Dolphin Sparkles
Toppling Goliath Brewing Company

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Toppling Goliath Brewing Company
Iowa, United States
Imperial IPA
Ranked #915
Ranked #4,105
4.17 | pDev: 6.24%
May 21, 2022
Apr 16, 2019
Dolphin SparklesDolphin Sparkles
Notes: Originally brewed as a collaboration with Barrel Theory Beer Company.

Featured Hops: Citra & Nelson Sauvin
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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 -1.7%
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 -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
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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%
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 Korbynlehr from Kentucky

4.43/5  rDev +6.2%
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 -0.2%
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 -4.6%
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%
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 +6%
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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Reviewed by StonedTrippin from Colorado

4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
very nice hop profile on this, but kind of a weird double ipa. i didnt see an abv on the can, and half expected it to be 10% abv or more when i looked it up, this is one of the few that drinks way heavier than it is. part of that is all the residual sweetness, this is sugary from start to finish, almost like there is some lactose in it, and while the sweetness brings out new sides of citra and nelson in this, namely sliced mango and tangerine, its also sort of candied, all a bit too much for any kind of drinkability, good flavors, but it seems huge, and i move only slowly through it, shocked its not stronger. they say west coast but there is some haze to this, maybe more of an unfiltered look, big frothing white head though, sexy lace as it drinks, good looking brew. the nose is fruity as can be, almost too much, orange popsicle, mango candy, pixie stick, its a lot. the flavor is the same, decent body from the grain and a honey layer, but its like the hops have been sugar dipped, and as much as it tastes good, i dont want that much of it, there is even some exposed alcohol here some how, shocking at this listed abv. good but not great, interesting in the style, but to me its almost too modern, could swear it has lactose in it or something, neat to see these hops in this environment, fully tasty, but it falls almost in the novelty realm for me. not my favorite of their hoppy stuff by a long shot, but always cool to drink beer from these guys! thanks to my buddy for sending!
Oct 04, 2021
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Reviewed by ChainGangGuy from Georgia

3.81/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Appearance: Pours a thoroughly hazy, yellow-amber body with a foamy, lasting, white head.

Smell: Pale malts blended with raw, cushioning grains. Sweet orange juice, lime zest a little dollop of white grape jelly topped with black pepper. There's more of a follow-through with the flavor as opposed to the aromatics.

Taste: Sweetish, tangy with a juicy acidity. Orange, lime with a bit of pineapple drizzled with treacle. Touches of white peach, honeydew, peppery spices and light pine. Not overly bitter. Rustic coarse grains throughout. Sip of Sprite precedes the lightly sweet, citrusy finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Overall: A reasonably pleasant beer, though I don't really see the need call something barely over seven percent a 'double' and don't understand stating it's a "reimaging of a west coast IPA" when it's something other than a West Coast IPA. Perhaps it's old age and senility catching up with me.
Oct 02, 2021
Rated: 4.35 by BeerBeast from Florida

Oct 01, 2021
Rated: 4.5 by doctorgary from New York

Sep 26, 2021
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Reviewed by barnzy78 from Illinois

4.48/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
16oz can
PKG 08/06/21
L: hazy yellow-orange body; very tall off-white head
S: insanely intense juicy tropical fruit and citrus
T: hop forward with notes of mango, tangerine, grapefruit, lemon, melon, oats, white grape, wheat
F: fuller body, somewhat acidic, a bit of resin sticks to the palate; soft carbonation and a balanced finish
O: big wow factor with this beer that uses two of my favorite hops
Sep 25, 2021
Rated: 4.12 by Khaack from New York

Sep 22, 2021
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Rated by Jugs_McGhee from Louisiana

3.13/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25
On-draught @ James McNellie's pub, Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Sep 20, 2021
Rated: 3.97 by ChrisMon02 from Ohio

Sep 18, 2021
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Reviewed by clayrock81 from Florida

4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Poured a semi-cloudy golden orange body with good head and lace patches down the glass. The aroma has an acidic, orange peel aroma with something like a hint of lemon. Smooth, clean, no bitterness at all, easy to drink with a semi-sweet tropical fruit-like taste (something like a mix of mango and grapefruit). Easy finish and a beer well worth trying.
Sep 17, 2021
Rated: 4 by WillieThreebiers from Connecticut

Sep 16, 2021
Rated: 4.25 by hopley from Massachusetts

Sep 15, 2021
Rated: 4.25 by Samnem from Georgia

Sep 13, 2021
Rated: 3.97 by ElGallo from New Hampshire

Sep 09, 2021
Rated: 4.15 by deereless from Colorado

Sep 09, 2021
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Reviewed by ScaryEd from New Hampshire

3.94/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
16 oz can.

Pours a hazy pale gold color with 2 fingers of frothy off-white head. Good head retention. Leaves some splotchy lacing.

Pungent aromas of tangerine and grapefruit, as well as mangoes and light melon. Some cracker malt.

The flavor follows the nose, only this time with a fair bit of white wine grapes. Slightly piney on the finish.

The feel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth, dry finish.

Overall, this is a great IPA that does a wonderful job showcasing both hops. Nice balance.
Sep 08, 2021
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Reviewed by robwired from Kansas

4.41/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
"PKG 08/06/21 Best by 12/04/21"
Started a pint can poured into a nanobrewery's tulip glass. It poured a one-finger head with good lacing to follow. The scent is of tropical fruits with some tickle in the nose. Full-bodied DIPA flavor of piney mango and tangerine. So enjoyable.
Sep 05, 2021
Rated: 4.31 by hockeypuck from Maine

Sep 05, 2021
Rated: 4.25 by TylerJ from Iowa

Sep 04, 2021
Rated: 4.31 by jcaleb86 from New Hampshire

Sep 03, 2021
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Reviewed by mwilbur from Minnesota

4.26/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Poured from pint can into shaker pint glass.
A: Pours a hazy orange-yellow hue with 2 inch frothy/foamy white head with excellent retention.
S: Orange, tangerine, mango, and hints of white wine and dry cracker malt.
T: Orange and mango cream, dry sweet white wine, and hints of tangerine, soft pine, and sweet lemon.
M: Light-medium body. Soft and creamy. Delicate citrus sweetness and moderately dry and bitter into the finish.
D: A nice expression of both Citra and Nelson Sauvin. The balance is a bit off (like two different beers mixed together, but mostly in a good way).
Sep 02, 2021
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Reviewed by dfillius from Iowa

4.55/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
One of the best double IPAs I’ve had in a while. Hazy golden orange with fine-laced head that sticks around for the entire pint. Practically perfect appearance. Smell is candied tropical fruits that never gives off any vegetal, boozy, or oxidized aromas. Practically perfect aroma. Flavor is sweet tropical fruit with a finish of bitterness and slight booze. Minus points for the latter, but it isn’t too distracting, and this is a DIPA, after all. Mouthfeel is chewy and enjoyable with a kiss of warmth. Overall, top notch. One of the best from TG. As good as the best SOSUS and King Sue.
Aug 31, 2021
Rated: 4.29 by chrismattlin from Ohio

Aug 29, 2021
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