Pseudo Sue | 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): 6.80%

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: 798 | Ratings: 5,184
Photo of Brian14608
4.98/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

It’s a pale ale that tops all. This is my go to beer and tastes terrific with everything. A single citra hop done so well that even uncle Joe would like as well as the most persnickety beer snob. It’s a winner all the way around. Damn I love this one, and I pick it up whenever I go searching for the good stuff.

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Photo of chubbyrunner
4.25/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A really good bear with a citra start and piney finish that sticks around for a while. It is exactly what the brewers says it is which is why Toppling is superior. I can't say this is my fav from them, but they are so consistent by comparison, I offer applause for this brew.

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Photo of TooManyGlasses
4.43/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Single 16 oz can returned to Edmonton from New York trip. Pours a bright uniform hazy golden yellow with two fingers of fluffy white head. Aroma is a mildly piney fruit bomb of pineapple, mango, ripe orange.
Tastes sweet - honey like sweetness - with citrus, mango, pineapple on a refreshing malty backbone and a balancing gentle but not insignificant hoppy bitterness.
Creamy smooth medium full mouthfeel with bittersweet finish that begs for another sip - until sadly this fantastic beer is gone.

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Photo of TH28
4.52/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16oz can. 4/4/19 package date. Appearance: Truly hazy light golden with a fluffy white pillowy head.
Aroma: Strong grassy, mango, pineapple, and citrus hop notes.
Taste: Moderate malt sweetness, bready, quickly turning into a mango and orange citrus with some grassiness and a soft but moderately high bitterness.
Mouthfeel: Medium to heavy bodied for the style, with some creaminess and moderate carbonation.
Finish: Bitterness accelerates on the finish, dry on the tongue, with a touch of grass and citrus rind.
Overall: This has all the components of a top notch hazy IPA, created long before the style is what it is a today. A true showcase of the Citra hop, with such a softness to the bitterness, while delivering an intense hop aroma. Amazing beer

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Photo of hopsputin
4.4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: slightly hazy golden orange color with a 1.5 finger off-white solid head

S: grapefruit, orange zest, pineapple, crackers, a hint of malt, juicy passionfruit and dragon fruit. Very juicy

T: juicy oranges, pineapple and sweet grapefruit. Dragonfruit and some lemon as well. Super juicy and citrus. A hint of sweet biscuit towards the end

M: lighter side of medium with moderate carbonation

O: Citra hop is focus here and it’s done well. Super juicy, and a nice balance of bitter to fruit. Would definitely buy again

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Photo of Best_Enjoyed_In_Texas
4.29/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Would I buy this again? Definitely, though I wouldnt chase it. This beer will likely be the best option in your slightly better grocery stores. Its on par with Parish Brewing's Ghost in the Machine.

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Photo of dsa7783
4.5/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Four-pack copped from Bottle King in Livingston. Pours a golden, effervescent hue with maximum frothing. Assertive aroma replete with strong notes of citrus and lemon peel. Similar overall flavor profile. Highly recommended.

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Photo of Brewno8it
4.35/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Very amazing brew considering the brew master does so much with just the Citra hop. Nice hazy color, fruity citrus and mango smell. Nice body, very enjoyable NEIPA.

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Photo of kim_thayil
5/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

i get excited about a lot of beer but i don't rush home to rate a beer on beer advocate. i've probably only rated 10 or 20 beers on here. but i rushed home to give this all 5s.

i'm not gonna tell you this is an all 5s beer for everyone, hell this isn't even my favorite style of beer, but if you've been spending all your life looking for that perfect juicy pale ale this is the beer you've been looking for all your life.

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Photo of spelingchampeon
4.34/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Canned 3-7-19
L: Orange, hazy. 1 minute post-pour is off-white flat head. Very little lacing.
S: Citrus, very tropical. Light pine.
T: Tropical, light citrus.
F: Juicy. Smooth and creamy up front.. light bitterness on the back side.
O: Delicious and surprising at the same time. If I had to drink PA's like this for the rest of my days.. I'd be okay!

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Photo of SmashAdams
4/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've decided I am not a fan of the so called NEIPA (or NEAPA i guess in this case) and I will likely not be drinking many or any in the future. With that said, this is one of the better ones. It is smooth, fruity, hoppy, with minimal impact of lactose and little or no off-putting aftertaste. I often find these chalky or astringent but this one is not so it was pretty good. nb

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Photo of Parmesan
4/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

L:. Pours a hazy orange juice orange with hints of lighter yellow color in hints, a few rings of lacing and a medium head. Lots of sediment in this one.

S: Sweet citrus including a nice pop of orange, lemon, followed by mango and grapefruit, a bit of herb at the end.

T:. Sweet orange, mixed with notes of lemon and grapefruit and some mango. A light bitterness, but this one is quite sweet.

F:. Creamy smooth, feels like orange juice, quite easy drinking.

O:. This one is a tad sweet for me, it's a solid pale ale overall though.

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Photo of Dr_C
4.28/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Disclosure. I am not an IPA guy. That said, this was a good IPA.

Pour: Into my pint glass was a cloudy honey colored brew with a tall head that lasted several minutes and left a nice lacing on the glass. Noticeable sediment at the bottom of the glass.

Aroma: citrus and hops as one would expect. Very crisp.

Taste and feel: Matched the aroma nicely. Citrus and hops with a very crisp clean finish with a moderate bitter bite.

Overall: very good IPA I would definitely drink again.

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Photo of NiceTaps
4.5/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

16 ounce can in a nonic pint glass.

Frosted unfiltered orange color with a 1-plus finger white froth. Lots of retention and sticky lacing.

Waves of strong citrus and tropical hop aromas. Peach, mango, pineapple, lemon, and grapefruit. Stone fruit, too. Light and dry malt, some alcohol, no sugar.

Lots of fruit flavor follows the aromas. Orange and peach lead the way.

Juicy beer never felt so good.

Thanks for arriving in the Garden State, Toppling Goliath. What took so long?!?

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Photo of beerbully
4.25/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L-Golden honey in color, not much haze, head's retention is minimal, Lacing is sticky

S-Sweet malt sugars, fruity hops, slight lemon-lime,

T-Similar to the nose, Fruity hops with some malty backbone........tangerine, grapefruit,

F-Medium, moderate carb, easy drinker

O-well balanced, very drinkable

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Photo of defunksta
4.22/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: Pours a hazy orange-yellow color with a strong, foamy head that lingers.
Aroma: Strong aromas of sweet citrus. Mostly mango, lemon & tangerine, pineapple. Little to no earthiness.
Flavor: The flavor follows those nose. Strong citrus flavors. Mango, lemon, tangerine, pineapple. Also some peachy stonefruit. A pale malt sweetness follows the citrus for a nice finish. A little lingering bitterness on the tongue, but much less than
Body: Medium bodied and well carbonated. Not too crisp, oily, or heavy. Just enough body and sweetness to satisfy, but enough bitterness underneath to clean the palate.

Overall: A very east-coast style citra-dry hopped pale ale. Delicious. Drinks like juice, but has just enough hop bitterness and body to be so much more. This is the NEIPA before there was a NEIPA.

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Photo of Cdriver0414
5/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Look- very hazy and juicy almost the consistency of a pineapple juice
Smell- over the top with tropical citrus deliciousness
Taste- absolutely stellar flavor with hazy tropical juiciness. Citrus and tropical pine with a perfect balance
Feel- easy drinking forms a nice head, a real treat
Overall- easily one of the best beers I’ve had so far. A world class treat that everyone should try

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Photo of Bouleboubier
4.16/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

(16 oz can, PKG 01/25/19, purchased cold at Good Beer in Manhattan)

L: mildly-hazy, yellow-amber liquid; loose, foamy sponge of white foam... seemed to have decanted well, as when the head subsides, the last few ounces poured in glass carry a ton of milky sediment

S: crushed flesh and rinds of orange, lemon, hint of grapefruit; bit of an artificial powdered candy, orange creme fruitiness... bit of pine and phenolic spice in the background... with the sediment in, more musk

T: orange and cake up front, with a slowly-emerging, pungent-prickling, grapefruit/lemon-pithy bitterness along with a mellow spicy booze... floral, grassy aftertaste, bordering on pine cleaner once the sediment is in

F: nectary, milky, dirty-resinous... what's nice is its bitterness and mellow ethanol leave a lightly numbing sting on the tongue... bit of a foamy texture

O: tasty, but not too unlike most Citra-focused, Citra-forward pale ales... with the sediment blended in, it's not too dissimilar from the Treehouse hazies I had a lil while back

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Photo of osheamatth
4.24/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Typical hazy IPA looking like an slushy almost with no discernible head. A full blown burst of orange on the nose, as if one was peeling a clementine. Excellent taste of complex hops and fruits like cantaloupe, orange and kiwi. Nice feel on this very good ale from a top flight brewery.

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Photo of Tacoma223
5/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Very unfiltered cloudy .very beautiful foamy head. Taste overall is very good , very fruity and light bitterness but really nice smoothness. Very good beer for the price. Must buy an absolute incredible beer

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Photo of SierraNevallagash
4.12/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pint can - dated 1/10/19 - poured into a tulip at about 48F.

Big thanks to Jared for this can.

Pours an opaque, deep burned orange, with three fingers of,incredibly loose, soapy, off-white head, that clings heavily to the glass. Head disappears in the middle, leaving a growing open spot, and a massive, high-rising collar. Appears darker than King Sue, if my memory serves me correctly.

Nose: Deep, concentrated, permeating aroma of dry hopped Citra notes of overripe mango, orange, and a hint of pine sap, as well as some notes I generally associate with Mosaic. Berries, melon, and grassy earth. There's a touch of honey sweetness, and perhaps a splash of pineapple juice and kiwi.

Palate: Honey malt sweetness arrives first, closely followed by that sweet ripe mango, melon, fresh dark berries, and then some earthy grassiness. I'm hard pressed to believe that there's no Mosaic in here, because everything is pointing to evidence of the contrary. As I dig a little deeper, I'm picking up on some yeast character in the early palate, as well as on the nose. The berry/earthy/grassy notes progress towards a more earthy bitterness, which then turns to pine, and then to grapefruit pith, while finishing dry, resinous, moderately bitter, and clean. Oddly enough, for a Citra-based beer, I'm getting very little citrus notes on the palate, save the pithy bitterness in the finish. This tastes dominantly of Mosaic.

Mouthfeel/Body: This beer is thr definition of medium bodied. Some good weight from the malt, bordering on full, some slight honey stickiness, medium to medium-plus effervescence, lending a slightly prickly texture, and a very subtle softness.

Overall: First off, this is labled as a "pale ale", but by any seasoned beer drinker's point of view, this is absolutely an IPA. It's full, hearty, big malt base, huge hop presence, lots of flavor, a firm bitterness, and drinks more like a 7.5%-8% ABV beer. It's an IPA. I double checked, and it's clearly a "single hop citra pale ale", so no Mosaic. Very interesting Citra hops. It's a very good beer. It's well crafted, it's refined, it's clean, it's fairly balanced, and the hops are high quality, oily hops. I don't find it to be particularly unique in any direction, and nothing about it really stands out to me. I'd absolutely drink it again, and there's nothing to really complain about it. I just find it to be somewhat one-dimensional, and a touch on the bitter side. It's big brother on the other hand, King Sue, is a phenomenal IPA, and a fantastic display of Citra hops. If you like nice, bold, juicy, slightly bitter NEIPAs, then you'll find no fault with this, and while I would not put a "World Class" label on it, I'm quite comfortable calling it an excellent beer. Certainly worth trying.

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Photo of Nass
2.77/5  rDev -38.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

It pours a lovely light orange color with a white head. There is some interesting & ferocious can artwork. The citrus shines forward in this beer. I do notice a canned on & best by date on the bottom of the can. I don't know why this beer has such a high rating I can't get into this beer, it's too bitter & nasty tasting. Cheers! C

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Photo of sesh
4.57/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look: Your typical looking IPA. A bit darker than most.

Smell: Very fruity and a somewhat hoppy smelling brew for an IPA. Personally I'm not huge on insanely hoppy IPAs so I actually enjoy this.

Taste: A very easy to drink IPA but you can still taste and feel the hops which is great. Very fruity and fun. If you are looking for an easy to drink IPA and want to put a few back this is a greaaaat choice.

Feel: Feels like pretty much every other IPA. Obviously it's no stout but it has a nice mouthfeel. Once again it's easy to session because of this.

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Photo of orcrist_cleaver
4.45/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A: Heavy orange juice haze with the pulp. Finger of loose off-white foam after a moderately strong pour.

S: Citrus, earthiness, papaya, mango, and some hot spice.

M: Pillowy med-full body. Almost lighter than air feel.

T: Papaya, orange, mango, and tangerine sits on the tongue. Light yeast and bready notes follow, but experience is firmly sweet tropical with that hint of tamarind/clove spice noted in the aroma. This along with the citrus pop keeps it from being cloying, and makes it quite fashionable.

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Photo of stoumi
4.53/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Going into this beer, I wasn't a big pale ale fan, usually not big enough or hoppy enough for my liking. However, this is the second excellent pale ale I've had, the other Zombie Dust from 3 Floyds.

Psuedo Sue pours a bright, murky pale yellow with a rocky and dense off-white head with nearly no lacing retention. The smell is citrus fruit and mango with some pine notes and a hint of citrus zest. The taste is big on flavor with orange and mango on the palette with some grapefruit and a very mild bitterness, from a beer that finishes dry.

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Pseudo Sue from Toppling Goliath Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.51 out of 5 with 5,184 ratings