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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

Added by emerge077 on 08-17-2011

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Reviews: 563 | Ratings: 3,980
Photo of larryarms847
4.25/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a gorgeous sunburst golden orange with a fluffy and pillowy finger of white foam.

Bright tropical and citrus fruit aromas of orange, mango, pineapple, and grapefruit make this very tempting before the first sip.

Delicious smooth tropical fruit and citrus notes play out in flavor as much as they do in aroma. A bit of sweetness is lended by a light but sturdy malt backbone.

Light-bodied, medium-high carbonation, fruity, crisp, smooth.

Overall, this beer is truly one to seek out. Marvelous balance, fantastic tropical and citrusy aroma and flavor, and goes down almost too easily.

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

Imagine I were a jackal and had a banana in my mouth, then decided to run on top of a termite mound and howl at the moon, dropping the banana which is swarmed by termites. It's better than that.

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

Received a 4-pack as a gift. Glad I did.
16-oz can in a tulip glass.
L: typical newer citrus ales: cloudy. Not as cloudy as some NE IPA/DIPA, but pretty cloudy. Some head. Can't remember how long it stuck around.
S: citrusy, malty. There was a slight dankness underneath it all, but ever so slight. Just enough complexity to keep things interesting, which is tough with a single hop beer.
T: This is a pale ale, and I'm used to the super-uber citrusy/fruity IPAs/DIPAs you get around here in NE. This was a refreshing change of pace. If I didn't watch it, this could be gone in a few minutes. It's light in flavor, but still has a ton of flavor. There's some depth and complexity from using this hops at various points during the boil. The malts gave a bread/biscuit taste. The yeast was fairly neutral. The remaining 3 beers won't stick around very long. I liked this beer.

Remember the style: this is a pale ale, single hop. People who are criticizing this beer are likely comparing to other styles. Reviews should be within the style.

F: a little dinner than I'm used to, but this is also 3+% lower ABV than I've been drinking. It's going to be a little thinner. But there was still body. Carbonation was good, restrained but not under done.

O: I'm glad I have 3 more. I wish I had them 4 months ago, in the heat of summer. These would be perfect.

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Photo of BeerGuy8315
4.84/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 16 oz can into a snifter. Canned 10/28/16.

A: Pours a hazy, golden-orange color with a very slight reddish tint. One inch, frothy, paper white head with short retention. Thick, white, billowy lacing throughout.

S: Huge notes of tropical fruits including pineapple, mango, papaya, passionfruit, and melons. Citrus notes of orange, tangerine, and grapefruit. Milder notes of piney and earthy hops as well.

T: Leads with citrus and tropical fruit notes of grapefruit, orange rind, pineapple, and melons. Piney and resinous hop notes follow with milder sweet and caramel malts as well. Nice, mild lingering bitterness.

F: Light-medium bodied, smooth, and crisp with good carbonation. Slightly dry.

O: Overall, this is top-notch pale ale. Definitely deserves its hype and ranking. The balance between hop bitterness and fruitiness is exquisite and skillfully done. Showcases the Citra hops perfectly. Super drinkable. Can't beat the price point on this one either. One of my favorite beers in general and definitely a consistent go-to brew.

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Photo of Amguerra305
3.98/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Clearish golden Amber color in the glass smell is citru up front predominated by orange. Taste is malty in the front end followed by a piney bitterness on the back end. A tad too much for my tastes. Feel is medium. Overall a pretty IPA but nothing spectacular.

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Photo of azurel
4.66/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Trying out another of this weeks arrivals....First time having this one...Another wish for distribution... Excellent pale ale....
Pours a golden yellow with a moderate bright white head. Dissapates quickly leaving moderate lacing on the glass and edge.
Aroma is all hop, dank, citrus, grapefruit rind possibly mango..underlying slight sweetness... Taste follows aroma with citrus, grapefruit peal/rind, mango balanced with a nice bitter bite.

Mouth feel is light, well carbonated
Another excellent pale ale...This would see regular rotation if we had distribution here in Michigan...

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Photo of gopens44
4.12/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looks great, crystal clear, golden, nice frothy head. Nose is spicy and grassy, little else. Taste follows along quite closely to the nose as grassy is the predominant characteristic in this beer. Get past that and we find a fairly sturdy malt backbone, best explained as slightly nutty with a green tea quality. Great complexity, no problems with depth either. Nice beer. Kind of reminds me of an extra strength Jai Alai.

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Photo of HopLover1
4.34/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Beer is definitely worth the hype! This is by far the best beer I've had on the trip so far. Clean, balanced, hoppy. Glad I was finally able to try it.

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Photo of ryanvans
3.2/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

ok beer, nothing special. Canned on 10/10/16 and drank on 10/26/16. Not the most well balanced. I'm not picking up the citra hops on the nose like you should with a 16 day old beer. Maybe it's a quality control issue with this batch, but it's the first time I've had PseudoSue. The 99 rating makes me think it must be a quality control issue.

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Photo of BWood
3.75/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Good beer but not spectacular. Not sure how it gets a 99 rating. Smell is nice as is the taste. The aftertaste is not the most pleasant. Still a solid drinkable beer. But nothing extra special.

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Photo of Karnivool1
3.48/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Decent brew, but way over rated. Solid going down, but leaves a lingering aftertaste that doesn't go away. I'll take Zombie Dust and Lizard King over everytime, heck Brickstone's APA is better.

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Photo of MACrist
4.51/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A fairly clear tangerine in color with a 2" foamy white head that slowly settles to a ring. Leaves a spotty foamy lacing down the glass and the beer has a fair amount of very tiny bubbles rising up. The aroma is big citrus, big tropical fruits, slight caramel sweet malt, and maybe a bit of pine. The flavor is really well balanced between bitter and sweet. Lots of citrus and big tropical fruit, malt, and a nice building bitterness on the finish as i continue to drink. The feel average carbonation, a little sticky and dry on the finish, and med light to medium body. Needs a little more carbonation, imo. Very good pale ale.

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Photo of Jpb123
4.71/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: golden amber hue with little to no haze. Slight lacing but not much. Two fingers of head initially.

Taste: absolutely delicious, hints of citrus, little to no yeast notes

Mouthfeel: crisp, smooth, light finish

Overall: fantastic. Was wondering what the hype was, but this is delicious. Wish I could get it more often.

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Photo of argock
4.25/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 16oz tallboy can into a clear glass tulip. 09/20/16 on bottom of can.

A: Clear golden with hint of amber with 1-2 fingers of foamy off-white head with good retention but skimpy lacing.

S: Grapefruit and mango are the strongest with some orange and light melon aromas. There is just a hair of malt sweetness. No alcohol or yeast notes.

T: Explosive flavor with huge citrus grapefruit and lemon-lime and mango and guava to shape it out. A bit of malt sweetness and crackery character to try to balance things a little. No yeast or alcohol nots. Definitely on the continuum of all-Citra beers along with Super Session #2 and Double Sunshine from LFL. A little bit of dank, catty with some warming.

M: Very light and dry in the finish with low-medium carbonation. Super drinkable.

O: An impressive beer with a huge amount of flavor and aroma in a highly consumable package. Glad I got the chance to try it.

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Photo of waterski
4.35/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 16 oz can into a goblet. I know. Wrong glass. Poured golden and hazy. To the nose it was similar to walking through a citrus grove with the fruit near ripeness. Upon tasting I expected a big burst of citrus rind but it was light and somewhat sweet. Taste of lemon and melon. Light and mild dryness. Good beer for a warm summer day. Well balanced and refreshing. Definitely worth trying again.

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

A - Pours a hazy orange with a foamy white head that clings after each sip.

S - citrus zest, piney, onion, malts.

T - Follows the nose with a nice crisp hop profile balanced nicely with a malt back bone and finishes bitter on the back end. Easy drinking the mouthfeel is spot on.

O - Fantastic IPA with nice balance and complexity.

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Photo of Tucquan
4.38/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Had this on 2016-09-07 in Columbia, PA from a 16oz can dated 2016-08-04 (a month old).

A - Mildly-hazy golden-orange with a 2-finger white head and very nice lace.

S - Ripe pineapple, orange flesh, moderately dank/onion, touch of herbal spice, floral. A very fragrant/pleasant but not overly-bold aroma.

T - Bursting with flavor! Orange flesh and zest, mango, biscuit, pineapple, pine, honey, pepper, herbal spice and gooey hop bud goodness. Nowhere near as dank/onion/garlic as expected from the aroma; it's just hinted at in the background, which I appreciate since I'm not a fan of a strong onion/garlic flavor. The finish retains fruit and spice elements and the reasonable bitterness lasts quite awhile too.

M - Medium body and carbonation. Starts silky-smooth, then gets resinous and lightly prickly before finishing dry. Excellent.

O - Great flavors that are very well balanced. Seek this one out!

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Photo of Karl_12welveEyes
4.31/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look: pale golden, translucent
Smell: citrus, intense citrus. so much citrus that I almost swore I smelled some blueberry in there as well
Taste: Citra hops dominate this beer, crisp citrus followed by a clean malt finish
Feel: on the dryer side, very crisp, with a hoppy finish

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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 mackeyse
4.47/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a a bright gold/orange with a little bit of lingering head left throughout.

Aroma is probably the first "5" I've encountered. It was an immediate "wow!": Tons of grapefruit with some pine. Smells like hop resin at it's finest

Taste is bitterness but it's balanced. There is fruit and some cracker and it all blends very well together. A sip sort of ebbs and flows between malt and hops.

Mouth-feel isn't something I usually give a lot of weight to but this one was top notch. medium, but very crisp and very clean finish. Nothing off-putting about the taste in the least

There was no way this, or any beer, could have lived up to the aroma. It was too good to be true. Nonetheless this is a very solid beer that is worthy of it's reputation. I would destroy these if they were available in NY.

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

A - Pours a hazy golden orange with a two finger foamy white head. The head fades into a thin ring leaving tons of soapy lacing.

S - Aroma is mango, tangerine, grapefruit and resinous hops.

T - The tastes follows the aroma with juicy mango, pineapple and tangerine. Nice sweet bready malts midpalate followed by a nice wash of resinous hops in the finish.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Smooth crisp mouthfeel with a nice clean finish.

O - This is a phenomenal beer. The flavors are clean and bright. A flawless APA.

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Photo of Jadjunk
4.3/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

"This single hop pale ale showcases the Citra hop for a well balanced beer that is delicate in body with a mild bitterness in the finish. Ferocious aromas of citrus and mango give way to pseudoSue's unique and refreshing taste that is clean and bright with just enough bite!" Brewed in the style of an American Pale Ale, available in 16 oz. canned 4 packs and on draft.

Poured from a 16 oz. can to a tulip glass.

(Appearance) Pours a creamy foam head of a buttery white color over a mildly hazy bright amber body with fine sediment and abundant, lively carbonation. Retention is very good and lacing is light and spotty. 4.5

(Smell) Bright hop aromas of citrus juice and tropical fruit pulp and a moderate bitterness is paired with a clean pale and lightly toasted bread malt body for a simple yet inviting aroma. Potency is moderate. 4.5

(Taste) Malt flavors of pale bread malts with a reserved sweetness is accented by a modestly bitter hop profile of floral, herbal and grassy hop character with undertones of citrus and tropical fruit. The hop profile overall isn't quite as potent as the aroma suggested, but generates enough bitterness to balance out the beer nicely, and stands out boldly above the lightly sweetened and very clean malt body, for a nicely hopped American Pale Ale. 4.25

(Mouthfeel) Texture is slick, smooth, lightly oily, mildly dry. Carbonation is modest, generating a mild frothiness and a medium crisp finish. Body is medium for the style, light/medium overall. Balance is nearly even hoppy bitter to sweet. Alcohol presence is very light and there are no off characters. 4

(Overall) A highly drinkable and flavorful hop-centered American Pale Ale that could go by the gallon. My biggest gripe is that the hop flavor falls a bit flat in comparison to what I anticipated from the aroma with more subtle herbal hop flavors and less brightness from citrus and tropical fruit. However, it is nicely preserved otherwise and doesn't have much that it needs to go against with the simple malt profile. It keeps respectably bitter, enough to maintain a solid balance and ensure the highest drinkability. Very tasty stuff, and highly recommended. 4.25

Toppling Goliath Brewing Company's
PseudoSue Pale Ale

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

Poured from a tall boy into a shaker pint, the beer is a slightly hazed, golden coloring, with a steady flow of carbonation throughout, feeding the foamy, clingy, white head. Aromas of bright citrus and subtle caramel malts, with solid grassy and piney hops characters. Amazingly balanced aromas, heavy on grapefruit and lemon zest. Flavors are tart and sweet citrus forward, loaded with grapefruit, lemon zest, and tangerine, followed by a solid roasted character, and then into wet grass and resinous pine pitch notes, both bitter and dank. Perfectly balanced and bold, on an effervesced, crisp body. Frothy, dry, and slightly astringent finish, with a solid dank, wet hops linger. Awesome beer.

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Photo of stevoj
4.07/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Stone fruit bottle share on 8/27. 22oz bottle thanks to Steve. Cloudy pale golden pour with slight off white bubbly head. Citrusy aroma, grapefruits, hints of pine. More of the Citra hops in the taste, minor malt notes in the background. Although not overly hoppy, for an APA, this one does focus squarely on the hops.

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PseudoSue from Toppling Goliath Brewing Company
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