XHops - Maroon | Toppling Goliath Brewing Company

Your Rating: None
Want it   Got it 
XHops - MaroonXHops - Maroon
BA SCORE
4.03/5
Exceptional
XHops - MaroonXHops - Maroon
BEER INFO

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

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
None provided.

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
23
Ratings:
91
pDev:
7.2%
 
 
Wants:
0
Gots:
8
Trade:
0
 
User Reviews & Ratings
Reviews: 23 | Ratings: 91
Reviews by Ristaccia:
Photo of Ristaccia
4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

More User Reviews:
Photo of FBarber
3.21/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Pours a hazy cloudy orange color. Not thick or NE style-like at all, just very cloudy. Thin off-white head dissipates steadily leaving some spotty foam on top of the beer. Lots of sticky white lacing covers the glass as the beer is consumed.

Smell has notes of orange, grapefruit, lots of grass and dried leaves. For lack of a better term the aroma is pretty earthy with some dank pine notes.

Taste follows the nose with some orange and grapefruit up front that quickly transitions to a vegetal flavor - like broccoli or something. The vegetal flavor is the biggest flavor in this but there is some grass and a woody flavor. Strong bitterness on the finish. This just isn't a pleasant flavor profile - that vegetal flavor is overpowering and just not good.

Feel is medium bodied, somewhat rough. Moderate carbonation provides a hint of a fizzy sensation in the mouth.

Overall a very disappointing beer from the x-hops series. Not sure what is up with this one, but its not very good.

 991 characters

Photo of emerge077
4.04/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Hazy saturated orange, huge fluffy head with drippy rings of lacing.
Aroma is dank weed and pine oil, fresh cut botanicals, light pale malt.
Firm dandelion green bitterness with a green earthy botanical hop character from the Columbus.
Smooth, creamy, and light bodied. Supple carbonation, moderate bitterness, nice texture.
Overall this is a nice one. I grow Columbus at home and it's nice to try a good commercial beer utilizing them.
It's almost like people forgot what an IPA was before the haze craze, not everything has to be sweet fruit juice.

 554 characters

Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to Jeff for this one. 22oz. bomber into Night Shift stemware. Shared with schen9303.

Nose is brown sugar, bark, resin, tree sap and citrus. Sweet and juicy. Beer opens dried leaves, citrus and papaya. Some coarse brown sugar, bark and feelings of Autumn in the middle with a bitter, biting hop presence to finish. This has flavor notes I'm not a huge fan of but somehow it comes together really nicely. Body is light with moderate carbonation. Smooth and quenching in the mouth and soft going down with a messy, wet aftertaste.

A really drinkable beer and one that I could see turning me towards the "brown sugar aggressively hopped" pale ales.

 657 characters

Photo of taospowder
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of einman
3.96/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Prager62
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A bomber with no apparent date that I recently purchased in Iowa. Pouring in a 12oz. tulip for the review.

Look- Pours a cloudy dark gold/orange producing a thick finger of creamy white foam. A little lacing is left as it settles.

Smell- Orange zest, floral, mango, mild pineapple and malt.

Taste- Orange zest, grapefruit and floral up front. There's something vegetal and herbal tasting in the beginning that subsides after a glass.

Feel- Starts slightly creamy and finishes crisp and dry.

Overall- A good enough beer, but I'm left feeling a little underwhelmed. The beer landscape today spoils us with better choices and value in my opinion. Try one and decide for yourself.

 687 characters

Photo of bigpoppa67
3.96/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of gopens44
4.23/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Cloudy golden with a creamy white head that leaves a wet but complete lacing. Nose is piney gone earthy finished with grassy. Taste follows suit, but favors the pine, right down to the resiny and dry finish. Drinkable? This bastard never had a chance of living past a few minutes, as all 22 ounces went down like water. I mean geez, this thing was just about the slickest, most satisfying thing I've drank in years. Seriously stupid

 432 characters

Photo of MattyG85
4.46/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a chalice.

Appearance: Pours a hazy golden orange. Moderate amount of bubbles and a solid finger of white head that settles into a thin patchy layer.

Smell: A juicy and earthy hop forward aroma with a scent of citrus and pine. Citrus hop scent of orange peel, grapefruit, tangerine, papaya, and mango. Earthy hop scent of pine and grass. Malt scent of caramel, grains, and cracker with some yeast. A pretty good aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a juicy and earthy hop forward taste with notes of citrus and pine. Citrus hop notes of grapefruit, orange peel, tangerine, papaya, and mango. Earthy hop notes of grass and pine resin. Background malt notes of caramel, grains, and cracker along with yeast. A pretty good taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Juicy, oily, and drying.

Overall: Another very good version of XHops. Big ripe juicy and earthy hop flavor.

 929 characters

Photo of mattreitz49
3.86/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of HoistinBrews
4.19/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MNAle
3.49/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pleasant citrus with a touch of pine and a hint of the citrus rind to come in the aroma. Tall off-white head, thick and bubbly, becomes a lumpy shorter head fairly quickly, and then a cap, leaving thick lacing. Dark orange to grapefruit juice color and clarity (i.e. turbid) with no visible carbonation. Moderately thick feel. Taste is a disappointment. Harsh, almost tart, citrus rind. Seems a bit barnyard funky. The finish is bitter and dry to the point of being astringent.

 477 characters

Photo of Allurex
4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jakea
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Danmullens1
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Dactrius
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of durlta
3.9/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DMarlinJ
3.83/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of krl2112
4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Stevedore
3.85/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

650ml bottle, served in a Toppling Goliath goblet. Pours a medium orange body, hazy in clarity, one finger thick white head and lots of lacing. Fair retention. Smell is melon, grapefruit, light caramel, grain. It's solid as far as aroma goes, the melon characteristic is fairly potent. That being said, on the flavour side of things, the melon isn't there at all. There is a bit of light grainy sweetness, a bit of biscuit, caramel. The hop doesn't really seem to contribute much in way of flavour. Still tasty. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, good carbonation, slightly creamy, light non-descript astringent bitterness on the backend. Not my favourite Xhops colour, certainly.

 673 characters

Photo of cp45
4.02/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Hopheadjeffery
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted in a Spiegelau IPA glass from a 22 fl oz bottle on December 4, 2017.

75 characters

Photo of warrendietrich2001
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of REVZEB
4.17/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

XHops - Maroon from Toppling Goliath Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.03 out of 5 with 91 ratings