XHops - Blue | Toppling Goliath Brewing Company

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XHops - BlueXHops - Blue

Brewed by:
Toppling Goliath Brewing Company
Iowa, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

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 HawkeyeNation on 01-09-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 93 |  Reviews: 15
Reviews by Pintofbrown:
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3.63/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Served in a snifter.

Thin and soapy white foam caps the sunny orange pulp body, it is a good looking beer.

The nose is faint. A sweet bready malt impression creeps out, with something vegetal, almost like leeks. Yeah, that is about it, a little dank.

The palate progresses with sweet citrus, picking up the onion-y and dank feel near the finish. The tropical fruit backs off with subsequential drinks: some papaya and tangerine flash before a peppery spice and dank bite take over. The finish has a medium amount of resin bitterness.
A cracker - like maltiness also comes out after a flavor shift, mostly in the finish.

This Xhops varietal had a crisp finish with a lasting bubbly tingliness on the tongue, creamy and slightly watery.

The Blue is not a brash and bold type of flavor hop, more subtle and nuanced, with a slightly tropical and very dank and herbal touch. Bitterness also decides to play it more low key, just enough to really let the drinker focus more on the delicate flavors. It is good, but how many out there are going to want a more nuanced than "in your face" TG brew?

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650 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Clear orange body. Small white head. A little bit of surface wisping.

Smell - Kinda like simcoe. Grapefruit with that garlicky aroma. Not as intense as simcoe, though.

Taste - More orangey here, especially up front. A little bit grainy. Resiny in the back, but it's minimal. The dank-ish simcoe flavor is gone here.

Mouthfeel - Medium body. Slight astringency in the back. Minimal bitterness.

Overall - I like this slightly better than Orange. Not an enormous difference, side by side I can make a distinction.

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

All these xhops have a similar light straw golden color.

Smells like a centennial simcoe mix. Dank and mild tropical fruit.

Smooth creamy mouthfeel.

Somewhat harsh cloying finish. The worst part. Really sticks with you. The taste does not live up to the smell sadly.

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

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poured 22oz bottle into snifter. This was bottled about a week ago.

A - Amber/orange with a slight haze and thin 1 finger white head. Thin ring and some spotty lacing.

S - This has a big papaya and melon scent with a bit of pineapple and floral hops. Hard to detect the malt in here.

T - Mostly papaya, melon, and pineapple. There are notes of floral hops and some bitterness on the finish. The malts are cracker, light and subdued. It starts with a nice tropical and melon sweetness that builds into a mild bitterness on the finish.

M - Same as all TG APAs. Excellent carbonation, light bodied, and smooth.

O - Another nice experimental hop used in this beer. I have one more to try (yellow) but think that all of the XHOPS have been delicious. Keep in mind these are single hopped with the same other ingredients.

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XHops - Blue from Toppling Goliath Brewing Company
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