Toppling Goliath Brewing Company

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American Imperial IPA
Ranked #41
Ranked #473
4.38 | pDev: 7.08%
Toppling Goliath Brewing Company
Iowa, United States
Notes: First in the series, HOPSMACK! inspired us to launch the TG Hop Patrol Series “palate rescue mission”. Giant aromas of pineapple and tropical fruit jump from this enticingly complex double IPA. True to its name, this brew delivers a heavy smack of dry hops and a double dose of bitterness in the finish.

100 IBU
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4.39/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Golden color. Nice head and carbonation. Nice piney and citrus bitters. Has a fresh and clean taste. For a double IPA it does not have strong alcohol aftertaste. Would get again. One if best iPa I have had.

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BilleGibbons from Pennsylvania, Apr 03, 2020
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4.26/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a can. Straw in color and hazy with a good sized white head and some lacing, also some floaties. Bright citrus: grapefruit and orange in the nose. Flavor profile follows the smell, bright and smooth. Higher avb is hidden well.

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Mark-Leggett from Missouri, Dec 01, 2019
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4.18/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured a cloudy orange body with minimal head and no lace down the glass. Aroma has citric notes with floral bits, along with notes of something like papaya and other tropical fruits. Smooth, medium body, slightly sharp acidity at times, note of floral hops, mild bitterness. Great balance from these aspects with a mild grapefruit and tropical fruit sweetness and this beer seems to have a little bit of everything.

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clayrock81 from Florida, Aug 19, 2019
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3.97/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Purchased 7/20/19. Can dated 4/11/19. Probably would not have purchased if I saw the date. Fully imagine smell and taste have deteriorated. Would like to try again fresh.

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Photo of beerthulhu
4.29/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Dank oxidized and milky orange juice coloring shows it's lactose and whirlpool haze within a feverish pitch of effervesce. Dull white head towers in the spiegelau ipa vessel at 3 fingers, breaching the rim, with an almost forever stance. Big sticky lace strands snake around the vessel walls. While some may be put off by the milkshake like appearance, It makes my mouth water.

S: Tart grapefruit and citrus, of a generous strength and proportion, highlights the open and use of Citra hops with much anticipation and welcome. The tartness of the hops are balanced by the sweet arrival of tropical peaches, some country time lemonade and pear-mango yeastiness. Some wet onion-grass hops round and finish out, all of good strength along with some flowery dry hopping of orange-grapefruit pith hops that linger gently enough on the close to make you keep coming back for more.

T: Back notes of pineapple open the flavor with some sweet grapefruit, and a forefront of peaches and passion fruit, giving a fruity, and bountiful first impression. Sweet bright oranges-citrus showcase the vibrant citra hops and flavor forward usage from whirl pooling, coming off dank and sweet. Peaches and kiwi with a flowery hop finish round out the flavor just as impressive as the nose. Medium bitterness with some dank herbal and grassy tropical ending.

M: Juicy mouthful, full of sticky resins, light to medium body, and good carbonation. Dank and sticky.

O: Overall a very pleasant flavor forward NEIPA, full of tropical and sticky resins courtesy of the citra hops. This drink is absolutely crushable and a threat to my wallet, here take my money. Dank, juicy, with a bittering flowery finish, the drink is nicely balanced and blended, so exceptionally smooth, with an increasing bitterness upon warming. This beer disappears faster from the glass then one can fathom.

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beerthulhu from New Jersey, Jul 04, 2019
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4/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It is good but not spectacular. Cloudy, not filtered, some kind of light citrus taste, not very bitter for an IPA. Very drinkable, doesn't taste alcohol.

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3.5/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16 oz. can poured into a pilsner glass. I don't understand all the high ratings for many of their offerings. This was just average stuff at best and the lingering after taste doesn't help.

Also, any Brewery that calls an offering under 8.0% ABV a Double or Imperial should be locked up for false advertising.

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ExtraStout from Massachusetts, Jun 17, 2019
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4.25/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Canned 4-11-19
L: Orange. Nice foamy head, fair lacing. The attraction was the boatload of standing floaties... going nowhere.
S: Tropical, pineapple and spicy.
T: Pineapple at the front. Tropical, and a bit of citrus late. No alcohol presence.
F: Medium, bitter bite, low carbonation. Those floaters offered no grainy feel. Well done.
O: It's NE meets WC .. and everywhere in between. Excellent offering from TG.

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4.6/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Aroma from the open fills the air and continues with a tongue smack finish. Rarely does the can say EXACTLY what you get and this truly delivers. Awesome brew for hop fans.

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4.03/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

$ 6.71 (Including shipping)/16 oz can ($ 0.419/oz) from Tavour, Seattle, WA. Reviewed 6/3/19.
“PKG 04/11/19, BEST BY 08/09/19” stamped on bottom of can. Stored at 42 degrees and served at 57 degrees in a hand-washed and dried Jester King snifter.
Appearance – 4.25.
First pour – Light yellow, hazy.
Body – Yellow, murky and opaque. Some large white floaties remain in suspension.
Head – Large (Maximum eight cm, aggressive center pour), white, low density, long duration, diminishing to an irregular two to ten mm crown and a rocky partial cap.
Lacing – Excellent - Three-dimensional wide band with tiny to medium bubbles.
Aroma – 4.25 –Strong pineapple and very weak grapefruit and melon.
Flavor – 4 – Distinctly generically fruity and only slightly bitter. No alcohol (7.7% ABV), no dimethylsulfide, no diacetyl.
Palate – 3.5 – Medium, watery, lively carbonation.
Impression and summation – 4 - Good, but certainly doesn’t live up to its 100 IBU claim.

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Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania, Jun 03, 2019
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4.43/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought at the local Indiana liquor store. Always appreciate local distribution.

A - Golden orange body, essentially opaque but with some translucence, lots of hop residue, flakes speckling throughout. The head is big and fat, with a orange tinged off white color, and some of the thickest lacing, a carpet of bubble both big ans small, I've ever seen.

S - Strong nose of hops, some pine and light tangerine notes, a bit of funk, and grass and spice.

T - The flavor is a pungent hop blast, similar to the nose, but with a moderate malt note beneath and a mild bitter pith hit in the close that mingles with a bit of boosiness. The flavor is surprisingly ripe and full without being punishing, a real treat.

M - Mild carbonation and full body, with a building resin crunchiness. Just a touch of alcohol warmth that also helps clear in the finish.

O - This is not a beer I quite know how to process. Using some of the same tricks as a NE IPA, but with a more standard Western DIPA flavor profile, the result is a little of both. Whereas this sometimes comes across in other beers as being uncertain as to the intended result, here Toppling Goliath is clearly working its techniques for this result. I am quite glad I got to pick this up.

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Tsar_Riga from Indiana, May 27, 2019
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4.3/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pint can dated April 11, poured to an IPA glass. Cloudy, with some suspended sediment that's a bit odd and gives an impression of thick viscosity, under a finger of foam. A pleasant mix of tropical aromas and dank, resinous flavors on the tongue. Some sharp bitterness near the finish, but overall, a very nice balance between West coast and NEIPA flavor profiles.

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4.02/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz tallboy can received courtesy of ovaltine. Canned February 16, 2019 per the stamp on the bottom of the can.

Poured into an IPA glass, this was initially a clear golden color, with a big, creamy off-white head. Lots of lace, as the beer shifted to a deeply chill hazed opaqueness.

Hops reminiscent of mangoes and mellons make up most of the nose, along with a bready maltiness.

Taste is of a big, fruity sweet sappiness up front. Some pithy grapefruit as well, but it's mostly background until rising up at the finish. Tastes good, but it's an odd juxtaposition.

Medium bodied, with an oily mouthfeel.

This is a tale of two beers...in one beer. On the one hand, it's a sweet, fruity modern style IPA. On the other hand, it's a piney, grapefruity old school IPA. While I'm enjoying it, I can't help feel that it's dual nature emphasizes a weird lack of focus, like it could've been a helluva beer one way or the other, but settled for pretty good as both.

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woemad from Washington, May 15, 2019
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4.59/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy and pale gold. Smells like grapefruit and pine with a little malt sweetness. Lightly sweet and bitter with grapefruit peel and pine. Creamy mouthfeel with decent carbonation. Really tasty.

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FriedSlug from North Carolina, May 13, 2019
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3.47/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5


can to snifter.

LOOK: slightly hazy medium yellow. Big white head, fades relatively fast, but has decent retention. Standard beer look.

AROMA: hay and pine, touches of citrus,
TASTE: a little more light citrus-y flavors, but the finish is more pine, resin, hairspray. Some lime very late accumulates and becomes sour on the tongue after a while.
FEEL: medium to light body, good carbonation,

Pretty good, but far below the "Sue" IPA's from TG.


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q33jeff from New Jersey, May 10, 2019
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4.39/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bright orange with plenty of pineapple, orange zest, grapefruit and guava to the nose. Much more fruit on the palate with fresh squeezed orange juice, passion fruit, grapefruit, and a drop of lemon. Some herb and faint pine later on. Sugary sweetness in the linger. Medium and bold and full of buzz juice but never heavy.

A wonderfully dangerous brew for not so wonderfully dangerous times.

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stephens101 from Oklahoma, May 04, 2019
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3.99/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought a 4pack of tallboys, but didn't look closely enough at the date-stamp...turns out, they're closing in on 3 months since canning, which might affect the score. All in all, pour is fine, nothing out of the ordinary for the style. Nose is a whole lot of ripe to overripe tropical and citrus fruit, but that's about it...not much in the way of interesting layers. Taste follows. In a lot of TG hazy hoppy offerings, I really appreciate that they don't go down the overly soft and pillowy mouthful road, but still offer up a little bitter liveliness and bite. This one kind of splits the middle of the road on that front. It is a little thick and heavy, though I guess that fits the abv about right. This is certainly good...it isn't really great, though.

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Taybeh from Minnesota, May 03, 2019
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4.36/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a fiery orange with heavy fog that breaks away for very light clarity around the edges of the glass. Transparency drops to murky when the can is emptied into the glass. Head is two fingers of dense, rocky off-white foam even after an 10oz pour. Head retention is good. Aroma is tangerine, resin, grapefruit, lightly syrupy hops with very faint bready malts beyond. Flavor profile is tangerine, grapefruit, resin, herbal, grassy and orange notes in what mingles and mashes together to form something between a Pacific Northeast wooded forest and a Florida tropical fruit farm. Bready and earthy malts help anchor the hops, splitting the balance 30/70 in favor of hops. Mouth feel is fuzzy with pulpy, stringy graininess coming through each sip. It has a medium-thick consistency. Overall, notes are tied together well and departs from the traditionally tropical fruit heavy notes of other beers in their portfolio. Dynamic is favorable here, and without the cloying sweetness, makes for an awesome consumption experience.

Served in a 15.5oz Speigalau tulip from a 16oz can.

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Harrison8 from Missouri, May 03, 2019
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4.26/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

16 oz can pours into a tulip glass.

Hazy yellow, nicely fizzy, big white head.

Smells bright and fruity. Good, but pretty boilerplate for the contemporary style.

Tastes very good. Drinkable. Hop forward. Not really well balanced by the hops are interesting enough to carry it through. Thick emptiness up front, pleasant, followed by contemporary citrus-forward hops, and then a back end and finish of more juicy fruit.

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mynie from Maryland, May 03, 2019
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4.28/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours an opaque deep golden yellow, with a nice white fluffy/creamy head. Smells like grapefruit, candied lemon peel, fresh baguette, Tastes sort of different in the way the hop bite never really fades, almost like the perfect ratio of hops to malts acting in harmony to create a very consistent 2XIPA. Feels well carbonated and refreshing finishes soft. Overall a solid mid western NEIPA-

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Claude-Irishman from New Jersey, Apr 29, 2019
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4.12/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Can. Funny how things ebb and flow. Popularity is a fickle bitch but a horse you can bet on; everything fades. Diatribe complete. This beer initially pours Pseudo-hazy. Then as I tilt the can all the way up, a muddy afterbirth spits into the glass. There goes the surprising clarity. Full turbz. Looks the part, long story short. Aroma is pretty impressive. Rather pungent. A bouquet of tropical, macerated fruits. Pleasant. Flavor is quite ripe and lively. It isn't their best output but it's better than 90% of the local beers attempting to nail this type of beer. It's funny because this may be one of the worst beers I have had from this brewery but it's clearly better than almost every upstart brewery with local backing. To think...there are King Sue cans sitting on the shelf.

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VelvetExtract from Massachusetts, Apr 26, 2019
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3.96/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz can best by 06/06/19 poured into a pint glass looks like grapefruit juice, thick, opaque, orangish-yellow haze with a nice 1/2" fluffy white head of foam that lingers and leaves artistic lacing. This is the last of the four pack I bought about two months ago. The first two cans, consumed within a week of purchase dazzled with a clear golden orange hue. A month later I was surprised to see the change. I could have not drained the can, but it's all part of the learning.

Fruity aromas of orange and grapefruit flow into peach and apricot flavor with a earthiness that stops short of green onion. There is also a soapy aftertaste that is off-putting.

Mouthfeel is full-leaning, barely creamy, and finishes clean.

Overall, I prefer the clear look and soap- free flavor, so I will enjoy fresh next year.

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GrumpyGas from Illinois, Apr 20, 2019
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4.1/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Taste: tropical fruit, grapefruit, pineapple, floral hops, sweet, juicy, non bitter, but smooth. Same with the nose. Golden honey hue, Unfiltered, refined head, with lattice of lace. Medium body. Very drinkable 2X IPA., even at 100 IBUs

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4.4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

16oz can dated 2/6/19

Pours cloudy gold with an inch-plus head of white. Admirable lacing with nice retention. Candied pineapple with peach and oranges in the nose. Medium bodied with a creamy, resinous mouthfeel. Juicy tropicals awash the palate with a firm bitterness. Pineapple, peach, and candied orange. Finishes with an almost tounge-numbing amount of hop resins and juicy citrus.

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brewandbbq from New Hampshire, Apr 12, 2019
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4.75/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I love love love this beer. Poured into a pint glass from a bomber.

Poured a hazy opaque honey color. Has two fingers of thick white head that retains just enough to leave some really nice lacing.

Smells like straight up tropical fruit. I’m getting grapefruit, pineapple and other citrus in the nose and almost nothing else. It’s heavenly.

Taste is pineapple and apricot. Few hints of grapefruit but not really the hopamack I was hoping for. Never the less, this beer was not disappointing as it gave me something i didn’t know I wanted.

Mouthfeel is nice, it’s slick and easy to drink. Can’t complain about it.

Overall this beer is an excellent ipa. For real it’s a 10/10 wil buy this again even at the price point I paid for it. 13$ for the 22 oz bottle.

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ELxCHAPO from Illinois, Apr 09, 2019
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