Sun Reaper
Toppling Goliath Brewing Company

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From:
Toppling Goliath Brewing Company
 
Iowa, United States
Style:
Imperial IPA
Ranked #569
ABV:
7.8%
Score:
94
Ranked #2,789
Avg:
4.22 | pDev: 6.87%
Reviews:
69
Ratings:
151
Status:
Active
Rated:
Jun 21, 2022
Added:
Jul 25, 2019
Wants:
  4
Gots:
  21
SCORE
94
Outstanding
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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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Reviewed by tone77 from Pennsylvania

3.56/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
A thanks to the amazing woodychandler for this beer. Poured from a 16 oz. can. Has a golden/orange color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of tropical fruits. Taste is pineapple, passion fruit, a bit of grapefruit, mild bitterness for a DIPA. Feels medium/full bodied in the mouth and overall is a pretty good beer.
Jun 21, 2022
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Reviewed by puck1225 from Texas

4.28/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
A beer I would love to hav on tap someday! Bought a can at a beer shop in Cincinnati. Poured into a tulip glass. Bright, slightly hazy yellow color with good great white head and nice curtain lacing. Very distinct citrus smell and taste. Orange, grapefruit and pineapple. Pears and a hint of vanilla. Very creamy, smooth feel. Great beer!
Mar 22, 2022
 
Rated: 4.23 by WillieThreebiers from Connecticut

Mar 16, 2022
 
Rated: 4.03 by ElGallo from New Hampshire

Feb 13, 2022
 
Rated: 4.03 by XsoldoutX from Pennsylvania

Dec 30, 2021
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Reviewed by SawDog505 from New Hampshire

4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
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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Reviewed by sethmeister from New Hampshire

4.12/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
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
 
Rated: 4.21 by JakerLou from New Hampshire

Dec 22, 2021
 
Rated: 4.24 by Zonian1 from Ohio

Dec 21, 2021
 
Rated: 4.33 by Ox8840bo from Illinois

Dec 05, 2021
 
Rated: 4.38 by Unclevince from West Virginia

Dec 03, 2021
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Reviewed by CTHomer from Connecticut

3.76/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
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
 
Rated: 4.17 by Taenim from New Jersey

Sep 12, 2021
 
Rated: 4.24 by Bartleby91 from Wisconsin

Aug 08, 2021
 
Rated: 4.02 by blevinsaj from Ohio

Jul 01, 2021
 
Rated: 4.09 by TrojanRB from Texas

Jun 25, 2021
 
Rated: 4 by Mickt465 from New Hampshire

Jun 20, 2021
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Reviewed by loudmacleod from Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
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
 
Rated: 4.27 by Ristaccia from Nebraska

May 10, 2021
 
Rated: 4.25 by Gkruszewski from New York

May 10, 2021
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Reviewed by Greywulfken from New York

4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
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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Rated by Jugs_McGhee from Australia

3.3/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
Initial impression from a 16 fl oz pull-tab can:

Low B- / WORTHY
May 03, 2021
 
Rated: 4.48 by deereless from Colorado

Apr 29, 2021
 
Rated: 4 by ejimhof from Pennsylvania

Apr 25, 2021
 
Rated: 4.85 by Jcal2023 from Pennsylvania

Apr 24, 2021
 
Rated: 4.09 by kewharton from Florida

Apr 17, 2021
 
Rated: 4 by FLBeerGuy from Florida

Apr 16, 2021
 
Rated: 4.03 by cbcrunch from Wyoming

Apr 15, 2021
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Reviewed by cjeep from Pennsylvania

3.88/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
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
 
Rated: 4.03 by CisPiece88 from Nebraska

Apr 14, 2021
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Reviewed by hopsputin from New Jersey

4.27/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
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
 
Rated: 4.2 by BAsbill from California

Apr 11, 2021
 
Rated: 4.13 by Justinprintz from New Jersey

Apr 05, 2021
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Reviewed by Beaver13 from Colorado

3.06/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
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
 
Rated: 4.25 by Dovers from Wisconsin

Apr 03, 2021
 
Rated: 4.57 by vheissu15 from North Dakota

Mar 31, 2021
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Reviewed by Mindcrime1000 from South Dakota

4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
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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Rated by GeorgianBayPackr from Pennsylvania

3.84/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
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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Reviewed by Newbeergeek1 from Maine

4.17/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
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
 
Rated: 4.87 by Pfishin28 from South Dakota

Mar 25, 2021
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