Dolphin Sparkles
Toppling Goliath Brewing Company

Dolphin SparklesDolphin Sparkles
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Toppling Goliath Brewing Company
Iowa, United States
Imperial IPA
Ranked #835
Ranked #3,843
4.18 | pDev: 6.46%
Jul 02, 2023
Apr 16, 2019
Originally brewed as a collaboration with Barrel Theory Beer Company.

Featured Hops: Citra & Nelson Sauvin
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Reviewed by DarkLordScott from Wisconsin

3.74/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Pours a very hazy, orange yellow with a strong citrus aroma and a one finger head. The aroma includes orange and pine. Taste is a lot of pine, followed by a orange. There is a good amount of carbonation and nicely bitter. A great deal of sediment is in the brew, so if that is not your thing, you may wish to avoid this one. I find it a nice brew.
Jul 02, 2023
Rated: 4.98 by Moliticon from Iowa

Dec 08, 2022
Rated: 4.25 by TODDRESSEL1 from Indiana

May 21, 2022
Rated: 3.5 by TMoney2591 from Illinois

Feb 16, 2022
Rated: 3.94 by Tbone2131 from Connecticut

Jan 07, 2022
Rated: 3.73 by Ox8840bo from Illinois

Dec 05, 2021
Rated: 4.03 by tdm168 from Pennsylvania

Dec 04, 2021
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Reviewed by buschbeer from Ohio

4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
16 FL. OZ. can
Served in an imperial nonic pint glass

This beer pours amber. Flocculated yeast slowly falls out of suspension leaves sediment at the bottom of the glass.

Citrus and tropical fruit aroma with light pine.

Tropical fruit goodness. Light citrus and pine flavors.

Medium bodied with a creamy yet chalky mouthfeel

Tasty brew.
Nov 23, 2021
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Reviewed by Pivopijak from Washington

4.08/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
can into glass
Canned 20 days before this rating.
Nice, frothy, with heart shaped bubbles (in jest), quickly dissipating, white head. Cloudy, medium orange, with some amber highlights. Yummy smell, with Mandarin orange peel, sweet caramelized medium toasted malt, with a rich, sweet spice tinge, to the smell, as well. Good dose of tangelo peel, a bit of grapefruit peel and a bit thin in the body. Off-dry, medium light toasted, caramelized malt, in support of the peel flavors, to round off a little of the citrus peel bite.
Nov 21, 2021
Rated: 3.99 by jmbeerdude91 from Arizona

Nov 16, 2021
Rated: 4.25 by JamesLeung from Florida

Nov 12, 2021
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Reviewed by metter98 from New York

4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
A: The beer is very hazy pale yellow in color and has a moderate amount of carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high bright white head that died down and left a thin ring of bubbles around the edge and bits of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of lime and lychee are present in the nose.
T: The taste follows the smell and has additional hints of green grapes.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. There are bits of juiciness and smoothness.
O: I found the smoothness in the mouthfeel of this beer to be unique.

Serving type: can
Nov 12, 2021
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Reviewed by MutuelsMark from Kentucky

4.43/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Superb beer. Golden with a beautiful head that gives way to nice lacing. Superb flavors nose and overall flavor profile. Get one or multiple. You will not be sad
Nov 01, 2021
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Reviewed by BEERchitect from Kentucky

4.16/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Nothing really brightens the mood like looking down and seeing the terms "dolphin sparkles" on a draft list. But that's how Toppling Goliath sells their hazy imperial IPA. Bedazzled with Citra and Nelson Sauvin hops, this beer is as cheery as they come.

Pouring a hazy golden taupe, Dolphin Sparkles releases a dense and frothy foam while also hosting a perfumy fresh fragrance of citrus, vinous and peppery character. Rife with herb and botanicals, the scent soon gives way to a creamy softness of cereal, honeysuckle and sweetened dough with an initial sip.

But its the hops that billow to prominence on the middle palate. The branch-ripe radiance of tangerine, lemon and red grapefruit lead the way while a more vinous taste of white grape, passionfruit and light mango follow with a fruit cocktail of complexity and brightness. Trailing into rather firm bitterness for such a hazy ale, the ale closes out with a resinous bite of lemongrass, verbena, pine and tea.

Medium bodied and refreshing in taste, the beer's richer malt textures keep the hops balanced with a creamy starch influence that plays out like a bitter cereal in finish with an extension of botanical gin-like spice and a linger of fresh grassiness and spruce.
Nov 01, 2021
Rated: 4.23 by MJSFS from Florida

Oct 23, 2021
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Reviewed by Franziskaner from Missouri

3.98/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Copper colored with a hazy complexion and some small sediment suspended within the body. There’s a quarter inch of creamy off white on top. Heavy lacing is present. I smell tangerine and lime. I’m tasting citrus and tangerine with a long bitter finish. The mouth is resinous and sticky.
Oct 23, 2021
Rated: 4.25 by smb71481 from Vermont

Oct 22, 2021
Rated: 4 by kdown from California

Oct 17, 2021
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Reviewed by RyanK252 from California

4.17/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Can poured into a Toppling Goliath Brewing Co pint glass

A: Pours hazy golden amber with a frothy off white head that settles to a firm layer and leaves plenty of thick lacing.

S: Ripe exotic tropical and stone fruit, juicy citrus, a little spicy pine, biscuity malt, and caramel sweetness.

T: Mix of juicy citrus, tropical, and stone fruit, white grape, tangerine, pineapple, guava, mango, passion fruit, peach/nectarine, apricot, gooseberry, papaya, and a hint of melon, a little underlying spicy pine, a bit floral and grassy, biscuity malt, and caramel sweetness.

M: Medium body, moderate carbonation, soft on the palate.

O: First things first, it's really hard to call a 7.3% NEIPA a "double IPA" and a "reimagining of a west coast IPA". With that out of the way, they did a really nice job balancing the Citra and Nelson. The flavors blend together rather than 1 hop totally dominating. Flavor wise, my only gripe is that it sits a bit sweet. Fortunately there are some underlying IBUs to help cut it.
Oct 15, 2021
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Reviewed by CHickman from New York

4.42/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Super pungent smelling with a dank, juicy flavor to match, this DIPA was full of tropical fruit and citrus like tangerine, grapefruit, lime, guava, orange juice, honeydew melon and lemon. Nice enough malt base that it felt balanced with no sign of the ABV. Really tasty overall.
Oct 09, 2021
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Beer rating: 93 out of 100 with 169 ratings