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Sosus | Toppling Goliath Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
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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Reviews: 110 | Ratings: 1,072
Photo of Sintech
5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Purchased at Toppling Goliath on Mornin' Delight release day!

22oz Bottle

Look - Orange Juice

Nose - Orange Juice

Taste - Orange Juice

Mouthfeel - Orange Juice

Overall - Mindbogglingly delicious. Thank god I was able to purchase 6 bottles!! One of the best IPA'S I have ever had. Just as good as King Sue. Highly recommended.

(A+)

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Photo of Ready4aHeady
4.35/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

could tell from the look it was going to be good---cloudy! have yet to find and IPA or IIPA I liked that was clear--- great expression of mosaic-- Tropical fruits and hoppy dankness... a touch too malty for me but that's because my benchmarks are TreeHouse and Hill Farmstead and yes, I do believe they make the best hoppy beers on the planet..., But really well done.... TG!

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Photo of gcamparone
4.21/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a Toppling Goliath Mornin' Delight tulip glass. Thank you very much Paul for hooking me up with this awesome extra.

Pours a hazy golden body with a fluffy white head that reduces slowly to leave some chunky retention and spotty lacing after a few minutes.

Aromas are sharp and pungent.. very resinous, piney, peppery, lots of citrus, citrus rinds, oranges.

The tongue matches the nose, very citrusy, orange and grapefruit dominate here, with a piney, resinous bite sitting on a decent slightly sweet malt backbone. Lingering bitterness for half a minute after sipping. Mouthfeel is medium body and carbonation.

Super enjoyable, very nice offering from TG. It would be one of my go-to's if it was more readily available.

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Photo of Bobloblawlawblog11
4.73/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Very nice beer, lots of fruit. Mouthfeel is amazing very smooth almost creamy like. One of the better double ipas I've had. No bitterness at all taste is all fruit

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Photo of HopHunter19
4.86/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A - orange amber clear color with nice white head that fades pretty quickly
S - dank-a-potomous rex. Garlic, onion. Lots of tropical fruits - orange, mango, kiwi, even some blueberry. Ganja. This is definitely a dank IPA.
T - Follows the nose. So intense with the dank, ganja, garlic onion but then tropical flavors. I did not realize how amazing Mosaic hops were.
M - medium mouthfeel. Alc completely covered. aftertaste is dank resinous hops that sticks for a while.
O - this is a good beer.

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Photo of rockernino
4.31/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Not a huge fan of Mosaic hops, but this is really damn good! Beautiful golden orange color. Smells dank, tropical fruit, orange juice. Taste is pithy citrus rind, orange juice, grapefruit, bitter rind and hints of pineapple and guava. Awesome beer with a lingering finish. Sticky, medium-bodied beer.

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Photo of govlady
4.54/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

got some bottles at the 2015 MD release and poured at home

hazy orange color, head disappeared pretty quickly

smell of citrus, fruit, a little bit of grapefruit

right off the bat, i compared it to King Sue and prefer the king to Sosus. still a great a beer, and king sue is one of my favorites ever. taste a lot of orange and tropical fruits

goes down very smooth, moderate carbonation, and seemed to be less as i kept drinking

great beer. really enjoyed this. had a great weekend at TG and loved everything they had. top notch beer from a top notch brewery.

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Photo of Ravenz98
4.71/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Just picked up this newest bottling at TG on 29 Aug 15 while there for the MD release. New blue label and in my opinion a much better beer than the last version. Absolutely delicious!!

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Photo of mtomlins
4.16/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Big thanks to tbadiuk for the bottle!

Pours golden orange in color with a short, fleeting head that leaves spots of lace. Nice big nose of sweet citrus (oranges and tangerines), tropical fruit and hints of pine tar. The taste is more subdued, but with the same suspects. In the forefront still are the sweet citrus and tropical notes, but there is also a decent malty, bready component and a long, bitter finish. The mouthfeel is a bit heavy and maybe slightly under-carbonated. Still a delicious beer!

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Photo of snaotheus
4.17/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

2015-07-03
22oz bottle provided by the glorious @mr-jj, served in a large mug. 0525 A2 2356 is printed on the bottom. Maybe that means it was bottled near the end of February of this year? If so, not too fresh -- but I have no idea if that's what it means. Use a real date, please. Poured completely; got some little flaky floaters.

Pours brassy-amber. not much head, hazy, and with the aforementioned clumps. Smell is delicious. Tropical fruity. A little grass.

Taste is citrusy (orange, mostly), a little tropical (pineapple, maybe), a little floral sweetness, strong bitter aftertaste. Good balance, tasty beer. Flavor's a little milder than I would expect for a double IPA, but very tasty.

Mouthfeel is medium-thin bodied and slightly slick. Overall, this is a quite good beer. If this one's old...I'd love to try a fresher one.

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Photo of mabermud
4.3/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look: Very attractive. Rich orange body. Like King Sue, the body is darker orange, opaque. When held up to the sun, there is no shine through. The white head is patchy and clingy. After a bit, the head retreats into a scruffy halo around the glass, with a patchy island near the middle.
Smell: Overripe tangerine, pineapple juice, sweetness, hops, and background grapefruit.
Taste: Right off the bat, I like King Sue better. I had King Sue the day before yesterday. The tastes, are of course similar, but different :) King Sue has more distinct flavors. This seems a little muddled. Sweet tangerine, oranges, pineapple juice, grapefruit, and some hops.
Feel: Medium body. Carbonation is medium-low. For me, the feel is a bit of a letdown. Maybe a little sparkle in the mouth and on the tongue. No rich lather...Not bad, but nothing to call my fellow BA brothers about.

Overall - King Sue was juicy. This was not. Maybe I shouldn't have had the two so close together. King Sue, Abner, Permanent Funeral, and Pliny are all better. Notice how I did not mention HT :( What do I know, you be the judge. It is a very good beer. My expectations were just too high.

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Photo of mschantz
4.49/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an apricot orange with moderate clarity and a finger of head that disappeared into a wisp after a few sips. Nose is dominated by sweet resinous flavors with slight floral backing. Taste is more balanced than the nose with orangey citrus smoothing out the hop flavors. Beautifully balanced with a lingering hoppy finish.

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Photo of tapperm
5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Re-review. Had out of a bomber that was purchased during the MD release.

L: Nice gold hazy color
S: Powerful hoppy nose
T: Wonderfully balanced mosaic hop bomb in my mouth.
F: Perfect IP mouthfeel. Nice carb, nice balance throughout.
O: I had this before and thought it was good. This batch was seriously amazing. King Sue has been my favorite hop brew from TG, but this brew was was right there. Different hop. Less juicy and dryer, but this was absolutely the best mosiac hopped beer I have ever had!

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Photo of brentk56
4.47/5  rDev -0.4%
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

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Photo of Hoppity1
4.49/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of Awolter
5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottled dated 8-20-15.

Absolute juice bomb. By far the best example of using the mosaic hop in any beer I've had to date. Typical TG mouthfeel, and wonderful citrusy aroma and taste. I prefer this to King Sue.

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Photo of kbwalters
4.76/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured cold into tulip glass. No bottling date, but I know it was bottled around three weeks ago. Consumed on 9/12/14.
Look = 4.25 Pours a heavily cloudy lighter orange gold color with 1.5 fingers of just off white head that fades to a cap. Retention is great and lace is terrific. The cloudiness detracts from the score here. Normally this beer is clear but according to TG they couldn’t do it with this batch.
Aroma = 5 Single hopped with mosaic hops and you can tell! Crazy hop forward aroma. Citrus and tropical fruits everywhere, mango, orange, pineapple, ect. Super fresh smelling, wonderful.
Taste = 4.75 Follows the nose and lives up to it! Citrus and tropical fruit notes throughout. Only a mild bitterness on the backend. Great tasting beer.
Feel = 4.5 Light to medium bodied with medium carbonation. Lighter body then most DIPAs and it fits the flavor profile perfectly. Very refreshing for a DIPA.
Drinkability = 4.75 Probably the most drinkable DIPA I’ve ever had. Light and refreshing at 8% ABV with only a mild bitterness. Super fresh smelling and tasting.
Overall = 4.7 This beer is nuts. Highest scoring IPA I’ve ever had. The aroma, taste, feel and drinkability are all off the charts. Amazing.

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Photo of SierraFlight
4.12/5  rDev -8.2%
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.

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Photo of themind
4.83/5  rDev +7.6%
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!

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Photo of Dad_of_Rad
4.2/5  rDev -6.5%
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

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Photo of Jeffo
4.2/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.18/5  rDev -6.9%
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.

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Photo of kkleu357
4.57/5  rDev +1.8%
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?

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Photo of Greywulfken
4.6/5  rDev +2.4%

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.

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Photo of Beer4B
5/5  rDev +11.4%
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.

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