Tsunami Pale Ale | Toppling Goliath Brewing Company

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Tsunami Pale AleTsunami Pale Ale

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: 39 | Ratings: 310
Photo of Norvelljeff
5/5  rDev +33.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I have the pleasure of drinking this shit straight off the line and I can say that this was fantastic. Almost electric orange in color and not quite as flavorful as I would have liked. Always look forward to TG and eagerly waiting what the next move will be for them. Bottoms Up

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Photo of FriedSlug
4.28/5  rDev +14.1%
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 MattyG85
4.21/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a chalice.

Appearance: Pours a hazy golden orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. About one finger of off white head which settles into a thin patchy layer.

Smell: A juicy, floral, and earthy hop forward aroma with hints of citrus and grass. Citrus hops with hints of orange, lemon, grapefruit, apricot, and melon. Grassy hops along with some floral and piney hints. Pale malt with hints of caramel, grains, cracker, and yeast. A pretty nice aroma.

Taste: Like the aroma, a juicy and grassy hop forward taste with notes of citrus fruit and grass. Upfront citrus hops with notes of orange, grapefruit, lemon zest, apricot, and melon. Grassy and floral hops along with some pine. Pale malt with some notes of caramel, grains, biscuit, cracker, and yeast. A nice zesty taste.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with a moderate level of carbonation. Crisp and juicy with a smooth finish.

Overall: A solid take on an American Pale Ale. Nicely juicy, grassy, and smooth. Not on the same level as PseudoSue but pretty solid.

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Photo of ta_hagen
4.18/5  rDev +11.5%
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 jwc215
4.16/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Ours hazed golden amber with a thin white head. Lacing sticks.

The smell is of musty nectarine and mandarin orange.

The taste is of nectarine with a balancing biscuity sweet balance. It has a long finish.

It is chewy - fuller side of a light-bodied pale ale. Very refreshing!

There is a balanced bittersweet fruitiness that makes this a nice, refreshing brew! A "sessionable", balanced, vibrant American Pale Ale.

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Photo of maximum12
4.15/5  rDev +10.7%
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 hardy008
4.15/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours hazy orange with a one finger foamy white head. The aroma has oranges, melon, bread and biscuit malt.

Tastes much like it smells with oranges, light grapefruit, melon, bread and biscuit malt, with some caramel. At 31 IBUs it is not a hop bomb, but a Pale Ale isn't supposed to be as bitter or hoppy as an IPA. Has a nicely balanced taste.

Light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Has a light citrus aftertaste. Smooth and easy to drink. I would buy a bottle of this again without hesitation.

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Photo of emerge077
4.1/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Stopped at the tap room and had a pint of this, their house draft.
Review from notes.

Served in a pint, it was a hazy unfiltered gold, with a crown of intricate lacing. There was a finger of head that receded to a thick skim across the surface. Retention was good. Green, leafy, earthy hops in the nose. Seemed like it would be fairly bitter based on aroma alone.

The flavor definitely delivered what the nose hinted at. Firm hop bitterness, grassy and earthy, with a lingering dry green hop finish. Malt complexity in the middle. Light bodied and sessionable for sure. A nice effort from a new Iowa brewery. It reminded me a little of our hometown classic in Chicago, Daisy Cutter from Half Acre.

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Photo of WesMantooth
4.1/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint shows off a partly cloudy/hazy deep orange brew with a foamy off-white head.

Smell is very strong malt. Like buscuits. Also oranges

The strong caramel malt base dominates the taste. Bready with a touch of citrus hops. Faint orange and grapefruit provide a touch of sourness. Smooth aftertaste.

On the heavier end body wise for a pale ale, but medium overall. Decent amount of carbonation.

Hop hunters are not going to be fighting for this one. Nothing elaborate, but just a very, very good, drinkable beer. Sometimes simplicity is a good thing. I would gladly take this over a SNPA.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.1/5  rDev +9.3%
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 ramay86
4.08/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Crystal clear. Pale amber body, classic TG stickiness on top.

Nose shows some biscuit, conifer, tangerine.

Pretty clean on the palate. A lot of the same notes that surface in the aroma. Very drinkable, Nice finish.

Not on the same level as their other pales, but a nice beer.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.05/5  rDev +8%
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 jzlyo
4.05/5  rDev +8%
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 Czequershuus
4.04/5  rDev +7.7%
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 mdwalsh
4.03/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Bright yellow/golden with just a hint of orange. Great clarity. One finger white head. Looks like a Bud/Miller/Coors beer to be honest. Good active carbonation. I think it's just a little too yellow, I'd like to see some more color. 4.0

S: Hops are there, but not crazy, in fact the pale malt is stronger. Not perfectly clean, but good. 3.5

T: Not much going on here, making it a great session beer/intro to craft beer, but I'd love to see more complexity. No off flavors and just a light bite. 4.0

M: Very nice. It has sharp carbonation and good body. 4.5

D: This is a very drinkable beer. 4.5

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Photo of MizzouBrew
4.02/5  rDev +7.2%
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 SportsandJorts
3.97/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: solid gold coloring. Good strong clarity and a finger of a white head that fades fairly quickly and leaves only a small lacing

Smell: mix of toasted and crystal malts. Hops come in with floral, citrus and pine. Just a touch too weak

Taste: opens with some floral hops, transitions to malts. Sweet and a little toasty. Ends with lots of citrus and a little pine. Good balance.

Mouthfeel: light and just a little bit of lingering bitterness.

Overall: well crafted and tasty pale. Just short of great to me.

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Photo of TheBrewo
3.93/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This brew was served on tap at Toppling Goliath Brewing Company in Decorah, Iowa. It arrived in a tasting stange, showing a ruddy copper coloring. It held a creamy one finger head of soapy white bubbles, showing nice retention. Lacing sat in hollow, mountainous peaks around our glasses. No haze or sediment was noted, and carbonation appeared to be lightly active. The aroma was clean and light, giving off bursts of grapefruity citric and floral hoppiness, crispy and toasty pale and soft amber grain, thin plastics phenols, sweet ethanol, corny adjuncts, nectary fruitiness of apricot and lime flesh, powdery ale yeastiness, white flour, and glassy metallics. The flavoring was much more robust and full, and was composed of sweetly citric grapefruity, grassy, and floral hops, rubber, sea salted seaweed, mildly toasted pale and crystal grain, bittering lemon and lime zest, honeysuckle, corkboard, tin, light muskiness, sawdust, rawhide, and both green and brown grassiness. The body was lightly medium, and the carbonation was medium to high. Each sip gave pleasant slurp, smack, cream, froth, and pop through the mouthfeel, with wet, resinous pucker left lingering on the lips. The abv was appropriate, and drinkability remained high throughout.

Overall, here it is, our first beer tasted at Toppling Goliath!! We have been hoping that we’d have the chance to visit them directly, or at least find their beer somewhere someday for quite a while now. Thankfully, some residency interviews in Minneapolis brought us out this way, and we could make it work with our schedule. As a simple house pale ale we were not disappointed. While it is definitely light, especially through the aroma and the feel, the flavoring is bright, sticky, and wonderfully citric with hoppiness. Think of this more as your session pale, is such a thing were to exist. We didn’t want to jump right into PseudoSue when we got there, and felt this was an appropriate stepping stone and transition to get our tasting wheels rolling for the night. Looking back, there is definitely a theme with a lot of their hoppy beers, including a comparable, or even identical yeast, along with a standard pale malt and citric hop used. This was a tasty beer, and a greatly welcomed introduction to the brewery for us.

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Photo of bsp77
3.9/5  rDev +4%
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 Cfred371
3.89/5  rDev +3.7%
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 Pintofbrown
3.88/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I rode the wave with a shaker pint. This beer was reviewed from notes.

Appearance- This pale has a golden-orange, transparent body.There are no bubbles in the beer, with a white ring of foam. There is a little bit of sheet lacing as the beer travels down the glass.

Smell- The nose is quite sweet and fruity. It is surprisingly tangy, like sweet tarts. The candy citrus reminds me of lemon and lime, also a bit floral.

Taste- Nice! A blast of vanilla and tingly bitterness right away. The candy citrus blends with some wheat grain and a bitter back end. The biscuit malt is a nice touch, really like the grassy quality too.

Mouth feel- The medium body has some nice lift off the tongue. The bitterness gives Tsunami Pale a long and dry finish.

Overall- The sweet and tangy nature of the beer is the defining quality by far. The bitterness is not overdone and makes for an easy drinking pale. Give me more of that citrus please!

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.82/5  rDev +1.9%
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 NoYouDidnt
3.8/5  rDev +1.3%
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 Ri0
3.79/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

poured 22oz bottle into chalice. Bottled about 5 days ago.

A - A clear peach orange color with a 1.5 finger white head. A thin ring and some spotty lacing form on glass.

S - Sweet floral notes with orange. A big Pilsner malt aroma with bread and biscuit.

T - Light hop presence and a big malty sweet presence. Caramel, bread, and biscuit with the flavor of a Pils blend with a nice orange marmalade and floral notes.

M - Medium feel with good carbonation. Unexpected dry finish, yet crisp.

O - A big malty APA that is easy to drink. Not one of TGs best, but still very good.

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Photo of garymuchow
3.79/5  rDev +1.1%
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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