Dragon Fandango
Toppling Goliath Brewing Company

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From:
Toppling Goliath Brewing Company
 
Iowa, United States
Style:
Fruited Kettle Sour
Ranked #43
ABV:
4.2%
Score:
95
Ranked #1,530
Avg:
4.3 | pDev: 7.44%
Reviews:
45
Ratings:
129
Status:
Active
Rated:
Oct 07, 2022
Added:
Aug 16, 2017
Wants:
  9
Gots:
  16
SCORE
95
World-Class
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Notes: Join the dragon in a dance to celebrate this unique kettle sour, blended with dragon fruit, mango and passion fruit puree. Raise a glass, dance the fandango and celebrate the magic of these tropical fruits.
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Reviewed by Hedgerret from Wisconsin

4.94/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75
16 oz can

Appearance: Unable to really assess. Did not have a glass available to pout into. Looks to be a pink to red color similar to a fruit punch.

Smell: Reminded me of guava trees in Hawaii.

Taste: Mango with the tartness of guava. I've never had passion fruit or dragon fruit to state how the taste compares but I can definately pick out the mango and guava. Sour lingers slightly after but not over powering.

Overall: Nice sour that is not over powering in the sour. If someone enjoys mango and is looking to try a sour, give this a try.
Oct 07, 2022
 
Rated: 4.48 by aarono from Indiana

Aug 14, 2022
 
Rated: 4.94 by FrankCastle from California

Aug 14, 2022
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Reviewed by zeff80 from Missouri

4.23/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
16oz can. Poured out a clear, red color with a small, short-lived pink head of foam. It left minimal lacing on the glass. It smelled of passion fruit, mango, guava and tartness. Sweet tropical fruit taste with tartness and some sweet caramel.
May 07, 2022
 
Rated: 4.27 by Beersilio from Massachusetts

Apr 30, 2022
 
Rated: 4.09 by TakiMan42

Apr 24, 2022
 
Rated: 4.57 by tcbro023 from Wisconsin

Apr 21, 2022
 
Rated: 4.07 by j0hnc2468 from New York

Apr 20, 2022
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Reviewed by Mark-Leggett from Missouri

4.41/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
Poured from a can. Never seen a beer this color. Purply pink with a purple head. Smells of passion and dragon fruit and a earthy herb hint. Flavors of mango, passion and dragon fruit with a very slight sour hint to it. Unique flavor profile and color. Very good
Apr 14, 2022
 
Rated: 4.25 by Hoptometrist from Ohio

Mar 15, 2022
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Reviewed by MutuelsMark from Kentucky

4.17/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Pours the color of blood. Head was forced creation that was slightly read and quickly went bye bye. Nose is pungent with a citrusy sour. Taste at first was overwhelming, however it gives way to a punch like sweetness.
Mar 15, 2022
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Reviewed by Olesjm from Kansas

4.16/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
A: ruby red and opaque with a short lived fluffy pink head.
S: very little smell, slightly tart dragon fruit.
T: watery, tart, slightly bitter dragonfruit.
M: medium light bodied; not quite watery, but close.
O: fruity and watery. Tart.
Mar 06, 2022
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Reviewed by BEERchitect from Kentucky

4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
In what's certainly a spectacle in beer making, Toppling Goliath brewers are simply blushing over their mango, passionfruit and dragon fruit sour ale.

Dragon Fandango kicks off with a neon pink and rouge-stained hue. Matte in its hazy depths, the beer seems to glow in the dark underneath its foamy white cap. A tantalizing array of tropical fruit capture the essence of Hawaiian Punch remakably accurately. Early sweetness coats the early palate first with hints of pastry dough, sourdough and taffy.

As the flavors explode on the middle palate, the sweetness gives way to a flood of juiciness. Passionfruit leads the way with mango, orange and pineapple soon to come. The natural sourness brings its own citrusy zing of lemon and lime with grapefruit bitterness that dovetails with the acidity quite well. White grape, gooseberry, crabapple and clean fruit acids round out the late taste with a surprisingly refreshing and brisk character.

Full bodied early but drying to a medium-full mouthfeel by the finish, the beer shows a bold transition throughout the session while showcasing a creamy fruitiness of pulp and puree while satisfying the thirst with cleansing acidity to close. A brief afterglow of wine, cider and hard candy begs for a next quick sip.
Mar 02, 2022
 
Rated: 4.23 by BAsbill from California

Jan 22, 2022
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Reviewed by russpowell from Arkansas

4.21/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 2 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Pours a pinky Rose' color with 3 fingers of pinkish colored head. Zero head retention or lacing

S: Passion fruit in spades, a little citrus, some tart blackberry

T: Follows the nose, pretty dry, some grapefruit, pretty darn tart. Sweet & Tart Passionfruit, & little cherry as this warms, plus a little dryness. Finishes with tart passion fruit & a little cherry

MF: Medium body, low carbonation, very sticky on the teeth

Very good sour, nice drinkability
Jan 01, 2022
 
Rated: 4.42 by chillin from Indiana

Dec 31, 2021
 
Rated: 4.34 by Monkeyknife from Missouri

Dec 16, 2021
 
Rated: 4.29 by TheBrewsClues from California

Dec 13, 2021
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Reviewed by Rug from Massachusetts

4.31/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Canned 4/5/21, best by 10/2/21

Funny story with this one. I saw the 4 pack of the Pineapple Papaya Fandango on the shelf and was intrigued by it so I reached inside and grabbed a single. Checked the date immediately and threw it in my cart. Well, little did I realize that it was actually this beer inside the pack, which I didn’t notice until I got back home. Not exactly what I wanted, but I’m excited to try it nonetheless

Pours a beautiful cloudy ruby with 3 fingers of of pink tinted head that quickly fades to a thin ring and leaves minimal lacing. Regardless, it looks absolutely gorgeous in the absence of head

There’s a certain candy note in the nose that I can’t quite place though it’s very familiar, similar to a Starburst. I’m picking up on aromas of sweet strawberry, underripe mango, candied cherry, crackery malt, a touch of cracked pepper, and tart dragon fruit

Pretty similar in taste, though a bit more tart than candy like. On the front end of the sip I’m tasting tart dragon fruit, mango sherbet, lemon peel, clean lacto funk, and bready malt. The swallow brings notes of sweet passion fruit, bready malt, tart cherry, dragon fruit, and a touch of strawberry

A light medium body pairs with very gentle carbonation, resulting in a tingly and refreshing beer. Finishes mostly dry with a nice tartness

Well, I’d have to say that grabbing this was quite the happy accident on my part! I think I’ll have to go back and actually try out the pineapple papaya variant as well
Aug 23, 2021
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Reviewed by Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania

3.55/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
Dragon Fandango from Toppling Goliath Brewing. Purchased on 16 Aug 21 from Franklin Beer, Franklin, PA. $ 5.00 (Including tax) per 16 oz can ($0.313 /oz). In the reefer at the store, stored at home at 42 degrees. Reviewed 18/8/21. Note that I use DD/MM/YY protocol.
Stamped on bottom of can “PKG 04/05/21”. Served at 44.7 degrees in a hand washed and dried Jester King snifter. Final temperature 55.5 degrees.
Appearance – 3.
First pour – Munsell red, clear.
Body – Munsell red, opaque. When rear-lite, same with light barely penetrating.
Head – Large (Maximum 4.5 cm, aggressive center pour), pink, high density but shifting to low density and fizzy, rapidly diminishing to a one mm crown constantly reinforced by effervescence and no cap. Second pour produces an ephemeral 0.3 cm head.
Lacing – None.
Aroma – 3.5 – Weak generic tropical fruits with a hint of sulfur, sour, no malt, no yeast.
Flavor – 3.75 – Begins slightly sweet then quickly shifts to slightly sour and follows the nose, except no sulfur. No malt, no yeast. Almost refreshing. No ethanol (4.2 % ABV, according to TG website, NOT marked on container) taste or aroma. Faint mango. No gastric warming. No dimethylsulfide or diacetyl.
Palate – 3.25 – Medium, watery, lively carbonation.
Final impression and summation 3.5 Do not know when the last time was that I saw either passion fruit or dragon fruit at my local grocery store so I’m not particularly familiar with their aromas or flavors; mangos I know well. Nice Hawaiian Punch with a weak alcohol backbone. Nice dragon on the can with the snout tendrils giving it a slightly Eastern look.
Aug 18, 2021
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Reviewed by MikeWard from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
16oz can into a pint glass. Canned 3/29/21, so 4 1/2 months old.

Pours an attractive reddish body with a pink tinged head. This lasts about 10 minutes, not much lacing.

Tart fruit aroma.

On tasting, sweet, tart, fruity, seems well balanced, no category dominates or overwhelms.

Mouth medium, finish tart citrus fruit.

Overall, decent enouth solid fruited kettle sour. Would'nt want more than one at a time though.
Aug 09, 2021
 
Rated: 4.25 by Zekenyce from New Jersey

Jun 15, 2021
 
Rated: 4.45 by dubnation from Kansas

Jun 03, 2021
 
Rated: 3.58 by DaveCash from New York

May 29, 2021
 
Rated: 3.98 by BLarson31 from Minnesota

May 24, 2021
 
Rated: 4.22 by ntanner83 from Massachusetts

May 23, 2021
 
Rated: 3.97 by Unclevince from West Virginia

May 14, 2021
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Reviewed by q33jeff from New Jersey

3.86/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75
**
05/03/21

Can to snifter.

LOOK: bright neon fuschia color, medium pink head, very good retention.

AROMA: raspberry, citrus, mango.

TASTE: passion fruit and mango are strong and sour, but this is not too tart for me despite my aversion to that.

I am not a sour person, but I do enjoy some of these when the "too-sour-for-me" line is not crossed as is the case here.


**
May 04, 2021
 
Rated: 4.59 by deereless from Colorado

May 03, 2021
 
Rated: 3.75 by whicho17 from Illinois

May 02, 2021
 
Rated: 4.18 by Knapp85 from Pennsylvania

Apr 21, 2021
 
Rated: 4.35 by vheissu15 from North Dakota

Apr 21, 2021
 
Rated: 4.19 by bschmidt_37 from Illinois

Apr 20, 2021
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Reviewed by mkh012 from Colorado

4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Canned one month ago.

Pours deep purple-red with a pink head that dissipates quickly.

The nose is passionfruit and dragon fruit. Simultaneously delicate and impactful. Very nice.

The taste is surprisingly sour. Medium+ tartness with flavors of passion fruit, dragon fruit, and berry. Low to medium sweetness offsets the tartness.

The mouthfeel is medium for the style. Opens juicy and full and finishes tart and lightly dry.

Overall, very good.
Apr 18, 2021
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Reviewed by jzlyo from Iowa

4.07/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Aroma is dragon fruit/mangoes and mild sweetness/creeping passion fruit. The flavor is dragon fruit/passion fruit, mangoes, malts and a mildly sweet/complex tart finish.
Apr 10, 2021
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Reviewed by bbtkd from South Dakota

4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Toppling Goliath Dragon Fandango Fruited Sour w passion-fruit and dragon-fruit, 4.2% ABV. Pours deep and slightly hazy red with a two-finger light pink head. Nose is indistinct fruit mashup, taste follows, slightly sweet, moderately tart. Excellent mouthfeel, overall outstanding.
Mar 24, 2021
 
Rated: 4.02 by craigbelly from Iowa

Mar 22, 2021
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Reviewed by vette2006c5r from Minnesota

4.19/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Pours a red color, no head. Aroma is very sweet, lots of fruit. Flavor is very sweet, sour, lots and lots of mixed fruit. Good body and feel. Overall, lots of strong flavor, very very sweet with a hint of sour.
Mar 20, 2021
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Reviewed by SpeedwayJim from New York

4.27/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
16oz. can into a Brooklyn Brewery snifter.

No head. Fantastic bright red/pink color. Nose is super aromatic passionfruit, mango, and dragonfruit. The mango really stands out here. Delicious. Beer opens mango and dragonfruit sweetness. Lightly tart with mango puree from beginning to end. Finish is soft with touches of passionfruit seediness. The dragonfruit is present but subtle. Not the most bold flavor. Still, mango carries the day here. Body is light with ample carbonation. Prickly and lively on the palate and goes down aggressive with a puckering, lingering, filmy finish.

A very solid beer with huge fruit flavors. Not a lot of subtlety but the flavors that are present are delicious.
Feb 16, 2021
 
Rated: 4.28 by Chilmer from Iowa

Feb 01, 2021
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