Pseudo Sue
Toppling Goliath Brewing Company

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American Pale Ale (APA)
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
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4.87/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This has become the beer off which I judge all others. Though it lacks a heavy aroma, the taste is a full body NE IPA. The citra is not over-powering, which allows for a smooth drinkability. Best served super chilled in a frosted pint glass.

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4.66/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought at Hazel's in Boulder CO. Bought for ~13$ for a 4pk of 16 oz cans. Canned: consumed: 05/15/20.

A&S: Super interesting looking beer. Opaque bright yellow-orange colored beer. Some small bits of floating sediment. The head is probably the only lacking feature; pouring a half a finger and not hanging around except in a thin ring. The main (and very predominant) component of the aroma is very pungent juicy grapefruit. Other components of the smell that I am getting are pine resin, lemon, fresh grass, and a little orange.

T&M: Same with aroma biggest component of the taste is grapefruit. Not much alcohol taste. Weird (kinda gross) side note, super piney burps. Not very piney in the taste but for some reason the burps... slightly bitter and lemongrass in the finish. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied and smooth with medium carbonation.

Overall: I would have to give zombie dust another try (I haven't had it for a few years) but these two are pretty neck and neck for me, with sue slightly edging out zombie dust. I would highly recommend it and would buy it again. Very impressed.

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minterro from Colorado, May 16, 2020
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4.69/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5

Typical juice like pour with translucent golden body. The head was one finger thick and short lived. The smell was very evocative of guava. The taste of guava was also quite apparent upon sipping. The taste faded to a bitter finish that was quite drawn out. The feel of the beer was quite dense and chewy. I really liked this one.

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rajendra82 from Georgia, May 15, 2020
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4.43/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A very crisp, very hoppy pale ale. Definitely a pale ale to me and not an IPA, no matter how aggressive the hops. Dry, biscuity malt sets off the bitter, grassy hops that keep going and going. Really an excellent pale ale.

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4.36/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

16 oz. Pseudo Sue Pale Ale is a very soothing and refreshing beer on a hot day. Not much carbonation and a strong citrus flavor with a strong grapefruit taste and some tangerine that blends nicely with the hops. Great cream color and taste. Will be drinking this again. Thank you Goliath Brewing for this treat.

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FireMedk from California, Apr 30, 2020
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4.2/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had this from a can into a shaker glass.

A: pours orange, gold body with small white head with excellent retention a lacing. Hazy body.
S: sweet, orange zest and grapefruit notes
T: citrusy, but balanced earthy taste with a danky aftertaste; a little dry in the aftertaste. Sweet lemongrass malt notes.
M: medium bodied and silky smooth
O; solid, balanced pale ale; solid beer.

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maddogruss from New Jersey, Apr 12, 2020
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4.34/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very smooth and relaxing beer. The alcohol and hops are well balanced. The citrus is almost overwhelming. Full of flavors though, almost too many to pin down.

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4.07/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Canned 1/24/20

Pours a very hazy pale yellow with about 3 fingers of rocky white head that sticks around for a while

Aromas of almost sour citrus, specifically tangerine and grapefruit. A nice wheat touch, mild citra hops, underripe melon

Big tropical flavors on the tongue, pineapple and melon before getting washed out by lightly bitter hops. It really does start off almost sour before the sweet bitterness comes, very interesting

Not too much carbonation here, this is medium bodied and very creamy on the palate. Finishes sweet and off dry

Honestly, you could've handed this to me and said it was a NEIPA and I wouldn't bat an eye. What makes this an APA? I don't know, but I sure as hell enjoy this. I also have their King Sue waiting in the fridge. Very good beer

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KRug from Massachusetts, Mar 28, 2020
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4.35/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a fresh filled growler into the test glass
A - Creamsicle color, loose knit frothy cap leaves exceptional lacing
S - Tropical up front, nice grassy thread in there, Orange, mango and peach are all in the mix.
T - Follows the nose well, I do get a bit of scallion or chive in there as well. Hint of mint at the end
M - Silky, like meringue, semi sweet start, drying nicely at the end. Linger is all tropics
O - A very good offering, pillowy, smooth and full of flavor, one of the best APA's I have had.

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SABERG from Massachusetts, Mar 26, 2020
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3.74/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This is a 16oz. can poured into a 20oz. weizen glass. There is a two finger head of clumpy pure white foam. The foam slowly settled back to a quarter inch cap leaving an abundance of lacing on the side of the glass. This beer is a very hazy, slightly orange looking brew. There seems to be a very high amount of carbonation causing the hazy appearance.
The aroma has very noticeable citrus notes.
This is what I expect from a pale ale. A nice citrus flavor , sweet fruit, and light pine notes. Slightly sweet, yet a crisp, slightly dry, bitter, pine finish. Very refreshing!
There is the dry, crisp feel, plenty of carbonation bubbles on the tongue.

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German-Helles from Wisconsin, Mar 23, 2020
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4.79/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Hazy light orange with a nice white cap. You cannot see through this in the glass! Looks dense! Smell is all kinds of citrus and tropical fruits. Grapefruit and orange stick out most. Taste follows with grapefruit, orange, lemon, tangerine. Honestly, it kind of reminded me of SunnyD! It's bitter towards the end, but finishes pretty clean. No malt presence to speak of. Feel is pretty light and smooth. Carbonation is present throughout and does give the tongue a tingle, but this is good, otherwise it would be a bit too juice like. Overall, this is a beer I've wanted to try for a while. I'm glad I did. This could be a frequent purchase as I like the citra hop focus, but with enough bitterness to make it interesting.

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Wattie83 from Pennsylvania, Mar 16, 2020
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3.45/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Very cloudy yellowish brew with a brief foam in the Ommegang chalice. Quite prickly mouthfeel with a light body. It actually tastes of carbonation. Flavor is grapefruit club soda. Aromas of lemon.

Seriously sharp on the tongue with that unsubstantial body. Hot with citrus peel acidity. Surprisingly bitter aftertaste that diminishes the pleasure. This is all quite interesting and flavorful, but it's the aromatics that make it worth a try. From the 16 oz can purchased at LIticker's Liquor in Ocean Beach.

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mactrail from Washington, Mar 08, 2020
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4.72/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Rarely does a beer live up to expectations. This one does. Light, crisp and has the hoppy juiciness without being hazy. Has enough bite without being a palate killer. Awesome job!!

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Navinjohnson from New York, Mar 06, 2020
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4.89/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Canned 2-10-20. Poured into a teku glass

Look is murky. A very dirty muddy yellow/brown color. About a 2 finger head.

Smell is Incredible. Very bright juicy notes pouring out of the teku.

Taste is unbelievable. Literally tastes like a carbonated glass of premium juice. Very IPA heavy like and not lighter pale ale like. Probably one of the hoppiest pales I've ever had.

Feel is juicy and crisp with not a lot of carbonation on the back end. Hop resin really comes out in the back and coats your tongue. Very refreshing beer to drink.

Overall I could have this every day all day and be satisfied. Easily one of the best pale ales I've ever had. I want more from Toppling Goliath, they definitely live up to their reputation.

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cmiller4642 from West Virginia, Mar 01, 2020
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4.54/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Damn! That's a tasty brew! Exactly what you want in a pale ale. Delectable and delightful. Crisp and finishes with just enough bite. Very soapy head and an appealing hazy body. Glad I choose the 4 pack instead of a single!

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craftaholic from New York, Feb 28, 2020
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4.31/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Tallboy can from Trader Joe's (so not stored cold) marked 12/18/19.
Look is a bit offputting...hazy, kind of a dirty off-amber with some thin foam at the top.
Nose is much better than look. Big citrus nose. Not complex, all grapefruit, but very nice.
Taste is...interesting. Not at all unpleasant, but somehow startlingly not what I expected. Upfront hop bitterness and then malty citrus and a crisp dry finish. Like a carbonated grapefruit juice, and with a thick mouthfeel to match. Actually very pleasant, though I don't think I'm making it sound that way. Overall, very pleasant and drinkable.

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irs from New Jersey, Feb 25, 2020
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4.38/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Murky and kind of unsightly. Drink from the cab and thy takes care of that!

Smells wonderful, bright tropical fruit notes.

Tastes very nice. Flavors follow the nose but also pack some nice citrus. Really good.

For an American pale ale I wouldn’t mind it a bit drier and or a tad more carbonated for some crispness. It would add to the drinkability.

Great beer, try it if you see it!

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BassBoneBrewer from California, Feb 17, 2020
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4.16/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Hazy golden with a huge head of clean white foam.

Aroma: Huge with citrus and tropical hops. Impressive.

Taste: Brisk and tropical juicy hops. Sweet plays with lightly bitter finish. Super well-balanced and delicious IPA here. Well-recommended.

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3.77/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

16 oz can. Pours muddy golden with long-lasting, fluffy white head and nice lacing. Aroma is of citrusy hops, tropical fruit and bready malt. Body is medium and crisp. Taste is of citrusy hops, tropical fruit and bready malt. Finish is long and dry. Good brew.

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mikeg67 from New Jersey, Feb 07, 2020
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3.43/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thick, cloudy juice in body with fleeting white head. Aroma of papaya, lemon, yogurt, grass. Tastes of papaya, lemon, grass, pine, citrus, dry bitterness. Thick bodied with medium carbonation.

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JRed from New Jersey, Jan 31, 2020
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4.53/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Awesome beer! First, I love the can. The T Rex on the can is just killer. Despite the bad-ass look of the can, the beer is extremely mild especially for an APA. Went down super-easy. Tasted great. Would definitely buy this one again!

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Photo of Gatch
4.63/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

PKG11/27/19 BEST BY 03/26/20
It’s a Citra Pale, so of course it’s going to be good! But TG does seem to make something special here, giving the beer that soft feel, juicy bite, and super tropical hop profile that you want from this style.

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Gatch from Rhode Island, Jan 26, 2020
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4.49/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

picked up 16oz can at local grocery for $2.99, pours a hazy orangish with nice head, tasted citrusy but dry. i could not find alcohol content on can and looked up on BA, thought it would be higher. loved the beer will drink again.

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hawk56 from Ohio, Jan 23, 2020
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4.25/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Fresh can courtesy of JohnnyHops.

I’m not in the mood to review but some brief notes:
*Citra hop is showcased well. Very versatile hop with aroma and taste features.
*Theres a slightly sweet malt presence that pairs well with the bitterness and tropical features. Reminds me of zombie dust actually with a little more bite. (Not from alcohol but from citrus/bittering) dry finish.

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bret27 from California, Jan 22, 2020
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4.41/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Toppling Goliath Brewing Co. "Pseudo Sue"
16 oz can, "PKG11/27/19 12:22:08 BEST BY 03/26/20" and sampled on 01/20/20
$3.99 @ Roger Wilco, Pennsauken, NJ

Notes via stream of consciousness: It's poured a cloudy golden-orange body beneath an inch and a half or so of bright white foam. The aroma is bright with hop resins and citrus. I can't pick out any specific fruit though. For an American pale ale it smells a lot like an IPA. On to the flavor... well it's brighter than the aroma. I get what seems like grapefruit and orange and peach mixed together upfront, and then some mango, more peach, and lychee towards the swallow. The hop resins remain, with an edge of raspiness that's reminiscent of pine. The bitterness is firm but not over-reaching. It clearly shows in the finish but it doesn't seem that bitter while you're drinking it, and that's not because the malt is sweet and covering it up. Ahh, maybe it's because there's a little bit of "hop burn" showing up in the finish. That could explain the raspiness straight through as well. I get more grapefruit and lemon lingering in the finish than I find while it's still in the mouth. Overall I'd say it's quite bold for an APA (think about Sierra Nevada Pale Ale while you're tasting this), and it's well rounded as well. In the mouth it's medium bodied leaning a little bit towards medium-light, and gently crisp. I'm inspired now to find the other variants of this, and hopefully get to taste them side by side. Worth seeking out.
Review #6,908

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NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania, Jan 21, 2020
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