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Sosus - Toppling Goliath Brewing Company

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Reviews: 79
Hads: 906
rAvg: 4.48
pDev: 7.14%
Wants: 638
Gots: 52 | 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: 79 | Hads: 906
Photo of WynnDavis
5/5  rDev +11.6%

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 stouts4me
4.75/5  rDev +6%

Oh man, I forgot how good this is. Poured this freshly bottled gem (. 8/21/14) was lead to believe this was said to be bottled on 8/20, pretty sure that is a fact.

Smellslike a hoppy grapefruit rind, not overly sweet.

Nicely carbonated, nice white lacing, big juicy, fruiy, grapefruit bowl of hoppy goodness with some malty backbone.

Bitter hop bite on the end, the whole tasting experience makes you want to do it again to pick out more qualities, and again, and taste it again, thanks Mike, this is great, thanks Clark, for TG.

They just keep pushing the limits of my taste buds, and I love it. (603 characters)

Photo of mjstacker
5/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I hate to go with the perfect 5 but this one deserves it... Amazingly hoppy and fruity, melon, citrus, super "dank" if-you-will. Reminds me so much of Maine Beer Co. "Dinner". Light copper color, fruit bouquet aroma, what i want beer to taste like, bubbly and crisp, perfect. not much more to say... (299 characters)

Photo of Bshaw22
4.75/5  rDev +6%
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 FosterJM
4.38/5  rDev -2.2%
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 Ohiovania
3.65/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Possibly my bottle isn't as fresh as the person I got it from believed it was. I was expecting a bit more from this one.

Kinda resembles Schlafly's T-IPA (mosaic) but not sure if it holds up beside it.

the malt is very subtle and the mosaic hops aren't as brilliant as I know they can be. The fade is musty bitterness.

Excited to maybe try this one again someday. Slightly hard to get a hold of in the first place. (420 characters)

Photo of scottfrie
4.3/5  rDev -4%
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 Jackofallbrews
3.65/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This is an Double IPA brewed entirely with Mosaic hops. I'll admit I haven't actually been a big fan of this hop in the past and this one was the test to end all tests for if that held true.

Aroma of lemon, orange peel, pineapple. Sweet marmalade. Appearance is light gold with a fine white head. The flavor rather bitter up front rather than the sweet I was expecting from the aroma. There is a distinct sharp hop clash and bitterness right away in the taste. Fruit flavors of papaya, unripe mango and tart berries as the hop bitterness fades a bit. A hint of sweetness but this beer is dry and bitter, bordering on astringent.

Overall I did like the beer but something about the balance on it didn't hit me right. I would have liked that fruitiness up front more and less astringency. I'm still not completely sold on Mosaic but this is certainly the best beer I've tried so far that features that hop. I know I'm the minority here, so no flame wars please! (962 characters)

Photo of mdfb79
4.52/5  rDev +0.9%
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 JohnG190
4.96/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Pours a light orange with a two-finger head which dissipates quickly. Decent lacing. The aroma is citrus, peaches, pineapples and mangoes. What an awesome display of the mosaic hop! Lots of fruit in the palate - citrus, passion fruit, peaches, pineapples and mangoes. Grapefruit,mpine resin, and malt in the finish. Medium bodied with decent carbonation and oily hop residue left on the tongue. Overall, potentially the finest double IPA I've ever had, outstanding work Toppling Goliath! (487 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.18/5  rDev -6.7%
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 BMMillsy
4.29/5  rDev -4.2%
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 TheBeerDrinker
4.49/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a nice orange in color with a great two-finger white head with great retention and some very nice lacing.

Smell is nice tropical grapefruit, pineapple, orange with what seems to be a tiny sweet malt backbone.

Taste is nice blend of tropical with all that was mentioned in the nose with a tiny bit of bitterness but nothing really strong that hangs in the throat. There is definitely some sweet malts in the background to balance this out as it really is a nice treat to taste. Pretty well balanced although more hop forward for sure.

Mouthfeel is in the middle given the great carbonation although truly a little less than medium if not swashed around the mouth. Really nice for the syle.

Overall this is another hit out of the park for Toppling Goliath. I haven't had anything by them that I didn't like and this is certainly no different. Just a great beer that delivers. (887 characters)

Photo of kevanb
4.15/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

650ml bottle, poured into a Toppling Goliath Teku. Enjoyed on 3/30/14, reviewed from tasting journal.

The beer pours a hazy, opaque, copper color, hues of orange and apricot with a thick, soapy, white head, about a finger high, moderate retention but leaves a lovely wall of lace behind. The aroma is of resinous pine, bitter grapefruit, pineapple, mango, nice tropical brightness, but strong resinous and sappy qualities with some sweet malt and alcohol burn. The flavors are balanced a bit better, tangy and bitter grapefruit citrus, juicy fresh fruit, pineapples, mangos, passionfruit that does bring out some sweetness. Pine, resin and hop spice, earthy and bitter provide a nice counterbalance to the bright fruit flavors, before sweet, rich malt and light alcohol dominate the finish. The mouthfeel is nice, coats well, a little less lively than expected, the body could use a touch more carbonation, it feels thick, but still quite juicy, with a lightly dry finish.

Verdict: A very nice DIPA from Toppling Goliath, a bit earthier than I prefer, but it showcases the Mosaic hop quite well. Unfortunately, mosaic has proven to be a hop I am relatively indifferent about, but this might be the best example of it. A bit more carb could help this one a bit, but it's still a very, very fine beer. (1,301 characters)

Photo of dar482
4.96/5  rDev +10.7%
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 VelvetExtract
4.83/5  rDev +7.8%
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 darthvohn
4.17/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Glass Used: Teku

Appearance: Hazy orange clover honey body with a minimal head. What head was present was a vibrant snow white. Lacing is abundant as you sip it down.

Smell: A nice bouquet of grapefruit and lemon followed by some dank intermingling about. The citrus was immediately noticed when you popped the top.

Taste: Grapefruit, green onion and a wee bit dank are your key players here. I get big sweet orange and some pine resin in the finish.

Mouthfeel: A bit tacky, kinda like finishing a big gulp of fresh OJ. The walls of your mouth and tongue are coated with a bit of stickiness.

Overall: I love Mosaic hopped beers and this is no exception. An excellent offering from TG. I really dig the citrus notes and orange finish in this one. Definitely recommend. (774 characters)

Photo of N_Schleret
4.51/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a light golden color with about a half finger white head that dissipated quickly to light lacing.
S: Grapefruit, lemon, and a little grassy on the nose.
T: Big grapefruit flavor! Earthy piney in the end.
M: Meduim body, very smooth, and slightly dry finish.
O: An excellent IIPA! I wish this was more accessible. Seek out if able. (341 characters)

Photo of ncketchum
4.63/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served chilled in a pint glass.

A – pour is a turbulent light golden with minimal head which fades to a minimal lacing.

S – aroma is pineapple mango and grapefruit

T – taste is predominantly grapefruit with a piney hop finish.

M – most feel is smooth fairly full-bodied low carbonation no hint of alcohol.

O – fantastic double IPA. wish this stuff was more readily available here. Another winner from TG (422 characters)

Photo of jbaker67
4.55/5  rDev +1.6%
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 cpetrone84
4/5  rDev -10.7%
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 LordofTime25
5/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer rocks! It's cloudy orange to yellow body is full of hoppy details & packed with citrus! There's a great sweet note from the malts & it's feels so good in your mouth you almost want to chug it! This is a perfect beer in my opinion & you need to get your hands on it if you can. Delicious! (298 characters)

Photo of iabeerbaron
4.52/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A huge year to say the least for the folks brewing in Decorah. Bottling line finally up and going and releases of Kentucky Brunch, Mornin' Delight, XHops, and Sosus have them one of the most talked about breweries in the country. Early in '13, Sue and Sosus were released simultaneously and people went crazy for it, and still do. This Imperial IPA focuses on the mosaic hop bringing out citrus and tropical fruit notes along with some dankness that make this an easy pick for the Hot 25 in Eastern Iowa! (504 characters)

Photo of AltBock
4.13/5  rDev -7.8%
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. (2,276 characters)

Photo of deadonhisfeet
4.58/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a bottle into a Goose Island tulip. The beer pours out a pale orange-gold color, slightly hazy, with a really tight 3 fingers of white head that sticks around like grim death. Really great nose on this beer! Lost of sweet and tart tropical fruit notes like pineapples, ripe peaches, lemons, sour apple jolly ranchers, and oranges.

Medium-light body and intense hoppy, citrus-fruit flavor. Slight bready sweetness up front with a hint of pineapple and orange marmalade, and then lots of fruity, lemony bitterness crashes in. The beer provides a sweet backbone that balances out the attack nicely (impressive since the ABV is not what one usually considers typical of a IIPA), but never ever makes the taste medicinal. In the back of the palate, I get a dank, hemp-like undertaste that joins forces with the sweetness as they battle the hops, but we all know who wins. The finish is fruity sweet, bitter, and very, very appetizing, with lingering flavors of lemon and pineapple. This beer goes down way too easy and way too fast!

Crazy good IIPA! It strikes me as a cross between Hop Slam (for the sweetness) and GL Alchemy Hour (for the citrus fruit, body, and the dank flavor on the back of the palate). I'm smitten. (1,230 characters)

Sosus from Toppling Goliath Brewing Company
98 out of 100 based on 79 ratings.