Light Speed - Double Dry Hop
Toppling Goliath Brewing Company

Light Speed - Double Dry HopLight Speed - Double Dry Hop
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Pale Ale - American
Ranked #122
Ranked #4,349
4.15 | pDev: 5.78%
Toppling Goliath Brewing Company
Iowa, United States
Light Speed - Double Dry HopLight Speed - Double Dry Hop
Notes: This double dry hopped pale ale was crafted with a perfect mixture of millennium hops and Falconer’s Flight blend. Orange aromas and hints of lemon make up this medium-bodied brew.
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beerthulhu from New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Hazy orange with light brassy tones around the edges. Solid foam capping atop, bone white in color, standing two inches, is very resilient to collapse. There is a heavy dense sense of rushing macro-bubbles making for a vibrant, juicy, and exciting appeal. Solid appearance per style with a final curtain call of descending rings down the vessel for lace decoration.

S: Mixture of cantaloupe, green melon and peaches open the nose, very wet and generous in nature. Semi-dry tropical notes of pineapple, and sugary grapefruit quench the nostrils. High whirlpool and wet aroma, typical of brewery.

T: Juicy tart grapefruit and citrus open the flavor, the dry hop nature hits you from the get-go. Dank tropical pineapple and peach add spice while a flowery bite of piney resins follows. Some old school occurrences of grassy dry hops make an appearance, along with some tart oranges, to go against the barley and hay backed flavors of the malt that linger on the tongue there-after.

M: Juicy dank mouthful, lots of slick and thick resins compose a heavy body with a sharp bite of grapefruit twang on the tongue and inner cheeks.

O: A juicy and dank bite of hop resins and a dry tropical flowery bitterness combine to give you another can't miss IPA from this brewery. A pale ale that drinks light years ahead of its style, is exceptionally hoppy and big, filled with juicy alcohol hop resins lends to its outstanding qualities. Drinks much bigger then its advertised 5.8%. Great drinking.

Jan 02, 2021
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DoctorZombies from Florida

3.81/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Deep gold with a ton of suspended white particles; cloudy but clear enough to see the snow globe; white head; ok cap retention; heavy ring, medium minus soapy lace. Lemon peel and orange nose. Lemon and orange; very little bitterness; semi sweet malt base; orange drink kinda finish. Light almost watery body; moderate streaming carbonation; no astringency. Overall easy to drink, light and poundable on a hot day; could do without all the floaties.

Sep 21, 2020
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BucannonXC5 from California

4.07/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Type: 16-oz. can
Reviewed as: American Pale Ale
Glass: Pure Project 16-oz. snifter glass
Price: $3.99
From: Windmill Farms in Del Cerro (San Diego), Calif.
Purchased: June 28, 2020
Consumed: June 30, 2020
Misc.: Packaged on June 10, 2020 at 8:33 a.m. CT; Best by Oct. 8, 2020

Picked this up at Windmill Farms while looking for some good ones for Nick and Mark. Toppling Goliath’s website called this, “It’s bitterness flies under the radar as hops create hits of lemon and orange aromas. Double Dry Hop Light Speed is a medium-bodied pale ale that is out of this world.” Mentioned hops were Simcoe,
Amarillo, Ekuanot, Citra and Mosaic.” I’m usually not a big fan of more than three hops in a beer, but I like each of these ones.

Poured a light amber clear color with three fingers of rocky white head. Plenty of bubble streams coming up along the sides of the glass with a what looked like to be a ton of pulp floating around as well. It really looked like a snow globe underneath the head. Perfect uneven foamy lacing. World-class retention. (Sight - 4.75)

For the mentioned hops got Ekuanot, Amarillo and Simcoe on the nose, and maybe a touch of Citra. Other flavors I got were orange peel, tangerine, green pepper, herbal, pine, lemon, cough drop, papaya, mixed berry, floral and earthy caramel malt. A little better out of the can. Fairly malty on the nose overall. (Smell - 4.00)

Tasted better than the smell. Very bitter. In order got bitter orange peel, tangerine, aspirin, pine, green pepper, herbal, lemon, cough drop, papaya, red grapefruit rind, lime, mixed berry, earthy malt and sweet caramel. For mentioned hops, in order got Amarillo, Ekuanot and Simcoe, followed by light Citra and Mosaic. (Taste - 4.00)

Medium body. Oily-to-creamy texture. Lively carbonation. Long, bitter finish. (Feel - 4.25)

This was outstanding overall. (Overall - 4.00)

4.07 | 91 | A-

Aug 26, 2020
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hoptheology from South Dakota

3.43/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16 oz single can, dated 6/10/20, best by 10/8/20, into Goose Island Nonic Pint.

Pours a rather clear glowing gold-bronze with a creamy head of 2 fingers, receding gradually to 1/2 finger and leaving spotty/loopy lacing on the glass.

Aroma is farty hop with some lemon gummy bear, burly caramel-graham malt, grapefruit, and hints of dried orange peel. For being double dry hopped it sure takes a lot of effort to get a nose. It's light to medium strength.

Taste is over-hopped and vegetal. Bitter dried herbs and some candied lemon peel, with a follow up of some sweet almost artificial orange pith and dirt. It comes off heavy on the dried herbs without being dank or pleasant, and has this almost artificial sweet candy-like citrus character, while at the same time tasting like too many alpha acids dissolving at room temperature.

Feel is crisp, wet, slightly resinous, well-carbonated, has a decent amount of alcohol heat, I'd guess 8 or 9 percent, and clinging resins with supplemental heat at the end.

Overall this was a poor beer masquerading under the Toppling Goliath banner. This was easily their worst IPA yet, and one of their newest offerings. Probably the first TG beer I've had with obvious flaws. Is it just me or is TG declining fast? Have had some recent experiences where Pseudo, King, and Pompeii have tasted too green and never really matured or blossomed up to even two months after canning. Those products are not what they used to be, and I'm wondering what's going on with the QC at TG. I'll be thinking twice, or three times, before picking up any new TG.

Price paid : $4.29 / can
Would buy again : absolutely not

Jul 20, 2020
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beersampler6 from Michigan

4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Excellent pale ale from the always amazing Toppling Goliath. 6/10/20 canned date printed on bottom, best by 10/8/20. Pours a clearer golden color with abundant fluffy white head that settles into soapy clingy sheets of lingering lacing that persisted throughout. Big aromas of crisp ripe orange, lemon, grapefruit and pineapple. Some fainter mango in the distance. Also some vanilla, malt and lighter floral hops. Taste follows the nose, excellent balance and very crisp and refreshing. Still felt like a sessionable ale despite the 6.2% ABV. Smooth, mild, slightly sticky mouthfeel with good carbonation retention. An excellent beer.

Jul 16, 2020
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RaulMondesi from California

4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Iowa, huh? Wow. These damn sons of guns know what they are doing out there. I actually think that I drove through it one day. Davenport, right? That’s a city there? Had a great deli sandwich and the little city was cool and peaceful. So yeah, maybe that’s why the dudes and chicks in Iowa crush it. They eat good deli in peaceful places. Either way, I’m into this one!

Jun 25, 2020
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I am home with my CANned beer for The CANQuest (tm) & that may be enough for these next couple of weeks. I am forced into reapplying for unemployment thanks to school closures, but I should be okay until something new & different happens. I have a load of books to read & plenty of beer to drink with a modicum of TV to watch.

From the CAN: "Double Dry Hop Light Speed Pale Ale"; "It's [sic] bitterness flies under the radar as hops create hints of lemon and orange aromas. Light Speed is a medium-bodied Pale Ale that is out of this world."; "Live beer, please refrigerate!"; "Brewed in beautiful Decorah, IA".

I was kind of overanxious to Crack! open the vent on this one since as a wanna-be Midwesterner, I was very excited when we beCAN getting distro of TG here in PA. I initially went with a slow, gentle C-Line Glug into the awaiting glass, but once it became obvious that clarity was out of the question, I simply allowed it to flow freely. This resulted in the formation of two-plus fingers of dense, foamy, rocky, bone-white head with excellent retention. Color was a deeply-hazy/lightly-cloudy Golden-Amber (SRM = > 5, < 7). Nose was like freshly-squeezed citrus juice, but more like grapefruit & orange than lemon & orange. Still … Mmm. Mouthfeel was medium. The taste was full-on citrus with a blast of lemon, grapefruit & orange, all battling for supremacy! Phew. It was a bit intense for an APA, though. A minor hair to split, but a hair all the same. Finish was quite dry, quite citrusy & a nice way to spend part of a slow, quiet day. YMMV.

Mar 16, 2020
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SpeedwayJim from New York

3.63/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

16oz. can into Night Shift stemware.

Cloudy but good head retention. Nose is citrus, mango and papaya. A bit muted but the flavors are nice. Beer opens citrus, mango and pine resin. Bright with a nice, juicy bite. More citrus with a touch of starfruit and cantaloupe in the middle. Finishes grass and more pine resin. This one tastes a bit old though its not past the best by date. Body is light with moderate carbonation. Smooth and light on the palate and goes down soft with an accented, dry finish.

This one is ok but it pales in comparison to some of TG's other offerings.

Mar 10, 2020
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Hopheadjeffery from Illinois

4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted in a snifter from draft at Gold Eagle Wine and Spirits on January 4, 2020. Brewed with a mixture of Millennium and Falconer’s Flight hops. Notes of lemon flavor and orange aromas. Feel is medium in body.

Mar 04, 2020
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Alieniloquium from Florida

3.9/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the House of Brews. Pale hazy orange. Smells of citrus, light acidic fruit, lemon. Tastes of light grain, zippy lemon hops, orange, and a slight grassy bitterness. Medium body. Not a lot of malt here. It's a hop bomb for its size.

Feb 29, 2020
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russpowell from Arkansas

3.7/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is 2 months old, so this is a place holder review until I can find fresher:

Pours a hazed gold with a pinky of beige head. Some head retention & lacing

S: Some breadyness, grassyness & ever so faint citrus

T: Sour orange, pink grapefruit, breadyness & dryness up front, a little woody bitterness as well. Pomelo & breadyness as this warms, a little pineapple, plus dryness as well. Finishes with a little dryness, some orange & woody bitterness

MF: Medium body, firm carbonation, decent balance

Drinks easy enough, I am sure this better fresher, but not regretting this purchase at all

Jan 26, 2020
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Claude-Irishman from New Jersey

4.27/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a bright opaque orange/ mango color with a fast receding off white head. Smell is citrus,fresh earth?. Taste is strong Mandarin orange,some pine resin, lemongrass, light malt bill. Feels nicely balanced in spite of the mild malt bill. Nice carbonation,medium body, finishes semi dry to juicy. OK I am sold, I can't recall having a DDH pale ale before. Really drinkable. Very good, would love to have super fresh on tap-

Jan 22, 2020
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EMH73 from New York

4.21/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Looks like orange juice with a fluffy, inch and a half white head that settles fairly quickly to a ring and leaves blotchy lacing. Smells of citrus fruit and some tropical notes. Tastes of grapefruit, orange, grapefruit poth and some pineapple. Light side of medium bodied, medium carbonation, moderate bitterness and a dry finish.

Jan 17, 2020
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Chuckdiesel24 from Illinois

4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

L: Golden/orange color with moderately thin white head that bubbles around for a bit.
S/T: Smells citrus, tastes like they describe - orange with some light lemon on the backdrop.
F: Medium to light mouthfeel that goes great and makes this an easy drinker.
O: TG makes really nice APAs, coaxing a nice amount of flavor without going over the top!

Jan 03, 2020
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MikeWard from Pennsylvania

4.04/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

16oz can into a pint glass. Canned 11/14/19, so 6 weeks old.

Standard TG pale orange juice colored body. Initially a good thick white head which shrinks to a solid ring and covering. Leaves some lacing

Really nice aroma of oranges and pineapple

Upon tasting, there is a light bitterness, with a good fruity mix and hoppiness. It warms the chest, belying the 6.2abv. good drink.

Mouth is a little below medium, finish a warm light bitterness. It also coats the tongue a little.

Overall, other than the tongue coating, this is another very good beer from Toppling Goliath. Glad to have them in PA.

Jan 03, 2020
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Bshaw22 from Wisconsin

3.94/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours semi hazy darker orange.
Smell is grapefruit and some orange juice with some tropical notes.
Head is small white and fades but leaves some lacing.
Flavor is more west coast with a grape fruit and orange flavor. Finishes super dry which is far from s NE ipa and more west coast.
Pretty good overall

Jan 02, 2020
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DW78715816 from Kansas

4.52/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Just another fantastic brew from TG. Citrusy, hoppy, hazy, and delicious. Solid hazy yellow that looks great in the glass. Wonderful citrus aroma with a smooth hoppy citrus taste. Love it.

Dec 31, 2019
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Livyatan1996 from Missouri

4.04/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

another day another 3.50+ single can of TG. poured from the month and a half old can into a pint glass a fairly hazy yellow with a bit of a white head, tiny bits of lacing falling behind now. nose is a lot of orange, mango, some pineapple and earthy hop bitterness. flavor is much the same, with hints of biscuit and grassiness cutting into the citrus and a good helping of bitterness that really piles up as the drinks go along. medium-ish bodied and decent carbonation, definitely going down well. nothing mind blowing here in the world of pales but a solid brew to show off some new hoppy goodness. but with psuedo on the shelf next to it...

Dec 30, 2019
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AyatollahGold from Indiana

3.97/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Lightly hazy yellow. Two fingers of loose, bone white crown.
Nose brings a ton of fruit mixing with an almost bubblegum/honey sweetness. Slight greenness.
Taste comes in with biscuit and cracker being prominent over the fruit. Still that slight sweetness in the back.
Little bit thin, but then again it’s a pale. Dry, smooth.
Overall, not bad.

Dec 28, 2019
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q33jeff from New Jersey

4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


Can to snifter.

LOOK: hazy light yellow. decent white head. pretty good retention.
AROMA: grass, sea breeze, peach, melon, citrus
TASTE: Citrus and peach up front, hairspray and leafy finish.
FEEL: light to medium bodied. crushable with decent carbonation.

Not perfect, but very enjoyable.

May The Force Be With You.


Dec 19, 2019
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justintcoons from Pennsylvania

4.01/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

16 oz can poured into a pub-style pint.

Hazed-out, rustic blonde. Short loose white head.

Peach, passion fruit, mango, orange juice, and honey.

Mango, passion fruit, and peach. Biscuit and caramel. Orange juice and sweetened grapefruit juice.

Medium bodied, smooth, juicy, creamy, and lightly bitter.

Silky, smooth, and balanced.

Dec 18, 2019
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Wasatch from Colorado

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16 oz. Can
PKG: 11/14/19
BEST BY: 03/13/20

A little over a month on this can, awesome!

Poured into a Tree House glass a pretty nice cloudy pale yellow color, with some pretty nice carbonation, with a pretty nice thick/creamy one-finger plus off-white head, which also leaves some pretty nice sticky lacing behind. The nose is pretty nice, hoppy, malty, with a pretty nice citrus complex (orange, tangerine, grapefruit, pineapple, mango, peach, lemon), with a nice little diesel like. The taste is pretty nice, hoppy, malty, with a pretty nice citrus complex (orange, tangerine, grapefruit, pineapple, mango, peach, lemon), with a pretty nice diesel like. Medium body, ABV is hidden very nicely, with a pretty nice dry/bitter finish, picking up on the DDH. Overall, this is a pretty tasty brew. Nice to see it around here. Orange Julius! Addictive! MilkShake!

Dec 17, 2019
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dfillius from Iowa

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

Looks great with perfect pillowy head. Lovely citrus aroma. Flavor is citrusy too with a cracker malt finish. Finish is perfectly dry too. Perfect mix of low-bitterness hazy IPA and dry finish. Love it.

Dec 15, 2019
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mothman from Minnesota

4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can. White head. Lightly hazy golden orange color.

Not super tropical or juicy, but still fairly flavorful. I expected a bit more. Orange and melon are the biggest flavors. Earthy hops. Just a bit lighter than expected.

Dec 15, 2019
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Mindcrime1000 from South Dakota

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a tall can into a tulip.

Pours cloudy light gold with a three-fingered foamy/rocky head that lingers well, and gives way to solid lacing.

Solid aromas of orange and lemon dominate, with caramel malts and hints of honeydew and musk melon and cantaloupe.

The brew hits the tip of the tongue with caramel malt sweetness, but quickly transitions to the mid-palate with grapefruit, lemon, pineapple, and soapy/grassy/earthy hops. Just a touch of warming booze.

The brew is solidly medium (at least) with good carbonation and a drying finish.

Similar to TG's Pseudo Sue, but with a bit more malt sweetness, and more of a tropical presentation. But the earthy/grassy/soapy aroma and flavor that TG does well shines through.

Dec 14, 2019
Light Speed - Double Dry Hop from Toppling Goliath Brewing Company
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 110 ratings