Tsunami Pale Ale
Toppling Goliath Brewing Company

Tsunami Pale AleTsunami Pale Ale
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Pale Ale - American
Ranked #1,046
Ranked #25,227
3.83 | pDev: 9.92%
Toppling Goliath Brewing Company
Iowa, United States
Very Good
Tsunami Pale AleTsunami Pale Ale
Notes: Dive into a Toppling Goliath Tsunami Pale Ale. Waves of mandarin orange aroma swell into this light ale body, coasting to a smooth, easy finish. This Tsunami is a breezy ride, not too bitter, and a perfect introduction for those not yet familiar with the craft brewing world. Prepare your palate to take the plunge with a chilled Tsunami Pale, best served in a pint glass.

31 IBU
Reviews: 75 | Ratings: 440 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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deedric from Wisconsin

3.82/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

16 Oz Can
*Turbid (this can was purchased in June - opened in September) straw color with 1/4 inch white head that falls quickly.
*Citrus hops, malt.
*Hop forward, biscuity malt after. Hops return at the end to provide another hit of hop flavor - bitter.
*Medium mouthfeel, mild carbonation. Dry finish.
*Overall a nice Pale Ale,

Sep 16, 2018
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FLima from Brazil

3.94/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amber orange color with a thick head with decent retention and leaving a wall of laces.
Aroma with notes of tangerines, grass and pine, a bit of caramel, mango and pineapples.
Flavor with notes of grapefruit, tangerines, grass, mango, pineapple and pepper-resiny zest. Dry and bitter aftertaste. Friendly, but still surprising resilient at only 31 IBUs and not really fresh.
Bordering medium body with mild carbonation with very tiny bubbles.
Assertive APA with good bitter sweet balance and predominant green and citrusy flavors with a tropical touch. It borders IPA strength.

Aug 04, 2018
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rex_4539 from Greece

3.81/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

L: Hazy orange/amber color, three finger white head, messy lacing, loads of carbonation.

S: Hops, malts, yeast.

T: Hops, malts, yeast, citrusy. Bitter.

F: Light bodied, very drinkable.

O: Average APA but quite drinkable.

Jul 20, 2018
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larryarms847 from Illinois

3.77/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear amberish golden orange yellow with a touch of chill haze and bubbly two finger head of foam.

Strong toasted malt sweetness gives way to pungent citrus zest.

The malt bill certainly doesn't hide in flavor as well, as the strong handed citrus aroma translates to flavor as well.

Light-bodied, medium-high carbonation, crisp, refreshing.

Overall, quite a refreshing APA, but is a little lackluster.

Apr 22, 2018
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jvgoor3786 from Arkansas

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a slightly hazy orange/amber color with a thick, soapy white head and tons of sticky lacing.

The smell is bursting with orange and lemon citrus, floral, and a little malt in the background.

The taste puts the floral up front but the citrus makes an appearance. There is a strong malty character that may be enhanced as this beer is about five months old. The finish is lingering and bitter.

The mouthfeel is medium/high carbonation, slightly thick and oily.

Overall a really nice beer, easy to drink, and could pass for a session IPA, especially with the finish.

Mar 28, 2018
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Milktoast75 from Wisconsin

3.91/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Very enjoyable beer. I try not to categorize beers just taste 'em. Poured into English pint glass. Nice think white head which lasted until about the third drink, clinging to sides through entire beer. Straw color, fitting for the taste.
Disappointed in the smell. A bit more fragrance would have made this an above average brew. A muddle fruity smell. Difficult to pin point anything specific. Not bad but could be much better. Taste is a light version of every pale ale you have ever tasted. In a good way (?). Not too much of anyone taste. Like the smell, a mosh of fruit, touch of bitterness at the end.
Feel is smooth and easy. Low carbonation. Extremely drinkable. This will be a summertime go to beer for me. A couple notches up from most lawnmower beers.
I do like this beer for what it is. It won't smash your palate with bitterness or knock you over with malt overload but it's a nice go to for a quick fix until you break out the good stuff. Worthy of a try.

Mar 04, 2018
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mactrail from Washington

2.89/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5

Very fruity. I would have to call this an IPA from the amount of bitterness, but maybe it's the new wave of over the top Pale Ales with something to prove. Aroma is interesting with something like passion fruit.

This tastes just like a murky IPA. It starts with a sweet fruity taste, but then it just gets harsh and worse as you sip. Oh, ack, it's just so bitter, mineral, astringent. From the 16 oz can purchased at Bottlecraft in San Diego.

Jan 30, 2018
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RyanK252 from California

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

Can poured into a Mountain Rambler Brewing Co pint glass

A: Pours golden yellow with a frothy light tan head that settles to a nice layer and laces well.

S: Bright, lots of citrus and tropical fruit, floral notes, crackery malt, and a touch of caramel sweetness.

T: Bright, tropical fruit, passion fruit, a little pineapple, citrus, tangerine, grapefruit, and lemon, floral slight fruity notes, crackery malt, and a touch of caramel sweetness.

M: Medium body, moderate carbonation.

O: Really nice light crushable pale ale. Seems like it could complete with a lot of today's session IPAs.

Jan 02, 2018
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HoppyBastard from Nebraska

3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16 ounce can into a Shaker pint glass, "bottled on" date 6-1-17.

APPEARANCE: pours a copper color with larger bits suspended about, two finger off-white head with excellent retention that slowly dissipated until a thin, unbroken layer of small bubbles remained, significant lacing on the glass, lighter carbonation.

SMELL: bread, pineapple and a dank, earthy note.

TASTE: the taste follows the nose, initially sweet pineapple and bread then an earthy, metallic note on the finish.

PALATE: lighter carbonation, medium body.

OVERALL: this is a good beer but it could use more carbonation, it has an assertive hop profile that could pass for an IPA, I enjoyed this beer and would have it again no problem, would recommend to anyone who enjoys the style.

Dec 20, 2017
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TheSixthRing from California

3.79/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Canned date 10/04/17

Appearance - Slight haze on the pour and golden orange in color with an off-white, finger width head. Fair retention results in a thin, broken layer of suds with a thin ring around the edge of the glass. Good amount of lacing, with broken sheeting and spots making up the bulk of it.

Smell - First impression is orange with a hint of pineapple. Light bready malts with a bit of grain.

Taste - Follows the nose. Mild orange upfront with lesser pineapple, then some fair passionfruit character comes into play. Bready, slightly grainy malt backbone. Finish lingers with orange pith bitterness and a continuing grain character.

Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied with fair, lightly bitey carbonation. Slick, easy drinker with a smooth, slight dryness on the finish.

Overall - This is a good drinking pale. At 2+ months old it's one I'd like to try a bit fresher, though I doubt it would change much. One of those beers you can sip on while your focus is on other things.

Dec 14, 2017
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joaopmgoncalves from Portugal

4.35/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured to an Ora et Labora taster.

A: Body is yellow to orange with some minor haziness. Head is white and 1 finger thick. Good retention and some lacing visible.
S: The aroma is very rich of grapefruit touches, toffee having a very interesting blend of sweet touches.
T: The taste starts off with a grapefruit, lemon zest profile, followed by a pear-y, and apple-y like profile, followed by a belgian candi or toffee hint, having a great sweet starting point. In the end, there's a more grassy and green hoppiness profile ending in a great manner.
M: Body is medium. Carbonation is mild. Bitterness is mild also.
O: Another great beer from Toppling Goliath. I'm starting to understand their hype.

Nov 24, 2017
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josanguapo from Spain

4.41/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Can. From Labirratorium. In Teku glass. Playing Broken Age. Smooth, with just de adequate amount of pine resin to give it a nice taste and dont overwhelm. Very good but not at the amazing level of their perfect Pseudosue APA.

Nov 19, 2017
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SSS from Canada (QC)

4.45/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Orange tint with an off white caffe latte head that lingers when agitated. Decent amount of lacing
S-As advertised I do get mandarine, but also plenty of malt and caramel and honey.
M-Slightly higher than I like which lends itself to a peppery mouthfeel in a somewhat resinous medium body.
T-Malt and orange forward with a smooth and subtle bitterness reminiscent of Simcoe hops that comes in after.
O-This is a wonderful beer, nice and smooth and a decent introduction to Pale Ales that are somewhat malt forward.

Oct 20, 2017
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JamFuel from Sweden

4.06/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a fairly clear orange with thick, white head.

Smell is juicy, with hints of mango, pineapple and pine.

Taste is softly tropical, almost a tad tart. Nice, balanced bitterness, and very refreshing.

Mouthfeel is medium, well carbonated.

Overall, a very good pale ale, refreshing and balanced.

Oct 15, 2017
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WoodBrew from Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

My old neighbor got me a can of this beer. It poured a cloudy yellow with white head that is leaving a spotty lace. The scent had hints of tropical citrus. The taste was nicely balanced and easy to drink. The mouthfeel is lighter in body with good carbonation. Overall it was a solid beer.

Oct 12, 2017
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russpowell from Arkansas

3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Canned on 05/05/2017

Pours a hazed amber with a sliver of eggshell colored head. Floaties show as this drained, decent head retention & lacing

S: Grassy, bready, with sulphur once warm

T: Follows the nose, a little caramel sweetness & a little woody hoppyness up front. Breadyness, sulphur, grassyness & a hint of grapefruit. Finishes dry with more sulphur, grassyness & sweet breadyness, plus pomelo

MF: Medium body, delicate carbonation & nice balance

Nice APA, not one of their better ones, but cllearly the best one I've had out of FL...

Aug 08, 2017
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pat61 from Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: filled with floaties, pours hazy amber filled with moderately fast rising bubbles under a 2" white foam cap with good retention

S: resiny smell laced with biscuit, grass, citrus and a light earthiness

T: lightly sweet with fruit, a hint of apricot and a dose of biscuit and a moderate to moderately high bitter hop accent

F: moderately creamy with medium body and medium carbonation

O; despite the floaties, this beer has a nice blend of flavors, is very drinkable and leaves a nice bitter finish that lingers.

Aug 06, 2017
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snaotheus from Washington

3.77/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

16oz can served in a pint glass. 06/01/17 stamped on the bottom. Given to me by @mr-jj.

Slightly hazy amber with a medium head and medium carbonation. Smell is straw, grain, grass.

Taste is straw, strong bitterness, and medium grass. I'm actually pretty surprised how bitter this is.

Mouthfeel is dry. Overall, not bad, and certainly sessionable with the dry mouthfeel and bitter finish.

Aug 05, 2017
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omahawk from Nebraska

3.92/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Beautiful clear golden pour. Smell hints at citrus rind. Front end taste is to the harsh but pleasant bitter end of the APA spectrum. Great hop flavor follows. Solid American pale ale from Toppling Goliath.

Jul 28, 2017
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

3.28/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Scored these at Howell Liquors across from the airport on July 5, 2017 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The game has changed, there was no Toppling Goliath when I lived in Milwaukee, and there definitely wasn't any around 3 years ago when I visited.

Pours a darker orange and amber for a "pale" ale. Aroma wasn't much in terms of dry hops. And what is the contractual deal on the can? I guess there is some orange but I dunno if that is hop derived or fruit adjunct addition pushing the aromas.

Taste, actually seemed under hopped dare I say. Wasn't overly bitter, but it did seem to dandy up itself with orange, used some crystal malt and lower bitter and hoppiness. Dare I say, a gateway pale ale? Pretty rudimentary compared to the other TG brews I've had. This did nothing wrong, but nothing exceptional either.

Jul 25, 2017
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Baumer from Iowa

4.04/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden in color, with thick head and great lacing. A fair amount of particulate suspension. very citrus in aroma. definitely oranges and pineapple. nice huge aroma overall! zesty oranges up front with a nice balance of pine and hops. A little hoppier and bitter than i was expecting. very tasty though. light to medium body, medium finish. the zest and pine linger in equal parts. I like the feel of this beer overall! This is a sharp beer overall. I would definitely buy again.. technically this is an APA, but it definitely feels like an IPA

Jul 24, 2017
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ZAP from Minnesota

3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Excellent every day APA for BBQ, social gatherings, etc.

Aroma of mandarin oranges, tangerines, and light pineapple.

Taste leans on the citrus notes which I like...nothing catty, garlicy about this one.

Hazed oak color....body is medium...perfect carbonation...

Nothing extravagant or in your face bitterness wise but a great drinking balanced APA loaded with flavor..

Jul 05, 2017
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Alieniloquium from Florida

3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 oz. can. Hazy bright orange. Smells of sweet orange and a hefty resin aroma behind it. Cracker malts. Taste has the same bright orange up front, but it’s dank and herbal behind it. Resiny finish, though not a ton of bitterness. Biscuit malt backbone. Medium light. Very drinkable. Better than most of the TG stuff coming out of Lakeland.

Jun 21, 2017
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barnzy78 from Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

16oz can, dated MAR/01/17
A - hazy, yeasty amber body with a frothy ivory head that leaves a spattering of lacing on the glass
S - zesty, citric nose: orange and grapefruit zest and pith, earthy pine, caramel malt, grain
T - pine and zesty orange & grapefruit, toasty grain, caramely sweetness
M - medium body, resinous, finishing bitter with pine and zest lingering
O - pretty good APA but my expectations were high in comparison to some other Toppling Goliath pale ales.

Jun 16, 2017
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vette2006c5r from Minnesota

4.11/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tsunami pours a copper color, with a small, but long lasting and lacing head. Strong floral aroma. Taste is pretty strong, lots of floral hops, but still pretty balanced, finishes with an almost sweet kick. Good body and flavor. Overall, a very strong tasting pale ale.

Jun 08, 2017
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