Hot Dog Time Machine
Toppling Goliath Brewing Company

Hot Dog Time MachineHot Dog Time Machine
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Toppling Goliath Brewing Company
Iowa, United States
Imperial IPA
Ranked #986
Ranked #5,086
4.16 | pDev: 6.97%
Feb 19, 2022
May 22, 2021
What. Is. A Hot Dog Time Machine?...

We’re so glad you asked! To begin, we have to explore why it even matters. Our amigos at Hop Butcher for the World shared the same interest as us in exploring the alternate reality of the “fluffy” IPA. We threw multiple types of wheat into our fluff capacitor, heavily hopped it everywhere except the 88 minute boil, and fermented with yeast primed for transtemporal travel. Last year was certainly the wurst of times, but now it’s time to ketchup with us on our journey and relish in this hot dog fueled time travel adventure.

Hops: Vic Secret, Sabro, Simcoe, & Mosaic
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Rated: 4.25 by warrendietrich2001 from Nevada

Feb 19, 2022
Rated: 4.51 by Wanzuki from Illinois

Feb 08, 2022
Rated: 4.24 by einman from Minnesota

Jan 20, 2022
Rated: 4 by XmnwildX12 from Minnesota

Oct 20, 2021
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Reviewed by JamFuel from Sweden

4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Pours a hazy light orange with soapy head.

Smell is juicy and fruity with notes of passionfruit, citrus, mango, dank melon and some coconut.

Taste is juicy and fruity with notes of passionfruit, lime, orange, melon and some coconut. Soft bitterness with a dank, grassy finish.

Mouthfeel is medium, soft, pillowy and well carbonated.

Overall, a very nice, easy to drink DIPA, well balanced.
Oct 10, 2021
Rated: 4.08 by prototypic from Ohio

Aug 29, 2021
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Reviewed by farrago from New Jersey

4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
Agitated froth crests around two fingers, well-dimpled surface, clean white, average retention, leaves thick and soapy splotches behind. Just about slides out of opacity into translucency, apricot fuzz color. The damp greenness to the nose is well-focused and so it allows for other voices in the chorus, tea leaf, coal tar, pine sap, pineapple to kiwi and melon fruit scents, not finding it especially grainy nor floral, pleasing staying power without pushing it too far. Medium-bodied yet arguably over-carbonated and fluffy. Piney and floral. Feels alcoholic within the first few sips. Challah sort of breadiness. The tangerine to pink grapefruit citrus an accent not spotlight hog. Close to a pie-like concentration level to the peach, apricot, pineapple, mango flavors, more sugary than sour. Marijuana resin dankness but not that longlived. Liked it but by the end it wore me out. There’s a good argument that beers in this vein are better suited for 12 oz. cans. (Canned 5/21/21, Consumed 7/7/21)
Aug 25, 2021
Rated: 4 by a77cj7 from South Dakota

Aug 22, 2021
Rated: 4.24 by Nunya from Ohio

Aug 20, 2021
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Reviewed by Antg8989 from New Jersey

4.19/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Pours hazy gold. 4

Aroma is earthy, minty pine, and combo of melon, Berries and stone fruits. Hints of coconut and mango. Some sweeter baked sugar cookie malts. 4.25

Taste: tropical, pine, citrus, coconut, Berries, melon, stone fruit. 4.25

Feel: Medium carbonation. 4.25

Overall: Lots going on here. Some things I like, others I don't. 4
Aug 15, 2021
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Reviewed by barnzy78 from Illinois

4.39/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
16oz can
PKG05/21/21 BEST BY 09/18/21
thanks to Ken for giving me a can to try!
L: brilliant light tangerine color; tall frothy ivory head holds great retention
S: super juicy aroma: mango, pineapple, citrus
T: juicy and tropical flavors of mango, pineapple, tangerine, & grapefruit along with mild pine & grass and a good amount of wheat
F: full body, moderate carbonation, bitter but not overly, finish is semi-dry
O: I really dig this one! Thanks Ken!
Aug 11, 2021
Rated: 3.75 by Mattias from Sweden

Aug 09, 2021
Rated: 3.8 by westcoastbeerlvr from California

Jul 31, 2021
Rated: 4.15 by EdFed from Illinois

Jul 29, 2021
Rated: 4.23 by cabsandking from Ohio

Jul 28, 2021
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Reviewed by teromous from Virginia

3.83/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4
From the bottom of the can: "PKG05/21/21 11:47:30 BEST BY 09/18/21"

Appearance: The body has a light pale, dull gold colored body that isn't quite opaque but nothing is really visible through it. It kind-of has a yellow Jello appearance where light can come through and some movements of shadows are visible behind it but nothing is visible. The head is fluffy and white but the head doesn't last long before fading to a thin fluffy film with a thick fluffy ring around the edge of the glass.

Aroma: There isn't much aroma but there's a bit of cabbage and pine. There's a very light hint of mint. The aroma as a whole is very muted in this beer. Every now and then a light bit of peach gummy ring scent comes through.

Taste: Up front there is some pineapple and agave character. Towards the middle of the mouth there is a black peppercorn flavor. It doesn't taste like green peppers or other peppers in general but there is something about the flavor that is reminiscent of fire roasted poblano. Somewhere in the back there is grilled pineapple skin. Over time the flavors layer up and it improves but also there is a grassy character that starts to creep in from seemingly nowhere.

Mouthfeel: It has a medium-to-light body with a pillowed texture and perfect carbonation. There is a light spicy character to the beer which merges very well with a tempered bitterness. For the life of me I can't find the ABV on this can but it does state that this is a "DOUBLE INDIA PALE ALE" and the alcohol is expertly well hidden. This beer feels expertly well done and there doesn't seem to be any room for improvement on the mouthfeel.

Overall: It is a somewhat contemplative beer with a strange mixture of flavors that keeps it interesting. It isn't really a beer I would pair with food but it would work well with cocktail fare so that the focus can be on the beer rather than the food; the beer would probably pull a lot of the attention from the food. It might go well with a Mexican dish though, and possibly an Indian cuisine. At first the beer felt a bit odd and somewhat boring but the more it was consumed the more the flavors started to layer on the palate and it hits you like a slow moving avalanche of flavors. I would definitely buy this again but it's probably something I would pick up as an apéritif to a meal that takes a long time to prepare. I would recommend at least trying it because it is so interesting. It probably won't replace anything regular but it is a good conversation piece.
Jul 24, 2021
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Reviewed by dfillius from Iowa

3.55/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
This one looks amazing, but the smell and flavor have too much vegetal edge, making it a bit astringent. The mouthfeel is a touch hot and fuzzy/green banana feeling. Overall it comes together ok, but this one is middlebrow, below the normal standards of TG.
Jul 23, 2021
Rated: 4 by BarrelAgedG from California

Jul 17, 2021
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Reviewed by RyanK252 from California

4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
On tap at Spokeasy Public House

A: Pours hazy golden amber with an off white head that settles to a light layer and laces nicely.

S: Ripe tropical and stone fruit, juicy citrus, herbal pine notes, biscuity malt, and caramel sweetness.

T: Tropical and stone fruit, passion fruit, mango, apricot, peach, and pineapple, citrus, tangerine, lemon, and lime, a little pine, slight herbal grassy notes, subtle coconut, biscuity malt, and caramel sweetness.

M: A bit on the fuller side of medium body, moderate carbonation, soft on the palate, kinda chewy.

O: On tap for the official launch of TG around my neck of the woods. Solid NE IPA with depth. Sabro brings that extra layer of intrigue.
Jul 15, 2021
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Reviewed by swid from Missouri

3.98/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Pours a hazy gold; there’s a noticeable amount of suspended particles. Moderate carbonation and minimal lacing. The smell has subdued pine and tropical citrus notes. The taste is quite a bit more developed and is nicely balanced between more "traditional" IPA pine/resin bitterness and the hazy grapefruit/mango notes. Mouthfeel is quite light for its ABV and finishes slightly bitter.

Canned 5/21/2021 and purchased from the brewery in early June.
Jul 13, 2021
Hot Dog Time Machine from Toppling Goliath Brewing Company
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 71 ratings