PseudoSue | Toppling Goliath Brewing Company

613 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 brunsojw
4.65/5  rDev +3.6%
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 -46.5%
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 THSdrummer
4.53/5  rDev +0.9%
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 -0.2%
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%
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 -2%
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 -5.3%
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 -2%
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 -4.5%
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 -0.7%
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 -10.9%
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 +9.1%
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 +4.7%
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 -11.6%
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 -6.9%
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 -1.1%
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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Photo of shareallthebeer
4.49/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed in the Toppling Goliath taproom during the KBBS/Assassin release January 2017. Two cans chilling in a fridge on Feb.20 2017 to be enjoyed ASAP (same batch as enjoyed in January 2017).

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Photo of ryno6616
4.38/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I unfortunately was blessed to try the DDH Pseudo Sue before having this.
The DDH is incredible.
This is still very good but I think the order in which I had them effected my opinion. I don't want to knock it. its a great pale ale. But if you can get the DDH, go for that one 9/10 times

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Photo of beergoot
4.35/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Clear, amber body; thin yet sticky, clinging head. Spicy, malty aroma; kiwi and mango; minty and citric. Mild malt grain and subtle sweetness in the body with a bold hop bitterness sailing along the top; white grapefruit. Full bodied; crisp and sharp on the palate.

An amazing APA, full of gentle malt sweetness and body along with full-on bitter hop presence. Balance and complexity abound! Kudos to @LongTaco15 for the beer...

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Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
4.15/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Clear glowing orange body with some visible sediment suspended around, off-white coarse head that leaves plenty of sticky lace around the glass. Nose offers mango compote and toasted sugary pastry, like a toaster strudel. Intensely sweet but full of character. Taste retains this fruity element and adds pineapple, as well as a touch of bitterness and pine. There's also a bit of light wheaty malt. Body is medium with a fairly syrupy quality and fine but sharp carbonation.
This was sweeter than I expected, and almost artificial in its deliverance of juicy mango and pineapple flavor. But it pulled through as authentic, and combined with balancing bitterness and all-around refreshingness, has earned a spot as one of America's best pale ales.

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Photo of Spinaltapped
4.06/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Drank out of a Transient Artisan Ales tulip glass. Canned version brewed in Florida. Will update when I get my hands on a fresh bomber from Decorah.

Look: Poured with two and a half fingers of slightly off white head, thick non-dissipating ring lacing, transparent, golden color, medium amount of average speed down up bubbles.

Smell: Papaya, mango, ripe melon, grapefruit, a bit of pine, and subdued biscuit malt.

Taste: Less vibrant than the nose. Mango, grapefruit rind, pine.

Feel: Heavy side of light mouthfeel, somewhat prickly carbonation, dry finish.

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Photo of WadeBridgman
4.68/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Very impressive beer, one of the smoothest IPAs I have tasted in a while. Plenty of hop bitterness on the back end and for only 5.8%. Light bready malts compliment the hop bitterness all the way to the end palate where the bitterness takes over in a creamy mouthfeel. Delicious

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Photo of TheSixthRing
4.06/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Canned date of 12/20/16

Appearance - Pours clear and pure gold in color with an off-white, frothy finger width head. Fair retention, resulting in a thin, broken layer of suds and a fair ring around the edge of the glass. Lots of tiny dots of sediment floating about. Decent lacing, with a few broken lines and small spotting.

Smell - Blossoming, fruity aroma envelop the olfactory senses; fresh orange peel, grapefruit flesh and lesser mango all paint a vivid picture in the mind. A hint of grain sits beneath.

Taste - Doesn't quite live up to the aroma, but still very solid. Juicy orange and lesser, mildly bitter grapefruit notes upfront with mild mango coming through mid-taste. A hint of toasted bread also creeps in mid-taste, but finds itself overshadowed by the fair amount of citrus pith bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium in body with moderate carbonation. Easy drinker with a slightly silky texture.

Overall - As it's a single hop Citra-centric APA from the Midwest, the comparisons to Zombie Dust are inevitable. It's been some time since I've had ZD, but I gotta believe I dig this one more, though a side-by-side one day would be awesome. As good as this is, there's just something missing. It's just too simple for me to be completely enamored with.

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Photo of Sparty1224
4.76/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Serving: 16 oz. can poured into a Founder's Harvest Party pint glass. Canned on 1/20/16, making this just over 5 weeks old at this point. Can states "made in agreement with Lakeland, FL".

A: Pours a golden-yellow color with some sediment-haze through it. Pretty clear until you look really close. Nice 1-finger foamy white head with a good pour.

S: Mango, citrus, pineapple, papaya. Definitely citra on the aroma.

T: Papaya, coconut, mango, lemon zest. Just a hint of breadcrumb in the finish.

M: Medium body, great carbonation. No booze at all. Finish is just a tad bitter, but quite subtle. There's enough of a malt balance to keep things even, but not make this "malty".

O: This is my first dive into Toppling Goliath and can't be more excited. The closest beer I can compare this to, in terms of popular, beloved pale ales, would be Zombie Dust. Now, Dust has changed over time in my eyes, but OG Dust is very similar to this beer, and that's a good thing. I get fresh hops, good balance, high taste-to-bitterness ratio, and most importantly, drinkability. This one goes down nice and isn't overly bitter or bready (a fault of many lame pale ales or IPAs). Not sure how this would do in a blind tasting, but for right here, right now, this lives up to the hype as a super tasty, drinkable pale ale from TG.

Recommendation: Maybe not worth aggressively tracking down like some of the other well-known TG brews, but this is certainly one all hopheads should try at some point in their beer careers.

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

Pours a rich gold with fluffy cupcake-like white head. Terrific grapefruit fragrances. There's definitely pithy oily grapefruit on the finish, but there's definitely some underripe mango upfront. Besides my friend Jon, there are few good things that have come out of Iowa. This is certainly one of them. The marriage of the tropical and citrus flavors in this beer seem everlasting like the love of Barack and Michelle, topical as I sip this wondrous nectar in DC. This cloudy and pillowy nectar could compete with this coast's best pale ales. The T-Rex is ultimately the king of the ecosystem.

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