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PseudoSue | Toppling Goliath Brewing Company

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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

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Reviews: 553 | Ratings: 3,932
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4.75/5  rDev +5.6%

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Photo of martyl1000
4.2/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I'm not getting it, obviously. For this to be so universally revered makes me doubt myself. But I don't love it.

It's delicious, certainly. It has some magical quality that's pretty instantly recognizable. But it's kind of anonymous. The flavor profile seems oddly without substance, transparent -- invisible, even. To serve this in a Shaker pint is definitely part of the problem. But I'm just shaking my head. I can't see what all the hype is about.

It's nowhere near the enlightenment that is Zombie Dust. I even like New Glarus Moon Man better than this. If I were to place it on my Top Ten APA hierarchy, it'd look like this:

Zombie Dust
Daisy Cutter
Alpha King
-(Big falloff, here.)-
Moon Man
Hop Trip
Burning River
Sierra Nevada Pale
Great Divide Fresh Hop

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Photo of SammyJaxxxx
4.71/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Bomber that I acquired in a trade with @SaulTBauls poured into my SN IPA glass.
A: Beautiful golden/range hue. Effervescent foamy heady that leaves enough lacing to get me from NJ to Iowa.
S: Plenty of Orange, grapefruit pear with some hints of pine.
T: This is so juicy that it should come in a box with a little straw. Loads of grapefruit, pineapple, pear, apple, Slight sweeetness and a little but of resiny pine in the background. Very little bitterness.
M: Easy drinking, light body, moderate carbonation. Refreshing, smooth and creamy everything I want in a beer.
O: Great Beer. Maybe even reason enough to go to Iowa.

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Photo of Beer-Ninja-Guy
2.81/5  rDev -37.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Had 2 fresh cans with similar results. Not good. Maybe a problem with the new canning process? I've drank my weight in Sue and it's one of my favorites but I think I got some suspect cans. Really disappointing.

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Photo of Misterdubs
3.68/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

I may be a little spoiled, as I have been fortunate enough to drink a lot of TreeHouse and Trillium lately, but PseudoSue was a letdown. After reading many reviews and finally getting a hold of some, I'm shocked at how highly rated this beer is. Fully aware this is not an IPA, but there is no punch or character to this beer - it has as much body as a bud light lime. Other reviewers raved about how juicy it is, how flavorful it is, etc. but I'm not sure we're reviewing the same beer... Huge letdown for a big fan of Citra hops. Undeserving of the 4.5 rating, as it's not even close to being in the same class as Lights On or Fort Point. Moon Man still takes the cake for pale ales from the Midwest (*haven't tried zombiedust*).

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Photo of tectactoe
4.37/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Super huge thanks to maximum12 for a growler of this stuff. Dude is an amazing trader and is exceptionally generous, always willing to hook you up. PseudoSue pours the color of bruised pear skins with some goldenrod highlights - it's basically opaque, though I can kind of make out shadows on the other side of the glass. The soapy white head sits at a finger and lasts for a while, leaving behind some good lacing on the glass.

As advertised, the aroma is a beautiful citrus bouquet with tremendous amounts of gushing oranges and grapefruits, outline with a softer tropical set-up, something like mango and maybe even a bit of pineapple. The hops also impart a nice grassy note, coming off with some light white pepper as well. It smells like it'll be pretty bitter, or at least every bit as bitter as an IPA. The line between pale ales and IPAs is getting blurred here, but I still love this aroma.

The taste is all-together fruity and perfumy, with an obvious hop assault, through and through. The nose was a good indication that the malt would be a bit-part at best, and the first sip confirms that fact pretty quickly, as I'm not really getting much malt flavor at all. What I am getting, though, are copious amounts of pungent citrus, grassy and leafy hops, herbal pepper, grapefruit skins, juicy tangerine and even a faint hint of tropical mango.

Very tangy and substantially bitter... PseudoSue joins Zombie Dust in the category of "maybe a bit too bitter and heavy to be a pale ale, but still lighter and more drinkable than most IPAs". The Amarillo and Simcoe combination is beautiful on both the nose and the palate, leaving your mouth with fading fruits, earthy hops, and a back of the tongue, finishing bitterness. Wet and crispy on the palate, nice carbonation, even from the growler; snappy and fresh.

This stuff is very good. Damn good. And drinkable to the nth degree. While I've definitely had a fair share of slightly more enjoyable pale ales, this one is valiant enough to join the best of the best club. I enjoyed this only slightly less than What is Enlightenment, and they are reasonably similar beers. When your brew gets compared to something from Hill Farmstead, well... that in itself is a damn good testament to how good your beer is.

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Photo of lateralundertow
4.84/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Absolutely worth its title as the new contender for best APA. 22oz to the dome, newer Tyrannosaurus label.
A - 22oz into 22oz wilibecher glass, golden amber, thin white head that clings to glass with each sip.
S - Nose is jam packed with Citra goodness. Reminded me of the first time I had Zombie Dust years ago.
T - Stellar. Easily the best APA in a bottle in the State (Havent had the chance to try the new Fort Point offering from Trillium). Hop forward, only slightly bitter, malt takes a distant back seat that is so damn impressive.
M - Reminiscent of standing in line at Hill Farmstead with a few tasters, you could throw this right in the middle of the taster and be none the wiser. Perfect, resinous without being sticky and bitter. Lingers with sweet floral hops.

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Photo of IowaAJ
4.99/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

One of my all time favorites..

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Photo of richj1970
4.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22 oz bomber. No visible bottle date.

A: Pours a cloudy golden yellow with 1-2 finger off white head. Decent retention and lots of sticky lacing. The appearance reminds me of pineapple juice.

S: Pineapple, grapefruit, mango, and orange peel. A little bit of a grassy note in the back.

T: Fresh squeezed citrus juices - pineapple and grapefruit. Lots of wonderful hop flavors but suprisingly not bitter at all. Very well balanced.

M: Medium body and average carbonation. Finish is light and refreshing.

O: Excellent pale ale. Citra is definitely one of my favorite hop profiles.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.97/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the twelve ounce bottle into a nonic pint glass. Bottled May 29th 2015, (320) listed, agreement with Lakeland Florida.

Chill hazed lemon yellow body, with a lemon pineapple like glow and orb appearance. Fluffy to creamy bleach white head form simply and nicely at about slightly taller than two fingers. Cream bubbled makeup, but with a bit of a soapy appearance.

Nice straightforward hop nose. Zesty, slightly oily. Not heavily pronounced, but classic tangerine like orange and a bit of candy like sweetness to it as well like a classic Christmas orange. Slightly earthy as well with a bit of pine, not much discernible malt character. Pretty solid though.

Palate brings some real nice qualities. Slightly juiced front of orange and mango with a very good dryness and airy powdery malt quality almost cancelling out the mouthfeel's very great but slightly wet qualities. Leafy and mint to tea like finish, with a bigger drying quality that's emphasized on the swallow. Has some classic drying Pliny Elder character which is kind of memorable. Some of the oily fruit character comes through real nicely as it warms. It does become more enjoyable as I drink more of it.

It's a very well made beer, but not something I am going to be crazy over with the plethora of good solid American Pale Ales out there.

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Photo of yesterdayfaraway
4.29/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L: clear yellow with big white foamy head
S: big citrus, smells like a bowl of fruit. Very nice
T: again, big citrus but there is slight bitterness in the finish
F: thin and crushable
O: the best pale ale I've ever had. But still just a pale ale.

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Photo of 31Sam13
4.75/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

An excellent example in a class full of excellent examples...my meager ( but growing ) knowledge of proper beer tasting limits me...It's amazing...

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Photo of jonnyybp
3.84/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This review is for the Fl brewed batch. I thought the 22oz bomber was better

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Photo of HoosierBrew
2.69/5  rDev -40.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

I want so bad to like this beer but just can't. The best part is the look and smell. I like the other TG offerings much more. Have had Sue a couple times now and see it as no more than average at best. Sorry TG. I just don't see it.

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Photo of John_M
4.41/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Many thanks to Sean for this one. This is a beer I've been wanting to try for some time.

The beer pours a peachy, apricot orange color, with good head retention and decent lacing. On the nose, I get considerable tropical fruit, dominated by apricot, mango and peach, but with underlying orange citrus and light pine as well. As good as it smells, thiis beer is even better on the palate. Again, there is a melange of tropical fruit, as the flavor profile replicates the nose, but the flavor intensity is very impressive. The finish is very clean, with some nice hoppy bitterness to bouy the tropical fruit. Mouthfeel is medium bodied to full, with a long, tropical fruit and lightly bitter finish. Alcohol is well integrated into the flavor profile, and drinkability is exceptional.

An outstanding beer, obvoiusly, though it's hard to think of this as an APA. Whatever, this is terrific stuff. Very, very impressive.

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Photo of Dodgerrigo77
4.42/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Really beautiful orange/golden, non filtered?? Looks great in a wide tulip.
Really nice tropixal smell of hops dsncing from the bottle & glass dancing in front of me.
A really nice orange/passion fruit flavor is what I taste. I expected more due to appearance and the aroma.
Really nice carbonation and resiny mouthfeel, not dank resin but topical fruit resin.
I had a Mo'Citra an hour ago and am sure thats having some affect on my tastebuds. Definetely worth a fair trade from a west coast beer lovers point of view. Id give this a 94-95 as is but can only imagine how nice this is 3 days old and closer to the source, as an APA it competes w/ best of IpA's

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Photo of Redrover
4.09/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bomber split with my wife while watching the Blackhawks.

The beer is a chill hazed gold with a nice off-white head and lacing.

The aroma is of fresh citrus, a hint of tropical fruits and grains.

Nice! It is slightly bitter with note of juicy fruit gum, citrus and a slight touch of something like mango. The malts add a nice caramel counter point. Seems well balanced to me.

The mouth is decent and slightly coating.

This is a winner, just like the Blackhawks 4 -0 over the Maple Leafs. Well done on both counts!

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Photo of Sails_Ambassador
4.25/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Solid single hop. Unfortunately not deserving of a 100.... Any other brewery releasing this beer would have a 90, overrated scoring, just had this again even fresher in 12oz bottle...., how can I pay to get a small local brewery to get this kind of rating????

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Photo of macrosmatic
4.11/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Reviewed from notes. Poured from 16 oz. can into a Cigar City snifter glass.

A: Medium gold, mild haze, with a two finger white fluffy head. The head fades quickly, despite lots of carbonation bubbles running up the side.

S: Tropical fruit, melon, grassy and dank. Light cracker malt body, but the dry hopped aromas dominate.

T: Melon, dank and less citrus rind. Tropical fruits are here as well, but less than I got on the nose. Light cracker malts. Remnant grapefruit pith and dankness with a present but restrained bitterness in the hang.

M: The body is light overall, but average for style – it has more of a creamy mouthfeel than a lot of APAs. Low alcohol presence and a good amount of carbonation sensation.

O: This is the second can I’ve opened from BrewHub in Lakeland, FL…let’s make sure to get the provenance discussion out of the way. Whether it differs significantly from the Iowa-brewed stuff, I have yet to have an opportunity to evaluate for myself. On its own merits, this is good, but not crazy outstanding or style-defining or anything. It's certainly good enough to be a competitor for my purchases of canned APA/IPAs from the shelves around here. But it doesn’t blow Reef Donkey out of the water.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.34/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz. Bottle
Bottled On: 27 May 15

Thanks goes out to jwc215 (Joe) for sending me this one, much appreciated.

Poured into a pint glass, a very nice cloudy dark yellow color, with some nice carbonation, which leaves a small creamy/white head, with some nice sticky lacing. The nose is hoppy, with a nice citrus note, with a very slight pine note. The taste is very nice, hoppy, with some nice citrus thrown in, picking up a slight pine note as well. Medium body with a nice dry/bitter finish. Overall a very tasty Pale Ale. Very glad to have my third Toppling Goliath brew. Thanks Joe!

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Photo of brentk56
4.54/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy honey color with a pretty decent head that leaves many clumps of lacing behind

Smell: Big citrus and tropical fruit aromatics, with pineapple, mango and ruby red grapefruit

Taste: There might be a hint of toffee malt but it is simply a platform for the hops to strut their stuff and strut it they do - bringing pineapple, mangy and citrus flavors; exceedingly juicy, with a hint of melon in the finish

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate to high carbonation

Overall: A fantastic APA - glad I was able to get a fresh sample

Thanks, mykey120, for the opportunity

And thanks, too, to ta_hagen, for the chance to try the contract-brewed canned version - I am not changing my ratings but that beer falls short of what the brewery achieves on its home turf

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Photo of mothmanscott
4.42/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours an opaque deep gold producing 3 fingers of frothy, beige, somewhat lasting head that leaves a wash, streaks & webs of lace. Aroma is a hop bomb of tropical fruit, citrus, earthy floral, cedar & resinous pine backed by caramel malt. Amazingly balanced for such a hop forward brew. Taste is fronted by mango, pineapple, grapefruit, orange with a floral dank earthiness & pine coming in at mid-sip all balancing with the malty caramel in the dry finish. Aftertaste is a dry leafy hoppiness & faint caramel. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation, lively on the tongue, juciy, becoming dry in the finish which is joined bt astringency in the aftertaste. What a showcase of Citra hops. Classed as a pale ale by the brewer I would have surely called it an IPA. Very nicely done regardless. Thanks to outdoor 7or24 for the opportunity!

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Photo of sprinklz92
4.65/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Depends on where it's brewed. The 4 pack bottles from florida were extremely disappointing. The 4 pack cans are much better. But the best sue still comes straight from Decorah.

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Photo of Anaxagoris
4.14/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Tastes of wet grass, guava, and almost too ripe cantaloupe. Not bad

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Photo of Cannibalgasm
4.46/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle.

A: Pours a clear light golden amber with lots of visible lively bubbly carbonation. Head is and inch and a half of frothy foamy white color. Retention is absolutely excellent and lacing is phenomenally plentiful.

S: Wow what inviting aromas of tropical fruits, and citrus that present themselves immediately. Mango, grapefruit, pineapple, lemon, and tangerine are the prevalent smells. Then in the middle you find aromas of sweet malts, and fresh cut grass. On the end you get some floral hop notes. Absolutely fantastic this is one of the best smelling brews I've ever had.

T: This brew continues to blow my f***ing mind. Opens with huge bold citrus and tropical fruit flavors. Mango, grapefruit, peach, orange, lemon, pineapple, tangerine, and cantaloupe flavors are all present to me. In the middle of the taste you find sweet malts, and grassy/pine like hop bitterness. Finishes with floral hop flavors and a nice lingering bitter/fruity aftertaste.

M:Light to medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Incredibly smooth and easy drinking. It's qualities make it almost too easy to drink. This is a perfect all/every day kind of brew but it has such depth of aromas and flavors that I feel like I am committing a beer crime for how fast I am drinking these. I love this beer but I wish it had a slightly heavier mouthfeel.

O: This is one of the most impressive brews I have ever had. I have heard such great things about Toppling Goliath and finally we get distribution to our store. I picked this up immediately after work and proceeded to have my brains blown out of my f***ing head like a .50 cal round hit me. This is easily the best Pale Ale I have ever had the pleasure to consume. This will forever have a place in my heart and has immediately become one of my favorite beers. I plan to drink the f*** out of this. I would stand by my recommendation of this brew to my death. Seek this brew out beer lovers far and wide, this is truly a white whale that deserves any amount of praise heaped upon it.

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