Supa' Sumo
Toppling Goliath Brewing Company

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Style:
American Imperial IPA
Ranked #32
ABV:
7.8%
Score:
97
Ranked #360
Avg:
4.44 | pDev: 6.53%
Reviews:
75
Ratings:
366
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Toppling Goliath Brewing Company
 
Iowa, United States
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Notes: Yossha! A challenger approaches to tame the King , the Supa’ Sumo. Armed with the harmonizing balance of Citra and Mosaic hops, he steps into the ring. Who will win? Experience this tantalizing turmoil of TG titans and savor each sip until victory is claimed.
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Reviews: 75 | Ratings: 366
Photo of farrago
4.26/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Strong 2-3 finger head, very agitated with mixed bubble sizes, retention is so-so, wispy lacing. Fully cloudy dark gold colored liquid, can’t see any carbonation. The nose is pungent and persistent, the core of dank herbal matter and tar overcome by overripe and juicy notes of tangelo citrus, tropical pineapple, mango, papaya fruit as well as lemongrass, pine sap and basil, has sufficient savory edge that the fruit doesn’t make it smell monochrome. Surprisingly medium-bodied, however, the syrupy texture definitely saps it of freshness even if it accentuates and extends many of the flavors. Peach cobbler, apricot paste sweeten up the pineapple, guava, more fruit cocktail than freshly cut fruit. Mint, violets and a breezier pine add some sense of motion, likewise the carbonation doesn’t prickle but does move things forward. Orange sherbet to pink grapefruit juice flavors. Minimal herbaceousness, tarry and earthy but not all that bitter. If there could be such a thing, it might fit into a “dessert IPA” category. (Canned 7/4/19)

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Photo of mschrei
4.63/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Canned 7/4. Gold orange color with mild creamy head and lacing, quite cloudy and lots of particulates. Smell is hoppy in a number of ways: juicy, citrusy notes of orange, lemon, and pineapple, slightly dank. Nice thing is it’s not too strong on the smell. Taste is the same characteristics, but stronger, bold. Sharp tart citrus aftertaste. Very well balanced, very tasty. Feel is so mildly medium that it’s almost light bodied for such a big flavored beer, barely mouth watering, and even the alcohol presence is subtle. When Toppling Goliath is on with their IPAs, they’re on. This one is, pardon me saying so, Supa.

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Photo of Gobearswalter34
4.57/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours an electric orange with a thin, white head.
Huge citra hop smell with spice. More of the melon variety.
Tast follows nose exactly with good malt balance. Very juicy.
Great, smooth mouthfeel.

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Photo of WunderLlama
4.49/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Canned 7.4.19, opened 8.9.19, poured into a teku

Hazy orange liquid, one finger off white fluffy foam cap quickly recedes , scant lacings

Juice tropical fruit aroma, pineapple

Tatste is juicy tropical fruits , pineapple, whisper of dank on the finish

Medium sudsing , hop taste , no bite

Good beer

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

Picked-up one four pack of cans at Bradford's in Plymouth for about thirteen dollars. I believe that the price was rung in wrong, as most TG DIPAs I see are 18 - 20. Very good beer, bonus for the price. My 12th brew from these guys.

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Photo of NJBarstool
4.21/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L - semi haze pale golden, with a finger of marshmallowy head.

S - Canned pineapple and pears, hard pretzels

T - Pretty much what the aroma indicates. Tropical notes well balanced by hop bitterness. This is drier than a lot of T.G.'s offerings.

F - Medium body for a DIPA. However there is quite a linger in the mouth afterwards.

O - I didnt read the IBU's but they must be up there. For a fan of the bitter tropics, this one is a go

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Photo of barnzy78
4.46/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

16oz can, date stamped 07/04/19. Foam just keeps pouring from the can adding to a towering creamy ivory head that slowly fades atop an opaque tangerine colored ale. Zesty tropical fruit aroma of kumquat, pine, pineapple, and mango. Intense tropical fruit hop flavors with notes of pineapple, tangerine, lemon-lime, grapefruit, mango, and passion fruit with a bitter piney finish. Full body, creamy yet resinous, bitter yet sweet, good carbonation. Much like most beers from TG, this has the wow factor that I've grown to expect. Solid work with this one once again!

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Photo of Purp1eOne
4.25/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look - Like a golden Hazy NEIPA

Smell - Getting a lot of grapefruit, citruis

Taste - Grapefruit, orange, mild dank

Feel - smooth with a little bitter on the end

Overall - A nice beer that is worth the purchase.

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Photo of metter98
4.37/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is very hazy yellow in color. It poured with a quarter finger high white head that quickly died down but consistently left a thin layer of bubbles coating both the surface and the sides of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of gooseberries, limes, and mangos are present in the nose.
T: The taste starts out following the smell and finishes with hints of piney hops. There is a moderate amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a bit juicy on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This IPA has a nice complexity as it transitioned from flavors of citrus and gooseberries to spicy bits of pine.

Serving type: can

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Photo of JArensbach
1/5  rDev -77.5%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Can’t actually review this beer because after paying out for a four pack I had not seen before it turns out the beer I purchased was just the Golden Nugget can wrapped in additional Vinyl wrapping. I would hope for better from a top tier brewer. Clearly visible through the label and when peeling back the Supa Sumo label it was just about he Golden nugget can underneath. While I enjoy Golden Nugget I feel cheated out of a new variety.

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Photo of omahawk
4.45/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours from a can like every other New England IPA, so why bother describing its hazy fruit juice appearance. Smell is initial piney resin followed by over ripe mango. Taste is a nice blend of tropical fruit flavors - pineapple, mango, sweet orange and a hint of veggie/pine bite from the hops. Typical TG malt that takes a backseat, yet supports, the juicy hop flavors. Soft mouthfeel of a NEIPA. This is another wonderful beer from these guys.

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Photo of woemad
4.18/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz bomber courtesy of Ovaltine. When he blew up my porch he warned me this and another TG IPA bomber needed to be hit first, as they're a bit long in the tooth. According to the date stamped on the neck, this was bottled last December. Time is definitely a-wastin', so let's dive in

Poured into a shaker pint glass, this was an opaque, orangey amber color, like an unfiltered glass of orange juice. A modest, eggshell white head made a brief appearance, never quite died away, and left "beer neglige " style lace on the sides of the glass.

Orange and mango-like hop aromas greet the workers slaving away at the olfactory. The smell is mostly sweet tropical fruit, but there's a slight, underlying grapefruity bitterness as well. Smells good, but muted, perhaps due to the age.

Much more flavorful than the nose indicated. Really well balanced fruity hoppiness, with the sweetness in the driver's seat, but with a bitterness well in the background keeping the sweetness from getting out of hand. Subtle, bready malt backbone. Modestly dry finish.

Medium bodied, with a mouthfeel that is both a little creamy and a little oily.

I'm not finding this a taste revelation, but it's athoroughly enjoyable Citra Mosaic hopped IPA (a hop combo I tend to like) and seems to be pretty much none the worse for wear for being bottled nearly 4 months ago. Not any sign of the relatively high abv, either. Thanks, Mike!

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Photo of zeff80
4.49/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle. Poured out a slightly cloudy, golden orange color with a small, off-white head of foam. It smelled of pineapple, grapefruit, orange and toasted caramel. Very tropical with sweet caramel.

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Photo of ovaltine
4.44/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A glass of orange juice (though not as murky) under a dense off-white head, this beer is literally drenched in juicy hop aromas, with oranges, pineapple, and mango launching an impressive olfactory assault.

The aromas move from the nose to the taste in lockstep, a bright, dank citrus taste treat that is just the slightest bit watery in the mouthfeel, but is still an exceptional example of the style by a brewery that has been a favorite of mine for years.

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Photo of macrosmatic
4.3/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Big thanks to Will_Edgar for sending me a couple of these bottles! Reviewed from (very) long-standing notes. Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into an El Catador Barrel-Aged glass. Did not record an exact consumption date; likely early September, 2017.

A: Very hazy to turbid orangish gold. Not much carbonation visible through the haze, but forms almost two-fingers of white head that has very nice retention.

S: Really nice here – bright citrus, dank, tropical fruits, and melon. Notes of stone fruit mixed with the cracker malts. Maybe a bit more melon and spice than would be my personal preference, but still solid.

T: Oranges and mangos and melons. Dank, pineapple, and a little onion-y hops. Cracker malt body that feels quite substantial. More tropical fruits, dank, and juicy citrus near the swallow, and the citrus pith bitterness ultimately lasts the longest.

M: Medium to full-bodied for a DIPA. Average carbonation sensation. The alcohol content is extraordinarily well-hidden, though the listed ABV is quite tame for a DIPA.

O: Quite enjoyable, though I would prefer the King Sue to this on a personal level. Nice juicy, citrusy flavors for sure.

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Photo of Roguer
4.45/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Strong head production, with a billowy, snow white head of 2 fingers topping a pulpy, orange, translucent body. Retention is good, and lacing is excellent.

Intensely herbal nose, with the emphasis on sharp green herbs, and more pungent, earthy dank herbs complementing. Strong notes of tangerine, mango, and grapefruit add to the depth. No malt or yeast really comes through on the nose.

Flavor follows: mango, melon, berries, tangerines, and lemon up front; moderately dank middle, along with leafy green oregano and mint; juicy finish, with peach, mango, tangerine, and pepper. Honeyed cracker malt tones fit well with the hop profile.

A little light, almost watery, for a DIPA, but at 7.8% this is on the lighter end for the style, nearing single IPA territory. Very lively and very, very drinkable. Bitterness isn't over the top for a DIPA, but it's present.

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Photo of Bshaw22
3.96/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This beer pours solid orange with a small little head. Body looks relatively thin but hazy
Smell is a mango tropical pineapple with a little malt back.
Taste is a little mango and grapefruit with a little pine finish. Malt is present.
Thought this beer was ok. It was very thin. Kinda stuck between NE ipa and Midwest ipa.
Was disappointed considering the ratings

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Photo of russpowell
4.43/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazed gold with one finger of beige colored head. Alright head retention & lacing

S: Oranges, guava, grassyness

T: Follows the nose, dryness & breadyness as well up front. Grapefruit surfaces as this drys along with more orange & dryness, also a touch of lime. Finishes dry, grapefruitty with some tart orange as well

MF: Medium body, slight carbonation, nicely balanced

Easy to drink, a little light on the spectrum for the style, but still has plenty of flavor

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Photo of mwilbur
4.53/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22 oz bottle into shaker pint glass.
A: Pours a nice hazy orange-yellow hue with 1-2 inch bubbly white head with good retention.
S: Orange, tangerine, and grapefruit with hints of mango and pine. Inviting and strong aroma hits from over a foot away.
T: Citrus and tropical fruit: orange, lemon, grapefruit, pineapple, mango, and lime.
M: Light-medium body. Sweet citrus and tropical fruit. Mildly astringent. Lingers nicely on the palate.
D: Refreshing and complex. The quality of the hops really shine with lovely aroma and taste. Another solid TG IPA!

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Photo of Franziskaner
4.27/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Light yellow with a massive haziness. There’s a fingernail of eggshell white around the rim and a small amount of the top. I’m smelling a lot of tropical fruit including pineapple, mango, and citrus. I’m tasting loads of pineapple, mango, and citrus. The mouth is thick and moderately sticky.

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

650ml bomber purchased in Decorah for 10 bucks.

The beer pours a copper color with a slight haze. It looks more than appealing. Matter of fact, it demands attention. Two things draw my attention: (1) Haze, as in OJ; (2) Wonderful copper with slight haze. This offers a nice copper color with a foamy white head with solid retention and lacing. The aroma is herbaceous with slight citrus, tropical, bright, dank, floral, piney, and fresh grass. The taste is bright, juicy hops, yet dank somehow. It’s slightly confusing in some way. Mouthfeel is perfect for the style; light, carbonated, lively, and smooth with a dry finish.

The backend is bitter in a passive aggressive way; it’s there but doesn’t insult?

This is great to find, not seek. It’s different in a great way compared to other TG offerings. The price is slightly high, but I’ll forgot the extra two bucks for something different.

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

650ml bottle, undated but purchased fresh, poured into a 2017 Toppling Goliath Assassin Teku glass. Enjoyed on 04.15.18, reviewed from Tasting Journal.

The beer pours a very bright copper color, hazy and cloudy with a foamy white head that has nice height and great retention with excellent lacing. The aroma is fantastic, juicy and fresh, lots of citrus and tropical fruits, bright and dank, floral and piney, grassy and weedy green hops, light dough and mineral water. The flavors are excellent, tons of juicy hops, citrusy, tropical with tons of mango and papaya puree, sweet grain but a very dank, nice bitter and earthy counterbalance, lots of pine, grassy and green weedy hops, but a bright floral bouquet helps balance this beer nicely. The mouthfeel is good, coating and creamy, lively texture but so smooth with a medium body and a dry finish.

Verdict: An awesome IPA from Toppling Goliath. Juicy, fragrant, super flavorful and expressive, nicely balanced with a nice bitter backbone that offers some excellent depth. Just a really fine beer.

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Photo of RyanK252
4.39/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle poured into a Russian River Brewing Co pub glass

A: Pours hazy golden amber with a creamy off white head that settles to a firm layer and laces beautifully.

S: Lively citrus, bright tropical fruit, hints of stone fruit, biscuity malt, and caramel sweetness.

T: Citrus, orange, white grapefruit, and lemon, tropical fruit, pineapple, passion fruit, mango, apricot, and faint papaya, a touch of pine, biscuity malt, and caramel sweetness.

M: Medium body, moderate carbonation, somewhat soft on the palate.

O: At 7.8% this one is right on the dividing line of IPA vs DIPA. Seems to have a little NE IPA influence softening it up a bit, but it still has some noticeable bitterness. Really tasty.

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Photo of REVZEB
4.68/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Incredible DIPA from TG. Just has everything you want in the body and taste. Rich hops swirl around the palate with ascending flavors of pine, tropical fruit, citrus fruit, especially orange, and a honey like malt backing to it all. Has bite, sweetness, spiciness, and savory flavors. The smell is also quite enjoyable, with orange hops leading the way.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
4.32/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

650 mL bottle. Hazy orange. Smells of sweet orange and pale malt. A hint of garlic. Tastes exactly as you'd expect. Orange hops, tropical fruit, sweet pale malt, and a nice garlicky bite. It's big and a touch sweet, but not enough for me to mind. Medium heavy. Outstanding, as always.

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Supa' Sumo from Toppling Goliath Brewing Company
Beer rating: 97 out of 100 with 366 ratings