Toppling Goliath Brewing Company

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IPA - New England
Ranked #678
Ranked #2,402
4.22 | pDev: 6.87%
Toppling Goliath Brewing Company
Iowa, United States
Notes: Mosaic, Sabro, Simco, and Amarillo hops join forces to create a bouquet of tropical citrus and pineapple aromas. This bold, hop-forward IPA captivates the senses as you raise a glass in tribute to lord NugMo. May he bless your taste buds with a bounty of flavor.
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ScaryEd from New Hampshire

3.81/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

16 oz can into a tulip glass.

Pours a muddy yellow gold color with 2 fingers of soapy white head. Moderate retention with a few splotches of lacing. Head settles into a thin ring.

Strong aromas of pineapple and pineapple juice. Some coconut, candied orange and lemon with a bit of bready malt.

The flavor tastes a bit like lemon coconut cake. There's a fair bit of pineapple and mango, and lots of citrus with an underlying rindy, grapefruit bitterness on the finish.

The feel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Oily, yet smooth and creamy.

Overall, I'd say this is a very good NEIPA. It has a "bouquet" of fruity flavors while being nicely balanced and drinkable. Nothing special, but definitely worth a try.

Jul 15, 2021
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mushroomcloud from Texas

3.62/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

16oz canned 6/11/21, best by 10/9/21. Opened 7/11/21.
3 finger white head, rocky and dense with a tight bead.
Opaque, pale golden. Thick and sticky lacing.
Juicy, tropical and citrusy hops - pineapple, orange, grapefruit, lemon, mango...little bit of everything + some wild garlic/onion.
Peach, pineapple tropical juice flavors. Good but just another NEIPA.
Medium body, soft mouthfeel, low grapefruit peel bitterness and some prickliness on the tongue.
Lingering semi-sweet finish.

Jul 12, 2021
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puboflyons from New Hampshire

4.08/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From a 16 oz. can packaged 06/11/21. Sampled July 4, 2021.

It looks the part of a hazy NEIPA with its milky, pulpy yellow opaque appearance underneath a modest whit head.

The aroma brings out fruit characters like apricot, orange, and pineapple. Also a lower profile white bread note.

About a medium but smooth mouthfeel.

The taste has the same tropical fruit characteristics already mentioned with a mild-moderate bitterness that lingers briefly at the end.

Jul 04, 2021
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brother_rebus from Maine

4.28/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Surprised. This is reaally solid. Didn’t see ny particularly wowing reviews nor hype. Really is a pineapple citrus juice-bomb. Reminds me of a ddh e st or something. Gunna buy more.

Jul 03, 2021
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AdmiralOzone from Minnesota

3.73/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Clearly not retired. Canned on 6/11/21. Pours an opaque bright yellow with a short lived wispy white head. Spotty lacing. Aroma is mild citrus. Flavor is lemony citrus. Feel is light bodied, minimal carbonation. Overall not Toppling's best offering IMO. An okay beer but over rated as far as I'm concerned.

Jun 30, 2021
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Metzer13 from Kansas

4.3/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass. Had a golden, slightly hazy appearance with a fruity, pineapple aroma. Starts with a juicy, grapefruit taste and gradually shifts to a lemony, resinous finish. Light on the tongue with mild carbonation. A really nice NEIPA style beer.

Feb 12, 2021
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JamFuel from Sweden

4.44/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy light orange with soft, fluffy head.

Smell is juicy and fruty with notes of citrus, passionfruit and pineapple with a slight whiff of coconut.

Taste is juicy and crisp with a bit of sweetness. Notes of grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple and passionfruit. Some herbal notes lead into a soft bitterness. Very well balanced.

Mouthfeel is medium, soft and pillowy, well carbonated.

Overall, a great IPA, good mix between juice and bite.

Oct 10, 2020
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gooddaydiablo from New Jersey

4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

look: bright orange, it pours half clear half hazy in the beginning, as you pour, more and more yeasts gets into the glass and in the end it's completely hazy with a million particles. very thin white head

smell: strong pineapple

taste: pine, mango, pineapple, the piney thing is slightly heavier than the tropical thing in this beer.

feel: creamy, nice aftertaste, medium body,

overall: this is a good one, but nothing is surprising for me.

Oct 08, 2020
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EMV from Pennsylvania

4.02/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16 oz can into a Dogfish Head tulip

L: Hazed out opaque dark golden pour with thick fluffy white head. Great lacing.

S: Citrus and pineapple. Fruity and sweet.

T.F: Pretty straightforward NEIPA. Semi-sweet and fruity... strong pineapple and tangerine. Lighter grapefruit rind and mango. Medium bodied... sticky and smooth. More fruit at the finish. Minimal hop bitterness.

O: A decent NEIPA. Snag one if you get the chance.

Sep 28, 2020
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drdiesel9483 from Ohio

4.17/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look - great yellow golden haze color with a great white head and sticky lacing
Smell - tropical citrus like clementine/orange along with pineapple
Taste - not as tasty as it smells. Normal citrus like grapefruit hip taste with a slight pineapple. Slight resin
Feel - medium full body with a medium light creamy carb
Overall - great slightly tropical hazy ipa

Sep 11, 2020
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farrago from New Jersey

4.56/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

The head is three fingers deep, just off white and thick with very good retention, no lacing streaks, rather big splotches. Hazy pale yellow liquid, translucent, curious lack of visible bubbles given the immense head. Very crisp, if not lean, nose of pepper, black tea, white grapefruit zest, dry biscuit, in turn has a dry kind of dankness you don’t fine much anymore, laser focused fruit scents of pineapple, star fruit, kiwi, and passion fruit. Medium-bodied, stays in character with a compact, succinct feel mouth an flavor presentation. It’s juicy but more tart than sweet so at times ti comes off as dry. The grapefruit, mandarin orange citrus the major component. Marijuana, black tea leaf, tar, shallots, to cola bean come up next, impressive flavor array. The fruit here about identical to the nose plus some nectarine. Carbonation is quite active and likely contributes to keeping the dryness at bay. Manages to squeeze in a floral lift before it all goes away. Very well done beer. (Canned 7/23/20)

Aug 31, 2020
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q33jeff from New Jersey

3.9/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75


can to tulip glass.

LOOK: Light yellow color. slight haze. medium off white wispy head. ok retention.

AROMA: citrus, grapefruit, pineapple, earthyness palm. . medium strength.

TASTE: pineapple, papaya. palm, leaf/grass. Nice easy and tasty flavors.

FEEL: light to medium body. ok carbonation. smooth with a little astringency.

Good beer.


Aug 28, 2020
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jrc1093 from Connecticut

4.09/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Canned on 7/23/20

Pours a delicately hazed burnt orange body topped with ~2 fingers of thick, soapy, white foam; great head retention leaves a veil of spotty cap, a moderate, frothy collar, and thin splotches of soapy lacing caked to the walls of the glass.

Aroma opens with passionfruit, grapefruit rind, sweet lemon, and pineapple accented with vague coconut for a uniquely tropical yet herbaceous overtone; hints of ripe mango lurk beneath and contribute a light sweetness against encroaching, earthy tones of wet hay.

Taste features overripe guava, mango peel, and light pineapple on the first impression, though steadily giving way herbal pine resin over the mid-palate as grapefruit peel, lemon rind, grass, flaky malt, and hop oils round out the back end of the profile.

Mouthfeel shows a light-medium body with a carbonation just shy of moderate and prickly along the palate; a slick, creaminess persists over the mid-palate before an evenly dispersed hop acidity forms across the back end, finishing with a crackling dryness and a light, resinous/oily texture.

Straightforward, herbaceous bitterness oversees eclectically tropical undertones in a NEIPA light, varied, and quenching, with a profile that consistently maintains your attention; a highly enjoyable, nicely balanced, and sessionable display of hops.

Aug 27, 2020
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barnzy78 from Illinois

4.42/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

16oz can
best by 11/20/20
L: thick and foamy off-white head caps a hazed yellow-orange IPA
S/T: super juicy, lemony citrus, pineapple, mango, honey, grapefruit, passion fruit
F: medium-full body, moderate carbonation, bittersweet finish
O: another wow beer from Toppling Goliath!

Aug 18, 2020
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ChrisMon02 from Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Another winner from Toppling Goliath. Tons of grapefruit, pineapple and citrus on the nose and palate. Soft carbonation with a medium-light mouthfeel allows for easy drinking. Tasty and satisfying. Recommended.

Aug 17, 2020
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mwilbur from Minnesota

4.3/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from pint can into shaker pint glass.
A: Pours a slightly hazy light lemon hue with 1/2 inch bubbly white head with decent retention.
S: Pine resin, pineapple, lemon, and subtle grapefruit aromas.
T: Pineapple, sweet lemon, sweet grapefruit, orange, and pine resin.
M: Light body. Delicate citrus sweetness and mild bitterness throughout. Lovely feel.
D: Light and refreshing with excellent sessionability. Wonderful summer brew!

Aug 10, 2020
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KevinHill from Illinois

4.4/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Can pour into 16oz bar tumbler. Light lemony hue with haze. Tropical sweet nose of passion fruits. Crisp carbonation on palate, finishes most tastefully balance of hop and citra. Hints of grapefruit and pineapple linger. Another superb brew from TG!

Aug 06, 2020
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NCSapiens from Indiana

4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Intellectually praiseworthy but ultimately unsatisfying. Well crafted and looks and smells excellent. But the flavor profile is jumbled and simply doesn’t taste as good as it should. Overall the strong taste of tropical pineapple, mango and dank stone fruit did grow on me a bit, so perhaps I’ll give it another try.

Aug 02, 2020
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Alieniloquium from Florida

3.58/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

16 oz. can. Murky orange. Smells of pine resin, a little tropical fruit, and classic mosaic garlic. Tastes of sweet tropical fruit and pale malt with a bit of garlic. Pine resin is hidden until the back end and adds a pleasant bitterness. Chewy and moderately sweet malt profile. Medium low carbonation. Good. Nugget hop bitterness saves what would otherwise be just another sweet juicy IPA.

Jul 02, 2020
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Georgiabeer from Georgia

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Juicy and almost chewy in the mouth, this beer is not nearly as dry as some of their other offerings. Citrusy hops and sweet malt keep things tasty, but the alcohol is a little pronounced in the flavor. Oh well, it's still quite enjoyable.

May 19, 2020
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IronLover from Pennsylvania

4.17/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Creamy yellow in color with an opaque appearance. Poured with a moderate creamy white foam with good retention. Fruity aromas with notes of tropical pineapple. Medium bodied with medium light carbonation. Silky, creamy smooth feel with pleasant warmth from the middle through the finish. Fruity and mellow tropical flavors, melon, pineapple and papaya. Medium light bitterness that slowly expands through the finish. Finished with light booziness and bitterness along with soft tropical fruity flavors. Great aromas, feel and flavors. Fantastic.

May 15, 2020
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Oh_Dark_Star from Washington

4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: The murky looks of unfiltered pineapple-orange juice and a two finger ivory head, the last of which seems to last indefinitely and leaves several small splotches of lace.

S: Very much in the pineapple spectrum with notes of pine, papaya, orange, and spirits.

T: Smooth overall. A little creamy for an IPA and while the taste is more mineral than tropical, I dig it for its subtlety.

F: Smooth but bitter. The lighter end of a mid-weight.

O: It’s not my favorite but I appreciate its differences. Won’t blow you away but it’s an easy and worthy drinker.

May 14, 2020
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beersampler6 from Michigan

4.57/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

My goodness this was incredible. I had high standards for the great TG and this one wasn't even as highly ranked as the others I've tried (Pseudo Sue, King Sue, Sosus, Mornin' Latte) but this beer just blew me away. "Best by 7/25/20" printed on can. Pours a surprisingly hazy yellow color with lots of fluffy white head and beautiful small rings of lingering lacing that persisted. Much hazier than I was expecting from a non-NE style IPA. Big fragrant aromas of ripe tropical fruit, pineapple, mango, papaya, orange, guava and passion fruit. Maybe a little melon and lemon. Also malt, creamy vanilla, weaker floral hops. Taste follows the nose, excellent balance and depth, great juicy flavors and couldn't feel or detect the ABV at all. Smooth, luscious mouthfeel, a little sticky, but so soft and reminded me of a Tree House NE style IPA. Great carbonation. Oh man I would love to just keep drinking this all day. An outstanding IPA, definitely my favorite so far (if it's truly considered a regular American IPA).

May 14, 2020
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zeff80 from Missouri

4.24/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16oz can. Poured out a cloudy, golden orange color with a small, white head of foam. It smelled of orange, grapefruit, mango and toasted caramel. Sweet tropical taste with caramel and toffee sweetness.

May 11, 2020
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Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania

4.06/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

$ 6.99 (Including shipping)/16 oz can ($ 0.437/oz). Received 5/5/20 from Craft Shack, San Diego, CA. Reviewed 5/7/20.
Bottom of can stamped “PKG 03/27/20 Best By 07/25/20”. Stored at home at 42 degrees and served at 45 degrees in a hand washed and dried Jester King snifter.
Appearance – 4.
First pour – Pale straw (SRM 2), hazy.
Body – Straw (SRM 3), murky, marked effervescence. When held to direct light, still opaque.
Head – Large (Maximum 4.5 cm, aggressive center pour), off white, high density with rocks, average retention, diminishing to a four to seven mm regular crown and a thin partial cap. Small pieces of lace remain on the glass as the head retracts.
Lacing – Poor. See above.
Aroma – 4.25 – Marked tropical fruit/pineapple, no malt, no yeastiness.
Flavor – 4 - Begins with a moderate sweetness which quickly turns bitter, no malt, no yeast. Flavor is mixed tropical fruits with the pineapple much less than the nose suggests. No alcohol (6.6 % ABV, according to website, NOT marked on the label) taste or aroma. No diacetyl, no dimethylsulfide. Ends slightly bitter with a long hangtime.
Palate – 3.5 – Medium, almost creamy, soft carbonation.
Final impression and summation: 4.25 Certainly seems like a NEIPA to me. Flavor is good but unremarkable as is the nose. Easy drinking and decent price point. Label is so-so, giving info about the hop bill but not the ABV (Iowa law perhaps?).

May 07, 2020
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