Toppling Goliath Brewing Company

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IPA - Imperial
Ranked #50
Ranked #534
4.37 | pDev: 6.86%
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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simonrgilbert57 from California

4.5/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Toppling Goliath really doesn't miss. This beer looks great, with a bit of an unfiltered look. Smell is fresh and a bit juicy, much like the middlesection of the body. The finish is a bit dryer than the rest of the beer, which is a good change of pace. Overall, a very good beer I'd drink again.

Apr 11, 2021
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Derptiluderp from Indiana

4.5/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 16 oz can. Lots of pineapple scent. Maybe some mango. Minimal lacing. Looks to be full of sediment though and has kicked my sinuses into a frenzy. So I'm surprised this isn't labeled hazy. Just enough malt to make it chewy. But with a nice, dry finish. My sinuses hate it. But it tastes great

Mar 17, 2021
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buschbeer from Ohio

4.24/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16 FL. OZ. can
Served in a pint glass

This beer pours a hazy orangish yellow color. It is topped with an inch of beige head that leaves some decent lacing.

The smell is citrus. I get orange, melon, and grapefruit.

Tropical fruit and melon upfront. Citrus rushes in the middle. The finish is grapefruit and pine.

Medium bodied with a creamy mouthfeel

This beer is three months old and is still pretty damn good.

Feb 04, 2021
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BigGold from Mississippi

4.31/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had HOPSMACK! at The Tap, Bloomington, Indiana, twice on draft into 12-oz. snifter.

Pours cloudy but bright melon-gold, with 1-finger near-white head, which doesn't last but does leave some etched lace. Hop resin up front in the aroma, then pineapple, melon, and some of those weirder, funky tropical fruits. A little mild bite to start, then huge sweet tropical fruits over mild malt base, and a very drying, biting slightly citrus peel finish.

Jan 24, 2021
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

4.07/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I scored a biker's denim vest with the word "Iowa" embroidered along the back shoulder. This inspired me to CANtact the brewery about a patch for the vest. I was granted permission (one-time use) to have a local embroiderer direct-embroider their logo onto the back! I filled out the rest of the vest with Hawkeyes, Cyclones & RAGBRAI patches as well as a few other Iowa breweries that had patches available. Now, it is time for The CANQuest (tm) to have a beer!

From the CAN: "HOPSMACK! Double India Pale Ale"; "HOPSMACK! is here to rescue your palate as 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."; "Live beer, please refrigerate!"; "Brewed in Beautiful Decorah, IA".

I beCAN by Crack!ing open the vent & then I CANmenced a slow, gentle C-Line Glug into the awaiting glass. I was initially stunned by its lack of clarity, but that could be why they mentioned its being a "live beer". I then allowed it to flow fairly freely since there was no ChANce of achieving clarity. I wound up with a finger-plus of dense, foamy, rocky, eggshell-white head with very good retention. Color was a deeply-hazy to lightly-cloudy Golden-Amber (SRM = > 5, < 7). Nose was highly tropical, very fruity, but tempered by a pine minty coolness that really set my hophead mouth to watering. Mouthfeel was medium-to-full, not quite creamy, but on the approach. The taste evinced melon, like honeydew & CANtaloupe, at first and then slowly gave way to a more tropical fruitiness before I got HOPSMACK!ed with grapefruit & pine. They mark the hops bill as "SECRET", but it was like an amalgam of Pacific west coast, southern hemisphere & experimental hops. I would guess Cascade, Amarillo, Motueka & at least one other, but I am merely a self-avowed, self-described hophead. Finish was semi-dry to dry, but lacking the bitterness that I would have really liked in/from this style. YMMV.

Jan 07, 2021
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NCSapiens from Indiana

4.37/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a cloudy yellow with brown hues. Ample white head and lacing. The appearance is quite nice, although some large bubbles cling to the sides of the glass detracting slightly from the aesthetic, and the stone fruit color is a bit murky. The aroma is the most outstanding aspect of this beer. Pungent aromas of peach and pineapple and mango can be detected from three feet away. Tastes like a mixture of peach, pear, pineapple and mango with a dry hop grassy and floral bitterness on the finish. Good body with lots of carbonation. Overall an objectively very well made beer that will appeal to hop heads craving fruit punch flavors.

Jan 02, 2021
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DaveMaciolek21 from New Jersey

4.44/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The cloudy gold pour makes you think you're about to down a juicebomb, but this beer offers so much more. Are there grapefruit and tropical fruit flavors? Yes! But the long, lovely finish, is pine and resin bitterness in two successive waves. Beautifully brewed and balance, and a word to the wise: Start this beer at 50 degrees Fahrenheit, and let it warm some from there for max complexity.

Jan 01, 2021
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rand from California

4.23/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16 oz can into a pint glass

Brew has a classic cloudy IPA appearance - creamsicle, fluffy one-inch head, sticky lacing everywhere.

Nose is more muted than expected. Dank, rindy and pithy, with distinct notes of pineapple and mango.

More piney on the palate - one of the things I love about TP brews...they straddle west coast and east coast styles. Probably the most bitter beer I’ve had from TP, resiny. Moderate malty sweetness balances mid-sip, long, bitter sweet finish.

What a bold, unique take on the style. Took my palate a few sips to adjust and be able to parse out the nuances.

Jan 01, 2021
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UWDAWG from Washington

4.32/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 16 ounce can into a snifter.

Look- Medium gold, hazy, visible particulate sediment, white frothy head, above average head retention and lacing.

Smell- Pineapple, mango, pine resin.

Taste- Pine resin, subtle pineapple, herbal.

Feel- Medium body, high bitterness, average carbonation, lingering bitterness.

Overall- This is essentially a hazy West Coast IPA, but it is very tasty.

Dec 29, 2020
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farrago from New Jersey

3.84/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Two fingers of off-white to very light tan head, mottled surface, nice retention, wispy but long lacing streaks. Cloudy liquid but not quite apricot juice level, bubbles easily visible inside near the glass, basic yellow coloring. Sharp and angular nose of cracker, black peppercorns, salt and tarry dankness, the brunt lessened some by tangerine spritz, pine sap, the scents feel tropical but not getting much clarity in picking specific fruit out. Full-bodied, tingly carbonation gives it a jolt right from the start. Quite bitter and dry yet here you do separate out pineapple, star fruit, nectarine, papaya flavors. Tangerine, tangelo to white grapefruit citrus, good flavor with all that bitterness. Piney finish and when getting a little warmer some florality peeks out. Was on the fence about it but in the end it won me over, probably because it wasn’t too sweet and overripe. (Canned 10/30/20)

Dec 22, 2020
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ChrisMon02 from Ohio

4.28/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Straight orange and pineapple smell and taste. Nice, soft, moderate carbonation makes the mouthfeel really nice. Simple, tasty and crushable. This is just straight up good beer. Recommended.

Dec 17, 2020
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Steve_Studnuts from Pennsylvania

4.18/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Canned 10/23/20
Consumed 12/11/20
Expensive as shit

Looks rather hazy for your standard imperial IPA. Also sports a big, creamy head. Proper dope ass lacing too. Smells wicked; HOPSMACK indeed. Some citrus and tropics in the stew but I'm also picking up hops of the earthy variety myself. Good sweet malty base for balance too. I'm in for a treat if the nose is anything to go on. Sweet ripe oranges up front on the tongue followed by some bitterness in the middle (raw grapefruit vibes) before a strangely dry and earthy finish. Doesn't quite match the nose, but still quite tasty. This here is a quality beverage that doesn't quite justify the price tag even if it's quite good. Too many comparable options with a more reasonable price tag hanging about.

Dec 12, 2020
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tp1962 from Illinois

5/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Look: A hazy amber dark color, exceptional 1.5 inch white head.
Smell: Sweet citrus hops. Pleasant
Taste: Bitter and sweet at the same time. Citrus flavors from the hops. Very smooth and ABV well hidden!
Feel: carbonation perfect!
Overall: An above average exceptional DIPA! Salute!

Dec 04, 2020
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Pentastar from New York

4.5/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look: A hazy orange color, foamy white head.
Smell: Pineapple, orange, and mango. Some lemon too.
Taste: True to the aroma. Pineapple and orange with a nice bitterness.
Feel: Normal carbonation, light for a DIPA.
Overall: A good hoppy beer.

Dec 01, 2020
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Wasatch from Colorado

4.5/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16 oz. Can
PKG: 10/23/20
BEST BY: 02/20/21

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 plus off-white head, which also leaves some pretty nice sticky lacing behind. The nose is very nice, hoppy, malty, with a very nice citrus complex (orange, tangerine, grapefruit, pineapple, mango, peach, apricot, nectarine), with a pretty nice little diesel like. The taste is very nice, hoppy, malty, with a very nice citrus complex (orange, tangerine, grapefruit, pineapple, mango, peach, apricot, nectarine), 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. Nice to see it around. Orange Julius! Addictive! MilkShake!

Nov 29, 2020
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DavetotheB from Pennsylvania

4.41/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From a 16oz can dated 10/23/20 into a pint glass.

Pours a very hazy, nearly opaque deep yellow with about two fingers of white head. Excellent retention and lacing.

The nose is almost all juice-pineapples, oranges, tangerine-with some pine in the background.

The mouth is almost all bitter resin and pine with a hint of citrus on the swallow.

Mouthfeel is sticky-soft but full bodied. Strong bitter aftertaste. Above average carbonation.

Overall a well put together beer with a great balance of juiciness and bitterness.

Nov 25, 2020
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CraigDeMoss from Kansas

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

Decent amount of frothy foam head, yellow-gold haze. Pungent OJ, Pith, rind, the whole nine from the usual suspects of the citrus family. Same carries over to taste with grapefruit and tangerine dominating alongside serious bitterness, notes of subtle fruits like papaya and mango. Heavy bitterness coupled with a balanced juicy to dry feel. Great blend of styles on this one, definitely worth a try

Nov 24, 2020
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GoBearsWalter34 from Illinois

4.43/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy yellow-orange with a thin, white head.
Nose of citrus hop, melon , pine resin.
Wonderful pine resin and dankness on top of citrus hop, fruit and melon. Pepper, garlic and biscuit. Like it!
Great combo of citrus and pine resin and dankness.

Nov 24, 2020
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JohnniEMc from Pennsylvania

4.69/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is off to a great start. Barely able to get a 16 oz. can entirely into a clear glass Imperial pint mug because of the quantity of dense and foamy white head. The liquid below is richly honey colored and opaque. There's an abundance of resinous hops now in the air. A full bodied brew that brings enough hoppy tastes to satisfy almost any IPA lover. Hopsmack! is hoppy and smooth, with just enough malty sweetness to make the clean bitter aftertaste all the more enjoyable.

Nov 23, 2020
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Vetbidder from Pennsylvania

4.15/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Beautiful hazy dull golden with a big puffy head, this beer certainly looks nice. Decent nose of tropical fruits, citrus and some dankness to boot. Decent flavor translation from the nose that quickly turns to a resinous bitter lingering finish. This flavor profile is ok but I prefer a bit more sweetness to the punch. On the edge of a creamy feel with prickly carbonation rounds out this decent brew.

Nov 18, 2020
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jkblr from Indiana

4.34/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16oz can PKG 10/30/20 BEST BY 02/28/21 poured into a Spiegelau IPA glass at fridge temp, no ABV listed on can. The beer pours hazy golden yellow with quick building off white head. The head recedes to a quarter inch cap and leaves a complete spotty lacing. The aroma is moderate in strength and offers pineapple, melon, grapefruit and dank, earthy notes. The taste follows with earthy dank bitterness right out of the gate and the fruit salad showing up as the bitterness fades. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, slightly smooth in texture with average carbonation and a dry finish. Overall, very good to excellent. I love hops, and don't mind haze, but I need real bitterness to be completely on board. This is a winner.

Nov 16, 2020
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cjeep from Pennsylvania

4.59/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It's big, it's bad, it's awesome. If you see it, grab it. If you for some reason don't like it, send it to me...
L: Drinking from the can. The can is stylish.
S: pretty much the hop gamut. citrus, floral, grassy.
T: delivers on the nose with more bitterness. little bit of sweetness, then grapefruit, then some serious lingering bitterness. Wow!
F: medium body. feels just fine, thank you.
O: yeah, baby. just fantastic. if you don't love it, that's on you.

Nov 15, 2020
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Mindcrime1000 from South Dakota

4.2/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a pint can into a Nonic pint glass.

Pours nearly opaque cloudy/hazy orange gold with an excellent foamy bone-white head that retains well. Good webbed lacing.

Strong distinct aromas. Pineapple, mango, peach, grass, resin.

TG consistently balances the juicy and the bitter in special ways. Another tasty brew.

Honey-kissed malt sweetness on the tip of the tongue, featuring pineapple, white grapefruit, mango, peach and apricot. All flesh. Then in midstream, citrus pith and zest arrive, including lime for the first time. At the finish, mild booze and bracing resins steal the show.

The brew is at least medium bodied but never feels heavy. A nice drying tingly hop finish.

Nov 15, 2020
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57md from Pennsylvania

4.35/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light and hazy dirty straw color with a finger of head. The nose is a solid combination of overripened fruits and dankness. The flavor has a modest dose of pithy citrus upfront. But, the real feature is a dry peppery essence leading into a bitter finish that lingers for a good long time.

One my my beer pet peeves is crazy names like Hopsecutioner and Death by Hops, etc. Mostly, they don't live up to their name. However, this offering is one of those rare beers that lives up to its name - the hops will certainly smack you around... and YOU WILL LIKE IT!

Nov 14, 2020
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MikeWard from Pennsylvania

4.29/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16oz can into a pint glass. Canned 10/23/20, so 3 weeks old.

Looks very good in the glass, solid dk orange juice body. Big white head persists in decent form throughout, leaving excellent lacing.

Strong dank aroma

On tasting, the flavors come at you in waves. Initially a tropical mix hits the tongue, followed by a drying dankness. Finally a lasting bitterness fills the mouth. Loving this.

Mouth is close to full, finish a dank bitterness.

Overall, just love Toppling Goliath. Every beer is well brewed and very tasty. This is no exception.

Nov 13, 2020
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