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

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XHOPS Pale Ale (Blue Label)XHOPS Pale Ale (Blue Label)
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Toppling Goliath Brewing Company
Iowa, United States | website

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 HawkeyeNation on 01-09-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Reviews:
15
Ratings:
93
Avg:
3.67
pDev:
13.08%
 
 
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Reviews: 15 | Ratings: 93
Reviews by darthvohn:
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3.52/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Glass Used: Nonic pint

Appearance: A bit of a hazy honey orange with a thick creamy thumb thick head.

Smell: Light citrus & mild fruitiness with a backend of onion-garlic robustness.

Taste: Big garlic up front with a mid hop presence, ending with a hot onion finish. Not digging this one.

Mouthfeel: Medium body. The after taste is hot and heavy like when you crunch a fresh white onion.

Overall: My least favorite of the XHOPS. I didn't dig the big allium flavors on the nose and palate.

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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 Pale Ale (Blue Label) from Toppling Goliath Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 15 ratings.
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