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): 6.20%

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

User Reviews & Ratings
Reviews: 795 | Ratings: 5,161
Photo of VoxRationis
4.42/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Decanted from a 16 oz (475 ml) can into a custom taster pint glass; canned 1/25/19, best by 5/25/19.
A: Pours a somewhat hazy, golden color with a decidedly orange caste, a two finger chiffon yellow head, solid retention, and sticky, amorphous lacing. Yeast sediment evident at the bottom (a plus in my book).
S: Aromas all fruit: tangerine, orange, nectarine, lemon, mango, with just a touch of honeysuckle and caramel.
T: Semisweet to sweet. Flavors are a melange of the nose. Solid peppery bitterness prevents ensemble from spinning out of control.
M: Medium bodied with strong carbonation. Slightly chewy.
O: Surprised it is fitted into the APA category, seems a lot more like an East Coast IPA, but there is a spectrum. Tasty, flavorful, and truly enjoyable. I hope that TG continues to export more and more of it other beers to the East Coast.

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Photo of fitzy84
4.26/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Had this on tap at Five-Eyed Fox in Turners Falls. The beer had a pretty bright but murky and dense orange appearance with a medium white head. Very good aromas of grapefruit and orange citrus. The taste follows the nose with a sweet, citrus fruity taste. Really good body; slightly creamy with good carbonation. Overall, I really enjoyed the aromas, taste, and mouthfeel to this beer.

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Photo of Mark-Leggett
4.83/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours a hazy golden color with a fairly large head that hangs around a good while. Smells of citrus and biscuit. Tastes of mango and grapefruit, a very excellent mix of flavor. I have only rated 3 beers as a perfect 5. I am going to revisit this beer and it may be my 4th one that's a perfect 5

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Photo of RockHop
3.85/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Got a four pack, fresh. Poured first can. Fresh balsam piney aroma with some citrus notes. Yellow gold and hazy, pulpy looking. Single hop citra pale ale, and reads like a top-end IPA. Reviews of this are all over the map and TG describes it as citrusy with notes of mango. Maybe grapefruit rind and mango peel. Seems less juicy and more dry than expected for a citra. Citrus up front, then horehound, then dry chicory bitterness that lingers and lingers. So unexpected that I poured it out 2/3 through and poured another. 2nd can was all citrus and no bitterness with 3-4 fingers of head. Very refreshing and totally unlike the first. Also had a ton of sediment at the end. Had to pour out last bits it was so chalky. Hard to figure this beer. Reminds me of some brews from Lord Hobo.

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Photo of PEACO82287
4.55/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I consider this my go-to IPA, along with Bells Two Hearted..and consider myself very lucky.

It’s about as good and balanced as you could want in an IPA. Drinkable to a fault, the bite is balanced well on the palette and floral tones lifted by mango and citrus.

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Photo of Livyatan1996
4.45/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

TG recently hit the shelves here in st louis, as in like yesterday, so I made sure to go ahead and knock this one off my list. tallboy into an ipa glass, this thing is a fairly hazy orange/yellow, with a big fluffy head that has left some quite sticky sheets of lacing behind. nose is immediately citrus zest and mango juice, the slightest hint of pine and bitterness. super flavorful, it has more of a mango and orange juice blend thing going on with citrus on top, mostly grapefruit and a bready backdrop. leaves some bitterness on the tongue that sticks around for a while. dry and crisp, pretty damn drinkable and a treat to be able to get this now

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Photo of shambeano
4.45/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A 16 ounce can poured into a tulip glass.
Look: Pours a real hazy muddy yellow. Kind of reminds me of the look of pulpy pineapple juice. A little bit of white sediment becomes apparent when its settled a bit. A not-too-careful pour gives about an inch of foamy head, that quickly falls back to about 1 cm, which hangs about for a while.
Smell: The smell is very juicy and tropical. There is the whole citra citrus thing going on, orange, lemon, zest, and then there is a sweeter more tropically fruit. It does smell kind of like orange and mango juice.
Taste: Taste is much like the smell. Juicy orange, touch of tropical fruit. A little bit of malty sweetness in there A nice restrained bitterness towards the end.
Feel: nice body, really coats the tongue but is never not refreshing or drinkable. The flavour itself doesn't last for too long, but the bitterness has a decent length.
Overall: A very good beer. Obviously meant to showcase the citra hop, and I get the feeling I know the hop better for having drunk the beer. I really enjoyed it.

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Photo of Amendm
4.49/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

An easy pour from a 16-oz. can creates a two finger sized off white head with long retention a large streaks of lacing.
Very hazy translucent golden straw color appears light straw in front of light.
Dank hops and citrus (orange & lime) with pineapple and yeast for the smell.
Taste begins sort of bitter from hops and semi-dry. The middle is sweeter, less bitter and fruity as abundant carbonation and yeast and pale malt blend together. The finish bitters yet remains on the sweet side. Spicy hops linger a while.
Medium bodied, above average CO2, smooth and never to bitter.
NEIPA like, alcohol is well hidden. Hoppy, fruity and malty.

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Photo of ChipChaight
4.08/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz can from Post No Bills in Sandy City, Monterey, CA. Pours a hazy orange gold with nice lingering white head and good lacing, smell is candied apricot, peach nectar, and a hint of tangerine citrus, taste is muted orange soda, sweet tangerine flesh, ends with dried apricots, soft medium body with fluffy carbonation. A subtly fruity pale ale.

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Photo of JamFuel
4.59/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy orange with soft, thcíck foam.

Smell is juicy and tropical with notes of mango, oranges, pineapple and a bit of sweetness.

Taste is intensely juicy with loads of tropical fruits, predominantly mango, oranges and pineapple along with some fruity sweetness. Bitterness is mild to moderate and perfectly integrated to the fruit. Spectacular.

Mouthfeel is medium, soft and pillowy, and well carbonated.

Overall, a superb APA/IPA hybrid, with great balance between intensity and drinkability.

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Photo of russpowell
4.29/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Welcome to Arkansas, suprised I never came across this in Wisconsin, es macht nichts!

Pours a hazed gold/straw color with one finger of pearl colored head. Alright lacing & head retention

T: Mango, citrus, green melon

T: Grape fruit, mango, bready dryness & a little green melon up front. A little grapefruit, pineapple, bready dryness & green melon as this warms. Finishes with peach, mango, bready dryness & green melon & a little passion fruit

MF: Medium body, slight carbonation, lovely balance

Drinks easy as can be, very tasty!

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Photo of Mindcrime1000
4.5/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a sixteen ounce can into a tulip...

Considering this brew hales from my home state, I can't believe I've not reviewed it before now.

Pours a beyond-hazy cloudy pineapple-gold with a two finger head (quickly dissipating) with pleasing soapy persistent lacing throughout.

Tropical fruits (pineapple, mango, papaya), musk melon, and floral notes all hit the nose in a pleasing balance. Citra hops, but just a hint, join the fray, countered by a touch of ester. Spice notes (white pepper) too.

The flavor is actually a shade less complex than the nose, but it's still spectacular. A strong sweet malt backbone featuring more tropical fruit and an additional note of citrus (grapefruit). Spicy white pepper notes at the back of the palate. The hops are present, but not overwhelming, showing up as a pleasant floral/grassy flavor.

The mouthfeel is just about perfect. Medium-bodied, but well-carbonated with a smooth crisp finish.

Overall, this is a spectacular brew that nearly straddles the line between APA and IPA, with the overall soapy silky smoothness keeping it in the former category.

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Photo of allforbetterbeer
4.41/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This is about as juicy as it gets for an American Pale ale in the sediment laden cloudy style. The aroma will shatter your reality. My nose is having a Citra wet dream. Forget maltiness and balance, this beer is for one purpose: Transport your senses into Citra heaven and let the horny hops cones take advantage of you in a juicy, nectar-y blissful orgy of mango, pineapple smoothie, and tropical popsicle bliss. I would do shameful things to get more of this (it was given to me courtesy of a generous friend. TG doesn't distribute to CO)

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Photo of patre_tim
4.59/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Cloudy, milky orange with lots of fine bubbled carbonation, and a well sustained finger of white, fluffy head.

Smells of oranges and dank leaf. Hints of catnip and mango, as well as canned peaches.

Peaches, oranges and mango. Very light and delicate, and dessert like, with an orange rind bitterness on the finish.

Medium, smooth, silky and fluffy body with moderate to low carbonation.

Got this on in Sacramento, drinking in Redding, Dec 7th, 2018. Superb look, taste and mouth feel.

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Photo of JZS
4.42/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Lucky enough to find some of these in CT. Can best by 1/18/19.

Can confirm golden flakes float throughout hazy body upon pouring. Two fingers of head dissipated quickly.

Smells, tastes, feels exactly how you'd imagine an APA of this caliber should. Ideal balance of hops and sweetness. Bold and dry enough to convince you it could be a double, but none of the extra boozy feel.

Will never say a beer is perfect for its style, but this is as good of an APA as I've had. Tried to award bonus points for dinosaur theme but couldn't correctly categorize that.

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Photo of winehead247
4.21/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Solid Pale ale, tastes closer to traditional IPA. Flakes of sediment fill the copper color. Resin flavors that end crisp and smooth. A definite Go-To if you enjoy APA

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

Absolutely great! Flakey sediment suspended in golden copper twinged ale. Crisp delicious taste without the sweetness that is usually found. My first TG beer...I WANT MORE.

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

On tap at Cheshire Pizza and Ale 11/18/18. Probably the hoppiest APA that I've ever tasted. I have been seeing this in the local package store, but passed in favor of TG's Golden Nugget and Pompei. Actually reminds me of a more juicy version of Fuzzy Baby Ducks. Highly recommended.

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

Not disappointed! One of those beers that's been on my wants list for about 5 years or so - had a feeling it would live up to the hype and it does because there is no hype - like a Zombie Dust, Heady, or Pliny, it's regarded highly because its excellent... Smooth and plush, softly juicy and flavorful, with elements of sweet citrusy tropical fruits and a caress of pine... Best by date of 2/1/19...

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Photo of briandgilbert
4.85/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is the most flavorful IPA I can recommend, it makes my mouth sing! Other DIPAs by TG might have a bit more punch, Sosus and King Sue but this is an amazing one! If anyone tried this in 2015-2017, try it again! P Sue brewed in Decorah versus Lakeland is worlds apart, it’s so much better from Decorah! The new brewery has a rev osmosis process and it makes all the difference! Lakeland brewed TG was not what it is out of the new brewery! This is best in class!
L-golden orange in color amazing
S-it will tease your senses!
T-a rush of flavor and bite, I love it!
F-strong flavor, what an IPA should be.
O-the best IPA I can recommend!

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Photo of Reinmogard
4.86/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

What a great example of a use of single-hop. Would have thought there was fruit in the beer, but it was just the brilliant use of the Citra hop. Nice hop aroma, but doesn't dominant the beer. Quality all around.

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Photo of drdiesel9483
4.55/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Look - hazy light copper color, like a ne
Smell - extremely tropical fruit
Taste - incredibly fruit, so so yummy! Mango clementine
Feel - medium body and a goood medium light carb
Overall - might be the beat pale ale I’ve had!

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Photo of thebeers
4.17/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Hazy orange with two fingers of airy, near-white head that are quick to dissipate and leave very little lacing.

Light orange marmalade, mango, peach, pineapple, spruce needles and biscuity malt in the nose.

Moderate bitterness shines throughout the taste with more spruce bouncing off against lighter tropical fruit and citrus than the aroma. There’s a flash of bubblegum as well.

Full bodied with a very fizzy feel — but with a finer, tighter fizziness than a soda, if that makes sense.

The pine in this one was unexpected but really pops and makes a great contrast to many other NEIPAs out there these days. Tons of flavor and depth. Very enjoyable.

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Photo of metter98
4.43/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is crystal clear yellow in color and has a slight amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high white head that died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles on the surface and a narrow collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate to strong aromas of orange and grapefruit citrus are present in the nose.
T: The taste follows the smell, having flavors of grapefruit citrus along with notes of mangos and oranges. There is a light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels just about medium-bodied and crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This APA is packed with lots of aromas and flavors of citrusy hops.

Serving type: can

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Photo of DaveMaciolek21
4.56/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pseudo Sue gave me an experience not too far away from Heddy Topper. The vibrance, and complexity of flavor is amazing, especially considering this is a single hop (Citra) ale. Outstanding!

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