Dolphin Sparkles
Toppling Goliath Brewing Company

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IPA - Imperial
Ranked #604
Ranked #3,986
4.21 | pDev: 7.13%
Toppling Goliath Brewing Company
Iowa, United States
Dolphin SparklesDolphin Sparkles
Notes: Originally brewed as a collaboration with Barrel Theory Beer Company.

Featured Hops: Citra & Nelson Sauvin
Reviews: 16 | Ratings: 66 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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Wasatch from Colorado

4.37/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16 oz. Can
PKG: 08/13/20
BEST BY: 12/11/20

Poured into a Tree House glass a very nice cloudy pale yellow/orange color, with some very nice carbonation, with a very nice thick/creamy one-finger plus off-white head, which also leaves some pretty nice sticky lacing behind. The nose is very nice, hoppy, malty, with a very nice citrus complex (orange, tangerine, grapefruit, pineapple, mango, peach), with a pretty nice little diesel like. The taste is very nice, hoppy, malty, with a very nice citrus complex (orange, tangerine, grapefruit, pineapple, mango, peach), with a pretty nice diesel like. Medium body, ABV is hidden very nicely, with a pretty nice dry/bitter finish. Overall, this is a very tasty brew. Very nice to see it around here, again. Orange Julius! Addictive! MilkShake!

Yesterday at 02:18 AM
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Roguer from Georgia

4.34/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Slightly hazy, but not opaque. Good head production and excellent retention.

Bright juicy and herbal nose, with a balance of Italian herbs, and citrus (orange, lemon, grapefruit) and tropical (melon) fruit. Hints of pepper and white grape.

Full bodied, especially for 7.3%.

Sweet and juicy up front. Mandarin orange, pineapple, honey, basil. Dank finish, typical of Toppling Goliath.

This doesn't bring anything brand new to the table, but what it does bring is an expertly crafted delivery of juicy hops on a thick malt base.

Yesterday at 12:30 AM
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DIM from Pennsylvania

4.24/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Ho-hum, another stellar TG IPA. Canned 8/20.

Mellow, satisfying melon and mango primarily. A little bit of pithy citrus and pine, plus just enough caramel and brown sugar.

Sep 17, 2020
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brewme from Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked-up a four-pack of cans at Bradford's in Plymouth for about twenty dollars. My twentieth brew from these guys. Pretty good brew, but not worth the price point.

Sep 15, 2020
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Slatetank from Pennsylvania

4.09/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed chilled in a tulip from the can
The Imperial IPA is goldenbaprivot with hazed clarity and 3 fingers of white head with lace that sticks and fine bead
Smell is strong herbal hop with slight tropical and catty scent yet mildly bitter citrus in the nose like grapefruit
The feel and taste are very good with assertive bitterness yes juicy in taste with moderate carbonation and mild sweetness level yet dry in finish with slight astringency as the hops increase in the flavor with temperature as the carbonation relaxes. This is a great IPA with hop presence that is both expressive and flavorful throughout with not over the top bitterness
I loved it and would drink it again

Sep 12, 2020
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IronLover from Pennsylvania

4.46/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Golden orange in color with a hazy, murky, unfiltered appearance. Poured with a moderate, soapy, white foam that coated the sides of the glass with sheets of sticky lacings. Dank citrus aromas with earthy, dry vinuous and malty notes. Medium bodied with medium light carbonation. Delayed, creamy, smooth feel followed by boozy warmth to the end. Sharp, dank, citrus and sweet piney and vinuousy hop flavors up front with light supporting malt backbone. Medium high bitterness with piney notes confused with boozy notes beneath. Citrussy, malty and sweet, earthy vinuous flavors on the back end. Finished semi-dryly with tapering citrus and malt flavors leaving, lazy, lingering, mellow business. NEIPA Meets West Coast IPA. This was fantastic. Hop characters were dank, citrusy, vinuois, piney, pleasantly bitter, a mellow way. Balanced with a light malty backbone with a fabulous feel and finish. Great stuff.

Sep 12, 2020
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q33jeff from New Jersey

3.93/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can to snifter.

Very nice.

Pale Yellow. Medium haze, medium off white head.

Blue raspberry, melon, citrus,grass

Citrus, tangerines, blue raspberry candy.

Smooth, light to medium body.

Produces hiccups.


Sep 11, 2020
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Vetbidder from Pennsylvania

4.24/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Slightly hazy darker golden with a white head, this looks pretty decent. Decent nose of citrus with some dank notes, I’m even pulling some citrus Gatorade gum(I lived near the Swell factory growing up in in the 80’s). Ok I like this. It’s moderately bitter yet starts sweet and has a decent malt presence. There is a sticky citrus lingering on the palate. Higher carbonation really adds to this beer for me with a medium feel. Good stuff.

Sep 10, 2020
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57md from Pennsylvania

4.14/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a cloudy dirty straw color with about two fingers of head. The nose has notes of tropical citrus fruits. The finish has the pithiness and bitterness of grapefruit but there's not much upfront.

Sep 08, 2020
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dcotom from Iowa

5/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from 16-ounce can into a TeKu. First impression: Christmas, with the burst of pine resin upon opening the can. Slightly hazy, light golden color, with a bright yellow-orange highlight and a full three fingers of white head that left some streaky lacing as it settled. Aromas and flavors dominated by bright citrus, tropical fruit, and pine resin. The malt provides structure and body while remaining mostly in the background. There is some moderate sweetness as the beer warms, but nowhere near enough to be obtrusive. Excellent citrus-zest bitterness, dry and slightly astringent finish, and a hint of tropical fruit lingering on the palate. Try as I might, I can't think of a single thing that needs improvement. It's pretty, it's delicious, and it's dangerously drinkable. What could possibly go wrong?

Sep 03, 2020
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Hopheadjeffery from Illinois

4.04/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Tasted in a Spiegelau IPA glass from a one pint can on August 24, 2020. West Coast IPA brewed with Citra and Nelson Sauvin hops. Clean feel with a soft finish.

Aug 25, 2020
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eppie82 from Illinois

3.8/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Amber hazy, not quite opaque, appearance with lots of foam upon aggressive pour. Has a good bit of grapefruit sweetness in flavor and taste. Bit more malt presence than out of your typical hazy IPA/DIPA, and this can was fresh (purchased at TG). Medium-thick feel.

Aug 20, 2020
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Luscious_Malfoy from Illinois

4.28/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

draft pour into snifter. pours a semi-hazy gold with minimal head. little bit of white lacing as the beer is consumed. smells of subtle tropical fruit, a little pine and even a hint of bubble gum. taste has more of that bubble gum i get on the nose as well as some pine and mild bitterness from the hops. feel is the highlight of this beer as it is full and smooth with a very good level of carbonation. overall, it’s a good DIPA but kind of on the unusual side for TG. prime example of how collabs between two good breweries can be hit or miss.

Jul 19, 2019
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maximum12 from Minnesota

3.06/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Is someone trying to make dolphins the new unicorns in the beer world? 22 oz. bottle split with my wife.

The pour is, shockingly, not in the vein of the northeast. Truly shocking. Looks like a classic pale ale, with an aroma. A little nose in the fruit in the nose, but pretty weak.

Dolphin Sparkles is a typical collab, a dumbing down of the best parts of each brewery, like a Kardashian sister and….another Kardashian sister. Despite the label copy, this doesn’t enter the mouthal orifice like a West Coast IPA, but juicy orange juice (which my wife has said, repeatedly), mango, & too much dank swamp for my tender tastes. Weirdly thick, & a sample of this would have been plenty.

Disappointing. A cut above mediocre, but a shallow cut.

Jun 23, 2019
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gatornation from Minnesota

3.93/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slight hazed golden color. Smell had ripe fruit of mango and citrus. Taste was dank with citrus and some tropical hops like mango and papaya. Mouth feel was sweet with a dank malt finish. While good Was not a fan of this one hops were subdued and it had a strange malt sweetness,Not a fan of bombers either.

May 27, 2019
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mothman from Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap. White head. Minimally hazed golden orange color.

Mango, papaya, melon, honeydew. Earthy, zesty, citrusy hops. Light bitterness. Drinks like a hazy ipa.

May 26, 2019
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