Sol Hunter
Toppling Goliath Brewing Company

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American Pale Ale (APA)
Ranked #56
Ranked #1,921
4.22 | pDev: 6.87%
Toppling Goliath Brewing Company
Iowa, United States
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70 IBU
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Photo of brentk56
3.84/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.17/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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.

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Photo of Blackop555
4.18/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of HopHunter19
4.79/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

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.

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Photo of AustinWadkins
4.24/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.83/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Golden honey, frothy 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 a good but not great beer.

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Photo of garymuchow
4.03/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of Nicolaiw
4.14/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

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Photo of Jaypeajus
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of mynie
4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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Photo of KevSal
4.37/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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!

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Photo of Czequershuus
3.55/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a slightly hazy orange with a large head. The aroma is very tropical - mango, pineapple, clemetine orange, and something malty that reminds me of waffles. The flavor is also tropical, with mango, pineapple, clementine, mild malt and fair bitterness. The mouthfeel is light and foamy, good to style. Overall this is a decent beer, but does not have the pop that so many Toppling Goliath pales do. It is good, but flat.

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Photo of Mdog
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Hazy yellow, big head.

Smell: Peach, then tropical punch and citrus.

Taste: Wheaty, mild tropical fruitiness throughout. Starts to get a bitter citrus rind finish as it warms up.

Overall: Another hoppy pale from TG. I like the wheat-tasting backbone and nice fruitiness throughout. Hopefully they can shift more to cans and away from bombers.

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Photo of Gobearswalter34
3.78/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

L- Pours a hazy, light orange, with a big, white, bubbly head.
S- Smells of candied citrus hop and pine.
T- plenty of citrus hop biterness, wih a big malt balance. Pine resonates. Grapefruit and orange.
F- Clean crisp.
O- Solid.

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Photo of ovaltine
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Hop bomb from TG? Count me in! Pour yields a golden straw color with a couple of fingers of off-white head. The aroma is a spicy mix of grapefruit and oranges with a bitter aroma that's almost salty underneath.

The taste is all hops, all day long. Heavy grapefruit with a little sweetness from the oranges preventing the beer from entering the "pucker" zone. The malt may contribute to the sweetness, but it's far in the background.

TG does hops well, and this beer is another example in that tradition.

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Photo of SaxmanRick
3.71/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Fresh 22oz bomber poured into a SN pint glass. Tall white head (3") dissipated slowly. Liquid is deep straw colored. Aroma suggests grapefruit and pine. Flavor is intense grapefruit, totally covering over any malt notes. Someone suggested that they should coat the rim with salt. Too much grapefruit and no balance. As it warmed, I did get some secondary mandarin orange. An interesting shocker, but I would not seek out again.

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Photo of NickTheGreat
4.3/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L (4) - Dark hazy orange color with nice amount of coarse white head. Darker than it should be for a Pale, but did look nice.
S (4.5) - Very aromatic beer. Citrusy, for the most part
T (4.25) - Tastes a lot like it smells. Not a very aggressive citrus taste, but that is the predominant hop flavor. Fairly well balanced, more than you'd expect given the look and smell
F (4.25) - Fairly easy drinking beer. Not super carbonated, but enough. Very clean beer
O (4.25) - I had this one earlier this year and took the chance for another. This is a very good beer, and I will buy nearly every time I see it in the store. Almost like Sue junior.

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Photo of CraigP83
3.84/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dark yellow with a golden red tinge, hazy, lots of head retention. Smell is muted, watermelon rind, apricot. Taste is slightly grassy, with just a quick burst of pineapple orange juice, again subtle and muted. Slightly dry and a sharp bitterness.

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Photo of morimech
3.96/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy light orange color with a large head that settled to a thick cap. Heavy lacing is left down the glass. One sniff and it is instantly recognizable as a Toppling Goliath hoppy pale. It has that sharp resinous bite that all of there hoppy stuff shares. Medium dankness with notes of grapefruit, pine, tropical fruit, orange zest. Taste of orange pith, grapefruit juice, tropical fruit, and a bit of coconut. Dry and bitter and very highly attenuated. Not the easiest bottle to get through. Light body with robust carbonation.

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Photo of Jpb123
4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: very hazy dark orange with a Snow White head.

Smell: grapefruit, orange, citrus rind, hops

Taste: orange bomb! Slightly bitter aftertaste, but a sweetness at the beginning.

Feel: light to medium body, bubbly carbonation.

Overall: refreshing

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Photo of maximum12
3.5/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bottle picked up at the Chainsmoker release. Better be good for the five hours I spent standing in line…I’m talking to you, TG.

Light orange with delicate golden overtones. Smells like 2/3 of a hop factory overlaid with bitter citrus. I like the prologue.

Sol Hunter is what a post-malt world would taste like. Bitter, dry, dusty, astringent hops take the palate & choke it into unconsciousness. Malt? No evidence of such. Very green, like drinking water out of hollowed out hop cones after a good hop rain. Strays into powdered ibuprofen territory. Dry. Half a bomber? Good.

Malty IPAs suck, & this is whatever the opposite of a malty IPA is. If you like being tied up & orally assaulted with hops, you’ll enjoy this. Pretty good beer.

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Photo of dcotom
4.18/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 22-ounce bomber into a Spiegelau IPA glass. Stunning appearance, hazy dark orange color with voluminous snow-white head, tons of sticky lacing. Nice aromas of pine resin and citrus rind, plus a tinge of sweetness / light malt. The flavors are not quite as intense as those of some of the other TG pales - except for the bitterness, which is assertive. Overall very good and drinkable, and an excellent pairing with spicy food.

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Photo of Sam_The_Elder
4.66/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Poured out of a 22 oz bottle dated 9/14 into a Spiegelau IPA glass.

L - Pours a beautiful hazy orange with a stark white whispy head. Looks just like a mimosa with a 2 finger head. Opaque orange.

S - The smell was probably the most astounding thing about this beer. I could smell the beer 2 feet away from my nose. Fruit RINDS! Huge notes of grapefuit, orange, mandarin and lemon rinds. A bit of dry white wine and subtle bitterness. There is something here I just cant put my finger on (maybe a slight bit of funk?). The smell does not dissipate and sticks around to the last drop.

T - Taste is what I expected after the smell. Big juicy citrus, mostly orange and lemon with dry white wine. A slight bitterness after exhaling. Very refreshing. The taste is much more subtle than the smell at first. This beer gets better as it warms up and really starts to mimic the smell.

F - The mouth feel is really good but probably the only area I think could use improvement. Light to medium body. Again, very refreshing. Bubbly carbonation.

O - Overall an excellent American Pale Ale. I am unable to pinpoint what hops and malts are being used. This is a very unusual take on an APA, but that is what I like about it. Another great beer from a great brewery.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.9/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to Jeff for this one. 22oz. bomber into a Surly teku. Shared with schen9303.

Color is that of the label. Bright orange. Just a really sexy looking beer. Huge aromas of pineapple assault my senses as soon as I go in for a whiff. Its complemented by notes of resin, fresh cut grass, pine cones and Christmas potpourri. Really aromatic. Its very different from what I'm used to from a pale ale. Flavor is citrus, resin, tree sap, and mango. Pretty deep and rich actually but there's a grassy bitterness that bothers me in this one. Really drinkable nonetheless. Crisp, clean, refreshing and dry at the finish.

Decent but I'm not a huge fan of this flavor profile. Well made beer though.

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Photo of ThrewRedButter
3.74/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

L - Fiery orange with a transparent body and three fingers, of white head.

S - Oily and herbaceous with a green pepper tinge. Interesting.

T - More herbaceous hops with some tea and mint. Tons of hop oils and a small candied orange and peach flavor.

F - Medium body, but full. Oils linger for days.

O - An interesting hop choice which has made for a change of pace from the juice-forward pale ales out there. Drinkability not exactly high thanks to a heavy oil presence, but I still enjoyed it.

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