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

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Photo of zeledonia
2.26/5  rDev -40.5%
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 mynie
2.38/5  rDev -37.4%
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 Gotti311
2.75/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Doesnt have the same clean mouth that other TG hoppy beers have. Also a lingering note that wasnt pleasant. Bottle was less than 3 weeks old, no excuse

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Photo of Phocion
2.82/5  rDev -25.8%
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 Reinbeck11
2.9/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

The look of this beer is really nice. Hazy orange with a solid full head. Smell and taste didn't appeal to me. Light smell with citrus scent flavor was same but ended with a bit of a metalic flavor that held on too long. Good carbonation that was would have melded with the taste better had the aftertaste not been there.

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Photo of Mdog
3.12/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Slightly hazy gold, good head.

Smell: First hits with black olives, then some indistinct berries and mild sweetness. Kinda strange.

Taste: The strangeness continues, moderate sweetness, earthy berries, dull orange.

Overall: Picked up a bottle over in Wiscoland to try. Glad I only picked up one, this is pretty strange tasting, earthy oranges--like they are just going bad and losing their sweetness.

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Photo of Stevedore
3.18/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

16oz poured in a shaker pint on draft at Craftsman in Middleton, WI today, 1/29/2014.

App- clear orange-copper body with a clean white 1 finger head, good retention, good lacing.

Smell- crisp breadiness, hints of caramel and floral notes. Surprisingly not so hoppy.

Flavour- tastes like a crisp pilsner, bready and caramelly with floral hops. Not bitter at all.

Mouthfeel- medium bodied, well carbonated, easy to drink but by no means bitter.

Overall- decent pale ale, tastes more like a pilsner. Not that great and I suggest looking for better options.

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Photo of jlindros
3.27/5  rDev -13.9%
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 -12.9%
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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Photo of Jaypeajus
3.42/5  rDev -10%
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 Treyliff
3.47/5  rDev -8.7%
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 dcotom
3.61/5  rDev -5%
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 FBarber
3.62/5  rDev -4.7%
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 Hopheadjeffery
3.64/5  rDev -4.2%
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 gatornation
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

slight hazed light orange color with a white head and some streaking lacing fresh collar
light mandarin and tangerine some lemon bread sweet malts
nice light tropical and citrus fruits a biscuit and caramel malt grassy finish
medium carbonation light hops very little bitterness
a stater PA its tasty and drinkable really liked the tangerine /maderin flavors

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Photo of Ri0
3.79/5  rDev -0.3%
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 -0.3%
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 NoYouDidnt
3.8/5  rDev 0%
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 SpeedwayJim
3.82/5  rDev +0.5%
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 Pintofbrown
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
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 Harrison8
3.89/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a fiery orange with a little fog to it. Head formation was three fingers with more easily made with a slightly more aggressive pour. Head retention is good with great lacing left behind. Aroma is citrus, and biscuit malts. The hops are much more forward on this, although the malts are discernible. Flavor profile is citrus, and pine hops from the start. Biscuit malts swell up as the initial hops fade, all before bitter, resiny hop finish. Mouth feel has a little fizzy harshness to it, but is otherwise hanging around at a medium thickness. Overall, a flavorful pale ale with dramatic, but balanced hops.

Served in a 12oz snifter.

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Photo of Cfred371
3.89/5  rDev +2.4%
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 +2.6%
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 larryi86
3.91/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Thank you Ri0 for this
16 oz can, dated 1/30/17, poured into a pint glass

A- A clear copper with a two finger white head.

S- Mandarin oranges, some caramel malts, some citrus, floral.

T- Sweet bread, some oranges, citrus, floral hops that turn to some wet grass and onion in the finish.

M- Smooth, light body.

O- The finish is a little off putting to me, maybe I should have drank this sooner. Other than the finish I enjoy the rest of the beer.

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Photo of TheBrewo
3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
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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