XHOPS Pale Ale (Red Label) | Toppling Goliath Brewing Company

XHOPS Pale Ale (Red Label)XHOPS Pale Ale (Red Label)
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XHOPS Pale Ale (Red Label)XHOPS Pale Ale (Red Label)

Brewed by:
Toppling Goliath Brewing Company
Iowa, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Deep in the labs at Toppling Goliath, through the vaulted door, down the steps, and past the room labeled “Beware the Leopard” lies a series of experiments long forgotten. The Xhops series - a biological hybrid of many experimental hops. Each color a unique flavor of pale ale. Released throughout 2013 and 2014, this beer begs to make a return, but can you handle it?

Added by BottleCaps80 on 12-15-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 155 |  Reviews: 20
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4/5  rDev -5.4%

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4/5  rDev -5.4%

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4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

phenomenal pale ale, maybe my favorite thus far, although they have all been good in this series, and i love the project. they have all been real different not only from each other, but from other pales on the market. this one has a real east coast vibe, delicate and expressive hop character, might as well have been brewed in vermont! some yeast chunks in the orangey brew, rather clear compared to the others, save the sediment. frothing white head is several inches tall with a relaxed pour, and lots of lacing. the nose is the best feature of this one, so much citrus, candied orange, dried meyer lemon, and then a slight like creamsicle sweetness and richness. malt is golden promise type, honey malt, and its just big enough for the hops without weighing down the beer, it stays super light, only partially due to its amazing carbonation. the hops carry almost no bitterness, but the orange rind character never really relaxes, and that sort of ends up being the dominant flavor of the beer, although one could easily detect traces of other fruits, even apples or pears in this, its not sweet though, which is what makes it for me. one of the better american pales I've encountered in some time, and one i would like to see commercially available before long. it would be a staple in my fridge.

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4/5  rDev -5.4%

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4/5  rDev -5.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -17.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -17.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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4/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of mendvicdog
3.87/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

We did the blue, red, green, and yellow xhops side by side last Wednesday.

All these xhops have a similar light straw golden color.

Predominantly pepper hops smell. Really unique. Not sure how I feel about it. Kept me interested.

Smooth creamy mouthfeel.

Pepper is somewhat stronger in the taste. Not offputting just unexpected. Aftertaste smoother than others ending with a citra type flavor.

I did a little blending and really like this blended with the blue.

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4/5  rDev -5.4%

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3.77/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

650 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Pours with a small white head. Chunky collar. A bit of lacing.

Smell - Kinda dank. Citrusy. Some pepper. Really interesting.

Taste - Grapefruit. That same pungent and kinda peppery herbal flavor. Cracker malt and some spicy bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium body. More bitter than others.

Overall - Odd hop flavor, but fascinating. Keeps me interested more than the others.

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -17.3%

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4.03/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

22oz bottle of the second batch recently delivered last week; poured into a TG chalice today, 2/8/2014.

App- Clear medium copper body. 1 finger white head, good retention, bits of lacing but not a ton.

Smell- Passion fruits, orange, bready sweet malts, bitter resinous pine

Flavour- Passion fruits, pine resin, a bit of orange and tangerine, a nice biscuit presence balances out the hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied, good carbonation, not particularly dry but very drinkable as it is not terribly bitter. Aftertaste is of pine and orange and doesn't stick around too long.

Overall- Very tasty and easily the best of the Xhops bunch (except for Green which I have not had). I like the passion fruit presence with some pine that doesn't bring a ton of bitterness, which makes for a nice drinkable IPA. I'd definitely suggest using this as a secondary aromatic hop- behind something like Citra or Mosaic would be a good place as it'll add more hop flavours and aromas without contributing more bitterness.

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4/5  rDev -5.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4/5  rDev -5.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -17.3%

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XHOPS Pale Ale (Red Label) from Toppling Goliath Brewing Company
Beer rating: 94.8% out of 100 with 155 ratings
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