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Sosus - Toppling Goliath Brewing Company

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101 Reviews
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Reviews: 101
Hads: 1,007
Avg: 4.49
pDev: 22.49%
Wants: 653
Gots: 66 | 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.

100+ IBU
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Reviews: 101 | Hads: 1,007
Photo of snaotheus
4.17/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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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Photo of homebrew311
4.24/5  rDev -5.6%

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.

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Photo of portia99
4.63/5  rDev +3.1%

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.

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Photo of jbwimer
4.59/5  rDev +2.2%

Thank, Chin!

Color is cloudy and golden. Sticks to the glass. Smells of tangerines, mandarins, and some melon. Grassy qualities, too. Taste is very much the same with a subtle hop bitterness and a pinch of booze. Mouthfeel is pleasant with firm carbonation and a slight stickiness. Love me some TG hops!

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

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.

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Photo of pmarlowe
4.55/5  rDev +1.3%

Bottled about 10 days ago. Tulip glass.

A: Pours an orange-tinted straw color, opaque, with two fingers of beautiful snow white, pillowy head. Excellent retention and intricate lacing. (4.5)

S: Gorgeous, juicy mango, grapefruit, and tangerine, some herbal (bordering on spice) notes, with a pale malt and crackery/bready backbone. An intricate and delicate aroma. (4.5)

T: The pale malt is a bit more forward here, though light citrus, pine and herbal notes are still prominent enough. Finishes mostly dry which accentuates the moderate-light hop bitterness. The finish is a bit of a muddled bitterness, which is the only fault I can really find. (4.5)

M: Soft, medium body and medium carbonation. (4.75)

O: Though not quite top flight, that Sosus ale is an excellent DIPA that gets close to the better stuff from Alpine or HF. Highly drinkable. Nowhere near a potent, hop-forward DIPA if that’s what you’re looking for. (4.5)

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Photo of wcu80
4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

It doesn't get better than this. Zero booziness, and absolutely heavenly to drink. If IPAs/DIPAs are your thing, you haven't had one until you've had this. Nearly perfect.

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Photo of WynnDavis
5/5  rDev +11.4%

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.

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Photo of stouts4me
4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

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.

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

I had this a long time ago and rated it a perfect 5... It was at a small tasting and at the end of a long -mostly big/high abv- stout night. But I absolutely loved it and cried when it was gone.... This makes me nervous to revisit because I hope my first impression was accurate, here we go:

Looks beautiful like a like orange hazy mist. non-transparent but lovely looking with small head retention, very welcoming and fruity looking. awesome.
Smell is on point, damn Mosaic hops always seem to kill it in this category. just huge danky/oranges. its beautiful. Pineapple/orange green goodness this smells uber fresh (even though its not) and just overall intoxicating.
So it tastes just like it smells except it's better! because I couldn't wait to taste this, super tasty fruit nectar of the gods. this is so flavor forward. Gosh damn this is incredible, the alcohol is forward and thats hardly a complaint because it doesn't taste bad, everything is working well together.
Mouthfeel is perfect! sweet action with big bitters and high abv... yet it all melts in your mouth. the rich flavor just works so well, would call this a perfect medium mouthfeel.
Overall I can't say enough about this beer, so well crafted, so juicy, so good it should be illegal.

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Sosus from Toppling Goliath Brewing Company
98 out of 100 based on 101 ratings.