
pDev: 7.16%
Wants: 632
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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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.18/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to Wowcoolman for sharing this one at AndrewK's tasting.

Pours a murky honey orange with a foamy bone head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Tiny dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus fruit, citrus zest, berry, and slight herbal hop aromas. Taste is much the same with honey, citrus zest, and berry flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer with really nice citrus and berry forward hop qualities all around. (635 characters)

Photo of brentk56
4.47/5  rDev 0%
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 (576 characters)

Photo of mdfb79
4.52/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

From 05/21/14 notes. Big thanks to BeerLawyer85 for sharing this one; thanks Ross! First Toppling Goliath beer, poured into a globe glass.

a - Pours a hazy golden orange color with one finger of fluffy off white head and moderate carbonation evident. Looks good.

s - Smells of citra hops, oranges, citrus, tropical fruits,honey, pine hops, and mangos. Awesome nose, super fruity and hoppy. I love it.

t - Tastes of oranges, citrus hops, tropical fruits, pineapple, mangos, and light pine hops and resin. No bitterness at all. Great taste.

m - Medium body and low carbonation. Easy to drink. Juicy mouthfeel.

o - Overall a fantastic DIPA; tried it close to Bodhi by Columbus and thought it was much better. Super juicy with a lot of hops and fruits, and no bitterness at all. Well worth seeking out. (803 characters)

Photo of mothman
4.48/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Wow! I haven't been impressed this much lately!

White head. Color is a clear vibrant golden orange.

Flavors are dank hops. So fresh and clean. A bit of onion flavor, but not in the bad way. Tons of fresh citrus fruit. Mangoes, oranges, and clementines all show. Hardly any malt shows, which is awesome!

Mouthfeel: Bitter, but not overwhelming. Medium bodied with a nice amount of carbonation. Ends fairly clean; not overly sticky like most.

Overall, this is one crazy good iipa. So dank, hoppy, and fruity. Everything one could ask for. Get some of this now, while it is fresh! TG keeps on killin' it! Nice work guys! (622 characters)

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

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. (272 characters)

Photo of Alieniloquium
4.23/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

650 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Clear orange. Small white head. Wispy surface.

Smell - Grapefruit. Some bright citrus. A little musty. Very nice.

Taste - Much more grain, but it's still great. More citrusy. Less musty. Slight sweet malts.

Mouthfeel - Medium body. Moderate bitterness.

Overall - Great hop flavor. Excellent body. High quality IPA. (370 characters)

Photo of VelvetExtract
4.83/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A-EBF sample pour. Foggy yellowish orange color with a tight packing of white froth.

S-Mosaic hops flow into my nose. Tangy citrus. All the tropical notes you could ask for. Pineapple, peach and apricot. Plenty of dank herbal notes and pine. Very aromatic.

T-The Mosaic hops are pushed to their limits in this beer. Tangy, almost lemony citrus. Tons of ripe pineapple, melon and grapefruit. Finishes with a well balanced, pale and bready maltiness as well as a solid grassy and piney hoppiness. Mosaic hops have a very unique aroma and flavor.

M-Juicy and resiny. High bitterness but it doesn't rip the enamel off your teeth. Long finish. No heat. Very nice.

O/D-Sampled it next to Toppling Goliath's King Sue. King Sue made this one seem tame but then I went back and tried it again and it really blew me away standing on its own. An elite, nearing perfect DIPA. (868 characters)

Photo of cpetrone84
4/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour is golden yellow with a small amount of tight white head. Huge citrus, mango, and grapefruit with a hint of pine resin in back. A faint touch of sweet malt up front. Taste is more grapefruit with a hint of bitterness. Malts are so faint, hops are huge. Resin and grapefruit through the finish. Body is light, very well carbonated and quite dry. (349 characters)

Photo of jbaker67
4.55/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It pours golden with a thick white head. The nose is fresh, big passion fruit, floral, grassy, herbal, soft fruit, marmalade apricot, peach, and plum. The taste is soft, bitter-sweet, doughy, grapefruit, floral, light alcohol, herbal, bitter grass and toast with a dry, bitter finish. Medium body, moderate carbonation and velvety mouth-feel. Not quite as punchy as I hoped for. Smooth, crisp and rather drinkable. Pretty delicate for a double. (444 characters)

Photo of maximum12
3.9/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle of this beer, reportedly bottled a bit over a week ago, in one of my periodic cross-border pillages into Wisconsin. Great having two states' distribution within 25 minutes of home! 22 oz. bottle split with my wife.

First, very cool, mosaic-like bottle art. Second, the pour is a dark yellow that is unclear; very like when you wiz on the verge of dehydration. Nose is 4/5ths full of grapefruit & fruit: nice, but I didn't touch nirvana.

Sosus tastes like liquified Hawaiin Sweet Bread, which, I'll confess, is a staple in my bread drawer. Tons of light sweetbread appears right away & I fear for the the "IPA" label, but then the hops rappel in to save the style description. A floral bouquet is backed by a whap of citrus & pine. Bitterness is an afterthought, but shows. The best part of the beer is the hop sap that oozes into all the cracks in my oral orifice & sticks all over the place. Drinkability is high. My 11 ounces is already more than half gone.

This is a very good IIPA. We're already planning a camping trip to southeastern Minnesota this summer, with a layover at Toppling Goliath. Looking forward to trying more. (1,155 characters)

Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.43/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Stevedore for helping me get a bottle of this limited bottle of TG hops! Thanks again Steve!

poured into the proper glass! A Toppling Goliath belgian style tulip/snifter glass.

Bottled on Wednesday 10/2/2013.

Appearance: glowing and bright straw yellow beer with 1 full finger of head. Head has a decent amount of staying power, but eventually drops down to a thin cap. Thick lacing remains on the side of the glass.

Smell: Sweet oranges, tropical fruits, and honeydew melon. Little bit of dankness too. Bready and biscuity malts.

Taste: Huge hop flavors that impart a mild bitterness. This is an orange and pineapple bomb which actually tastes sweet and juicy! Melons, orange and lemon zest, mangos, melon rind, and a general light fruity presence. Biscuity malts all the way with a touch of sweetness similar to honey. The beer has a mild bitterness in the finish with a hint of pine resin and dank hop.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer with low end of moderate carbonation. This beer has a very creamy mouthfeel. Carbonation is near perfection and the beer drinks well below its 8% abv. Super drinkable DIPA.

Overall: This beer reminds me alot of Lawson's Double Sunshine which is my favorite DIPA as well as my highest reviewed DIPA. The big difference between Sosus and Double Sunshine is that TG makes thier hoppy beers to taste and feel so very juicy. I cant think of any other hoppy beers besides Sosus and PseudoSue that have such a juicy quality to them. Double sunshine is a little more on the dry side, but both beers equally awesome. Between PsuedoSue and Sosus; Toppling Goliath has truely given me a greater appreciation for hops. I dont know what Topping Goliath does when they brew thier hoppy beers, but the result is absolutely magical every single time. I honestly prefer a Sosus or Double Sunshine over a bottle of Kern River Citra DIPA. Yep, I just said it... It about time that the Midwest has hoppy beer that rival or are better than(in my opinion)both east and west coast as far as hoppy beers are concerned! (2,050 characters)

Photo of dar482
4.96/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

The beer comes in a hazy orange.

The aroma is hugely pungent. Citrus, lemons, tropical, mango, pineapple, apricot, passionfruit, hints of blueberry, just extremely aromatic.

The flavor follows of blueberry, oranges, lemon peel, peach, mango, and with some herbal and resinous bitterness on the finish. Lots of juiciness, a light doughy malt.

An absolutely world class IPA. (375 characters)

Photo of FosterJM
4.38/5  rDev -2%
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. (1,037 characters)

Photo of Rutager
4.2/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Huge thank you to Steasy66 for this treat.

Appearance. Pours yellow gold with a very light haze. Topped with 1.5 fingers of white head that leaves some thick lace behind.

Smell. Big grapefruit and lemon rind, tropical fruits and some grainy light malts, a touch of cedar and honey.

Taste. Again, big grapefruit and other citrus fruit, some papaya, some woody pine and light grainy malts (a little on the sweet side). Good bitterness in the finish but not overbearing.

Mouthfeel. Medium+ body, below medium carbonation.

Overall. Very nice stuff. Will satisfy your hop cravings. (583 characters)

Photo of scottfrie
4.3/5  rDev -3.8%
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. (1,167 characters)

Photo of BMMillsy
4.29/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Bottle shared at Swamp Head Bottle Drop. Psyched for this one. Pours light golden color with a thick white fluffy head on top. Aroma of vegetal hops (mmmm), grass, pine, (and maybe even a little weed mixed in). Flavor follows with a beautiful floral and vegetal hop note, some incredibly light sweet malts in the backdrop for a DIPA, grass, pine, ever so slight citrus rind but this focuses more on the grassiness. Medium bodied with medium carbonation and very easy drinking. Excellent brew, but probably overshadowed by Duet which I had right before it. (555 characters)

Photo of Stevedore
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)

Photo of jzeilinger
4.1/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a medium gold color with a light, creamy white foam head with a very soapy looking lacing ring, and sticky.

S - Tropical citrus fruit, mango, oranges, and a little bit of sweet yeasty character.

T - Pineapple, oranges, passion fruit - Sweet tropical fruit from start to finish with sweet malt underneath. Sweet hoppy from start to finish but eventually starts to get "sugary" after awhile on the very end.

M - Medium body and velvety smooth with a lingering hoppy fruit finish.

O - Definitely worth a try. (519 characters)

Photo of ehammond1
4.38/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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. (978 characters)

Photo of homebrew311
4.24/5  rDev -5.1%

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. (466 characters)

Photo of Jeffo
4.2/5  rDev -6%
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. (1,089 characters)

Photo of MacQ32
4.54/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a bright straw yellow with a hint of golden orange. Nice finger+ of fluffy white head, pretty decent retention, absolutely fantastic lacing.

S - Oh sweet heaven! Tons of citrusy sweet hops - pineapple, grapefruit, orange rinds, just absolutely mouth watering.

T - Oh yea! Dry bitterness up front transitions into a nice citric smack of the aforementioned flavors. Definitely fairly grainy, fairly bitter finish/aftertaste.

M - Medium bodied or less, well carbonated, quite drinkable.

O - Very tasty, semi-reminscent of a slightly lighter Hop Slam (560 characters)

Photo of MDDMD
4.1/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A-clear golden color with a nice white head, and good lacing

S-citrus, light tropical fruit, pine, light bready malt, herbal

T-grapefruit, light tropical fruit, herbal notes, pine, light malt, moderate bitter finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, crisp and slightly dry

O-a solid DIPA with good flavor, but a little disappointing based on what I was expecting (373 characters)

Photo of portia99
4.63/5  rDev +3.6%

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. (1,605 characters)

Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.18/5  rDev -6.5%
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. (1,129 characters)

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