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: 5,160
Photo of nebula1999
4.61/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Just amazing. Picking up some bubble gum in there too. Nice. My first taste of toppling Goliath and I think they are great. I want more. !!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Photo of AZBeerDude72
4.38/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Cloudy yellow with rich white foam and very sticky lacing.
N: Citrus, hops, floral, and pine.
T: Follows the nose, very smooth citrus with a great pine/hops hit and some sweetness.
M: Medium
O: Wow, great beer! Loads of flavor, balanced, nice bite but still smooth.

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Photo of Jrosso
4.38/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A fantastic IPA with a little bite with a smooth finish. A single hopped IPA showcasing the Citra Hop with nice citrus aromas. Reminds me of a more traditional IPA as opposed to the lactose brewed IPA that we’re seeing today.

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Photo of RMW66
4.5/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Bucket Boys in Sydney for the chance to enjoy this absolutely top shelf pale ale! Has been on my list of beers to try for a couple of years, which can sometimes result in disappointment due to unreasonable expectations but that was definitely not the case with this beer. A great beer!

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Photo of beersampler6
4.32/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Delicious, beautifully fragrant ale that really impressed me. Nice golden color with fluffy white head and some spotty lingering lacing. Smells of citrus zest hops and a little piney hops. Tastes of great fruit - orange, guava, lemon, passionfruit, grapefruit, mango - as well as piney hops, vanilla, biscuit, caramel and a great malt backbone. Great clean finish, mild smooth mouthfeel with just a little creaminess. Perfect amount of carbonation. Fairly juicy even though it’s not a NE-style IPA. Good mild amount of bitterness. Will keep looking for other products from this brewery!

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Photo of Winzlow
2.86/5  rDev -36.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Does not live up to the hype. A decent ale - best by date 11/24/18 with floaters. Not bad, but I fail to see what the big deal is and at this price ($12 for 4 pack of 16oz) I expected a whole lot more. Will not buy again.

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Photo of MaximalC
4.15/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy, amber color topped by an inch of coarse, white suds. Wonderfully tropical aroma evokes lemon, mango, and grapefruit. Bountiful lees can be seen both in suspension and on the floor of the glass.

The taste is founded on a deft balance of lemongrass, lemon, pepper, and biscuity, crackery malt. The synergy between malt and hops, both of which are tastefully understated, is quite excellent--a cohesive whole more so than the sum of its parts. Medium body and delicate carbonation produce a smooth, velvety mouthfeel that's reinforced by a mildly chalky yeast character. A dry finish leaves you ready to dive back in for more.

Overall, this is a fantastically well-balanced and refreshing APA. While not especially complex, it is well integrated and has no off flavors to speak of. With its delicate, refreshing flavor profile, herbal bitterness, and luscious mouthfeel, it almost evokes an American interpretation of a saison. This could very well be the best APA I've had.

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Photo of silverblaze540
4.49/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Big long-lasting creamy white head; Clear amber in color with medium bubbling.

S - Flowers; pine; sweet passion fruit.

T - Piney, almost sweet; very slight bitterness; notes of passion fruit.

M - Medium body.

O - Great pale ale; thick and not extremely bitter.

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Photo of npolachek
3.88/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Frankly wasn't impressed after all the hype. A solid beer, but basically a standard American style ipa which didn't outperform many of the other offerings on the market. Cool can with great artwork.

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Photo of MacMalt
4.44/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Courtesy of @bstyle. Poured from 16 oz. can into Spiegelau IPA glass. It pours a cloudy, pretty honey-orange color with a thick, fluffy, long-lasting head and lots of soapy lacing. It has a delightful aroma of orange, pineapple, peach, mango, fresh cantaloupe melon, light pine, and floral spice notes. It's highly aromatic. The tropical fruits and citrus blend nicely in the taste. It opens with tropical sweetness, then turns increasingly tart. By mid-sip there is a noticeable taste of cracker, followed by a generous dose of Citra hops that is more flavorful than bitter. It has a thick, almost creamy feel with a pleasant level of carbonation, and with a moderate ABV of 6.2%, it's not easy to limit yourself to one pour. Overall, Pseudo Sue justifies its World-Class rating. I rated it slightly lower than Zombie Dust but at this level I'm splitting hairs. If you have the chance to drink this wonderful ABA, then don't pass it up!

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Photo of ChrisMon02
4.03/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16 oz can into a goblet.

Hazy slightly murky pour-off white head, decent lacing. Citrus, malt and something minty or tea like. Very nice drinker with a smooth, soft mouthfeel. Quite heavy for the ABV. I enjoyed it but not sure I agree with the ratings. Still glad I finally got my hands on it and surely wouldn't push one away if offered another. Reccomended.

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

Hazy amber orange color with a thick two finger head with good retention and leaving some laces.
Superb hoppy aroma with notes of mango, lychees, fresh orange-lemon zest, clean pine, grapefruit, pineapple, flowers and bread. I am hungry, so more nose sensitive and easier to imagine this fresher.
Flavor with notes of green tea, lemongrass, a bit of mango, ginger, pine, white pepper, sweet flowers, grapefruit, lemon and tangerines. Dry aftertaste with a very delimited bitterness.
Light body with perfect carbonation of the tiniest bubbles given a somewhat velvet feeling. Relatively potent at 6.8% abv for and APA which is completely absent.
World class APA with lots of dank and green diversity side by side zesty citrus notes. Clean and crisp as it can be. I was expecting a high bar which was delivered accordingly.

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Photo of SirSaucy
4.95/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

I cracked this baby 10 days after canning. Damn it's good. I didn't get to pour into a glass but the can is dope so 5. It tastes like Jurassic park. Smells very floral with a lil bit of pineapple. Tastes very fresh floral with just a tinge of pineapple / mountain dew in there, but not in a sweet way. Pretty damn awesome beer. I will stock up on a case before I drive back east. Bravo

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

Poured from a 16 OZ can into a pint glass. The appearance is an awesome looking golden amber with a small white head. The aroma is all citrus hops. The taste is hop driven with a mild bite and as a nice malt finish.

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Photo of rex_4539
3.65/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

L: Hazy golden color, one finger white head, messy lacing, loads of carbonation.

S: Hops, tropical fruits, sour.

T: Tropical fruits, hops.

F: Light to medium bodied. Lots of carbonation.

O: Lower than average. Nothing to look here.

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

A: slight haze; medium gold in color; with a fairly aggressive pour, a 2 finger ivory head that receded to a thin cap; nice lacing;

S: floral with grapefruit and a hint of pineapple in the background;

T: biscuity malt first, then it follows the nose; finish is moderately bitter and a nice balance of floral, grapefruit, and pineapple;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation; dry finish; smooth;

O: this is just outstanding;

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Photo of SaltofOH
4.13/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Can B.B. 10/25/18. Fluted tulip.

A: hazy copper gold. 2 fingers white head. On second pour, chunks of sediment. Don’t recall carbonation. Excellent lacing.

S: Citra! Fresh, dry, crisp malt. Peach, mango, bursting bright lime and tangelo oranges.

T: light, crisp, refreshing. More malt body and taste than the other new age pale ale I had at the same time. Citrusy and tropical. Dry but not bone dry, some effort at balance. Lingering citeus peel hoppiness was very mild.

M: lightest end of midweight possible, moderate carbonation, very high attenuation. Crisp and refreshing, even after I added the chunks of sediment. Better without, though.

O: A super crisp and refreshing hoppy new age pale ale. When this came out it was unlike anything else out there. Today, many imitate it, and do so well. Yet it remains excellent and iconic. Would buy sixers if available near me and reasonably affordable. Will settle for PSA in the meantime.

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

Poured from a 16 oz can into a pint glass.

L: Cloudy light golden pour with massive fluffy white head. Great lacing.

S: Dank citrus. Grapefruit and tropical fruits.

T/F: Light grains. Super grapefruit citrus hop flavor. Modest bitterness. Lighter tropicals... mangi and floral notes. Light bodied with solid carbonation.

O: A top rated pale ale for a reason. Absolutely delicious. A must try if you can find it.

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Photo of Dirk99999
4.48/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

God do I love this beer. When Toppling Goliath came into the Boston area they were ballyhooed by the Boston Globe and rightfully so. Imagine an Iowa brewery coming into New England and beating us at our own game. This is the most delicious NEIPA style I have tried yet and admittedly I have not gotten to taste any of the legendary Tree House beers. This beer is a shining star burning brightly. Oops this is an APA. I'll be damned if I can tell it from a NEIPA though.

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Photo of LarryV
3.46/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a subtle citrusy, mango-like aroma. As it warms up a bit the aroma becomes very catty. Creamy mouthfeel with notes of orange and mango, I don't get a lot of hop bitterness. Pretty decent beer but not as good as the hype would lead me to believe. It was pretty reasonably priced at $12 a four pack so can't complain there. Overall I liked it, but the catty aroma is fairly unappealing.

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Photo of Dmullz
4.03/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Orange, light and bubbly. Slightly cloudy.

Grapefruit smell was strong and immediate. Hop smell was also strong, but not as noticeable during the pour.

Grapefruit and hops were very clear in the taste as well. There was more sweetness balancing the bitter taste (this must be the mango)

Smooth and silky taste for a pale ale

Refreshing citrus pale ale that is great on a hot summer day

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Photo of rapayn01
4.25/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A friend of mine originally from Iowa brought this back for me on a trip this spring. I found it to have a very nice citrus taste and smell. Actually, I thought it was a tasty example of a New England-style IPA with a T-Rex on the tall boy can.

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Photo of Snowcrash000
4.23/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a medium gold/light amber coloration with a medium, fizzy head. Smell is quite hoppy, with light biscuity malt. Notes of citrus/tropical fruit, with orange and tangerine dominating. Lighter notes of grapefruit and mango. Taste follows the nose, with strong, hoppy citrus fruit, lighter tropical fruit and some biscuity malt. Nice citrus character dominated by orange, tangerine and grapefruit, with just a hint of mango. Very light dank, grassy, herbal notes in the background as well. Finishes with a light bitterness, mild hop burn and a little more dankness coming through in the aftertaste. Medium body and carbonation. Not sure if it quite lives up to the hype, but a very nice citrus Pale Ale with light notes of tropical fruit and dankness.

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Photo of smcolw
4.09/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Cloudy like a New England IPA. Apricot juice color. Lasting head with thick streaks of lace.

Prickly aroma of grapefruit rind and pine resin. Mild (and yeasty) pale malt base.

Drier flavor than I expected the malt holds its own and produces a richer mouth than most APAs. The takes over but never becomes harsh in the swallow. Long, green aftertaste.

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Photo of leantom
4.3/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

As far as Citra beers go, I love Zombie Dust. However, this is good too, just not as good. A good beer by TG, canned just a couple of weeks ago. Here goes:

A: Orange pulp. Very hazy and juicy looking. Pours a large head that leaves a fair amount of lacing. Looks good.

S: Grass and herbs mixed with various light spices. These scents are complemented by faint odors of tropical fruit - I can detect a lot of lemon and orange. Very good. A tinge of onion mars the smell somewhat, but this isn't a big deal. Overall, it's very earthy, maybe overwhelmingly so for most people

T: Follows the nose. Lots of herbally grass and spice. Also fair helpings of tropical fruit. Very good, but maybe a tad too earthy.

F: Excellent.

O: A good beer. I think Zombie Dust is richer and more balanced (and with less off-tastes), but this is still a very good beer.

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Beer rating: 4.51 out of 5 with 5,160 ratings