Fire, Skulls & Money
Toppling Goliath Brewing Company

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Style:
IPA - New England
Ranked #173
ABV:
7.2%
Score:
97
Ranked #603
Avg:
4.36 | pDev: 6.65%
Reviews:
151
Ratings:
628
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Toppling Goliath Brewing Company
 
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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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Sigmund from Norway

3.06/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Shared can at local tasting. Cloudy yellow colour, full of yeast, white head. Intense aroma of piney and grapefruity hops. Intense hoppy flavour too, very bitter. Over the top for me.

May 14, 2021
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heymikew from California

4.47/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

I'm just lovin' the outstanding brews from TG!
I bought this to do a side by side comparison with Zeelander (and Pseudo Sue for a warmup) and was fully expecting to like Z more but was surprised.
It pours out thick and juicy with a pillowy small head.
Nose is pine and pineapple
Taste explosion of tart citrus with tropical fruit (this is where it edged Zeelander)
Superb smooth mouthfeel, (Zeelander got this one by a fraction). These beers go down way too easily.
The accolades are legit for TG.
Homerun.

Feb 20, 2021
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Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania

4.34/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fire, Skulls, & Money from Toppling Goliath. Purchased 0n 4/1/21 for $ 4.00 (Including tax) for 16 oz can ($ 0.25/oz) from Franklin Beer, Franklin, PA. In reefer at store and stored at home at 42 degrees. Reviewed 23/1/21.
Stamped on the bottom “PKG 11/20/20, Best By 03/20/21”. Served at 48 degrees in a hand washed and dried Jester King snifter. Final temperature 53 degrees.
Appearance – 4.25.
First pour – Bright Pale Straw (SRM 2), hazy. Second pour is murky and produces a one cm head.
Body – Straw (SRM 3), murky and opaque. When rear-lite, same.
Head – Large (Maximum 5.2 cm, aggressive center pour), baby powder, medium density, average retention, leaving a three to eight mm crown with a jagged edge, fed by effervescence, and a thick partial cap. Some pieces of lacing remain on the glass as the head retracts.
Lacing. Good! Wide band of irregular three-dimensional lacing with tiny to small bubbles. See also above.
Aroma – 4.5 – Burst of pine when can opened, quickly shifts to pineapple, no malt, no yeast.
Flavor – 4.5 – Begins with generic citrus, no malt, no yeast. No alcohol (7.2 % ABV, according to BA, NOT marked on container) taste or aroma. No dimethylsulfide or diacetyl. Ends slightly bitter and refreshing.
Palate – 4 – Medium, almost creamy, lively carbonation.
Final impression and summation: 4 (After deducting 0.25 point for not having ABV marked on the container). Definitely looks like a NEIPA, tasty and aromatic.

Jan 22, 2021
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dd53grif from Michigan

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

A Tavour treat. Pours a hazy yellow color with a minimal head that lasts quite a while. Aroma is grapefruit. Tastes of and orange juice. Slightly bitter finish. Smooth and creamy.

Jan 17, 2021
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hbeimers from Minnesota

4.45/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer is so hazy it's opaque. To me it tastes like a citrus/juniper bomb. Lots of fresh hop flavors and relatively little bitterness. A great beer to introduce someone to IPAs.

Jan 04, 2021
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cjeep from Pennsylvania

4.4/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

yes, indeed, this is some serious stuff from a serious brewer.
L: drinking from the can & it's a seriously hot looking can. kind of like ghost rider meets bitcoin.
S: it's a bit too cold to get the full aroma. touch of bittersweet citrus & some pine.
T: totally delivers & then some. lime, pine, grapefruit. hoppy bitter goodness throughout. lingering bitter finish.
F: smooth, decent carbonation. resiny mouth feel.
O: killer, man, just killer. not to be missed.

Dec 26, 2020
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DaveMaciolek21 from New Jersey

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

Pours pale and cloudy, looking remarkably like grapefruit juice. Nice sturdy bright white head that leaves lacing. The nose is citrus heaven. Good complexity as the juicy hops (Citra, Mosaic and Galaxy) play off the bitter rind New Zealand hop Nelson Sauvin for a flamenco on your taste buds. A delicious, dry finish. A must-have for IPA lovers.

Dec 23, 2020
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beerthulhu from New Jersey

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

A: Hazy blonde-orange pours from the can sitting a dense orange juice coloring, almost pulp like, thick and hazy in the vessel. The capping was healthy at two fingers, sticky and bubbly, adhering well to the glass walls. Retention was strong with lots of scattered lace dabs.

S: Fresh juicy peaches and pineapple first on the nose. Pleasant, very wet and juicy, freshly squeezed has citrusy-orange highlights with strong accents throughout. Generous whirlpool scents.

T: Tart and bitter orange-citrus delivers a thick and big resin filled fullness. Tart tropical, creamy, dry guava, with some dried peaches. Grapefruit herbal, dank citra with a spicy bite of orange peel. Yeastiness of tangerine-citronella. At the finish a dry lingering warmth of citra hops that pleasantly fades slowly off the tongue.

M: Creamy mouthful with a soft bready backing and big fullness. Sticky and resiny feel. Carbonation was adequate.

O: Big wet whirlpool aroma, meets a considerably dry hopped flavor that was sticky and full of resins. Huge bittering flavor that lingers long on the tongue. Great first impression, stays big to the last sip.

Nov 21, 2020
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q33jeff from New Jersey

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

**
09/13/20

Can to snifter.

LOOK: hazy dark yellow. Medium off white head. Excellent retention.

AROMA: veggie , pulpy fruit, apricot, pear. Hay,palm.

TASTE: taste is,more,grass,palm, citrus finishvm with some tropical guava and hints of hair spray.

FEEL: medium body,
Very good carbonation.

Very nice.


**

Sep 14, 2020
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starstar11 from Thailand

4.53/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Brewed on Feb 26. 5 months ago.
Consumed on Sunday July 26 in Bangkok

L: Golden Color and a finger of foam

S: OFF the charts. Split the 2nd can with my 20 year old son (legal drinking age in Thailand) and agreed that mouth watering started from the first pour before the drinking

T: Taste follows nose with the Citra, mosaic, galaxy Nelson magic hops combo listed assaulting the senses

F: huh? Feel wot? ZAP! An Amazing taste rush and a great buzz.

I’m not new to Toppling Golaith having scooped up multiple cans of King Sue Pseudo Sue and Sun Reaper many times over the past 8 months since the first arrivals on our fair shores in Dec 2019. Perfectly timed for a lot of quality stay at home drinking time.

Amazed that a complex 5 month old IPA from Iowa traveled unscathed half way around the world and totally rocked in Thailand today.

If you know anything about starstar’s reputation, you know that We, She, He or Me don’t waste time reviewing beers that are less than awesome

Yo TG? Send more cans n some kegs!

Stay safe.
Stay at Home.
Hug you kids.
Drink heavily.

Jul 26, 2020
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Mindcrime1000 from South Dakota

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

Pours pale gold and halfway between hazy and cloudy. Excellent head; better lacing.

Aromas of white grapefruit, peach, mango, white grape, and grassy hops.

The brew hits the tip of the tongue with honey-kissed caramel malt, but quickly gives way to a wide variety of fruity flavors. Grapefruit, (mostly ruby red but some white), lime, tangelo, white grape, pineapple, mango, peach, nectarine, gooseberry, kiwi, The brew closes with bracingly-bitter and balancing herbal notes (chive and some weedy west-coast flavors) as well as grass and a touch of booze.

Just beyond medium bodied, the brew still has a remarkably drying finish. The booze and hops bring this one home, even though the carbonation isn't assertive.

Per the usual, TG delivers an NEPIA that isn't just a hazy fruit bomb, and isn't a slight variation on something it already did. Nuanced and well-balanced.

Jul 25, 2020
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DavetotheB from Pennsylvania

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.

May 19, 2020
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SHDoyle from Ohio

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.

May 14, 2020
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minterro from Colorado

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.

May 11, 2020
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Cylinsier from Pennsylvania

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.

May 10, 2020
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woodchipper from Connecticut

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.

May 10, 2020
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MikeWard from Pennsylvania

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.

Apr 16, 2020
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beersampler6 from Michigan

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!

Apr 16, 2020
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ChrisMon02 from Ohio

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.

Apr 12, 2020
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Jugs_McGhee from Colorado

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

***
04/13/20:

B- / WORTHY

Apr 11, 2020
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Wasatch from Colorado

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!

Apr 08, 2020
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ONUMello from Ohio

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

Apr 06, 2020
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drdiesel9483 from Ohio

4.24/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look - Slight haze but mostly clear copper color with a very slight head
Smell - slightly dank very citrus and pineapple
Taste - citrus slight pineapple a little dank
Feel - medium body and carb
Overall - Pretty good! Better than first time I had it

Mar 29, 2020
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57md from Pennsylvania

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.

Mar 18, 2020
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

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.

Mar 17, 2020
Fire, Skulls & Money from Toppling Goliath Brewing Company
Beer rating: 97 out of 100 with 628 ratings