PseudoSue | Toppling Goliath Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
4.53/5
4,427 Ratings
PseudoSuePseudoSue
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
Ranking:
#79
Reviews:
662
Ratings:
4,427
pDev:
7.51%
Bros Score:
4.27
 
 
Wants:
1,315
Gots:
1,036
Trade:
53
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Ratings: 4,427 |  Reviews: 662
Photo of AussieActor
4.48/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Ryannel24
4.81/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Magery
4.38/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of OmahaKF
4.02/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smell is of citrus, tropical fruit, and malt sweetness. Taste is heavily tropical, with mango being most prominent for me. Finish is slightly bitter but blends well with the citrus and tropical flavors. A really smooth drinking and flavorful beer that doesn't quite live up to the hype for me, although I've heard that the newer Florida batches are getting closer to the original.

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Photo of motoxrdr21
4.64/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of montesown
4.59/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of NYC-IPAnAPA
3.53/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I almost feel bad reviewing this beer in its current form, as I've never had it in the 22oz format that was actually produced by Toppling Goliath. I have had it 4 or 5 times though from a couple of different batches since production was moved to a contract brewery in Florida, and it now only shows up in the 12oz bottles used by them. It's a real shame because King Sue is one of the best tasting beers I've ever had when it's fresh and brewed by Mike Saboe. I wish he would take control again of production of Pseudo, b/c I can taste enough there that I know it's likely a phenomenal beer when done right, but the batches from Florida have ranged from a solid basic pale to a drain pour. It really is a shame to create such a universally acclaimed product and then shift production elsewhere and have it slowly eroded...Please fix this beer!!

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Photo of Zoso2772
4.81/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of davidanastas
4.81/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of MNAle
4.19/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Two 12oz bottles, purchased and tasted several days apart. Bottled dates of 10 Jul 15 and 10 Aug 15. Poured into an Irish Imperial pint glass. Golden color, hazy. Moderate amount of visible carbonation. 1/2 inch of slightly off-white head that recedes slowly, leaving some lacing on the glass. Aroma is wonderful citrus and pine. Pleasant, inviting me to take a taste. Good initial body and mouth feel. Malt backbone is present, but so are the hops. Definite citrus "juiciness", but the dominant hops taste is pine that carries through the middle, with the bitterness asserting in the finish. Very well balanced, though, with the malty body continuing through to nicely balance the hops bitterness and to finish clean. This ale is really good. There's been a lot of discussion that the Brew Hub / FL versions are substandard compared with the legendary Decorah brew, but these versions are really good.

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Photo of Osulou92
4.59/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of kash2112
4.8/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of couchsitta
4.77/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Siggy125
4.24/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of eweaver16
4.52/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Balvenie
4.5/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ta_hagen
4.84/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

The taste is dank, dominated by citrus hops and a very complete dry finish. One can also taste what feels like unripe tropical fruits per mango. As some may mistake this for a DIPA per all the characteristic's, but it's only single hopped with citra hops. When drinking.... Orange citra, mango fruit, grapefruit, evergreen pine and a smooth finish. This is a world class beer without a doubt. Fantastic pale ale, Absolutely fantastic... Up there with my other favorite hoppy pale ale Zombie Dust.

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Photo of bostonbeans
4.7/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Taybeh
4.68/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

From a newly distributed to MN single, bottled on July 10th, into an imperial pint. Very cool label!

A: fairly clear, bright glowering mango orange with a finger of white head that subsides fairly quickly and leaves decent but not great lacing.
S: Angels are singing... Sweet flowery orange blossoms, juicy mango and grapefruit (again, fairly sweet and light, but also substantial), mild pineapple, faint and sweet fresh-cut grass, some caramel...just a little dankness as you get past the initial flowery and juicy sweetness.
T: Everything in the nose shows up here, though the integration isn't quite as brilliant; enough malt to provide a solid body; there is a bit more bitterness, which is good. A slight minty and earthy tinge (that I don't really get in the nose) lingers at the end. Truly outstanding.
M: Fairly light, medium carb, good body...neither real thick nor thin, nice bit of aggressive bite to go with the sweet flowery tropical flavors, goes down way too easy and quickly.

So good. Ecstatic that these guys are in MN now...looking forward to drinking this often.

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Photo of Cramerican
4.56/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of wehabeertrader
4.46/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of TDotScott
4.94/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a bottle into a shaker pint. Bottled 10 July.

L- Dark gold and medium-clear with a bubbly white head that sticks around for quite some time.

S- phenomenal citra notes. Orange, grapefruit, juice, a bit of pine.

T- much like the taste. Citrus, but in a sweet, juicy way. Bitterness present, but overall intensity, between white-bread malt and bitterness, is pretty low.

F- medium-full body is great. Carbonation is a little zippy for the style.

O- this beer makes APAs exciting

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Photo of MidwestBA
4.56/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Cannibalgasm
4.46/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle.

A: Pours a clear light golden amber with lots of visible lively bubbly carbonation. Head is and inch and a half of frothy foamy white color. Retention is absolutely excellent and lacing is phenomenally plentiful.

S: Wow what inviting aromas of tropical fruits, and citrus that present themselves immediately. Mango, grapefruit, pineapple, lemon, and tangerine are the prevalent smells. Then in the middle you find aromas of sweet malts, and fresh cut grass. On the end you get some floral hop notes. Absolutely fantastic this is one of the best smelling brews I've ever had.

T: This brew continues to blow my f***ing mind. Opens with huge bold citrus and tropical fruit flavors. Mango, grapefruit, peach, orange, lemon, pineapple, tangerine, and cantaloupe flavors are all present to me. In the middle of the taste you find sweet malts, and grassy/pine like hop bitterness. Finishes with floral hop flavors and a nice lingering bitter/fruity aftertaste.

M:Light to medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Incredibly smooth and easy drinking. It's qualities make it almost too easy to drink. This is a perfect all/every day kind of brew but it has such depth of aromas and flavors that I feel like I am committing a beer crime for how fast I am drinking these. I love this beer but I wish it had a slightly heavier mouthfeel.

O: This is one of the most impressive brews I have ever had. I have heard such great things about Toppling Goliath and finally we get distribution to our store. I picked this up immediately after work and proceeded to have my brains blown out of my f***ing head like a .50 cal round hit me. This is easily the best Pale Ale I have ever had the pleasure to consume. This will forever have a place in my heart and has immediately become one of my favorite beers. I plan to drink the f*** out of this. I would stand by my recommendation of this brew to my death. Seek this brew out beer lovers far and wide, this is truly a white whale that deserves any amount of praise heaped upon it.

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Photo of tobbar2000
4.78/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

PseudoSue from Toppling Goliath Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.53 out of 5 with 4,427 ratings
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