Toppling Goliath Brewing Company

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Toppling Goliath Brewing Company
Iowa, United States
Fruit and Field Beer
Ranked #47
Ranked #16,024
3.9 | pDev: 9.74%
Yesterday at 05:51 PM
Nov 21, 2018
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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Reviewed by jlindros from Massachusetts

4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
Draft at ashland ale house
Creamy foamy pink head with fair retention, sticky lacing, hazy auburn to slight pinkish color

Nose mostly doughy cereal grainy sweet malt, straw, lager malt, then cranberry kicks in, tart cranberry juice

Taste starts with the mildly tart cranberry, juicy cranberry, with fair lager behind that, doughy cereal grainy malt, straw, mild bitterness from herbal hop and maybe the cranberry, mild tart but dry finish

Mouth is med to lighter bod, med to lighter carb, soft lager

Overall surprisingly not bad, plenty of base lager, and nice level of cranberry
Yesterday at 05:51 PM
Rated: 4 by Dope from Massachusetts

Wednesday at 12:33 AM
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Reviewed by barneyrubble from Colorado

2.33/5  rDev -40.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2
I guess I was expecting beer. Instead, I got a fruit juice with nice beer like body and foam but over the top cinnamon. The rest falls in line with an apple pie and lots of cranberry. Way too over the top with the "holiday" flavors.

Yet in spite of that I have considered the description in the rating and it scored higher than my personal preference. And some other beers using the same holiday flavors are way better to me. This is more like a kids juice bag to me than a beer, but a well done juice bag, just not my bag.

Edit: This beer is worse as I struggle to get through the pack. Revised the taste and overall score to reflect that.
Nov 24, 2023
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Reviewed by dd53grif from Michigan

3.94/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Pours a medium-dark red with a foamy pink head that lasts quite a while. Aroma of spices and cranberries. Taste is tangy fruit juice, slightly bitter at the finish. A festive brew for the holidays.
Nov 22, 2023
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Reviewed by AdmiralOzone from Minnesota

3.94/5  rDev +1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
Pours clear red with a thick pink head, good retention and lacing. Aroma is cinnamon forward, hints of apple pie. Flavor follows the nose, sweet apple pie with a hint of tartness, presumably cranberry. Feel is light bodied, well carbonated. Overall, interesting holiday beer.
Oct 23, 2023
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Reviewed by Grax

3.82/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Just as described. Not much of a smell, interesting red body. Taste is borderline sour but a delectable combination of apple and cinnamon. Very delicious.
Mar 08, 2023
Rated: 3.8 by blissfulNemo from Michigan

Mar 04, 2023
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Reviewed by Storm_Rryder from Iowa

4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
This was a fun one. Beautiful clear red color. Starts with the taste of apples, then followed by cranberries and finally the cinnamon comes through. The apple flavor is like green apples, adding a little sourness to it. Cool beer !
Jan 08, 2023
Rated: 3.94 by prototypic from Ohio

Dec 31, 2022
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Reviewed by DrDemento456 from Pennsylvania

4.12/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
I was actually very impressed by this. Most pumpkin ales hit you over the head with the cinnamon but in this cranberry apple lager it's somewhat muted and reminds me of Great lakes Christmas ale but fruity. Vanilla and tart cranberry are what mostly I get but it never gets overbearing on each aspect. Taking a big gulp does get a little overwhelming as the flavors get more tannic but if you sip it and enjoy it it's quite an exceptional holiday Brew. Worth picking up!
Dec 29, 2022
Rated: 4.05 by ShawnL from Wisconsin

Dec 26, 2022
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Reviewed by Ajoelrand from Colorado

4.24/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
If you're looking for a fun, not too sweet holiday brew - this is it! Fruit and spice flavors are not overwhelming or artificial tasting. Nice warm, toasty, lager finish.
Dec 25, 2022
Rated: 3 by doctorgary from New York

Dec 21, 2022
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Reviewed by Wasatch from Colorado

4.37/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
16 oz. Can
PKG 09/20/22

Thought I was going to miss out on this one. Glad I found this can.

Poured into a Tree House glass a very nice hazy dark purplish/red color, very nice carbonation, with a very nice thick/creamy two-finger plus off-white head, with a very nice medium size island, and some pretty nice sticky lacing behind. The nose is malty, with a pretty nice cranberry, apples, cinnamon, vanilla, some tartness. The taste is very nice malty, with a very nice cranberry, apples, cinnamon, vanilla, some pretty nice tart/sour. Medium body, ABV hidden very nicely, with a nice little dry/bitter finish. Overall, this is a very tasty beer. Was very surprised with this one.
Dec 12, 2022
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Rated by Manta200 from Kentucky

3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
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Dec 12, 2022
Rated: 4 by Ristaccia from Nebraska

Dec 12, 2022
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Reviewed by defunksta from Wisconsin

3.92/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Appearance: Pours a clear, cranberry red appearance with a moderate light tan and light pink head. SRM of 15. (4.00)

Aroma: Strong and juicy aromas of cranberries upfront. Behind it there's waves of cinnamon and spiced bread. Some hints of juniper and pine. (3.75)

Flavor: Strong flavors upfront of juicy cranberries. Then comes a wave of cinnamon, some cumin, allspice and bread spices. Finishes with a tart cranberry juice mixed with sweet apple flavor. Leans sweet. (4.00)

Feel: Medium-body, lower carbonation. Finish is tart and juicy cranberry juice. (3.75)

Overall: Not my style of beer but definitely glad I tried it. I like ot think I can appreciate a good beer even if it is not the style I prefer, and this may be the case. Not a huge fan of the tart cranberry juice or cinnamon in a beer, but it actually mixes together quite nicely and it was enjoyable to drink. Good at a Thanksgiving or Christmas gathering for sure. Would pair well with any holiday meal. Pretty amazing they can add this much flavor to Dorothy's. I'll stick with Toppling Goliath's IPAs, but this was drinkable and enjoyable for the ABV and the flavors meld surprisingly well. Better than expected (Rating: 3.92)
Dec 10, 2022
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Reviewed by dfillius from Iowa

4.6/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Wow, I expected to be disappointed by this one and I am very impressed. Big pillowy head with great retention, aroma and smell of apple cider with perfectly balanced fruit sweetness and tartness, and just a hint of cinnamon and spice. I think it should be in Fruit/Herb beer rather than American Lager, but this is one fun beer regardless of the category.
Dec 06, 2022
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Reviewed by MutuelsMark from Kentucky

4.11/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Red in color with a bright white head. Little sediment however that is the good stuff from a non filtered beer. Tastes a lot like Wassel to me, very good stuff
Dec 03, 2022
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