Light Speed - Double Dry Hop
Toppling Goliath Brewing Company

Light Speed - Double Dry HopLight Speed - Double Dry Hop
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Toppling Goliath Brewing Company
Iowa, United States
American Pale Ale
Ranked #110
Ranked #5,008
4.15 | pDev: 5.78%
Aug 08, 2021
Nov 11, 2019
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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Rated: 4.29 by Bartleby91 from Wisconsin

Aug 08, 2021
Rated: 4.17 by Taenim from New Jersey

May 31, 2021
Rated: 4.5 by mmoore9363 from Arizona

Mar 11, 2021
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Rated by TheBigBoy from Pennsylvania

2.95/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3
Too bitter and dry for my hazy-liking palate, as shame and TG line-up is on my good list
Jan 09, 2021
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Reviewed by 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
Rated: 4.29 by Hefsbeercaps from Ohio

Dec 18, 2020
Rated: 3.71 by RochefortChris from North Carolina

Oct 25, 2020
Rated: 4.02 by The_Kriek_Freak from Pennsylvania

Oct 02, 2020
Rated: 4.24 by Wizzle32 from Pennsylvania

Sep 29, 2020
Rated: 4.07 by Wheels2532 from Pennsylvania

Sep 29, 2020
Rated: 4.19 by hozersr from Pennsylvania

Sep 29, 2020
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Reviewed by 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
Rated: 4 by caffeinelogic from New York

Aug 28, 2020
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Reviewed by 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
Rated: 3.94 by Dactrius from Netherlands Antilles

Aug 23, 2020
Rated: 4.29 by bigpoppa67 from Wisconsin

Aug 16, 2020
Rated: 4.24 by GenoMcCoy from Texas

Aug 02, 2020
Rated: 3.84 by tobelerone from New Jersey

Aug 01, 2020
Rated: 4.67 by Can_if_you_can from Minnesota

Jul 23, 2020
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Reviewed by hoptheology from California

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
Rated: 4.03 by Gregf51 from Ohio

Jul 20, 2020
Rated: 4.08 by jhlosito75 from Pennsylvania

Jul 19, 2020
Rated: 3.96 by jakea from Wisconsin

Jul 18, 2020
Rated: 4.21 by nrbw23 from Ohio

Jul 17, 2020
Rated: 4 by jvgoor3786 from Arkansas

Jul 17, 2020
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Reviewed by 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
Rated: 4.28 by MJSFS from Florida

Jul 14, 2020
Rated: 4.04 by SpaethJam from New York

Jul 11, 2020
Rated: 4.06 by prototypic from Ohio

Jul 05, 2020
Rated: 4.37 by gooddaydiablo from Texas

Jul 03, 2020
Rated: 4 by paulish from New York

Jun 29, 2020
Rated: 4.21 by mattmarka1 from Minnesota

Jun 28, 2020
Rated: 4.18 by BeerLover99 from Illinois

Jun 27, 2020
Rated: 3.75 by TedStrosser from Pennsylvania

Jun 27, 2020
Rated: 4.03 by guzzleacoldone from Ohio

Jun 27, 2020
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Reviewed by 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
Rated: 4.39 by vrbulldog22 from Ohio

Jun 25, 2020
Rated: 4.15 by Gkruszewski from New York

Mar 27, 2020
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Reviewed by 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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Reviewed by 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
Light Speed - Double Dry Hop from Toppling Goliath Brewing Company
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 110 ratings