PseudoSue | Toppling Goliath Brewing Company

598 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

For Trade:
User Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Alström Bros
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Reviews: 598 | Ratings: 4,138
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.96/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle pour at Woodshop 8 held at The Hermosillo in Los Angeles, CA.

Thanks to drewone for sharing this one.

Pours a hazy honey orange with a foamy bone head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus zest, and herbal hop aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus zest and herbal hop flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty and easy to drink.

 630 characters

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.24/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

a brilliant pale ale, showing the delicacy and also the versatility of the citra hop. mostly clear bright sunny color here, inch of white head with great lacing. the nose is citra hops all the way, citrusy and a little acidic, with pineapple and passion fruit esters happening all over the place. what this beer shows me in one sip, is that the citra hop can be used successfully for bittering as well as all its normal floral and tropical aromatic and flavoring attributes. there is some solid bitterness here in pseudosue, which works awesome with the late kettle flavors of this hop. its really good, easy drinking beer with a lot of flavor, but honestly came in a little less impressive than the zeelander from toppling goliath, which is the single hop nelson sauvin ipa. this has more bitterness and heft to it, but still sings with unique hop flavor, i just adore it. fuller bodied than zeelander, but rather easy drinking still, carbonated softly but its plenty here. this is an art form, and toppling goliath now has to be in the conversation about best users of hops in the country. this is superior beer.

 1,114 characters

Photo of Knapp85
4.91/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This poured out as a murky looking orange color with some yellow highlight. Zero clarity on this beer. The head is white and leaves a nice thin retention with plenty of sticky clumps of lacing. The smell is incredible, fruity and slightly floral, Citrus and Melon aromas fill the air just from pouring out of the bottle, no need to even smell it from the glass. The taste is about as amazing as the smell. Beautifully balanced sweetness mixed with some piney hop resin with juicy fruits filling in the gaps. The mouthfeel is about as smooth and drinkable as I've ever had. This beer is dangerously drinkable. Overall it's fantastic, I am thrilled to have drank this beer. In my honest opinion this could be a Zombie killer if you know what I mean... Definitely worth seeking out, I will probably try to get more of this one in the future. It's outstanding.

 856 characters

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

San Diego? Nope. Vermont? Not that one either. Gotta be the Chicago suburbs, right? Three strikes. But it's Iowa who's bringing the hoppy game this time and Toppling Goliath is ready to play with the big boys.

PseudoSue breaks out with strong golden shades and a deep yeast fog. Its unfiltered character thwarts bold citrus aromas to mesmerize the senses with the very first whiff. Dank citrus, pineapple, passionfruit, mango and blood orange frame the tropical and citrus medley. With a candied backdrop, seemingly of fructose and honeysuckle, the taste casts a hoppy spell that few can deny.

The middle palate simply blossoms with white grapefruit juicy, leafy, grassy, berry and orange flavor. Once the malt sweetness drops out and the hops tilt toward the tang, the taste evokes tropical memories of Hawaiian Punch and orange sherbet. Smoothly bitter in finish, the ale retains just enough malt sweetness to offer slim balance to the hops.

Creamy, smooth and impeccably balanced, the beer trends more hoppy than malty, perhaps crossing the threshold to IPA, but its marshmallowy structure laced with soft pine resins and herbal chive brightness allows the ale to seduce the palate regardless of intent. Malty dry to finish, hops command the final impressions of taste and linger with the teeth churning acidic nature of hops.

If this is the future for the American Pale Ale, then there's hope for its survival after all.

 1,429 characters

Photo of brentk56
4.54/5  rDev +1.1%
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

 796 characters

Photo of kojevergas
3.83/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Currently #33 on the Top 250 list. It has a perfect 100 rating. Expectations are sky high. 22 fl oz brown glass bottle with appealing well-drawn label art and unbranded pry-off pressure cap acquired in a trade with the extremely generous Duff27 (thanks so much!) and served into an Avery stem-tulip in low altitude Austin, Texas. Reviewed live. Reviewed as a pale ale because the label clearly identifies it as such.

Served cold - straight from me fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: No bubble show forms as it's poured.

Pours a one finger wide head of white colour. Decent thickness and creaminess. Okay frothiness. Complexion could be smoother and more even. Complexion is typical of the style. Head retention is above average - about 3 minutes. Uneven inconsistent lacing clings to the sides of the glass as the head recedes.

Body colour is a clear translucent pale copper of above average vibrance. Excellent clarity. Very clean; no floating yeast particles are visible. Appears adequately carbonated.

Overall, it's a good looking pale ale but I can't say it's unique or special. I'm looking forward to the first sip, but I can't see how anyone could give the appearance alone a perfect 5 out of 5.

Sm: Has a fresh, inviting aroma with bursts of pleasant citrus (grapefruit and tangerine) as well as accompanying esters. I also pick up on mango fruit, a vague tropical character, fresh floral character, and a kiss of pine. I'd like more of a dank resinous oily character as well as some nectary character, but the hop notes here are fresh and right up my alley. There seems to be good diversity and presence of flavour based on the aroma.

The malts are pretty predictable - clean pale malts and a dash of caramalt.

No yeast character, alcohol, or off-notes are detectable. It doesn't have the off-putting soapiness of many hoppy beers.

Overall, I'm impressed by how seemingly well balanced it is - I don't detect any untamed hop bitterness and it doesn't seem too sweet either. It's a very enjoyable aroma of average strength.

T: The mango fruit is fantastic - and fresh as can be. The citrusy notes are very well balanced and integrated, with plenty of pleasant grapefruit but none of the bitterness or bite grapefruit hop character tends to bring. It has great floral hop character as well, but I'm not finding much in terms of oily, nectary, or resinous hops - though it does have some lovely pine. No matter, the hop profile is lovely as-is, and I find some of the unique tropical character I encountered in their yellow label Xhops. Candied orange peel. Some bubble gum. Papaya. Melon. Quite juicy.

All these diverse hop notes are near perfectly tamed by just the right amount of pale malt-induced sweetness. If caramalt was used, it barely comes through. There are some buried crackery malts too.

It's a clean refreshing flavour profile, and as such it avoids any yeasty character or off-flavours - including overt alcohol.

Balance is great here overall, to the point that the build feels not only cohesive, but gestalt; it's hard to imagine omitting any note without reducing the quality of the beer. That said, I've had more complex, intricate, and subtle pale ales. (Some of Alpine's offerings come to mind).

The unique tropical character lends it appreciated nuance, and I'm beginning to think that characteristic may be a common feature of Toppling Goliath's hoppy beers (at least based on the two I've had). Maybe these unique tropical notes are going to be to Toppling Goliath what floral hop extract is to Lagunitas.

I like it. Above average depth of flavour. Average duration and intensity of flavour. There's a lot going on here for a pale ale.

Mf: Overcarbonated, with a light crispness. Smooth and wet. Just a touch oily. Refreshing. Light to medium-bodied. Not too heavy on the palate. Good presence on the palate. Very approachable.

Not gushed, hot, boozy, astringent, or harsh. It's not real soft or creamy either.

Overall, this texture complements the taste well. They've tailored it nicely to the flavour profile they're after.

Dr: Absolutely an easily drinkable pale ale with some great hop notes. It's another solid brew from Toppling Goliath, and one I'd definitely get again. Based on what I've had so far, these cats deserve their impeccable reputation and I really look forward to trying more of their beers. I could drink this stuff happily all night, and would recommend it to friends and trade partners. I don't know how they got so much complexity and diversity of flavour out of the citra hop, but wow.

That said, I don't know that it's a world class brew per se or that it's the 33rd best beer currently being brewed. It's damn good stuff, but I'd stop short of calling it great. It's not perfect, but I'm a big fan.

Huge thanks to Duff27 for this rare opportunity!


 4,882 characters

Photo of Phyl21ca
4.5/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle: Poured a hazy orange color ale with a large foamy head with excellent retention and some great lacing. Aroma consists of tropical fruits with light citrus notes with great floral notes. Taste is also dominated by huge fresh tropical fruits notes with light citrus notes and some very limited bitterness. Some residual sugar is perceptible with light malt presence. Body is full for style with good carbonation. This is a world-class pale ale for sure.

 459 characters

Photo of emerge077
4.42/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

"Single hopped Citra Pale Ale"

Three consecutive drafts at the GTMW '11, around 8-10 oz. give or take. Review from transcribed notes.

Peachy hazed orange, tropical sunshine. Thick layer of white foam, leaving sticky arcs of lacing in the glass.

Tropical, citrusy, pungent but not too aggressive. Mango, grapefruit, dank green hops mesh with lush fresh fruit notes in the aroma. Some light resiny bitterness is balanced with a subtle pale malt presence in the middle. Big on citrus and tropical mango notes. Light bodied, quenching, and very tasty. I could have sat there and drank this all day. Pretty much the epitome of a hophead's summer session beer. Second favorite after Golden Nugget. Please put this in six-packs guys!

2016: The cans are contract brewed in Florida, quality is good, but the taste/aroma isn't quite there.

 834 characters

Photo of mothman
4.6/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

White head with little lace. Color is a clear golden orange.

Flavor: mega mango and fruit flavor. Tons of tropical fruits. Melons and pineapple. Floral and dank hops. Very hoppy and fresh.

Mouthfeel: bitter but not overdone. Medium bodies with a good amount of carbonation. Ends really clean.

Overall, this beer is incredible. One of the best apa's I have had. Get some of this!

 383 characters

Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16 ounce can into pint glass, canned on 1/29/2016. Pours lightly hazy/cloudy deep golden/amber color with a 2 finger fairly dense and fluffy off white head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a light amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, peach, mango, passion fruit, lemon zest, orange peel, light pine, honey, light caramel, biscuit, and floral/grassy earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of juicy citrus/tropical hops and moderate dark/bready malt notes; with great strength, Taste of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, peach, mango, passion fruit, lemon zest, orange peel, light pine, honey, light caramel, biscuit, and floral/grassy earthiness. Moderate pine/grassy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, peach, mango, passion fruit, lemon/orange peel, light pine, honey, light caramel, biscuit, and floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice complexity, robustness, and balance of juicy citrus/tropical/piney hops and moderate dark/bready malt flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero astringent hop flavors after the finish. Light-moderate dryness from bitterness that lightly increases through the glass. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately sticky, and creamy/bready balanced mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent pale ale. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of juicy citrus/tropical/piney hops and moderate dark/bready malt flavors; and very smooth and easy to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

 1,765 characters

Photo of jlindros
4.49/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Growler shared with rudzud, big thanks to mmulebarn as sort of an extra due to miscommunication. Either way really glad I got to have this.

Very light fizzy head fades pretty quickly, decent but lighter lacing, very clear Golden tan colored.

Nose is phenomenal, just pure hops, tropical fruit and citrus galore, so much fresh hop awesomeness. Mild resin with hint of passion fruit, tangerine, little grapefruit pith, mild candied orange peel, Clementine, little fruity bubble gum, with decent resin and hint earthy spicy pine hop. Little malt base but just barely and I'm not even sure if it's really there, and bits of stone fruit.

Taste starts quite nice, lots and lots of tropical fruit again, some citrus and very very juicy. Some grapefruit, passion fruit, papaya, and all around tropical fruit juice, like the Dole orange pineapple mango banana fruit juices, with some resin and musty dank almost oily but not quite. Mild juicy tangerine and little orange peel, and little candied orange peel little zest. Hint of sweet malts but barely, just enough to deliver the hops. Finish is long but crisp like, tons more tropical fruit and delicious citrus.

Mouth is med bod, bit of a soft feel, nice carb for growler.

Overall fantastic. Up there with zombie dust or almost gumball head.

 1,290 characters

Photo of Rifugium
4.12/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler courtesy of dc51100's BIF generosity. Thanks!

Decanted into a TG black logo goblet (also thanks to Dan). Pristine clarity, nice orange-amber color, with a firm cap of foamy white head; good retention and lacing. The aroma on this was truly out of this world, I got a blast of fresh tropical fruits from across the room...didn't even have to hold it to my nose. I'm actually kind of skeptical that this was exclusively Citra, as I've never gotten quite an intense nose from that hop by itself. But yeah, pineapple, mango, orange, grass, twinge of ammonia. Whatever the case, excellent. The taste wasn't quite as blasting or intense, but pretty much more on line for a good APA. More citrusy, orange blossom, caramel malt sweetness, good balance, low bitterness, with a more low-key tropical fruit profile. Medium body, crisp, clean mouthfeel. I prefer a little acidic twist in my APA, but this didn't really have that, with the malt profile coming out more and providing more of a balance and toning down the hop profile a bit. Very nice overall. Not really uber-extraordinary for the style, but still quite good.

 1,121 characters

Photo of orangesol
4.49/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to DocJ007 for sharing this one at last nights tasting, my first Toppling Goliath beer.

A - Pours slightly hazy orange with a nice one finger tall white head, quickly dissipating down to a light film, leaving sticky webs of lace down the sides of the glass.

S - Smells of bright citra hops, light caramel sweetness, fresh cut grass and strong fresh zested citric fruit. Much like Zombie Dust this one is all about the citric fruit.

T - Starts off with the dynamic duo of strong citra hop bitterness and fresh tropical fruitiness slowly being joined by the grassiness and some mild caramel sweetness. Finish is bitter with a bit of light sweetness, lingering for a little while after the finish.

M - Medium body with moderate carbonation. Crisp, bitter feel from start to finish. Very easy to consume, even with the added ABV.

O - A really nice easy drinking APA. It has everything I love in these hopped up APA's. I would say this is in my top 3 along with Zombie Dust and Edward. I would love to have this on a regular basis.

 1,042 characters

Photo of mdfb79
4.37/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From 06/22/14 notes. Big thanks to BeerLawyer85 for sharing another TG beer...thanks Ross! 22 oz. bottle into a tulip.

a - Pours a deep amber-orange color with one inch of bright white head and moderate carbonation evident. Looks good.

s - Smells of citra hops, floral notes, honey, fruity malts, tropical fruits, light resin notes, and some grapefruit. Awesome nose, tons of citrus and tropical fruits to it. I love it.

t - Tastes of citra hops, fruity malts, tropical fruits, pineapples, grapefruit, floral notes, and oranges. More oranges and citrus here, less tropical fruits in general. Very good, not quite as good as the nose though.

m - Medium body and low carb, smooth and creamy. No bitterness and very easy to drink.

o - Overall I thought this was a great beer; I really liked it a lot. I wouldn't put this on the same level as Hoppy Birthday, ZD, or Daisy Cutter, but would put it on that second tier of great hoppy pale ales with some stuff I've had from Trillium, HF, and Tired Hands. A great beer with nice citrusa nd tropical fruits, and crazy easy to drink. A top 10 pale ale for sure, highly recommended.

 1,128 characters

Photo of Ciocanelu
4.4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Slightly hazy orange color with off-white head. Aroma has dank, slightly fruity, tropical hops. Taste is slightly malty and sweet at first, hoppy with some tropical notes but also floral and resiny. It's fascinating how they pulled out all the major hop profiles from just Citra hops. Gets slightly bitter on the finish and aftertaste but not too much. Medium body with crisp carbonation. Really good overall but I think it's a bit over-hyped.

 443 characters

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

The CANQuest (tm) recently learned of a local trader who had some of these CANs available, and while I am trying to get caught up on the Bottle Backlog, the furtherance of The CANQuest (is) also important. That, and I divested myself of a number of recent duplicates, making me look like a generous trader. It was a win-win for all involved!

From the CAN: "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!"; "Live beer, please refrigerate."

I was able to visit Sue in June 2015 during my most recent visit to ChiRaq/Viet Rahm while at The Field Museum for the Viking exhibit so it seems apropos to be drinking this beer!

The Crack! revealed another brimful craft CAN and I could barely CANtain my glee! The only thing that kept me from CANducting an inverted Glug was that it was a 16-fl. oz. tallboy CAN & they CAN be hard to CANtrol once started. Still, a heavy-handed Glug brought forth just over two fingers of dense, rocky, French Vanilla-colored head with great retention. Color was Golden-Amber (SRM = > 5, < 7) with NE-quality clarity and as such, I welcomed the Gelt Gang of Croesus, Midas & Mammon into my kitchen for the second time this day. Nose was redolent with hops, very assertive with notes of grapefruit and pine, which was a far cry from my last APA, which was more restrained. Mouthfeel was medium. The taste was an onslaught of hops, but not bitterness, which kept it appropriate for an APA. I got soft fruit flavors of peach and mango up front, underlain by grapefruit and pine, which was a real change of pace. Finish was semi-dry, very fruity, so that it CANnot be thought of as outright dry. Man, no wonder that this is so popular! It was a bargain at a six-pack in return.

 1,928 characters

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.71/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A huge thank you to my mother-in-law and long time Iowan Sue for packing a 64 oz. growler in her suitcase and delivering it to me in D.C. Boom!

The beer is transparent and golden with a quarter inch of off-white head. Big aroma of pine trees, resin, citrus, grapefruit, melon. Lovely. Super smooth on the palate with an elegant silky bitter finish. Tropical fruit and pine resin. Really fresh and delicious. Super easy to drink with very little alcohol presence. Delicious.

 474 characters

Photo of Alieniloquium
4.59/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

650 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Hazy bright orange. Nice white head. Great lacing after the head settles.

Smell - Strong mango and melon aroma. Orange and tropical fruit. All hops.

Taste - Much more mango. Sweet citrus hop. Sweet pale malt. Slight grain. Just a ton of delicious citra hop goodness.

Mouthfeel - Thick for a pale ale, but I like it. Creamy. Medium low carbonation.

Overall - This is ridiculously good. Very few breweries make a pale ale anywhere near as good as this.

 508 characters

Photo of stakem
3.78/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Thanks Kegatron for the hookup on this one. 12oz bottle into a tulip pint glass. The brew is a hazy copper color with white cap that is quick to fade leaving patchy lace.

Aroma is cheesy at first with some sulfur and citrus notes. It smells good but kinda disappointing that cheesiness leads the way then a nice citrus hop zip.

Taste is citrus hop forward, than herbal grassy and cheesy. Moderate bitterness with nice fruity hop flavors and little to no malt/alcohol backing.

This is medium bodied, modestly carbonated and overall very enjoyable. Would not mind trying this again if it was super fresh but as is its pretty solid.

 632 characters

Photo of vfgccp
4.19/5  rDev -6.7%

Special thanks to kplooki for sending this my way.

A - Light haze on a creamy orange body. Fine white head pours a finger and a half high. Nice retention and lace.

S - Wet grass, cilantro, dill, and old wood.

T - Delicious. Barnyard hay (almost saison like), bold resiny bitters, bright cilantro. Honey sweetness and biscuity malt. Orange and apricot fruitiness. It's incredible how much better this gets the more you drink it. The hop character is exceptional.

M - Full for an APA. Medium staying power. Soft creaminess. Relatively low carbonation.

O - Bright, bold green hop character. A shade short of the mega-hype, but still an outstanding APA that's probably in my top 10 for the style.

4.19 pseudoSue
-- -Jay- -Jon- -Vin- -Avg- Weight
A - 3.80 4.35 4.10 4.08 10%
S - 3.50 4.50 3.50 3.83 20%
T - 4.25 4.25 4.50 4.33 40%
M - 4.00 4.00 4.00 4.00 10%
O - 4.25 4.40 4.50 4.38 20%

 989 characters

Photo of smakawhat
3.97/5  rDev -11.6%
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.

 1,332 characters

Photo of jwc215
4.47/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bottle:

Pours clouded golden with a thin head. Strands of lacing stick

The smell is of a robust hop explosion. The powerful aroma came through upon opening the bottle. It has a wonderful citric aroma - grapefruit, orange and mango.

The taste is of bitter citric and tropical fruits. A subtle malt backing has a cracker-like character. It balances the hops while showcasing the citra hops. A touch of pepper mixes in in the long finish.

The body is appropriate for a pale ale that is on the fuller side of the spectrum. Overall, it is smooth despite a bite to it.

A great show of citra hops. A hoppy pale ale, for sure. Not harsh though there is a bit of a bite. A very enjoyable APA.

 695 characters

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.34/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Growler filled at the The Nook at the Nova, Casanova Liquors, Hudson, Wisconsin, earlier this afternoon. Hope it held it for the past 7 hours.

Clouded golden hue, beautiful creamy head of snow-drift white head. Looks fantastic.

Aroma: bright, clean, and vibrant hoppiness. Ebullient citrus notes, lemon, lime, orange, and grapefruit, passionate and pithy. A little floral, a touch piney. Traces of tropical fruits, as well. Nice, nice, nice.

Taste: This one jumps on board the mouth and spills joy all over the palate. It floods deliciousness everywhere. The look of it shows an unfiltered ale, and in the mouthfeel, we're getting yeast, as well. Wonderful texture, great drinkability.

A joyful pale ale, a tasty thing with plenty of citrus-y zest to keep the tongue happy.

 777 characters

Photo of MasterSki
4.28/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another growler shared by Todd. Thanks dude! Served in a Russian River tulip.

A - White foam settles to wisps, thin collar, and specks of lace. Hazed golden body.

S - Surprisingly grassy for a Citra IPA; surprised this is single-hopped, but I guess the flavors are largely dependent on crop. Still, nice notes of tropical fruits and citrus that are typical of Citra and only the faintest crackery malt.

T - The taste is more in line with what I was expecting, with the mix of pale malts and juicy orange flesh; almost like a creamsicle, but with some faint tropical and zesty notes in the periphery. Bitterness is very low.

M - Medium body that is sufficiently hefty for the listed 5.8%. Pleasant, soft, lower carbonation. Crisp, clean finish, albeit maybe a tad watery. Goes down dangerously fast.

D - Good stuff on the whole, but actually a bit understated for my tastes. The Zeelander, which I preferred, had more crackle and intensity. Still, I'd happily order a pint or two of this if it was locally available. Not an A+, but a solid A in my book.

 1,057 characters

Photo of GarthDanielson
4.5/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

 698 characters

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
PseudoSue from Toppling Goliath Brewing Company
4.49 out of 5 based on 4,138 ratings.
  • About Us

    Your go-to website for beer (since 1996), publishers of BeerAdvocate magazine (since 2006) and hosts of world-class beer events (since 2003). Respect Beer.
  • BeerAdvocate Microbrew Invitational

    Join us June 2-3, 2017 in Boston, Mass. for beer, cider, mead, kombucha and sake from over 70 small producers.

    Learn More
  • Subscribe to BeerAdvocate Magazine

    No fake news here. Get real beer content delivered to your doorstep every month.