Pseudo Sue - Mosaic Dry-Hopped
Toppling Goliath Brewing Company

Pseudo Sue - Mosaic Dry-HoppedPseudo Sue - Mosaic Dry-Hopped
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Style:
Pale Ale - American
Ranked #11
ABV:
6.2%
Score:
97
Ranked #442
Avg:
4.41 | pDev: 5.9%
Reviews:
98
Ratings:
404
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Toppling Goliath Brewing Company
 
Iowa, United States
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Pseudo Sue - Mosaic Dry-HoppedPseudo Sue - Mosaic Dry-Hopped
Notes: Formerly SueMo

This double hop pale ale showcases the Citra and Mosaic hop for a well balanced beer that is delicate in body with a mild bitterness in the finish. Ferocious hop aromas of citrus and mango give a refreshing taste that is bright with just enough bite!
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loudmacleod from Ohio

4.3/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Lots of berry and citrus fruitiness on the nose of this hazy pale ale. I get citrus peel and mango on the tongue that finishes with a dry, hoppy bite. It’s a nice twist on an old favorite!

Can / Pint glass / No food pairing

Feb 19, 2021
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Steve_Studnuts from Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Canned 11/18/20, so just under 3 months. Probably not ideal, but I'll take it.

Pours _very_ pale and hazy; I don't even know how to describe that color and look. Like a smoothie made of bananas and chalk. Not a huge fan of how it looks, to be honest. I mean, I've seen worse, but this'uns a 'lil rough. It does leave some incredible, thick, sticky lacing, though. So there's that. Got quite a nose on her too. Juice bomb. Citrus (oranges and grapefruit) and pineapple. Smells really good, even if it doesn't smell like beer. Like, at all. Doesn't really taste like it, either, although it has just enough piney bitterness on the back end to not be a straight up juice cocktail. Taste is a bit subdued from what the aggressive nose implies, but it's tasty enough; mostly a mix of grapefruit and orange juices. Sort of slight of body, which surprises me. Easy drinking, though. A pretty good beer overall, but not one I ever need to return to at this price point. Glad I only got a single.

Feb 16, 2021
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stevoj from Idaho

3.69/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

16oz can from Tavour. Hazy yellow golden, filmy head. Aroma features light citrusy notes, lemon, oranges. Taste follows with more citrus, biscuits, grassy with a trailing dry bitterness.

Jan 22, 2021
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mkh012 from Colorado

4.17/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Canned 11/19/20, opened 1/17/21.

Pours hazy yellow-orange with a film of off-white head.

The nose is orange, grapefruit, lemon, floral hops, and faint earthiness.

The taste follows. Floral, light, and clean. Soft citrus notes and mild balancing bitterness. Somewhat muted, probably because it's just under 2 months old. I mostly get lemon and grapefruit, with some bright and refreshing floral notes.

The mouthfeel is on the light side of medium.

Overall, good. Definitely recommended, but I've had regular Pseudo Sue with a couple months on it and remember it being more impactful than this.

Jan 18, 2021
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Mindcrime1000 from South Dakota

4.25/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a tall pint can into a tulip.

Pours a nearly opaque straw/gold with a fabulous head, much like the original, although perhaps a lighter color overall. The head has great linger and leaves superb lace.

The aromas are very similar to the base beer I remember, although this iteration has a touch of tropical fruit that isn't present in the original.

The brew hits the tip of the tongue with the typical Pseudo restrained grain/malt, followed by quite a bit of fruity presence--mango, blackberry, white peach, and grapefruit; before the hallmarks of the base brew, including mild orange, white pepper, and soapy/earthy hops, join the parade. Notwithstanding the dry-hopping, the brew remains a line-straddler like the original, never tipping over the line into firm IPA territory.

Medium bodied like the original, it also avoids a drying finish, staying semi-dry and creamy.

I don't think this is better than original Sue. In fact, I think the original is better if for no other reason than its comparable simplicity. Nonetheless, this is a tasty variation that delivers some remarkable flavor for its ABV, with nice berry and tropical hop profiles without tipping the brew over into NEIPA territory.

Jan 17, 2021
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Ocalafox from Florida

4.44/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a Trillium glass a very nice cloudy pale yellow color. The nose is very nice, hoppy, malty, with a pretty nice citrus complex. The taste is very nice, hoppy, malty, with a very nice citrus complex. Regular Sue and King are showing up more often in my area, 1st time with a hopped version and hopefully not the last. Cheers mates!

Jan 08, 2021
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ovaltine from Indiana

4.33/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This beer pours a very hazy pineapple color with an oatmeal colored head that laces the glass quite nicely. The nose is crammed with dank citrus notes (oranges, grapefruit), and there’s a significant mango note, and some berries as well. It’s easy to see the Mosaic influence, IMHO, which is a good thing.

The taste is driven forward by the citrus flavors, but oh man, the mango and berry flavors are what make this beer. And there’s a nice bit of bitterness.

The mouthfeel, though, is a bit softer than I’d prefer - it approaches watery, where I’d prefer something drier. Still a lot to like here, TG’s hop game is hazy, juicy tastiness.

Jan 03, 2021
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q33jeff from New Jersey

4.18/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

**
12/31/2020

Can to snifter.

LOOK: hazy light yellow, creamy look, wispy medium off white head.

AROMA: citrus comes first, though not super strong, grassy and wheat cracker mix in a touch later.

TASTE: big grapefruit and pineapple up front, hints of berry, mango, leaves, pine. Mango increases in intensity as it warms.

FEEL: light to medium body, above average on the carbonation, hint of creaminess.

Very good. I liked this decidedly better than the Galaxy dry hop version.

**

Dec 31, 2020
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drdiesel9483 from Ohio

4.19/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Look - thick tannish yellow with a slight head
Smell - floral tropical citrus mango a slight resin, just incredible
Taste - more citrus than anything else with that ne style malt backbone
Feel - medium body and a medium light carb
Overall - standard is better but it’s still great

Dec 18, 2020
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Jugs_McGhee from Texas

3.12/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Currently ranked #12 in the Top American Pale Ale list and #11 in the Top Rated Iowa Beers list with a 97 overall score.

"Mosaic Dry Hopped"..."Pale Ale." "Double dry hopped pale ale showcased both the Citra and Mosaic hop..." No ABV is indicated on the label.

CAN: 16 fl oz pull-tab. Sold in packs. Acquired in Colorado. Packaged 11/19/20.

Served cold into a pint glass of sorts.

APPEARANCE is pretty typical of the style without standing out in comparison its many many many brethren...all these turbid pale ales blur together after a certain point if they're unfiltered and lack vibrance (which this does). Hazy dull orange body with a ~3cm white head that lasts ~6 minutes.

Doesn't stand out, but it looks like a drinkable pale ale. Clarity/filtration could only help it look better.

AROMA: Fragrant and floral with a spritz of citrusy and floral hop character. Lemon, orange, tangerine, Odwalla juice-redolent vague indistinct tropical fruit (that's the Mosaic methinks), even a touch of coconut.

Mosaic's signature subtle blueberry aroma is absent, suggesting this beer fails to showcase Mosaic to its fullest extent.

Pale malt/2-row is all I get maltwise, and all a pale ale needs inasmuch as I'm concerned.

Aromatic intensity is moderate. Promises a drinkable pale ale with an enjoyable hop profile but not one that dazzles. Lacks the aromatic intensity one would fine in a great batch of 3 Floyd's Zombie Dust, Ithaca's Flower Power, Half Acre's Daisy Cutter, or the like.

TASTE & TEXTURE: Citrus is the dominant hop flavour, but Citra has been better utilized in other beers. Still, this is pungent hopwise for a pale ale. Vague tropical fruit/Odwalla juice marries the citrus to decent effect. Pale malts/2-row barley give this its clean simple malt backbone without any pesky caramalt or crystal malt intruding into the mix.

Smooth, wet, refreshing, juicy, medium-bodied, well carbonated. Not oily, gushed, astringent, harsh, scratchy, boozy, or hot. A biteen pulpy I guess. Acidic anyway.

Balanced if a bit too flirty with that generic Odwalla juice tropical fruit hop profile for my tastes. I'd like more of a Mosaic-derived hop profile...this doesn't showcase the fullest of Mosaic's potential, eschewing the subtle blueberry it offers at its finest for the generic tropical vagueness it offers when thrown in willy-nilly.

Citra and Mosaic is sort of a magic combination - a go-to no-fail dual hop approach - these days, and this isn't an exception but it's not the best expression of this hop profile out there. Toppling Goliath hasn't bested or even equaled the (other) top tier breweries' takes on a Citra/Mosaic hoppy ale.

OVERALL: Frankly, I think Sierra Nevada's Pale Ale has a better executed more expressive hop profile and this isn't doing anything new anyone else hasn't already done better (and it doesn't seem to be trying to). One of the best pale ales out there? Not in my book...but it is a drinkable likable pale ale with an effective hop profile and were it not for its price I'd probably buy it again. I prefer "regular" Pseudo Sue, to be honest, though I think that's probably more from batch variation than anything else.

B- (3.32) / WORTHY

***
12/16/20:

Underwhelming to be honest.

C / AVERAGE

Dec 15, 2020
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RaulMondesi from California

4.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My god... Was this beer juiced on Candice Swanepoel’s backside? Because this thing is just off the hook! Was this bad boy brewed in Mount Vesuvius? Because it explodes with beauty hoppy tropical flavors! I feel like Baby Animal rocking out on the drums while drinking this thing.

Ahhhh yieeeeeeee!

Dec 13, 2020
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Ollie63 from Ohio

4.27/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Upon cracking the can you get a wonderful nose of Mosaic. Pure herbal "danky" Pineapple Express notes. It's certainly hazy, but it's rather thin-bodied at it's reasonable ABV, and you can tell by looking at it. The head is not too tightly packed. On the palate is more of the berry notes you'd expect with Mosaic. But the herbaceous notes are there as well. It truly is a good Mosaic showcase. I do think the Galaxy DH version is a bit better than this one. The body, look, and how the hop works with Citra is simply better.

Dec 12, 2020
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osheamatth from New York

4.31/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Light Tang like appearance (that’s not a knock it’s a color reference) with minimal lacing. There is a blast of dried tropical fruit on the nose, pineapple in particular but a dose of mango too. I also detect some burnt honey. That profile follows into the palate and just amplifies it. There’s some creaminess in these fruit notes and plenty of biting bitterness which completes the aftertaste profile.

Oct 19, 2020
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thebeers from Pennsylvania

4.13/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Hazed gold, effervescent, with two fingers of yellowed head. Great retention and thick lacing.

Strong sweet orange, light pine sap and some green onion in the nose. It doesn’t quite reach lovey cat piss levels, but it hints at getting there.

Candied orange and a little mango up front in the taste, but balanced by what can only be described as bitterness. A bit of pine tar and some pull-like bitterness linger into the aftertaste. Didn’t know people made bitter IPAs anymore.

Relatively full, creamy feel. Just enough carbonation.

This is a great beer. I’m drinking it well before the expiration date, but still with at least six weeks on it. Would love to try it on tap. I’m sure it sings hyper-fresh. 6/9/2020 canned on date.

Jul 30, 2020
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MikeWard from Pennsylvania

3.73/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

16oz can into a pint glass. Canned 6/9/20, so a month old.

Faintly hazy yellow body with a decent white head which shrinks to a thick ring and covering. A little lacing.

There is a dull citrus aroma..

On tasting, well, I guess mosaic dry hopping doesn't agree with me. Its aggressively dry and bitter, a little unpleasant, without any sweet malt to balance it out. Also coats the tongue a little. I'm being generous with a 3.5 in deference to my usual enjoyment and the known quality of TG beers.

Mouth between medium and full, finish a flat dry bitterness.

Overall, didn't enjoy this beer as much as other TG beers. I'll stick with standard Pseudo Sue.

Jul 12, 2020
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Wasatch from Colorado

4.49/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16 oz. Can
PKG: 06/09/20
BEST BY: 10/07/20

Poured into a Trillium glass a very nice cloudy pale yellow color, with some very nice carbonation, with a very nice thick/creamy one-finger off-white head, which also leaves some pretty nice sticky lacing behind. The nose is very nice, hoppy, malty, with a pretty nice citrus complex (orange, tangerine, grapefruit, pineapple, mango, peach, guava), with a nice little diesel like. The taste is very nice, hoppy, malty, with a very nice citrus complex (orange, tangerine, grapefruit, pineapple, mango, peach, guava), with a pretty nice diesel like. Medium body, ABV is hidden very nicely, with a pretty nice dry/bitter finish. Overall, this is a very tasty brew. Very nice to see it around here. Orange Julius! Addictive! MilkShake!

Jul 06, 2020
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stosh66 from Pennsylvania

4.35/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16oz can poured into pint glass.
A: slight haze when poured. Yellow straw color with 1.5 inch head that dissipates to lacing.
S: Tropicals and citrus,
T: Tropical fruit pineapple/mango up front, followed by slightly dank citrus rind(lemon?) bitterness.
M: light to medium body.
O: All the "Sues" are welcome in my house. This version appeals to my fondness of a lightly colored malt bill and Mosaic hops.

Jul 04, 2020
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mwilbur from Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a pint can into shaker pint glass. Packaged 6/9/20.
A: Pours a clear golden yellow hue with active carbonation fueling 1+ inch bubbly white head with good retention.
S: Orange, lemon, grapefruit, mango, and a hint of pine resin.
T: Orange, pine resin, grapefruit, and a funky lemon note.
M: Light body. Citrus sweetness and pine bitterness. Excellent balance.
D: Refreshing with loads of hop notes. Lovely summer session brew.

Jun 19, 2020
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DIM from Pennsylvania

4.47/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is worthy of the pseudo sue moniker, and that is a high bar. Fresh, zesty citrus for days plus some tropical, juicy mango. Canned eight days ago.

Toppling Goliath has been available for a bit less than a year now in my area and I'm still able to frequently find it exceedingly fresh. Kudos to them.

Jun 18, 2020
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HappyGuy12345 from New Jersey

4.91/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from 22 ounce bottle into pint glass
Look: Hazy, light amber color with about 1 inch of white foamy head. Good retention.
Smell: Tons of citrus.
Taste: Initial taste is that of grapefruit juice, shortly follow by the extremely mild bitterness of hops. This was one of the tastiest American Pale Ales that I have ever tried.
Feel: Medium-bodied beer with moderate carbonation.
Overall: Delicious and flavorful. In my opinion, it was noticeably better than Pseudo Sue with Galaxy, which is a great beer in its own right.

Apr 27, 2019
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EMH73 from New York

4.46/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours an opaque orange with a one inch white head that is well retained and leaves a lot of spotty lacing. Smell is predominantly citrus fruits with some herbal and tropical motes along with some pine. Tastes of orange, orange peel, tangerine, mango, peach along with some resin and herbal notes. On the light side of medium bodied, well carbonated, mild to moderate bitterness and a soft mouth feel.

Apr 07, 2019
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Eamonn-Cummings3 from New York

4.48/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a Guinness glass.

Look is an extremely hazy pale yellow with a thin white head.

Aroma is a dank herbal citrus with the hops really coming through.

Taste is that bitter dank hop.

So so delicious.

Mar 10, 2019
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snaotheus from Washington

4.29/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

2019-03-05
22oz bottle served in a pint glass. Bottled on 2/11/19. Given to me by @mr-jj.

Pours hazy yellow with a big head and lots of carbonation. It's a pretty pour. Smell is hop resin and tropical fruit.

Taste is hop resin and tropical fruit. Very strong flavors. Late, deeply bitter finish. Not much sweetness.

Mouthfeel is dry and light. Overall, this is a very pleasing beer.

Mar 06, 2019
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Greywulfken from New York

4.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The Mosaic hop complementing the Citra hop of Pseudo Sue produced a fruitier, richer, more deeply flavored beer, full of plush citrus and zesty tang - medium-light feel, bitterness crushing the palate, and mildly sweet and tart... Excellent...

Feb 24, 2019
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Roguer from Connecticut

4.19/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Superb head production and incredible retention, with a large, fluffy white head that dissipates unevenly, leaving behind spotty lacing. Brew itself is shockingly pulpy and opaque.

Dank, herbal, and juicy nose - expected, perhaps, for a Citra APA dry hopped with Mosaic. Pepper, tangerine, mango, pineapple, honey, and grapefruit come through. Very clean.

Doesn't disappoint on the palate: juicy and clean up front, with a growing dankness around mid-palate. Mandarin orange, mango, tangerine, bright herbs, pineapple, lemon.

Very lively feel, and quite smooth. Carries quite a heft for such a relatively low-ABV brew.

Feb 22, 2019
Pseudo Sue - Mosaic Dry-Hopped from Toppling Goliath Brewing Company
Beer rating: 97 out of 100 with 404 ratings