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 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 jlindros
3.27/5  rDev -12.8%
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 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 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 Hopheadjeffery
3.64/5  rDev -2.9%
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 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 rudzud
3.31/5  rDev -11.7%
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 Stevedore
3.18/5  rDev -15.2%
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 Gotti311
2.75/5  rDev -26.7%
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 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 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 mynie
2.38/5  rDev -36.5%
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 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 Treyliff
3.47/5  rDev -7.5%
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 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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Photo of gatornation
3.75/5  rDev 0%
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 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 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 zeledonia
2.26/5  rDev -39.7%
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 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 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 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 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 Mdog
3.12/5  rDev -16.8%
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 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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