Pseudo Sue - Galaxy Dry-Hopped
Toppling Goliath Brewing Company

Pseudo Sue - Galaxy Dry-HoppedPseudo Sue - Galaxy Dry-Hopped
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Style:
Pale Ale - American
Ranked #18
ABV:
6.2%
Score:
96
Ranked #759
Avg:
4.34 | pDev: 5.99%
Reviews:
110
Ratings:
514
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Toppling Goliath Brewing Company
 
Iowa, United States
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SCORE
96
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Pseudo Sue - Galaxy Dry-HoppedPseudo Sue - Galaxy Dry-Hopped
Notes: Forged from the raw elements of the universe, this beer’s hoppy flavor comes from the celestial alignment of both Galaxy and Citra hops. Galaxy Dry Hopped Pseudo Sue dwarfs all other pale ales.
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tone77 from Pennsylvania

4.02/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A thanks to the prince of pale ales, woodychandler, for this beer. Poured from a 16 oz. can. Has a hazy golden/orange color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is full of grapefruit. Taste is grapefruit, oranges, hints of resin. Feels medium/full bodied in the mouth and overall is a highly refreshing and enjoyable beer.

Aug 27, 2021
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Thomas_Wikman from Texas

4.65/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I was drinking this beer in my backyard on a sunny warm day. It was a few weeks ago, maybe a couple of months but I writing this based on notes I wrote down. It is similar to Pseudo Sue but it has a bit more hop bite at the end. Long story short, I loved it. This is a Pale Ale from Toppling Goliath, ABV 6.20%, IBU 45. If you haven't seen the famous T-Rex Sue skeleton at the field museum yet, go see it.

Look: very hazy golden with a thick white head

Aroma: Tropical fruits, grapefruit rind some pine resin.

Flavor: Tropical fruits, citrus, mango, passion fruit, grapefruit, maybe orange, it is dank and juicy, and towards the end there's a dry herbal maybe piney bitterness.

Body/Overall: light to medium body, truly delicious

Feb 27, 2021
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stuffandthings from California

4.31/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Topping Goliath knows their way around an IPA! This is a twist on one of their flagships and I'd almost argue that's it is even BETTER! Love the mouth feel, good flavor profile. They nailed it with this one.

Jan 10, 2021
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

4.31/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I scored a biker's denim vest with the word "Iowa" embroidered along the back shoulder. This inspired me to CANtact the brewery about a patch for the vest. I was granted permission (one-time use) to have a local embroiderer direct-embroider their logo onto the back! I filled out the rest of the vest with Hawkeyes, Cyclones & RAGBRAI patches as well as a few other Iowa breweries that had patches available. Now, it is time for The CANQuest (tm) to have a beer!

From the CAN: "Galaxy Dry Hop Pseudo Sue Pale Ale"; "Brewing Up History with Field Museum."; "Forged from the raw elements of the universe, this beer’s hoppy flavor comes from the celestial alignment of both Galaxy and Citra hops. Galaxy Dry Hopped Pseudo Sue dwarfs all other Pale Ales."; "Live beer, please refrigerate!"; "Brewed in Beautiful Decorah, IA".

I beCAN be Crack!ing open the vent & then I CANmenced a slow, gentle C-Line Glug into the awaiting glass. I was initially stunned by its lack of clarity, but that could be why they mentioned its being a "live beer". I then allowed it to flow fairly freely since there was no ChANce of achieving clarity. I wound up with just under two fingers of dense, foamy, pillowy, bone-white head with very good retention. Color was a deeply-cloudy, almost murky Golden-Amber (SRM = > 5, < 7). Nose was redolent with grapefruit with a bit of orange/CANgerine mixed in. Mmm. Mouthfeel was big, full & creamy, like a dollop had been scooped into my mouth & onto my tongue. I let it roll around there to really get the full juiciness of its flavor. The taste retained the citrusiness of the nose while adding pineapple, pine and an earthy green pepperiness to the equation. I found the totality of it to be just my sort of thing. It was plenty bitter without being astringent. Finish was dry without being gasping. I was very glad to have gotten their distro here in south-central PA & look forward to reviewing more beers from them as a result. YMMV.

Jan 05, 2021
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trevormajor from Ohio

4.44/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16 oz can born on 9/11/20, poured into a pint glass at 43 degrees F:
L - cloudy and hazy, like grapefruit juice
S - citrus, grapefruit, pineapple
T - juicy with citrus and grapefruit
F - like juice with a bit of carbonation
O - very nice hazy pale

Dec 31, 2020
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gooddaydiablo from Texas

4.55/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

look: hazy orange! bravo! also, the can art is just amazing

smell: orange

taste: citra, orange, orange peel, mango, pineapple, melon,

feel: smooth, chuggable, balance,

overall: such a nice one at 6.2% the flavor is very intense, cheers!

Dec 26, 2020
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DavetotheB from Pennsylvania

4.13/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

From a 16oz can dated 9/11/20, best by 1/9/21 into a pint glass.

Pours an opaque, pale orangish yellow with about one finger of white head. Decent retention and lacing.

Smells of blueberries and citrus.

Tastes mainly of citrus-orange and grapefruit. Also picking up some of the berry notes from the smell. Hop bitterness on the backend of the sip.

Mouthfeel is incredibly soft. Nice full body and easy to drink. Mild carbonation. Slight bitter aftertaste.

Overall...not as good as the original, but pretty darn good.

Dec 22, 2020
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DvdP from Netherlands

3.99/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

. Pours a gorgeous hazy pale yellow, with fluffy white head. Big sweet pineapple and mango smell. Mouthfeel is a bit watery. Taste is way more bitter than the smell, grassy, peppery, and some pine. Some fruit underneath, pineapple, citrus.

Nov 20, 2020
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Franziskaner from Missouri

4.21/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pale gold with a very hazy complexion. There’s a fingernail of dishwater white on top. The aroma is of green veggies and earthy hops. I’m tasting green veggies and deeply earthy hops. The mouth is very smooth and approachable.

Nov 20, 2020
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johnnnniee from New Hampshire

3.55/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Can from tfontana, thanks
Hazy lemon yellow with a decent sized bubbly white head that dissipates quickly. Lemony grapefruit earth and grass on the nose with bits of mineral water and light sweet bread. I love Galaxy, but this lacks imho.

Nov 18, 2020
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RJBT from California

4.34/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Ordered a 4pk from Halftime beverage for shipping to CA. Canning date of 9/3/20 stamped on the bottom of the cans.

Look - Pours a hazy yellow golden color with a 2 finger head that slowly recedes.

Smell - Heavy pine on the nose with some citrus qualities.

Taste - Not as citrusy as the nose. Lots of pine and guava. Bitter finish from the Galaxy hops with a slight hint of metal. Not my favorite.

Feel - Full mouthfeel, decent carbonation.

Overall this is a great IPA but it is not the same powerhouse that I think the OG Pseudo is. With the introduced Galaxy hops this beer takes on an added layer of depth that detracts from the fruit flavors of the OG and adds an unwanted bitter finish. Will drink again but I’d rather reach for the OG Pseudo.

Nov 11, 2020
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BubbleBobble from New York

4.29/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy pale yellow from the can, thick foamy head that recedes leaving big patchy islands on the surface, solid retention. Nose is bright galaxy hops, juicy but resinous. Flavor is balanced between juice and resin, with a moderately bitter finish; underlying notes of grain and tropical fruit emerge as it warms, with nice piney notes mixing in as well. Finish is dry with a full mouthfeel that nevertheless maintains some crispness.

Nov 08, 2020
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CraigDeMoss from Kansas

4.2/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale yellow haze with fluffy, foamy head that just kinda hangs out. Citrusy aroma, subtle grapefruit and pale malty sweetness. Papaya, grapefruit, orange rind, some grassiness, hints of melon and guava. Good bitterness, well carbonated and still pretty fresh, not enough body for me but it holds up alright. Nice twist on a classic.

Nov 07, 2020
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JamFuel from Sweden

4.48/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy light orange with soapy, airy head.

Smell is juicy and hoppy with notes of citrus, nectarine, melon and a dank herbalness.

Taste is juicy and hoppy with a solid, slightly mineral bitterness. Notes of dank melon, citrus nectarine and some herbs.

Mouthfeel is medium, soft and well carbonated.

Overall, a terrific APA/IPA hybrid.

Nov 07, 2020
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UWDAWG from Washington

3.64/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 16 ounce can into a tulip glass.

Look- Pale gold, hazy, average head retention and lacing, white frothy head.

Smell- Orange, grapefruit, mango, pineapple.

Taste- Grapefruit, pineapple, extremely harsh herbal finish.

Feel- Medium body, average carbonation, medium bitterness, very astringent harsh finish.

Overall- Unfortunately the favor profile did not match the nose.

Nov 06, 2020
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dd53grif from Michigan

4.27/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A Tavour treat. Pours a hazy orange color with a foamy white head that lasts quite a while. Aroma is citrus,grapefruit and orange. Tastes of orange and grapefruit juice. Very smooth. Taste starts out juicy and finishes slightly bitter.

Oct 31, 2020
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hoptheology from South Dakota

3.66/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

16 oz can.
Canned 09/04/20.
Into BIBCO Willie.

Got this one in southern Missouri. We don't even get it here and we're right next door. I don't think KC had it either. I'll never figure out TG's distribution path.

This beer pours one of the most marvelous, juiciest bodies I've seen in awhile. It certainly looks different from the regular Pseudo which has been more foggy than juicy as of late (I've stopped buying it because the taste has changed as well). Creamy cap of 2 fingers, lots of lace destroying the glass, recedes at a slow pace and rests at about a finger.

The aromas in this beer are world-class. Soft, pungent, wet, sweet, and lightly crisp. Lots of wet tropical aromas going on here. Soft papaya, melon, starfruit, peach milkshake, pineapple sherbet, slight nectarine. This reminds me of Tree House Haze, no joke.

Oh..... flavor just pissed the bed. It's woody and stiff, nearing hop burn, with sawdust and plant matter. This is plain not enjoyable, period. A little grapefruit rind comes in, with some lemon peel, peppercorn, chive, and tangerine. Not soft or smooth at all. Some astringency, and some actual green hop burn. Need to do a palate reset every now and again on this beer so it doesn't get too harsh. Hard and bitter, the opposite of the nose. What a turnaround.

Feel is creamy and soft, with good juiciness and acidity, bites the cheeks and palate, this is okay by me and is a pretty spot on New England style feel.

Overall, I did not entirely finish this one. I think that says a lot. There are elements that can be gleaned from it, but man this was harsh. As of the last year or so, TG IPA has just been way too woody and too green no matter what date is stamped on the can. I think this may have possibly been a good beer a couple years ago, but what's in this can in 2020 could easily be dropped to an 88 or 89. They've had quality issues in the past, some growing pains when they started distributing nationally...seems like it has come back again (or they just had a rare good run back in 2017-2018). This is better than a lot of beers but for what you'd expect it's quite the downer. This is probably my last TG beer for awhile.

Price paid : $3.50 / can
Would buy again : no

Oct 28, 2020
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farrago from New Jersey

3.36/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Modest one finger head, bright white, adequate retention, wispy lacing, the liquid a vivid yellow in spite of full opacity. The nose boisterously dank, marijuana for sure and sometimes close to vegetal, black peppercorns, sour grapefruit, kind of hard to get to the passion fruit, peach, pineapple scents. Full-bodied, on the sluggish side, feels like ketchup moving across the palate. Thankfully the carbonation capable of pricking the fat and creating some sense of motion. Very dry, sucks the moisture out of the herbaceousness. The white grapefruit joined by naval orange. Dry pine sap. Finding it difficult to parse distinct fruit flavors, puckering and tropical. Tarry and slightly smoky. Love the regular Pseudo Sue but not digging this riff on it. (Canned 9/4/20)

Oct 25, 2020
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deleted_user_1111368 from Delaware

3.96/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Canned 9-11-20
Since this is PS Galaxy, I'll just go with: It's PS all the way..at first. The aroma is almost spot on for PS, with a nudge toward the tropical (pineapple) side. The taste was almost pure PS, but as the beer warmed (10-15 min) a fairly harsh hop burn came into play. It wasn't so bad that I'd never have another, so I just adjusted accordingly.

Oct 23, 2020
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Lucular from Maryland

3.09/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

5 oz pour on tap. This seems nothing like regular PseudoSue. There is an off flavor, kind of astringent and green, though not hop burn. I'm having a hard time nailing it down exactly, but it's not pleasant. I have to assume it came from the Galaxy hops. Regardless, I'm sorry, but something is majorly off here.

Oct 19, 2020
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SHDoyle from Ohio

4.02/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Description: Pale straw color and completely hazy with a trace of white head/lacing. Smell is somewhat subdued but balanced, with notes of mango, melon, green pepper and floral aromas coming through. Taste is a bit more muddled with mango and ripe fruits dominating before a grapefruit finish. Body is medium and carbonation is medium-high.

Overall: 4 (This beer is good and I may or may not drink it again) Good, but not as good as plain old Pseudo Sue. The flavor felt a bit confused for me and I couldn't pick out many specifics. Not a bad beer, but not worth picking up if the base beer is available.

Oct 18, 2020
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Wasatch from Colorado

4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16 oz. Can
PKG: 09/11/20
BEST BY: 01/09/21

Poured into a Trillium glass a very nice cloudy pale yellow color, with some very nice carbonation, with a very nice thick/creamy one-finger plus 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, nectarine, apricot), with a pretty nice diesel like. The taste is very nice, hoppy, malty, with a very nice citrus complex (orange, tangerine, grapefruit, pineapple, mango, peach, nectarine, 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!

Oct 11, 2020
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MikeWard from Pennsylvania

3.79/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

16oz can into a pint glass. Canned 9/11/20, so a month old.

Thick and very hazy orange juice colored body. Small bright white head shrinks to a ring and covering. Some lacing initially.

Dull and dank aroma.

On tasting, dry, herbal and dank. Somehow, it also makes the mouth water.

Mouth between medium and full, finish bitter and herbal.

Overall, seems like these Pseudo Sue variants don't work for me. The original reigns supreme.

Oct 09, 2020
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DIM from Pennsylvania

4.28/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Unsurprisingly, this is a damn tasty twist on the original. Nothing so far tops regular ol' Sue though. Canned 9/11

The galaxy adds a lot of extra citrus and a dry, bracing bitterness at the finish. I can't get enough TG...

Oct 08, 2020
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woodchipper from Connecticut

3.97/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a can dated 9/11/2020 to a Nonic at fridge temp.
Super hazy yellow/orange body with a medium white head that fades and laces some, but poorly.
Smell is musty and dank, not fruity at all.
Taste is bitter but good. Galaxy dominates to the max as advertised. Rind, rind, rind.
Mouthfeel is pretty thick for a Sue.
Overall, good, but I would rather drink the original.

Oct 03, 2020
Pseudo Sue - Galaxy Dry-Hopped from Toppling Goliath Brewing Company
Beer rating: 96 out of 100 with 514 ratings