Sol Hunter
Toppling Goliath Brewing Company

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From:
Toppling Goliath Brewing Company
 
Iowa, United States
Style:
Pale Ale - American
ABV:
5.2%
Score:
93
Avg:
4.21 | pDev: 7.13%
Ratings:
236
Status:
Retired
Rated:
Feb 05, 2021
Added:
Oct 24, 2014
Wants:
  16
Gots:
  33
SCORE
93
Outstanding
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Notes: Gone are the days of experimentation and test-flights. As we voyage into the unknown, we rely on our skill and determination - guiding us safely to the promised land. Our goal is clear: pursue the sun and harvest the power extracted from an equinox. The task is large, but hopes are high as we travel once more among the stars.

70 IBU
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4 by Yungcoolship from Wisconsin on Feb 05, 2021
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3/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
by GuyFawkes from Illinois

Bottled 9/29/16; drank 10/16/16 @ the Yarchives.

Opaque orange appearance.

A rough pour yielded a big, noisy, bright white head; a thick curtain of lace.

Orange citrus & dry wheat notes in the nose.

Medium mouthfeel.

Orange citrus flavors up front; dry wheat & faint cane sugar notes on the finish.

Drinkable but very plain & simple; the definition of average.

Oct 03, 2019
 
4.03 by Futbolmanby from Michigan on Jul 07, 2018
 
3.67 by Chilmer from Iowa on May 25, 2018
 
3.5 by Moses_Malone from District of Columbia on Mar 06, 2018
 
4.18 by NICKtheTITAN from Iowa on Dec 15, 2017
 
4.31 by Vidblain from Minnesota on Dec 11, 2017
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3.84/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by brentk56 from North Carolina

Appearance: A bit of a gusher, the beer pours honey colored with a massive head; as can happen when too much foam is in the glass, the stickage and lacing are impressive

Smell: Tropical fruit tones of papaya, passion fruit, lemon and grapefruit; grassy, as well

Taste: Aspirin and lemon tones dominate the front end, with the tropical fruit elements quite reserved; papaya and passion fruit intermingle with white grapefruit, through the middle; the finish is rather dry and grassy, with a faint echo of the front end in the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Bottled in the summer, I suspect this has oxidized a bit and is not quite what it was when fresh

Thanks, TBach, for the opportunity

Nov 19, 2017
 
4.25 by GreenBayBA from Wisconsin on Nov 11, 2017
 
4.42 by ale_addin from Illinois on Jun 16, 2017
 
3.63 by dt_gbpackersfan from Missouri on May 20, 2017
 
3.81 by Nat1975 from Indiana on Apr 15, 2017
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4.17/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by BEERchitect from Kentucky

Classic in hop flavor but nouveau in its attempt to be a pale ale, Toppling Goliath continues to blur the line between the American pale ale and the IPA. Modest in alcohol but saturating in its hop profile, the beer's dry body makes the beer register much more like the later and wonderfully so.

Golden, orange and moderately hazy, the beer's fluffy and arid froth structure pulls a perfume of citrus, hay, stone fruit and light tropical scents. Supple and sweet, the beer's malty foundation is of granola, biscuit and dry caramel.

As the ale opens up on the middle of the tongue, its sweetness bounces off of the tongue with beer's expressive carbonated bite. Highlighting the beer's peppery and spicy edges, its the fragrance of citrus trends into a dried peel character of orange, grapefruit and lemon. Mango and apricot bring their own dehydrated flavor in a dry tropical medley. Grassy, peppery and dryly of pine cone, the beer's resins seem tight, weathered and sharp.

Dry, crisp and clean, the bubbly nature of the ale allows the texture to pop and create a peppery refreshment that quenches the thirst effortlessly. An aftertaste of peppery greens, hay and sawdust persists long after the malts have subside.

Apr 14, 2017
 
4.05 by rfgetz from New Jersey on Mar 27, 2017
 
3.78 by Furlinator from California on Mar 26, 2017
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4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by VABA from Virginia

Pours an amber golden color with a slight head and lacing
Aroma has tropical and citrus hints
The taste follows the nose with tropical and citrus flavors
A medium bodied well carbonated beer
A well balanced beer

Mar 24, 2017
 
4.11 by Luscious_Malfoy from Illinois on Mar 22, 2017
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4.18/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Blackop555 from Michigan

Pours hazy gold. Medium, thick, white head that lasts.

Smells Citrus, tropical, bready malt. Light grassy and light Pine.

Taste orange and mango, bready malt. Fading quickly to a long dry finish with a citrus and pine linger. Medium body and smooth medium carbonation.

Mar 10, 2017
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4.79/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75
by HopHunter19 from Missouri

A - bam! Perfect golden beer with a uniform head and huge lumpy lacing of a white head that sticks forever. Perfect presentation.
S - big hop resin, citrus pith, grapefruit, orange, lemon/lime
T - big hop resin, ganja, garlic onion in a good way, intense bitterness like chewing citrus peel, grapefruit, orange, tangerine
M - medium secondary to bitterness. Alc covered. Aftertaste is grapefruit, hop resin.
O - damn near perfect. This must be very fresh. So hazy, so dank, so citrusy. Definitely destrominates the idea of an "east coast" ipa/pale ale. Its one of those beers thats so hoppy when you burp afterwards is tickles your nose.

Feb 28, 2017
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4.24/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by AustinWadkins from Iowa

Pours a light hazy golden honey color with a beautiful slightly off white head. Head consists of tiny little bubbles that create a nice froathy head

Snifer picks up mango, pineapple, pine, grapefruit, tangerine, sort of like pseudo

Taste is mango, pineapple, tangerine, orange?, bit bitter

Overall a fantastic beer! Not as good as some of the other beers produced by Toppling but none the less fantastic

Feb 23, 2017
 
4.2 by jmh21 from Minnesota on Feb 23, 2017
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3.83/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by hoptheology from South Dakota

22 oz bomber split with Danny.

Golden honey color, frothy white head.

Smells like pseudo Sue with a touch of wheat.

Nice piney bitterness with grapefruit and orange rind, some wheat and soft malts.

Very carbonated, slightly Sandy, semi dry.

Overall it's decent. A good hopper to split with a friend while hanging out.

Feb 23, 2017
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4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
by garymuchow from Minnesota

I like this beer. It's a great drinker, but as with my previous review the sum is greater than the parts. The aroma is nice with a nice soft fruit and a slight herbal character with no grass quality. Huge head at first covers a rather cloudy gold body. This drink great. Tasty and smooth and going down easy. Nice mix of hops and pale malt qualities with not particular sweetness. Some heft to the body considering the size of the drink. Some bitterness that lingers a good long time but isn't distasteful nor overly distracting. A satisfying drinking beer.
No dating on this bottle so I have no idea how old it is.

Jan 18, 2017
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4.14/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Nicolaiw from Denmark

Amber hazy with one and a half white fluffy head.
Aroma is tropical fruits, oranges, malt pine,
Taste is medium pine, malt, oranges, citrus, big mouthfeel, well balanced

Jan 13, 2017
 
4.25 by Virby44 from Wisconsin on Jan 09, 2017
 
4.13 by mattyrubes from New York on Jan 09, 2017
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4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Jaypeajus from Indiana

Looks hazy honey. Frothy head, good ring and lacing. Smells, mild hops, mild citrus, bit of lemongrass? Taste is very pleasant, balanced. No bitterness on back end. Very drinkable, wish I had more. Overall my fav TG brew to date.

Jan 04, 2017
 
4 by hoosier222002 from Illinois on Jan 01, 2017
 
4 by smartassboiler from Illinois on Jan 01, 2017
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4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by mynie from Maryland

Fresh-seeming bomber just purchased today at the Clinton, Iowa Hy-Vee.

Pours very hazy, but not quite milkshake hazy, with a large white head.

Smells very hop-heavy and chewy, with big nodes of mango and smaller nodes of cat pee. It's a nice aroma, but it's not so nice that it couldn't be easily confused with a few hundred other beers that have come out in the last 2-3 years.

And the taste is about the same as the aroma: good, but not at all exceptional for a beer released in 2016. Big tropical fruit up front, starting sweet and growing bitter as the sip progresses, finishing with yeast and lightly sour grain.n

Dec 30, 2016
 
4.28 by HoistinBrews from Minnesota on Dec 26, 2016
 
3.74 by Thebrewdude08 from Iowa on Dec 22, 2016
 
3.82 by htown_engineer from Texas on Dec 20, 2016
 
4.25 by sgttibbs from Minnesota on Dec 19, 2016
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4.37/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by KevSal from California

APA? this is definitly an ipa

looks great in the glass, completely hazy, like a glass a juice with a nice head. really love the label as well

nose is kinda mute. some hopes and wheat. slight onion

flavor is right up my alley! tons of hops full force, much brighter than the nose. has a bit of that oskar blues onion hop presence. really mixes well with the beer, would love to find out what hops went into this as it has multiple waves. delicious

feel is pretty good, nicely carbed and, medium bodied. no alch at all

this is an ipa, might as well call it an ipa. very enjoyable, lots of flavor in this one. mike you got me good!

Dec 13, 2016
 
4.04 by JCaweinstein from Ohio on Dec 10, 2016
 
4.64 by TylerJ from Iowa on Dec 09, 2016
 
3.82 by Raziel313 from California on Dec 04, 2016
 
3.75 by MattMorin from Illinois on Nov 27, 2016
 
4.11 by bschmidt_37 from Illinois on Nov 26, 2016
Sol Hunter from Toppling Goliath Brewing Company
Beer rating: 93 out of 100 with 236 ratings