Toppling Goliath Brewing Company

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Toppling Goliath Brewing Company
Iowa, United States
Lager - American
Ranked #25
Ranked #14,736
3.95 | pDev: 7.85%
May 22, 2022
Nov 21, 2018
Very Good
Notes: Cranberry Apple Cinnamon Lager

Festive, refreshing, and fun. One time per year we brew our classic Dorothy's lager with cranberry, apples, and cinnamon for a delicious holiday treat. Cheers!
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3.9 by cd34 from Illinois on May 22, 2022
3.75 by TylerJ from Iowa on Apr 07, 2022
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3.62/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5
by 57md from Pennsylvania

Pours a light cranberry color with a finger of head. The nose has notes of tart cranberries. The flavor features tart cranberries complimented with apples, ginger and cinnamon. The finish has a shot of pepper.

This is certainly complex but not the kind of lager I'm looking for in the winter.

Dec 27, 2021
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3.8/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by russpowell from Arkansas

Pours an effervescent orange/copper color with 3 fingers of pinkish head. Average head retention with pretty good lacing

S: Apple cider notes, cinnamon

T: Cinnamon, cranberry, apple cider up front, along with a little dryness. More dryness, a hint of grassyness to go with the apple & cinnamon. A little cranberry in the finish, dry with apple cider ( with cinnamon notes )

MF: Medium body with slight carbonation

Very refreshing, like a cider or a fancy snake bite with festive notes

Dec 24, 2021
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4.18/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Tucquan from Pennsylvania

Had this on 2021-12-22 near Pittsburgh, PA from a 16oz canned on 2021-11-08

A - Fairly-clear dark pink with a 3-finger light pink head and mild lace.

S - Lightly toasted white bread with cherry and cranberry jam. Floral, holiday spice.

T - Sourdough, cranberry, nutmeg and other festive spices. Nice and tart and tangy. Finish is dry.

M - Medium body and medium-high carbonation with a creamy head.

O - This is a satisfying holiday lager, which I got for an early Christmas present. I'm glad I did. Quite nice.

Dec 22, 2021
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4.07/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by Bshaw22 from Wisconsin

Pours reddish with small white head. Hangs around a little. Had it on tap at Ray’s Growler Gallery in Wauwatosa wi.
Screams of Apple cinnamon on the nose. Taste follows. Tastes like a Apple cinnamon oatmeal from Quaker. Cranberry touches you on the back end with a shade of tart.
Sweet but not too sweet.
Refreshing and enjoyable to drink.

Dec 15, 2021
3.94 by Luscious_Malfoy from Illinois on Dec 04, 2021
3.6 by Noelito76 from New York on Dec 29, 2020
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3.58/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
by BubbleBobble from New York

Pours an orange amber from the bottle with a moderate 1" head, small amount of lacing. Aroma is as advertised - orange juice, baking spices, a bit of cranberry. Taste is pretty much dominated by orange juice, while just a bit of the cinnamon baking spices come through. I've always found orange juice to be a tough additive - whether with a beer or a cocktail - as it can really crowd out other flavors. Mouthfeel is nice and crisp, however, and as a kind of "mulled beer" it gives a novel spin on a lager.

Dec 18, 2020
4.05 by The_Kriek_Freak from Pennsylvania on Oct 02, 2020
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3/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
by Captain69 from Illinois

some cranberry taste - the one sam adams used to make was a lot better

Sep 05, 2020
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3.92/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5
by jimmah120 from Minnesota

500ml bottled in Nov. 2019 consumed during quarantine in the land of the free

Cloudy pink/brown, little white suds that fade to barely a ring. Smells like red wine, cranberries, citrus and slight spice. Light lager body with a very unique taste. Bright cranberry with a sour twist, finishes clean with a clove and cinnamon dusting. Balanced, unique, flavorful and thoroughly enjoyable

Never met a lager that I'd sip, until now. This thing screams X-mas but would work in the dog days of summer, too

Mar 21, 2020
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4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
by metter98 from New York

A: The beer is hazy pink in color with some yellowish hues. It poured with a quarter finger off white head that died down a bit but never completely faded away.
S: Moderate aromas of cranberries and notes of holiday spices, especially that of nutmeg.
T: The taste follows the smell and has flavors of cranberries and holiday spices along with additional hints of orange juice.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This is definitely an interesting holiday beer that has the spices you would expect from a Winter Warmer combined with the drinkability of a lager.

Serving type: bottle

Mar 01, 2020
4.1 by smithj4 from New York on Mar 01, 2020
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4.07/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by vette2006c5r from Minnesota

Holidotz pours a pinkish/reddish color, with not much head. Sweet aroma, lots of spices, cinnamon, smells like Christmas. Flavor is sweeter, lots of cranberry notes and some orange juice flavors. Good body and feel. Overall, lots of fruits in this one, sweet and a little tart, pretty easy to drink.

Feb 29, 2020
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4.35/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by CanConPhilly from Pennsylvania

L- 1.5 finger dense pinkish head atop a translucent maroon body.

S - cranberry, orange, vanilla, brown sugar.

T - follows the nose. Tons of cranberry. Noticeably tart. Vanilla, brown sugar, and sweet orange slices follow. Gingerbread spices. No bitterness. Moderate sweetness. No booziness.

F - medium-light body with prickly carb.

O - better than any Christmas beer I’ve ever had. This comes together magically.

Jan 19, 2020
4.14 by ummswimmin from New Jersey on Jan 12, 2020
4.08 by jmh21 from Minnesota on Jan 06, 2020
4.12 by craigbelly from Iowa on Dec 24, 2019
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4.63/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by dcotom from Iowa

First impression: "Wow!" And it gets better from there. Poured cold from a 0.5-liter bottle into a champagne flute. Beautiful hazy cerise color, with a thick white head that left a bit of sticky lacing as it settled to a thin cap. Aroma is reminiscent of a fruited lambic, with a nice hint of "funk" alongside notes of cranberry and light malt. These are present on the palate as well, with tartness and bitterness complementing each other. Light body and a crisp finish with a hint of tart fruit lingering on the tongue. This would make a fine pairing with just about any holiday dish. Well done!

Dec 22, 2019
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4.06/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by MonDak_Joe1953 from Minnesota

500ml bottle. Stamped on bottle neck is 'Bottled On 11-15-19'.
Apricot/orange/cranberry colored body, which is cloudy after the final pour. Two finger of frothy, fizzy white head quickly recedes to a few surface bubbles and a ring. Leaves behind some scattered spots of small bubbles.
Aroma is quite apparent with cap removal. Expresses orange and bit of cranberry, along with spices (cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg).
Taste is in the realm of a blended fruit punch, with some tartness from the orange and cranberry, and also citric sweetness. The spices swirl in and around. Light support from the malt and lager yeast.
Medium mouth feel, and excellent carbonation. Finishes rather dry.
This is more of a concoction than a beer, what with the evergreen impression from the cranberry and the citrus effect from the orange. The spices just provide a festive note for the holidays. Quite refreshing to drink, and probably could be spiked with liquor to increase potency. This is totally not to style, but very good at what it is.

Dec 14, 2019
3.75 by YvesB from Belgium on Dec 13, 2019
4.19 by Chilmer from Iowa on Dec 01, 2019
3.85 by Chuckdiesel24 from Illinois on Dec 16, 2018
Holidotz from Toppling Goliath Brewing Company
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 24 ratings