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Fire, Skulls & Money | Toppling Goliath Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Toppling Goliath Brewing Company
Iowa, United States
tgbrews.com

Style: New England IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.80%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#666
Reviews:
111
Ratings:
470
pDev:
6.42%
 
 
Wants:
12
Gots:
70
Trade:
1
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Ratings: 470 |  Reviews: 111
Photo of omahawk
4.21/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Bluecrow
4.27/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

-opaque, deep amber can pour with a fine foam cap and an aroma of pineapple and mango. The flavor is rich with tropical fruit and moderate hop bitterness with a bit of hop burn. This is very tasty.

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Photo of TheGent
4.06/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Toppling Goliath recently began distributing to NY and NJ. This is the only one I’ve picked up, as I have not yet tried it (until last night :wink: ) and it was by far the freshest of their beer that I’ve seen. This can was packaged on 3/18/2019.

Look: Opaque, murky yellow and amber color. Off-white head that quickly disappears without leaving any lacing. An attractive color for the style. No visible carbonation.

Smell: Upon first sniff I get one of my favorite IPA aromas that I’ve had before in Toppling Goliath, Trillium among others. The only way I can describe it is crushed smarties. A fruity, citrusy candy note. It faded over time, but was present when I cracked the can and it was delightful. Mango, passion fruit, vanilla. The vanilla is interesting and I’m really digging it. Lemon and lime citrus.

Taste: My first impression of this beer is New England IPA with some West Coast characteristics. Maybe that’s just in my head though since the can says the beer was inspired by a trip to the West Coast. Grapefruit and pine really come through. As well as some bitterness. Mango, passion fruit, grapefruit, peach.

Mouthfeel: Low carbonation and creamy body. A dry chalky note on the finish. A little burn.

Overall: This one started out with a bang and finished the same way. It’s not the smoothest of IPA’s, but it’s a great tasting beer.

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Photo of CanConPhilly
4.4/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

L - 2.5 finger sparse, grayish head dissolves quickly, leaving behind a completely opaque, milky yellow body.

S - cotton candy, orange juice, chalk, grapefruit.

T - yum! Hop burn to start, with grapefruit, orange, melon, guava, and pineapple. After the burn subsides, the middle is clean, with little alcohol on the finish. Moderate-low bitterness. Low sweetness. Low booziness.

F - medium-full, chalky body with minimal carb.

O - love the smell and taste, but not so fond of the chalky body.

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Photo of DudMan
3.81/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of metter98
4.21/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is very hazy pale yellow in color and has whitish hues. It poured with a quarter finger high off white head that left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface after it died down and a narrow collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of gooseberries are present in the nose along with notes of limes and hints of stone fruit.
T: The taste has flavors of gooseberries with notes of limes and mangos. No bitterness is perceptible.
M: It feels medium-bodied and juicy on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is has a lot of gooseberries in the smell and taste and really showcases the aromas and flavors of the Nelson Sauvin hops.

Serving type: can

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Photo of mkh012
4.29/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Canned 3 weeks ago.

Pours thick, hazy orange.

The nose has sweet raspberry Mosaic and deep resinous notes.

Medium-bitter mango smoothie on the palate.

A medium+ mouthfeel gives way to dry, lingering bitterness.

Overall, this opens up with orange, mango, and even a hint of banana, but the feel is a bit too dry on the backend.

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Photo of eddiefl
4.43/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of djrn2
4.15/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Warren2621
4.27/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Sprowt20
4.07/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of AD17
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jsalz21
3.34/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of brenn79
4.41/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

16 oz can- Pours extremely milky hazy with a nice frothy white head. Aroma is typical hazy, tropical, juicy, mango and citrusy. The taste is citrusy, tropical, strong hop presence here, with a lingering bitterness. Very good!

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Photo of ChipChaight
4/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can from City Swiggers on the UES. Pours stupid hazy egg yolk orange yellow with limited head, smell is tangerine juice, orange Gatorade, citrus peel candy, flashes of dankness, taste is prickly hoppy citrus zip, this beer is sharp, spicy, with a somewhat chalky finish. This beer is driven by the hop floaty bits, somewhat burny on the palate, not for the faint of heart. Fire indeed.

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Photo of Dostlund84
5/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

One of the best NE IPAs. Had a stellar batch from 3/18/2019

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Photo of Jeromedepot
4.41/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of cambabeer
4.27/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of SynthetikReality95
4.83/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of SABERG
4.24/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 16 oz can, dated 1/23/19 into the test glass
A - Murky dark straw color, steady carbonation, loose knit froth of white. A surprising amount of yeast floating in the pour.
S - Lots of citrus, and dried pineapple,
T - Follows the nose well, add a solid sweet malt base
M - Semi sweet start, then a wave of welcome bitterness moves through, finish is tropical and dry
O - A big IPA with a center on the tropical hops, glad for the bitterness to keep things balanced

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

Photo of ovaltine
4.31/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I’m a HUGE Toppling Goliath fan, but one concern I have is their transition to the murky hop bombs that have proliferated in the beer nerd world the past few years. The Pseudo Sue and King Sue iterations I’ve had in the past couple of weeks after TG opened up distro in Indiana do resemble - at all - the versions of those beers I tried (and loved) a few years ago.

Does that mean they’re bad? No, but they’re different beers, in appearance, flavor, and especially mouthfeel, and that’s unfortunate, because those were both world-class beers, and the change seems to be a capitulation to the haze craze.

But I digress. This particular beer is milkshake hazy, the color of grapefruit juice, with a light tan head. The nose is a citrus explosion of oranges, grapefruit, and pineapple.

Dank citrus flavors are the taste - delicious juicy oranges, grapefruit, and especially pineapple. Wow. The mouthfeel, though, is a bit watery.

I’m glad I tried this. You could put this in a Tree House can and no one would know the difference. I just wonder what this would’ve been if it was brewed in 2014.

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

Photo of jkblr
4.36/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16oz canned 3/18/19 (11 days ago) poured into a Spiegelau IPA glass at fridge temp, no ABV listed on can. The beer pours absolutely turbid in a peach smoothie color with nearly white head. The head recedes to some fine bubbles and a thin ring. There are a few spots of lacing. The aroma is fruit salad. I get melon, berry, citrus etc. The taste is semidank fruit salad with a pleasant medium bitter finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with lighter than average carbonation, slight hop burn and a semi dry finish. Overall, very good. NEIPA is not my style, but I can see the love for this one. Bitter enough to keep me interested which is my biggest problem with the style.

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Fire, Skulls & Money from Toppling Goliath Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.36 out of 5 with 470 ratings