PseudoSue | Toppling Goliath Brewing Company

622 Reviews

Brewed by:
Toppling Goliath Brewing Company
Iowa, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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

Added by emerge077 on 08-17-2011

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Photo of Seanem44
4.08/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A little let down on this one after all the hype. I have to attribute it to being the variant canned elsewhere (Florida?) and not the home brewery. I heard that can make a large difference. Still, it was a decent beer and given the chance I'd buy again.

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Photo of Mute_Ant_Brew
4.82/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

I had this after having double dry hop pseudo Sue. If I hadn't had this second it would seem like more than a canvas for the paintings of TG. That aside, this is a wonderful pale ale that if I could afford it I would drink at the very least weekly.

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Photo of ZebulonXZogg
3.63/5  rDev -19%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

L: Pours a nice hazy orange, off white head that's hangs around a bit, nice lacing.
S: Lotsa citrus, some pine and a sort of flowery scent.
T: Just like above, with some cracker and a bitter finish.
F: A very nice medium body, very nice carbonation. Refreshing.
O: Canned on 1/25/17. I don't drink a lot of SPA'S but this was pretty good. Looking forward to pouring this next to OB's Dales Pale Ale. Read great thing about this and the brewery and will look for more.

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Photo of Luphildern
4.38/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Was told I could beat up a guy if I didn't like it so I had to try it. Love the bright orange color but it was a little hazy. The smell was a great apa standard hoppy smell but it was a weak smell. Taste was great even though it was dry hopped. It wasn't too hoppy and it didn't stick around in my mouth a lot. The feel in my mouth was amazing. It was a light body with a smooth head and very easy to drink. I took an average of all my scores and then rounded up since I love it to give it a 4.5. I would definitely drink it again.

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Photo of vikingpillager
4.96/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Truly a world-class beer. The flavor profile is outstanding and does not degrade at all even while it warms up as I drink it slowly and affectionately. Amazing hop interaction. Wonderful aroma. One of the very best beers I have ever tried, and I am overjoyed that it is now available in Chicago. Please bring King Sue next !!!!!

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Photo of Buck89
4.53/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Teku glass. A hazy golden-amber color with a frothy one-finger white head. Great citrus aroma right out of the can on the pour. Also a bit of tropical fruit. The taste followed with huge citrus, berries, and some earthy notes. Clean, dry bready malt. Medium-bodied with a great feel. Just a fantastic beer.

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Photo of DaverCS
4.73/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured a golden-orange color in a Teku glass. A nice chill haze is created with some phenomenal lacing and an inch of a white fluffy head.

Aroma is an assault of citrus and tropical fruit. Perhaps a bit of dankness near the finish. Lots of orange pith and peel, mango, and papaya; sweeter tropical fruits, not so much acidic.

The beer is clean in flavor with a mild-moderate level of bitterness, and a medium-light carbonation level. The beer feels almost creamy on the palate. The beer is citra-forward. Great amount of citrus pith: grapefruit and orange. The tropical fruits are not as present as on the nose, but still mildly present (mango mostly). A bit of a herbal hop character comes forth near mid sip. The finish is dry, prompting another sip. Bitterness does not linger on the palate, but it does provide an appealing bite.

This is one delicious pale ale. I would say that, in regards to hype, it does fall a bit short. I was hoping for a bit more topical fruit concentration. I prefer this to a Pliny/blind pig, and I see it being a toned back version of a Heady (but in the same vein). I am overjoyed I have a four pack, and I would without a doubt buy again if given the opportunity. However, I would not trade an arm/leg to try; it’s great, but not life-altering. I see this pairing well with many foods, but a crispy chicken paillard with frisee, lardons, and a soft poached egg would work nicely. It gets a 94.5/100.

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Photo of Griffin2
4.12/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16 oz can into a pint glass.
L - Poured a clear orange color with a white head that dissipates quickly.
S - Smells of hops and citrus.
T - Tastes or oranges and hops.
F - Light bodied with mild carbonation.
O - Tasty, easy drinking pale ale.

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Photo of bbtkd
4.09/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Toppling Goliath PseudoSue, 5.8% ABV, 50 IBU. Pours medium viscosity and hazy orange, with a two finger foamy white head that left foamy lacing. Nose is citrus, taste is citrus, pine and hops, but not too bitter. Excellent mouthfeel, perfect carbonation, and smooth. Overall excellent. I tend not to like pale ales due to the hoppy bitterness, but thought I'd try some Sue since it is so highly rated. Best pale ale I've had.

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Photo of brunsojw
4.65/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Easily one of the best pale ales I have tasted.

The hop aroma is fantastic. The nose on this makes me want to drink it.

Incredibly well balanced.

Great beer.

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Photo of Tbone
2.4/5  rDev -46.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Just purchased today from a place claiming they get weekly delivery.

Slightly hazy gold. Zero citrus or fruit. Mostly floral and dank.

I had it a couple years ago it thought it decent, but I won't be getting it again, and probably will wind up dumping the rest of the 4 pack.

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Photo of Harrison8
4.53/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours fiery orange with a little frost and fog keeping it from being completely clear. Pouring out the last few ounces of the can gives the beer a more opaque look. Head foams up to three fingers in height after a modest pour. Good retention and lacing. Aroma is blood orange, citrus, floral, and resin hops. Biscuit malts with a hint of earth give the aroma more balance. Flavor profile is blood orange, tangerine, orange with floral and resin hops and biscuit malts. Very flavorful, balanced, and tasty. Mouth feel is medium in thickness, and maintains a great consistency that falls just on the grainy side giving the beer a little more presence. Overall, a flavorful hoppy pale ale. The balance is struck just right, keeping the distinct attitude of this beer tame.

Served in a 12oz snifter.

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Photo of WunderLlama
4.48/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Can poured into pint glass

Translucent honey colored liquid, one finger sticky white foam cap , some lacings

Good citrus hop aroma

Citrus hop taste

Nice sudsing , good taste without the bite

Good beer

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Photo of JBowenGeorgia
4.49/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My first Toppling Goliath beer, thankful to receive this one in the NBS BIF#5. I love the Citra so this one should be right up my alley.
Pours a clear deep gold/orange with a smallish head that settled quickly into a ring around the edge.
Smells tropical, citrusy. Taste follows suit, lots of grapefruit flavor that lingers for awhile on the taste buds.
Good carbonation and feel.
Very tasty and right there with Zombie for an APA!

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Photo of RyanK252
4.4/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Can poured into a Sierra Nevada Brewing Co pub glass

A: Pours hazy (with a few small floaties) golden orange amber with a frothy off white head that settles to a firm layer and leaves some very nice lacing.

S: Ripe fruit leads, passion fruit and peach, maybe a hint of mango, some citrus, orange, grapefruit, lemon lime, biscuity malt, and caramel sweetness.

T: Fruity tropical citrus nectar of the gods. Passion fruit, peach, apricot, orange, lemon lime, grapefruit, lychee, lightly toasty biscuity malt, and a touch of caramel sweetness.

M: Medium body, moderate carbonation, very smooth.

O: File this one under wish list beers I wasn't expecting to have fall into my lap. Canned in Florida and not super fresh, so as difficult as it is to imagine it being even better, it no doubt could be. Outstanding showcase of all that Citra hops!

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Photo of zac16125
4.25/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Toppling Goliath Pseudo Sue
16oz can into a pint glass
Canned on: 11/30/16 (reviewed with approx 2.5 months on it)

A: Pours a slightly hazy golden color with 2 plus fingers width of white head. Head has good retention before dissipating down and leaves lots of lacing. 4.25

S: Aroma is tropical fruit with mango and pineapple. Citrus with orange and subtle lemon zest. Faint piney bitterness and a firm malt backbone to round it out. 4.25

T: Taste follows the nose with citrus, tropical fruits and piney bitterness. There are definitely more bitter and piney notes on the taste than the nose, and less of the tropical fruit goodness, although admittedly this may be due to the age. It is well balanced though, great combo of citrus, fruits and piney bitterness. 4.25

M/D: Mouthfeel is medium body with carbonation on the higher side and average drinkability. 4.25

O: Very nice pale ale. Better than most of the other citra only pales out there, IMO. I will try to get some of this again, but fresher, and will re-review if I do. Try to only rate Pales/IPA/DIPAs that are under 2 months but couldn’t pass this one up when I saw it on the shelf in FL and had to rate it. Even with 2.5 months on it, its damn good. 4.25

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Photo of MFMB
4.4/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16oz can 5-6 weeks old......Pours a deep golden yellow with a orange hue. Nice head retention and lacing on this one. Nose is of light citrus, floral and grasses. Taste is of citrus pith and light floral. A bit of smooth mellow malt. A tad bit of a pungent bitter bite, could be age but overall it has a nice hoppyness to it that is not overpowering. It's good. Would like to try one at 2 or 3 week.

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Photo of M_SRD
4.29/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Smells like fresh citrus. Taste follows the smell with more orange juice than rind. Bitterness is just right, just enough not to overpower the subtle citrus. Mouthfeel is impressive for a pale. It is full and soft without being sweet or sticky. Overall, this is a great pale ale. If I could routinely buy it off the shelf fresh at $10/4pk, I would have it frequently. Recommended

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Photo of GreatHammerhead
4.46/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 16 oz can dated 1/26/17 poured into a pint glass.

Look: Golden yellow in color with a 1.5 finger white head. Good head retention.

Smell: Hops bring notes of mostly grass and citrus.

Taste: Hop flavors are pronounced but not overdone. Finishes with a slight bitterness.

Feel: Medium mouthfeel and moderate carbonation. Hop oils leave a slight dryness on the tongue.

Overall: This is one kick ass APA.

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Photo of Danstaats
4/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

not terrible but overall disappointed . Been drinking a lot of Other half, Tree house, Trillium, Alchemist , Kane (top shelf beers).
This unfortunately is not one of them despite the score. Is it a good beer.....yes. Not world class though. Drink swish then drink this and you'll see what i mean

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Photo of peterpunk15
4.9/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This was absolutely delicious. Pours a bit hazy but it is incredibly well balanced. A little bit of bitterness lingers after but overall it is a great beer.

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Photo of umichfan
4.7/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

IMO, this is TG's flagship beer that first put them on the map. This is an APA that has few, if any flaws. This is my go-to weeknight/everyday beer & couldn't be more excited that it's more readily available.

The best thing about this beer, along with nearly every beer that TG puts out, is the nose, which is a heavy citra/grapefruit, and tropical bouquet. A fair amount of hop in the nose is apparent as well, but is more complimentary than showcase. The beer is well carbonated and pours smoothly with a mostly white head that clings well, though dissipates shortly after the pour. It's a golden body that leans more towards the amber side and IMO is best served in a snifter or tulip glass. The taste follows the nose well, with plenty of juicy grapefruit and orange notes, and a toasty, but well balanced, malt backbone. The hop notes are delicate and once again, compliment the flavors of the pale ale well. Again, a decently carbonated beer, with a slightly dry finish but incredibly smooth. Overall, this is an incredible APA that I think rivals most available.

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Photo of ctylinebeer
3.97/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

16 oz can poured into a tulip. Comes in a four pack. Pretty sought after in the pale ale department. Toppling Goliath is also a very sought after brewery based in Iowa but contracts their beers to other breweries. Almost certain this is named after T-Rex Sue that is on display in Chicago. Who doesn't love T-Rex? Answer: lawyers sitting on toilets and Newman.....

L - hazy orange color, super hazy hue, standard foam dome with medium lacing, super frothy foam. Like orange juice in a glass

S - orange peel, all around citrus scent thanks to the Citra hops. Fills your nose with citrus zest

T - definitely orange juice, followed by orange peel, dryness of grapefruit, super juicy flavor

F - full bodied feel, dryness akin to acidic orange juice, resinous hops is medium light, big taste for a pale ale

O - very hefty pale ale, explosion of flavor and nothing subtle about it. Awesome session beer if you have the palate. Not your father's pale ale at all. Cheers!

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Photo of jkblr
4.18/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Toppling Goliath Pseudo Sue 16 oz canned 1/5/17. No ABV or IBU noted on can. Brewed in FL. Golden straw colored with substantial head that completely recedes to impressive lacing. Smells like fresh citrus. Taste follows the smell with more orange juice than rind. Bitterness is just right, just enough not to overpower the subtle citrus. Mouthfeel is impressive for a pale. It is full and soft without being sweet or sticky. Overall, this is a great pale ale. If I could routinely buy it off the shelf fresh at $10/4pk, I would have it frequently. Recommended

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Photo of kaseydad
4.44/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Finally made it to the West Coast.

Tastes of lime, citrus blasts with more refreshing smacks of hops. If this is a pale ale, sign me up every time! A good dose of sweet malt is also present which makes the experience even nicer. This belongs on the West Coast with all the hop explosion.

Really good.

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