Toppling Goliath Brewing Company

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Lager - Light
Ranked #11
Ranked #19,477
4 | pDev: 8.75%
Toppling Goliath Brewing Company
Iowa, United States
Notes: Cranberry and orange juice are blended with a mix of holiday inspired spices to create a delicious and unique lager. The perfect addition to any holiday party and a perfect gift for those you adore.

IBU: 11
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BubbleBobble from New York

3.58/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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
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jimmah120 from Minnesota

3.92/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

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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metter98 from New York

4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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
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vette2006c5r from Minnesota

4.07/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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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CanConPhilly from Pennsylvania

4.35/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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
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dcotom from Iowa

4.63/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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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MonDak_Joe1953 from Minnesota

4.06/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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
Holidotz from Toppling Goliath Brewing Company
Beer rating: 77 out of 100 with 17 ratings