Fire, Skulls & Money
Toppling Goliath Brewing Company

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Style:
New England IPA
Ranked #159
ABV:
7.2%
Score:
96
Ranked #580
Avg:
4.36 | pDev: 6.42%
Reviews:
139
Ratings:
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Notes: Inspired by a trip to the west coast, designed to capture the wild spirit of adventure and brewed to be enjoyed with friends. This rich IPA is for those with wanderlust in their heart and fire in their eyes. Join our Citra, Mosaic, Galaxy, and Nelson hops on a journey to the bottom of your glass.
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Photo of DavetotheB
4.12/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 16oz can dated 2/26/20 (best by 6/25/20) into a pint glass.

Pours a very hazy, nearly opaque yellowish orange with about one finger of light yellow head. Mild lacing and moderate retention. Small, off-white particulates can be seen in suspension.

Big smells of orange and mango with some grapefruit, tangerine and other tropical fruits.

Taste is pretty juicy. Citrus leads the way with some tropical fruits in the background. A nice bitter hoppiness on the swallow.

Mouthfeel is fairly soft and smooth with a lingering mild bitter aftertaste. Fairly low carbonation.

Overall, very good! Not my favorite TG selection, bur a very nice one, nonetheless. Wondering what this would taste like with less than one month one it as opposed to three. Will have to keep my eyes open.

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Photo of SHDoyle
4.19/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Description: Earthy orange color and hazy with some noticeable white lacing that sticks to the glass. Aroma is somewhat subdued with fruit - melon, pineapple, cantaloupe - and floral notes. Taste is more bitter than the aroma, especially on the finish which is dominated by grapefruit. Orange and overripe tropical fruit is also apparent. Feel is smooth and somewhat "meaty" for an IPA and carbonation is low to medium. Has a dry, clean finish.

Overall: 4.25 (This beer is good and I would likely drink it again) This is a good, solid beer. But in an increasingly saturated IPA market it doesn't stand out. Given that, the price point is a little off putting and you could probably find an equally good beer that's more affordable.

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Photo of minterro
4.22/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Canned: 02/26/20 Consumed: 05/10/20. Bought online so I wasn't able to see the canning date, will adjust if needed once I try a fresher batch.

A&S: Lively carbonated bright orange, basically opaque beer. Head appeared as though it was going die quickly after pouring a finger of white head, however, it maintains a thin fizzy layer, while a foamy circle around the outside of the glass leaves pretty decent lacing. Once the bottom is poured in the beer turns more yellow-orange and sediment is clearly visible. The main components of the aroma are grapefruits and oranges and sugary sweetness. Minor notes of pepper, pine, and mangos.

T&M: Initially taste contains the same big parts aromas (grapefruit). Hints of grass and pine. Little bit boozier than I expected. Bitter pine and juicy citrus in the finish, but it is not dry. Smooth medium body and medium to light carbonation despite the appearance.

Overall: I have only had 2 of Toppling Goliath's brew, but between this and pseudo sue, I preferred sue. Still a good beer and worth a try, but to me nothing mind-blowing.

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Photo of Cylinsier
4.2/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

16 oz can

Pours slightly hazy golden, pillowy yellowish white head is coarse and and dissipates from thick to a sudsy lacing.

Aroma of honey, pine, bready malts, zest, and hemp.

Flavor is citrus, bready and cereal malts, bit of honey, fresh pine, and juicy zesty hops.

Medium body, tingly carbonation on the tongue.

Very nice beer here. It's not a NEIPA but not fully an old school IPA. It really works well and stands out in the overly crowded field of IPAs for me. Only complaint is I wish the body either had more carbonation or more thickness to it. But other than that this is really good and worth trying for sure.

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Photo of woodchipper
4.09/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16oz can stamped PKG 02/26/20, BEST BY 06/25/20.
Hazy orange fills the glass. A small quantity of minute floaties tour the glass. White medium head tops it all. The head fades to one layer after a few minutes, but lacing in very nice for the entire session.
Apricot, mango, pineapple all with some background dankness. Pretty enticing actually.
Taste is all of the above, but add a slight hop burn and some hint of the alcohol.
The mouth feel is medium for an NEIPA.
Its no King Sue, but these guys know what the're doing.

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Photo of MikeWard
4.35/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16oz can into a pint glass. Canned 2/26/20, so 7 weeks old.

Looks mighty fine in the glass. Thick dark orange juice body with a big white head which maintains in some form throughout leaving decent lacing.

Good aroma, hoppy, tropical fruit, and a touch dank.

Finely crafted and great hop profile. Fruity, both citrus and a touch of non citrus. Slightly bitter for balance. Hoppy. Warm and a little bitey. A little dankness for good measure.

Mouth closes in on full, finish a lasting fine bitterness. Warmth in the back of the throat.

Overall, yet another great beer from TG. They seem to have hop blending down to an art form, while maintaining balance. Great flavors, but nothing too fierce. Never an off aftertaste. Great stuff.

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Photo of beersampler6
4.49/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Whoa this one was good.  Happened to find this one on Tavour.  "Best by 6/25/20" printed on can so this was very fresh.  I feel very fortunate to have been able to acquire this one as I love TG's beers.  Pours a fresh slightly darker golden color with abundant fluffy white head that settled into small sheets of soapy lingering lacing that persisted.  Smells amazing, lots of fresh ripe grapefruit, pineapple, lemon, orange, melon, mango, passion fruit and weaker malt, creamy vanilla, caramel, bread, floral and herbal hops.  Taste follows the nose, excellent balance and flavor, very good depth and this was just so tasty and easy to enjoy and drinkable - the higher ABV wasn't noticeable at all.  Smooth, crisp, slightly sticky, soft mouthfeel with good carbonation.  I know this was billed as their version of a West Coast IPA - and certainly I can detect a little bit more bitterness in the finish, but I also appreciated the soft, creamy mouthfeel that I associate with NE-style IPAs.  An excellent beer!

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Photo of ChrisMon02
4.1/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz can poured into a stemless wine glass.

Murky dull orange color. Foamy, off-white, 2 finger head that leaves nice lacing.

Dank, herbal, spicy citrus, stone fruit and faint pine on the nose.

Taste follows the nose with herbal peach skin and tangy citrus dominating. No booziness with light-medium pithy bitterness. Pretty complex hop profile that keeps my interest.

Medium mouthfeel with ample carbonation.

Another nice offering from TP. I like others better but this is still worthy of a shot if you can find it.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.37/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Currently ranked #138 in the Top Rated New England IPA list and #13 in the Top Iowa Beers list.

CAN: 16 fl oz pull-tab. Best by: 06/25/20. Nabbed from a beer store in Colorado.

Brewed with Citra, Mosaic, Galaxy, and Nelson hops. "India Pale Ale." "Live Beer, Please Refrigerate." 7.2% ABV. 50 IBU.

Served cold into a snifter.

APPEARANCE: Dull off-white head. Murky dull orange body. Good carbonation.

It's not much to look at, but at least its head sticks around a good ~4-5 minutes.

AROMA: Mango, myrcene, heavy melon, cantaloupe, tropical fruit puree, Odwalla juice-redolent citrus, passionfruit. It's not acidic or pulpy in its citrus character, and I don't get the subtle blueberry I'd expect in a great Mosaic-hopped IPA or the white wine aromatics I'd expect in a great Nelson-hopped IPA.

Pale malts/2-row keep any hop bitterness in check judging by the aroma. Hop profile is certainly inviting, though the Citra and Galaxy seem to dominate over the Mosaic and Nelson, which while a nice change of pace from the increasingly derivative Citra & Mosaic led IPAs constantly hitting the market doesn't seem to be ideal - especially since Nelson has the potential to imbue a beer with such a unique flavour. Here's hoping the taste delivers more Nelson than the aroma...

TASTE: Mango, passionfruit, citrus pulp, tropical fruit puree/Odwalla juice, almost a borderline lychee-like slimy fruit flavour, ample myrcene and other terpenes, mild hop oils...it's certainly a hop-rich IPA with plenty of hop flavour. I do get Mosaic's less interesting vague tropical fruit flavours but not its signature subtle blueberry note. Nelson's potential for white wine intricacy goes largely wasted, unfortunately, but there's a glimmer of it.

Pale malt/neutral 2-row sweetness keeps any unwelcome hop bitterness from manifesting. I feel like the Galaxy hops dominate in the mix, but they're the least interesting hop varietal utilized in my opinion.

TEXTURE: Soft, smooth, coating, even a bit slimy, somewhat refreshing, well-carbonated, medium-bodied. Has some oily and pulpy characteristics that increase its perceived thickness and weight on the palate.

OVERALL: I'm unclear why this is currently categorized in the New England IPA substyle on this website since the brewery identifies it clearly only as an "India Pale Ale" ..."inspired by a trip to the West Coast" but judged as an American IPA it's an enjoyable though perhaps overpriced brew. Its hop profile isn't quite to my specific taste - to pick a rather subjective nit - but it's a likable brew with plenty to offer the discerning drinker. Hot damn, I'm happy Toppling Goliath now distributes to Colorado.

B- / WORTHY

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04/13/20:

B- / WORTHY

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Photo of Wasatch
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16 oz. Can
PKG: 02/26/20
BEST BY: 06/25/20

Poured into a Tree House glass a very nice cloudy pale yellow/orange 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 very nice citrus complex (orange, tangerine, grapefruit, pineapple, mango, peach, apricot, nectarine), with a pretty nice little diesel like. The taste is very nice, hoppy, malty, with a very nice citrus complex (orange, tangerine, grapefruit, pineapple, mango, peach, apricot, nectarine), 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, again. Orange Julius! Addictive! MilkShake!

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Photo of ONUMello
4.44/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16oz can dated 2/26/20 poured into a pint glass
A: Hazy light orange with a generous two finger head
S: Dank/herbal, bitter citrus, tropical fruit
T: Bitter/dank, matches the nose
M: Medium-bodied, fresh/bitter
O: Well-made & very tasty

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Photo of drdiesel9483
4.12/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look - Slight haze but mostly clear copper color with a very slight head
Smell - slightly dank citrus, very faint
Taste - citrus slight pineapple a little dank
Feel - medium body and carb
Overall - Pretty good but probably my least favorite topping Goliath yet.

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Photo of 57md
4.12/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque light copper with a huge head and plenty of floaties. The nose has dank notes and also the essence of over rippened pineapple. The flavor follows the nose. The finish is pithy but not particularly bitter.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.3/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I am home with my CANned beer for The CANQuest (tm) & that may be enough for these next couple of weeks. I am forced into reapplying for unemployment thanks to school closures, but I should be okay until something new & different happens. I have a load of books to read & plenty of beer to drink with a modicum of TV to watch.

From the CAN: "India Pale Ale"; "Inspired by a trip to the west coast, designed to capture the wild spirit of adventure and brewed to be enjoyed with friends. This rich IPA is for those with wanderlust in their heart and fire in their eyes. Join our Citra, Mosaic, Galaxy, and Nelson hops on a journey to the bottom of your glass."; "Brewed By: Toppling Goliath Brewing Co., Decorah, IA"; "Live beer, please refrigerate".

I had Warren Zevon's "Lawyers, Guns & Money" playing as I Crack!ed open the vent & beCAN a slow, gentle C-Line Glug into the awaiting glass. It puffed up magnificently to form two-plus fingers of dense, foamy, rocky, eggshell-white head with very good retention, leaving a load of lacing in its wake as it slowly fell. Color was a deeply-hazy/lightly-cloudy Golden-Amber (SRM = > 5, < 7). Nose had a pronounced citrus quality of especially grapefruit with a hint of pine & light tropical fruit. Mouthfeel was medium. The taste was a bit riotous with a mélange of flavors that ranged from PNW grapefruit & pine to sweeet Southern Hemisphere tropical fruits to a white wine vinousness. 8=O I have said before that I am pretty well satiated with tropical fruit AIPAs, but I like this current trend of using an admixture of hops to really bring out a variety of flavors. They worked well in this insCANce to impart a dry finish, which is what I really dig! I am SO glad that TG has come to PA! YMMV.

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Photo of thebeers
3.78/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a cloudy sunset orange with a fat finger of airy, yellowed head that dissipates fairly quickly leaving spotty, soapy lacing.

White pepper stands out in the nose. There’s some retrained pineapple-mango-and-cream tropical fruit goodness below that, coupled with hints of weed, pine and cat pee. It’s very nice smelling, but you really need to stick your snout in there to pick it up.

Very peppery tasting, to the point where it steps on the tropical fruit flavors from the aroma. Mango, orange citrus, pineapple and some hard candy creams are what manage to peak through nonetheless. There’s also some green onion and light piney bitterness for balance.

On the heavy side of medium bodied with tight fizziness in the feel.

Well made, but not a “wow” beer. Pseudo Sue, King Sue and Pompeii hit the right notes more clearly for me.

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Photo of stevoj
3.91/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle at share. Hazy golden, small foamy head. Fruity, tropical aroma. Taste too, follows the NEIPA style. A bit drier than the norm, nice feel overall. Mango, papaya

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Photo of Pray_For_Mojo
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: yellow-tan and totally opaque with haze. The head forms a 1-finger of bright white with good retention.

Aroma: much better from the can than poured into a glass. Pineapple and light, fresh-growth spruce and generically floral.

Flavor: super hoppy but generic. None of the aromatics make it into the flavor.

Mouthfeel: medium-medium. As expected. Appropriate for style. Light enough, though, to drink multiple.

Overall: very good but not mind blowing. Is this beer old? This beer is very good, but certainly not superior compared to other IPAs readily available to me in my market (Denver). This beer was canned in February, whereas I bought it in late June. The canned date was obscured by the packaging. Since I cannot make an informed decision based on the date without seeing it, I’m rating this beer “as is” and am not taking into account its freshness – or lack thereof.

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Photo of ExtraStout
3.5/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 16 oz. can into a pilsner glass. Lucky I had this one before their HOPSMACK! offering. Didn't have to deal with that HOPSMACK! aftertaste with this one. Unfortunately, it wasn't much better but at least it wasn't misrepresented as a Double.

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Photo of TimothyD11
3.31/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Juicy and bitter and bitter and bitter. Blech. This is garbage, especially when you are getting cans of Tree House, Trillium and Other Half. At least TG King Sue stands shoulder to shoulder with NEIPA’s from aforementioned breweries (providing it’s a good batch). This doesn’t. Not a fan of the back end spicy bitter thing.

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Photo of defunksta
4.42/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy and cloudy orange-pineapple color. A strong white head that fades rather quickly
Aroma: Strong complex aromas of orange citrus, pineapple, with bitter lychee, raisin, gooseberry, and pine. Light and not earthy. It has the classic tropical citra and mosaic quality, but Nelson hops provide a nice bitter lychee, raisin and gooseberry aroma.
Taste: Strong flavors of peach, pineapple, mango but with the Nelson flavors of raisin, gooseberry, & lychee. All fruit. Some nice florality. Pale malts if any. Very juicy. A nice bitter berry & pine finish. I don't detect much green grape or wine.
Feel: Smooth, but not creamy like many NEIPAs. It retains the crispness and provides a nice bitter end. It's juicy, but finishes rather bitter. The body is surprisingly smooth though.

Overall: Such a complex IPA and the reputation reflects that. The Nelson hops are a nice addition to the citrus of the rest. It provides a nice lychee, gooseberry, and raisin flavor that coincides well with the bitterness and makes for a nice addition to the pine. The complex flavor profile due to the Nelson hops is what makes this beer work. I hope Toppling Goliath continues to set the bar with it's flavor profiles.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.86/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

My good friend and old neighbor from Oswego gave me a can of this. It poured a cloudy orangish with no head and no lace. The scent had dank ripe fruit. The taste was nicely balanced and easy to drink with tropical fruit start and pepper spice finish. The mouthfeel was medium in body with good carbonation. Overall its a good beer.

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Photo of Parmesan
4.22/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Pours a very turbid grapefruit juice, with a medium creamy white head and thick lacing around the glass.

S: Lots of lemon, grapefruit rind, some orange, very citrusy, some earthy grassy hops and ripe tropical fruits. Smells inviting.

T: Lots of lemon and grapefruit rind, notes of tropical orange, lots of nice citrus, a light bitterness from the rind, ripe tropical fruits, with some grassy hops and earthy hops.

F: Creamy smooth with a medium body.

O: This is a very nice citrusy and fruity IPA.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
4.29/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Type: 16-oz. can
Glass: Clear hotel glass
From: Beer Advocate’s DoubleBogey
Price: N/A
Purchased: N/A; Received April 6, 2019
Consumed: April 6, 2019
Reviewed as: New England Style
Misc.: Canned on Nov. 7, 2018; Best by March 7, 2019

Thanks, Chad!

Got this one as a bit of a surprise from Chad. Has asked for it when I saw that he had it a few weeks back and was happy that he had one left. Toppling Goliath will go down as the best brewery for me after a few more reviews and it was nice to get to try one of their hazies. Can read, “Inspired by a trip to the west coast, designed to capture the wild spirit of adventure and brewed to be enjoyed with friends. This rich IPA is for those with wanderlust in their heart and fire in their eyes. Join our Citra, Mosaic, Galaxy, and Nelson hops on a journey to the bottom of your glass.” Was not excited about the Nov. 7 canned on date, but hoping it held up.

Poured a medium yellow-to-gold hazy color with two fingers of off-white frothy head. Could see some bubbles creeping up along the sides of the glass. Excellent spotty lacing. Very good retention. (Sight - 4.50)

Smelled melon, orange, pineapple, passion fruit, guava, spoiled fruit, Galaxy, woody pine, dish soap, pineapple, apricot, peach and earthy grass. About the same from the can with only Galaxy really coming through. (Smell - 4.25)

Tasted a little better than the smell. Lots of juice. Got pineapple, passion fruit, guava, mango, melon, peach, apricot, Galaxy, Citra, woody pine, dish soap, lemon, lime, earthy grass, eucalyptus and herbal. (Taste - 4.25)

Medium body. Creamy texture. Average carbonation. Long finish. (Feel - 4.50)

Just an excellent hazy beer. Nowhere near as fresh as I’d like to have it, but still so good. (Overall - 4.25)

4.29 | 95 | A

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Photo of woemad
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16oz tallboy can courtesy of ovaltine. Canned March 18, 2019 per the stamp on the can's bottom.

Despite the label description of this.being a west coast inspired, this looks like a textbook NE IPA, with an opaque, yellowish appearance and a finger of beige foam head. Decent lace.

Hop aroma reminiscent of tropical fruits, melons and grapefruit, pretty much in that order.

The grapefruit is more prominent in the taste than in the nose. It.kicks in about midway through the taste and sticks around to the bitter end-literally-which finishes with a dry note.

Medium bodied, with a creamy yet oily mouthfeel.

I quite like this beer. It's like a hybrid of each coast's IPA styles, though I think it leans more towards the east coast style. I'd happily drink this regularly if it were locally available.

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Photo of MacMalt
4.38/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Canned on 3/18/2019. Poured into a Spiegelau IPA glass. It pours an opaque, orange-brown color with a huge, fluffy, milk-white head and lots of soapy lacing. Its fragrant nose features lemon, tangerine, pineapple, mango, pine needles, with lite floral hops. There's a lot of bitter lemon, lime, and grapefruit up front. Toward mid-sip there is more sweet tropical fruit and a hint of vanilla. The bill of Citra, Mosaic, Galaxy, and Nelson hops bite hard giving it a West Coast feel. The flavors are big and bold. The feel is rich, thick, and creamy with a pleasant level of carbonation and the ABV feels stronger than 6.8% . It's dry and there's a bit of a burn at the finish. Overall, this beer tastes and feels big. There's nothing subtle about it. But it's very good!

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Fire, Skulls & Money from Toppling Goliath Brewing Company
Beer rating: 96 out of 100 with 569 ratings