Tsunami Pale Ale | Toppling Goliath Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Toppling Goliath Brewing Company
Iowa, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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

Added by emerge077 on 07-24-2010

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Reviews: 42 | Ratings: 323
Photo of FBarber
3.62/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark orange color. Clear and effervescent. Off-white head dissipates leaving some spotty residual foam. Unremarkable but appropriate for the style.

Smell has aromas of peach, mango, orange, pine, caramel, with some dank herbal undertones. Aroma is quite pungent and vibrant.

Taste follows the nose with some peach, mango and orange initially quickly giving way to a piney bitterness, a strong caramel malt backbone and a strong dank herbal flavor. Pretty bitter with a lingering herbal bitter aftertaste.

Feel is a bit heavy for the an APA, but still drinkable. Feels closer to an IPA. Mild to medium carbonation.

Although it had a nice aroma on it, this was a very average APA. Not the kind of standout beers I expect from Toppling Goliath. Too many other good beers out there to bother with this one.

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Photo of Bighuge
3.98/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Glowing copper body. Huge hunks of particulate floating in suspension. Not very inviting. Aroma is pungent and dank with a little orange marmalade. Nice hop flavor on the palate backed by a firm caramel malt backbone. Hop flavors are tropical and dank. Pineapple and mango. Low bitterness. Medium bodied and moderately carbonated. Drinkable and flavorful if not very aesthetic.

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Photo of Dragginballs76
3.99/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours golden copper color with a surprising amount of floaties, white head spotty lacing around the glass.

Aroma - Tropical aromas orange, mango, pineapple smells great. Little bit of lemon and wheat as well.

Taste - Nice mix of mild hops and sweet malts, mango/orange as well nice taste.

Feel - High side of light smooth refreshing well carbonated

Overall - A really solid pale ale great flavors

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can. Light orange body, mostly clear, with an inch or more of thick, creamy foam atop. Aromas of bread, ripe citrus, pine, grain. Light to medium in body. Hop forward, though balanced by a sturdy malt bill. Pretty good.

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Photo of dcotom
3.61/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 16-ounce can into chalice. Hazy, honey-colored pour; two-finger white head that dissipated rather quickly, leaving lots of lacing. Burst of pine resin and citrus zest upon opening can. Aroma quickly faded when poured, however, with malt becoming dominant on the nose and faint notes of orange and pine resin in the background. This sample was a little over two months old, and quite bitter for the claimed 31 IBU. Not much on the flavor profile aside from the bitterness. Lingering bitter and slightly oily aftertaste. Overall, good but not great. May have been better a little closer to the canning date.

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Photo of Jaypeajus
3.42/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Look is orange, foamy at first to a moderate ring with spotted lacing. Smells like it would be sticky sap on tongue. Malty nose. Bruised Orange at back end on nose. Taste malty, bit o bitterness, a herb I can't quite ID. Pleasant. This is my 3rd can of Tsunami, the 1st two on my finishing pour was FULL of sediment, not bad kind, but the last sip is what I imagined biting a hop bud in half to taste like. Not sure if this can will do that to me. I like it overall, not a bad rep.

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Photo of NoYouDidnt
3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a orange color with a 1 finger thick head. Aroma, kind of a scented orange, oddly enough kind of a bacon or some savory flavor like that, pine, lemon zest, mint. Taste- a bready/cracker malt backbone. Has another bit of basil, bit of orange, bit of sap. Mouthfeel is sudsy. Overall, this is a decent pale.

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Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3.64/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Tasted in a Spiegelau IPA glass from a 16 oz can on December 23, 2016. Canned on 11/03/16. Look is hazy gold with a thick white head and sticky lacing. Smell is pleasant floral aromas. Taste is bitter citrus rind. Feel is sharply bitter in the finish.

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Photo of ta_hagen
4.18/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Orange, mango and papaya seem to be the prevalent flavors with a nice sweet maltiness and a bitter pine bite. It is like a breezy ride, not too bitter, and a perfect dank taste. Very clear and light body. The mandarin-orange characteristic sure shines in this one. I would totally agree like a "pale ale light", similar to a Surly Citra would sum of the review of this beer.

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Photo of Cfred371
3.89/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Look: Pours a clear golden, carbonation shooting up to the fluffy, slight off white head.

Smell: lemon, some orange, and it falls off.

Taste: The lemon, orange Hop flavor plays with a breadty malt, and a hint of a melon.

Feel: Solid carbonation, medium to medium light body, almost spritz like.

Overall: This isn't TG's best offering, but is worth visiting at least once. To me, this almost seems like a "pale ale light", similar to a Surly Citra.

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Photo of bsp77
3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sharp aroma of mandarin oranges, with light toasted and spicy notes. Taste is similar and is a great mandarin orange showcase, but there is a big lingering aftertaste that is a little annoying. While certainly not psuedoSue, this is still quite good.

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Photo of FriedSlug
4.28/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A deep gold beer with a fluffy, slightly off white head. As the sticky head recedes it leaves a massive amount of lacing behind. The aroma is mainly resinous pine with sweet, overripe tropical fruit in the background. Orange, mango and papaya seem to be the prevalent flavors with a nice sweet maltiness and a bitter pine bite that lingers but fades to an enjoyable level. The body is a little thicker than I thought a beer of this ABV would be and I appreciate that. This is quite a big flavored 5% beer. Very nice beer.

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Photo of garymuchow
3.79/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A full on hoppy pale ale, but definitely enough malt backbone for stated style. Bitterness is smooth, but there is a lingering hop flavor on the finish that is a little less pleasing. No particular sweetness from malt but a good solid body contributing to a solid mouthfeel. Nice mix of hops lending a fruity character to aroma and taste, but also plenty of other styles of hops leaving grassy and some herbal qualities too. Golden ale with full white head that settles down in time.

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Photo of MizzouBrew
4.02/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This pours a darker clear orange, with a thick puffy white head that sticks around. Taste is citrusy but it leaves a lingering hop presence on the back of the tongue. Would definitely drink this again.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.05/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Can received as an extra in a recent trade.

This one pours a mostly clear light yellow, with a small head, and a good amount of lacing.

Smells 'crisp' with a nice grassiness, some mild grapefruit and pineapple, and a biscuity malt backbone.

The taste is the same. This is simple but very satisfying. The hop bite is up front, crisp, grassy, and mildly fruity, and the beer finishes with a sturdy but not overbearing malt backbone. It's quite well balanced, and I could imagine this converting someone to a hophead.

This is light bodied, and very crisp. It's quite refreshing.

This should rate higher than it does. I really enjoyed it.

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Photo of Czequershuus
4.04/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a very clear copper with a large head. The aroma offers up orange, grapefruit, pineapple, salted mango, kiwi, and a pungent resin backnote. The flavor features pineapple, grilled mango, guava, kiwim orange peel, and a very soft yet strong bitterness. The mouthfeel is full and round with soft carbonation. Overall this is a really delicious fruity pllae with a solid bitter core.

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Photo of maximum12
4.15/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Waves in a can. I doubt this would play well in Japan. 16 oz. can I’m going to crush against my rippling left bicep once I’m through with it.

Looks like a still from a Bud Light commercial circa 1989. Big white cap over a tight, golden, tanned body. I can see the individual bubbles cavorting. They look happy. It smells like watermelon & bubblegum & citrus with an uncommon amount of JuicyFruit. Honestly one of the best smelling pales I can recall.

Tsunami is a bitter, biting little troll. Squabby, bitter hops up front before the nose stuff asserts itself, though not as strongly. Still some seedless watermelon, that bubblegum, citrus, sweet grass, farmer’s market florals. Supremely dry & goin’ down easy.

Juicy without being hazy? It’s like haze is just a meaningless fad to entice the socks-and-sandals crowd to pay more for IPAs…oh, wait. Excellent beer & a prince among pales.

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Photo of mynie
2.38/5  rDev -36.7%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

Pours foggy with minimal head. Chill haze?

Smells fruity and dry. The malt is off and there's little hop presence to balance it out.

Tastes not good. Under brewed, fruity, sour and peaty finish. A goddamn mess.

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Photo of Treyliff
3.47/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle poured into a snifter

A- pours a clear pale golden color with a small foamy white head that reduced to just a ring around the edge, leaving some lacing behind

S- smells of mandarin orange fruit cup, pickled beets, wet cardboard, bready caramel malt

T- tastes almost slightly oxidized up front, light mandarin orange sweetness with some earthy hop, dry and juicy finish

M- medium body and carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel and a dry crisp finish

O- an interesting pale ale, I enjoyed the mandarin orange notes, but it seemed a bit off balanced over all

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Photo of jzlyo
4.05/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Aroma is citrus/orange, tropical fruit/kiwi and bread/English muffins. The flavor is citrus/orange, light tropical fruit/kiwi, mild hop resin, a hint of tea and a bitter finish.

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Photo of Phocion
2.82/5  rDev -25%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Review from notes. March 16, 2015; bottle purchased about a week and a half prior. Bomber pours into my glass a slightly hazy orange with a solid finger of frothy white head. Good retention and thick, sticky lacing, like most other TG bottled beers.

Massively sweet tropical fruit hoppy aroma. A bit of cardboard oxidation flavor too - interesting since this was just released. Lots of mango and orange and a bit of floral hoppiness. Huge caramel and bready malts.

Flavor is very juicy as well. Oxidized flavor doesn't hit in the flavor much, thankfully. Very earthy and lightly spicy hops. Chewy and a bit bready with a somewhat pronounced bitterness in the back, but almost cloyingly sweet.

Light bodied and moderate mouthfeel.

Overall, I don't like this beer at all. Is this an old batch? I've never had old TG beer before since it tends to sell quite rapidly and this one had just hit the shelves when I bought it. Thick, and too sweet but a bitter aftertaste. Not good flavors and they don't balance each other out. A very sad disappointment from TG.

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Photo of zeledonia
2.26/5  rDev -39.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Tasted 28 Feb 2015. Reviewed from notes.

Pours mostly clear, medium orange. One finger of white head, good retention and lacing.

Smell is herbal, a bit tannic and acidic. Smells like it's hit hard with bittering hops or noble-like hops.

Taste is not good. There's really not much redeeming about it. It's grainy, with a sharp, unpleasant bitterness. Aspirin, chalk, and chemical aftertaste. No way I'm finishing this.

Feel is okay, but it lasts, and I want it gone. Medium-bodied, expanding to fill the mouth. Carbonation is lower than I'd like.

Not a good beer. Tastes like my early attempts at homebrewing a pale ale, totally unbalanced and dominated by flavor-light malts and sharply bitter hops. Hard to believe that TG can put out stuff like this, when many of there other beers are so amazing. This one is a definite pass.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.82/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to Jeff for this one. Always excited to try offerings from TG. 22oz bomber into a Darkness snifter.

Pours a thin, .5 finger frothy white head with moderate retention. Beer is a clear ruby red. Lacing is stringy, spotty and sticky. Decent.

Notes of pineapple, lychee, grapefruit and cane sugar. Very sweet. Moderately aromatic.

Opens pine resin, citrus, pineapple and lychee sweetness. Some dank resiny hop bitterness in the middle. Ends mildly tart with more grass, tea leaves and bark towards the end. Enjoyable.

Light bodied with ample carbonation. Lively and prickly in the mouth and goes down aggressive and crisp. Accented finish with a filmy aftertaste. Pretty good.

A very solid pale ale but I would've expected a little more out of TG. This has great balance but it doesn't have the huge citrus and tropical fruit character that I'm looking out for in a world class pale ale.

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Photo of jlindros
3.27/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Thanks to irish-hawkeye (Reddit) for this one, shared with rudzud.

Pours a decent fluffy fizzy 1/2 finger head fades at a med pace with nice lacing, super sediment hazy honey orange color.

Nose brings lots of malts, aged hops, sweet malt and fruity messy hops, bbq sauce fruits, fresh wort malt, mild stone fruit, apricot note in the background.

Taste some malts, grainy malts with little Belgian notes, fresh wort, grassy and fruity hops, malty with little fruity rye like note, doughy, earthy, over ripe apple mush, herbal tea. Finish is sticky sweet, fruity meh, malty.

Mouth is med bod, lighter bit decent carb,

This seemed a bit old, faded, malty, old hops, etc, but not sure as they don't date it unfortunately, not very impressive, esp compared to the other TG beers I've had. this is a great brewery and I think this beer just got left behind.

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Photo of rudzud
3.31/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Thanks to JLindros for sharing.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a crystal clear golden hue with lots of particulate. White head fades to leave sticky lacing.

S - Aromas of loads of sweet malts, tea, earthy cardboard. Definitely an old apa.

T - Taste is similar to the nose, loads of malts. Tea, earthy hops. Old hops, old beer, faint caramel.

M - Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated, a bit stale.

O - Overall this beer was really old and tired. Quite a shame.

Serving type: bottle

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