Pseudo Sue
Toppling Goliath Brewing Company

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Pale Ale - American
Ranked #5
Ranked #130
4.52 | pDev: 7.52%
Toppling Goliath Brewing Company
Iowa, United States
Pseudo SuePseudo Sue
Notes: This single hop ale showcases the Citra hop. Named for the largest T-rex fossil ever discovered, she roars with ferocious aromas of grapefruit, citrus, mango and evergreen. Delicate in body with a mild bite in the finish.

50 IBU
Reviews: 908 | Ratings: 5,588 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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HopHunterCL from Ohio

4.8/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours a beautiful hazy orange with a huge creamy head.
All citrus in the aroma.
Flavor is orange and mango finishes bitter grapefruit peel and pine.
Medium body with lively carbonation.
If you want to know what citra hops taste like try this one. Great hoppy beer with just the right amount of bitterness

Apr 25, 2021
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Peach63 from New York

4.73/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours light amber with a 2 inch white head, which lasts. Heavy lacing to the end. Hazy.

Aroma is grapefruit, orange, mango, pine

Taste follows nose: Grapefruit, orange, mango, pine.

Medium bodied, lively carbonation. dry, resinous finish.

Excellent. This is one fine, tasty Pale Ale!

Mar 25, 2021
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Killermiller from Illinois

3.52/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.5

This beer is both the most bitter beer AND the sweetest beer I’ve ever had. Truly phenomenal. I’m not a fan of the bitterness unfortunately, so it’s not for me. I appreciated the sweetness. In terms of texture the beer is thick, smooth, and bubbly.

Mar 14, 2021
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J-legend-K from Colorado

4.75/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A: Opaque golden yellow accented by nice copper. White to off-white head
S: Fragrant fresh green citrusy nose. Very pleasant and inviting.
T: Citrus, lots of citra citrus. The pithy bitter tries to show up but is subdued by more citrus. Faint crackery backbone carries the citrus before it all fades to pleasant lingering pith.
Mf: Lighter medium body with active carbonation that allows the citrus to shine. Really light cloying stickiness afterwards
Overall: Really packs a citra punch considering the light body and abv. Delightful

Mar 10, 2021
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Seamus_Hanrahan from Massachusetts

4.06/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap in Melbourne,FL. nice beer! An even blend not overly fruity. Not much on the nose but the beer tastes great which of course is the bottom line.

Mar 07, 2021
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Tripel_Threat from Michigan

4.24/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very nice pale ale. Poured from can to nonic pint. Hazy orange is color with a nice, full head. Foam gradually subsides with decent lacing. Aromas of of juicy citrus and tropical goodness with light bready malts. Excellent balance between malt and hop, sweet citrus prominent and ever slightly pine bite. Clean finish.

Feb 16, 2021
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stosh66 from Pennsylvania

4.47/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

160z can poured into pint glass.
A: Super hazy and golden. 1/2 head that quickly dissipates.
S: Tropical fruits, pine, sweet malt.
T: Follows the aroma. Mango/pineapple with a piney bite at the finish. Enough malt sweetness to balance everything out.
M: Fairly light body but definitely not watery.
O: Deserves its place in the top 5 pale ales. Depending on my taste that day, I could see it as #1.

Feb 07, 2021
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DrMouthFeel from Indiana

4.81/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Beautiful golden orange haze in a teku. The smell on this beer is even more potent than king sue for me, burst of beige citrus / mango. It tastes just the same, very citrusy with a hint of mango on the way down right before you get just the slightest bit of bitterness. Really the perfect level of bitterness for my taste. Nice and smooth , not too creamy of a mouthfeel but just enough. Overall a fantastic drinking experience and one I always want on hand

Jan 29, 2021
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farrago from New Jersey

4.65/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Big, creamy head of bright white foam, excellent retention, broad lacing stripes more than streaks. The liquid possessed of a bright yellow hue, fully opaque, able to see some bubbles break the surface. Pleasingly tight weave to the nose, crisp grassiness, firm maltiness, pine, onion, tar, grapefruit pith, mixed tropical fruit on the dry side, nothing tries to stand out and solo, all chorus. Medium-bodied, coats the full palate, dry yet with a creaminess which prevents any real bitter pucker. Strong melon presence to go with apricot, pear, mango, pineapple. Very subtle florality, again more by way of tar or sap than dankness. Maybe a hint of bubblegum. Its balance primes the palate for the next sip, feels very intelligently crafted. I admire it most for being graceful but not a stuffed shirt about it, crazy drinkability. Now if only the distribution chain could get it to New Jersey earlier in the drinking window, has been a problem with this brewery since it started to show up here. (Canned 11/27/20, best by 3/17/21, purchased 1/17/21 and just hit the shelves at that point)

Jan 29, 2021
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150lRoast from Missouri

4.71/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

The color is an opaque yellow orange. The pour has a thick white head that has great staying power. It has a nice citrus & hop scent. The taste is citrus with a long hop finish which is not overly bitter. The feel is medium and dry with quite a bit of fizz on the sip, but light in the glass.

Its billed as a pale ale and I have heard some describe it as an IPA. While the citra hop is on full display, I wouldn't say its hopped enough to call it an IPA.

This is a very picturesque beer which I am sure contributes to the hype around it, but I feel that it lives up to the hype. I higly recommend, especially for someone wanting to venture into citra hops that is not a huge IPA fan.

Jan 16, 2021
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dtevans5 from Tennessee

4.52/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Hop character on the nose is awesome. Very strong on the nose, a bit weaker in taste but still very presents. Lots of lemon character. The mouth feel is a little thin and dry but still good. I'm not sure why it's called a pale ale because it's certainly an IPA

Jan 06, 2021
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puck1225 from Texas

4.5/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Okay, so now I understand the hype - this truly is an exceptional beer. As it turns out, this beer is now distributed to Pennsylvania, but not Texas as far as I am aware. In any event, I found it at a grocery store several miles from my mother-in-law’s house in Girard, PA while there for Christmas.

Poured from a a can into a tulip glass . Bright hazy yellow color with with the fluffiest white head and gorgeous lacing. Strong, fragrant citrus smell and taste. Wonderful feel and an excellent bitter finish. Glad I have tow more cans. Looking forward to reviewing King Sue!

Jan 03, 2021
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ANIMOUL from Vermont

4.22/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Discovered a four pack in an obscure beer steer in upstate NY. Drank 2+ months past its "drink by" date... regardless, very good and can imagine tastes even better fresher. Pours an yellowish hue with great head though it slowly trickles. Great tasting, would almost characterize as a NE pale ale. Worthy of the hype.

Dec 13, 2020
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lastmango from Pennsylvania

4.28/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a creamy and hazy yellow orange with a one finger meringue white head. Very heavy lacing was present. Nose is pine and mango. This is a flavor bomb of citrus and mango with a lasting pine finish. The tastes are very pronounced. Full bodied with good carbonation. This is a heavy beer, which surprised me greatly. It reminded me of some of the heavy states. Overall, this was juicy and reminded me of a NEIPA but with much more body and flavor than what I am used to in a NEIPA.

Dec 07, 2020
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Zorro from California

3.55/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy orange with a tall white colored head.

Smells intensely hoppy. Scent of pine and mango. Scent of willow tree. Smells woody. In Sum it smells intensely hopped.

Starts off milder than it smells. Taste of Mango. Bit of citrus but it is mostly Mango.

Mouthfeel is good.

Seems to be more cloudy IPA than pale ale.

Dec 06, 2020
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daliandragon from Maryland

4.45/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a can of this and the King Sue while home for the holidays. This is a brewery on the move. Pale translucent body with medium head and a fruity nose with herbal and medicinal hops and grassy malts.

This is exceptionally smooth in texture, and the carbonation level is more or less perfect. The flavor is lemon and tropical fruits mixed with cracker and a hint of pine. Very agreeable and resiny if not overpowering in the aftertaste. I can see why this is so well thought of. Super easy to gulp down.

Dec 06, 2020
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mycousinvinny from New York

4.98/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Appearance- Hazy golden yellow color.

Smell- Citrus with a hint of pine.

Taste- Citrus/hoppy. grapefruit slight mango not too bitter This is a well balanced beer.
great all season and great all around beer this one just might be my favorite all around beer!!!!!!!

Dec 04, 2020
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DrDemento456 from Pennsylvania

4.4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Stumbled upon this for about 3.50 a can. Great showcase of citra hops to pale malts. Not too bitter but it does have a lingering twang of herbal delight. Not sure if I would get it again but it's right up there with zombie dust. Good price for a pounder as well!

Dec 03, 2020
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Steve_Studnuts from Pennsylvania

4.26/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Canned 9/29/20
Consumed 11/27/20

Been wanting to try this one for quite awhile...

Looks kind of like pulpy orange juice with a weird, frothy head that sticks around for a minute and leaves spotty lacing in its wake. Smell is just insanely good with grapefruit and mango just popping out of the glass. Tastes as it smells, which is a good thing. Very citrus forward without beating you over the head. Moderate, lingering bitterness and low carbonation make for an exemplary mouthfeel. This is what I want from an IPA right now. Great beer and, at $15/4 pack, a much better value than it's older sibling, King Sue.

Nov 28, 2020
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haines710 from Delaware

4.11/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Very good pale ale. light and easy to drink. Don’t pick this up thinking you are getting an IPA. I love citra hops and this beer is a showcase. Awesome mouth feel but not strong flavor. Scent is probably stronger than taste. No malt. Probably overrated and overpriced. Great with food like pizza, burgers or spicy but not one that you want to sip and enjoy for longer.

Nov 21, 2020
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hman43 from North Carolina

4.16/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look: It pours solid yellow and looks like grapefruit juice in color. It has a white pillow head. Head retention is good.

Smell: Big bold grapefruit and citrus aroma. There is a background note of mango and a hint of evergreen. It also has some doughy bread notes in the background as well.

Taste: It has grapefruit and citrus flavors. The mango is a little stronger as is the evergreen. It is quite juicy.

Feel: It has a medium full body. It does have a little bit of a bitter bite in the finish.

Overall, an excellent beer with plenty of flavor that blend very well together.

Oct 24, 2020
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barneyrubble from Colorado

3.71/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice 2F off white foam head atop an opaque full on haze pale yellow beer. The color reminds me of a fully opaque version of white grapefruit juice. Light spotty lace as it settles to a thin cap.

Nose is juicy and like the color, grapefruit led, along with some pine needles. Mango, peach, and tangerine notes emerge over a few tastes.

The taste has a slightly salty or mineral led flat watery citrus and light pine of pith flavor. This warms up a bit to reveal a bit of light smooth body, but no real malt note to speak of. I was expecting lots more citrus and grapefruit notes and pop. I kept waiting for the acidic citrus tang but instead get a rather boring light fizzy pine note. It really reminds me of a watery, salty, non-acid grapefruit juice.

Mouthfeel is light with medium fine carbonation. Body is light and spritzy. Very light astringency on the finish.

Overall a disappointment for a beer so highly rated. Way too watery without a hint of malt and over priced in my mind. Improves as you drink but not enough to change my rating. My brain almost sez: I am drinking some kind of rehydration drink after a hot summer hike, haha. Not really looking forward to the rest of the 3 pack. Maybe some interesting food match-ups?

Oct 23, 2020
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titty_mcbitty from Tennessee

4.39/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

A: Super hazy yellow-gold color with a bubbly white head on top.

S: Not getting too much here other than faint grapefruit.

T: Very refreshing! Ripe orange, grapefruit, lemon zest, cracker.

M/F: Light and insanely drinkable, good amount of carb, finishes with juicy grapefruit.

O: Excellent beer! This is very easy to drink but at the same time full of ripe juice flavors. This balance between the drinkability and the intensity of flavors impresses me the most. Well-worth the trade.

Sep 23, 2020
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trevormajor from Ohio

4.04/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 oz can bottled 7/10/20 poured into a pint glass.
L - Hazy, but not cloudy, a new honey yellow. White frothy head that dissipated to a thin layer
S - Citrus, evergreen
T - Hoppy notes of citrus and evergreen on the nose, heavy carbonation on the finish
F - Very nice, full bodied
O - A very good pale ale that borders on a NE IPA. Great beer, but there are many local pales, IPA's that are just as good

Sep 22, 2020
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maxpower from Missouri

4.4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

16 oz can pours a hazy light golden color with a small stick head of tight bubbles. Fresh citrus aromas of pineapple, grapefruit and pine. Tropical fruit, citrus fruit flavors. Great pale ale, if it wasn't labeled this way I would call it an IPA.

Sep 21, 2020
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