Sun Reaper
Toppling Goliath Brewing Company

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IPA - Imperial
Ranked #297
Ranked #2,083
4.24 | pDev: 6.6%
Toppling Goliath Brewing Company
Iowa, United States
Sun ReaperSun Reaper
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.
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patre_tim from Thailand

4.36/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Hazy golden with 2 fingers of white head.

Smells fruity and bouquet like with a myriad of complex notes.

The taste follows the nose.

Medium juicy body with a high level of carbonation.

I got this in Chico and am drinking it in Redding, CA, Nov 29th, 2020.

Nov 30, 2020
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Claude-Irishman from New Jersey

4.05/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque orange marmalade color with a nice creamy head which leaves dollops. Smell is tropical with pineapple, mango ,passion fruit, bread like yeast. Tastes creamy and smooth with a frozen tropical drink theme going on. A tad bit chewy, finishes juicy. A pretty intense DIPA either way.

Nov 23, 2020
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Alieniloquium from Florida

3.88/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 oz. can. Moderately hazy orange. Nice white head. Smells of pineapple and mango tropical fruits. Hints of pine. Tastes of the same tropical fruit up front with some moderate sweetness. Backed up by a nice bitterness that tempers it. A bit of Lingering hop acidity. Medium body. Another very good IPA from Toppling Goliath. A properly made hazy-ish DIPA.

Oct 30, 2020
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beerthulhu from New Jersey

4.29/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Pale pineapple pour is a hazy, dense tropical orange in the vessel. A beautiful capping, old white, creamy and froth texture, at first turns to a spongey foam standing at two fingers. Lots of sticky lace here, strong carbonation. A deep london fog haziness and coloring, is juicy, and mouthwatering, fit to style.

S: Lots of green melon grind with outliners of onion grassiness. Aroma proceeds to peach fruit, with hints o f wet pineapple. Soft remains of pear and apricot whole fruit of solid strength. Wet, fresh and lasting. With some warming pine comes out.

T: Flavor was tart with some grassy orange hopping, fairly bitter, dry, with a warming of pine dryness on the open. Dry tropical fruit bite, tart peaches, with a huge grassy-citrus hopping on the inner cheeks. Lingering dry hops fades to a gentle reminder, begging for more.

M: Creamy soft mouthful, fulfilling with a gentle carbonation texture. Feels like it expands in the mouth on the tongue. Soft and cushy.

O: Huge bittering factor, dry, grainy and bittering with a range of flavors from dry tropical and grassy pine. The mouthful really shines here, huge soft creamy palate, soft and billowy. Tongue smacking bitterness eases up midway to a smooth and complimentary transition. Strong drinkability and like factor.

Oct 24, 2020
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EMV from Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16 oz can into a Dogfish Head tulip

L: Hazed medium golden pour with big fluffy white head. Great lacing.

S: Pineapple and citrus. Sweet.

T.F: Semi-sweet with loads of pineapple. Lighter grapefruit and tangerine. Tropicals and mild pine. Minimal bitterness... creamy mouthfeel. Medium bodied and smooth.

O: Fruity and pleasant. Easy drinking. Not King Sue, but certainly worthy. Glad I got to try one.

Sep 27, 2020
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farrago from New Jersey

4.01/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Modestly deep head but nicely dense, light tan to off-white, forms a full sheet of lacing which slides down the glass. Golden orange liquid, hazily opaque but does capture some light inside. Pine resin, tangerine to mandarin orange citrus, not especially dank but there is a waft of marijuana, the fruit scents are tropical pineapple, passion fruit, kiwi and alas lack much staying power, overall the nose seems more refined than powerful. Medium-bodied with a clingy, sticky mouth texture the carbonation makes an initial stab at scrubbing it off then more or less gives up. Richer fruit here bursting with guava, passion fruit, nectarine, pineapple fruit. The pine pulls back some but the citrus is strong, shaded to pink grapefruit. Moderate leafy herbaceousness. It’s a pleasant beer but a one trick pony and the texture is such that it’s a one and done experience. (Canned 7/16/20)

Sep 03, 2020
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WoodBrew from Ohio

4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I am trying this beer off the tap at Milwaukee burger Co in LaCrosse, WI. It poured a thick hazy grapefruit peel color with white head that is leaving some nice lace. The scent had dank fruit notes. The taste was nicely balanced and easy to drink with dank fruit peel juice presence. The mouthfeel was medium in body with good carbonation. Overall it is a solid beer.

Aug 31, 2020
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DIM from Pennsylvania

4.48/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

The description from the brewery is pretty spot on. Pineapple is obvious right away with some other suggestions of fruit on the periphery. Just a hint of pine at the finish, otherwise very low bitterness. Some caramel but not much.

Man do I love fresh TG in PA.

Aug 12, 2020
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mwilbur from Minnesota

4.19/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from pint can into shaker pint glass.
A: Pours a dark hazy golden yellow hue with 2-3 inch bubbly white head with excellent retention.
S: Pine resin, tart grapefruit, sweet orange, and tangerine.
T: Follows aroma fairly closely with pine resin and bitter grapefruit dominating followed by sweet orange, tangerine, and a hint of mango.
M: Light-medium body. Moderately bitter throughout with citrus sweetness. Lingers nicely on the palate.
D: A nicely crafted hazy IPA with an interesting hop combination.

Aug 09, 2020
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q33jeff from New Jersey

3.84/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75


Can to snifter. Happy hour tasting with the wife of 6 IPA's on a belated IPA Day celebration.

LOOK: mildly hazy yellow, big frothy white head.
AROMA: strong and pleasant citrus. orange, lime,
TASTE; more sourness in taste, same fruits (orange, lime) with hints of passion fruit, berry. finish has a touch of mold and maybe some melon or cantaloupe.
FEEL: medium body, very good carbonation,

not bad, but TG has much better.


Aug 08, 2020
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Powderhornphil from Minnesota

4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pretty good hazy IPA from the prolific Toppling Goliath. Not the haziest, most flavorful or most tropical of the style but a solid offering none the less. Notes of pineapple, pine and orange in both aroma and taste.

Aug 06, 2020
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Kingbeezy from Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I’m not one for overly hoppy beers, or high IBU levels, and this beer is perfect. It is hoppy and bitter, but not to the point that it’s not enjoyable.
I like it better than their King Sue and Pseudo Sue, for sure.

Aug 06, 2020
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VoxRationis from New York

4.11/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Decanted from a 16 oz (473 ml) can into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass; canned 07/16/20, best by 11/13/20.
A: Pours a deeply hazy, orangeade color with a two finger, foamy, white head, more than cap retention, but modest lacing.
S: Aromas of pink grapefruit, orange, and lemon, giving way more to white grapefruit. A touch of grain and pine as it warms.
T: More semisweet than semidry. Caramel much more front and center than in the nose, but basically a melange of citrus (orange, lemon, grapefruit) now with berry (raspberry, cranberry) flavors. Strong, but not overpowering bitterness: balanced for the style.
M: Medium bodied with strong to moderate carbonation. Approaches creamy, but leaving a lingering tingling.
O: Sun Reaper is a solidly well-crafter Imperial IPA. Fruity and flavorful, not particularly boozy (a plus), cool can art. A win. Glad to see TG is starting to market a broader range in NY metro.

Aug 02, 2020
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ovaltine from Indiana

4.49/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

If there was a beer designed to fit my current beer nerd hop bomb palate, this is pretty close to a perfect fit. A beautiful hazy golden color with a foamy, compact white head, this beer is crammed with dank tropical hop aromas, with pineapples and ripe oranges the leaders in the clubhouse.

The pineapple and orange flavors are forward on the taste, and there’s also a resiny pine flavor that adds an appreciable bitterness to the beer. The mouthfeel is full and approaches dry, which was unexpected.

Exceptionally well done by a phenomenal brewery, IMHO.

Jul 31, 2020
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metter98 from New York

4.18/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is quite hazy yellow in color and is a bit too hazy to see if there is any visible carbonation. It poured with a short white head that quickly settled down and left a thin film of bubbles covering the surface and some lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Light aromas of coconuts and gooseberries are present in the nose.
T: The taste follows the smell and has flavors of coconuts, lime, mango and stone fruit. No bitterness is perceptible.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a bit juicy on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This IPA has a complex variety of flavors on the taste.

Serving type: can

Jul 28, 2020
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MikeWard from Pennsylvania

4.02/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz can into a pint glass. Canned 2/21/20, so a week over 3 months.

Looks splendid in the glass. Actual hazy not murky orange/yellow body, with a clean white head persisting in some form throughout, leaving good lacing Initially

Tropical fruit aromas, pineapple being the most prominent.

On tasting, it's a tropical fruit medley. Warmer than the 7.7abv would suggest. Even at over 3 months in the can, there is still a bitter wash to balance out the sweetness. Enjoying this one.

Mouth close to full, finish a bittersweet wash, though this isn't lasting.

Overall, another tasty beer from TG. Happy to have a variety of their beers available now in Pennsylvania.

May 31, 2020
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dbl_delta from Pennsylvania

4.02/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can dated 02/21/20 into pint glass. Pours a slightly hazy amber with a substantial and long-lasting off white head. Initial impression is juicy citrus (pineapple, mango, grapefruit) with a touch of caramel to add a subtle sweetness. Mouthfeel is medium; nice and clean. Alcohol - admittedly at the low end of the DIPA scale - is well hidden. Finish yields a lingering pine bitterness on top of the citrus.
This is a very well balanced DIPA. The flavor profile isn't in your face like a lot that I can think of. Very enjoyable.

May 10, 2020
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maxpower from Missouri

4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 oz can pours a beautiful, hazy light golden color, very nice foamy head. Fresh citrus aromas of pineapple, grapefruit and pine. Flavors of grapefruit and pine. My second IPA from Toppling and cant wait to try them all. Fantastic IPA!

May 08, 2020
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WunderLlama from Massachusetts

4.31/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Can poured into a teku

Two finger soapy white foam cap settles to a solid layer , good lacings over a translucent deep amber liquid

Fragrant aroma of pineapple, carmeluzed pineapple, orange, passion fruit

Taste is citrus with a hint of pine

Medium sudsing, hop nibble , slight bitterness lingers

Good beer

Apr 21, 2020
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mschrei from Illinois

4.46/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pretty good. Cloudy orange/gold with minimal head/lacing. Very citrusy and dank. Taste is dank and tangy, citrusy notes of orange, pineapple, passion fruit, hint of malt, pine. Body is light to medium, slightly mouth watering, boozy. Very enjoyable.

Apr 17, 2020
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REVZEB from Illinois

4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had on tap. Bright orange cloudy body with a white head and lacing. Orange, grapefruit, lime, and pineapple explode in the aroma bouquet, with supporting passion fruit, mango and dank piney hops. Taste is flush with fruit yet again, hops are more resinous and bright in the finish, not the cleanest DIPA but great tasting. Feel is sunny, refreshing, slightly resinous/sweet, but ultimately has a dry dank element that lingers on the palate after the sip. Very enjoyable in these early spring months

Apr 16, 2020
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Thankin_Hank from Texas

4.77/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Sun Reaper pours a nice hazy orange color with thin short lasting head. The aroma was strong citrus and piney as soon as the ring tab was pulled. In the glass it’s fruity and hoppy. The taste is a great blend of hops that’s not bitter. The mouthfeel is very smooth and crisp.
Overall this is a thriller. If this is this good at a 93 rating I must get some Psuedo Sue. From a 16 ounce can packaged 02/21/20. Another Special Thanks to @jzeilinger for sharing.

Apr 16, 2020
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DannyBoy15347 from Missouri

4.34/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a can into a pint glass. Poured an awesome hazy, orange color with lots of foam; head lingered for awhile and left behind a nice lacing. Smells very citrusy, I pick up both the orange and pinapple as well as the pine. In taste you get the hops right away with a pleasant bitterness. I'm a little disappointed the pinapple doesn't come through as much as I'd hoped, but you do get a nice fruitiness; and the finish is incredibly smooth for a 2x IPA. Overall, I came in expecting to like this more than King Sue, but I'm not sure I can put it there. That said its still an amazing brew that I will definitely get again. Might have to set up a blind taste test with some friends to see how it measures up to the king

Apr 09, 2020
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

4.4/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I have been dabbling with Bottles, collabs, spiced/pepper beers, everything except for The CANQuest (tm) for the past few days. Now, I am ready for a CANned beer! Not just any old CANned beer, either, but one from Toppling Goliath. 8=O I CAN't believe that we are getting distro from them here in SCPA, but they will find PA in general to be a viable market. This was one of my last purchases at/from Rieker Bottle Works before everything went to shut-down/shut-in.

From the CAN: "Double India Pale Ale"; "Sun Reaper eclipses all others with its medium body and mild bitterness. A hop-derived explosion of pineapple, orange, and passion fruit flavors up front with a layer of soft pine in the finish."; "Live beer, please refrigerate!"; "Brewed in beautiful Decorah, IA".

I looked at the brewery's website & NOTHING suggests that this is anything other than an AmeriCAN Imperial (Double) India Pale Ale (IPA)! I will be reviewing it as an AIIPA & submitting a ChANge request when I am finished.

I beCAN by Crack!ing open the vent for the beginning of a slow, gentle C-Line Glug, but its clarity quickly belied its current designation as an NEIPA. I allowed it to run a bit more freely until the formation of two-plus fingers of dense, foamy, rocky, bone-white head caused me to have to back down & off. Color was a gorgeous Yellow-Gold (SRM = 4 - 5) with 24-carat clarity, causing The Gelt Gang of Midas, Croesus & Mammon to come out of isolation & join me in my kitchen for a taste! Nose was full-on passion fruit! There was just NO mistaking it. I first got turned onto the flavor in the now-defunct Tropical Fruit Life Savers rolls. I found it a little weird as a kid, but when I had my first bite of the actual fruit, I was hooked! Mmm. Mouthfeel was medium-to-full, perhaps a bit light for the style, but with an oily slickness on the tongue & in the mouth. The taste was definitely tropical with passion fruit front, left, right & center with the orange & pineapple as its back-ups.

Goldang, this was SUCH a welcome relief after several days of Stouts! I do not mind 'em, per se, but they have a cumulative ability to bind me up like nobody's business. I then feel bloated & gassy until everything (literally) passes, plus they turn my stool an ugly black color that can be frightening at times. Ugh.

Back to this gem. What a pleasure to be drinking a hop-driven beer again. Each sip was like the singing of a choir of CANgels. The finish evinced a cool, minty dryness that was the "soft pine" that they mentioned on the label. It made for an engaging, pleasant interlude during the slow passage of yet CANother day in self-quarantine. YMMV.

Apr 02, 2020
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ChrisMon02 from Ohio

4.38/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Another top tier offering from TP. Very green and herbal. Waves of floral hops, chai tea and fresh cut grass. So unique and a great break from the typical fruit forward NEIPA. I hope I can get my hands on more sometime soon. Recommended.

Apr 02, 2020
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