PseudoSue | Toppling Goliath Brewing Company

602 Reviews

Brewed by:
Toppling Goliath Brewing Company
Iowa, United States

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

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Photo of DraconusDesanctus666
4.54/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16 oz can,into a Funky Buddha snifter.

Soapy,white,1 finger head with nice retention.Dark gold / light amber in color.Hazy with a decent amount of floaters.Light carbonation.

On the nose I'm getting lots of citrus,and mango.Nice backing of sweet malts.

On the palate I get a rush of citrus and mango up front,with piney bitter hops,and sweet malts in the finish.

The body is medium,with a medium dry finish.

This is a solid APA.A little more hops than I expected for a pale ale.But overall very well balanced,and drinkable.This can was exactly 1 month old when I bought it.I'm going to need to revisit this one,once I find a fresh can.

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Photo of jrenihan
4.16/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

While admittedly two months old, it is hard for me to understand why this beer is so exceptionally highly rated. It is good, for sure- a very enjoyable APA. But I don't find it to be anything particularly special. Citrus and tropical fruit, rather sticky, quite light-bodied. Moderate bitterness. The flavour is good with very low malt flavour. Either the beer falls off a lot after two months (certainly possible) or my tastes just don't align with most. It's a very good APA, it not something to kill yourself trying to acquire.

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Photo of MikeyMcD86
4.57/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

beer was canned 10/28 so its 2 months old at the time of drinking. Drank out of a TEKU.

Look: Deep gold to light amber in color with a solid medium minus haze and a pinky of egg-foamy white head.

Aroma: Smells like a nelson dry-hopped beer with big white grape on the nose. Plenty of fleshy overripe mango as well.

Taste: Way less flavorful than the nose would indicate(I suspect this is due to the age). Flavor leans more toward green, underripe melon and tropical fruit. Nice light pithy bitterness on the finish but I'm actually wishing for a little more sweetness. Bump it up to 6 or 7% and I think this beer would be waaaayyyyy better.

Mouthfeel: On the thin side but at 5.8% that's not surprising. Definitely sessionable.

Overall(style points): My first TG beer and I'm pretty impressed given the age and low ABV. The aroma is clearly the best part of this beer but the flavor just couldn't quite keep up. 90 points.

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Photo of NoYouDidnt
3.89/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a super clear orange with a sudsy white head. Aroma, nectarine, pineapple, lemon, hint of alcohol. Taste - much like the way it smelled. The flavors marry well together. But they are not very bright at all. Has a bit of a bitter finish. Pretty thin on the taste. Not a hole lot to report on the mouthfeel. Lightly carbonated. Overall, this didn't jump out at me. The taste is pretty thin. Does have a dry finish. It doesn't linger on in sweetness though it does have some. The bitterness sticks around quite a bit.
Can't help but to do it. But drank next to fresh ZD, which was superior. Pseudo definitely had a more robust aroma though.

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Photo of SHDoyle
4.53/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Description: Golden color and slightly hazy with a finger of white head that quickly fades away. Aroma is big, layered and complex with pine up front followed by tropical fruit and floral notes. Everything is nicely balanced. Taste is somewhat consistent with the smell although the tropical fruit (mango, grapefruit) is more pronounced. A little hoppier than a normal Pale Ale but that's fine with me. The finish is slightly bitter but clean is not truly dry or crisp. Feel is fantastic for a Pale Ale: thick and smooth with medium carbonation.

Suggested food pairing: Ahi Tuna

If you like this beer then you should also try: Abner

Overall: 4.5 (This beer is very good and I would definitely drink it again) There's nothing not to like here and this beer is super duper crushable. There's nothing over the top or necessarily eye-popping, just expert execution. I can't really see any beer fan not liking this so it's certainly one to try if you have the chance.

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Photo of DrQuantum
4.6/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A very good APA - slight citrus and a very crisp hoppiness that is hard to beat. Finishes very clean, and easy to drink a few in an afternoon of football watching. To those who are asking "what's the deal with all the hype?" the hype with regard to Toppling Goliath isn't with regard to this beer - as good as it is. TG's hype is based almost exclusively on their out-of-this-world limited release stouts. Pseudo Sue is a fantastic pale ale - and indeed one of the best, and deserves the accolades it gets here - but it's not hyped like the front-line stouts that TG puts out.

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Photo of bigdeuce
3.31/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Scents of an off putting sulfer, unfortunately. It was a fresh can also. Very rich and creamy head with some stickiness down the glass. Nice looking beer. The taste was easy to digest. Smooth yet a bit thin. Good session beer but a bit just a bit underwhelming.

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

Love this beer. It pours nicely, beautiful head and a medium a mouth of carbonation. Nice golden color. Nose is very subtle yet fruity. Great mouth feel, very light. Taste is just what you would want in this type of beer, moderate happiness with an excellent finish. Great effort

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Photo of GOBLIN
4.18/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I remember when this beer was trading for a kidney . . . We'll, I didn't have to trade a kidney to get it and I am glad I didn't have to. This beer hits all the right points but I am left wondering still . . . . What gives ? I have access to stuff equally good every day. Anyway, this review is not to dismiss Pseudo Sue in any way. I liked it a lot and it has very good aromas of citrus zest and sunny afternoons. Flavors are nice and feel is crisp. A very good apa. Just don't see the hype is all.

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Photo of obrike
4.51/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Well, I have a new favorite pale ale.

A buddy brought me this one back from a trip to Iowa to see his family...thank you sir.

Good looking golden yellow with a slight haze...big head that settles in leaving a thin lace.

Strong juicy hop aroma. Smells of citrus, pine, and spices. Almost like orange juice and mango in a can.

Wow. Juicy hop flavor without the same bite of an IPA. Hops dominate, but not overpowering. Great juicy tang and a bit dry on the aftertaste. A really easy drinking beer here and the alcohol is not too big. What a combo!

This Citra bomb is absolutely delicious! An IPA fan should love it, but it reigns supreme as a pale ale.

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Photo of Todd
4.27/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Citrus, Tropical, Bready, Clean

From the tallboy, this is a golden beer with a touch of haze and a fluffy white head with legs. Single hopped with Citra, the aroma is packed with citrus zest and fleshy tropical fruits. It’s very aromatic, herbal and floral, too. Bready malts with fruity mango flavors greet the palate, followed by some juicy apple and background earthiness. The finish is dry, very clean, crisp, and highly refreshing. I'm glad I got to sit down and finally analyze this beer, but pseudoSue is a killer American Pale Ale that should just be pounded from the can.

As reviewed in BeerAdvocate magazine #119 (December 2016).

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Photo of larryarms847
4.25/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a gorgeous sunburst golden orange with a fluffy and pillowy finger of white foam.

Bright tropical and citrus fruit aromas of orange, mango, pineapple, and grapefruit make this very tempting before the first sip.

Delicious smooth tropical fruit and citrus notes play out in flavor as much as they do in aroma. A bit of sweetness is lended by a light but sturdy malt backbone.

Light-bodied, medium-high carbonation, fruity, crisp, smooth.

Overall, this beer is truly one to seek out. Marvelous balance, fantastic tropical and citrusy aroma and flavor, and goes down almost too easily.

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

Received a 4-pack as a gift. Glad I did.
16-oz can in a tulip glass.
L: typical newer citrus ales: cloudy. Not as cloudy as some NE IPA/DIPA, but pretty cloudy. Some head. Can't remember how long it stuck around.
S: citrusy, malty. There was a slight dankness underneath it all, but ever so slight. Just enough complexity to keep things interesting, which is tough with a single hop beer.
T: This is a pale ale, and I'm used to the super-uber citrusy/fruity IPAs/DIPAs you get around here in NE. This was a refreshing change of pace. If I didn't watch it, this could be gone in a few minutes. It's light in flavor, but still has a ton of flavor. There's some depth and complexity from using this hops at various points during the boil. The malts gave a bread/biscuit taste. The yeast was fairly neutral. The remaining 3 beers won't stick around very long. I liked this beer.

Remember the style: this is a pale ale, single hop. People who are criticizing this beer are likely comparing to other styles. Reviews should be within the style.

F: a little dinner than I'm used to, but this is also 3+% lower ABV than I've been drinking. It's going to be a little thinner. But there was still body. Carbonation was good, restrained but not under done.

O: I'm glad I have 3 more. I wish I had them 4 months ago, in the heat of summer. These would be perfect.

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Photo of BeerGuy8315
4.84/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 16 oz can into a snifter. Canned 10/28/16.

A: Pours a hazy, golden-orange color with a very slight reddish tint. One inch, frothy, paper white head with short retention. Thick, white, billowy lacing throughout.

S: Huge notes of tropical fruits including pineapple, mango, papaya, passionfruit, and melons. Citrus notes of orange, tangerine, and grapefruit. Milder notes of piney and earthy hops as well.

T: Leads with citrus and tropical fruit notes of grapefruit, orange rind, pineapple, and melons. Piney and resinous hop notes follow with milder sweet and caramel malts as well. Nice, mild lingering bitterness.

F: Light-medium bodied, smooth, and crisp with good carbonation. Slightly dry.

O: Overall, this is top-notch pale ale. Definitely deserves its hype and ranking. The balance between hop bitterness and fruitiness is exquisite and skillfully done. Showcases the Citra hops perfectly. Super drinkable. Can't beat the price point on this one either. One of my favorite beers in general and definitely a consistent go-to brew.

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Photo of Amguerra305
3.98/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Clearish golden Amber color in the glass smell is citru up front predominated by orange. Taste is malty in the front end followed by a piney bitterness on the back end. A tad too much for my tastes. Feel is medium. Overall a pretty IPA but nothing spectacular.

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Photo of azurel
4.66/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Trying out another of this weeks arrivals....First time having this one...Another wish for distribution... Excellent pale ale....
Pours a golden yellow with a moderate bright white head. Dissapates quickly leaving moderate lacing on the glass and edge.
Aroma is all hop, dank, citrus, grapefruit rind possibly mango..underlying slight sweetness... Taste follows aroma with citrus, grapefruit peal/rind, mango balanced with a nice bitter bite.

Mouth feel is light, well carbonated
Another excellent pale ale...This would see regular rotation if we had distribution here in Michigan...

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Photo of gopens44
4.12/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looks great, crystal clear, golden, nice frothy head. Nose is spicy and grassy, little else. Taste follows along quite closely to the nose as grassy is the predominant characteristic in this beer. Get past that and we find a fairly sturdy malt backbone, best explained as slightly nutty with a green tea quality. Great complexity, no problems with depth either. Nice beer. Kind of reminds me of an extra strength Jai Alai.

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Photo of HopLover1
4.34/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Beer is definitely worth the hype! This is by far the best beer I've had on the trip so far. Clean, balanced, hoppy. Glad I was finally able to try it.

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Photo of ryanvans
3.2/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

ok beer, nothing special. Canned on 10/10/16 and drank on 10/26/16. Not the most well balanced. I'm not picking up the citra hops on the nose like you should with a 16 day old beer. Maybe it's a quality control issue with this batch, but it's the first time I've had PseudoSue. The 99 rating makes me think it must be a quality control issue.

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Photo of BWood
3.75/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Good beer but not spectacular. Not sure how it gets a 99 rating. Smell is nice as is the taste. The aftertaste is not the most pleasant. Still a solid drinkable beer. But nothing extra special.

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Photo of Karnivool1
3.48/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Decent brew, but way over rated. Solid going down, but leaves a lingering aftertaste that doesn't go away. I'll take Zombie Dust and Lizard King over everytime, heck Brickstone's APA is better.

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Photo of matcris
4.51/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A fairly clear tangerine in color with a 2" foamy white head that slowly settles to a ring. Leaves a spotty foamy lacing down the glass and the beer has a fair amount of very tiny bubbles rising up. The aroma is big citrus, big tropical fruits, slight caramel sweet malt, and maybe a bit of pine. The flavor is really well balanced between bitter and sweet. Lots of citrus and big tropical fruit, malt, and a nice building bitterness on the finish as i continue to drink. The feel average carbonation, a little sticky and dry on the finish, and med light to medium body. Needs a little more carbonation, imo. Very good pale ale.

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Photo of Jpb123
4.71/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: golden amber hue with little to no haze. Slight lacing but not much. Two fingers of head initially.

Taste: absolutely delicious, hints of citrus, little to no yeast notes

Mouthfeel: crisp, smooth, light finish

Overall: fantastic. Was wondering what the hype was, but this is delicious. Wish I could get it more often.

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Photo of argock
4.25/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 16oz tallboy can into a clear glass tulip. 09/20/16 on bottom of can.

A: Clear golden with hint of amber with 1-2 fingers of foamy off-white head with good retention but skimpy lacing.

S: Grapefruit and mango are the strongest with some orange and light melon aromas. There is just a hair of malt sweetness. No alcohol or yeast notes.

T: Explosive flavor with huge citrus grapefruit and lemon-lime and mango and guava to shape it out. A bit of malt sweetness and crackery character to try to balance things a little. No yeast or alcohol nots. Definitely on the continuum of all-Citra beers along with Super Session #2 and Double Sunshine from LFL. A little bit of dank, catty with some warming.

M: Very light and dry in the finish with low-medium carbonation. Super drinkable.

O: An impressive beer with a huge amount of flavor and aroma in a highly consumable package. Glad I got the chance to try it.

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Photo of waterski
4.35/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 16 oz can into a goblet. I know. Wrong glass. Poured golden and hazy. To the nose it was similar to walking through a citrus grove with the fruit near ripeness. Upon tasting I expected a big burst of citrus rind but it was light and somewhat sweet. Taste of lemon and melon. Light and mild dryness. Good beer for a warm summer day. Well balanced and refreshing. Definitely worth trying again.

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PseudoSue from Toppling Goliath Brewing Company
4.49 out of 5 based on 4,144 ratings.
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