PseudoSue | Toppling Goliath Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Toppling Goliath Brewing Company
Iowa, United States
tgbrews.com

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
4,266
Reviews:
628
Avg:
4.48
pDev:
7.59%
 
 
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1,316
Gots:
978
For Trade:
55
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4.14/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4/5  rDev -10.7%

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4/5  rDev -10.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +6%

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4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

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4.56/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.25/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.96/5  rDev -11.6%
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.

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4/5  rDev -10.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +6%

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.24/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

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4.91/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

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4.75/5  rDev +6%

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4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

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4.41/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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4.5/5  rDev +0.4%
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.

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4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

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3.83/5  rDev -14.5%
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!

B+

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Photo of brentk56
4.54/5  rDev +1.3%
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

And further thanks to darktronica for a chance to revisit the contract-brewed canned version - much better this go round

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Photo of emerge077
4.42/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

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4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +0.4%
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.

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4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

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4.52/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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4.25/5  rDev -5.1%

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