Sun Reaper
Toppling Goliath Brewing Company

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Toppling Goliath Brewing Company
Iowa, United States
IPA - Imperial
Ranked #633
Ranked #2,839
4.22 | pDev: 6.87%
Dec 30, 2021
Jul 25, 2019
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Notes: Created with a medium body and low bitterness to amplify a hop-derived explosion of pineapple, orange, and passion fruit flavors up front with a layered finish of soft pine. Features Azacca, Citra, Columbus, Galaxy, Mosaic and Sabro hops.

50 IBU
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4.03 by XsoldoutX from Pennsylvania on Dec 30, 2021
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4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by SawDog505 from New Hampshire

Poured into a 16 oz Snulip glass canned on 11/5/21. Pours a cloudy orange with a finger plus sticky white head that leaves a wall of lace with excellent retention. 4

Aroma is mandarin, mango, passionfruit, and apricot. 4

Taste follows mandarin, mango, passionfruit, and apricot. 4

Mouthfeel is a little bigger than average, not sticky or dry, fairly soft carbonation, and at 7.8% it goes down easy. 4

Overall this is pretty good, nothing special but worth a try. 4

Dec 30, 2021
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4.12/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by sethmeister from New Hampshire

From pint can marked PACKAGED 11/05/21

Pours into my tulip glass a clear bright brassy gold with a creamy ecru head. Streaks of fluffy lace. So nice to see a clear body after all the opaque hazed IPAs

Scent is muddled tropical fruits and citrus - papaya, mango, pineapple, orange. Vanilla.

Taste is again tropical fruit and citrus. There's also some stone fruit - peach, nectarine? Very little bitterness. Oh there's a hint of green melon - just noticed that.

Mouth is dry and quenching which is rather nice.

It's certainly a very good IPA but it doesn't knock my socks off like King Sue does.

Dec 28, 2021
4.21 by JakerLou from New Hampshire on Dec 22, 2021
4.24 by Zonian1 from Ohio on Dec 21, 2021
4.33 by Ox8840bo from Illinois on Dec 05, 2021
4.38 by Unclevince from West Virginia on Dec 03, 2021
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3.76/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by CTHomer from Connecticut

A: hazy; medium gold in color; 1 finger ivory head that receded to a splotchy cap; OK lacing;

S: a combination of pineapple and creamsicle;

T: follows the nose from start to finish; mild to moderate bitterness at the end;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation; moderately dry finish;

O: interesting;

Sep 20, 2021
4.17 by Taenim from Delaware on Sep 12, 2021
4.24 by Bartleby91 from Wisconsin on Aug 08, 2021
4.02 by blevinsaj from Ohio on Jul 01, 2021
4.09 by TrojanRB from Texas on Jun 25, 2021
4 by Mickt465 from New Hampshire on Jun 20, 2021
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by loudmacleod from Ohio

Gorgeous pour. Soft-looking straw colored haze with a matching mouthfeel. Tropical goodness on the nose. Ripe pineapple, mango and orange hit the tongue with a hop bite that finishes with a spicy kick.

Can / Pint glass / Beer brats

May 15, 2021
4.27 by Ristaccia from Nebraska on May 10, 2021
4.25 by Gkruszewski from New York on May 10, 2021
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4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Greywulfken from New York

I don't see an abv on the can, but the TG site has it at 7.8%... Features Azacca, Citra, Columbus, Galaxy, Mosaic, and Sabro hops (Sabro hops? That one's new to me...)

Big fruit smoothie of a beer - lots of rich tropical fruit action, an eventual bittering sheen on the palate - pinpricks of bright sugared citrus - very soft and smooth and juice-like - the BA site doesn't have it as an NEIPA because it's literally a (low-end abv-wise) DIPA, but it's totally a meeting in the middle of the two styles - runs toward the plush end of the spectrum - not harsh - all sharpnesses quickly succumb to the fruit smothering... I'm totally liking it even though it is not typical of what I've been drinking these past coupla years... 2/12/21 canning...

May 05, 2021
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3.3/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
by Jugs_McGhee from Colorado

Initial impression from a 16 fl oz pull-tab can:


May 03, 2021
4.48 by deereless from Colorado on Apr 29, 2021
4 by ejimhof from Pennsylvania on Apr 25, 2021
4.85 by Jcal2023 from Pennsylvania on Apr 24, 2021
4.09 by kewharton from Florida on Apr 17, 2021
4 by FLBeerGuy from Florida on Apr 16, 2021
4.03 by cbcrunch from Wyoming on Apr 15, 2021
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3.88/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by cjeep from Pennsylvania

it's good but i don't see the 93. packages 2/12/21, consumed 4/13/21 so darn fresh.
L: drinking from the can & the can is cool. vampire vibe going on.
S: nice, slightly muted, slightly sweet. bit of guava and berry.
T: this is where they lose me. kind of muddled. bit of sweetness, then bitter. but somehow it just doensnt taste all that good to me...
F: fine. smooth. light carbonation.
O: ok, not bad but i won't seek out again.

Apr 14, 2021
4.03 by CisPiece88 from Nebraska on Apr 14, 2021
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4.27/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
by hopsputin from New Jersey

a: supery hazy matte bright orange color with some dark golden notes mixed in as well. pours a 1 finger frothy white head, but that fades quickly to nothing more than a film at the sides of the glass

s: sweet tangerines, mango, apricot, pineapple. guava, onion, garlic, strawberries and kiwi. dry sesame crackers and some pepper spice. a little bit of honey and chewy melon. slight floral note at the end along with a nice dank earthiness. bit sweet malty backbone as well. awesome aroma

t: pineapple, tangerine, orange juice, and sugar upfront. cantaloupe, guava, and kiwi behind that. caramlized strawberries, dry crackers, and a whole lot of malt sweetness. a kiss of that pepper spice as well as a kiss of resin at the end. more sweetness lingers at the end with some of that bready malt note

m: fuller side of medium, moderate to strong carbonation. not sticky at all really

o: really nice NEDIPA. the aroma on this beer is spectacular - so much going on. taste is quite nice as well. doesn't quite live up to the hop complexity that is in the aroma but it is still very nice and well-harmonized. dangerously drinkable

Apr 11, 2021
4.2 by BAsbill from California on Apr 11, 2021
4.13 by Justinprintz from New Jersey on Apr 05, 2021
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3.06/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
by Beaver13 from Colorado

16 oz can, canned 2/12/21. Pours murky dark yellow with a huge frothy white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is wheat malt with some fruit and resiny, slightly sufurous, hops.

The flavor is grainy wheat malts with some fruit and a resiny bitter sulfur hop finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation.

Overall, an OK NE DIPA.

Apr 03, 2021
4.25 by Dovers from Wisconsin on Apr 03, 2021
4.57 by vheissu15 from North Dakota on Mar 31, 2021
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4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Mindcrime1000 from South Dakota

Poured into a tulip.

Pours a slightly darker than the norm orange gold. A really nice foamy head for a DIPA and it lingers well.

Aromas of pineapple, orange, coconut, and guava. Hints of grass and resin.

Very juicy on the tip of the tongue with more pineapple, some grapefruit, lime, and passionfruit. Midstream, some bitterness arrives (citrus pith) to keep this out of "juice bomb" territory, and then restrained pine resin at the finish.

Soft and smooth on the front of the palate; some deceptive carbonation and a hint of booze tingle the back of it. Medium bodied and light for a DIPA.

It feels like TG's DIPAs and NEIPAs are starting to seem similar to one another, a la Surly at times. Not mailed in or anything, but tough to differentiate from a "memory" standpoint without trying them side by side. And yet I can't deny this is simply an excellent representation of the style and a tasty one. It looks the part and then some, it smells fresh, it isn't a juice bomb like so many NEIPAs are, and, as is often the case, TG stayed its hand on the booze, delivering an imperial that clocks in at under 8%.

Mar 28, 2021
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3.84/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by GeorgianBayPackr from Pennsylvania

This double IPA is quite earthy and dank with a short and bitter finish. Good, but Toppling Goliath Sosus is more enjoyable

Mar 26, 2021
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4.17/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by Newbeergeek1 from Maine

Never heard of this beer and saw it at my local Total W. Kinda pricy so I bought one to try. Loved it and will go back today and get a 4 pk. Very smooth and all the flavors come thru very nicely. and from a great brewery that I am familiar with and that helped me to buy it! I just wish that my local Total Wine wasn’t so far away from Iowa as the beers that I look at on the Goliath page have a LOT of beers I would love to try. Don’t know what the distributor here in Central Fl has access to but wish it was more choices from a very good brewery! That is my two cents worth!

Mar 25, 2021
4.87 by Pfishin28 from South Dakota on Mar 25, 2021
4.03 by DiggerDahl from North Dakota on Mar 21, 2021
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4.07/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by drdiesel9483 from Ohio

Look - hazy thick orangish golden color with a nice white head
Smell - lots of orange oat smell with a slight tropical hint
Taste - orange slight pineapple and passion fruit with a nice oat malt backbone
Feel - medium full body with a light carb
Overall - pretty tasty but could use more taste and body. Still really good though

Mar 21, 2021
4.23 by dt_gbpackersfan from Missouri on Mar 20, 2021
4.34 by SweetChicken from Massachusetts on Mar 19, 2021
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