Pseudo Sue - Double Dry-Hopped
Toppling Goliath Brewing Company

Pseudo Sue - Double Dry-HoppedPseudo Sue - Double Dry-Hopped
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Style:
Pale Ale - American
Ranked #4
ABV:
6.8%
Score:
100
Ranked #111
Avg:
4.55 | pDev: 6.37%
Reviews:
211
Ratings:
1,294
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JLK7299 from North Carolina

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

Took a long time but I finally scored this! Good friend mailed it to me. Cracked tonight and split with my wife. A little disappointed but it was good no doubt.

Friday at 12:55 AM
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Harrison8 from Missouri

4.11/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a murky, opaque pale orange with two fingers of white foam. Head retention is good. Aroma is papaya, orange, mango, and some resiny, herbal hop behind. The latter comes with a little hop bite and burn, but otherwise smooth. Flavor profile is orange, mango, and papaya with herbal, medicinal, resiny hops for bitterness. Initially, lightly sweet, but quickly turns to a hop burn that comes with some muddled and mashed flavors. Mouth feel is a touch harsh on the effervescence initially and then fades to a more bubbly, chalky texture. Overall, some great qualities, but the mashing of resiny, burning hops with citrus doesn't come together well. Couple that with the bite in the texture and this is not an easy sipper.

Served in a 15.5oz Speigalau tulip from a 16oz can.

May 01, 2021
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Jugs_McGhee from Colorado

4.34/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

$12.94 USD plus tax per 4-pack of 16 fl oz pull-tab cans at a beer store in Colorado. Currently ranked #4 in the Top Pale Ale - American beers list and #7 in the Top Iowa beers list with a perfect overall score of 100/100.

40 IBUs. Hopped with Citra. 5.8% ABV.

Best by 06/01/21 per bottom of can.

Served cold into a Rastal Craft Master glass.

HEAD: ~6-7cm in height. Frothy off white colour. Could be creamier and still more robust, but it lasts a good ~8 minutes.

BODY: Pulpy in appearance. Looks like unfiltered orange juice. Murky, hazy, and obviously unfiltered. Orange in colour.

Appears well carbonated. Looks very nice...certainly an appealing pale ale appearance-wise.

AROMA: Bursts with fresh citrus, orange juice, overripe mango peel, orange creamsicle...yeah, this is citrusy as can be, and I'm digging it.

Promises a juicy pale ale that showcases Citra hops to their fullest...I'm eager to try it.

Aromatic intensity is high for a pale ale.

TASTE & TEXTURE: Has citric acidity, which helps set off its citrus-forward hop profile. Delivers stupidly well on its Citra hopping regimen, showcasing the hop impeccably - and impressively intensely given the beer's scant 5.8% ABV. Orange juice, orange creamsicle, mango peel, orange juice, alpha acids, pulp, and more subdied scintillae of passionfruit & mango.

Smooth, soft, wet, medium-bodied, juicy, refreshing, fresh, pulpy, and perfectly carbonated.

Impeccably balanced with a very focused citrusy hop profile that emphasizes Citra to the fullest potential of the hop varietal. Depth of hop flavour is all but unrivaled in the pale ale category (Zombie Dust may be an exception if you'll allow that that's a pale ale).

Incredibly well built for a pale ale, rivaling many IPAs that use Citra in its commitment to the varietal.

OVERALL: Not since Kern River's Citra have I observed Citra hops utilized so incredibly well. Easily one of the best pale ales on the market for my money (whether we're talking just the U.S., or, hell, globally), and one I intend to revisit frequently.

It's hard to imagine it much better. This is everything I want in a Citra-hopped pale ale. Bravo, Toppling Goliath.

A / OUTSTANDING

Apr 30, 2021
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MikeWard from Pennsylvania

4.19/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16oz can into a pint glass. Canned 2/2/21, so heading towards 3 months old here.

Looks pretty good in the glass. Thick hazy orange juice colored body. Nice bright white head persists as a thick ring and covering, leaving a layer of lacing.

Dull citrus aroma.

On tasting, dry hopping is noticeable, but not overwhelming. Smooth, light citrus touch, a little dry.

Mouth above medium, finish dry, lightly juicy, and a little bitter.

Overall, good drink, well made. But I still prefer the original Pseudo Sue over all it's variants.

Apr 24, 2021
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WoodBrew from Ohio

4.37/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I tried this beer at the brewery. It poured a hazy yellow with white head and that left some lace. The scent had tropical fruit peel notes. The taste was nicely balanced and easy to drink with tropical citrus presence and a nice fruit peel spice highlight. The mouthfeel was medium in body with good carbonation. Overall it is a solid beer.

Apr 17, 2021
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JamFuel from Sweden

4.58/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy light orange with soft, fluffy head.

Smell is juicy with notes of mango, pineapple, grass, melon and peach.

Taste is juicy, hoppy and a bit grassy. Solid bitterness with notes of mango, citrus, melon and peach. Great balance.

Mouthfeel is medium, soft and pillowy, well carbonated.

Overall, an outstanding beer, great flavor and balance.

Apr 15, 2021
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UWDAWG from Washington

3.98/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16 ounce can into a tulip glass.

Look- Dull straw, sudsy white head, hazy, average head retention and lacing.

Smell- Grapefruit, floral.

Taste- Overwhelming grapefruit flavor upfront transitioning to a herbal and slightly spicy finish.

Feel- Between thin and medium body, high bitterness, highly astringent, average carbonation.

Overall- Flavor was too one dimensionally grapefruit for my palate.

Apr 12, 2021
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puck1225 from Texas

4.49/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is an excellent beer. Pillowy, fluffy, wonderful citrus small and taste.

Poured from a can dated 2/2/21 into a tulip glass. Light cloudy yellow color with with fluffy white head and good curtain lacing. Right amount of bitterness at the finish. I would have given 4.75 for taste if just a hint sweeter.

Picked this up while in Ohio. I hope Toppling Goliath distributes to Texas soon!

Apr 07, 2021
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hoptheology from South Dakota

4.46/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16 oz can, dated 2/1/21, best by 6/1/21, into Crane snifter.
$12.99 / 4 pack on sale at Hy-Vee

Super juice. Nice creamy full bulb of orange in the glass with a tall creamy head that explodes with lace all over as it recedes slowly.

Aroma is just a Citra dream!!! Sweaty, green, slightly cheesy, like pulling out a dripping hop sock. Feck. It's amazing. This smells indistinguishable from a massive bag of hops in the fermenter. Damn!!

Flavor is a predictable let down from the aroma but not completely. TG still has their "too green" flavor profile going on, but this is better than practically all the other TG options available in 4 packs (even KS). Hard water quality keeping this pretty edgy, too many boil hops, and the bitterness kind of spoils what could be a soft, creamy dream. I remember the early Pseudo tasting a bit better than this, but no doubt this is better than regular Sue now. I don't regret the purchase at all. Copious amounts of Citra hops over pale malt is all you need to know - grapefruit, slight semi-sweet pineapple, orange peel, cracker, sawdust, pine, and hop log.

Feel is semi-juicy, with a good acidic bite, and quite a bit of carbonation to keep it alive. Alcohol heat is minimal. Medium body.

Overall, a solid purchase and a hell of a good beer. This is honestly how I remember the original Sue tasting back in 2016. Better than the Galaxy Dry Hopped fart-fest by a mile. This would be a mainstay in my fridge if it comes through frequently enough and fresh enough. This 2 month old batch is still tasting pretty keen. With the way TG has been lately, perhaps waiting awhile before imbibing is the best choice to let the beer ripen.

I really hope they make this a year round 4 banger.

Price paid : $12.99 / 4 pack
Would buy again : fer shore

Mar 28, 2021
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davillanx from Wisconsin

4.87/5  rDev +7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

16 Fl. Oz. can poured into a Duvel Tulip @ 45° F. Best Buy 06/02/2021. Pseudo Sue turned up to eleven! My new benchmark by which all others (available in my area at least) will be judged. Outstanding!

Mar 22, 2021
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MostlyMetalz from Illinois

3.9/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This one has a lot of hype and maybe it's from when it was first brewed because I had this in 2019 and 2020 and it wasn't worth the hype. Still love TG but this one missed the mark for me.

Mar 22, 2021
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drdiesel9483 from Ohio

4.09/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Look - thick thick hazy slightly tan yellow with a great white head and lacing
Smell - orange lemon tangy smell
Taste - lemon and floral while the taste really went down from the standard
Feel - great thick creamy lighter carb
Overall - wish it taste better but still good beer

Mar 09, 2021
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BFCarr from New Jersey

4.53/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very tasty pale ale. Pours hazy yellow with a thick white head. Aroma is solid hop floral and layered. Taste follows, many layers of hop floral flavors and mild bitterness. Feel is excellent for a pale ale, rich and full mouthfeel. Overall a fantastic hop forward pale ale.

Mar 06, 2021
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Franziskaner from Missouri

4.47/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Yellow hued with a very murky complexion. There’s a fingernail of eggshell white on top. Heavy lacing. The aroma is of earthy hops and green veggies. I taste earthy hops and green veggies. The mouth is velvety smooth.

Mar 05, 2021
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Mark-Leggett from Missouri

4.64/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a can. Yellowish Ana very hazy with a foamy white head and lacing. Smells of pine, grass, mango and citrus. Taste follows the smell and mouth feel is very juicy.

Mar 05, 2021
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Claude-Irishman from New Jersey

4.27/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours an opaque peach juice color,with an egg shell like meringue head.Smell is grassy grains,cantaloupe,clementine.Taste hops,grains,"Citra is showcased" definite mango like profile. Feels mildly acidic,well carbonated, very well balanced,finishes semi dry albeit juicy. Overall this is a top shelf DIPA, only wish it were organic.

Mar 03, 2021
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tobelerone from New Jersey

3.94/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

People are raving about this one apparently, but I’d counter a bit as I’d put this third behind regular Pseudo Sue and the Galaxy version which is my favorite due to a strong affinity for galaxy hops. This is very clean and crisp but more aggressively bitter than the others and some flavor nuance is lost for me. Still obviously very well made and love getting cans less than two weeks old.

Feb 20, 2021
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thecurrantthyme from District of Columbia

4.51/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Full bodied and hoppy enough that it could pass as a west coast IPA, though cleaner. So clean. Citrus notes up front. A hint of tropical notes pair with sharp lemon, lime, and grapefruit/grapefruit peel. A streak of piney, resinous, herbal, hoppy bitterness characterizes the lengthy and balanced finish. The whole experience is very smooth, somehow dry yet juicy, and incredibly crisp and clean. One of the better pale ales I've ever had.

Feb 19, 2021
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Awolter from Minnesota

4.78/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Delicious world class pale ale. It really seems to have changed over the years, but it's still a fantastic citra bomb. Great pillowy mouthfeel, not too bitter, and a lot of citrus.

Feb 15, 2021
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dfillius from Iowa

4.54/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Much more aggressively bitter than normal Pseudo Sue. This one steps over into the west coast IPA territory! Piney flavor like galangal. Really delightful smell and taste. Great head retention. Not necessarily better than pseudo sue, but different and also great.

Feb 14, 2021
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Metzer13 from Kansas

4.5/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had a hazy orange appearance with a pineapple aroma. Fruit forward taste, predominately grapefruit and orange. Finishes a little dry. Has some carbonation that lingers on the tongue. I really enjoyed this beer, as I do with most TG offerings. This beer had more juiciness than bitterness.

Feb 11, 2021
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RaulMondesi from California

4.1/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This is a strange one for the Raul man. Like, it’s a bit enigmatic like eating mushrooms with David Lynch. It pours a beautiful haze like Jimmy Hendrix shredding on his ax, and it has a very pleasant aroma too. Taste is good upfront, but then it kind of slaps me on the ass like my baby mama does to me when I come home too late from da club. Other than that lil sharp weirdness in the end, I feel it like a bikram yoga sesh with Alessandra Ambrosio.

See ya!

Oct 21, 2020
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smithnwong from New York

4.61/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From can, served in a tulip. Dated Feb. 27, 2020.
Great color with light haze.
Nice citra aroma - orange/grapefruit up front. Faint piney green. Intense.
The flavor starts citrus with green earthiness. Big and zesty. Lush.
Full body beer with average carbonation. Well balanced beer; excellent example of the style.

Sep 29, 2020
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titty_mcbitty from Tennessee

4.47/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A: Super hazy yellow-gold, bubbly white head.

S: Not too much here other than faint citrus and grapefruit.

T: Juicy grapefruit, lemon, tangerine, cracker.

M/F: Light in body but has a creaminess to it. Insanely drinkable. Finishes with juicyyyy grapefruit.

O: Awesome. Incredibly drinkable and bursting with grapefruit lemon juiciness.

Sep 23, 2020
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DokiDokiLitFam from New Jersey

4.43/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a mildly haze yellow. About a finger of off-white head. Dissipates quickly.

Nose is pine, citrus and tropical notes. Very light and delicate but quite nice.

Taste is the most expressive. The pine, citrus, and tropical notes come on a little more strongly. Some pineapple and mango. The flavors are all there but not as dominant as one would see in a NEIPA.

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with medium carbonation. It's not quite what you would consider thin. Has a nice density to it. Refreshing and drinkable.

A stellar pale ale. After having Pseudo Sue and enjoying that, this just improves upon everything and brings this brew to another level. Great for a hot day. Crack one of these and you'll be enjoying yourself. Flavorful enough to be interesting and light enough to drink more than one and not be sloshed which is not always the goal. Sometimes you just want to take it easy and this does it perfectly.

Jul 03, 2020
Pseudo Sue - Double Dry-Hopped from Toppling Goliath Brewing Company
Beer rating: 100 out of 100 with 1294 ratings