XHops - Gamma
Toppling Goliath Brewing Company

XHops - GammaXHops - Gamma
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Style:
American Pale Ale (APA)
ABV:
5.8%
Score:
92
Avg:
4.19 | pDev: 7.16%
Reviews:
25
Ratings:
146
From:
Toppling Goliath Brewing Company
 
Iowa, United States
Avail:
Retired (no longer brewed)
Wants
  11
Gots
  24
SCORE
92
Outstanding
XHops - GammaXHops - Gamma
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Reviews: 25 | Ratings: 146
Reviews by BYOFB:
Photo of BYOFB
4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

More User Reviews:
Photo of Cfred371
4.71/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This beer was bottled 10/22/15 and purchased at Casanova liquor, Hudson WI
Look: the beer pours a nice orange color with some haze and a white head. The brew is definitely not translucent and has some nice carbonation bubbles, but the head dissipates rather quickly, leaving only lacing.
Smell: the hops shine here: fruit (my ability to identify is meh) but I'm picking up mango I believe.
Taste: the taste follows the nose: strong tropical fruit with light light bitterness, and a nice orange tasting finish.
Feel: I love the feel on this beer. It's a moderately full feeling beer and a mild dryness
Overall: considering this was bought just based on the brewery, I'm damn shocked at how good this is. I like it more than PseudoSue, or maybe I'm crazy.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.45/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a chalice.

Appearance: Pours a bright golden orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. Solid finger of white head that settles into a thin patchy layer.

Smell: A very juicy and earthy hop forward aroma with a scent of citrus fruit and grass. Upfront citrus hop presence with a scent of orange peel, melon, grapefruit, pineapple, lemon, tangerine, and honeydew. Earthy and floral hop scent of grass and pine. Subtle malt hints of caramel, grains, and yeast. A very solid hoppy aroma.

Taste: Like the smell indicates, a very juicy and earthy hop driven taste with notes of citrus fruit and grass. Big juicy presence of citrus with notes of grapefruit, orange peel, melon, pineapple, tangerine, lemon, and honeydew. Floral and earthy hop notes of pine and grass. Background malt notes of caramel, grains, and yeast. A very good taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Juicy and fairly oily and drying.

Overall: Another very good hoppy ale from Toppling Goliath. Good mix of citrus fruit flavors.

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Photo of Stevedore
4.08/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

650ml bottle served in a Toppling Goliath snifter glass.

Pours an hazy copper-orange hued body, one finger offwhite head with fine, reticular lacing and average retention. Smells of tropical fruit up front, a bit of grain and caramel, a bit of floral aromatics and resin. It's pretty nice, nothing that hasn't been done before but it's quite good. On the flavour side of things, it is a smooth drinking experience with a bit of tropical fruit up front, a bit of floral aromatics in the middle mixed in with a nice grainy sweetness that isn't too evocative but provides just enough balance. Towards the end, it seems to "drop off" in the sense that the aromatics from earlier in the palate slowly fade out and aren't replaced by something substantial. There's maybe a little bit of lingering spice on the finish. It's still delicious, that being said. Mouthfeel is medium-lighter bodied, a bit undercarbonated. Smooth and crisp, not too bitter at all. I think this experimental hop is a a fairly well-rounded hop; it isn't too juicy or bitter but delivers a bit of both. Probably worth using in conjunction with additional hops to make for a more extensive drinking experience.

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Photo of Raisingfable
4.38/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

10/22/15 on bottle, poured into teku glass

appearance 4.75
It has a murky dark orange color with nice head and lacing. The clarity is a bit unfiltered/hop haze.

smell 4.25
Orange is the dominant fruit, slightly floral, and the malt comes through nicely adding a bit of earth.

taste 4.25
Follows TG’s standard of balance with the malt emerging to the forefront at mid-palate. Finishes bright and citrusy with bit of biscuit to round off the edges.

mouthfeel 4.75
Good carb, medium body, clean finish and crisp finish. Everything it should be.

overall 4.5
Another well-crafted pale ale from TG. It’s easy-drinking and well-balanced, and makes you want to go back for more. Sometimes the malt distractingly jumps out but the harmonious balance on the finish makes up for it. I wouldn’t mind landing a 6pk 12oz if it ever existed :P

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Photo of Brent_B
4.17/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Farral
3.67/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Winston3737
4.11/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Smconnor
4.24/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Norvelljeff
5/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of RajaSTL
4.21/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of iRun2Beer
3.67/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Willyd81
4.48/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of bmeGT
5/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of snaxcat
4.29/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

An incredibly luscious and chewy, fruit forward pale ale. Fans of PseudoSue not to be disappointed. Love the mouthfeel on this one, each sip is a treat. Toppling Goliath delivers another big, juicy APA. Sad I only had one.

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Photo of AppaZappa
4.06/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Awolter
4.54/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of npachl
4.12/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of _beerini
4.45/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of MattMorin
3.75/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Tonyjenlasc
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look - Honey color, a slight haze to it, tons of carbonation
Smell - Slightly tropical, orange, citrusy, earthy, some sweet maltiness comes thru
Taste - Slightly tropical, herbaceous, some citrus, sweet candied orange, earthy
Feel - Light and crushable
Overall - A damn good, enjoyable, pale ale

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Photo of Futbolmanby
4.06/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of RPM3334
4.19/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of GorillaBean
4.49/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of burtonryan
4.24/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

XHops - Gamma from Toppling Goliath Brewing Company
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 146 ratings