Pseudo Sue - Double Dry-Hopped
Toppling Goliath Brewing Company

Pseudo Sue - Double Dry-HoppedPseudo Sue - Double Dry-Hopped
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American Pale Ale (APA)
Ranked #4
Ranked #102
4.56 | pDev: 6.36%
Toppling Goliath Brewing Company
Iowa, United States
Pseudo Sue - Double Dry-HoppedPseudo Sue - Double Dry-Hopped
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Photo of BryanB
4.35/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Didn’t look great poured in a glass. Kind of thin and left a residue. Smelled very appetizing with strong but smooth hops coming thru with a bit of citrus/lime. Taste was good but nothing special. Juicier than it was bitter. Goes down really smooth with zero harsh lingering effect that distinguishes this from your bargain barrel pale ales. Overall a good beer that will def make the rotation.

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Photo of Victory_Sabre1973
4.3/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy, murky orangeish color. 2 finger white fluffy head. As the head dissipated it looked like a spider web pattern. There is minimal lacing on the glass.
The nose is full of pineapple to me.
Taste, well, this is more pine than I was expecting. There's some citrus - pineapple, but there's a good pine flavor I am getting as well.
Soft as heck. At the same time the carbonation tickles my throat.
I know I've had the Pseudo Sue beer before, but not reviewed it. This is damn good, and a worthy beer of this style. Makes me really want to make the 4 hour trek back there again.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.6/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16 oz. Can
PKG: 02/28/20
BEST BY: 06/27/20

Poured into a Trillium glass a very nice cloudy pale yellow color, with some very nice carbonation, with a very nice thick/creamy two-finger off-white head, which also leaves some pretty nice sticky lacing behind. The nose is very nice, hoppy, malty, with a pretty nice citrus complex (orange, tangerine, grapefruit, pineapple, mango, peach, guava, apricot), with a nice little diesel like. The taste is very nice, hoppy, malty, with a very nice citrus complex (orange, tangerine, grapefruit, pineapple, mango, peach, guava, apricot), 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. Very nice to see it around here. Orange Julius! Addictive! MilkShake!

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Wasatch from Colorado, Apr 12, 2020
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3.44/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Not sure what happened here. Maybe a bad batch. I had the regular version and enjoyed it much more. There is something off with the taste, kinda plastic and cardboard. I may try a different can but this was not good.

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Photo of arlingtonjoe
3.31/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Read some of the reviews and after tasting it for myself I would have much rather had a can of there beer. Poured into my favorite class and it doesn't look much different than an extra Citra from Surly. Decent enough nose with some citrus and pine. Tastes like orange peel and the finish is a little malty for my taste. Blase kind of mouthfeel with a little too much carb. Was a 2 - 27 - 20 canning date so it was fresh when I bought it and I'll drink the other cans or pass them along. I was lucky enough to have some of the original beers when Toppling Goliath came into Vogue and they were fantastic. Had a King Sue recently and thought it was one of the best iterations I had tried from them so I know they can make some really good beer. This one apparently is not for me.

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arlingtonjoe from Illinois, Mar 23, 2020
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4.6/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bright, orange beer with a nice white head. Big citrus nose with some pith and pine. Tastes lightly sweet and like oranges and pine needles. Lots of carb that stings the tongue a bit. Finishes clean and a bit dry. Great beer.

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FriedSlug from North Carolina, Mar 19, 2020
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4.55/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Canned on 2/27/20. Poured into a Teku

Look: A beautiful beer with a nice vibrant orange yellow color and a bit of haze on it

Smell: Tons of citra hops pouring out of the glass. Very orange and grapefruit forward

Taste: Very nice burst of really good orange citrus flavors pop out right away and then it fades into a really nice bitterness at the end. Definitely get the dry piney taste at the end. The hop resin isn't as forward as it is with Pseduo Sue, and it's definitely got a much "cleaner" flavor..

Feel: Very nice and crisp. Pseduo Sue coats your tongue, whereas this one really gives you a one and done punch with a sip. Definitely more carbonated than PS, and I really think it feels better in the mouth.

Overall: Another top notch hoppy beer from TG This one is definitely one that I'll seek out.

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cmiller4642 from West Virginia, Mar 17, 2020
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3.81/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Hazy light orange with hard-to-spot churning effervescence and two fingers of airy, off-white head that aren’t long for this world and leave only spotty, soap bubble lacing.

Nice aroma of overripe citrus — not exceedingly powerful — with clementine, tangerine, mango and white pepper. The peppery note is strong and spicy.

Citrusy, water down fruit juice hits first in the taste. There’s a little green onion cattiness beneath, but citrus and mango stand out more to me. That’s followed by some dull, watery, herbal bitterness in the finish. A little of the pepper does show mid-palate and it lingers into the aftertaste.

Full bodied for the style with strong, tight carbonation.

I’m a Citra fan, but I preferred the regular Pseudo Sue’s balance of modern and contemporary hop flavors better than this. I sort of have a feeling this one drops off quickly. Three weeks old and it’s good, but seems a little lackluster.

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thebeers from Pennsylvania, Mar 15, 2020
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4.64/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

As much as I like Pseudo Sue this is even better. Huge hop nose, punch you in the face huge. Taste is great, similar to regular Pseudo but amped up a bit. Lots here without the high ABV. Excellent

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JOENO123 from Massachusetts, Mar 14, 2020
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4.21/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice haze to it. The aroma is great but I think this batch might have been too hopped. It’s got a bit of grass tinge to it. Nothing overbearing but it reminds me of some of my home brews when I think I’m being cute with tons of hops. Other than that the beer is pretty similar to the regular version. For the price jump I’d just stick with the OG. Still a decent brew.

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killamonjaro from Massachusetts, Mar 12, 2020
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4.28/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The biggest difference between this offering and the standard Psuedo Sue is the more pungent nose. The essence of citrus fruits are stronger. Beyond this, the two are pretty much the same.

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57md from Pennsylvania, Mar 07, 2020
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4.77/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Hazy look with a solid 2 + inch off white head. Light lacing. Tropical citrus on the nose. Citra hops up front. Very refreshing. Medium mouth feel. The best pale ale I’ve had so far!

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Chevami from Wisconsin, Dec 23, 2019
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4.31/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

when my brother poured me one of these recently, i had no idea it was one of the top hoppy beers here on BA, im not even sure i knew they did this edition of their classic, so i was stoked to have something new from these guys, its been awhile, and this sure seems worthy of its hype to me, an exceedingly pungent and well refined glass of hoppy beer, even if it doesnt take the original to crazy new places, its still delicious. its rare that citra on its own in this massive dry hop context really does it for me, i feel like it can be a little one dimensional at a certain dose, but thats not really the case (i believe this is all or mostly citra, someone correct me if thats not the case). its juicy as can be, with notes of ripe white peach, lemongrass, and cut flowers, sweet orange, and cantaloupe, summery all the way, but with enough of the dry wheaty seeming grain base coming through for this to have some balance, modern as it is. bitterness is real low but not entirely absent, and this does stay in pale ale range, about as much hops as you can fit in a beer that still actually drinks like a pale and not an ipa, wild! its smooth without any harshness from the heavy handed hopping, and the soft almost creamy texture is awesome with the citra. mild lemon, melon, and even lime to finish, great carbonation, starchy but not dense to drink. really good! not crazy different from the original, but thats a good thing. not sloppy or forced at all like so many of these. a pleasure to drink!

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Photo of stevoj
3.93/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 oz can from Tavour. Hazy, pale golden, spotty head. Aroma is big fruity notes, citrus, tropical. Yeasty, floral, fruity. Full body. Very smooth. Nice bitterness lingers.

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stevoj from Idaho, Nov 01, 2019
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4.59/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an opaque deep gold, with tons of floaties; white head, ok cap retention; solid ring; moderate lace with agitation. Strong dank orange and tangerine nose. Taste follows nose; weedy citrus/tropical fruit hops; sweet malt base; lite bitter hop bite; some onion as the liquid warms. Medium lite body; juicy feel; moderate carbonation; some hop astringency. Overall an excellent IPA; lite bitter linger; plenty of malt for balance; tasty juice hop flavors; would have scored a little higher if it didn’t look like a total snow globe.

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Photo of mushroomcloud
4.02/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz canned 8-6-19 and best before of 12-4-19, opened on 9-17-19.
1" fluffy white head, good retention and sitting solid at 1/2" even after several minutes. Opaque solid orange-yellow IPA.
Lots of fresh lacing clinging to all sides on the way down.
Ripe mango, oranges, pine, some initial pungent onion/garlic. Zesty. Green. Very intense aroma.
Flavors are a mix of citrus, weeds, tropical, vegetable - all on the zesty side, more bitterness than I expected - not sue why I expected a "softer" beer.
Medium to full body for the style, medium carbonation. Long finish full of the more green lean of the hop flavors here.
Different than I expected, intense flavors and aromas with more bitterness.
Good to Very Good.

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Photo of brewme
4.75/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Picked-up a four-pack of cans at Bradford's in Plymouth for about fourteen dollars. My 13th brew from these guys. Liked better than both regular Psuedo Sue, & Galaxy Dry Hopped, truly fantastic.

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brewme from Massachusetts, Sep 18, 2019
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4.26/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Canned 8/6/19. Despite the lower ABV this came across as heavier and less refreshing to me than Pseudo Sue. The Citrus is more robust also earthier and more bitter.

So I have tried all three Sue's that came to Pennsylvania. Is an extremely crowded IPA Market here, curious to see how they fare. If I can find it fresh I will certainly pick up pseudo Sue in the future since it is so tasty and reasonably priced.

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DIM from Pennsylvania, Sep 10, 2019
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4/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Toppling Goliath landed in PA, so my first time trying this beer. I opted for the double dry hopped version of PS rather thant the regular version. Poured from a can into my DFH snifter glass.

L: A medium super hazy yellow gold color with a nice two finger white head. Decent glass lacing.

S: Unlike a lot of other reviewers, I'm getting a ton of dankness on the nose. Aromas of weed, onion, mint, vegetal notes mix with the citrus. A candy sweetness can be detected, but boy to me this is one dank smelling beer.

T: Different from the nose from the dry hopping, on the taste I get a lot more of the fruit and less of the dankness. Loads of pineapple, tangerine, grapefruit, some mango and tropical fruits also. Still I get a bit of the dank pine and forest flavors as the candy like sweetness softens it out to finish with a fruity dry and slightly bitter flavor. No alcohol tasted at all, but with that ABV it's not surprising.

F: Medium mouthfeel, smooth and dry but not overly prickly or bitter and as I said no alcohol. Carbonation is spot on.

O: A really good beer, but not what I expected. I'm really glad I picked this version up as it was way different that I thought it would be, but still really good. Overall though, based on price I can't say I'll be picking this one up regularly and couple that with it didn't really "wow" me. Still, a really good beer that is well made.

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Kadonny from Pennsylvania, Sep 09, 2019
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5/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

World Class indeed! Easy drinking NEIPA and actually 6.8%abv according to the packaging! Still easily sessionable...per their website; "This double dry hopped pale ale showcases the Citra hop for a well-balanced beer that is delicate in body with a mild bitterness in the finish. Ferocious aromas of Citrus and Mango give a refreshing taste that is bright with just enough bite."

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TheRougeBastard from North Carolina, Sep 08, 2019
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4.24/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16 ounce can dated August 6, 2019. Poured into Trillium Six States glass.

L: Pale gold with a hint of orange. Initial 1.5F head reduces to almost nothing, leaving not much trace. Hmm...

S: Largely tropical mango and papaya, very Citra in nature. Some earthiness.

T: Follows nose, it's all Citra hops and ripe tropical fruit, light cracker malts, and earth and pine on the finish.

F: Lightish body, light to medium carbonation. Construction and balance more or less the same as regular PseudoSue.

O: A bit more flavor and earth than PseudoSue, pretty similar when it comes down to it.

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IvoryFoxhole from Virginia, Sep 06, 2019
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4.06/5  rDev -11%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the can. The nose is papaya, mango, citrus with a touch of pine. The taste follows it well with a little more citrus presence than the nose suggested. A little bit sharp from the citrus, but it’s not bad. Carbonation is evident; soft and airy, leaving you burping.

Overall, it’s not the best thing ever but it’s a nice beer. The can doesn’t state the ABV, but if it really is only 5.8%, it’s got a fair amount of flavor and bite for something of such. My guess would be closer to 7-8% though.

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Photo of justintcoons
4/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 oz can poured into a weizen glass.

Hazed-out, cloudy blonde. 1/2 finger of creamy white head.

Passion fruit, mango, papaya, dank, wet florals, forest floor, and candy sugar.

Passion fruit, mango, and papaya. Light dankness with pine needle and wet forest floor. Light candy sugar sweetness.

Medium bodied, crisp, effervescent, and off-dry with spiky carbonation.

Surprisingly not as aromatic and flavorful as the standard Pseudo Sue which was canned around the same time. It's certainly drier with heavier carbonation.

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justintcoons from Pennsylvania, Sep 04, 2019
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4.35/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A knowing staff member of local beer store steered me toward this 4 pack. This tasting from a can dated 8/16/19. As a NEIPA fan this was a welcome introduction to this brewery. Really enjoyed to subtle grapefruit/orange notes, carbonation, and overall drinkability. Will seek this out more.

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Underclaw from Massachusetts, Aug 27, 2019
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4.42/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L: Murky Straw-yellow hue with decent retention and lacing to last.

S: Citrus, Pineapple, and melons

T: Super citrus with hoppy backbone and earthy grassiness from the dry-hopping.

F: Medium body with fine carbonation and bitter to boot.

O: Varied significantly. Sometimes I prefer the standard. But a good drinking brew.

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Oh_Dark_Star from Washington, May 03, 2019
Pseudo Sue - Double Dry-Hopped from Toppling Goliath Brewing Company
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