PseudoSue | Toppling Goliath Brewing Company

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Toppling Goliath Brewing Company
Iowa, United States | website

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: 539 | Ratings: 3,873
Photo of coriswrasse
4.7/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

12 oz bottle poured into a Sams Adams perfect pint yields a huge amount of head. nice golden color true to style. good carbonation. smell is amazing hoppy goodness of the simcoe variety and taste is similar. mouthfeel is nice and bitter sweet. good malty balance to the huge hop presence. highly recommended.

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Photo of anonymoose
4.75/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

The beer has a hazy orange color. The aroma is peaches, mango, and green. The taste is tropical fruits up front followed by hints of that grassy/bubblegum quality you get from their double IPAs. Apparently everything from Toppling Goliath is a perfect beer.

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Photo of gonzoflip
4.96/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Wow, I tried on a friend's suggestion and am blown away. It pours a beautiful deep gold with a creamy white head. It smells of orange zest. The flavor has a lot of citrus and finishes with a touch of sweetness. Very good beer, will drink again.

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Photo of MikeyA
4.72/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

L - so it pours a great head and has pretty nice lacing. The color is pretty thing. A nice amber but more clear than I'd expect.
S - oh damn does this smell fantastic. Almost like smelling freshly baked bread while wandering through an evergreen forest.
T - mmmmm. Seems more carbonated than the other world-class IPAs I've been sampling and that is a good thing.
F - thin yet coats the tongue nicely.
O - I've been saving this for a bit since I just got into beer collecting and this is the first of my new collection I've popped open. What an incredible start to my beer journey. And I may just save this awesome bottle.

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

Precisely the kind of hoppy beer I like; subtle, not overwhelming, and thoroughly pleasant and consistent rather than an annihilation on your palette.

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Photo of barnzy78
4.52/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle, date stamped 05 OCT 15
A - creamy off-white head holds good retention while capping a slightly hazed golden colored pale ale
S - insanely juicy and tropical Citra hop nose with pineapple, mango, mandarin, and passion fruit with some light caramel and honey
T - juicy and tropical and loaded with passion fruit, pineapple, mango, and mandarin orange flavors, light caramel malt base with a slight bit of wheat or oat for malt complexity and balance
M - medium body, very refreshing, finishes bitter but not overly with a nice amount of residual sweetness hanging around
O - I've been wanting to get my hands on this one for awhile and finally found it - and it delivered! I'll buy this again if I see it. It's as good as the ratings indicate.

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Photo of SSS
4.99/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A- Pours a nice yellow with a hint of orange. Slight off white head dissipates quickly.
S- Aroma is Citra hop forward with a caramel back bone. I get a slight dank nose as well
M- Mouthfeel is medium with carbonation quite low
T- I get a caramel and honey flavour with a vegetal quality as well.
O- This beer is phenomenal, absolute must try. This is exactly what I would like to drink every single day!

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Photo of Roland7792
4.46/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle dated 10/15/15 pured into a Teku. Looks is slightly opaque golden amber. Aroma is definetaly Citra hops, candied grapefruit being predominant with some mango and hint of pine. Taste follows the nose with a mild bitterness giving to balanced malt sweetness. I wish the taste was a strong as the the nose but in terms of an APA this is very solid. Feel is ver crisp and high carbonation. I think its a better representation of an APA then ZD and slightly better as well. Just below Lizard King for me in terms of APAs.

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Photo of kitch
4.9/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A 12 fl oz bottle bottled on 15th June 2015 and poured into a Duvel tulip glass.

Appearance: It poured a slightly hazy golden orange colour with a one finger white head that fades fairly quickly to a thin foamy layer but leaves lots of nice spotty lacing.

Aroma: A nice mix of citrus and tropical fruits with orange, lemon, grapefruit, passionfruit and mango. There are hints of pine here and there.

Taste: Starts off tropical with mango and passionfruit leading the way in addition to hints of peach and apricot along the way. The finish is a nice lightly bitter grapefruit and orange pith. The balance between sweet and bitter here is perfect.

Mouthfeel: Dry, crisp, light to medium bodied with mid to high carbonation.

Overall: I loved it. Lived up to its hype and is in my opinion better than Zombie Dust. I really need to find more of this must buy beer.

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Photo of TheRougeBastard
3.92/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Thanks again to Capt. Wisconsin for this one! To be honest, I'd never heard of this (they don't let me out much). In my opinion, "Sue" is an above-average pale ale, certainly top-tier, but, again, in my opinion, not "world-class". Perhaps it was a poor choice to try this after Zombie Dust!

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Photo of zimm421
4.31/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into an IPA glass, bottle dated 10/2/15. Appears a clear golden color with a slight orange tint. The head is off-white, fluffy and leaves great lacing. The nose is very obviously Citra. Loads of mango and grapefruit with touches of pine and a slightly sweet hint as well. The taste starts out with a nice bready backbone that has a good sweetness to it. The Citra then comes through bringing the mango, grapefruit and a small hint of pine. The finish is purely bitter without much flavor. Overall, it's a good APA, pushing IPA, but wasn't blown away.

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Photo of Myotus
4.24/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle (bottled 10Aug15) into a Mikasa ale glass.
LOOK: Pours with a half finger's worth of white foam that dissipates into a line after a minute and a half. Rising bubbles are small in size and subtle in quantity. Yellow-orange in color with a high amount of cloudiness. Lacing is thin and moderate.
SMELL: Strong aromas of mangos, grapefruit, and oranges meet with subtle bready malts and piney hop aromas.
TASTE: Strong orange and grapefruit along with mild mango flavors enter initially and are immidieately followed by mild bready malt and piney hop flavors. Subtle bitter hop flavors finish off this taste symphony as all previous flavors continue to push on, but mango flavors grow slightly stronger.
FEEL: Medium-bodied and highly carbonated. Goes down rough and finishes with a strong dryness.
NOTE: This was an amazing tasting brew. The crappy mouthfeel prevented this from receiving a higher rating.

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Photo of tony11
4.68/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What a surprise. I got it in Mequon Wisconsin by chance because of the breweries reputation. Simply a great beer and close in flavor to Heady Topper. Easy drinking, great flavor. Will be on my bring back home list.

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Photo of Tone
4.1/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy, copper color. 1/2 inch head of a white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of wet hops, hint of pepper, sweet malt, strong citrus hops, earthy malt, and a hint of alcohol. Fits the style of an American Pale Ale. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of citrus (guava?), wet hops, sweet malt, alcohol, slight earthy malt, and a hint of wheat. Overall, great appearance, good aroma, body, and feel.

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Photo of dfillius
4.32/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Reviewed a 22oz bottle on 3/9/14. No visible bottle on date.
A: Moderate pour yields 1/4 finger with decent retention. Chill hazy brass color. Good looking. More head please.
S: Resiny hops, bright mango and pineapple. Slight harsh esters.
T: Fruity in a tropical way. Very nice. Finishes bitter which persists the longer and deeper I get into the pint. Delightful. Finish has a tad bit of green banana flavor.
M: Drinkably thin but heartily substantive.
O: Maybe superior to Zombie Dust! But similar (ZD has no haze and has a more malty finish) Complements Thai coconut chicken soup well.

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Photo of IpaBeerDrinkers
3.66/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

I wasn't overly impressed with this, although I did get one of the 12oz bottles that aren't brewed in Iowa. Smell is slightly off-putting. Taste is very much citrus forward, albeit too sweet for my liking. Mouth feel is fantastic and is the strong point of this beer. I'd drink again, but wouldn't seek it out. Quite a bit overrated in my opinion

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Photo of Ottoj55
4.61/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy yellow with nice white foam, sweet grapefruit aroma, bitter fruit flavors up front, milder in the middle and a smooth "rounded" finish. Wonderful mouthfeel, easy drinking. Overall, great, better than Zombie Dust.

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Photo of brewskifan55
4.28/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a teku glass. Thanks, Darren. You made my afternoon.

A: A hazy light orange with an eggshell white one-finger head that thinned down to foam. Decent lacing.

S: Oranges, mangoes, apricots, grapefruit.

T: Grapefruit lumbers in with a big punch of citrus love, featuring mangoes and apricots. Smooth and sultry. The citra hops go on for days. Delish.

M: Medium with a creamy medium carbonation.

O: Yep, the hype is worth it. I could drink a few of these, if only they were available. Like the fossil, this rare beast should be savored and revered.

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Photo of Smokesnotes
4.88/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Really enjoyed this beer (a few times). Great aroma, great taste, citrus, crisp, refreshing. Somewhere between a pale and an IPA, really drinkable and smooth. Awesome, metallic foil label as well, really pops on the bottle.

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Photo of tregan_20
5/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

With a solid white foam head and wonderful juicy nose, this single-hopped American pale ale hits the spot with a smooth body and slight hop bitterness in the finish. Toppling Goliath astounds with all of their beers and this flagship is on the mark for sure. Get your hands on this one before it becomes extinct (lol), cheers!

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Photo of SD-Alefan
4.7/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours a cloudy orange with a thick and creamy off-white head that leaves lots of lacing behind.
The aroma is wonderful: Big citrus and tropical scents. Orange, mango, candied fruit, a hint of peach.
Very tasty orange juice for adults. Orange and mango on the tongue, what seems like natural fruit sweetness and a finishing orange pith bitterness.
Mouthfeel is medium and smooth.
Very refreshing and extraordinarily easy drinking.

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Photo of NickTheGreat
4.71/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

L (4.5) - Lovely slightly cloudy orange color. Nice amount of snow white foam on top. Great!
S (4.75) - Great floral hop aromas. Almost fills the room. Also a fair bit of citrus.
T (4.75) - Tastes fantastic. Slightly tart, get the citrus at first. But then the floral-ish finish. Not much malt here, but there shouldn’t be. Barely an APA, verging on IPA.
F (4.5) - Great, easy drinking beer. Carbed perfectly.
O (4.75) - The beer could have been over-hyped but it wasn't. It lived up to expectations. And this was FL Sue. My last batch of IA sue wasn't as good, oddly enough. But I am sure TG will get all those kinks ironed out.

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Photo of hoppymcgee
4.3/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

L: A nice off-orange hue. Sufficient head.

S: Citrus and pine.

T: Lots of flavor for a pale ale. Not overdone; good balance of sweet and bitter.

F: Nice body and carbonation for the ABV and style.

O: A well-balanced APA.

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Photo of Stevem68
4.43/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy pale golden color. Has floral citrus aroma. Flavor is hoppy up front, citrus, maybe a little mango / lemon lime. Has a nice floral mouthfeel with a little crisp carbonation. Overall a great pale ale. Great for its style, overall a really good beer

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Photo of lochraneg
4.75/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Look: Dark Amber APA with a golden brown head
Smell: Hoppy, bitter, but sweet
Taste: Top 5 APA's around, Hoppy
Feel: Medium Body, stays a while
Overall: Great TG Beer, wish it was easier to find

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PseudoSue from Toppling Goliath Brewing Company
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